Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 6, 1996, Page 36

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

March 11, 1876


By Dee Zimmerman


Quite a number of men have come out of the woods during the past week.


For collars and cuffs go to Tommy Nichol’s barber shop.  He keeps the best in town.


Crandall has just received a fresh supply of oranges and lemons.  He has been improving his store by adding a counter and some shelving.


Some localities in the county are flooded, and yet there is no end to the thunder, lightening, and rain.  It is no use trying to keep a weather record in such a time as this unless everyday is reported separately.


The Centennial Dance at the O’Neill House last evening was an enjoyable affair.


It is now expected that the Presbyterian Church will be dedicated Friday evening, March 24.


The time for paying taxes will expire next Tuesday, and all who have not settled the little matter they are required to contribute to the public good should donate at once.


A party of ladies from Black River Falls, on their way to visit some of the logging camps in the northern part of the county, passed through here with horses and rigs on Friday of last week.


There are but few lumbermen on the river who have not done better during the present season than they anticipated before the lumbering season commenced.  This has been the best winter for logging known along Black River.


The new Fire Extinguisher purchased by the village passed a successful trial last Saturday afternoon.  A number of kerosene barrels with a large amount of dry wood and other highly combustible matter were piled on the ice in the pond above the O’Neill Creek Bridge, and set on fire.  After it had got well on fire, the machine was brought into use, and in a few moments the burning pile was a blackened heap of smoking fagots.  The running gears upon which the extinguisher is mounted were built by Campbell, Watson and Hommel, of this village.


The jolliest time of the season in this part of Clark County was had on Friday evening, Mar. 3rd, when at about seven p.m., a dozen or more Humbird couples, comfortably seated in sleighs, behind fast horses, left our quiet little burg to attend a surprise party at Hewettville.  After our arrival two violins were accidentally found at Mr. Hewett’s and from these Messrs. Whitcomb and Halstead were soon producing the most delightful music.  With these gentlemen as musicians and Charles Hackney as floor manager a success was absolutely certain.  After dancing two or three hours all became weary and sat down to rest.


Supper was announced, and a better one could not have been gotten up if calculations had been made for it since last Christmas.  Some tried to settle their bills with Smith, who was clerk for the occasion, but failed.  He thought the supper would take care of itself. 


A few more sets of dances and all went home happy; no party was ever enjoyed more than this, and a better night could not have been selected, warm and pleasant, sleighing never better, and the moon was old enough to last until we reached home, or it would if we had started earlier.


One word about our friend, Hewett, I do not remember his Christian name at present, but if he ever has another surprise party and such a supper, several or more I know of would like to be there.  (Hewettville was located by Wedges Creek, presently area of the Snyder Dam.  Hewett, referred to, was James Hewett.)


Notice to all Catholics in Neillsville and vicinity – Sunday, Apr. 2, 1876, is the first Catholic Devine service in the village of Neillsville, and every Catholic member of the church is invited to attend Mass and Sermon at ten o’clock in the morning.  L. Spritzlberger, Catholic Priest of Humbird.




Mormon Ripple House, Rob’t. French, Prop. – Recently fitted up in excellent shape throughout and kept in first class shape it offers excellent accommodations to the public.


Neillsville Bakery – two doors south of the O’Neill House, James O’Neill, Prop.  Everything kept in a first-class bakery constantly on hand.  The best bakers employed.  A full stock of staple and fancy grocery; Green and canned fruits, confectioneries, etc, in connection.  Fresh oysters, by the can or dish.


Jas. Furlong Furniture, manufacturer and dealer, large assortment always in Store.  Orders for anything in furniture line promptly filled; Coffins always on hand - Also Agent for the Howe and Davis Sewing Machines - North Side of Neillsville.


The New Hearse -- in this village will be furnished with team to parties in Clark and adjoining counties on very liberal terms.  Apply at Tolford’s Livery Stable.


F. C. Hartford announces his general store in Loyal, successor to Le Claire & Gwin.  Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots & Shoes, Hats & Caps, Ready-made clothing, Crockery & Glassware, Hardware, Notions, Hosiery and Lumbermen’s Supplies


New Store at Greenwood – H. M. Weston – complete stock of dry goods, Groceries and Lumber Agency


For Rent or Sale – Wishing to engage in other business, I hereby offer my Saloon and Blacksmith Shop, east of the O’Neill House, for rent or sale at a bargain.  (Location would have been east of the present Post Office on Sixth Street.)


March 5, 1896


The Town of Pine Valley should have a town hall, and it should be as near the center of the township as possible.


The ground bare as the bald head of a bachelor, turned pale under the influence of a snow storm Tuesday. 


Bargain Bazaar removed to the Delane building one block west of Marsh Bros. (Now corner of West and 5th Street).


The first time we ever saw S. T. Beighley in our life was on Monday, when he stopped his team in front of our newspaper office, with a big load of wood which he had cut for us.  He asked to exchange it for the newspaper for one year.  The trade was made and Beighley is happy.  He is a new settler in Washburn Township, having moved from Richland County last year. 


Take that dollar and join the Neillsville Library for a year and give your children something better to do then roaming around the streets.


Town Treasurer, Crockett of Washburn made his returns on last Saturday.  The balance of he county’s noble army of coin gatherers have done likewise.


Some 10,000 fine-speckled trout fry were received here on last Tuesday by local fishermen and turned loose in the creeks and brooks of the county.  As logging will cease on Black River after two years more this ought to become a great fishing country in a few years.


March 8, 1906


C. S. Stockwell of Neillsville was elected grand lecturer of the Royal Arch Masons at the meeting of the Grand Chapter in Milwaukee last week.


The Abbotsford Creamery changed hands Thursday, F. E. Wiggins, selling the property to Wm. F. Albricht will be represented here by Bert Hallinwood of Oshkosh.


A team belonging to the Stock Farm came skyrocketing into town Monday, hitched to a pair of light bobsleds, shot down Fifth Street to the Clay Street corner where they left the bobs in a heap and departed for other parts.  Little damage was done but presumably Jim Fulton, the farm foreman, walked to town today (Stock Farm, now L. Meyer farm, was located east of Neillsville, on 5th Street/Ridge Road).


The Neillsville Brewery has never turned out finer Bock beer than this brew and it will be on tap next Saturday at all first class places.  Bottled Bock beer is also ready in bottles, 24 bottles for $1.25, delivered.  It’s brewed from the finest hops and malt money can buy and stored six months in ice cold cellars.


March 4, 1926


Maytag Agency is established in Neillsville by Roy Leitz, Maytag Dealer of Melrose.  He has rented space from V. C. Woelffer, and has on display the Maytag washing machines, equipped with electric motor and multi-motor gas engines for homes without electricity.


Organization of the new golf club will be made at a meeting at the council chambers in the city hall of Neillsville on March 4 at 7:15 o’clock in evening.  All persons who have signed the subscription list and all others who wish to join are urged to attend this meeting.


Neillsville Council Proceedings – Feb. 26, Mayor Thoma presiding:  Aldermen present were Kleckner, Ruddock, Hewett and Paulson.  The following bills were approved for payment: Herman Yankee, $3.80, Wm. Schlinkert $5.88; Pittsburgh Meter Co. $157.35, H. Niedecken Co. $14.60; Robert Dwyer $5.99.


Fradenburg Bros. started the first week to fill the bank ice house in Humbird.  Peter, with considerable skill and ingenuity, has ripped a power ice saw using a sled, a 2 H.P. gasoline engine and a 36 inch wood saw from Oswald Michael’s farm.  A gauge regulates the size of the cakes, and all that is necessary is to draw the sled along on the ice and the saw does the rest.  It is worth one’s while to walk to Lake Emerson to see the machine and crew at work.


Notice:  Customers having any ice cream tubs or can of ours on hand are kindly requested to return them as soon as possible, as we wish to paint them up for the coming season.  Neillsville Milk Products Co.


Walk’s Store specials – H. Roehrborn, Prop.:  N.Y. Baldwin Apples, bu. $2; N.Y. Russet Potatoes, Bu. Basket $2.25; Herring lb. 10˘; Corn Meal 10 lbs. 35˘; Clear Cup Coffee 3 lbs $1.00.


Geo. May sold his meat market to Herman Stehr and Norbert Noltner, both of Madison.  May has developed a farm north of Neillsville, well equipped and stocked, specializing along the lines of the Yorkshire bacon hogs.  It has become more and more difficult for him to look after both ends of the business.


Now is the time to have your auto serviced at Rusch Bros. Garage in Chili.


Hudson and Essex cars sold at the Neillsville Oil & Electric Co. Including: War tax, Freight and following equipment; Bumpers, front & Rear; Electric windshield cleaner; Rear-view mirror; Transmission Lock (Built-in); Radiator Shutters, Moto-meter; combination Stop & Tail Light. (No handling charge): Hudson Coach $1259; Hudson Broughan $1512; Hudson 7-Passenger Sedan $1750; Essex Coach $829.


March 1946 


‘Vet’s Village’ Rental is set at $18 to $22 Monthly, at recent City Council meeting.  The single unit homes on Hill Street will be $18 per month and the double unit houses will rent for $22.


Harry Schlinsog has sold his Cloverleaf Dairy Cheese factory, in the Town of Eaton, north of Globe, to the Dairybelt.  His son, William, and Harris Dux will continue to work in the factory.


Announcing the opening of the Spartan Radio Store, at 127 West 7th Street next to Bollom’s Store; also selling oil heaters, refrigerators, records and appliances.


Elaine Helm Granton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Helm, was married to Philmore Seefeldt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Seefeldt, Chili, on March 3, at Zion Evangelical Church in Granton.  Attendants were: Miss Mildred Ross, Mrs. Eldore Seefeldt and Miss Beatrice Hein; Eldore Seefeldt, Leland Garbisch and Clarence Ponnier.  The couple will make their home on the groom’s farm near Chili.


The Icicle Tavern of Greenwood was an early landmark, later to be replaced by a tavern owned by E. L. Ketchpaw.  The tavern was named from the icicles of wood, about four feet long, which were attached to the eaves around the structure.  It was in business during the lumberjack days.  Not all loggers worked hard all winter in the woods to spend their earnings frivolously.  A good example was one young fellow, who at age 16, worked through the winter for Steve Andrews at $28 per month, saved $112, bought land with it and became a prosperous farmer in the Eaton-Warner Townships.



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