Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 15, 1997, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


IN THE Good Old Days


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


October 1877


The school house in our village of Neillsville is to be supplied with window blinds.  It will be a grand improvement.


August Scholtz’s team made a lively runaway down Court House Hill last Saturday night, landing in Tolford’s livery stable.


The Greenwood Quadrille Band furnished the music at the Christie House last Tuesday evening.  The band boys make music that is hard to beat.  (The Christie House was a new name given the O’Neill House during the time of a proprietor, Christie.)


Mrs. Schofield will give a concert at Greenwood, soon, and later will present one at Loyal.  Mrs. Schofield is an accomplished musician and her purpose of the concerts is to raise funds in purchasing an organ for the Greenwood Methodist Church.


Sol Jaseph has opened a “Nine Cent” store and offers this invitation: I take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Neillsville and Clark County that I have opened a new grocery, book and stationery store at my old stand on Court Street.  I should like to meet all my old patrons and as many new ones.  Every article is sold for cash.  We never take a dollar – only ninety-nine cents or nine cents.  Come to see me – seeing is believing!  S. F. Jaseph


Hunting parties have begun to visit this locality.  The price of venison is not likely to undergo much change, however. 


The elevated temperature of last week took a sudden tumble Sunday evening.  Overcoats and wood heating stoves have been receiving attention.  Bank up your basement walls around the house and prepare for winter.  The day will come when the wintry blast shall freeze like the coldest and could ruin the vegetables for family meals store in the basement.


October 1892


Fall & Winter Suits and Overcoats have arrived at Marshall & Kerns in Neillsville.


Work is progressing very rapidly on the abutments for the new O’Neill Creek Bridge.


A. Barton is having the interior of his new residence on the north side, finished off with the new embossed molding manufactured by George Trogner. 


Wolff & Korman, successors to the stock company of Barton, Wolff & Korman, are at present rushed with work on wagons and sleighs.  They are preparing for a big winter’s trade in sleighs, etc.


Neillsville’s military company has been selected as one of three chosen from the Third Regiment Wisconsin National Guard to take part in the opening exercises of the World’s Fair at Chicago next month.


The Neillsville street commissioner is having the Main Street on the North Side cut down in front of the marble works.  Men, driving teams and wagons were busy all day Sunday hauling dirt to grade the road near the bridge and in front of Taplin’s Machine Shop.  When completed the street will be lowered about five feet at the highest point and filled up at the lowest, making a level grade.


Taplin’s foundry & machine shop has grown since its beginning.  Taplin can turn out any kind of work that comes his way.  He is making a specialty of manufacturing a saw gummer of his own invention which is being well accepted by mill men throughout the county.


R. Dewhurst has 75 choice residential lots for sale and the lumber needed to build houses on the lots.  He will sell both lots and lumber on a finance plan to suit purchaser – from one to five years.  Also, he has nine forties of good farm land within two miles of Neillsville.


A visit to the Spoke Co.’s business recently, revealed the large amount of orders being filled by the new company.  The manager, Mr. Vaughan, informed us they were shipping by car load lots and had enough orders ahead to keep them running for some time.  They recently abandoned the Bruley mill and now are using the Pennock mill.  (There were stave mills located on Neillsville’s west side, along both sides of O’Neill Creek, west of Grand Avenue.)


We have heard M. Kapellan has the brick in the kiln now burning to put up a brick block next year on his property on the corner of Hewett and Sixth Streets.  The new building will be solid brick, two stories and basement.  The upper story will be fitted up into some of the finest suites of offices in the city.  It seems but a short time since Kapellan came to this town.  Today he is one of the principal owners in our large furniture factory, owns two fine pieces of business property and is sole proprietor of a fine boot and shoe business.


Wanted – a boy who goes to school and will help me with chores for his board, or will pay good wages for a boy to come and work for me, Fred Wesenberg of Pleasant Ridge.


The O’Neill House now has electric lights in every room.  It ranks among the best houses in northern Wisconsin.


Deer may be killed between November 1st and December 1st.  It is unlawful to hunt with dogs, traps, spring guns or during the night and illegal to ship carcasses outside the state.  Penalties for violating deer laws, fine not less than $50, no more than $100 and costs, or by imprisonment not less than thirty days or more than three months, or by both fine and imprisonment.


Lyme Ruddock and family have moved from Couth Street into the old Nyman house on Grand Avenue.


October 1907


The Town of Pine Valley is again equipped with a town hall of its own, on the site of the one burned last spring.  The Goldhammer creamery building was bought by Ed Holvorson and sold to the town.  Holvorson moved the building and placed it on the foundation in good shape.  Ole Lee took the contract for doing the work.


Genuine German home made sauerkraut only 5 cents a quart at Tragsdorf & Zimmerman & Co.  Place your order if you want something good.


On Oct. 16, a large party made up of neighbors and friends, mostly young people, gathered at the home of G. Pischer in Town of Grant.  They honored the 21st birthday of Henry Pischer, the oldest son.  There was music and dancing, a fine supper served and a genuine good time enjoyed by all.


A surprise party was given for Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hauge Tuesday night.  There were games and supper was served giving all a long-to-be-remembered good time.


Will Oldham has bought the Dodte farm in west Pine Valley and moved his family there this week.


Tioga -- W. E. Church and John Swanson have been cleaning up the ground around the new school house in the Town of Mentor.


Bruce Mound – L. L. Achenbach is building a new barn with a basement 48’ x 32’.


East York – W. W. Hales returned home from Canada Monday and says let those go there who wish.  As for him, he does not want any of Canada in his dish.  While there, he was forty miles from the railroad where the geese fly backwards and the wolves bark at homesteaders.


North Grant – Mrs. Fred (formerly Hattie Carlton) Kier’s driving horse “Old Charley” died last week.  He was an old resident of the farm and will be greatly missed.


Owen News – Eibert and Barton have just finished a pump wagon and are now prepared to go into the country as well as the village and fix pumps, windmills, etc.


York Center – A pumpkin pie social, minus the pumpkin pie, was given last Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John VandeBerg.


Neillsville – Huckstead and Randall recently completed a covered bread wagon for Max Lange.  It will be used for delivery in Hatfield and other outside areas.


Mrs. B. Tragsdorf entertained the Schafskopf Club Tuesday afternoon at her home on Grand Avenue.


Albert Calway editor of the Withee Sentinel came down Saturday for a short visit at his parental home.


October 1957 – The old overhead bridge has been replaced on Highway 10, over Wedges Creek, west of Neillsville.  It was taken down in a number of sections and will be erected next year over Cawley Creek, west of Uncle Sam (Imig) school on a Weston town road (now Schofield Avenue.)  The Town of Weston had purchased the old bridge for $1,200.


The bridge was dismantled by builders of the new bridge, Reynolds Bros. Construction Company of Boscobel.  It was taken apart in numbered sections so that it may be easily re-erected next year.  The pieces will be trucked to winter storage at the Clark County Fairgrounds.  The bridge has a 90 foot span, with a 19 to 20 foot roadway, which is too narrow for the modern highway. 


The four-township bridge over Rock Creek, which found its way into the circuit court with the question of who would pay for it, will be a resting place for another old highway structure.


A bridge which formerly was over a stream on a state highway near Menominee, in Dunn County, will be placed over Rock Creek.  It will be over the creek at a point where four townships join (Beaver, Warner, Eaton, and Loyal) two miles east of Greenwood.


A style show, beef barbecue, parade and several other events of interest to both young and old are planned for the Fall Festival to be held in Neillsville next weekend.


A corps of Service company, National Guard, cooks-labeled the “best cooks in the business” will pool their talents with local citizenry under the leadership of Earle Siebert and his committee composed of James Hauge, Arthur Drescher, Edward C. Diehl and Charles Barr.


The three-day event is being sponsored by the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce.  Free barbecued beef-burgers will be served Saturday.  Free pony rides on ponies and authentic storybook stage coaches.  These will be made available by Chap Paulson, who operates his pony and stage coach rides at Wisconsin Dells during the summer.


A style show displaying fall clothes will be presented at the high school gym; courtesy of Neillsville Merchants.  Friday evening a dance will be held on the city’s main street, weather permitting.


Arrangements are being made to hold the dance in the American legion Memorial Hall in event of inclement weather.


One of Saturday’s big events will be a parade; which will include a pet parade.


The purpose of the celebration is to mark the excellent harvest season this area has enjoyed, and provide everybody visiting the city a good time.


The following ads were copied from a 1907 Clark County Newspaper!


Advertisements for the businesses of Frank Hemp Meats, Eberhardt Furniture, and Ketel & Smith Grocery



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