Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 7, 1997, Page 16

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News


May 1877


A. W. Clark is trying his hand as a trout farmer.


The Courthouse grounds are being put in shape and shade trees have been planted.


The number of new spring hats seen on the streets indicates a revival of the millinery business.


The shade trees on the lot where George Lloyd is to build his new brick store were cut down last Thursday (Hewett Street).


Several new buildings are already under process of construction in our village for this season, and several old ones are being enlarged or improved.


The Black Hills fever appears to have subsided in this community.  We have heard of no new cases during the past week.


The little German band serenaded at the Rossman House last Wednesday evening, the result of which was the throwing of a portion of a bedstead through the window, but at the wrong crowd.


The Corner Saloon, which, from its having been located in a very conspicuous part of the community, had been an annoyance to the town, capitulated last Tuesday.  The building is now occupied by Jas. O’Neill, its owner, as a grocery store.


Flour has suddenly become an article of great value throughout the country, and is now selling in this market at $10 per barrel.


Lee’s store has some specials to help us during the hard times: 12 lbs. Prunes - $1; 12 lbs. Sliced Dried apples - $1; 16 lbs. Rice - $1.


New Hardware Store in Neillsville – O. P. Wells: Full line of heavy and shelf hardware, tin & copper ware as well as lumbermen’s supplies.


The tax sale of “delinquent lands” has been in progress at the treasurer’s office since last Tuesday, and will probably close soon.


Finnigan & Kerns have opened a blacksmith shop in the new building opposite Heaslett’s Gun Shop. 


About a year ago, a farmer captured two young wild geese and raised them with the rest of his young goslings.  They became quite tame; but in November, prompted by instinct to seek a more sunny climate, flew off to the south.  This spring, however, they returned bringing with them eleven more wild geese, whom they piloted from some southern bayou, and all have settled down for a stay.


May 1907


Preaching services and reorganization of the Sunday School will take place at Hewettville Sunday afternoon.  The preaching service will be at 2:30; reorganization of Sunday School at 3:30.  Let every family in the vicinity of Hewettville come to these services and make them a success.  (Hewettville was located along Wedges Creek and Snyder Dam)


W. L. Smith and Editor L. Williamson started Tuesday for the big woods northeast of Athens to fish for trout.  Both of them are experienced anglers and a great deal of local interest has been aroused by their departure; everyone awaits their return with curiosity, almost anxiety.  They must certainly bring in a big catch or forfeit their reputation.


For sale: – 80 acres of land 6 ½ miles from Neillsville, some clearing, $1,600.


Help Wanted – Ten girls at the Overall Factory; wages from $4.50 to $5.00 per week.  Inquire at once.


The largest assortment of folding Go-Carts for sale, at Eberhardts


If you are looking for the best, simplest and safest gasoline or alcohol stove get a Detroit vapor in 2, 3, or 4 burners, with or without baking ovens at Tragsdorf-Zimmerman & Co. at $8.25, $17, $18 or $20.


What did you think of those snow storms on April 24, 26 and 27?  Made the farmer look kind of glum, and put a sudden stop to farming.


Max Opelt will give a dance at the bower next Saturday evening in Lynn.


The Lutherans in the Christie community are having German school at the church two days out of each week.


F. Wheeler is having a pair of platform scales put up near his Christie store which will be an improvement to the store.


Victor C. Woelffer installed a fine new counter at his soda fountain, one of the finest of its kind we have ever seen.  It is of polished oak, beautifully finished.  Back of the counter is a new working board for glasses, etc., with a patent glass washer which quickly and thoroughly cleanses cups and glasses with warm water.  Geo. Trogner’s carpentry shop turned out the counter job and Will Poate did the working board job and the plumbing.  (Woelffer’s Drug Store was in the building which is now Floral Creations)


Good bottle beer is made in Neillsville by the Neillsville Brewery, 24 bottles for $1.25


May 1937


Arnold Noll, Town of Grant, and Ermine Sternitzky, Town of Lynn, were married Sunday at the courthouse, Judge O. W. Schoengarth performing the ceremony.  Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bieneck.


A large crowd of invited guests attended the dancing party at Keller’s Silver Dome Sunday night to celebrate the recent marriage of Henry Keller and Gertrude Meyers of Loyal.


Governor Phillip F. La Follette addressed a joint meeting of the Kiwanis Club and Junior Chamber of Commerce, members of the County Board, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and guests from Marshfield, and Black River Falls at a banquet in the Merchants Hotel on Tuesday evening, May 4.


Lloyd and Chester Klatt of the Town of Hewett were hired Monday night by the new Eau Claire Radio station, WEAU, to play over the air every Sunday from 1:45 to 2 p.m.  Lloyd plays Hawaiian guitar and Chester the Spanish guitar.


Wisconsin’s highway department is now carrying on a 344-mile experiment in a day and night markings on U.S. Hwy 12 from Hudson to Genoa City; if this experiment proves its worth, reflectorized signing may be adopted generally.


The Clark County Board passed a resolution to establish what will be known as Clark County Reforestation Prison Camp, the purpose being to provide a set-up whereby prisoners committed to the County Jail could be employed at useful and gainful labor.


Four other counties in the state have similar work houses or prison camps.


Emil Matson, Neillsville street commissioner, was ordered by the City Council Tuesday night to drain O’Neill pond and remove the accumulation of mud from the creek bottom to prepare the pond for swimming purposes.  It is possible that a concrete bottom will be laid in the portion of the pool which was prepared for small children.  Some work also will be necessary on the retaining wall.


Granton Junior Prom will be held May 6 at the Granton Opera House with music by Wally Beau.  Admission $1.00 per couple, spectators 25¢


When in Marshfield, stop at the Coffee Cup restaurant; delicious food at reasonable prices.


Free wedding dance at the East Side Hall, Saturday, May 15, at Willard


May 1957


This is national Homemakers Week when Clark County homemakers, numbering over 900, will rally in its observance.  Window displays have been built in businesses throughout the county.


Achievement Day will be held at Neillsville High School, May 4.


Daphne Beeckler has been honored for her 25 years as a teacher in the Neillsville Public Schools. The party was held at the Silver Dome Supper Club on April 24 with fellow teachers, members of the board of education, County Supt. and Mrs. Leonard Morley, librarians, and other school personnel.  Supt. Donald E. Peters was master of ceremonies. 


A group of Live and Learn Homemakers drove to Eau Claire Thursday on a club tour.  Many saw colored television for the first time and learned what an intricate system is required to run the WEAU station’s programs.  Members making the tour were: Mrs. Ray Johnson, Mrs. Donald Cole, Mrs. Donald Beaver, Mrs. Kit Englebretson, Mrs. Leonard Rueth, Mrs. Dalbert Mondlock, Mrs. Bud Smith, and Their guest, Mrs. Vern Gardner. 


Visitors to Neillsville Saturday and Sunday, as well as local people interested in the progress of their community, will have an opportunity to tour Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative plant and see the giant new spray drier.


Phil Thompson, 6 ft. 4 in. center from Coach “Hank” Lukes Neillsville high school basketball squad, will reign as Prom King at the high school prom on May 18.  He has selected Donna Howard, a 16-year-old junior, for his Prom Queen.  “Some Enchanted Evening” is the theme for the 1957 prom.


Gene Loos and Janet Steinbeck will reign as king and queen of the Granton High School Junior Prom in the high school gymnasium Friday night.  Loos, a popular athlete, was selected prom king by members of the junior class.  He selected Miss Steinbeck as his queen.  Other royalty will be Ernest Sternitzky, Joyce Schmidt, Dale Trimberger, Nancy Spry, Walter Hiles and Virginia Winter.  Theme of this year’s prom is “Oriental Gardens.”  Mrs. Meda Warlum is the advisor.


Four men came home with 900 lbs. of smelt the other day.  Ernest Kissling, Alvin Lezotte, Bob Spiegel and Alfred Spiegel went smelt fishing on Lake Superior near Ashland one day last week.


Wedding dance Saturday, May 4 honoring; LaVonne Mills and Merlin Gerber at the Silver Dome Ballroom.


A parade down Hewett Street, Neillsville, at possibly the end of World War I, a celebration of peace


The Kleckner Feed Mill on right side of Hewett Street looking north, now site of American Legion Hall and the Condensary on the left which is presently the site of the Neillsville Fire Hall.  The model “T” in the foreground dates the photo as does un-surfaced street.



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