Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

December 16, 1998, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman




Clark County News


December 1908


As of Jan. 1, F. O. Balch will turn his millinery business over to Miss Jessie Romaine of Wausau.  Miss Romaine formerly lived at Loyal and was one of the prominent teachers of Clark County.  For several years she has owned a millinery business in Wausau.  She comes to Neillsville highly recommended.


On Dec. 15, the power from Hatfield Dam is to be turned on the wires.  The event is to be celebrated with due ceremony. Gov. Davidson of Wisconsin and Gov. Johnson of Minnesota have been invited to attend.  The plant is expected to develop 16,000 horsepower.  The first water was drawn over the flash boards into the two and one-half mile canal from the dam to the power plant Tuesday, and the canal was filled to a depth of seventeen feet.  The water wheels and generators will be tested to their full rated capacity Friday.  Thirty-seven miles of steel towers, 500 feet apart and resembling a string of gigantic windmills, have been completed.  The last five miles of towers are expected to be finished and the wire strung by Dec. 15. When completed, the first power will be furnished for the sub-station at Winona.  The company has 479,160,000 cu. ft. of water in reserve.  That is enough to supply the city of La Crosse for three months.


Fred Slifer of Minneapolis was in Neillsville this past weekend.  An architect, Slifer drew plans for construction of the porch that is being built on the Dewhurst residence.  While here, he visited his uncle, Wm. Poate.


There will be an apron sale and supper at Wheeler’s Hall in Christie on Dec. 17.  Everyone is invited.  A dance will be held at the hall on Friday evening.


M. Bolger and family will leave this week to make their home at Johnson Creek.  He has taken land in exchange for his farm known as the LaFlesh Place near the corner of the Clark County Fairgrounds.  The new owner, F. Bierman of Watertown takes possession of the farm as soon as Bolger has moved out.


A fine line of spring cutters, small bob sleds, cutter gears and sleds at Luethe’s.  These items are listed as exceptional values. 


You may hire a first-class orchestra or violin music for dances or parties furnished by G. W. Curtiss at the Ross Eddy farm, Rt. 2, Neillsville.


School No. 1 of Levis and School No. 1 of Pine Valley, Clara Lynch and Elsie Wood, teachers respectively, trimmed two trees for their scholars.  There were over 60 pupils at the town hall of Levis last Saturday evening.  A nice program was conducted until eleven o’clock.  Scholars and teachers held the attention of the audience to the finish.  Presents were exchanged amongst the pupils.  The hall was crowded to its full capacity and will be long remembered by those present.


John Lastofka has a new Fuller & Johnson six horse power gasoline engine.  He ran his feed cutter with it last Monday afternoon and it worked like a charm.


J. L. Parret has been delivering baled hay to Loyal for Robert Kurth.  He received eight dollars per ton.


On Christmas morning, Frank Brindley of Pine Valley drove to Neillsville and loaded up some people on his sleigh.  Mrs. D. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Brindley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Hudson and Miss Effie Alt were driven to the Brindley farm, west of the city.  Mrs. Brindley had one of the best dinners prepared that had ever been given visitors.  The return trip was slower, owing to the load being much heavier after the dinner.  May their kind host and hostess; live to enjoy many returns of the happy holiday season.


Geo. Huntzicker who never held anything in his arms for a Springfield or Krog-Jorgenson rifle has been approached about learning a new sport.  A friend of his wishes to teach Huntzicker the art and movements of barn dancing.  He recently received these instructions.  “Put your arm gracefully around the girl.  Make a noise like a cow and take three steps toward the watering trough.  Walk as nearly like a chicken as possible.  Kick up your heels like a frisky two year old.  If you lose your step, don’t get rattled.”  The barn dance has more steps than there were on the ladder Elijah saw extending to heaven.


December 1928


Ewald Schwarze and Sarah Olson were married at Greenwood, Wednesday evening, Nov. 28.  Rev. Pfieffer of the Reformed Church officiated the ceremony.  They were attended by Albert Holt and Fern Olson, the bride’s sister.


Miss Olson attended State Normal School at Stevens Point, later becoming a successful teacher in the rural schools of the country. At present she is teaching at the West Eaton School in the Town of Eaton.


The young couple is planning to rent a farm in that community in the spring.


The building committee of the newly completed Masonic Temple building on the corner of 4th and Hewett in Neillsville has a received a special gift.  Dr. John R. French of Los Angeles, Calif. has sent a bronze plaque to be placed at the temple entrance, in memory of his father, Dr. B. F. French.  Dr. B. F. French was the first master of the Neillsville Masonic Lodge.


In addition to the plaque, Dr. John French has presented a very substantial gift of money to the temple building fund.


The use of the “mouth organ” as a musical instrument is being developed among the pupils in Clark County schools.


A start was made last year in introducing harmonica music in several school clubs.  The work will continue this year.


Jimmie McLain, an expert in harmonica music visited the county and gave free demonstrations and some instructions at Humbird, Eaton Center and Curtiss.  Several country schools sent pupils into Curtiss so that all could receive the instructions.


The action of the city council in keeping the ice on the O’Neill Creek pond clean this winter has given the young people of the locality a great spot for the enjoyment of a winter sport.


The ice has been in fine shape this winter and the Northern States Power Co., through its local agent, Guy Hill, has generously lighted the pond with three large flood lights.  The result is that the ice is crowded every evening by skaters and the young people are making the best of this healthful winter exercise.


Some of the older people are also joining the skaters and seem to enjoy the sport as much as the youngsters.


There will be a free Christmas movie for the area kids on Monday, Dec. 24 at 2 o’clock, sponsored by business men of Neillsville.  William Tragsdorf is cooperating with the Kiwanis Club in making this possible.


Home-made birthday, Christmas or wedding cakes or any plain cakes or cookies, decorated and colored can be purchased from Mrs. Pete Boon, two miles west of Christie.


She has a cake decorating outfit enabling her to letter, initial, or decorate with flower patterns.  You can write to her, giving ideas of the way you would want a cake decorated.  Charges are 50 cents a cake with decorations, or 25 cents for decorating only.  Fruit Christmas cakes are 75 cents and $1.


Buy a new Chevrolet this Christmas for your family to enjoy.  The new six cylinders in the price range of the four cylinders car.  It has the new valve-in-head engine whose design represents over four years of development and testing by General Motors engineers.  It has advancements typified by a non-detonating, high compression cylinder head, gasoline pump with filter and automatic rocker arm lubrication.  It will have an economy averaging better than 20 miles to the gallon of gasoline.


The Roadster or Phaeton cost $525; the coach or the Coupe, cost $595; the Sedan is $675; the Sport Cabriolet is $695; the convertible Landau is $725; 1 ˝ ton Chassis with cab $650.  Stop in at R. H. Welsh Chevrolet


December 1943


Thirty-three Clark County men were called by the selective service board.  Of these, 11 went into the army, 19 into the navy and three into the marines.


For the army: Edward T. Wolowik of Greenwood; Sherrin L. Mack of Loyal; Norman A. Bakke, John J. Skutak and Harold M. German, all of Curtiss, Emil E. Rohland of Withee; John P. Devine, Carl E. Sillampa and Onnie Puro of Owen; James G. Caterina, Jr. and James W. McHenry of Thorp.


For the navy: Milo R Mabie, John E. Adams, Hilmer A. Dudei, and Joseph P. Reinart of Neillsville; Edward A Malinowski and Lester E. Severson of Greenwood; John L. Blunck, Edgar J. Linjer, Lester Bytof and Edwin E. Niemi of Withee.  Robert C. Herman and Leonard E. Krych of Thorp; Norbert W. Buss and Lorin I. Peterson of Curtiss; Cecil W. Beede and Thomas L. Simon of Owen; Calvin E. Schultz and Arnold H. Gosse of Colby; Delbert C. Drake of Dorchester.


For the marines: Russel A. Gehrke of Loyal; Jimmy C. Thomson of Chili and Stanley J. Fisher of Spencer.


Edward Verhagen has purchased the South Lynn Cheese factory and farm from Edward Decker.


Decker operated the factory for five years, opening it after it had been closed for some time.  Presently, there are 37 patrons.


Olaf Botnen of Neillsville thought he had a dandy buck deer which he had bagged during the hunting season.  However, about 100 pounds of venison was lost by theft.  The animal disappeared from the truck he was using to haul it in.  The party guilty of the theft has been found.


Granton now has a full fledged Rotary Club.  The charter was present(ed) by John P. Adler, district governor and 27 Granton men accepted it by words from George J. Edleback, club’s president.  Myrle G. Hales won the governor’s commendation for starting the club in Granton.


Rotary clubs throughout Clark County were well represented at the meeting with more that (than) 200 persons present at the Granton Village Hall.


The Ration timetable has been updated for the month of December and January.  Processed foods, green stamps A, B and C through Dec. 20, D, E and F are good through Jan. 20.


Check the dates on your coupon books for meat and fats, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline and tire inspections.


The great battleship Wisconsin was successfully launched at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Dec. 7.  It was a fitting observance of the Pearl Harbor anniversary.  The ship is one of the largest and strongest first-line fighters ever constructed.


A plane every five minutes is the record made by the United States in November.  It was the month of record production with 8,789 planes rolling off the assembly lines.  Of these, 1,000 were bombers.


Marriage licenses for December are: Frederick Stelter and Elizabeth Embke of Neillsville; Otto Engel and Violet Stock of Curtiss; Floyd Taylor and Myrtle Stockfleth of Neillsville.


The Clark County forestry has cut and furnished 5,000 trees to be carrying Christmas cheer into Iowa, southern Illinois and even as far away as Kansas City, MO.


From those threes, Clark County will realize a profit of 18 to 28 cents each, depending on the size.  Trees up to six feet high are 18 cents; six to eight feet, 23 cents; eight to ten feet 28 cents.


There is a Closing-out sale at Hart’s Southside grocery: Peanut butter, 24 oz. 39 cents; Blue Rose rice, 7 cents lb.; Matches, 6 boxes, 25 cents.


Prochaska Bros. Quality Market Specials – Buy 2 pkgs. Miller’s Wheat Flakes for 25 cents and receive a free tumbler; Texas oranges 33 cents doz.; assorted colors of sugar sand for decorating Christmas cookies, 2 pkgs. 9 cents; Kellogg’s corn flakes, 11 oz. 2 for 19 cents.


A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.


(Photo Correction)


Leason Windmill’s company sponsored a float in a Neillsville parade at about the turn of the century.  The parade unit was going south on Court Street, approaching Division Street.  The house on the left in the background is now the home of Eva Christie.  The middle house is presently owned by Fred and Lois Kieser.  The third house is believed to have been referred to as the Heath house, years ago.



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