Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 18, 1998, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 

Good Old Days


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News of 1938


A crowd of about 900 people from many surrounding communities took in the big wrestling matches at Thorp last Thursday night.  In the main event Bronko Nagurski, 234 lbs., claiming to be world’s champion, tossed Big Chief Jennings out of the ring among the spectators and then slammed him down on the mat immediately afterwards to win.  It took Ed Krul 22 minutes to polish off John Simpson, and George Sauer pinned Adolph Haavisto down in 24 minutes of rough wrestling.  Sampson substituted for Buckets Goldenberg who was laid up by injuries.


A full carload of Maytag washing machines were received today by the Neillsville Maytag Co.  John Schiesel, store manager, informs us this is the first time a full carload of washing machines has been received on one shipment.


Schiesel will have the machines on display as soon as unloading is finished.  He reports; sales are good and future sales are looking optimistic.


Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Club 10 east of Neillsville, Thursday, March 17th.  There will be a floor show, band with Irish songs and dances.  Come out and meet your friends.


A St. Patrick’s Day dance will be held at the Silver Dome Ballroom on Thursday, March 17 with music by the “Suring Boys.”  Admission-Ladies 15¢ and Gents 25¢


The State of Wisconsin has allotted funds to pay for building a superstructure of the new ranger station.  It is being built on the northeast corner of the Courthouse grounds by Art Carl, contractor.  The foundation, walls, roof and windows have been completed, and plans are to have the building ready for occupancy by April 1st.  The erection of the building is made possible by funds due the county from the state forestry department.


An artistic fireplace is being erected, built out of Clark County stone that will be one of the attractive features of the ranger station.


“Ruggles”, the pal of a dozen boys on South Hewett Street and one of the friendliest and happiest dogs in town, was killed by a car on Monday.  Ruggles would run and play with the boys, take part in their games, run after sticks or balls and was a general favorite.  The boys feel they have lost a real friend and mourn his loss.


The Neillsville Golf Course opens and the grand opening will take place Sunday, April 3rd, with arrangements being made for the men and women.  The various committees are busy planning to make this an outstanding event.


The Lakeshire Cheese Co. plant in Loyal will cease to take in milk after March 31, 1938, according to notices given patrons and drivers last week.


No official announcement has been made by Lakeshire officials up to this time, as to their future plans for the plant.


The Lakeshire plant here is one of the largest in the state.  It is reported that because the plant is not receiving enough milk, it must close down operations.


Several Dane County farmers, unwilling to scrap their old family cars merely because they became outmoded, are converting them into useful pieces of farm machinery.  By taking out the car engine for the power unit and combining it with a used truck transmission, a considerable number of farmers are reported to have made farm tractors at a very small cost.  Such tractors, they find, are suitable for doing such work as plowing, disking, harrowing, and for pulling binders and mowers.  (Memories of some of those creations do come to mind; every community had a few.  D.Z.)


Clark County, because it has one of the best organized nursing programs in the state, is fortunate in receiving free the services of an additional nurse for a period of at least three months.  The expenses will be paid by the State Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.


Miss Esther Wilson, R.N. will start working Monday April 4, under the supervision of Miss Gertrude Clouse, R. N. county nurse.


Fred Schroeder and son, Gerhardt, moved their shoe repair equipment into their new building Sunday and the following day found them comfortably settled.  They are doing business in the neat new brick structure 20’ x 32’, built during the winter by Harry Swanson, contractor.


Mr. Schroeder, Sr., has been a shoemaker and cobbler in this city for 40 years.  His son has been associated with the business for the past ten years.


The business section of Neillsville was given the first thorough street cleaning of the spring season during the past week.


A crew of men with shovels and brooms cleaned up the sand put on the ice last winter along with other garbage which was gathered up and hauled away.


Chicken Notice to Neillsville Residents – Dogs and Chickens must be kept in your own yard.  Any dogs or chickens which stray from the owners’ yard are a nuisance and the owners thereof will be arrested for this offense.


This is the only warning I will issue and any complaints I receive after this notice, will be followed by arrests.  Save your money and keep your dogs and chickens in your own yard.  Fred Rossman, Chief of Police


 Dwayne Felser selected Saturday morning’s March breeze as ideal for flying his new three-foot kite.  It soared grandly to the full length of 700 feet of string.


All went well until the string became entangled in one of the large trees at the Masonic Temple corner.  In an effort to release the hold, the twine broke and from then on D. Felser was no longer the flyer of his own kite, the duty shifted to the tall elm.


Now high, now low, now east and west, the kite flew about the city at the end of a remaining 500 feet of cord from eleven a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. Monday, when the rain finally dampened its sails, and it fell to the roof of Edith Paulson’s garage.


Sharratt & McCann, Route 3, Granton has some used cars for sale.  There are 2 Chevrolet Coaches, Model ‘A’ Pickup, Pontiac Sedan, Dodge 4-dr. Sedan and 1936 LaFayette Sedan.


Attend Allis Chalmers Farmers’ Day at Stelloh’s on Thursday, March 3rd at 1 p.m. ten reels of movies will be shown.


Coming Events in Granton: March 3 – Ladies Aid Society at Neillsville; March 4 – Granton happy Homemaker’s Club at Oscar Ebert home; March 3,4,5 – Barn Dance Show at Granton Hall, sponsored by Business Men’s Club; Local people will participate in the home talent show; March 7 – Parent-Teachers’ Association at the high school; March 10 – Ladies’ Circle Meeting.


The last of the dray horses has passed out of the picture in Neillsville, with the team owned by A. Hauge and Son being recently sold.


Several towns in the state are making plans for construction of individual cold storage lockers in their vicinities.  The lockers will be used for the preservation of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.  A group of citizens and farmers voted for a farm cooperative to finance the construction of the lockers. It is believed many other areas will do the same to get the much needed cold storage facilities.


March 1953


The Robert Quinnells are back at their mink ranch in the Town of Pine Valley.  Their sale arrangement didn’t go through so they have returned from Florida to take care of the business.


Hundreds of rural school children will flock to Neillsville on March 23 and 24.  They will participate in the annual crop judging contest, to be held at the Neillsville High School and sponsored by the Neillsville Chapter of Future Farmers of America.


While crop judging is the main business of the day, a time period is required for each participant, so recreation and sightseeing have been arranged for the time of leisure.  A play will be staged by Neillsville High School students in the gym at 12:30 each day.


Sightseeing trips have been arranged to the Condensary, County jail, the courthouse, public library and Milk Products Cooperative.  There will be tours through Nelson Muffler, the post office, Clark County Abstract office, Van Gorden’s fertilizer plant and Model Laundry.


A fourth set of twins have been born to the Louis Hagedorns of Route 3, Neillsville, on March 17.  They now have four girls and four boys.  Mr. Hagedorn says that their house is plenty big to accommodate the family’s new additions.


A county-wide meeting will be held to organize a Clark County Centennial celebration later in the year.  Present will be the directors, community leaders and a large representation of the 4-H leaders of the county.  The meeting will be held at St. Anthony’s church in Loyal with the church’s women’s organization serving a 7:30 p.m. dinner.


James Hiles, 7, escaped from serious injuries while he was sliding on the east side of 17th street on Neillsville’s Northside.  He made a flying grab for the front bumper of a car and hung on until the car stopped.  He was coasting on his sled when he slid in front of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Riphenburg’s car when they were driving on Pitcher Street.  Seeing the sled dart in front of his car, Riphenburg stepped on the brakes and slid to a stop on the icy road.


After Riphenburg got out of his car, he found a smashed sled and a boy hanging on the front bumper.


Having received the usual warnings from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gale Hiles, James still went sliding in a dangerous place.  Despite all the fussing over what happened, he had to return to school the next day, as usual.


Nine persons were boarding in the Clark County Jail last Monday, the largest number at any one time since 1943.


Steinie’s Club 10, east of Neillsville on Hwy. 10, serves delicious dinners featuring steaks, frog legs and lobster tail.


Thirteen young men of Clark County were inducted into the armed services in February.  They were: David Helm, Granton; Glenn D. Henniger, Granton; Donald F. Sladek, Granton; Gordon C. Oldham, Neillsville; Donald J. Pitt, Thorp; Gerald D. Pagel, Thorp; Raymond Grendzinski, Thorp; Roman D. Stroinski, Thorp; Donald G. Lund, Stanley; Bernard D. Orsburn, Greenwood; Gerald H. Quelle, Greenwood; Darrell H. Schoelzel, Colby and John L. Mattenklodt, Humbird.


Shop Neillsville – Flitter’s Grocery has weekend specials: Sardines 3 cans 25¢; Baby Pike (Canadian Sauger) 35¢ lb; Fancy Farm Dressed, year-old chickens – every week.  Harriet’s Tog Shop, 3 doors north of the Post Office has Dollar Days Sale – 100% combed Cotton Cardigans - $1; Stadium Style Booties - $1; Winter Caps - $1.


Coast to Coast Store – barn shovel - $1.19; 6 ft. skis - $7; 4 ½ cu. ft. wheelbarrow only $22.95.


A Train Wreck in the City of Greenwood, date unknown.  The train line was owned by F. N. Foster



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