Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 22, 1998, Page 16

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 

Good Old Days

Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


April 1893


The caravans of worn and weary horses and mules are tramping their way to the La Crosse mill yards to collect money to pay for their feed while they and their masters were in the woods this winter.


John Paul’s lumber business in this vicinity is about closed up. There is but one small camp to be put in near here next winter.  The Paul operations will be moving northward, beyond Greenwood.


Bob Hemphill, on the city’s south side, has lost five sheep that cost him $60.


Balch & Tragsdorf are putting in sewer connections. All of the frost isn’t out of the ground which makes the work difficult.  Every lot along the line of the sewer main should be connected this year, if possible.


The ladies of the Methodist church will give a maple sugar social and supper on Wednesday evening, at the home of Mrs. Dixon.  All are cordially invited to come and get some warm sugar.


If you want hardware, a stove, tin ware, doors or sash, furniture of any kind, don’t forget to stop at Dangers & North Co.  Their store is located on the corner of Sixth & Hewett streets.  The building was formerly occupied by Balch & Tragsdorf.  B. Dangers has gone east to secure bargains in furniture so you may defer your purchase until he returns or wait for their grand opening the middle of this month.


Gus Klopf has bought the residence owned by McCully, known as the Frank Eyerly place.  It is located on Clay Street, between Will Marsh’s and L. M. Sturdevants.  The very neat house is in good repair and is one of the best lots in town. The consideration was $1,200.  Klopf is selling the Lapp place that he bought only a few months ago.


Public Notice: I hereby notify the public that I shall early this spring remove my road fence.  William Boon


I also give notice that my road fence will be removed at once and owners of cattle are hereby notified to take care of their cows.  William Cooper


The people living north of Black River near the Grand Avenue Bridge have organized and petitioned for admission to our city school district.  They have about 25 children of school age and at present are compelled to send them up to the Mound School.  It is a long distance through the country.  Another solution would be to send them to our first ward school and pay the non-resident scholarship fee, thus assuming a double school tax burden.  A. Gress has been active in circulating the petition.


The attention of our readers is called to read the attractive advertisement of S. H. Moore & Co., publishers of The Ladies’ World, New York, in this issue of our paper.  They offer to send their charming ladies’ magazine on three month’s trial for only 12 cents.  Each subscriber will be sent, free, as a premium, 20 varieties of choice flower seeds and a packet of the celebrated Eckford Sweet Peas, the most popular flower now grown,


Freer and Halverson have decided to have a carriage and wagon show house built opposite the Freer Shop, corner of Clay and Seventh Streets, near the depot.  They will begin building as soon (as) the ground is dry enough to work on.


The whist club “whistled” Saturday Night at the residence of W. J. Marsh until midnight.  Al Marsh sat down at the head card table and stayed there until the end.  He is a dusty miller but there is no brand dust in his whist.


It is reported that fifty families of Swedes are to locate on farms and become permanent residents of the Town of Hewett this year.


There was $600,000 in bar silver at the Village of Unity the other day, piled up like cordwood.  It was loaded in express cars going through on the railroad line.


Chas. Foote is having lumber hauled to his fine farm a short distance east of the city on the Pleasant Ridge road.  He will build a nice residence this season.  The rock for the foundation is there, lying on the ground.


A party of Danish capitalists has purchased 30,000 acres of land belonging to the Spaulding estate, located near Withee.  A large number of families will colonize there.  The settlers are to be taken from American cities, many from Chicago, who have in recent years emigrated from Denmark.


It is planned that the tract of land will be divided up into forty-acre farms.  Churches, school houses and other public buildings will put up in that area.


Among the settlers will be Rev. A. S. Nielsen, later pastor of Trinity Danish Lutheran church in Chicago.  Nielsen came to America more than 20 years ago, having been president of the Danish Lutheran synod for nearly two decades.  He resigned that office at the last meeting of the synod.  He will be a great guide and counselor to the new Clark County colony.  These people are sober, industrious and progressive, and the countryside where they settle will soon blossom in prosperity.


Greenwood is about to establish a coil hoop factory.  It will coil at first, then recoil.  Neillsville tried it!


Another new institution has been set up at Greenwood, Hutchinson Cooperage Co.  It employs 30 men and has installed all new machinery at a cost of $15,000.


Ed Markey will go out of the saloon business at the end of the month.  He has rented the establishment to Mr. Wasserberger, the harness maker.


The frame of the new Congregational church was raised last week and before we know it we will be hearing anthems instead of hammers.


Will Leason will be building a new house over on part of the Hi Palmer farm which lies east of the railroad tracks here.  Making preparations, the new owner has been hauling lime to the plot this week.


The legislature has passed a notable law, establishing within the state, road commissioners in each county.  The purpose is to designate a method to pursue establishing and maintaining the new type of macadamized roads that are to be constructed throughout the state.  It is a grand step in the right direction, and we congratulate the commonwealth on the advanced position taken.  (Macadamized road was one which had been covered with a crushed stone surface. D.Z.)


Tomorrow is Arbor Day in Wisconsin.  A week ago the ground was covered with snow and the robins were wearing chest protectors.  There is something wrong with the lap of spring this year.


The boys are saying, “Fishing in Black River is good right now.”


April 1938


Gale Vandeberg of the Neillsville High School won first place in the district Future Farmers speaking contest held last week.  He will represent this district at the sectional contest to be held at Stanley later this month.


Extensive remodeling operations are under way in the former Balch building to be used for the new and larger Wagner’s Restaurant and top room when completed.  A. C. Wagner plans to make it the finest place of its kind in this city.  The new restaurant will be air conditioned through out and the furnace will be reconditioned.  Albert Kalsow and Reinhold Schmidt are doing the carpenter work now underway.


Nine new members have (been) elected to the Clark County Board as a result of the spring election.  They are John Seif of the Town of Seif, Fred Drew of Eaton, Fred Seefeld of Unity, Art Schwarze of Warner, Chas. Hoffman of Abbotsford, Franklin Kraut of Curtiss, Tom Polnazek of Thorp, and Eino I. Luoma of the city of Owen.


A softball league is being formed in Neillsville.  The league will be made up of five and possible six teams of schools in Neillsville and vicinity.  Adelbert Eberhardt, athletic director of the Winnebago Indian School, and Henry Ott are organizing the league.  The schools to be included are the Indian School, Neillsville High School freshmen, Lutheran School, North and South Side Grade Schools of Neillsville and possible the Reed School east of Neillsville.


The Neillsville All Stars and independent basketball team recently participated in a tournament at Osseo, placing fourth.  Members of the team were Bob O’Brien, Rexford, Carl Wagner, Ole Olson, Ken Olson, Bill Wagner, Dave Krutsch and Harold Feirn.


Over 90 forest fires broke out in the territory around Tomahawk and Merrill this week and several hundred elsewhere in the state.  Fires in the vicinity of Pray and Merrillan Junction, Sunday, caused a pall of smoke to cover quite a territory in this section.  The woods are extremely dry so warnings are being issued by forestry rangers to take care in not starting fires.


Cy Buker, of Greenwood, has been listed as one of the first string pitchers of the University of Wisconsin baseball team.  Cy pitched for Greenwood in the Cloverbelt league last year and is being sought by Medford for its pitching staff this summer.


There will be a free dance at the season’s opening at Hake’s barn on next Saturday evening.


Navigation opened up Friday noon on Black River when Bob Dwyer and Snowball Meyer struck out for Hatfield via rowboat.  They launched their craft below the Grand Avenue Bridge.


A large crowd gathered at the harbor to bid them farewell and then hurried to the Black River Bridge to watch them pass under, then south to the Cunningham Bridge for a last view of the daring Holt-La Rue wave gliders.


They coped with the venture gallantly until a rock down near Herian farm got in their way and upset the vessel, landing the pair in the icy depths of the river.  Dame Fortune or some such miracle chose for them one of the few spots where wading ashore was possible.


So, the urge to cruise down stream to the lake was nipped in the bud.


Green spruce trees, costing $2 each, will be planted between Owen and Withee along what will be known as Memorial Boulevard.  Businessmen of both towns will contribute $5 each and citizens $2 apiece.  Each tree planted will be dedicated to the memory of some soldier.


Levis Hall’s opening dance will be held on Sunday, May 1st with Noll’s 4-piece Orchestra playing.


The Silver Dome Ballroom will have dances on Saturday, April 30 with the “Swing Band” and an old time dance on Tuesday, May 3 when the “Dux Orchestra” will provide the music.  Admission will be 35¢ for gents and 15¢ for ladies.  Roller skating is on Wednesday evening, Sunday afternoon and evening with admission 30¢.


The Moose Lodge will sponsor a Card Party at their hall on Monday, April 25.  Bridge, Sheepshead and 500 will be played with lunch served later.


Mrs. Rachel Winneshiek, a well known town of Levis resident, passed away at the age of 96, last Tuesday.


Last week’s marriage license applications issued were to: Wilbur Sanger of Fremont and Miss Evelyn Reimer of Lynn; Walter Kindt, Town of Eaton and Alice Lyon of Loyal; Alfred Franz, Auburndale and Esther Jenni, Loyal.


Surrounding counties have been reporting some cases of Small Pox. So far, Clark County has no reported cases.



The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and be willing to help others.

--Albert Schweitzer—



A summer time outing shared by several people of all ages, joined in fishing near Dells Dam on the Black River, circa 1910.  (Photo from the Schultz family collection who lived near Dells Dam)



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