Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

December 6, 2000, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman

Clark County News


December 1875


The Village of Medford, Taylor County, is said to be a lively little burg.  It contains a population of about 500 and is doing a great business.  About 16 million feet of lumber will be put into the head-waters of the Black River in that locality during the present winter.


Again, the matrimonial fever has broken out in Neillsville, during the past week; several prominent of the eligibles have been carried off.  To the young men who have been seen fit to take up with the second best condition, according to St. Paul’s way of thinking, we have no word of advice to offer.  They have done well in their choices.


Robert Schofield’s logging camp in section 29-3 with Tip Hilton as foreman is said to be the main logging camp on the Black River.  The camp consists of one cooking shanty and two sleeping shanties.  It provides stabling for over 30 teams of horses, besides ware houses and other necessary buildings.  Eight million feet of lumber will be sent out of that camp this season which will be the largest amount put in the Black River by one logging crew.


A. W. Ayers, of West Salem, who has burnished Clark County with the nicest buggies and cutters ever used and owned within its boundaries, has been in town during this week.  He is trying to determine how many cutters will be wanted during this present season.  As soon as the ground is covered with enough snow, he intends bringing 25 fine cutters to Neillsville.  Some of the order has already been sold and the balance will soon be sold after it arrives, as Ayers’ quality work is well known.


For a down-right good time on Christmas Eve, attend Ren Halstead’s dance.  Halstead is doing his best to make the evening interesting to all who attend.


F. C. Hartford has issued invitations to a dance at Gwinn’s Hall, in the Village of Loyal, on Christmas Eve. This dance will be the first given in their new hall.  Hartford never goes into anything to fail, so we know the party will be one long to remember for the enjoyment it will afford to those who attend.


Last Tuesday, a tinner’s forge, in full blast, was left on the roof of the Clark County Court House by the workmen who had been engaged on the roof during the day.  The forge was discovered in the evening and the natural conclusion was that the building was on fire.  The forge was kicked out of all shape by the party who discovered the fire, as the man who left it there probably would have been kicked had he been around.


John Telling and H. O. Wood, of Telling, Wood & Co., the late private banking firm doing business in the village, have merged into a new banking institution.  Organized under the state banking laws, it is now known as the Clark County Bank. 


W. H. Kounz (Kountz?) has been over in the grasshopper regions of Minnesota buying oxen to be used in the woods.


Last Thursday, Charley Ecker repaired the telegraph line between Neillsville and Hatfield Station.  The wire had been torn down in many places.  It is said that several, so-called, smart men along the line find sport in making targets of the isolators.  They may not be aware of the fact that they are committing a crime and the guilty ones could be lead to isolation if detected.


Last Monday morning a team of horses attached to a heavy wagon, belonging to F. D. Lindsey, took a run around town without a driver.  There was great damage to a barrel of molasses that happened to be occupying the wagon at the time.


Coasting on the sidewalk may be fun for the boys, but it’s hard on us grown-up people to be obliged to clear the track or climb an awning post every rod or two to let a train of them pass.  It’s no fun, either, to come so near turning a backwards somersault that your head just catches the ground enough to spoil the performance and make stars appear to be thicker that boys and sleds ever were.  We hope the boys will find some other place besides Main Street in which to practice that art and not compel those occupying premises on that line to strew ashes on the walks.


December 1930


The largest dance crowd that has attended a dance in Neillsville in many years packed the Armory Saturday night.  The dance was a celebration put on by the business men of the city to mark the completion of 13 miles of concrete on Highway 10.  It was estimated that more than 300 couples danced while hundreds of others thronged the gallery as spectators.


The open air ceremony was held at the intersection of Fifth and Hewett Streets at 8 p.m. at which F. D. Calway, C. R. Sturdevant, chairman of the Clark County Board and O. W. Schoengarth, County Judge gave brief talks.  The golden ribbon was cut by S. F. Hewett, Neillsville’s City Mayor.  The Neillsville High School band played several numbers.


A notice is hereby given to remind residents of Neillsville; there is an ordinance forbidding the dumping of ashes on the streets or boulevards with in the city.  Attention is being called to this as some citizens may not know of the ordinance.


The new Chevrolet Six cars are now available at the R. H. Welsh Chevrolet garage in Neillsville.  The new Chevrolet Six is also featured at new low prices; the Phaeton, $510; Sport Roadster, with rumble seat, $495; Standard five window Coupe, $545; Sport Coupe, with rumble seat, $575; Standard Sedan, $635.


A deer hunting party consisting of Wm. O’Brien, his son Harold, a nephew Leon of Taylor, Roy Sischo and son Lyle and Earl Holt spent several days hunting near Tripoli.  They saw many doe and fawn but got only one buck.  The most exciting feature of the hunt was the killing of a lynx or bob cat, being bagged by Leon O’Brien.  The animal weighted about 45 pounds.  O’Brien will have the cat mounted by an expert taxidermist.


The most worthwhile Christmas gift for your child is a musical instrument from the Neillsville Music Store.  The best of all musical instruments, the piano is the basic instrument.  New pianos are being sold at the Neillsville Music Store at depression prices.  Stop in to see the pianos on display and check the prices.


A new mail service for Neillsville was started Monday when the star route between Merrillan and Marshfield was opened.  It partially replaces the service formerly provided by the two discontinued passenger trains.


Burleigh Grimes, the base ball star, visited at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Grimes, in Owen last week.  He left Tuesday for New York City where he is appearing in vaudeville.  Burleigh will return to Owen for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.


W. D. Martin and Art Wagner have rented the Jesse Lowe Building on Hewett Street.  Martin will handle office supplies.  Wagner will run an indoor golf course along with his tire and automobile accessories business.


A charivari was held for George Schaefer, of the Christie area, on Wednesday evening.  The neighborhood boys were late in learning of Schaefer’s marriage which took place last summer.  But, they managed to get their refreshments and had a good time when they made a surprise call at Schaefer’s place.


Shop at Burley’s (Bruley’s) Store where you can buy nice New York Baldwin apples for $1.00 per bushel.


Walter A. Smith, manager of the local Midland Lumber and Coal Co., received notice that he will be transferred to the yard at Superior, one of the largest of the 31 lumber yards owned by the Midland Co.


Delmond Peterson from Paynesville, Minn., takes Smith’s place here in Neillsville.  Peterson has had seven years experience in the Midland Lumber Yard at Paynesville.


Harry Svirnoff died very suddenly on Saturday, while at the farm home of William Oldham in the Town of Pine Valley.  Svirnoff was talking to Oldham about buying cattle.


Born in Russia on March 10, 1880, Svirnoff came to America when he was about 20 years old.  He readily adapted himself to American life.  Svirnoff has been operating his own business, buying and selling farm livestock around the Neillsville area.


Twenty-eight years ago Svirnoff was married to Miss Bertha Cohen. Except for two years residence in New York City, Neillsville has been their home since their marriage.


Besides his wife, Svirnoff leaves two sons, Isadore E. and Morris B., young men living at home.  Another son died in infancy.  Mrs. Svirnoff has been very ill for several weeks.  The deceased also has two sisters and a brother living in New York.


Mrs. Svirnoff has relatives in Minneapolis so the funeral and the burial of her late husband will be held there.


A new disease is gradually attacking the average American.  For want of a better name, it is called “sititis.”  It is caused from people sitting around too much and taking no exercise.  It will result ultimately in physical degeneracy of the race, according to the Educational Committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society in a bulletin issued recently.


The average American men, women and children, should shake themselves free form the menace of “sititis,” declares the committee.  “It is unlike the hookworm in that it is neither a parasitic or constitutional disease.  The basis of the remedy for sititis is exercise.”


“People sit at the radio, theatre and automobile wheel.  The very ones, who need exercise most, sit at the sport games and cheer those who do exercise.”


“America has become a nation of spectators, who pay big money for the development of physical giants.  Adult America is dying between the neck and waist line from diseases that come not from without, but from within, attacking the heart, the lungs, the kidneys and the liver.  Physical degeneracy is becoming an increasingly important problem.”


(It is interesting to note that this article was written 70 years ago when attention was being drawn to people not getting enough exercise.  They thought there was too much “sititis” at that time with the invention of cars, the radio sports events, etc.  Oh, my, what would they think now?  D.Z.)


When desire dies, fear is born. – Baltasar Gracian


This late 1800s photo shows the John Paul logging crew lined up with teams and wagons on the Main Street of Neillsville.  Headed  northward, the wagons were loaded with supplies needed for the men who would spend the winter months living in a logging camp located somewhere in the forested area of Clark County. 



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