Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 16, 2002, Page 32

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 






Compiled by Dee Zimmerman






Clark County News


October 1902


The Neillsville Roller Mills was sold by the Clark County Sheriff, recently, under an order of the court.  A disagreement among the partners made the sale necessary.  The nature of the property was such that it could be divided among the partners.   W. H. Butler, of Granton, purchased the property with the bid of $11,500.


The roller mills will be in operation again in a week or two.  It will be under the management of the Neillsville Cash Milling Co., consisting of John Paulus, Mont Brown and John D. McMillan.  Work has been progressing in cleaning up the mill, overhauling the machinery and putting things in readiness to run.


W. J. Hemphill has just received, from the factory, a beautiful new surrey.  It has cushion rubber-tires, “bike” wheels and is a model in finery.  The canopy is novel in the way it is built, being adjustable and easily removable, transforming it into an open carriage.


V. M. Murphy has leased the Merchants Hotel, in Neillsville, for 10 years.  He wants to call the attention of the traveling public to the fact that he has the finest hotel in the city.  It is the only one with bathrooms and steam heat throughout.  All sample rooms, for the traveling salesmen’s convenience of displaying new goods, are under the same roof.  All of the tables, in the hotel, are supplied with the best marble the markets afford.  The rooms are cool and airy in the summer and comfortably heated in the winter.  A bar and barbershop are within the building.  There is a free-of-charge bus to and from the train station, including the night train arrivals.  A special rate of $1.00 per day is offered to country trade and Clark County Commissioners.  Good stabling is available for the teams of horses.  Bus transportation is furnished to any part of the city.


Rev. George McClure, a Baptist minister from Brodhead, Wis., owns 400 acres of land south of Columbia.  He is beginning to open up the land for farming.  E. M. Rowe, Chas. Servaty and their helpers are now at work on building a fine house for McClure.  He plans to stock the farm with cattle and sheep.


Marriage applications have been issued to the following:


Richard N. Selves and Musa L. West, both of the Town of Grant; William F. Hause and Minnie Bishma, both of Unity; J. B. Baker and Mabel Mack, both of the Town of Loyal; John Bowen and Olivia Bredeson, both of Longwood; Guy Winn, of the Town of York, and Ethel Gardner of Loyal; Albert F. J. Davel and Florence Baker, both of the village of Loyal; Wm. Roberts and Emma Gerkey, Town of Loyal.


We have noticed a flock of quail running about in Judge Sturdevant’s yard and adjoining lots recently. The Judge says he intends to keep the quail around until 1903, when he can shoot them without fear of the game warden.


There will be an auction sale at the Free Hodge’s farm, located one mile west of the Christie post office, on Oct. 14, starting at 10 a.m.


Items to be sold are: 9 milk cows, 4 yearling heifers, 1 yearling bull, 6 spring calves, 13 pigs, 2 Poland China brood sows, 30 chickens, 1 grain binder, 1 hay mower, 2 plows & drags, 2 seeders and 2 cultivators, 25 tons of hay, 1 large stack of straw, 7 acres of potatoes, 9,000 feet lumber, 13,500 shingles and 1 spring wagon.  All household furniture and goods will also be sold. Sale terms will be given at the time of the sale.


October 1942


Newly appointed members of the Clark County Agricultural Machinery Rationing Board have been announced by Axel Sorenson, chairman of the USDA War Board.


The members are: Arthur Imig, of Neillsville and Ed Klinke, who will serve with Sorenson as regular members of the board.  Harold Huckstead, of Neillsville and Frank Hemmersbach are alternates.


Jan Garber, whose press agents bill him as the “Idol of the Airways,” visited Neillsville one day last week.


Garber almost got away without being recognized.


Thursday afternoon, a rather short individual, neatly dressed, walked into the office of the War Price & Rationing board, located over the Neillsville Bank.


He inquired of Virginia Scholtz, a clerk there, directions to the telephone office.  Miss Scholtz gave polite instructions.  After he left the office, Edna Tews another clerk, rushed in.


“Gee! That looked like Jan Garber.”


A few seconds later, Miss Fern Robinson, of the telephone office, excitedly confirmed the identity of the distinguished visitor.  Garber had stopped to make a call on his way to play an engagement in Eau Claire.


When Bill Meier, local theater manager, heard about it, he could only remark:


“When you bill a celebrity, they don’t show up, such as Eddie Arnold and Frances Dee, and when you don’t know about it, they pop up unexpectedly.”


A new record for going backward down the South Hewett Street hill, without a driver, was set by Miss Helen Bartz’ car last week.


Starting from Sixth Street at Hewett, Miss Bartz’ car traveled all the way downhill to the picket fence across the old Danger buildings’ ruins. The Dangers property is located on the corner of Seventh Street and Hewett Street.


En route, the car passed safely between the big tree and the light post at the post office corner; knocked over a 10-minute parking sign in front of the post office; crossed South Hewett Street and felled a light post before a vacant building; carried the light post across the sidewalk and deposited it as the car rolled upon the floor of the old Dangers building foundation; then came to rest after smashing three or four pickets in the fence at the building’s flooring.


Miss Bartz’ car is not the first that has had its mechanical brakes fail to hold on the Sixth Street corner.  Judging from past experience, there will be another attempt at making a new record in about six months with a car run-away.  The previous backward car-rolling record, in that particular location, was set about six months ago.  A car was stopped at the front step of the Northern States Power Company office after it started its backward trip.


Leo W. Foster, executive secretary of the local War Price and Rationing Board has announced that no canning sugar purchase certificates may be issued after October 15.


William H. Combs of Withee, who services milking machines, was granted a certificate to purchase an automobile by the local War Price and Rationing Board, last week.


Seventy-eight men from Clark County will leave from Loyal Friday for Fort Sheridan, Ill. There, they will begin army training. They are among 82 men of the September selective service contingent accepted in Milwaukee following their physical examinations.  Four to the group went directly to Fort Sheridan after being sworn in.


Members of the September group are:


Neillsville: Joseph M. Resong, Ward A. Lockman, John H. Roberts, Edmund J. Statz, Howard S. Stilwell, Marvin W. Benedict, Hugh F. Stoffel, Herbert C. Henchen, Mike Finder, Ernest Ziglinski, Henry G. Zastrow and Lawrence L. Struble.


Greenwood: Leo W. Wehrmann, Laverne Brown, Ralph H. Seefluth, Verland W. Schorer, Glenn L. Howard, Allen L. Luber, George E. Finkle, Wm. E. Joyce, Fred H. Decker, Edward F. Potter, and Harry E. Steffen.


Granton: Leroy F. Todd, Robert G. Howard, Roy J. Kleinschmidt and James C. Engebretson.


Humbird: Harold B. Aanerud, Joseph N. Cooper, Robert A. Smith and Vernon L. Smith.


Chili: Charles L. Selk, Marlyn S. Lindow, Norman E. Miller and Burr A. Voelker.


Willard: Roger A. Djubenski


Loyal: Ewald H. Hinklemann, Glen F. Clouse, Edmund J. Hinkelmann, Robert A. Bugar, Albert W. Oestreich, Edward J Groh and Leo N. Bertz.


Owen: Lester F. Jens, John E. Winslow, Merlin A. Behringer, Harold Krarup, Arthur C. Johnson, Cecil J. Schmidt, Walter A. Alexander and Christopher R. Berg.


Thorp: Ellery B. Freese, Steven J. Kosikoski, Herbert H. Breeren, John S. Dudra, Maxmillian G. Beller, Henry F. Quelle, Anton S. Harycki, Hugo J. Roesler, Albert E. Morrison, Stanley J. Sokolowski and Dewey L. Andrews.


Dorchester: Ray W. Hugoboom, Franklin J. Fritsche, Orvin A. Frome and Arthur A. Meyer.


Stanley: John L. Qualheim, Harry H. Robinson, Philip Haugen and Clifford H. Hanson.


Withee: Ira L. Baker, Anthony F. Laski, Hans C. Paulson, Otto Rohland, Albert F. Beilfuss and Jacob E. Ahomaki.


Curtiss: Kenneth C. Herrick and Elmer E. Durbin.


Abbotsford: Melvin G. Nikolay, Sylvester Mittlestedt and Saul Krom.


Spencer: John Schoolman


The reclassification of all class 3-A men married since September 16, 1940, was started this week.  The announcement was made by the local Selective Service Board.


The OPA has announced that coffee will be “frozen” November 23 and rationing will start after midnight, November 28.  Stamp number 27 in the sugar-rationing book will be used for the purchase of one pound of coffee for a five-week period.


Local grocers said the announcement of coffee rationing to come has not resulted in the “run” on coffee that might ordinarily be expected.  The reason, in most instances, is that their coffee stocks have been small, due to rationing to wholesalers, roasters and retailers.


Miss Elizabeth Maureen McCorry, daughter of Mrs. Charles McCorry, N. 32nd Street, Milwaukee, and Lieut. Carol Nicholas Schield, Dental Corps U. S. Army, were united in marriage on Saturday, October 17, 1942.  They were married at the post-chapel, Camp Claiborne, La.  Schield is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schield of Neillsville.


The bride has been a student at Marquette University.


Schield, a dentist, attended Drake University and finished his course at Marquette dental school.


Somewhere in Clark County, in the area southeast of Neillsville, three cars are resting on wooden blocks, stripped of all tires. 


They were not stolen tires.  The cars belong to three brothers.  All three men are in the armed service of their country.


When the announcement was made calling for all tires over five per vehicle, these men wrote to their father.  They instructed him to strip the tires from their cars.


“Uncle Sam needs them badly,” they said, in effect.  “We’ll take our chances on getting new tires when we get back home.”


This was the story told by M. H. Zilisch, local express agent, who is handling the shipment of tires to the Defense Supplies Corp.  He explained that company regulations prevent him from revealing the name of the family; but said they live “southeast of the city, in the Sherwood area.”


In all, that farmer delivered 16 tires for shipment to the federal tire-buying agency.  On the blank that is sent with the tires, payment was requested in war bonds and stamps.


Zilisch said this one transaction accounted for more than half the tires turned in here through Monday.  He expressed apprehension that most motorists will hold back until the last minute before turning them in.


According to the government regulations, he pointed out, all over five tires per vehicle, truck tires excluded, most be turned in before the date for application for gasoline rationing cards.  This is a condition of receiving a gasoline ration card.


The average time for the transaction at the express office is six minutes, Zilisch explained.  Thus, if all car owners should wait until the last day, they might be forced to waste considerable time.


The government’s Defense Supplies Corp will pay in government check or bonds and stamps for “idle” tires turned in.  However, the tires may also be donated to the government, if the owner chooses.


At the time the tires are taken to the express agency in the depot, a form is completed in triplicate.  This form identifies the tires, the owner and tells how payment is to be made.  The tires then are shipped to the Defense Supplies Corp. warehouse in Eau Claire.  There, the tread is measured and payment is made in accordance with government ceiling prices.


Early publicity about the method of handling the tires for shipment has been misleading to people of this area, Zilisch said.  This publicity was to the effect that pick-up of tires would be made anywhere by the express agency.  However, the fact of the matter is that pick-ups are to be made only in areas with delivery service.


This excludes, in Clark County, the rural areas.  Farmers must take their idle tires to the nearest express agency.



A circa 1900 view of the Hewett Street and Seventh Street intersection shows the front of Dangers Store on the southwest corner and the Merchants Hotel on the northwest corner of Seventh Street.  At the center and background is the Neillsville Mills building.



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