Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 9, 2002, Page 36

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


October 1892


The Sherman Guards and the Firemen’s Corporation are demonstrating the fact that they mean business when they say they will have the new hall and armory up before the snow flies. They have commenced to excavate for the new structure and are hauling stones for the foundation. The plans and specifications are now in the possession of the company and may be seen at Sniteman’s Drug Store.  The building, if completed according to the plans, will certainly be an ornament to the city.  It will also be a place of amusement where everybody will wish to go for an evening of enjoyment.


Tuesday afternoon, during the horse races at the fair grounds, Duck Wheaton’s white nag decided to join the other horses in the competition.  Hitched to the high board fence, he worked the bridle off his head and made his way to the track.  Wandering around through the buggies, wagons, and peanut stands on his first heat, followed by a crowd of boys and men, he made it through to the gate entrance where he was captured.  One of the thills of the buggy to which he was attached was broken and he had received a severe cut on his right hind leg.


We have learned that A. E. Darton, of the Town of Unity, has commenced the building of a new residence on his farm.  The house will be 32’x32’, with a wing of 16’x26’.  The building will be brick veneered and will provide not only a comfortable but also a very attractive place. 


Richard Dewhurst has 75 choice residence lots for sale and the lumber to build houses upon the lots.  He will sell both lots and lumber on credit to suit the purchaser with from one to five years to repay the loan.  He also has nine 40’s of good farmland within two miles of Neillsville for sale. Build yourself a house or buy a farm.


Money in Chili is so scarce just now that pasteboard notes, handwritten, are used instead of coins.  Merchants state their name and a certain sum on a scrap of pasteboard.  These notes will circulate as money until they can at least be redeemed by its original producer.


The Dignin sisters, formerly of Chilton, have opened a milliner and dressmaking establishment.  They have set up their business in the Esch-Rabenstein building.  They would be pleased to have the ladies of Neillsville and vicinity call on them and examine the goods and workmanship in their shop.


North’s building, on the corner of Hewett and Sixth Street, will be remodeled.  A wall, three brick thick will enclose the north and west sides, while the south and east sides will be but a single brick veneering. A flat roof will take the place of the old roof.  A stone wall is being built under the rear part of the building.  When completed, the building will impart dignity to that corner.


During the past week, Greenwood has been assured the location of a large stave and heading factory.  A representative of the Hutchinson Cooperage Co., of Peoria, Ill., had visited Greenwood and was offered twenty acres of land and a cash bonus to locate there.  He has accepted the offer and will at once put in the new plant.  The mill is to be 35’x70’ in dimensions with a dry kiln, 35’x90’.  It will be located the Central Depot.  There will be 30 to 50 men employed at once, with an additional 20 men expected to be hired later.


Fred Wesenberg, of Pleasant Ridge, is looking for some farm help.  He would like to hire a boy, who goes to school, to do chores in the morning and evening, in exchange for room and board.  Or, he will hire a boy for room, board and wages.


We think the Neillsville School Board would do well to have the schoolhouses painted.  The Second Ward school building is worn thread bare for want of paint.  A coat of paint would save many dollars worth of lumber and carpenter work in replacing rotten timber by lack of it.


October 1932


The two motorcycle officers, O. K. Riplinger of Neillsville and W. R. Hare of Owen, who have been patrolling Clark County highways, were taken off duty October 1st.  The officers started their duties on April 5th and have been relieved of the motorcycle patrol work due to the appropriated money being exhausted for that service.


This year was the first time the southern end of Clark County has had a motorcycle officer.  The money spent for a motorcycle and equipment reduced the available funds for wages and maintenance on the program.


Both Riplinger and Hare have done commendable work this summer, carrying on a vigorous campaign of educating the public to the need of observing traffic laws, watching for over-loaded trucks, driving violations and other police duties.  A number of those, who are familiar with the work they have done, have expressed regret that they will not be able to continue their work until winter weather reduced the amount of traffic.


The two officers, this year, collected more than $700 in fines for the county.  Most of the fines were assessed for drunken and reckless driving.  The County Board, at its last session, appropriated $2,500 for motorcycle police.


The management of the Neillsville hospital is preparing for a chicken supper to be served at the W.R.C. hall, in Neillsville, on Oct. 11, at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are 35c.


The supper is given to help pay for some necessary improvements at the hospital and to secure needed equipment.


The Neillsville hospital has already shown its value to this city and community. It is hoped that the public will respond liberally in patronizing this benefit supper. Advance tickets may be purchased at the hospital, Schiller’s Furniture Store or Sniteman’s Drug Store.


Pete Warlum and A. P. Murphy planted 12 cans of crappies and bluegills in Lake Arbutus last week.  The fish were of various sizes, the largest being about six inches long.  This is the third time this year that Warlum and Murphy have put fish into the lake. Being it is necessary to meet a 4:45 a.m. train at Merrillan each time to receive the fish, they are ready to turn the job over to someone else for the rest of the season.


The former Day Creamery, located four miles south of Neillsville, has been purchased by the Klempf Produce Co.  This past week, Jacob Klempf, head of the company, has stated that the production of butter and cheese began this week.  The creamery station will also be used as a buying station for veal, poultry, butter and eggs. A butter maker from La Crosse has been employed to run the plant.  The Klempf Company’s produce headquarters is in Milwaukee and it also has a produce branch operating at Mondovi.


Reports have come in from the cranberry regions of Wisconsin and they indicate a big crop this fall.  The estimates are for 75,000 barrels as against 45,000 barrels harvested last year.  About 66,000 barrels of cranberries will come from Central Wisconsin.


Miss Viola O’Leary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Leary, of Humbird, was married Tuesday to Jake Fitzmaurice, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Fitzmaurice, also of Humbird.  The ceremony took place at the home of Rev. P. B. White.  The witnesses were Mrs. White and Jack Roberts.


Mr. and Mrs. R. Mortenson, of Chicago have purchased the Shortville Store from Tom Winters.  The Mortensons have been at the store since Oct. 6, but did not complete the purchasing deal until last week.  Residents of that community were pleased to learn of the store re-opening as it had been closed since last April.


About 75 of the neighbors dropped in at the Shortville store and gave the Mortensons a surprise party on Thursday evening.  It was their way of welcoming them to the community.  The ladies of the group went with well-filled baskets and served a fine lunch.  All enjoyed a very sociable evening and wished the Mortensons great success in their store business.



The Shortville Store during the early 30’s; Front row, left to right: Jean, Gladys and Bob Mortenson.  Seated in back row; Sue Mortenson, Emily and Emily’s sisters, Abbie and Antonette.  Standing by the door, Martin Mortenson, Swede’s brother; Swede standing by the car.



The American Legion Post of Neillsville will sponsor a charity ball on Armistice night, Nov. 11, at the Armory.  The “Dux Orchestra” will provide music for the Hard Time dance.   All proceeds from the evening will be given to the Community Club for local charities.


It is time to fill your coal bin for the winter weather ahead.  Fullerton Lumber Co. has good coal for sale, as low as $7 per ton, delivered.  D. A. Peterson is the manager of the Neillsville store.


The Albert Degener Hardware, in Neillsville, is once again offering very good buys on their ivory and green enamelware.  This is the time to buy items that you need for your kitchen, such as: 4 qt. Stew pan, 29c; 6 qt. Berlin kettle, 49c; 6 qt. Pan, 29c; 8 & 10 qt. Dish pans, 59c; 14 qt. Dish pans, 59c; 10 qt. Water pail, 59c; large wash bowls, 39c.


One of the finest catches of fish seen here this season was brought home last week from Birch Point, 18 miles north of Chippewa Falls. Those in the fishing party were: Ewald Worchel, Theodore Mitte, Herman Belter, Roland Schwellenbach, Hugo Klauer and Theodore Ziegler.  Their catch included seven pickerel, five pike, and five bass, ranging in size from eight pounds to two pounds.  In addition, a large number of sunfish and bullheads were caught.  The fishing party left Saturday morning and returned Sunday night.


Mr. Nyle Benedict and Miss Aura Bradbury were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s brother, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Bradbury, Norfolk, Neb., Saturday evening, Oct. 15.


The bride was attended by Miss Helen Mortimer, cousin of the groom and Gilbert Lawrence, a close friend of the groom, who was best man.


The bride, whose home is near Alliance, Neb., attended rural school in that area and later helped in the home of her mother and sister.  She lived here with her parents on the S. W. Rounsville farm for nearly three years, returning with them to Alliance last March.  She has a host of friends here who are glad to see her back.


Mr. Benedict is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Benedict of the Town of York.  He has always been at home helping with the farm work and is a young man of fine habits.  The young couple will live with the groom’s parents and continue to carry on with the farm work.


Lowe’s Ambulance Service is available day or night by calling phone number 226 in Neillsville. Their service rates are: to Marshfield hospital, $6.00; to Eau Claire hospital, $12 and to Madison hospital, $30.


Gorman Community News:


Plautz Bros. Co. is busy hauling gravel to the highway near Willard.  The gravel is being hauled from the Hribar gravel pit.


Several from the community attended the wedding supper and dance at the F. Francel home in honor of Frances Francel who became the bride of Ignac Koschak.  They were married at the Holy Family Catholic Church.  Rev. J. J. Noval (Novak) officiated.  The young couple was attended by Hannah Francel, sister of the bride and Mary Koschak, sister of the groom; Tony Kikalj, friend of the groom and Joe Francel, brother of the bride.  The young married couple left for Milwaukee this past week where they will stay for a few days.  They will return to live here as the groom is employed at the North Hendren cheese factory.


Cawley Creek News:


Wm. F. Buettner sawed wood for the Holt brothers on Wednesday. Erick Lueck, Willie Joyce and Carl Ports helped the Holt brothers with the wood sawing.


Alfred Boon is exercising himself by doing a job of plowing for his father. The elder Boon has gone on a fishing trip for a couple days with his brother, Walter Boon.


Mrs. Roy Sischo has help from her neighbor ladies this week.  The ladies have been helping Mrs. Sischo strip goose feathers as it is the time of the year for preparing to make new pillows and feather ticks for winter.


Frank E. Brown, jeweler, announces the opening of his new store in the Neillsville Bank building.  It will be one of the finest stores of its kind in this part of the state and splendid addition to Neillsville’s business district.  With the exception of two years spent in World War I, Brown has been continuously in business here since 1915.  During that time, he has gradually expanded his business until it now ranks with the best in Central Wisconsin.  Brown returned last week from a buying trip with a large stock of new, low priced merchandise for his new store opening.


The “fightingest” football Neillsville has seen in many years broke the long chain of defeats on Saturday afternoon.  Playing at the Fairgrounds, Coach Anderson’s men ripped Medford’s team to shreds and carried away the long end of a 12 to 7 score.  The locals began battling from the second the first whistle sounded.  Had it not been for Medford intercepting a pass in the opening stanza, the score would have been 12 to 0.  So vicious did the Neillsville team charge, tackle and block that four Medford men had to be carried from the field, not to return.


A new star, Mitchell Whiterabbit, appeared in the backfield for Neillsville and along with Lowell Schoengarth; both proved the sensations of the afternoon.  Schoengarth carried the ball over for the two touchdowns and after the game was elected to be captain of next year’s football team.


The reflection from the open door of a coal stove in the Service Company’s quarters on the third floor on the armory was mistaken for a fire on Monday night.  As a result, an alarm was turned in which brought the Neillsville Fire Department to the scene at a cost of $10 to the city.  This is the third for a total cost of $30 to the city.  The stove is said to be an old fashioned one requiring that the door be kept open, similar to the railroad depot stoves.





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