Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 1, 2002, Page 22

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Clark County News




May 1882


A. S. Eaton has bought the residence and farm of J. A. Honeywell, in Greenwood, for the consideration of $3,500.  Some-time during this season, he will subdivide a portion of the land into lots to be placed upon the market.


George W. King, who was a prominent resident of Clark County for a period of 20 years, is now here on a visit.  His brother, John F. King and other relatives and friends live in the Neillsville area.  After King lost saw mill on the Humbird road, by fire several years ago, he concluded to try his fortunes in the West.  He has been away about five years and we are glad to hear that he has been very successful in the gold fields of Colorado.  There is considerable guess-work in the estimates of value placed on mining stock. But one thing seems to be quite certain, King could easily realize a handsome fortune from the sale of it any day.


There were 47 persons gathered at the school house last Sunday where they listened to a splendid sermon given by Rev. Perry.  What a pity that the town of Thorp can not have preaching every Sunday.  Heretofore, they have only had preaching once in four weeks and that was in the evening.  People living two or three miles from town cannot get out after dark, consequently cannot go to the church at all.  We have plenty of anxious hearts and if we cannot have a preacher sent here oftener than once in four weeks, we shall be under the necessity of hewing out a basswood minister.


Some road jobs are to be let out and are as follows: Town of Sherman, $600, May 15 at 10 a.m., to meet at the Cole schoolhouse, and the Town of Loyal, $300, May 22 at 10 a.m., to meet at the village of Loyal.


John Wolff and Otto Twig have purchased the premises of Mrs. Walters on the North Side of Neillsville.  In two or three weeks they will open up a meat shop in a building being constructed at that place.  The price paid for the house and grounds is $1,075.  John Bruckman has the contract for the meat shop, which is to be 24 feet wide by 40 feet long.  Wolff and Twig will run a delivery wagon and will supply their customers in all parts of the city with meat orders.


An exciting runaway occurred on Sunday afternoon, two miles north of Neillsville.  Fred Lavine, accompanied by Blanche and Jennie Robinson, was driving his team of horses, attached to a double box wagon, on the road.  A short distance east of Schofield’s place; in passing a gully in the road, Lavine was pitched out, when the team became frightened and started to run.  Blanche Robinson jumped out and tried to pull Lottie after her, but the latter held fast to the wagon seat.  The road being rough, the seat soon was pitched with the little girl, into the bottom of the wagon box.  The horses ran at such a furious rate that when the wheels struck a big stone in the road, the box was thrown off the wagon.  The child was bruised but not seriously injured.  The hind wheels of the wagon were left at Chandler’s place.  The team with the rest of the wagon was taken care of at the Milo Mason place, west of the Black River.  Elder Webster happened along at the time of the accident and kindly took the frightened children home.


Dr. I. H. Marsh has fitted up electric bath rooms, over Woodbury’s store, where persons desirous of taking baths can do so.  Mrs. Marsh will be constantly in attendance upon lady patients.  Electric baths have given good satisfaction wherever tried and we are glad someone has the enterprise to make a move in the matter.


Thursday, about noon, the dwelling house of E. H. Bacon, of Neillsville, caught fire.  Strenuous efforts were put forth to extinguish the flames, the house soon burned to the ground.  The fire had gained so much headway before it was discovered that it was impossible to save anything from the upper rooms.  The fire originated in the roof.  It was believed the cause was from a spark from the stovepipe. Everything in the lower rooms was saved, even the carpets and windows.  Bacon is absent, having gone to Dakota about two months ago.  Owing to the prompt action of the fire company, the carpenter shop that stood about 50 feet from the house was saved.


N. J. Wiggin is preparing to build a new blacksmith shop on the North Side, north of his present building.


Beefsteak is now 15c per pound, the first time we can remember such a low price.


May 1942


The Clark County Press is moving into its new building on the corner of Seventh and Grand Avenue, this week.  The Press is now in its 75th year and we hope to remain in our new facility for many years.


In patriotic surroundings, exemplifying the colors of their class and their nation, 75 members of the 1942 Senior Class of the Neillsville High School will graduate on May 6.  The Tuesday evening commencement exercises will be held at 8 p.m. at the Armory.


One diploma will be presented in absentia.  It will go to Darwin Graves, former high school athlete who enlisted in the United States Navy in mid-winter. 


The class colors of red, white and blue; appropriate coincidence for this meaningful year in the nation’s history, will be borne out from the decorations of the Armory to the costumes of the seniors.  Forming a canopy over the large auditorium floor will be a huge American flag made of tissue paper. It is the flag that was used as part of the decorations for the Junior Prom last week.


The senior class members will carry out their class colors in their commencement costumes. This year, they have discarded the conventional black gowns and tasseled caps.  One-third of the seniors will appear in caps and gowns of red, one-third in caps and gowns of white and the remaining third in blue.


The commencement program will take a patriotic theme, with Edgar Doudna, secretary of the State Board of Normal School regents and leading educator, as speaker. A year ago, he was a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction.  He recently returned from San Francisco, where he addressed a national meeting of educators.


Seniors who will be graduated in the class of 1942 are:


Ruby Afkend, John Apfel, Jessie Asplin, Gladys Bardeleben, Gareth Bollom, Lloyd Brotherton, John Christie, Agnes Clinton, Irene Cole, Ruth Cook, Betty Dahnert, Arthur Drescher, LaVerne Erickson, June Free, Doris Freedlund, Bernice Fritz, Darwin Graves, John Haas, Gordon Hagie, Janet Hake, Henry Harder, Catharine Hartung, James Hauge, Irma Heintz, Marvin Hemp, Dorothy Imig, Elaine Irish, Margaret Jake, Marcia Janke, Lorraine Jenni, Kathryn Kearns, Vivian Kingswan, John Kleckner, Billy Kuechenmeister, Harland Kuhl, Donald Kunze, Herbert Langreck, Anna Lotsch, Lorraine Lewerenz, Rosalyn Lipke, Charlotte Martens, Evelyn Meihack, Jeanette Miller, Gladys Mortenson, Harvey Mott, Harold Murphy, Janice Musil, Jane Neff, Louise Ott, Margaret Petersen, Shirley Peterson, Irene Potter, Adolph Schaub, William Schmedel, Milton Schoenfeld, Martha Schroeder, Hildegard Schmann, Wallace Schwellenbach, DeWayne Schweinler, Dale Sherman, Jeannette Short, Audrey Sly, Virginia Thomas, Roger Thomsen, Dolores Tock, Dorothea Tramm, Eileen Tramm, Ericka Tresemer, Jean Trogner, Margery Vine, Virgelee Watenpuhl, Ruby Wedekind, Mildred West, Leona Wieting and Joseph Zilk.


Egg Day will be at Granton on Saturday, May 2, one day only.


At that time The Clark County Press will take credit, allowing five cents per dozen above the normal local price.  In announcing this price, The Press emphasizes the word “normal.”  The purpose is wholly friendly with no intention to “bull” the egg market.  The five-cent advance will be made from the usual base of produce dealer’s price, with neither more or less than the differential customary in Granton.  Credit will be applied to subscriptions.


The words “ceiling price” with a figure after them will become a common sight in the stores of Neillsville and Clark County, beginning next Monday.


The meaning of this will be that this is the maximum possible price under the new federal control of prices.  The price set as a ceiling will be the same price as that of a similar article in the store as of March, 1942.


The retailers of Neillsville and Clark County are now at work upon pricing and marking.  They are making sure that the present marked prices are in line with the prices of March.  Also many of them have headaches, for this is the first time in the history of the United States that Uncle Sam has stood over them and told them what they must charge.


The biggest single four-day job in the history of Clark County was completed last Thursday night as rationing officials reported county “sugar” registrations of 30,288 and War Ration Books issued totaling 24, 755.


The biggest trouble, which happened in only a few cases, was connected with the ages of women.  A few went willingly along as the registrars asked them questions.  They went so far as to reveal how much sugar they had on hand and did so without batting an eyelash.  But when they were asked their ages, well that was another matter.


One registrar confided that he had started out with a 35-year-old and cajoled her into admitting to 52 summers before he entered the figure on the registration card.  This was done finally by reminding the applicant that at fine of $10,000 or prison term of 10 years was provided for a falsification.


Ellis Mortimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mortimer of the Town of York, arrived home last Monday.  It took him three days and three nights of hitchhiking to make the trip from California.


The golden anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Schulz was observed on May 19th, at their farm home in the Town of Hewett where they have lived for the past 37 years.


The Rev. Ben Stucki of Neillsville conducted brief devotional services.  The choir of the Reformed Church sang several hymns, also.  Dinner was served at 12:30 to about 20 relatives and close friends.


An appropriate feature of the celebration was the announcement of the engagement of the only grandson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Aspen to Miss Carol Melius, daughter of Mrs. Orlando Klug of West Bend, Wis.  Herbert has been employed with Stewart-Warner Corporation of Chicago since last fall.  He and his fiancιe arrived Sunday morning for the anniversary party.


Mr. Schulz was born in East Preusen, Germany.  He came to America in 1884, settling first in Dundee, Ill.  Later, he established himself in the blacksmith business at Huntley, Ill.


Mrs. Schulz, whose maiden name was Augusta Gahl, was born in Pommern, Germany.  She came to America with her parents in 1883. They settled in Shefield, Ill., afterward moving to Huntley, in that state.


The couple was united in marriage on May 19, 1892, at Huntley, living there until January 1905.


Mr. and Mrs. Schulz are the parents of five children: Arthur, William and Georgiean at home, Mrs. Ole Aspen, Neillsville, and Mrs. Fred Montiman, Minneapolis.  They also have five grandchildren.  All of the children and grandchildren were home for the celebration.


When the couple came to this community in 1905, they purchased 200 acres of cutover land, adding to this from time to time until their acreage now exceeds 300.  Until finances permitted the building of a better house, a small log cabin served as their home.  A log shed also was used for their first barn.


Probably the largest family in Clark County and one of the largest in the state was brought to light through the recent sugar rationing registration.


It is the Rudolph Schoelzel family of Colby, route two, numbering 16 children and the parents.  The father is 42, while the age of Mrs. Schoelzel was given as 32. 


The ages of the children ranged from one week at the time of the registration to 16 years.  There is one child for each year except the 12th.  The roll call of the family by ages is:


Baby, one week; Arlen, one year; Patsy, 2; James 3, Glen, 4; Ronald, 5; Audris, 6; Emarita, 7; Ione, 8; Darnell, 9; Beatrice, 10; Lyle, 11; Doris, 13; Darlene, 14; DuWayne, 15 and Rudolph, Jr., 16.


Many times throughout its history, the Neillsville Armory, that was located in the 100 block of East Fourth Street, took on the patriotic theme in dιcor.  The auditorium served various organizations in addition to the Neillsville School and National Guard unit for their functions.




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