Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 15, 2002, Page 32

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman





Clark County News




May 1907


W. C. Devereaux of Milwaukee, local forecaster for the U. S. Weather Bureau, was in Neillsville last week.  He was testing the government thermometer and other instruments handled by Wm. Heaslett, the local observer here.


Prof. F. F. Showers was in Neillsville on Tuesday, looking after the interests of the Business College. Prof. Allen recently sold his entire interest in the colleges in Stevens Point, Neillsville and Eau Claire, to Prof. H. G. Martin of Stevens Point.  Showers and Martin are now about to put in another college at Antigo.


Victor C. Woelffer has installed a fine new counter at his soda fountain, one of the finest things of its kind.  It is of polished oak, beautifully finished.  Back of the counter is a new working board for glasses and other utensils.  It also holds a patent glass washer that quickly and thoroughly cleanses cups and glasses with a dowse of warm water.  It all adds much to daintiness and attractiveness to the most popular corner in Woelffer’s drug store.  Geo. Trogner’s cabinet shop and Will Poate did the working board job and the necessary plumbing.


H. B. J. Andrus’ new creamery in Neillsville is now in operation. Everything in the cream plant is new and up-to-date. Every possible precaution has been taken to make the factory sanitary and easy to clean.


Mrs. E. P. Zellar, on Neillsville’s North Side, has established a greenhouse and conservatory.  She is prepared to take orders for cut flowers, floral designs, potted plants and flowers for beds and borders.  She will also provide delivery services.  Orders are especially solicited for Memorial Day and Commencement exercises.  Zellar has had much experience in this work in the large establishment of L. L. May in St. Paul.  The business is open every day and evening except Sunday.  Work will be done at the cemetery or on private lawns, if desired.


Last Sunday, Merrill Dwyer and Joe Wiesner, accompanied by two bright young ladies, all of Neillsville, visited the Hatfield Dam.  When they arrived at Hatfield, the boys unhitched the horses and picketed them nearby.  The foursome sought the shelter of a jack pine grove for a picnic dinner.  The young people became engrossed in the scenery, day dreaming of the boat rides on the big pond and not noticing anything else. Suddenly, they could smell burning leather and scorched paint, aroused by the Hatfield fire department.  The boys dashed toward the flames, rescued the horses, part of the harnesses and the fricasseed carriage.  One of the young ladies lost her hat that burned where it was hung on a bush.


At Tragsdorf & Zimmerman Co.’s store you can get refrigerators at $8.00, $10.00, $13.50 and $16.00; lawn mowers from $2.75 to $8.00; wire screen from 10c to 15c; screen doors $1.00 and $1.35, plus more specials.  They also have high standard paint for $1.60 per gallon.


Dan Sack, who recently sold his farm in the Town of Washburn, has bought 20 acres from August Schoengarth. The land is located on the north side of the Pleasant Ridge road, a quarter of a mile east of the fairgrounds.  Sack moved this week into the small house on Jos. Oldham’s farm.  There, he will live until he builds a house on the newly purchased acreage.


The Mausoleum or family vault, ordered by Tom Lowe, has been erected in the Neillsville Cemetery.  It is the first of its kind here or in this vicinity.  Standing at a conspicuous point, its beauty of proportion, strength and massive elegance will attract the admiration of all who see it.  It is 14 feet, 6 inches in length and 10 feet, 6 inches in width, built of the famous granite from the Barry quarries in Vermont.  The two doors are of polished granite, each weighing 700 lbs., but so nicely adjusted that they swing on their hinges as easily as a wooden wicket. The camp stone, all of one piece, weighs seven tons with the entire roof weighing fourteen tons.  The vestibule floor is all of one stone 10 feet, 6 inches long by five feet wide. The interior of the vestibule is lined with imported Italian marble, beautifully polished.


The impressive and perfect workmanship has been done by the La Crosse Monumental Works and was not fitted together until it was brought into the Neillsville Cemetery.


Tom Lowe built a new house on 222 Grand Avenue, Neillsville, in the late 1800’s.  Later, it was the home of Kurt Listeman’s and now is the Dennis Hauschildt family’s home.


May 1932


The new Washington quarter-dollar will be issued by the United States Treasury as a feature of the nationwide George Washington Bicentennial Celebration.  It will be coined in large quantities to satisfy a normal demand, according to the officials of the Treasury.  It is expected that he new quarter will be ready for distribution before June 1st.


In the effort to reduce the cost of medical treatment for paupers, the Clark County Board took action to keep these cases at home.  There are three hospitals within the county; Neillsville, Owen and Colby.  The county board became aroused with bills filed with Clark County by the out-of-area hospitals.  Under the new plan, large savings will be made by having these cases taken care of within our own county hospitals.


The Neillsville Kiwanis Club has appointed a committee to work with the Clark County Highway Department on a project.  The Kiwanis Club plans to beautify the triangular plot of ground at the Highway 10 and County G triangular plot. They plan to plant flowers in the plot and the plants will be furnished by the Clark County hospital.  The Kiwanis will have charge of the landscaping.


Neillsville has the distinction of having the first National Guard unit in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin National Guard Review, of May, states that the Neillsville Company was mustered into service on May 1, 1875.


At present the organization is an Infantry Service Co., commanded by Capt. Ben Brown with James Musil and Harland Kintzele as first lieutenants and Herb Smith as second Lieutenant.  Attached to the company is the band of Wausau under the command of Barney Schultz, warrant officer.  Neillsville’s military companies have distinguished themselves through-out their history and this city ranks high in the Wisconsin National Guard.


The following interesting history of Neillsville’s military activities was furnished to us through the courtesy of Major Leo Jackson of this city and Lt. Col. Nicholas M. Schantz, assistant adjutant general at Madison:


Clark County Zouaves, organized May 1, 1875.  It was disbanded in 1878, per Adjutant General’s report, 1878.


Organized as Sherman Guards on May 15, 1878; Assigned 3rd Battalion, W.N.G., May 19, 1881, GO No. 2, AGO 1881;


Assigned as Co. “A”, 3rd Regiment of Infantry, W.N.G., April 30, 1883, GO No. 10, AGO, 1883 and Volunteered for U.S. Service and mustered out of State Service, May 11, 1898, SO No. 54 AGO, 1898;


Mustered into U.S. Service, May 11, 1898; Mustered out of U.S. Service Jan. 2, 1899;


Assigned as Co. “A”, 3rd Regiment Infantry, W.N.G., June 10, 1899, GO No. 4, AGO; Federal recognition to date, June 30, 1916, Mexican border.


Mustered out of U.S. Service, Dec. 14, 1916; Responded to the call of the President, March 26, 1917; Assigned Co. “A”, 128th Regiment Infantry, N.A. Sept. 24, 1917, and Drafted into U.S. Service Aug. 5, 1917. 


Assigned Co. “A” 128th Regiment Infantry, N.A. Sept. 24, 1917, GO No. 3, 64th Brig.


Served all during World War I; Reorganized as 16th Separate O., W.N.G., Mar. 12, 1920.


Federal recognition to date, Mar. 12, 1920; Assigned to Service Co. (Transportation platoon);


128th Regiment Inf. W.N.G., April 1, 1921, GP No.7, AGO, 1921;


Band Section, Service Co., 128th Inf., Regt. WNG, Wausau; Organized as Band Section: Headquarters Co., Inf. on July 9, 1920.  Assigned Band Section Service Co., 128th Inf. Regt. April 1, 1921, GO No. 7, AGO 1921.


A new automatically controlled switch for the Neillsville city fire siren was tested this Tuesday.  Large crowds of people gathered at the city hall to learn the location of “the fire.”  The new $75 siren has been installed on the fire truck, replacing the one which was stolen several months ago.


On Tuesday night, Neillsville’s Third ward and Fourth ward ball teams met in a regular scheduled game, the Fourth ward winning 8 to 7. Thursday, the First ward will meet the Second ward in a game. Any persons of the wards interested in playing ball are invited to come to the Fairgrounds on scheduled nights.


Buried for a score of years beneath a woodshed, a bed of tulips is again springing to life at the Floyd Hansen home.  Some 25 years ago, Hansen recollects his mother planting a tulip bed at their home on Grand Avenue.  The tulips flourished for several seasons after being planted.  Later, about 20 years ago, his father, Ole C. Hansen, built an open woodshed in which wood was stored each year.  The shed floor was covered with boards and the wood was never cleared away entirely during those 20 years.  This spring, Hansen tore the shed down to make some improvements.  Last week, Hansen noticed some shoots coming through the earth, which on examination wee found to be tulips.  Some floral experts have been consulted and it is claimed that it is possible that the bulbs laid dormant all these years.  Now, when the earth was exposed to the warmth of the sun, the bulbs began to grow. 


After a hunt of more than six months, Melchoir Hoesly has unraveled a mystery.  He had been wondering what was happening to the gasoline in his filling station pump in front of his garage.  For a while Hoesly was of the opinion that a sleight-of-hand artist was drawing off the gasoline.  But, that theory was finally discarded as rather far fetched.  Out of every 160 gallons of gas, Hosely purchased, about 21 gallons would disappear.  Tuesday the earth, around the piping was dug up and a leak in the piping was discovered.  It is estimated that more than 500 gallons of gasoline has soaked into the ground in that vicinity.


Manufacture of a new frozen confection was begun last week at the Neillsville Milk Products Co.  This should be a popular item for the public this summer.  This confection is being made in rooms where the temperature runs from 20 below zero to slightly above freezing.  The new product is a small ice cream brick dipped in a cocoanut coating.  W. E. Roberts, manager, is predicting great popularity for the confection that will be called “Sweet Smile.”


One of the biggest auctions ever held in this district will be staged at Hatfield, next Saturday.  Joe Hanus will then offer for sale the dance pavilion, store, all equipment, and his residence at the summer resort.  F. J. Bowman, auctioneer of Black River Falls, will conduct the sale.


Commencement exercises will be held for 16 graduates of the Granton High School in the opera house on Tuesday evening.


The graduates are: Frank Alyea, Elsie Bender, Leola Eibergen, Raymond Fradette, Wilbur Fraser, Roland Gall, Ella Haines, Lucille Happe, Ross Hart, class president, Everett Jahr, Lela Montgomery, Elinor Nickel, Nylva Spry, Ruth Sternitzky, Ethyl Walker and Charles Williams.


The Soldiers and Sailor’s Relief Commission, this week, took steps to guard the provisions of aid.  They intend to halt extravagant purchases being made by persons receiving aid under the provisions of the law.  They are warning merchants of Clark County that in the future no bills will be allowed except fort the following articles: flour, yeast, butter, lard, sugar, milk, salt, eggs, dry peas, dry beans, salt pork, coffee, dried fruits, potatoes, matches, kerosene, laundry soap, spices and oatmeal.


“We have come across instances where people receiving this county aid have been living in greater luxury than citizens in good circumstances,” reported F. E. Brown, chairman of the commission.  “We have been asked to pay for tobacco, snuff, cigarettes, malt extracts, strawberries, lemons, olives and many other articles which cannot be classed as necessities.”


Neillsville’s new and elaborately furnished restaurant, the Ure Eat Shoppe in connection with Lewerenz Super Service, will open Saturday.  They will serve a free lunch, consisting of a sandwich, coffee and ice cream to all who visit the business.  Melvin Ure will be in charge of the restaurant which is a fine addition to the city’s business district.


Miss Irma Bartz, of Granton, began work as Clark County 4-H Club leader, on Monday.  She will continue in that position through the summer.  Miss Bartz has had a great deal of successful 4-H club experience and is an enthusiastic and efficient worker.



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