Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

June 12, 2002, Page 23

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


June 1912


Will Neff, proprietor of the Majestic Theater, has sold out to H. G. Hartman.  Hartman has been associated with him in the business from the beginning.  He is an expert in the motion picture business and is a good manager.  Colored pictures will be one of his specialties.


Neff expects to go into the sewing machine business and will maintain a shop for working on machines.


Bob Glass runs his barbershop on the principles of prompt service and no annoyance to the customers.  A report has recently been made about Glass’ barbershop.  The other day a man, whose dome of thought glistens like polished marble in the moonlight, entered Glass’ tonsorial parlors.  As he was about to take his seat in the barber’s chair, he asked if it would be necessary for him to remove his shirt collar before getting his hair cut.  Bob, the barber, replied, “Not at all, you don’t need to remove your hat.”


Charles Cornelius went to Greenwood on Wednesday.  He met to consult with the building committee of the new bank being put up there. The work is progressing nicely.


Some people living in the Town of York have purchased automobiles.  Jerry Doughetee and John VandeBerg are each new owners of autos.  Frank Potter and John LaStofke (Lastofka?) are seriously considering being the next auto owners.


An automobile run-about, containing four young men from Neillsville passed through the city of Greenwood on Sunday afternoon.  They had to have been traveling 90 miles an hour, or less.  Monday morning, as they passed through the city again, they were arrested by city Marshal Hogue.  A. F. Sheets’ justice court fined they (them) $10 and costs.


The new dam across O’Neill Creek has greatly improved the pond.  A suggestion has been made that a building be put up at some convenient place on the edge of the pond.  It could be equipped with a number of dressing booths, with the pond being used in the summer for swimming.  In the winter, the house could be used during skating season as a convenient place to put on skates, to rest and warm up in.


Northup’s portable saw mill went up the road Saturday, being drawn by a traction engine with its spark arrester turned back. Sparks from the engine; set fire to a shed roof at Ed Miller’s.  A blanket on the clothesline at Henry Herian’s was set on fire.  Wilson’s house on the North Side and the old foundry building were also set on fire.  This dangerous practice of engines giving off sparks while driving on the road should not be permitted.


Plan to celebrate the Fourth of July in Neillsville this year.  There will be an all day and evening celebration with sports, music, races, a baseball game, fireworks and much more to amuse you.


A patriotic address will be given at the courthouse yard, 10:30 a.m.  A floral auto and carriage parade will start at 10 a.m. with a comic parade following at 1:30 p.m.  The baseball game and other events will start at 2:00 p.m.


Cash prizes of $2 for first and $1 for second place will be given in each of the following events: slow bicycle race, barrel race, boys’ foot race, foot race for men over 50 years of age, 100 yard dash race for girls, pony race, men’s swimming race, boys’ swimming race, tub race, and canoe race.  Cash prizes of $10 and $5 will be given for best decorated auto or carriage; $5 and $3 for best comic group; $3 and $1 for best comic individual.


Five dollars cash will be given to the farmer bringing the largest load of people to town and $5 cash will be given to the person coming the greatest distance to the celebration.  Register at Woelffer’s Drug Store for entering the events.


The Black River Falls and Neillsville Bands will be in the parade. Free moving pictures will be shown on the street.  A beautiful display of fireworks is to be displayed in the evening.


June 1937


The Clark County Rural Electrification Cooperative met at Greenwood on Friday and it was voted to join other nearby cooperatives in building an $850,000 power plant and transmission line to furnish electric current to members of the group.


Under the proposed plan, the powerhouse, equipped with five diesel engines of 750 horsepower each, will be situated in Chippewa County.  It will feed power to REA cooperatives in Clark, Taylor, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Dunn, St. Croix, Pierce and Jackson counties.


The project calls for 250 miles of transmission lines with a substation for each county.


The obtaining of easements for permission to build the transmission line will be started next week.  Construction of the local lines is scheduled to start in July.


An announcement from Dr. J. Rollin French, Los Angeles, states that E. E. Early, M. D. has purchased from Dr. French, the Golden State Hospital with its branches, the Medical and Surgical Injury Service.  The transaction was effective as of June 1, when Dr. French returns to private practice with a suite of offices in the Pacific Mutual Building, 523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles.


Dr. French was born in Neillsville and grew to manhood here.  He relatives and many friends will be interested in his new setup.


Harve Fuller, who was in reminiscent mood Tuesday; recalled early days in Merrillan, Fuller says he landed in Merrillan in 1874, and helped chop out the tree stumps along the main street.  At that time he says there were 12 hotels in the town and there was plenty of work for everybody.


Miss Alice Wendt, of the Longwood community, probably enjoys a record attained by very few school children of the state.  She is graduating from the eighth grade, this June, with a perfect attendance record for every school year of the eight years she attended the Longwood School.  She lives two miles from the school.


Miss Rita Youmans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Youmans formerly of Neillsville, is a member of the graduating class of Central Missouri State Teachers College.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree on May 27.  Miss Youmans majored in home economics and will do graduate work in the subject at Missouri University this summer.  She is a member of Alpha Phi Delta and Kappa Omicron Phi. National Honor Organizations.


Two Town of Beaver men were arrested, with one being ordered to spend 30 days in the Clark County jail.  The second man was fined $10 and costs. They were accused of attacking Riley Newman, the dance inspector at the Colby Park ballroom.


The Boy Scout Troop of Neillsville went into camp at Lake Arbutus on Sunday, eating their first meal there that evening.


The boys have 15 good tents for shelter besides the camp building.  The tents are arranged in a circle, the arena in the center being used for the campfire and other events.


The following is a list of the members and officers:


Bud Ackerman, Anderson, Keith Bennett, Billy Bearsley (Beardsley?), Robert Dahnert, Tom Flynn, James Hauge, K. L. and V. Kraft, John Kleckner, Donald Kunze, Warren Kuehling, John Landry, Art Murphy, M. Mott, F. Nehs, John Peterson, V. Rude, Fletcher Pullen, G. Rude, Leland Rose, John Rodolf, Bill Schmedel, James Unger, Dick Van Gorden, Gordon Vine, Robert Yorkston, and Joe Zilk.


Camp directors are L. Morris and Bill Coates.


Camp Life Guards are D. Nehs, Bud Arndt, and O. Rude.


Camp cook is Mrs. Blau.


Sunday will be open house day in camp, when the relatives and friends of the Boy Scouts are invited to spend the afternoon in camp and bring their picnic suppers.


At a special election, last Tuesday, the citizens of Loyal voted on the question of erecting a new municipal building to serve as the village hall, library and American Legion headquarters.


The vote was light but carried favorably by a margin of 174 to 46.  G. A. Krasin, a Marshfield architect, has drawn the plans for the new building and bids will be asked immediately.  It is expected that operations will be commenced about July 15.  It is reported that the American Legion has already completed excavation of the basement.  The Legion had planned on putting up its own building if the city election vote had been unfavorable on a new village hall.


A general remodeling and repainting of the interior of the A & P store is going on as rapidly as the work can be done without interfering with the business.


Arrangements are being made to install a meat market on the south side of the main floor.


The fully equipped market is to be rented to Ferdinand Kuester and will be operated by Bud O’Brien.


This is the 54th market to be equipped and rented by the Milwaukee unit of the A & P stores.


Marshfield’s Golden Jubilee, as a city, will be held from June 26 to July 1, inclusively.  They will offer a complete program each afternoon and evening.  The afternoon program will be staged on Central Avenue and will be absolutely free to visitors.  It will include community and high school band tournaments, and an old settlers’ parade, June 27.  A good neighbor’s parade with nine bands will be on June 28. The Industrial Float parade, in eight sections with five bands, will appear on June 30.  It includes six high-class circus acts, daily band concerts, an Old Settlers’ picnic, reunions and services.


Earl Zille and Miss Orvilla Selves were united in marriage at a ceremony performed Sunday, June 20, at 8 p.m., at Sunset Point, Neillsville.


The bride and groom were attired in gray with white accessories.  The bride wore a corsage of pink roses with forget-me-nots.


The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hintz of Marshfield, Gladys Selves and Norman Donyette of Minocqua.


The bridesmaids wore corsages made up of pink sweet peas and baby’s breath.


After the ceremony, a lunch was served at the bride’s home.  A large pink and white wedding cake adorned the table.


Immediately after the lunch, the bridal couple and Mr. and Mrs. Hintz left for Waupaca where they visited until evening.  They then left with a house trailer for a week in the Northern woods to do some fishing and sight seeing.


The bride is a graduate of the Neillsville High School and of the Neillsville Training School. She has been engaged in teaching for the past eight years.


The groom is employed at the Van Gorden elevator in Neillsville.


The Zilles will be at home at their home at 137 E. 9th Street, after June 28.


Col. Clarence L. Sturdevant has been assigned engineering duty on the Missouri River.


He has just spent two years as a soldier, not an engineer, in the Philippines. He feared he was due to hold down a desk job in Washington for some time.  It was a relief, he said, when he was given the orders on his arrival on the Pacific coast, to report to Kansas City. 


Colonel Sturdevant will succeed Co. R. C. Moore, probably about June 1, as division engineer of the Missouri River division.  To the thousands of men employed on the Missouri River, from the Mississippi to its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, he will be “the boss.”


He will have general supervision over the completion and maintenance of the navigation channel which is reaching close to Sioux City; the Fort Peck Dam in Montana and over all matters that have to do with the Missouri River.  His headquarters as have been those of Colonel Moore; will be in Kansas City.  Colonel Moore has not yet received his orders.  But in the meantime, Sturdevant will serve as his assistant until Moore is reassigned.


Colonel Sturdevant graduated from West Point in 1908.  He calls Wisconsin home, but he hasn’t had a chance to live here since he went to the military academy.  He isn’t a stranger to the Missouri area, although he said the only man he really felt acquainted with in Kansas City was Brig. Gen. E. M. Stayton.  He spent five years in the war college at Fr. Leavenworth and was in and out of Kansas City frequently.


He was in charge of river and harbor work at Seattle which included work on the Alaska coast for four years. Also, he served two years in the Pittsburgh district, spent some time in the Alabama district and except for the intervals required to active soldier duty, has been in harbor work.


Colonel Sturdevant is married with two children.  The family is presently in Seattle and will move to Kansas City as soon as the school year closes.


(Sturdevant later attained the rank of Major General in the U. S. Army.  He had a distinguished army career that included being engineer in construction of the Alcan Highway.


Sturdevant’s family ws one of Neillsville and Clark County’s developers in the early years. D. Z.)


(Wisdom of days gone by: “It is time to plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of a gray squirrel’s ear.”)


(In the years before access to daily weather reports, via radio and TV, various signs of nature in our surroundings were observed for planting fields and gardens.  The size of the oak leaves meant the earth was warm enough for the corn to be planted and to germinate.  A local woman told me that her father, who lived in the Greenwood area 50-60 years ago, lived by this rule. D. Z.)


The Guy Youmans’ farm was located one mile east of Neillsville on the south side of Hwy. 10.  It was a showplace in up-to-date farming, circa 1900, the first Clark County farm to have a milking machine. This large fireplace was in Youmans’ farm home.  (Photo from the Youmans family collection)




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