Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

June 5, 2002, Page 21

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman




Clark County News


June 1882


On June 7, of this week, Henry Myers sold his interest in the local drug and variety store of Myers Bros., of this city, to Chas. C. Sniteman. Sniteman has had full charge of the business for the past several years.  Isaiah Myers still retains his interest in the business, which is to be continued under the new partnership as was formed at this time.  Sniteman, the incoming partner, is well and favorably known to this community as he has been engaged in this business for some time.  He is master of the business in which he has been engaged, in all its branches.  Our city is to be congratulated that Sniteman has concluded to become, instead of a temporary sojourner as at first intended, a permanent resident of our city.


The framework of Huntzicker’s Hotel on the North Side, now enclosed, gives evidence that it is to be a fine building when completed. The Huntzickers have had years of experience in the hotel business and they may depend upon a liberal patronage when their hotel is completed.  At present, they may be a little too far from the business center of the city to be convenient to all classes of custom.


The fence around the Clark County courthouse grounds has been greatly improved with the coat of paint given it by the janitor, Will Woodward. The fence could be made to look better by the application of some color more in harmony with the trimmings on the courthouse.


Two imported sheep, valued at $59 and owned by George A. Austin, were killed by dogs last week. These are supposedly town dogs that did the killing. Austin is now keeping an eye out for these sheep killers and if he gets sight of them, their owners must remember that it was for mutton that those dogs died. 


The Town of Sherman had a couple of accidents in the raising of a building last week. A large double log barn was being put up on the Herman Ebs place last Thursday and two men were hurt.  Mr. Deitsche was struck on the knee by a skid, which kept him from work for several days.  Mr. C. C. Miles fell from the joists to the sleepers below, knocking the wind out of him and two of his ribs were fractured.


An extensive fire raged on Wedge’s Creek last Sunday and Monday, doing great damage to timber.  It also destroyed the F. D. Lindsay camp and outfitting, together with the tramway and rolling stock used in putting in logs.  The fire came upon them so rapidly that there was barely time to save the livestock, everything else being burned. The stables, in one of Wm. H. Polley’s camps, were also destroyed.  It required great exertion to save Hewettville from destruction.  It was accomplished by the backfiring and our citizens who rendered their assistance in fire fighting.  The rain of last Wednesday helped extinguish the flames.


The Methodist Church, of Greenwood, has just undergone a thorough cleaning and has been re-carpeted. Also, new curtains, of the most improved style, have been put on the windows. The Ladies’ Aid Society paid all the expenses.  The church looks neat, clean and should be kept so. The first man, or boy, who spits tobacco juice on the floor, should be compelled to swallow a whole plug of Spotted Fawn tobacco, even if it should choke him to death.


Emery Bruley, of this city, has received a patent entitled, “Bruley’s patent vehicle axletree.”  The new device is one of the simplest ever invented.  Its value consists in an appliance which enables the taking up of lateral motion without the use of washers that wear out in a few miles’ travel.  Using this axletree, a buggy wheel will run as perfectly after 10 years use as at the time it leaves the wagon shop.  It is one of the most useful inventions and there is a fortune in it for the inventor, Bruley.


G. F. Foster, of Portland, Me.; R. M. Foresman, of Williamsport, Pa., and W. T. Price, of Wis., have bought 70,000,000 feet of standing pine from Cornell University. The pine is located on the headwaters of the Eau Claire River, which they propose to cut off immediately.  They have ordered 125 tons of iron for a tramway, that will be built and in operation by September 1st.  The business plans to put in 20,000,000 feet of logs this season and that will be sent to the market.


June 1942


Farmers of Clark County have pledged to purchase $97,345.25 worth of war bonds and war savings stamps during 1942.  The pledge campaign in rural areas is being conducted under the direction of the USDA War Board, of which Axel Sorenson is chairman.


In perhaps the first ceremony of its kind in this area since the start of World War II, a plaque inscribed with the names of 53 men from Willard who have entered the armed service of the nation was dedicated at the Holy Family Catholic Church last Sunday.


The plaque, along with an American flag, was dedicated formally that afternoon.  The dedication followed a morning Mass spoken for the men, from this neighborhood, which is in the service of our country.


Four youths enrolled in the Army were present as the plaque bearing their names was dedicated. They were, Sgt. Victor Trost, Corp. John Volk, Corp., Alfons Hemmersbach, Jr., and Pvt. Robert Debevec.


The morning church service was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Raphael Stragisher, joined by The Rev. Fr. J. J. Novak, of Greenwood, assisting in the afternoon.  Following the dedication service in the afternoon, the congregation marched in a body to the West Side Hall.  The members marched to a tempo furnished by the nine-piece Volovsek family band.  There, Frank Perovsek acted as chairman, introducing Fr. Raphael and Ludwig Perushek, Sr., father of two boys in the service.


A church choir of nine boys and four girls led in the singing of “America,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic songs.  The choir was accompanied by Mrs. Ivan Ruzich, playing organ music.


Certificates permitting the purchase of new passenger automobiles were recently granted to eight persons in Clark County by the Rationing Board.  Those receiving the certificates that enable them to purchase new automobiles were: Albert Schultz of route one, Loyal; Louis Arch of route five, Greenwood; Louis Klein of route one, Spencer; Ewald Thiede of route two, Granton; Henry Ramminger of Dorchester; Fred Laskosky of Loyal; A. M. Steinwand of Colby and Frank Copet of route one, Spencer.


Two feathered folk declared “war” on the Neillsville Production Credit Association office late last week. But peace settled over the place after one sustained “aerial attack” brought them victory.


For about 10 minutes before, a pair of adult robins launched their aerial blitz through the open front door.  First, they screeched and flittered from limb to limb of a tree in front of the office door. They made noises like that of Hitler’s “scare” bombs frightening the French into retreat.


Then in sweeping dives, they zoomed through the PCA office doorway and attacked the office force.  Mrs. Evelyn Walk, clerk, was forced into a hasty, unorganized retreat to the back wall of the room.  Others in the office were as though stunned.  For several minutes birds fluttered their destruction; then, still screeching madly, they flew out through the door and to the tree, perhaps to reorganize for a second blitz.


Still trembling, the office staff went to the door to observe from long range the actions of the “enemy.”  Perhaps, for all they knew, the robins were bringing up reinforcements.


But they quickly discovered the cause for the war.  A baby robin had wandered unseen into the office and sat quietly on the floor.  It was hidden from view by the long, high counter.  Quickly, the “captive” was discharged through the doorway and in a few minutes the mad screeching had turned to happy chirps. Quiet once again settled over the PCA office.


A 70-foot flagpole is being erected on the front lawn of the Clark County courthouse this week.  It will be the first such pole to be put in place there.  Heretofore flags have been flown from a small pole on top of the west gable and from small removable poles anchored in the sidewalk. The new pole is made up of three lengths of steel pipe and will be anchored six and a half feet into the ground with concrete.


The large woolen flag to be placed on the new flagpole has been presented to the county by C. C. Sniteman’s drug store.


Two young Clark County men were given the opportunity to go the (to) war rather than to go to jail for an extended time.


Judge Emery W. Crosby had just finished delivering a vibrant address, welcoming 40 new citizens to our Country.  After that, two men appeared before the judge to make known their desires and found a sympathetic ear.


The first man had admitted “rolling” a fellow inmate of the county jail for $8 two days after he had returned for parole violation.  He said he had previously tried to enlist in the service.  Since that time, however, as was brought out in questioning by the defense attorney, John M. Peterson, enlistment standards have been changed.  It is believed that the young man would now be accepted into the armed services. About a year ago, this young man was put on parole after being arrested for the theft of a camera.


The second man, who was facing two drunken driving charges as well as a non-support action, told the court that he had received his order to report to the selective service office in Loyal on Thursday morning.  From there he was to go with the county’s June quota to Milwaukee for a final physical examination and possible induction into the Army.


Judge Crosby decided that the two men are to be included in the June draft rather than serve extended jail time.  Both were returned to the county jail to wait until the time that they will enter the armed service.


Approximately 950 families of Neillsville and the surrounding area received authorization to purchase sugar for canning purposes. The canning sugar registration was held for three days at the Neillsville High School this past weekend.


Totals of the amount of purchases authorized were not available.  However, on average, it is estimated that approximately 19,000 pounds of sugar was authorized for canning purposes.  This amounts to about a railroad carload.


Seven Neillsville girls volunteered to help with the registration. They were: Kathryn Kearns, Margaret Petersen, Joyce Stanton, Marguerite Brown, Patricia North, Rosalyn Lipkie and Janice Musil.


In a window of the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, of Greenwood, hangs a red, white and blue card containing four stars.  It indicates that four of her five sons are serving in the armed forces of the United States – perhaps the largest number in service from a single family in Clark County.


One of the boys, Kermit, 19, is a paratrooper.  He is the youngest of the four.  Loren, 30, the oldest, is the only one at present known to be serving outside of the territorial United States.  He is in Hawaii.


Sgt. Loren Brown was employed as a cook in Fargo, N. D., before enlisting in March of 1940 and now is a cook in his Army unit.


Sgt. Kermit, the paratrooper, was inducted into federal service with the Neillsville National Guard Company in October of 1940.  He served in Camp Livingston, La., until April of this year.  He volunteered for duty with the paratroops and was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., for training. Recently, he received a promotion to sergeant and has been transferred to duty in North Carolina.


Corp. Gordon Brown, 24, is in the Army Signal Crops.  He left Greenwood on January 5, and until May 1942, was at Fort Warren, Wyo.  Since then he has been at Wendover Field, Utah, where he drives a supply truck.


Pvt. Bert Brown, 22, is the Army Signal Crops.  He left Greenwood March 3, 1942 and was stationed at Camp Crowder, Mo., until mid-May, when he was sent to Drew Field, near Tampa, Fla.


A widow, Mrs. Brown has two other children, Mrs. George (Irene) Klelcheski, of Loretta and Neil, 18, who lives at home.


June 15 is the deadline for having your oil-burning heater installed in order to procure oil for its use.  This regulation is necessary for the war effort. Call the Neillsville Maytag Co. for your orders by June 15.


The Clark County courthouse, circa 1900, struck a courtly appearance being located in the center of the courthouse square.  George Sontag, a local pharmacist, and his dog were also in the photo.  (Photo courtesy of the Sontag Collection)



© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel