Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 10, 2002, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman




Clark County News


July 1892


A wedding ceremony was held on the second floor of George Hart’s store on the Fourth of July.  Some of the city’s older boys thought it would be a fine joke to serenade the newly wedded couple. They got Parker’s martial band together and proceeded to the Hart store where the newly wedded couple was staying.  A large crowd of people soon gathered around to witness the sport, among them, Dr. Brewster, Hi Hart and M. C. Ring.  George Hart, seeing a good opportunity to wet the crowd from the above porch, obtained a pail of water and emptied its contents on the crowd below.  The bulk of the shower bath struck the new silk hat which M. C. Ring wore, completely sousing it.  A portion of the water glanced off and wet Brewster’s beautiful side whiskers and his clothing. There were others who received a portion of the shower, but all have kept pretty still about it and claim they were not there.


Dr. Brewster’s Dental Rooms will be closed from next Sunday until July 26.  The doctor expects to go to Camp Douglas with the Sherman Guard boys.  He will extract teeth for them while there.  Rumor is that he has rented a stump puller for the occasion.


A new mail route has been established.  Notices are up for bids to carry mail from Snow via Bakerville to Marshfield and return, six times a week. The old route between Marshfield and Neillsville has been discontinued.


Last Saturday evening, the new gristmill at the foot of Hewett Street, was all lit up, for the first time, by its own electric plant.   A reporter was dispatched at once to visit that hive of industry and learn the cause of the night work.  Marsh, the manager of the concern, informed us that on account of the increased demand for Our Home Flour, the mill was compelled to run until 12 o’clock midnight for two or three weeks.  They needed to work the longer hours so as to get a supply of flour ahead to have on hand.


The racetrack on the Clark County fairgrounds has been undergoing treatment with scrapers and rollers.  The track in some places had to be filled in to the depth of five and six feet with more soil.  Now the track is as level as Stockwell’s eye can make it through a surveyor’s instrument.  The track will soon be ready for the horse racing trotters.


Contracts will be let on Monday, for the building of bridges over the Black River and O’Neill Creek. These bridges will both be built of iron with stone piers.  The stone is now being hauled to the sites and work on the piers for the Black River Bridge has commenced.


Rev. J. H. McManus, who used to dish up the biblical teachings from the pulpit of the Methodist Church, is here on a visit with his wife.  Everyone seems glad to see jolly Mac, the fisherman and all-around sport with us once more.  It is summer time now so the boys cannot set up a frozen rabbit for Mac to whale away at with one of Pitcher’s repeating rifles for an hour or more, as in the past.  But the boys will surely spring some sort of gag on Mac before he leaves town.


The horse race, last Saturday at the fairground, between Fred Sheldon’s mare and Martin Nevil’s trotter, drew a large attendance and afforded much sport.  Each of these men believed his horse could win, so some weeks ago, they bet $50 on the result.  The money was deposited with Dr. Buland, at Greenwood.  The race was easily won by Sheldon’s mare which out-distanced Nevil’s trotter.  There were exhibition races of speed by O’Neill’s Patchen Wilks, Dr. Leason’s Walter L., Ella Monk and Brown Molly.  Considerable money on side bets changed hands, as well as articles of clothing and such.  The racing sports enjoyed the race with as much zeal as though it had been a 2:15 race.


July 1937


Stockholders of the Neillsville Country Club which recently acquired the Hawthorne Hills County (Country) Club; met Monday night to elect officers and outline activities for the rest of the season.  R. E. Schmedel was elected president, Otto Zaeske, vice president, R. F. Munger, secretary and E. Skroch, treasurer.  The above men, along with William Campman, constitute the board of directors.  Dr. Ell Lee was named chairman of the committee on sports and tournaments.


The stockholders decided to install a bar at the club so as to sell beer and liquors as a means of raising funds for helping maintain the course.  It was estimated that between $1,500 and $1,600 would be needed to pay expenses during the season.


Art Tangen will be the professional in charge with Carl Johnson as greens keeper and Clifford Moe, assistant.


The organization now has a clear title to the golf course and has also paid up past due water rent and taxes.  The outlook for the course is considered promising.  Under the new set-up, the course should have no difficulty in continuing to hold its reputation as one of the outstanding courses in Wisconsin.


In most parts of Clark County, the prospects are good for a big hay crop this year.  Some farmers expect to find difficulty in getting extra help in putting up their hay crops.


Lenus Frank of the Town of Weston, who was a pioneer farmer when all the hay was cut with scythes amongst the tree stumps, told of his experiences.  He and Ernest Menning, still living in Weston, would cut 100 tons of hay with scythes on Frank’s farm, then raked and pitched it all by hand.  Menning worked for him seven years on the farm and for several years the two of them did the haying by hand.  The hay crop was usually very heavy then, as the newly tilled land was very fertile.


The two northwest rooms in the old Boardman House, located at 6th and West Street and now owned by John Moen, are being insulated and refinished.  The refinished rooms will be occupied by the Moen Radio and Appliance Co.  The south section of the building is the home of the Moen Monumental Co.


John E. Schiesel has taken over the Chaimson Maytag Agency in Neillsville.  He respectfully solicits your patronage.  He also has the Frigidaire line of appliances in stock.  The Maytag store is located across the street from Kearns Drug Store in Neillsville.


The Neillsville Tavern Keepers’ Association announces the following change in Prices, starting July 1, 1937: bottle beer, 15c and 20c; G bottles, 50c; a case of beer $2.00 and up.


A new well has been tapped at the Adler Theater, on Hewett Street.  John Martens reports that the well is 60 feet deep and has apparently struck a good vein.  On Monday, 1,200 gallons of water was pumped, per hour, for more than two hours and it failed to lower the 30-foot level of the 60-foot depth.  The well water will be used to supply water for the air-cooling system used in the theater.  The temperature of the well water was measured at 50 degrees.  City water, which has been used to cool the theater, was said to run about 70 degrees.


Wilbur Turner and Ina Jake were married Friday, July 9, at 7 o’clock in the evening at the home of Wilbur’s parents at York Center.  Rev. R. Fleming of Loyal preformed the ceremony.  The bride was a graduate of the Neillsville High School in 1936.  She wore a dress of white silk and lace.  Her flowers were roses, baby breath and ferns.  The bridesmaid was Jean Sellers, who wore a pale blue net over peach colored satin dress and she also had a bouquet of roses, baby breath and ferns.


The groom wore a suit of oxford gray.  The groom is working for Rush Hake.  These young people expect to start house-keeping in Neillsville.


A shower was held for them at the York town hall on Friday evening.  A large crowd was in attendance and the newlyweds received many nice presents.


Tuesday afternoon, at about the same time, victims of three separate accidents were assembled in the office of Dr. Rosekrans.  Jim Matousek of the Town of Levis fell off a load of hay, breaking a collarbone.


Paul Hagedorn, of the Town of Weston, also fell from a load of hay at his farm and was badly bruised.


Arthur, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Peterson, while trying to catch bees in a glass jar, fell and received facial cuts from the broken glass.


Neillsville can boast of having three men of more than 90 years of age living within its city.  All of them are in a fair state of health and likely to live for some time yet.


Otto Walter, who lives on South Grand Ave., will be 93 in September and is the oldest of the group.  He came to Clark County at an early date and cleared up a large farm in the Town of Grant.  About 23 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Walter built a house on South Grand Ave., which has been their home since.  Mrs. Walter is 81 years of age.


Harve Fuller will be 92 on August 14th.  He was on the payroll at the Condensary until he was past 90.  During the past winter he had a long siege of flu, but is about town again, as lively as a cricket.


Homer M. Root, former Clark County Clerk, a prominent businessman within the county for many years, became 91 years old on July 22.  He still tends to some insurance and other business.  Root enjoys good health and lives a quiet life at the Merchants Hotel.  He came to Clark County from New York State in 1869 and became active in the logging business which he followed for 19 years.  In 1888, he was elected county clerk, serving eight years and has lived in Neillsville ever since.


A motorcycle hill climbing contest will be held at Burdock Mound, 15 miles east of Neillsville on Sunday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m.  Sylvester Polacek of Chicago, national champion, will be on hand with other stars, amateur and professional, to take part.  The contest has been sanctioned by the American Motorcycle association and will furnish the spectators with exciting and thrilling amusement.


Traveling to Burdock Mound, from Neillsville, take Highway 10, east, 15 miles to the Clark County line.  Follow the red arrows one mile to the hill.


The entries are as follows: Wm. Zurn, Marshfield, Sylvester Polacek, national champion, Chicago; Wilfred Dotter, Tomahawk; Melvin Krueger, Wausau; L. Lauby, Marshfield; Roger Arndt, Wis. Rapids; Frank Ulicki, Waukegan, Ill.; Ray Tursky, Madison, Wis.; Roy Egeberg, Minneapolis; Leo Hernick, Rochester, Minn.; Steve Kakuk and Louie Kakuk, Manitowoc, Wis.  


The O&N Lumber Co. has purchased the tract of land known as Temby Park or Cornelius Park, from Geo. E. Crothers.  They will soon begin to build a model home in the park.


An effort is being made to save some of the fine trees that had to be removed to make room for the house.  These trees are being dug out and moved bodily to the Hawthorne Hills golf grounds and transplanted there.  Every effort will be made to keep the trees alive.


(The Temby Park was adjacent to the Cornelius property, south of the home which is located on the corner of Clay and Second Streets. DZ)


Milton Page, Park Sample and Mrs. Floyd Flynn are working in the register of deed’s office for the Clark Electric Cooperative.  They are looking up titles to property so that easements for the transmission lines can be obtained.  Fourteen hundred titles have been investigated already.  It is expected that more than 3,000 titles will have to be looked up.


The “town woodpile” is the latest method with which certain towns are experimenting in an attempt to discourage transients.  The “floaters” as they are sometimes called, are given food and lodging but are expected to cut up a certain amount of wood in payment for the town’s hospitality.  This experiment has been tried out and it’s proven that the number of transients has been cut down as much as 90% in some cases.


Early Sunday morning, some young people were injured in a serious car accident near Lynn.  The accident happened on the Highway 10 curve east of Lynn, where the car capsized.  The car, owned by Perry Herian, was badly wrecked.  Herian, who was driving was cut and scratched, muscles in one arm were torn and he received a head injury.  His companion, in the front seat, Irene Thien, of Greenwood, was not badly injured.


Gertrude Northup, of Neillsville was riding in the back seat with Alois Prock, of Globe.  One of Northup’s elbows was broken but otherwise she was not badly injured.  Prock escaped with only a few bruises.


All four of the occupants were taken to the Granton Clinic for treatment after the car accident.


The two most seriously hurt are still under the doctor’s care at their homes.


A ton and a half of Montgomery Ward catalogs were distributed from the Neillsville post office this week.  Each catalog required 9 cents postage and weighed four and a half pounds.


One block of East Sixth Street, between Hewett and Court Streets, is being widened by cutting off two feet of the concrete sidewalk on each side.


See the new Crosley “Fiver” radio with shortwave reception and the Crosley “Roamio” 5-tube car radio with the 7-tube performance, automatic volume control, each $19.99, at Kleckners.



A late 1930’s view of Hewett Street west side of the 600 block that included: Wagner’s Café, the Adler Theater and Northern States Power Company business.  Notice the scale by the café’s front door, a feature of that era.  It was best to check your weight before going into the café to eat the good food they were known to serve.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)



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