Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 17, 2002, Page 9

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman




Clark County News


July 1882


The city of Neillsville and the Town of Pine Valley have jointly received a self-loading and self-dropping scraper. The machine was manufactured by S. Pennock & Sons Company, of Fort Wayne, Ind.  This machine is highly recommended and appears to be well adapted for the road work for which it is designed.  The cost, freight and all, is $168.


Henry Sargeant, of Augusta, has bought the building known as the Burrington House in Thorp.  Sargeant is preparing to build a large addition to the present building which will make it a fine hotel.  He has been in the hotel business for a number of years and is known as a fine landlord.


The Blue Ribbon Club will hold temperance meetings every Sabbath at 3 p.m.  Last Sabbath it was held at the Fireman’s hall and it was a very interesting service.  The temperance meeting held at the Methodist Church, in the evening, was also well attended.


The most handsome young lady, in the city of Neillsville, is a dining-room girl at the Reddan House.  She is so divinely pretty that she is often taken for a Colby beauty.  She is a sample of the Greenwood daisies.  I will say this much for that village, it contains some pretty girls.


A very pleasant and popular pastime of the Neillsville young ladies is “wading” in O’Neill Creek and rambling along its pebbly sand barefooted.  My brother and I, while out walking last Sabbath, saw four of our leading society girls indulging in the luxury.  I would advise these young lady friends to cover up their footprints in the sand, for if a gentleman should come along and make a survey of such tracks, it would give the girls away horribly.


Dr. W. C. Crandall, one of the solidest businessmen of our city, sold his large and attractive drug store and the entire stock.  The business has been sold to C. A. and H. J. Youmans.  We have been informed that the consideration was $6,000, half cash and the balance to be paid in three years.  The cause of this unexpected move was due to the ill health of the doctor.  He has been in business here about 11 years.  He has succeeded in establishing a very lucrative trade and in getting a very comfortable home for himself and his family.  Now he is compelled to leave because of his health.  During his recent visit to Colorado, the climate of that state favorably affected his health.  He plans to settle somewhere along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountain system.


At the Maple Works special school meeting held last week, it was voted to build the proposed schoolhouse for two departments. County Superintendent Doolittle attended the meeting and aided in making some of the faint hearted under-stand the advantages of a graded school.


July 1942


(An editorial by Wells F. Harvey)


The Foundation of Patriotism


The study of the history of the United States occupies a very minor place in the colleges and universities of this country; it is not required by 82 per cent of the colleges. Seventy-two percent of all colleges admit students without requiring that they shall previously have grounded themselves in the history of their own nation.  The result is that a generation of Americans is coming up which, lacking necessity or special urge, just doesn’t know very much about the background of their own country.


This surprising state of affairs has been brought to light by a survey conducted by the New York Times.  This survey points the finger at a situation which is a matter of general knowledge and which might well have attracted critical attention long ago.


The drift in education has been toward the elective system.  More and more we have tried to appeal to the interest of the student, in the belief that he would thus best find himself.  But his plan can be carried too far.  There are some essentials in education in which all ought to be grounded, if they are to be regarded as educated at all.  We think, for instance, that in recent years out coming generations have missed something because of a lack of the old emphasis upon the three Rs.  It ought to be regarded as a public scandal that so many of our college graduates of today are a total loss at spelling.  How can a person be regarded as properly educated if he cannot accurately spell the words of common use?


Similarly, this is in regard to United States history.  How can an American be regarded as properly educated if he does not know the story of the fundamentals of his own nation?  Most of all, how can he be a true American patriot if he does not know what lies behind his patriotism:  Is it not true that patriotism acquires depth of meaning as we gain an understanding of the principles upon which our country rests?   What is it for which many of the colonists were willing to give up their safety and comfort, becoming rebels?  What are the essentials of the institutions that they founded and which differed from institutions existing before or since?


How can an American also understand the perils of today if he does not know the sources to which our forefathers went, in patterning their Republic?  He, who reads American history, broadly knows that there were no current patterns which might be followed, no patterns even in recent centuries.  They know that it was necessary to go back to the ancients; that only in the dim past had there been a democracy of any persistence.  Too many Americans of today take democracy for granted; suppose that it will fun along indefinitely, whether or not they attend to it.  They do not know the grave questions into which the founding fathers ran when they began to seek a pattern of stability.


 That Americanism is the tinkling brass and a sounding cymbal which does not have behind it a realization of the problems which our fathers faced.  Also of their fortitude and bravery in facing them, of the constant struggle since required to maintain our nation, of the very real dangers which are a constant threat to its continuance.


This is of the warp and woof of Americanism.  We cannot be real patriots unless we build our patriotism upon sound knowledge. We cannot work effectively for a better America unless we have accurate knowledge of our objective.


It is said of the ancient republics that one of their great lacks was common education.  They made no provision for the dissemination of knowledge among all of the people.  In the United States we have sought from the first to avoid this deficiency.  We have made large and increasing provisions for the education of all and we have required by law that all children shall take advantage of their educational opportunities.  We regard all of this as necessary and correct; nobody argues against it.  Is it not then equally in place that this education shall be properly directed?  Should we not insist that adequate attention be given to the history of our country and especially that our country and especially that our college graduates, logically the leaders of the future, shall be well grounded in the fundamentals of American patriotism?


Wanted: 60,000 records!  The Otto J. Haugen Post No. 73, American Legion, has started out to get as many phonograph records as it can.  Of course, the 60,000 quota will not be made here.  But with posts all over the nation cooperating in the drive, the aim is to provide that many records for the soldiers in training camps.


In announcing the drive locally, Commander Harry Roehrborn explained that the records will be re-cut with war songs and military marches.  They will be distributed to camp recreation centers throughout the nation as a morale-boosting program.


All phonograph records, whether whole, cracked or in pieces; whether worn out or needle-scratched, are desirable.


Records should be left at Frank Brown’s jewelry store or at Roehrborn’s store during the next two weeks.


Sugar for church and club suppers is “out” for the duration.


This announcement came from Leo C. Foster, ration board chairman, this week.  In an order from state headquarters, Foster was advised that now sugar is available in the July-August quotas for “institutional users.”


“Institutional users” include churches, lodges, service clubs and the like.


An inquiry had been made to the state office about how this order will affect service clubs such as the Neillsville Kiwanis and Greenwood Rotary clubs, both of which serve one meal weekly.  Foster has been advised that they are included under existing regulations. The state office, however, said that further inquiry will be made in regard to the question of service clubs.


Harold Herdrich, age 11, is in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, after being trampled by a horse.  He has broken ribs, an injured right lung and perhaps other internal injuries.


Harold is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reno Herdrich who live north of Loyal.  He was going to go with this (his) father to hill potatoes.  His father lifted him to the back of the horse in the barnyard, the boy having ridden the same horse on various times in the past.  In this instance, the horse was frightened and bolted running toward the house.  At the house, the lad fell from the horse, the horse then turned and trampled upon the boy.


Dick Lowe and Bob Horswill, two local high school boys, are on their way to Montana for work in the wheat fields.  They left Wednesday on Lowe’s motorcycle and are looking forward to 1,000 miles of travel.  Their destination was Whitetail, in northeastern Montana.


Lowe knows the Whitetail country and is sure that he and Horswill will have a real experience there.  They expect to work in the harvest wherever they find an opportunity.


They plan to be on the road traveling for two or three days.


The Town of Foster made its first report and equaled its quota of $28 in the U.S.O. campaign during the last week.  Additional contributions amounting to $16.29 during the week brought Neillsville’s total to $356.14; County Chairman A. C. Wagner reported the figures this week.


Three schools will operate in the Town of Washburn this coming year.  The schools will be conducted under the consolidated plan, with a single school board.  The expectation is that the Cannonville and Shortville schools will be continued and that the new school board, as made up at the meeting Monday evening, will select a third.  The present consolidated district takes the place of the six original schools and districts.


The joint meeting was held Monday evening at the Washburn town hall, with a large attendance.  Elmer Kapfer of the old Cannonville district was elected treasurer, Ervin Stevens resigned as treasurer and Linton Jahr was elected to fill the unexpired term.  Ralph Short resigned as director and Howard Strebing of the old South Washburn district was elected for the unexpired term.


Steve and Joe Rosandich, members of the Audubon school board in the Town of Sherwood, resigned their positions Monday so that a complete new board, representative of the new enlarged district, could be elected.  The new board is composed of: Mrs. Ed Lindquist of the old Birdland Echo school district, director; and George Fluegel of the old Audubon school district, treasurer.  The Dewhurst and Audubon Schools are to be operated next year with an anticipated total enrollment of 30.


Neillsville and its surrounding countryside responded to the recent rubber salvage campaign that ended last Friday, with nearly 55 tons of vital rubber.


This report came from bulk gasoline dealers operating out of the city, around which the local campaign was organized.  The count for Neillsville was 109,804 pounds at the close of the campaign.  However, rubber still was being brought into the service stations.  It was believed that the campaign here would finally produce at least the 196 pounds needed to fill out 55 tons.


Granton reported that the rubber salvage campaign there produced 10 tons, or 20,000 pounds.  Other reports for the county were not available, but on the basis of previous reports, it was estimated that the total county collection will be 175 tons or above.


Three Pleasant Ridge youths enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Wausau last week. They left Monday for physical examinations and induction at Milwaukee. They were: Arlo Scholtz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis E. Scholtz; Warren (Corky) Korth, son of Louis Korth and Lee Selves, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selves.


William Conlee, mathematics and business economics instructor in the Neillsville High School for the last four years has been appointed a student instructor in the Army Air Corps.  He left last Friday for Scott Field, Ill., where he is taking a three-month training course preparatory to receiving a permanent appointment.  Mrs. Conlee, the former Josephine Deutsch, will remain in Neillsville for the present.  She has taken up residence in the Mrs. Rose Schiller apartment on State Street.


Get your new Maytag washer at the Neillsville Maytag Company store before our on-hand stock runs out.  The washers are not “frozen” on the market, but they are no longer going to be manufactured because metals are needed for the war effort.


There will be an auction at the Tommy Fisher Tavern, one and one-half miles east of Loyal on Hwy 98, Monday, July 6.  Starting at 1 p.m., all business equipment and many fine household goods will be sold.


Maple Street of Granton, part of the business district in the early 1900s, is shown in the above photo.  In the community’s beginning, the village was named Maple Works.  Later, the business district was moved a short distance southward and was then named “Granton.”  (Photo courtesy of Webster family collection)



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