Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

November 19, 2003, Page 17

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1908


Fifty years ago, last Wednesday, Justice James O’Neill united in marriage Mr. and Mrs. Henry Counsell and the certificate was recorded in book one at the Register of Deeds office.  This young couple, in the prime of young manhood and young womanhood, took up the sterner duties of life on a farm at Pleasant Ridge.  Here, they labored, prospered and reared a family that would be pride and pleasure to them in their old age to come.  By strict economy and careful management, they made the financial side of life successful.  With forethought and kindly action, their married life was also one of peace, happiness and contentment.  Two years ago, they moved to Neillsville so that they might rest from their labors and enjoy the fruits thereof.


Last Wednesday, they celebrated their golden wedding at their old home on Pleasant Ridge, now occupied by one of their sons.  The celebration was a happy one and was attended by many of their old friends.  They were the parents of six children, four of whom are living, William, who resides in Oregon, Josiah and Oscar who reside on the Ridge and Mrs. Nettie Counsell.


The following couples obtained marriage licenses in Clark County:


Wm. Rinehart of Sherwood to Alvina Reidel of Grant; Geo. Fessler of Abbotsford to Mrs. Mabel Garfield of Neillsville; Geo. A. Claridge of Reedsburg to Amelia Esselman of Neillsville; Chauncey J. Bigelow of Tioga to Retta Slover of Tioga and Hy A. Fischer of Plymouth County to Clara Treichler of Granton.


Mr. J. C. Zimmerman, of this city, has received notification that his name has been drawn to share in Uncle Sam’s distribution of four thousand farms, of 160 acres in the Rosebud land opening in South Dakota.  Mr. Zimmerman’s number drawn was 1368.  His application was mailed, requiring that he not have to appear in person on account of privileges granted old soldiers.  Those drawing lands are to pay for their claims at the rate of $6 per acre in five yearly installments.  During this time, they must make their home on the land.


Last week, a party of Neillsville sportsmen received 100 pounds of wild rice, which was planted in the upper end of Lake Arbutus. The rice cost $22 and was paid by subscription among a few gentlemen who delight in lying in the duck blinds and shooting over the decoys.  The rice came packed in wet moss and was immediately planted in the shallow waters.  When it grows and bears a crop, the rice fields will be favorite feeding grounds for wild waterfowl.  At that time, the Neillsville duck hunters will get busy and reap the harvest, which they have sown.


The Pine Valley Creamery Association’s creamery, at Sidney, was opened last week for operation. This creamery is one of the most substantially and scientifically built in the county.  It (is) getting a fair run of milk, considering the weather and condition of the cows.


Bring your cream to the F. J. Mumm Co. cream receiving station, opposite the Merchants Hotel in Neillsville, where you can get your cream carefully weighed for a price of 31 cents per pound.  Samples will be accurately taken, tested and then you will receive your cash for each lot as it is delivered. That way, you take no chances of poor management along with poor batches of butter that go on the market and sell below market prices.  The F. J. Mumm Co. also pays spot cash for veal, poultry, and eggs.


The new five-dollar gold pieces are to be a novelty in coinage. They will be convex instead of concave, with the design depressed below instead of raised above the general surface, so it will be protected from wear.  The suggestion was made by Dr. Wilburn Sturgis Biglow of Boston and adapted by President Roosevelt.  While the plan is new in metals, it has long been used in stone sculpture and the wonder is that it has never been applied to coinage.


If you have a 2-cent stamp with a wreath on it and the words “Two-cents,” underneath the oval head of Washington, do not part with it.  It will be worth money.


The post office department forgot one of its own regulations, in getting out the stamp.  The regulation that requires in accordance with the terms of the Universal Post union, that the unit of value shall be indicated on the stamp by an Arabic numeral.  Marked that way, it may be understood by persons speaking any language.


November 1948


The Zion Reformed and Congregational churches, of Neillsville, will be merged. This is the decision of the two congregations, each voting separately.  The Zion congregation voted Sunday, the merger carrying approximately three to one. The Congregational people had voted previously, the decision there being nearly unanimous.


Preliminaries looking toward the details of union and operation were discussed at a joint meeting of the governing boards of the two congregations.  Decisions on all important points will be left to the united congregation.


The united congregation will be in possession of the Zion church building and parsonage, the Congregational building and the parsonage on South Hewett Street.  For the present, the services will take place in alternate months in each edifice, being held in November in the Congregational Church. The use or disposition of these various properties has been discussed but is as yet unsettled.


Clark County voters turned thumbs down on two referendum propositions placed before them in Tuesday’s balloting.


They were more than three to one against enacting a three percent tax to finance a bonus for veterans of World War II.  The county vote was: against, 7,045; for, 2,162.


And they were opposed to changing the state constitution to permit municipalities to take private property for public use without first establishing the need by jury.  The vote against was 6,699; for, 1,928.


The W. R. C. voted to sell its building, the W. R. C. hall on South Court Street, at its meeting last Monday night.  But it did not determine whether to accept the one bona fide offer it has received.


The offer from the Wilson-Heintz post, No. 73, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as read to the 25 members present, $2,500 and assumption of the debt incurred in the recent remodeling bill amounts to about $1,500, according to estimates of members, which would make a total of $4,000.


The W. R. C. also has been approached by the Methodist congregation, which owns property adjoining; but has not received a firm offer for the property from this source, members said.  Also, offered is a $200 yearly rental by the Neillsville Public School, which is in need of additional room.


The motion to sell was favored by a vote of 29 to 4.  Twenty-five of the Corps’ 50 members were present, the other eight voting by mail.


Bollom’s Record Shop, in Neillsville, has the following Hit Parade records available.  The Sunset Trail, Chime Bells, Slow Boat to China, Down Among the Sheltering Palms, Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart, Isn’t It Romantic, Just a Little Lovin’, My Sweetheart Polka, Sweet Potato Polka and Who Shot That Hole in My Sombrero.


The Granton Rotary is sponsoring a Hard Time Dance at the Granton Village Hall on Saturday, November 6.  The music will be by Stan Thurston and his Idlewild Orchestra of Winona, Minnesota, featuring the best in old-time music.  Prizes will be awarded.


Bruhn and Feuerstein have now completed their new blast furnace. They are in production with their new foundry.  Their enterprise has given Neillsville a new industry, the progress which will be watched with great interest.


A large farm auction will be held on Monday, November 8th at the Joseph Pachal farm, north of Loyal on County Trunk K or 3 miles west of Riplinger.  The sale starts at 12:30 p.m. sharp, so be on time for this large sale.


Pachal has decided to discontinue farming so will sell his positively excellent 80-acre farm.  It includes a nice 9-room house and first-class shape farm buildings.  All the personal property will also be sold.


There will be 30 head of extra high-grade Holstein cattle for sale; one team of good dependable horses with a set of good farm harness and collars.


The feed will consist of 750 bushels of oats; 30 ton of good hay; 20 tons of straw, 45 feet of silage and 21 sacks of fertilizer.


There will be a McCormick F-20 Farmall tractor, in excellent shape; P & O tractor plow; Deering corn binder; Minnesota 6-ft. grain binder; Gehl silo filler, No. 17, McCormick 6 ft. grain drill w/grass seed & fertilizer attachment; manure spreader; side delivery rake; hay loader; Osborne tedder; dump rake; P & O corn planter; 3-section spring tooth harrow, 2-section leveling drag; steel wheel wagon; truck wagon with hay rack; several rolls of snow fence; posts; shingles; milk cans; forks; shovels.


Chickens: 100, about half of which are pullets that just started to lay eggs.


Hogs: Poland China spotted pigs.


The auction is being clerked by Christensen Sales Co. of Abbotsford.  The auctioneer will be W. J. Murphy.


Sunday, besides being Halloween, was an ideal golf day and some members of the Neillsville Country Club spent the after-noon on the links.


A special Halloween dinner, marking the end of the season, was served in the clubhouse, at 7:15 p.m.  William Bradford, the club’s genial greeter, had the club in apple-pie order.


Mrs. H. G. Haight and Mrs. L. H. Howard lavished care and taste on decorations for both the upstairs and downstairs of the clubhouse, as well as on the dinner tables.


Damage estimated at about $850 resulted when a Neillsville Dairy truck and a taxicab driven by Roland Jenni collided at the intersection of North Pitcher and 18th Streets last Friday afternoon.


Two passengers in the taxi suffered bruises and minor abrasions on the hands, elbows and knees.  The passengers were Mrs. Ole Lowe, of Neillsville, and her guest, Mrs. Betty Carson, of Milwaukee.


Officer Herman J. Olson said that Everett Bartz, 15, an employee of the dairy concern, was operating the delivery truck without a driver’s license.


The taxi was proceeding eastward on 18th Street, traveling toward North Hewett Street.  The dairy truck was traveling northwards on Pitcher Street when the accident happened.


Twenty-six women, representative of Clark County’s 658 homemaker club members, moved in on the courthouse and the Clark County Board of Supervisors last Saturday morning intent upon saving the home agent and assistant county agent offices.


In the heated session the previous afternoon, the board members had voted to abolish the office of county home agent.  What the members did not know then was that their action automatically abolished, also, the office of the assistant county agent.


A hurry-up telephone call to the state extension head-quarters following the action, however, established that fact that no county is permitted an assistant county agent, which does not maintain a county home agent.  As an alternative, they learned, there is a sort of combination office, whose head is known as the county 4-H club leader.


How the women organized their opposition on such short notice is still a little hazy.  County Agent Earl O. Wright professed surprise when his office began to be filled by homemakers early in the morning before the board was to resume deliberations.


“I didn’t call a soul,” Mr. Wright said.  “How they found out about it is something I don’t know.”


The problem was settled with a motion by Supervisor Richard F. Gaffney, of Owen, who moved the appropriation of $700 by the county for the home agent’s salary.  This amount would put the salary at $2,900, which is the same as is being paid this year.


The motion carried by a vote of 54 to 3.


Lester Landgraf, of Neillsville, thought he had things all set to be the mighty hunter in his household this season, according to reports received here.


But that didn’t work out exactly as he had figured.


Lester went out hunting on the opening day and left the milking to be done by Mrs. Landgraf.  She did milk the cows all right.  And, while working at it she saw a buck come into the cow pasture.  She ran to the house, got a gun and shot the buck.


The real clincher to this story would be to report that Lester came home empty handed; but truth is stranger than fiction: Lester also got his buck Saturday morning at Wildcat Mound.


There will be a double wedding dance at the West Side Hall, in Willard, Thursday, November 25.  The dance will be in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hribar and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hribar.


The Neillsville American Legion’s annual Turkey dance will be held tonight in their new Legion hall, near the O’Neill Creek Bridge. This will be the first public function of the organization to be held in the new building.  Work on the unfinished portion of the hall has been pushed this week to have it in readiness for the dance.


A Basket Social and moving pictures is a coming event at the Forman School on Saturday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.  Merrill Sischo, of Wausau, will show movies on conservation and hunting.  Ladies are to bring baskets with supper for two.  Popcorn, candy, and pop will be for sale.



A Drive-Inn theatre operated in Christie during the late ‘50s after being built in the fall of 1953.  It was located on the west side of Highway 73.



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