Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

November 26, 2003, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1898


George Crandall and Dr. Moore came home, to Humbird on Saturday, from their hunting expedition, bringing five nice deer.


The number of deer being killed and brought in the meat markets is something terrific.  The poor deer will run up against extinction if they get too confiding in human benevolence.


The continuation of Eight Street, from the Furniture Factory grounds, has involved the construction of two small bridges.  This recent Neillsville city improvement is worthy of mentioning.


A supper was given Monday night at the Merchants Hotel for the members of Co. A. Guards.  After doing an ample justice to the good food, on which the flag-decorated tables were laden, the spacious dining room was cleared.  The rest of the evening was spent in dancing and a general good time was had.  Nearly all of the men in blue were present.


A pair of kids, named Heaslett and Straub, opened some egg cases at the railroad depot one day last week.  Then, they took about twelve dozen of the hen fruit, throwing them at the depot building.  The egg-bombardment was stopped by some-body who happened to pass by; otherwise more chicken ammunition would have been expended.  When they ceased firing, everything was quarantine color.  Later in the day, Will Heaslett went down with shovel and broom to clean up the mess.


Kemmeter and Gaertner are expecting to start building their saw mill in a few days, at Granton.


Thanksgiving is to be celebrated by several Granton people when they go to Lindsey this week, at a grand Thanksgiving dance.


One day, last week, Carl Knoop, who lives west of Neillsville, was plowing in a field and plowed up a curiously shaped object.  Upon examination, he found it to be pure copper.  It is pear-shaped, about 8 inches long and an inch thick, weighing 10 pounds.  It is of the kind of metal known as floating copper, so-called because it is found near the surface.  Knoop will investigate and see if there is any more and whether it will pay to dig for more.


The Commercial State Bank is now in its new quarters, one door north of Sniteman’s drug store.  The place has been thoroughly overhauled.  A steel ceiling and a tile floor were put in so everything is new. The fixtures are finished in cherry, which makes a neat appearance. The heavy safe was moved in and that was not small job either.  The bank was opened for business in its new facility, on Monday morning.


Notice is hereby given to those who pay wood for their newspaper subscriptions.  The wood must be furnished when we want it, not when it suits your convenience and we want it now.


The ladies of the Unitarian Society will serve a Thanksgiving dinner at the church parlors, Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.  The following menu is: turkey with oysters and sage dressing, cranberry sauce, rutabagas, mashed potatoes, cabbage salad, spiced currants, mustard pickles, English plum pudding with sauce, pumpkin pie, cheese, cakes and coffee.


Mr. Frank Wren, son of Sereno Wren, and Miss Sarah West, daughter of the late Jas. West were married at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Wm. Waterpool, of Pleasant Ridge on Wednesday, Nov. 223.  Rev. A. B. Scovill officiated (at) the marriage ceremony.  A wedding supper was served to the guests assembled and a very pleasant occasion was enjoyed.  The newly married pair rented Grandma Wilding’s home and will begin housekeeping there at once.


Dr. Viola M. French has rented rooms over Jesse Lowe’s market, entrance first door south of Enckhausen & Ascott’s drug store.  As soon as the alterations, now being made, are completed, she will open an office there.  She expects to get moved in about Dec. 1st.  Dr. French’s experience in the treatment of nervous diseases should bring her a large practice in that specialty.  We are pleased to make known her determination to practice her profession here in Neillsville.


Fire destroyed Joe Counsell’s barn out on the Pleasant Ridge road, Sunday afternoon.  The fire caught from a chimney of his residence, which was burning out at that time.  All the farm machinery except a mower and hay rake and the livestock were removed from the building.  Hay, stored in the barn, was lost.  Joe was outside at the time and saw the spark catch in the straw.  Before he could reach the spot, the wind had fanned it to a roaring mass.  All of the fire departments in the county cold not have extinguished it.  Hard work on the part of the neighbors, saved the granary and corn crib.  Counsell’s two barns were destroyed by the fire.  The loss is $240, which is covered by insurance.


November 1933


Surrounded by her children and a host of other relatives and friends; Mrs. William Welch, who lived northeast of Loyal, celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.  Mrs. Welch, who has lived in the same house for more than 50 years, is (a) remarkably spry woman, doing housework and writing letters to each of her children, who live away from Loyal.  Mrs. Welch, the mother of nine children, makes her home with her son, George.  Other children are John, Douglas, Grant, Mrs. Ella McGee, Mrs. Flaherty, Mrs. Tomlinson, Mrs. Mary Vetter and Mrs. Will Catlin, the latter two having been twins.  Mr. Welch, whose death occurred some years ago, was a lawyer in Loyal.  Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Balch called on Mrs. Welch, Sunday.  Mrs. Balch has known Mrs. Welch for many years.


Two tons of lard disappeared from an interstate truck at Abbotsford, Monday night.  Picketing by milk strikers has been unusually active in that city.  A number of arrests are expected to be made in connection with the looting there.


Two men of Colby, brothers, were arrested Tuesday by Ernest Snyder, undersheriff, and Herbert Olson, deputy when 110 pounds of lard was found in the men’s cellar, it was charged.  They were lodged in the Clark County jail on Monday after-noon, but the sheriff’s office said it did not know the first names of the brothers, when called Wednesday morning.


There were more than 700 men picketing the road Monday night at Abbotsford, according to Mr. Snyder.  Lard is said to be worth eight cents a pound now, making the county liable for the two-ton loss.


Approximately 1,000 persons, seeking employment under the Civil Works Program, registered in Clark County at the court house in Neillsville and the branch office at Owen during the first three days of the week.


Classification of the cards is expected to start immediately so that the employment projects can be started at once.  It is hoped to be able to send out the first contingent of workers on Monday. The basic pay scale in Clark County will be 50 cents an hour.


There are at present about 300 jobs to be distributed among the registrants.  Because of the large number of applicants it was decided Tuesday to register only married men with dependents. Single men, it is hoped, will have a chance later to be placed in some of the civil projects.


Three hundred eighty-five men have been given jobs in Clark County through the Poor Relief office and the additional 300 jobs through the Civil Works Program will make up the county’s quota.


There will be sauerkraut and wieners served along with the music on Saturday night, Dec. 2 at the Westside Tavern, located 3 miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10.


If you are looking for gifts for your boys and girls, buy them each a pair of ice skates.  These skates are very good for healthy outdoor sport.  A first class chromium plate pair of shoe skates can be bought for $5.50.


These bargains are available at Albert Degener’s Hardware Store in Neillsville.


A major disaster has come to a number of Wisconsin counties, particularly Clark County, by reason of the severe drought of last summer.  The less severe drought of two or three preceding summers and the bare ground of several winters moved County Agent Landry to make an application for aid from the Federal Government, similar to the aid given at the time of the Galveston flood and the San Francisco earthquake and fire.


He reported that many farmers, in this county, will be without feed this winter, their credit is exhausted and they will have no way to buy feed even if it can be secured cheaply and freight rates have been reduced.  Mr. Landry has worked rapidly in the matter and has secured results.


The Federal Government will put $208,000 into the county to aid farmers without feed and without a basis for credit.  No string is tied to the appropriation – neither the state nor the county has to raise a dollar.  The only condition is that the farmer must work out this aid on the town roads.


Friday, a meeting of representatives for several counties met at Eau Claire to discuss ways and means of administering the funds.  Those from this county attending were W. J. Landry, county Agent; Judge Nehs of the County Relief Committee; Will Wood, Poor Commissioner; Otto Weyhmiller, Highway Commissioner; Chas. Buss, Frank Mathias and Herman Braatz, Highway Committee.  The contract with the Secretary of Agriculture has been signed by Mr. Landry.


Mr. Landry and Otto Weyhmiller, Highway Commissioner, have gone over the map and made a tentative estimate of the amount of funds that should go into each township.  Of course, this may be changed; if enough applications for work are not made in a certain town to use all the appropriation for that town.  A portion of the appropriation for said town will be transferred to more needy localities.


It is apparent that many residents will not be entitled to the aid, but it is also apparent that it will be of benefit to all tax-payers by taking others off the relief list and helping them to keep their stock alive through the winter.  It will also go far in improving the town highways and keeping them up.


Mr. Landry is making out applications as fast as he can get to them working early and late each day.  These applications have to be gone over by a local committee before they can be sent in for approval.


Prompt action is necessary, winter is upon us; cattle must be brought in from the pastures and housed; cows must have feed or they will give no milk.  People to be given this aid are the most needy only; they must get help promptly to be of any service.


(I remember my dad working on this Federal Aid Program, as a farmer.  Each day, he and his white team of horses, pulling a wagon, left our farm to haul and spread gravel on some nearby town road.  Those Federal Funds put some food on our table, fed the horses and a milk cow. D.Z.)


Twenty-nine Wisconsin farmers have taken advantage of the Commissioner’s loans to apply to the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul for the right to buy back their farms lost on mortgages since July 1, 1931.  The Emergency Farm Mortgage Act of 1933, passed in May was especially designed to provide funds for this purpose and for other relief.  The application for the funds to be used in that way indicates widespread intention of borrowers to make that use of the fund.


O. W. Gluck, high school basketball coach, and W. W. Barczewski, also of the high school faculty, have just published a new basketball score book, which is being recognized as an innovation in keeping the records of the cage game.


The publication, which the two men have been working on for the past three years, is called the “Short and Long Basket-ball Score Book.”


A detailed scoring sheet, which is up-to-date in every way, is the primary feature of the book.  This sheet contains a column of quarters played, where a check can be placed for each period played by an individual.  The check-up of each athlete for the game, as to how many field goals, free throws, fouls and total points he made. Below this column is a final check for the whole team.  A space for marking the score by quarters and tow (two) overtime periods is provided, as well as the team’s free throws attempted, made and their per cent.


Valuable permanent records may be kept in the rear of the book, with a section for the month, day and year of each game, the name of the team and opponents, score by quarters and over-time periods, final score for the visiting and home team, field goals, free throws and fouls of both teams.


It includes individual scoring charts for each player, month, day and year of game, opponents, where played, conference or non-conference game, quarters played, position, number of baskets attempted, made, missed and per cent, free throws attempted, made, missed and per cent, fouls, both personal and technical, and officials of the game.


This new book will be placed on the market by several leading sporting goods houses throughout the country.


Coach Gluck is a former Carroll College student, where he played basketball for four years under Coaches Armstrong, Batha and Kenny.  During that time, Carroll won two Wisconsin State Conference championships.  At present he is coaching basketball here, where his 1931-1932 team came within a half game of winning the suburban conference title.


(Remembered locally as “Dimps”, Oscar Gluch (Gluck) returned to his hometown Neillsville, in his later years.  He was owner of The Family Shoe Store, at one time.  The scoring book, that he was instrumental in designing, was used statewide by the various basketball programs for many years. D. Z.)



Dangers Store was a long-time Neillsville business, located on the southwest corner of Seventh and Hewett Streets.  The building and contents were destroyed by a fire in the late 1930s, which ended the Dangers Store era.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ Family Collection)



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