Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

January 1, 2003, Page 28

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Clark County News


January 1878


There will be preaching at the Hyslip schoolhouse next Sabbath, January 6th at 2:30 p.m.  A large attendance is expected, so those who want to secure seats should be there early.


The Greenwood Band is becoming quite popular with our Neillsville dancers.  Their popularity is deservedly so as its band members are of the finest musicians.  May their visits here be many in numbers.


The most pleasing evening’s entertainment of the season, in Neillsville, either public or private, was the meeting of the Episcopol Dime Society held at the Jas. O’Neill, Jr. home last Thursday evening.  Their splendid residence was thrown open throughout and the hearty reception extended to all by the O’Neills gladdened every heart.  The occasion was one of general enjoyment. So pleasantly did the time pass that the wee small hours were well nigh passed before a single guest thought it time for departure.  As they reluctantly left, all were of one mind, that in the art of entertaining, Mr. and Mrs. O’Neill, have few equals.  Their home is the place to visit for a good time.  May their lives be as full of happiness as the happiness they provided their guests with on that evening while under their roof?


Lumbermen along the Black River, though not as hopeful of good winter’s work as they were two weeks ago, have not thrown in the sponge.  They are getting an immense amount of logs skidded and if enough snow will permit hauling, between now and the Fourth of July; there will be lively times all along the river.  An unusual number of teams have been engaged for use when the snow does come, if it ever comes, no time will be lost while the sleighing lasts.


It may be consoling to our lumbermen to know the big snowstorm we were to have had here last week, turned up at Nashville, Tennessee. The storm left a covering of “the beautiful” ten inches deep. Verily, the world appears to have been turned around and who knows but that the possum and persimmon may yet be natives of this climate.


So far this season, no fatal accidents have been reported in the lumbering district of this county.  If the present weather holds, however, the winter will prove fatal to lumbermen generally, financially.


For some time in the past, the Black River Bridge, in the Town of Levis, has been considered unsafe.  Now there appears to be a prospect of a new bridge being built by Clark County.  A committee has been appointed to determine the best place for building the new structure and a report is to be given at the next County Board meeting.  A new bridge at that point is greatly needed and the work should not be delayed.


Messrs. William Darton, Joseph Gibson and T. J. LaFlesh were appointed commissioners on the part of the Clark County Board. This decision was made at its late meeting, in accordance with a resolution adopted at a previous meeting of that body.  They appropriated $3,000 to the towns of Mayville, Colby, Unity and Sherman for road purposes.  The newly formed committee is to superintend the work for which the appropriation was made. The matter could not have been placed in better hands.


Yesterday, we were shown the plans of a church to be built eight miles east of here, during the coming year.  The drafting was done by Dan Reidel, by whom the building is to be constructed.  The plan has been well executed. The building will be 28 by 46 feet on the floor and the spire, 62 feet in height. The general appearance of the building, judging from the elevations shown in the plans, is very fine, while the work on the interior will surpass anything in Clark County. 


(Presently, this is called the Zion American Lutheran Church, located on Hill Road, one mile south and Ό mile east of Granton. The congregation was established in 1868, first holding services in a log cabin building. D Z)


January 1938


Harland Bergeman, of Granton, was hired by the directors of the Clark Electric Cooperative for the position of bookkeeper and office manager of the REA office to be opened at Greenwood.  There were only 42 applicants reported seeking the position.  Of these applicants, less than half a dozen were fully qualified by education and experience.


(Harland Bergeman will be 95 years old, the end of this month and still resides in Greenwood. D.Z.)


December 27, 1937, marked the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Eysnogle, of the Town of York.  The event was celebrated at their home on Christmas Day, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and families.


Joseph M. Eysnogle and Nettie Deets were married December 17, 1887, in the Town of Bloom, Richland County, Wisconsin.  These vows were renewed before Rev. Raymond J. Fleming, pastor of the Loyal and York Center Methodist Churches, upon their golden wedding day.  The bride was attired in a navy blue silk dress, which she had fashioned with her own hands.  She wore a gold flower and carried a fresh bouquet of golden chrysanthemums.


Shortly after their marriage, they purchased a tract of wild land. Through years of hard work and thrift, they built for themselves and their family, a comfortable home. The farm was later sold and the family moved to Clark County, onto a 90-acre tract of land near Spokeville.  After living there for seven years, they returned to Richland County and in 1914 again decided to make their home in Clark County.  Accordingly they purchased the Wm. Garvin farm in York Township.  Four or five years later, they rented this farm to their daughter and for the past year, have leased it to a granddaughter, Mrs. Herbert Fensome.  After selling the farm, they purchased a 30-acre tract of land where they still reside and enjoy farming on a smaller scale.


Eysnogles do all their own work, care for a small herd of cows and he cuts his own wood, on a wooded 40-acre tract three-quarter of a mile from their home.  Mr. Eysnogle also takes great pleasure in drawing tight reigns over the backs of a lively team of young horses.  They have lived a busy, yet happy and harmonious life.  Wherever they lived, they affiliated them-selves with some church and were never too busily engaged in their own affairs to assist their church and community in the finer things in life. Since living in the Town of York, they have been loyal members of the Methodist Church.


Mr. and Mrs. Eysnogle have three daughters, Blanch, Mrs. Charles Schaeffner, Spokeville; Zettie, Mrs. J. V. Young, Town of York, and Dessie, Mrs. Merton Davis, of Medford.  There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


The following Monday evening, friends and neighbors of the couple gathered at their home, as a surprise. They brought with them, a prepared lunch and a purse of money, requesting the honored couple to select their own gift.


Highways, throughout the state, were covered by a sheet of ice over the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Thousands of people went to traveling by trains instead of using their autos.  Between Eau Claire and Augusta 65 cars were in the ditches and almost everywhere else, cars were in ditches or wrecked.


John P. Breseman, who had been a resident of Clark County for 50 years, passed away at the home of his son, William, in the Town of Grant, at the age of 79.


Breseman was born in Washington County, Wisconsin, in 1858.  When a young man he worked on the Mississippi River boats.  After his marriage to Miss Pauline Beer on April 27, 1886, he settled on a farm in the Town of Grant.  Here, the couple lived until 1918, when they moved to Granton, where Breseman operated a shoe repair business.  After the death of his wife on Feb. 13, 1930, he retired and lived with his children.


The deceased held a number of town offices and also served on the school board during his lifetime.  He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, where the funeral was held on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. J. G. Buth officiating. 


Three children survive him: Mrs. Richard Anding, Altoona, William E. Breseman, Granton; and Mrs. Henry DeKarske, Belgium, Wis.  He also leaves four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, Henry Breseman, Chili and Theodore Breseman, Town of Lynn, and two sisters, Mrs. Emil Lindow, Town of Lynn and Mrs. Kate Yorkston of Neillsville.


Six nephews acted as pallbearers: Raymond Lindow, Ed Lautenbach, Edward Breseman, Louis Breseman, Walter Schlinsog and Arthur Lautenbach.


Rev. Anthony J. Aurit, 54, pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, at Loyal, which was named in his honor, died Saturday at the hospital in Marshfield.  He had been seriously ill from a heart ailment for about two weeks.  His kindly and broad-minded ways endeared him to people of varied faiths.  He was born at Cuba City and served at Wausau and Cadott before coming to Loyal.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning, with a number of Neillsville people in attendance.


A new conservation club for the protection of wild life was organized at the Granton village hall last Friday evening. There were about 80 representative leaders from the village, various townships nearby and the city of Neillsville who were present.  Interesting talks were given by local and state men, the club was started and officers were elected.


Clark County Treasurer James Fradette congratulated the group on the fine turn out and said he believed that forest fires were the greatest menace to wild life and if caution was used against these fires, wild life would naturally come back.  Dr. R. R. Rath explained how he and a group of landowners in the Town or (of) York had been able to set aside a mile-square of land as a wild life refuge.  He believes the establishment of these refuges is necessary for the preservation of wild life.


The new conservation club’s elected officers are as follows: L.G. Bluett, pres.; L. St. Dannis, vice-pres.’ Mike Zaradka, sec’y; Frank Preston, treas.  Directors – Herman Braatz, Grant; Fred Bartz, York; Carl Yankee, Lynn; H. Knoll, Fremont; Clayton McCann, Sherwood; R. Mortenson, Washburn and Allan Covell, Neillsville.


WPA workers have begun clearing the site for a new water conservation dam in the city of Owen.


The new structure will be located on the Popple River, between the bridge on highway 29 and the old John Owen mill pond dam, which has become unsafe and must be replaced.


The dam will be built of reinforced concrete and will have a crest of 24 feet, 9 inches in length.  It will maintain an 11-foot head of water which will keep the 40-acre pond at its present level.


It is estimated that construction of the dam will provide employment for an average of 32 WPA workers for approximately four months.  The city of Owen is sponsoring the construction and will furnish the necessary materials.  The total cost is estimated at $11,000 and the WPA’s contribution will amount to $6,000 in wages to workers.


It has been confirmed that the notorious Al Brady gang held up and robbed the Thorp Bank last summer, by the admission of James Dalhover, last survirer (survivor) of the gang. Dalhover was the only one of the three members of the gang who escaped death when the men were shot down by G-Men at Bangor, Maine, October 12.


Confession of Dalhover’s part in the Thorp Bank robbery, resulted in the $2,631.79 found on Dalhover, being turned over to the Maryland Casualty Co. that had the burglary insurance on the bank.  It will be recalled that the Thorp Bank officers, at the time, stated they were quite certain the Al Brady gang had pulled the robbery job there and identified members of the gang from pictures printed in the newspapers.


The following young men from Clark County were enrolled for service at the CCC camp at Perkinstown.  H. L. Trewartha took quite a delegation to the camp and others went in other cars.


Earl Chaffey, Chili; Matthew Johnson, Greenwood; Emil Dusak, Neillsville, Frederick McIntyre, Neillsville; Alvin Hahn, Neillsville; Stanley Rogalski, Thorp; Kenneth Gilbertson, Owen; Wm. Eibergen, Granton; Donald Winn, Granton; Edward Barton, Granton; Mark Wagner, Stanley and Robert Brown, Neillsville.


John M. “Soda Ash” Horan, of Milwaukee, a great uncle of George and Jack Tibbett, of Neillsville, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday.  A notable party was given in his honor by the Milwaukee railroad, including President Scandrett.  Horan has worked for the Milwaukee railroad for 83 years.  His son was an engineer for 50 years.  The father asked the son not to go on a pension, as he still is actively at work at the age of 100.  Horan saved the Milwaukee road thousands of dollars through being the first to use soda ash to clean and lengthen the life of engine boilers.


Wolgart’s All Electric Orchestra and three ritzy floor shows will feature the first annual Clark County Tavern-keepers’ ball to be held at Club 10, east of Neillsville, February 3.


Prizes will be awarded to the couple dancing the “Big Apple,” best, to the heaviest tavern-keeper and the tavern-keeper traveling the farthest distance, plus other prizes.  The general public is invited to the dance.  There will be no admission charge.






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