Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 5, 2003, Page 22

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 




Compiled by Dee Zimmerman




Clark County News

 March 1883


Kit Durham has sold his sawmill in the Town of Weston, to Thomas Miller and Charley Kayhart. Durham’s logs will be sold by auction.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yankee have lost all of their children to diphtheria.  Eda, age 6 years, died on Feb. 18; Martha, age 5 years, died on Feb. 20 and Leon, age 2 years died on Feb. 21.  The parents have the sympathy of everyone in the community in their great bereavement.  Mr. Yankee is not expected to live, as he is very ill with diphtheria.


We wish to express our sympathy to Robert Christie and his family, in the great loss of their home last Friday night.  The house and the whole of its contents burned.  The fire came from unknown cause and broke out in the northern part of the house, where no one had lived this winter.  The inmates of the house were in bed and asleep, when the flames came pouring through the walls and they barely escaped, dressed in their nightclothes.  Robert had left $400 in his pants pocket, the pants being left on (in) the upstairs bedroom.  Later, he climbed into the bedroom window to retrieve his pants, but the money was lost.  The house and furnishings was insured for $1,950 but the total value of the loss was $3,000.  The Christie home was one of the first houses built at Christie, in the early days when the county was new.  The site where the ruins remain seems very vacant.  It was like a home to some of the old settlers.  Mr. and Mrs. Christie had spent the winter at Duluth and had only been home three or four days.


Monday afternoon, some men drove into town, from the north, with a load of straw.  They stopped in front of the North Side Hotel, lowered the body of an Indian to the ground and carried the pitiable burden into the hotel, where warmth and care were found. The Indian had become chilled and helpless. The kind-hearted gentlemen, who assisted the man, deserve praise. Tuesday morning, the Indian had recovered and was able to leave town.


An important business change took place in Neillsville yesterday morning.  It was the transfer by George L. Lloyd’s entire hardware business to the firm of H. A. North and Davidson.  The new firm bought the stock and fixtures and will also lease the building.  The building, in the best business block in town, will be leased for a period of three years. The new firm consists of H. A. North, recently of Montello, Marquette County, Wis., and Mr. W. Davidson, of Rio, Columbia County, Wis., both gentlemen are of sound business qualities.  We trust also, their coming to Neillsville will prove to be a good move for them.


Richard Buss, age 85, died at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and John Selves, in the Town of Grant.  Born in Pluckly, the County of Kent, England, April 6, 1800, he came to the United States in 1830 and Clark County in 1866.  He leaves eight children, one son and seven daughters: Joseph, Sarah, wife of John Selves; Elizabeth, wife of Edward King; Charlotte, wife of George Shumell; Mary, wife of Fred Vine; Martha, wife of Theodore Brown; Phoebe, wife of Arthur Hutchinson; and Catherine.


March 1938


Big time wrestling will make its debut in Thorp, March 10, when Bronko Nagurski, world’s heavyweight champion, meets Sun Jennings, 250-pound Cherokee Indian, in the main event.  Also on the card will be the Packer football star, Buckets Goldenberg, who will meet Ed Krumi of Ord, Nebr., in the semi-final.


George Sauer of Lincoln, Nebr., and a brother of Ray Steele, will meet the Flying Finn, Adolph Haavisto, the leading wrestler in this section, in the opener. The wrestling matches will be held in Thorp’s spacious high school auditorium.  Jack Bechtel, of Thorp, is the promoter.


Over 60 families in Clark, Wood, Marathon and Jackson counties have entered into lease-purchase contracts with the United States Government for good farms in the better farming areas of these counties.


There have been 33,000 silver fox furs sold at the Fromm farm at Hamburg, Marathon County largest fox farm in the world. The Fromm Fur Farm closed this year with a new high sales record of $3,000,000.


Classification of fairs and allotments of state aid for 1938 were made at a meeting of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Association of Fairs at Baraboo, March 3rd, Neillsville was put in class four, allotted $1,800 if the courts decide fair payments are legal.


There are seven classes of fairs, each with specific state aid allotments.


Orders continue to come in for Clark County maple syrup, guaranteed to be pure and grade No. 1, as handled through the office of the county agent. The new maple syrup season will soon be at hand and it looks as though the coming season will be one of the best year for Clark County producers.  This is provided that the maple syrup crop is up to other years, which it likely will be.


A recent order for 78 gallons of maple syrup came from the head office of one of the large railroad companies at Chicago.  Recently also, an order came from Spokane, Wash., and another for eight gallons from Anaconda, Mont.  A nationally known company at Sheboygan, Wis., states that next December it is planning to send out hundreds of Christmas gifts of maple syrup.  Many companies are also sending assorted gifts for Christmas, which will include maple syrup, honey, cheese and other Wisconsin products.


Henry Naedler has on display, at the Standard Parts and Supply Company office and showroom, a fine large collection of Indian relics that he has assembled over a long period of years.  He began gathering relics when he was a boy on his father’s farm in Jefferson County, but most of them were picked up on the Wm. Naedler farm, south of Neillsville.  The collection includes a variety of spearheads, arrowheads, Indian hatchets and tomahawks.  The arrowheads were given shape by the stone being heated to a high temperature, followed by the sudden application of cold.  That process allowed layers of the stone to be peeled off and shaped in a certain way.  The various Indian tribes each shaped their arrowheads differently.  Another theory holds that the Indian is not the originator of these implements.  The basis for this opinion is the fact that many arrowheads have been found in countries where Indians have never lived.


The officers of the Neillsville Country Club were re-elected at a meeting of the board of directors held Monday evening.  The officers being as follows: president, Ray E. Schmedel; vice-president, Otto Zaeske; secretary, Ray P. Munger and treasurer, Everett Skroch.  Francis Welsh is a member of the board of directors.  At the next meeting, on April 4, the golf course help for the season is to be hired.


A meeting for all stockholders and golf enthusiasts is to be held on April 11, at which committees for tournaments, greens’ care, memberships and planning are to be elected.  The women also are invited to be present and elect committees to look after social nights and other events.


The Country Club had a wonderful year in 1937.  Besides the sale of stock in the amount of $5,500, they took in enough money to make the year’s receipts a total of $7,413.98.  This enabled the club to pay all bills and debts, coming out with a cash balance of $23.70.


One of the last teams of the dray horses has passed out of the picture in Neillsville. The A. Hauge and Son Dray business has gotten rid of their last team of horses.


However, Neillsville still has a team of horses that is used in a delivery business.  The Tibbett Ice & Fuel Co. has a heavy, well-matched team of black horses that can (be) seen on the routes around the city’s streets.


A $500 stamp, the first seen by many people, made its appearance on an innocent looking document at the office of the Register of Deeds Henry E. Rahn last week. The stamp is a small lavender-colored sticker, bearing the likeness of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the U. S. treasury.


The document on which the internal revenue stamp appeared was a trust indenture for the sum of $500,000.  It was given by the J. B. Inderrieden Co., owners of canning factories, to the Harris Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago.  A $500 stamp was affixed to papers filed in each county, including besides Clark, also Barron and Polk Counties in Wisconsin and a number of counties in Illinois.


Loyal is up front with more new buildings being constructed than in any other city within Clark County.  The new municipal building, in which the library will be housed, is rapidly nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy soon.  A fine new school building will be erected in Loyal this year. A number of new homes and other buildings also are going up in the village.


Mrs. Hugh Gwinn has been selected as the Loyal librarian and Miss Esther Schultz will be her assistant, taking up their duties on April 1st.


The Lakeshire Cheese Company plant, in Loyal, will cease to take in milk after March 31, 1938, according to notices given patrons and haulers last week.  As of now, no announcement has been made by Lakeshire officials, as to the future plans for the milk plant building.

The Lakeshire plant, in Loyal, is one of the largest in the state.  It is reported that due to the plant not receiving enough milk, it is necessary to take this action.


Several farmers, within the state, are unwilling to scrap their old family cars merely because they have become outmoded.  They are converting the old autos into useful pieces of farm machinery.  By taking out the car engine for the power unit and combining it with a used truck transmission, a considerable number of farm tractors have been made at a very small cost. Such tractors, they find, are suitable for doing work in plowing, disking and harrowing as well as pulling grain binders and hay mowers.


Fred Schroeder and son, Gerhardt, moved their shoe repair equipment into their new building on Sunday.  The following day, they were found to be comfortably settled and doing business as usual in the neat, new brick structure, 20’ x 32’ in size.  Harry Swanson, contractor, built the structure during the winter.


Fred Schroeder, Sr., has been a shoemaker and cobbler in this city for 40 years.  His son has been associated with him in the business for ten years.


The majority of insured motorists in Neillsville and Clark County are expected to earn the Safe Driver Reward of 15 percent of a year’s liability premium. This will amount to $4.80 on a standard limits policy, according to a survey made by the National Surety Underwriters.


By earning the reward, safe drivers will offset a general $1.00 increase in private passenger car rates on March 14th which will have the net savings of $3.80 on the cost of a standard limits liability policy.


“Ruggles”, the pal of a dozen boys who live along South Hewett Street, was one of the friendliest and happiest dogs in town.  Ruggles would run and play with the boys, take part in their games, run after sticks and retrieve balls, making him a general favorite of everyone.  Last Monday, Ruggles was killed when hit by a car. The boys along South Hewett Street feel that they have lost a real friend and are all mourning their loss.


A group of men, who live in the Humbird section, have been traveling by truck to and from Hay Creek, north of Tioga.  There, the men have been brushing out 20 acres of land, which will be flooded.  A dam will be constructed at a point on Hay Creek and that with the flooding will create a new lake.  (The lake is known today as Rock Dam. D.Z.)


Parents living in the part of Pine Valley, outside the city of Neillsville and connected to the Neillsville School District, please take notice of this information.


Pupils in the Neillsville kindergarten will start introductory first grade work so that when they enter first grade next September, they will have a fairly good knowledge of some of the basic work.  If you have a child who did not attend kindergarten this year and will be entering a Neillsville first grade class next year, it would do that child a great deal of good if you could arrange to have him, or her, take this introductory work.


If interested, bring your child to the South Side School kindergarten class beginning, March 28th, where he or she, can be put into a class lasting from 1:10 to 2:10 p.m.  Or they can be taken to the North Side kindergarten, where the class will last from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


National Used Car Week is being celebrated at your Chevrolet Dealer in Neillsville. The R. H. Welsh Chevrolet Company has a large stock of used cars available for you to choose from, such as: a 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Town Sedan, practically new; a 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe, complete with a heater and radio, low mileage; a 1935 Dodge Deluxe Touring Sedan with a trunk; a 1929 Ford Pickup with a closed cab and steel box.  There will be special prices on these vehicles this week only!


William O’Brien announces the opening of his taxi service in Neillsville and to other points, day or night.  Telephone Blue 186.


When you want to add a real appetizing delicacy to your Lenten meals, remember to get Hot Cross buns.  You can get them fresh, every Friday and Saturday during Lent, at the Neillsville Bakery.



In the late 1800s and early 1900s, teams of horses were commonly seen on the streets of Neillsville.  The Neillsville Brewery kept horses for the purpose of pulling the beer delivery wagons around the city.  (Photo courtesy of Clark County Jail Museum)



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