Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 16, 2003, Page 19

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1908


L. H. Howard announces that all service fees due the Neillsville German Coach Horse Company must be paid by July 1st.  A 5% discount will be allowed if dues are paid before May 1st.


Farm for sale: Eighty acres, 60 acres under cultivation, good stock, grain and dairy farm.  This includes hardwood land and is only 2.5 miles from Neillsville.  For more particulars inquire at the Neillsville Times office.


The excellent Neillsville Bock beer, in kegs or bottles, is now ready for delivery.  The quality is unsurpassable this year and the quantity is limited.  It is advisable that you order early.


As the warm weather approaches, there is a greater increase in its use because it is a great thirst quencher.  Order a case of Neillsville beer, 24 pints for $1.25.  It’s also available in quart bottles.


Among the social events of the week was a grandmothers’ party held at the home of Mrs. C. C. Sniteman.  Last Saturday afternoon, ten dear old grandmas were entertained in a most delightful manner, from 2 to 6 p.m.  One of the enjoyable events of the party was a guessing contest of which Grandma Hewett won the prize.  After the contest, an extension table was spread to accommodate the 10 guests and a most delightful lunch was served.  All reported a most enjoyable time.


A deal was closed Monday, whereby James Paulus traded his equity in the O’Neill House to August Schoengarth for the Omaha Hotel and the Luethe corner.


Leonard Schultz, of Weston, and Miss Fleig, of Sparta, were married April 21st at the bride’s home.  They will visit at Janesville and St. Paul before coming here to make their home on the Gottlieb Schultz farm.


For rent: The house on the Ross Eddy farm, one-half mile south of Neillsville. The house alone is $3.00 per month, the house with one acre of land, $4.00 per month.  For more information, inquire at Howard & Seif’s.


The Lutheran congregation, at Globe, celebrated the 25th anniversary of their church last Sunday. Worship services were held in the morning and afternoon.  Rev. F. Epping, of Altoona and Rev. Buenger, of Granton, preached the sermons.


A. H. Holverson and Ed Halverson have been putting finishing touches on their cottages, located on Lake Holway, just below Dells Dam.  Next week, Gilbert Johnson expects to begin work on his summer home.


The Farmers’ Cash Store is paying the highest prices for farm products.  They buy eggs for 14c per dozen; good, fresh butter for 24c per pound; 100 lbs. of potatoes, 55c and white navy beans, $2.50 per bushel.


Due to three cases of smallpox within the Neillsville School, classes had been cancelled for the past week. The school will open again next Monday morning.  It is recommended by the school board, as a measure of precaution, that all high school pupils be at once vaccinated, unless they have recently done so.


Two rooms in the North Side School have been temporarily dismissed, owing to diphtheria.  Wm. Wagner’s children have a light form of the disease.


The North Grant butter-maker, accompanied by some of the area boys, went on a fishing excursion Saturday evening.  They returned Sunday night and reported the usual fishermen’s luck, not much of a catch.


This is the last chance for you to get homemade sauerkraut for the season.  Zimmerman & Tragsdorf have fine homemade sauerkraut at only 5c per quart.


The Globe storekeeper has not yet found his companion, so he is batching at the present time.  However, we expect this to change soon.


April 1948


Lawrence Stanley, of the Town of Grant, was knocked out of his shoes last Sunday.


Stanley suffered severe lacerations with a long gash on his leg.  His motorcycle and a car driven by Dr. M. E. Benette (Bennett?), of Neillsville, collided at the Reed School Corner, east of Neillsville.


The impact was one of such force that Stanley’s shoelaces were snapped as he was hurtled over the car, Traffic Officer Harry Frantz reported.  The heavy, ankle high army shoes he wore were picked up from the wreckage.


Stanley was thrown over the car and into the ditch, traveling 47 feet through the air from the point of impact.  It probably was the soft mud, in the ditch, which saved the young man from more serious injury.


He was taken to the Neillsville hospital for X-rays and treatment.  Staying there overnight, he returned home the next day.


Aiding Officer Frantz, in traffic control at the scene, were Sheriff Ray Kutsche and Under-sheriff Frank Dobes.


Ed Bertz will be the first mayor of the city of Loyal.  He was elected Tuesday over Jesse Raab by a vote of 278 to 211.  Raab had been village president.


In the contest for city treasurer, Earl L. Theisen, who has been village treasurer, won over George Weyhmiller, the vote being 314 to 166.


In the First Ward, Henry Ott defeated Henry Boe for alderman.


In the Second Ward, Lawrence Cowles defeated Harold Tucker for alderman, the vote being 77 to 66.  Tucker had been village trustee.  For alderman-supervisor of that ward, R. F. Gotter defeated Otto Weyhmiller by a vote of 80 to 66.


In the Third Ward, C. W. Myre defeated M. W. Erickson for alderman, the vote being 54 to 48.  For alderman-supervisor, Ted Gregory defeated Max Langfeldt 70 to 29.  Langfeldt had been a village trustee.


In the Fourth Ward, R. B. Giese won in a three cornered race for alderman, receiving 52 votes to 16 for Edward M. Trnka and 50 for Albert Witt, incumbent trustee.  The post of alderman-supervisor went to Bert B. Brown, who received 58 votes, while Arthur Schutte received 35 and Melvin Zettler received 23.


The furnishings of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, of Neillsville, were taken Tuesday to Our Savior’s Church at Lugerville, Wis.  This is a parish near Phillips and is served by Deaconess Helen Hill, a field worker. 


Removal of the church’s furnishings was directed by Rev. William W. Horstick, bishop of the diocese of Eau Claire.  Dr. K. O. Crosby, vicar of St. Katherine’s Church, Owen, who is in charge of the Neillsville area, accompanied Rev. Horstick with the project.


The removal of the seats and furnishings probably marks the passing of old St. Luke’s as a place of worship.  Bishop Horstick understands that this was the first church building erected in Neillsville.  It was used as an Episcopal place of worship for a long time, but has not been so used for many years.  For quite some time it was used by the congregation of which Rev. H. E. Webster is in charge.  Webster and his congregation discontinued using the facility about two years ago.


The old church building stands as something of a problem.  Its superstructure contains lumber of value, but the foundation is evidently pretty well gone.  The floor resembles the surface of a lake on a rainy day and the walls give some evidence of accommodating themselves to a changing world.


The property has been offered for sale, but there have been no takers. For all these years, the bishop has been paying insurance on it.  He would like to relieve himself of the church building responsibility.


Until a year or so ago there were two Episcopal communicants in Neillsville, but one of them has moved away.


The largest consignment of equipment, to ever be received by the local National Guard Service Company, arrived here last week.


The equipment included 11 vehicles: three new Jeeps and 8 quasi-new 2 and a-half ton trucks.  Also included were: two air compressors; mechanics’ toll sets; electric drills and grinders; an electric welder; wrecker equipment and a drill press.


Receipt of the equipment will make it possible for the company to broaden its scope of training.


Razing of the American Legion hall, on Hewett Street near the O’Neill Creek, will be started next week.  A new one-story Legion building will replace the old structure on that same location.


The decision to abandon plans to remodel the present frame structure was made at a meeting of the post members last Thursday night.  It came as a result of the state industrial commission’s refusal to approve the building as a public meeting place.


The new building will be of tile and will be erected on the concrete foundation of the present structure. The foundation is 36 x 68 feet.  Detailed plans are now in the process of being drawn up; but Joe Cardarelle, chairman of the building committee, estimates that the new building will accommodate approximately 300 people.


The basement will contain a kitchen, lavatory facilities, etc. while the first floor will be devoted to a large meeting place.


Work of dismantling the present structure will start the fore part of next week, Cardarelle said.  An oil company and a boat-manufacturing firm, which have been renting portions of the old building, have been notified to move.


Members of the Legion building committee, besides Cardarelle, are: H. J. Naedler, Arthur Kunze, Herman Moen and Gordon Campbell.


The present building was put up by the late J. L. Kleckner and was then used as a feed elevator.  It was erected about the time World War I started.  Previous to that time, Kleckner had operated his feed business in the older portion of the milk Condensery building.  He sold that building to the Oatman Company, which started and operated the Condensery for a number of years. It was following the sale of this property that Kleckner constructed the building that has now been the Legion hall.


The highest building in Clark County has been razed to the ground.  Its 87 feet height vanished, last Thursday, in a blaze which lighted the skies for 20 miles around.  Thus the main elevator of Clark Mills, Inc. located at Colby, has come to disaster carrying with it 15,000 bushels of grain and a lot of valuable equipment.


This industry, Colby’s largest, has been pursued by misfortune for a year or more.  It was about a year ago that it was hit with bankruptcy.  Having had a meteoric rise, employing up to 100 men and operating three shifts per day, it came up against pressing obligations, for which cash was short.  Included in the obligations was a government claim of about $100,000 for income tax.  The manager and chief owner was then Irvin Marcus.  Though the business had shown large profits, Marcus, caught short, went the bankruptcy route and presently found he was struggling in a maze of more complications.


After a period of halting operations, with a receiver in charge, the property was sold to Steve Miller of Marshfield. Being essentially a cheese man and having no special knowledge of the feed business, Miller looked upon himself as a rescue party.  He held the property, giving time for the various interests to work out harmonious arrangements.  Finally, he sold to the I. S. Joseph Company, a brokerage house of Minneapolis, which had been among the chief creditors of Marcus’ original company, the Northwest Distributing Company.


Throughout Miller’s participation with the mill and in the first stages of the Joseph ownership, Irvin Marcus continued in the business.  His evident hope was to work the problem out and to regain control of the business, which he had built with surprising speed.  But Marcus no longer had a free hand.  Contrary to his way of doing things, he was obliged to listen to a voice from above.  The upshot of his discomfort was proven when he disappeared from his accustomed life in Colby and went into the elevator business at Boyd, where the old Northwest Company had operated a branch mill.


After leaving, Marcus was succeeded by Thomas Nichols who became manager of the Colby mill.  Nichols was in direct charge of the plant at the time of the fire.  The policies were directed, however, from the Joseph offices in Minneapolis and it is there where the decisions will be made upon whether the mill is to be replaced.


A green light or go ahead, for the Mead Lake project in Clark County was given by the Public Service Commission of Madison.  While the formal order of approval was not immediately issued, assurance was given the delegation from this county that the project is acceptable and that the order will follow. 


The action of the commission will open the way for the construction of the dam, which will hold back the waters of the Eau Claire River and create a lake in the town of Mead, available for resort purposes.


Nine consecutive strikes by Charles Barr, of the Kiwanis Club, cost the Neillsville Rotary Club about 70 dinners and the highly prized inter-club bowling trophy.


Barr, with a 124 bowling average, was hotter than the proverbial firecracker when the Rotarians and Kiwanians went into their third and deciding game of bowling, in their annual challenge match on Thursday evening.


At that point, the Rotary’s three teams were leading by 145 pins.  It appeared that they had the situation well in hand, barring an accident.


The accident that they failed to bar was Barr, himself.  Barr took eight pins on the first frame, then let loose with a torrent of 10 consecutive strikes.  He finished off the fame with a spare and a total of 279 pins.



The Neillsville Brewery operated on East Sixth Street for a period of 56 years.  Started by William Neverman, in 1869, the brewery discontinued business in 1925 while under the ownership of Kurt Listeman.  (Photo courtesy of the Sontag Family collection)






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