Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 23, 2003, Page 11

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

  April 1913


At the recent meeting of cheesemakers and dealers, in Marshfield, the following officers of the newly organized Cheese Board were elected: president, Charles Voight, of Chili; vice president, Charles Reed, of Granton: secretary, William Happe, of Chili; treasurer, Otto Becker, of Lynn.  Charles Voigt, Charles Reed, Alex Kriewaldt, of Granton, William Becker, of Lynn and Emil Prang, of Ebbe will serve as the board of directors.


The rules prescribe that a committee of three shall be appointed to settle disputes between members.  Also, a committee shall be appointed to keep in touch with all legislation that may be favorable or unfavorable to cheesemakers.


Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Connor issued cards, this week, announcing the marriage of their daughter, Helen Melissa, to Reverend Melvin Robert Laird.  The marriage will take place Wednesday evening, April 16, 7 o’clock at the Presbyterian Church in Marshfield. The wedding reception will be held at 403 East Third Street, following the ceremony.


The old Christ Vates farm, two miles north of Loyal, sold last week for $18,250.  The farm consists of 158 acres in a good state of cultivation and has fine buildings on it.


For Sale – single comb brown Leghorn chicken eggs, for hatching, 50 cents for 13 or $1.25 for three settings.  Also, a few Peking duck eggs, Embeden white geese and bronze turkey eggs for sale.  Call or see Mrs. Geo. Bandelow.


Mrs. Herman Dahl, south of the Levis Town hall, has 25 laying hens to sell.


Mrs. J. Enhelder, an elderly lady, of Weston, has invented and patented a device for feeding bees.  It is often necessary to feed a colony of bees, which for some reason has failed to store enough honey for themselves. The device invented by Mrs. Enhelder is just the thing to do the feeding successfully and it won’t waste any material.


The old Hemlock dam has been gradually washing away since the Black River broke up last spring.  The first break was on the west side where an old pier gave way.  The fill and embankment is now being carried downstream.  In all probability the historic structure will never again fill the pond.  The pond extended for miles back of the dam and was a most beautiful spot in the summer months.


Ed Ziemendorf, of East Sherwood, reports that the new cheese factory, by the Sherwood town hall, is almost ready for business.  Prospects are that the new factory will immediately have a lot of patrons.


One of the biggest auctions ever to be held in Clark County is today at the Bright farm, in the Town of Longwood.  A large number of Holstein cattle, farm machinery of all kinds, teams, tools and logging outfits are being sold.  It is a part of the proceedings in closing out the estate of the late H. A. Bright.  A. H. Holverson is in charge of the sale.


There will be a dance at the new hall in Globe, Friday, May 2nd. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.


The Pine Valley Butter Company installed a new 600-gallon cream ripening apparatus last week; this will more than double the cream storage and ripening capacity of the creamery; something very much needed.  A new sanitary cream pump is also to be added and a 15-ft. steel stack has been placed on top of the building’s chimney.


Clark County Highway Commissioner W. C. Thoma and a crew of men have been at work the past week making some portable sheds.  The sheds are to be used for sheltering teams of horses and sleeping shanties for the men.  These sheds will provide shelter during the road-building season this year.  During the rest of the year, the sheds will be used for sheltering road machinery.


Wheeler Forman’s horse and buggy were mired and nearly passed from view in a mud hole in front of Taplin’s barn on the Neillsville’s north side, last Friday.  It caused quite excitement and on-lookers were expecting to see the poor horse croak.  But after a little rest the horse took up its burden of delivering the parcel post and mail, running the route as usual.


Mrs. J. Waage is selling a house with four and a-half acres of land, located just north of the Black River Grand Avenue Bridge.


The German Reformed congregation has bought the Adolph Hemp residence to be used for a parsonage.


Seif & Stelloh’s garage has received a carload of Studebaker automobiles, consisting of two No. 25 models and one No. 35 model.


These cars are noted for quality and neat design. They are comfortably arranged with deep cushions and easy seats, which makes it a pleasure for passengers to ride in them.


The chassis have been strongly built; the motors are powerful and overall arranged for the convenience of the operator.  Besides, the motors are quiet and smooth running, which gives great satisfaction to the owners.


A. B. Marsh has purchased a model No. 35 and is very proud of it.


April 1953


Wooden nickels made their first appearance in Clark County last week. They were in evidence at the organization meeting of the Centennial of the county, a meeting which was held in the parlors of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal.  Each person present received one of the Wooden Nickels, a sample of the thousands, which will presently be available all over the county.  An announcement will soon be made as to the manner of their distribution.


This much was made known at the meeting: The old saw, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” becomes out of date.  These wooden nickels will be worth five cents of anybody’s money.  They will be valid in trade and will be redeemed by the Centennial Corporation at any time up to 12 o’clock noon June 30, 1953.  They will be souvenirs of the Centennial.


Also much in evidence was a considerable collection of magnificent whiskers.  There is still time for men to produce beards and to compete for local and county honors.  All of these assorted beauties will be knows as “Brothers of the brush,” a fraternal organization, membership in which is evidenced by a certificate, duly signed, sealed and delivered.


The wooden nickels and the whiskers are only two of a score or more of the features, which will mark the Centennial celebration.


The Centurama will be the climax of the celebration, a pageant to be given on each of the four nights, July 1 to 4, inclusive.  The episodes will be based upon the history of Clark County, materials that have been going to the Rogers headquarters, sent by Wells F. Harvey.  Participants for the event will be recruited as groups in each of the various communities, with each group rehearsing in their own community.  Participants need not learn lines and their costumes will be provided.  They will work under the direction of a professional member of the Rogers group.


The program, especially the Centurama, leads to a better understanding of local history.  The pageant consists almost entirely of a dramatization of local history.  Harvey cited two phases of the event; the use of the county seal on the wooden nickels and emphasis upon George Rogers Clark as the hero for whom Clark County was named.  The seal of the county was secured from the old metal seal, originating in the early years of the county and reflecting its relation to stream and trees.  As for Clark, he is discovered as the major character of the Revolution, responsible for the great Middle West, including Wisconsin, becoming part of the United States.


The nineteen pupils enrolled in the pre-school kindergarten at the Greenwood Public School are Mary Ann Fonstad, Carla Mae Thus, Mary Ann Zapoltas, Sammie Dunn, Polly Perushek, Mark Egge, Barbara Hahn, David Oswald, Janna Kay Lombard, Dale Simpson, Jeff Herrick, Margie hare, Janet Brux, Marilyn Dunn, Brent Richardson, Judy Bombach, Elvera Bruch, Angela Miller, and Judy Sonderegger.  Mrs. Elvera Fravert is the teacher. 


The Cub Scouts of Neillsville are holding a kite derby, 2 p.m. Sunday at Schuster Park.  Seven prizes will be awarded for the following: highest flight, neatest kite, funniest looking, smallest, largest, best decorated and the longest kite.


Badges will also be awarded to those who were in the birdhouse building contest.


Oden Wang and Ernest Snyder appeared before the Neillsville City Council on Tuesday evening with a request for a permit to construct an office building on the north side of Division Street between Hewett and Grand.  The building projected is 20’x24’; to be put on land formerly owned by Elmer Buddenhagen.


They were also advised that the site is zoned as residential.  So they must have a petition, signed by property owners in the vicinity before being able to build.


Miss Rhoena Mae Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Adams, Neillsville and Duane Elmer Marg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marg, of Granton, were married April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Pine Valley Church, at Neillsville.  Rev. John Jacklin of the Zion Evangelical American Lutheran Church performed the double ring ceremony.  The church was decorated with white Easter lilies.


The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a floor length lace dress over satin with a finger-tip veil.  Calla lilies and sweet peas made up her bouquet.


Her maid of honor was Elaine Strangfeld.  Mrs. Harvey Pischer and Mrs. Ralph Lautenbach, sisters of the groom, served the bride as bridesmaids.


Marvin Garbisch, Milwaukee, a friend of the groom, attended him as best man.  Attending the groom as groomsmen were Harvey Pischer, Granton, and Ralph Lautenbach, Greenwood.  Ushers were Erland Marg and Merlin Sternitzky of Granton.


Larry Adams, brother of the bride, was ring bearer.  Her two sisters, Nancy and Bonnie, were flower girls.


The wedding reception was held at the bride’s home, which was decorated in yellow, white, aqua and pink streamers with white wedding bells.


The bride is a graduate of the rural schools and Neillsville High School and the groom is a one-year college man.


Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Pietenpol and family, Mr. and Mrs. Truman Davis, Eldred Davis, John Pietenpol, Mrs. Charles Hubing and Luann, Mrs. Grace Begley, Miss Sarah Steele, Miss Ruth Pietenpol and Mrs. Alfred Magnuson visited the Arthur Hubing sugar bush on Sunday afternoon.  Everyone enjoyed having supper in the evening at Hubing’s sugar bush cabin on Pleasant Ridge.


John Moe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Price Moe and Don Haug, son of Mrs. Axel Haug of Black River Falls, gave the community a scare last week.  The two boys were playing on the banks of the Black River.  They walked out on some cakes of ice near the shore and shortly after, the ice started floating down the river.  Eventually, the cake of ice they were standing on jammed against some others and the boys were able to work their way to shore.  Several people gathered, joining in the effort to rescue the boys.


The Fremont Grange members held their meeting Friday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harland Meissner.  There was a good attendance of members and several visitors were also present.  The fifth birthday of the Grange was observed with a program, which consisted of a history of the Grange presented by the secretary, Angie Gower.  Also, musical numbers and readings were given by club members, as a part of the program.


Any 4-H member who is interested in receiving pheasant eggs for his Wild Life project is urged to place his order at the Clark County Extension office by April 20.  The eggs will be distributed the latter part of May.


The Thorp Lions Club is sponsoring a Square Dance at the Quonset Ballroom, east of Thorp, on Saturday, April 11.  Dancing begins at 9 p.m. and the Nemitz Brothers band will provide the music.  Admission will be 75c per person and the proceeds will be used to sponsor the Thorp Athletic Banquet.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


A wedding shower was given for Mr. and Mrs. Dale Olson in the church parlors of the Humbird Methodist Church last Friday evening.  A short program included musical selections by Bobby Denk with his accordion, a dramatic reading by Judy Duchow, a skit by Maude Newton and a reading by Mrs. C. Olson.


The Greenwood High School students planted 1,400 trees in the school forest last Saturday and have 2,600 more trees to plant this week.  The planting was done under the direction of Paul Thompson.  Most of the trees planted on Saturday were Norway pine.  A few hundred white pines also were put in.


Rev. Odilo Hajnuk of Lemont, Ill., has arrived in Willard to take over the duties as pastor of the Holy Family church for a time.  Rev. Augustine Svete, the regular pastor, has been sick and unable to tend to his duties.  Rev. Hajnuk is a former pastor of the Holly (Holy) Family Church, so is well acquainted with the congregation and community.


For shopping specials, attend the 51st anniversary sale of Penney’s, in Neillsville.  Rugged men’s cotton twill work shirts and pants, grey color, are only $4 per set, shirts are $1.75 each and pants are $2.25 each.  Boys’ printed cotton sport shirts, sizes 4-18, are $1 each.  Women’s casual leather shoes for summer are only $2.50 each.


The new 1953 Ford Mileage Maker “6” wins the sweepstakes in economy.  The Ford 101 H. P. Mileage Maker “6”, car with overdrive, gets 56.7 ton-miles per gallon of gas.  Ton miles per gallon, equals the car weight, including passengers, in tons, multiplied by number of miles traveled, divided by the number of gallons consumed.



The Grand Avenue bridge, at the right and the Neillsville City Water works, with its smoke stack, on the south side of the Black River, circa 1930.  The photo was taken along the north bank of the river, east of the bridge.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts)



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