Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

June 4, 2003, Page 11

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

 May 1908


C. H. Young, a Town of York farmer, was in Neillsville on Monday.  He was driving his recently purchased Buick auto-mobile.  Young probably bears the distinction of being the first Clark County farmer to join the ranks of an automobile owner.  He runs the machine like a veteran.


Last Wednesday, Sheriff Jaseph picked up a very sick man, who was found near the railroad station.  He took the man to the Clark County jail so that he might receive care.  The sick man was in the last stages of consumption and exposure had brought on pneumonia.  He was in a delirious condition most of the time and so weak that he could not speak intelligently, or write, so as a result, his name and home could not be learned.  Thursday, the man died and was buried Friday.


The man was of about 30 or 35 years of age, five ft. 10 inches tall, weighed about 100 lbs., although his normal weight would be about 150 lbs.  He had bushy, sandy hair, sandy mustache, blue eyes, and wore a dark blue suit of clothes, blue knit sweater and brown cap.  He tried to write his name for the sheriff, but the best that could be made out of it was “Matt Dusch.”  He also mentioned what Jaseph took to be Woodruff and Campbell.  So the man’s identity remains a mystery.


The home of Grandma Leopold, at Dells Dam, caught fire from a stovepipe on Tuesday and burned to the ground. By the efforts of George Schultz and H. H. Hunter, most of the furniture was saved.  The old lady is now living with her daughter and son-in-law, George Schultz.


Miss Kittie Marsh returned home from Menominee last week, having just completed the domestic science course at Stout College.  Mrs. Marsh attended her daughter’s graduation exercises.  Miss Marsh has already been engaged to be a teacher in the domestic science class at Bayfield next fall.


Percy Northup and Miss Mable Gault, both of the Visgar community, were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage on June 3rd.  They both are very industrious young people.  Presently, they will make their home with E. A. Gault.


Last Wednesday night, some of the laborers, who have been working on the Hatfield Dam, made an energetic protest against the bill of fare that was being presented to them.  They took the man who had the contract for providing them with their food and forced him to eat some of the spoiled meat he was supplying.  Then, they threw him into the Black River a couple of times.  It is probable their menu will be improved.


Max Lange is making a reduction on prices of bread and baked goods.  You can purchase three 10-cent loaves of bread for only 25c, or six 5-cent loaves of bread for 25 cents.  Buns, doughnuts and cookies are three dozen for 25 cents.


On July 1st, Lange is preparing to add a lunch counter to his bakery for a short time.  Then, he will serve a cup of hot coffee with a sandwich for only 5 cents.


Last summer, a tornado swept through Ernest Hemp’s timber, in the Town of Weston.  Hemp had all of the downed timber sawed up and is now erecting what will be one of the finest farm homes in Clark County.  It is a mammoth and beautiful home and when completed will be modern in every respect.


Hard times seem to have missed the Town of Weston and the country about Globe.  A number of fine farm homes and big barns are in the course of construction.  It appears that that section of the town will promise to be the garden spot of Clark County in a few years.


When the hot days come, you will realize the comforts an ice-cream freezer brings when you can freeze your own ice cream.  The Cash Hardware has the best ice-cream freezers available, ranging from the one quart to two-gallon sizes.


Last Sunday, Miss Mida Visgar, Melvina Walters, Ed Schoengarth and Max Lange started out on a trip to Loyal.  They rode in Schoengarth’s auto, the car having no top on it.  It started to rain and by the time they got to Christie, they got about as wet as they cared to be, so they turned around and returned home, to Neillsville.


James L. Gates, of Milwaukee and formerly Neillsville, was in the city on business connected with the payment of taxes on the Gates Land Company’s property in area counties.


Gates stated that he is much interested in Chippewa County’s future and was very proud of his ranch at Long Lake.  He is now making extensive improvements there.  The ranch will contain 6,000 acres of land, 3,000 for cattle and 3,000 for sheep.  It will have wire fencing, from 15 to 20 feet high.  The cattle ranch fence, 10 miles in length, has been constructed under the supervision of Gates.


It is interesting to note, according to Gates, that his company has 275,000 acres of land in the following counties: Chippewa, 60,000; Rusk, 70,000; Price 75,000; Clark 50,000 and Eau Claire, 20,000.  He says that during the past two years, the company has sold about five per cent of its holdings.


Gates is much interested in sheep raising.  He says that there are now nine sheep raisers in Chippewa and Rusk Counties.  The total number of acres used for this sheep industry is 11,000.  Another interesting piece of news, which Gates tells, is that the Waukesha Canning Company has purchased 4,000 acres of land in Rusk County.  This year, the company has planted 30,000 bushes of seed to grow peas for canning.


For Sale: 640 acres of unimproved farmland, in Rusk County, 130 miles east of St. Paul.  The land is covered with maple, birch and hemlock cordwood timber, located two-miles from town, a railroad, school and churches.  Price for the land is $12 per acre, part cash payment with the balance to be paid in 3 to 5 years.  There is a good market for all the timber.  For more details, inquire at The Neillsville Times office.


May 1953


Ralph Bauer, former resident of Neillsville, will return here as manager of the Fullerton Lumber Company.  He will succeed Fred Heaney, who is leaving June 15 for a position with an independent lumber company in Menomonee Falls, near Milwaukee.


Bauer, who acted as bookkeeper and assistant manager of the local Fullerton yard a few years ago, has been managing yards for his company in Minnesota and Iowa, in recent years.  Mrs. Bauer is the former Annabelle Gassen.


Eleven young men of Clark County were inducted into the armed service on June 4.  The quota for July has been set at eight for induction and 13 for pre-induction examination.


The office of the local board will be closed June 15, 17 and 19.


Those inducted on June 4 were as follows: Robert C. Prust, Chili; Lannie G. Voss, Dorchester; Wayne J. Kelty, Loyal; Paul D. Franz, Loyal; Donald M. Dayton, Neillsville; Gerald J. Gaier, Neillsville; Edmund V. Okonski, Owen; Peter Horban, Stanley; Joseph M. Lang, Jr., Thorp; Eugene G. Przybylski, Thorp and Waldemar N. Olinski, Thorp.


A motorcade of 50, or more, cars will visit all towns of Clark County to spread the news of the Centennial celebration.  This plan is in the making.  The date will be announced later.  The motorcade will be joined by all of those interested.


Brothers of the Brush are cutting a wide swath in the county now, but the swath is not in their beautiful whiskers.  They had a big time at Owen last Friday, with four victims thrown into the water tank and a suitable number of persons confined in the stocks.  The arrangements made by the Owen chapter were considered perfect and provided for one of the best sessions yet held for Kangaroo court.


The Kangaroo court, with its retinue of Keystone cops, bailiffs and judge, will hold forth at Colby on Friday evening, June 12.  The Brothers of the Brush will also help along with the fun at Greenwood on June 13.


(Brothers of the Brush were a group of men who vowed to grow beards for the Clark County Centennial celebration D. Z.)


The sisters of the Swish are becoming sufficiently numerous to occasion whistles on the streets of our city, which, as in the pioneer days, have their quota of wolves.  The gals are getting their heads together over the fashion parade, which will be a feature of the centennial celebration.


The search is on for old costumes, with or without wearers.  Anyone, who can help in finding the long-skirted gowns of the 1800s, is asked to contact the Centennial headquarters at Neillsville.


Al Breseman has sold the York Dairy to John Mullins, who has already taken possession.  The entire property is included in the transfer.  Mullins, his wife and three children are already occupying the house.


The Bresemans have stored their furniture and are planning to take a vacation and to wander for a time.  After years of seven days a week in the dairy business, the Bresemans are ready for a life less confining.


Mullins has grown up in a dairying family; his father owns a dairy plant at Edgar.


The Bresemans have long contributed to the local dairy scene.  Al Breseman’s father operated a plant for years in the Town of York.  He also had worked for a period of time in the South Grant factory, now owned by Walter Schmidt.  The Town of York dairy property is largely new construction and it attracted Mullins as being a neat and efficient plant.


Boasting one of the finest baseball clubs in this section of Wisconsin, Lief’s Conoco Oilers of Eau Claire will help the Neillsville Athletics open their night baseball season here tonight.  Game time is 8:15 p.m.


The Oilers are led by Vic Johnson, former hurler of the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians; now player-manager of the team, Johnson once pitched a no-hit game while in the Texas league, pitching against Carl Erskine.


Top major league prospect of the team is Dennis O’Melia, who this season has chalked up four straight wins and has a string of 40 strikeouts in 26 innings.  His earned run average is 2.07.  Other pitches with the Oilers are: Harrison Tietz, 2.25 earned run average; Jim Ganther, 5.12 and Jim Rogneby, Cochrane High School star, who has pitched one game and has an earned run average of 1.48.


Also with the Oilers will be Chuck Mencel, University of Minnesota.  Although he has gained wide reputation as a basket-ball star, Mencel is no slouch at baseball.  Last year playing in the Chippewa Valley league, he hit well over .300.  He will be in the Oilers’ outfield.


Barricades have a meaning their own as has been discovered by a Mr. Smith, of Madison, and Mr. Grasser, of Merrillan.  These gentlemen learned the hard way, at a cost of $33.95 to Grasser and $21.95 to Smith.


The lesson began at the Grand Avenue Bridge over the Black River.  Smith was intent upon a fishing expedition up the river.  He came to the barricade at the south end of the bridge and thought nothing of it; just threw it aside and went blissfully over the fresh blacktop, the laying of which had been completed about two hours before.  He turned right and went up the river to attend to the fish.


In throwing the barricade aside, Smith had opened to travel, the whole span of fresh blacktop, extending northward beyond the bridge.  Then came Grasser, of Merrillan, who had an errand at the wrecking yard, located on the north side of the river.  He found his way blocked by a barricade at the north end of the bridge.  So, he lifted that aside and left the way open.


This traffic was not helping the town’s new blacktop.  So the town chairman, Frank Marg, leaning of the difficulty, promptly summoned help and closed in on the culprits.


The story ended in the court of Herman Olson, where both men pleaded guilty to removing a highway barricade. They paid their way out of the situation.


The thirteenth annual meeting of the Alumni was held in the Greenwood High School gymnasium on the evening of Memorial Day.  Approximately 125 people attended, of whom 99 were Alumni members. A buffet luncheon was served.


The Penguin opened May 27 and held its grand opening on May 28, when Penguin cones were served 2 for the price of 1, all day.


The Penguin is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Penguin cones are priced at 5, 10, 15 and 25 cents.  Malts, any flavor, are 25c and 30c each.  Shakes are 15c and Sundaes, 20c.  Ice cream is 25c for pints; quarts, 45c and ½ gallons, 85c.  For beverages they have Root Beer, Coca Cola and Orange drink at 5c.  Sandwiches available are Hot Beefs, 25c; Bar-

B-Ques, 25c and Hot Dogs, 15c.  “For good things to eat, stop where the highways meet, the south end of Hewett Street, Neillsville.”


Marriage licenses issued in Clark County are:


Marvin Naedler, Town of York, Mary Ingold Town of Grant to be wed at Neillsville, June 20


Edward A. Giwojna, Thorp, Josella Huls, Thorp, to be wed at Thorp, June 17


Irban Aumann, Town of Loyal, Leona Bentzler, Loyal, at Loyal, June 1


Alton Musich, Willard, Eleanore Schmidt, Town of Green Grove, to be wed at Curtiss, June 6


Richard Esselman, Town of Loyal, Helen Lindner, Town of Eaton, wed at Greenwood, June 2


Carl Johanes Pederson, Town of Hixon, Ruth Flangan, Owen, to be wed in Town of Hixon, June 6


Felix Straskowski, Town of Thorp, Elizabeth Meske, Town of Withee, to be wed at Thorp, June 16.



The Clark County Centennial Celebration, held in 1953, featured many interesting units in the Centennial Parade such as the above 1906 Ford automobile with its appropriately attired occupant.




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