Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 30, 2003, Page 32

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News


Klein & Laubenheimer’s new meat market has been open to the public and doing a good business for the past week.  The proprietors are gentlemanly and fair in dealing.  The public is rapidly finding their way to the new meat market, one door south of the post office.


R. M. Jenks and H. Millard, the Loyal creamery men, were in town for a short time on Monday.  They were accompanied by J. K. Jenks of Milwaukee, a brother of R. M. Jenks, who is looking over the country wanting to locate a creamery here.


The dirt taken from the Dangers Store cellar is being put on the court house yard, to grade it up.


H. A. North is having a tile walk laid in front of and around his residence on Fifth Street.


Blueberry excursions are the proper thing for our people nowadays.  Many a load of people has been seen going out and coming home with blueberries, berries that they have bought from some kid.


Albert Davel and his lady drove down to Neillsville, from Loyal, on a pleasure ride Sunday afternoon.


The fire alarm was sounded Tuesday afternoon, at about 5 o’clock and the fire department went down the pike at a 2-minute clip.  They went to the Holvorson barn on Court Street, but the fire was out when they arrived. A blaze had started near the barn door, on the west side of the building, but was nipped in the bud by an impromptu bucket brigade.  The origin was the usual combination of a small boy and a match.


The deed to the big Neillsville Furniture factory was signed on the 14th, transferring it to Kerr Bros. & Co.  They have made satisfactory arrangements as to the railroad rates and such, planning to soon put the factory in perfect condition for running.


A small cyclone struck Neillsville early last Tuesday morning, leaving damage.


The smoke stacks on the gristmill and the brewery were both damaged.  A portion of the brewery roof was also blown off.  The roofing on Taplin’s foundry was ripped off and deposited in sections all over Leason’s dooryard.  Leason’s shop lost a chimney or two, North, on Grand Avenue, the havoc was pretty severe.  Barns and outbuildings were twisted and moved from their foundations and shade trees were torn up by the roots.  Near the school building, a section of the boardwalk was torn up and hurled against some shade trees. Sol Jaseph’s front yard, in which he takes so much pride, is a hard-looking sight.  Nearly all of the trees are blown down and the flowerbeds are completely destroyed.  A stained glass window in the Catholic Church steeple was blown in.


Out at the fairgrounds, the buildings, grandstand, judge’s stand and band pavilion are badly wrecked.  One of Austin’s barns was moved from the foundation.  All the brick on the front of the Pleasant Ridge Church was blown off.  Only one or two windmills are left standing on farms along the Pleasant Ridge road.  Mrs. John Sells, who resides about four miles east, on the Ridge Road, has a dislocated shoulder that she got while trying to hold the well-house door shut, with the building then falling down onto her.


About every other house on the North Side is minus a chimney or two. Al Marsh’s house on Clay Street lost its large chimney.


Injury to livestock on C. A. Youmans farm was considerable.  Youmans lost two cattle and several sheep, as other farmers in the area also lost livestock.  Small grains and cornfields were flattened, to make the harvesting extremely difficult.


Jesse Lowe’s team of horses ran away on Tuesday, starting in front of his meat market.  The horses ran west on 5th Street and turned south on Grand Avenue, stopping at Lowe’s barn without damage being done.  Mrs. Henry Myer’s pony and carriage came within an inch of being run into by Lowe’s team. But a quick turn saved a collision.


Geo. Shummel’s little daughter found a coin the other day while playing near the house on the M. C. Ring’s farm.  Running to her mother, to ask if it was money, they found it to be an Australian sovereign.  Though a little defaced, its worth is about $5.  The coin is supposed to have been lost by a wealthy relative of Gustafson, the milkman who formerly lived there and who had been visiting there at the time the old house was burned down.


July 1943


If there were ghosts and if they could write for The Clark County Press, they would tell a story, having been driven out of their happy home in the old Lowe warehouse. The former Lowe building, an ancient frame structure has been torn down by the B & F Machine shop owners.  Ghosts, vacating there, would have been well versed in the lore of Neillsville, for that building goes far back into Neillsville’s ancient history.


Perhaps its most honorable use was an office and warehouse for the Neillsville Electric Company.  There, William Neff, the manager of that ancient and honorable organization, had his office.  In the rear of the building, Neff kept such fixings as they thought would be needed in the early days of electricity.  Probably the fixings would seem primitive to electricians of today, for Neillsville was among the first cities, in the country, to have electric service, due to the enterprise of C. C. Sniteman and the other men associated with him.


After a time, this frame building became too elderly for the Electric Company office, which was then moved to the Richard Kountz building, where Production Credit is now located.  In that brick structure, the Electric Company dealt with the public, while its former office became a warehouse for the Lowe Furniture business.


The disappearance of this landmark is connected with World War II.  The immediate occasion of its razing was that the B & F business came to a lull in its manufacturing activities and turned its manpower to war-time use, pending the arrival of further orders.  Owing to the war, also, there is a shortage of lumber so there is a demand for lumber taken from wrecked buildings.


The re-routing of milk trucks, in Clark County, will go into effect on July 16.  Notice to this effect is going out from the Clark County Transportation Committee, of which Axel Sorensen is chairman.  A detailed statement is expected from the committee next week.


The effective date of the plan was decided upon Tuesday, June 29, after approval had been received from the Office of Defense Transportation in Washington D.C.  This approval covered the local project, as revised by the present enlarged committee and conforms to the new arrangement, making such projects legal.


This project is of substantial importance in saving rubber and trucks.  The saving, as computed by the transportation committee, is 1,816 truck miles per day, or nearly 27 times around the world in a year.  Another way of putting it is that it will save about two million tire miles per year.  This saving is affected with a minimum of rearrangement of patrons, with only about 2 per cent of the patrons of the county making a change of outlet.


The final approval of the plan has brought no little satisfaction to the local transportation committee, which has been given marked cooperation in preparing the plan and which has, with a minimum of rearrangement, brought about the saving earnestly sought by the Federal Government.  This now adds up to a substantial contribution to the war effort.


Every Neillsville High School senior, who graduated from school this year, found the world beckoning to him or her.  There was work ready, according to taste and capacity.  In a world busy with war and production, manpower became the critical need and these young people found themselves in urgent demand.  This is a marked contrast to the conditions of only two or three years ago, when high school graduates were in oversupply for jobs.


As never before, the juniors of high school age find their services in demand this summer. There is work for every one of them who wants to work. The following article, written by a high school girl, tells how the members of the class of 1945, Neillsville High School, are responding to the opportunities of wartime.


The juniors are not to be out done by their former schoolmates, the class of 1943.  They, too, are working hard to show that they are an industrious group.  Each one has found useful work for the summer vacation in order to do their bit to take up the slack in the labor shortage and help win the war.


So far, none of the class has entered the armed forces, but Calvin Swenson plans to enlist in the Army Air Corps Reserve, soon.


A large percent of the young people live on farms and are working there this summer. The boys in this group are: Clarence Krause, Jerome Gaier, Robert Jacobs, Everett Dux, Lawrence Bohnsack, Wendel Hubing, Howard Schultz, Kenneth Short, Arvid Watenpuhl, Robert Poler and Ellis Van Horn. The girls working in farm homes are: Helen Hartung, Theo Jonkel, Geraldine Decker, Berdella Seelow, Leona Zank, Dorothy Schramek, Alice Strangfeld, Lorraine Stiemke, Mildred Scholtz, Louise Matonich, Miriam Lindow, Lucille Mueller, Rosetta Paun and Eileen Richmond.


Food production for victory comes next and Donald Cummings, Axel Moeller and Arthur Harding are doing their share by working at the Condensery.  Marjorie Chase, Elaine Marg and Helen Paun are employed at Wagner’s Café and Eileen Carl at Lewerenz’ Sweet Shop.  Fred Vornholt and Jacob Stucki are working at the Indian School.  James Scott is employed at the A&P Store.  Kaiser Grap’s oil truck is being driven by Robert Horswill and the laundry truck is driven by Patrick McIntyre.  Janet May is an assistant at the Neillsville Library and Jean Fluegel is doing house work in town.  Heron Van Gorden is employed at the Fullerton Lumber Co., Norbert Kluhsman is at the Ford garage and Robert Lastofka has been hauling milk.  Janet Kunze is selling tickets and ushering at the theater and Jean Kintzele has volunteered at the local ration board.


A few students have gone out of town this summer.  Forence (Florence?)Heintz has gone to Montana to live with her folks.  Bill Musil is taking a course in advanced math, at Central High School in Madison. Evelyn Markwardt and Caroline Krogness are employed at the Alpine summer resort in Door County.  Eunice Payne is doing waitress work in Racine and Cleo Jane Reindel is employed in Milwaukee.


Alice Beyer, Ethel Gillard and Betty Waterhouse are working in their family homes in Neillsville.


Trondheim News:


The baseball team from Camp McCoy played the Greenwood city ball team at Greenwood, last Sunday.  The game went in favor of Camp McCoy.  The boys from Camp McCoy were very happy over the cordial treatment they received from the Greenwood boys and were lorded in their praise of the fine chicken dinner served and which they enjoyed.  One soldier, from Texas, said it was “Just like a wedding dinner, eating on tables covered with white linen tablecloths.”


The oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Linder, with the help of neighboring children, has found a new way to make excitement and get into trouble.  He and the other children poured some tractor fuel oil into a pan and set it on fire.  It made a dandy fire and the play was a huge success, except that the little Lindner boy got mixed up with the fuel oil and fire.  He burned one of his legs in the vicinity of the knee and the party wound up with the help of a doctor.


Walter Keohane is the new director of the Neillsville High School band, succeeding Richard A. Becker.  Keohane comes to Neillsville from Wautoma, where he has made an excellent record as band director for eight years.


The hiring of Keohane fills the high school faculty for the coming year, all positions having been filled.


Mrs. Otto Zaeske will teach English and Latin in the high school this coming year.


Harvey Bushnell, of Stevens Point, will succeed Martin Bohm as manager of the A&P Store.  He will take charge on Saturday of this week.


Bushnell comes from Stevens Point, where he has managed a store.  He and Bohm are old acquaintances, Bushnell having succeeded Bohm as manager at Wisconsin Rapids.  His family consists of himself, his wife and a daughter, age 2.


Hart’s South Side Grocery pays the highest prices for farm fresh eggs, 35c per dozen.  They also buy live chickens; ranging from 18c per lb. for heavy roosters to 26c per lb. for heavy springs.  Hart’s also has Deerwood flour, 49 lb. bag for $2.25 with three sauce dishes free on the purchase.


Mild, Mellow, Eight O’clock Coffee, 2 – 1 lb. pkgs. 41c; Please notice, the coffee-rationing stamp No. 21 expires July 21.  The ration period is shorter, so enjoy more coffee.  Buy Now at the A&P Store in Neillsville.


Shop at Prochazka Brothers Store for Fresh Produce – California oranges, 1 dozen for 35c; Texas ripe tomatoes, 17c lb.; Missouri White Cobbler potatoes peck 60c.


Eva’s Fashion Shop is going to be redecorated from top to bottom, so we must make room for the painter.  Even though merchandise is hard to get, we will do our best to supply your needs at all times.  Our clearance sale starts July 22nd & ends July 31st.


Ladies summer hats, 59c, 98c, $1.49; 12 Formal Dresses left on our racks, all marked down to only $4.98 each; One group of Ladies Dresses, only $2.98 each; Some Jewelry, 59c.  


Farms for sale in Clark County: 120 acres, 4 miles north of Granton, buildings in good repair, $80 per acre; 160 acres, south of Granton, a good brick house, basement barn and Madison Stave silo, $35 per acre; 80 acres NE of Neillsville, good barn, other buildings fair, $66.50 per acre.  These farms may be purchased with a reasonable down payment with balance at 4% interest for 10 years.  Inquire of V. L. Dickinsen at Augusta, Wisconsin.



Occasionally, summer storms have passed through Clark County communities, here and there.  The above photo was taken after a July 3, 1907 storm that struck, destroying a barn on the John Walter’s farm northeast of Neillsville.



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