Clark County Press, Neillsville,

October 13, 2004, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

October 1874


The boys at Hewett & Woods are giving the internal arrangements, of the brick store, a complete overhauling. The general appearance is being greatly improved by the changes being made.


Mr. James Hewett, of this village, was nominated for Member of Assembly, at the Republican Convention held at Humbird, last Monday.


Mrs. Tibbitts is fitting up the rooms formerly occupied by Charles Hubbard, for the purpose of keeping a first-class restaurant.  It is a much-needed business and we know of no person more capable of running such an establishment than Mrs. Tibbitts.


Last Friday, some little boys were playing on the logs in the millpond.  One of the little fellows dropped into the water.  Another little fellow undertook to get him out, so jumped in too. A third little fellow got in the water also. They nearly drowned until a big fellow appeared carrying a long pole with which he fished the little fellows out of the pond.  The mamas thanked the big fellow. The little fellows each got a little spanking, were dried off and put to bed.


The moral of this incident is; “Never go near the water until you can swim.”


Mrs. Everett and Mrs. Taylor are engaged in soliciting aid for those in the region who have suffered from the grasshopper damage to their crops. Cast-off garments or any other articles that can be used for their benefit will be thankfully received.


During the first of the week, something in the form of humanity cut the telegraph wire between Humbird and here, carrying away about 60 feet of wire.  It was a most contemptible piece of work.  The Hon. James O’Neill is anxious to recognize the offender to the extent of $25.


The first part of this week, we had a trainer of horses and varmints in our village.  His work was quite interesting to the boys and older children, who watched him.  The man is a horse trainer by profession and is said to understand the business thoroughly.  In connection with his horse show, he had a box of the snakiest looking snakes this side of Ireland, which he handled occasionally for a pastime.


Theodore Wahry is engaged in buying all kinds of pelts and rags, for which he pays the highest prices going in cash.  Mr. Wahry is prompt and reliable. Persons wishing to dispose of anything in his line will do well to give him a call.


The Neillsville Club will give another of their very enjoyable dancing parties at Eyerly’s Hall, next Friday.  The Club is now fully organized.  It is their intention to give a free dance and supper to the members as often as the surplus funds are sufficient to defray the expenses.  Tickets for members will be 75 cents and $1.00 to outsiders.


The milldam owners have knocked out the bottom of the dam.  They intend to put a new dam in its place.


The persons, who have expressed a wish to supply the Press with wood, will please remember that the balmy days of summer are with the past. Burning wood is now necessary, mornings and evenings, to the comfort off even a printer.


October 1934


A syringe bush at the Sidney Patey home has finally overcome the obstacles of the drought and blossomed.  Although the plant is due to blossom in June, the dry weather apparently retarded its development.  Not until this week, it has attained its goal.  The plant is sometimes called “mock orange” because of the similarity of the blossoms to orange blossoms, it is said.


Hunters like R. E. Schmedel and Dr. M. C. Rosekrans, who often regale their listeners with tales of marvelous skill with firearms, but seldom produce any game to back up their stories, will have to take a temporary back seat for Mrs. Otto Warren.  Last Tuesday, Mrs. Warren bowled over four partridges and a snowshoe rabbit in Price County.  While Mr. Warren was looking after a cattle deal, Mrs. Warren took a 12-gauge shotgun into the woods and after a short jaunt, returned with the limit.  She brought down every bird that she saw.


On the other hand, the Press awaits the reports of Mr. Schmedel and Dr. Rosekrans.  A few days before the season opened, the two hunters had a car full of assorted dogs shipped in from Iowa and when last seen, were headed north with their pack. It is expected that they will make known the results of their expedition at the next Kiwanis club dinner.


Following installations of officers Tuesday night, the Otto A. Haugen Post of the American Legion appointed committees to arrange a number of activities, which are expected to prove of interest to the members.


Plans for forming a rifle team, to compete with other posts in Clark County, are under way and will be announced at the Oct. 22 meeting.  Joe Hartung, Art Carl, Ben Brown, A. P. Murphy and Ed Hauge were appointed to make arrangements for using the Service Company’s targets at the armory.


The annual rabbit hunt has been tentatively set for Nov. 4.  George Prochaska and F. E. Brown were appointed to act as captains and will select the hunters for their respective teams.


The membership drive got away to a flying start and a number of those present paid up their dues.  Two membership drive teams headed by D. H. Crothers and Fred Brooks were appointed.  Members of the teams are Glen Haven, Joe Hartung, Art Carl, D. E. Peters, F. E. Brown, Harry Roehrborn, E. Carl and E. A. Russell.


Drs. Housley and Sweet repot the birth of four boy babies in this community within three days.


On Saturday evening, Oct. 6, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt who live in the Town of York.  A brother of Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Allie Schmidt and wife, who live nearby, are the proud parents of a son born on Sunday morning.


Sunday evening, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oldham, in West Pine Valley.  Monday morning, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Schwartz, at the home of Mrs. Schwartz’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Kopp in South Pine Valley.


What high school girl can do best at fitting cheese into the menus for the 21 meals of a week?


Whoever and wherever she is, she is due to receive $200 to help her with college courses.  The two girls who crowd her hardest in the national Cheese Week Menu Contest will receive $100 and $50, respectively.


Hundreds of high school girls, the United States over, will be busy finding better ways of supplying their families with this inexpensive and healthful food.


The contest, sponsored by the National Cheese Institute of Plymouth, Wisconsin, is a forerunner of cheese week, Nov. 10 to 17.  Awards are to be based upon a full week’s menu list including breakfast, luncheon and dinner.  The winning 21 menus will show wide possibilities in the use of cheese.  The rules also call for completely balanced meals as far as health is concerned.  There will be 453 prizes awarded Nov. 14.


Director of Relief Wm. Wood has received a letter, which explains a relief program.  Farmers, who have received drought relief from the Federal Government in Clark County, must work off at least one-half of their obligations before they can get further drought relief aid from the Clark County Office.


Corn shocks, hay, milk pails, harnesses and milk cans made the novel setting for the Masquerade Barn Dance given by the Boy and Girl Scouts for the Neillsville High School, on the evening of Oct. 24, in the Gym.  Music was furnished by the “Harmony Kings.”


After a long grand march, the prizes were awarded by Mr. Peters to four beautiful Japanese Dolls, namely, Mr. Thomas, Miss Getz, Miss Lound and Miss Welch.  Second prize to a group of four was given to four Jewish merchants; Clifford Arndt, Carroll Schield, Donald Wahl, and Marvin Westphal.  First prize for the best dressed couple was won by Genevieve Linster and Dolores Prock. Second prize for couples was won by two daring Pirates, Leona Walk and Polly Thompson. First and second prizes for the most comically dressed persons were awarded to Wendell Palmer and Louis Bast.  First and second prizes for the best dressed man were won by Neil Warren and Martin Zilisch, Jr.  First prize for the best dressed woman was awarded to Louis Kuhn and second prize to Jean Sontag. The judges were the troop advisors for the Scouts, who were guests at the party.


The city of Neillsville has arranged to purchase a tract of seven and one-half acres on the city’s north side from what was formerly known as the Wick Lynch place, to fit up as a small park.


The tract lies adjoining the cemetery road on the south side of the street and is well adapted to park purposes.  There is a spring out of which a small stream flows through a little valley where a dam may be easily built to form a nice little pond.  There are a number of trees on the land. Some of the lots, which make up the tract, will make desirable building placed after the park is developed.


It is planned to use relief labor in fitting up the park.


The National Re-employment office, in Neillsville, was taken over by the Wisconsin State Employment Service, Oct. 1.


Mr. Pascoe, the manager, wants to check up on the available farm hands in Clark County and also wants to know how many are willing to take farm jobs for a month or more.


Any middle-aged woman who is out of work and can qualify as a housekeeper or cook should register at once as calls are being received for that classification.


Everyone registered in the Neillsville office should make it a point to either visit the office or mail a card notifying the manager that they are out of work.


The service is free to employee and employer.


The Agriculture Department of the Neillsville High School is offering an evening school to the young men of the community who are not attending high school.  This school will be free to any boy or young man in the community between the ages of 13 and 25 who is interested in farming.


The course will open at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the agriculture room of the high school. This room is located on the basement floor at the west end of the building.  The meetings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings until further notice.  The work will consist of a study of the problems concerning the feeding of dairy cattle during the coming winter.


There will be a recreation period after each meeting, with basketball, volleyball and checker games in which every one will be able to take part in.


Mrs. Edward C. Pascoe of Withee, wife of the manager of the Wisconsin State Employment Service in Neillsville and their 3-year-old daughter, Darlene, had a narrow escape from a bull last week.  The animal came toward her as she was wheeling the child in a baby buggy on the road north of Owen.


Dr. Baker, of Owen, happened to be coming along in his car and ran his machine between the animal and Mrs. Pascoe.  Mrs. Pascoe and child were on their way to a neighbor’s house and very likely would have been seriously injured or killed but for Dr. Baker’s timely arrival.  The bull had been staked out near the road, but because of the soft ground, had been able to pull the stake out.


In the First National Bank window, there are a number of grain and vegetable exhibits that are a credit to this community, considering the dry season. There is a bunch of peanut vines, with the peanuts attached to the roots, raised by Judge Crosby in his garden at his cottage on Lake Arbutus; two big rutabagas raised by Geo. Noel of southeast Pine Valley; a 60 pound squash raised by Paul Jonas of Levis; a big watermelon raised by Joe Karl of southwest Pine Valley; and some fine Minnesota No. 13 corn raised at the Indian School farm.


Here is a notice to property owners who wish to borrow money for repairs, alterations and improvements.  Money may be obtained on very favorable terms through the National Housing Act.  This is the chance of a lifetime. We are prepared to give you full information.  Come in and see the local manager of the O & N Lumber Company.


Tune in to the World Series broadcast starting today, Oct. 4.  In conjunction with Ford dealers everywhere, you are invited to listen in at the show rooms of B. B. Motor Company, in Neillsville.


Attend the card party sponsored by the Moose Lodge.  Sheepshead, 500 and Bridge will be played Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Moose Hall.  There will be a Dutch lunch and everyone is welcome.


The Yellow River Inn is serving food every night.  Choose from large T-Bone Steaks, Chicken, Southern Country Style Sandwiches; Chicken Roast Pork, Baked ham, Swiss, Brick and American cheese at reasonable prices.  There is also music and dancing to please.  Private parties can be arranged.  Located two miles west of Klondike Corners.  C. J. Larsen, Prop.


Marriage license applications: Walter Aumann, Pine Valley, and Mable Squire, Town of Mentor; Lloyd Randall, Owen and Grayce Daley, Abbotsford.


Serving Fish Fry on Friday Night and Fried Chicken Sandwiches on Saturday night at Skroch’s Cozy Corner Tavern




The Neillsville Armory formerly located on the corner of 4th and Court Streets, built in 1893 for the cost of $10,000, served various purposes during its existence.  It was the home base for the area National Guard Unit. The Armory’s auditorium was also used for various high school and community events.  (Photo courtesy of Sontag Family Collection)



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