Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 12, 2004, Page 13

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

May 1894


About 100 willows have been set out at Ross’s Eddy.  Those who go there to enjoy fishing, the scenery, to drink at the spring, or otherwise covert, are requested to steer shy of the newly planted shrubs.


Arbor Day was observed at the Neillsville city schools.  Trees were planted at the North Side School grounds and special exercises were held at the South Side School.


During a trip into Levis, Sunday, we noticed some sinners putting in oats.  Don’t ye know that seed sown on Sunday, never sprouts?


The bridge bonds proposition was carried, but from what we learn of the character of the vote, we judge that the city council will not act on the idea.  Property holders are against issuing further bonds.  Those of us, at the newspaper, are in favor of using enough of the funds on hand to build permanent abutments for a bridge.  Then, on these, let the wood and iron bridge now stored down near the Delane barn, the old Black River Bridge; be set up for a few years.  It is a very poor policy to weigh ourselves down with more debt now.  A debt could be in our way when it may become desirable to get a new railroad or other vastly needed improvements, more important than a bridge.


Workmen began tearing down the old Hewett warehouse building, recently vacated by Chas. Lee.  The new Tom Lowe meat market will soon loom up on that lot.


A beautiful modern residence on Clay Street, previously owned by A. C. Vaughan, has been sold to A. B. Marsh, manager of the Neillsville Milling Co.  The purchase includes the splendid new house, a large and nicely located lot, with barn, complete in every particular.  The house faces the east.  Mr. Vaughan has made the home handsome and comfortable.  Marsh’s present home on Ninth Street will be sold.


Our new cigar factory is now open and running full blast.  Irvin L. Parker is the proprietor, a square businessman.  The factory is located above the Wasserburger Saloon, on Seventh Street, in the Ed Markey brick building.


Arrangements are being made, after a survey, to extend the N. W. L. Co.’s logging railroad.  The new extension will start north of Stanley, going to a point near Perkinstown, a distance of about 20 miles.  The road is a standard gauge and is being built in a substantial manner.


J. J. Kennedy, the well-known lumberman of Rib Lake and Fayette Shaw the sole leather tanner of Medford, together, purchased 50,000 acres of hemlock lands.  The land, purchased of the Wisconsin Central Railroad, is located in Taylor and Price counties.  The average price paid was about $5 per acre and the deal aggregates $250,000.  This purchase will ensure the Kennedy sawmills a large supply of lumber for many years to come.


The recent terrific flood, at Loyal, is thus found reported in the daily newspapers: Rain fell in such quantities that within an hour, Bear Creek, which runs through Loyal, was over its banks and hitting everything in its path.  It washed out four bridges in the village limits and the A. A. Graves’ mill-dam.  The engine and boiler room of the saw mill and the lower floor of the flour-mill were submerged in water.  Several hundred bushels of stored grain, in the mill, were destroyed.  Much other damage was done in and about both of the mills.  Rock Creek that empties into the Black River, west of there is higher than ever before.  Every bridge and dam, including one iron bridge, has been washed away by the flood. 


The west wing of Dells Dam was blown out one day last week, with dynamite to save the balance of the dam.  The break in the dam, made by the dynamite and force of water, was 300 feet wide.  We hope the fish will be able to get up stream.


The big flood cleared all the logs from the Ross’s Eddy sandbar.  Sharp sand is located there, sand that is better to build with than any other around the area.  You can get special rates for big orders of this sand.


Teams and wagons are being directed to and from D. B. Manes’ quarry, busy hauling stone for the Lute Marsh house basement, on Clay Street.


“Dr. Rice,” a St. Paul racehorse, owned by Fred Foster of that city, won the Brooklyn handicap the other day.  He netted $115,000 for his owner and won the Gravesend handicap, $25,000, a few days later.  Now, $140,000 in a week isn’t bad for these times.  Foster bought the horse for $5,000.


May 1954


Marriage licenses applied for in Clark County in May have been issued to:


Milton Berg, Northfield, Minn., and Matina Gubell, Town of Thorp, to be married at Thorp on May 22.


Kenneth L. Kasper, Milwaukee and Joanne M. Schier, Town of Unity, to be married at Spencer on May 29


Carl Arthur Ackerman, Cedar Grove, Sheboygan County and Gladys Blanche Drew, Greenwood, are to be married at Greenwood on May 8.


Marion Bill Burzynski, Taylor County, Rose Mary Winchek, Town of Thorp, to be married at Thorp on May 29.


Calvin Awe, Town of Green Grove, Gladys Kuester, Town of Warner, to be married at Greenwood, June 2.


Arthur Hohenstein, Town of Washburn, Romana Randall, Town of Pine Valley to be married at Fond du Lac, May 29.


Miss Shirley Davis and Louis Kessler were married Wednesday, May 19, 1954.  The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Fr. Peter Leketas at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Neillsville.


Three boys of the Neillsville High School received the degree of Future Farmers of America at a meeting of the state organization held at Green Lake.  The boys receiving the degrees were Roy Elmhorst, Gary Mills and Robert Gutenberger.


Delegates from the local FFA Chapter were Alan Harder and Robert Gutenberger, who, with Roy Elmhorst and Gary Mills, went to Green Lake with John Perkins, their Ag instructor.


The Neillsville chapter received an honor award and had part in a pageant celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization.  The Neillsville chapter and Mr. Perkins, as its organizer, were especially recognized for their participation as one of the first Future Farmer Chapters.


Orin Eastman and his wife Annie E. have sold their farm, located in Section 29, Town of Pine Valley, to Charles F. and Hermina S. Brown, as joint tenants.  The property consists of 160-acres, less 10 acres sold to the Edward Gehrt’s and less a parcel sold to Herbert Quinnell. The revenue stamps indicate a consideration of about $11,000.


Mr. Brown was a contractor in Peoria, Ill. and he was finding the business strenuous.  He sold the business to a son.  An attraction for him in the Eastman place was that the Eastmans had been raising chickens in recent years and he preferred that to dairying.  There are 400 laying hens on the farm now, with 600 pullets soon to be added as layers.  It is his purpose to keep about 1,000 laying hens when the operation is fully under way.


The Eastmans, among the old-timers of Pine Valley, are now living on the west end of Sixth Street in Neillsville.


Dr. M. V. Overman and his wife Evelyn, as joint tenants, have bought Lots 9 and 10 in the Sunset Hills subdivision.  The price was between $1,000 and $1,500, as indicated by the revenue stamps.  The location is across the street from the south-east corner of Memorial Hospital.  The plot measures 160 by 120 feet.


The Overman’s have been living at 205 Clay Street, in a house a little small for the size of their family.  They intend to build a house of moderate size.


Howard Frane and his wife Geraldine have bought 79 acres in Section 31, of the Town of Mayville, close to Curtiss.  The consideration was about $1,000 and the transaction was subject to a mortgage of $5,500.  It was purchased from Francis Conway.


Ira Markham and his wife Mattie have bought from Herbert and Idora Fenske, a piece of land in Section 35, Town of Fremont.  The consideration was $6,000 and the transfer was made subject to a mortgage.


Frank Thomas has bought from Frank Zupanc, Sr., and his wife Mary, 120 acres in Section 2, Town of Hendren.  The deal includes farm personal property in which the Zupancs had an interest.  The consideration was about $3,500.


Approximately 46 children and adults were confirmed Sunday at the Holy Family Church, in Willard, by Bishop John Treacy of La Crosse.


Mr. and Mrs. Roland Quicker, of Granton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Romelle Alice to Richard Gillard, son of Mrs. Gladys Gillard of Marshfield.


Mrs. Mabel Caliebe closed her second successful school year at the rural Fairview School Friday, May 14.  The community school picnic was held Saturday.  Over 110 people attended.  Mrs. Caliebe was honored, as she is resigning as teacher.


A bountiful dinner was prepared and served by the ladies.  The Mothers Club presented Mrs. Caliebe with a corsage of pink and white carnations.


The afternoon was spent in games and contests for the children.  The boys played the men in baseball.  Although the scorekeeper gave the victory to the men, the boys really won, as they were able to resume the daily tasks the following day.


Climaxing the afternoon was the women’s and girls’ ball game.  Here are a few highlights of that game: Helen Afkind, pitcher, was given the ball in a relief role but fumbled and was recovered by Pat Boge.  Stella Eslinger opened the game with a double to the right center fielder, Polly Strangfeld who pilfered second.  Rose Mary Reineck picked a fly out of right field.  Ruth Quast stole second base and hid it behind the wood shed, forcing June Wendt to third.  Elaine Hagedorn walked to first on the wrong foot, missed second and continued to third on a wild pitch. Esther Hoppa plucked a foul out of mid-air.  Leona Boge got Leona Afkind to pop up.  She tried stealing home.  Dorothy Quast and Leona Henning fouled out.  Betty Quast braced Sylvia Neilson for a two-bagger and gummed up a suicide squeeze play, which ended the game.


The score???


The scorekeeper, Joyce Pozega, took a long drive down the road and never came back.


Winning four first places and with every man of a 7-man team earning points, the Neillsville High School thin-clads placed second in the Cloverbelt Invitational track and field meet at Eau Claire Tuesday afternoon.  The team totaled 56 points.


Cornell won the meet with 65 points.


Racking up first-place wins for Neillsville were Eddie Schwellenbach, who won the mile in 5:07.4; Ted Stiemke, who ran the 440 in 56.8; Roy Elmhorst, who took the 200 low hurdles in 26.8.


Also, the Neillsville half-mile relay team crossed the finish line in the time of 1:44.0.  The relay team consisted of Peter Sydorowicz, Stiemke, Jim Wavrunek and Dennis Maus.


The Associated Women of the Farm Bureau have announced a pie-baking contest to be held on June 17, at Withee.


Custard pie bakers are urged to practice for the 1954 Clark County custard pie-baking contest.  The contest is being sponsored by the Associated Women of the Farm Bureau, as a dairy promotion.  Everyone, urban and rural, is invited to take part.


The contest will be held Thursday afternoon, June 17, 1954, at 2 p.m. at the Withee High School Gym.


Rules for the contest are as follows:


Custard to be plain vanilla


Natural nutmeg topping


Use you (your) favorite recipe


Crust to be made of lard


Crust will be judged as well as the custard


Pies entered will become the property of the Associated Women.


Prizes will be awarded


Winners will participate in a district bake-off later in the summer to select a contestant for the state contest to be held in November.


Fourteen eighth grade students graduated from St. John’s Lutheran School Tuesday, May 25, in a combined service and exercises at the church.  The Rev. Herman Pankow of Menomonie was the speaker. 


The class motto was “Abide in Me.”  The class colors were blue and white; the flower, the red carnation.


The following were the graduates: Richard Christie, Sandra Frantz, Bonnie Genteman, Lowell Gerber, Sylvia Hagen, Gene Huth, Marjorie Kurasz, Christine Meihack, Dorothy Mohr, Richard Nemitz, Violet Schewe, Janice Schutte, Dorothy Tresmer and Florence Wetzel.


Howdy Mr. Farmer!


The Green Bay Food Co. is back to make you money.  The seed is now at the stations.


It’s late, but not too late to plant cucumbers.  See our representative in your territory for your contract and the cucumber seed.  They are as follows:


Neillsville, Henry Seidelmann; Price, James Patton; Humbird, J. A. Johnson; Merrillan, Mrs. Sam G. Finn; Willard, Elmer Severson; Greenwood, Mrs. Mike Kowieski; Loyal, Mrs. Oswald Henninger.


Stop at W & H Pontiac Motors, 133 East 6th Street, Neillsville, for some good buys on used cars.  They have 10 fishing & hunting specials to pick from, Fords, Plymouths or Chevrolets, as low as $50.  Be sure to see Wayne Wall or Robert Horswill for a deal on one of these cars.


(One of the fishermen in last week’s photo was Jack Fahey, second from the right)




A circa 1890s photo of students standing in front of the Neillsville South Side School, which faced State Street near the corner of East Fourth Street.  The building served elementary and high school classes until a new school building replace it. The new 1904 structure was built in the same block, west of the first building.  The North Side School held elementary classes for students living on the north side of O’Neill Creek, or Neillsville’s North Side, until the early 1960s.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)






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