Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 26, 2004, Page 14

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Clark County News

May 1879


Louis Rossman & Co. has leased the lot adjoining Lloyd’s Hardware store.  A building will be erected on the lot, to be used as a salesroom and their cigar factory.


The best fishing in Clark County is at the Hemlock Island Dam, just after the dam gates are shut down. The water recedes, leaving the bed of the river nearly dry.  The number of fish of all kinds, that “get left” in this operation is considerable.  Some are left high and dry, while others are imprisoned in little pools, the taking of which is found to be fine sport.


The biggest fish stories come down from Greenwood.  There is no doubt that the people there have a good point for fishing.


The Pine Valley cheese factory is now in running order.  They will continue to make the best cheese, in that line, to be found in the market.  The first batch of cheese was run out this week.


C. H. Gates calls to the attention of the public, that the new refrigerator in his meat market is now complete and in running order.  He is able to furnish the finest choice of roasts, steaks, cutlets and other meats on short notice.  Also, all meats ordered before ten a.m. will be promptly delivered free of charge on that day.


Mrs. Reddan’s team of horses took fright, while standing in front of her residence, on Monday and ran away.  The carriage that the team was hitched to was badly demolished but there were no other injuries or damages.  When the horses got through running, they returned and stopped at the gate where they had been standing before running away.


A good place to buy your fresh coffee, soaps, plug tobacco, fine cut or smoking tobacco and cigars is at the post office.


John S. Dore, who is always to be found ahead in farming matters, made butter by the Cooley creamery process.  He left samples of the butter at the J. L. Gates’ grocery. There is no use trying to describe the butter.  It is far ahead of the best butter heretofore made in all of Clark County.  All over the county there are good butter makers who may take some umbrage at this statement.  But we make it with the full assurance that these same parties will be the first to examine and adopt this.  It is simple and within the reach of all, costing with utensils and franchise, about $3 for each milking cow.


The milk is strained into deep cans, 8 inches in diameter and 20 inches deep.  These cans are covered with covers resembling inverted tin pans, not fitting closely, leaving room for the odors and heat to pass through.  The cans are placed in a tank and covered with cold water.  By this arrangement, the cream is all raised to the top in a few hours.  Common well water is sufficient to raise all the cream in 12 hours.  The market shows that creamery butter is sought for when other butter can hardly be sold.




The Clark County Agricultural Society was formed in 1872, John S. Dore, instrumental in the cooperative’s organization, was its first president.  He had a farm, located one mile east of Neillsville, on Pleasant Ridge and also served as an editor of various newspapers in Neillsville.  The farmland was later sold to C. A. Youmans who made the farm a showplace with the latest methods of that turn-of-the century era.  The above photo is of the barn built by Youmans, which remains on the farmstead site.  (Photo courtesy of the Youmans family collection)



Mr. Lyman Morse, of Weston, sent us the following particulars of a thrilling adventure in his vicinity.  Two young men, by the name of Cole and Clark, were watching a deer-lick a few nights ago. They were stationed at one of William Price’s old logging camps, waiting patiently for their game.  Then, to their great astonishment, along came a wildcat, a ferocious looking beast. Their hair began to rise and knees began to tremble.  As the shakes were setting in, the cat ran away. As the cat ran, the men’s courage came back and they sent a shot toward the cat, which took its affect.  So the fellows came home with their game as bold as a sheep, but I think the deer will be safe at that lick now, as the hunters may fear the cat’s mate will be lurking around in that vicinity.


New styles of flower pots and hanging baskets, made of the celebrated Peoria Pottery ware, have just arrived at Henry Myers’ store.


Road Commissioners W. H. Mead and R. C. Evens, on Monday, let the job of turn-piking on the road running west from Dorchester.  The Clark County Board had appropriated $400 to Mr. G. A. Shepard, at $1.60 per rod.  The town had voted $400 to apply on the same road; the supervisors let the job, at the same time, to the same party, at $2 per rod.  The reason of the difference in the price is that the county job will be paid cash as soon as it is completed.  The town job will be paid for by town orders.


There will be an ice cream and strawberry festival at Fireman’s Hall, on the evening of June 13th.  The purpose of the festival is to raise funds to purchase new instruments for the Brass Band, which will be present.  After the festival, the Neillsville Quintet Bank (Band?) will furnish music for a dance.


May 1949


Russell Schoengarth of Hollywood, who film edited for “The Egg and I” and several other motion picture hits, was in Neillsville Sunday and Monday.  He was visiting Judge and Mrs. O. W. Schoengarth.  The Mr. Schoengarths are second cousins.


Grading and seeding of a playground area on the new Neillsville High School site, near the city standpipe, was completed this week. The area is designed for use as a football practice field and for baseball and softball.  It will eliminate the necessity next fall of high school gridders traveling nearly a mile to the fairground field each night for practice, and then returning.  The ground leveling work was done by the use of a big bulldozer owned by the Soil Conservation Service.  Supt. D. E. Peters estimated the project cost to be about $100.


Donald Kalsow, who was elected justice of the peace in Neillsville, last April, had his first case here Sunday night.  Appearing before Kalsow and waiving his legal rights, a man pleaded guilty to a charge of careless operation of an auto-mobile.  The guilty party paid a fine of $5 and costs.  The charge was brought by Traffic Officer Harry Frantz, who said a car driven by the man passed another car on “Dead Man’s” curve, west of the city on Highway 10.


The three Scott brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jess W. Scott of Neillsville, this year have completed an unusual record.


With the graduation this month of Robert, the youngest, as valedictorian of the class of 1949, the three Scott brothers will have performed a clean sweep.


Robert’s older brothers also were valedictorians of their classes; Walter, now a graduate student at the University of Chicago, in 1943 and James, now an instructor in the University of Wisconsin, in 1944.


Such an accomplishment is a rarity, indeed.  In the memory of D. E. Peters, local school superintendent, this is the first time such a record has been achieved in Neillsville.  No doubt it is a family scholastic record equaled by but few in the United States.


Golf is getting under way this week at the Neillsville Country Club.  The first stag occasion, of golf and supper for the men, took place Wednesday evening.  This was followed Thursday by Ladies’ day, with nine holes of golf each in the morning and in the afternoon.  The ladies will bring sandwiches for the noon lunch.  On the weekend, there will be blind bogey play, with a start made on fixing handicaps for the season.


Instruction on golf also began.  The first classes for the high school players were held Tuesday afternoon, with out-of-town pupils given early attention and city pupils reporting after school hours.  A class of instruction was also scheduled for Thursday for the ladies.  Included in the plans for the high school students are pupils of Granton, to such an extent as they may wish to participate.  The group is given lessons by Tony Sylvester, the professional, without charge, as will be the group instruction for the ladies on Thursday.


The clubhouse has taken on a new appearance, with a new exterior of asbestos shingles and a white washing job of the foundation.  Professionals put on the shingles, with the white washing job being done by Judge Bruce Beilfuss.


Sadie Haight was the queen of the clean-up committee.  Those who helped, in addition were: Belle Howard, Mr. and Mrs. William Whaley, Hugh Haight, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wasserberger, Mrs. Bruce Beilfuss, Mary Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Campman, Mrs. Odin Wang, Mrs. Frank Hepburn, Kurt Listeman, Rai Munger, Harry Teas and Arthur Flynn.


In addition to the new siding, the club has partially completed dressing and bathrooms.  These facilities for women are practically ready and will be used throughout the season.  The men, however, will have to wait because the club is without sufficient funds.


John R. Bergemann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gust Bergemann of Granton, Saturday took over the ownership of the funeral home business operated in Neillsville for the last four years by Millard F. Cole. The business will be operated as the Bergemann Funeral Home.


There are 76 property owners of Neillsville who will be notified to make sidewalk repairs and improvements.  They will receive a 20-day notice.  Non-compliance will result in the work being done by the city and charged against the property. The Board of Public Works took this decision and action at the Tuesday evening meeting.


Jerry Noeldner, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Noeldner, met with an accident Saturday, which could have proven serious.


He and his little sister were riding in the back seat of the car, which was being driven by his mother, Mrs. Noeldner, who was taking her daughter to Loyal for her music lesson.


After driving a short distance; the door came open and Jerry fell out rolling into the ditch.  The mother stopped the car immediately, picked him up and took him to the doctor.


Jerry was bruised quite a bit and had a cut on his head; but after having his wounds cared for and given a shot for lockjaw; he appeared to be none the worse.


Mr. and Mrs. Everett Pepper have sold their home on Court Street to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kapusta.


A surprise car safety check was thrown in Neillsville on Friday night by the Clark County and Neillsville City law enforcement authorities.


The check, which covered upward of 200 automobiles, was made to prepare motorists locally for the travel hazards, which are anticipated for the coming two-day holiday weekend.


Each car, which went through the blockades set up by officers, was given a check of brakes, lights, horn, and windshield wipers.


Sheriff Ray Kutsche reported that defects were found in 59 cars.  The driver of each of these cars was given a five-day warning ticket.  The warning ticket gives the motorist five days in which to have the car’s defects corrected.  Before the end of that time, the car must be checked again by a police officer.


The majority of the trouble was in the failure of tail-lights.  Second, in the frequency of the defects, were headlights.


There have been 800 boys and girls enrolled in 4-H clubs of Clark County this year, according to work (word) from County Agent Earl O. Wright.  This is the largest enrollment in 4-H clubs here since 1940, when 800 also took part in the program, he said.


County Trunk C is being torn up and widened preparatory to graveling.  Trees are being cut down and taken out where necessary.  The telephone crews are doing their share of that too.  At the Warren farm, a curb is to be installed by Mr. Warren, who is thereby saving the beautiful trees in the yard.  It is progress, we suppose, but rather ruthless slaughter of the trees in some cases.


Saturday, May 21, there will be a wedding dance in honor of Franklin Gault and June Lindow at the Silver Dome Ballroom. Howard Sturtz and His Wing Kings will provide music for the dance.


On Wednesday evening, May 25, the Six Fat Dutchmen, a famous R.C.A. Victor recording band will be playing at the Silver Dome.  Admission will be 90c per person, tax included.


Americans will halt the pace of a work-a-day world next Monday to join the rest of the nation in observance of Memorial Day.


Highlighting the holiday observance will be a parade and ceremonies in the morning honoring the dead soldiers and sailors of the community.


Stores, of Neillsville, will be closed, as is customary.


May 1945


In a letter dated June 3 to his sister, Miss Dorothy Kunze, Sgt. Donald Kunze tells how Memorial Day was celebrated in a war torn land.  His letter says:


“Did they have a nice celebration on Memorial Day this year?  They had a couple of parades throughout Germany, but none right here close.  Our company had a formation and the captain and chaplain both spoke.  This year, it meant a lot more to me than other years.  When I was going to school, it wasn’t anything more than any other day except they had a parade and I always had to play in the band.  This year, it had the real meaning because I had lost friends and buddies that had fought, worked and played with me.  Our formation was really sad because those men standing there were red-eyed and had lumps in their throats, including me.  It looked kind of funny because only a few weeks ago, they were the toughest men in the world.  They were fighting mad and drove the so-called ‘supermen’ into the ground and then walked on them.  I guess it’s because we’re Americans and that is how the Americans are.”  Sgt. Kunze is now stationed in Germany and has been helping to guard bridges and tunnels.


(Don was in the Army during World War II, serving in the Medical Corps.  A resident of Neillsville, before and after his stint with the Service, he is remembered by many in this area. D.Z.)




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