Clark County Press, Neillsville,

June 30, 2004, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

June 1909


Twenty-two young men and women graduated from Neillsville High School on June 4.  They were: John C. Scoles; Anna G. Johnson; Helen W. Deming; Sadie L. Blackmann; Vera A. Pietenpol; Murray R. Benedict; Bernard A. Dodte; Vera Beeckler; Ben H. Frantz; Mayme J. Appleyard; Clara M. Braun; Theodore Haugen; Irene F. Lloyd; Mercedes M. Maxwell; Clara M. Ketel; Placido R. V. Hommel; Ethel Stockwell; Nan Lowe; Myrtle M. Knorr; Ruth L. Brule; Helen E. Crocker; Ora Davis.


The graduating class presented gifts to the Neillsville High School assembly room.  A piece of statuary, Diana of Versailles, a fine library table and an enlarged picture of the old spring at Hatfield, taken by De Lane were the gift items.


Last Monday, a cheese paraffin plant was opened up in the west end of the Luethe Co. Warehouse.  Mr. Champeen, a representative of the Udell Co., has been here taking care of the business.  The company has arranged to buy the product of all cheese factories in this locality.  This will save the cheese makers the freight on shipments to centralizing points.  The company will dip the cheese in paraffin here and ship in carload lots.


The German Lutheran Congregation will hold their annual “Kinderfest” on the 20th of June at H. E. Bartell’s Grove.


Services will be held in the forenoon, after which dinner and refreshments will be served.  Everyone is cordially invited to the event.  In the afternoon, there will be singing music, games and amusements of all kinds for everybody.  Their famous ice cream and a variety of refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.


The village of Loyal will have some new buildings.


A foundation is being laid for the new Catholic seminary.  It is to be a modern structure in every particular.  It will be built of pressed cream brick, with a tile roof.  The dimensions are to be 72’x52’ and will cost about $11,000.


Good things come in a bunch.  Loyal is to have a new opera house.  The management is figuring on a building of about 45’x120’ with a 30’ stage, 40’x80’ floor and 10’ space for tickets office and cloakroom.  There will be a basement, which will be used for suppers, lodges, and such meetings.  The cost will be in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $6,000.  It will be located near the Allen block.


Another lot of solid post, large high-back, oak rockers, made in Jefferson, Wis., just arrived at Tragsdorf & Zimmerman Co.’s store.  You can purchase one at the price of $2 to $4.


Sunday night, the Pleasant Ridge creamery burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire was unknown.  When the butter maker left the creamery, everything was all right.  About 8:30, the fire was discovered and after hard work, 40 tubs of butter and some cream were saved.  The loss will be in the neighborhood of $3,000.


Monday a meeting of the stockholders was held, and with commendable energy, it was decided to rebuild at once.  The Pleasant Ridge creamery is one of the best in Clark County and does a large business.  The stockholders are influential farmers and make great success of the creamery. The fire was unfortunate, but will not do any particular damage to the business.


The Pleasant Ridge creamery, later a cheese factory, was located along what is now Miller Avenue, north of Highway 10.  In operation for several years, it started with local farmers as stockholders of the business.  The above photo was taken in the 1940s when Pleasant Ridge was a cheese factory then operated by Walter Reber.  (Photo from Clark County Press archives)


Four young people, of Grand Rapids, were drowned when a gasoline launch containing eight persons went over the sluice gates of a dam near Grand Rapids.  The accident happened last Tuesday night, as the launch dashed into the rocks below the dam.


The cries for help were heard by rescuers, but only four people were found clinging to the capsized boat.  The other members of the party had been carried down the stream in swift currents.


The drowned were Miss Bessie Anderson, B. Begoger, Miss May Forse and Ralph Anderson.  Those rescued were Miss Emma Dolan, Carroll Rectro, Don Holiday and William Sweet.


The party had been up river to an inland (island) called Love’s Nook, where they had roasted marshmallows.  They were returning and approaching the landing, when darkness and not knowing the gates of the dam were open, the swift current caught the craft, carrying it over the dam.


Oscar and Ed Schoengarth were at the Dells Dam last Sunday. They report that the power company is putting in a side-track and will add 150 men to the work gang there this week.


June 1939


Twenty-seven members of Neillsville High School’s Future Farmer organization will be attending a summer camp during the next week at Red Cedar Lake, about 15 miles north of Rice Lake.


The first group left Wednesday morning with Mr. and Mrs. John Perkins and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ruedy, who will supervise the groups during the camping period.  Each group will be in camp for a half-week, with the first group returning Saturday and second group leaving Sunday and returning Tuesday.


The camping expedition is the last phase of their year’s Future Farmer work, Mr. Perkins adviser said.  It is in the nature of a return to tackle their summer work.  They will fish, play ball and engage in other athletic activities.


An empty 15-ton tanker took a $1,000 swim at Hatfield Dam, last Friday night.


It was quite a swim, as the figures indicate.  But, when officials of the Green Bay and Northwestern railroad and the Mississippi Valley Public Service Co., dam owners, get through figuring, the cost of the episode is likely to run higher.


It all happened as the oil tanker, one of a string of freight cars, was passing the Hatfield station.  A length of pulpwood, on a car ahead, rolled loose and dropped in front of the tanker.  The tanker was derailed when its wheels struck the pulpwood.


For nearly an eighth of a mile, the tank car was pulled along, its wheels cutting into the ties on which the track are laid.


Then as it reached the canal bridge, just west of the long, high trestle, it broke loose and plunged into the swift canal waters.  A fisherman, standing placidly on the concrete west wall of the canal, was drenched as the tanker hit the swirling waters with a tremendous splash.


Fortunately, he was the only fisherman on the wall at the time.  The accident could easily have been a disaster had the canal wall been lined with fishermen, as it frequently is at this season of the year.


Funeral services for Charles Buddinger, age 75, were held May 27 at the Schiller Funeral Home, Rev. E. P. Stone conducting the rites.  Interment took place in the York Center cemetery.


Mr. Buddinger was born at Mt. Carmel, Pa., May 5, 1864, to Anthony and Mary (Boyer) Buddinger.


At the age of 11 years, he went to Manitowoc where he found work on a farm.  At age 15, he was placed on a salary of $30 a year, half of which he put out at interest at the end of the first year.  He worked on the farm until he was 20 years old and then began working in the woods near Wausaukee.  Later, he worked in the lime-kiln at Brillion for eight years, being fore-man of the kiln for six years.


He was married to Emma Fischer at Green Bay, Wis., August 1891.  She passed away on October 7, 1907.  This couple had no children.  On January 13, 1909, he was married to Mrs. Minnie Crossett, of the Town of Grant.  To this union, three children were born: Carl and Bernice, at home and Beatrice, Mrs. Tony Walters, Jr., Town of York.


For eight years after his first marriage, Mr. Buddinger was foreman in a logging camp and then purchased 40 acres of wild land in Section 17 Town of York.  He had a team of horses and with the aid of his brother, built a log house and barn.  For a time, there was no well and it was necessary to carry all the water for household purposes a quarter of a mile. There were no roads and the price of farm produce was very low.  During his 44 years of residence in Clark County, Mr. Buddinger saw a vast transformation.  He built a beautiful 9-room house and a set of fine outbuildings.  He lived a complete and well-spent life.


Pallbearers for the funeral were: Joseph Eysnogel, Eli Heck, Emil Winkelman, Robert Teatz, Newt Turner and Walter Rowe.  Those who carried flowers were: Miss Marie Kubat, Miss Shirley Brussow and Miss Alice Joyce.


A crowd estimated at nearly 3,000 persons gathered in Neillsville for the season’s first Wednesday evening band concert and program.  A fine half-hour program by the Neillsville High School band, under the direction of Richard A. Becker, opened the entertainment. Everett Skroch acted as master of ceremonies for the activities, which followed the concert.  Mr. Skroch was assisted by Glen White, Hubert Quicker and Jake Hoesly.  The program was the first of 15 such Wednesday night activities to be held this summer under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, cooperating with the Neillsville Business and Professional Men’s group.


An aged stranger appeared in Lynn on Thursday afternoon, like a breath from heaven.  Yet, he was strongly familiar when announcing he was William Shrader, a resident of 40 years ago.  There were only two persons who remembered him.  Mr. Shrader had a shoe store in the building now owned by John Steffen and also had a real estate business.  Later, the family moved West, where his wife passed away.  He is now traveling in the interest of Christian advancement.  Among the relatives who accompanied Mr. Shrader to Lindsey were Mrs. Krego, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ed. Meisner and Mrs. Bealer.


Miss Mildred Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Williams, of the Town of Washburn and Albert Zank, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Zank of the Town of Pine Valley, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. May 31, at the home of the bride’s parents.  Rev. E. P. Stone of the Methodist Church performed the double-ring ceremony in the presence of 30 guests.  The bride was given away by her father.


The living room was made beautiful with plants, cut flowers and a bridal wreath.  Mendelssohn’s wedding march was played by Miss Bertha Hardrath, of Riplinger.


The bride wore a gown of white double net with a lace jacket and veil.  The neckline was ornamented with a pearl necklace.  Miss Edna Keuer, her attendant, wore a light blue net dress.


The groom wore a dark double-breasted suit.  His attendant, Kenneth Olson, wore a navy blue suit, both wearing boutonnieres of pink roses.  The bride’s going away outfit was a royal blue, three-piece suit with accessories.


The bride graduated from Neillsville High School and the Teachers’ Training Department. She has taught school for eight years, attending summer sessions at Stevens Point State Teachers’ College.  Presently, she is employed at the Soo Grove State Graded School at Riplinger, teaching the upper grades.  She is capable and refined, one of the county’s most successful rural instructors.


Mr. Zank is employed as a mechanic at the Deep Rock Service Station and operates an American Stores Dairy Company milk route in the towns of Grant and York.  He is an ambitious young man, courteous of manner and painstaking in his work.


The couple left on a month’s wedding trip to the West Coast.  Returning home, they will be at home at 265 West Fifth Street, Neillsville.


Supper was served at 4:40 p.m. at the home of the bride’s parents.  Misses Lou Qualley and Dorothy Schultz were the waitresses.


Neillsville Mayor J. J. Naedler said the WPA paving crew would start paving work on West Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, either late this week or the forepart of next week.


The block, which will include the Sixth Street intersection, will be the third block of concrete paving to be laid in the city this year.  It will complete the season’s paving program as planned, at present.


The block on East Sixth Street, form South Hewett to Court Street, was opened to light traffic last weekend.  It is expected that the second block, on Court Street from Fifth to Sixth Streets, will be completed by Friday, or Saturday of this week.


Debts are created in easy times; they are paid in hard times.  That is an old saying and it has been true in the past few years. While the National Debt has been increasing, the volume of private debts has been reduced.  This situation reflects both the lessened demand for the use of capital and the thrifty satisfaction, which all of us take, in getting square.


About this satisfaction, there is now question.  We all breathe a sigh of relief when we pay off an old debt and wipe the slate clean.


In light of this general attitude toward the payment of debt, the celebration of “Pay-Up Week”, scheduled for this community July 8 to 15, becomes an occasion of rejoicing and of good will. We shall all do our best to pay and we shall take keen pleasure in doing it.


The National Convention of the Danish Lutheran Synod was concluded at Withee, Sunday, after a six-day session attended by delegates, ministers and guests from virtually every section of the United States and Canada.


Spiritual and missionary work as well as business affairs of the synod came before the delegates during the meeting. Several leaders of the church spoke on subjects of interest to those attending.  The programs were held in the high school auditorium and in the Danish Lutheran Church of Withee.




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