Clark County Press, Neillsville,

July 21, 2004, Page 13

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

July 1884


Mr. Fred Klopf has sold the valuable corner lot lying between the True Republican building and Third Street, now occupied by the old Tolford livery stable. Charley Sniteman, the druggist, paid $3,400 for the lot.  Mr. Klopf retained the barn and has agreed to have it out of Mr. Sniteman’s way whenever he is ready to occupy the lot.  That corner is the most valuable unoccupied business site in town and it is reported that it will be occupied next year by a fine business block.  As showing the rapidity with which city property in Neillsville is increasing in value, we call attention to the fact that this property was bought two years ago by Mr. Klopf from Mr. Blakeslee for $2,000, $1,400 and the value of the barn less than it was sold for this week.


Neillsville justly claims the first place over all towns of its size, in the State, for push and enterprise.  We have electric lights, telephone, stone pavements, power printing offices, a railroad built by our own citizens and a healthy social growth, with good schools and churches.


The village of Spencer is proud of its new flagpole, 135 feet high, costing about $175.  Good for Spencer!


Mr. George Huntzicker has purchased the Central House property, the old Rossman House, for $3,000.  We are delighted to know that so enterprising a gentleman has secured that desirable site.  Mr. Huntzicker built the North Side Hotel a few years, ago, far the best built and best equipped hotel in the city.  But it was a little too far from the center of the city to be what the transient people required, although it was doing its full share of the city’s hotel business.  Still, the hotel of the future for Neillsville has yet to be built.  Now that the Main and Third Street corner lot has been purchased by Mr. Sniteman, it is probably destined to be covered by a business block.  Mr. Huntzicker has secured the best available site for a hotel in the city. 


Young Jimmy O’Neill drives around town with his mother’s horse and buggy while he hides, curled up under the seat.  Then he watches the big men flock over the yard fence to stop a supposedly run-away horse.  He was out exercising the men on Friday night.


Henry Eide and his wife were thrown out of their buggy a short time ago, at Windfall Corners.  Mr. Eide’s arm was thrown out of joint.  Willie Gliddon, of the same vicinity, cut his knee open with a scythe.


The Neillsville Library returns thanks to Hon. W. T. Price for a mailbag full of books.


Architect Bradshaw is busy working on the Tom Kerns house and the Catholic parsonage.


Many enjoyed a picnic on Sunday.  The Austin folks arranged it and the True Republican people adorned it.  It was held in the woods on the Austin farm, half a mile north of their house.  All of the surrounding landscape laid itself out for the guests to gratify the sight.  Seated on a log, you might have seen A. W. Clark, with Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Sawyer and her children with a shawl for a settee.  J. H. Thayer and family, C. A. Youmans and family, M. C. Ring and family, Grandma Bicknell, G. A. Austin and family, the Misses Ward, the chap who gave us cheese curds and no end to the number of beautiful, cute and happy children present.  The dinner was fine.  It takes a lot of farmers’ wives to look after all that food.  But the best part of the whole thing was the lazy ease-taking, the songs and the obliviousness to age or professional dignity that prevailed.  It was a tip-top day.


A dance at W. Woodford’s place, in Shortville, called some of our young folks out until after daylight Sunday morning.  Saturday night dances are not the thing when the young people come home in the early hours of Sunday.


A dance at Gus Wessenburg’s brought Charles Robinson, Jr. up to Shortville.  He was after the Rose that all the young men admire.


While sawing a log recently in a Mississippi River mill, the workmen were astonished to see the log suddenly take fire and the machinery stopped. Examining the saw, the workmen discovered that every saw tooth was gone.  Also, in splitting the log, a cannonball was found buried in the heart of it.


Sweet corn in Clark County Treasurer Withee’s garden is tasseled out.  We don’t have to add, but will, the corn plants were started early, in the house.


The largest bear ever killed in Wisconsin was shot recently near Marshfield.  It weighed 913 pounds.


July 1954


On July 1st, Mr. and Mrs. George Beaver, of Granton, observed their 50th year’s residence at the same place of business.  On July 1, 1904, they purchased their place from John Hoover, who was at that time conducting a saloon in the building.  Mr. Beaver continued in this line of business until 1917 when they changed to the restaurant business, of which Mrs. Beaver assumed management and Mr. Beaver was engaged in carpenter work.


In 1937, Mr. Beaver became the janitor at the local schools and continued in this capacity for 17 years.  Poor health has caused Mr. Beaver to retire from very strenuous work for the past year.


The Beavers have three daughters, Mrs. Herb (Leona) Treu, Appleton; Mrs. Anita Landgraf and Mrs. Rosetta Meyer at home, and one grandson William Meyer, a student at the State College in Eau Claire.


Six Doctors of Clark County are charter members of the staff of Memorial hospital.  They are Drs. Albert P. Hable, of Loyal, Kenneth Manz of Neillsville, William A. Olson of Greenwood, M. J. Overman of Neillsville, Milton C. Rosekrans of Neillsville and Sarah Rosekrans of Neillsville.


While the point had been reached at which it was necessary to effect an organization; membership in the staff remains open and Memorial hospital will be conducted always as an open hospital, with the right of all licensed physicians to practice in it.


The view of all the doctors attending the organizational meeting, held July 1, was that the new hospital should qualify as a Class A hospital and that it should be fully accredited.


Officers were unanimously elected as follows: president and chief of staff, Milton C. Rosekrans; vice president, M. J. Overman; secretary, Sarah Rosekrans.


Dr. Rosekrans appointed a committee, which will prepare a constitution and by-laws.  This committee consists of Drs. Manz and Hable, and Harold Applin, administrator of the hospital.


The annual meeting of the Loyal School District was held in the Loyal High School assembly room July 12 at 8 p.m.  V. O. Kauffman was chairman.   A levy of $34,000 was voted for the coming year.  This includes $5,000 to apply on bonds and $1,905 for interest.


Albert Davel was unanimously elected to succeed himself as clerk. The auditing committee remains the same as for the past year: V. O. Kauffman, Clyde Grambsch and M. G. Hales.


The site for a park, located about five and one-half miles west of Thorp, has been purchased by the Clark County Park Committee.  The deal was completed Tuesday and involves land on the North Fork of the Eau Claire River, in section 34, Town of Thorp.  The purchase was made from Louis H. VanErt and his wife, Elizabeth.


In all probability, it was stated, the Clark County Park Committee will grant concession rights to some resident of the area if they are desired; but no details of this nature have been worked out.  Anyone interested might write to Elroy Broeske, Dorchester chairman of the committee.


A full schedule awaits the bloodmobile when it arrives July 30, for the first blood center under the new county-wide free blood program.  Enough donors have signed up to keep the personnel occupied for the entire six hours of their scheduled appearance in Neillsville.


“This is no small victory for Mrs. Harold Trewartha, chairman of the committee in charge,” said Milo Mabie, who has been the publicity chairman for the center.  “These women did not know that it could not be done and so they went ahead and did it.  It was a wonderful instance of efficiency and determination.  The community takes off its hat to these women.”


To the women, Mrs. Elizabeth Crothers, head of the hospital auxiliary, would add a few men.  She instances especially August Janke of the Muffler plant who has been a hard and steady worker in signing up donors.  She would add, also, the ministers, who have urged from the pulpits, the cooperation of their members.  Of the ministers, the Rev. Jacob Grether made a great personal effort bringing in 32 signed cards, a record for the race.


In connection with this marked success, Mrs. Crothers cites a sobering fact.  This center, with its adequate listing, is only the first heat. The county is obligated to furnish 1,200 pints per year and that seems to Mrs. Crothers and her helpers a large order.  With this successful center, the blood work is just started.  Other centers must be held in various parts of the county, Mrs. Crothers points out and complete cooperation will be needed.


Mrs. Crothers thinks everyone should be ready to give blood to the bank. Any person in the county may need to draw from the bank and nobody can tell in advance who will need it and when.


A current local instance is that of Mrs. Berton Wells, who is now at home from an Eau Claire hospital.  While there, she needed five pints of blood and received it.  This blood would ordinarily have cost Mrs. Wells $125 or more, but it cost her nothing because the county has the civilian blood program.


Go to the Community Drive-In on Highway 73 at Christie. There are always two shows nightly.  Come as late as 9:30 p.m. and see a complete show. There are always family bargain prices, first two adults, 50c each, all others in your car, free.


With the  speedometer clocking 52 miles an hour, Lee Buddenhagen, Neillsville outboard motor racing enthusiast, hit a piece of driftwood and was eliminated from the Midwest Power Boat association races in Minneapolis, last Sunday.


Lee’s spill came on the first turn in the first heat of the Class B event for 20-cubic-inch motors.  He had passed 13 entrants and came out of the first turn in fourth place when the boat hit the driftwood.  He said that independent time-keepers told him they clocked his first half-lap at 58 miles per hour.


The project of a memorial room in the new Neillsville hospital for the late Dr. E. L. Bradbury struck a responsive chord in the hearts of Mrs. George Keller and her seven living children.  Mrs. Keller is the mother of nine children, of whom seven are living and all of them were delivered by Dr. Bradbury.


Russell’s of Neillsville has a good selection of cap guns, priced at 49c, 69c, and 98c each. They also have plenty of caps.


The barbershops of Neillsville will be closed Thursday afternoons, at 12 noon, starting July 8th. Those city barbers are: Milo R. Mabie, Donald A. Schwantes, Edward Frances, Otto Catlin and Ellsworth Shock.


The Ed Frances barbershop is now air-conditioned for the comfort of their customers.  The air-conditioner is a Coronado, sold by Gambles Store in Neillsville.


Ed Frances’ shop is located east of the A&P store on East Sixth Street.


A collection of mounted animals, said to be the largest of its kind in the world, is destined to find a new home near Neillsville.


This is a unique collection of about 500 pieces owned by Fred Munkholm, one of the three new owners of the Silver Dome and supper club. The other members of the trio are Mrs. Munkholm and her brother, Earl Bray.


The Munkholms and Mr. Bray come here from International Falls, Minn., having taken over the operation of the Silver Dome from Helen and Kenneth Weber July 1st.


Seeing the collection as a child, Mr. Munkholm said he often wished then that he could own it; then seven years ago his childhood dream was fulfilled.  He purchased the Log Cabin and the famous Masters collection.  He has added to it during the years he owned it.  Mostly, the Munkholm additions are the oddities of animal life.


Among the pieces, Mr. Munkholm prizes highly are a 90-pound brown bear and “Elibo” which looks like part elk and part caribou, resembling the fallow deer of southern Europe; a spotted deer, which is called a mutation by genealogists; and triplet fawns for which Mr. Munkholm says he has refused an offer of $1,500.


The problem with bringing the collection to Neillsville is that of deciding where to put it in the Supper Club and Silver Dome buildings and preparing adequate display cases. These are matters, which are being given consideration by the Munkholms and Mr. Bray.


The Munkholms and Mr. Bray have had considerable experience in the restaurant, tavern and hotel business, most of it in or near International Falls.  During the war, Mr. Munkholm served three years in the navy as an electronics engineer.  Mr. Bray saw service in the army in Europe, where he was a prisoner of war.  The Munkholms were married seven years ago.


Webers are remaining with the new owners of the Silver Dome this week. Their plans for the future are not certain.


Dance at Inwood, Hatfield, to the music of Ernie Reck and his Country Playboys, Saturday, July 17, in honor of Ellen Holub, Neillsville and La Vern Jahn, Alma Center.



C. C. (Charlie) Sniteman came to Neillsville in 1879, becoming associated with a store operated by Henry Myers.  A year later, Sniteman bought controlling interest in the business, establishing the Mammoth Silver Front Drug Store.  In 1891, the present brick building was built progressively around the silver-painted frame structure. The business was carried on undisturbed during the time of construction, while a completely new building was erected.  (Photo courtesy of Sontag collection)



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