Clark County Press, Neillsville,

July 7, 2004, Page 16

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Clark County News

July 1879


In the School Superintendent’s monthly report, published last week, the salary of Mr. J. D. Budd, of Dorchester, was given $28 per month.  It should have been $38, which is yet too low by half for his valuable services as a teacher.


Work on the new Odd Fellow’s Hall has been commenced in earnest.  It will be a frame building, veneered with brick, 24’ x 70’ in size and two stories high. The upper story will be jointly occupied by the Odd Fellows and temperance societies as a lodge room.  The lower story will be leased for business purposes.


The Town Board of Pine Valley has closed a contract with J. B. Burnham, agent of the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Co., of Cleveland, Ohio.  The contract is for the erection of a low truss combination bridge over Black River, on the Humbird road, at an expense of $2,000.  The bridge will be a combination of wood and wrought iron.  It is believed that it will prove to be an economical and substantial structure.  It is a bridge that has received high testimonials and will no doubt meet every expectation.  This bridge has long been needed and at last has become indispensable.


Several loads of wheelbarrows and other implements for the construction of the Hemlock Island Dam passed through town this week.  A steam saw mill will be erected on the spot for the purpose of sawing the plank and square timber needed in the construction of the dam.  (The Hemlock Dam was located on the Black River, north of Greenwood.)


The cheese factory at Huntzicker’s is supplying the stores here with a very excellent cheese.  The new cheese factory is a success in every way.


The Fourth of July celebrations, attempted around Clark County, passed off better than was expected.  The Greenwood celebration was a decided success.  Everything anticipated, even to a little row between the clans, was realized. All who attended from Neillsville expressed themselves as being highly pleased with the event and felt they were more than repaid for their journey.


At Neillsville, a quiet picnic was held near the Fairgrounds.  It was so quiet that many did not know it was going on.  Also, an informal gathering of the Germans, at the Brewery grove, constituted the festivities during the day.  There were well attended dances at the Fireman’s Hall and the Brewery Hall that took place in the evening, which passed off pleasantly.


In the Huntley settlement, there was an important gathering and a generally good time. The day closed with a dance in the evening, which the boys and girls of that neighborhood have not yet ceased feeling happy over.


Jaseph & Pond’s store has some specials this week: 9 lbs. Coffee Sugar for $1; 13 lbs. Dried Apples for $1; 10 lbs. No. 1 Prunes for $1; 13 lbs. Codfish for $1; 10 lbs. Rice for $1; 10 cans of Cove Oysters for $1; 4 lbs. good Green Coffee for $1.  The best Cream Cheese 12 & 1/2c per lb.  Gillett’s Washing Crystals, the best made 5c per package.  Ladies, try it, it will save you lots of rubbing on the scrub board when washing clothes in the warm weather.


The little ten-year-old son of Herman Hemp, Town of Weston, received quite a serious injury last Thursday evening.  He was standing in front of a yoke of oxen, keeping the flies off their heads, by waving the branch of a bush.  In its efforts to free itself from the flies, one of the oxen struck the boy in one side, just below the ribs, with his horn.  The horn made a very ugly wound in a muscle, which extended upward a couple of inches.  Fortunately, the horn neither penetrated the cavity of the boy’s body, nor broke any of the ribs, as it might have done.  Dr. Cargen, who dressed the wound, thinks it is not all dangerous.


Mr. E. D. Carter, of Humbird, has got his new mill, near there, in operation.  It is sawing a large bill of square timber to be used for by West Wisconsin Railway.


We are indebted to Mr. Lee, the Town Clerk of Pine Valley, for the following statistics.  The figures returned by the assessor, shows the assessed property in this town, for the present year.  Horses, 318, value $21,390; Cattle 837, $16,157; Mules and Asses, 5, $435; Sheep and Lambs, 853, $1,706; Swine, 338, $957; Wagons and other machinery, 280, $10,695; Gold and Silver Watches, 74, $2,605; Pianos and Melodeons, 39, $3,710; Bank Stock, 215, $21,500; Merchants and Manufactures’ Stock, $47,025; All other personal property, $2,655; Acres of Land, 19,788, $202,945; Total value of Real Estate $390,571.


July 1934


H. A. Kintzele has resigned his position as Clark County Court Reporter.  He left Sunday night for Appleton, to accept a position of reporter, under Judge E. V. Werner in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.  Mr. Kintzele will not move his family to Appleton, for the present.  The reportorial work here was divided between Mr. Kintzele and Miss Hazel Lee.  His new position will therefore mean an increase of salary.  Mr. Kintzele is an expert reporter and a valuable man to the court.  The people, of this locality and the entire circuit, regret the loss of his services.  Also, they feel that the removal of the Kintzele family will be a distinct social loss to Neillsville.


Duke, a 27-year-old horse owned by S. F. Hewett, thinks there is no place like home, even though the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence.


Having passed the age of usefulness, old Duke has been placed on the retired list to while away his remaining days in well earned rest. Recently, Mr. Hewett trucked Duke to Ed Gates’ farm, seven miles northwest of the city.  There, he could spend the summer in good pasture, but the old horse began pining for home.  One afternoon, he got through the fence and started for Neillsville.


Instead of returning over the road on which he had been trucked to the Gates’ farm, Duke picked a road he used to travel 20 years ago, when hauling wood from that locality.  At that time, Thornton Gates drove Duke and although the old horse had not been over the road since, he made every turn and came into Neillsville on Grand Avenue, near the water works.  Several farmers reported having seen old Duke walking rapidly, holding his head high and paying no attention to anyone.  After reaching the city, Duke, who perhaps realizes the danger of automobile traffic, kept on the sidewalk until he reached home.


For several days, old Duke allowed no one to come near him at the Hewett farm, apparently afraid he would be taken back to the country.   However, when Mr. Hewett sent several head of young stock to the Gates’ farm, last week, he included old Duke.  Now that the young stock are there for company, Duke seems to be contented, having made no further attempt to return to the city.


Released on a conditional pardon, from the Wisconsin State Prison, by Gov. Phil LaFollette last December, Frank and Leslie Krueger were held in the hospital for the criminal insane, until further action was taken, June 29 by Gov. Schmedeman.  By this procedure, Frank Krueger, who is adjudged insane, was transferred to the Milwaukee County Insane Hospital for treatment.


Leslie, certified sane, by Milwaukee alienists, is paroled to the care of Dr. Samuel Plahney, who interested himself in securing the release of both men.


It will be remembered by many here, that the Kruegers were convicted in Clark County Circuit Court, April 4, 1919 on a charge of first degree murder and given a life sentence.  The case arose out of the killing of Harry Jensen, by the Kruegers, during an attempt to place them under arrest for resting the wartime draft law.


Another brother, Ennis, slipped through the line of besiegers of the Krueger home, south of Withee, later believed to have been shot by a Federal officer.  The fact of his death was not questioned at the time, but it is now claimed by his mother, who still lives in the old home, that Ennis is still alive and she has been in communication with him.


Another older brother, Louis, who was not at home, nor implicated in the affair, lives with their mother on the old home farm.


The city of Neillsville is in festive attire for the big 4-day State Moose Convention this week.


Moose officials estimate crowds will exceed 4,000 daily by the end of the week.


Friday: 10 a.m. will be the opening program at the Opera House.


Saturday: 1:30 p.m., address by Senator James J. Davis, of Pennsylvania, Former Secretary of Labor, Director General of the Order and Founder of Moosehart.  At 2:30 p.m., big parade of floats.  Address by Al J. Sartoria, after parade; 4:00 p.m. Baseball game at Fairgrounds, Neillsville team vs. Chippewa Pride.  Sunday: 1:30 p.m., Competitive Drill on streets.  2:30 p.m., Address by Governor A. G. Schmedeman, 3:00 p.m. Wisconsin Valley League Baseball game at Fairgrounds, Neillsville vs. Antigo; Friday and Saturday nights at the Moose Hall, high-class floorshows 10:30 p.m.  There will be Big Carnival attractions also.


The Moose officials discovered Tuesday, that they had two carnival companies on their hands. Through a misunderstanding in booking arrangements, two companies pulled into town.  After a conference, it was decided to let both companies set up their shows and rides.  All of which means, the visitors are going to see a lot more carnival than they expected.  Most of the shows are being set up, one block west of Main Street.


Concerts will be given nightly by four musical organizations.


C. B. Marshall, of Melrose, opened his Webb Oil Station west of the Merchants Hotel, Saturday.  He reports having had an exceptionally large patronage on the first day.  Mr. Marshall had been employed in the Bank of Melrose for a number of years, until recently, when he decided to go into business for himself.  The Webb Oil Company, of Tracy, Minn., operates in four states and Mr. Marshall expects to establish other stations in this section of Wisconsin within the next year.


Stop at the Webb Oil Co. station for gas.  Regular gas is 17.9 cents per gallon; Lubal gas, 19 cents per gallon and special oil is 2 gallons for $1, can included.  Country deliveries can be made.


A 45-inch rattlesnake was killed near the Mindora Cut, Thursday by Henry Collins, who is employed by P. M. Warlum.  Warren Medicke was with Mr. Collins when the snake was espied on the road.  The snake was brought to Neillsville and has attracted much attention while on display at the Warlum Plumbing shop.


The Neillsville Dairy, Ben Dudei proprietor, has moved from the old quarters in the former Neillsville Milk Products Co. plant, to the Shaw building on Fifth Street, Highway 10.  The Shaw building has been remodeled and fitted up especially for dairy purposes.


The Cooperative Farmers Company, which had bought the Neillsville Milk Products plant, needed more room.  The new location is central and has been put in fine condition with an enlarged basement, cement floors and other improvements. Some additions to equipment have been made and Neillsville will now enjoy one of the best factories of its kind in Northern Wisconsin.


The Arbutus brand of ice cream has a great local reputation and the fine quality of pasteurized milk has an appreciative lien of customers.  A wide variety of specialties will be manufactured.  The best of service in all lines will be given to the public.


Clark County Relief Director W. D. Wood advises that a new wage scale, for those doing relief work, will be effective beginning July 27.  The new basis is 30 cents per hour for common labor and 30 cents per hour for a team of horses.


Who will be the first baby born in August?  A group of Neillsville merchants are going to present a gift to the boy or girl who is the first arrival next month.  The Press will compile the records and decide the selection.  All births should be reported with the following information: day born, hour and minute, physician’s name, where born, full name of Mother and Father and if possible, baby’s name.


The next six months promise to be a great event for Neillsville babies, as each month one of the merchants will make a gift to that baby.


With temperatures ranging above 100 degrees for several days this week, large crowds took advantage of the swimming facilities in the community.  Nearly 100 persons visited the Turner Eddy pool, Monday and Tuesday night.  The new road up along Black River, from the Grand Avenue bridges, makes the beach easy to reach by car.  Many children have made use of the O’Neill Creek pond during the afternoon and evening.


Wanted: at once: a good all around farmhand and good, dry hand-milker.  No boozer or cigarette smoker need apply.  A Protestant would be preferred; state lowest wages in first reply.  This will be a year-around job for the right man.  Farm is near Thorp.


For sale or trade: the only hotel in Greenwood; 20 bedrooms, brick building, modern plumbing, located apposite the post office.  Prefer to trade for a farm.  See Ray Howard.


Marriage licenses issued in Clark County: Arno Durst and Frances Poppe, Town of Weston; Edwin Behrens and Violet Malen, Owen; Bernard Rodman, Neillsville and Daisy Oldham, Pine Valley; Arnold Auger and Elner Hauschildt, Withee.



A 1930s view of the Neillsville City Water Works plant, to the left in the photo, and the Grand Avenue Bridge as it appeared in that era.  In 1934, a road was constructed starting on the north side of the bridge, running along the Black River’s bank to the Little Eddy, a favorite swimming hole visited by many of the local people during the summer.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ family collection)



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