Clark County Press, Neillsville,

August 18, 2004, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

August 1884


Mr. Andrew J. Bullard, of the Town of Weston, was through the “aisles and vaults” of Neillsville this week.  Also in town was Mr. H. A. Lawrence, of York, who rejoices with his neighbors in the possession of a spanking new post office, called Wilcox.  The post office is supplied twice a week by the new mail service between Loyal and Neillsville.


Samuel B. Calway, as we have observed, put down a substantial sidewalk in front of the comfortable home he has built on Clay Street.  In addition, he has put up a new fence, which he has painted with his own hand.  Sam has set an example to his neighbors on Clay Street.  The matter of his sidewalk, it being the first on Clay Street, should no doubt soon be followed.  During the muddy weather, at least, that is a very clay street.


J. R. Sechler and S. H. Van Gorden have written Mr. Jas. O’Neill that they will come up to this city, Saturday, to talk over the proposed creamery with the citizens of this vicinity.  This is in view to the establishment of a creamery here.  A meeting is therefore called of all who are interested in the matter, or desire to meet these gentlemen, at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the office of the Clark County Clerk.


The Christie boys came down to Neillsville, last week Friday, to play the return game of baseball with the Dudes.  They left town with a loss of 23 to 49.


Minnie H., the Neillsville trotter, has been doing herself proud.  She took first money at Reedsburg.  Also, she was victorious Monday and Tuesday at Baraboo, another town in Sauk County.  Friday and Saturday, she will race at Mauston.  Stevens is handling her and Neillsville is proud of her.


Last week, three loads of people, many or all of them from La Crosse, went out to Capt. T. J. LaFlesh’s, in Sherwood Forest.  They were there for a general camp-out, frolic in the woods and a visit with the hospitable Captain and his family.  Tents were put up and J. J. Hogan appeared to be the commander of the expedition.  The campers stayed several days.


Thorp can boast of two baseball games that will be play (played) there on Sunday, despite any rain or accidents.


A brass band has been started, in Thorp, with 12 members.


At the residence of the bride’s parents, in Humbird, Wednesday evening, August 13, Mr. H. D. Cooley, Brodhead, Wis., and Miss Kittie Cross, of Humbird, were married.  Rev. W. T. Hendren, of Neillsville, performed the ceremony.


A large company of relatives and friends were present, among who were a number from Neillsville, numbering about 80 in all.  It was soon evident to all that willing hands had been busily engaged in preparing for the event.  The parlor was tastily decorated with festoons of evergreen and in the center of the room hung a marriage-bell of evergreen decorated with flowers.


At precisely 9 p.m., the contracting parties were ushered into the room and taking their stand beneath the emblematic bell, the twain was soon made one. After the host of friends had congratulated Mr. and Mrs. Cooley to their hearts’ content, the company was ushered into the dining room.  There stood monument of skill and industry in the shape of a food-laden table.


The newly-married couple took their departure on the midnight train, cheered on their way by the songs and shouts of a large number who had escorted them to the depot.


The company dispersed at a late hour, highly pleased with the entertainment and fondly cherishing the hope that this was but the beginning of happy days on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Cooley.


It is the first week in August and the past several days have given evidence of approaching winter.  The days are almost too cool for the cucumbers and other vegetables to grow.


First Lieut. R. J. MacBride, Judge Advocate, First Lieut. Geo. A. Ludingon, Quartermaster and Hospital Steward C. C. Sniteman, of this city and all of the Third Regiment Wis. National Guard, left last evening to visit the Second Regiment of W. N. G. in camp at Sheboygan.


John Gangler’s house in the Town of Levis was destroyed by lightning last week.  Also the Frank Russell house, at Wind-fall, was struck by lightning during the storm.  The house was set on fire and consumed.  Very few of the household goods were saved.


August 1949


Robert Shortell, former history teacher and coach at New London, has accepted an appointment as supervising principal of the Granton Schools for the 1949-50 school years.  He will succeed Carl Eisenmann, who has accepted a similar position at Slinger.


Mr. Shortell served in the New London School under H. G. Knudtson, former Granton supervising principal.  He is now attending summer school at the University of Wisconsin.


The Shortell family, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. Shortell and two children, will move there as soon as suitable living quarters can be obtained.


Realty transfers in Clark County, totaling upward of $60,000, have been recorded in recent days in the office of the Register of Deeds.


One of the largest transactions was the purchase of the Stables Nite Club, in the Town of Hewett.  It was that of Mr. and (Mrs.) Peter Pawelko, who purchased the Stables from Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Ziegler and Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Ziegler.  The revenue stamps indicated a purchase price of from $8,000 to $8,500.


The Ziegler’s agreed not to operate, “as owners,” a tavern within 10 miles of the Stables location during the next three years.  The transfer was completed July 12.


A resolution to change the location of County Trunk G between Greenwood and Willard was one of several matters to be considered by the Clark County Board of Supervisors at their annual adjourned meeting at the Clark County Hospital, Owen last Tuesday.


The change in the highway to be taken under consideration would extend it due west six miles from Greenwood, then south into Willard.  At present the highway follows a course west for three miles from Greenwood, then turns south for a mile , then west three miles, then south.


The change was being considered due to two sharp curves in the present highway, which also would have followed the town lines of the towns of Eaton, Warner, Hendren and Mead.


However for the time being, the decision on relocating two miles of County Trunk G was withheld by the County Board of Supervisors at the adjourned session.


The matter of the highway’s relocation, in order to remove two sharp corners, was supported by a petition containing 149 signatures of farmers and other residents living in the area involved.  The county board spent considerable time discussing the proposed relocation.


It came upon a stumbling block; the Public Roads Administration of the Federal Government is about to sign a contract with the Clark County Highway Department for placing sand lift and wearing surface on five miles of County Trunk G, west of Greenwood.  Two miles of this roadway would be abandoned in the event of relocation.


To relocate now, the board was informed, would delay the completion of the contract under the federal aid to secondary roads program.  The advice of an official of the Eau Claire office of the state highway department was to attempt to complete the contract for the first three miles of the resurfacing program west of Greenwood, which would remain as part of County Trunk G in the relocation and to re-negotiate the matter concerning the two miles, which would be abandoned.


This recommendation was looked upon with favor by the board.


It will be a great day in Merrillan next Monday.


That afternoon and evening, the quiet little village bordering Clark County on the southwest will erupt into celebration.


For that day will be the inaugural of the village as a regular stop for the far-famed, streamline “400” trains of the North-western railroad.


The village is expected to be jam-packed for the celebration, which is being planned.  The Merrillan Commercial club, which was most active in securing the stop, is more active than ever in making the event a success.


Hyland (Hy) Carl, out-standing Greenwood High School athlete, is now under-going two weeks of training in preparation for the annual North-South Wisconsin high school football classic.


The game will be played in the City stadium at Green Bay Saturday, August 27.  Carl, named to a backfield position, will be a member of the North squad, under the tutelage of F. L. (Frosty) Ferzacca, head football coach of Green Bay West High School.


Hy will attend the University of Wisconsin this fall, where his many local followers expect that he will be a shining light on the freshman squad.


Jack Tibbett, president of the Neillsville Athletic Association, announced this week that the Isrealite (Israelite) House of David baseball team will meet the Kansas City Monarchs here September 8.


The game will bring together, on the Neillsville Athletic field, two of the most widely known of the traveling professional baseball teams.  The Israelite House of David team is one, which originated with in Benton Harbor in 1914 and has traveled widely in the years since.


A jury list of 36 and a reserve panel of 18 names were drawn in the office of Circuit Court Clerk Ben Frantz, here Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the opening of the fall term of circuit court here, which opens September 6.


The lists were drawn under procedure set up by a new law requiring the circuit judge to be present at the time of drawing and with two jury commissioners on hand.


For the first time, under the new law, the occupation of those drawn for jury duty is recorded.


Three top farmers of the Clark County Soil Conservation district, as selected in the 1948-49 Soil Conservation award program of the rubber company are: Elmer Duerkop of Humbird, Hubert Horn of Greenwood and Wilbur Sanger of Granton.  Each farmer was awarded $50 in cash.


The Clark County District is among districts of the state, receiving $200 and a bronze plaque.


In a game marked by the 22-strikeout masterpiece of Jackie Leonardt and a grand slam homer by Jim Baierl, the Neillsville Athletics trounced the Loyal Blackhawks, at Loyal, Sunday.  The Athletics clinched the pennant in the eastern division of the Cloverbelt league.


Leonardt’s performance set a new strikeout record for the Cloverbelt league.  In delivering it, the Athletics’ star mounds-man gave up but three hits and extracted himself from serious trouble on two occasions by his own brilliance.


Once, in the second inning with the score standing at 0 to 0, the Blackhawks filled the bases with none out.  The fourth man up worked a three to nothing count as Leonardt’s deliveries failed to break.


It was a real pickle if there ever was one.  But Leonardt hurled the next three over to whiff the batter.  He also withstood the next two batters to face him and they went down swinging.


The Athletics put the game on ice in the third inning when Jim Baierl, Leonardt’s backstop, lofted a high one over the left field fence scoring three runs ahead of him.


Loyal came back in the last half of the third to score a run; but from that time on the Blackhawks seemed to fall apart at the seams.


Members and friends of the York Center Methodist Church will observe the 70th anniversary of the founding of the church in a special program Sunday.


The event will also be a sort of homecoming, with several of the pastors who have served the congregation and many former residents of the area, expected to be present.


Two services have been scheduled, according to the Rev. Virgil Holmes, pastor.  The morning worship will be held at 11 a.m., with Rev. Paul White, district superintendent, as the speaker.  The afternoon service will be held at 2 p.m., following a fellowship dinner at noon.  Speaker for this service will be Rev. Raymond Fleming, pastor of the Methodist Church in Neillsville.


Other former pastors of the church also will be called on to help in the service.


The York Center young people will sing a special number and the history of the church will be read.


An old landmark at Shortville is gone.


The church, which was built in 1893 as a Presbyterian Church by the old settlers, has been entirely town down.  The church building was purchased last winter, by Mr. and Mrs. Art Drescher, Jr.  The material will be used for building the Dreschers a new home in Neillsville.  T. M. Winters remembers the year that the church was built, as it was the same year he and Mrs. Winters were married and he helped with the building of it.


Heat waves, like we have had this summer, will hold little to fear for two concerns in Neillsville, both having recently installed air conditioning units.


The first is the Merchants hotel, where a large unit has been in operation in the Rotary dining room.  This unit affects the atmosphere in the dining room and hotel lobby.


Most recently installed is a smaller unit in the office of Dr. M. A. Foster, in the Zimmerman building.  The unit was put into operation last Saturday; but its installation had not been completed at that time. 




The York Center store and post office, built in late 1870s or early 1880s, along with the Methodist Church were the nucleus of the York Center community for the early settlers of the area.  Abel Turner and his wife Arvilla were one of the first settlers in the community. Their son, Abie and his wife, Hattie lived on a farm located one mile west of the York Center Store.  The above photo, taken in front of the York Center store circa 1930, includes Abie and his sons.  They are (left to right): Myron, Orville, Abie, Wilbur, Clayton and Victor Turner.  Another son, the oldest, George wasn’t available for the photo.  (Photo courtesy of Linda Fulwiler Grosser and Fern Rowe)



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