Clark County Press, Neillsville,

November 2, 2005, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1885


Miles Sischo has sold his farm to Tom Armitage, in the Christie area.  The farm was sold for the consideration of $400.  Sischo is now living on the Russell place.


Indians have been camping along Cawley Creek, off and on, for some time.


B. Cornwell hung a quarter of mutton in his well some time ago.  On going to the well a few mornings later, he found the mutton missing and supposed it had been stolen.  The meat, however, has been found in the bottom of the well.


J. B. and Mrs. Mason were in our city yesterday.  Mr. Mason has bought the Miller saw mill in Eaton.  He will manage that and his mill at Windfall.  The Miller mill will not be started up before Dec. 1st.


Dr. Morley has taken unto himself a partner, namely, S. H. Esch, M. D., who comes from Sparta thus highly recommended, by the Herald: “Dr. Esch has been with the firm of Drs. Gage, Beebe & Sarles in this city the past year, and is, more-over, a Spartan by virtue of residence here from boyhood.  The Neillsville people will find him not only an accomplished and reliable practitioner, but a genial and pleasant gentleman, whom we cordially recommend to their esteem and confidence.  There is general regret felt in this city that he should go elsewhere.”


Mr. Frankenberg, a relative of Mrs. B. Dangers of this city, arrived Friday and will take a situation with Mr. Dangers.  With the assistance of Benny Tragsdorf, Willie Deumling, one lady clerk and Mr. Frankenberg, merchant Dangers will be able to give his many customers better service.  Mr. Frankenberg, at one time, resided at West Bend, Wis.


The city waterworks pumping station on the north bank of O’Neill Creek, opposite Colburn & Company’s mill is already well under way, with the foundation.  Spade and trowel are flying.  Brick was being delivered Tuesday.  Charley Breed is everywhere at once and everywhere else between times.  Messrs. Breed, Taplin and Kountz are the building committee and are bound to get there before frost puts an injunction upon the proceedings.


People whose property abuts on streets along which, the pipes are to be laid are generally congratulating themselves on the prospect of so fine a water supply. Everybody thus situated will have all the soft water he wants, upstairs and down.  The value of property thus located will be greatly enhanced.


The city of Neillsville is spreading out wonderfully. Four years ago, the whole Bacon Ridge was a farm.  John Thayer’s residence was at the northern limit of town.  Now Bacon Ridge is dotted with residences, and Mr. Thayer’s residence is at about the center of the first ward.  We are not much out of the way when we say the residence portion of the city of Neillsville has doubled during the past five years.


Mr. G. W. Allen, of Loyal, the landlord of one (of) the most home-like hotels in the country came to town Tuesday, on business.  He is a stave dealer and active citizen in Loyal.  He was here on business connected with a little suit over a stave count.  We pumped him a little about Loyal, and learned that much has been done there in the way of improvements.  The Mulvey Bros. have a fine residence being built.  There is a new cheese factory there.  Many improvements have been made at the hotel and more will be made.  Loyal, of course, hopes to get the railroad and thinks it has a good chance of that.


For years, Mr. Thomas McPherson of Grant, the township east of here, has claimed that he had a gold-bearing ledge of rock of great size and “depth of hold” on his farm.  He is an intelligent prosperous and knowing gentleman.  He is considered a metallurgist, and became so certain of it that he had specimens assayed in New York, Denver and else-where.  These assays substantiated his conclusions.  It seemed so odd to think of finding gold in this locality that Tom has often met with an incredulous smile even from his best neighbors.  At last, however, a company of Neillsville businessmen, of means, have taken hold of the matter and gone to work.  On Monday, a crew of men set-up to work digging and drilling, and will go 100 feet into the rock, which begins eight feet from the surface and thence laterally into the ore ledge to learn its thickness.


Cultivate forbearance until your heart yields a fine crop of it.  Pray for a short memory as to all unkindness.


A pile of dead deer attracted attention in front of the Lindsay and Markey meat market yesterday.


The number of deer just now being brought to market has caused some inquiry as to the existing law in regard to the period allotted for killing them.  We find that one section of the statute of last winter relating to the killing of deer in this state is as follows: “No person, company or corporation shall take, catch, kill or destroy any deer or have in possession any part of the carcass of the same for consumption as food within this state except during the months of October and November of each year.”


The penalty for a violation of this law is a fine of $50.


November 1935


Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Svirnoff, Mrs. Harry Svirnoff and Maurice Svirnoff returned Monday from Ripon where they attended the opening, Thursday night, of Mr. Svirnoff’s new Campus theatre in that city.  The theatre is one of the finest show houses in Wisconsin with a seating capacity of 500.  Hundreds were turned away on the opening night and large crowds have greeted the theatre during following performances.  Ben Marcus, a relative of Mr. Svirnoff, is manager of the house.  Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Schmedel and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Andrejeski drove to Ripon Thursday night to attend the opening show.


Many persons who have considered themselves eligible for old age pensions will be disappointed, as Clark County officials learned, Tuesday at Madison, where they met with State Supervisor of Pensions George M. Keith.  Aged persons, who have children able to support them cannot obtain pensions, nor can persons who own income bearing property get on the pension roll, it was pointed out.


Judge O. W. Schoengarth decided last Friday that he would treat the Clark County Board to a box of apples.  He took the apples up to the courtroom in the evening, leaving a note, “With the Complements of Judge Schoengarth,” expecting the board members would munch on them Saturday morning.


However, the judge had not been informed that the Farmers-Equity Union was holding a meeting in the courtroom that evening.  Quite naturally when the union members arrived and spotted a box of apples tagged “with compliments” they gratefully accepted the gift and promptly disposed of the judge’s gift.


The next morning, the fate of the apples was discovered and Judge Schoengarth “made good” by going down town and buying another box of apples, so the board did not lose out on the proposition.


The Otto A. Haugen Legion Post staged its annual rabbit hunt, Sunday, north of Christie.  They returned with 26 rabbits, which were prepared and served on the menu at their meeting in the hall, Tuesday night.


The Clark County Board adjourned Tuesday afternoon, after being in session seven days.  That is the longest meeting that the board has ever held within the memory of old timers in Clark County.


A number of difficult problems confronted the board, including old-age pensions, relief measures and questions about public works.  These required not only extended committee work but much discussion on the floor.


The total budget is $344,488.88, or $4,000 less than last year’s, despite a number of appropriations that were not made last year including an appropriation of $9,000 for a section of county trunk at Dorchester, $1,400 for a county nurse, $1,200 for tuberculin tests for children, $7,411.12 for a bridge on the county trunk in the Town of Worden and $10,000 for county trunks.


The Relief Department, which the state estimated would need $24,800 for the year, was granted only $15,000, which is was said would last until the spring board session, at which time it was believed the Federal Government would discontinue Relief Projects.


The new county nurse’s office will be administered and decided by a board composed of County Superintendent of Schools Laurence Millard, Dr. Sarah Rosekrans and County Physician Dr. E. L. Bradbury.  The nurse will be hired as soon as possible and applications for the position are being received now by the board.


A force of eight government engineers, which precedes a large force of workmen, is reported to have arrived at Black River Falls to survey the zoned area of Jackson County and the southern part of Clark County.  They will be viewing the area to therein create a wildlife refuge.  It is reported that barracks will be built to accommodate workmen who will be employed in the area.


A play, “Nechod tam pod’ rads k nam,” rendered in the Bohemian language was given at Levis Community hall, Sunday afternoon.  The play was largely attended by people from near and far, a number being present from Black River Falls and other parts of Jackson County.  There were nine players, and they are reported to have done their parts well.  This is the first Bohemian language play ever given in this locality and it has attracted much attention.  The play will be given at Clay, Dec. 7.


The flood control project at the head of Goose Creek may be left “high and dry” if the government goes through with its reported plan to withdraw support from all relief projects Dec. 1, according to city officials.  The Goose Creek job is about one-fourth completed and would have to be finished with city funds if it is decided not to abandon the idea.  The government’s relief funds will be exhausted about Dec. 1, according to available information.


Miss Mary Scherer, Eaton Township and Leonard Denk, Warner Township, were united in marriage, Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Catholic Church at Greenwood.  Rev. Weller performed the ceremony.


The bride wore a gown of white and a shoulder corsage of pink roses and baby’s breath.


The couple left Monday for Sheboygan Falls where the groom is employed.


Harold Feirn and Hugh Horswill, star football and basketball players of the Neillsville High School a year ago, have been awarded letters in football at the Eau Claire State Teachers’ college.  Neillsville High School Coach V. O. Anderson recently received word of their recognition.  Feirn played as an end all season and Horswill earned a position as tackle on the first team near the end of the season.  Feirn has been selected as all-conference second team end of the 1935 teachers college conference.  This is the first year for Feirn and Horswill at college and they have three years yet to complete their studies.  Both have been picked for this year’s basketball squad of 15 men.


Go to Greenwood for the annual Lute-Fisk supper and sale, which will be held in the United Lutheran Church basement, Thurs., Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.  The menu is Lute-Fisk, Lefse, flatbrod, creamed chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered peas and carrots, cranberry relish, jell, pickles, rolls, pumpkin and apple pie, cookies and coffee.  Admission: adults 35c, children under 12 years, 20c.


Improvements in and about Neillsville:


Fred Ferguson of the Town of Washburn is repairing some of the buildings on his farm.


Keller brothers are building a dressing room at the Silver Dome for the convenience of basketball players.


Art Opelt, of Levis, is re-shingling a part of his house.


A new chimney is being built on the farm house of M. Lastofka occupied by the Ed Struensee family.


Ed Anderegg has built a new house on his farm north of Christie.


George and William Reindel of the Town of Grant are building new chimneys on their farm dwellings.


A small porch is being built at the east side of the Hamilton Hotel.


Pete Warlum and his men left the first of the week for Camp Irving near Sparta, to complete a job of plumbing and to install fixtures.


Chas. Poole and Jack Palmer recently painted the new barn erected on the E. J. Lanam farm, this summer.  At present, they are painting the Wm. Naedler farm buildings.


There will be an Armistice Day dance, under auspices of the Owen American Legion Post, at Merry Ol’ Gardens on Highway 73, 5 ½ miles south of Withee, Saturday, Nov. 9.  Music will be provided by Knute and His Scandinavians.  Admission for ladies is 20c and for gents is 40c.


The Little Casino restaurant, first door west of the Neillsville Bank has Saturday specials: potato pancakes with apple sauce; Chop Suey with rice; Chicken dinner; steaks, chops and other choices.  Lunches are served at all hours and Walters Beer is available.


Frank’s Auto Shop, two doors west of Bollom’s Meat Market on West Seventh Street, will be opening Saturday, Nov. 16.  Frank will have parts for all cars at low prices.


Coast-to-Coast store of Neillsville has battery charging service; 6-volt 35c, 2-volt 20c.


100 Years Ago

Only 8 percent of the homes in the United States had a telephone.



In the 1920s and 1930s, every kid’s dream was to have his, or her, own pony.  Bill and Dick Lowe were happy boys, when their dad brought home a pony one day.  They learned how to saddle and harness their pony, “Micky,” sharing rides with their friends around the city of Neillsville.  One of their boyhood friends offered to clean the barn stalls for an occasional pony ride.  The above photo shows Bill Lowe holding the reins as he gives one of his visiting cousins a wagon ride.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Lowe)



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