Clark County Press, Neillsville,

April 13, 2005, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1915


George Huntzicker, Sr., one of the earliest settlers on the Greenwood Road and for many years the proprietor of the Merchants Hotel in Neillsville, died at Clarkston, Wash., March 12, aged 84 years.  He is survived by his wife, and sons, Frank of Clarkston, George of Marshfield, and one daughter, Mrs. W. C. Brooks of Lewiston, Wash.  His remains were brought to Marshfield for burial.


Whenever Joe Marsh puts on those saffron-colored boots that lace up to his knees, just make a prediction that spring has come and the maple sugar harvest is on.  Tuesday, he lit out for Spokeville where he spent the week boiling down sap.  Making maple sugar is one of the habits of woods-life that Joe will never forget and every spring about this time he does his share towards bringing sweetness into the world.


E. L. Warner, last week, completed a deal for the Merchants Hotel at Plainfield, exchanging his farm known as the LaFlesh place.  Mr. and Mrs. Warner left Monday to take possession of the hotel. Albert Gooch, who will live on the farm, came with the family to get busy on the place.  During Mr. and Mrs. Warner’s residency here, they have made many warm friends who regret exceedingly in seeing them leave.


The interior finishing touches are being put on the new Neillsville Bank and the business will be transferred there on Monday.  No pains have been spared to make it a model of beauty and convenience.  The interior of the lobby is the beautiful Formosa marble, imported from Greece and Circassian walnut was used largely as the interior woodwork throughout, with here and there Neillsville walnut.  A telephone cabinet pay station is one of the conveniences; as well as a lady customer’s room with bathroom, coupon booths for customers’ private use; a men’s customer room; director’s room and working room for the bank force.  All are beautiful in design and finish, models of convenience.  The bank contains five vaults, two on the first floor with immense drill-proof doors, two storage vaults in the basement and one upstairs, are another striking feature.  An indirect lighting system is installed, which will flood the whole interior with a beautiful mellow light.  The entire structure, inside and out, is a fine addition to Neillsville.


There is an ordinance, in Neillsville, prohibiting poultry, including chickens, from running at large in the city.  It has now come the time of the year when the violation of this ordinance is likely to make trouble among neighbors.  Complaints are already coming in and I respectfully give notice that the ordinance must be observed; by order of Jas. Wedding, Chief of Police.


Two lots have been offered for gardening purposes.  Mr. Grassie owns one lot and Rev. Pinney owns the other.  Any boys or girls wishing to work a garden can make application to the Community Secretary.  The purpose is to bring the gardenless child to the childless garden.


Neillsville’s new Carnegie Library will be opened Monday night, April 26, for inspection of the public.  Everyone in the city and country around is invited to come in and look through the building.  The library board and librarian will be present to show visitors about the rooms and give any desired information. The library should become more and more a feature and a force in the life of this community.


Leland Davis, of Granton, has been engaged by the Humbird Auto Co., as an expert repairman.  Having entered upon his duties, Mr. Davis will move to Humbird and occupy a part of G. H. Horrell’s house.


Herman Berger, for many years a popular and efficient salesman in the W. J. Marsh store, is preparing to go into business in the Thomas Lowe building, recently occupied by the Neillsville Bank.  He expects to specialize in ten-cent lines and counter specialties.


Flower lovers, from Neillsville, visited Hatfield and the country around it, Saturday and Sunday.  They followed the trail of the trailing arbutus.  Fragrant bunches of these little beautiful flowers of spring are much in evidence these days.


(Arbutus is a trailing plant of the heath family that grows in the northeastern part of North America and bears fragrant pinkish flowers in the early spring.  How fitting that Lake Arbutus is in the center of the area where this wildflower thrived and each spring drew visitors to trek through the woods in search of seeing the dainty, fragrant flowers. D.Z.)


Mrs. George Bandelow, Neillsville, Rt. 2; phone X2321, has for sale: baby chicks from choice Purebred Single Comb Buff Orpingtons and Brown Leghorns and chicken eggs for hatching, also Bronze Turkey eggs and Embden Geese eggs.


April 1935


Between 10,000 and 15,000 gallons of maple syrup will be produced in Clark County this year, according to County Agent W. J. Landry, who reports that the business is now in full swing with good runs of sap.


A new use for maple syrup has been discovered; that of flavoring for chewing tobacco, Mr. Landry has learned.  The quantity to be used for this purpose has not yet been revealed.


Local contractors and managers of 10 O&N Lumber Co. yards assembled at the Kiwanis club rooms, Monday night, to view a motion picture, “Before and After,” which depicts ways in which a home can be modernized under the Government Housing Program.  G. A. Johnson, O&N yard master of Menomonie, was in charge of the program.


Paul Gerhardt is accompanying Arnold Yankee on his mail route this week, to assist in getting through the mud-holes.  The roads are reported in bad condition.  John Walk is employing Sheridan Bracken to carry mail by horse and buggy over part of his route.


As a fitting climax to a successful basketball season, the management of the Silver Dome Ballroom is staging a basket-ball tournament to decide the championships of Central Wisconsin.


Twelve teams have entered the tournament, which will be a-three-day duration, commencing Friday, April 5, with four games being played, four games on Saturday evening and the final two games for the championships on Sunday evening.


George May appeared before the city council Tuesday night in behalf of the Kiwanis club and requested the city to appropriate $200 for band concerts this summer.  The appropriation was authorized.


Tuesday night, the city council accepted an offer of tree seeds from Dr. M. C. Rosekrans.  There are about 10,000 seeds of various kinds in the assortment.  The sexton, at the Neillsville Cemetery, will be asked to prepare a seedbed and take care of the project.


The cutting down of a pine tree in front of Mrs. Otto Neverman’s home on East Fifth Street, removes one of Neillsville’s ancient landmarks.  This was the only pine in a beautiful row of trees long admired by citizens of this city and visitors coming here.  Several generations who have passed to and fro beneath the shade of these trees will grieve to know that another of the rank has fallen.  Only three remain; two hard maples and one elm, which stands guard on the corner.


The exact date on which these trees were planted seems not to be definitely known.  It has been said that they were brought from the woods and set out by the late Sam Miner. They were put in front of the John S. Dore home, later the site of the old Reddan House, which became a popular hotel.  The trees are doubtless 70 to 75 years old.


The old pine tree grew quite rapidly until the recent dry seasons set in, when it began to show signs of weakness and decay and last summer’s drought finished it.  Decay set in and it was seen that it could not safely stand any longer, so a few weeks ago it was cut down and made into fuel.


About 20 years ago, it was utilized one Christmas Eve, as a community Christmas tree, being lighted and decorated for the occasion.  A great throng gathered about it for a program.


Mrs. Ruth Wage, one of the oldest residents of Neillsville, states that she came here in May of 1867 and this row of trees stood there then.  At that time, there was no church in Neillsville and services were held in the old court house.  Mrs. Wage recalls walking past these trees on her way to Sunday services.


After several rounds of argument over the relative merits of a Ford, Chevrolet or Dodge truck, the city council Tuesday night voted to buy a Dodge truck to be used by the street commissioner at a reported cost of $535.  Oluf Olson, who still had visions of the poor relief bills, which the council had OK’d a few moments previous said, “If we have many meetings like this one, we won’t have enough to buy a truck or anything else unless the city has some income I don’t know anything about.”


The city council voted to re-hire Dave Taylor at $10 a week to care for Schuster’s park and the tennis courts this summer.  The mayor said he favored charging tennis players a fee to help defray the cost of keeping up the courts, but no action was taken.


A dance orchestra of outstanding merit, Lela Schmidt and her Dutch Girls, has been engaged for April 30 at the Silver Dome Ballroom.  This is the only girl orchestra that has played all of Milwaukee’s and Wisconsin’s largest ballrooms.  Each girl is a fine musician and has been featured on the radio and stage.  They play in a setting of Dutch windmills.  As a specialty number, a wooden shoe dance is offered.


Marriage licenses for Clark County are: Frederick Quast and Dorothy Meier, Town of Seif; Albert Matthews and Encie Cramer, Town of Washburn; Charles Matousek and Libbie Honzik, Town of Levis.


Peat Warlum, who has invented many useful labor saving machines for use in his business, recently finished an ingenious hoist for raising smokestacks.  The machine was built on an automobile chassis, the motor drives the winch through two automobile transmissions coupled together, which reduces the ratio to a very low point, if necessary.  In a recent tryout, the machine lifted a heavy stack with apparently no effort, the motor idling as though under no load.  In the past, a large hand-operated sweep was used in this work, requiring seven or eight men. With this machine, only two of (or) three men are necessary to do the work.


Dale Schweinler, who has been a memer (member) of Company 1603, CCC, Camp Mondeauz River, Westboro, Wis., has just finished his studies for a commission in the United States Army Reserve with an average of 94.6, it has been recently learned.   Mr. Schweinler will receive his commission within a few weeks.  With the extension and enlargement of the CCC, it is believed Mr. Schweinler will receive an appointment as a CCC officer.  He is well qualified for the work, having also had considerable experience in the National Guard.


This community was deeply grieved Tuesday when it was announced that J. W. Kearns had died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on Clay Street.  John William Kearns was born at Fort Worth, Texas on July 4, 1882.  When he was seven years of age, the family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he grew up and was educated.  After studying pharmacy, he went to the West Coast, where he worked at his profession in Alaska and the state of Washington.


On May 15, 1920, he was married to Miss Marguerite Kerrigan of Elroy, then teaching at Raymond, Wash.  For a time Mr. Kearns engaged in the drug business at that place, also having a store in Seattle and for a time in Portland, Oregon.


In the spring of 1923, they moved to Neillsville, where Mrs. Kearns had formerly engaged in teaching and bought the V. C. Woelffer drug store and established the business as a Rexall pharmacy.  The Kearns’ were very popular with the townspeople and their customers.  He participated in many public activities and assisted with community projects.


He is survived by his wife and three children: Ellen Marie 12, Katherine 10 and John Peter 6.


Mrs. Kearns became a member of the Elks in the West about 25 years ago and transferred to the Marshfield lodge after coming here.  For some time he was an active member in the Kiwanis club.


The funeral will be held at the family residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of the Elks Lodge of Marshfield.  Burial will take place in the Neillsville Cemetery.


There are three new Ford V-8 commercial cars, designed to cut your delivery costs and to give you faster service, for 1935.


These three new delivery units offer the grocer a choice, each featuring important improvements.


The Sedan Delivery unit is on a 112-inch chassis, $585, f.o.b. Detroit.  The Pick-up Truck is only $480 f.o.b. Detroit; De Luxe Panel Delivery, $580, f.o.b. Detroit.


Stop in at Seif & Byse Sales Co., your Ford Motor Co. dealer, Neillsville


Stop in at Chapman’s Lunch on Saturday night for a Drumstick Lunch for only 10 cents.


The Merchants Hotel will be serving a Fish Fry in the Yellow Room on Saturday Night.


This week’s specials at Roehrborn’s Store are: Home Grown Carrots, 1 bu. 95c; Lee Overalls, high or low back, $1.49; Campbell’s Pork & Beans, 19 oz. cans, 4 for 23c.


De Luxe Bakery has a Friday & Saturday special; offering an advertising sale on Butter Pan Cookies, buy one dozen for 10c and second dozen for only 4c.




A late 1930s, Hewett Street views from the intersection of Fifth Street looking southward.  The Lewerenz Standard Service and Cafι were on the southeast corner and the First National Bank was on the southwest corner.  The Neillsville Public Library is in the background, corner of Fourth Street.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ Collection)




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