Clark County Press, Neillsville,

June 8, 2005, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

June 1885


Mr. Shoop is busy clearing more land on the Main Street of Shortville.


The Washburn town board has hired men and teams to draw gravel from Cunningham Creek, with which to cover considerable parts of the corduroy road leading from Shortville to Nevins.


Mr. Geo. A. Austin made a heavy shipment of butter, sending it direct to New York City, from Neillsville on last Tuesday.  Mr. Jones Tompkins, Town of Eaton, shipped a smaller quantity of butter at the same time.  We are glad to report that our people have the enterprise to ship to points, near or distant, where the best prices are paid.


Dwight Roberts has added an English sovereign, a half sovereign and a sixpence to his nice collection of coins, this week.  Wm. Campbell, Will Heaslett and several other citizens, have each a collection of antique and rare coins.


During the fierce storm that hit Neillsville, Sunday night, several families left their beds and dressed for a cellar parade.  Better to make ten mistakes in being too safe than one in not being safe enough.


Fred Reitz has contracted with Wick Lynch, carpenter and builder, for putting up a frame residence, on a lot located east of John Currier’s place.


Tomorrow night, a new Odd Fellows Lodge will be instituted, at Dorchester, by Grand Chaplain Rev. Chas. Barker.


Mr. Francis Furlong and Miss Maggie Gergen were married Sunday, June 14, 1885, at the home of the bride’s parents, in the Town of Grant.  Mr. Furlong is a well-known and highly esteemed citizen of this city.  Mr. Furlong is in the grocery business.


The firm of Furlong & Johnson, composed of Francis Furlong and Chester Johnson, is doing a general merchandise business at the Furlong store on Neillsville’s North Side.  They have thoroughly overhauled and remodeled the business.  Both gentlemen are popular citizens and they understand the art of catering to the wants of the public.  They are constantly receiving new goods that show they have secured rates, which enable them to sell right down where it makes buyers smile.


A new house is being built by Gates and Hart, at South Main Street, of Neillsville.  The house is receiving about all the embellishments known to the modern carpenter and the outside is about finished.  The fellow who will own this home will feel like a blooming prince.


A new cheese factory is up and enclosed an immense structure.  The cheese factory stands west of Gallaher’s planing mill.


With a poll tax and fourteen saloons, at $200 each, Neillsville is certainly on the high road to somewhere, or something, at a swift canter.


A young man’s fortune is not to be found in inherited wealth or social position.  His youth, his energy, his hope and his very lack of the conservative judgment, which age brings, are his fortune and they bring more happiness than gold yields to the millionaire.


Some of the people, who live in the Town of Washburn, have made up a plan for a basket picnic and dance at Kunish’s farm on July 3rd, so that they can dance all night.


The Christie folks will celebrate the 4th of July in S. E. Morse’s grove of trees.


A high time is planned for the July 4th celebration in Dan Neff’s grove, not far from Hutching’s.  It will give the city of Neillsville’s celebration a lively pull in competition for first place.


Neillsville’s festivities on the 4th will begin with a street parade at 10 a.m.  It will form in front of the courthouse-square and everyone will march from there to H. N. Withee’s grove. 


There will be speaking at 11 a.m.  Bring your dinner; tables will be furnished at the grounds.  A large display of fire works can be seen in the evening, followed by a grand ball at the 4th Street Theater.


Shulties and Reitzel completed a stone basement for J. S. Barber’s barn, located near Christie.  The Rowe boys came along later and put up a new barn on the basement in just three hours.


Thomas Chadwick’s men are busy working on his new barn, also.


July 1935


The members of the Neillsville Future Farmer Chapter left on their annual camping trip, Monday morning.  The boys will spend five days at Birch Lake.  The following boys made the trip; Donald Braatz, Edward Gehrt, Ardell Runge, Glenn Richmond, Woodrow Jepsen, George Pagenkopf, Donald Vine, Lowell Huckstead, Raymond Kaddatz, Gale VandeBerg, Eugene Heintz, Elton Imig, Roy Feutz, Glenn Gerhardt, Robert Gerhardt, Orville Evenson and Lynn Feutz.


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perkins will be in charge of the boys during the trip.  Miss Evelyn Sonheim will help Mrs. Perkins with the cooking.


The Thompson Oil Company of Abbotsford, which has been the center of a row because of its cut-rate tactics, received a setback last week, when a state highway police officer is reported to have stood guard near the oil station and threatened to arrest any farmer who hauled gasoline away in a trailer.  Unable to prevent Mr. Thompson from offering gasoline at a low price, the police used the statute preventing the transportation of gasoline in a trailer as a means of curtailing his business with the farmers who were taking advantage of his low prices.


Extension Forester F. B. Trenk, Madison, met with County Agent W. J. Landry and a field man in the Zoning Project, A. M. Hanson Tuesday; to classify all occupied farms in the zoning area.  About 60 farms lie within the district.  These residents will be given an opportunity to acquire farms in more productive localities.


District Attorney John M. Peterson, this week, instructed the sheriff’s office to continue his war on slot machines in Clark County.  It is believed that few, if any, are in operation, but the officers are warned to see that the evil is not revived. 


Lillian Matousek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matousek, Town of Washburn and George Holub, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Holub, Sr., Town of Levis, were united in marriage Saturday morning, June 1, at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Paul B. White officiating. 


The bride wore a gown of white rough crepe with a jacket and a long tulle veil, with lace cap effect.  She carried a bouquet of yellow roses and feverfew.  The bride’s maid was Mrs. Vladmir Holub, sister-in-law of the bridegroom.  She wore a pink crepe dress and a shoulder corsage of pink roses and feverfew.


The maid of honor was Miss Mildred Shramek, cousin to the bridegroom.  She wore a sky blue silk dress and a shoulder corsage of pink roses and feverfew.  The bridegroom and best man were dressed alike in navy blue suits.  The best man was Vladmir Holub, brother to the bridegroom.


Dinner was served at the home of the bride, with about 70 guests in attendance.


The house decorations were white, pink and blue, with a large wedding bell.  The wedding cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Julius Lenz, of Levis.  In the evening a shower and wedding dance were held in the Levis community hall.  Many lovely gifts and money were received.


The young couple will make their home with the bride’s parents in the Town of Washburn.


The Neillsville’s city crew has nearly completed one of the largest and most worthwhile projects laid out for this summer; walling the banks of Goose Creek.  Beginning near its source close to Schuster Park, the bed of the creek has been cleaned down to the gravel.  The banks were beveled and rip-rapped with large stones and in places, the stream was somewhat straightened.  The job is now completed, from the headwaters to Seventh Street, and it is expected that it will be finished this week, to where it empties into O’Neill Creek.  As far as possible, all pockets have been taken out of the bed of the steam so that little stagnant water will stand in it, making the creek more easily flushed.


The unpaved streets of Neillsville will be treated with a coat of oil soon, following action taken by the city council Tuesday night. The cost of the project, including a “blotter” coat of sand will total about $4,000 for the 12 miles of street to be treated. The cost will be paid out of the general fund, it was decided.  Officials reported that many complaints against the dusty condition of the streets have been received.


While installing some apparatus at Wallace’s gravel pit, down the Black River, P. M. Warlum found a relic of the early electric light system of Neillsville; a carbon such as was used on the street arc lights.  On the side of the carbon is engraved a date, which appears to be 1886 and the initials W. N.   These initials evidently stand for Will Neff, who was in charge of the light plant from the time it was installed until he went to Great Falls, Mont., some years later.  Afterward, Neff returned here and was again employed by the company for some time.


Victor Turner, of the Town of York, reports that he and Pete Anderegg were driving along Highway 98, between Loyal and Greenwood, last Sunday night at about 9:45, when they saw a perfect rainbow.  They are anxious to know if any other persons saw this strange phenomenon.


Lunar rainbows, caused by the rays of moonlight passing through the moist air, are mentioned in the textbooks, but do not seem to be very common.


Henry Hansen, of Neillsville, has bought the former Fred Krumpeck farm, of 80 acres located 5 miles southwest of the city.  Paul A. Bartelt, secretary of the Neillsville National Farm Loan association, made this announcement last week.  Mr. Hansen has leased farmland, in the vicinity, for a number of years and the farm he has now purchased is one he had on lease from the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul, last year.  O. J. Lofthus, of Chippewa Falls, field representative of the bank, was instrumental in making the sale.


W. A. Alexander, Theo. Bjorn and Ono Phillips, three young men from the Owen community were arrested and brought before Justice Dudley, Monday morning by Sheriff Hal Richardson.  They were charged with disturbing a dance, Saturday night, at Adolph Jackson’s dance hall in the Town of Longwood.  John Zawadski, dance inspector, appeared as a witness.  It was said, the three young defendants had started “rough housing” and disregarded the efforts of the dance inspector and Mr. Jackson to quiet them and they had to be put out of the hall.


All three pleaded guilty and were each fined $10 and costs, amounting to $13.75, or 30 days in jail.  They went to jail awaiting the efforts of friends to raise money to pay their fines.  They seemed to think the dance inspector had no authority as an officer, but got some free information on that subject by Judge Dudley.


There will be a dance at Barney’s Place Saturday night, June 29th, music by the Wisconsin Hobos.  A big 4th of July dance will be in the afternoon and evening, with music by the Adrians.  Barney’s Place is located 3 ½ miles south and 1 ½ miles west of Willard, or 1 ½ miles east of Tioga.


The Silver Dome will have a big July 4th celebration.  There will be dancing in the afternoon and evening with the Jack Zesiger Orchestra. Also, there will be many free attractions of all kinds, including four beautiful girl entertainers from WCCO radio stations, of the twin cities; and also a German band.  In the afternoon and early evening there will be baseball games.  A $150 fire works display will be viewed in the evening.


John Durst, of the Town of Hewett, sustained a bad fracture of the bones in his right forearm, Tuesday, while cranking his car.  He was taken to the hospital in Neillsville, where an X-ray was taken of the arm and the bones were set by Drs. Housley and Foley.


The Clark County Highway Department committee, Thursday, awarded the Dott Tractor Company, of Milwaukee, the contract for one pull-type motor patrol tractor with a 14-foot grader unit and standard equipment on it, low bid of $2,166, including a trade-in of a 1928 two-ton caterpillar and whippet grader.


Stop in at Frank’s Grocery and complete Service Station on the south side of Neillsville.  It is at the former Carl Stange residence, corner of East Division and Clay Streets. Their grand opening will be Saturday and Sunday.  Free ice cream cones will be served both days along with special opening day prices on groceries.  Buy fresh strawberries, only $1.35 per crate.  Call for change in prices, later, phone 274.


Try Fire-Chief Texaco gasoline.  Its specification is 40 per cent better than the Government requires.  Purchase Texaco motor oil, 25c per quart; Havoline motor oil, 30c per quart; car wash job, 75c; complete grease job, 75c and Gillette tires at 30% discount.  F.L. Knapp, Proprietor


Marriage license applications for this month are:


Elmer F. Cornelius and Ardyce Goldamer, both of Abbotsford; Oscar Egger, Eau Claire and Bernice VandeBerg, Town of York; William Warns, Withee and Evelyn Streholski, Withee; Norbert Noeldner and Roseline Frei, both of Loyal, and Forrest Stewart and Lulu Mae Miller, both of Longwood.


Neighborhood Kids 50 Years Ago—“We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then would ride down the hill, only to discover that we had forgotten the brakes.  After running into the lilac bushes a few times, we learned how to solve the problem.” D.Z.




Ruth Whitcomb allowed her horse to have a drink at the watering trough, which was located in front of the Neillsville City Hall, along West Fifth Street in the late 1800s.  In the background, at the far left, the Congregational Church is partially visible, along with other shops and the old Neillsville Hotel Saloon.  The name Sol Jaseph is posted at the right end of the hotel’s balcony porch railing.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ family collection)



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