Clark County Press, Neillsville,

July 13, 2005, Page 17

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

July 1900


Mr. C. Esselmann, of Loyal, returned Saturday from an enjoyable trip abroad.  He left in the spring, taking in the sights through Canada to Montreal to Portland, Maine.  From there, he traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Northeastern part of Ireland, Liverpool, London, and through Holland to Munster, Westphalia, Germany.  He went to his old home in Westphalia, where he found a brother and sister, as well as many old acquaintances.  Accompanied by his brother and a few friends, he visited the Paris exposition after which he returned to Westphalia and Oldenburg.


Going from Hanover, to Bremen, he took passage on the Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse to New York.


While at Milwaukee, he took in the Carnival and called on relatives at Newburg and West Bend, Wis.  He returned to the village of Loyal ranked among the first in the raising of stock and crops.  He said he is satisfied with the soil production along the 26 Road.


Fred Wolff has torn down his old barn, now ready to build a new and larger structure.  He has stone on the ground, which is to be used for the new barn basement.


Walk Bros.’ new annex will soon be ready for occupancy.  It will give that enterprising firm room for expansion.  Dr. Frank will occupy the office being fitted up between Walk’s and Dwight Roberts’ fruit store, that corner will be pretty well occupied.


William A. Galligan, of the firm of Galligan & Linster now operating a saw mill at a point six miles northwest of Neillsville, was in the city last Sunday.  His mill has a supply of logs sufficient to keep it running until September 1st.  Mr. Galligan states that there is a rush of land seekers in his neighborhood as that vicinity is being settled rapidly.


Tioga, rarely to be found on the latest maps, will in all probability before another year is ended, be as familiar to us as Augusta, Humbird or any of the other surrounding towns.  Tioga is situated on the Fairchild & Northeastern Railway, about ten miles from Fairchild and is situated in what will some day be the garden spot of Northern Wisconsin.  Land agents are busy bringing in settlers and almost every day sees a considerable increase of population.  A contract is about to be let for the erection of a hotel, to cost $2,000.  No doubt before long, business houses will be built there too.


A wagon road, eight miles long, is being built northward and it will cross the Eau Claire River. There is plenty of work and the wages are good.  Iron is being hauled in for the new bridge to be built on the East Fork of Wedges Creek.


There is great activity in land operations in Central Wisconsin.  This is due to conditions arising from the sale of cutover lands to people interested in settling up in the locality.  The sales have been made by lumber companies, which have removed all of the best timber and now have no further use for it.  James L. Gates, of Milwaukee, purchased, in 1898, 100,000 acres from nine different lumber concerns.  Of this, 20,000 acres were sold to 200 settlers in 1898.  The average price paid was $6.25 an acre.  In 1899, he purchased 160,000 acres from 15 other lumber companies.  Of this tract, 52,000 acres have been sold for $400,000 to 400 actual settlers at prices ranging up to $7.50 an acre.  Before these purchases were made, 350,000 acres had been acquired by Gates in other sections of central Wisconsin.  Great tracts of land lie together in one great district.  Of six townships in Clark County and one in Eau Claire, there is one tract of 158,000 all owned by one man and now being thrown open for settlement.



Ten teams of horses and a lot of men are needed to work on the railroad, eight miles northeast of Greenwood, in the Town of Beaver.  Also needed are some men to take contracts on railway station work.  Apply to G. M. Willis, engineer in charge of the N. C. Foster Lumber Company.


A special town meeting is to be held in the Town of Weston to appropriate money to build a bridge across Cawley Creek, at Fred Reber’s mill.  At the same time, a vote will be taken about dividing the township.


The flour dealers in Unity have once again received some flour.  We again need have no fear of going without this necessary food.  Flour was not to be gotten here for some time.


July 1940


This week, Clark County residents assumed their share of the defense bill in new taxes, which went into effect Monday.


Although the amount Clark County will turn into the nation’s defense chest, as a result of the new taxes, could not be estimated.


As Clark County consumers began to reach into their pockets, their attitude in general was: “Defense costs money, and we should be willing to stand our share.”


The brunt of the tax burden will be carried through on a broadened income tax base and higher levies on gasoline, cigarettes and liquor; although other luxuries and amusements will not escape.


Gasoline pumps throughout the county indicated a price change as another half-cent per gallon was added, making the federal tax a total of 1 ½ cents per gallon.


In taverns, throughout the county, owners reduced the size of glasses of tap beer from eight ounces to seven ounces for five cents as a means of absorbing the tax.  Bottle beer, which formerly sold for 10 cents, is now 15 cents for one, or two for 25 cents.


Theatres in Clark County stated collecting taxes Monday under the new tax code.  The tax on admissions, starting at a base of 21 cents, is one cent for every 10 cents or fraction thereof of the admission.  Thus if the admission is 25 cents, the tax is 3 cents.


Dr. Sara (Sarah) Rosekrans, of Neillsville, has signed a contract to sing on the National Hymn Hour of the National Broadcasting Company, starting July 15.  The contract was offered to her after recent auditions in Chicago.  The program will necessitate her presence in Chicago, three days each week.


There will be dancing at Hake’s Barn, Wednesday night, July 3rd, from sunset to sunrise.  Music will be provided by the Earl Rhode Orchestra.


The Inwood Ballroom will have two big dances for their 4th of July celebration.  There will be the Jitney dance in the afternoon.  The Earl Rhode band will plan for the evening dance.  The Inwood Ballroom has old-time dances every Thursday evening and modern dancing every Saturday night.


For a rollicking good time on the Fourth of July, where everyone is on “his toes,” celebrate at Freddie’s Place, 1 ½ miles north of Hatfield.  There is a free dance, music by Rod’s Swinging Trio.


July 3rd and 4th, it will be Irv Lutz and his musicians at the Silver Dome.


A special attraction at the Silver Dome will be Wednesday, July 10th, with Lawrence Duchow and His Red Raven Orchestra.


Add to haying accidents, the experience of Ruby Selves of Pleasant Ridge, who wasn’t injured as strange as it may seem.


Ruby, a twin of Ruth and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selves, was setting the hayfork one day last week when, somehow, the rope twisted around her ankle.  Up she went to the beam, dangling head-downward, and clasping the trip rope tightly.


It might have been described as suspended suspense.


Then, she pulled the trip, releasing the load and, incidentally, herself.  She fell down between the mow and the hay wagon, a distance which Ruby described as “a few feet.”


Uninjured, she got to her feet and sailed into the work again.


Little Ruth Kunze and Leonard Sollberger each clasped a crisp new one-dollar bill in one hand and a wide, red crepe-paper tape in the other, Monday night as Governor Julius P. Heil clipped it with a large pair of scissors.


The occasion was the formal dedication of the modern concrete and steel bridge over O’Neill Creek on Hewett Street.  And, as the Governor performed his service, he dedicated the bridge to “the good of man; for peace and harmony and contentment for future generations.”


As he wielded the scissors, a ripple of applause passed through the audience of nearly 5,000.  They jammed the south approach for two blocks back from the platform nearly an hour in the sweltering heat of the early evening, to witness the ceremony.


But the chances are that Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art J. Kunze and Leonard, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Sollberger, hardly had their minds on the performance at hand.  With a dollar from the Governor of Wisconsin in their hands, the effect of the tape cutting ceremony was last on their minds.


There was nothing unusual about that, though; for dollars played an important role in the address of the governor.  Bespeaking of himself as the “manager” talking to his “stockholders,” Governor Heil dealt mainly with dollars and what he might have termed as “sense” in government.


In a natural voice, which was carried clearly to the outskirts of the crowd over a public address system, the governor made his points in a colorful style, freely sprinkled with a humor of his own.


For instance, when he directed his talk at the women listening, he warned the boys, “When you pick out a girl, pick out one who can patch your pants.”


Of course that brought up a genuine laugh; but it really was no laughing matter with the Governor as he explained that Mrs. Heil had to do his washing and patch his pants for the first 25 years of their life together.


Claiming a saving in every department of the state government, Governor Heil declared that when he took the governor-ship, state offices were filled with men “who thought there was a spring that would never go dry.”


Included in the biographical details were the facts that the Governor was born on a farm in the old country; that he was brought to the United States by his parents when he was four; that he was left an orphan at the age of ten and quickly learned to depend upon himself.  As a youth, he worked on a farm at $12 per month with board in the summer and $4 in the winter.  But he concluded he could get nowhere thus, and so he learned the trade of machinist and blacksmith.  It was in that trade, the Governor said that he acquired his sturdy shoulders.


He worked for the Allis-Chalmers concern, and finally wanted to start up a business for himself.  He borrowed $4,300, almost losing his business through the loan, and finally got the money from a friend to whom he issued stock.  That stock, purchased for the $4,300, is now held at not less than a million, the Governor said.  Then, he waxed eloquent in telling the pleasure he had in writing dividend checks for this old friend who had loaned him the money.  At the climax he said he had more pleasure in signing checks for his old friend than for himself.


Otto Zaeske has purchased the old Ben Tragsdorf homestead on South Grand Avenue from Mrs. A. E. Russell, the structure to be remodeled and redecorated.


There will be three complete apartments, one on each floor on the east side.  The third apartment, at the west is to be divided, with sleeping quarters upstairs.  It is planned to have the work completed by August 5th.  Mr. and Mrs. Zaeske will occupy the rear apartment. 


The property joins the Zaeske home on the south.


Mrs. Gilbert Lawrence has taken over Betty’s Root Beer stand on Division Street.  The stand was operated last summer and until recently this year, by Betty Hubing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hubing.


Watch the exhibition skating at Isaac Nelson’s Lake Arbutus Pavilion, Hatfield, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 7 afternoon and evening.  It will present Herb’s Flying Rollers with Herb Grottke and his fjidxewft* team of girls.  It is a premiere skating act, which has been presented before audiences on many large rinks, and in motion pictures.  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vieau are the skating rink managers. (*Transcribed as it was printed in the newspaper)


The Neillsville Athletics stretched their record of wins to eight by thumping the Thorp Merchants, 5 to 1.  The first half title was won by Lublin, which had perfect record of nine wins.


With both teams playing airtight ball during the early innings, the Athletics took the lead on two runs scored in the third inning.  Thorp scored its only tally in the fourth. The Athletics then pieced together two markers in the seventh and another in the eighth as they found the range of Winarczyk, Thorp’s mounds man.


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Quast, residents of Clark County for the last 33 years, observed their 52nd wedding anniversary at their Greenwood home, July 3rd.


Married in 1888 in Jefferson, the Quasts made their home there until 1907, when they moved to a farm south of Green-wood.  They remained on the farm for 10 years then moved into Greenwood in 1917, where they have lived since.


While in Jefferson, Mr. Quast served for several years as Clark County Treasurer.  He also has served as a trustee of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood.


Of their eight children, six still are living, including four daughters and two sons; Mrs. Linus (Agnes) Prock of Globe; Hugo, Willard postmaster; Mrs. August (Edna) DeKennen; Mrs. Robert (Esther) Kinnear; John Quast and Mrs. John (Florence) Pauley, all of Milwaukee.


100 Years Ago


The average U. S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.  A competent accountant could expect to earn $3,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, and a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000. D.Z.




The Curtiss Championship Baseball Team of 1912 won their game by a score of 2–1 in the 10th inning.  The Curtiss baseball diamond was located on a portion of the Arnie Olson farm.  Arnie’s son, Otto was a great athlete who participated in a variety of sports in conjunction with farming on the family’s homesteaded land.  Arnie’s great-grandson, Allen Olson, is the present farm owner.  Team members were, (back row, left to right): Ferdinand Laabs, Melvin Ostenson, Bill Jakel, Otto Olson, Fred Laabs, Charley Jakel, Fred Stecker, Leo Kraut and Francis Tuttle.  (Front row, from left): Fred Marquardt and Frank Kraut.  (Photo contributed by Roy Ostenson, Sr.)





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