Clark County Press, Neillsville,

September 14, 2005, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

September 1885


Cranberry picking is now in progress, giving occupation to many hands.


Mr. Dewitt Hart and Miss Mary Campbell, both of Neillsville, were united in marriage Wednesday afternoon, September 2, 1885.  Rev. W. T. Hendren officiated the ceremony at the residence of James Hewett.  The young people are highly esteemed in the community, and everybody gives them best wishes for the future.  After a tour to Iowa, they will settle down in Neillsville, where Mr. Hart owns and operates the omnibus business.


A basket and buttonhole bouquet party will be held at Henry Counsell’s home on Pleasant Ridge, for the benefit of Mr. Brothers.  Every lady is to bring a basket with a lunch, for two, and a buttonhole bouquet.  All are invited.


Emery Bruley has traded his building and lot at the corner of Second and Court streets to James Finnigan for the house and land on south Main Street between R. M. Campbell’s and J. L. Gates’ and the blacksmith shop property, on Grand Avenue. Whether there was a cash balance, we did not learn.


Mr. Bruley has a force of men at work at his newly acquired premises, laying a foundation for one of the most elegant houses in the city.  The house now standing there is destined to serve as a wing to the new one and as Emery has the means it is likely that he will rear an edifice, which will be a substantial ornament to the city. 


(The Bruley house being referred to is now known as Tuft’s Mansion)


Mr. Bruley has rented the basement of his Main Street brick building to Mr. Scott Fowler and Mrs. Caroline O’Neill, who will fit up and operate a restaurant therein.


Semi-occasionally at least, the community of Nevins desires to be heard from.


The new store being built there is about finished.


Haying and harvesting is done.  The marsh hay secured was secured in good shape.


Cranberries are being harvested.


The West Nevins, Lake Superior and Section Nine Rail Road is running daily trains under the careful supervision of conductor Bates. So far, the road is doing nothing but a freight business, saw logs one way, with slabs and splints used for ballast on the roadbed the other way.


Men are beginning to come to the area, preparatory to a winter’s campaign among the pines.


Frank Button has a logging contract on the upper East Fork of Black River and will commence operations soon.  He will cut the Crosby tract of woods.


John Paulus traded his farm, all except the western 10 acres, to Mrs. C. O’Neill, last Thursday, for the O’Neill House property, subject to M. M. Post’s lease.  This is an important transfer.


At 6 p.m. Saturday, the fire alarm bell excited the town.  A very small fire at the Reddan House, caused by a defective flue, was soon extinguished.  The chemical fire engine was out of order, so water buckets were used.  Not over $5 damage was done.


Now that J. L. Gates has bought out Ed Hart’s interest in the handsome new house opposite Mr. Gates’ residence, he has a crew of men at work lathing and doing the other work.  Jim has a new windmill and well-house up and completed, doing a good share of the work himself as an amateur mechanic.


We received news from the Eidsvold community.


L. M. Corwell had a logging bee, last Thursday.


Chris Grosswell is siding his dwelling house.


A large black bear appeared near the S. S. Warner place Sunday, giving Mrs. Warner and her guest, Mrs. E. P. Brown of Thorp, a momentary surprise.


Mike McCaffery had a turnpiking bee Saturday and a dance in the evening.  Several persons came from Stanley, Thorp and Sterling, a good time was enjoyed by all.


A. J. Hadley moved into his new house Monday.  Mr. Hadley has sold his store building to Mr. Shilts, of Stanley, who will take possession in a few days.


Clemons and Nelson have started up a broom factory in Shortville.  They are working full blast, making all kinds of brooms.


Geo. A. Henry of Chippewa Falls has accepted a position as druggist with H. J. Youmans.  Mr. Henry comes very highly recommended as a druggist and gentleman by his former employer, Mr. Goddard, in whose employ he has been for several years.


September 1935


The railroad companies are engaged in the work of signing up business houses in various towns and cities for “store-door” delivery.  The railroad company is agreeing to deliver freight, also pick up out-going shipments.  In the near future, this matter will be taken up in Neillsville.


With a total enrollment of 673 pupils and students, the attendance to the beginning of the public school term, in Neillsville, established an all-time high for the local institution.  The total enrollment at the beginning of last school year was 634.  In high school, the total enrollment at present is 340 including the 15 students taking teachers training work and is divided as follows: Freshmen, 93; Sophomores, 74; Juniors, 79; Seniors 19.  With only 288 seats in the assembly room, it has been necessary to turn one of the classrooms into a sub-assembly room to take care of the over-flow.


The attendance in the lower grades is divided as follows:


South Side kindergarten, 17; first grade, 26; second, 16; third, 15; fourth, 27; fifth, 15; sixth, 33; seventh, 31; eighth, 42; the total is 222.


North Side kindergarten, 21; first grade, 18; second, 14; third, 15; fourth, 13; fifth, 11; sixth, 19; Total is 111.


Marriage licenses issued in Clark County recently: Elmer Oestreich and Lenora Bruss, Town of Sherman; Joseph T. Twarowski, Reseburg, and Florence Prokopiak, Thorp; Herman G. Kvool, Humbird and Zelma Preston, Marshfield; Harvey Rosenquist, of Hoard and Verna Schultz, of Mayville; Geza Raha, of Levis and Marie Hadlik, of Chicago; and Cela Melbinger and Louise Mathewson of Owen.


Clark County Treasurer James H. Fradette has sold 157 forties of land in the drainage district pursuant to a circuit court order issued by Judge Reid.  Sixty of the land parcels were purchased by individuals for $1,241.07 and 97 parcels went to the county for $2,100.21.  The land purchased by the county will be entered under the Forest Crop and Forest Reserve law, thus again becoming revenue producing.


The towns and the number of descriptions disposed of in each follow:  Dewhurst, 40; Hewett, 16; Mentor, 26; Seif, 7; South Foster, 48; Hendren, 4; North Foster, 16.


After the sale has been confirmed by the court, treasurer’s deeds will be issued to each of the bidders.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Brenner, and their son Paul, arrived here from Chicago, Monday night.  They have rented the restaurant building just west of the Neillsville Bank, recently vacated by D. O. Chapman.  They have moved their household goods, immediately, into the flat upstairs.  They plan to furnish, fittingly and carry on the restaurant as soon as the work can be done.  The Brenner’s carried on a restaurant here for five years in the building now occupied by the A&P store.  They were very popular, understanding the business thoroughly and aiming to please the public by good service and excellent food.  Returning after 15 years, they wish to resume business in the same manner as before and desire the patronage of their old customers and a fair share of new ones.


Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Groves sold their farm in the town of Washburn to Mr. and Mrs. Max Opelt, Jr.


The Groves came here from Viroqua 15 years ago and during that time made a host of friends who regret their departure.


Mr. and Mrs. Groves expect to leave this week for Crocker, Missouri, where they will spend the winter visiting and resting.  They will later decide on a permanent location.


A number of organizations in their community have given them farewell parties.  The Washburn Singing Club arranged a picnic dinner at the Marshfield Park, Sept. 5.  On Wednesday night, the Happy Hour Club, of Levis, gathered at the Groves farm to spend the evening in a farewell visit.  Supper was served near midnight and the club presented Mr. and Mrs. Groves with six dessert spoons.


There will be a Chicken Pie supper Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Congregational Church.  They will be serving chicken pie, mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, cabbage salad, beet pickles, jellied apples, sliced tomatoes, dark bread, butter, pumpkin pie and coffee.


Try the new Country Club for an evening of entertainment.  It is located six miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10.  Saturday evening there will be entertainment by a special orchestra.  Chicken and Chow Mein will be served at all hours.


Dance at the Tioga Tavern, Saturday, Sept. 28, located on the Frank Hren farm.  Music will be by the Hay Racketeers, from Eau Claire.


Notice to pea growers: pick up your checks at the J. B. Inderrieden Canning Company office.


The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce is planning to serve a “Good Will Dinner: to the business and professional men of Neillsville at the Masonic Temple, Wednesday evening Oct. 2.”  The letter of invitation says in part:


“The business men of Neillsville and Eau Claire have many things in common.  The first basis is, of course, acquaintance and understanding, and we want to know you better.”


“An attractive and interesting program, full of life and sparkle, which will be about 20 percent serious and 80 percent fun, will follow the dinner of which there will be full announcement later.  These Good Will programs are historic now, and something very special will be presented.”


“Invitations must necessarily be limited: we are planning on bringing 100 men from Eau Claire who will be paired off with an equal number from Neillsville, for the dinner.”


The Neillsville committee is as follows:


F. Calway, Wm. Crow; Wm. Hemp; Louis Kurth; Mrs. G. H. Lowe; Dr. M. C. Rosekrans; Fred Stelloh and V. C. Woelffer.


When P. M. Warlum returned Saturday evening from a construction job near Durand, he discovered he has lost his trailer.  He scratched his head and recalled distinctly, he had seen the trailer at Mondovi.


Sunday, Mr. Warlum and A. P. Murphy started out to find the trailer, maintaining a sharp lookout between here and Mondovi, without results.  It was with some reluctance that Mr. Warlum heeded Mr. Murphy’s advice to continue toward Durand, declaring it was useless inasmuch as he had had the trailer when he stopped for gas at Mondovi.


However, a short distance this side of Durand they found Mr. Warlum’s trailer cocked up in the ditch where it had landed when it broke away from his car.  The discovery was a shock and Mr. Warlum is sorely perplexed trying to figure out what it was that looked like a trailer behind his car at Mondovi.


J. A. Brown, retired telephone engineer and amateur astronomer, who lives at the Merchants Hotel, didn’t help matters any when he leaned over Mr. Warlum’s chair and poured this nine-gallon explanation into his ears: “Let me tell you something,” said Mr. Brown.  “You undoubtedly were the victim of a twilight mirage, which are common at this time of the year, especially in the area between Mondovi and Hixton, Dr. M. C. Rosekrans’ old home town.  These mirages are due to an effervescent disintegration of low hinging star dust, coming between the retina and the zodiac as it embraces the approaching harvest moon of the autumnal equinox, to wit, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and two beers.  In other words, you did not see the trailer at Mondovi.”


Mr. Warlum said something about how much he would like to hit Mr. Brown with a red hot sausage, and Mr. Brown being averse to that sort of treatment, excused himself and departed.


The State Bank of Unity was robbed Tuesday morning by two bold hold-up men.  They met the cashier as he opened the bank, walked in with him and compelled him to open the vault.  It is reported that about $2,000 was taken.


Sheriffs and other officers of Marathon and adjoining counties were notified, but a description of the bandits’ car could not be obtained.


A very pretty church wedding took place at the Globe Lutheran Church 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Rev. Motzkus officiated the ceremony.


Marie Hagedorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hagedorn, Town of Weston, became the bride of Frank Meier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meier, Town of Levis.


The bride was attended by Louise Hagedorn as bridesmaid and Lorraine Hagedorn as flower girl; both were sisters of the bride.  Louis Meier served as best man, he being a brother of the groom.


For her wedding, Miss Hagedorn chose a gown of white satin, with a rose point lace jacket with tight pointed sleeves.  Her long tulle veil fell from a tiny cap trimmed with seed pearls.  She carried a bouquet of pink roses, sweet peas and swansonia.


The bridesmaid was attired in blue taffeta with a pink sash.  She carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations and sweet peas.  The flower girl wore pink organdy and carried a basket of garden flowers with a large pink bow.  The groom and best man wore suits of navy blue.




Long-time residents of Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Paulus lived on the south side of the 200 block of West Fifth Street during the early 1900s.  Paulus owned and operated the Bottling Works business in a building located next to their residence.  Mrs. Paulus was lovingly referred to as “Aunt Janie” by everyone who knew her.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ family collection)




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