Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

September 28, 2005, page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Index of "Good Old Days" Articles 




The Good Old Days


Clark County News, September 1900


Last week, W. F. Woodward sold his brick residence on Grand Avenue, to Mrs. R. W. King, consideration, $1,500.  Monday, Mr. Woodward purchased M. F. Beaulieu’s house on Clay Street, paying $1,500 for it.  As soon as Mr. King sufficiently recovers from his present sickness, the family will take up their residence in the city.


Editor Rabenstein is a believer in expansion.  He has purchased the property north of his house on Grand Avenue, known as the Meyers place and will soon move in.  Dr. Cresswell who now occupies the house, will simply rent Mr. Rabenstein’s residence and move down the street.


L. M. Sturdevant and R. F. Kountz have leased a portion of the old Reddan House lot and will erect on it, a solid brick building, 30 x 32 feet facing Fifth Street, nearly opposite the Presbyterian Church.  The building will be used for law offices.  The building will be fitted up inside in modern style.  The location for a law office is excellent and it is altogether the proper thing to utilize this fine lot that has been idle for some time.


Saturday was a busy day about the stockyards at the Neillsville depot.  Chas. Burpee shipped a carload of sheep, John Welsh sent out two cars of sheep, Dave Williams a carload of hogs, two Illinois parties sent 3 carloads of cattle; Jesse Lowe shipped a car of potatoes from his own field, Luethe & Schroeder Warehouse Co., a carload of rye.  In addition to what went out from Neillsville, there were two cars of stock from Chili and three from Granton, making 14 cars that went from this branch on Saturday.  From now until it freezes up and even later, every week will be a repetition of the same scene.  Nothing could show in a more substantial way the resources of this region.


The Old Settlers of the county are going to have a picnic in Welsh’s Grove at Loyal next weekend.  All attending are to bring a lunch basket.


The J. L. Gates Land Co. has sold five quarter sections west of C. P. Alton’s to a party of Dunkards from North Manchester, Indiana.  They will move here with their families and start a strong colony to which others of like religious faith will sooner or later be added.  They are considered a very desirable class of settlers as they are quiet, thrifty and hardworking.  They generally go by themselves, where they can maintain their religious services, schools and such.  These will, no doubt, be found a valuable addition to Clark County’s population.


(The Dunkards were one of a German-American Baptists, practicing triple immersion, sharing a common meal originally culminating in the Eucharist, were opposed to military service and taking legal oaths. D. Z.) 


H. Holzhausen, of Thorp, had a display of De Laval cream separators on exhibition at the fair.  He has them in four different sizes, all of which do excellent work.  Mr. Holzhausen has sold 76 of these separators in Clark County this season.  He is doing a good thing for the dairy interests of the county. 


An item of interest from the Dorchester Reporter: The Bruckeville cheese factory, under the supervision of the genial cheesemaker, John Verhulst, receives 2,500 pounds of milk, daily.  It is unnecessary for us to praise John’s good work as everyone knows that he is a first-class cheesemaker and manufactures only good cheese.


Several loads of sorghum, raised near the mound about three miles north of the city, were hauled through town last week.  It was being taken to the sorghum mill near Shortville.  The production of this syrup is carried on quite extensively in several counties in Southern Wisconsin and cane does equally well in growing here.


The building lately occupied by Al Marsh’s feed store has been moved to the lots adjacent to the Merchants Hotel, to be used as an office by the J. L. Gates Land Co.


C. S. Stockwell has equipped a ferryboat for transporting men and grubstakes across Black River, down below Ross Eddy.  He has timberland on the other side where he is having wood cut.


Geo. Dewhurst is building an addition to the back end of his store building on Hewett Street.  Wm. Campbell has the contract to do the work.


Geo. J. Smith has gone into partnership with his father, Geo. W. Smith in the North Side store.  The firm name is now Geo. W. Smith & Son.


September 1940


“Eyes upon Neillsville,” a color motion picture of Neillsville and the surrounding countryside will be featured on the screen of the Adler theater Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


The picture will be a celluloid record of local people, events and scenery, with the Clark County Fair, crowds in the city, and activities of groups and businesses, as well as scenes of interest in the county.


The west side of the 600 block of Hewett Street, Neillsville, circa 1940.  The businesses, left to right: Wagner’s Café, the Adler Theatre when the movie “Whistling in Brooklyn” with Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford starring was showing, and Northern States Power Company.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts family collection)


Note: The Marquee reads: Whistling in Brooklyn (1943); Red Skeleton and Ann Rutherford


The home of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Snyder, Town of Fremont was the scene of a pretty, late summer wedding, when, on Friday, August 30, their youngest daughter, Ruth, chose the 40th anniversary of her parents to become the bride of Harold Schlinsog, York.


While the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march were being played by Miss Doris Dubes, the bridal party entered taking their places before an arrangement of beautiful garden flowers, under an arch of blue and white crepe paper streamers and a white wedding bell.  The marriage rites were read by Rev. Leo Chapman of the Spokeville chapel performing the double ring ceremony.


Preceding the ceremony, Miss Dubes sang “I Love You Truly,” accompanied at the piano by Miss Marian Cole.  Both young ladies are mutual friends of the bride and groom.


The bride was dressed in a lovely floor-length gown of white silk net over satin, designed in square neckline and puff sleeves.


The maid of honor, in peach crepe, was the bride’s sister, Miss Hazel.  The groom’s sister, Miss Esther Schlinsog, and Miss Mabel Ullman of Neillsville, close friend of the bride, acted as bridesmaids and were dressed alike in light blue taffeta.


The groom wore a suit of light navy and was attended by a close friend, William Rohloff, of Spencer, who wore teal blue. 


Following the ceremony, a wedding dinner was served.  The beautiful wedding cake, which graced the table, was baked by Mrs. William Dankemeyer.  Two close friends of the bride, Mrs. George Freezy of Granton and Miss Arlene Lindow of Chili, acted as waitresses.


The bride, who spent the last year at home with her parents, was a graduate of Granton High School with the class of 1936 and took a course in beauty culture at St. Paul.


The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Schlinsog, Town of York.  He spent his entire life at home farming, except the few months he spent in California, where he was employed in a dairy.  He will carry on the work on his father’s farm, which he has rented and where he and his bride will make their home. 


On August 30, 1900, Miss Ora Zimmerle and Grant Snyder were married at the parsonage of the United Brethren Church at Fancy Creek, in Richland County.  They lived there several years, after which Mr. Snyder bought a tract of land in Fremont, which has been their home ever since.


Nine children were born to them, among them their three sons, Vere, Paul and Don, and daughter, Mrs. Art (Bea) Falk, all of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Harley (Hope) Renne of Riverside, Calif., who were unable to come for the occasion.  Two daughters and their families from Veefkind were present, including Mr. and Mrs. Ross Stevens and daughter, Donna Lee, and Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert and daughter, Gayle.  Miss Hazel, teacher of the Heathville School and the bride are the youngest of the girls.


Harold Mattes has constructed a stock shed, 70 x 154 feet for the Mattes Livestock Market, located five miles southeast of Thorp.  The building was initiated at the third anniversary sale of Mr. Mattes, held September 4 and 5.  The building will care for 1,000 head of livestock.


At the anniversary sale, stock to the value of $21,000 was sold in the two days.


At the opening of the sale, Mr. Mattes received a large wreath in the form of a horseshoe, presented by the Thorp South Side Improvement Association, of which he is a charter member.


Wisconsin National Guard units, including the local Service Company, were among those ordered into Federal Service on October 15, in the second call of the War Department earlier this week. 


According to reports eminating from Washington, all units of the 32nd Division (Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard), except the tank company, are included.  The call was made to approximately 37,500 guardsmen in 28 states.


The Washington reports said Wisconsin and Michigan guardsmen will report to Camp Beauregard, La.


The second call was issued on the day that about 60,500 National Guardsmen, those named in the first call under the expanding defense program were being inducted into Federal Service for a year’s intensive training.


A new bridge over the North Fork River, two miles north and two miles west of Thorp, has been completed.  The bridge was built at a cost of approximately $3,500.


Some sayings of sage:


Most indirect tax is one that falls on someone else.


What a pity red tape didn’t go out of style with red flannels.


The lamp of experience never burns out for those who watch it for guidance. 


Scandal would never get to first base if those who denounce it would not repeat it.


An old-fashioned man who goes to sleep at the switch, has a son who goes to sleep at the wheel.


At the risk of sacrilege, we might observe that as the life-line is thrown out Sunday, the clothes line Monday.


Taxes are always ready long before the taxpayers are.


Greatest threat to a free press in this country is for a newspaper editor to hold a political job.


Best definition of a congressman is a man, who can sit straddle a fence, and yet keep his ear to the ground.


Names of some rural Clark County schools reporting their activities:  Braun Settlement, Franklin, Heathville, West Eaton, Grant, Janesville Settlement, Spring Valley, Mayflower, Forestside, Lyon, Roder, Meadow View, Dells Dam, Granton, Butlerville, Cunningham, Fairview, Audubon, Sleepy Hollow, Kippenhan, Decker, Ross, Wildwood, Lone Pine, Happy Hollow, Forman, Hemlock, and South Washburn.


Presence of brine in garbage is making trouble for Ernest Bieneck, the city garbage collector.  He finds that a proportion of the garbage, picked up by him, is rejected by his pigs.


The arrangement made by the city with Mr. Bieneck was based upon the collection by him of garbage clear of inedible material, including salt and brine.  It’s being contrary to the ordinance to put brine into the garbage taken by the collector.


Mr. Bieneck, who is rendering the service for the value of the garbage, and who receives no other compensation, will appreciate cooperation in keeping the garage (garbage) clean and edible.


The annual celebration at Loyal will take place this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13, 14, and 15.  There will be exhibits, bands, games, pet parade and amusements, with a band concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.


There will be a Progressive Party Rally at the Grant town hall, Monday, September 9, at 8 p.m.  Paul Alfonsi, Progressive candidate for Governor, will be the speaker.  There will be a dance and entertainment after the address.


A shoeshine service, by Dick Lowe, is available at Mabie’s Barber Shop.


The Silver Dome Ballroom has a busy schedule.  Hear Fred R. Zimmerman, Thursday, Sept. 5th with a free dance and novelties.


Friday, Sept. 6th there will be a free Wedding Dance in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Foemmel.


Saturday, Sept. 7th music will be by Hollis Bartz and his Orchestra.  Admission will be 20 cents per person.  Wednesday, Sept. 11th, Rodney Ristow and his Concertina Band will play.


On Friday, Sept. 14, there’s a Free Wedding Dance in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Schlinkert.


Earl Rhode and His Orchestra will play for the Free Wedding Dance in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Horeled, Saturday.


Dining and Dancing go hand-in-hand at Club 10, with Delicious Meals always, east of Neillsville on Hwy. 10.


Dance to the music of the Mexican Ramblers at the Slovenian Home at Willard, Wednesday, Sept. 18th.


For Permanent Drainage Structure use Reinforced Concrete Culvert Pipe, furnished in sizes from 12-inch to 48-inch in diameter.  Provided by a Clark County industry that provides truck delivery and has available washed sand & gravel for sale at all times.  Plautz Brothers, manufacturers at Willard.  Phone Greenwood X976


Deep Rock Service Station has a special on the Firestone standard tire, only $7.99 with your old tire trade-in, size 6.00 x 16.  F. E. Wall, Proprietor.


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons, of Neillsville, specials this week: Red’s Dog Food, a special formula, 25 per cent Powdered Skim Milk with all necessary ingredients needed for dogs, 10 lbs. for 30¢.


Also for your dog’s health, feed him Cod Liver Oil, 35¢ a pint, bring your own container.



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