Clark County Press, Neillsville,

October 4, 2006, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

October 1906


Up near Spokeville, there is a comparatively new settler, a Mr. Boetz, who is carrying on his large farm operations along lines somewhat unfamiliar to the older settlers.  For instance, he was determined to underbrush 400 acres of timberland.  He turned 318 head of cattle into the 400 acres and left them to earn their living.  They cleared up that land in great shape, eating everything that would yield to their bovine teeth, stripping the trees of their leaves as high up as they could giraffe, keeping it in fair condition.


The Christening of Max Opelt’s little daughter, Martha, was a very pretty affair.  In the evening, a few friends gathered at their home in the Town of Lynn and had a very pleasant time. Refreshments were served.


C. C. Sniteman and H. W. Klopf are the possessors of a very fine Victor gramophone, which they purchased while at Minneapolis, recently.  The machine is one of the finest on the market.  It has 10-inch records and has a megaphone attachment with 10-inch brass bell.  They can royally entertain their customers with this wonderful piece of mechanism that reproduces both vocal and instrumental music, with surprising vividness.


Wild grapes are unusually abundant on Bruce Mound this season, so grape picking parties are numerous there.


At an early hour, yesterday morning, the Merrillan Flouring Mill, owned by Nick Andrews & Company, was burned with nearly all its contents.  The mill was full of grain and flour.  The loss is $16,000 to $20,000, with $9,000 insurance.  The mill was built in 1870, by L. G. Merrill.  It had been completely refitted with modern machinery.  The fire started at the top of the elevator shaft and is supposed to have been caused by an overheated journal.


The Marshfield city council passed a resolution to purchase the fairground and racetrack known as the Driving Park.  The property has heretofore been owned by ex-Gov. W. H. Upham.  As association, is being organized for the purpose of holding an agricultural and street fair next year.


A lively crew of men and teams began excavating for the new graveling on Hewett street, Friday.  The work is now complete and leveled, ready for the metal.  On account of the need of the dirt taken out for the filling on Seventh Street, the street committee figures that this expense is not all chargeable to the paving account of Hewett Street, and justly so.  The dirt would have to be procured from somewhere for the Seventh Street fill before it could be graveled next spring, as planned.  It is fine to realize that henceforth, instead of $1,800 or so annually spent in street work that has had to be annually done over; every cent now spent on the streets is for something so permanent that the cost will never have to be repeated.  Teams began hauling crushed rock, yesterday afternoon.


The R. Connor Company needs 500 men at Stratford.  Wages are from $30 to $35 per month for sawyers and skidders.


A new feed mill has been put in at the Washboard Factory Planning (Planing) Mill.  It will grind your feed, corn meal and graham.  The patrons will receive liberal treatment and good service.


Thorp News:


C. Tiedan is adding the village water service to the conveniences of his residence.


The Leinenkugel Brewing Co. is about to begin the erection of a large beer depot on the sidetrack east of Beilfuss Bros. warehouse.


Irvin Chamberlain has started a milk delivery wagon, and the notes of a tinkling bell may be heard at regular hours, night and morning.


Chas Chamberlain sold ten acres of land, being a portion of his farm adjoining the village limits, to George Burke on Monday.  Consideration of sale was $350


Alexander McMillan, an ex-mayor of La Crosse and one of the oldest and best known lumber-man in the northwest, died at his home in that city, yesterday afternoon.  Mr. McMillan, suffering with paralysis, had been an invalid for nine years.  He was the originator of Black River Logging Company, and it was his boats, which took the first raft to St. Louis.  He was the president of the La Crosse Gas Company, upon its organization.  Mr. McMillan was elected mayor of the city in 1871, and in 1872 he was elected to the State Legislature. During later years, he lost his entire fortune in wheat and cattle speculation.


October 1931


This is the beginning of good high school football in Neillsville, perhaps the best that Neillsville has ever seen, according to several observers.  The team that pitted its ability against the fast and experienced Sparta High School, last Saturday, gave every indication that this fact would be true. The local team outplayed and outsmarted their experienced rivals in every department of the game, winning 14 to 0.


The conference schedule for the high school team is as follows:


Augusta, Here, Oct. 3

Owen, There, Oct. 9

Arcadia, Here, Oct. 17

Stanley, There, Oct. 24

Medford, There, Oct. 31


A large number of people from Neillsville watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Chicago Bears, 7 to 0, Sunday at Green Bay.  Those who made the trip were: Mr. and Mrs. William E. Crow, Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gustman, Jake Hoesly, Miss Harriet Getz, William Hemp, “Slim” Bruehn (Bruhn) and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schweinler.  Also, Art Kearney and Clarie Van Sickle of Merrillan.


Two young men, giving their names as Ed and Roy Sawtelle of Mosinee, ran across the arterial at the National Bank corner, Saturday night and crashed into a truck.  Policeman Rossman arrested the men for reckless driving and brought them at once before Justice Dudley, who administered a fine of $1.00 and costs amounting to $4.95.  The men claimed to have no money and offered to leave an overcoat as security, which was accepted.  They promised to return Monday, redeem the coat and pay for the damage to the truck, but as yet, have not been seen again.


Sam Stamper and assistants are busy in at the hospital and expect to have it ready for service in about a week.


The Lowe furniture store is generously equipping one room and W. F. Schiller is furnishing another room complete.  If there are others who wish to contribute articles such as pictures, small rugs, stands, etc., they will be thankfully accepted.


Recently a number of persons from outside Clark County have trucked in farm produce and peddled it from house to house in Neillsville to the detriment of both local farmers and businessmen.  An ordinance requiring persons residing outside the county to obtain a peddler’s license might discourage the practice and keep some more of the home dollars in the home community.


Ed Kurtzweg was brought before Justice Dudley on a charge of assaulting Willie Maleg, and fined $5 and costs, amounting to $15.35, which he paid.  It appears that Kurtzweg tried to sell Willie a watermelon, which Willie declined to buy.  This so peeved Kurtzweg that he struck Willie a severe blow “against the peace and dignity of the State of Wisconsin.”


The Neillsville Milk Products Co. announced this week that it was installing a milk pasteurizing plant. They will soon deliver pasteurized milk and cream to homes in the city, beginning October 15.


The Northern States Power Co. has completed the Kurth extension line along Pleasant Ridge.  Practically all residents along the line are “hooked on.”  The extension is about 4 ½ miles long and serves a large number of farms, also the Suckow Bros. Service Station and Pleasant Ridge Cheese Factory.


This summer, Bob Wagner purchased a copy of Coble’s Fish Almanac, which is a little pocket volume telling exactly to the minute the best time to fish, for every day in the year.


Sunday, Bob and Mrs. Wagner drove to Marshmallow Lake, wherever that is, and fished according to all the directions in the book, but without the slightest success.


After they got home, Bob discovered the cause of their failure to catch anything.  They had arrived at the lake 15 minutes too late, according to the almanac.  Anyone wishing a copy of the Almanac can no doubt get a special fall price by applying to Bob Wagner.


Many letters and cards are dropped in the post office, addressed to Canada and Great Britain with insufficient postage, also without a return address.  Consequently, all we can do is send this mail to the dead letter office.  Effective Sept. 1, 1931 the postage rate to Canada is 3 cents for letters and 2 cents for cards. The rate to Great Britain, Ireland and the Irish Free State is 5 cents for letters and 3 cents for cards.  Be sure and write your return address on all mail.  This is important.


Thursday afternoon, the barn on Fred Mohr’s farm in West Pine Valley was discovered on fire.  Mr. Mohr was away from home and it is not known how the fire started.  An alarm was sent out to Neillsville by neighbors and a fire truck went out to the Mohr farm, but was too late to be of service.  The barn and all its contents, the season’s hay and grain, were consumed.  The barn, which was 36 by 60 feet, was new and equipped with modern stalls and stanchions.  The loss is partially covered by insurance.


Friday evening, about dark, the large barn on the farm of Miss Anna Handky, in the Town of Lynn, burned with all its contents, the hay, straw and grain, were consumed.  The cause of this fire also is not known.  Some insurance was carried.


John Christianson sold his farm, located three and a half miles south on the Black River Monday, to Eric Schoenherr of Globe.  Kurt Schoenherr, his son, will operate the farm.  The land deal was arranged by Henry Lipkie, of Neillsville, with the purchase price being $7,000.


Joe Zilk opened his new Standard Oil filling station at the south end of Hewett Street, Saturday afternoon, with a parade and the distribution of a large number of gifts to his customers.  In the parade of oil trucks were Ed Keys of Spencer, Tob Jackson of Greenwood, Bob Zank of Fairchild, William Schmidtke of Granton and Bub Catlin of Loyal.


The high wind and drop in temperature, Tuesday, has given impetus to the city’s coal business. Buyers who have been holding off on ordering are beginning to stock up, several dealers reported.


The American legion charity ball to be given at the Armory, Nov. 11, for the benefit of the Community Club promises to be one of the biggest and best fun festivals the post has ever sponsored.


To liven up the affair, it has been decided to state a square dance contest and a waltz contest during the evening.  The prizes, which will be in cash, are to be announced in the Press next week.  Anyone interested in taking part in these events is requested to leave his or her name at the Press office.


A small charge will be made for spectators in the gallery, that evening.  The proceeds of the dance will be turned over to the Community Club for use in aiding needy people, this winter.  The admission to the dance will be only 50 cents and will afford everyone a chance to donate a small amount toward local charity.


Under the combination system of the Omaha and the Northwestern railroad lines, the Omaha train crews have charge four months and the Northwestern eight months of the year.  Tuesday morning, the Northwestern men took charge with J. Farley going on as conductor of the passenger train on this branch.


A resident on Highway 73, near where W. E. Roberts and family reported four masked men attempted to stop their car a week ago, writes to the Press that the four “bandits” were farm boys who “did it just for fun.”  As many motorists travel now with revolvers, always ready, such jokes are more than likely to end disastrously.


A heavy slump has struck the hunting license business, J. J. Irvine, county clerk, announces.  The total issued at the courthouse up to Tuesday was 293, while last year more than 700 had been issued up to this time.  No reports have come in from the many business places in the county, which are also issuing licenses.  The total for the county last year was 3,086.


Go Out to Eat Sunday at The Badger Inn: Sunday’s menu is Fruit Cocktail, Roast Chicken with Dressing; Jellied Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes, Southern Style Vegetable Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Hot Rolls, Nut Bread, Pie or Ice Cream, Tea, Coffee of (or) Milk. Price 50c


Fried Chicken Dinner at the Zion Reformed Church, Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Serving from 5:30 until all are served, Prices are 20c and 40c


Chicken Pie Dinner at Union Church Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


Dance every Sunday at the good old Marshfield Armory.  Next Sunday, Oct. 18, there will be music by The Campus Collegians.  Admission until 9 p.m. Gents 50c, Ladies Free; after 9 p.m. Gents 75c, Ladies 25c


United Home Grocery Specials of the week, Oct. 23 to Oct. 30:


Vanity Oatmeal, 16 oz. 7c; Fancy Blue Rose Rice, 2 lbs. 9c; Make Your own Chili with K Kidney Beans, 2 cans for 17c; Vanity Macaroni Products, 3 pkgs. 23c; Idaho Delicious Apples, 3 lbs. 22c; Western Head Lettuce, large solid heads, each 10c.



Some members of the 1936 Neillsville High School football team posed for a photo, which was taken on the west side of the school building. (Front, center) Don Paulus (#40), (second row, left to right), Glenn Zilk, Bud Bremer, Warren Kueling, Jack Abbe and Norman Lynch, (third row) Bill Lowe, Vilas Kraft and Orville Jake.  At that time, the football team practiced and played their games at the Clark County fairgrounds.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection; Players identified by Bill Lowe)




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