Clark County Press, Neillsville,

November 8, 2006, Page 18

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1906


Last week, J. F. Schuster bought the Gottlieb Schultz farm in West Weston.  It consists of 120 acres of land, about 60 acres is cleared and it has good farm buildings.


County Clerk C. M. Bradford patronizes the Neillsville Creamery by bringing down surplus milk, from his Jersey cow, which is not required in his family.  When the regular test was made last week, it was discovered that the milk tested 7 per cent.  This is the highest test ever made by any milk that has been brought to any of Mr. Lange’s creameries.  Mr. Bradford bought the cow at an auction, which goes to show that he is a pretty good judge of stock.


Up in the northeast part of the Town of York, in Dist. No. 4 is a new schoolhouse, nearly completed.  We presume it is probably the finest country schoolhouse in Clark County; in fact it could be there are few better anywhere else in the state.  It is built for two departments, both on the ground floor, having a modern system of heating and ventilation.  It is entirely modern in all respects.


John Arquette, proprietor of the Home Knitting Co. of Marshfield has decided to move to Neillsville.  We understand his business will occupy the H. J. Brooks’ building, opposite of the Merchants Hotel.  The business, at present, employs several girls and women.  It is to be enlarged by the addition of local capital.


Running directly south from Grand Avenue, in Neillsville, there now is an open road for twelve straight miles.  A new iron bridge has recently been put in on Rock Creek, in Levis.  The fill was put in by Wm. Richmond and W. H. Rath.  The entire road is not yet turnpiked, but the road is now passable.  It will soon be rapidly improved, to be one of the great main roads leading into Neillsville, tapping a newly developing county.


Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at the Merchants Hotel.  The menu is a follows: Cream of Tomato Soup, Olives, Celery, Fillet of White Fish, Potatoes Mignon, Prime Roast Beef, Demi Glaze, Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Roast Goose, Sage Dressing, Escalloped Oysters, Apple Fritters, Wine Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Peas, Hubbard Squash, Celery Salad, Mince, Apple and Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Ice Cream, Assorted Cakes, Cheese, Coffee, Tea and Milk.  Joe Dillman, Prop.


(Demi-Glaze, a classic French brown sauce, itself a base for many other sauces, is made up of beef stock, Madeira sherry and vegetable stock.  The present day alternative would be au Jus.  D.Z.)


There will be a dance at the Christie Hall, Thanksgiving evening.  The music will be provided by Beyer’s Orchestra.  Come one and all, have a good time.


One of the commendable things done by the Clark County Board, at its recent meeting, was passing a resolution providing for granite or marble markers to be placed at the graves of all deceased Union soldiers whose graves have no other monument.  Orrin Wilson, the chairman of Mentor, introduced the resolution and presented its merits in a few remarks, which were so convincing that there was not one dissenting vote.


A. E. Garvin, of the Town of York, will have plenty of farming to do, at least for a year.  He has rented two farms, besides working his own farm.  The rented farms are those of Maxim and Maxon.


The new schoolhouse, at Granton, is built of concrete.  It is a fine appearing building and a credit to the town, the first public building of its kind in he county.  If it stands the test, it is quite probable that concrete will be used more and more in this locality.


The Owen Advertiser is the newest addition to Clark County’s newspaper list.  The No. 1, Vol. 1 is on our desk.  It gives promise of growth and helpfulness to its home-town, one of the coming places in Wisconsin.  “Keep your eye on Owen” and the Advertiser.


One of the most pleasant times of the season was held at the home of Herman Albrecht and wife last Saturday night, when about 30 of their neighbors and friends dropped in for a social dance.  Dancing commenced early in the evening, with some enjoying a game of cinch, rather than dancing.  At midnight a bountiful oyster supper was served from a table verily groaning under the weight of goodies.  But the tables were turned, an hour later, when considerable groaning was heard around the room when someone proposed another dance to wear off the misery of too much food.  Music was furnished by Lon Cook, Harry Milton, Frank Presher and Clara Albrecht, along with Willie Dux bringing in a doleful sound on his accordion.  Everyone danced until four in the morning, when they retired to their homes, declaring they had never had a better time.


November 1956


A dial telephone system, with completely new building and equipment, is in prospect for Greenwood.  Approval has been given by the public service commission of Wisconsin for expenditure of $266,205 upon the new plant.  The commission has also authorized the issuance of 2,320 shares of stock, with a par value of $10 each.  The firm expects to borrow $253,000 as the chief factor in financing the project.  The Greenwood Telephone Company has also been authorized to buy the West Side Telephone Company at $500.


R. S. Knutson, president of the company, states that the new building will be constructed next summer, and that a contract for switching equipment will be let within 60 days.


There’s more than one way to pay a fine.


Two truck drivers, snared in the state officer’s safety check, met the problem squarely here, last week.  They sold their trucks to the wrecking yards.  The sale for these “junkers” brought “just about enough” to pay the $15.15 fines and court costs, according to Officer Leon Luick of the State Traffic Patrol.


Tuesday afternoon, the ladies of the Humbird American Legion Auxiliary met at the bank to pack Christmas boxes for the boys in the armed forces overseas.  These boxes contain home baked cookies, fruitcake and candy, gum and popcorn.


H. Randy Briggs has been appointed secretary of the Neillsville Public Schools board of education.  He accepted the appointment Tuesday night, succeeding Donald Dundas, who resigned.


Mr. Dundas has resigned after nearly 20 years of service on the school board.  He is being transferred December 1 to the district office of the Northern States Power Company, in Eau Claire.  Mr. Dundas came to Neillsville in 1942 from Stanley, and has been employed in the local office of the power company since that tiem, with the exception of a period during the war when he was in the Navy.


Eugene Jepsen is taking Mr. Dundas’ position in the local NSP office.


A formal offer to build a building on the old E. J. Lanam farm site, just east of the Neillsville Golf Course on highway 10, was transmitted to the Nelson Muffler Corporation, last week, by the Neillsville Industrial Corporation.


Details of an agreement, under which the Nelson Corporation would lease the building for 10 years with an option to buy or renew, were discussed by members of the two groups in Neillsville earlier.


The building proposed would be 120 x 200 feet, located on a five-acre plot of land.  Its estimated cost would $90,000, with the land at an additional $2,500.


Inasmuch as it is the expressed desire of E. E. Bryant, Nelson Muffler Corporation president, and his associates that the manufacturing enterprise continue as an integral part of the community, a request will be made that the property be annexed to, and become a part of, the city.  This move would provide city fire protection and other benefits arising from inclusion within the city limits.  At the same time, the Nelson Corporation, as well as the Neillsville Industrial Corporation, would pay taxes to the city to help in its support.


The purpose of the local industrial group is to raise a portion of the funds necessary for the development through sale of stock, and through the sale of debentures, or notes, which would bear interest.  The remainder of the funds required for this large development will be secured by mortgage against the land and building.


At its meeting last Tuesday night, the city council put on record assurance that sewer and water lines to the proposed site will be made available “if and when” the new manufacturing plant is constructed.


The following officers were installed at the Loyal Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday: John A. Olsen, president; Carl Lawrenz, financial secretary; and Verlan Dux, trustee.  They will serve for two years.  Other officers, whose terms did not expire this year, are Harold Dahl, treasurer; Lavern Kronberger, secretary; and Herbert Hinkleman and Delmar Bartsch, trustees.  Ferdinand Gotter is the retiring president of the congregation.


Mr. and Mrs. Chester Johnson have arrived at Camp Carson, Colo. where Mr. Johnson is stationed with the armed forces.


Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were married October 24, at the courthouse in Neillsville by Judge Lowell Schoengarth.


The bride is the former Irma Spangler, daughter of Mrs. Bessie Spangler of near Loyal, while her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Noah of Marshfield.


They were attended by Miss Maryanne Garbisch and Verlan Spangler, both of Loyal.


Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson greeted friends at the Spangler home where the wedding supper was served.


The bride is a 1956 graduate of the Loyal High School and has been employed the past few months at the Marshfield Clinic.  Prior to leaving for military service, the groom was employed by the Kurt Marg fox farm, at Neillsville.


Grand Opening Specials at the new Neillsville IGA Foodliner are: Fresh Truck Load of Cookies, 4 one lb. pkgs. $1; Colby Longhorn Cheese, 39c lb; Pork Chops, lb. 49c; McIntosh Apples bushel $1.98; Grassland Butter, Grade A, lb. 63c.


Step into the wonderful world of Auto-dynamics when you purchase a 1957 Swept-wing Dodge.  This new vehicle unleashes a hurricane of power and it breaks through the vibration barrier.  It can be purchased at Rychnovsky Bros., 306 W. Fifth Street.


Attention Deer Hunters! Becker’s Cafι will be open at all hours.  Beginning Friday, the cafι will be open continuously through Sunday, and until further notice for your convenience.  Hunters’ lunches will be packed, including coffee, to take along out on the deer stand or deer drive.  Full Dinners and Short Orders will be served.  Friday: Fish of your choice; also Lobster Tail and Oysters or ½ Fried Chicken.  Available at all hours: Venison Steaks, Choice Beef Steaks, Chops and Roasts.  Make Becker’s Your Hunting Headquarters!



Becker’s Cafι, a popular place to dine, was located on the northwest corner of West 6th and Hewett Street inter-section, in the 1950s, next door to the Neillsville (Tragsdorf) Theatre.  Both businesses no longer exist in Neillsville.



Enter your Buck in Van Gorden’s Big Buck Contest.  You may win $10 in Cash for the Wisconsin, Whitetail Deer with the Widest Antler Spread!  Join These Winners of Van Gorden’s Past Annual ‘Big Buck’ Contest:


1947 – Murel Mott, Neillsville, 23 Ύ” spread;

1948 – Elmer Filitz, Neillsville 18 Ύ” spread;

1949 – Fred Pretsch, Washburn, 130 lb. Doe;

1950 – Ted Mech, Neillsville, 21 3/4” spread;

            Dan Olson, Heaviest Deer;

1951 – Arnold Hoppe, Neillsville, 21 Ύ” spread;

            Fred Elmhorst, Granton, 201 ½ lb. Buck;

1952 – Henry Schutte, Neillsville, 22” spread;

1953 – Louis Meinholt, Neillsville, 23” spread;

1954 – Robert Beil, Humbird, 21 7/8” spread;

1955 – Wayne Schwanebeck, Pittsville, 21 7/8” spread.


Now it is “Christie,” and nobody can get away from it.


The great controversy has been decided finally, once and for all.  The Clark County board has done it. The crucial act was the formal adoption of this spelling.


The action was taken up by the County Board, upon the request of the State Geographic committee.  This state body, having solemnly concluded that it is “Christie,” suggested that the County Board come to the same solemn conclusion, and so the board did it.


But before the action was taken, some inquiring soul on the County Board wanted to know, so the publisher of The Clark County Press sought to expound the mystery.  The tale concerned the red tape involved in trying to correct somebody’s blunder.  Nobody who knew anything about the name locally had tired to spell it other than “Christie,” but somebody making new road signs had made it “Christy,” and it has taken yard of red tape to correct his blunder.


Eighteen boys of the Granton High School have been doing Chicago, Monday and Tuesday of this week.  They left Merrillan on the “400” Sunday, spent Monday and Tuesday at the International Livestock Exposition as well as a tour of Chicago.  The boys were accompanied by Francis Steiner, of the high school faculty.


The boys who made the trip were junior and senior students, as follows:


Victor Braatz, Wallace Hiles, Walter Hiles, Roger Krasselt, Gene Loos, Ernest Sternitzky, Gary Sternitzky, Leon Sternitzky, Norman Vanderwyst, Matt Wolf, Don Dix, Bert Hales, Eldon Helm, George Jennings, Don Krause, Russell Kuehn, Don Rowe and Dale Wessenberg.




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