Clark County Press, Neillsville,

April 12, 2006, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1906


G. L. Prescott, manager of the Bruley Steel Fence Post Co., left Tuesday for Milwaukee, where he will open an office for the company in the Miller block.  The business has been growing so fast that it has been thought advisable to have an office in Milwaukee, where the post is manufactured.  Mrs. Prescott will join Mr. Prescott next week and they will make Milwaukee their home.  Their many friends living here regret to have them go away.


The Neillsville Brewery has never turned out finer Bock beer than this brew and it will be on tap next Saturday, at all first-class places.


Wanted: half a dozen large girls to work in the Furniture Factory; Apply to Mr. Morrison, Superintendent.


You can buy a good hickory-geared top buggy at Wolff & Korman for $45.  They have a large assortment of top buggies and road wagons with either steel or rubber tires.


They are telling a good story on a minister who has struggled along up north all winter.  The farmers would haul him in wood to discharge their obligations to the church.  Along in February, when the sleighing was good, his yard was piled full of green wood.  The next Sunday, when the minister mounted the platform, the congregation was amazed to hear him remark: “If I had a few more loads of green birch, I could extinguish the fires of hell.”


Notice has been given that bids for the building of the new school house for the German Lutheran St. John’s congregation of Neillsville, will be received up to noon April 14th.  Plan and specifications may be seen at the Schroeder Hardware Co.  The committee reserves the right to reject any or all bids.


Game Warden Redmond has been active for some time past, looking up evildoers and violators of the game law.  He has run down several of the culprits and it is hoped he will be able to effect (affect) the arrest of others who are said to be fishing and hunting out of season.


On Saturday, Warden Redmond went to Tioga and arrested four men for catching trout.  Three of them came to Neillsville, Monday, pleading guilty to the charge, being fined by Justice Dudley, to the extent of $10 each and costs.


On last Thursday, the Warden seized a box of fish at a local market in Neillsville.  They had been shipped here by Booth & Co. of Chicago and billed as No. 2 trout.  The box contained pike and pickerel.  It is unlawful to skip pickerel at this time of year.


Friday, Warden Redmond went to Granton and arrested Theo. Decker for killing partridges out of season, in March 1905.  He brought him to this city and lodged him in jail to await a hearing.


Easter will see a profusion of new hats on the ladies.  This season, the hats surpass all others for artistic beauty and shapes are such that they are becoming to every style of face.  (There are some of us women who can remember anxiously waiting to see the new spring hats that would be worn at Easter Sunday worship services.  The style of wearing hats to Sunday worship started disappearing in the late 1960’s. D.Z.)


According to the reports of landowners and woodsmen, wolves are playing havoc with deer in the northern part of the state.  Unless some measures are taken to rid of them, it is believed that there is dansger (danger) of extermination of the herds.  The deep snow in the woods has made it difficult for the deer to travel and they have fallen easy prey to the pests of the forest.


After this month, the oyster season will be closed until next fall, and local dealers are not sorry of it.  At this late stage of the season, oysters are often times handled at a loss for the greatest care has to (be) exercised in keeping them from becoming tainted.  It is said the oyster season is through all months, which contain the letter “r.”


The best sign of spring is the appearance of the automobile, which has been brought from the garage after winter storage.


The wooden floors at the courthouse have been given a treatment of oil and varnish, now shining and bright like a spring day.


As an exchange says; the kickers on the farm are not near as hard to get along with as the kickers in the towns.  On the farm, there is the kicking cow and the long-eared mule, while in town there is the old kicker who wants all the privileges of municipal living without paying for them.  He blocks, so far as he can, every municipal improvement.


April 1946


A contract for paving Highway 98 from the junction of 73, south of Greenwood, to Loyal has been let by the State High-way Commission, according to an announcement made this week by Clark County Highway Commissioner Elmer F. Anderson.


The contract calls for grading, drainage and the laying of an eight-inch concrete surface, at the cost of $274,432.15.  Low bidder was the Universal Engineering Co. of Medford.  It is understood that the Schultz Bros., local contractors, have the subcontract for grading and hauling gravel.


The project is one of several improvements on the state trunk highway system within Clark County projected for possible completion this season.  Others include the resurfacing of Highway 73 between Thorp and the Taylor County line; the grading and blacktopping of a second link in Highway 73 south of Neillsville, between Shortville and County Trunk W; and resurfacing of a stretch of Highway 95 from Day’s corners to the junction of County Trunk J, at the Dewhurst town hall.


Virgil Dickinsen, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Commission, went on record before the Rotary club here Tuesday evening as “opposed to the sale of forest crop lands for the benefit of corporations or individuals.”


This stand found particular interest in Clark County in the form of a tentative inquiry from a nationally known manufacturer of wood products.


“I believe that county forests areas should remain such,” Mr. Dickinsen declared, “because that’s the way most people can get the most good of the land.”


The adventure of a little Holstein calf, who wandered into town to see the sights Tuesday night, came to an abrupt end in the yawning hole, which was the basement of Neillsville’s old hotel, across the street from the city hall.


The adventuresome calf was drinking in the strange sights of a civilization so different from the placid barn scenes he had watched all his short life from a pen.  He wandered serenely along West Sixth Street, heading for the heart of the city.


But, disaster befell him as he reached the corner of West Street, with only a block remaining between him and the wonderful sights of Main Street.  Three boys sighted him from two blocks away.


With whoops and hollers, Richard Wallace, Theron Gergen and Bud Handke struck out in pursuit of the calf.  The calf made a valiant effort to elude his pursuers.  He headed south on West Street, zigzagging from one side to the other, with the three boys breathing hard on his heels.


Once, just before the calf made a couple of rounds of the Congregational Church building, Bud Handke grabbed him amid-rift.  But the calf wasn’t ready to give up.  Shaking off Bud’s grasp, he circled the church and struck out eastward on Highway 10, toward the city’s main corner.  He passed the dairy plant and the electric shop, and went plunk into the old hotel basement.


There, Theron Gergen fell upon him, and the adventuresome calf was captured.  The boys helped him out; borrowed a belt from Buril Galbreath, and started to lead the now-docile calf away.  They soon discarded the belt in favor of a length of rope offered by Patrolman Drescher, night policeman.


The calf was retired to the Gergen barn, there to chew upon a cud and reflect on the wonders, and the terrors of city life.


The boys are waiting for someone to claim the calf.


The Paun’s announce that they have take over the tavern formerly operated by Clayton McCann. It is located 15 miles southeast of Neillsville on Highway 73, at Paun’s Corner.  Due to current shortages they find it necessary to postpone their grand opening until such time as sufficient stock can be obtained.


John H. Flynn, newly elected Neillsville City Clerk, has been advised by cable that Mrs. Flynn and their two-month-old daughter, Gail, are leaving Brisbane, Australia, today on the first leg of their journey to their new home in Neillsville.  Mrs. Flynn, a native of Australia, and the baby will make the crossing aboard the Mariposa of the Matson Lines.  They are expected to land in San Francisco about the first of May, and will be met in Chicago by Mr. Flynn.  The Flynn’s were married while Mr. Flynn was serving with the 32nd Division in the Southwest Pacific.


The Sorensen farm in section 15, Town of Mayville, has been bought by Alfred and Jessie Henke.  The consideration was $6,500.  The owners were Mae Sorensen Waisner and Viola Sorensen Anthes.


The purchase price of the Lewis Pagel farm, section 22, Town of Reseburg, was $8,000 and was bought recently by Mr. and Mrs. Anton Lato.


Henry R. Pannenbecker and John C. Pannenbecker have purchased the John J. Bonacker, Jr. farm of 120 acres in the Town of Sherman.  The farm is located in Section 29, near Spokeville.


An increase of five cents per hour has been granted to employees of the Clark County Highway Department, by the county committee.  This increase brings the minimum rate to 70 cents per hour for ordinary labor. For work involving more or less skill, there are varying rates up to a top of $1.05.


Three persons were injured early Monday evening when a car and a light truck collided on “Dead Man’s Curve,” three miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10.


Mrs. Theodore Linster, an occupant of the car driven by her husband, suffered a dislocated hip, concussion and facial lacerations.  She will be confined for some time.  Mr. Linster received chest injuries, rib fracture and lacerations; but was released after treatment by a local physician.


An occupant of the truck, George (Windy) Reams of Route 2, Neillsville, suffered a head injury and an injured finger.  The truck in which Reams was a passenger was driven by James O’Connor.


Baseball will be revived in Neillsville this season through a city team under the sponsorship of the Wilson-Heintz Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  This decision was made at a meeting of the veterans.  It includes: Bruce F. Beilfuss, E. C. Karnitz, P. C. Ludovic and Donald Paulus.


A call for all aspiring baseball players in the Neillsville area went out this week from Gene Christie, manager of the local entry in the Cloverbelt baseball league.


The team is being sponsored by the Wilson-Heintz Post, but is open to all baseball players of the area, whether veterans or not.


Expectations are that the team will be built round mainstays of the pre-war Neillsville nine.  Among them are: Bob Teeples, Hatfield, who pitched for the 32nd Division; Albert (Lefty) Zank; Frankie Zank; Harold Milbreit; Bud Bremer; and Christie.  A Black River Falls veteran named Hoard is expected to serve as the receiving end of the battery, Manager Christie said.  Hoard caught for Teeples while in the Service.


Neillsville has been placed in the western division of the Cloverbelt league.  Other teams in this division include Thorp, Stanley, Osseo, Augusta and Chippewa Falls.


Eastern division teams include Greenwood, Loyal, Colby, Withee, Curtiss and Stetsonville.


The championship will be determined at the close of the season in a three-game series between the winners of each division.


Easter Dance at Merry Ol’ Gardens Sunday, April 21, with music by The Country Gentlemen; Greenwood Legion Dance Tuesday, April 23, the Benny Graham band; wedding dance Wednesday, April 23, in honor of John Rakovec and Doris Anderson, Emil and His Band will provide the music.


Saturday season openings on most types of game fish have been announced by the Wisconsin Conservation Commission, this year, for the first time in recent history.


The customary May 15 opening of the season on trout, pike, and such, has given way this year to a Saturday opening on May 18, as a result of recent suggestions by sportsmen of the state.


But in time, to give a little limbering-up exercise will be the opening of the season May 4, on rock bass, crappies, perch, bullheads, sunfish, bluegills and roach.


Daily bag limits remain unchanged: trout, walleyed and northern pike, 7: muskies, 1; white bass, rock bass and crappies, 25; perch, no bag limit; bullheads, 25; catfish, 15; and sunfish, bluegills and roach, 25.


The season on small mouth bass will open June 20, with a daily bag limit of 7.


The following barbers of the city of Neillsville agree to the following prices of barber services as of April 15th, 1946:


Adult Haircut, 75c; Child’s Hair Cut, under 12 years of age, 60c; Shaves, 50c; Shampoo, 60c; Massages, $1; and Hair Tonic, 35c.


M. R. Mabie,

E. L. Francis,

Donald Schwantes,

Ellsworth Shock


Wisconsin Trivia

“The Old Rugged Cross,” a favorite hymn, was written by Rev. George Bennard, of Wisconsin in 1912.  The hymn was first sung at a church in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.




The Mobile Service Station as it appeared at the intersection of Hewett and Fifth streets in 1960.  The station was owned and operated by Arden Hinkelmann for 38 years.   (Photo courtesy of the Hinkelmann Family photo collection)




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