Clark County Press, Neillsville,

April 19, 2006, Page 13

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1881


A German custom in construction was recently told: German bricklayers do not carry the bricks up in a hod.  The bricks are generally thrown up to the workers.  On stands at the pile of bricks in the street, and on man is placed on each staging to throw to the man above through a hole in the scaffolding.  By the succession of relays bricks are thrown up five stories.  I have never seen a “muff” made, but I usually watched the game from the other side of the street.  Another custom connected with house building, is for the owner to give an entertainment to the workmen when the walls are up.  The fact is advertised to the community, by a great crown of flowers placed upon the top of the building, with numerous flags and decorations.  Work is suspended for the day, and the workmen, their wives and daughters meet the owner, along with the invited guests.  They all gather around the festive board, where a dance is held.  It is well known that the Germans have as many holidays as possible.


The carpenters are at work raising James Delane’s restaurant, on Third Street.  It will have another story, with also the building an addition on the back to be used for a kitchen.  When the work is completed, he will be prepared to furnish board and lodging to a limited number of people and day board to all who apply.


Probably the temperance people of Clark County will be pleased to learn that yesterday, at the polls of election in the new Town of Withee, the liquor license question was brought up and was voted down, so there will be no liquor license granted in that town, this year.  At the polls of election in the Town of Thorp, the liquor license question was not voted on at all.  However a temperance gentleman was elected to the office of chairman, Mr. R. A. Burss. Forward, March, brothers and sisters all, carry your banner high; victory will soon be ours and liquor banished from our land.


A family by the name of Garbush, residing about two miles south of Maple Works, lost three children, with scarlet fever recently and three of the family are now sick with it.  The disease is epidemic, ten have died with it within the last two weeks, and several others are still afflicted with the disease.


“If life be a battle, how mad must he be who fails to arm himself for the contest?  If life is a storm, how infatuated is he who sleeps while his back is driven amid unknown waters!  If life becomes a pilgrimage, how unwise is he who strays from the right road, nor seeks to return until the shadows gather around its pathway.”


A slab fell on to the double-rotary saws at Eyerly’s mill last Tuesday, and broke them into “smithereens” in the twinkle of an eye.  Pieces of the saws went through the roof, and in every direction.  All the workers, save one, saw the approaching danger, and ran out of the mill; the one remaining had the presence of mind to drop on the floor and fortunately no one was injured.


D. Hammel & Co. of Appleton, have rented C. Blakeslee’s barn on the corner of Main and Third Streets, which they will use as a sale stable hereafter.  They have ordered a load of top and open buggies and platform spring wagons of the best make, and also have a fine lot of horses.


W. C. Arnold has a bicycle and several of the boys who have attempted to ride it have the skin knocked off their shins and several other places on their body.   We think Will can soon get the “animal” broke, so it will drive single.


The new bell for the Presbyterian Church, of this place, arrived at Humbird on Monday of this week, after a journey of four weeks from Troy, N.Y.  Mrs. John Ross had the honor of bringing it to this village, yesterday.  Mr. C. B. Bradshaw will have it lifted into its place in the church tower, within the next forty-eight hours.


Hon. N. H. Withee’s saw mill on French Island, opposite Onalaska, six miles above La Crosse, having a capacity of 60,000 feet in twelve hours, was entirely destroyed by fire at an early hour on Sunday Morning, April 15th.  The property was valued at $60,000 and was insured for $9,000.


Wednesday night, Rev. J. E. Webster of Neillsville, will deliver his lecture on Rebel Prison Life from actual knowledge, having been an inmate for fifteen months of one of the living hell-holes called prisons.  It makes one’s blood curdle loyal veins; to think of all of those who had charge of rebel prisons were not damned eternally.  We expect to see the Greenwood M. E. Church crowded, and we will have further comment in next week’s news.


April 1936


Boxes of smelt, souvenirs of the Escanaba Smelt Jamboree, held April 2 and 3 to celebrate the opening of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan sport fishing season, were sent to the Kiwanis club.  The smelt will provide a fish fry to be enjoyed by the club members at their April 13 meeting, was announced this week by V. C. Woelffer, club secretary.


St. John’s Lutheran Church again offers the community a rare treat in hearing the Northwestern College Male Chorus of Watertown, Wis.


Prof. C. F. Bolle, Director, and his chorus of 40 voices are scheduled for a sacred concert on Good Friday evening, April 10th at 8 p.m.  A silver offering will be taken during the concert.  Come and hear the chorus present the priceless treasure of Christian hymns and chorales as outlined in their concert folder.


E. Sievert, principal of St. John’s Lutheran School is in charge of the publicity work and the arrangements of lodging and meals.


For the second successive year, the Little Grove School in the Town of Colby has won the prize offered by the Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis Association to the rural school in Clark County having the highest per capita Christmas Seal Sale.


This year, the prize is a leather embossed plaque, one of which was sent out to the winning rural school in each county.


The per capita sale for our winning school was sixty three cents.


Miss Myrl Justman is the teacher.


Concrete paving for Highway 73 through Clark County became an assured fact Tuesday when the voters approved the bond issue referendum by a four to one majority.  Returns from 43 of the 52 precincts in the county, were available at press time, which gave 5,593 votes in favor of paving and 1,744 against.


Preliminary work to speed the sale of bonds was laid sometime ago in anticipation of favorable action and as a result, no delay will be necessary in advertising the sale of the bonds and bids for construction.  Actual work on the project is likely to get under way by the middle of May. Under the present plans, 14.26 miles of the total of 24.84 miles to be built between Highway 10 and Highway 29, will be built at the south end during 1936 and the remainder completed in 1937.


Work on the right-of-way of Highway 73, in preparation for the laying of concrete, got started this week under a PWA project.  The first work to be done will be north of the H. Bieneck farm to eliminate the winding road between that point and the old Hoesly farm corner.  Included in the project is a new concrete bridge across Cawley Creek, just east of the old span.


This preliminary work has resulted in considerable activity in a business way and will give employment to a number of persons eligible to relief.  These projects have no connection with the paving program, and would have been done whether the bond issue were passed or not, but now that the county has approved the paving, they will work in nicely with that job.


The farm owned by Mrs. Rose Perkins, northeast of Greenwood, was sold Saturday to Donald Dusso of Greenwood.  Palmer Vinger handled the deal.


Last Saturday, a deal was made by the Palmer Vinger Real Estate Agency whereby Alvin Miller, a prominent farmer living near Loyal, became the owner of the Earl Marvin farm, one mile north of Loyal.  Mr. Miller plans to make extensive improvements on the farm, which consists of 120 acres.  Mr. Vinger informs us that the next thing he is going to sell Alvin is the idea of getting a wife with as much ambition as he has, and he will be all set.


Withee elected Miss Mary Free as queen and Misses Maxine Thorson and Priscilla Funk, tap dancers, as talent stars April 2, to be features of a cheese festival sponsored by Withee Commercial club and the Wisconsin Cheese Publicity association.  Festivals, to publicize Wisconsin cheese, are also being held in Abbotsford and Loyal.  Four hundred people attended the Withee program.


Miss Withee and Withee talent stars will compete on a Clark County broadcast over WDLB, Stevens Point.  The county queen will receive a trip to the State Fair to compete for state queen who will go to the Texas Centennial.  Eight county talent stars will broadcast over WTMJ, Milwaukee.  Radio audience votes determine the winners.


Clark County, one of the state’s largest cheese producing counties, produced over 16 million pounds of cheese last year, at a market value in excess of two million dollars.


Withee’s Cheese Festival Week, with a cheese land queen and home talent contests, is one of a series being arranged by the publicity association of Kiel, Wisconsin.  The state produces three-fifths of all the cheese produced in this country.


A banquet featuring roast crow was served by the “Forty and Eight” of the American Legion at a Madison hotel on March 19.  Sportsmen supplied 60 crows for the feast.


“Black Partridges” were held to be entirely palatable and the dinner had the unstinted endorsement of the Conservation Department.


Marriage licenses recently issued in Clark County are:


Edward Barth and Lena Bealer, Fremont; Walter Zank, Pine Valley, and Frieda Gerhardt, Town of York; Francis W. Sherer and Evelyn Speck, Abbotsford; Leonard A. Kiviko, Longwood, and Irene M. Knight, of Hoard.


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stelloh moved Monday from the old Stelloh homestead in the Town of Pine Valley, to the Oscar Northup farm.  Mr. Stelloh’s father came here from Milwaukee 43 years ago and with his family settled on the farm, which has been occupied by the elder Stelloh or one of his sons during all the years.  Walter Zank has taken over the management of the farm for this season.


Fire was discovered in the sugar bush at the Charles Greeler farm in the Town of York, Sunday evening at about 6:30 p.m.  A woodpile caught fire from sparks from the smoke stack of the cooking shanty.  The Greeler family had recently installed a telephone so they were able to summon help from among their neighbors, thus saving the shanty, syrup equipment and a large portion of the wood.


The Arbutus Lake CCC Camp at Merrillan, Wisconsin, is entering its seventh work period with an enviable record of work accomplishments for the time the camp has been in existence.  The camp was established June 16, 1933, on Arbutus Lake and it has been at the same location ever since.  The working territory includes southern Clark County and practically all of Jackson County, east of Black River Falls.


The camp is a State Forestry Camp under the Jurisdiction of the Wisconsin Conservation Department.  It has been really loaned to the State of Wisconsin by the Federal Government for work in Fire Protection District 10 of the Conservation Department.


It was established primarily for fire protection purposes, and secondarily for the improvement of the communication and transportation facilities in the district.  Besides these two main purposes, there are numerous others for establishment such as:  Improvement of forest stands, reduction of fire hazards, and construction of fire breaks, planting, blister rust control, stream improvement, lake improvement, dam construction and mapping.  All of these purposes revert back indirectly to fire protection.


The following is a summary of some of the accomplishments: 28 bridges, 5 concrete dams, 133 miles of telephone lines, 50 miles of fire breaks, 55 miles of roadside clearing, 216 miles of trailside clearing, 6,583 man-days of fire suppression, 5, 028 man-days of fire pre-suppression, 1,252 acres of fire hazard reduction, 760 acres of forest stand improvement, 111 miles of truck trails, 1,185 acres of Norway, Jack and White Pine in plantations, a total of 1,500,000 trees.


133 miles of telephone lines constructed has connected all the look-out towers with the dispatcher’s office in the Ranger Station in Black River Falls.  The new lines are all metallic circuits, and they have made the fire detection system more efficient in both overseeing and reporting fires.


A concert was put on at the Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Sunday evening, April 19, at which Dr. Sarah D. Rosekrans of Neillsville sang the entire program.  There were four groups of selections embracing the Italian, German, French and English languages.


While in Chicago, Dr. Sarah Rosekrans was initiated into the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national music fraternity.


Because of W.P.A. funds running low, our lime supervisor, Mrs. Haas of Withee, has been laid off.  We have been told that W.P.A. help on lime quarrying, grinding, loading, and unloading of cars may not last much longer.  So you had better order your lime while W.P.A. lasts and save a dollar a ton.  You’ll never get this chance again.


Wisconsin Trivia

Q. Which Milwaukee Braves pitcher won the deciding game of the 1957 World Series?

A. Lou Burdette shut out the New York Yankees with 5-0.




A view of Hewett Street, looking north from the Fifth Street intersection, circa 1920, in Neillsville

(Photo Courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)




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