Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 10, 2006, Page 13

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

May 1906


Last Thursday night, a chandelier, in Dr. J. C. Lacey’s drug store, containing four kerosene lamps fell just after the lamps had been lighted, breaking them into a thousand pieces.  Fortunately, the lamps were extinguished in the fall and no damage was done, except demolishing the fully equipped chandelier.


One day last week, a young man in one of the rural areas went into the woods to do some work.  While there, one of his boots felt uncomfortable and he resolved to draw it off to see what the matter was.  To do so, he thought the crotch of a sapling tree that stood near him would answer the purpose of a bootjack.  He laced his heel in the crotch and gave a pull, but he slipped and fell on the broad of his back, with one of his feet high in the air, sticking fast to his new-fashioned bootjack.  From this uncomfortable position, he was unable to extricate himself, and he lay there struggling until ten o’clock the next day, when he was discovered and released by a party of friends who had been hunting for him all the previous night.  Since his suspension, Lyman does not consider the sapling bootjack a great success, and he will here-after draw off his number 11s with a convenience that will not serve him such a dirty trick as the sapling did.


Leeks do not improve the flavor of butter to the taste of ordinary mortals.  Farmers should endeavor to keep the cows from feeding upon them.


We are indebted to Messrs. Atwood & Culver, of Madison, for their historical sketch of “Old Abe,” the live war-eagle.  “Old Abe” served through a three-year’s campaign in our late war, with the Eighth Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry.  It is an interesting volume, and well worth the price for which it is offered, 50c.


Now is the time for planting gardens and taking sweet revenge.  Injuries for which blood could not atone, maybe avenged a few short hours by turning a flock of chickens into an enemy’s garden.


Clark County will be represented at the Centennial Exhibition.  The Northwestern Lumberman article says: “Spaulding, Van Hoosear & Co., of Unity, has just cut, for the Wisconsin Central Company, to be exhibited at the Centennial, the following pieces: One white oak log, twelve feet long, containing 690 feet; one black oak log of the same length, containing 530 feet; one burr oak, 690 feet; one white pine, 840 feet; one basswood, 590 feet; one hard maple, 370 feet; and one butternut, 530 board feet.  Out of each log was cut one piece, two inches thick, four feet long, and the full width of the log; one plank, four inches thick and four feet long, and the full width of the log; one plank, four inches thick and four feet long, and one piece eight by eight inches, four feet long.  These pieces were shipped to Philadelphia on the 20th.  Mr. P. A. Maloney, superintendent of the mills of Spaulding, Van Hoosear & Co., also prepared for exhibition, a bunch of shingles.  Two of the pieces made a course.  One hundred pieces made the bunch.”


The old Court House will be sold at public auction, to the highest bidder on June 7, 1876.  The building is one that might be made into a dwelling house at no great cost, and being of little use to the county, a good bargain will be given to someone.


In preparing nests for setting hens, plenty of sulfur should be sprinkled in the nest, and occasionally more added to guard against vermin.  It’s awful to be born lousy and not able to scratch.


The ground upon which the Catholic Church is to be built, during the present season, has been selected.  It is on the North Side, near Furlong’s property. 


A circa 1920 photo of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville; sometime after the photo was taken, a bolt of lightning, during a thunderstorm, struck the steeple, starting a fire which destroyed the structure.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ Collection)



Some of the many smokers to be found in this county, can learn what an eminent physician has said.  He says that smoking interferes with the molecular changes, coincident with the development of the tissues, and makes the blood corpuscles oval and irregular at the edges.  This news may induce to renounce smoking pipes and cigars forever.


Don’t be in a hurry about taking down the heating stoves.  Winter is evidently lingering hereabouts and is liable to return at any time.  The weather is so mighty uncertain, that the best prophet in that line cannot predict what the next day may bring forth.


There are some boys fitting themselves for an active baseball campaign during the present season.  A few acres of dry ground and a dry day are all they require to make them happy.


May 1956


We join their many friends in welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Otto Gustman to the business and social life of the community.


The Gustman’s have purchased Sam’s Super-Ette, at the south end of Hewett Street, and will continue to operate the grocery store and gasoline service station there, and have named it “Gustman’s Corner.”


It is our hope that the people of Neillsville and the surrounding area will extend to them, the friendly hand of greeting.  We wish the Gustmans success and enjoyment in their new business.


Seventy-one members of the Class of 1956 will receive diplomas from the Neillsville High School at commencement exercises to be held at 8 o’clock May 24, in the high school gymnasium.


The commencement address will be given by Director of Forensics Grace Walsh, of Eau Claire State College.


A highlight of the program will be the presentation of an award to Mrs. Ruth Stanley Jacobs of Marshfield, who has been selected as “extension student of the year.”  Mrs. Jacobs, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stanley of Rt. 1, left Neillsville High School in 1949, at the start of her junior year.  She completed the high school course through the Extension Department of the University of Wisconsin.


This presentation will be made by W. A. Wedemeyer, Director and Recorder of high school correspondence courses for the university.


A number of awards will be presented, also, to members of the senior class by Principal Ivan W. Lauscher.  Those to receive awards are: Kathleen Overman, Wendell Seif, Judy Reese, Erma Stucki, Eileen Zank, Vivian Randall and Sarah Albrecht.


Miss Overman will give the valedictory address; Mr. Seif the salutatory.


Diplomas will be presented to the graduates by Superintendent D. E. Peters.


Also, included on the program will be an opening march by Miss Joan Wolfram, vocal instructor; the invocation by the Rev. Frank B. Harcey of the Congregational Church; vocal selections by the Glee Club and the Mixed Chorus.


Members of the graduating class are:


Helen Ann Afkind, Sarah Lou Albrecht, Dale Louis Appleyard, Harry Ayers, Jr., Robert Wendell Bell, Kay Bills, Karen Botnen, Winifred Jean Bruhn, Mary Cynthia Brundage, Georgia Ann Burmester, Dale Floyd Bush, Ralph Clodfelter, Donald A. Crockett, Eugene Edward Crockett.


Constance Jean Duchow, Arne Lee Eisentraut, James William Filitz, Alice Gall, Jim Gennrich, Fred Albert Gutenberger, Mary Lounette Hagie, Louie Carl Hoffman, Dawayne Hugh Howard, Delano Joseph Hubing, Harold Charles Jacob, Lynton Jahr, Jr., June Ann Janisch, Edna Esther Kalsow, Kenneth Henry Keller, Ronald William Klann, Louis Ardyth Knoop, Howard Raymond Krause, Devere Edward Krejci, Maxine Mable Kuester.


Douglas Larsen, Jerry Gordon Lewis, Charles Edward Lincoln, Vera Mae Lincoln, Edith Margaret Lindner, Cheryl Ann Mabie, Betty Jane Marden, Bette Ann Matousek, Gerald Dean May, Betty Rose Meier, Joan Margaret Meinholdt, LaVonne Gladys Mills, Charlotte Josephine Ormond, Kathleen Jane Overman, Jean Maureen Petit, Maynard Joseph Prock.


Vivian Randall, Fred Rayburn, Elaine Reams, Judy Ann Reese, Donald Eugene Richmond, Sonja Annette Schlimme, Walter Schmidt, Edward Joseph Schwellenbach, Wendell Dean Seif, Robert William Struensee, Erma Marie Stucki, Maxine Ione Stone, Charles Gilbert Thompson, Ann Mae Turville, Grace Eileen Ulrich, Benjamin Herman Urlaub, Thomas Anthony Wavrunek, Bill Dale West, Ronnie Otto Yankee, Eileen Alyce Zank and Gary Allen Ziegler.


Harland Carl, former University of Wisconsin halfback and Greenwood High School athlete, announced last week that he has signed to play football next fall with the Chicago Bears.  Carl, who was plagued by injuries throughout his college career, has started with the Fort Eustice, VA Service team for the last two years, and led that team to seven straight victories last fall.


People in the building trades industries, in Neillsville, are looking for one of the biggest building sessions in history, this summer.


Already 10 houses are definitely projected, according to these sources, with some of these ten already started, and others are in prospect.


Along with this new residential building a considerable amount of remodeling is in prospect inside the city limits.


Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Marg and Jimmie moved Friday to Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marg moved to the Braun house on Highway 10, a short distance west of the Chili Corners.  The Marg’s, were the cheesemakers at the Riverside Co-op, and are now employed at the Neillsville Milk Products plant in Neillsville.  Mr. and Mrs. John Prust are moving into the house vacated by the Marg families.  They purchased the house and factory building from the Neillsville plant some time ago.


Mrs. Charles Bright entertained the Ladies Aid, last week Thursday with eight members and two visitors attending.  They decided to start services at the Cannonville Church soon, if roads and weather permit.  Some of the men were appointed to look after repairs needed on the church.


A meeting of those interested in establishing, in Neillsville, an Evangelical Lutheran Church has been called for 8 p.m., Thursday, May 17, in the Community Room of the Neillsville Bank.  The meeting is called by the Committee of Seven, which was originally set up to promote the project.  This committee states it to be important that the meeting be attended by all who wish to further the early establishment of such a church in Neillsville.  Important decisions, the committee states, will be made at this session.


Attending from the church headquarters will be Pastors Hanson and Austenson.  The Mission Board has already made a substantial grant for the local project.


Last Sunday, a windstorm damaged a home and some barns along the ‘26’ Road, in Clark County.


It struck first at the Frank Pakiz farm, on the east side of Black River, on ‘26’ Road, then would have traveled eastward to the Larson place, then angled sharply southeast to reach the Arthur Syth and Vic Carteron places, then cut back north-eastward to the ‘26’ Road, then followed the road on an eastward line.


The roof, of the Leonard Larson home, was torn off and some of the heavy concrete blocks were ripped loose from the wall.


The new silo room and silo were blown down on the Joseph Bizjak farm, and the shed doors blown off.


The upper west end of the barn on the Paul Bauer farm, a mile east, was blown off, the windmill blown down and twisted, and a large tree close to the southeast corner of the house was uprooted.


The wood shingles were taken off from the large chicken house on the Benedict Brown farm, across the ‘26’ Road, from the Bauer farm.


The barn was twisted on the Jesse Tomlinson farm.


The machine shed was blown at an angle and the barn door blown off at the Clare Lyons farm.


Christie has entered a team in the Cloverbelt league, making an eight-team league for the summer’s baseball schedule; it was announced by Gene Christie, Neillsville’s league representative.


The addition of the Christie team takes a hurler and an outfielder from the Neillsville squad, Arne and Richard Buchholz; but it strengthens the league with all teams playing a regular Sunday schedule throughout the season.


The eight teams entered in the league are: Abbotsford, Christie, Greenwood, Loyal, Lynn, Neillsville, Thorp and Willard.


Marriage Licenses issued in Clark County are:


Harold L. Amacher, Abbotsford, and Charmaine F. Viegut, Town of Holton, Marathon County, to be married May 19 in Dorchester; Marvin Carl Schutte, Town of Levis, and Marie Therse Collier, Town of Eaton, to be married in Greenwood, June 5, and Donald J. Lindner, Town of Loyal and Mary Ann Wilke of Marshfield, to be married in Marshfield, May 22.


Three Wisconsin historic shrines were opened to the public for the 1956 season on May 1; the old Wade House at Green Bush, Villa Louis at Prairie du Chien and Stonefield, at State Farm and Craft Museum, Cassville.


Stop at Coyier’s Nursery, on Hwy. 10, across from Schuster Park.  Beautify your home grounds.  They have hardy, locally grown shrubbery.  Specials for May are perennials; Giant Shasta Daisies and Spring Flowering Creeping Phlox, 25c per field clump.  Also Moore’s Early Grape Vines, $1.25 each.


Kearn’s Rexall Drug’s Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Fountain Special will be Butterscotch Nut Sundae, only 19c.


Penney’s Remembers Mothers Day with Great Gifts: Penney’s Imported Pure Silk Blouses, only $2 each; Dazzling Porcelain Necklaces, Earrings, or Bracelets, 88c each.




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