Clark County Press, Neillsville,

June 21, 2006, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

June 1901


J. J. Wright and A. L. Snyder, of Granton, have started a livery stable at that place and have put in an up-to-date line of rigs.  They are justly entitled to a share of the public patronage.  May their business venture be successful.


False teeth can be purchased from Dr. Leason from $4.50 to $8 at his office over Spellum’s.


All wishing bottled beer for family use, call on Farning & Bouillion or ring up No. 105 for the following brands: Pabst, Gettleman, Budweiser, Blatz and Gund’s Peerless; also fine California Wines.


For Sale: Three houses in the city, $500, $800 and $1,400, also some choice building lots that are bargains.  Inquire of Marsh & Tucker for details.


Class Day exercises for the Loyal High School will be given Friday evening, June 7, at the Methodist Church.  Loyal commencement will be held on Saturday evening, June 8.  Prof. J. F. Sims, of River Falls, will give an address, “The Mission of the Public School.”  A class of eleven will graduate.  This is the first class to graduate under the four years’ course of study.  The graduates are: Leo Mulvey, Donald Noble, Ray Brasier, Blanche Graves, Ethel Burk, Pearl Corzett, Daisy Lawrence, Rose Braun, Gertrude Darton, Ethel Prior and Grace McCabe.


One day, last week, Marshal Hommel’s horse tore off a board from the fence to which he was tied.  He made a circuit across several North Side gardens, distributing pieces of the buggy along the route, but escaping uninjured.


On Thursday, June 20, there will be an auction at the John Lolla Farm, five miles south of Neillsville, commencing at 10 o’clock.


There will be sold: 6 cows, 4 yearling heifers, 1 span of horses, 1 yearling colt, 2 sets of heavy harnesses, 1 set of driving harness, 1 Deering binder, 1 Deering mower, 2 plows, 2 drags, wagons, sleighs, 1 two-seat carriage, chickens, shovels, spades, wheel barrows and other small articles.  Six months to pay will be given on all sums over $10 and if paid in 90 days, no interest will be charged.  Wis. Farm Land Co.


An excursion train from Black River Falls took about one hundred and twenty-five friends of H. A. Bright to the latter’s farm in the Town of Longwood, last Sunday.  Mr. Bright provided conveyances at the farm for those who wished to drive around the country.  All reported a good time.


The Town of Tay will celebrate July 4th with a bowery dance in the afternoon and evening at Hintzman’s woods, opposite the blue schoolhouse, two miles west and one and one-half south of Tay.


Marriage licenses issued: Albert Kornis and Ella Scheel, both of Loyal; F. Nemitz and Mamie Wetzel, both of Pine Valley; Hixon M. Mead and Edna Bowen, both of Longwood; Freeman L. Jones, Weston and Clara Free, Seif; Charles G. Marg, of Fremont and Ida Krause, of Grant; Wincenta Egnoski, village of Thorp and Katie Lessnewski, Town of Withee; Wm. Nagel and Marie Elber, both of Unity; William L. Smith of Eau Claire and Olive Theresa Huntzicker of Neillsville; Ernest Baumgarten to Ida Mann, both of Worden; Herbert White and Maude Ketchpaw, both of Greenwood.


During the wind and rain-storm at noon, Wednesday of last week, the Town of Beaver, or the northeast corner of the town, caught the storm pretty heavy.  The house of Joseph Cammers was struck by lightning and was considerably damaged; a large barn belonging to Ed Stowe was raised from the foundation and moved about 6 feet; a log barn belonging to a Mr. Pratt was blown down; a portion of the roof and the smoke stack at the Fritz & Frye saw mill was blown off.


A very pretty wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Root, at eight o’clock Wednesday evening, June 26, when their daughter, Miss Olive Huntzicker was united in marriage with Mr. William L. Smith, of Eau Claire.  Rev. T. Grafton Owen performed the ceremony.  The rooms were beautifully decorated with flowers, so appropriate to the occasion, and especially so to the June wedding.  Congratulations and good wishes, both hearty and sincere, were offered from relatives and guests.  Many beautiful presents were bestowed and everyone sat down to a goodly banquet in a most happy frame of mind.


The groom has taught in the grammar department of the North Side Schools for the last two years and will this year become an assistant in the Neillsville High School.


Every night, when the work train returns to town, it brings a trainload of dirt to raise the grade of the ground around the depot, which the city crew levels into position.


June 1951


The Silver Dome property has been sold by the Kellers, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weber of Menomonie.  Papers were completed Wednesday.  The transfer will be completed July 1.


The Kellers will take a vacation this summer and will go to Florida in the fall. There they will continue the development of their suburban property.


The Webers are young people, whose family consists of two young boys.  They were formerly engaged in a similar business in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.  They state their purpose to be the continuation of the business of Silver Dome along the same line as that followed by the Kellers.


Owners of the Silver dome, prior to the transfer were three Keller brothers; Albert, Paul and Walter.  Of the three, Albert and Paul were active in the business at the end. Walter had already gone to Florida and had joined Henry Keller, another brother, in establishing a Firestone store at Fort Lauderdale.


The Kellers had built the Silver Dome property from a very small beginning to a leading establishment of its sort in Central Wisconsin.  Starting with a small building, known as the Fireplace, almost 21 years ago, they have developed a very considerable physical property, the chief features of which are the Silver Dome dance hall and the adjacent substantial structure housing the supper club.  The dance hall was constructed in 1933, the first dance having been given in May, 1933.  The property is on U. S. Hwy. 10, located about five miles west of Neillsville.


The Kellers have long had interests in Florida, and the sale of the Silver Dome means that they will concentrate their time and interests there.  They own a tract just outside the limits of Fort Lauderdale, which is in the process of development and sale.  This tract originally consisted of 30 acres, divided into 52 lots.  From this area, a few lots have already been sold.  The property adjoins the golf course.  The community is growing rapidly, being in a favored section of the Florida East Coast.


The Blue Moon Foods, Inc. has a constant procedure going at their cheese storage warehouse.  Some of their workers spend their entire time in wiping and turning American cheddars.  The warehouse, located in Thorp, has a capacity for 1,300,000 lbs. of cheese.  This looks and sounds like a lot of cheese, but it is about 3 per cent as much cheese as is produced in Clark County in one year.


Now at home on 1135 S. 62nd St., West Allis, are Mr. and Mrs. Anton F. Volovsek, after their week’s honeymoon in Northern Wisconsin.  Mrs. Volovsek is the former Loretta T. Pernic, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pernic of Willard.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Volovsek, Sr. of Willard.


The wedding took place on Saturday, June 2, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard.  Attendants were Miss Dolores Zack, cousin of the bride from Loyal, was maid of honor, Miss Mutzie Bangart of Marshfield, as bridesmaid.  Ralph Debevec of Milwaukee was best man. Groomsmen were William Volovsek, Willard and Stanley Pernic, Milwaukee.


Miss Virgene Carol Olsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Olsen of Loyal, has become the bride of E. LaVern Dahlby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Dahlby of Osseo. Trinity Lutheran Church at Loyal was the scene of the wedding on June 2.


Serving as maid of honor was Miss Oral Olsen, Loyal, sister of the bride, and two more sisters, Miss Bonnie Olsen and Mrs. Glen Bloom of Loyal were bridesmaids.


The groom was attended by Clayton Skoug of Osseo, his cousin as best man, and Glen Bloom of Loyal and Gerald Wick of Merrill was ushers.


There will be a wedding dance for Betty Greeler and Harold Beilke, Saturday, June 16 at the Silver Dome Ballroom.  The Howard Sturtz Orchestra will provide music.


Marriage Licenses issued: Carl Lindner, Loyal, Ethel Hanson, Abbotsford to be married at Dorchester June 20; Virgil Holmes, Loyal, Lorna Veck, Loyal, married at Loyal on June 16; Peter J. Beyerl, Colby, Evelyn Agnes Schefchik, Loyal, on June 21; Herbert Adler, Jr., Spencer, Virginia Pfeffer, Marengo, Wis., to be married at Sanborn; Eldon Voight, Loyal, Audrey Agnes Hanson, Town of Sherman, to be married at Spencer on June 20; Gerald Schwantes, Brighton, Dorothy Haslow, Town of Sherman, to be married at Loyal on June 23; Jesse Richmond, Jr., Town of Weston, Virginia Vandeberg, Town of York, to be married at Christie on June 23; Valeria Gertrude Soborowicz, Withee, Vernon Stephen Lewandowski, Reseburg, to be married at Thorp on June 23, and Donald Elstrom, Colby, Alice M. Rockow, Abbottsford, to be married at Abbotsford.


The Boy Scout camp, Higichari, which is over 20 years old, is the scene this week of the annual encampment of the Neillsville Boy Scouts.


Attending the camp, this year, are 18 boys between the ages of 11 and 16: Jerry Quicker, Skipper Lee, Gerald Svetlik, Terry Schwantes, Wendell Seif, John Swenson, Tommy Hart, William Ormond, Jay Bruhn, Paul Manz, Melvin Gall, Jack Tibbett, Eddie Zschernitz, Gene Zaeske, Hubert Quicker, Billy Zank, Donnie Shaw and Tom Overman.


Jim Haas, a graduate of Stout Institute at Menomonie, and for two years director of water front activity at Camp Phillips, is in charge of the camp.


“Along the shores of Lake Arbutus,


Down among the second-growth pines,


Stand three wigwams of the Boy Scouts,


Stand the army surplus tents.”


This poor paraphrasing of the poem, “Hiawatha,” by Longfellow gives an idea of the place that the boys will call home for a week.


There is also a cook shack and mess hall where the boys will eat.  Mrs. Earl Schultz of Neillsville is the cook.  A creek and a narrow footbridge separate the tenting area from the mess hall.


Jim Haas, the camp director, said the boys are working to merit badges for advancement, such as working for the Eagle rank, or working for the Life Scout rank.  The majority of the other boys are working for second and first class ranks.


Skipper Lee, who is 11, is working on the tenderfoot badge, the lowest.  He seemed rather discouraged.


“I’ll be here four or five years and I’ll still be working for the craft, boating, swimming and canoeing.”


The boys take turns doing chores and a “Kaper” chart is hung outside the mess hall.  The boys’ tags are hung on the chart under the name of a work detail.  Some of the details are cook’s help, washers, latrine, odds-and-ends, wood detail and hoppers.


Despite their singing “It ain’t gonna rain no more,” the Boy Scouts have had more than their share of rain.  Craftwork under cover helped fill the time.  Also, on Tuesday morning, after the thunderstorm of the night before, the boys built a big bonfire and dried their bedding and clothes.  Around their evening campfires, they have been planning for parents’ night, Thursday evening.  The group will leave, after lunch on Friday, to return home.


Svetlik Motor Company has a “99” Sale!  Check these Used Car Bargains!  You buy One Car for $99, Get Another Car for only $1.00. (Bring a friend!)  Here they are: 1935 Plymouth De Luxe 4-Dr. Sedan; 1937 Chevrolet 4-Dr. Sedan; 1938 Ford 4-Dr. Sedan; 1938 Nash 2-Dr. Sedan; 1937 Plymouth Coach; 1938 Ford 2 Dr. Sedan.


The Bruley property on the North Side of Neillsville is now the property of Margaret E. Bruley, who resides there.  The property has heretofore been a family possession, but a transfer of the interest of Fred H. Bruley has been affected.


The transfer was made by the device of both parties deeding to Arthur Chainey and his wife Velma, who in turn deeded to Mrs. Bruley.  The transaction involved only a nominal consideration, and was affected without revenue stamps.


The women of the Neillsville Country Club held a four-city golf tournament Tuesday, June 19.  Ladies attended from Whitehall, Arcadia, Mondovi and Neillsville.


Coffee was served at 9:30 a.m. after which golf was played.  Prizes were awarded for the low field score, high and low putts, and low par for each group.


Mrs. H. G. Haight and Mrs. Alta Allen tied for low score for Neillsville, with Mrs. Haight winning the draw.


Mrs. William Campman and Mrs. Frank Hepburn, formerly of Neillsville but now from Mauston, tied for the number of one-putt holes.


A luncheon was served.  Co-chairmen for the luncheon were Mrs. George Zimmerman and Mrs. Irene Geise.


Saturday will be the weekly family dinner occasion.  Mrs. Blanche Zimmerman and Mrs. Helen Beilfuss are co-chairmen for this event.


An early 1900s postcard showing Neillsville water tower (on left), located on East Fourth Street and the Waterworks plant (right) which was along West 18th Street and the Black River.  (Photo courtesy of Charlotte Drescher’s family collection)



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