Clark County Press, Neillsville,

September 27, 2006, Page 18

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

September 1906


Hicks’ weather forecast for the recent month promises many storms.  He says: “A regular storm period is central on September 1, extending up to September 4th.  The month promises to come in with areas of high temperatures, low barometer and storms making their transit from west to east.”


“A regular storm period is central on the 15th and covers the 10th to 15th.  This period is co-incident with the September magnetic crisis, which Earth passes annually from September 9th to 15th


“A reactionary storm period is central on the 17th, 18th and 19th.  This period will carry the earth to the center of its autumnal equinox.  It will also inaugurate a series of storms and changes on land and sea, which will prove clear lines of demarcation between our summer and autumn.”


“A regular storm period runs from the 22nd to 26th, being affected by Mercury, Earth and the entering by the Venus period.  From Sunday, the 23rd to Wednesday, the 26th, is a time of maximum storm probability.  Look for a commingling of tropical and boreal conditions, bringing rain, wind and thunder in some parts, with possible sleet and early spurts of snow in the far north.  A reactionary disturbance is central on the 29th and 30th, causing low barometer and general change to storm conditions as September goes out.”


Emery Bruley has brought his automobile from Milwaukee and it is now affording pleasure to family and friends.


Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. has just received a large assortment of flannelette night gowns for men, ladies and misses at 50c each.  Theses are bargains, as they are well made, full and long.  Also sleeping gowns and full suits for the little ones, priced at only 45c, which are a boom to mothers.


The Zimmerman brothers, George and Joe, were long identified with the mercantile business in Neillsville.  Originally, the business was started by their father, John G. Zimmerman and a partner B. Tragsdorf, in the fall of 1901.  The business operated under that partnership until the death of Tragsdorf in 1909.  George and Joe became partners with their father in the business in 1913, when the store’s name became J. G. Zimmerman and Sons.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)


Butter from the famous Guernsey herd, at Youmans’ farm, will hereafter be sold by Ketel & Smith.  This butter is made from pure cream from the great Guernsey herd, which is tuberculin tested and absolutely healthful.


The Pure Food Grocery sells the famous Andrus creamery butter.  This is the kind that is used in the White House and Mrs. Roosevelt wrote and said it was incomparable.


The four milliners in the Big Store of Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. are working over time to get as large of an assortment of knobby hats as ever was shown here.  The right things in ready-to-wear hats are showing now.  Better take a look.


The Dignin Sisters entertained the Whist Club last Thursday afternoon, at Mrs. Matheson’s.  Everyone had a good time.


The Omaha railroad’s double track building is to continue on eastward next season.  A crew of engineers is working from Merrillan, east, and it is said that the work will be crowded forward to Elroy.  In a few years, the Northwestern system will have a complete double track from St. Paul to Chicago.


The Lutheran St. John’s Congregation dedicated their new schoolhouse, last Sunday, with appropriate ceremonies.  There was a very large crowd out to both services.  The organ is a fine one and the playing of it by Prof. Frey, of La Crosse, was splendid.  The Lutherans are justly proud of their new school and Neillsville people, as a whole, congratulate them upon their thrift and patriotism and devotion as a society.


We are under obligation to Rudolph Rabenstein of the Deutsch-Amerikaner for the use of his cylinder press, this week.  The work of getting out the Primary election ballots was more than our one press alone could do and “Rudy” helped us out by allowing the use of his fine press.  Our many thanks go to Rudy.


September 1936


The Town of Weston will start work on a new town hall to be built as a WPA project, in the northeast corner of Section 16, at a total cost of about $3,000.  Of this amount, the town will raise $1,000.


Work on the dam at the headwaters of Goose Creek, which was abandoned for a time, has been started again with drought relief labor.  It is said the only cost to the city will be for materials used.


Of the 1,411 drought relief applications received by the Clark County drought relief committee, 910 have been certified for work, Harold Trewartha, relief director stated Wednesday.  Roadwork is consuming the bulk of the labor.


Federal and state inspectors, who have visited the Clark County Committee, report that the system being used here is ahead of any of the 21 counties in the state, who are now in the drought area.  Clark County has certified more men for work than Wood County.


The Neillsville baseball team will play the Cleghorn team, Sunday, at the Fairgrounds.  Cleghorn, which is located near Eau Claire, is said to have a strong team.


Last Sunday, the local team defeated Greenwood 11 to 6 at Greenwood.  Lefty Zank did the hurling.


Friday, more than 40 automobiles loaded with 161 passengers from all over Clark County and other parts of the state, accompanied Allen Covell, county forester, on a tour of inspection of the various reforestation projects in the south-western part of the county.


Perhaps no better time could be selected to see not only what has been undertaken and accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, and the foundation for reasonable hopes for the future.


In places, the effects of the long summer drought could be plainly seen; not only on the newly planted seedlings but also the native trees.  Young pines of considerable size were dead from the protracted heat and drought.


However there was plenty of evidence that this entire region will again be covered with valuable forest growth, if fire control continues, making also a huge wild life refuge.  Already these woods abound in deer, and along streams and ditches are many colonies of beaver.  Game birds of all kinds will also multiply here, and the streams will become filled with fish.


The dinner, at Camp Globe, served in the camp dining room by the cooks was a real banquet and greatly enjoyed by the visitors, about 160 in number.


A short talk was given by Mr. Covell.  J. H. Fradette introduced a number of county officials and others, several of whom spoke briefly.


The last stop was made at the proposed site of a dam on Hay Creek in the Town of Butler, near the site of the old Rock Dam famous in the log-driving days.  The proposed new dam planned is to be built up the canyon from the old dam and will flood about 400 acres surrounded by clear high banks.  It would make a beautiful little lake.


Marriage licenses issued in Clark County: Carl Drescher, Grant and Frances Hoeft, Lynn; Bernhardt Schwellenbach, Weston and Helen Domine, Loyal; Everett Eenske, Augusta and Florence Kirby, Mentor; Albert Mashin and Thelma Hake, Grant; Hugo Krueger and Edith Brathwait, Green Grove; Dale Weyhmiller, Sherman and Ruth Lucht, Loyal; Louis J. Gruszynski and Lenore M. Possley, Thorp, and Leroy Thede and Dorothy Cook, Colby.


Saturday night, the cheese factory run by Albert Gotter, near the Catlin schoolhouse on Highway 98 east of Loyal, burned to the ground.  The residence part with the household goods and the garage also burned.


The loss is partly covered by insurance.


It is thought the factory will be rebuilt as it had good patronage.


Clark County has another new lake, Dam no. 2.  The lake covers 160 acres, located in King’s basin, Town of Hewett.  It was finished in June and is one of 16 dams built with federal funds in the Clark County Drainage District to restore water in the area, which was drained a number of years ago in futile attempt to develop new farmland.  These lakes are under the supervision of the three Drainage district commissioners who are M. E. Wilding and Gust Krause of Neillsville, and Edwin Pierce of Merrillan.  No. 1 dam impounds about the same amount of water as No. 2 and is located in the Town of Mentor.  It is planned to stock these two lakes with fish, next spring.


A double marriage service performed at Lynn, Wednesday evening, at 8 o’clock by Justice of Peace, Arnold Gotter.  Miss Grace Grade became the bride of Hugh Dalton and her sister, Mrs. Stella Wessenburg was united in marriage to Ellis Foot.  Both couples are of Lynn.  The brides are the daughters of Will Grade of Lynn.  They wore tailored frocks of blue silk crepe.  The couples served as attendants for each other.


A two day celebration and homecoming, which will be held at Humbird Sept. 6 and 7, will doubtlessly attract many of our people to the neighboring village for the occasion.  The dam located in the village across Hall Creek, which has been under construction for some time, will be dedicated Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Adjutant General Ralph M. Immell of Madison delivering the dedicatory address.  Other speakers expected to appear on the program include Hon. P. A. Hemmy, Assemblyman from Jackson County and Town Chairman A. L. Sparkes.  A band concert will precede the program.


On the following day, Hon. Merlin Hull of Black River Falls will speak at 10:30 a.m. with a band concert featuring the program.  A baseball game between Durand and Alma Center scheduled for the afternoon, promises to be a hotly contested one as both teams are keyed up for the best game of the season. There will be dancing both afternoon and evening, and various other kinds of amusement for the entertainment of all.


Louie Eggebrecht, who left here June 10 for a visit to his old home in Germany, arrived in Neillsville Tuesday afternoon, looking well and much pleased with the trip.


Mr. Eggebrecht, who is 77 years old, left Germany 55 years ago and had not been back since.  Naturally he saw great changes.  He reports wonderful crops of all kinds and prosperity apparent everywhere.


Both in the cities and on the farms, new buildings are going up, modern in every way, even the farm houses begin equipped with electricity.  Few of the old straw thatched houses are left.  Mr. Eggebrecht found only one person who he knew at once; a woman for whom he worked in early life.


The ocean passage took only five days each way and service was fine.


Charged with traveling at excessive speed along North Hewett Street; several truck drivers of Smith Trucking Company, which is hauling material for the Koch Construction Company; were arrested by Chief of Police Fred Rossman, after complaints had been made by parents that their children were being endangered.


The drivers were said to have been warned a few days previous, but, according to the chief, disregarded his orders and when checked were found to be running from 35 to 54 miles an hour in the city limits.  Justice A. E. Dudley fined the seven drivers a total of $41.50 and informed them should they be re-arrested, maximum fines would be imposed if caught speeding again.


George and Joe Zimmerman have started remodeling the Sweet Shop building in which they plan to open a men’s and boy’s furnishing store, the latter part of October.  The new storefront was designed by H. C. Balch, former Neillsville resident, who is associated with Grover Lippert at Madison.  New shelving will be installed and the partition, at the rear of the store, will be taken out.


The Zimmerman brothers have been long identified in the mercantile business here.  Their father, with B. Tragsdorf took over the Big Store in the fall of 1901.  Joe has served 30 years in that store and George has been there 25 years.  When the Big Store was sold a few years ago, Joe remained as manager, a position he held until recently when he decided to go into business for himself.


Last fall, Victor Counsell purchased 80 acres of timberland, in the Town of Seif.  This summer, he built a house and barn on the farm and with his family will move on about October 1.  Mr. Counsell has been operating his father’s farm, near the mounds, for the past five years.


The A&P store has rented the space now occupied by the Alden barber shop and will use it beginning next month, for sale of stock feeds, according to Martin Bohm, manager.


John Rude spent a few hours Friday visiting the Clark County asylum farm at Owen and was much pleased with the appearance of the entire premises.


Filling silo was going on at the farm and Mr. Rude brought home some fine samples of ripe corn.  He learned from Superintendent Myron Duncan that nine barrels of pickles had been put up for winter, and a large amount of sauerkraut and a fine supply of other vegetables.  Mr. Rude stated that the garden had been greatly helped by a system of irrigation, which was used during the drought.  He speaks highly of Mr. Duncan’s management of the place.


Used Car Specials at the Webb Oil Company this week, are:


1929 Model A Ford Coach, with license, $115;


1927 Whippet 4-door Sedan, with license, $35


A&P Food Store specials, this week, are: Eight O’clock Coffee, 3 lb. bag 49c; White Bread, 24 oz. loaf 9c; Oranges, 288 size, doz. 27c; Home Grown Cabbage, lb. 3c.


Wisconsin Trivia


Q. What was the temperature on Dec. 31, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers defeated Dallas at Lambeau Field to earn a trip to Super Bowl I?

A. Minus 13 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 48.


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