Clark County Press, Neillsville,

October 10, 2007, Page 13

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

October 1907


The Luethe Company shipped a carload of pinecones, this week.  This new industry is bringing a large sum of money into Clark County.  The pinecones are being used by the U. S. Government’s Bureau of Forestry in planting trees on government wasteland and timber reserves.


For Sale – three 40-acre farms, in the Town of Sherwood. You can have them for $2,000.


Send letters to: Hans Anderson, Mellen, Wis. Ashland Co. Camp #4.


R. S. Payne has bought out L. Leighty’s interest in the Youmans and Leighty Meat Market.  He joined Mr. Youmans in the market business on Monday.   He had lived in the county several years ago and at one time ran a restaurant here.


Almost everything at Mr. Kuchen’s sale, at his place in Bruce Mound last week, went for all it was worth and then some.  Why shouldn’t it?  With Holverson standing up front with a face looking as honest as a Methodist deacon, declaring everything was brand new and cost $40.


Lyle Cisna bought a modern potato digger, last week.  He has eight acres of his own potatoes to dig, and has contracted to dig several acres for other parties.


Friday, two men from the Hoffman & Hansen Dairy Company at Veedum were around the Sherwood area.  They were seeing the farmers about a cream route that would go to the Veedum factory this winter.  They called a meeting Sept. 30, and hired a team to haul the cream, so the new route will start as soon as they get the rig together for hauling.  J. R. Coulthard will drive the cream wagon.


Cards are announcing the marriage of Leon Cysewski of Loyal to Miss Alice Flynn of Platteville, Wis.  The wedding occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Platteville.  Mr. and Mrs. Cysewski will be at home to their many friends after November 1st, at Loyal.  Mr. Cysewski is proprietor of the Loyal Drug Store.


The Day Creamery, south of Neillsville, is fixing up the building, preparing to make butter in the near future.


Carl Stange probably has the finest bed of celery in Clark County.  The bed, before he sold any of it out, contained about 2,700 plants, although it is but a few rods square.  Partied who enjoy eating a fresh bouquet of celery should get a supply from Mr. Stange.


Owing to a change of climate being necessary for my family, I wish to sell my planing and sawmill; four lots go with it.  It is a good business for the right man.  It will sell cheap.  Contact Geo. W. Trogner


At the auction sale of W. R. Howard’s livestock on the Jacob Huntzicker farm, Sept. 24, one Holstein cow sold for $140 and another for $130.  The entire herd, including those of other breeds, averaged over $50 a head.  John Wildish bought the registered Holstein bull for his farm in Pine Valley.  It is a fine animal.


A crew of men is at work, for the city of Neillsville, hauling brush to repair the dam on O’Neill Creek.


While in Chicago recently, S. M. Marsh purchased an automobile of the Haynes type, one of the standard makes.  It is an up-to-date machine.  He expects to receive it this week and will have time to break it in before snow falls.


Shop at Farmers’ Cash Store.  Eggs are high already; we are paying 22 cents a dozen for those being brought in to our store.  Buy Cal P. Ham from us at 11 cents per lb.


H. M. Root received, from W. H. Lowery at Eureka Springs, Ark., a bundle of canes made from various kinds of wood and nicely finished.  There is one cane each for D. Wood, D. Williams, R. B. French, Fred Rundel, James McKenzie and H. M. Root.


I wish to sell or rent my farm of 80 acres, on Section 17, Town of York, located 1 ½ miles west and 1 mile north of York Center.  The farm has 70 acres cleared, and is all No. 1 land.  It has the best barn in the township.  The farm produced, this year: 60 tons of hay, 700 bushels of threshed grain, three acres of corn, 60 bushels of potatoes, and $500 in milk checks from March 1 to Oct. 1, besides $150 in young stock and $50 in hogs and $50 worth of hogs still on the farm.  Seventeen cows are on the farm and it is well equipped with farm machinery.  I will sell the place with all crops and other personal property, just as it stands, on easy terms; or will sell the farm alone.  If I can’t sell, I would be willing to rent the farm.  C. Buddinger, Neillsville, Wis., R. 4, or see John Kintzele, Granton, R. 1.



October 1947


Mrs. Ella Lowe, this week, announced the purchase of the Hanson Funeral Home in Ripon by herself and her two sons, William C. and Richard N. Lowe.


William and his family have been in Ripon for a couple of weeks getting acquainted, and Mrs. Lowe expects to join her son there shortly.  Richard is continuing his embalming education in Milwaukee, but will help with the work at Ripon on weekends.


The furniture store, operated here by Mrs. Lowe for the last several years, has been taken over by G. H. Lowe, who will continue the business.


William Wilsmann moved a house last week from near the Gruenke cheese factory, in the Town of York, onto his lot on West 10th Street in Neillsville where he had recently made a basement.  To move the house 14 miles required about an hour and a-half.  It also required the securing of seven permits from city, town and utility companies.  A small addition will be built onto the house.


Clark County has 7,881 automobiles and 2,614 trucks licensed, according to the motor vehicle department.  Also, there are 70 trailers, 10 buses, 66 motorcycles and 126 vehicles owned by the municipalities in the county. 


Construction of a storage warehouse and cheese making plant was started late last week on Seventh Street, by the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative.


The building long projected, will be of tan tile construction, two-stories high, and 40 by 80 feet.  It is being built on the north side of the site of the old Neillsville drying plant, which was razed several years ago.


The building will project to the railroad siding to facilitate loading of railroad shipments.  It will be connected with the main building, across Seventh Street, by a passage under the surface of the road.


The construction of the new building has been brought about by the lack of space experienced by the growth of the cooperative.  Lacking sufficient storage facilities in the present plant, the cooperative has had to rent warehouse space in two or three locations of the city.


Provisions are also being made in the new building for cheesemaking.  Thus, the concern will have greater versatility in its production of manufactured milk products.  It will enable the plant to take advantage of market variations by switching to the type of production most advantageous.


The cooperative has facilities, at present, for the manufacture of butter, casin, and of dried milk products.  It has not made cheese for several years because of the lack of space and the amount of work required to convert the main plant to cheesemaking.


Directors of the cooperative expect that the construction of the new building will be pushed through without pause.  Most of the material going into the building has been on hand for several months, so they do not anticipate any holdup from this quarter.


The work of clearing the concrete and rock foundations of the old drying plant was started last Thursday.  A big bull-dozer belonging to the Clark County Highway Department and operated by Ted Dux was called in to do as much of the job as it could.  Much of the outside foundations, however, had to be blasted before they could be cleared.


What you should do to help save food:


Americans have been asked by President Truman to cooperate with a plan for aiding the people of Europe, as follows:


The Public: Meatless Tuesdays.


No poultry or eggs on Thursdays.


Save one slice of bread each day.


Public Eating-places:


Observe the Tuesday and Thursday requests as made to the public.


Serve bread and butter only when specifically requested by patrons.




Reduce amount of grain fed to livestock and poultry.




Save grain in the manufacture and distribution of bread, such as saving to equal one-tenth of the normal use of wheat.


All shored up and hitched behind a truck, originally built for reconnaissance work in the army, the former G. W. Trogner carpenter shop was whisked away to a new location last week.


The building, a landmark for 76 years, was moved from Grand Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, to a foundation already laid for it on 1405 North Bruley Street.  There the shop will form the basis for a new house that is being erected by Mr. and Mrs. William Simek.


Very nearly a week was taken to get the building ready for its three-quarter mile trip; less than no time at all to do the actual moving.


The building was erected in 1871 by Mr. Trogner. After his death several years ago, the building was used as a carpenter shop by John Moen and Arthur Kunze, and in recent years has been used for storage of building materials.


When Randy Briggs sang “The Little Brown Church” with choral accompaniment at the Methodist Church last Sunday morning, he carried his hearers back to earlier days.  It was an appropriate song for a centennial service, and it recalled the fact that Neillsville’s first sermon of 100 years ago was not even preached in a church.  The service was held in the home of James O’Neill, which served as a sort of pioneer boardinghouse until Mr. O’Neill got around to building the community’s first hotel.


The location of that first service was upon the site just back of the dining car on South Hewett Street.  Upon that site is now the house occupied by the Paul Skroch family.  The foundation of the present building may be partially the same as that of the original O’Neill home, but the best present information is that the original house upon that site was practically all burned and that the present building is of later vintage.


When he invited the Rev. R. R. Wood of Black River Falls to hold a service in his home, James O’Neill showed that interest in the community life, which marked his entire local career.  Although not a brilliant man, such as old Doc French, he was a consistent promoter of his community.  And the record is that  the new house, which he built on O’Neill Creek, the first real residence in Neillsville, was not only the scene of the first religious service, but was also the scene of the first dance.   That dance is as celebrated in local folklore as the first sermon.  And after the dance James O’Neill, then a young man, tucked into his sleigh a young woman from Melrose, who was his dancing partner, and escorted her home over the frozen Black River, which was the early highway into Neillsville.  He later married her.


Time was that the mention of a dance in a story about Methodist service of worship would have been dangerous for a writer, but the Rev. Paul White, in his sermon Sunday morning, opened the door slightly.  One of the points of his sermon was that the church of the future will be more than moral; that it will be a constructive force; that its people will exemplify practical goodness.  He referred to the fact that the discipline of the Methodist church once placed the ban on dancing and cards and theatre going, and that some time ago this ban was lifted, not by way of placing the stamp of approval upon dubious enterprises but to place the emphasis of the church upon the positive rather than the negative.


Rev. White said that this church of the future would be a spiritual force; that it will be friendly, having a program of fellowship; that it will be life giving, mission minded, emphasizing personal activity.


Mr. White had been a minister of the local church for a period ending 11 years ago, and he held a reception and reunion at the church door after the service was over.  He is now the district superintendent. 


Guests were present from Granton, Pleasant Ridge, Christie, Willard, and Shortville.  Mrs. Ruth Olson, of Hixton, sister of Rev. Mr. White and a group of other relatives from Ontario, Canada, were here for the morning service.  Following the service, dinner was served to 135 people in the church dining room.


Edward Frei has the basement nearly completed for the new home, which he plans to erect on North Bruley Street. It will be next to the home being constructed by William Simek.


Ben Grottke has moved a house from the Globe community onto a lot further north on Bruley Street, and plans to put it on a basement before winter.  He now resides on the Grottke farm east of Neillsville.


The sale of the Longwood Feed store was one of eight transfers of property in Clark County, filed in the Register of Deeds office, this week.


The property sale was made by Mr. and Mrs. Emery M. Erickson, to Leonard and Erling Jensen.  It included all fixtures, machinery and equipment now used in conducting the business.



To James O’Neill, Sr. goes the major credit for founding Neillsville and Clark County.  It was he who led a small group that established the first permanent settlement in Clark County, in 1845.  He also was the area’s first representative on the first Legislature convened in the State of Wisconsin.




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