Clark County Press, Neillsville,

October 24, 2007, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

October 1877


A law suit was brought against the towns of Pine Valley and Weston by Mrs. J. H. Reddan, claiming $15,000 damages for the use of the Stafford House at Staffordville as a pest house in 1873.  The case was tried last Wednesday and resulted in a verdict of $300 damages for the plaintiff.


(At that time, pest houses were commonly found in communities for the purpose of sheltering those infected with a pestilential or contagious disease.  The Stafford pest house was located one mile north of Neillsville. D.Z.)


Soon the song of the wild goose will be heard as he wends his way southward to a more congenial clime.


Jim Smith killed four acres of squirrels last Saturday, and a fellow tried to steal his hard earned game from him upon his arrival in town.


Dan Reidel has finished Free Lindsay’s office without killing one of the loafers that never ceased to annoy him while the work was being done.


What our county wants is a jail that tramps can’t break into and steal their lodgings whenever they see fit to do so.


About the usual amount of lumbering will be done on the Black River during the coming winter if the season proves favorable.


The past week a band of Indians has been camping near by.  Several little Indian boys made fun for the men and money for themselves by shooting pennies from split sticks, in the street.


The annual squirrel hunt for the towns of Eaton and Warner came off last Wednesday.  A. S. Eaton was captain of one side, and John T. Vine of the other.  We are forced to the conclusion that Vine’s side either did poor shooting or did very bad lying.  Eaton’s side killed two chipmunks, one hundred and sixty-four gray squirrels, thirty-six partridges, seventeen wood cocks, eight porcupines and eight rabbits. This amounted to many.  Vine’s count amounted to less.  Both sides made it manifest by the manner in which they pitched into and enjoyed the best supper ever made up by the princess of landladies, Mrs. Begley in Greenwood.  The exercises of the day were closed by a splendid social hop at Robinson and Company’s Hall.


One of the interesting street scenes of last week was that of a drunken man having a fight with a chair on the sidewalk, south side of the O’Neill House.  The chair took the said intoxicated individual down, landing on top most of the time, but didn’t kick him when it had the advantage, as the other party did when he chanced to be in luck.


The woodman’s axe will soon go to the pine forests.  Everything indicates a full line of business in the logging interest this winter, and with this we expect to see our merchants happy.  


“I take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Neillsville and the people of Clark County generally, that I have opened a new grocery, book and stationery store at my old stand on Court House Street.  There I should like to meet all my old patrons, and as many new ones as I can make it profitable to buy of me.


Every article is sold for cash.  We never take a dollar only ninety-nine cents, or nine cents. Call and see me, seeing is believing.


Ladies are especially invited to call and see my splendid stock of books and stationery. 


S. F. Jaseph, Neillsville, October 4th, ’77.


The Methodist Church is dedicated and is an ornament to Greenwood.  The pastor, J. N. Phillips, has gone to conference and it is hoped, by the people there, that he will be allowed to return for another year.


It is now October 26 and the weather of the past week has been of the most approved pattern.  Farmers are generally well along with their fall work.  The corn is not all husked or the potatoes all harvested, but with a continuance of the pleasant weather of the past week, a few days longer, there will be but few who are not ready for winter.


Those who are interested in log-driving will be the only persons inclined to doubt the wisdom of the weatherman.



October 1952


Precluding the big boom of the county’s game bird seasons opening a week later, the first of the fall hunting season opens Saturday, September 27, throughout the state.


Bow and arrow hunting of deer and bear brings the fall debut of hunting, with the seasons running concurrently through November 16.  Hunting for deer and bear with bow and arrow is open in all 71 counties of the state.


Clark County generally furnishes a small, but enthusiastic group of bow and arrow hunters.  They will be out trying again for the supreme thrill of the hunt.


But the big boom for which most Clark County nimrods are waiting and preparing is the opening of the bird seasons a week hence.


Most of these seasons open in Clark and the adjoining counties at 1:00 p.m. the following Saturday, October 4.  Included among those are: partridge, sharp-tailed grouse, ring neck, black neck, Mongolian and mutant pheasants and prairie chicken.  Opening on the same date are the seasons on cottontail and jack-rabbits, grey, cross and black raccoon; grey and fox squirrels.


Seasons for other types of game open in Clark and adjoining counties on October 18.  Included among them is the bobwhite quail.


Authorized Dealers of the Gambles Store, Neillsville, are featuring Hunters’ Specials.


New Shipment of Deer Rifles Just Received:


30-30 Savage $39.95; 30-30 Winchester $69.00; .300 Savage $109.00


Shot Guns: 16 Ga. Mossberg Repeaters, with Polychoke $31.95; 12 Ga. Stevens Slide Action $54.95.


Save Big Money on Shot Shells! Famous Hiawatha Shells, S & G Shotgun Shells, 12 gauge, 6-shot, pheasant load, only $2.20 per box.


A barn-raising was held Monday, September 29 on the Niemi farm on the edge of Withee.  This raising, attracted many neighbors and friends, which was a step in the construction of a very large modern barn on the Niemi place.  The old barn was burned the evening of September 1st.


Highway 95 is open today, with more than 500 cars traveling it each 24 hours.  This state road has become an improved channel of intercourse between the people of Clark County and the outside world.


The importance of the occasion was emphasized by formal ceremonies Saturday, October 11, which took place at the new Dells Dam Bridge, key feature of the improvement.  For this celebration gathered an audience variously estimated at from 300 to 500, with prominent road builders as the distinguished guests, with officials of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce in charge and with color and tone added by the uniformed band of Neillsville High School and a patrol of Boy Scouts.


The ceremony was simple.  The band organized at the west end of the bridge and marched toward the east end, playing along their way.  The Scouts repeated their oath.  James A. Musil as president of the Chamber of Commerce took over as master of ceremonies.  He introduced Raymond E. Jensen, vice chairman of the State Highway Commission of Wisconsin, who made an address telling the story of the improvement, as follows:


“After these ceremonies are done, and the speeches are over, and our group disbands, you will be able to travel the length of this new road project in twelve minutes.  From now on you drive over this ridge will, on the average, take you no longer than seven seconds.”


“But this twelve-minute convenience, and particularly this bridge project portion of the facility, has been a number of years in arriving in its completed state.”


“The road project of which this bridge is the keystone is on our records as the Merrillan-Neillsville project, 12.7 miles, for which the Commission authorized surveys and plan preparation on September 29, 1949.  It involved a number of contractors and a series of interrelated jobs.”


“L. G. Arnold, Incorporated, of Eau Claire had the grading.  He began on July 18, 1950 and completed the grading a year later. Gravel or crushed stone base was done by J. S. Karlslyst of Madison, who started in October 1950, and completed his portion the following July.  Bituminous surfacing was done by the Jay W. Craig Company of Minneapolis, beginning their work on July, 1951, and completing it in September this same year.”


“The bridge contract was awarded to the W. W. Magee Company of St. Paul, who started work in September 1950.  Difficulties in obtaining the steel for the bridge and in getting it fabricated caused delay to the project and are the reason for the belated dedication quite some time after the roadway portions of the project were completed.”


“The old bridge, about a quarter of a mile downstream, was built about 1917 and consisted of a single span high truss 145 feet long.  The approaches to it were hazardous and the bridge itself was narrow for traffic and inadequate for waterway.”


“This new bridge beautifully aligned with the relocated roadway, is of the continuous truss type with 150-foot span at the center and 120-foot spans on each end, providing almost three times the waterway of the old bridge.  There are 648 cubic yards of masonry in the abutments and piers, and about 31 tons of reinforcing steel, and the structural steel in the three spans comes to 214 tons.”


“Cost of the entire 12.7 mile project is about $541,000, financed by the State Trunk Highway allotment accruing and advanced to Clark County from the statutory distribution of the state highway fund.


L. J. Chevrolet of Neillsville has 7 New Chevrolet Passenger Cars and Trucks Ready for Delivery!


Full Delivered Price Includes Tax:


2-Door Special $1,731; 4-Door Special $1,788; 2-Door Deluxe $1,825; 4-Door Deluxe $1,879; ½ ton Pick-Up $1,495; 1 ½ ton SWB or LWB Truck $1,795


Lutefisk Supper at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, formerly the United Lutheran Church, of Greenwood will be Thursday, Oct. 30.  Serving begins at 5 p.m.  Adults $1.50, Children 75c


A Chicken & Ham Dinner, Country Style, will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, Saturday, Nov. 1st.  Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. and until all are served.


Parents of the Lynn Baseball team gave a chicken dinner to 55 guests in honor of their boys at the Lynn town hall Saturday evening.  A dance was given to the public after the dinner.


The Neillsville High school freshman class will sponsor the first school dance of the year on Friday evening.  The theme and decorations will be Halloween.  The dancing will be done to records and a cake dance will also be featured.


Official motion pictures of the Badger-Iowa Big 10 conference game, to be played Saturday, and of the Badger-Illinois tilt of two weeks ago, will be shown here Tuesday night.


The showing will be open to the public in the Congregational Church, with Ed Gibson, field secretary for University of Wisconsin alumni association, as narrator.


Wisconsin fans of this area will be interested particularly in watching the offensive play of Harland Carl, Greenwood, at left half; and Jerry Witt, Marshfield, at right half.


Invitations have been extended to high schools at Granton, Loyal, Greenwood and Neillsville.  Jess W. Scott, who is in charge of the program, also issues an invitation to all in Southern Clark County who are interested in the football fortunes of the Badgers.


Flitter’s Market, on Neillsville’s South Side, Offers Week End Specials: Year-Old, Pan Ready Chickens 45c lb.; Gremlin Peanut Butter 24-oz. 49c; Midwest Fancy Catsup, 12 oz. jar, 2 for 29c; Northern Pike lb. 49c.


Wanted! By Saturday, Oct. 4, We Need 8 More Packer Fans to Complete a Charter Bus Load to Green Bay for the Green Bay Packer – Detroit Lions Football Game, Sunday, Oct. 26.  The cost of $8.50 includes ticket to the game and Bus Ride Both Ways.  Call or stop at Minette’s Sweet Shop & Greyhound Bus Depot in Neillsville.


A large group of friends gathered at the St. John’s Lutheran School on Friday evening for a farewell party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roehrborn.  Mr. and Mrs. Roehrborn, who have sold their home on Grand Avenue, will leave on Thursday for West Bend, where they plan to reside.



The above overhead truss bridge was similar to the Dells Dam Bridge that spanned the Black River from 1917 to 1952.  This style of bridge was commonly seen throughout Clark County in the first half of the 20th century, with very few being used to span waterways at the present time.





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