Clark County Press, Neillsville,

October 3, 2007, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

October 1867


Hon. W. T. Price, of Black River Falls, will address the people of Greenwood, on the subject of temperance at the new Methodist Church in that village, Friday evening, October 12th.  Mr. Price is one of the most zealous temperance workers in the state, and being also one of the most able speakers, his lecture cannot fail to interest all who may attend.


The elevated temperatures of the latter part of last week, took a sudden tumble last Sunday evening.  Now overcoats and fuel have been receiving attention.


Bank up your house and prepare for winter, for the day cometh that shall freeze like the coldest, and ruin the vegetables of the family kept in storage that are not protected from the wintry blasts.


A. W. Raymond will give a dance at Gwinn’s Hall, in the village of Loyal, next Friday evening, October 12th, to which a general invitation is extended. Good music will be in attendance. Tickets, including supper, $1.50


The break in the sidewalk, at the rear of Lloyd’s new building, may be the means of breaking somebody’s neck one of these dark nights.


The O’Neill House which has been undergoing many improvements of late, under its new management, has been christened in the name of its new proprietor, the Christie House.


The lettering on the south side of the Christie House is not a good advertisement for either the house or the painter.  It is a botch that is badly out of keeping with the general good appearance of the house.


The Christie House as it appeared after the building was destroyed by fire in 1912.  Also known as the O’Neill House, it was built by James O’Neill, Sr.  The Christie House was located on the northeast corner of the Hewett & Sixth Street intersection.


Hon. Wm. E. Smith, the Republican nominee for Governor of Wisconsin, and Thos. M. Nichol, of Kansas, spoke at the Courthouse in this village, last Wednesday evening, in the interest of the Republican Party and its candidates in this state.


August Scholz’s team of horses made a lively runaway down Courthouse hill last Saturday night, landing in Tolford’s livery stable.


Prof. P. W. Hill organized a singing class at the Methodist Church last Monday evening, with a good attendance.  The class will meet every evening during the week, excepting Thursday and Sunday.  Prof. Hill is a good teacher, and if the course of instruction now being given is not a benefit to the musical talent of our village, it will not be his fault.


Last Tuesday evening, some boys made the discovery that a very worthy couple in this town had committed matrimony, very slyly, several days previous to that time.  So a band of about fifty amateur performers was organized to manifest their approval of the act.  While there is no room to doubt the purity of their motive in giving the newly married couple a send off, the music furnished for the occasion was not good.  It had the desired effect however, and the groom did set up for the party.


Hunting parties are beginning to visit this locality.  The price of venison is not likely to undergo much change, however.


The heating stoves are about all up for the season once more, and profanity is on the decrease.


The new fashions are out and the attendance at church is good.


Judge Bunn, our Circuit Judge, received almost the unanimous support of the attorneys of the state for the position of United States District Judge, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Judge Hopkins. That Judge Bunn is the man for the position is evident by the support he receives from the most competent source, the legal fraternity of the state.



October 1937


An announcement is made this week of the sale of the Clark County Journal to A. F. Ender & Sons, who took over The Neillsville Press about a month ago.  The change was effective as of September 30.  Both papers will continue to be published for a time at least.


Before coming to Neillsville, A. F. Ender was editor for 14 years of the Rice Lake Chronotype, which won honors in the state and third place in the United States for community service.


The combined circulation of The Neillsville Press and the Clark County Journal is well over 3,000 copies a week. Starting with next week, advertising will be run through both papers.


(Eventually, the two papers were combined into one, now known as “The Clark County Press.” D.Z.)


Thousands of bushels of apples have gone to waste in Clark County, this fall.  The crop was far more plentiful than the market.  Many of the early settlers, here, planted apple trees, which have thrived on most farms.


Mr. Henry E. Rahn and Miss Virginia Milton were united in marriage Thursday at 5 o’clock p.m., Sept. 30, at St. John’s Lutheran parsonage.  Rev. Wm. B Aumann performed the ceremony.


The groom is well known to the people of Clark County. He is the son of Ernest Rahn of the Town of Green Grove, graduated from Colby High School, and the University of Wisconsin.  After serving four years as Deputy County Clerk, he was elected Register of Deeds and is now serving efficiently in that office.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Milton of Pine Valley. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1933 and has for some time been employed in the Neillsville Bank.  The Press joins with many other friends in offering best wishes and congratulations.


After a few days’ wedding trip, they will be at home in Neillsville.


Who is going to select the best name for the select hard wheat flour H. H. Van Gorden & Sons sell?  The person suggesting the name that will be selected will be given 5 barrels of flour, or 20 sacks, which is more than enough for a year’s supply.  We are hoping that the lucky genius will be somebody from Neillsville.


Herman Noeldner of the Town of Loyal and Lucille Goetz of the Town of York were married by Judge Schoengarth in his office in the courthouse, Saturday afternoon, October 2nd.  The couple were (was) attended by Florence Goetz, Martha Noeldner, Leonard Noeldner and Erwin Noeldner.


Charles Marden of the Town of Hewett and Miss Emma Gehrt of Pine Valley were married Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Reformed Church in Neillsville.


At the meeting of the Neillsville City Council Tuesday evening, C. S. Gassen was given the contract for a complete snow-plow to be outfitted with the V-type plow, so the city will be well prepared for snow removal on its streets.


The Christie Methodist Church Ladies will serve a supper at the Weston town hall, Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6 o’clock.  Prices are 35c for adults and 10c for children.


G. D. McKee, editor of the Granton Herald for the past eleven years, announced he printed his last issue and was leaving for Blair, Wis., where he had taken a position on the Blair Press.


The Granton Herald is 14 years old and was the only paper there until The Leader was established there recently, by Mr. Lester of Marshfield.


A. F. Ender and Sons have purchased, from Mrs. C. E. McKee, The Granton Herald and took possession this week.  Mrs. McKee and her son also publish the Pittsville Record.  When Glenn McKee ceased his connection with The Granton Herald and took a position on the Blair Press, a misleading rumor was spread that the paper was suspended, which was not true.


Curiously enough, The Granton Leader, a new newspaper, in issue No. 13, reported the Oct. 13 issue of the Herald was the last one, and later corrected the jinx.  The new owners plan to keep the Herald plant in operation at Granton.


The parks and other recreational facilities of Marshfield will be improved under an extensive WPA program.  The project provides for park roads, landscaping, shelter buildings, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a swimming pool, building tables and benches and grading, grubbing and excavation.  The work will require about 10 months to complete and provide employment for about 63 men.  The project calls for expenditure of $34,305 in federal funds and $10,300 by the city of Marshfield.


A carload of Delicious apples has arrived at H. H. Van Gorden & Son, in Neillsville.  The apples may be purchased for $1.25 per bushel.


Prof. and Mrs. Ernest Durig and their daughter, Miss Rose Marie, left today for New York City.  On the way east, they will make stops in Milwaukee and Chicago.  At Milwaukee the Steuben Society will be visited, to which Prof. Durig plans to present a famed old painting of Gen. Van Steuben, painted in 1777, and which he secured from the widow of Mr. Daker, a famed Russian artist, who died in New York after living in Paris.


In New York City, Prof. Durig, internationally famed sculptor, will meet John D. Rockefeller, Jr., by appointment, regarding some work he wishes done.  Mrs. Durig hopes Mr. Rockefeller may help establish a children’s park at Greenwood.


At Washington, D. C., Prof. Durig will be consulted regarding a statue of Albert Gallatin, a famed political leader of pre-Civil War days and thrice candidate for president, who was born in Switzerland.


As a lasting memorial of his visit and stay in Greenwood this summer, Prof. Durig is leaving a Peace Monument that is valued at $50,000, which he donated to the little city located 14 miles north of Neillsville.  When this monument was dedicated Sunday, Oct. 3, there were over 7,000 people present.  U. S. Senator F. Ryan Duffy was the principal speaker and highly lauded the beautiful statue to peace executed by Mr. Durig.  Other speakers were Congressman Merlin Hull, Senator Walter J. Rush, Assemblyman Victor W. Nehs, Atty. A. L. Devos, Mayor Fred Stelloh and many others.


The inscription on the monument, in the little park on Main Street of Greenwood, reads as follows:


“Peace Monument dedicated to the Gold Star Mothers and in memory of the150th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America, 1787 – 1937.”


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Christie of Greenwood have purchased the Fremont Hotel at Owen from Wm. Hubert, who managed the Hostelry the past three years.  Mr. Hubert bought the farm of Mr. Christie and has moved there, taking possession.


The Masonic bowling league, in Neillsville, will open the season November 1, on the alleys at the Masonic Temple.  The alleys are in fine shape, and the Neillsville Masons expect to have teams, which will come up to the usual high standard of past years.


Miss Lillian Bieneck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bieneck, Pine Valley, became the bride of Charles Diers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Diers, Pine Valley, at a ceremony performed at the Lutheran parsonage, Wednesday, October 20, at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Wm. Baumann performed the double ring ceremony.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ehlers, the bride’s sister and brother-in-law, were the couple’s only attendants.


The bride wore a silk crepe dress of dark green trimmed with gold and a shoulder corsage of yellow roses.  Mrs. Ehler’s frock was of green crepe and her bouquet similar to the bride’s.  Both men wore brown suits.


A reception and 7 o’clock dinner was held at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Paul Ehlers, for immediate relatives. Home decorations consisted of streamers and wedding bells, in color scheme of yellow and white.


Wednesday night, a wedding dance and miscellaneous shower were given in honor of the couple at the Silver Dome ballroom.  Many beautiful and useful gifts were received by the newly married couple.


Mr. and Mrs. Diers will reside on a farm, west of Neillsville, where the groom is engaged in farming.


Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, John Walk informed a reporter, 50 years ago on that day, his parents with a family of six siblings, arrived here from Jefferson, Wis.  They settled on a farm in southeast Pine Valley.  Two feet of snow covered the Clark County soil, all of which melted during the early part of November, so Mr. Walk, Sr., could prepare and plow four acres of ground before winter set in.  Mr. Walk died in 1916 at the age of 72.  John Walk of this city and Rudolph Walk of Clarkston, Wash., are the only surviving members of the Karl Walk family.


Charles Hakka of Chicago, who with his mother spent the summer at their cottage on Lake Arbutus, caught a 10 ½ pound walleyed pike Thursday while he and Kip Schultz were fishing in the canal waters.


A Harvest Festival Dance is to be held Sunday Night, Oct. 17th at the Holy Family Home in Willard.


Wm. Schlinkert is now the new owner and proprietor of the Little Casino.  A Grand Opening will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 7th with Free Chili to be served to everyone.


Mrs. Mathilda Wedekind picked three quarts of raspberries in her garden, Tuesday, and marketed them at a local store.  The quality was as fine as any raised during the regular season.  Mrs. Wedekind, who will be 79 years old this month, lives on State Street.  She works a large fruit, vegetable and flower garden, does her own housework and is an excellent friend and neighbor.





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