Clark County Press, Neillsville,

November 14, 2007, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1877


Eighty-nine vessels sailed from New York last week, loaded with grain. Seventy-seven of them carried 241,971 bushels of wheat.


I would suggest to the community that, since the buzzing blue-fly that maketh the meat to crawl has had his wings stiffened by the premature hard frost that heralds the approach of winter, it is now time to bank up around the houses and butcher hogs.


Pursuant to notice given at the evening service, on Sabbath last, a meeting was held at the office of O’Neill & Sheldon, Monday, November 12 at ten o’clock a.m. for the purpose of organizing an Episcopal Society.  Dr. J. C. Lacey, Jr., was elected Warden, Stanley F. Chubb, Treasurer, and F. A. Lee, Secretary.  It was resolved to call the church, here, St. Luke’s Mission of Neillsville.  A subscription paper was drawn up and about two hundred dollars subscribed at the meeting, to sustain a clergyman for the coming year, as much more has been pledged.  It is intended to secure the services of Mr. Ross, one-half of the time.  To do this it is only necessary to raise about four hundred dollars per annum.


The prospect of having permanent Episcopal services at this place seems to be flattering. 


Ice skating has been the principal amusement for the young people of this place, during the past week.


A hunting party, composed of prominent men from Sparta and other localities, whose names we have not been able to learn, are now occupying Doc French’s famous hunting camp on the East Fork.


A party of hunters from abroad who had been hunting in Section 29 two west, passed through town last Thursday, on their return from a very successful hunt.  They had a grand time, and succeeded in bagging several fine deer.


Some have organized a Greenwood Sporting Association, not with a track and fast horses, nor with a tiger, not to fool an unsuspecting public.  The object of the association is to cultivate the Nobel science of wing shooting. They have a trap and 3,000 glass balls, which takes a good nerve, clear eye and a clean gun to break those little balls in the air because there is much room outside them.


The society is composed of the following members: Geo. W. Hubbell, President; A. S. Eaton, Secretary; B. F. Brown, Treasurer; E. H. Carpenter, J. M. Hoyt, B. F. Thompson, A. F. Robinson, Geo. Begley and J. T. Vine.


The sporting party that went into camp, two weeks ago, in Section 28-3, came out with twelve deer.  And I will say that the deer are so thick in our woods, that by putting salt on their tails, a man could catch a dozen in a day.


Two enterprising Greenwood citizens, George and Jake Huntzicker, have built a splendid cheese factory.


A Thanksgiving dance and oyster supper will be given at Grange Hall in Maple Works, next Thursday evening November 29th.  A general invitation is extended.


The estimate furnished the Clark County Board by the treasurer, Mr. N. H. Withee, shows the amount of tax that would be necessary to discharge all but bonded indebtedness, and leave sufficient funds to defray expenses during the coming year, to be $35,107.45.


Cash will be paid for bear and lynx skins at Jaseph’s store.  Bring the skins in immediately.


The religion most needed is that which will induce men to deal honestly with their fellow men.


Attention is called to a notice of an oyster supper to be given for the benefit of the Presbyterian and Methodist ministers.  Through the generosity of the parties getting up the supper, the entire receipts will be devoted to the purpose stated above.  Let the people of Neillsville, who are noted for generosity in everything else, for once manifest the same spirit in the support of those who minister to men spiritual wants.  All should bear in mind that the servant is worthy of his hire.


The “Model Baker” is the best thing for baking beans, meats and such.  It is a big item for lumbermen, and a blessing every household.  These are for sale by W. B. Porter, of Black River Falls, and E. E. Crocker, of Neillsville.


Parties residing in the Town of Levis, whose names we withhold for the present, were arrested last Monday charged with stealing a pair of whipple-trees from Ans Green.  The parties were arraigned before Justice Kountz, and the case continued until Saturday on application of the defendants, who gave bail for their appearance at that time.



November 1937


While in Madison recently Henry Rahn, register of deeds, negotiated with the state Bureau of Vital Statistics for Photostatic copies of the census of Clark County for 1905.  In that year a thorough and complete census of the county was taken with the names, dates and place of birth of every person in the county, along with other valuable data.


Previous to that date many births were not recorded, but since then nearly all children born have been registered.


The original census report cannot be removed from the office of Madison, but the Photostatic copy is exactly the same in every detail.  The cost to the county will be only $139.


Five WPA stenographers furnished by the state will prepare card indexes of the records by townships, cities and villages, also arranging the cards alphabetically.


The old age pensions, mothers’ pensions, etc., have made a demand for data, which the incomplete records at the court-house could not meet.


An interesting feature article on the Winnebago Indian School in Neillsville appeared on the front page of the State News section of The Milwaukee Journal, last Sunday.  This told of the founding of the first school at Black River Falls by the Rev. H. Kurtz, who was saved from freezing to death by the Indians in 1876.  Later the school was moved to Neillsville, where Rev. Jacob Stucki and his son, Rev. Fred Stucki, have done such excellent work.  The new Indian School at Neillsville represents an investment of $150,000.


The new Zilk Villa is one of the finest super service stations in the northwest, for a city the size of Neillsville and a credit to Joe Zilk, the enterprising owner.  Greetings are being extended to Joe by those who had a part in the building and furnishing of the fine new station and the home which he has built this year.


Joe Zilk has been a resident of Neillsville for the past 24 years, and has been active in the present location the past six years.  He was previously in the oil business eleven years.  For six years preceding service in World War I, he was a salesman.


The new Zilk Villa is a handsome structure with artistic stone exterior and 20 by 40 feet in size on a corner lot 160 feet square.  He has installed a new type of hoist, grease equipment and also handles tires besides doing simonizing and washing of cars.  Of the six cabins on the property, three are full modern and electrically heated.  The new home of Mr. Zilk located nearby is 28 by 28 feet, two stories high and modern in all respects.  It is a handsome addition to the residential section of the city.


Friends of the Christie Methodist Church are urged to attend the 9:30 morning service Sunday, Nov. 7, and rejoice in the improvements made.  The walls and the ceiling of the church have been covered with wallboard and paneled; woodwork has been painted; and the church school has purchased a picture, which is to be placed on the wall behind the pulpit.  The public is invited to attend.


Omar Koopman, a 19-year old Grant County lad, is the Wisconsin champion corn husker for 1930.  Before an audience estimated at about 10,000, Koopman husked his way past 15 other contestants to become the Wisconsin state “King of the Bangboard” by husking a net total of 2,055 pounds of corn in the 80-minute contest period.  The contest was held in a field of hybrid corn on the farm of S. K. Blodgett, Rick County.  Second place was won by Dick Post, Rock County, and third place by Louis Schafbush, Walworth County.  Other counties to send contestants to this first state championship were: Columbia, Dane, Green, La Crosse and Lafayette.


(The name “Bang-board” was derived from 4 or 5 rows of 10-inch boards stacked and nailed to one upper side of a farm wagon where the thrown ears of corn banged against it so as to fall down into the wagon, as a man hurriedly picked the corn from the stalks. D.Z.)


The First National Bank had an interesting window display this week, being books for Library Week at one side and beautiful bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums from the Hauge Floral Co. at the other side.  Several days previously, two sets of the new 1938 auto license plates were shown.


A challenge, which made his dander rise, was received by R. E. Schmedel from Jack Amacher, Jr. of Stanley, who remarked about the bowling prowess of the Neillsville Masonic team.  Schmedel said, “We are inviting you to come down and take your medicine on Tuesday, Dec. 7.”  Such slighting remarks often cause a good team to lose, in bowling as well as in football.


An unusual number of people and animals were struck by lightning during storms in November.  Last week a truck driven by a Fairchild man was considerably damaged and a tree near the truck splintered.  In the Town of Hendren two heifers, a horse and a cow owned by Frank Laken were killed with lightning.  Near Rice Lake a telephone worker was struck.


The 6:30 p.m. dinner and program arranged by the American Legion Auxiliary on Armistice Day, for ex-service men and their families, was enjoyed by about 120 in attendance.  Following a prayer by Rev. Stone, a fine dinner was served by the ladies of the Congregational Church.  This was followed by community singing of songs popular in war days.


Informal talks were given by Mrs. F. H. Casler, president of the American Legion Auxiliary; Harry Roehrborn, Legion Commander; Atty. V. W. Nehs; and City School Supt. D. E. Peters.


Three interesting reels of the Neillsville military company, taken while they were at summer training camp were shown by James Musil.  Following the program, dancing was in order.


Several old and interesting books have been brought to the library and are on display.  Among them is the Odes and Poems of Horace printed in 1508, a copy of Napoleon’s Manuscripts, signed “Joseph Bonaparte, Saratoga Springs, June 18, 1820, of the Hanseatie League printed in 1718;  Also old Bibles, a prayer book, Lady Godey’s magazine for 1866, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, and Century 70 years old.


The highest record in circulation at the city library was reached Saturday, when 420 books were drawn out.


The average circulation in years past on Saturdays ran about 300.  There has recently been a steady increase in circulation and patrons at the reading tables.


Word was received this week from Washington, D.C. of another allotment to the Clark County Cooperative, this time for $92,060.46.  The money will be available as soon as the Treasury Dept. clears the voucher.  This makes nearly $112,000 that has been advanced for new electric lines.


The news from Washington states that it was necessary to disallow certain items, and that the list and reasons for disallowing have been forwarded to Wallace J. Landry, secretary-treasurer.  Some items will be paid at a later date.


William Dallman of Colby, who last week took up his duties as REA project supervisor for Clark County, has a job that will carry him over a large territory.  There are 2,450 prospective customers, and the Clark County REA project is the largest in the United States.  Mr. Dallman was manager of the municipal power and water utility at Colby.  Upon Dallman’s resignation as manager, E. F. Thornton of Chippewa Falls has succeeded his position.


The Ulen Construction Co. of Lebanon, Indiana, is planning to have the last of the 690 miles of electric poles in Clark County set by November 15, and has been making good progress.  The wiring and the placing of the transformers will take place as quickly as possible.


Electric appliance salesmen have been busy interviewing farmers, a number of which have already have had their homes and other buildings wired so that when the juice is turned on about December 15, they will be all set to go.  The wiring will have to be inspected by Government approved inspectors, who will get from $2.50 to $4.00 for each inspection.


Clark County Clerk Calvin Mills has received 4,000 deer tags, which will supply quite a number of hunters who may apply.  Last year 3,700 deer tags were bought with hunting licenses in this county.  The deer season this year is Nov. 26, 27 and 28, taking in a Sunday, so there will likely be a lot of hunters in the woods.


The Webb Oil Co. of Neillsville, offers Regular High Test Gas, 6 gallon for $1.00.  This is not a low test or so called third grade gas.  They guarantee this gas to be strictly High-test Regular Gas.  (How many of you recall that gas price?)


Coming Soon – Two New Ford V-8 Cars for 1938; Entirely New! At Seif & Byse Sales Co. in Neillsville



This 1878 photo was taken at the corner of Hewett and Fifth Street.  It shows only one recognizable structure, which remains today, the two-story Hewett and Woods brick building now owned by Neillsville Mayor Diane Murphy.  All Season Sports ‘N Archery is located on the first floor.  Notice the upper story front balcony, which is no longer on the building.





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