Clark County Press, Neillsville,

November 21, 2007, Page 20

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

November 1892


To a marked degree, Clark County is honored by the Republican Party of the state in placing the name of James O’Neill on the ticket for attorney general.  It may be remarked reversely that Clark County honors the state and the ticket honors the state by furnishing for that high, important office a candidate of so clean a name and fame as James O’Neill of Neillsville.


Hon. M. C. Ring will address the people on the issues of the day at York Center, next Saturday evening.  James O’Neill will speak at Humbird the same evening.


The workmen got the roof off the North building Monday, just in time to let in the rain.


The Colby community is just now suffering from diphtheria, as Neillsville did during last summer.


A good many men carry their hands in empty pockets.


On Monday, L. B. Ring and family moved from their farm, “Ross’s Eddy,” to their flat in the city.  On Tuesday,
George Frantz, Sr., moved to the farm, which he has rented and where he will enjoy the luxury of a new house, making the place his home.


The foundation timbers are laid at the new opera house, and if the god of storms behaves, the work will rush and keep rushing.


Canada has opened negotiations to have the United States annexed to her dominion.  It is a little hard to see why they want us.


J. E. Counsell of Pleasant Ridge is now the owner of the Jim Foote farm, east of this city on the Ridge Road.  It is as good as any eighty acres as lies out of doors.  The consideration was $3,200, which is a very low price.  The transfer was completed Tuesday.  The farm contains 40 acres cleared and 40 acres of fine timber.  Land in this part of Clark County is selling as low as it will ever sell, and our advice to every level headed young farmer is to buy.


Inquire at the Neillsville Times office about buying the following items:


I have a cow that is for sale, owing to my moving into the city.  She is 3 years old and gives a full 12 quarts of rich milk a day.  There isn’t a better young cow in the county.  How much will you pay for her?


Also a gentle and sound little mare that I have driven for 18 months is for sale.  She is a perfect lady’s carriage horse, can be trusted to stand any length of time without hitching and has no faults.  I will not sell her to a stranger, a liveryman, or into any sort of hard use.  The Phaeton, harness, a sleigh and other related items, also go with the mare.


The J. L. Gates house is still in the possession of the painters and begins to loom up like a bird of paradise.


Free and Phillips’ new planing mill over on the lot they bought of H. N. Withee, north of O’Neill Creek, is enclosed and roofed with steel roofing.  It is considerably larger than the building they now occupy and will be much more convenient.  The lease of their present location expired in August but they stayed in to fill orders and contracts.  They will continue there until they complete their present jobs among which is the North building at the corner of Hewett and Sixth Streets.  They expect to get equipment moved within two months.  James Hewett owns the old mill building and the lot.  We are pleased to see this evidence of prosperity on the part of this very popular firm.  We trust that the public will reward them for their enterprise by a liberal patronage, which they have always had and deserve.


Mr. Jacques of Hewett received a consignment of 160 sheep from Chicago Monday, for his sheep farm to be added to the flock he and his son, Geo. L. Jacques of this city, already own.  These sheep are fine ones and were bought at Chicago, for 3 cents a pound while the ruling price here is 4 cents.


Mr. G. P. Green, from Clarksville, has bought John Cummings’ farm in Mayville and will soon be residing thereon.  His household goods and family will arrive late this week.  Mr. Clark, with his sons, will operate a saw mill in the northern part of the county.  We are certain they will enjoy a good patronage.


On Sunday, Doc Lacey and Albert Ludington went deer hunting on the Cunningham Creek and saw three of the fleet beauties.  Albert took a haphazard shot at a deer through dense brush, but the track of the bullet didn’t tally with the deer and the boys came home to their wives in disgrace.



November 1932


The people of Pleasant Ridge Church experienced much excitement and a considerable loss on Friday noon of the last week in October, when their church building was lost by fire.


No one in the community knows how the building was set on fire.  Many theories have been advanced, but none are proven to date.  The building was partially covered by insurance.


The people of the Ridge Church are folks with a fine community spirit, and they intend to continue services regularly until another regular place of worship is provided.  Last Sunday services were held in the Reed School house with 70 people in attendance.  Next Sunday, the service will be held at the Kurth School and they will alternate in the use of these two buildings.


There is a possibility that a new church may be erected.  Some optimistic members of the community are urging a new building, believing that the men of the community could give their help in its erection and that most of the materials could be bought with the money received from the insurance.  Final decision is being delayed until estimates can be given of the cost of a new building.


In the mean time the men of the church are clearing the old site and making ready for whatever plan may be used.


F. E. Brown, jeweler, announces the opening Nov. 4 of his new store in the Neillsville Bank building, which is one of the finest stores of its kind in this part of the state and a splendid addition to Neillsville’s business district.  With the exception of two years spent in World War I, Mr. Brown has been continuously in business here since 1915, gradually expanding his business until it now takes rank with the best in Central Wisconsin.  Mr. Brown returned last week from a buying trip with a large stock of new, low priced merchandise for his opening.


Saturday, a large crowd of men in sympathy with the Farmers’ Holiday Movement, said to be from the northern part of the county, met at the John Noble farm near Chili intending to block the sale of personal property.  The property had been turned over to the Chili State Bank on a bill of sale by Mr. Noble and was to be sold at auction for the benefit of the depositors of the bank.  R. M. Horswill had been engaged as the auctioneer and H. M. Bergeman was to be in charge of the affairs of the bank and both were present.  Mr. Horswill was informed that only nominal bids would be made or permitted and was requested to let the property go on these small bids and it would then be returned to Mr. Noble.  But Mr. Horswill stated that he had been hired by the State Banking Commissioners to secure as good of returns as possible for the depositors and unless the stock brought shipping prices he would decline to sell it.  Believing that the objectors would lock the sale, it was called off and one truckload of stock was brought to the fair grounds where it is at present.


Monday, was the sale date of personal property advertised to be held on the Fred Jacobi farm near Romadka under an order of circuit court for the benefit of the depositors of the former Granton State Bank to whom the property had been mortgaged.  Before noon, a large group of farmers coming in cars and trucks assembled at the courthouse to protest against the sale and seemed to expect Judge E. W. Crosby to appear to explain the matter.  The judge however did not attend.  W. A. Campman, who is attorney for the State Banking Department, went before them and explained that the proceeds of the sale were for the benefit of local depositors and that the sale was a part of the order which had already been delayed a long time.  However, this did not apparently satisfy the group, who seemed to feel that an injustice was being done so they proceeded to the Jacobi farm with the intent to protest the sale.  An immense crowd, many whom came to see what would happen, gathered at the farm, but Mr. Horswill who had been engaged to handle the sale, feeling that the sale could not be successfully carried on under the circumstances, did not attend.  Just what will be the result cannot be stated at present.  It is said that the matter has been reported to the Attorney General’s office at Madison.


(The following news release in regard to the Farm Holiday Movement appeared one week later in The Press.)


A crowd that jammed the armory last Thursday listened to speakers discuss the Farm Holiday Movement.  Charles Goldamer of Abbotsford, in charge of the meeting, urged farmers to join the movement as their only salvation.  Other speakers also pointed out the benefits of the Holiday plan, stating that farmers must be thoroughly organized if they want to break down the forces of the Depression.


Replying to a letter by a local tax payer in last week’s Press, which criticized the school board for not burning wood in the public schools, one of the members started that 150 cords of three-foot wood were contracted six weeks ago and that more would be bought.  The board has met with difficulty in trying to buy this wood because few farmers are prepared to supply it in three-foot lengths, it was said.


The Sacrament of Baptism was administered in the Worship service of the Shortville Community Church on last Sunday afternoon be (by) the Rev. P. B. White.


Little John Leland Hagie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hagie and little Ione Fae Stevens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Stevens, were each presented for consecration by their parents who pledged themselves to do all within their power to lead these little lives into the knowledge and love of God and into the service of Jesus Christ.


Friday evening while skating on O’Neill pond, Robert O’Brien was badly injured by a fall on the ice and then he was rushed to the hospital in Marshfield.  He was entirely unconscious and remained in that condition for a considerable time after reaching the hospital, but the x-ray disclosed no fracture of the skull.  After regaining consciousness he continued to gain slowly and Tuesday was brought home by Lowe’s ambulance.  He is believed to be out of danger.


The accident occurred in a peculiar manner.  The boys had a long rope tied to the top of a tall tree, which overhangs the pond and they were swinging from the rope, which gave way, letting Robert fall on the ice.


W. D. Martin believes he is receiving more than his allotment of automobile hard luck.


Three weeks ago his couple was knocked into a cocked hat in a collision and after looking the remains over in an unbiased manner, Mr. Martin decided to junk the vehicle.


Last week, Mr. Martin purchased a used coupe and after two or three trial spins, parked the car last Thursday evening in front of Warlum’s Plumbing Shop.  The streets were coated with a glare of ice.  Raymond Parrot drove north on Main Street.  He touched a brake; his car skidded and caromed off of County Agent Landry’s car, going north, smashing into the side of the Martin machine.


Mr. Martin, who was in Brooks’ Store, heard a crash and let his curiosity draw him out into the street to see what had happened.  He found his car in almost as bad a condition as its predecessor.


As of now, it is reported that the car was “doing as well as could be expected” at the B and F Machine shop.


In commenting on the crash Mr. Martin rather caustically remarked; “If I locked my car in the cellar someone would get in through the window and smash it.


It is reported that the Indians living in the Town of Dewhurst are badly in need of food and clothing.


Neillsville, during the past days, has witnessed hundreds of hunting parties passing through on their way to the counties to the north where deer season is open.  Hardware dealers report an unprecedented demand for shells and all stores in the city had exhausted their supplies, Saturday.  A large number of local sportsmen joined the army of hunters going north for the season, which runs 10 days beginning Nov. 21.


Clark County officers, whose salaries could not be cut by the board until the expiration of their terms, agreed to the following voluntary reductions:


County Clerk, Treasurer, Clerk of Court, Register of Deeds and District Attorney, 5 per cent; County Judge, $100 per year (Judge Schoengarth last year also voluntarily reduced his salary about $650 a year); County Agent, 15 per cent; County Farm Superintendent, $26 per month; Courthouse Janitor, $198 per year; Highway Commissioner’s secretary, $5 per month; Asylum Superintendent, Asylum Matron, Asylum Employees, 10 per cent to July 1.


These reductions are in addition to reductions made to some of the offices last year.



 The former Grand Avenue Bridge was very ornate in its structure with its name cut into the overhead girders at each end.  Those girders can now be seen at Schuster Park, spanning Goose Creek.  The Free and Phillips’ planing mill was located northwest of the bridge.






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