Clark County Press, Neillsville,

November 28, 2007, Page 20

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

November 1907


By a law passed last winter, the County Board is required to elect a new officer to be known as County Highway Commissioner.  The provisions of the law are too long and complex to be given here.  But the provision that the officer shall be a competent engineer or an experienced road builder indicates that it is highly important that a first class man be appointed.  The success of the law depends on the ability of the officers appointed.  If incompetent, the law will soon fall into disrepute and be repealed.


Last Wednesday was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Nemitz, which was celebrated at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Fred Dux, west of the city.  Nearly fifty guests were present, and an enjoyable day was spent.  Rev. H. Brandt performed the celebration ceremony.  A number of useful gifts were given, among them $50 in gold given by their children.  Mr. Nemitz is 77 years of age and his wife is 71.  They came to America in 1886, and have seven children and twenty-five grandchildren living.


Miss Ida Reeg and Mr. George Frye, Town of Grant, were quietly married at Winona, last Wednesday.  They returned Thursday and a wedding supper was held at the groom’s home.  Nearly forty guests attended and joined in congratulating them.  The bride is well known in this city and the groom owns a fine farm, being a prosperous and industrious man.  Quite a number of useful gifts added to their happiness.


A number of lumber camps are reported closing and others running only with small crews.  Nearly all of the logging companies are planning to put up a light cut of timber this winter.


C. Zschernitz has opened a restaurant in the meat market building east of the Neillsville Bank.  He will keep for sale the usual articles sold in a restaurant.


When you want to save money on nice Oak Center Tables, just let Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. show you what they have for $2.25 and $2.50.  You will be surprised.


Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. also has Kitchen Cabinets, each having a flour bin, drawers and a meat board for only $4.


(There are those of us who remember the portable kitchen cabinets, equipped with casters for easier moving around the kitchen.  There was also the style of cabinet with a three-shelf glassed front section, for storing dishes, which sat on top of the flour bin, drawer section.  Nearly every farm kitchen had one.  It was the days before built-in wall cabinets. D.Z.)


Seeing that the price of wood is so high, why not burn Hocking Valley Coal; it burns in most any stove or furnace.


G. D. Schultz and Henry Hawks have just finished the piers on the Rock Creek Bridge in the Dells Dam area.  They also repaired a wing to one of the piers on the bridge by R. Lynch’s place.


An accident to Martin La Stofka’s motorcycle, Monday, caused one of the wheels to come off while running at high speed, throwing him to the ground.  Luckily he was not badly hurt.


A great many of our local hunters have been successful in killing one or more deer.  Every day hunters pass through here, from the North, taking home loads of venison.


Three of Neillsville’s well-known young folks took an automobile trip into the country one day last week.  The auto balked on them and they hired a blind horse to transport them back to town.


Two organizers for the American Society of Equity spoke at the courthouse Thursday night to a good audience, among who were many members of the county board who are members of the society.  The object of the organization is to bring the producer and consumer together to cut out the middlemen.  Primarily it was a society of farmers, organized to control the marketing of produce so as to secure the best prices.  It was decided to hold meetings in the surrounding towns, to perfect organizations in those towns and then to organize what is known as a “Local Exchange” in Neillsville.


G. A. Anderson and his wife were surprised Friday, by a large number of their friends who presented them with a couple of chairs and a wall rack for a wedding present.  After that, they all went to the Sherwood town hall where a dance was given and refreshments were served in honor of the occasion.


A crew of men has been working on replacing wood pieces in the railroad bridge that crosses the Black River, west of town.



November 1947


The rains, the past week, have not improved Highway 73 where it is under construction in the Nevins area.  The milk trucks and school bus are about the only vehicles that go through.  The Semans, Brinkmeiers and Ralph Scholtzes have had to stay home or else detour in all directions if they wish to go to town.  The mail does not go through.  The road going both east and west from Tom Paun’s corner is simply “keep off.”  Tom Paun has been acting as postmaster for some of us most of the past week.  The roads, however, were improving the latter part of the week.


The garage building started by William Whaley on West Fifth Street, near Grand Avenue, has been purchased by the three Rychnovsky brothers.  They expect to operate a repair business there and at present are enclosing the building against the weather.


Grade A milk for most of the consumers of Neillsville has been the result of the official action of the health officer and the board of health.  Samples were taken in this community November 5, and the report of the state authority is that pasteurized milk of Grande A quality is being furnished by both concerns which are making deliveries in Neillsville.


The fact that Grade A milk is now the main supply for the people of Neillsville is the source of gratification to Dr. Milton C. Rosekrans, the health officer, who has asked The Clark County Press to express his thanks to and approval of the vendors who have exerted themselves so successfully.                 


The need for a new bus for the local public schools will be brought up at the adjourned meeting of the school electors, to be held probably in January.  This need was discussed at a meeting of the school board, held November 12, and the decision was to refer the matter to the electors.


While the members of the school board were not in position to settle the bus question on their own, they were in entire agreement that the bus business is a grand headache.  The first bus has been misbehaving with regularity, with first one problem and then another.  The engine was replaced last year, but that did not end the troubles.  And now the driver wants to quit.


One of the difficulties is that the roads are very rough in spots, particularly where work is being done.  This roughness is more than the light buses can take.  One answer had been to shorten the routes somewhat, but the old bus still has to travel, and occasionally it does not want to. 


The school board is offered a heavier bus, and will refer the offer to the electors.


Mr. and Mrs. Harvey C. Bushnell recently observed their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Owen.  They received many gifts, flowers and congratulatory messages.  Prior to the event a family gathering was held at the home of a son, Merle, near Owen.


The Bushnells also visited in Iowa with friends and relatives.


The Happy Homemakers Club met Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Jesse Richmond, near Christie.  The members brought food and clothing enough to pack two boxes to send to a family in Norway.  The boxes will be mailed by Mrs. Paul Jacobs.


The York Center Cheese factory has been purchased by Louie Gonia, who is taking possession at once.  The plant was purchased a few years ago by the Dairy Belt Co., of Spencer.  Mr. Gonia recently has been employed in the Black River Cheese factory, located northwest of Withee.                                


A petition in boots crowded the council chamber Tuesday evening, some 60 to 75 youths who wanted a better chance for ice skating.  They had designated Bill Stucki to do their talking.  Bill asked the council to make adequate provision, both for a good place to skate and for a suitable place in which to put on skates.  Upon motion of Alderman Hoesly, this entire matter was turned over to the park board, with the request that the park board find a way to comply with the desire of the young people.


Awards for the construction of two important Clark County bridges are about to be made.  These are the bridge in the Village of Granton over O’Neill Creek and the bridge over County Trunk Y north of Chili, known as the Krueger Bridge.  The contracts for these bridges will go to I. H. Pertzsch of Onalaska, the low bidder.  The contract calls for $48,727.40.


Both of these bridges will have a substructure of piling, that plan of construction being rather unusual in recent bridge construction in this area.  The occasion for using piles is the great depth of excavation, which would be required in both locations.  The contract calls for the use of 35-foot piles, of which 15 or 20 feet will probably be below the surface.


The State Highway Commission has also received bids on two bridges on Black River, one being on Road 26, west of Eaton Center and the other on County Trunk N northwest of Longwood.  The low bidder on those two bridges is Eau Claire Engineering Co. and the amount of the bid is $168,968.  For this work no contract will be made unless and until there is some readjustment of funds, as the low bid is about $12,000 higher than was contemplated when the financial provision was made for these two bridges.


The first work in revaluing the city of Neillsville will be the measuring of the outside of buildings to determine their size. 

A record will be made of the measurements of each structure.


To make these measurements, a crew will begin work next Monday morning.  This explanation is made by official request to order that householders may not be surprised when they see men at work around their homes.


The crew engaged in this work will work outside exclusively and will not seek entry.  The inside work will be done by John Semrad personally, or by some person clearly authorized by him and any person later seeking entry will make clear his official relation and responsibility.


A new dam and county park in the Town of Mead have been authorized by the Clark County Board and an appropriation of $30,000 for the dam has been made.  This amount has been included in the new budget.


The land area, which the county owns or will acquire, is about 480 acres.  The lake will be upwards of 300 acres in size.  Of the land required, the county already owns all but about 40 acres and the resolution authorizing the project provides that nothing shall be done until the county owns the entire area needed.


That the venture will be virtually self-financing was the estimate given the board by Arthur Stadler, the chairman.  He anticipates a road demand for space for cottages.  The decision is to lease the lots at $15 per year, with a minimum advance payment for 10 years.  Each lot will have a frontage of 100 feet.


In authorizing this project and in settin up a new park authority, the county board headed into a problem connected with the management of such park areas.  That problem was zoning.  The forest and park area of the county is protected by a zoning ordinance, which was enacted in 1934.  That ordinance sets up in detail the various things which ladn in the restricted area may be used.  The uses explicitly cited are 12 in number and included in the ordinance is a section of definitions, with the obvious purpose of removing doubt as to what can and cannot be permitted.  Among the 12 uses there is no mention of taverns, but the Rock Dam Park now has three taverns, two of them on land leased by the county.  Such leases appear to have been granted by the forestry and zoning committee.  So far as has yet appeared, such leases have been granted on the theory that the taverns fall within the permitted classification of “Recreational camps and resorts.”  But the section of definitions gives this meaning to that classification: “Areas of land with buildings or tents and sanitary facilities used for occupancy during a part of year only.”


The emphasis upon the tavern business in the Rock Dam area has occasioned considerable discussion, which resulted in the appointment at the fall session of the county board of a committee for the clarification of the zoning ordinance.  That committee, appointed by Chairman Stadler, consists of Supervisors Parkinson and Warren, together with the members of the forestry zoning committee.  The present members of that committee are Wm. C. Ambelang, Arthur Baures and George Beeckler.


Hunters’ Dances at the Lake Side Inn, Rock Dam, Saturday, Nov. 22, Harold Karlstadt’s Orchestra and Wednesday, Nov. 26, Johnny Gertz.


Wanted by American Legion’s Haugen-Richmond Post #73: 100 Chickens, dressed; 100 Ducks, dressed; 25 Geese, dressed; 10 Turkeys, live, needed for our Annul Turkey Dance, Nov. 20 at the Neillsville Armory.




The Pleasant Ridge Hunting Buddies, circa 1930, had a good hunt the year that each hunter bagged a buck, as shown above.  (Left to right) Bill Vine, Charlie Hubing, Ernest Vine, Art Hubing, Henry Hubing, George Hubing and Alfred Magnuson.  (Photo courtesy of Charlotte (Hubing) Jacob)





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