Clark County Press, Neillsville,

January 17, 2007, Page 11

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

January 1907


For the past week or more, a large number of the young people of the city have gathered at Hewett’s hill to go coasting down the slope, crossing the Black River Bridge to far on the other side; then climbing the slope by Andrus Creamery, there, they would turn around coasting back again.  Sunday night, while engaged with such a run, two bobsleds collided near the bottom of the western hill.  The sleigh, coming from the east had nearly stopped but all the coasters were still upon it when the load from the west came dashing down the hill, striking them somewhat on a slant, piling up the two bobsleds.


Joe Zimmerman sustained a bad fracture of both bones in one leg, below the knee and Will Gwinn, a high school boy, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krause had a similar fracture.  Hazel Crandall received a bad cut on one knee, Fay Marsh was quite badly bruised and Arthur Flynn had one of his ankles sprained.  Others in the sliding party were shaken up.


Altogether, it was the worst coasting accident that has occurred here, in years.


For Sale: A nice house and lot on the main street, centrally located; with water, sewer and also good pump water.  The price is $850.  Inquire at The Press office


A specimen of the forest monarchs, that made Clark County famous and La Crosse rich, was cut last week on Martin La Stofka’s land in the Town of York.  Monday, two logs scaling nearly 1,000 feet each were landed at the Johnson Mfg. Co. mill.  The load of logs was brought in Monday and was photographed by DeLane as the loaded sled stopped in front of the O’Neill House.  The scene attracted quite a crowd of people. Among the onlookers were many old loggers, who viewed “the remains” as if at the funeral of an old friend.  Among the “mourners” with bowed heads and hat in hand, stood Tom Kerns and Dan Kennedy, H. O. Moe, of Sherwood, made the closest off-hand guess on the scale of the logs.


With two such men as Senator Marsh and Assemblyman Jackson, in the Legislature, Clark County should be ably represented.  That they will make a prominent part in legislation is indicated by their position on committees.  Mr. Marsh is on the committee for Insurance and Taxation this year, two of the most important places; Mr. Jackson is on Insurance and Education, both important places.


Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, 1907, Mr. William A. Campman and Miss Helen Holmes were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. L. H. Howard, Rev. A. R. Rice officiating.  The wedding was of the most quiet order, only the nearest relatives being present.  The bride and groom took the 7:30 train for Milwaukee and other points.  On their return, they will begin housekeeping in the rooms over The Times office.


Probably no young couple in Neillsville ever began life with more good will than they.  The groom grew up here, and from childhood has been a favorite with all.  He made a fine record in school, became an expert stenographer, being efficient and reliable in every position he entered.  After serving with credit, though very young, in the Spanish War, he studiously perfected his knowledge therein.  More than a year ago, he entered into partnership with Grow, Schuster & Co., in which business he is an active partner. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Holmes.  She is a bright, attractive young lady, and a very successful teacher.  For some time she has taught in this vicinity, making her home in Neillsville, with Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Howard.


Leason and Son have completed the new drinking water supply system in the South Side School buildings.  The water is taken from the well and forced by windmill into a tank in the upper part of the new high school building, whence it is supplied by pipes to both buildings.  The well has been cleaned, a cement curb and new platform put on top and all put into hygienic condition.


E. M. Holden has bought an automobile, which he expects to be shipped soon from Minneapolis.  It is a Glide machine, four-seated and ten-horse power.


A number of fine basement barns will be built in the Town of York, this coming season. Among those farm owners to be building are: Norm Shafer, Milt Snyder, Gid Longeway and Frank Greeler.  Frank Greeler’s barn basement wall has been finished.


January 1957


A merger of the Gorman Cooperative Dairy with the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative was completed last week, and the Gorman plant has closed its doors after upward of 30 years of operation.


Most of the 30-odd patrons of the Gorman Cooperative now are shipping their milk to the Neillsville Cooperative plant, in a daily volume of between 6,400 and 6.500 pounds, at present.  In the flush, however, the total will run considerably higher.


The additional volume of milk will be important to the Neillsville plant, particularly when it gets its new spray drying equipment into operation.  This equipment, costing about $145,000, is now being installed in the new warehouse building of the cooperative plant on west Seventh Street.


Involved in the agreement is an exchange of Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative stock for the physical assets of the Gorman Cooperative, exclusive of the building and land.


Acting to bring about the merger was the necessity faced by the Gorman Cooperative dairy of making additions to its plant equipment, repairs and providing for sewage.  The total cost of these items was estimated to be about $12,000.  The majority of the members held the opinion that the operation of a small plant does not warrant such comparatively large expenditures.


The change took place formally last Wednesday, January 20, when the doors of the Gorman plant were closed.  The cheese-maker, Myron Denzine, and his family have moved to Marathon.


Town board action was taken, last Saturday afternoon, to dissolve the Pozen School District (Joint 2, towns of Withee and Reseburg), effective next July 1, County Supt. Leonard Morley announced here, Monday.


One portion of the district, comprising approximately one-third of the total assessed valuation, will be attached to the Thorp High School district, and the other portion, comprising about two-thirds of the assessed valuation will be attached to the Sterling School district, which joins the east.


While the school census reveals about 70 children of school age in the district; but seven are attending the Pozen School, this year.


Liabilities and assets of the district are to be divided between the Thorp and Sterling districts on a percentage ratio to assessed valuation joined to each district.


Officers of the Neillsville Country Club were re-elected at the organization meeting of the club’s board, which followed the annual stockholders’ meeting, Monday evening.


The only change in directorship was the election of E. A. Georgas to the board.  He succeeds Glenn Roberts.  Other officers and directors are: H. H. Quicker, president; Charles Barr, vice president; John Schiesel, secretary and treasurer; Donald Johnson, assistant secretary and treasurer; and H. O. Giese.


The Country Club board authorized the purchase of a new tractor.


Membership in 1957 again will be $10 per person, the board voted.


A good crowd was present, Sunday morning, at the Christie Methodist Church to greet Bishop Clifford H. Norhcott when he conducted a service there.  Visitors were present from Neillsville, Greenwood, Loyal and York Center.  The bishop drove up from Madison, accompanied by District Superintendent Raymond Fleming of La Crosse. They went from Christie to Richfield for another service and a dinner, going from there to services at Merrillan and Whitehall.  They drove here from Madison, encountering icy highways, and arrived half an hour late for the Christie service.


William Decker was reelected elder at the annual meeting of the Immanuel West Side Evangelical and Reformed Church, Sunday afternoon.  Ervin Toburen and Clayton Braun were elected deacons.


George Kuester will again take over the duties of janitor, and Mrs. Alvin Albert will be the organist.  The cemetery committee is composed of: Alvin Albert, Otto Fravert, LeRoy Fravert and Phillip Vollrath.


Officers holding over are: Otto Horn, Adolph Wendt, Kenneth Steiger and Philip Vollrath.


Kenneth Steiger acted as secretary of the meeting, and Rev. Charles Koch was the chairman.  Reports of the various organizations were heard.  There was a complete change of cemetery rules acted upon, and it was voted to paint and do other outside work on the parsonage.  A noon potluck dinner was served in the church dining room, preceding the meeting.


Mrs. Martha Hoffmann had a group of ladies at her home, near Globe, for an old-fashioned feather-stripping party, Thursday afternoon and evening.


Formal swearing-in ceremonies for officers, of Clark County, elected or reelected in the November voting will be held at 8:30 a.m. next Monday, according to County Clerk Mike Krultz, Jr.


The oath of officers will be administered by either Judge Bruce F. Beilfuss, or by County Judge Lowell D. Schoengarth.


Only two new officers will be in the group to take the oath of office together: Wayne Trimberger, Republican district attorney; and Robert W. Lulloff, coroner.


Others who will renew their oaths are: Mr. Krultz, county clerk; Donald Braatz, county treasurer; Henry E. Rahn, register of deeds, Ray Kutsche, sheriff; Joseph Frantz, clerk of the circuit court.


Rochelle C. Lautenbach and Richard A. Catlin, of Loyal, repeated marriage vows during a candlelight ceremony on Christmas evening in Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal.  The Rev. John Pfohl performed the double-ring nuptials in a setting of pine, poinsettia, and holly.


The bride’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lautenbach, Loyal, and the groom is the son of Mrs. Ann Catlin and the late Perle Catlin, Loyal.


During the ceremony, Bill Antholz sang “I’ll Walk Beside You” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” accompanied by Jan Jacobson.  Both are students of Wisconsin State College, Eau Claire.


The bride was attired in a floor-length gown styled with a snug bodice of Chantilly lace, featuring long sleeves, and a pointed collar.  Her fingertip veil of imported Swiss illusion fell from a headpiece of Chantilly lace.  Her bouquet was a white orchid surrounded by red rose buds.

Mrs. Richard Sweeney, Kalamazoo, Mich., sister of the bride, served as honor attendant; and Mrs. Eugene Colby, Loyal, was bridesmaid.  Both were attired in waltz length gowns of red velvet.  Carrol Catlin, Milwaukee, served his brother as best man and Richard Sweeney, Kalamazoo, Mich., was groomsman.  Ushers were Eugene Colby, Loyal, Melford Catlin, Milwaukee, and Vern Catlin, Rhinelander.


A reception was held in the church parlors immediately following the ceremony.


Cheddar cheese is the most important single manufactured product of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, amounting to more than 450 million pounds a year, and accounting for nearly two fifths of the enormous flow of milk from Wisconsin cows.


For many years, the state has had a grading system for cheese, providing for the grading of the product as it left the plant of the manufacturers into the hands of the wholesalers.  Lately, there have been many questions about the adequacy of the grading system.  For one thing, there have been discrepancies between the state grading standards and those used by the U. S. Government.  Federal graders have been down-grading much of the cheese offered for sale as food surplus.


Donald N. McDowell, chief of the state department of agriculture, has announced a plan for the creation of an all-industry committee to review the matter.  It will reconsider the whole cheese grading system, decide whether it should be continued, and if continued, adjusted to modern conditions and demands.


Russell’s Hardware & Furniture, of Neillsville, has Zenith Radios, portables or F. M. Sets, as well as other radios, with prices starting at $29.95.


The Ford Company is featuring five new glamour Station Wagons in 1957.


There is the Country Squire with wood-like trim. 


If your needs call for a 6-passenger wagon with four doors, you’ll love the new Country Sedan.  It has almost nine feet of load space.


There is still another Country Sedan that has a third seat for 9-passenger room.


Ford’s popular Ranch Wagon is featuring a 6-passenger, 2-door model with smart interiors.


In the wonderful way that Ford can take a fine thing and make it even finer, the Del Rio Ranch Wagon goes beyond the Ranch Wagon in its style, fabrics and trim.


Stop in at Svetlik Motor Co., Neillsville


A&P Food Store Specials are: Smoked Hans (Hams), 12 – 14 lb. average, 59c lb; Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 55c lb.; Eight O’clock Coffee, 3 lb. pkg., $2.55.


The new manager of Bert’s Beauty Salon, 121 West Sixth Street, will be Shirley Casper.  The owner is Bertha Digoski and Janice Traaseth is also an operator at the salon.




The load of pine logs, shown above represents the logging industry of the late 1800s, in Clark County.  The pine trees were harvested in the Cunningham Creek area, and then hauled by bobsleds to a landing along Black River.




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