Clark County Press, Neillsville,

January 3, 2007, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

January 1877


George Lloyd appears to be preparing to build on the lots opposite Hewett & Woods building, judging from the amount of stone he is having delivered.


The Methodist Church, at Loyal, will be dedicated Sunday.  It is a fine structure and the people in that vicinity have reason to be proud of their success in church building.


A young man, named Thomas Tracy, aged about 25 years, died at Robert Schofield’s place, yesterday, with scarlet fever.  During his sickness, he was delirious and not traces of his former residence have yet been discovered.  Telegrams, inquiring for his friends, have been sent to places which he had been heard to speak of, but to no purpose.  Newspapers throughout the state will confer a favor by giving the particulars of the case.


In this village, on January 10, 1877, Mr. C. A. Youmans was married to Miss Nettie French, by Rev. W. T. Hendren.


The ceremony, which united the destinies of the happy couple, was performed at the residence of the bride’s father, Dr. B. F. French, at 10 o’clock a.m.  It was held in the presence of a limited circle of relatives and friends, from whom they received the warmest congratulations.


A goodly display of valuable presents, from friends present and absent, betokened the universal wish for their prosperity and happiness.  After partaking of a well-spread repast and receiving the parting congratulations of those present, this newly wedded pair started on their wedding tour to be absent several weeks.  May happiness attend them, not only on this journey but throughout their journey of life.


A lamp exploded in H. M. Weston’s store, at Greenwood last Wednesday evening.  But for the presence of mind displayed by Horace in sacrificing his ulster in smothering the flames, the building and its contents would have been one (gone) up in smoke.  (Ulster is an overcoat, a word from the past. D.Z.)


Thompson and Root are running twenty men, full blast, in their logging camp.  They are above all other camps in the woods in one respect, at least; they have a chaplain.


The building on Main Street, which has been occupied by Chas. D. King as a justice office since being vacated by Jaseph, has been removed to the rear of the building being fitted up by the Hart brothers.  The lot, upon which it was located, is to be occupied by a portion of the block Lloyd is preparing to build.


The appearance of Small Pox in many places in our state and the continued spread of the disease where it has found foothold, calls for a word of warning and advice from those who have been constituted the guardians of the Public Health.


The average yearly death rate from Small Pox, in Wisconsin, is somewhat over one hundred while the average number of cases annually exceeds four hundred.  Already within the last three months, these numbers have been exceeded and unless vigorous measures are adopted and great vigilance observed, it will exact a much larger tribute of human life.


We presume that Ely Williams, of the Town of Grant, may fairly claim to be the oldest man in Clark County.  He will be ninety-three years old the 25th of January 1877.  He is in good health and wishes for spring, so that he may again work in his garden.


The new road, to Merrillan, is now open for travel. A little more snow will make it better for the winter sleighing.  As of now in these parts, it is too much snow for wheeling and too little snow for good sleighing.


“A looking glass is kinder to us than the wine glass, because it reveals our defects to ourselves only, while the latter reveals them to our friends.”


January 1937


At the hour of 7:30, New Year’s Eve, Hope Wildish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wildish and Lester Zasoba, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zasoba were quietly married in a ceremony performed at the Methodist parsonage.  Rev. E. P. Stone read the single ring ritual service.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hohmann.  We extend hearty congratulations and all good wishes for a Happy New Year.


Mrs. Louis Kurth is laid up at home with an injured left foot suffered while bowling at the Masonic temple, Monday night.  A bowling ball, which she estimates weighed at least 315 pounds, jumped the return track and landed on the toes of her left foot.


J. A. Leason is recovering from a broken toe on the left foot, which happened last week when a fine large specimen of body maple chunk wood dropped from the top of a pile and pinned his toe to the cement floor.


Mrs. John Perkins, who sometime ago dropped a large pail of sorghum on one of her toes while attempting to remove the syrup from the basement to the kitchen.  She reports that the crisis is past and that she will not lose the toe, as she at first feared.


Marriage licenses issued: Elsie Sternitzky, Lynn and Paul Bieneck, Pine Valley; Herman Zuege and Mabel Rekow, Loyal.


The Clark County snowplow went through on the county line, Sunday, as far as U. S. No. 10.  That road has been impassible since the heavy snowfalls.


We are thinking that all the hens in the surrounding countryside will have to lay two or three eggs apiece each day the rest of the year to pay the enormous feed bills of this winter.


A. Kreisch has taken over the Orchard Tavern, east of Granton, which he will operate until spring.  The tavern has been redecorated and a special bill of fare has been arranged for the opening, Saturday night.  In the spring, Mr. Kreisch plans to build an addition to the “House by the Side of the Road,” at the south end of Hewett Street.


F. D. Calway attended a meeting of the Conservation Commission at Black River Falls, Monday, at which cranberry growers discussed the control of muskrats in cranberry marshes.  Muskrats are said to cause much damage to cranberry marshes and means of exempting the growers from the laws protecting muskrats are to be worked out.  Mr. Calway has a large cranberry marsh, west of Neillsville, which will soon be in production.


The Balch Hardware store building has been sold by the Neillsville Bank to John P. Adler of Marshfield, according to records filed Jan. 16 in the Register of Deeds office.


From the State Capitol, Madison:


Neillsville’s Rush and Nehs, put our city on the map in big letters on the opening day of the Legislature, one Neillsville attorney winning the coveted honor of president pro-tem of the Senate and another Neillsville attorney barely missing the speaker-ship of the Assembly, each by one-vote margin.


Back of these votes is a story that will never be written because those in the know will never tell it all. But as is inevitable in a situation in which three political parties split the votes so that no one party ahs a majority, there was much jockeying and horse trading before the result was finally reached.


Progressives had the advantage of numerical prestige in having a much larger group in both houses.  On the other hand, the disadvantage of rubbing up against the human inclination of big boys as well as small is likely to tip the applecart.


Despite the slim margin of one vote in this election, Sen. Walter J. Rush has the good will and personal friendship of all the senators, based on his long record as a gentleman among gentlemen.


During his many years in the Senate, the Neillsville senator has seen many political ups and downs in that august body, not always so august.  During the last several sessions, especially that of two years ago, a Progressive didn’t count much.  Had it not been for the powerful splintering of gavels by the late Lieut. Gov. Thomas O’Malley, Progressive senators would probably have been put to work shining the shoes and brushing the coats of the coalition, which rode high, wide and handsome over the majority in 1935.  But during it all, Sen. Rush kept his equilibrium.  He didn’t lose his head or temper but worked away with courtesy to his fellow members although never yielding an inch in he matter of principle.


This is what has earned him the enthusiastic support of his Progressive colleagues and the respect of his opponents.


Adelbert Rodman, or as he was generally known, Dell Rodman probably Clark County’s oldest native born citizen, passed away at his home on Division Street, Neillsville, January 18, in his eighty-first year.


Dell Rodman, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Rodman, was born March 15, 1856, at the old Rodman home in the Town of Pine Valley, southeast of the fairgrounds.  In this home, under all the old pioneer conditions, he grew to manhood.  He worked on the farm in the summer and as he grew older, went to work in the lumber camps in winter.  Although living two miles from school, he acquired a fair education and always took an active interest in public affairs.


In 1880, he was united in marriage to Hattie E. King of the Town of Grant, and the next year they settled on twenty acres of the home farm, later purchasing an additional twenty acres from adjoining lands.  Here again, they went through the experiences of pioneer life under which he had grown to manhood, clearing land and working out.


On Oct. 6, 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Rodman moved to Neillsville. They bought a small home and there with a good garden, and a few chickens, lived a quiet, comfortable life.


Mr. Rodman, however, never sat in idleness; as long as he was able to work he found a job, if he was not employed at home.  In earlier years, he served several terms on the town board and always took an active interest in the Clark County fairs.  He was a genial, likeable man, kind and generous, and it is doubtful if he ever had an enemy.


Mr. Rodman was long an active worker in the Neillsville Odd Fellow Lodge, and both he and his wife were members of the Rebecca’s (Rebekah’s).


He is survived by his wife and three children: Warner, who lives near Athens, Wis.; Ida, Mrs. Gus Hagen, Neillsville; and Horace of the Town of Levis.  He leaves also 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one bother (brother) Hershell of Waukegan, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Lapp, Neillsville and Mrs. Robert French, Town of Levis.


On Saturday evening, January 23, Byrl Lawrence, of the Town of York and Dorothy Vanderhoof, of the Town of Sherman, were united in marriage at the Reformed Church parsonage, Rev. Bixler officiating.


The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Lawrence, parents of the groom.


Detachments of men from CCC camps were concentrated at Sparta, Tuesday and dispatched in trucks to the flood area along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  The men were mostly cooks, truck drivers, mechanics and first aid men.  Supplies of all kinds are being shipped. Several trucks with detachments of enrollees, stopped for the men to rest and to get gasoline for the trucks at service stations on the south side of Neillsville, Tuesday.


A dispatch from Thomas Davil, of the State Highway Commission Wednesday morning asked the county highway committee to have a truck ready to transport food and clothing to the flood area.  Persons having clothing or food to contribute, please have it packed and on your porch, Saturday by 10:30 o’clock.


Expressing deep sympathy for “our neighbors in distress,” the Neillsville City Council, Tuesday night, appropriated $100 to be sent to the Director of Relief at Cincinnati for use among the Ohio River sufferers.


“We must look upon these thousands of homeless unfortunates as neighbors,” said May (Mayor) Fred Stelloh.  “It is every American citizen’s duty to lend a hand to these sufferers.  We can’t tell but what our city might be the next to be stricken by a disaster of fire, cyclone or flood.”


The city attorney was to be asked whether the appropriation could be made legal, but the aldermen declared they were in favor of sending the money “whether legal or not.”


Henry Schwedland, who owns a farm in Columbus, made an arrangement, Monday, whereby Herman Lewandowski takes charge of the farm, giving the aged gentleman a home with the family as long as he lives. The farm will come into the ownership of Mr. Lewandowski.


Dorothy Zastrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Zastrow of Neillsville, and Mr. Gilbert Coyle of Granton were united by the Rev. George Longenecker at 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational manse in Neillsville, January 20, 1937.


The bride was attired in a gown of brown silk crepe trimmed in green and gold.  The groom was dressed in black.


They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. W. Price Mallory.  Mrs. Mallory is a sister of the groom.  She was attired in a wine colored silk crepe and the best man wore a light tan suit.


The bride attended Neillsville High School, from which she graduated in 1934.  The groom attended the Granton High School, graduating in 1930.  He is employed at the Quinnell Fox Farm, where they will reside.


Chapman’s Grill serves Welsh Rarebit and Fresh Perch every Friday Night.  The Saturday Night menu features Welsh Rarebit, Chicken Lunch, Fresh Shrimp, Oysters, prepared any style, or Chow Mein and Chili.


Roehrborn’s Store Specials:  Illinois Red Apples, bushel $1.29; Northern Grown Rutabagas, 25 lbs. 45c; Cocoa, 4 lbs. 25c; Assorted Bars of Soap, 2 bars for 5c; Texas Seedless Grapefruit, Medium 96 size, Dozen, 39c; Extra Heavy Men’s, New Security Overalls, $1.49.



The west side of Hewett Street, in the 600 block, as it appeared in the late 1920s.

(Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)




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