Clark County Press, Neillsville,

February 21, 2007, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

February 1897


Mr. Howard was out in the Globe area, working up a trade in the farm machinery line.  That’s right, Mr. Howard the farmers of Weston are enterprising people, and they have the dough.


Word is that the Globe merchant will build a new store building in the spring.


The farmers are taking advantage of the good sleighing before it disappears.  They are hauling wood bolts, and logs into the city as fast as possible.


Marshfield is to have a new Catholic School building, which will be built the coming summer, at a cost of $12,000. Already about $5,000 has been raised for the building.


C. W. Stow of Loyal visited the county seat, Monday, on business.  Mr. Stow and his parents came to this county in 1865, when the city was bur a very small place, not as large as Granton.  They took up a homestead on section 21, Town of Loyal.  The country in that locality, at that time, was dense wilderness.  Mr. Stow owns a steam-threshing outfit and during the winter runs a feed grinder.


W. H. Fox of Eau Claire, of the firm of J. P. Fox & Son, visited this city, Friday and Saturday of last week. They are studying the plans and specifications of the new jail, with a view of putting in a bid for the plumbing and heating apparatuses.  Had not the Press man been so well acquainted with Billy, we might have imagined he has a girl in town.  But, he says the girls of Neillsville have not had notice of him.


Last Thursday, Charles Babcock was hauling a large load of logs for Ezra Tompkins, down the logging road, south of this city.  While the team was going down a steep incline, the logging sleigh broke apart, which caused the loosening of the binding chains and threw eleven of he logs onto the horse, which had slipped down.  Mr. Babcock was thrown clear over the logs and horses.  After removing the logs from the animals, they were found unharmed, save a little bruising, and Mr. Babcock luckily escaped without an injury.  Ez says it was a very lucky for him, as he might have lost both driver and horses.


A young couple, from Neillsville, was sleigh riding on the streets of Wilcox, Sunday.  We would suggest to them that they be more careful in hugging one another, and not disclose such an act to the public.


William C. Fricke, Sr., died at his residence, four miles south of Greenwood on Wednesday morning, at two o’clock, Feb. 17, 1897, on his 77th birthday.


Mr. Fricke was born in Diepolz Hanover, Germany.  He took an active part in the German Revolution of 1848 and immigrated to America in 1849.  He came to Milwaukee, where he worked at his trade of shoemaking, for a year, then settled in Newburg, Washington County.  There, he resided until 1855, when he moved to Waco, Texas.  Residing there for two years, he then returned back to Newburg, Wis.  On October 18, 1876, he came to Clark County, purchasing a farm in the Town of Eaton.


Mr. Fricke was of sterling qualities, upright and honest, and with all is a good citizen, who will be greatly missed by the community in which he has so long resided.


He leaves an aged wife and eight children.  Mrs. Frank Zetsche, Town of Eaton; Mrs. Minnie Lowe and Mrs. Charles Servaty, of Neillsville; Oscar Fricke, of Greenwood; Mrs. Tillie Bashlim, Town of Eaton; William F. Fricke, Billings, Montana; Misses Louisa and Bertha Fricke, of Eaton.


Hans Hanson, who purchased a piece of land north of Christie and is now farming, was in this city Monday shaking hands with the boys.  He managed to raise a good crop of whiskers this winter, if nothing else.


(The Wilcox community was located in the Town of York. D.Z.)


For Sale: a fine new 38-55 Marlin rifle with pistol-grip and half octagon barrel.  Inquire at the Press office.


The new agricultural implement firm, recently formed in this city, will do business under the name of Marsh & Howard Bros., in the Lieghtholt building on Sixth Street, east of the Wisconsin House.


The Howard Bros. are well known in this locality, having for the past year or two been in the employ of the Farm Implement Company.  They understand the machine business thoroughly.


Bert Marsh, of Granton, who makes up a part of the firm, is also well known in this community and Granton, and needs no introduction into the machinery business.


They have purchased the entire stock of pumps from the Farm Implement Company, and will add a full line of windmills and such.  They will also carry a full line of farm machinery, repairs, buggies, wagons, and solicit the trade of all in need of anything in their line.


February 1957


Ed Miller is moving his bakery business, in Loyal, from the Jesse Raab building, where it has been located for the past few years to his new bakery building, north of the Red Owl store.  The building, which was begun last fall, is of double construction.  The north half is the property of Robert Prior, who hopes to occupy it with his jewelry store by the last of the month.  Neil Johnston will later occupy the Raab building.


Lloyd Hansen, Loyal retailer, has purchased the Albert Witt building on Main Street and hopes, within the next few months, to occupy it.


The second floor is being prepared for living quarters for the family, who plan to sell their present home.  The lower floor, which was formerly a meat market, will house Mr. Hansen’s merchandise.


For the three years Mr. Hansen has been here, his store has been located in the Manard Schwantes building.


Something New – America’s first Retractable Hardtop, the car of the future from Ford!


Be among the first to see the beautiful all-steel hardtop that’s an exciting convertible, too!  At the touch of a switch, and in a matter of seconds, the steel top disappears, slicing back into the trunk area.  The fabulous retractable hardtop was developed by Ford, leader in hardtop styling and the world’s leading maker of convertibles.  You can see it in action wherever you see the big crowds, such as at the 1957 Ford exhibit in the Milwaukee Auto Show.


The Silver Dome Supper Club will be serving Friday Fish Fry, 5 to 12 p.m., at 50c per person.


Saturday, 5 to 12 p.m., they serve ½ of a Fried Chicken, 75c per person.


Dance at Markham’s Hall, Chili Corners Saturday, Feb. 16 with music by the Ross Downer Band.  There will be lots of prizes given away.  The dance is being sponsored by the Southern Clark County Conservation Club.


There will be a Bake Sale at Haslow’s Hardware store, in Chili, Saturday afternoon, February 23 sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of the E.U.B. Church.


Check out the Meat-Wize Buys at the Neillsville IGA Foodliner this weekend!  Lean, Ground Beef, 3 lbs. for $1; IGA Table Rite Rib Steak 79c lb; IGA Picnic Hams, 6 to 8 lbs, 29c lb.


A free Youth Dance will be held in the Neillsville High School gym, Friday Evening, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  Music will be furnished by the Sturtz Orchestra, which will be paid through a grant from the music performance trust fund of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 270 Marshfield.


Pfc. Edward Genteman has arrived home form (from) Korea on a 30-day leave.  He was a bulldozer and crane operator while in Korea, and will leave home again to go to Pittsburgh, Pa., to join an anti-air-craft unit guarding the steel mills.


A religious survey of the Neillsville community will be made Saturday, of this week and Sunday afternoon of next week.  The purpose of the survey will be to determine church affiliations of people of the area.  The survey is sponsored by The Calvary Lutheran Church, soon to be organized in Neillsville. 


The Rev. Idar J. Tanner, pastor, reports that the new church will have its first service Sunday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m., in the Adler Theatre on Hewett Street.  Sunday School will begin the following Sunday, March 17, at 9:15 a.m.  The Adler Theatre will continue to be the temporary place of worship for the new congregation.


The survey will be carried out by a group of young men from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.  Cards which give information about people interested in other churches of the community will be turned over to those churches.


Calvary Lutheran is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which in turn is affiliated with the national Lutheran Council.


Calvary Lutheran has a new parsonage on a four-acre plot owned by the church near Memorial hospital, in the southwest end of the city.  Construction of a new church building will begin in the spring.


The first Friday in Lent, March 8, at 2 p.m., the World Day of Prayer Service will be held at Grace Methodist Church, Greenwood.  Cooperating churches this year are: Grace Methodist, Our Savior’s Lutheran, Immanuel West Side and Zion Evangelical and Reformed.  Participating in the service will be Mrs. Clifton Fonstad, Mrs. Truman Hill, Mrs. John D. Wuethrich, Mrs. James Bertz, Mrs. Adolph Abel, Mrs. George Hoehne, Mrs. Ewald Schwarze and Mrs. Henry Vollrath.


Residents of the Pine Valley Mound school district, adjoining the city of Neillsville to the northwest, will vote March 12 whether to dissolve their district and attach it to the Neillsville-Grant-Pine Valley joint district.


The election, which follows the acceptance of a petition bearing signatures of about 30 residents of the district, will be held at 8 p.m. in the hot-lunch room of the Neillsville High School. A favorable vote of 50% is required.


The Neillsville School Board received the petition at their Thursday night meeting.  At that time, the date and other arrangements were completed for the election.


National 4-H Club Week will be observed March 2-9.  More than 750 4-H Club members in Clark County will take advantage of this special week to plan their club activities for the coming year.  They will also take part in local and county activities designed to tell the public about themselves and their achievements.


Stanley W. Ihlenfeldt, county agent, and Barbara Ray, home agent, report that both rural and urban young people are taught scientific farming and homemaking through their 4-H club activities and project work.


“On the job” training under the guidance of local volunteer club leaders is coupled with the more formal instruction that comes in manuals and record books.


Theme for the 1957 National 4-H Club Week is “Improving Family and Community Living.”  This means that 4-H members will work together this year for better farms, better homes, better schools and churches in their own communities, Mr. Ihlenfeldt said.


Svetlik Motor Company at 137-147 East 5th Street, Neillsville, has some great Used Car Specials!


1954 Ford, two-door, high block six, with standard transmission, snazzy two-tone white and green, undercoat, snow-tires, radio, heater, turn signals and brand new seat covers.  The cost is only $869, cash price.


The 1949 Ford Custom with a lot of economic mileage for very little money!  It has the money-saving overdrive, and it’s an “8.”  Besides, you get a radio, heater and turn signals, and all at only $269, cash price.


The Granton Women’s Club met at the Community Hall, last Wednesday afternoon, with a large group in attendance.


The announcement was made that a Library benefit card party will be held at the Community Hall, Saturday evening, March 2, at 8 p.m.  All card games will be played. Each member is to bring a card table and cards.  The public is invited.


Hostesses were: Mrs. Jerry Smith, Mrs. Marvin Garbisch, Mrs. Herman Schoengarth and Mrs. Alva Howard.


Palmer Vinger, of Greenwood, has Three Special Farm Bargains:


A dandy, clean 120-acre farm, near Loyal, with a beautiful line of personal property and very nice buildings is priced at $21,000.  Terms offered.


A 160-acre farm with 140-foot barn, very modern house, two-silos, is priced at only $18,000 with easy terms offered.


A good 160-acre farm near Greenwood, very good farmland and buildings, priced at only $11,000, with only $3,000 down, balance on F.H.A. loan.


Stop in at H. H. Van Gorden & Sons Mill, in Neillsville, for some Specials:


U. S. No. 1 Russett Sebago Potatoes, 50 lbs. $1.40;


U. S. Russett Burbank Baking Potatoes, $3.25 per hundred lbs;


Good quality, No. 2 Eating Potatoes $1.49 per hundred lbs;


Also available: Pure Buckwheat Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, White Rye Flour and Table Cornmeal.


Kearn’s Rexall Drugs will have a soda fountain special on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Vanilla Nut Sundae for 19c.


Jordahl Brothers’ Gamble Store is having a Wallpaper Clearance.  The 1956 patterns are being sold at Give-Away Prices.  Single Rolls of Wallpaper, Regularly priced at 45c to 65c are now priced at 9c, 19c and 29c per roll when sold with Border Paper.



In the mid-1950s, West 5th Street was reconstructed when the above photo was taken during the project, at the intersection of Grand Avenue.  The local IGA store (right) and Wall’s Deep Rock station (left) is still located on the same corner.  (Photo courtesy of Bob Boysen)




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