Clark County Press, Neillsville,

February 28, 2007, Page 18

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Clark County News

February 1882


Some very nice oak timber is being shipped from this vicinity.  Last Friday, Andrew Ross hauled a splendid stick, thirty-six feet long and about twenty-two inches square.  It came from Lyman Rodman’s premises.  The price paid for the tree was $4.80.   We have learned the oak timber goes to England for ship building purposes.


Robert H. Meddaugh, of Sherwood, has taken the contract to carry mail from Neillsville to Popple once a week, from Feb. 15, 1882, to June 30, 1882.  Nevins, Shortville and Day are on this route also.


Mr. Robertson, agent of the Cornell University, will be in Neillsville Feb. 15th, to pay taxes on University lands.  He wants to meet the treasurers of all towns in Clark County, in which there are University lands.


On last Wednesday, a number of little boys “snowed” the street that leads from Dr. French’s house to Dr. Bacon’s home, and then procured a heavy “bob-sled” on which to take a ride.  On this novel sled, they placed about thirty of the school children for a ride down hill.  But there was a radical defect in the steerage, and the whole load was upset in the ditch just above Mr. Ferguson’s barn. 


(Dr. French’s house was on the corner of Fourth Street, the present site of the Neillsville Public Library and the Bacon home, on the southwest corner of Grand and Fourth, which is now the home of Bill and Jeanne Roberts.  The Ferguson barn was in the middle of the block, near the West Street intersection.


The settlers, who help a place, are those who do the labor themselves and give occupation to others.  Neillsville made quite an acquisition in that respect when Messrs. Hein & Meyer located here for the purpose of engaging in the stave business.  They have leased five or six acres of ground on O’Neill Creek, just west of Judge Dewhurst’s home, and made arrangements to erect a steam mill there.  The engine, fifty-five horse-power, is already purchased and on the way.  As yet, they have only about one hundred cords of red oak bolts on the ground, but more are being brought in very fast.  They intend to keep seven or eight teams drawing throughout the year, when the roads will permit. They are now clearing the ground for their buildings.  The upright saw will be 32 by 72 feet, and the wing for the boiler and equipment, will be about 30 by 36 feet. Their enterprise will benefit the farmers by improving the market for timber, while quite a number of buildings will be added to the village to accommodate the employees who will be working in and about the new stave factory.


Owing to the prevalence of scarlet fever, the Dorchester School was closed Friday for six weeks.  W. F. Mason, the principal, will spend the vacation at his father’s home in Pine Valley.


The proposed bill for the incorporation of the city of Neillsville has been left at the office of James O’Neill, Jr.  All citizens interested in the matter are invited to call and examine its provisions.  It will be sent to our member of the Assembly, next Friday.


Our lumbermen are again despondent.  The snow is nearly all gone.  There is no sleighing on our highways.  Loggers are still doing some hauling, but if the present warm weather continues, operations in the woods will, in a few days, substantially come to a stand still.  A great many of the logs, which had been skidded, have been banked on the streams in the last ten days.


The Canon Bros. are rushing business at their new saw mill. They have been cutting oak most of the time so far, but Jeff, says they could cut from 20,000 to 25,000 feet of pine lumber per day, also.


The Humbird School is being finely conducted under the management of a very efficient teacher, Mr. Squires.  There are 110 scholars enrolled.


By the looks of the wagons and sleighs around Capt Edwards shop, Humbird is a hard road to travel.  He will have to enlarge his shop and add more help to supply the wants of his customers.


A smash-up on the Central Railway at Colby occurred last night by and (an) extra train, running into a hand-car.  The conductor was thrown off, being considerably bruised, but no bones were broken.  It was almost a miracle that no lives were lost.



February 1952


A new method for treating icy streets has been found by City Engineer James Hanson.  His crew has been putting on fine clinkers from the Neillsville Milk Products furnace to take the iciness out of the streets.


“On slushy streets, the clinkers don’t settle the way sand does.  Also, when there is a heavy snowfall, it doesn’t go through the way the sand does,” he said.


City crews have used five tons of calcium chloride crystals and two tons of salt so far in their efforts to keep the streets passable.  The salt and chloride are mixed 200 pounds to four yards of sand.  The chloride was used up two months ago, but more will be ordered.


The Frenchtown P. T. A. is sponsoring a dance to be held at the Withee High School auditorium Monday evening, February 11.  There will be square and old time dancing.  Proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.  Lunch will be served.


Neillsville Lodge No. 1602, Loyal Order of the moose, will celebrate its 37th anniversary next Sunday.  The meeting will be held at the American Legion hall at 2:30 p.m.  The charter members who will be honored are O. A. Crockett, Blucher Paulus, William Stevens, Tom Winters and George Zimmerman of Neillsville and Herman Wegner of Chippewa Falls.


A large class of new members will be initiated by the State Champion Degree staff from Wausau.  Clayton Crooks, Justice of the Supreme Lodge, will make the class address.  State Director Roy E. Wing and many Moose members from neighboring towns also will be present.


A banquet will be held 7 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church basement.  A life membership award will be given.


Each year, the Supreme Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose awards one free lodge membership to each Lodge having 75 or more qualified annual payers.  This will be the first time the Neillsville Lodge has qualified for this award.


Wives of the Moose and the Women of the Moose and their husbands will attend the banquet.


The railroad signal on South Hewett Street, near the American Legion hall, was snapped off at the base, last Monday morning.  A bulk oil truck parked at the east curb, rolled down and smashed into it.  Little damage was done to the truck, driven by Milo Reese.  Mr. Reese had just left the truck and was preparing to make a delivery when the truck started to roll.  He was unable to reach the cab before the heavy vehicle struck the signal post, and stopped.


There have been some recent property sales within Clark County.


Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Pieper have sold their farm in the Town of Beaver for about $6,500.  The farm consists of an 80 in section 15 and a 20 in section 16.


In another Town of Beaver transaction, Mr. and Mrs. Alois Bielen have bought a 40 in section 26 from Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Firnstahl.


Antonis Suda Yaniga has released her life interest in the Bernard Rueth farm.  The farm consists of an 80 in section of the Town of Warner.


Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Franz sold a 40 in section 30 of the Town of Longwood to Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Bucheger.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Laabs have bought a farm in the Town of Green Grove.  The farm consists of 80 acres in section 11.


A recent Town of Grant exchange was that of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kissling, who bought a 40 in section 34 from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Selves.


The William Klouda property, located on the east side of Main Street in the city of Thorp, half a block of West Street, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nowobielski.


In the last recent real estate transfer, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lipprandt sold their farm in the Town of Green Grove.  The farm consists of an 80 in section 11 and a 40 in section 15.


Seventy-six students at Neillsville High School are taking the driver education course, Ivan W. Lauscher, principal, announced.  This is the eleventh year the course has been offered.


A warning has been issued, this week, to cutters of logs, pulp, fence posts, and such, by Ed Faber, state district forester.  He says that a good many of the cutters have failed to comply with the state law.


The law states that before any person cuts logs, pulp wood, or other forest products in the forest protective area, he is obligated to mail a notice, listing all lands upon which he will be cutting, to Mike Krultz, county clerk.  People cutting for fuel, or clearing, for agriculture are exempt.


The purpose of the law is to prevent cuttings upon land where the county owns tax certificates or where taxes are due; and also to prevent and protect private landowners from trespass cuttings.  The listing will also enable the state conservation department to check for proper slash disposal.


The Clark County Highway Commission has purchased a new gravel crushing plant, at a cost of $40,485.  This plant was the low bid at the recent bid opening, a trade-in of $14,555 having been allowed on the old plant.  The plant, a Cunningham-Ortmayer Cedar Rapids crusher, was priced at $55,040 without the trade-in.


The plant will be moved from gravel pit to gravel pit throughout the county, as needed.


The highway commission also purchased, outright, a four-door sedan after rejecting all other bids.  The cost of the new car was $2,622, minus a trade-in allowance of $1,402 on another car.


Names of eight Clark County registrants, inducted into the armed services on February 18, have been released.


Victor K. Halbrader of Willard was inducted into the Marines.  Taken into the army were: Harold H. Laube of Owen, Theron E. Pagel of Thorp, Eugene J. Prien of Riplinger, Warren E. Sternitzky of Granton and Bernard J. Zucoff, Jr., of Thorp.


The March quota has been set at six for induction and 18 pre-induction physicals.  They will leave on March 18.


A tree-planting machine, for the use of individuals of Clark County, has been purchased by the banks of the county.  The announcement was made this week by M. G. Hales of Loyal, in behalf of the Clark-Taylor Banker’s Association.


The machine will be delivered shortly.  It will be made available to people of the county through County Agent Stanley Ihlenfeldt, who will be in charge of scheduling its use. Mr. Ihlenfeldt and Ed Faber, district forester, will have the machine under their control.


Information concerning its use may be secured through any of the banks of Clark County.


A few of $1.50 per 1,000 trees planted will be made to take care of maintenance, repairs and depreciation.  Individuals will take care of their power and other expense.


The estimate is that about 60,000 seedlings will be planted with the machine, this spring. This small number is due to the limitation of available seedlings.


A Badger planter, the tree-planting machine is the type that plows a furrow, throws back the sod and plants the seedling in the furrow.  The tree is not covered with soil to avoid smothering.


Required for its operation are a tractor and from three to four men.  One man is needed to handle the tractor, one on the planting machine, one sorting and handling the seedlings to the sorter.


The machine works best with a crawler-type tractor; but the conventional tractor will handle it satisfactorily if the ground is not to rough, too soft or too hilly.  It may be hauled behind a car.


With the use limited to individuals and individual enterprise, it is expected that the tree-planting machine will be used mainly for planting woodlots and windbreaks.


The need for such a machine was foreseen by the bankers, at their meeting in Loyal, January 29.  In 1951, a total of 130,850 trees were planted in Clark County by individuals.  The great growth of realization of the value of trees is seen by the fact that but 27,350 were planted in 1947.


The committee, which selected the machine and completed its purchase, was composed of: Wm. H. Krause, Thorp; Arthur Buker, Greenwood; Richard Coates, Thorp; and District Forester Faber.


Flitter’s Grocery Specials, Friday & Saturday: Farm Dressed Chicken, Year-Old Hens, 2 ½ to 3 ½ lb. average, 45c lb; Large Size Super Suds, 2 pkgs. 55c; Green cut beans, 2-19 oz cans 29c; Cameo whole, unpeeled Apricots, 30 oz can 34c.


Let Extra Profits from Eggs help!  Sell Regularly for Good prices to Bowman Dairy Co., Corner of 7th Street & Grand Avenue in Neillsville.


Lenten Specials at Red Owl Store, in Neillsville: Kraft’s Velveeta Cheese Food, 2 lb. loaf 95c; Red Owl Whole Cheddar, Aged Cheese lb. 69c; Creamed, Bulk Cottage Cheese lb. 19c; Chum Salmon 1 lb. can 39c.


Arthur Godfrey’s Famous Lipton Soup and N.B.C. Premium Soda Crackers will be Served Free, Friday, 9 a.m. to closing at the Red Owl Agency Store.


There will be a Free Wedding Dance, Tues., Feb. 19 for Berne Podobnik & Tony Zupanc, at the Silver Dome Ballroom.  Music to be by the Vernon Kasper Orchestra




Neillsville’s first gristmill was located on the south bank of O’Neill Creek and west side of Main Street, circa 1850.  Also visible in the photo, is the village’s first saw mill located on the north bank of the creek, which was owned by James O’Neill, the village’s founder.  (The gristmill location would later be the location of the Condensery)




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