Clark County Press, Neillsville,

April 18, 2007, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1937


The Neillsville Armory has remodeled and redecorated the old building, putting in rest rooms, new offices for the officers of National Guard Company, new chairs and remodeled the stage.


In celebration of this new change that has been made in the Armory, which was built in 1892, and which held its first grand opening on Jan. 1, 1893, the Neillsville Lodge of the Loyal Order of the Moose is sponsoring a big dancing party.  This party will be held to celebrate the second grand opening of this old Neillsville landmark in which have been held many successful dances and shows.


Thursday night, April 8, will bring to the people of Neillsville and the surrounding community an evening of splendid music and dancing.  For this occasion, the Menning Orchestra of Appleton has been engaged to help make this an evening to long be remembered by those who enjoy good music.  The Neillsville Moose and those connected with the Armory are endeavoring to make this a pleasant evening for you.


A grand march will be held at 11:30 p.m.  Get in on the grand march and have your picture taken with those that are not sorry they took this opportunity to celebrate the first after Easter Dance to be held in the “Old Armory.”  The Neillsville Moose will enjoy your company and will make every effort to make your evening a pleasant one.



The first Neillsville Armory, built in the late 1800s, was located on Fourth Street, between Court and Hewett Streets.  It served the community as not only the National Guard Unit’s headquarters, but also as an auditorium for dances, basketball games, theatrical productions and other functions.


The stubs of an old Pleasant Ridge School order book, brought to our attention by O. E. Counsell, a former clerk of that district, contains such a fund of interesting history and also so much of actual news value, that we take pleasure in passing it on to our readers. 


To those who remember the teachers of the period from 1868 to 1907, these names will recall their associations with the young men and women who taught the Ridge schools. The locations of the schoolhouses and the wages paid will be of particular interest to younger generations.


Among the incidental orders drawn is one for $1 to Mrs. J. Selves for cleaning the schoolhouse.  This work, always done at a very low wage, seems to have been done in turn by a member of about every family in the district.


Teachers’ wages, according to the record, were also very modest, ranging from $10 to $35 per month during the 39 years in question.


Following is a list of the instructors and the married names of the women where it was possible to obtain them:


Addie Gates, Mrs. R. J. MacBride, deceased; E. Sears, niece of Thomas Reed, Mrs. Charlie Stanley; Alma Sullings; Mrs. E. Pierce, mother of Ed Pierce of Merrillan, later Mrs. Roscoe; Theodore Hatch; Myrtie Finmore; Allie Stoddard; G. I. Follette, later an attorney at Spencer; Patrick Lynch, uncle of the late Mrs. Mary Bruley; Mida Lyons, Mrs. M. C. Redmond, of Neillsville.  Mrs. Redmond was M. E. Wilding’s first teacher.


Jad Castleman; Ida Marshall, Mrs. George Lloyd, deceased; R. G. Deming; Edith Clark; Geraghty; E. L. Hatch; Addie Neff, later county superintendent, Mrs. Holliday, deceased; Hattie Burgess, Mrs. Ed Campbell; Una Smith; Susie Pierce, sister to Ed Pierce, Merrillan; Nettie Bacon, Mrs. LaFayette Sturdevant; John Hutchings; Cora Dopp, Mrs. Bow, Seattle, Wash; Eva Hartson, Mrs. George Brooks; Florence King, Mrs. Charlie Fletcher, lives near Seattle, Wash.


Albert Hartson; Jennie Robinson, Mrs. Will Marshall, deceased; Jenny Jones; Hattie Vosbergh; Blance Robinson, Mrs. Frank Hewett, Neillsville.


Mrs. Edith Flint; Kittie Furlong, deceased; Loutie Safford, Mrs. Robert Malcom, Duluth; Hattie Reed, Mrs. Bert Huckstead, deceased; Mathilda Fricke, Mrs. John Baeschlin, Greenwood; Allie Brown, Mrs. Elkinton, Gary, Indiana.


Grace Foote, Mrs. H. R. Ayer, Great Falls, Mont; Elsie King, Mrs. Chas Altemus; Grace Brow, presently in Texas; Sarah Short, Mrs. Will Meadows, deceased; Nellie M. Gates, deceased; Jennie Young; William Horton, Dells Dam; Musa West, Mrs. Richard Selves, Neillsville; Willie Short, deceased; Lillie McGinnis, Nurse in St. Paul, Minn.


Amelia Deutsch, Mrs. Robert Chambers, Stoughton; Nellie Montgomery, Mrs. O. Hickock, Hudson; Grace Harriman, Mrs. Louis Callender, Wilhaus, Mont.; Ernest Lee, farmer, Town of Fremont; Clara Wiesner, Mrs. Winkes, Neillsville, and Minnie Ward.


The first schoolhouse, a log building was built opposite the Blackman farm.  This crude building was later replaced by a more commodious and substantial structure, located on the property line between the George Schwann and Louis Schultz farms, on the north side of the road.  It was moved to the present school site and was later torn down, replaced by the building that burned about 22 years ago. At that time, Neillsville boasted of a civic secretary, Walter Schatz, who aided the people of that community in obtaining plans for the fine building, which still serves the Reed district.


(According to this history, the first Pleasant Ridge School, a log building, was located along Hwy. 10, ½ mile west of Miller Ave.  Eventually the decision was made to put up a new, more modern building on the opposite side of the road.  Some years later, the school building was moved ½ mile west, to a corner lot on the Reed farm, southeast corner of Cardinal Avenue and Hwy. 10.  It then became known as the Reed School. D.Z.)


The Clark County Conservation league has constructed a trout hatchery at Greenwood, near the Joe Brown property where 5,000 baby trout will be placed about May 1st.  Water from a large spring flows into a 7’x9’ cypress tempering  tank, from which it passes to three 18’x4’ tanks, inside a building.  It is said the trout will be 7 to 8 inches long by fall.


A Town of Washburn farmer was fined $100 and costs, or six months in the county jail on Saturday when he appeared before Judge E. W. Crosby on a charge of having unstamped liquor in his possession. The arrest was made by state liquor agents A. T. Fadness, Ben Japke and Ray Sweet.  The agents charged that they had found a 10-gallon still, with coil and a quantity of moonshine on the man’s farm.


A man was arrested, in Neillsville last week, for using abusive language, following a complaint by Fred Dangers.  The man was fined $10.25 when he was brought before A. E. Dudley.


Tuesday night, the Neillsville City Council passed an ordinance requiring that all bicycle riders, in the city, to be licensed and provided regulations similar to those governing automobile traffic, which will be applied.


Ben Hart, of Humbird, caught a 35-pound carp at the headwaters of Lake Arbutus, Sunday.


Representatives of the newly formed golf club corporation, which is buying the Hawthorne Hills Country Club, appeared before the city council Tuesday night, to request a donation of $500 from the recreational fund to assist them in completing the transaction.  As an inducement to the city, the aldermen were informed that the golf course would be opened to children free of cost, six mornings a week, where the young people could learn and play golf under the supervision of a professional. 


Francis Welsh, who was the first to address the council, stated that the golf course was being purchased at a cost of $5,300 and that between 34 and 35 $100 shares had been sold up to date.  He asserted that the group was having difficulty in raising the balance, but said the deal could be put over with a $500 lift from the city.  He pointed out that the course would have to be abandoned unless help is received immediately, and declared it was an asset of great value to the city.


Art Russell, who told the council he never played golf; said he favored the project.


Other speakers were Everett Skroch, secretary of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and William Campman.  They emphasized the importance of preserving the course as a matter of civic pride and value.


A special meeting of the council has been called for Thursday evening, 7 p.m. at which the question of whether the money is to be contributed will be settled.


On April 4th, which marks the Fourth Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Officers, Technical Staff and Enrollees of Company 655, Camp Arbutus Lake S-52 (Wis.) cordially invites their relatives and friends to join them in observing this anniversary.


Observation will be nation-wide with appropriate ceremonies; and the members of this camp are asking the public to respond and attend the exercises wherever they have friends or relatives.  Interest shown by the public in cooperating with the camps, will in a way go to prove their appreciation for the splendid Conservation work being done in Fire Prevention, Reforestation, Road Improvement and such projects.


Creation of a large state traffic police force and passage of the Cashman standard drivers’ license law, now before the state assembly, were urged by Thomas F. Davilin, chairman of the state Highway Commission of Wisconsin.  The address was made before the first annual street and highway safety conference in Madison last week.  Among those registering at the safety conference from this county were: Otto J. Weyhmiller, Lewis Bradbury, Neillsville; Hugh F. Gwin, Loyal; Martin Klarich, Willard; W. R. Haire, Owen.


The six-week Lenten services at St. John’s Lutheran congregation yielded over one hundred dollars for missions. Every Wednesday evening the church was filled to capacity.  The communion services on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week was attended by the largest number in the history of the church’s fifty years of existence with a total of three hundred and eighty-three.  The church proved too small for the English services at 9:30 a.m.


Mr. Milford Catlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Catlin of Loyal, and Miss Ann Gullickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gullickson of Neillsville were united in marriage Saturday afternoon, March 27, at Sunset Point, the home of Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Longenecker, in Neillsville.  Rev. Longenecker performed the ceremony.


The wedded couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Bardell, of Neillsville, Mrs. Bardell being a sister of the bride.


The bride wore a blue dress with gray accessories and carried a bouquet of roses and sweet peas.  Mrs. Bardell wore a black dress and also carried a bouquet of roses and sweet peas.  The bridegroom wore a grown suit with a rose in the lapel of his coat.


After the ceremony, a five o’clock supper was served at the home of the bride’s parents to about sixty guests.  The rooms were decorated in blue and white.  Mrs. Richard Beyer, Mrs. Ed Evenson and Mrs. Wm. Terman acted as waitresses at the supper.


In the evening, a free wedding dance was given at the Moose hall, which was largely attended.


The groom is a young man who is highly spoken of by all who know him.  He grew up at his home near Loyal and for some time has been employed in a plant at Eau Claire.


The bride grew up to womanhood here, graduated from Neillsville High School and has recently been employed in Eau Claire.  The young couple will make their home in that city.


Marriage License Applications:


Arthur Domine and Hazel Strey of the Town of York; Elton D. Collier and Mabel Isabel Riddle, Owen; Joseph Mertens, Hixon and Hilda Rasmussen, Longwood.


On Monday, C. H. Hoppen, who ran the Hoppen drug store here, returned to Chicago and sold out the balance of the stock in the store to F. B. Wing of Abbotsford.  A large part of the stock had been taken over by Walgreens and the Milwaukee Drug Co.


While here, Mr. Hoppen received a telegram telling of his grandfather’s death, and he went on to Colby to attend the funeral.


Bids on 6,975 miles of paving on Highway 73, north of Neillsville, are to be received Friday according to an announcement by the State Highway Department at Madison.


Wage scales on the job will range form (from) 60 cents to $1.47 and (an) hour for skilled labor, 50 cents to $1.20 and (an) hour for intermediate grade labor and 50 to 85 cents an hour for unskilled labor.


The supervisor choice of the Second Ward, in Neillsville, went to F. D. Calway Tuesday night, when he won the flip of a coin against H. J. Naedler.  The tie vote of 105, at the April 6 election, was settled before the city council when William Hemp tossed the coin after Mayor Fred Stelloh had assigned “heads” to Mr. Naedler and “tails” to Mr. Calway.


The Clark County Forestry Department will begin a survey of North Foster, Monday.  All section corners are to be marked.  At typed map also will be made, showing the varieties of cover in that area.  Later, a survey will be made of South Foster.


The mayor, city council and clerk, of Medford, visited Neillsville last week to inspect the city hall.  The officials were favorably impressed with the local building and asked for floor plans.  Medford is planning on building a new city hall, it was said.





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