Clark County Press, Neillsville,

April 25, 2007, Page 20

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

April 1897


Fred Theiler of New Glarus, Wis., who recently purchased Robert Huyck’s property, arrived in Humbird on Thursday bringing two outfits of cheese making machinery.  He has secured the Smith building for a factory and will be prepared in a short time to manufacture either Brick-stine or American cheese, as his patrons’ desire.   This is one of the best sites in this part of the state for a cheese factory.  With the cooperation of the farmers, it cannot help but be a success.  Let us all put a shoulder to the wheel and help the new enterprise along.


Due to the high water, and the mammoth ice gorge in the Black River, along with the thawing and then rain, it was feared that the Grand Avenue Bridge could be swept away.  Steps were taken to anchor the end of the bridge with cables, Tuesday so that in case it was carried from its abutments by the torrents, the bridge would swing around to shore.  But as we go to press, the bridge appears to be safe and out of danger.


A. E. Lawrence has purchased the Vetter building in Loyal, now occupied by Z. L. Wright and will fit it up for a bank.  The Lawrence Brothers will open a private bank about May 1st.  This building is intended only for temporary use and will be occupied only until a permanent brick building can be built on a convenient location.  Loyal has long needed a bank and this will supply the long felt want.


Some sneak stole all the pork A. L. Neff had stored in his well house.  The thief wore shoepacks.


Try the American Star and the Golden Bug 5-cent cigars, manufactured by F. George Steinert in Greenwood.  In quality, they are unequalled by the so-called Cuban cigar.  These cigars are also for sale by Richard Lynch, Peter Hort, Nathan Anderson, Nels Austring, J. H. Wasserberger and P. Marks.


Old Tom Benton whiskey, 17 years old and imported from Germany, is at sale at Nate Anderson’s for 15 cents a drink or two drinks for 25 cents.


The house, which John Stannard has lived in for years, has been sold to Mr. Youst and moved from its foundation on the corner of Fifth and Court Streets, to a lot in the Third Ward, near the Charles Cornelius’ residence.  When fixed up, it will make a nice house for the Youst family.


The jail building will be moved onto the site from which the old house was removed, and which will make a very good residence for Mr. Stannard’s family.  John said he intends to leave the iron gratings on the windows, done for the purpose of keeping out the mosquitoes and air ship visitors.


The excavations for the new county jail and for John Stannard’s residence will begin Tuesday. Work will be pushed as rapidly as possible on these new structures.


Wednesday evening shortly after supper, the fire bell rang, not to warn us that the air ship was in sight but to let us know John Hein’s dry kiln was on fire.  Sparks had gotten under the rail cars that were loaded with heading.  The flames were extinguished before much damage was done.


The Omaha branch of the northwestern railway system has issued orders to all of its employees that commencing June 1st they will all be compelled to wear regulation uniforms.  The uniforms will consist of blue sack coats with brass buttons, blue trousers and blue caps. Won’t Fred Whitcomb and Harve Rickard be daisies in their new regalia?  They will strut like peacocks with tail feathers spread.


Will and Gust Klopf and John Servaty went out trout fishing last Sunday and met with great luck. They caught something over sixty speckled trout. When dressed out, the trout meats weighed over eight pounds.


Murrey Hobbs, Ed King, Prof. Metcalf and Aaron Hyck (Huyck), all of Humbird, went out for a day’s sport on Hall Creek, Saturday.  They returned with sixty-five speckled beauties, or trout, which they had caught.


Sunday, Ernest Kuhn of Neillsville rode out on his wheel to visit his mother, who lives at Lynn.


Globe News:


The several beekeepers around the area have taken their bees out of the winter quarters.


Ernest Enhelder began wheeling sawdust out at the saw mill, Monday.


The ground, where the new store is to be built, is being cleared off.


The Clark County Butter Factory began turning out gilt-edged butter on April 5th.



April 1942


The Neillsville City Council has authorized the purchase of a new fire siren at a cash outlay of $277.80.  It also has voted to erect a new 40-foot tower atop the city hall for the siren.  The cost of the tower will be $115.


A permanent home has been purchased for The Clark County Press.  The building is known locally as the new Zbinden building, located on Seventh Street, west of Grand Avenue.  The building is really not new, but it earns that designation in contrast with the “old” Zbinden building, which was on the corner and which has been wrecked.


The new Zbinden building, though intended as a milk plant, is well suited to the needs of a country newspaper.  It is built of brick with a concrete floor, and is a single story.


The building will be used with very few changes, but considerable reconditioning was necessary, and is now going on.  A new roof is being put on, and new ceilings.  A furnace will be installed, for hot air heat. The business office will be entered from Seventh Street.


The purchase, which was made by The Press from the American Stores Dairy Co., included the vacant site upon, which the old Zbinden building once stood.  This site still had upon it the basement walls, considerable concrete work and the old boiler room.  These are being wrecked, with the debris thrown into the old basement.  The purpose is to make a fill, and eventually to landscape the land to the east of the building.


The Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative has purchased property to the west of its present location, and is about to develop a cheese factory of importance.  The purchase includes the tile building formerly occupied by the Degener hardware, with its site measuring 25x96 feet, running from Seventh Street to the alley. The Cooperative has also completed its parcel by the purchase from Harry Roehrborn of a strip in the rear, measuring 10x56 feet.


The purpose is to construct a new building, to the rear of the present tile structure, which will be one-story and will measure 32x54 feet. This will be a make room for cheese, which will be connected with the older building to the front.  The older building will be used for curing and storage.


The construction of the new building and its equipment will put the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative among the top cheese producers in this section of Wisconsin.  The Cooperative already has three vats, and is securing a fourth, having a capacity of 14,000 pounds of milk, which will give the Cooperative a cheese capacity averaging upwards of two tons for a single shift.  The prospect is that the production will be at least of that size, which will mean about 1,500,000 pounds of cheese per year.  This is substantially ahead of any cheese factory heretofore operating in Clark County; approximately double the production of any known to The Press.


Among the purchases will be a new cheese press and a pasteurizer. The latter is equipment not commonly used in the cheese factories hereabouts, but the Cooperative is advised that the government, purchasing on a lease-lend basis, favors cheese made from pasteurized milk, in the judgment that pasteurizing improves the keeping qualities.


The new building will be of tile, the construction harmonizing with the other structures belonging to the Cooperative. Construction will start promptly, in the hope that the first use of the new plant and equipment may coincide with the coming flush.


Three Town of Seif boys took a wild ride down Black River on a cake of ice, last week. They escaped with their lives. 


The three youths were telling of their exciting excursion, and were fortunate to be able to tell their story, themselves.


The three boys were Clarence Ziegler, Orville Greip (Griep) and Clarence Brandenburg.


For three hours on March 23, they waged a grim, thrilling fight for their lives against the cold current of Black River, while the ice cake on which they were floating was ground ever smaller as it was dashed against rocks in the riverbed.


Along with Jim Griep, Orville’s brother, the youths went out to inspect their beaver traps along Black River. It was a warm, spring-like day, and ice on the river was breaking up rapidly.


To get to one trap, they had to go out onto the ice over the river.  Under their weight a large cake of ice broke away from the bank and carried all except Jim out into the stream.


For nearly a quarter of a mile, they rode the ice cake.  It became ever smaller each time it dashed against a protruding rock.  The cake was still large enough to hold their weight, however when they reached a rapid.


But there, it was quickly ground to a pulp as it was thrown against rock after tock.  Finally, their weight was too much, and the ice cake started to submerge.


Fortunately however, they were able to jump onto a large rock about 30 feet from shore.


All this time Jim Griep had followed along the shore, watching as the ice cake was broken smaller and smaller.  When his companions jumped onto the rock, he scouted around for something with which to help them get to shore.  It was not long until he had found a wire.  Keeping one end on shore, he threw the wire out to the stranded boys.


Clarence Ziegler and Orville Griep awaited their chance and jumped onto a large ice cake as it came by.  Then they used the wire to pull themselves ashore while aboard the cake of ice.


Clarence Bradenburg (Brandenburg) decided to swim for the shore.  He started out with powerful strokes; but his strength waned rapidly as he struggled against the current and the cold water.  As he reached a point only a few feet from the bank his companions saw that Clarence was about to give up.  Quickly, they grabbed a pole from the riverbank and extended it out over the water toward him.


It came just in time, Clarence declared later, for he was just about ready to quit.  He clutched the pole and his companions pulled him ashore.


There will be a grand opening of the Lake Arbutus Pavilion Roller Rink, at Hatfield with skating Sunday afternoon and evening, April 26.  There will also be skating every Wednesday and Sunday evening as well as Sunday afternoons, thereafter.  Special attentions will be given to beginners on a separate floor.  Instruction will be given to those wishing to learn to dance on skates.  Violet and Joe (Vieau) are the managers.


A decrease of 10 pupils has taken place in the Sunny Nook School, of Columbia, during the school year now closing.  The enrollment at the opening of the school year was 36, and has diminished to 26.


This is the lowest number attending the school for about 12 years.  At one time the enrollment was 47.


Several families have moved away during the school year, and the places occupied by them are now vacant.


Attention Everybody!  If you live in the city or country, grow and harvest string beans for canning for the Loyal Canning Company, a Clark County Cannery.


Do your part for the defense of our country, this year, by producing this cash paying food crop.


For details and contracts, see one of the Loyal Canning Co. agents:


Joe Parrish, Neillsville; Archie Lyons, Greenwood; Christie Store, Christie; or Mrs. Campbell, Willard


Feirn’s Complete Auto Service has Used Car Bargains available:


1936 Plymouth, 2-door Sedan, in good condition, for only $290


1933 Plymouth, with 6 good tires $150


1933 Nash, 4-door sedan, in good shape $125


The purchase of a tract of about 1,100 acres of brush land in sections 17 and 18 in the Town of Hoard is being considered by the county public property committee, and probably will be taken before the board of supervisors at its spring reorganization meeting, opening May 5.


The land would be attached to the county asylum, and the purpose behind the projected purchase would be to provide wood for the institution and work for its inmates.


Free, an 8 ½ inch heavy glass crystal color Mixing Bowl of modern design with a rolled edge, when you purchase a 49-lb. bag of Robin Hood flour at any of the following grocers:


Neillsville: E. O. Hanchman; Kleckner Elevator Co.; May & Ruchaber Grocery; Neverman’s Grocery; Nick’s Cash Grocery; Wayne Potter; Quality Market; Roehrborn Grocery; Roy Suchow Feed Mill; H. H. Van Gorden; C. Wasserburger Co.


Christie: Laverne H. Cutts, Hediger’s Store


Granton: Erhart’s Store; The Farmers Store; Ludwig H. Johnson’s Store; Red & White Store; W. J. Spry & Sons.


Lynn: John Breseman


Greenwood: Amundson’s Feed Store; H. R. Baird General Store; B. Clayton Grocery; Elmdale Cheese Factory; Keiner’s Market; E. L. Mlada General Merchandise.


Loyal: Beaver & Rellis; Albert Davel Store; Picus’ Cash Store; Raab’s Market; August Witt & Son Mill; R. W. Colby.



The Black River has been known to flood, in the past.  The above photo was taken during the 1930s, as the rampaging water raced down the river along the banks of the shale pit road, off North Grand Avenue.





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