Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 2, 2007, Page 12

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

May 1877


Sawyer has added a live badger to his list of pets and stuffed things. The badger was captured in the Town of Grant and appears to have been an old resident.  Though deprived of his liberty but a few days since, he appears to accept the situation with good grace, and is as gentle as a kitten.


The little German band serenaded at the Rossman House last Wednesday evening.  Their serenading resulted in a portion of a bedstead being thrown through a window, but at the wrong crowd.


Finnigan and Kerns have opened a blacksmith shop in the new building opposite Heaslett’s gun shop, where they can always be found ready and able to do any work in their line.  They are good workmen, and should receive a liberal patronage.


George Lloyd commenced work on his new store last Monday morning, in earnest, and is now giving employment to about all the men and teams of horses to be had.  The cellar, upon which they are now working, will soon be completed. The building is to be a 2-story brick, thirty by one hundred feet.  It will be used thoroughly by its owner; in the business he is now engaged.


Lumber and timber for the Lloyd building is being hauled from Nasonville, a distance of sixteen miles.  The fact is that Neillsville is surrounded with pine timber, so it seems a portion of that at least should be manufactured here.


According to a law passed last winter, the owner or occupant of any land can shut up any beasts found doing damage on his land, in any secure place other than the public pound until the damages have been appraised.  But he must notify a justice of peace within 24 hours, who then must appoint three persons to repair the damages.  The law will be a good one, if no one takes advantage of it to pay off some grudge he holds against his neighbor.


The survey made by County Surveyor Mr. C. E. Bussell in establishing the boundaries of the lot upon which Geo. Lloyd is building, changes the supposed boundaries of adjoining lots.  It necessitates the moving of Tragsdorf & Schoengarth’s shoe shop, the building having been built so near the lot line that the projection of the roof is over a portion of Lloyd’s premises.


A very wise act, preventing the destruction of birds, was passed last winter by the Legislature.  Anyone killing a bluebird, robin, swallow, meadow lark, or any insect devouring bird, can be fined one dollar for the first offense and five dollars for the second.  Boys, remember this.


Church Street is now opened through to the Nasonville road, and is one of the finest streets in our village.


(Church Street would have been what now Fifth Street is. D.Z.)


Peter Mitchell & son, experienced mill-men of Plainfield, Waushara County, are about to build an extensive flouring mill at Nasonville.  They are said to be men of worth by parties residing here who have been acquainted with them for years, and we congratulate our neighbors on their good fortune.


Ed Bruley & Brothers, blacksmiths and carriage makers have dissolved partnership.  Mr. Ed. Bruley is withdrawing to engage in another business.  From now on, the blacksmith-carriage business will be carried on by Emery Bruley, which means the shop’s good reputation will be fully maintained.


The wind blew a perfect gale last Thursday.  It was a business day; every person in town had an eye full of real estate.


The breath of summer is felt once more, and the copper-plated lightening rod man will soon swoop down upon the unsuspecting customers.


Neverman & Sontag have completed the improvements on their brewery, commenced in the winter.  They now have one of the best establishments of the kind to be found in the state, outside of the larger towns.


Parties holding tax-certificates on the delinquent land sale of 1874 are giving the county clerk a lively run of business in the way of making out tax deeds.  The owners of land upon which certificates were issued at that sale, and who do not wish to have them tax deeded, should attend to the matter at once.



May 1957


Ray Tesmer of Neillsville has purchased the authentic Swiss chalet, one of two in the state of Wisconsin, and which was built by Herman Hediger who is the Christie dairy plant operator. Several lots west of the building were included in the sale. Revenue stamps indicated a purchase price of $15,000.


Building permits totaling an estimated expenditure of $74,720 were issued in April, giving a tremendous spurt to what local building men believe will be a record-breaking year.


This total forms a lion’s share of the total estimated construction of $77,020 in permits issued thus far this year.   These figures do not include the cost of the Neillsville Industrial Corporation’s factory building now under construction, which will run in the neighborhood of $93,500.


The largest single permit issued was for the new Schultz Bros. variety store building.  The cost is estimated at $45,000.


Two houses also are listed in April’s building permits: for Sam Ray on Hill Street and for Soren Larson on 11th Street.


The construction of a brick addition on the office building of John M. Peterson, which is now under construction, is estimated at $4,000.


Other permits issued in the month include: E. A. Gorgas (Georgas), construction of a three-stall garage and apartment, replacing the present garage on the Georgas Funeral Home property; and the construction of a 22’x22’ addition to his property at 130 West 5th Street by Arthur Meyer.


April 28 to May 4 is the week; the week when homemakers throughout America rally.  This is National Home Demonstration week.


Clark County homemakers number over 900.  Throughout the year, they work to better their homes.  These women are all “off campus” students of the university.


With our changing, challenging, complex world, the home front is quite a job!  Homemakers study all phases of home life.


Just a glance at last year’s program tells of the varied program.  October, color in the living room; November, freezing prepared and pre-cooked foods; January, buying large appliances; February, hospital and medical insurance; March, fruit and fruit pies; April, safety and first aid.


During this week, the homemakers built window displays throughout Clark County. The week will be highlighted with Clark County Achievement Day, May 4.  Achievement Day will be held at the Neillsville High School. The registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m.


Ernest Kissling, Alvin Lezotte, Bob Spiegel, and Alfred Spiegel, Jr. went smelt fishing at Ashland Saturday.  They returned with 900 lbs. of smelt.


The Royal Neighbor Lodge, No. 3828, met Thursday evening at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Withee.  The occasion was the presentation of 50-year pins to four members: Mrs. John Zasoba, Mrs. Charles Kuehl, Mrs. John Christiansen and Mrs. Albert Albert of Thorp.


An 8 p.m. banquet was served to about 45 members and guests of honor.  Out-of-town guests were Mrs. Margaret Weise, the state supervisor, of Kenosha; and Mrs. Welsch, the district deputy of Chippewa Falls.  Following the banquet, games and cards and lodge singing was enjoyed.  


Harry Grondine, district supervisor of the Red Owl stores in this area, has purchased half interest in the Red Owl Agency store at Abbotsford.  He has resigned his district job effective June 1.  The Grondines have made Neillsville their home for several years.


J. D. Stanton, Neillsville livestock dealer, has purchased the O. W. Lewerenz farm, located on highway 10, adjoining the east city limits of Neillsville.  The sale concludes the disposition of real property in the area by Lewerenz, who has purchased an apartment dwelling in Florida and plans to make his permanent home there.  At one time Mr. Lewerenz owned the Sweet Shop, now Minette’s Arbutus Cafι and Bus Depot, and the locker plant operating in the rear of that building, as well as his farm.


About 250 relatives and friends assembled in the dining room of the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon, May 12, to celebrate the golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schultz. 


A 7:30 p.m. dinner was served to 45 guests in the dining room, Saturday evening. Gold and white decorations were used.  A large wedding cake served as the centerpiece.


The anniversary couple was married in Neillsville, January 10, 1907 by Rev. Rice, pastor of the Congregational Church.  Their attendants were Elsie Schultz, now Mrs. Max Schroeder of Oshkosh, and William Klann of Portage.  Both were here for the occasion.


The ladies wore corsages of yellow roses, while the men wore yellow carnations.


Mr. Schultz was born in Pine Valley Township.  He attended he rural school in Sidney.  Mrs. Schultz, the former Lottie Wiesner, daughter of the late Frank Wiesner, was born in the Town of Pine Valley and attended school in Hewettville.  The Schultzes have spent their entire lives farming.  Their present farm is located in the Town of Weston, where their son, Bertie and his family also reside.  Five children were born to this union: Harvey of Hampshire, Ill.; Emma, now Mrs. Gilbert Bell of Helenville; Victor of Eau Claire, and Archie and Bertie both of Neillsville.  They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  All of their children were present.


The honored couple was presented with a set of end tables and lamps from their children.  Many gifts and a large sum of money were received.


The following neighbors; Felix Kotcon, Alvin Miller, Milton Schoenfeldt, Phillip Kernz and Ronald Greeler with their tractors, assisted LeRoy Manthe in moving his chicken house.  The building measured 14’ x 36’.  The building was moved from the Elmer Elmhorst farm onto the LeRoy Manthe farm. Some people who saw the scene, called it a “tractor-pulling contest of the Town of York.”


Ten Neillsville boys, all Explorer Scouts, left Sunday for an eight-day Canadian fishing trip, accompanied by Dr. T. N. Thompson and Donald Braatz. They expect to make the last several miles by boat.


Tom Barr and Tom Overman, senior Explorers who made the trip last year, are acting as troop leaders.  Others making the trip are: Boyd Meyer, Jackie Stucki, John Flynn, Donald Ruedy, John Wildish, John Morn, Brian Schmidt and Tom Dorski, Jr.


The boys earned most of the money for the trip by working at odd jobs around the city of Neillsville.


Members of St. Mary’s congregation are extending an invitation to all people of the community to attend a farewell for the Rev. Peter J. Leketas Sunday, June, at 8 p.m.  A potluck will be held on this occasion in the basement of St. Mary’s Church.


Ivan Lauscher, Henry Lukes, Earl Ruedy, Eric Hedquist, Eugene Staffen, Gavin Upton and Duane Riedel, all members of the Neillsville public schools faculty, spent the weekend fishing in the Eagle River area.  They reported the weather stormy and windy with little time for satisfactory fishing.


If you are looking for a good second-hand vehicle, go to Thomas Wrecking, 3 miles east and 2 miles north of Loyal.


They have a ’55 Plymouth, 4-dr., V-8 and a ’55 Ford 4-dr., 6 cyl. take your choice for $1,095; ’51 Olds ‘88’ 4-dr, $395; ’50 Ford 4-dr $250; ’49 Plymouth $125; ’46 IHC Panel Truck $95; and ’51 Merc-O-Matic $345.


Granton Stores that will be Open Friday Evenings:


*Agriculture Implements – Oliver Sales, service parts and Maytag appliances at Trimberger’s Implement Shop.


*Automotive Repairs and Parts – Mobile Products, curb service.  Goebel’s Garage


*New Barber Shop – Dave Lavey


*Drugs – Complete service of drugs, sundries and veterinary supplies; prescriptions by licensed pharmacist, and Ice cream fountain.  Schwarze Drug Store


*Funeral Director – Gilbertson Funeral Home; Furniture


*Insurance – Notary public; Wm. Schmidtke


*Lumberyard – Millwork, flooring, roofing, fully equipped mill; large stock on hand.  Paul Stillman Lumber Co., one mile south of Triangle


*Television and Radio Service; Sales of RCA, Victor, Dumont.  With installations that get results.  Granton Electronics


*Welding, Repairing – Specializing in plow points; Ross Downer.


The Sunbeam and Poplar Grove schools, of the Town of Lynn, have closed for the season.


The Lynn Sunbeam School closed May 13. A picnic was held at the schoolhouse on Saturday, May 11.  Mrs. Jerry Schmitz was the teacher.


The Poplar Grove School closed Friday with a picnic. Miss Lois Gerber was the teacher.





1964-1965 Neillsville South Side School’s 8th Grade Class: left to right, first row; Jorja Steinbring, Susan Johnson, Margo Dankemeyer, Nina Haugen, Terri Guest, Wanda Marvin, Cindy Diercks, Joyce Schneider, Kathleen Sullivan and Tammy Van Gorden, Second row; Mrs. Svetlik, Tom Lukes, Tom Kopp, Bruce Opelt, Jack Oldham, Donna Erickson, Diane Jordahl, Dennis Steltenpohl, Carl Nemitz, David Vine and Paul Simenson, Third Row; Elwood Stone, Larry Opelt, Jim Bird, Charles Stanley, Erich Koehler, David Olson, James Spencer, David Roberts, Keith Short and Craig Huddleston.  (Photo courtesy of Carl Nemitz)





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