Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 23, 2007, Page 17

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

May 1927


Albert Degner has bought a part of the lot which has been occupied by some of Harry Roehrborn’s store sheds, and he has started putting up a building for a new hardware store.  It will be 24 x 40 feet in size, a tile building with brick front and will be a substantial addition to the business places of Seventh Street.


Mr. Degner has had numerous years of mercantile experience at Chili, with a wide acquaintance in that locality as well as in this vicinity.


The barbershop of the Merchants Hotel, which was formerly operated by Mr. H. Rondeau, is now to be operated by O. L. Gericke.  Mr. Gericke formerly was manager of the Boston Store barbershop of Milwaukee.


The barbershop will be open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. daily, except on Wednesday when it will close at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m.  Ladies hair bobbing, shingling and massaging will be given first-class attention.


John Carter and Art Kunze have formed a partnership in the carpenter and contracting business.  Both men are well known carpenters and have had much experience in that work, so are now in a position to handle all work in this line.


They will operate their business at the old Trogner shop, where they will be ready to accept carpentry work.


Solid oak kitchen chairs can be purchased for $1.35 each, on sale until June 1st, at Lowe’s Furniture Store in Neillsville.


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lautenbach, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hiles and son James, Misses Lovella Deitrich, Rachel Hiles and Christine Daniels called at the Herman Randt home in the Moonlight Hills Community, Sunday.


Area Dance Schedule:


There will be a dance at Schaefer’s barn, Friday, May 30th, two miles east of Shortville Store on Highway 73, or 10 miles southeast of Neillsville.  Music will be by the Jazz Babies.


Dance at Columbia, Friday, May 13.  Music by Dux Bros


Dance at Christie Hall, Saturday, May 14; Music will be by Rug’s Vagabonds.


Big Barn Dance at Pischer’s barn, Tuesday, May 17.  Music by The Kings, Tickets 75c.


Eli Ricer and band, May 12, will be the big dance night in Neillsville.  Eli Ricer and his famous Dixie Cotton Pickers will furnish the music.  The band has played at the Miami Gardens since last December, and is bigger and better than ever, with nine musicians and a lady entertainer.


The feature of the evening will be a demonstration of the new dance craze, the Black Bottom, Sammy Rice is the king of drummers and Shorty Charles is a deluxe trumpet player, so do not miss this great entertainment at the Neillsville Opera House.


Two St. Paul men, Mr. Ostrowski and Mr. Kraft, have bought the shoe shop of T. Schoenherr on Seventh Street.  They will install a complete set of electrical show (shoe?) machines, also machines for harness repair and other leatherwork.  Both men have had extensive experience along these lines, and expect to give this community the benefit of that experience.


Notice to all who have ice cream tubs and containers in your possession!


Please bring them in to Neillsville Milk Products Co., at once.


Anyone who knows of ice cream tubs in homes, or in the country, would be doing us a big favor to notify us of their location.


The People’s State Bank of Thorp let the contract, last week, for the construction of a new bank building.  The total cost will be $25,000.


Temporary marking on changes in numbering highways is going on all over the state.  These changes are made necessary by adoption of certain state highways as United States Highways.


The following are the changes made in this locality: Old 16, except that it starts in Kewaunee instead of Manitowoc, becomes 29 and is extended west from Chippewa Falls to Prescott; old 18 from Humbird to Prescott becomes 34; old State Highway 53 from Fountain City to Neillsville, is the new State Highway 95; United States Highway 10, runs across the state from Manitowoc to Hudson through Stevens Point and Neillsville on old 18, and follows old 12 from Humbird to Hudson; U. S. 12 is old State Highway 12 overlapping U. S. 10 from Humbird to Hudson.


In the spring of 1919, the poppies bloomed in abundance in the battle fields of France, where so many of our men had fallen in battle.  Because of this, the poppy has become the Memorial Flower of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.


The American Legion Auxiliary has made plans for the annual Poppy Day Sale on Saturday, May 28.


It is hoped that on Memorial Day, every person in this community will wear a poppy with reverence and understanding, as a memorial, not only for those who fell in Flanders Field, but for all who died for our country.


In wearing a poppy, let it not be forgotten that you not only honor the dead, but you enable money to be earned by disheartened service men, in the hospitals, which are in need.



May 1942


Residents of Neillsville and Clark County, today, were trekking to schoolhouses for the last day of the sugar registration.  In Neillsville, registrations will be concluded at 4 p.m.  All persons are urged to register, for officials say, the sugar book, War Ration Book No. 1, as it may be used for more than just sugar before this war is over.


The fact that most people were award of the scope of the registration being performed in the schools this week was evident from returns the first two days, Monday and Tuesday.  In that time, a total of 25,728 registered in the county.  To these persons, 20,389 war ration books were issued.  The difference between the figures represents the number of persons registering who were eligible for more than the six pounds of sugar those other persons are allowed.  Their books were temporarily withheld.


Sixty of the county’s 166 school districts undertaking the job had submitted final and complete reports by Tuesday night. The remainder anticipated lighter work for the last two days.


A. B. Davey, star route mail carrier, is one up on the gentleman who couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.


Mr. Davey did, much to his regret.


It happened late Sunday night when the mail carrier drove home, on Seventh Street, in his coupe.  He steered the car through the garage, and through is the proper description.


The car knocked out the front wall as slick as a button, leaving the galvanized iron and wooden framework draped artistically over the front of the car.  The car itself continued its forward motion until it was stopped as the front wheels went off the edge of the raised garage floor.  It came to rest on its running board and under parts, with its front wheels suspended above the ground.


Soldiers and sailors are doing plenty for you.  What are you doing for them?  Support the U.S.O., the service man’s home away from home.  Send your contribution to the local U.S.O. Committee or give it to the solicitor who will call on you.


Your earnest support of the drive, to start May 18, will be appreciated.


H. J. Naedler, Mayor


W. B. Tufts has been promoted to the rank of major, according to word received here by Mrs. Tufts.


In Granton, there is a group of boys who want work.


They are only seventh and eighth grade boys, from 12 to 15 years old, so they might be a little light for heavy work.  But if there is going to be any work that they can spell a man, particularly now that surplus manpower on the farm is at a minus quantity.  They are ready, willing, and even anxious to do their bit.


The registration of these youths, numbering 10 in all, was sent in to the clearing house on farm labor, now being established by County Agent W. R. Marquart.  The registrations were taken by Village Clerk Vernon Peterson.


Mr. Marquart was high in his praise of the spirit that is shown by the response of these boys of the Granton area; for it is the spirit that has made America the nation it is.


Forrest D. Calway, 62, attorney and prominent Neillsville resident, died about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while sitting in his automobile in front of the local post office.


In the last two or three weeks, Mr. Calway had suffered several heart attacks, according to friends and acquaintances.  About two weeks ago, he was seized by an attack while working in his cranberry marsh.


Forrest D. Calway was born in Neillsville January 16, 1880.  He was the son of Samuel and Catherine (Rainey) Calway.  He attended the public schools in Neillsville and took a course in business in the Milwaukee Business Schools.  As a youth, he worked in the Neillsville Furniture factory and in local mercantile establishments.


As a young man he was interested in stenography and presently found a place for his capacity in the law office of Sturdevant & Clark in Neillsville.  He acquired a reputation among attorneys and in 1904 was appointed deputy court reporter.  He became official court reporter in Circuit court in 1906.


From reporting court proceedings, Mr. Calway developed a talent for law and gained an education therein, presently becoming a member of the bar.  He had been a practicing attorney in Neillsville for a long time.  He had also taken an active part in public life, being a member of the county board at the time of his death.  He had also served various terms as city attorney.


A comparatively recent interest with Mr. Calway was the development of his cranberry marsh in the Town of Hewett.  He undertook this enterprise in the Depression and carried it through until it had become an important business.


Mr. Calway was married in 1912 to Marian R. O’Neill, the daughter of Judge James O’Neill.  There is a daughter, Marian, who has been attending kindergarten school in Minneapolis and who is expected home Thursday morning.


The fire, which last Sunday afternoon destroyed the William A. Campman cottage at Lake Arbutus, was the second fire loss suffered by the Neillsville family this spring.


Late in April, a few days before the spring rainy season set in, a fire burned over a 130-acre a tract of fine timberland near the Christie Bridge, which spans the Black River.


Much credit was given to the Neillsville Girl Scouts, in their annual camp out at Lake Arbutus, who prevented the fire from spreading, Sunday.  They were able to save some articles from the burning building.  A group of Girl Scouts discovered the fire about 3:15 p.m.  At that time, it was burning the pine needles around the cottage and had spread under the floor of the building.


The girls called for help, broke into the cottage, and carried out several pieces of furniture and about 150 Victrola records, highly prized by the Campman family.


As nearly as could be determined, the fire was started either by a lighted cigarette butt or a lighted match thrown onto the pine needles near the pump.  The burned area led from the pump to the house, approximately 40 feet away.


While the fire quickly consumed the cottage, volunteers who were called and attracted by the smoke, worked with wet blankets to prevent the fire from spreading.  The garage, although blistered by the intense heat, was saved.  Several large pine trees near the cottage, however, were burned to stubs and several others were so badly scorched that they will not live.


The cottage had been a landmark, at Lake Arbutus, for many years.  It was built in May 1921.  A single story, frame construction, it was 20 by 24 feet, with a 10-foot porch running along two sides. The building had been recently redecorated, and a new roof and new flooring had been installed.


Customers, Please Take Notice!


Uncle Sam Asks: effective June 1st the conservation order prohibits callbacks or more than one trip to any one place the same day.  Effective also of the same date, all commercial carriers whose delivery vehicles have rubber tires, are required to reduce their total mileage at least 25% as compared with the corresponding month of 1941.  This must be in addition to mileage reduced by eliminating callbacks.


One Morning Delivery to be discontinued: This ruling affects the present delivery schedule we have been carrying out in the past and in an attempt to reduce our mileage to meet the requirements stated, we must discontinue one morning delivery.  Your cooperation in placing your order before 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will be appreciated.


One Morning Delivery will be made at 9:00 a.m.


One Afternoon Delivery will be made at 3:00 p.m.


The Quality Market, Prochaska Brothers, owners


Traffic Officer and Mrs. Harry Frantz have purchased the former V. C. Woelffer house on the corner of South Oak and Fourth Streets.  Mr. and Mrs. Frantz and their two children plan to move from the former J. W. Hommel house about June 1.


Humbird Memorial Day services will be held Saturday in the Town of Mentor Hall, starting at 9:30 a.m.  The following program has been arranged:


Invocation, Rev. Fensome; “America,” school band; “Gettysburg Address,” Phyllis Hardwick; “I Am An American,” Glee Club; “In Flanders Field,” Laurel Hart; address by the Rev. Harold Burt; song by the Glee Club; “Star Spangled Banner,” school band; and benediction, Rev. Fensome.



The Opera House (second building from the right) in Neillsville, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, was an active place with stage shows, visiting musical groups, dance bands and local entertainment.  A theatre/Opera House was located on East Fourth Street and on the south side of Hewett Street in the 400 block.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ Collection)






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