Clark County Press, Neillsville,

May 9, 2007, Page 11

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

May 1937


The Greenwood baseball team will meet Neillsville here, May 23.  It will be the first game of the season, as announced by Everett Skroch, who with Stubby Gerhardt attended an organizational meeting of the Clover Belt League at Owen, Friday night.


Eight teams including Neillsville, Gilman, Stetsonville, Owen, Colby, Greenwood, Willard and Perkinstown, comprise the league.


Other games scheduled for May 23 are Perkinstown at Owen, Willard at Gilman and Colby at Stetsonville.  Perkinstown will play all of its games away from home, it was said, as there is no ball diamond in the Perkinstown area.


Officers of the league are A. M. Wilson of Owen, president, and Mr. Skroch, secretary and treasurer.


The following Neillsville players available are: Walter Zank, Stubby Gerhardt, Ed Zank, Lefty Zank, Bert Gerhardt, Harry Donahue, Carl Wagner, Frank Zank, Robert Zank, Everett Skroch, and Albert Moldenhauer.  Harold Imig and Harley Kuehling, who are attending the University, are expected to play when they return from school.


Judge O. W. Schoengarth proved himself to be a good real estate dealer, last week, when he sold a creamery at Riplinger for $16,000 cash to help settle the estate of the late James C. Abegglen of Riplinger.  The creamery has been purchased by E. W. Marten of Spencer.  The deal came under the supervision of Judge Schoengarth in his capacity as judge of probate.


Arnold Noll, Town of Grant, and Ermine Sternitzky, Town of Lynn, were married Sunday, at the courthouse.  Judge O. W. Schoengarth performed the ceremony. Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bieneck.


A large crowd of invited guests attended the dancing party at Keller’s Silver Dome ballroom, Sunday night, to celebrate the recent marriage of Henry Keller and Gertrude Meyers, of Loyal.


For the first time in eight months, the Clark County Jail is empty.  The last prisoner was released Sunday.  Sheriff Madsen is making use of the opportunity to give the jail a thorough spring house cleaning.


Lloyd and Chester Klatt, of the Town of Hewett, were hired Monday night by the new Eau Claire radio station, WEAU, to play over the air every Sunday, from 1:45 to 2:00 p.m.  The Klatt brothers were the only ones selected Monday night from the large group who were given auditions.  Lloyd plays Hawaiian guitar and Chester the Spanish guitar.


Wisconsin’s Highway Department is now carrying on a 344-mile experiment in day and night markings on US 12, from Hudson to Genoa City.  If this experiment proves its worth, reflector signing may be adopted generally.  Use of reflector buttons on signs, and on hazards, has been recommended in a number of instances by safety councils.  Considerable experimentation, along this line, has been carried out by Shawano County.


By day, the US markings are supplemented by yellow stripes on the road, and “Pass with Care” or “No Passing” zone signs.


This new step in traffic control marking is but a part of the 1937 engineering program in making Wisconsin highways safer.  New and safer roads are being built with the first big letting, which calls for $2,000,000 worth of highway improvements and more contracts are to be let through the spring and summer.


Monday was the annual cleaning day for the children at St. John’s School, who devoted the afternoon under the direction of their instructors, to cleaning and raking the church park and school grounds. They also prepared the marble rings for the marble-shooting tournament to be held there May 5.  After the work was completed, a treat awaited the children.


Mr. and Mrs. Al Sollberger and Frank and Clarence Hnetvosky, Alice and Frances Sollberger, Bertha Laager and Frank Thomas, all of the Town of Hewett planted 1,000 two-year old seedlings, Sunday, on Mr. Sollberger’s forty in the Town of Hewett.  Mr. Sollberger has set out about 5,000 of small trees during the past few years, and although about 40 percent of these were killed by the drought last summer, he feels that his reforestation efforts are quite worthwhile.


The Clark County woods are beginning to blossom with Mayflowers, trilliums, grass flowers and adder tongue.


The Clark County Board ended its spring session Friday afternoon, by adjourning to July 28 for their annual meeting and picnic at the Clark County hospital at Owen.


The following business was transacted at the session:


An amount of $3,000 was appropriated for immunization of children of pre-school age against diphtheria and scarlet fever.  It was said by County Nurse Gertrude Clouse, that this amount would take care of 4,000 children, commencing next fall.  Once the immunization has been started, only a small amount will be necessary in the future years to take care of the children as they reach the vaccination age, which has been fixed at from one to six years. The vaccination will not be compulsory.


Seventy-five dollars was appropriated to pay for membership in the Wisconsin County Board Association.


There was $400 raised for the Clark County Children’s Welfare Board.


An appropriation of $100, for the caseworker in the county nurse’s office, was rejected.


A new bridge to cost $30,000, of which $9,000 would come from Federal funds, to replace the Black River Bridge on County Trunk G near Greenwood, was explained by division highway engineer W. F. Baumgartner, Eau Claire.


Supervisor Art Karich, Town of Hendren, lost a determined fight to extend Highway 98 west from Highway 73 to Willard.  The county board previously had agreed to build the road without providing an appropriation and Chairman Elmer Anderson had been instructed to appoint a committee to meet with W.F. Baumgartner to learn whether the old bridge on County Trunk G could be moved and used on Highway 98.  The proposition was lost when Mr. Klarich attempted to obtain a $1,200 appropriation.


The Bertelson auditing firm was hired at the annual fee of $1,800 to audit the books in 1937.


An amount of $375 was appropriated for 4-H club work.


WPA first aid lecturers were granted $150 for mileage.


Two hundred fifty dollars was appropriated to complete the Duncan Memorial Park at Owen.


Establishment of a prison or work camp for jail prisoners was unanimously adopted.


The report on public welfare by the citizens committee was read and tabled.


Arbutus Camp CCC near Hatfield is to be evacuated by May 31, if the orders from headquarters received Monday are not counter-manned.


Just where the more than 100 enrollees stationed at Arbutus will be sent is not known: neither is it yet made public whether or not the evacuation will be permanent and the camp dismantled.  It may be held for future use.


Eight new enrollees were received at this camp Tuesday, according to reports.  Recently, the men have been engaged principally in tree planting.


For Sale – Model-A-Ford Truck, which has been used by the city of Neillsville, will be sold to the highest offer made to the City Clerk.  Any and all offers may be rejected.


Mr. and Mrs. J. Prusa of Bellplain, Iowa, have purchased the store and pavilion at Hatfield.


A 15-year old hitchhiker’s good fortune in happening to “thumb” a ride with Homer Ralph of the Town of Grant resulted in restoring a runaway youth to his distraught parents, who live in St. Paul, Saturday.


Friday afternoon, a youth signaled Mr. Ralph for a ride as he was starting out of town, for home.  Mr. Ralph stopped and took the boy in. Although the lad told Mr. Ralph he was from St. Paul, he refused to tell his last name and becoming suspicious that the youth had run away from home, Mr. Ralph finally succeeded in persuading him to stay over night at the Ralph home.


It was not until 10 p.m. that the young fellow admitted his name was Charles McDevitt, Jr. and that he had fun away from home that morning.  Mr. Ralph telephoned his parents at St. Paul and informed them where their son was.  Mrs. McDevitt said she had been crying for several hours over the disappearance of their son.


Mr. and Mrs. McDevitt arrived Saturday to get their boy.  It was learned he had a little difficulty with a teacher and decided to “take the open road” to escape returning to school.  When the lad left, he told the Ralph’s he would like to return for a visit sometime this summer.


In the District Marble Shooting tournament, at Black River Falls Saturday, Marcus Baumann, St. John’s Lutheran School, Neillsville, Clark County Champion, won three and lost three. The winner and runner-up for this district were both from Pierce County.


Its apple blossom time in old Clark County again, and the trees are surely beautiful.


Last Sunday, Mrs. Clements Kuechenmeister invited some of the old Pleasant Ridge friends to take dinner at Mr. Crothers’ Park, the lot that the late Chas. Cornelius planted with trees and shrubs.  A very secluded little spot, with a hedge around it and little tables loaded with goodies, and the sun pouring down from above, made it an ideal place to picnic.


(Charles Cornelius developed a park; in the 200 block between Oak and Clay streets and adjacent to his home on the corner of Clay and Second Street.  He generously encouraged others to share in viewing the scenery of blooming flowers, the shrubs and trees in the relaxing atmosphere.  Apparently Mr. Crothers carried on the tradition of inviting others to picnic there also, when he lived on the block. D. Z.)


With their children altogether for the first time in 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Schmidt of the Town of Pine Valley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Sunday.  Although their children have been home at various times during the past half-century, it was not until Sunday that all of them had been at home at the same time.  The occasion was thoroughly enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt and their children and grandchildren.


A 6 p.m. dinner was served in banquet style for 40 guests.  Some poems were read by Helen Pischer and Mrs. W. J. Beversdorf.  Emil Gloff read a family history.  Rev. William A. Baumann conducted services in the evening.


Adolph Schmidt and Pauline Gloff were married May 19, 1887 in Wolenien, Russia, coming to the United States in 1891.  They settled in Virginia where Mr. Schmidt worked in the coal mines until 1899 when they came to Neillsville. For a number of years, Mr. Schmidt worked in the old furniture factory.  In 1915, he purchased a farm on what is now County Trunk G where they still live.  Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt are beloved by an unusually large circle of friends.


There are seven children in the family, Fred of Williston, VT., Robert of Lake Geneva, Wis., Edward of Chicago, Gustave and Emil at home, Mrs. Harold Pischer of Neillsville and Emma of San Diego, Calif.


Devere Barton, born and brought up in Neillsville, is one of the characters in the movie “The Plainsman” to be shown at Adler’s Theatre, starting Saturday night.


Devere is the driver of the buckboard in this thrilling picture.  He will be remembered here and his old friends will enjoy seeing him in this movie.


John M. Peterson and several friends from Owen fished lake trout in Northern Minnesota over the weekend.  Mr. Peterson states, they all got their limit of five trout per day, the fish ranging from two to eight pounds. They found a considerable amount of snow still piled in the woods.  On the way home, they saw a moose standing in the road ahead of them.


The largest mortgage ever recorded in the Clark County Register of Deeds office was filed last week, when the $700,000 note and mortgage of the Clark Electric Cooperative were entered on the books.


This instrument which bears the signature of Vern G. Howard as president and Wallace J. Landry as secretary, covers the big REA project which will provide 2,500 farms with electricity in Clark, Taylor and Marathon counties.


The mortgage covers all lines, poles, real estate, meters, easements, rights and all other property, which the cooperative may acquire.


The Clark County Maple Syrup Producers Association recently shipped 23 gallons of syrup to Thorwald Christofferson at Gehring, Neb.; 30 gallons were sent to Janesville, 18 gallons to Madison, and 9 to Rockford.  Orders for about 75 gallons of syrup have since come in, to be sent out.


One day last week while Wm. Huntley was at the Edgar Kuechenmeister farm, in the Town of Grant, he saw a pair of snowshoes hanging on the side of the house.  “Those snowshoes look like Uncle John Huntley’s,” remarked Bill.  And Uncle John’s snowshoes they were, for Edgar remembered that his father mentioned buying them from Mr. Huntley.  Mr. Kuechenmeister marveled at the detective skill of the monument salesman, who later explained that he, too, was the owner of just such a pair of snow “gliders,” inherited from his father.  They are Indian made and the rawhide lacing shows no sign of wear even though the shoes are at least 80 years old.  Wm. Huntley, Sr. purchased them from L. B. Pennock, who operated a spoke mill, here in Neillsville, which was located on the east end of 9th Street.



A view of the living room, as it appeared in the Cornelius home on the corner of Second and Clay Streets, on Neillsville’s southwest side.  (Photo from Bill Robert’s family collection)






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