Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 5, 2008, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 November 1908


F. J. Mumm Co. of St. Paul, the leading cream receivers of the Northwest have opened a branch in Neillsville on Main Street opposite Merchants Hotel and are now prepared to receive and pay spot cash for cream, eggs, veal and poultry.  Get their prices before selling elsewhere.


Lake Arbutus, as the Hatfield pond is officially known, is destined in the future to become a great fall resort for ducks and duck hunters.  A number of local sportsmen have gotten together and bought one hundred pounds of wild rice with which to seed the sloughs and inlets of the lake.  If the seed grows it will doubtless catch along the margin in other places and make feeding places for the wild ducks, as they pass through here in the fall.  It is reported that a considerable number of ducks have alighted in the lake this fall and the number will probably increase as years go on.


Mr. Henry Hales and Miss Martha Garbusch were married Saturday, Nov. 14 at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Wm. Garbusch, Rev. H. A. Risser officiating.  The bride’s sister and brother, Amanda and Adolph Garbusch acted as bridesmaid and groomsman.  A fine wedding dinner was served only relatives of the bride and groom being present.


The groom is a blacksmith, a good worker who is well liked by all who know him. The bride has been employed for sometime in the O.K. Cash Laundry and has by her industry and faithfulness to her duties and courtesy to all, made many friends.  The young couple will live at the home of the bride’s mother for the present time.


Imig Brothers, received and hauled home a carload of Ajax Flakes, a feed said to be very rich in protein and for that reason excellent for milch cows.  The Imig farm has been equipped with a fine concrete silo the last summer, which is filled with ensilage.  Imig Brothers are building up a splendid herd of Holsteins, and they recognize that good feed counts as well as a good breed.


Local hunters are killing a large number of deer this season.  So many have been reported; that our tally sheet could not record the names of the lucky hunters. The light snowfalls have helped the hunters in tracking their game.


You can’t get good German Dill Pickles if you buy the small ones.  Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. have the finest large pickles at 15 cents a dozen and the cost for a dozen is nearly as much as a dozen of the ordinary ones.  Just try them!


S. Jacobson of Stevens Point has opened up a new store in Neillsville, located in the brick building recently vacated by the Cash Hardware Company, two doors north of the Neillsville Times office.  Mr. Jacobson has been in the dry goods business since 1885 and has had extensive experience as a dealer in dry goods, shoes, clothing and such.  His goods arrived Tuesday and are being arranged for business.


Mr. P. D. Schweitzer of the Chippewa Sugar Co. was in the city this week to make arrangements of sugar beet acreage for next season.  Oscar Weinberger has interviewed a number of farmers on the question and in a short time secured signers for more than one hundred acres with prospects that five hundred acres will be signed before spring.  Although the past season was not at all favorable and few of the beet raisers in this vicinity were experienced, most of them got fair returns and several of them have signed for increased acreage next year.


A carload of the pulp was shipped back here Tuesday, which the patrons get simply for paying the freight and which is said to be fine feed for milch cows.  The patrons get back half a ton of pulp for every ton of beets shipped, so the beet industry will help with the dairy business.  It is well that sugar beets are to receive a fair trial here, and receive encouragement.  If it pays out as it bids fair to do, it will bring much money into this community.


In accordance with the President’s proclamation and the time honored custom of the land, the Neillsville churches will cooperate in a union Thanksgiving service Thursday morning at 11:30 o’clock in the Methodist Church.  The preacher will be Rev. H. A. Risser of the Congregational Church. The Methodist Church choir will provide special music.


November 1938


The weatherman must be slightly confused in the sequence of the seasons.  Signs of spring are coming before winter sets in here in Clark County.


Mrs. R. F. Dubes sent The Press an apple blossom, which she plucked Wednesday from a tree on her Granton Route one, farm.  Several others report premature growth of spring flowers, probably due to the unseasonably warm weather and warm rain showers.


A note from Mrs. Lon Cook’s news column: It seems that Clark County is a place of Paradise when we hear of the bad snowstorms they had such a little ways north of us.  It is wonderful to get all the fall plowing done and other work out of the way, before old man winter does come upon us, for, I suppose, he is just around the corner. We are still enjoying ripe strawberries from our garden.


About 415 million acres of land in the United States were classified by the census in 1935 as cropland.  It has been estimated that 18 percent of this total, or 76 million acres, is unsuited for permanent cultivation under price levels similar to those that have prevailed since 1920.


The Highway 29 Bridge over the Popple River near Owen was opened to traffic Tuesday, just a month after construction was started. The bridge replaces one, which was washed out by the September flood.  Repairs on the Dill Creek Bridge on County Trunk N were finished a week ago at a cost of $1,136 according to County Highway Commissioner Otto Weyhmiller.  Mr. Weyhmiller said work on the Miller Bridge in the Town of Colby probably would be completed by November 10.  The estimated cost of the Miller Bridge is $5,000.




Miss Mildred Olson recently surprised her friends by announcing her marriage to Lowell Dorn of the Town of Loyal on September 24th in Dubuque, Iowa.


Miss Olson is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson of the city.  She was graduated from Neillsville High School and Platteville State Teachers College and has since taught in the Fairchild High School.  Mr. Dorn has a position with the State Conservation Department.


For the present, Mrs. Dorn will continue teaching, their permanent location being indefinite.


As of yore, the Pleasant Ridge plum pudding supper was one of the finest served in the community during the year and about 125 persons, mostly adults, were served.  Is the present generation of Ridge housewives teaching its children the art of making that famous plum pudding as the mothers of several decades ago passed it on to them?  What could be more disappointing than a plum pudding-less Pleasant Ridge Church supper?


Orson Welles, a youthful dramatic producer and radio dramatist, recently gave a radio dramatization of Author H. G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” which panicked entire communities of radio listeners throughout the nation by its realism.  “The Invasion from Mars,” with which the play dealt, was so realistic that listeners ran from their homes and sought safety from the “attackers” in churches and woods.


The story of Warren Turner, about 55, brother of Abe Turner of York Center, that was struck by a hit-run car while walking on the Highway 98 pavement about three miles east of Loyal Monday night, is being investigated by Traffic Officer Lewis Bradbury.


Turner is in the Neillsville General Hospital, suffering from bruises about the head and a shoulder injury.  He was admitted to the hospital Tuesday night.


Turner told Officer Bradbury that he lay unconscious beside the pavement for about four hours.  Regaining consciousness, he went to a nearby farmhouse and stayed in a haystack for the night, and then hitchhiked to Loyal the next morning, he said.


An unromantic pink pig signifies the spirit of Dan Cupid in the Clark County Clerk’s office.


The pink pig is a little bank, which once held the marriage license fee of Clarence Kehrberg of Loyal and Inez Olsen of Spencer.  Now it holds miscellaneous pennies and dimes donated by sympathetic souls entering the clerk’s office and spotting the pig.


For now, imprinted on the rather generous back of the swine bank is the plea: “Marriage fund, please contribute.”


The pig found its way into the clerk’s office when Mr. and (now) Mrs. Kehrberg applied for their marriage license on September 23.  It then contained an odd assortment of pennies, nickels and dimes, which the couple had saved as their own marriage license fund.


Herbert Borde, assistant to County Clerk Calvin Mills, opened the bank.  Borde then counted out the 50-cent license fee.  Approximately $3.00 was left to give the couple a slight financial boost.  Feeling kindly, the Kehrbergs-to-go left the pink pig behind.


As no couple lacking the 50-cent fee but wanting the license has made the fact known, Mr. Borde said the fund probably will be given to some charitable organization.


Kenneth Speich, 11-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Speich, Greenwood, rendered a piano recital Sunday afternoon at the studio residence of his teacher, Miss Mabel Bishop.  Kenneth, who has just completed his first year of music study, shows remarkable talent.  Selections played included “Air from Mozart,” “The Knight and the Lady,” “A Chord Frolic,” “To Celia,” “Evening Bells,” “Little Spring Song,” “The Fox Hunt,” and “A Spanish Fiesta.”  Refreshments were served following the Program.  Kenneth’s program was nearly an hour in length, all played from memory.


Miss Bishop regards Speich, not as a genius, but as one who can attain a place in the world of music.


Mrs. Rose Schiller purchased the old Bradbury home on State and East Fourth streets, Tuesday.  Mrs. Schiller and her sons plan to move into an apartment in the house with the balance of the house to be used for rooming purposes.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schiller will occupy the Schiller Funeral Home.


Thousands of Clark County, Wisconsin and out-of-state hunters committed assault on the deer population in 30 counties of the state, including Clark County and tamped the wood and marshland for bear in 21 counties, during the last week.


With the starting of the season last Saturday morning, the state conservation department turned loose 250 game wardens in the hunting territory to attempt to enforce the hunting laws.  That the wardens were active in Clark County was indicated by at least two arrests for violations in the vicinity of Neillsville.


Hunters who roamed the woods and marshland on the south and west boundaries of Clark County reported hunting as being fairly well on Saturday: but relatively poor thereafter.  A good snowfall to aid in tracking was needed.  After the first day the bucks apparently were driven into the marshes and could not be driven out, according to some hunters.


The deer hunting brought the usual wealth of stories, about the big ones missed, tall tales of the shot that got a buck: and just plain down-to the-earth stories about bagging the game.


Among some of the hunting stories, for what it is worth:


Lee Jollivette of Greenwood had the prize hunting experience, according to the story making the round in his town.  Having hunted ardently and unsuccessfully last Saturday, and being tired, he reclined against a stump and went to sleep.


Presently he was aroused, as one is when feeling an eye upon him and a presence with him.  So he opened his eyes and there a deer was looking him over.


So Mr. Jollivette shot the deer, and he thinks he has found the right way to hunt: Just go to sleep and let the deer come to you!


The curb and gutter work on North Emery Street is progressing rapidly.  The little street is a block long, tucked in as it is between Ninth and East Twelfth, deriving its name from an early owner of a large portion of land in that section of the city, Emery Bruley.


With no telltale corner stone to proclaim its model, the Neillsville Episcopal Church building has grown old gracefully.


Built before the armory was erected, the church was designed to lend beauty from all sides, the gabled entrances, full pitch roof and capped chimney all being desired features in present-day architecture.


No mention of the designer, architect or builder appears on the local records, but credit for the lasting beauty of the structure may to some extent, at least, be given to Judge James O’Neill, Freeman D. Lindsay, Stanley F. Chubb, and D. Dickinson, who advanced money for the lot.  Among the early members, aside from those already mentioned, were Fred Lee, Allie Lee, S. B. Calway, William Johnson and Louis Glass and their families.


St. Lukes Episcopal parish was inaugurated in Neillsville in 1877, under the auspices of Rev. W. H. Ross of Black River Falls, meetings being held in the schoolhouse.  On July 22, 1881, a lot was purchased and the present church building was put up soon after.


(The St. Lukes Episcopal building is located on the corner of East Fourth and Court Streets, which in recent years has been remodeled into a residence. D.Z.)



Construction on the first modern Neillsville School building was completed in September 1875.  The building site was purchased for $200 from James O’Neill and the cost of construction was $7,000.  The school property faced State Street with East Fourth Street on the north side. (Photo contributed by Bill Roberts)





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