Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 3, 2008, Page 20

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 December 1908


Chas. Trogner, who has a fine position in the government printing office in Washington, D.C., was in the city a few days this week visiting his father Geo. W. Trogner and calling on old friends here.  He started in the printing business in the Neillsville Times office and at one time worked in the Republican and Press office.  It has been eight years since he was last here.


This week’s railroad car arrival at the feed store brought strictly pure, choice buckwheat flour.  Also, crushed oyster shell for your poultry which can be purchased there.  Call A. B. Marsh


(Do any of you remember eating homemade buttermilk-buckwheat pancakes? M-m –m, they were good. D.Z.)


Last week Paul Walk sold half an interest in his store to Ed Kutchera and the new firm will be known as Walk and Kutchera.  Mr. Kutchera has been a clerk in the store for some time knows the stock and the needs of the customers thoroughly and is a popular salesman.  Both members of the firm are wide-awake men and will make the business continue to prosper.


Ladies!  Get a set of the latest style Curls, Puffs, or Pompadours and Switches of fine imported Human Hair, ready made, or can be made-to-order.  See Mrs. M. Marcus, in the brick house near the depot.


Saturday, when Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Thoma were ready to take the 1:30 p.m. train to Granton, they were called home by phone with news that their machinery sheds were on fire.  They lost all of their corn stocks and some machinery on their Town of Weston farm.  In order to save the barn, they had to rip the remainder of sheds loose and haul them away.  The straw stack also caught fire but was put out before much damage was done.  By the aid of the phone over a hundred men were there in a short time, so lots of water and hard work saved the straw stack and barn.


F. J. Mumm Co. of St. Paul, the leading cream receivers of the North West have opened a branch in Neillsville on Main Street opposite Merchants Hotel.  They are now prepared to receive and pay spot cash for cream, eggs, veal, and poultry.


The home of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Lazotte, in the Town of Grant, was the scene of a very pretty wedding Wednesday evening at eight o’clock Nov. 4, 1908, when their daughter Miss Sarah Lazotte was united in marriage with Mr. Albert Walters, Rev. N. F. Chapman officiating.  The house was filled with guests, friends, relatives and neighbors of this popular young couple, to give them a hearty expression of good will.  Many fine presents were a further expression of the friendship and esteem in which they bride and groom were held.  A bountiful supper was served to all in attendance.


The bride and groom have both grown up in the Town of Grant and have known each other from childhood.  The bride is a young lady of excellent qualities.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Walters, who is enterprising and an industrious young farmer.  They have rented the home farm and will carry on with farming in the coming year.


Wm. Swann has built a neat barn on his lots at the south end of Court Street and is preparing to build a residence there next spring.  (The lot is on the northeast corner of Court and Division Streets. D.Z.)


M. Bolger has sold his farm on the northeast corner of the fair grounds, known as the Tom LaFlesh place, to a man from Johnson’s Creek, Wis., taking a house in the village as part payment.



The attractive Victorian-style house, built in the late 1800s by Tom LaFlesh, a local lumber baron, was located on acreage, which is now the Neillsville Industrial Park, kiddy-corner from the fairgrounds.  The elegant home had seven fireplaces and ironically was destroyed by a fire circa 1930 or 1940.


The Pine Valley Butter Company started the cream separator this week in their creamery, formerly known as the Andrus Plant, in Neillsville to take care of a number of patrons who are bringing milk in.  The patronage of the creamery is growing constantly so the stockholders and patrons feel well pleased with the prospects.


Mrs. C. B. Dresden has bought the J. H. Russell place, formerly owned by Robert McCalvy, two miles west of the city.  It has a very nice little home, and the farm contains eleven acres.  Mr. and Mrs. Russell expect to leave son for Fairview, Mont., where they have a land claim.


Last week, Charles Cornelius sold a purchaser eight forties of land in the Town of Reseburg.  Last year he sold seven forties to that purchaser’s brother.


The opening of the power plant at Hatfield, which was to have taken place December 15 with due ceremonies has been postponed ten days on account of a slide of earth, near the power house in the canal.  About 600 feet of the embankment had slid off.  The repairs will be made with rock and cement as rapidly as possible.


December 1938


The Marshfield Construction Company submitted the low bid on general construction work for the addition to the Greenwood High School. All bids for other work were rejected because they were too high. The general contracting bid still needs the approval of the PWA, which is furnishing a part of the money.


The Church School District in the towns of Foster and Hendren is building up a sizable money reserve; but no one seems quite certain what the money is to be used for.


At present the district has in the neighborhood of $3,100 in the banks of the county, and no debts are outstanding.  The reserve is mounting steadily as the years roll by.


Its only expenditures are about $20 per month for transportation of two children of school age to the Blackberry School in the Town of Seif, about $56 annually for tuition, and a few dollars for other miscellaneous items.


For income, the district gets the usual money raised by school taxes, and a large chunk of money for the forest cropland within its boundaries.  The major portion of land in the district is forest cropland, and revenue from this source amounts to from $600 to $700 annually, according to Ignatz Szoljar, school treasurer.


For many years the district was heavily in debt; as are many school districts, and school taxes were heavy because of the debt.  “It costs us about $1,200 a year to run the school for only a few children,” recalled Mr. Szoljar recently.


About five years ago it was decided to close the school and transport the children in the district to another school to save money.  Ever since, the district has been showing profit!


Nor has the mounting reserve escaped the eyes of other school officials of the county, particularly officials of the nearby school districts.  Church School officials have been urged time and again to release the reserve so that it might be used to good advantage where it is needed.


But no, members of the school board are strong on that stand.


“Then, what are you going to do with it?” Mr. Szoljar was asked. “Will it be hoarded, allowed to increase, never used?”


A shrewd look passed over his face.  Then he answered:


“Maybe some time we will have to operate the school again.  Maybe there will not be room for our children in the other schools nearby.  Then we would have to build a new schoolhouse and expenses would be higher than they are now.  No, we may need that money some day.  And it is nice to have a reserve.”


The Church School building, now used mainly as a place in which to hold the annual school meeting, was built over a decade ago.  There are eleven families in the school district, and only two children of school age, but in another year or two there will be seven children of school age in the district.  If the Blackberry School, or others nearby, cannot accommodate that many children, perhaps it will be necessary to operate the Church School once more.


School officials are Mr. Szoljar; Miss Ruth Meredith, director; and Miss Maybelle Meredith, clerk.


The children now being transported to the Blackberry School are Tootsie Greening, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Greening, and Jeanette Stremikis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Stremikis.


Other families in the school district are Morris Meredith, Thomas Podrovitz, Peter Larson, Ralph Meredith, John Mortl, Mack Butler, Allie Cole and Bert Morrison.


Loyal’s new combination high school auditorium and gymnasium will be formally dedicated at special exercises Friday night.  The program will start with a banquet for the Business Men’s Association.  A talk by P. F. Neverman, secretary of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, will be one of the highlights of the public program, which will start at 7:30 p.m.  A girl’s basketball game, the Loyal-Unity court encounter, followed by a dance, will be features of the program.


A group of instructors from various parts of Clark County met Monday evening at the high school auditorium with band director M. G. Hommell, to discuss the introduction of the tonette to children who have had some training in rhythmic music and are prepared to take up melody.  It is planned to use this instrument in schools throughout the county for the purpose of teaching the fundamentals and creating an interest in music and determine whether or not the child has ability along that line.  (The tonette is a fipple flute with a range somewhat larger than an octave that is often used in elementary music education. D.Z.)


Clark County’s two traffic officers, Lewis Bradbury and W. R. Haire, collected $11,893.15 in fines for traffic law violations and license fee collections and made 182 arrests for alleged motor law infractions during the last year.


This was the summary of the reports of the two officers presented late last week before the county board of supervisors.  The officers traveled a total of 62,365 miles while on county business and reported total expenses at $4,685.23 for the year.


Officer Haire’s report statistics were: 107 arrests, $1,941 fines, $3,074 license fee collections, $2,544.19 expenses and 36,545 miles traveled.


Officer Bradbury reported: 75 arrests, $785 fines, $6,092.40 license fee collections, $2,131.04 expenses and 25,820 miles traveled.


Highlights of the Week:


Chapman’s Cafι will be featuring Sea Food for weekend dining with Lobster, Fresh Shrimp, Oysters and Tuna Fish.


Grand Opening of the Stables Nite Club will be held Saturday, Dec. 10th, located six miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10.  The Dux Orchestra will provide music with Dancing on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11.


Spannferkel will be served at Boney’s Tavern this Saturday Afternoon and Evening.


The Telephone Directory will be printed January 10, 1939.  Notify the Neillsville or Granton Phone Offices of Any Changes.


Feed Grinding Christmas Special, 5’ a Sack in Large Amounts.  Call or Write Otto Hainz, Neillsville


The Neillsville Dairy will deliver Milk, Cream or Arbutus Ice Cream right to your door.


There will be a Free Wedding Dance Wednesday, Nov. 30 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ratsch at the Silver Dome Ballroom.  Everybody is welcome.


For Superior Flavored Milk, call the May Meadow Dairy.  Pure, Sweet and Clean Milk for only 8’ a quart, delivered to your door.  Phone 101-Y7411 George May is the owner


One of the first games of organized hockey in Neillsville in recent years will be played between the Neillsville Flyers and the Neillsville Blue Birds, two local teams, at 2 p.m. Sunday.


The Flyers, organized last Sunday afternoon, are arranging a schedule of winter play; while the Blue Birds, organized a day later and composed of high school students, also are seeking games.  The Flyers are negotiating for dates with teams in Thorp and Greenwood.


The starting lineup for the Flyers in Sunday’s game was announced by Manager Henry Ott as follows: goalie, Donald Paulus; right wing, Warren Kuehlins; left wing, Orville Jake; center, Orlando Rude; right defense, Dwayne Felser; and left defense, Robert Wagner.


Mr. and Mrs. William Dollasse of the Town of Weston, both natives of Germany, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today at their farm home.  The Ladies’ Aid of the Lutheran Church of that community made the arrangements.  Mrs. Dollasse is a member of that organization.


They were married at Watertown December 16, 1888.  Seven children were born to them, five of who are living: Emma, Mrs. Harry Kelsey, St. Paul; Edward, of rural Neillsville; Esther, Mrs. Arnold Dudei, Neillsville; William, Town of Seif and Hilda, Mrs. Elgie (Elgar) King, Town of Weston.


The children are planning another gathering at the family home Sunday.


Neillsville bowlers, entries in the Thorp Major League, won three games by default from the Stanley Republicans in Thorp last night.  The Stanley team failed to appear and the Neillsville tenpin artists bowled a three game match of 2,339.  Members of the team are Harry Donahue, Kenneth Wagner, Everett Skroch, Glenn White and Jack Guthrie.


Nineteen tickets charging violation of the city’s newest ordinance were passed out last night by Patrolman George Cramer.  The ordinance prohibits parking on city streets from 1 a.m. until 5:30 a.m. from November through April and was passed to clear the streets for snow removal work.  City aldermen, in passing the ordinance, expressed the desire that it be enforced only when snow removal operations were necessary.  Police Chief Fred A. Rossman, this morning, said the 19 tickets were given out as a “warning” and that prosecution would not be pressed.




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