Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 20, 2008, Page 12

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Linda Cottrell-Sanders & Prepared by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1908


For some time past, correspondence has been carried on here in reference to a condensed milk factory being built in Neillsville.  Jas. Phillips had received letters from the Gale Borden Company who later sent an agent here and made a good report on the locality.  Later he received inquiries from another concern relative to a Condensery.  A few weeks ago, Mayor Listeman received a proposition from the National Condensed Milk Company who also sent an agent.  They had an analysis of the water reported upon, and through Mayor Listeman secured statistics of milk production in the locality.  They were so well pleased with the prospects that they had blank contracts prepared for the farmers to sign with the same having been largely circulated and signed in the surrounding area.


They quote the following prices per hundred on milk beginning with July 1, when they propose to have the Condensery in operation:  July 1, $.95; August, $1.05; September, $1.20; October, $1.40; November, $1.50; December, $1.55; January, $1.50; February, $1.50; March, $1.30. No prices were quoted for April, May and June. They expect to secure milk within a radius of seven miles to be delivered by the farmers and to take in all that can be secured from both east and west. They demand a guarantee of 15,000 pounds of milk per day, of which a large proportion of that amount has been already signed.

Mayor Listeman reports that they guarantee to build a plant to cost $100,000.  The building will be fifty feet by one hundred feet and fifty feet high, solid brick. They plan to employ forty-five people.  Great care and cleanliness is observed in the factory and even the grounds and outward appearance of the factory will be made attractive.

The matter is now up to the farmers.  Each man must figure it out for himself and decide according to his milk test, his distance to haul, the value of skim milk and whey along with all other conditions, whether or not it will pay him to abandon the present creameries or cheese factories to boost this along.


Alma Center people will enjoy themselves this coming summer at Hatfield.  Several of the businessmen are now contemplating on building a club house.  F. M. Garman went up again Tuesday with Surveyor Keach to locate an acre of land, which he will buy and erect a cottage on.  Many more will do the same in a short time. There will be a great sport at Hatfield this coming season, for our people.  The lake, which will cover many acres, will be stocked with game fish. 
Train service is fine for Alma Center people, as they can go to Hatfield Saturday and return Monday if they wish.


Last Monday, the Globe Post Office was discontinued and Neillsville Route 3 is to be extended west so as to take in a number of patrons who formerly received mail at Globe.


Clark County School Superintendent A.O. Rhea has furnished the county sheriff with a list of names of children in the various school districts of the county who are not attending school.  Under a new law passed at the last session of the legislature, parents or guardians of children from the ages of 7 to 14 years are subject to a heavy fine or imprisonment for neglecting to send children to school regularly for at least six months during each year.  Each deputy sheriff is a truant officer and over 200 cases of neglect in this matter have been listed in the county, 55 of which are in the towns of the northwestern part of the county.


Last week, Wednesday, Feb. 19, Sylvester Loy, proprietor of the ginseng farm up the Black River, was forty-eight years old.  Nick Blau got onto that fact and passed the word around among the neighbors to drop in on Mr. and Mrs. Loy that evening for a surprise party.  However, the Loys got something of an inkling of what was going on and were not as surprised as they might have been. At any rate, their table was extended so as to take care of the thirty guests who came 
in and there was fun enough to last all night; a midnight supper was served and breakfast also for those who stayed to see it through until morning.


Lizzie Hagedorn and Edith Holtz, of Neillsville, took in the dance at Puttkamer’s place, Saturday evening.


The G.A.R. and W.R.C. have recently contracted for a monument to be erected on their lot in the Neillsville cemetery.   It is to be twelve feet in height, the figure on top being 5 feet, 6 inches.  It is to be completed by May 25, in time for Decoration Day, and is to cost about $500.


Dick Lynch took home a new eight horsepower gasoline engine last week with a saw rig. He will use the engine for farm power. It is a dandy.

February 1948

A request for an emergency shipment of 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel, to keep heavy county snow removal equipment in operation in the event of a snow storm, was made Tuesday, to Anthony E. Madler, state fuel coordinator.

The highway department reported the last of its diesel fuel exhausted and pointed out that a storm might find them unable to use the heavy equipment that is essential in maintaining open state and county highways.

Word of the plight was taken to Madison, Tuesday by A.E. Stadler, chairman of the Clark County Board and county fuel administrator.

The towns of Green Grove and Longwood also reported their snow removal equipment at a stand still for the lack of diesel fuel, County Clerk Mike J. Krultz, Jr., reported.

In the meantime, reports were received by County Clerk Krultz that emergency rations of fuel oil for space heaters and oil furnaces have been received in Abbotsford, Dorchester and Loyal.

Granton, however, was still awaiting the arrival of an emergency fuel oil shipment, which according to a telegram received a week ago, is on its way.


In Greenwood, stocks of fuel for space heaters had been depleted, Harold W. Stabnow, deputy county clerk, reported.  A shipment is expected there, Saturday or Sunday.


During the last week, a number of re-conversions to wood and coal heating have taken place throughout the county, according to reports.  One Neillsville lumberyard alone, reported it had provided coal to 17 residences where fuel oil had been used.


Loyal’s Ice Carnival, suspended during the last four years, will be revived Saturday afternoon under the sponsorship of the Loyal Rotary club. Events will include races for the following age groups:  9 to 12, 13 to 15, 16 to 18, and free-for-all. Entries must be in by Friday evening.  They may be sent to: Leo Meyer, Rev. Lee H. Holmes, Henry F. Ott, Ray Schultz or E. LaVern Dahlby.


Eleven girls are vieing (vying) for title of Queen of the Ice Carnival: Eunice Bassett, Carole Bertz, Jean Christenson, Gail Colby, Darlene Degenhardt, Wilma Deuermeyer, Grace Fenner, Darlene Hales, Mary Ann Hecker, Jon Meyer and Evelyn Shefchik.


Plans to move the bar to the basement of the Neillsville Country club building and to convert the present bar room into a lounge were presented at the annual meeting of the stockholders, Monday night. This is expected to be one of the major improvements for the club this year.  Women of the club will furnish the lounge.  The move is expected to make the clubhouse more attractive to those who do not wish to mix lounging and liquor.


The stockholders re-elected all directors: George Zimmerman, R. P. Munger, Harry Wasserberger, Hugh G. Haight and William F. Whaley.


John Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Roberts of Neillsville, has been transferred to Rochester, Minn., as manager of the shoe department of the large Montgomery Ward store there. He formerly was in the Twin Cities store.  John assumed his new duties Monday.  His family will remain in Minneapolis until April 1, according to present plans.  Mrs. Roberts has resigned her position in the Miller hospital, St. Paul.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy and Mrs. W.L. Murphy sold their property, in the town of Dewhurst to Steve Zaje of Stratford.  The property includes the Murphy farm as well as the tavern and lake frontage property, according to Victor J. Anderson.


Fifteen new members were taken into the Neillsville Lodge, No. 1602, Loyal Order of Moose, at their meeting last Thursday.  The new members brought the membership of the local organization well above 100.  The ritual was carried on by a degree team from the Chippewa Falls lodge under the direction of Secretary Leo Miller of Chippewa Falls.


Construction is expected to be started shortly on a 20’x24’ building by Alva A. Clumpner, which will be used as a milk processing plant and milk depot.


Permit to build the building on West Sixth Street, between Grand Avenue and Clay Street, was granted Tuesday night by the city council.


Mr. Clumpner, who has served as game warden of the county for the past 12 years, has resigned this position effective March 1st and has purchased the Sanitary Dairy from Albert Mashin.  He will operate this business in the new downtown location as soon as he can be accommodated there.


Six Neillsville women’s bowling teams, numbering 30 bowlers, will compete in the state tournament this weekend in Appleton. They will drive to Appleton Saturday and return Sunday.  Team events are understood to be scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, and doubles and individual events will be bowled Sunday.


Teams and their members entered in the tournament are:


Schwann’s: Neta Haack, Florence Weisjahn, Leola Hall, Ida Nelson and Bertha Grottke.

Deep Rock: Laura Wall, Virginia Rahn, Orvilla Zille, Nellie Quicker and Evelyn Walk.


Zilk Villa: Rose Weiting, Rose Schiller, Sadie Haight, Julie Dux and Leona Blau.


Sweet Shop: Florence Carl, Frances Brewer, Agnes Keller, Dorene Harvey and Eileen Carl.


Silver Dome: Mary Lee, Gertrude Keller, Marion Epding, Marie Hiles and Ione Bruhn.


Sport Shop: Lila Gluck, Mary Becker, Lucy Steinhilber, Carol Hopkins and Susie Tresemer.


The fish fry at the York town hall, Saturday night, was well attended and to state that all “eaters” were “full to the gills” just about expressed the feeling of those who ate there that night. You cannot fail to have a good meal at one of those York Farmer’s Union fish fries.


An old-fashioned Basket Social will be held at the Methodist Church Basement, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be folk games and other recreation during the evening.  The public is invited to attend.


The sale of farms in Levis, Eaton, Unity and Worden townships were revealed last week in deeds filed in the register of deeds office.


In Levis, Mr. and Mrs. Vance Waszak have purchased property in section 24 and 25 from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazola.


In Unity Township, Gerald E. McCarty has purchased property in section 33 and 34 from Harold R. Meyer.


Norbert Wellner of Chippewa County has purchased property in section 1, town of Worden, from Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Conway.  The deed carried $14.30 in stamps and was dated February 10.


Mr. and Mrs. Anton Benzschawel have purchased property in section 23, town of Worden, from Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zais and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Catt.  The deed was dated February 2, and carried $1.10 in stamps.


Allen Truax has purchased property in section 28, town of Eaton, from Bessie McConnell.  The stated price was $6,000 and the deed was dated February 5.

Clark County Dairy Plants in 1958
(Continued and final listing of Cheese Factories and Milk Plants.)
Timothy Belt Cheese and Dairy Factory Thorp route Walter A. Reinke maker of quality cheddar and distributor of milk on retail.


Western Condensing Co., Owen; a very large operation, making  powdered milk and sugar from whey collected within a substantial area, a subsidiary of Foremost Dairies.


White Birch Cheese Factory, Thorp route by Joe Gubell; It is a neighborhood operation, producing cheddar, with careful attention to quality.


White House Milk Co. Inc. Abbotsford, important subsidiary of Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.  A very sanitary plant, processing a large volume and producing White House evaporated milk, sold by A&P Stores.


Wild Cherry Factory, Thorp; operated by Laura Natzke; a substantial operation of large patronage, producing cheddar.


John Wuethrich Creamery Co., Greenwood route; a large modern plant, which has expanded rapidly in recent years, produces butter, with scientific check on quality; modern printing and packaging; distribution over a wide area; non-fat powder as a side operation.


York Center Cheese Factory, Neillsville route; owned and operated by L.B. Gunia; a long established operation excellently located in a productive area, installed a new plant pasteurizer in 1957, producing cheddar cheese.


York Dairy, Granton route; owned and operated by John and Bernice Mullins.  It is located in a modern concrete block building; new plate pasteurizer installed in 1957. A substantial operation, supplying a market for a good producing area; makes quality cheddar.

This photo of the 500 block of Hewett Street was taken circa 1910, while it still had a dirt surface.  The brick surfacing is believed to have been done in either 1919 or 1920.





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