Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 19, 2008, Page 12

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

March 1908


The Neillsville City Council met in adjourned session with Mayor Listeman presiding.


Aldermen present were Goeden, Trogner, Youmans, Smith, Seif and Leason.


Motion was made that a night watchman and policeman be appointed, to receive compensation at the rate of $1.25 per night, to have the powers of a policeman and to act under the direction of the city marshal; to work during such hours as may hereafter be prescribed by the Council.


Motion was made that James Wedding be appointed night watchman and policeman.


On a motion, council was adjourned. 


William A. Campman, Deputy City Clerk


A few items that will interest prudent housekeepers to be had in the Big Store are 13 lb. pails of Jelly, each 60¢; 5 lb. stone jar Preserves, 38¢ each; 20 lbs. Cane Sugar (for syrup and cakes,) $1.00; Apples, peck, 25¢.


The merchants of Neillsville have held several meetings the past two weeks with view to cooperative purchasing of certain staple articles such as sugar in carload lots so as to save freight and perhaps bet better prices on some things.  In this way they could afford to give certain advantages again to customers.  The idea is right and there is every reason why it should be carried out.


Trogner’s mill has the finest stock of logs received for several years.  Sereno Wren’s mill at Dells Dam is well stocked up and will soon be running. A big yard of logs is on the rollways at C. Turnow’s, near Hutchings Corner and another large landing in Levis, near Fred Sears’ farm will be sawed by Lautenbach’s portable mill.  South of Carlisle is another big stock of logs and Wallace’s saw and shingle mills in the town of East Washburn have big stocks of logs.  Northwest of the Neillsville Mound are a fine lot of logs on the rollways to be sawed by Moldenhauer’s portable mill and Linster’s mill, located beyond, has in a good stock.  At various other points about the country, logs are being landed for portable mills.  Nearly all of these logs have been hauled on the last run of sleighing, which has been worth thousands of dollars to this county.


It may be of interest to the Public to know that the La Crosse Water Power Company intends to park the entire shoreline about the newly created lake at Hatfield.  The length of waterfront following the various indentations, bays and coves, measures over 20 miles, all high shore, with many beautiful groves of pine and oak trees.


A fine continuous drive-way is planned around the Lake, crossing the Black River at Hatfield and again below Dells Dam.  Brush and scrubby timber will be removed and the entire tract, comprising of about 1,000 acres will be further beautified under the direction of a competent landscape artist.


Lots and acreage properties, with shore rights, will then be offered to the public at very reasonable prices, subject only to regulations regarding the care and preservation of he standing timber and park features.


Emelia Esselman went to Black River Falls, Monday, to act as court reporter for Judge O’Neill.  Court reporter F. D. Calway went to Eau Claire to report for Judge Parish who holds court there for Judge O’Neill.


George Trogner, Jr. and Fred Smith, have been engaged the past few days, in changing the inside doors in the old South Side Schoolhouse so that they will swing outward to comply with the law, complaint having been entered by some of the patrons.


A meeting of farmers in the vicinity of Neillsville is called at the city hall at 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, March 30, to take steps toward organizing a Farmers Creamery Association to purchase and operate a creamery in Neillsville.  All interested in this plan should be at the meeting.  Now is the time to act.


We are told that a vote will be taken this spring to decide whether this town shall give a license for a saloon in Christie or not. So all voters should be present and vote; not stay at home as some did last year and let tem vote in favor of a license.


Ed Short and Tim Coughlin took charge of E. H. Gates’ logging operations on Moose Creek last week after Mr. Gates got a foot injury.



March 1948


A formal dedication of the new cheese plant in Abbotsford was held on March 2.  The cooperative, which erected the building, began its operations in Abbotsford in 1933 with 86 patrons. The organization now has 275 patrons and during the summer handled about 100,000 pounds of milk daily.


Thursday night, the Homemakers Card Club members of the Town of York area, held a hard time and dress-up party at the Otto Warren home.


Each one not conforming to the rules for dressing up was to be fined a dollar.  But as all entered into the spirit of the party, no fines were levied.


If there had been aisles to roll in, they would have been filled with laughter-exhausted folks, as each newcomer was dressed funnier than the one before.  Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schlagel wore ingenious costumes fashioned from gunny sacks; Mrs. Lorena Greeler and Mrs. Charles Greeler wore such long old-style gowns that they made the “New Look” appear antiquated.


Others were in various degrees of rags and patches, but Mr. and Mrs. Cy Reindel and Mr. and Mrs. Poziombke were the tops.  Cy was dressed as a woman, curly hair, bright red hat and earrings, bright dress and fur cape, and carried a handbag filled with “stuff.”  He kept putting on lipstick until his beautiful ruby lips resembled nothing so much as a slice of rare beef.


Alex Poziombke would have made Mlle. Fifi of Gay Paree look like a piker.  Ooh, La La! Es Chic.  His small red hat cocked at a jaunty angle on his curls, his red cheeks and lips, his ear ringed ears and green sweatered figure were divine.  Both men had feminine curves such as Jane Russell and Lana Turner couldn’t have made a better showing.  Helen Reindel was a regular fellow, a mustachioed dapper Dan if there ever was one; and Celia Poziombke was a dignified gentleman with a tiny mustache and a Van Dyke beard.  Two birthday cakes for Mr. Warren were served at lunch.  One cake was made by Mrs. Schlagel and the other by the hostess.  The card game prize winners were: Cy Reindel, Lizzie Greeler, Fritz Seelow, Ed Greeler and Henry Moeller.


Slowly the Wisconsin National Guard is returning to its pre-war strength.  With more than 4,300 officers and men now, it is expected to attain a roll of about 5,000 by mid-summer when the first summer training camp, since before World War II, will be held at Camp McCoy and Camp Williams in West Central Wisconsin.


Plans for the summer training period were announced by Brig. Gen. John Mullen, adjutant general and commandant of the state militia.  New air squadrons will also train with infantry and artillery units, he said.


Robert Ratsch has purchased a farm in the Town of Grant, from Charles Schaeffner.  This is the old Emil Jahr farm, a mile north of the Reed School on Pleasant Ridge.  The farm was owned and operated for several years by Marvin Jahr, son of Emil Jahr, and later sold to Mr. Schaeffner.  Mr. and Mrs. Ratsch are presently living at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ratsch, Town of Grant.


After 44 years in train service on the Omaha railroad, Bert Winters has retired from active duty and plans to take life easy.  Fifteen of his 44 years were spent on the run from Merrillan to Marshfield.  He and his wife reside in Merrillan.


The Ole Black River has beat spring to the punch.


The ice started going out in the river about 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, 16 ½ hours in advance of the official arrival of spring.


The break-up was temporary, for the ice stopped moving during the night Friday, then let loose for good about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


This information comes from Mrs. Guy Schultz of Dells Dam, who has watched the antics of Ole Black for many years.  “The breakup came about as usual, this year,” Mrs. Schultz said. The ice in the river usually breaks up between the 15th and 20th of March.


There was one difference; however, the breakup was not as violent as has been the case during some springs.


The roar of the river could be heard above other noises, Saturday night, by the old-timers whose ears have been attuned to the first spring roar of the flashy Black River.


If the breakup of the Black River weren’t enough to herald the end of winter; then the sugar bush tappers definitely put winter on the run.


Saturday, several sugar bush in this area were tapped and Glen Robinson, who tapped about 250 trees on the old home farm near Christie, reported that the sap was flowing then.   


Among the early ones to tap also were James and William Neville, Sr., who are operating the sugar bush on the Alvin Wendt farm in the Town of Levis.


Once, an extensive business in Clark County, the making of maple syrup and maple sugar has gradually been relegated to that of a minor sideline here.  Most of the large sugar bush have disappeared; and with them also has gone the art of tapping.


The proposition for consolidating all districts in the Town of Fremont will be up for consideration at an open public meeting in the town hall at Chili, March 30.  The time is 8 p.m.


This move was a counter proposal of Fremont residents to the county school committee’s proposal to combine the Chili, Big Four, Cozy Corner and Forestside school districts.


Petitions from each school district in the Town of Fremont were presented to the committee in support of the township-wide consolidation, last Thursday.


The suggestion of township consolidation followed a series of meetings in each of the school districts, followed by a general meting of all the area in the township.


When the committee was presented with the petitions and then heard the plan the people of Fremont had worked out, they delayed their decision on the four-district consolidation; scheduling the March meeting.


Three young men of Neillsville were graduated last week from the short course in agriculture at the University of Madison.  They are Robert Knoop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knoop; Charles Neff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neff, Sr.; and Melvin Appleyard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Appleyard.


Commencement exercises were held Saturday and the short course prom was given Friday evening.  Among the Neillsville friends who attended these events were Miss Ruth White, Miss Florence Knoop, Miss Lou Qualley, Fred Appleyard and Donald Marg.


Charles Neff and Melvin Appleyard plan to work, for the present, on the home farms.  Robert Knoop has accepted a position on the university farm and will return Saturday to Madison.


For the first time in seven years here, a high school course in driver education will take to the road.


This spring, Earl Ruedy, the teacher, will have a dual-controlled automobile at the disposal of the driving class for instructional purposes. The car is being provided by the Svetlik Motor Company.


In the past, driver education here has necessarily consisted of learning the rules of the road.  Now the opportunity is provided for practicing the rules on the road, as well.


“The course will provide opportunity for full discussion of traffic problems and this will develop an appreciation of what is expected of a good driver,” Supt. D. E. Peters explained.


A bit of nostalgia for “that tight little island” across the sea might have smitten a few Neillsville veterans of World War II when they spotted a British lorry on the streets late last week.


The British-built truck, or lorry, was laid up here in Svetlik’s garage while mechanics repaired damage done when the connecting rod went through the crank case.  They commented that it “has more wiring than a B-29,” and the driver, a congenial minister of the United Church of Canada, said he understood it had been used by a British Army Corps commander during the war.


Whatever it had been used for, the truck now looks much like a covered milk truck with a cab-over chassis.


The minister said he had picked the truck up in Fort Williams and was driving it through to Calgary, Ontario.  It was part of an exposition touring Canada when the snows hit last fall.


His reason for coming south into the United States was to avoid the snow-bound highways of Canada. “I’d never get through them,” he said.


He left late Friday during the ice and snowstorm with the prayer that he would reach the Manitowoc ferry in time for an evening crossing over Lake Michigan.


Carl Frick, whose hometown is La Crosse, has been assigned as game warden of Clark County, succeeding Alva A. Clumpner, who resigned March 1.  He took over his new duties March 4.


Mr. Frick has seen service with the Wisconsin Conservation Department in Sawyer, Outagamie and Vilas counties over the course of the last two years.


He has established his residence in the Linster house, on South Hewett Street, where he lives with his wife.


A 1948-49 view of the Al’ Aboard Diner with Mrs. Schultz standing in front of the entrance of the unique and popular diner, where many remember having stopped to order a burger or other lunch specials during its existence.  The remodeled railroad car, made into a diner, was located along Hewett Street and across from the Seventh Street Intersection. 





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