Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 26, 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

March 1883


A week ago, Sunday, Potter’s saw mill at Colby was burned.  Loss was $7,000 with no insurance.


Kit Durham’s saw mill, in Weston, has been sold to Thos. Miller and Charley Kayhart.  The logs, there at the mill, will be sold under the hammer, March 5.


The Welsh boys finished their job of drawing hay the past week, for T. J. LaFlesh and others on the East Fork.


A large pile of stone, nicely corded, has been placed on Main Street opposite B. French’s residence, at which place Mr. Blakeslee is intending, we hear, to build a store 40 x 80 feet, two stories, with a cellar.


Barber Rice folded his razor and silently stole away Monday morning and left the artist, his employer, without an assistant.  If Edwards had met him at Eau Claire, whither he went Tuesday in search of help, there’d been “razors flying through de air.”


Joe Marsh has broken camp on O’Neill Creek, near Windfall, for the reason that Charlie Renne, the foreman was not tall enough to look over the top of the snow, to keep the men at work.


There is considerable sickness among the children this winter, in the Dorchester area, and several have died.  The beginning, in most instances, seemed like a cold.


Mr. Fisher has bought Will McAdam’s forty acres in Levis.  He has also bought M. Cranton’s adjoining 40, where he will join the two 40’s and make a farm.  He paid $1,150 for the two places.  Mr. Fisher will live on Wessenburg’s home-stead this summer, or until he builds.


Yesterday, at a quarter past three, the Greenwood stage horses got away from the driver, when standing by the Reddan House.  They indulged in a most lively and harmless runaway, speeding down Third Street full steam. They were stopped on the Hewett Hill, having had their run over with.  (At that time, Third Street was what now Fifth Street is. D.Z.)   


Monday afternoon some men drove into town from northward with a load of straw.  They stopped in front of the North Side Hotel and lowered the body of an Indian to the ground and carried the pitiable burden into the hotel, where warmth and care were found.  The Indian had become chilled and helpless; and the kind-hearted gentlemen who assisted him deserve praise.  Tuesday morning he was all right.


A large company of young people, from around Lynn, met at the residence of Ernst Sternitzky last week Thursday and enjoyed themselves for a number of hours with dancing and music.  Although it was a surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Sternitzky, they were equal to the occasion and soon convinced their guests that they were pleasantly surprised.


A public sale of a lot of personal property will take place at what is known as the Finnigan house, First Ward, on March 31.  Capt. Tolford will act as auctioneer.  The property consists of a horse, some hay, a plow, harrow, stump machine, a pair of bob-sleighs and cutter, a wheelbarrow, three good oxen yokes and some logging chains, a jumper, some 50 feet 1-inch rope almost new, 2 crosscut saws, a canthook or two, grass and brush scythes, some horse harness and perhaps some lumber and square timbers.  Also a lot of household goods, a milk safe, a bureau and secretary, a table, 2 stoves and 
many other things.


A marriage of considerable interest to Neillsville people took place last week Thursday, March 22 at the residence of the father of the bride, C.A. Ackerman.  It was one of the happiest unions, which has been our pleasure to chronicle.  The gentleman and lady in the case were Mr. Henry Garvin and Miss Belle Ackerman.  The ministerial services of Elder Hendren were called into requisition, for tying the twain together and in the knot matrimonial he performed a service,
which he will always remember with pleasure.  It was one of the happiest of his service as a church functionary.  Mr. Eddie Towsley acted as groomsman, Miss Amelia Condit as bridesmaid.  Many costly and appropriate presents were received by Mr. and Mrs. Garvin, who took the 6 p.m. train, bound for Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis.  With many
years of promise before them and good health, life should yield them a sufficiency of all the blessings, which are deemed desirable adjuncts in mortal existence.


March 1958


Ed Francis, who started barbering in Neillsville about 33 ½ years ago, will retire from active work when he closes shop Saturday afternoon, he announced this week.


He started in 1924, working under the late Harry White and worked with him for about a year, when he purchased the Fred Neverman barber shop on October 25, 1925.  The shop was then located in the basement of the building now occupied by the A&P food store.

In 1933 Mr. Francis and Harold Pischer entered into partnership, where he worked with the exception of a few war-time years. In 1945 he purchased the present building on East Sixth Street and remodeled it into a barbershop and apartments.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinney of Indiana have purchased the William Stockwell farm in Pine Valley and plan to take possession May 10.  William Stockwell purchased the 123-acre tract, located west of the Black River, in 1912.  He lived on the farm alone from 1912 until 1916, when he was married to Miss Ella Stelloh, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stelloh.  Mr. and Mrs. Stelloh have lived on this farm for 42 years.  They are planning to live in Neillsville.


The appointment of Norman Gennrich as dealer for Nash Rambler was announced, last week, by American Motors Corporation, manufacturers of the Rambler line.


In connection with the appointment, Mr. Gennrich announced an open house at his service garage Friday and Saturday of this week.  Coffee and donuts will be served.  Those who visit Gennrich Rambler will have an opportunity to inspect four Rambler models, including the station wagon.


The Rambler has forged to the front in recent months as America’s answer to the foreign import models.  As a result of new-found popularity, the American Motors last week issued its three-month financial summary indicating a profit of $7.3 million, as compared with a $5 million loss during the same three months of last year.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson have purchased the Chili Restaurant, which is now open.  They will be featuring Steaks and Sea Foods and luncheons will be served at all times.


Ten Clark County men were inducted into the army at Minneapolis, Minn., last Thursday and are now receiving basic training in Fort Carson, near Denver, Colo.

They are: Darrel R. Roder of Loyal; Arlyn L. Jahr, Alvin L. Lezotte, Frank E. Pekol and Larry D. Fitzmaurice, all of Neillsville; John J. Blaskowski, Jr., of Greenwood; Charles L. Ivey and James C. Telford, both of Owen; and James A. Reineke and Robert J. Mertens, both of Thorp.

Blaskowski was transferred from the selective service board of Portage County.


Al Marg has purchased the remaining acre and buildings of the late Charles Buddinger farm in the town of York, directly across from the site of the Oriole Hill School. The balance of the farm has been sold to nearby neighbors. The farm has been one of the landmarks of the town.  Darrell Raine has purchased the barn and is tearing it down.  He will use the lumber to build a garage on his farm east of the city.


An addition to the Neillsville Country Club, costing an estimated $2,500, will be started this spring as soon as concrete
work is feasible.

This was decided Tuesday night by directors, who went over cost estimates and long-term plans for enlargement of the club and locker facilities.

The addition will be a 24 by 37-foot extension of the basement to the north.  It will provide for relocation of the basement clubrooms to give a sweeping view of the golf course to the north and east.

Because of its “pay-as-you-go” policy, this is about all that is planned for this year.  However, the long-range proposal is to turn much of the present clubroom area into locker rooms, with a doorway opening on the east to give direct access from No.1 tee and No. 9 green.

The club will make an effort to pay for the entire construction projected for this year, from proceeds of the year’s operation.  To do this, an effort will be made to double solicitation of memberships, which are probably the lowest of any golf course in Wisconsin and certainly one of the lowest annual fees paid in the nation.  Neillsville adults pay $10 per year for an adult membership.


On Tuesday morning, March 11, 1958, at an early hour, Miss Nettie Welsh died at her home in Loyal at the age of 82 as a result of old age complications.

Funeral services were held at the Loyal Methodist Church on Thursday, with the Rev. Wendell Bennetts officiating and burial was in the Loyal Cemetery.

Miss Welsh had been a semi-invalid for many years.  The few years she lived away from this community were years she taught in Stevens Point, Abbotsford, St. Croix Falls and Bothell, Wash.  Most of her 40 years of teaching were in Clark County, where she taught in rural schools and the grades and high school in Loyal.

She was born in Caney, Kansas, Sept. 18, 1875, and came in a covered wagon with her parents to Loyal when she was 11 years old.

She was a member of the Loyal Methodist Church for over 60 years and a member of the Royal Neighbors of America for 55 years.


Surviving are her brother, William Welsh, of Wibaux, Mont.; a sister, Mrs. W. I. Mach, of Loyal; three nieces and two nephews.


The children of the Audubon School, in the town of Sherwood area, have returned to school after having a siege of measles.  More than half of them were out sick at the same time.


Donald Erpenbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Erpenbach, of Grant Township and Robert Quast of Globe, are spending two weeks in practice teaching at Neillsville High School. The young men are in their senior year at River Falls College and plan to teach agriculture in high school next fall.


The Golden Goose Hatchery, Phone 187, Loyal, will be open at all times, including Sunday p.m. They will carry a full line of baby chicks, which includes 22 breeds.

Prices per hundred are: White Leghorns, standard hatch, $14.50, pullets, $28.50; Brown Leghorns, standard hatch, $16.50, or pullets, $30.00; White Rock, standard hatch, $14.50, or pullets, $21.00.  Also available, Barred Rocks, New Hamps, Buff Orpingtons, White Giants and others, Leftovers, heavy breeds $13, standard hatch.


It’s the end of winter.  Four members of the Neillsville explorer scouts, Tom Overman, Bill Simek, Jackie Stucki and Bryan Schmidt visited the Bruce Mound ski slide Sunday and dismantled it for the summer.  Being unable to get a car or truck to the slide, another trip will be made when roads are suitable, to haul the rope to Neillsville for summer storage.


An Easter Cantata will be presented by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church’s choir in Greenwood, Sunday at 8 p.m.  Lunch will be served afterwards.  The public is invited.


Roscoe Sears reports that he sold his 360-acre farm in the town of Levis, last week.

The new owner is Edward Stelloh, of Neillsville.  Mr. Stelloh plans to operate the farm himself.


The farm had been owned by the Sears family since 1901, when Roscoe’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sears, purchased the land and moved here from Green County.

Mr. Sears erected the present buildings soon after coming here.  In 1946, they gave up farming and returned to Southern Wisconsin, locating in Mazomanie.  Mr. Sears died in 1951 and Mrs. Sears in November 1957.

The other Sears children, all of whom were raised on the farm, are: Verlyn, connected with the state dairy department in Madison and who now lives on and owns a large dairy farm near Mazomanie; Thomas (Hubert) who is in the telephone business in Denver, CO; and a daughter, Lois, a government nurse for several years in Ashville, N.C.  All attended Meadowview School and Neillsville High School.

Mr. Sears was a member of the Meadowview School Board and Neillsville High School for a number of years and at one time a candidate for State Assemblyman from Clark County.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sears were active in church and community affairs during their long residence here.



A circa 1880’s photo of what was a pioneer trail across Southern Clark County, that later became the same route of what is now U.S. Highway 10. The above view was photographed from the hill by what is now Short’s Fur Farm.  Beyond the split rail fence, on the left and looking west, were the Mike Hughes farm buildings, which 
have all disappeared. Beyond the Hughes farmstead, and also on the left barely visible, is Kurth Corners with an outline of what was the stagecoach-inn brick building on the corner of what is now Pray Avenue.  Notice the horses, one in the roadway and the other eating grass in the right ditch. (Photo courtesy of Floyd Short’s family 



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