Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 14, 2008, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

May 1878


A permanent survey of the railroad was completed between Wedge’s Creek and here, last Saturday.  Since then the engineering force has been at work on the other end of the road.  About double the labor force has been employed in the grading this week. F. D. Lindsay is ready to take a contract for grading two miles and is only waiting for the engineer’s estimate.


Two weeks later:


Work on the railroad has become systematized at last and is progressing very steadily. There will soon be three miles of road ready for the ties, including 500 feet of trestle-work along Wedge’s Creek.  The tie making is progressing even faster than the grading. In fact every thing is going along nicely under the excellent management of Mr. J. L. Gates, who will have the road built before fall if half the necessary means are furnished to him.


The German Lutheran Church, in the Town of Grant, was dedicated last week.


George Bowman has sold his fishing pond, near Humbird, to Mr. Field of Osseo. Bowman will go West to wrestle with fortune.


The postmaster of Black River Falls advertises that he has a letter for Ole Oleson.  What has become of the once promiscuous Ole?


Trout fishing has commenced again in earnest.  The boys caught fifty very nice trout from the millpond in Humbird, on Saturday. The temptation to try their luck on the following day Sunday, took them back, but the speckled beauties, having been brought up to respect the Fourth Commandment, would not even reward them with a nibble.


Quoit-pitching has taken the place of nearly every other business at present.  It is the French game, which Brule imported from Canada.  There is no gambling about it, but a greenhorn has no business taking a hand without a pocketful of pennies.


(A Quoit is made of a circle of rope or metal, which is thrown in an attempt to ring an iron pin, similar to the game of Horseshoe.)


Mr. Robertson, agent of the Cornell University lands, was in town last week for the purpose of affecting a settlement of the taxes assessed upon those lands.  He was ready to pay and did pay the taxes in all towns except Unity, Colby, Beaver and Sherman.  In these towns, he asked the County Board of Equalization to make a reduction, but as the matter had been brought before the County Board, the body has voted almost unanimously against making any compromise.  The Board of Equalization thought it proper not to change that decision.


It is a question whether the County Board did not make a grave mistake in so peremptorily dismissing the subject without investigation.  There may have been some injustice done the University by assessors in those towns and if there has been there is nothing surer than that the county will get a repetition of the dose administered by the Fox River Company.  A little investigation, at any rate, would not have done any harm and it might have saved the Board from standing on a bad hand.


Dried Buffalo Meat, Canned Shrimp, and Grated Pineapple can be bought at Lee & Co. Store.


The cold, damp weather that has characterized this month, so far seems likely to continue to its close.  We shall have to wait until the month of June for roses, after all.


The streets in town are undergoing a general improvement.  The authorities are talking of putting stone gutters on the west side of Third Street.  The expense would be small compared with the benefits to be received and there should be little hesitation about doing the work.


Gallaher & Coggins, of here, have greatly enlarged their facilities for doing all kinds of work.  The latest addition is a complete saw mill, partly to meet their own wants and partly to accommodate those desiring to have logs sawed upon shares.  Parties desiring sash, doors or blinds should give them a call.


Gallaher & Coggins Sawmill was located on the west side of Grand Avenue, between Fourth Street and Fifth Street.  Later, Gallaher became sole owner. 

(Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)


The dry weather of the last two years and consequent failure of rises in the Black River has set the lumbermen to devising some means to get their logs out without depending upon rain.  It has been decided to build an extensive flooding dam at Hemlock Island, on the main river, in town 28.  It is expected that this dam, with the help of those already built on the smaller steams, will flood the river sufficiently for driving purposes to Hatfield. A number of the leading lumbermen of Black River, accompanied by an engineer, are now at Hemlock Island making estimates of the amount of work needed for a dam.


May 1948


A new garage building will be constructed by the Town of York for a maximum cost of $7,000.  The building will be located on the old garage site, where the former building was destroyed by fire. The town has a building fund of $3,000 and at the special meeting recently held it was authorized that the town board is to borrow not more than $4,000, with the understanding that the loan would be paid off by provision of the town tax budget at the rate of $1,000 per year.


The new building will be constructed of concrete blocks.  The size will be 46 feet by 46 feet.


A Wisconsin Statehood stamp has been especially issued by the post office department.  It will be on sale at the area post office on May 30.  The stamp commemorates the Centennial of the admission of Wisconsin to the Union. 


The fishing season was over before it really had begun for two Hendren men this week.


Apparently over-anxious to try their skill, two local men tied their luck in Hay Creek last Sunday.  Everything was going well until Carl Frick, the game warden, poked his nose into the region.  Then, the fishing suddenly took a sour turn.


Mr. Frick took the men into custody on a charge of fishing in a trout stream during a closed season.  They pleaded guilty to the charge when arraigned before Justice V. W. Nehs Monday morning.


Justice Nehs ordered them to pay fines and costs of $29.40 each, and this is what hurts; revoked their fishing license for a year.


Again this year, the University has supplied grain, fertilizer and corn to be used on demonstration plots in Clark County, according to Ray Polzin, assistant county agent.  These plots have been laid out on the farms of cooperating veteran trainees.


The grain and fertilizer plots are on the Gus Rosenbaum farm, two miles east of Neillsville on Highway 10.  There are plots of Forvic, Vicland, Clinton, Benton, Eaton, Bonda, Mindo and Henry wheat.  A result demonstration will be held when the grain is ripe; but farmers in the area who wish may watch the grains’ growth during the summer.


The corn plots will be laid out on the Wagner Brothers farm, two miles southwest of Neillsville (in the Sidney area). Twelve hybrids of different maturities will be planted.


All men young and old, who can, are asked by Jack Tibbett to bring a rake Sunday morning to the fairground to help rake stones from the baseball diamond.  This is an urgent job, which much be completed before the diamond is put in final shape.  The project was delayed last week by rain.  The work is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.


At a 3:30 p.m. wedding on May 9, Miss Alma Breseman of Loyal became the bride of Richard F. Gotter, also of Loyal, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The Rev. J. C. Langholz officiated at the double ring ceremony.  The bride’s gown was blue and she wore a white and pink shoulder corsage.  Her maid of honor was Arlene Christman, who wore a gold dress with yellow corsage. Algarnon Breseman was best man.  Music provided by Donna May Gotter, who sang and Miss Langholz, who accompanied her on the piano.


About 40 guests gathered in the church parlors after the wedding for a reception.  Mr. and Mrs. Gotter are on a wedding trip through the southern states.


Marriage Licenses issued in Clark County:


Lila Roehl, Chili and Gerald Nelson, Spencer; Leona D. Hegenbarth, Greenwood and Ronald C. Tieman, Thorp; Agnes M. Hlavac, Spencer and Donald J. Holterman, Spencer; Helen Rosandich, Granton and Lawrence Schultz, Spencer.


A practice game between the Neillsville Athletics and the Grand View baseball nine will be played on the Grand View diamond starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Gene Christie, manager of the A’s, announces.  The Grand View field is located at the junction of Highway 10 and County Trunk G, three miles west of the city.


The Grand View club has played some baseball this year; but for the A’s it will be their initial appearance and the initial practice for many of the candidates.


Included in the A’s lineup will be: pitchers Seltrecht of Granton, Frankie Zank, Fritz Subke and Harvey Mott; and Lefty Zank, Bud Bremer, Art Schraufnagel, Gordon Vine, Art and Gene Christie, Harold Milbreit, Earl Magnuson and Bob and Joe Urban, Jr.


The Grand View lineup will include: Mitte, Sewell, Herb and Wilbur Henchen, Mart and Herb Wagner, Hank Zugisch, Watenpuhl and Cornest.


The Roy Suckows of Pleasant Ridge, for some time to come, are likely to have an odorous reminder of an accident in front of their place last Saturday.


Untold quantities of whey were dumped there, all unintentionally of course.  And, when he heat comes, as come it must, it is likely to bring out the real, full-bloom odor of whey.


The accident happened this way, according to Traffic Officer Harry Frantz:


A tractor and tank trailer loaded with whey were stopped in front of the Suckow place on Highway 10 when the tractor burned out a bearing.  The whey-filled trailer was propped up, the disabled tractor was removed and another tractor was backed into place.


But in the backing, the tractor missed the king pin coupling, going to one side of it.


The resulting jar was sufficient to overturn the trailer load of whey and the odorous liquid gurgled out of the top hole and soaked into the ground.


The tractor and trailer belonged to Norman Luchterhand of Loyal.


Sixteen Boy Scouts of Troop 43, Neillsville, attended a two-day Camporee at Wildcat Mound Saturday and Sunday.  Five cars took the boys and their impedimenta, mounds of it, to the campsite at 9 a.m. Saturday.  The cars were driven by Russ Christianson, Al Hovey, Carl Millard, Eldie Vickery and Scoutmaster Thomas S. Noble. 


As 304 boys from troops of five counties attended the Camporee, the area adjacent to the Mound was literally swarming with boys, tents, blankets, axes and food.


Al Hovey supervised the local boys until mid-afternoon, when Scoutmaster Noble took over for the rest of the camping period.


Saturday afternoon was given to scout contests and games.  James Horswill snagged second place for the Neillsville troop in a game called “Crossing the Gap,” when he succeeded in climbing the Mound undetected by 10 “watchers” stationed at the top.  Tommy Tibbett won a relay game by cutting a stick exactly 30 inches long and then “skinning the cat” with it.  Jerry Smith won fifth in a wood chopping contest.


At evening chow the boys again cooked over their campfires and later in the evening all the boys gathered around a huge council fire and sang songs, having a program of stunts and acts.  Gale Gall won acclaim at staring down all comers and all sorts of gags and tricks afforded much merriment to the gang.


The night was reported to have been long and rather sleepless.  One of the 30 Scoutmasters could ever have been boys themselves, or they would never have survived to maturity.


A breakfast of oatmeal and bacon cooked over the open fires started the day off on Sunday and then a field church service was conducted by Rev. N. J. Dechant, at which he sang special verses composed for the occasion by himself, to the tune of “The Little Brown Church in the Vale.”  Hikes and exploration trips took up the rest of the morning.  Camp broke up after the noon-day meal.


The boys from Neillsville who attended were; Chuck and Paul Christianson, Jerry Smith, Jim Horswill, Al Bradbury, Bob Millard, Tommy and Jim Tibbett, Forrest Larson, Jack Albright, Gene Zaeske, Ronnie Vickery, Norman Thompson, Gilbert Staffon, Gale Gall and Dick Schwantes.


Auction – Friday Evening, May 21, 6:30 p.m. Church Building and Lot, located on South Court Street, just east of the Neillsville Armory, or west of he Methodist Church.  Property is being sold by the Episcopal Church Congregation.


There will be a 4-H Club Dance at the Inwood Ballroom in Hatfield on Saturday, May 22nd.  Music will be by Jack Kolbeck’s Orchestra.  Sponsored by South Alma TNT 4-H Club


Saturday, May 22, there will be a Wedding Dance for Bud Kelsh and Joyce Hardwick at the Silver Dome Ballroom.


Going places?  Then go Greyhound and Save More than Ever!


Greyhounds Fares are money savers:


Round Trip Fares: Chicago, $9.30; Eau Claire, $1.90; Marshfield, 90’; Minneapolis, $5.00; Madison, $5.40




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