Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 25, 2008, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1928


The preliminary steps toward building her new Masonic Temple were taken Monday, when John Carter began to wreck the old M. C. Ring residence, which stands on the lot where the temple will be built.  Mr. Carter bought the building and is to excavate for the new temple in payment.


A portion of the Ring residence will be moved to a lot on First Street and rebuilt for Art Flynn, who has bought the lot from Mr. Carter on First Street, between Grand Avenue and Hewett Street.


It is understood that the other contractors will be ready to begin their work as soon as Mr. Carter completes his work.



The Masonic Temple, on the southwest corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets, was built in 1928, serving the lodge for many years.  The historic building is now the worship center for the Assembly of God congregation.


Mr. Thone Karnitz and Miss Selma Miller were united in marriage on Wednesday, June 20, at the home of the bride’s parents in the Town of Mead, Rev. O. J. Vriesen officiating.  They were attended by Mr. Arno Miller, cousin of the bride, and Miss Lillian Karnitz.


The bride wore a dress of white silk satin trimmed with lace and a lace veil.  She carried a bouquet of roses and sweet peas. The bridesmaid wore a dress of all silk flat crepe with a corsage bouquet.  The groom and best man each wore a suit of navy blue.


A wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride’s parents at 5 o’clock with about 65 relatives close friends being present.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Miller of the Town of Mead.  She completed the rural school course and attended Greenwood High School. She has a number of friends in Neillsville and all who know her speak of her in highest terms.


The groom is the son of Mrs. Mary Karnitz of Pine Valley.  He grew to manhood on the home farm and is an industrious and upright young man.  The young couple has rented the home farm, from the groom’s mother and will make their home there.


The audience of the Congregational Church, last Sunday morning, had the pleasure of listening to the Rev. James C. Patey of Bellingham, Washington.  Rev. Patey is here visiting his mother, Mrs. Arthur Patey.  In his introductory remarks he commented on the great natural beauty of Wisconsin.  The sermon theme, “The Name of Jesus” was delightful and helpful.  S. G. Patey offered prayer.  Mrs. Slinger and Mrs. Patey sang a very pleasing duet.


Mr. Grambsch, of Loyal, has rented out the front portion of his candy and ice cream parlor to parties who are installing fixtures for a meat market.


Wanted; about 1,000 boys and girls to help Anna Young find her dog.  He was last seen running after some boys who were on their way to the big top tent to watch the show, “Too Much Married.”


Dance Schedule:


Married Folks Club Dance at Prock’s Hall, Friday night, June 22nd;


Dance at Riverside Hall Saturday night, June 23, Music by Hatton’s Orchestra, Tickets 50¢


Dance at Hake’s Barn, Wednesday, June 27.  Music by Al Hanson’s Orchestra; Bus available, for the girls who want to go to the dance, will leave Lewerenz’s Garage at 9 o’clock p.m.


Old Time Dance at Pischer’s Barn, July 4th with old time music, Tickets 75¢.  Plenty of refreshments.  Everybody Welcome!


Dance at Levis Community Hall will be held on Monday night, June 25th.  Music by the Night Hawks


Hatfield Dance; Friday, June 22 with Gib Horst & His Rainbow Garden Orchestra.  This is the cabaret band everybody went wild about last winter at Paulson’s Hall.  Bus will leave Lewerenz Garage at 8:30 p.m.


Mr. Henry Stiemke and Miss Bertha Lueck were married at the Globe Lutheran Church at 3 o’clock p.m. Sunday, June 17, Rev. Motkus officiating.  The groom was attended by John Stiemke, his brother and William Lueck, the bride’s brother, Miss Sophie Stiemke, and Miss Rose Mitte, cousin of the bride, were bridesmaids.


After the ceremony, a fine wedding supper was served at the home of the bride’s parents, only relatives and close friends being in attendance.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stiemke of Pine Valley.  For some time he has been in Milwaukee where he has a good position.  He is an industrious and enterprising young man of fine character.  The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lueck of the Town of Weston and has a host of friends among the younger people of this community.  She has lived at home but for a time had a position in Milwaukee.


The young couple left Tuesday for Milwaukee where they will make their home.


June 1958


Mr. and Mrs. William Sollberger of Columbia have purchased a four-room house located west of Tioga from the Greening estate and plan to have it moved 17 miles to their property in Columbia.  It is a four-room cottage, all on one floor and they plan to have it ready for occupancy by fall.


Mr. and Mrs. Schoenfeld have purchased the Carl Sischo farm, directly across the road from their home farm in the Town of York.  The Sischos, who have cropped the farm, will hold an auction this fall.


If all the roses planted in Neillsville, Monday night and Tuesday, live and bloom, this is likely to become a mighty sweet-smelling place.


Approximately 3,000 bundles of bushes, 30,000 plants, disappeared in record time from the city dump, Monday night.  They were piled there in a big mound by a discouraged Texas trucker.  Arriving here late in the season, he found area outlets refusing delivery.


So he made the best of a bad deal, dumped the whole semi-truck load and headed for home.


But either he, or his retail outlets, misjudged local appetites for roses.  That is, particularly if they’re free.


Shortly after the dumping was discovered, cars, pick-up trucks, station wagons and trailers trooped to the city dump.  That was late Monday.  The big mound of rose bushes, at least 19 different varieties, disappeared as if by magic.


People, who wouldn’t normally be seen dead near a dump, were pawing over the stuff, searching through the conveniently tagged bundles to round out a variety.


Trade at the dump was so brisk that a near-traffic jam resulted in the dump area in the early evening.  Twenty-five or more vehicles of assorted descriptions crowded into the area at which, people usually stick up their collective noses.


One person, whom no one ever before had been even faintly interested in roses, loaded up 80 bundles. That’s a total of 800 bushes.


Most of them were given to friends and neighbors.  However, if the roses he planted survive, his property will be the most highly perfumed area.


The back-breaking cleanup work following the worst tornado disaster in Wisconsin since 1899 has been proceeding this week in a 19-mile stretch of Clark County, up to two miles wide.


Estimates place the total damage in Dunn, Eau Claire and Clark counties at about $10 million.  Possibly in Clark County it was close to $1 million.  In Colfax, which suffered the worst havoc, at least 14 were dead and at least 60 of the village’s 200 buildings were blown away.


Clark County’s lone death was that of Mrs. John Lato, 36, of Thorp.  Alone in the farm home two miles south of Thorp, she was putting up her hair, as was her custom on Wednesday nights, when the storm hit.


At least five persons were hospitalized with injuries.  None of them were critically injured.  Many, many other survivors suffered minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises.


A Clark County Press survey revealed at least 50 farms were damaged by the storm.  Damage extended from sheds and outbuildings, to whole sets of farm buildings completely obliterated.  At least 48 barns were down or so badly damaged that they will have to be town down.  At least 28 homes were blown away or so badly damaged that they must be classed as wrecked.


The storm rolled into Clark County on a wide front, extending at one point to two miles in width.  It left an almost unbroken trail of wreckage for the first 10 miles in Clark County, in the towns of Worden and Reseburg, four miles south of Thorp. Then, after leveling the John Lato and the Rueben Vetterkind farms in Reseburg, it passed above ground for about six miles.  It returned to earth near the Dewey Williams and Victor Jessen farms, on Highway 73, three miles south of Withee.


There it cut a path of only a few hundred yards wide; it traveled another three miles before lifting to pass out of the county.  It came down again on the Marathon County side of rural Abbotsford.


Greenwood’s new Pure Oil service station will be opened for business Friday, June 27, John Snedic, jobber, announced this week. The station has been leased by Bill Kuchenbecker, a former resident of Medford.


Permits for the construction of four new homes and other remodeling and building totaling an estimated $51,400 have been issued in Neillsville since the opening of the spring building season.  In all, 22 permits have been issued since March 1.  This total was revealed this week by Earl Zille, city building inspector.


Largest among the new house for which a permit has been issued is that of John Rude.  This house is to be constructed at the corner of Second and Park Streets at an estimated cost of $13,000, according to the permit.


Other new houses, all in various stages of construction are:


James Holt, at First and Center Streets, adjacent to Schuster Park, at an estimated cost of $7,000;


Melvin Marg, Lloyd Street, to build on the city’s northeast outskirt; estimate of $6,500;


Arnold Sternitzky, on Sunset Place, located east of Memorial Hospital, cost estimate, $10,000.


Permits also were issued for three relatively large additions.  These include the new, enclosed entrance to the Methodist Church, corner of East Fourth and Court Streets, at $5,000; a 12 x 18 addition to the parish house of St. Mary’s Catholic congregation, at an estimated cost of $1,500; and a 24 by 37 ft. addition to the Neillsville Country Club costing an estimated $2,500.  The latter addition was formally put in use last Saturday night.


A major improvement in the business district is a new front being constructed on a building at 529 Hewett Street, owned by Stuart A. Lathrop.  The estimated cost of this project is $2,150.


Barbara Haslow, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Haslow of Chili, has been selected as one of the four princesses to represent the state’s Alice-in-Dairyland promotion.  Starting Monday, she will be working for the State of Wisconsin. Alice-in-Dairyland will be selected among the four princesses at the State Fair in August.


Fifteen seniors will be honored at the Neillsville High School band concert Thursday night, June 26, at 7:45 p.m., when they will play for the last time as members of the senior band.  Nine girls and six boys will play with the organization for the last time.


They are Mary Ylvisaker, Nancy Yenni, Donna Burr, Dorothy Opelt, Sharry Briggs, Sharon Gall, Frank Hrasky, Neil Warren, Bill Biggs, Richard Nemitz, Nancy Huckstead, Carolyn Heideman, “Skip” Lee, Ronald Resong and Dolores Burr.


“Loud shirts” were in order at the band concert last Thursday evening, attended by about 200.


Ordination services were held for Frank D. Pieper at Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8.  The service consisted of hymns, prayers, scripture readings, a sermon and the ordination.


Rev. Floyd Olsen of Wausau conducted the liturgy; Rev. E. F. Eske of Oshkosh preached the ordination sermon, in the absence of the Rev. John Langholz, who was prevented coming by illness; the Rev. John Pfohl, pastor of Trinity was the ordainer; the Rev. Ben Matter, Marshfield, and the Rev. Paul Mall of Riplinger, assisted.


At the close of the service, friends and family were invited to a reception in the Fellowship hall.


The daily vacation Bible School is being held at the West Side United Church of Christ for two weeks, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday thru Friday.  The session will conclude with a program Sunday evening, July 6.  Teachers are Mrs. Philip Vollrath, Mrs. Arvin Liebzeit, Joyce Albert, Betty Schofield and the Rev. Orval Egbert.


The first band concert of the summer was held in the Granton business district Friday evening with William Chambers, director, in charge.  The program was well received by a good audience.  Concerts will be held every other Friday night throughout the summer.


L. P. Heimstad, who six weeks ago announced that he was being transferred as depot agent from Neillsville to Bloomer, announced on Monday that he had requested to be and has been reappointed depot agent at Neillsville.


During the 10 years that Mr. and Mrs. Heimstad lived in Neillsville they built up an interest in the community and established many friendships. They had not yet moved from their residence on West 4th Street and Mrs. Heimstad, who has been active in Clark County homemaker circles and in church work, will continue in her community activities.


Tommy Lang, who served as Neillsville depot agent for six weeks, was transferred to Altoona.  Prior to coming to Neillsville he was employed in Eau Claire.  His parents live near Chili.





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