Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 27, 2008, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1928


Vogt and Mengel, who had the contract for laying the concrete paving on Highways 10 and 73 in Neillsville and vicinity, completed their part of the work last week and on Thursday they loaded their machinery to be shipped to Stetsonville, and there they have a five-mile road contract.  The curb and gutter along certain portions of the city streets was sub-let to the Peterson Construction Company who is now at work on this job.  Enough sand and gravel for the job was shipped in by Vogt & Mengel and was left at the depot.


The pea cannery is now running on “Sweets,” having finished the Alaska variety of peas last week.  The crop is reported as being very good.  The factory is operated several hours each night, and probably will not complete the pack for more than a week.


The bean cannery is now well under way, an increasing amount of string beans coming in each day.  Thus far the quality is fine with little rust reported.  The crop is above in amount.


Appointments have been made for carriers on the free delivery routes in Neillsville as follows:


Jesse W. Scott transferred from post office clerk to letter carrier as Route No. 1.  Arthur E. Russell appointed letter carrier on Route No. 2.  Albert H. Dahnert parcels post carrier, Ben Brown substitute clerk and carrier, will take Jesse Scott’s place in the post office and will serve as carrier in case of sickness or other incapacity of regular carrier.


Parcels post service will start today, Wednesday.


Letter carrier service will start Monday, August 6.


Mrs. Hazel Van Dorn and little daughter left La Fappet, Iowa, Thursday morning walking, intending to visit her brother, Leo Neuenschwander, who lives in the Progressive Corners community.   Mrs. Van Horn was fortunate enough to catch rides with several different cars going her way.  They arrived in Neillsville about 5:30 p.m. that same day.  That was a remarkable deed especially with a 3-year-old companion.   Mrs. Van Horn and child will visit for some time with her brother before returning to Iowa.


Mr. Buchholz, of Christie, has had his old barn moved onto the new foundation and is about ready to raise the new barn addition on the new basement, which will give him much more barn room, which is badly needed.


Dennis Oestreich was badly hurt in an auto accident last Friday night just east of Spencer when the car in which he was riding with three other fellows slipped from the road and threw them out of the touring car.  Dennis was taken to the Marshfield hospital.  He suffered a fractured nose, also upper and lower jawbone, loss of several teeth and minor injuries. 

The driver, a mechanic at the Chevrolet garage in Loyal, received a broken shoulder.  Lothar Oestreich and Bernie Zugar were slightly injured.


Officials of the state conservation commission have been surprised and pleased at the splendid cooperation of the people of the state in making the first year of the operation of the new forest crop law a success.  The commission as forest cropland accepted approximately 160,000 acres of the 173,000 acres upon which applications were made.


By far most of the land accepted is in the cutover districts of the northern part of the state.  This new forest crop law is the most up-to-date reforestation measure enacted by any state.


On Wednesday, Aug. 15, President Coolidge will go by special train from Superior to Wausau, where the President will speak at the American Legion convention.  The train will arrive at Neillsville 7:28 a.m. and will stop here for water.  The train is scheduled to pass through here on the return trip at 2:12 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Whether the train will make any stop at that time is not indicated.


The president’s car will be sidetracked for a time Tuesday night at Trow, east of Merrillan, awaiting the east bound train.  The car was put on the siding at this quiet place to avoid the noise of passing trains and switching at Merrillan.


(The community of Trow was located between Merrillan and Columbia. D.Z.)


Two Neillsville men were to be at the depot afternoon to greet President Coolidge. They voted for President Grant and have voted at every presidential election since then; those two men are H. H. Root and Judge James O’Neill.  Mr. Root had previously seen two presidents, Cleveland and Taft.  Judge O’Neill had seen six besides Coolidge: Grant, McKinley, Garfield, Harrison, Taft and T. Roosevelt.  He was a delegate to the convention, which nominated Benj. Harrison in 1888, and met Roosevelt while on a visit to his old home in New York, when Roosevelt was speaking at the St. Lawrence County Fair.  Judge O’Neill was on the reception committee to meet him.


August 1958


Mrs. Margaret Korth, fifth grade teacher in the Neilslville Northside School and Mrs. Pauline Gallagher, special education teacher, plan to attend the University of Minnesota for continuation study beginning August 24.  They will return in time to start teaching September 2.


A 70-foot span over O’Neill Creek in the Town of Grant buckled under a semi-trailer load of gravel last Thursday afternoon, but no one was injured.


Driver of the truck was William Reisner of Neillsville R. 1, who was driving a truck belonging to Robert Hiles of the Town of Grant.  He was frightened after his narrow escape.


The truck received some damage to a front wheel of the trailer, but had enough speed and forward motion to carry it across the span.  It was carrying a 10-yard load.


The bridge that went down is located about a mile and one-half north of Kurth’s Corners.


Reisner was hauling gravel from a pit near the Irving Vine farm to the Granton Road, a short distance north of the O’Neill Creek span.


A special town meeting has been called for Tuesday evening, August 26, at 8:30 p.m. in the Grant town hall to raise money for the replacing of the bridge.


In the first moonshine case in Clark County since the 1933 repeal of the Volstead Act, a fellow of Humbird paid the minimum fine of $1,000 and court costs of $10.15.  That’s the heaviest fine handed down by a court in Clark County in many a “moon.”  No pun intended.


Using an old copper teakettle, a length of coiled copper tubing and a couple of wooden barrels, the man said he had made approximately nine gallons of Rye whiskey in his home-made still over a period of about two and one-half years.  About three and one-half gallons of that was stolen, leading indirectly to his downfall, and the rest he used for himself and passed out to eight members of his deer hunting party.


The house on the old county farm in the Town of York is being torn down by William Hiles, present owner.  The lumber is being used to erect a new dwelling directly across the road, where the barns are located.


The county farm for many years served as an institution for county charges, and has become a landmark.


On December 29, 1867, the county board appropriated $1,000 to purchase a farm and built alms’ house.  This building, still standing, was later moved and used as a shed.  At the same time the board adopted a system by which all poor persons were to be county charges.  This system was abandoned and for many years the farm was rented.


In 1880, it was decided to abolish all distinction between town and county and the ‘poor farm’ was again established.


Chauncey Blakeslee put up the main part of the present building, which was accepted by the county board on January 12, 1882.  The north and south wings were added later as the need arose.


Among those serving as superintendents were: Ira Ficke, Chris Ebbe, Ben Fraser, William Thayer, M. C. Redmond and Mr. and Mrs. William Plummer, who served as superintendent and matron from 1922 to 1945, when the farm was discontinued.  Patients are now being cared for in homes throughout the county.


The Women of the Moose Lodge at their meeting here received four new members last Wednesday.


They were Mrs. Bennie Urlaub and Mrs. Rudy Opelt, sponsored by Mrs. Soren Larsen, guide; and Mrs. Bernard Opelt and Mrs. Dale Opelt, sponsored by Mrs. Carl Opelt, senior regent.


In charge of the program was Mrs. Soren Larsen, chairman, assisted by Mrs. Leo Wasserburger and Mrs. Otto Liskow.


While Walter Roehl, Chili farmer, was a patient at Memorial Hospital, his neighbors got together and took care of his threshing.  Mr. Roehl has been suffering from sciatic pains in a hip and leg and has been a patient at the hospital for two weeks.  His wife and 18-year-old son, Gary, a senior this fall at Granton High School, are caring for the farm work and milking 25 dairy cows.  Before entering the hospital, Mr. Roehl got the grain cut and shocked.  The neighbors had a threshing bee, finishing the harvest of the grain.


The Neillsville Kiwanis Club at the Clark County Fair raised approximately $500 last weekend at the barbecue stand.  Every Kiwanian took his turn and the project was a success.


This report was brought to the club at the meeting Monday evening.  This is the third year of the project, which is conducted for youth service and community betterment.


“We were all sold out of chicken by 8:30 Sunday evening,” said Mike Krultz, program chairman, who reported that the profits will be used largely for the boys and girls of the Neillsville area.


Kiwanians and KiwaniAnns are invited to the Hubert Quicker cottage on Lake Arbutus for a picnic supper next Monday evening. There will be no formal program.


Barbara Haslow, 20-year-old Clark County beauty, made it!


She has been named to the fabulous title of an outstanding dairy state: Alice-in-Dairyland.


Selection was announced at 1:45 p.m. at the state fair in West Allis; present for the announcement was her mother and father Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Haslow, of Chili.


Miss Haslow said she will remain at the state fair until its close and then expects to have a few days off before starting the rigorous year during which she will preside over dairy events throughout the United States.


Miss Haslow becomes the first girl from Central Wisconsin to wear the coveted title of Alice-in-Dairyland.


When he fell from his bike on Friday, Kenneth Lindekugel, age 10, fractured the large bone of his right arm.  He had been playing with some other children down the street and when he heard the noon whistle, he started home for dinner.  A loose stone threw him and he landed on his right arm and side.  On Saturday, the arm started hurting and he was taken to Memorial Hospital where it was disclosed that a bone was fractured.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lindekugel of 104 West 6th Street.


Approximately 200 school desks and seats will be given away free at the old Neillsville High School building Friday morning.


The unusual event will take place between 9 and 11 a.m., at the east front door of the school, Supt. D. E. Peters announced.  They will be available to individuals, with a limit of three to a family.  All sizes are available.


People wanting the seats and desks should go prepared to haul them away at that time.


The old units are those formerly used in the old high school.  With the modernization of school facilities in recent years, the board of education has found there is no ready resale for such seats.  Rather than to junk those for which use might still be found, they are making the gratis offer.


The seats and desks have been kept in good condition.  Although some of them are a half-century old, they have been regularly refinished and kept in good shape.


The Neillsville schools have been changing over gradually to the seat-desk type, which is now the accepted standard in American schoolrooms.


Mr. Peters said that the seat-desks, which are not disposed of Friday, will be broken up and “junked.”


A large number of people turned out for the painting bee of the new Washburn schoolhouse.  The prime coat was put on.


Several ladies were there to help with sanding cupboards and other indoor work, afterwards helping with the painting.


Opening of school will be postponed for about two weeks.  It is expected to take nearly two weeks to finish the project.


The old gym at the high school has been completely renovated and remodeled during the summer vacation. It has been made into a science and band room.  New lockers have been installed in the corridor.


The work on the Methodist Church is progressing and this week the entrance to the basement is being rebuilt.


Twenty-four ladies and six junior aids completed a five-day course in bedside nursing at Memorial Hospital Friday evening.  Mrs. Alice Behrens of Greenwood, superintendent of nurses, who was assisted in the demonstrations by other nurses and aids, conducted the class.  The class was made up of women from Granton, Loyal, Greenwood, Fairchild and Neillsville, all of whom have signified that they would like to work at the hospital.



The Inderrieden Canning Company, located at the corner of West Eighth and Clay Streets started operating after World War I, closing at the end of 1939.  The plant’s peak year of operation had 1,342 acres of peas under contract, canning about 80,000 cases.  During the height of the season the plant employed from 150 to 200 persons.  Payroll was made at the rate of 25 cents per hour for women, and from 32 ½ to 40 cents per hour for men.




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