Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 3, 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

September 1908


Herman Yankee has bought T. T. Smith’s delivery outfit and is prepared to do city delivering.  He does the delivering for the pure Food Grocery, The Farmers Cash Store and the two meat markets, and solicits other trade in that line.  His work as a handler of goods on Mr. Krumrey’s dray line has been satisfactory to all.


A farmer’s cooperative creamery has been organized in the western part of Pine Valley and eastern Hewett to be known as the Pine Valley Creamery Association.  Incorporation papers have been filed and the following officers elected: Fred Sauerberg, president; Fred Wiesner, Treasurer; O. M. Orvold, secretary.  Land for a creamery site has been secured on the south side of the railroad track at Sidney and work will begin at once on the new building which will be 28 by 60 feet, 12 feet to plate with lean-to.  All will be built of stone.


For Sale at Sacrifice: 360 acres in Town of Seif, $6 per acre, cash; will divide property; description may be seen at the Republican and Press Office.


Mr. and Mrs. Arch Day and Mrs. Day’s sister came Wednesday for a visit with their daughter, Mrs. Jonas Fessenden and family of Levis.  Mr. and Mrs. Day were among the earliest residents in Levis, keeping a wayside hotel for a traveler, which was noted for its hospitality.


Chickens wanted: Our chicken railway car will be at Granton on Sept. 28th and at Neillsville Sept. 29th.  We will take all the chickens that are brought in, one price to all.  Wm. Wenzel buyer for Neillsville; P. Mueller, buyer for Granton


New plank are being placed on Hewett Street Bridge across O’Neill Creek; they are being coated with coal tar and covered with crushed rock to protect them from wear, a method that was discovered by Street Commissioner Hommel while he was in Porto Rico, where it has proved very effective.    


C. S. Stockwell finished his job of surveying the Town of Longwood last week, the crew returning Saturday.  The dry weather made the work much easier than they expected, as they got back and forth across the streams without difficulty.


Some sneak or sneaks broke into the Christie Creamery and stole all the cream they could carry off, the rest they dumped in the ditch. They were tracked toward Neillsville but it is hoped no one in that town would stoop so low.  The parties, whoever they are, deserve several coats of tar and feathers.  It is said the cream taken and destroyed was worth $100.


Monday, Ernest Ulrich, the ten-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ulrich of Levis, climbed to the top of a tall tree to look for the threshing machine which was expected at their farm.  In some way the little fellow fell, breaking the bones of his left leg below the knee in two places and the bones of his wrist.  He was brought on a bed to Neillsville where Drs. Bachmann and Matheson reduced the fracture.  The boy is in the hospital and doing well.


The following are some of the new students just enrolled in the Neillsville Business College: Louise Carlson, Columbia; Luella Adler, Cataract; Rachel Clintsman and Julia Kurth, Neillsville.


The heaviest yield of clover seed we have ever heard of is reported being raised by Newell Wetzell on the Jacob Huntzicker farm.  From eight acres, he threshed 52 bushels and 12 pounds.  This was the medium red clover; it was pastured into June, before being allowed to grow and go to seed.


Plans have been perfected for a fine modern porch on the Dewhurst residence.  A competent architect has drawn plans for the porch, which will add to the architectural beauty of the original house and make a harmonious structure.  Geo. W. Trogner has charge of the construction and has already given orders for the millwork.


Some mischievous person opened the stockyard gates Monday night and let a carload or more of cattle loose in the streets.


For Sale: 18-inch slab wood, 3 cords for $4, delivered.  Chas Turnow, Neillsville R.2


Mr. William F. Tomz and Miss Gertrude Wolff were united in marriage at 9:30, Thursday forenoon, Sept. 20, 1908 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wolff, on Grand Ave. Rev. H. A. Risser officiated.  Miss Jessie Wolff, the bride’s sister acted as bridesmaid and M. Robert Karner as groomsman.  Miss Elona Wolff played the wedding march.


The groom is a salesman for the Wisconsin Furniture Factory.  The young couple will live in Neillsville.



September 1938


Buildings at the Clark County fairgrounds are taking on a livelier and pleasanter appearance since a crew of painters working on a WPA project started work. White and green are the predominant colors being used and 75 gallons of paint was advanced for the work last week. This is expected to reach for all the buildings except the grandstand.


In a letter to the manager and ball players of Neillsville: James Schmitt of Thorp expresses his gratitude to the boys for coming to Thorp to play ball and for the spirit they displayed in helping him defray hospital expenses.  He appreciated seeing the game and mentions especially Ed Zank and Stub Gerhardt of Neillsville, who starred in the contest.


The old horse sheds and hitching posts at the west of the Farmers Store are being town down this week.  The large lot will be prepared for parking space for customers of the store.



The above photo was taken behind the Farmers Store in Neillsville about 1905.  It was a typical scene of the horse sheds which were provided here and there around the county for the convenience of travelers or shoppers, where the horses waited for the folks to go home.


Marshfield golfers who came here Sunday found not only the Neillsville course difficult but also our players, and took it on the chin to the tune of 22 to 5.  The visitors praised the course conditions for its well-turfed fairways and the fast greens on which approach shots are necessary.


Frank Quesnell of the Al’Aboard Lunch has started treating the Neillsville Flyers baseball team, who seem destined to finish the 1938 season with an average of over .500.  The Flyers have thus far won nine of 14 games played and they plan to play about three more games.  Mr. Quesnell will also give a $1 bill to the leading batter on the team.  Harold Milbreit is leading thus far.


The Schiller Furniture Store, this week, arranged an interesting linoleum display, building a wood-chopper’s shanty of the gaily-patterned floor covering, with doors and window blinds of imitation wood type material.  Rolled linoleum rugs represent logs lying about the shanty with one “log” placed across a sawhorse ready for the bucksaw.  It is a very clever and unusual display.


A loan of $8,000 to Joint School District No. 4 of the towns of Withee and Thorp for the construction of a new school house to replace the Yaeger School, which was destroyed last winter by fire, was made last week by the land commission of the trust funds of the state of Wisconsin.


The town has been approved by attorney General Orland S. Loomis and is available for immediate use, it was stated.


County School Superintendent Laurence M. Millard said that if possible, construction of the school building may be started immediately.


Charles C. Sniteman, Neillsville’s oldest businessman and one of the oldest druggists in the state, will observe his 87th birthday Saturday by taking his usual turn behind the counter in his store.


Mr. Sniteman never has been one to let such things as the flight of years disturb him greatly, nor has he been one to let such a thing as a mere birthday interfere with the task at hand.  “Birthdays come so often,” he said.


Mr. Sniteman has been a merchant in Neillsville for nearly 60-years, the signboards at the city outskirts are outmoded by five years.  During that time, a time during which he has been active in the interests of the community, he has watched the city grow and develop.


“When I first came here in 1878,” he reminisced recently, “there were only 800 people in the city.  The city had a good number of businesses for a place its size and the present city’s business district has not expanded to a very great extent.


“The notable expansion has been in the improvement of the business houses, along with the filling in of ‘holes’ in the district,” he continued.  “When I first came to town, two and a half years before the railroad was put through, most of the stores were of wooden construction.  For the most part they have been replaced.  One exception is of the store now occupied by McCain’s.  That was a wooden office building.  The original shell still is in use and looks good, too.


“About the only brick buildings in the business district in 1879 were the Jim Hewett and Wood store, where the J. C. Penney Co. store now stands; a building built by George L. Lloyd, which housed a tin shop and a logger’s supplies store, where the Schultz Bros. store now stands and a few others.


“The nicest private building in the city at that time was the O’Neill House, on the corner of South Hewett and Sixth Streets.”  The building later burned down. “Yes,” he concluded, “Neillsville has made some steady, healthy improvements since my first days here.”


Nearly 600 children from the rural schools of Clark County entered high school this fall, according to the information and estimates of L. M. Millard, county superintendent of schools.  The number is well above 90 percent of the children who completed the work of the eighth grade in the rural schools last spring.  Thus the parents and children of Clark County find a way to brave the depression and to pave the way for the abundant live, which is based upon education and personality.


The figures given are not guesses.  They are based primarily upon responses to questionnaires, which week (were) sent out by Mr. Millard last spring.  At that time 624 children of the rural schools responded.  Then only 46 were not planning to go to high school or were uncertain about their plans.  Based upon these replies the exact number planning to go to high school was 578.  But Mr. Millard states that the tendency is for the children of Clark County to resolve their doubts in factor of going to high school, and he thinks, from his personal observation and from reports made to him, that the number not entering high school is considerably below 46.         


Twelve pupils of the Riverside School, Town of Levis, will henceforth travel 50 miles per school day to get a distance of three or four miles. These are the children on the west side of the district, beyond the Black River. They formerly went over the Lynch Bridge, which was carried away by the recent flood.


Each day these twelve children will come up through Neillsville in the morning and go south again until they arrive at the Riverside School. Then at night they will again go through the county seat on their return home.


The loss of the Lynch, or Six Mile Bridge, spelled plenty of trouble for the three members of the school board, who are: Elmer Filitz, director; William C. Gehrt, clerk; Carl Opelt, treasurer.  They have heard from the parents of the twelve, who have been marooned on the west side, deprived of school.  Mr. Gehrt has heard most of it, for he lives on the west side and is easy to reach.


An arrangement, which has been made, is that a bus shall be driven by Walter Bryan, who lives on the west side.  He is purchasing a bus now and will soon begin his travels.  Up until the end of the week, he was marooned, his road being out. Work on the road was hurried, continuing even through Sunday.  Mr. Bryan has contracted to do the work for $300 for the school year.


There will be a Wedding Dance and Shower in honor of Ray Strebing and Frances Kuzel at the Levis hall, Sunday, Sept. 25.


Free Wedding Dance, Thursday, Sept. 22nd in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schmidt. Everybody is welcome.


No dances at the Riverside Pavilion.  The Riverside Pavilion will be closed for the season due to the 6-mile bridge going out.  Charles Luck


Hunting licenses will go on sale in Neillsville and Clark County within the next few days; it has been announced by County Clerk Calvin Mills.


The licenses are valid for all types of hunting and are necessary, along with the state deer tag, for deer hunting and the federal migratory bird-hunting stamp for hunting ducks and geese.  The price of the hunting license, as usual is one dollar; and the deer tags and migratory hunting stamps also are one dollar each.


An additional small notary public fee may be levied in cases where the hunting licenses are purchased in some place other than the county clerk’s office in the courthouse at Neillsville, Mr. Mills explained.  The licenses all ready are available at several places and all distributors will be supplied with the licenses by Sept. 10, he said.


The time was when forest trees were looked upon as something provided freely by nature, so all man had to do was to swing an axe to get the timber he needed for his purposes.  That idea is changing with the passing of virgin forests.


Charles Zeglich paid a fine and costs of $16.80 after he pleaded guilty before Judge A. E. Dudley last Thursday to leaving his automobile in the center of the U. S. Highway 10 pavement near the Silver Dome, west of Neillsville.  The arrest was made by Undersheriff Ray Kutsche.






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