Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 11, 2009 Page 18

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1889


E. G. Rowe of York Center left for Veefkind, where he will work in the woods.


The York Center creamery is in operation three days a week now.


The Lynn Cheese Factory closed Saturday for the season.                  


Quite a number of men who were employed on the railroad, between Merrillan and here, came home last Saturday evening to spend Sunday with their respective families.  Some also state that the work on the branch is about done and under the supervision of foreman Pat Melamphy was performed in a satisfactory manner, which is a credit to the Omaha Railroad.  


On the Neillsville Market; canners are selling from $1.50 to $2.00 per hundredweight; milk cows $25 to $ 40 per head; Hogs, $3.75 to $4; and green hides, from 5 to 7 cents.


Thomas Winter who lives in the town of Washburn was hit by a stray bullet Monday morning while he was walking through some woods on the way to his father’s house.  The ball hit him on the left side, passing through the body and out near the spinal cord.  Dr. Matheson reports the victim as getting along nicely.


November 1919


A. S. Leason, pioneer of Clark County, died at his home in this city, Oct. 29th.  He had been ailing for some time but his death was unexpected to his many friends here, for he had been up and about, apparently in his usual health.


He was born on Nov. 12, 1835, in the Town of Alexander, Genesee County, New York. His father died when he was but seven years of age and he came to Milwaukee with an older brother when he was ten years old.


He was married to Elmina A. Caldwell at Newburg, Wis., on Feb. 27, 1859, and she died on Aug. 24, 1900.  They lived at Hingham for a time and moved to Neillsville in 1880.  In company with his son Ralph, was engaged in the pump and windmill business in Neillsville for nearly 40 years and the name of Leason appears on the great majority of windmills in the lower end of Clark County, for theirs was an extensive business, particularly so in the early days.


Mr. Leason was a fine old gentleman and was possessed with a form of dry wit and humor, which kept him in high spirits at all times as well as those with whom he came in contact.  He was an upright, honest man in his business dealings and maintained such a reputation throughout his entire life in this community. 


The funeral was held on Friday, services being conducted at the family residence.  Mr. Leason is survived by two sons, Ralph and Dr. W. A. Leason, and by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Lettie Nason.  Mrs. Jule Sontag and Jesse Leason were here from St. Paul to attend the funeral.



A. S. Leason was well known for the windmill, pump business that he established along the 1200 North Hewett Street block on Neillsville’s north side shortly after arriving here in 1880.  There may be an occasional windmill still standing within this area that bears the trademark name “Leason” on one of the mill’s wind blades, such as along Highway H, in the Chili-Granton area.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Robert’s collection)


The Neillsville Condensed Milk Co. started a valuable shipment of milk last Sunday, five carloads going to Bordeaux, France.  The value of the shipment was $50,000 and goes directly from here to New York for loading on a ship.


For Sale: A very good 80 acres, of which 70 acres is cleared and fenced, part stumped, located four miles northwest of Globe, at $3,000.  Easy terms; Contact C. F. Rowert, Evansville, Wis., Rt. 20


The meeting Saturday night at the West Eaton Schoolhouse was well attended and the people of that vicinity have decided to haul gravel this winter for the purpose of putting a basement under the schoolhouse. Also to put a furnace in the basement, this will make more room in the classroom.  A cooking room and workshop will also be put into the basement.


Prof. A. L. Snyder, a weather prognosticator of considerable renown, has the following to say about the weather the coming winter: 


“A severe winter is coming.  The Planetary outlook indicates a rough winter with many a snowstorm and driving sleet over various sections of the country, followed by cold waves turning into severe blizzards.  I have never seen so many planets bunched together on one side of the sun, which means there will be some mighty cold weather about Christmas time. The indications are that the coming winter will be one of the most stormy we have had in many years.”  


On Monday, Walk and Heiking received a carload of Dort cars, the first of these very excellent cars to be received for sale in Neillsville.  There area number of Dort owners here and they are very satisfied with their Dort cars.


Licensed to Marry:


Paul A. Jaeger and Ella Coulthard of Sherwood; W. E. Stayton of Loyal and Laura Stumpner of Beaver; Harland Potter of York and Elsie Lastofka of Neillsville; Floyd Gardner of Town of Loyal and Margaret Zuege of Town of Loyal; Arnold Dudei of Town of Seif and Esther Dollase of Town of Weston; John Ravska of Hixon and Erna Mumm of Thorp; Ferdinand Dahl and Frieda Garbusch of Town of York; Ira Kline of Town of Loyal and Laura Gilbert of Town of Sherman.


On Wednesday of last week Judge Schoengarth officiated at the wedding of Wm. Rondorf and Miss Esther Pagelsdorf.  The groom is an excellent young farmer in the Town of York and his bride is a fine young lady from Loyal.


Monday evening Co A 3rd Regt. Wisconsin National Guard came into being again when 66 men were mustered into the new Guard. Capt. F. C. Becker was to have been present to swear in the company, but he was delayed by the train service so the new company was mustered in by Capt. J. J. Irvine.  Of the 66 men on the floor Monday night, many are from around Neillsville, but a considerable number of new company members live at Greenwood, Loyal, Chili and Granton.  There are 84 men who have signed the roll of the new company, but only 66 were present Monday night.


At the conclusion of the work, a number of the company members’ wives gave the boys a surprise in the way of an oyster supper and banquet.


November 1949


Walter Durst has resigned as manager of the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative.  Durst will be succeeded by B. H. Crissinger of Fairmont, Minn.  This change was made at a meeting of the directors held Saturday night.  Mr. Crissinger was present at the meeting, and acquainted the members with his qualifications.


The resignation of Mr. Durst grows out of weariness and considerations of health.  Prior to undertaking this managerial responsibility, Mr. Durst had been partial retirement, after a long period of operating a cheese plant.  He had spent years at the Hemlock factory and had operated there under difficult war conditions.  What he went through there left its mark upon a physique, which had experienced the wear and tear of war.


After some years as manager of the Cooperative, Mr. Durst seeks less responsibility and tension, and had so indicted to the directors.  The understanding is that Mr. Durst will not part company with this connection, but that he will now serve the Cooperative as a fieldman, engaging in the campaign for quality.


Four men joined the Service Company, 128th Infantry, at its meeting last Monday night.  They are: Glenn Suckow, Karl Petersen, Robert Kapfer and Donald Turner.  All are from the Neillsville area.   


“No Trespassing” signs are spotting the countryside in the deer areas of Clark County almost like freckles peppered on a redhead’s face.


Thus far more than 3,900 such signs have been prepared for sportsmen’s clubs of the county, and a great many of these already have been posted in anticipation of the coming antlerless deer season.


In addition to the private land, which is posted, there will be approximately 17,300 acres of county owned lands in reserve during the deer season. Warden Carl Frick said Tuesday that the game reserves will be completely set up in Clark County by the night of November 12, which is a week in advance of the opening of the season.


Mrs. Robert French was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday afternoon when 14 of her old neighbors and friends from Levis, and Mrs. Otto Liskow, Mrs. George Beeckler and Mrs. George Frantz from town came to spend the afternoon with her and assist her in celebrating her 80th birthday.  She received many gifts, after which a lunch was served.  On Thursday afternoon another group of ladies came in to wish her a happy birthday.


Fourteen Boy Scouts and three older advisers got a start last Sunday on a scout cabin at the Neillsville City shale pit, which will be used principally for overnight hikes.


They cleared the land and started the framework for a 15’ x 15’ structure.  The building is planned to accommodate a patrol. Assisting the boys were Dwayne Schweinler Scoutmaster, and Jack Tibbett, Northside Scout committee man.


The property formerly occupied by the Jos. Weidenhoff, Inc., branch factory here, has been leased by a new concern, the Neillsville Warehouse Company, it was revealed this week.


The building, located on Eighth Street at South Clay, will be used for the storing of powdered milk.  It is understood that this function will provide employment for four or five persons.


A possible future development is the packaging of powdered milk, which may provide employment for up to 20 persons.


Officials of the Neillsville Warehouse Company are William A. Gordon and Russell C. Stemm, both of St. Paul, and John H. Neville of Racine.


The building has been vacant since the Weidenhoff organization consolidated its manufacturing activities in Iowa last spring.


Hunters’ Specials at Berger’s Clothing: Red & Black Plaid, fully-lined, 100% Chippewa Wool Jackets, $14.85; Chippewa Red & Black Plaid Breeches $9.50; Heavy Wool Sox 59 – 98 cents; All Wool Shirts $6.98; All Red Hunting Caps, $1.25 to $1.85; 4-Buckle Over-shoes, $4.50; Knit Gaiters, Medium & Heavy $3.69 to $4.98.


(Breeches were tapered trousers for easier walking.  Gaiters fit over the legs for warmth and as protection of the overshoes from being town by twigs and brush while walking through the woods. D. Z.)


Northern States Power Company has a Special on a Beautiful Pin-up Lamp, only $3.95 including 100-watt bulb, 95 cents Down, Balance $1.00 per month on Your Electric Bill.


Bollom’s Record Shop has Top Records of the Week! “Slipping Around” by J. Wakely, M. Whiting; “Milwaukee Polka” by Frankie Yankovic; “Now That I Need You,” with Frankie Lane.


Just Arrived! “Mule Train” with your choice of Artists: Frankie Laine, Bing Crosby, Vaughn Monroe or Grodon MacRae.


“Dime a Dozen,” Margaret Whiting; “That Lucky Old Sun,” with Frankie Laine; “Suzy Waltz,” Frankie Laine


2 – Big Free Dances – at Marty & Louie’s Tavern, formerly Fred Wallmuth’s.  Located on Hatfield Road on County Trunk J: Sat., Nov. 19 – “Nemitz Bros” Hunter’s Dance, Tues. Nov. 22 – “Maeder & His Merry Men.”


Wedding Dance and Coin Shower at Levis Hall Saturday, Nov. 26, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Opelt


A new service station will be constructed at the corner of South Hewett and Seventh Streets, by the Urbans who own the ladn.  Plans for the building were presented to the City council Tuesday evening and a building permit was granted.


The building will be constructed under an agreement between Urbans and Standard Oil, whereby it will be leased for 10 years to Standard.  The construction will be of the typical Standard style, the exterior being of white glazed tile.  The station will be the two-stall type, with one stall for lubrication and one for car washing.


Estimated cost is approximately $10, 000.


Adjacent to the outlet of Lake Winnebago is a large Indian Mound, almost obliterated but present in its outline and strongly reminiscent of the Wisconsin region’s French-Indian wars in the early part of the 18th century.


This mound is Butte des Morts, “hill of the dead,” and after it was named the Lake west of Oshkosh on the shores of which long ago was a strongly fortified Fox (Outagamie) village.  For many years the French and the Foxes struggled to outwit each other and to gain dominant control over the rich Wisconsin wilderness.  As a part of this long struggle the Indians levied heavy rebut on all who entered Lake Winnebago.


Among the frequent travelers along the waterway was one Marin, or Morand, a French fur-trader.  Determined to have revenge on the Foxes and at the same time to rid the region of the Indian nuisance, Morand fitted out several boats at Green Bay in each of which was concealed a number of armed men. Arriving at the Lake entrance the flotilla was halted by the Foxes who demanded that the trader come ashore.  As the boats drew up on short, coverings were thrown off and the voyageurs poured volley after volley into the ranks of the Indians crowded there.  Simultaneously Morand’s Indian allies approached the Fox village from the rear and applied torches to the homes.  The Foxes fought valiantly, attacked as they were from both front and rear, but they were almost all killed.  Those who escaped death fled into the interior.  The slain Indians were buried under the little butte and thus gave the name Butte des Morts to the region.





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