Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 18, 2009, Page 16

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Clark County News

November 1929


Grace Lutheran Congregation, worshipping in the Norwegian Church on West Twelfth Street, has planned to commemorate several Lutheran anniversaries next Sunday.  The Reformation itself, which Luther began October 31, 1517, was taken note of at the regular service last Sunday.  Next Sunday, November 10, which is the anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth, his outstanding achievements in hymnology and Christian education will be celebrated by a song service, beginning at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon, the regular morning exercises to be omitted.  The Faith-Life Order of Service for the Catechism Celebration will be used and an offering will be lifted for the support of “Faith-Life,” the origin of the Protestant Conference.


The Choir and school organization of Immanuel’s Lutheran, Marshfield, have consented to take the major part in carrying out the service, which will feature the Small Catechism and the great catechism hymns of Luther.  Both the small and large catechism of Luther were first published four hundred years ago, and his “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” the well known battle-hymn of the Reformation, is assumed also to have been written in 1529, in the days before the Diet of the Spires, which gave rise to the name of ‘Protestant.’


Clark County Pioneers:


John Wildish, a prosperous farmer of Clark County, was born in Kent, England on Jan. 27, 1847.  He left his native land April 27, 1847 and sailed for America.  He was married in 1873 to Henrietta Bancroft, a distant relative of George Bancroft, the historian.  She was born in Menomonee Falls, Wis., in 1852, the daughter of New York parents.  They have had six children, Allen, Rolland, Grace, Vinetta, Horace and Harry.  They are being educated in the high school at Neillsville.  By industry and economy Mr. Wildish has hewed out for himself the foundation of a nice little fortune.  He owns 80 acres of choice land in section 24, Pine Valley Township, one mile east of Neillsville. He has cleared this land with his own hands, of which was a perfect wilderness when he came to this part of Wisconsin.  He is engaged in raising a good stock of sheep.  His first vote was with the Republican Party, supporting the presidency of General Grant.  


George Frantz, one of Clark County’s successful farmers, resides on Section 23, Pine Valley Township.  He was born in Prussia July 8, 1929, son of Conrad and Julia Frantz, natives of Prussia.  His father was one of Napoleon’s brave soldiers, having served in the army ten years. George was educated in his native country and there learned the butcher’s trade.  At the age of 17 he came to the United States, landing in New York.  Upon his arrival in that city, he had just $1 in his pocket with which to begin life in a new country.  He reached Wisconsin July 1, 1847 and the following year came to Clark County.  He was engaged in the manufacture of shingles about three years and during that time saved $200.  Then for several years he was engaged in the lumbering camps of this state.


Mr. Frantz was married in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, Nov. 15, 1855 to Barbara Sontag.  She was born in Germany July 25, 1834.  They are the parents of five children: Conrad G., George L., Harry A., Rudolph C., and one child deceased.  


The James O’Neill residence, 201 State Street, was sold Saturday to A. O. Smith of Chicago, and they plan on moving to this city within a few weeks.  The amount of the purchase price was not made public.  Mr. Smith has been with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for a number of years; is assistant grand chief of the organization with headquarters in Chicago.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been staying the past week at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Leason and left Sunday to pack their household goods preparatory to moving to this city.


While the Smiths declined to make public for the present their business plans in Neillsville, they stated they would have an important announcement as soon as they have become established here.


The O’Neill home, which has been one of the show places in Neillsville since its construction, was built by James O’Neill and occupied by him and Mrs. O’Neill from the time of their marriage until a few years ago when they took up residence with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Calway.  Judge O’Neill died June 10, of this year.


Friends of Harriet Gehrt, now Mrs. C. W. Shruth, who formerly lived south of town, will be interested in a suit for $45,000 she and her husband have started in Los Angeles for the death of their dig, which has been appearing in movies there.


The dog, a St. Bernard, known as “Ceaser,” according to the complaint, was lent to a movie concern last winter and during the course of producing the photoplay was tied in such a manner that the dog was choked to death.  According to Mr. and Mrs. Shruth the dog had been earning $250 weekly for his work in pictures.


Mrs. Shruth is the daughter of Henry Gehrt, living near the Dick Lynch Bridge, and a sister to Billy Gehrt. Mr. Shruth, who is a paving contractor, will be remembered in Neillsville as the man who brick paved Hewett Street a few years ago.


The recent “market break” characterized as the most severe since the panic of 1914; has taught thousands an expensive lesson.


The prevalent practice of buying stocks on lean margins, by persons without reserved to weather reverses in basically unsound.  Leading financial authorities and major stock exchanges, and their members have continually warned and ruled against this practice.  Even margins normally considered safe did not stand in the late crisis.


The fact that short-sighted speculators have been wiped out in the general decline, is no argument against the institution of modern corporate finance.  Our progress is made as more of the public income finds its way into business.  Investors who own interests in standard, established industries, bought through recognized brokerage channels on values rather than tips, have nothing to fear.


The J. B. Inderrieden Co., who purchased the bean plant at Neillsville last spring, had a very satisfactory season in their first year of production.  They have now decided to enlarge the plant and pack peas as well as beans and have already written 500 acres and have leased the locations for the viners. They will soon start overhauling the plant to place machinery for canning peas.


P. M. Warlum has recently installed a new heating plant, vapor system, in the Wasserburger store and also one in the Ford Garage.


Sherman Gress recently moved the residence of the Old Star Cheese Factory two miles south of where it formerly stood for Tony Vobora, who purchased it.  He also moved a house at Loyal for George Weyhmiller. This week, Mr. Gress will move the old Rutger Chapel building on the 26 Road onto a basement wall for Charles Menning, who will remodel it for a residence.


November 1959


Attention Kids!  Come and meet Sheriff Bob Dawson from WEAU-TV Saturday, November 7th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Russell’s Hardware.  Sheriff Bob will have a Free Gift for all the children.  Come in and look around at the big toy display.


Nine members of Company E, 1st Battle Group, 128th Infantry with headquarters at Neillsville, left Saturday for six months of active duty with the Regular Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  They included: Clayton Bowe and James Hinker of Greenwood, Anthony Walter, William Horn, John Weyer and Robert E. Schmidt of Loyal, William Probus of Black River Falls, Harold Holub and Jim Spangler of Neillsville.


Pouring of a concrete slab for a new industrial building of Loyal Industries Inc. is expected to be started this week on a site on Highway 98, east of the city. A little over $18,000 has been raised from 56 Loyal residents last week. About $25,000 is required, but the goal is $40,000.  The new building will be occupied by E-Z Campers, Inc. and Roth Manufacturing.  


Red Shirts will be the order of the day for Neillsville merchants and store clerks, and all others who want to join in the fun this weekend.  Starting today, the shirts will be worn in observance of the deer-hunting season, which opens in this area Nov. 21st.


Through the wearing of red shirts, the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce hopes to accentuate the importance of the deer “crop” to this community.


Besides there could be the danger of being mistaken for a deer on the main drag!


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons Red Shirt Specials:


Hunters Red Jersey Gloves, 30¢; Pure Buckwheat Flour, 5 lbs. 65¢; Buttermilk Pancake Mix, 4 lbs. 60¢; Good Russett Sebago Potatoes, cwt, $2


A black Bear and four deer were brought home from the North Sunday evening by a party of Pine Valley and Neillsville hunters. Robert Poler, who was hunting big game in the West, shot a black Bear weighing between 300 and 350 pounds.  He was accompanied by his father, William Poler and Albert Schutz of Pine Valley, and Ted Pierce and John Wildish of Neillsville.                                                                                                  


Snake Street went from almost complete darkness to brilliantly bright light last week when Northern States Power company crews completed installation of 10 streetlights along a three block length.


The lighting of the street, more formally referred to as West Seventh Street, had been growing gradually dimmer as one after another of the old 1916-type “boulevard” lights gave up the ghost, or was wrecked by contact with auto bumpers.


But now, from Hewett to Oak Streets, the light is so brilliant, comparatively, it almost hurts the eyes of old-timers on the street.


Jim Simonson, foreman of the NSP installation crew, instructed that the type of lighting installed should not be referred to as “a white-way.”  It’s “industrial street lighting,” he said.  The difference is that the Snake Street fluorescent light brackets are on wooden utility poles rather than on the more graceful steel poles on the Main Street.  But they give as much light.


The poles and lights belong to NSP.  The city will pay $64 per month more for the 10 lights.  The city contracted for the lights Dec. 9, 1958.                                                                                   


Twenty thousand Norway pine Christmas trees will be sold this month and in early December by Arden Hinkelmann to gladden the homes of Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin families.  Hinklemann’s partner Louie Streidl from Chicago, started the project 10 years ago, and since that time 100,000 Norway pine transplants were set out on the land, which they had purchased.  Fifty thousand trees were planted in Hewett, near the Clark County Nursery and 50,000 in Eau Claire County, near Augusta.


“The 1959 sale will be the largest,” said Hinkelmann.


Last weekend, in a period of less than two hours, Albert B. Nebelsick, of Lincoln, Nebr. arrived with his truck requesting 500 trees.  He was making a 1,200 mile trip and said the Norways would bring from $4 to $5 at Lincoln.  Nebelsick is normally a bricklayer and mason.


Tom Aasen and Ralph Rice, landscape artists from Minot, N. D., arrived to take 900 Norway pine and about 200 Spruce back to their city.  They said they could be sold for about $3 each in Minot, a prairie city that has very few trees. Aasen and Rice also plan to haul fresh-frozen fish from Canada to Minot during the winter season.


Two men also arrived at the Hinkelmann Christmas tree stand for 300 Norway pines for sale in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.  Others arrived during the day from Watertown and Chicago.


“Because of its keeping quality after cutting,” said Mr. Hinkelmann, “the Norway is preferred.  It can be cut in November and will retain its needles for Christmas.” Herbert Hinkelmann of Loyal, a brother, is assisting with the cutting, loading and counting of trees.  Walter Quicker and Glenn Thompson also are assisting.


The Christmas tree project is becoming more and more important to Clark County and many of its residents.  A number of Clark County citizens are having small plats planted to Norways for Christmas tree use.


C. West suffered a sprained back muscle during the basket ball game at Loyal last week, and was carried from the floor unconscious.  West was removed to Memorial Hospital in Neillsville by ambulance and remained until Thursday.


Oh Yes! The “C” stands for Carole and she is a cheerleader.             


The newest addition to Neillsville’s main street “face-lifting” will be the C. C. Sniteman company building, a historic building of the city’s early days.


David Parry, owner of the drug store, said that work on the new storefront will b started soon after the first of January.


In preparation for the new front, the Sniteman building has undergone considerable remodeling in recent weeks.  A new central heating plant has been installed and the ceiling has been lowered.  These have been major projects, as the building, down through the years, had clung to heating by space heaters.


The C. C. Sniteman building was known in the earlier days as the “Silver Front: drug store.”  It has maintained the silver front to the present day, although the name by which it is referred to; has gradually shifted to that of the founder, the later Charles C. Sniteman.



The Sniteman Drug Store has had remodeling projects throughout its many years of business.  The above photo was taken with Dave Parry, owner at that time; standing in front of the store’s newly remodeled entrance area in the early 1960s.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)





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