Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 11, 2009 Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

March 1919


Sgt. Albert Quicker who was a member of Co. A. 127th Infantry arrived here at his home near Chili, Friday, having received his honorable discharge from service. Sgt. Quicker has been in the thickest of the fighting in France and has one wound stripe to his credit. He was wounded on the 4th day of August on the Chateau Thierry front, the sixth time “over the top” in taking of the city of Fismes, receiving a shrapnel wound in a heel.


Housekeeper wanted: Man who owns an 80-acre farm wants housekeeper, with children would be acceptable.  Make inquiry at the newspaper office.


Eau Claire High School won the Western Wisconsin sectional basketball championship Saturday night, defeating Thorp High School, 16 to 7, in the best game ever played at Eau Claire.  The first half ended 4 to 4.  The other end of the tournament was won by Rice Lake, defeating Eleva, 10 to 4.  Eau Claire takes first, Thorp second and Rice Lake third in the series standings.


After a pleasant mild winter, spring is here once more.  The whip-poor-will and the owl are already practicing their evening song, the snow snakes are departing for new camping grounds, the bachelors are trimming their chin whiskers, the maidens and all human beings seem happy and contented this time of the year.  Everything would be lovely if we could get some of that good old Bock Beer that has always tasted so good at this time of the year.


Three of Shortville’s young men, Ora Galbreath, Elmer and Elden Bender started for the West last week to work during the summer.


On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Clark County Highway Committee held a meeting at the courthouse for the purpose of hiring road patrolmen and buying necessary machinery and supplies for county highway department maintenance.


News from community of Sauerkraut City: C. J. Bigelow moved onto the Harry Ide farm Monday.  He has hired out for six months to the man who has bought the Ide farm.


Lee Allen and Ernest Holtz have purchased the Seif blacksmith shop and will engage in the general blacksmithing and horseshoeing business.  The boys are experienced in this line and having just returned from overseas duty they have decided to locate here and take up their trades where they left off when they went to war.


Plans for the new cheese factory being built in the West Eaton Community are being rushed as fast as possible and work will commence as soon as the roads and weather permit.  It will be built on the Bostwick and Ozanich corner.  Everyone in that vicinity seems very anxious about the new factory and the location will save some of the farmers a two-mile drive in hauling their milk.


During the flood period at Merrillan a week ago Saturday night, Ray Gile and Gus Zimmerman came near losing their lives.  Mr. Gile had driven his car down near the dam to ascertain if the high water was doing any damage to the power plant, there.  In returning the car struck a piece of ice and stopped.  Before the car could be started again, floodwaters caught the car and swept it down the creek, with the two men in it.  Both were rescued with great difficulty and after having been in the icy cold water for some time.  They are none-the-worse for their experience but they do not care to repeat that performance.


Grandma Demouth is staying with Mr. and Mrs. Willis Armitage at the East Weston community this winter and the kids at Ranch 1 have it down on their calendar just what days Grandma Demouth usually makes a big pan-full of doughnuts.  Whenever those days come they always appear at the Armitage farm with big fried-cake tears in their eyes, wanting to share in the eating. 


Everyone is busy with taping maple trees for the sap run.  We have heard of the land of milk and honey, but this is the land of milk and maple syrup.


The Marg boys are busy making maple syrup in the Pine Valley community.


Carl Braatz’s horse was hitched to a carriage and tied in the Wegner sheds here in Neillsville Saturday afternoon, when the horse decided to take French leave.  Alone and unnoticed, the horse set out for home.  Herbert Lowe, in his new six-cylinder Buick, drove up behind the horse and carriage on Ridge Road near the animal’s last turn for home.  Lowe couldn’t toot the horse into giving up any of the road and ignorant of the horse being driverless, Herbert bumped into the carriage and likewise damaging his car in twisting up a fender and breaking a headlamp.  Luckily though, there was no loss of life or even an abrasion of the skin of either man or beast.


March 1949


Gus Lezotte chucked in 27 points as the Neillsville Athletics racked up a new season high of 83 at the Neillsville Armory court last Wednesday to drub the Gilman Red Birds 83 to 48.


Only in the first period were the Red Birds able to make it a ball game.  At the close of that quarter they held a 13 to 11 lead.  But from that point on it became merely a question of how badly they would take it on the chin.


Ronnie Meihack, forward, tallied 14 points, and Mart Wagner, forward, and Bitsy Wasserburger, guard, rolled in 13 points as the A’s went on their scoring spree.


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olson had their baby son, Larry Eugene, baptized in the United Lutheran Church Sunday in Greenwood.  Sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Holt.  As a coincidence, Mary Lou Turnquist, of Greenwood, was also baptized.  Both babies were born December 10.  Mr. and Mrs. David Danielson were sponsors for Mary Lou.  Mrs. Danielson is the former Naomi Emberson who formerly taught in Neillsville.


The two high teams on March 1st in the high school bowling league are to bowl in the National High School Girls tournament on March 25.  Monday night’s bowling found two teams in a tie for first place: Bowlerettes and Lucky Strikes.  The Bowlerettes team includes Mary Ann Smith, captain, Elva Schaefer, Alice Buchholz, Midgie Audorff and Mary Ellen Holt.  Lucky Strikes team members are: Ardith Suckow, Gretchen Korth, Geraldine Reinart, Leta Linder and Dorothy Pflughoeft.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam Grap and Mr. and Mrs. Val Jens have bought the Paul Meyers restaurant in Greenwood.  They will move in Thursday.


The Clark County School Committee will hold a hearing at the Willard State Graded School on March 26, at 2 p.m.  The purpose of this hearing is to consider a proposal to attach the McKinley School district and to alter the boundary of the West Eaton School district so that the 14 forties in the Town of Hendren will be placed in the Willard School District.  This notice comes from Russell C. Drake, Clark County School Superintendent.


Country square dances were the main feature of the Girl Scout rally held Tuesday evening in the Neillsville Armory.  A fine crowd of friends and relatives watched with delight as the girls went through the routine of the old-fashioned square dance numbers.


The program opened with the presentation of the flags, the girls marching into the Armory in step with the “Under the Double Eagle” march.  This was followed by the singing of the national anthem, the flag salute and a reading about the flag by Barbara Rude. Four films were shown, one of which starred our own local little girl, Nancy Yenni.


The first dance was performed by Troop I, which is under the leadership of Mrs. William H. Yenni, assisted by Mrs. Joe Ylvisaker, Mrs. Forrest Thompson and Mrs. Ralph Rosenberg.  They dance “Loopy Loo.”  The next number entitled: “Oats ‘n Beans ‘n Barley Grow” was performed by members of the Northside and Southside Brownie troops.  The little girls were dressed as farmerettes, wearing blue jeans and straw hats.  Leaders of these groups were Mrs. Raymond Burr and Mrs. Martin Feuerstein for the Northside Troop and Mrs. M. V. Overman assisted by Mrs. Glynn Landgraf and Mrs. Kenneth Manz for the Southside Troop.


“The Red River” dance was performed next by Troop B, which is under the leadership of Mrs. Henry Stucki and Mrs. Kenneth Van Gorden.  Troop VI led by Mrs. Harley Seif, Mrs. Albert Smith and Mrs. Arnold Ebert danced “Uptown, Downtown.”


The “Spanish Caballero” was performed by Troop II under the direction of Mrs. Jas. A. Musil and Mrs. Dale Schultz.  Mrs. Jake Hoesly’s Troop II performed “Golden Slippers,” assisted by Mrs. John Thornton.  Dancing was climaxed by the entire group performing “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me,” accompanied with singing.  The Indian Girl Scout Troop sang a song “Girl Scouts Are We,” a story of an Indian maiden who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the Rocky Mountains.


The public property committee of the County Board of Supervisors heard with favor last Saturday, the suggestion that the county take over the Bruce Mound winter sports area and develop it as a part of the county park system.


The suggestion came from officials of the Half Moon Ski Club, which undertook the development of ski slides, tows and other facilities for skiing there during the past winter.  The club’s efforts were successful, and during the comparatively short time skiing season, the natural facilities of he slide gained wide reputation in Wisconsin.


Lowell Schultz, chairman of the County Board’s committee on parks, toured the Bruce Mound sports area Saturday afternoon with officials of the ski club.


Should the committee act favorably on the suggestion, the matter then would be brought before the County Board of Supervisors, in all probability at the Spring Session, which opens April 19.


A large tract of the land, on which the present ski slide is laid out, is owned by Joe Pasek of the Town of Dewhurst.  Before the county could develop the area for winter sports, it would be necessary to gain control of this area either by purchase, or trade of a long-term lease.


Harold Mortimer has purchased the Warren Milk truck and route.  For nearly 25 years Mr. Warren has maintained a milk route, nearly all of that time hauling to the local Condensery.  In point of years and service, we believe he can really be called a “veteran” hauler.


Mrs. Martin Lastofka has sold her farm to Mr. and Mrs. William Genteman of York.  The Gentemans, in turn, have sold their farm to his brother, John Genteman.



Wilfred B. Galstad of Thayer Studio has a Babies or Children Portrait Special for Only $8.00.


You can Purchase 12 -3”x4” Mounted photographs and 1 – 8” x 10” Enlargement for only $8.00.


There will be a St. Patrick’s Dance March 17 at the Neillsville American Legion Memorial Hall with music by Art Lucht and his Rhythmairs Band.  Admission is 60 cents, tax included.


The Town of York’s Farmer’s Union will hold their Annual Fish Fry at the York Town Hall on Saturday, March 19.  Serving will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until all are served.


The addition of a new Fifth Ward to Neillsville was made officially by the city council Tuesday night when it adopted unanimously an ordinance redistricting the city.


Residents of the area comprising the new ward will elect their alderman and supervisor at the spring election.


The area included in the new Fifth Ward is carved from the present First and Second Wards.  It includes the portion east of Hewett Street, between Fifth and 16th Streets, and east of North Grand Avenue, between O’Neill Creek and West 10th Street.


The ordinance also provides for minor adjustments in the boundaries of the Third and Fourth Wards.


The move to establish a Fifth Ward was inaugurated by Alderman Arne Matheson of the Fourth Ward late last fall.  The first step was the taking of a census of the city, which was done by the Civics class of the Neillsville High School, working under the direction of Earl Ruedy and the supervision of Supt. D. E. Peters.


When the population was established at slightly more than 2,700 by this census, Alderman Matheson drew up an outline redistricting.


A memorial concert honoring 841 former students of the Univesity of Wisconsin, including among them three Neillsville men, who lost their lives in World War II, is planned for March 20.  The three from Neillsville to be honored are Lt. Clifford R. Arndt, Maj. Wayne W. Brown and F 2/c Glenn F. Richmond.  The concert will be placed in the Memorial Union, the building erected and dedicated to the 25,780 men and women of the university who have served the United States in War.


Frank Lunka, who lives in the Gorman community, is having his well dug deeper due to the shortage of water.


The Gorman Cooperative dairy cheese factory had the same trouble with its well; likewise Joseph Slemec, Frank Aumann, Jr. and Paul Klancher’s wells have dried up due to the severe drought of last summer.


1919 Quote of the week: “Paint is high but still doesn’t cost as much as a political whitewash.”




The end of World War I meant peace once again for the country, which was commemorated in Neillsville by building Victory Arches, this one at the intersection of 4th and Hewett Street and a second arch at the intersection of 7th and Hewett Street.  (Photo courtesy of Charlotte Drescher’s family Collection)





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