Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 18, 2009, Page 24

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Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

March 1929


 Robert Strey had been studying on a plan of building a homemade snow plow, which he has now made and it works wonderfully.  Collecting all his ideas together he sat on them for a while and this is what he hatched: Taking two 8-foot planks and joining them in the shape of an A, he then centered a tractor disc between the sides of the A-framed planks and it did the trick. Bob has done good work with eight horses pulling the snow plow.  The neighbors are very thankful for Bob’s invention.


Mr. and Mrs. Alford Carpenter, Wisconsin pioneers, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at their home in San Diego, California on Jan. 25th, 1929.  Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter stay happy by always keeping busy, they say.


A clearing in the timber, a general store and a boarding house made up Loyal, Wisconsin in 1874.


It was in this town, nestled in the heart of the Wisconsin logging country and buried in snow that a young couple were married 55 years ago, Jan. 25.  The bride, Miss Ida Ann Harding, was 19 years old.  The bridegroom, Alford Carpenter, a stalwart Wisconsin logger, was 27.  “There wasn’t any minister at Loyal in 1874,” Mrs. Carpenter said.  “There was a boarding house, Old Fife Hartford ran it.  He was also justice of the peace.  He was the one who married us.”


“It was mighty cold, too,” Mr. Carpenter put in.  “While going home the wolves howled.  At night they would come up to the cabin door.”


When we returned home after being married, the logger friends 75 or more men gave us a great greeting.  “What with the wolves howling and the men shouting you could not hear a thing.”


“I met Alford in a cranberry marsh,” Mrs. Carpenter said, “We high school girls used to go out and pick cranberries.  Alford drove us in a cart to the marsh.  At night we would go to a dance.  Alford played an accordion.   Somebody else played a Jews harp and sometimes we would have a harmonica playing along.  After the dance we would ride back home in an ox cart.  The roads were too deep and muddy for horses.


In the winter, the couple explainied, Mr. Carpenter was a teamster for the logging companies.  In the spring, just before the logging drives, he would go out with the men to work as the camp cook.


The Carpenters had a 40-acre farm in the Clark County Township of Fremont.  “We lived on the farm after we were married,” Mrs. Carpenter said.  “We raised small grains, cows, corn and potatoes. There was nothing but trees when we moved on it.  The land all had to be cleared.”


“We would have timber bees,” Carpenter explained. “We would cut the trees and then pile them up and set them on fire, clearing the land so we could use it for farming.”


“The neighbors were few and far apart. We didn’t see them often, but even then they were friendlier than they are nowadays.”


The couple continued to live on their farm until eight years ago when they moved to California.


“We’re real old Badgers,” Carpenter said, “Wisconsin Badgers.  We were born in Wisconsin; we raised our family and educated them there.  There are a lot of people in San Diego from Wisconsin, but most of them aren’t Badgers, they just spent a short time there.”


Saturday at the courthouse, the Graves farm, which is located one mile north of Granton, was sold on a partition sale.  Wm. Naedler and son of Pine Valley bought the place at $8,150.  This is one of the fine old farms of that community and for years was known as the Harmon Allen farm.  It consists of 160 acres, with a large area cleared and has fine farm buildings.


The W.R.C. ladies will serve their annual St. Patrick’s Supper at their hall March 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. and until all are served.  The menu is: Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Baked Beans, Cabbage Salad, Salmon Loaf, Pickles, Rolls, Brown Bread, Layer Cake and Coffee. Everyone is welcome.


The New Dells Lumber Company this winter banked a considerable amount of logs on Wedges Creek a number of miles upstream from Columbia. The snow went off before the logs could be hauled to the railroad, so Mr. Tibbitts, who is in charge of the logging operations here, states that the company plans to drive the logs on Wedges Creek to Columbia and load them on the railroad there.


It is a good many years since the last log drives on Wedges Creek so the operation will be quite a novelty to the younger generation here and will arouse many memories of our older people.


When the drive is on, let us all turn out and see the logs go down stream.


Residents of the village of Arpin and vicinity in Wood County have raised a $1,000 bonus for a doctor, needed in their area. Arpin is a thriving village in a rich farming country.


Gov. Kohler, last week, refused to pardon the Krueger brothers, Leslie and Frank, whose application had been presented some time before.  The Krueger boys of Withee are serving a life sentence as the result of killing a member of the sheriff’s posse, which had tried to arrest them during World War I for draft evasion.


March 1959


Pines Palm Grove Tavern, two miles South of Hatfield on County Trunk K, will be opening their Kitchen for the Season Saturday, March 7.  Their menu will be the same as before: Chicken, Pike and Shrimp in a Basket, also serving Burgers and other Sandwiches, 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight Sundays and Holidays, 5 p.m. to 12 midnight on Weekdays.




Seven out of 20 students at the Kurth School, Town of Grant, are sick with Chickenpox.  The seven children are from the families of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Vine, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Short, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Magnuson, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Gerhardt and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kissling.  Mrs. James West, Neillsville, is the teacher.


Louis Hagedorn reports the deepest snow he has ever seen west of Hoppa’s Tavern, near the Richard Hagedorn farm, as a result of last week’s blizzard.


“It was seven deep on the level,” said Mr. Hagedorn, “and the township’s plows couldn’t cope with that much snow.”


Mr. and Mrs. Milford Rowe tell of the difficulty in handling milk during the two-day storm.  There was a shortage of milk cans.  Other containers had to be sterilized to store the two-day supply of milk.  Nearly every farm had that difficulty.


Babies somehow have a way of being born during a snowstorm, as was the Bryan baby during the 15-inch blizzard of March 5th.


Vivid collections of just such an event were brought to mind for Mrs. Worchel of Seif, whose daughter was born on the family farm in Seif during the big snow of 1923.


Dr. E. L. Bradbury of Neillsville, summoned at midnight, arrived in company with Newt Jenkins at 6 a.m. on their cutter.  The baby, already two hours old by then, was delivered by a practical nurse that had been staying at the Worchel home.


“The 1923 winter,” recalled by Fred Mohr of Neillsville, “was one of the coldest and snowiest winters I remember,” said Mrs. Worchel.


Miss Nancy Cummings of Neillsville, a student at Wood County Normal, Wisconsin Rapids, is doing three weeks of practice teaching at the Hewettville School, assisted by Mrs. Emilie Albrecht.


Construction on a new building in Neillsville’s downtown area to house the Thorp Finance Company is expected to be started late this week, or next Monday at the latest, the city council was informed Tuesday night.


The building, with a brick veneer front, will be on the lot opposite the Neillsville Bank, which has been vacant since fire destroyed the old Lowe furniture store nearly 20 years ago. The building will be built by Edgar Tews, owner of the lot. Tews has a 20-year lease with the loan corporation for the north half, while the south half of the building will be fitted for offices.


Al illuminated sign, which will extend nine-feet from the building and 15-feet high will be erected on the building by the finance corporation.


Sixteen young people in the Greenwood area were confirmed at Palm Sunday Services.  Rev. Orval Egbert confirmed four boys and two girls during the service at United Church of Christ. Confirmands were: Duane Olson, Tom Schnieder, Stanley Schwartz, Michael Wells, Carol Severson and Barbara Wehrmann.


At the West Side United Church service, the following were confirmed: Henry Awe, Dorothy Kippenhan, Allen Meinhardt, Lee Meinholdt, John Monegar, Alice Scheuerman, Karen Toburen, Judy Wehrman, Dennis Wendt and Karen Wendt.


Clark County may have some sort of record in women who combine domesticity with intellectual pursuit.


When Miss Fern Horn of Chili receives her doctor of philosophy degree in home economics this year at Michigan State University, she will be the third woman from Clark County to earn a doctorate in home economics in recent years.


Miss Rita Youmans, of Neillsville, has her doctorate in home economics from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the home economics faculty at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


Mrs. Agnes Jones, formerly of Owen, is the home economics department chairman at Central State College in Stevens Point.  She has her Ph.D. Degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she taught before coming to Stevens Point.


Miss Horn and Miss Youmans also have a connection with Central State College.  Miss Horn took her undergraduate work there; and Miss Youmans was home economics chairman before going to the state university.


Another former Neillsville resident, Miss Bernadine Peterson, plans to study for the doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. She is now teaching home economics at the University of Kansas.  She also is a graduate of Central State.


Milton and Sarah Rosekrans observed their 32nd wedding anniversary, Saturday.  Sara’s father, who lived in Minnesota, married them in 1927.  They came to Neillsville 30 years ago bringing with them their oldest daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who was then six months of age.  Their second daughter, Laura Lee, was born in Neillsville.  Roses in honor of the occasion were on display Saturday at their offices and Mrs. Helen Franke served coffee to friends throughout the day.  Elizabeth, now Mrs. Kenneth Sheldon, of Chicago, arrived Sunday to spend the week with her parents. Daughter Laura Lee is now Mrs. Howard Stanley, of Evanston, Ill.


The Fairchild School Board announces that the total of low bids on a new school addition is $42,359.  This bid includes general construction, plumbing, heating and electrical service.


The ladies of Loyal’s Trinity Lutheran Chruch met with their pastor, Rev. John Pfohl, in the parish hall at 2 p.m. Sunday for the purpose of organizing as the “American Lutheran Church Women.”


A motion prevailed to organize as “American Lutheran Church Women.”  It was voted that the officers and chairmen of the various departments of Trinity Ladies Aid retain their offices in the new organization until their term expires.


A motion to organize as one group and met alternately one month in the evening and the next month in the afternoon was carried.  The first meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schlegelmilch celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary Sunday when four of their children surprised them for a party.  Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Schlegelmilch and children of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark and children, Alma Center; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kasner and daughter Glenda of Arpin; and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zank of Christie.


Charles Schlegelmilch of Merrimac was married to Miss Goette of Prairie du Sac March 2, 1905.  They lived in Prairie du Sac until 1910, when they moved to Roxbury, which is near Sauk City in Dane County.  In 1918 they moved to Clark County and purchased the Sylvester Root farm in the Town of Grant, located on Highway 10 just west of the Huckstead farm, where they have lived for 41 years.


Seven children were born to them, Violet, Mrs. Tony Meihack, died 10 years ago; Lillian, now Mrs. William Turner, Milwaukee; Alice, Mrs. Kasner; Mildred of Milwaukee; Hazel, Mrs. Albert Zank; Esther, Mrs. Richard Clark and Norbert.


Marriage licenses issued: Franklin Henry Gustafson, Town of Green Grove and Janalee Ione Duvall, Colby, married Feb. 28, in Colby.


Edward L. Phillips, Town of Loyal, and Janice R. F. Smith, Town of Loyal to be married March 6 in Neillsville.


Six Clark County men were inducted into the Army Selective Service last Thursday, the county office reports.  They are Robert A. Anderson of Colby; Mark H. Geiger and James F. Hollman, both of Dorchester; Henry C. Rosin, Jr., Curtiss; and Gerald F. Dankmeyer, Pewaukee and formerly of Granton.


Gilbert L. Staffon of Neillsville, but a registrar of the selective service board at Redfield, S.D., also was in the group inducted.


The men were forwarded to the army reception center at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to receive basic training.


Neillsville IGA Foodliner Specials:  Armour Star Center Cut Ham Roast, trimmed and fully cooked, 59’ per lb.; Easter Kielbasa, 59’ lb.; Assorted Beverages, 7 ½ oz. bottles, 24 for 99’; Crisp Golden Carrots, 1 lb. cello pkg. 9’; Swans Down Cake Mixes 4 pkgs. for $1




The Youmans’ girls were enjoying a ride in a pony driven cart, an event the young people looked forward to in the spring of the year, in the early 1900s. The photo was taken on the northeast corner of State and 4th Streets. (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)




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