Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 8, 2009, Page 17

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


April 1909


P. J. McKinney has just completed some fine improvements on his farm near Columbia. He has put up a cement barn, hen house and a cement wall under his house.  He now has some very good farm buildings.


Charles Decker was in Eau Claire Monday and purchased an International auto buggy.  It was delivered here Tuesday overland.


Over 65 carloads of bolts, wood and lumber have been shipped from Tioga over the F. N. Foster Railroad this winter.  So do you think Tioga is dead?  No not quite yet.


Quite a number of farmers in the Tioga area are busy making maple syrup.  Mr. Ziegler has made about 35 gallons of maple syrup and some sugar


Will Hulbert and Oscar Northup have started making maple sugar on the Hulbert farm along Pleasant Ridge.  Mr. Parmer helped them tap trees with about 500 tapped so far.


Arlo Huckstead took a sleigh load of Pleasant Ridge ladies to a quilting party last Friday at Granton.


The ice is piling up in Lake Arbutus along the Big Spring, raising the water and backing up near the Dells Dam Bridge.


H. A. O’Brien arrived here from Altoona Sunday to take the position as agent at the depot.  He is a pleasant and affable young man and no doubt will serve the public in a satisfactory manner.  He will move his family here shortly.  With Mr. O’Brien’s arrival here, Fred W. Whitcomb concludes a period of service of over 39 years with the Omaha railroad company and during that time has been one of the most valued agents of the company.  In 1881 he took the Neillsville agency when the depot was across the river.  He served here two years and then was taken to Ashland.  In 1885 he was returned to Neillsville and has been here ever since, until he checked out Monday afternoon.  Fred has filled the position as agent here in a manner highly satisfactory to the railroad company and the public in general.


J. J. Servaty, of Owen, was here over Sunday.  He made a pleasant call at the newspaper office Monday.  Mr. Servaty is employed by the Owen Lumber Co. selling land they own, having great success in settling up the north end of the county.  As an illustration of the way settlers are coming into Owen, he says that there are five families from Ohio waiting there now for the weather to settle so that they can move onto farms.


An Associated Press dispatch to the Oshkosh Northwestern, dated from Minneapolis, Minn., says: one of the most significant industrial discoveries of the age was admitted today by Dean George B. Frankforter of the college of Chemistry of the University of Minnesota.  It means, say experts, that the United States will produce a hundred times as much wood pulp paper as was believed possible.  It means that every cord of fir timber will yield $10 profit on by-products alone and that the greater part of the 60 percent of a tree now wasted will be turned into dollars and cents.  That means pulp plants and new industries.


Herman Wagner’s team of horses took a little run Saturday.  Herman left them on the corner while he went into the store, as he was bringing a cow and hauling a calf back to his farm in Shortville.  It seems the team wanted to give the calf the ride of its life.


Wednesday will bring us another wedding along the Pleasant Ridge area; This time at Emil Jahr’s farm, when Miss Elsie becomes the wife of Fred Raine in the presence of relatives and friends.  We wish them health and prosperity.


Christie News: There certainly was a fine choir made up of young people in church Sunday.


A sociable was held in Wheeler’s town hall on meeting day.  A total of $8.10 was raised and given to the preacher.


Paul Shellow of the agricultural station at Madison came Monday to conduct a seven-day test of five cows for Imig Bros.  The test was started Tuesday morning.  The animals, Purebred Holsteins, are being tested for their milk production.  The Imig Bros. are building up a fine herd and are gaining considerable of a reputation as breeders.  Last week they shipped three Grade Holstein cows to Fred Klussendorf at Phillips.


Purebred R. C. Brown Leghorn Chicken eggs for hatching, 15 for 60’:  See Mrs. W. C. Shean, R.F.D. No. 2, Neillsville


W. L. Hemphill went to British Columbia last week to spend a few days at the Queen Mine.


April 1949


George Zimmerman, president of the Neillsville Country golf club requests that all stockholders and/or members of the club planning to attend the opening dinner Saturday night make arrangements with a member of the board of directors before tonight.


The dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., April 9th in the Rotary room of the Merchants Hotel.  Those who come without tickets will have to take a chance on being fed, Mr. Zimmerman said.


The dinner will be in the nature of a tee-off of the season.  It will be followed by the annual stockholder’s meeting, which was adjourned from a few weeks ago.


Greenskeeper for the local course will again be Howie Baerwald, who held that position last year. Tony Sylvester, a professional of 30 year’s experience, will join the club about May 15, Mr. Zimmerman said.


A crusade against dandelions is one of the prospective projects of the Neillsville golf club during the coming season.  This was discussed with approval at the meeting of the directors recently, although a final decision was delayed until all the facts are in.


To banish dandelions would bring much joy to local golfers, who spend many weary hours in hunting the golf course for the white golf balls.  When the dandelions go to seed, it is almost impossible to tell a golf ball from a dandelion top, especially at a distance. The result is much loss, not only of golf balls, but also sweetness of disposition.


Another possible project is the siding of the clubhouse with asbestos shingles and still another, completion of at least one toilet and one shower.  Up to this time the sanitary facilities at the golf club have been that of the Chick Sales variety.


May 21 has been set as the date for the official opening of the Neillsville golf club.  This does not mean that play will be deterred until May 21st. The fact is that some hardy souls have already been out there pounding golf balls.


Mr. and Mrs. Hubert H. Quicker won the mixed doubles bowling on the Neillsville Recreation alleys last Sunday night with a handicap score of 1,295.  They were approximately 60 pins over thee nearest competitor.


Mrs. Quicker paced the hubby-wife team with a total of 543 pins, with a rousing 240 game boosting the total.  Mr. Quicker bowled 541 for a total of 1,084 actual pins.  Their handicap was 211 pins.


The Neillsville High School girls bowling league finished the season with Lucky Strikes team in first place, the Bowlerettes and Loyalettes tied for second.  As the first two teams receive pins, the two second place teams bowled off the tie March 29.  Bowlerettes won that game.  Members of the Lucky Strikes team are: Ardith Suckow, captain, Dorothy Pflughoeft, Leta Linder, Geraldine Reinart and Gretchen Korth.  Bowlerettes members are: Mary Ann Smith, captain, Alice Buchholz, Elva Schaeffer, Midgie Audorff and Mary Ellen Holt.  Members of the Loyalettes are: Barbara Rude, captain, Joan Ayers, Cleone Seelow, Hazel Millard and Betty Hauge.


News of 50 Years Ago:

“The log jam, which formed in the Black River about a mile above Black River Falls, threatening much damage to the surrounding territory, broke and went out Tuesday afternoon.  Many logs were in the jam, and the ice was three feet thick.


The Rev. G. W. Longenecker married Katie Trogner to A. H. Squires, a traveling salesman.


Dr. Esch sold a half interest in the land across the Black River from Ross Eddy to Mr. Stockwell, his co-tenant; sold the post office building to G. Rabenstein and has purchased half interest in the building opposite the post office.


The high water of last week wrought havoc with the O’Neill Creek dam.  The dam is to be repaired by the brewery-man, Listeman and the ice dealers, Neverman and Sherman who procure their supply of ice above the dam.


March went out like a lion when we had the biggest snowstorm of the season Thursday, the last day of the month.  Several inches fell during the night Wednesday and all day Thursday.  The snow was accompanied by a high wind, which drifted badly, blocking roads in places.  The snow was welcomed by the farmers, as moisture is badly needed for the dry fields and pastures.


It will be a week yet before George Tibbett officially becomes a member of the city council; but he had his eye on things for his Fifth Ward at the council meeting last Tuesday night anyway.


He appeared with Henry E. Rahn to inquire about the establishment of a playground on property owned in that ward.  The city owns a plot, 600 by 600 feet south of the cemetery.  It would require but little work with a bulldozer to level off the property and make it into a Fifth Ward playground site, Mr. Tibbett told the council.


He said that if the city did not feel that it could undertake the financial burden, he estimated the cost at about $50, which perhaps the money could be raised by donation within his ward.  A bulldozer will be available in the city for the next week or so.


The council instructed James Hansen, city engineer, to inspect the property and to proceed with the development if he feels that it can be inexpensively handled.


Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Richmond and family left Clark County for a ranch in Whitetail, Mont. Wednesday morning.  They shipped three boxcars by rail, with household goods; a tractor and some young cattle.


Floyd Alstot furnished two trucks in which the milch cows were transported.  Chester Turville and Frank Wilson went along to care for and milk the cows on the way.


Herman Hediger, on whose ranch the Richmond’s will live, accompanied the group.  He drove though with his truck.  Mr. Hediger and two friends from Switzerland will erect a milk house on the ranch before returning to Neillsville.


The Silver Dome Ballroom will open the season with an Easter Dance, April 17th, music by Pat Lautenbach and his Varsity Boys Orchestra.  Admission is 50’ per person, tax included.  There will be dancing every Saturday Night with some Saturday dates still open for Weddings.


Levis Lodge, Chapter 303, will celebrate their 20th Anniversary Saturday, April 23 at Levis Town Hall. Supper will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. later music by Nelson Orchestra from Eau Claire.



The Bohemian Lodge Hall, located about 1 ½ miles west of Hwy. 95 on Poertner Rd. was built in 1928 and served the Levis community as its gathering place for various activities, such as dances in that era.



The Globe Baseball Club will have a dance Wednesday, May 4, at the Legion Memorial Hall, Neillsville, with music by the Howie Sturtz Orchestra.  Admission will be 60’, tax included.


The Mead Dam Recreational project, which received the green light from the Clark County Board of Supervisors last week with a $40,000 appropriation, is a project backed by the conservation clubs of Greenwood and Loyal, which have put in much work and money.


Appearing before the county board in support of the appropriation request was Harry Liebzeit of Greenwood, who was a spokesman for the Clark County Conservation league. He told the supervisors that members of the conservation groups had put in an estimated 1,000 man-hours in brushing the flowage area, which would be covered by the Mead Dam Lake.


In addition, conservation groups of the county have turned over to the county a total of $1,700 to be used specifically for the development at the project.


The $40,000 appropriation, made by the county, was estimated by Chairman A. E. Stadler to be all that would be required of the county for the development of the dam.  The total cost of the development from here on was estimated at about $60,000.  This includes an engineer’s estimate of $61,000 for an 18-foot dam with a 250-foot spillway and a total of $5,450 for the purchase of 10 -40-acre plots of privately owned land, most of which would be affected by the backing up of the south branch of the Eau Claire River.  The resolution, while being set up as a dam project, provided that the affected land must be owned by the county.


Sadie Haight was seen this past week with a dainty decoration of white paint on the tip of her nose.  She also had white paint on the sweater she wore, and perhaps a trifle on her overalls.  The rest of the paint was on the door and west porch of the golf club house.  There, Sadie was painting all by herself.  Her inquiry about taking on another paining job was met by a gentle rebuff.  She said she had plenty of painting to do at home; but she did put the golf club first.


Coast-to-Coast Fishing Tackle at Low Prices: Casting Reel for $2.39; Casting Line $1.09-$2.19; Tackle Box $2.89; Minnow Bucket $1.29; Casting Rod $2.89-$9.85.


Frank Gault has bought a new Dodge Truck from Rychnovsky Motor Company. Watch for Frank on the Neillsville streets.


Annual Smelt Fry will be at the Legion Memorial Hall, Saturday April 30, serving menu of smelt, coleslaw, potato salad and rye bread at 50’ a person, from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight.




© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel