Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 27, 2009, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 May 1884


At the meeting of the Neillsville City council on Thursday, J. W. Hommel was reappointed marshal and street commissioner for the coming year.  Mr. Hommel has kept the streets in good repair the past year and has preserved order in the city.  He will no doubt make an efficient official during the present year.    


By a telephone message to Dells Dam, the first week this month, we made an inquiry if many fish were biting.  The reply was that a few suckers had appeared thus far, but there were three men and one small boy to every sucker.  Our local fishermen who visit Dells Dam reported it as a very uninteresting sport at that point on the Black River this season.


Asa C. Griswell, formerly of Cedar County, Iowa, has purchased of Miller & Kayhart, their saw mill in Weston.  Mr. Griswell is an experienced mill man and will make the mill a success.


John Forster’s team of horses concluded last Saturday to again try running away.  A consequence they made a trip around the brewery in a remarkable quick time, upsetting the wagon to which they were pulling and throw out the little son of Ole Johnson, who was in the wagon at the time.  Though the boy hit the ground, he escaped without injury.


Last week F. A. Dole hoisted up the first awning for the season, in front of his confectionary and tobacco store, corner of Main and Second Street.


The croquet ground in the yard of Judge Dewhurst’s home has been leveled down and covered with sawdust, so now croquet parties are in order.


Mrs. Euretta Bacon is making a number of improvements in her residence on Grand Avenue, among which is the addition of a bay window on the east side.


James Delane has purchased one of the finest ponies to be seen in the city for his boys, so they now can be seen nightly pony riding on the streets.


The old house, which for some time has stood in the brickyard next to the street, has been moved back from the street.  Work has commenced on the new tenement houses, which J. L. Gates is building on the ground where it stood.


(The Gates tenement houses were built on the west side of Hewett Street located south of the Masonic Temple and remain there today. D. Z.)


Mr. V. Hein, the enterprising Humbird miller informed us a few days since, of the numerous improvements that he is making in his mill.  Among the new machinery being put in, the following is called to mind: new rollers, two centrifugal bolting reels, three purifiers, bolt, scalper and breaking-machine.  Mr. Hein is a very energetic businessman and when the changes and improvements in the mill are completed, which will cost him over $3,000 he will have one of the best mills in this part of the state.


H. W. Klopf had a little difficulty with his new bicycle the other day and in consequence has been around on crutches several days with a sprained ankle.


George Wiesner moved his Third Street boarding house back from the street and has commenced on excavating for a cellar, preparatory to building an addition to the boarding house.  


The Catholics of Thorp will put up a church building.  Next Friday, they will hold a donation, the proceeds, which will be added to the building fund.


H. J. Brooks has been in Clark County for several years, serving various pursuits.  At one time he was the popular clerk of the Reddan House, afterwards held a like position at the O’Neill House, and still later was bookkeeper for the East Fork Improvement Company.  He has now left for Bloomington, Grant County, his old home, where he has gone on a business and pleasure trip to be absent several months.  Herbert has made many friends here who wish him a pleasant and profitable trip with an early return.


Mr. Richardson of Sheboygan County has moved to York Center to take possession of the farm he bought of Tom Garvin.


The post office at Wilcox in the York Center area does not help us much yet.  They won’t work at delivering the mail.  We are hoping that Congress will soon come to our aid by making a country mail route and will let a contract for it.


Mr. Friedy, of the Colby area, shipped in a carload of 15 cows and will furnish some of the milk needed for Brott’s cheese factory, which will begin manufacturing next week.


May 1954


The Eaton Center Community PTA meeting was held Friday evening, April 30, in the Eaton Center schoolhouse.  The meeting was in charge of Fred Clintsman, president, with Mrs. John D. Wuethrich as secretary. For the program Mrs. Vivian Carteron announced numbers as follows: primary room news by Roger Dillenbeck; upper grade room news by Judy Updyke; demonstration, “Ways to use cream cheese” by Margery Rondorf, who will give a demonstration at the state fair next fall; skit entitled “Income Tax” by Mrs. John Syth and Mrs. Clarence Meinhardt; a skit, “Going to Homemakers” by Mrs. James Wangen of the Pelsdorf Homemakers club in Loyal.


Miss Sara Steele, county home agent, showed two films, “Guide Your Heart” and “Weight Control using Milk in the Diet.”


Duane Riedel, teacher of the upper grades at the Eaton School, showed colored slides on Denmark.  Ladies of the community served lunch.


Albert E. Garvin, 93, died at Waukesha Memorial Hospital early Sunday forenoon, May 2.  Old age and its complications were the cause of his death.


Albert E. Garvin was born in Canada, January 19, 1861.  When a boy of 12 years he came to Clark County with his parents and settled on a farm in York Township.  September 1, 1881 he was married to Laura McKenzie at Neillsville.  In 1910 they moved to North Dakota, where they lived until the death of his wife in 1944.  Since that time, he has made his home with his children.


He is survived by three sons, Archie E. Garvin of Milwaukee; Earl Garvin, Marshall, Tex. and Silas Garvin, California; and three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Mildred) Kranzush, Waukesha; Mrs. Walter (Ruth) De Vore, Dawson, N. D.; and Mrs. Dave (Vera) Smith, Loyal.


Mr. Garvin was a member of the York Center Methodist Church.


Funeral services were held at the Myre Funeral Home, Loyal, with Rev. W. M. Mecklenburg officiating.  Burial was in the Loyal Cemetery.


Pallbearers were: Arnold Stumpner, Fred Clouse, Dan Ellison, Ted Halpin, Joseph Esselman, and Hugh Darton.



The York Methodist Church, dating back to 1880, remains as the nucleus of an early Clark County Community, kept active by its dedicated members.


Twenty-three adults from St. Mary’s Church, Neillsville, received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of the Most Rev. John P. Treacy, Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, on Sunday evening, May 9, in St. Anthony’s Church, Loyal.  They included one group of a class of 103, which comprised adults from all the Catholic parishes in Clark and Jackson Counties.  The local priests, Father Peter Leketas and Father Joseph Maciulaitis, were among the clergy assisting at the ceremony.


The following persons were confirmed: Russell Acheson, Evelyn Bedell, Earl Darling, Mrs. Lorraine Darling, Shirley Ann Davis, Theodore Dux, Richard Eibergen, Robert Griffith, Mrs. Irvin Hopfensperger, Mrs. Esther Hoppa, Harold Irish, Mrs. Dorothy Kalina, Mrs. Felix Kotcon, Wayne Kronberger, Mrs. Hazel Lezotte, Mrs. Harriet Mathews, Mrs. Viva Meissner, Bernhardt Schwellenbach, Mrs. Susan Skroch, Howard Sturtz, Jr., Mrs. Joanne Tibbett, Mrs. Dolores Trogner, and John Wyer.


There’s dancing at the Merry Ol’ Gardens, located 5 miles south of Withee, or 6 miles north of Greenwood on Hwy. 73.


Friday, May 14, “Don’s Rhythm Kings” will play.  There will be a Special Attraction, May 15, with “Gen Gagas,” the famous Polish Entertainers, 7-piece band playing tops in old-time music. Wednesday, May 19 the Grand Opening serving free refreshments and door prizes and music by “Ernie Reck’s Country Playboys” Wednesday, May 26 – “Six Fat Dutchmen.”


Ballroom is Free for Wedding Dances or any worthwhile purpose.  H. Bender, proprietor, Phone 89W, Owen, Wis.


Receiving the degree of Wisconsin State Farmer at the annual FFA convention at Green Lake last week were Alvin Dahl and Ronald Garbisch of the Granton FFA chapter.


For outstanding work this past year the Granton chapter was awarded an honor certificate.


At the meeting, Alvin Dahl also received a $50 check from the Sears-Roebuck Foundation for conducting an excellent milk-testing program during his four years of high school.


Roger Lee and Bill Wagner attended the meeting as local delegates from this chapter, along with their instructor, Francis Steiner.


Neillsville High School won a triangular track meet, held at Neillsville last Friday.  Neillsville took 98 points; Medford 69; Hixton 17.


Neillsville took first as follows: Stiemke 440 dash; Tom Wavrunek, 880 dash; Schwellenbach, mile run; Elmhorst, high hurdles; Jim Wavrunek, discus; Stiemke, high jump.


Seconds were won for Neillsville as follows: Sydorowicz, 100 dash; Sydorowicz, 200 yards; Art Stiemke, 880 yards; Gurney, mile run; Urlaub, 120 high hurdles; Elmhorst, 220 low hurdles; Maus, shot put; Tom Wavrunek, pole vault; Elmhorst, high jump; Stiemke, broad jump.


The 880-yard relay was won by Neillsville in 1 min. 45.6 seconds.


The conference track meet was to have been held in Eau Claire May 4, but was postponed because of the flood.


Charles Mueller and Dwayne Rollins, of the Riverside-Fremont area, have gone to Fond du Lac, where they are employed in construction work.  They took their trailers along and will live in them while employed there.


Members of the Clark Grange No. 749 club held an open meeting Tuesday evening.


Mr. Dusso, county traffic officer, gave a talk on what steps we should take after having an accident and also showed a film on “Safety.”


Donald Holt told the audience what steps men should take in teaching their wives to drive.  Robert Tischy in turn told the correct way to teach you (your) sweetheart to drive.


Elizabeth Schafer and Gerald Schafer, mother and son as joint tenants, bought 60-acres in Sections 20 and 21, Town of Grant.  The purchase was made from Herbert G. and Marian L. Swann.  The consideration was about $8.000.


The property in this deal is part of the old Arlo Huckstead farm.  Herbert Swann, who sold to the Schafers, was afflicted with arthritis and went to Arizona for relief.  He lives in Tucson and works there at a nearby airport.


Albert Marg, express agent at Neillsville, has bought an eighty in Section 13, Town of Pine Valley.  The purchase was made from Albert A. and Norma W. Spiegel.  The consideration was about $1,500. The deal included a small amount of personal property, the land being a little east of the Neillsville city limits and north of the railroad tracks, being at the foot of Pleasant Ridge.


Clarence A. DeCremer and his wife Marion E., formerly of Neillsville, have bought a home in Owen, the location being in the second block south of Highway 29, and about 1 ½ blocks east of the high school.  The purchase was made of I. and Edith Peven, consideration $3,500.  Mr. DeCremer is an officer of the Neillsville Service Company of the National Guard.  He was formerly connected with the Clark County Press but is now in employ of the Owen Enterprise.


(The former Hwy. 29 route through Owen is now Cty. Rd X.  D. Z.)


Frank Thomas has bought from Frank Zupanc, Sr., and his wife Mary, 120 acres in Section 2, Town of Hendren.  The deal includes all of the farm personal property in which the Zupancs had an interest, with consideration about $3,500.


Ernest Sulko and his wife Ida have bought the tavern property located in Section 33 of the Town of Mayville, formerly belonging to Carl Brandner, single.  The site consists of a single acre on the north side of Highway 29, about midway between the Curtiss corner and Abbotsford.  The deal included bar and back bar, 14 bar stools, a stove, cash register, refrigerator, beer cooler and tap, rinse tank, glasses and soup kitchen.


It’s time for your spring tonic, rhubarb.  Don’t think you have to take this “tonic” in only rhubarb pie or the usual top-of-stove sauce, suggests USDA nutritionists.


Rhubarb can fit into spring meals as a colorful beverage, fruit compote, ice cream pudding topping, or in a variety of desserts.


Mrs. Carl Opelt, of the Town of Levis, is not as bad off as her husband Carl who has injuries from getting caught in the gravel crusher, but she also has been sort of through the wringer.  Mother’s Day she fed 25 for dinner and 30 for supper. She takes it all in stride, having brought up a big family and knowing full well that there are lots of other days too, in which a Mother must work.


Flitter’s Grocery Store, Corner of Hewett and Division Streets, Neillsville, features Friday & Saturday Specials:


Young Colby Longhorn Cheese, 43’ lb.; Armours skinless wieners, 43’ lb.; Elbow condensed milk, 14 ½ oz. cans 3 for 37’.  Flitter’s also delivers grocery orders daily.


Kearns Rexall Drug Store Weekend Fountain Special, Strawberry Deluxe Sunday for only 19’





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