Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 10, 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


June 1909


On Sunday, June 20, a picnic will be held in the Grove at Beyer’s Church, west of Neillsville.  A children’s day program will also be rendered. All are cordially invited to attend.


Last Friday afternoon at about 3 p.m. four men entered the German American Bank at Merrill.  While three men covered the cashier with rifles, the fourth entered the vault and took all the money in sight, about $1,000, overlooking many thousands more.  A posse captured two of the men and recovered the stolen money.  Two of the bandits escaped by swimming the Wisconsin River.


Last Monday, a cheese paraffin plant was opened in the west end of the Luethe Co. Warehouse.  The paraffin business will be operated by Mr. Champeen, representing the Udell Company.  The company has arranged to buy cheese products of all the local cheese factories, thus saving the cheese makers the freight on shipping their products to centralized points.  The local company will dip the cheese in paraffin and ship it out in carload lots.


Customers, leave your orders for binder twine at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. in Neillsville.  They will sell you fine #550 twine for 8 Ύ cents and the best Manilla twine for 10 cents a pound.  Go and get a sample.


Mr. Harding has started a nice meat market and confectionary business in the old Christie store and people in the Christie area wish him a good success.  Now all you people around there patronize your home meat market, as when we get a good thing we should help it along.


Albert Neis of the Christie area bought a house from Mr. Richardson.  While he was moving the house, sparks flew off the steam engine and set the house roof on fire in several places.  With plenty of water and help the flames were extinguished.


Our Pleasant Ridge correspondent reports:

Sunday night the Pleasant Ridge Creamery burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire was unknown. When the butter maker left the creamery, everything was all right.  About 8:30 p.m. the fire was discovered and after much hard work 40 tubs of butter and some cream was saved.  The loss will be in the neighborhood of $3,000.


Monday evening a meeting of the stockholders was held and with commendable energy, it was decided to rebuild at once.  The Pleasant Ridge Creamery is one of the best in the county and does a large business. The stockholders are influential farmers and large dairymen who are making a great success of the creamery.  The fire was unfortunate but will not make any damage to the business.


The Pleasant Ridge baseball team is being re-organized by Archie Hughes as manager.  They plan to play the Granton team Sunday afternoon.


There is only one place in the world where one can lead a happy life and that is inside your income.


In the village of Loyal, they are now laying the foundation for the new Catholic seminary. It is to be a modern structure in every particular and will be built of pressed cream brick, with a tile roof.  The dimensions are 72 x 52 feet and will cost $11,000.


The city of Neillsville will pay $3.00 per cord for Cobblestone delivered, 13,000 pounds to constitute a cord. George Rude, City Clerk


The Tioga Sunday School was organized Sunday, May 9th.  The officers elected are: Mrs. Mary Schwamb, superintendent; Mrs. Bedell, assistant superintendent; Viola Slover, secretary, LuLu Schwamb, treasurer; and Maggie Bedell, Organist.


The new REO Touring car can be purchased for $1,000 (With a Top is extra cost) at Howard and Johnson’s Show Rooms in Neillsville.  They also have the REO 4-Passenger Roadster with Top for $1,000, or the 10 hp. Runabout for only $500.


June 1939


The ‘Back to Home’ movement has been noted during the last two weeks, as halls of learning, which echoed with the laughter and chatter of Clark County children for the last nine months, grew silent once more.


More than 1,000 school children of the county have laid aside textbooks, pencils and chalk during recent weeks in favor of helping the home folks with the chores, doing odd jobs, or just vacationing.


This week will see the last of Clark County’s nearly 200 rural, state graded, village and city schools concluding their year’s activities.  One of the last to close will be Greenwood High School, which brings its activities to conclusion with graduation exercises for the 40 members of the senior class Thursday night.


Eldora Kuester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kuester of Greenwood, and Alice Goeke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Goeke of the Town of Warner, are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  The girls are cousins.


Prof. Leland G. Burroughs of Stevens Point Teachers College will give the commencement address at Greenwood High School. Other portions of the program will include: Invocation by the Rev. P. H. Franzmeier, vocal duet by Fay Opdyke and Elaine Belter, salutatory address by Miss Kuester, saxophone duet by Dede Perman and LaVern Durst, vocal selection by a trio composed of Margaret Thorson, Marie Johnson and Gloria Thorson.  Diplomas will be presented by Principal O. P. Deuel; benediction by Rev. Franzmeier; and class marches played by Miss Dorrine Andreason.


Members of the graduating class are: Melvin Alperstett, Fred Barr, Clayton Braun, Allison Butterbrodt, Robert Debevec, Harold Dillenbeck, LaVern Durst, Elizabeth Einfeldt, Eugene Giese, Alice Goeke, Beulah Gordee, Esther Hegenbarth, Dolores Herr, Valerie Yanezch, Delmond Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Lillian Kindt, Mathilda Kokaly, Elma Krultz, Eldora Kuester, Arvin Liebzeit, Marion Lindemann, Doris Marquardt, Francis Meng, Frank Pakiz, Donna Marie Parkel, Dede Perman, Margaret Plank, Alice Plummer, Clyde Rice, Herbert Schendel, Marcella Scherr, Elmer Schwarze, Grant Sloniker, Lola Mae Swieso, Arnold Thomas, Viola Thompson, Verdelle Turnquist, Erna Vangsness and Leona Wendt.


A crowd estimated at nearly 3,000 persons gathered in Neillsville for the season’s first Wednesday evening band concert and program.  A fine half-hour program by the Neillsville High School Band, under the direction of Richard A. Becker, opened the entertainment.


Everett Skroch acted as master of ceremonies for the activities, which followed the concert.  Skroch was assisted by Glen White, Hubert Quicker and Jake Hoesly.  The program was the first of 15 such Wednesday night activities to be held this summer under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce cooperating with Neillsville business and professional men.


Pets and children are dog-gone cute.


They were never cuter than they were last Saturday afternoon, when an estimated 3,500 persons lined several blocks of Neillsville’s city streets to see the Pet Parade.


Seventy children from the city and surrounding countryside entered their favorite companions in the event. Twenty-nine of them won ribbons in the nine divisions, with the first place winner in each division awarded a prize, which he was allowed to select from a group of awards offered.


Winners in the divisions were:


Best Pet – Darrell Grottke and his little Chihuahua dog, first; Ellen Crocker and her dog, second; and N. Kluhsman and his dog, third.


Best Trained Pet – D. Schweinler and his dog, first; Aralda Thayer and her dog, second; and Glen Wachholz and his dog, third.


Best Combination of Pets – Harold and Harley Miller and their family of bantam chickens, first; E. Dorst and M. Meihack for their basketful of black puppies, second; and R. Seidelmann and V. Nolan and their dogs, third.


Beat Cared for Pet – O. Schaub and his pony, first; Herron Van Gorden and his Logansburg goat, second; and Shirley Dietz and her kitten third.


Cutest Pet – D. Hantke and his dog, first; A. Davis and his cat, second; and L. Davis and his cat, third.


Most Unusual Pet – Lawrence Kutchera and his pig, first; Richard Johnson and his goat, second; and J. Dahnert and his crow, third. 


Largest Pet – Addie Jean Farrand and her horse, first; D. Wood and his horse, second; O. Schaub and his pony third.


Smallest Pet – Dorothy Vine and her baby turtles, first; E. Gillard and her mud turtle, second; and Shirley Diercks and her kitten, third.


Ugliest Pet – Joyce Shock and her bull dog, first; Laura Lee and her dog, second; and Mildred Halle and her pony and buggy, third.


The flinging of a stone by a small youngster caused one of the Tibbett Ice and Fuel Company teams to stage an old-fashioned run-away Wednesday.  The horses, which were hitched to a mower, came west through the alley and ran pell-mell down Seventh Street until Leland Bandelow stopped them near the end of the street.  Fortunately, the blades were turned upward and the team kept well to the center of the street, so the only damage was a broken wheel on the mower.


A reunion of all those who attended the old school on Windfall Corners, near the Village of Granton, was planned at a meeting held at the Albert Mabie home Monday evening.


The meting place for the reunion will be held at the Granton High School on July 9th.  An old-fashioned picnic dinner will be served in the high school gym.


The national convention of the Danish Lutheran synod was concluded at Withee Sunday, after a six-day session attended by delegates, ministers and guests from virtually every section of the United States and Canada.


Spiritual and missionary work, as well as business affairs of the synod, came before the delegates during the meeting.  Several leaders of he church spoke on subjects of interest to those attending. The programs were held in the high school auditorium and in the Danish Lutheran Church of Withee.


The Jubilee services of the American Lutheran Church of Granton, held last Sunday, were attended by Bertha Gerber Wiesner, 75, who attended one of the very early services of the congregation in 1864.  In that year, when the church was first incorporated, Gottfried Gerber, her father, took her into his arms and carried her through the woods, a distance of a mile.  She had no shoes on and needed none, with her father carrying her out of reach of the winter’s snow.


But this trip, made at the age of three, was only the first of hundred of trips, which Mrs. Wiesner has made to be in the church of her choice.  Children, grandchildren, and finally a great-grandchild, have been baptized into this same church.


As to Mrs. Wiesner, so to many who attended the services and festivities Sunday, memories arose of times that were gone, when the present brick building was frame, but few harked back to the days when logs furnished protection.


It was a great occasion for the church, with perhaps 1,500 in the aggregate in attendance.  The bright sun invited the people out and they came, to visit in the woods, to enjoy the picnic dinner and to attend the three serviced, which were held as announced.


The keynote for the occasion was struck by Rev. George Muedeking of Oconto, who preached the afternoon sermon.  “A celebration like this means lots of work,” he said.  “Why go to all the trouble?  Here we recall the past, but what is the past to us?  The answer is that the past is a lot to us.  Most persons live 98 percent in the past.  We learn from the past.  If we are farmers, we ask how our fathers did it.  We ask ourselves whether we have improved, and how much.


“What moved the forefathers to start this church?  Sincerity, for one thing; Are we equally sincere?”


“The world has changed since this church was founded, but some things never change. God never changes; His work never changes.  He is perfect and holy.  The simple nature of man is the same.  He was and is a sinner, in need of salvation.”


“God’s love and preserving care are eternal.  They have rested upon this church in the past.  They are a refuge for all time.”


Rev. Muedeking closed with a sincere charge to the pastor, the Rev. J. G. Buth.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oldham, who live in the Town of Seif, returned home Sunday to find that the little pigs had picked their strawberries.  Charley said they did a pretty good job of it; but complains they didn’t put the strawberries in the crates.


Opening of the new Dakota Club at Christie will be Sunday, July 2nd.  There will be Free Refreshments, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Free Premiums given with each 5-gallon gas purchase.  See Johnny, Danny or Skippy


The caddies of the Neillsville golf course: Joseph and Glen Zilk, Marvin Hemp, Robert free, Raymond Ackerman and Darwin Graves played with Marshfield against the Stevens Point caddies Tuesday, with the Neillsville and Marshfield boys winning by a score of 18 ½ to 12 ½ Darwin Graves headed the list with a score of 81.  Marshfield and Neillsville caddies will play here next Saturday.


Roehrborn’s Store has Bang-Up Values for July 4th!  Garden-Fresh Vegetables and Fruits: Sunkist lemons doz. 33’; Bananas 4 lbs. 25’; New Potatoes Ό bushel 35’; Cantaloupe each 10’; Tomatoes, lb. 12’.


There will be a dance at the Bohemian Z.C.B.J. Hall, formerly the Levis Community Hall, on Sunday, July 2nd.  Music will be by Johnny’s Bohemian Band.  Admission: Gents 25’, Ladies Free





One of the first places to hold worship services in Clark County was in a little log dwelling built in the Town of Fremont, a half mile east of the York town line.  It was referred to as “the little log chapel” where worship services and Sunday school classes were held.  As more settlers came to the area, the number of worshipers outgrew the little chapel and they dispersed to start or find other worship places. The chapel was long remembered by many as the place “So Dear to My Childhood.”




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