Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 19, 2009 Page 21

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1899


Great operations are going on along the Omaha railroad in Clark and Jackson counties in the way of straightening curves, bettering the grades, and such changes, at a cost of many thousands of dollars.


Salt is 85’ per barrel.  Balch & Tragsdorf, “The Merchants” advertise packaged coffee at 8’ per lb.


On the Neillsville Market: Corn, 35’; oats, 21’; hay $8; butter, 10 to 12’ lb; eggs, 10’ doz.; hogs, $2.75 to $3; milkers and springers, $25 to $30 per head.


Work is intended to begin this week, putting up an iron bridge to span the Black River at Dells Dam.   


The French sawmill, recently destroyed by fire is being speedily rebuilt.


There is talk of removing the college at Galesville to La Crosse. Why not take it to Neillsville?  It takes only about $31,600 and Neillsville has plenty of money.


The new Lutheran Church, being built at Globe, is nearly finished.                                                      


Saturday was a busy day on Pleasant Ridge. The farmers were busy taking their lambs to market. Gene Counsell took the lead with one team of horses and wagon, hauling 25 lambs on one trip.


B. J. Andrews of Sheboygan County is busy arranging to put in a creamery next spring just west of the Pine Valley town hall.  He will put up the building this fall.


August 1919


Henry Zschernitz and Mrs. Bertha Cowles were married Wednesday at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Metz, of Globe, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Parisius, of Globe.  Mr. and Mrs. Zschernitz will reside in Neillsville.  They have the best wishes of a wide circle of friends.


Was Neillsville stung on their street project?


Hillsboro this year will pave thirty blocks of its streets, brick being used.  A Reedsburg party secured the contract at a price of $2.30 a square yard.  The work is to commence at once, expecting to the completed by Dec. 1st.


In response to the above report: City Attorney Kountz investigated the matter and states that the Hillsboro brick-paving price has been investigated.  It is true that the price is less than Neillsville’s, but their brick is being laid on sand foundation with sand filler.  Further, that had Hillsboro received the same kind of a job that Neillsville is to receive, the paving would cost 73 cents per yard more than it will here.


The “Gobbler,” is a secret order, which numbers a large membership in the county, held a picnic Sunday at Bakerville, which was largely attended.  All the Gobblers did spread their wings in good shape, it is said.


Paul Brenner, who for several years has conducted the Plaza restaurant; has sold his business to Chester Cook and Mike Cardarella who took charge on Thursday.


Mr. Brenner has built up a splendid business here and the restaurant was rated number one for a small town.


Messrs Cook and Cardarella are both experienced in restaurant work.


Mr. Cook will also continue his restaurant next door to the Eberhardt furniture store.


John Wolff has purchased the Grow building, on Hewett Street, formerly occupied by the Club Saloon.  His son, George Wolff, will move his meat market to the Grow building.


The party who has been helping himself in taking potatoes from my patch near the railroad track is requested to settle up at once to avoid prosecution and having his name made public, John Simon.


J. B. Lowe & Son have just received a fine new funeral car.  The auto is a Paige, direct from the factory and the hearse portion was built on at Oshkosh.


For Sale: 3-passenger Reo Roadster, in first-class condition, has only run for 3,500 miles.  Inquire at The Press office. 


The West Weston Community Club will give a picnic dinner on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Eric Schoenherr’s woods. Everyone is invited.


One of the biggest baseball games ever seen in Clark County will take place at Greenwood Sunday afternoon when Greenwood plays Merrillan.  A large crowd from this part of the county is expected to attend.


The Winnebago Indians have reaped a fine income from the blueberry harvest now fast drawing to a close.  The berries have been very plentiful everywhere, the market taking all they could pick at good prices.  The Indians have made the best of the favorable opportunity.  One family sold $600 worth of blueberries; another reported sales of over $500, while numerous families had from $100 to $500 to the good for their pickings.  Many of them have spent their earnings for clothing and other lasting comforts.  They are now picking wild blackberries, which also promise a bountiful crop, bringing in still more money to the family purses.


Paul Walk and Wm. Heiking have purchased the Service Motor Co. garage business and will handle Paige cars.  Mr. Bullard will continue doing the electrical work.


The Midway of the Marshfield Fair, Sept. 2nd to 5th, will again present high-class vaudeville acts as tented attractions. Five independent acts will be shown in addition to the great athletic show, which will feature Fred Beell, former heavyweight champion of America and Herman Witt, the most promising contestant for the middleweight crown.


East Weston – West York News:


With Frank Zickert, Sr., on a grader and C. Runge on his tractor, they built a fine piece of road from Lewis Brown’s corner to the brick schoolhouse. Ask Roy Sischo, the milk route man who travels that section of road. The road had been in bad shape, but now is fine for driving on.


Robert Rouse, Jr. who is a member of the Northwest Mounted Police has just returned from Siberia to visit his home folks in the Columbia area.


August 1949


Realty transfers in Clark County totaling upward of $60,000 have been recorded in recent days in the office of the register of deeds.


One of the largest transactions was the purchase of the Stables Nite Club, in the Town of Hewett, by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pawelko, purchasing it from Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Ziegler and Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Ziegler. Revenue stamps indicated a purchase of from $8,000 to $8,500.


The Zieglers agreed to not operate a tavern, as owners, within 10 miles of the Stables location for the next three years.


A gala Golf Jamboree, which is expected to attract divot diggers from all the surrounding communities, will be held at the Neillsville Country Club Sunday, August 28, it was announced this week.


Entry fees will be $3, of which 50 percent will be returned in Prizes.  Included will be a noon lunch and a dinner in the evening.  Individual awards and four-man team prizes will be offered, according to Tony Sylvester, club professional.


The event will be the first of a number planned for the later summer season.  A present 18-hole qualifying rounds are being played for Club championship match play. The championship match play is open to all members of the club and to all residents of Neillsville who wish to enter.


The first round of match play will be conducted on Labor Day.


In the blind bogey of last week Wednesday, Robert Beggs won first with a gross of 48 and a net of 40. Tied for second were Kurt Listeman and Harry Wasserberger, who had nets of 48 and 53 gross.


A hearing to determine the amount of clearing to be done in the Mead dam flowage area is to be held in the courthouse here Monday, 1 p.m., by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.


A testimonial program in recognition of 44 years’ service as a rural mail carrier; will be given in the City Municipal building at Loyal this evening for Fred Church.  In the point of service, Mr. Church is the oldest rural mail carrier in Clark County.


It will be a great day in Merrillan next Monday.


That afternoon and evening the quiet little village bordering Clark County on the southwest will erupt into celebration.


For that day will be the inaugural of the village as a regular stop for the far-famed, streamlined “400” trains of the Northwestern Railroad.


The village is expected to be jam-packed for the celebration, which is being planned.  The Merrillan Commercial Club, which was most active in securing the stop, is more active than ever in making the event a success.


Playing 185 holes of golf in a total of 1,065 strokes, Neillsville’s 10-woman golf team handily walked away with the Tri-County trophy on the Country Club course here last Thursday.


They smothered all opposition, defeating the second-place Galesville team by 94 strokes, the third-place Whitehall team by 159, and the last place Mondovi by 246.


It was truly a team event, for the winner was based on the low total number of strokes for the 18-hole round. Galesville, defending titlists, turned in a total of 1,159 for the 18; Whitehall, 1,224; and Mondovi, 1,311.


The Neillsville women made a great effort to regain the Tri-County trophy, which they have held but twice previously in more than 20 years of competition.  When the morning’s nine was completed they held a 48 ½ stroke advantage.  Only 18 strokes separated the low from the high score of the Neillsville team.


In posting their win, the Neillsville team scored the following individual 18-home cards: Mrs. Wallenstrom and Mrs. Sadie Haight, 98; Ted Wang, 103; Ann Figi, 104; Mary Lee, 106; Jean Chesemore, 107; Carole Wang and Helen Campman, 110; Alta Allen, 113; and Mrs. Edna Georgas, 116.


Ed Johnson, of Marshfield pleaded guilty before Justice Donald Kalsow here Monday to a charge of reckless driving.  He was released on payment of $10 and costs.


The charge grew out of Johnson’s exploration of some territory at “Deadman’s Curve,” west of Neillsville on Highway 10 from which cars are presumed restricted. Traffic officer Harry Frantz, who arrested Johnson, said his car had knocked down nine fence posts and traveled 227 feet off the highway before Johnson stopped his car in the attempt to straighten out “Deadman’s Curve.”


Johnson was taken to the local hospital for a check-up following the mishap and was found to be unhurt.


Clark County Marriage Licenses issued:


LaVonne Smith, 22 of Loyal and Walter E. Joyce, 22 of Greenwood; Dorthaleen Edwards, 24, Colby, and Harold E. Hardrath, 33, Unity, to be married at Colby August 31; Carol Jean Lindow, 20, of Chili and William Baumgartner, 21, Chili, to be married at Chili August 20.


Evelyn Lewan, 18, Colby, and Clifford Empey, 22, Ashland, to be married at Colby on August 20; Theresa Jarocki, 20, Withee, and Milan Matich, 26, of Michigan, to be married at Thorp September 13; Sophie M. Pogodzinski, 18, Thorp, and Julius G. Potaczek, 22, Medford, to be married August 27.


Anna S. Petruls, 27, Thorp, and Vernon Baehr, 31, Withee, to be married August 24, in Thorp; Betty Hansen, 19, Thorp, and Raymond P. Kaz, 21, Thorp, to be married at Thorp August 20; Harriet O. Eide, 26, Stanley, and Glenn R. Peterson, 24, Withee, to be married August 27.


Order your fuel oil NOW! Prices are at their lowest.  Be ready for those cold fall days.


Call the Dux Brothers, “Cooney & Bill” Dux Phone 206; Distributors of Standard Oil Products at West 7th Street.


Herbert Wagner is the new manager of the Grand View baseball team.  He succeeds Arthur Ackerman, who has resigned after guiding the team since its inception last year.


The sale of the farm and personal property of Julia and Victor Perman, Town of Warner, was the largest real estate transaction recorded in the office of the register of deeds last week.


The Permans sold their property in Section 23 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maas for $22,000.  Personal property included in the sale was 20 cows, 16 heifers, a bull, two horses, five gilts and all machinery and tools, including a tractor.


An old landmark in Shortville is gone.


The church, which was built in 1893 for a Presbyterian congregation by the old settlers, has been torn down. The building was purchase last winter by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Drescher, who plan to use the material in building a home in Neillsville.


Free Dance at Marty’s & Louie’s Tavern, formerly Fred Wallmuth’s, Saturday, Aug. 27, located on Hatfield Road on County Trunk J.  Music by Art and Louie Nemitz


Silver Dome Ballroom will have Wally Ives & His Jolly Dutchmen orchestra playing Sunday, Aug. 20th.


Labor Day Weekend Dancing, Sept. 3, with Ray Winkler & His Orchestra; Sept. 4, with Elmo Johnson Orchestra.


Tonight is the time for Another Big Baseball Game, 8:15 p.m.  The top two Cloverbelt Eastern Division teams, Neillsville and Chili, will give you a big baseball thrill on the Neillsville Athletic Field.  There were 1,600 people who watched their last game, so don’t Miss This One!



Neillsville’s first railroad service came within a mile and a-half west of the city in 1881.  A railroad trestle was built across the Black River in 1887, when the first train was able to come into Neillsville.  By 1890-91 the Northwestern line was completed eastward across Clark County and into Marshfield, operating until January 1982 when it was discontinued. 




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