Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 9, 2009, Page 14

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1919


Attention to the girls living around Globe: don’t worry about the muddy roads when going to parties or entertainments.  Just give Walter Wegner a wink or whistle and he will be right there to take you in his new Ford car.


A meeting was held at the Armory Thursday morning, for the purpose of organizing a post of the American Legion with about 150 soldiers attending.  Major A. C. Martin was selected temporary chairman and Walter Schultz temporary secretary. Thirty-five signed the charter and the organization of a post is a certainty.


Another meeting will be held at the Grand Army of the Republic hall Saturday night at eight o’clock, at which time the organization will be perfected, a name of the post selected and officers elected.


Judge James O’Neill spoke to the meeting Thursday morning, regarding the roster of soldiers from Clark County and the proposed history of the county’s war activities.


Another drainage district has been started in lower Clark and upper Jackson Counties.  The district embraces some 26,000 acres in the southern end of Clark County and north end of Jackson, with the preliminary work now well under way.


Wanted: Sewing Machine operators to sew canvas gloves and cheese bandages; Steady work, wage, 18 cents per hour for beginners.  Johnson Manufacturing Co. Marshfield, Wis.


A carload of Havoline Oil will be received by Wagner Motor Co. soon. Place your orders now for barrels and half barrels.


Neillsville seems to be not the only city that is being troubled with scarcity of houses, for almost every neighboring city makes the same complaint. The mystery is in deciding where all the people come from who are demanding houses. There are no vacant farms, so the natural conclusion is that a lot people formerly lived in tents or dugouts.


Bob Kurth is short two watermelons and three muskmelons since Sunday night and has offered to lay off smoking for one day if the identity of the thieves is proven to him.


Hand picked winter apples, $1.00 a bushel at Oscar Johnson’s farm in Lynn.


Within the last two weeks the Homemaker Land Co. has sold 2,000 acres of land north of Tioga. Several of the buyers expect to move up to their land this fall.


On Saturday afternoon, a turkey case held the attention at City Hall with Judge Campman as the referee.  Tom Wren and Arthur Epp were the principals in the affair and a jury of five tried and true men made claim to a gang of turkeys, which had been making their home here and there in that vicinity. The number of turkeys was estimated all the way from 8 to 18 and after all the evidence was in, the jury decided that Epp was the original proprietor of the turkeys and awarded them to him, together with six cents in damages.  As Epp had already gone to Wren’s farm while Tom was at church and taken the fowls, all Epp had to do was go home and tell the turkeys to stay put and get ready for Thanksgiving.


Tuesday afternoon, an auto driven by Otto Belgrin was struck by a passenger train at Chili. Mrs. Belgrin and Rev. E. J. Arndt, who were in the car with Mr. Belgrin, were badly hurt, while Mr. Belgrin escaped with but minor injuries. The accident occurred at the railroad crossing at Chili as the afternoon passenger train was slowing down to stop at the station when Mr. Belgrin, not seeing the train, drove over the track.  The train engine struck the car squarely, pushing it to one side of the track.  Mrs. Belgrin was the most severely injured and was taken to the Marshfield hospital.  Rev. Arndt, who resides in Chicago, was badly cut about the face and head, but his injuries are not expected to be serious. The Belgrins live east of Chili.


Beginning October 1st, Dr. Lyman Copps, a highly reputable eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, will be associated with Drs. Vedder & Vedder of Marshfield, Wis., in their finely appointed offices over the Trio Theatre.


The Neillsville Canning factory is preparing to cut kraut and persons who have cabbage to sell are requested to call at the factory to see Robert Kurth or Gust Krause to make arrangements for hauling.



The Neillsville Canning Factory was one of two such vegetable factories in the city circa 1920-1940, providing temporary employment for many during eh summer months.  The factory was located along 8th Street, west of Grand Avenue.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)


Claude Thompson has opened a garage in the Dresden livery and is prepared to do repairing at all times.  Mr. Thompson comes well recommended as a first-class mechanic, having nine years experienced in the garage business.


September 1959


Neillsville High School’s grid opener against Black River Falls High School, there, Friday night will go a long way in giving coaches and local fans an idea how far the local team will be able to go in Cloverbelt competition this year.


If injuries heal in time, the Neillsville Warriors could field an all-letterman team for this opener.  The question marks, however, are Bill Perrine, Jr., veteran end, who has missed scrimmage because of a sprained ankle; and Jack Kluckhohn, another veteran end, who has been down with virus pneumonia.


If these two men are not available Friday night, Coach Staffen said he planned so start Allen Temte, a promising sophomore transfer from Reedsburg, in Perrine’s spot and Bob Heidemann at Kluckhohn’s tackle slot.


If the two men in question are available, the Neillsville lineup is expected to have: Perrine and Richard Lynch at the ends; Bill Simek and Kluckhohn at the tackles; Larry Bright and Charles Bright, brothers, at the guard positions; Chuck Glassbrenner at center; Dennis Gall at Quarterback; Stanley Kurasz and Tom Mack, the “Golddust Twins,” at halfback positions; and John Adamec at fullback.


During the Clark County Fair, the Catholic Children, staying at the fairgrounds were taken by cars to St. Mary’s Church at Neillsville on Sunday morning for church service.  Protestant church services were held in the 4-H hall at the fairgrounds with Rev. E. S. Antrim, pastor of Evangelical United Brethren Church of Chili officiating.


Mr. and Mrs. Casper Marty have moved the Tews house onto a foundation on West Seventh Street and expect to move into their new home next week.


The Laabs Cheese Factory at Willard has been under construction recently.  Some of the old structure is being torn down and new additions are being put up and remodeled.  This will make a bigger and more convenient structure in the near future.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Haines celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday with open house at their home, 108 West Street in Neillsville.  On Sunday, their six children and 10 grandchildren observed the anniversary as a family at the Haines home.  Gene Helgeson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Helgeson of Fennimore and Robert D. Haines, Montfort, were married at the home of the bride’s parents at 11 a.m. September 8, 1909.  Attendants were Anna (Helgeson) Nielson and John Bowden.


Following the marriage the newlyweds went to farming near Montfort where they remained until 1920, when they moved to Clark County.  They located on the Fred Reidel farm in the Town of Grant, where they lived until 1953.  Then they moved to Neillsville.


Mr. Haines served from 10 to 12 years on the school board in Wild Rose district, Town of Grant, and after coming to Neillsville they became members of the Methodist Church.


“We have experienced good health and good fortune,” said Mrs. Haines, relating that they had experienced nothing worse than a drought in 1910 while still living near Montfort.


Attending the observance on Sunday and remaining for the open house Tuesday were all six children and their families: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Haines and four children, of the Town of Grant; H. Glenn Haines, Town of Grant; Mr. and Mrs. L. Eugene Haines and children of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Russell (Ella) Gardner and children, Russell, Jr., Town of Grant; Mr. and Mrs. Alex (Rebecca) Goeser of Chilton; Mr. and Mrs. Arvid (Anna) Liebzeit of Greenwood.  One son, Robert Earl, their first child died in infancy.


“Cannonball” Taylor, of Hollywood, Calif., and his wife paid an unexpected visit to the Short Fur Farm, east of Neillsville last Saturday.


Mr. Taylor has been making personal appearances and was enroute to another appearance.  They noticed the fur farm and drove into the yard.  Mr. and Mrs. Taylor introduced themselves and were given a personally conducted tour of the mink fur farm by members of the Short family. They found the Taylors quite ordinary people.


Mr. Taylor, who is co-starring with Frank Sinatra in “A Hole in the Head,” invited the Shorts to visit them in Hollywood.


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kissling are building a garage on their new home, the former Cannonville School.  Several neighbors assisted theme in putting the roof on over the weekend.                   


Loss estimated at about $15,000 resulted when a fire of unknown origin destroyed the Dorchester Ford Garage building last Thursday.  The loss was covered by insurance.


Automobiles within the building were removed to safety.  The building, which stood on the site of Dorchester’s first public school, was a 2-story frame structure with a tin roof.  The roof helped in containing the fire, according to firemen.


The blaze burned through a telephone cable, rendering the community virtually without communications for a time.


Owner of the building was Lloyd Carlson, who purchased it in 1958 from Otto Genrich and Edgar Paulson.


Jordahls, Neillsville’s newest and largest addition to the rapidly expanding business district, will have its grand opening this weekend.


This new and modern establishment is located at the corner lot of West 5th and Grand Avenue, on a corner lot formerly occupied by the Paulson residence and across the street to the south from the old Moose Hall.


It is an all steel Behlen structure, the first of its kind built in Neillsville for retail purposes.  The building is 69 feet wide and 132 feet long, all on one floor.  It houses 7,000 square-feet of display area on the ground floor in addition to providing for office and a large storage space in the rear.


Several carloads of furniture and appliances have been required to fill the display floor of the new store.


(The former Jordahl building is now occupied is now occupied by Family Dollar. D.Z.)  


The second year of a forest and game development program is now under way in Clark County, with work concentrating in the towns of Foster and Butler.  The plans include additional work in the town of Washburn, also.


During the last eight weeks a crew has been busy with bulldozers and earth-moving equipment under Donald G. Hull of the conservation department at Black River Falls, and Assistant District State Forester Herb Rhoades of Neillsville.


In section 29-30, Town of Butler, a dike is being constructed on the old fire lane of Willow Marsh flowage to flow a four-foot head of water.  Roads are also improved to the marsh and access is also being made from County Trunk H in Eau Claire County.  A road is being constructed north of the marsh for removing timber and giving hunters access to a large area, which has also been inaccessible in the past.


In the Town of Foster a 600-foot dike, with a six-foot head, is being constructed on the Abott ranch to create a 23-acre flowage and a 300-foot emergency spillway in the Carter Lake area. Roads are also being improved for the removal of timber and to give hunters a wider range of accessibility.


Bald Peak Marsh flowage, Town of Foster, near the Seif line, is to undergo development.  Thirteen-hundred feet of dike will be built to provide a four-foot head, with an emergency spillway at the north side of Bald Peak.


The Loyal Canning Company, only surviving cannery of 10, which once operated in Clark County, finished its 1959 pack Sunday.


During the summer months it packed about 900,000 gallons of peas, beans and corn, for that has been the approximate average of recent years, according to Elmer Sterr, owner and manager.


All of the company’s packs are made in No. 10 tins, which are the gallon-sized tins used widely by hotels, restaurants and institutions.  This year, as in other recent years, the total is expected to run close to 150,000 cases, packed in six cans to the case.


At one time Clark County supported vegetable canneries in almost every area. Canning crops, for farmers and the businesses was an important factor in the overall economy of the county.  Factories in Colby, Dorchester, Greenwood, Humbird, Loyal, two in Neillsville and in Thorp, furnished wide employment during the summer months, more particularly for women; as well as the opportunity for farmers.


Seven Clark County students are among the 68 freshmen and sophomores enrolled at the Wood County Teachers College at Wisconsin Rapids.  Classes opened there August 31st.


Attending from the area are Pat Hagedorn, Bernice Trachte, Nancy Cummings, and Joan Matuzsak, all of Neillsville; Kathleen Krause of Granton; Lois Wolf of Chili and Roger Ystad of Greenwood.


Miss Matuzsak and Mr. Ystad are members of the mixed chorus and Miss Krause is the accompanist.





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