Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 17, 2010, Page 20

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1900


Citizens having rubbish, tree tops or ashes, and such to get rid of, are requested to dump the same in the sag just opposite the depot, across the track, to help fill it as that place is to be leveled, graded and grassed by the city in the spring.


Marsh Bros. store advertises a large assortment of “Rainy Day Skirts” at from $4.00 to $10.00 each.


Orlo Huckstead had a runaway last Saturday.  A bridle came off one of the horses and the team became unmanageable. Orlo was thrown into a wire fence and his face was cut quite badly.


A Loyal news item: E. Weaver is a very careful driver and there is one team of horses in the barn that he doesn’t trust the hired boys to drive but goes along himself as a precaution against an accident or runaway.  One instance we have in mind is a drive to Neillsville last Monday by Atty. Rush, Jas. Paulus, C. Buhlman and E. Weaver as the driver.  On the return trip the team became frightened and ran away, throwing the entire load of men in a snow bank.


November 1905


John Auman who bought the old Chandler Farm from Fred Wendt, Sr., shipped his crop of sugar beets to Chippewa Falls last week.  They went about 13 tons to the acre and averaged better than $4.50 per ton.         


The Republican and Press editor last week sold a span of two-year-old colts raised on Maple Glen Farm for $300.  They were purchased by A. L. Alderman to go on his large stock farm near Stone Bank, Waukesha County. D. Short started Monday to drive the colts across country to their destination.                   


You must not forget that “The Big Horseshoe” is just across the road from everybody, with the largest assortment of shoes in the city.  We have just received One Ton of assorted Horseshoes, snow, steel, iron, side-weights, “Never-slips,” Dryden rubber pads and everything else kept in a first-class shoeing shop.  Geo. Evans, is proprietor


C. Krumrey is getting ready to put in about 400,000 feet of hardwood logs on his land in the Town of Seif.  August Lautenbach of the Town of Grant is putting up his saw mill on the tract and will saw up the logs as they are landed.  Mr. Krumrey will have about a dozen men in camp when the job is in full swing.  Louis Handtke has charge of the crew, some of which are now building camps.  Mr. Krumrey will utilize everything of timber on the land; even the slabs will be sawed up and hauled to Neillsville for burning wood.                                         


Report of School in Joint District No. 2 Loyal and Beaver, for month ending Nov. 3, 1905: Total number of days taught, 20. Total number enrolled, 19, Total of days absent 48.  Daily average attendance 16.  Names of those neither absent nor tardy: Arthur Voss, Otto Goehring, Anna Johnson, and Walter Goehring.  Those receiving 100 in deportment for month: Otto Goehring, Helen Boetcher, Frankie Shupe, Anna Johnson, Nettie and Walter Goehring; 95 or above in deportment: Sarah, Selma and Huldah Goehring, Wm. Anderson, John Johnson.  Minnie K. Draper, Teacher


H. Bieneck who lately bought the old Kirkland farm north of the city, from E. E. Crocker is making considerable improvements in the house.                                                                     


This week John Wolff and family take possession of their new home, the Webster house on Grand Avenue, purchased from Jos. Dillman.                                                                                                        


If you are looking for a Good Fur Robe go to Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. to see their selection. They can supply a Fur Robe from a choice of prices at $8, 9, $10.50, 12 or $13.50.            


Geo. Milton, proprietor of the Summit View Dairy in Pine Valley, sold Wolff & Dwyer some pigs which were exactly six months old to the day and which averaged 203 pounds each.                


Men are wanted to work in the Woods and Logging Camps.  Wages run from $28 to $35 per month.  See the R. Connor Co. of Stratford, Wis.                                                                           


Al Carlson is clearing and stumping a road from the eighth stake on the East line of Section 28 in the Town of Dewhurst to the County Line near Hatfield.                                                                


Mr. Theodore Ziegler of the Town of Grant and Miss Augusta Ratch of Pine Valley were married at the Lutheran Chruch Monday, Nov. 20, Rev. Brandt officiating.  The bride has lived in Neillsville for a number of years past at the home of John Ross and is highly esteemed by all her acquaintances.  The groom is a young and progressive farmer who lives in the Town of Grant.  The young couple will begin housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm.


The beautiful new brick church of the Evangelical Lutheran Zion’s Congregation, 1 mile southeast of Granton will be dedicated on Sunday, November 26th; with services at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with music by a Brass Band, singing of anthems by two strong choirs.  Dinner and other refreshments will be served on the grounds under shelter.  Everybody is cordially invited to attend.                                                                                        


One of the most successful cheese factories in Clark County, which is owned and operated by J. B. Daughhetee, is located three miles northwest of Granton.  In the month of June the factory received on an average 11,000 pounds of milk daily and a good amount is still being received.                                                       


Attend Thanksgiving Dinner at the O’Neill House.  Their Bill of Fare will be:


Cream of Tomato Soup, along with Olives, Pickles and Celery;


Meats: Roast Beef, Brown Gravy; Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce; Baked Goose with Oyster Dressing; Chicken Pie;


Vegetables: Steamed Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Cabbage, Hot slaw, and Kidney Beans;


Pastry: Apple, Mince and Pumpkin Pie;


American cheese,


Desserts: Hartford pudding with Wine Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Assorted Cakes.


Tea, Coffee, and Milk!


Dinner served 12:30 p.m., price 50 cents per plate.


November 1950


Baby-sitting service is offered by the Girl Scouts of Neillsville for next Tuesday, Election Day.  This service will be without charge and is intended by the Scouts to be a patriotic service.  Their purpose is to make it easier for mothers to go to the polls.  The service will be rendered in the homes and for that purpose mothers may contact Mrs. Henry Stucki, Mrs. James Musil and Mrs. Jacob Hoesly.


In addition, the service will be rendered at the polling place by Mrs. William Koehler’s troop.  There, the girls will be available to care for the small fry while the mothers are casting their ballots.


Charles Pralguske and his wife Rose have taken title to the Merry Ol’ Gardens property in the Town of Longwood.  The direct consideration was about $1,500, but the purchase was subject to two mortgages, one to the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Greenwood and another to Palmer Vinger.


The grantors were George J. Pabich, Jr., and his wife, Betty L.                        


Raymond B. Colby has been discharged as special administrator of the estate of his father, Bert W. Colby.  The late Mr. Colby’s days were ended at Crystal Lake, Ill., and the will was probated there.  Included in the B. W. Colby estate was the store property in Loyal, which is now occupied by R. B. Colby, and this business property went to the son, as to the terms of the will.  The Colby store property in Loyal has been occupied and operated by B. W., his son since 1928.  The son paid his father a yearly rental and had made extensive improvements in it, at his own expense, including a locker plant.


Eleven young men of Clark County are now in the armed services of the United States, by virtue of induction on October 26.  They left Neillsville last week, going first to Minneapolis and then to Ft. Knox, Ky.  Prior to their departure they were served coffee and hamburgers by the local American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The eleven were as follows: Floyd F. Klemetson, Curtiss; Andrew B. Djubenski, Rt. 1 Willard; Douglas G. Buddinger, Rt. 4, Neillsville; James A. Fischer, Rt. 3, Thorp; Norbert E. Osowski, Rt. 1, Thorp; Verne E. Vollrath, Rt. 2, Greenwood; Adolph L. Koltis, Manchester, Calif.; LeRoy A. Collinson, Rt. 2, Spencer; Arthur L. Jennings, Rt. 1, Chili; Marlyn A. Ritter, Withee; Robert M. McAdam, Withee.


Wesley Charles Revie, a registrant transferring from Marathon County, was also inducted with this group of men.


Joe Hanus may well be said to be the Father of Hatfield.  He saw the possibilities there nearly a century ago and never lost faith in the place. That faith has been vindicated a hundred times over and now when he sees the many homes and the activities of that region; he has a feeling of satisfaction.  He has contributed greatly to that progress.  He had owned the acres, which he sold reasonably in five-acre lots along the highway for $125 to $150 each because he wanted to see the people settle in the area.  He was interested in its roads and progress.  He gave a right-of-way for the REA, which advanced the progress of the place as much as any one thing.  We could not resist asking him if it troubled him any when he compared prices received for lots and property now compared to what he received for that property.  He said, “Not at all.” He said he got his price at the time he sold it and he liked to see people get along.


At one time he owned all the land from the Hatfield Cemetery to the Arnold Creek Bridge in Clark County.  Now he owns only his home just over the line in Clark County.


We recently had the pleasure of meeting Joe Hanus.  He shared with us some of his interesting life experiences.


He came to Hatfield July 18, 1896, from Chicago.  His father, Joseph Hanus, bought a homestead there.  Like all the others, he farmed.  The soil was not good but because the soil was cheap they settled.  Some made good, some didn’t.  The Hanus family first stayed with John Uceny, the father of Mrs. Joe Prusa, who is still living in Hatfield with his daughter.  To help his parents, Joe started to work when 11 years old, doing anything to help them make ends meet.  His early experiences consisted of working in the woods, on the Black River with the late Jule Walters, as a section hand on the Green Bay Railroad.


In 1905 he went to Alberta, Canada, where he proved up a homestead.  He spent four years there, never home during that time.  Along with holiday time, in 1909, he came back to visit his parents.  He saw an opportunity in Hatfield.  He built his first little store, 16 x 20, and opened it for business May 1, 1910.  In 1926, that store burned and he built the present one.  In 1926, he sold it to Clarence Hell.  In 1931, he acquired it again.  In the meantime, he had built the Arbutus Pavilion and completed it June 16, 1921.  The late J. J. McGillivray was the contractor and the late Jake Hubert put up the building.  It was something new in the way of pavilions here for it had steel springs under the floor.


He operated Arbutus Pavilion during the hard years of Prohibition.  As he said, I always tried to operate it clean.  He must have succeeded.  We checked with I. S. Hollenbeck, sheriff at the time, who said of Joe Hanus, “He is a very nice man.  He ran a good business there.  He would not permit drinking during prohibition and all the best people in the country used to go there.”  Mr. Hanus said that both he and Mr. Hollenbeck were threatened to be shot, but they never were.”


He built a two-story home for his parents in their later years.  It is of interest to know that their original farm, a half a mile northwest of Hatfield, is still operated as a farm by Peter Meyers.  The Hatfield Sportsmen’s Club raises ring-neck pheasants there and the feed for them.


In 1935 he sold the store to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Prusa.  In 1938, he sold the pavilion to Joe and Violet Vieau.


Mr. and Mrs. Hanus had spent four winters in Florida, a couple in McAllen, Texas, where Mrs. Hanus died very suddenly December 12, 1947.  Mr. Hanus spent the winter of 1948 in Laredo, Texas and Monterey, Mexico, and last year at Hot Springs, where he liked it well enough to return this year.


Few people know that all during World War I and II, he sent a steady stream of gifts and packages to Czechoslovakia, the home of his mother and he continues to help those there.  We have no doubt but that his gifts have been gratefully appreciated.


Although he has retired he feels that he is well repaid for those years by the friends he has gained during the time he was in business.  He says he values them more than anything, friends he might other wise not have made.  He admits to having some disappointments in life, but firmly maintains that there are still good people in the world and that he still believes in human nature. As long as he can do that he will be living the rich life.



Building of the Lake Arbutus Pavilion at Hatfield was completed in 1921, by its owner at the time, Joe Hanus, who introduced the first steel-spring dance floor in this area. 

(Photo courtesy of Roy Strebing family collection)


The FHA of Greenwood held a barn dance party at the gymnasium Tuesday evening. Barn dance clothes were worn.  The program included a talent show and grab bag.  Cider and doughnuts were served.  Attendance was confined to high school students and to a few invited guests.


Be sure to Order Now a Juicy, Tender Bird for your Thanksgiving Table from Quality Market, the Prochazka Brothers in Neillsville.  Orders can be made for Turkeys, Capons, Geese or Ducks.  Phone 25


Wedding Dance for Mr. and Mrs. Harley Miller, Saturday, Nov. 18 with music by the Elmo Johnson Orchestra at the Silver Dome Ballroom




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