Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 8, 2010, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

December 1900


Last Thursday afternoon occurred; the annual Thanksgiving football game with Augusta that was held on Hewett field.  The wearers of the “black and red” came into town riding on a 2 p.m. railway special and then proceeded to put on the strongest aggregation on the field that has as yet been contested with the Neillsville team. A record-breaking crowd witnessed the contest and cheered their respective teams.  The game was fiercely fought and brilliant plays were in evidence, but not withstanding all the efforts put forth, a tie game was the result, being 0-0 at the end of 55 minutes playing.


During the latter part of the game, several times it was necessary to measure the distance to tell which team had claim to the football on downs, many decision being based on advantages ranging from 2 to 6 inches. The teams were quite evenly matched in weight and played very much the same style of game. Considering slippery conditions of the field, few fumbles were noticeable and the play was very rapid. The Augusta team is to be congratulated on their plucky game in the face of so many recent injuries, having three main players out of the game.


The play-by-play description was omitted in this article, to save space. Some of the player names were: Burnett, the kicker; Southard, a guard; Herrian, a tackle; Cattanach and Ketel, ball carriers; Smith punt returner. D. Z.)


Louis Hanel, whose home is near Columbia, got a dislocated left shoulder by a falling tree while he was working in Galligan & Linster’s logging camp.


Thursday, George Forbush cut his foot while working at Galligan & Linster’s saw mill, near Globe.


Another shipment of fur coats arrived this morning at Gilbert & Johnson’s.  Black Dog coats are $10 to $16; Russian Buffalo coats $17.50 to $24.  Don’t fail to look at them before you buy.


Ronald Lamont, of the Colby area, has been taking an enforced vacation; the Dorchester schools are closed on account of diphtheria being prevalent there.


O. H. Altman, last week, shipped a carload of maple cant-hook stocks that he made out of the timber on his farm.  He has a large contract to fill for this product, which is practically a new industry for the area.


Monday, Robert Eunson purchased the livery business of E. E. Crocker.  He gets ten horses, buggies, surreys, wagons, cutters and sleighs and everything that goes with them, harnesses, robes blankets and other related items.  Mr. Eunson has had extensive experience in the livery business so will keep teams and rigs in nice condition. He will continue the business in Mr. Crocker’s barn, corner of Grand Ave. and Fifth Street.           


Balch & Tragsdorf found life dull and dreary since they sold their farm in Levis this fall, so they purchased 160 acres from August Ableiter, across the Black River in the same town this week and are again enrolled in the Granger ranks.


Last week, Balch & Tragsdorf purchased from Richard Lesler, 120 acres of land in Sec. 6, Township 23, 2 west. This adjoins the quarter section they recently purchased and together it will make a grand stock farm.                                                                                                       


Don’t sneeze and shed tears grating horseradish when you can get it already grated at Robert’s store for less than the cost of grating.                                                                                                           


The Rev. R. N. Toms will preach at the Prince of Peace Church, Pine Valley, at 11 a.m. next Sunday and at Dells Dam at 2:20 p.m.                                                                                                      


Chas. Baerwald, who played with the Neillsville Giants last season, has signed with the Cleveland ball club for next year.  Charley is a good ball player and will make a record when he gets into the big league.


A six o’clock supper will be given at the Unitarian Church on Friday, Dec. 21st. They will serve ham, escalloped salmon, baked beans, cabbage and celery salad, bread and butter, coffee and cake for dessert.


Vesper of Wood Co. has a pearl button factory, the product of which is made of clamshells taken from the Wisconsin River.                                                                                                          


August Wesenberg of Levis has bought the quarter section of and at Hutchings’ corner on which the cheese factory stands, from C. N. Stern estate. Consideration was $3,300.                              


C. A. Youmans went to Milwaukee Saturday night to consult with others who share his interest in their Canadian canal.  He received a cablegram from London that arrangements had been made by their representative there by which work on the canal may soon commence.


December 1950


The big city patrol took a bath in O’Neill pond last Monday, but Ray Noll, the chauffeur, did not.  When the patrol gracefully slipped down into the icy water, Ray clambered upward and onto the ice.  He never even wet the soles of his boots.


That patrol really contributed something to the holiday joy.  It went down when all of Neillsville was perfectly placid, and it gave the folks something to see and to talk about all the rest of the afternoon.  They rallied around in cars and on foot, and watched for the three hours or so that it took to pull the patrol machine out again.


As for the sidewalk superintendents, well, they haven’t had such an opportunity in a dog’s age.  Each of them knew just how to catch hold of that grader and how to pull it to terra firma.


The patrol and Ray were engaged in the laudable task of clearing away the snow for the ice skaters. City Engineer Hanson had conducted the necessary investigation, and had discovered that the ice had a depth of 11 inches.  The only trouble with the calculations was that they were made out near the center of the creek. They did not take into consideration any possible variance.


After hitting the job, Ray and the grader, five and a-half tons of it went round and round, with the greatest of ease. Each time they went around, they got closer to shore.  Finally they were right up close to the north bank, alongside the Paulson building.  Then the ice began to give.  Ray tried to pull the patrol out to firmer ice, but he couldn’t make it. So he scrambled to safety, as the big machine settled gracefully and decisively to the bottom of the creek.


Then the big thing of trying to get it out of there; the quick idea was to get Zilk’s heavy-duty truck on the job, with its winch.  The truck was taken to the north side and was stationed in front of the Paulson building.  There the wire rope was rigged and everything was ready for the big pull.


The truck with the winch was held in place by hitching it to a heavy city truck.  Thus held, the winch slowly pulled the heavy patrol out of the pond and up the bank.


After it emerged, the patrol was given an oil change and the motor was given a whirl.  It started up OK and the patrol went merrily about its business the next day, with Ray Noll at the wheel and both were fit as a fiddle.


It used to be heard on Saturday night that a bath is a good thing, and maybe, on Monday, that goes for a grader.


The farm home of Roy King in Pine Valley burned Monday, the house being completely destroyed. Some of the contents were saved.  The loss on the building is placed at $1,800, with the entire loss insured.  The location is one-half mile west of the Pine Valley Church.  The King family was mostly centered at the Roy King residence at the time, including seven grandchildren.  The various families are finding shelter in the Ned King and the Elliott King homes. The fire was thought to have started from the chimney.                                                              


Saturday, Dec. 9th, Wedding Dance for Erline Ziegler and Russel VandeBerg at the Silver Dome Ballroom with music by the Howie Sturtz Orchestra.


New Year’s Eve Dance, Monday, Dec. 31, with music by Elmo Johnson Orchestra at the Silver Dome Ballroom.


Thursday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. the music department of the Neillsville Public Schools will present its annual Christmas program at the armory.  The program will be in two parts.


Fifty grade school children will present a demonstration of eurhythmic dancing, accompanied by the high school Girls Glee Club.  The dancing will be set to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.


This demonstration will be somewhat of a revolutionary experience for music education in this area. The field of rhythmic expression, coordinated with music listening and appreciation, is one of the newest and most progressive forms of music education. The dances will be presented in costume.  The entire demonstration is under the direction of Miss Anna Rae Harris.


The second portion of the program will be a candlelight tableaux presentation of the Story of Christmas.  The music will be furnished by the high school band and the combined Girls Glee Club of 75 voices.


Specials at H. H. Van Gorden & Sons:


U. S. No. 1 White potatoes, $1.80 for 100 lbs; Buckwheat Pancake Flour, 5 lb. pkg. 45’; White Rye Flour, 5 lbs 45’; Whole Wheat Flour, 10 lbs. 85’.                                                                    


The Community Meat House weekend specials:


Whole or Half, dressed pigs 30’ lb. Pork Loins or Picnic hams, 39’ lb. Aged Brick Cheese 45’ lb.  Delicious Home Made Sausage 70’ lb.  Try our own home cured and smoked Ham and Bacon.


Lewerenz Food Shop, in Neillsville, Phone 338                                        


Mrs. Alexander Cattanach, a pioneer of Clark County, was honored with a party on her 89th birthday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Becker, at 409 W. 5th Street, in Marshfield.


Mrs. Cattanach was the former Jane Williams, who was born in a log house near the present village of Granton.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. George Williams, who came to Granton, from Waukesha County.  Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Williams came to Wisconsin from Ohio in 1842.


She lived with her husband at Nasonville and Chili before going to Marshfield.


In 1950 deer season is gone, but not completely forgotten.


Especially by Clarence Roderick, a farmer near Globe, who got his deer early on the first day because he decided he’d better get up a load of wood to soothe the spirits of the Mrs., who was going to be left alone while he traipsed out after the whitetails.


Being a knowing husband, Clarence set out to get the wood first and the deer later.


Roderick, so the story, from Harry Roehrborn and Art A. Morgan goes, was loading the wood when a deer approached in wild flight.  As it got near him it dropped.  He went to it; found it dead of a wound; waited for several minutes on the chance some hunter might be following its blood trail.  Then he loaded it with the wood and returned home.


So, in years hence, when Roderick tells about the time he got his deer without so much as a rifle, this will put it on official record.                                                                                                        


A January quota of at least double the quota of December is anticipated by the local selective service organization.  The December inductees numbered eleven, which indicates a prospective induction of about 22 in January.


The eleven who were inducted Dec. 13, were as follows:


David P. Frane, Colby; Gordon R. Wenzel, Spencer; Ronald G. Meihack, Neillsville; Ivo J. Schmitt, Neillsville; William G. Sterzinger, Colby; Robert C. Henchen , Loyal; Elvin D. Lindau, Dorchester; Donald L. Hulse; Abbotsford; Earl H. Smith, Neillsville; Willard R. Biddle, Greenwood; and Robert L. Delis, Curtiss.                                                          


Christmas music is in the air from the belfry of the Congregational Church. This has been made possible through an installation made by Fred Stelloh and Thadeus Zajac, who have supplied the equipment and made the installation. The equipment consists of a cabinet radio, a disc reproducer and an amplifier, with connection to the belfry, where the loud speaker is located.


The equipment has been loaned to the church for extended use. The records giving the chime effects are especially made and provided.                                                                                                


Fourteen hundred children met with Santa Claus in Neillsville last Saturday.  Some of them swapped a little conversation with him. All of them got treats. When the last of them had gone by, Santa was practically exhausted.  He is a merry old soul, and he can take a lot, but he says 1,400 children are enough to tire anybody.


The Forty Dancing Club met at the Legion Memorial Hall Monday evening for a dancing party.  Music was furnished by the Nemitz Brothers.  The lunch committee consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lukes, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wall, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Svetlik, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Hoesly and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rahn.


Officers and employees of the Clark County courthouse will enjoy their annual Christmas Party late Friday afternoon at the courthouse. A gift grab bag will be a point of interest. Lunch will be served supervised by Viola Gotter and Ruby Meihack.


Holiday Special Treat!  Stick Candy Ice Cream with red and green peppermint candy stick generously mixed in, which is provided to local dealers by the Parkin Ice Cream Co., 104 Ninth St. Marshfield, Wis.




This photo shows the excitement created by Santa Claus’ visit to Neillsville on a Saturday during December in the 1950s when a large crowd gathered around for each child to receive a bag of treats.




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