Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 13, 2010, Page 14

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1910


 This week C. H. Hamilton of Richland Center became the host of the Merchants Hotel, having leased the hotel from Joe Dillman.  Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are experienced in the hotel business and are pleasant, companionable young people.  They will no doubt maintain the usual standard of excellence at the Merchants and also try to improve it.


Here’s a tip for clerks who sell goods at stores where cooking utensils are a part of the stock.  A casserole is a new-fangled earthenware dish for cooking and clerks who have a call for a casserole should remember this and not show articles that may tend to confuse and embarrass the fair customer, as did one in a local store not long ago.


In speaking of the basketball game between Ellsworth and Neillsville High, the Pierce County Herald says: Neillsville had a crack team and rolled up a score of 41 to 3 in the first half.  The Ellsworth boys pulled themselves together in the second half and held their slippery opponents to a 13 to 11 score.  Anderson played the entire game on his nerves and had to be carried to his room.


For Cheap Sale: 80-acre farm, known as Peter Brown place, in Town of Grant, with or without personal property. C. W. Smith


The four children of Mr. and Mrs. Rupnow, who live in the Hewettville community, are sick.  It is reported that they have diphtheria.


Last week Charles Shaw purchased an unimproved farm near Loyal, from Peter Dukelow of Strathmore, Canada, and paid $1,700 for it.  Mr. Shaw’s friends will be glad to know that he made a good deal, as he has been offered a price for it considerable in excess of what he paid.


January 1, 1910, the new law relative to automobiles went into effect.  It will be to the advantage of owners of those machines to read this article carefully and govern themselves accordingly.


By its provisions all registrations shall expire December 31 of each year and may be renewed at a cost of $1.  The fee for new registrations has been increased from $1 to $3 per year.


The purchaser of a second hand machine must deposit $1 with the secretary of state and the person making the sale must within 10 days report the same to the secretary of state, stating the name and business of the purchaser and the number under which the vehicle is registered.


Numbers shall be displayed conspicuously on the front and rear of all cars, the numbers being a shade differing from that of the background to which they are attached, in such a manner that they will not swing with the motion of the car.


The driver of the car is required to use every precaution to avoid frightening horses attached to the vehicle passed and it becomes the legal duty of each member in an auto party to render to the owner of such teams of horses as are passed on the highway using every assistance in their power to prevent trouble.


The law distinctly states that in no case must a speed in excess of the state law of 25 miles an hour be allowed and within the corporate limits of cities and villages the speed limit shall not exceed 10 miles an hour in the business section and 15 miles an hour in the residential section.


A Cheap Barometer:

Take a wide-mouthed jar of clear glass and fill it with fresh water.  Then put into it two teaspoons of finely powdered alum. In fair weather and when it is likely to continue fair, the liquid will be clear, but at the approach of cloudy or rainy weather the mixture will become feathery looking.  This barometer will indicate a change of weather 36 hours in advance.


The Johnson Manufacturing Co. of Neillsville want to up 50,000 ft. of No 1, hard maple logs, 12 feet long and 13 inches in diameter or larger, must be clear.  They will pay $12 per M. No. 2 logs not wanted at any price.


T. E. Brameld has disposed of his interest in the Dangers & Brameld dry goods store to Mr. Dangers and will in the future devote all his attention to his grocery store.  Mr. Dangers will conduct the dry goods store as usual.


On Jan. 19, Nicholas Hubing died at his home on Pleasant Ridge and was laid to rest in the Neillsville Catholic Cemetery Saturday morning.  Father Dorrenbach conducted the services.


Mr. Hubing was born at Belgium, Wis. August 2, 1853.  In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Peutz and they came to Clark County on March 1st of the same year and have resided here since.  Mr. Hubing had been ailing for the last four years.


Mr. Hubing had won and maintained the respect of all with whom he came to know.  He was a hard worker and that his life was successful was due to the fact that his energy and industry was never failing. 


Mr. Hubing leaves to mourn his demise his wife and ten children: William, Edward, Clara, Henry, Celia, Albert, Arthur, Charles, George and Marie; two brothers and one sister; Mike J. of Belgium, Wis., Michael of Granton and Mrs. Nick Decker of Belgium.


January 1940


The Town of York, in which Mr. and Mrs. William H. Edens celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, last Sunday, was a far different community from the York in which they settled 40 years ago, come May 10.


Woodlands have been transformed into pastures and fields by sweat of the brow and bite of the axe.  The industry of the countryside has changed in the 40 years that passed, from that of lumbering to farming.


Yet, somehow, the spirit of hardy early settlers of Clark County, the spirit, which was typified by pioneer Americans, was not lost on the anniversary celebration.


While scores of friends and neighbors joined the children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Edens for the occasion, the old couple looked back on their early trials in a new country.  And they were able to smile on their recollections.


Nearly all of York was woodland when the Edens settled there with their children, in 1900.  They moved from Plymouth, where Mr. Edens had been a shipping clerk.  With typical pioneering spirit, they had traded their Plymouth home for three, almost virgin, York 40s.  And there was a peculiar thing about the trade, as Mr. Edens recalled it:


The land came to a war veteran, a Mr. Corbett, who had a cork leg and taught Mr. Eden’s Sunday school class.  He acquired the land through a gambling debt.


When Edens arrived, they found their 40 acres in woods, with the exception of an area of about three acres, which had been stumped.  That spring Mr. Edens had furrows plowed between the stumps, and planted corn.  The yield was 79 bushels.


Working, side by side, Mr. and Mrs. Edens started clearing their land.  And whenever it came to using a two-handled saw, Mrs. Edens was there, doing her share of the pulling and pushing.


“I don’t recall which end she used,” Mr. Edens remarked; “but it doesn’t make much difference.  One end pulled as hard as the other.”


The children, too, came in for their share of labor in building up the farm and the home.  Like all children of early Clark County families, they learned to work and they worked hard.


At that time York Center consisted of a post office operated in connection with a country store, by A. Benedict.  The post office-store was located on the site of the present Abbie Turner service station.  Besides the post office, the Edens had six nearby neighbors.   They were: Mrs. Stella Mortimer, whose place her son, George now works; Clyde Smith on the farm now owned by Mrs. Julius Drescher; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dean, who later went to Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zwich, now the Emil Korth farm; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Voight, who lived on the place now operated by their son Hank; and Mr. and Mrs. Al Garvin, who lived where Elmer Garbisch now resides.


The golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Edens was held at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin VandeBerg, about a mile from the Edens’ home.  In this manner, it was possible for the observance to come as a complete surprise for the couple.


The anniversary date is January 7; but the earlier observance was held so that all the children and grandchildren could be present, five children and 13 grandchildren.  And throughout the day and evening the VandeBerg home was filled with long-time friends and neighbors who gathered to congratulate the couple on their 50 years of married harmony, and to wish them another 50 years of happiness together.


Mr. and Mrs. Edens were married January 7, 1890, in a church in the Town of Rhine, Sheboygan County.  Their children are: William G. Edens of Hardwood, Mich.; Miss Erna Edens of Milwaukee; Mrs. Donald Kier of Nasonville; Mrs. Ervin VandeBerg of York; and Hans J. Edens of Rockford, Ill.


The 13 grandchildren are: Dorothy, Donald, Douglas, Delbert and Duane Edens of Hardwood; Virginia Mae and Joyce VandeBerg; and Everett, Bernard, Milton, Alice, Norbert and Muriel Kier of Nasonville.  


The first marriage license application made in Clark County in 1940 was that of Frank Arch, 30 of the Town of Eaton, and Rose Jordan, 27, of the Town of Warner, on the third day of the New Year.  The ceremony is planned to take place January 13 in Greenwood.


Buy 3 bars of Lux Toilet Soap for 17’ and then be able to purchase 6 Original Rogers Silver-plate teaspoons for only 50’ with the wrappers from the 3 cakes of Lux soap.


This offer is available at the following Neillsville businesses: Neverman Grocery; The Farmers Store; Prochazka Brothers; A & P Store; Wayne Potter; Roehrborn’s Store; C. C. Wasserberger & Co.; Nick’s Cash Grocery and Sanitary Market.


Village of Granton: E. L. Witte; Farmers Store; and Johnson Grocery.


Willard: J. Lumk’s Grocery and Chas. Perko General Mdse.


Greenwood: Baird Mercantile and The Farmers Store.


Alma Center: Held Grocery and Ruth & Ruth Grocery


Hixton: The Home Grocery and S. H. Van Gorden


Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brinkmeier have moved from their farm in Sherwood to the Trimberger filling station, near the Johnson Cheese Factory, on Highway 10, Granton.


Two Willard youths recently joined the United States Navy, according to word received here from P. J. Cass, Navy recruiting officer stationed at Eau Claire.  The boys are Edward W. Bayuk and Ludwig B. Koschak who will receive eight weeks training at the Great Lakes Naval raining station in Illinois, then will be transferred to ships of the fleet.


A stubborn fire last week gutted the Osseo Meat Company and the Korb tailor shop in Osseo.  Loss was estimated at $12,000.  The fire was discovered about 12:40 a.m. Thursday morning in the rear of the meat company building.  For five hours firemen threw on water in the 18-degrees-below-zero-weather, and the water froze rapidly, almost before it hit the burning buildings.  Flames were fanned by a strong west wind.  Many firemen were reported suffering from the extreme cold.


Last week Monday, fire destroyed the home of Frank Buss in Owen.  A high wind fanned the blaze and firemen were hampered in their efforts to fight it by intense cold.


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons Special of the Week: Wildwood 20-percent Laying Mash, $1.90 per cwt.


Also Wanted: Beef and Horse-hides; Horse-hides $4.00 each; Beef hides, up to $6.00 for large hides.


Stark’s apples, 99’ bushel, or will trade bushel of Stark Apples for 90 lbs. of No. 1 Eating Potatoes.


(The chicken hens on my parents’ farm seemed to lay few eggs until they were fed laying mash. D. Z.)


Friday & Saturday special!  12-quart Galvanized Pail 19’, Limit two to a Customer!


Sale – 2 Gallons of 100% Pure Penn Motor Oil, can included, $1.13.


Gambles Authorized Dealer, A. E. Russell, Owner; Neillsville Phone Black 245


Free! Free! Glass bowl containing 2 Gold Fish, seaweed, pearls and colored stones; absolutely Free with the purchase of one tube of Briten toothpaste for 50’.  Special starts Saturday at Kearns Drug Store, your Rexall Store.


Several men in the Townline Community put up ice last week.  The ice was taken from Frank Dubes’ pond and stored in his icehouse.


Handicapped by cold weather, crews on two highway bridges under construction in southern Clark County this week were pushing their work as rapidly as possible.


About a quarter of the steel work on the Five-Mile, or Lynch Bridge over Black River in the Town of Levis, is done, which has been underway for about 10 days.  It is expected that the bridge will be completed within another four weeks.


Town Chairman Elmer Buddenhagen estimated that about a week’s time is needed to plank the bridge.  This would indicate that the bridge could be opened for travel about the last week of February.


The new bridge, to cost $13,000 was voted on by Levis residents in a referendum ballot last spring.  The old bridge was washed away in the flood of September 1938.


Sub-zero temperatures are proving to be a particular hindrance in the construction of the Hewett Street Bridge over O’Neill Creek, where considerable digging is necessary to establish footings for the $35,000 concrete and steel structure.




Prochazkas Clover Farm Grocery Store was located in the First National Bank Building, corner of West 5th and Hewett Streets in the 1930s and early 1940s.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)





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