Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 17, 2010, Page 16

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

March 1875


We are requested by Mr. Campbell to state that there will be a hauling bee next Wednesday in the interest of the Presbyterian Society of this village for the purpose of getting the lumber for their church, which is to be built during the coming season, on the ground and ready for use while the sleighing lasts.  The lumber is now at Boardman & Palmer’s Mill, and all who can lend a helping hand in this worthy enterprise are cordially invited to join the party at the time mentioned, with the assurance that the favor will be fully appreciated.  Dinner will be provided at the mill for all who respond to the call.  The building of this church; aside from all else that might be said in its favor will be a decided improvement to our village and should receive the earnest support of all.  


The Green Bay & Minnesota Railway, having made arrangements with the Clark County Stage Company to carry passengers over their lines, have established a ticket agency here where tickets can be purchased direct to Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Paul and various other points at greatly reduced rates.  This is also the most direct route to La Crosse and all points west and the one most desirable, in as much as it is more convenient and a saving in both time and money.


The present winter has been the coldest experienced within the memory of the oldest residents.  During the months of January and February there was hardly a day that the thermometer indicated a temperature above 20 degrees below zero, and the present month, so far, has been about as severe as ordinary mid-winter. The depth to which the crust of the earth is usually frozen during the winter months in this latitude will average about twenty inches, but at the present time is said to be over four feet.


The man who calls the storm of last Monday and Tuesday a “sap-snow” is a “sap-head” of the lowest order and should be compelled to spend his life in a “sugar bush.”  It was an old fashioned down-easter, the severest that has visited this state during the present winter and one that has exerted a more restraining influence on railroads than any previous storm to our knowledge, for many years.  The trains on the West Wisconsin were nearly three days behind time, and from Monday until Thursday we received no mail from abroad.


The lumbermen are beginning to think of leaving the woods. They think that snow will all be gone by the first of June.


It is now the end of March, the snow is under ten feet deep in the woods and the thermometer only below at sunrise, which indicates the approach of spring.                                                       


The railroad meeting at the Court House last Tuesday evening was well attended and the subject of a road from Merrillan to Unity was discussed with considerable warmth.  Messrs. Kirkland, Ross, Hendren, French and others favored the proposition, and Mr. Mason was opposed to the same.


A letter from Mr. L. G. Merrill to the chairman, Mr. Hewett, relating to the subject under consideration was read by the secretary, R. J. MacBride, the main feature of which was a proposition to utilize the vast deposits of iron ore near Black River Falls, now claimed to be valueless; by mixing with Lake Superior ore, one part of the latter to two of the former, which he claimed would make a superior quality of iron, and which could easily be brought about by the building of this Merrillan, Neillsville & Unity Railroad.  The tendency of Mr. Merrill and many others who favor this doubtful project to wander from the real issue and facts in the case to indulge in wild and fanciful speculations and probable results is very great.


H. M. Weston, at R. Schofield’s, one and a half miles north of here, has just received a supply of flour from the celebrated Osseo Mills, sufficient to supply the trade through the spring months. Satisfaction is guaranteed as its price and quality.


The new school bell is a great improvement on the first one in use in the new schoolhouse.  The replacement is a genuine Troy bell.


March 1930


The first gold radio aerial has arrived in town.  E. O. Balch has strung up one of the new 24-carat gold plated aerial wires recently put on the market and the first program he got over the equipment was a Mexican stringed quartet at Mexico City, the longest range he has ever covered with his set.  The gold plating is said to prevent the aerial from becoming tarnished and this increases its sensitiveness to radio impulses.


The Tibbett Ice and Fuel Co. has filled a large order for ice from the ice dealers of Marshfield.  The mild winter prevented the Marshfield ice cutters from harvesting a full crop, their storage pond being small in area, and after the first crop was cut, mild weather prevented the formation of a second layer of ice of sufficient thickness for storage.


Tibbett Ice and Fuel Co. of Neillsville’s ice, taken from here, is of fine quality. They completed their shipment of ice on Thursday, getting out 48 carloads in all, which was cut and hauled directly from the pond to the railcars, then to Marshfield.


Nick Sydorowicz has bought from W. D. Martin, his farm near Columbia.  Mr. Sydorowicz formerly lived at Thorp, but has been living on a place along cemetery road.  He and his family will soon move out on the farm.


Through the efforts of the Postmaster Ben Brown and the cooperation of Hon. Merlin Hull, an extension of Route 1 will be made, effective May 16, the extension running on the road between Sections 25 and 36 in Pine Valley and giving improved service to Albert A. Schultz, Henry Beyer, W. Meyer, B. E. Miller, W. F. Wedekind, Berton Smith and Ruth Owen’s farm.


The Chili Woodmen called a special meeting Friday afternoon for the purpose of transferring the title of their hall.  It will now be known as the Chili Opera Club.


John W. Pietenpol has one of the most up-to-date maple syrup plants in Wisconsin on his farm in Section 34, Town of York. This year he has about the usual number of trees tapped, some 1,500, and gathering and boiling the sap requires the constant attention of Mr. Pietenpol and two hired men.


His evaporating pan is of a modern type, the sap being fed in at one end and in passing through the compartments to the other end it comes out clear maple syrup.  His average output is about 400 gallons; so far this year he has made about 200 gallons, and the probability is that he will reach about the usual amount before the close of the season. He finds sale for much of his product in this vicinity, but ships a considerable amount.  His syrup is of so excellent a quality that his customers come in with orders from year to year.


This year Ed Krejci and Ralph Winn are helping him in the work.  Mr. Pietenpol has a comfortable living place in the camp where he stays nights during the syrup season.  Mr. Pietenpol has a fine 120-acre farm and a nice herd of cows and other good stock; his maple syrup business is in one sense only a sideline, but it aggregates a considerable income.


Last week Sherman Gress moved a warehouse for the Inderrieden Canning Co.  The warehouse formerly belonged to the old Furniture Factory and was purchased by Dennis Tourigny 18 years ago, at which time Mr. Gress also had charge of the moving.


Balch’s Hardware “Sells It For Less” 34-Hour Alarm Clock 98’; 20-ft Cane Fish Poles 19’ each; Bottle Caps, 19’ per lb.; Clothes pins, doz. 2 ½ ’; 6-tine Manure Forks $1.69; 5-ft full rodded Step Ladder, $1.19.


Uncle Tom’s Cabin Opens! The Home of the Big Ice Cream Cones and Delicious Popcorn –Set up at the Balch hardware Corner for the Season.


Uncle Tom’s Popcorn will be better than ever this year, as he has a new electric popper.  Also he will sell Ice Cream, Candy, Pop, Buttermilk, Gum, Peanuts, Crackerjacks, Tobaccos, Cigarettes, Snuff and Cigars.


F. E. Brown Jewelry would like to show you his new patterns in German China and English Porcelains.  All patterns are new and in open stock.  


The Granton High School Basketball team won two games from Unity, one game from Merrill and lost one game to Wausau at the Wausau tournament last week.  Wausau won first place, Marshfield won second place and Granton won third place.  The remaining teams in the tourney were: Unity, Merrill, Medford, Mosinee and Colby.


Allen Beeckler of W. Fremont went to Wausau Saturday afternoon to witness the Granton versus Unity and Wausau versus Marshfield basketball games at the tournament.  


For Sale: Cheap, Gasoline Engines, all sizes in good condition.  We need room for machinery.  Chili Hardware & Implement Co. at Chili, Wisconsin


Last week Miss Mary Rude, Clark County Treasurer, forwarded to State Treasurer, a check of $83.197.27, which is Clark County’s share of the state tax.  This includes this country’s portion for the support of the charitable and penal institutions.  In return the State Treasurer will send back to Clark County a draft for $133,088.28.  Of this $64,319.33 is money paid into the state treasury by counties having patients in the Clark County Asylum at Owen. The remainder or $68,768.95 comes to the county under the school apportion and will be distributed to the various districts in the county entitled to receive it.  


On account of running out of feed, hay, grain and silage, and not being able to buy more and to meet my other expenses, I am offering for sale by auction my entire herd of fine Holstein cows and heifers, on Thursday, March 13, 1930, at 1:30 o’clock, at the farm known as the J. B. Daughette farm on County Trunk K, 2 ½ miles northwest of Granton: 9 Grade Holstein cows; 2 Holstein heifers coming one year old; 1 good work team of horses, sound and right, weight about 2,800 lbs.; 1 bay mare, six years old; 1 grey gelding, seven years old; 1 good set of horse harness; also some good machinery.  George M. Williams, prop.


May & Spaete Sanitary Market Lenten Specials:


Pickled Herring 89’ lb.; 4-K Norway herring, 10 lb. pail $1.29; Pink Salmon, 2 cans for 35’; Oval Sardines, tomato or mustard sauce, 2 for 33’; Heinz ketchup, large bottle 23’; Macaroni, 2 lbs. 19’; Longhorn Cheese lb. 25.  We deliver at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 4:15 p.m.


Fay Davis, who has worked in a shoe factory in Beloit for the past three years, came back Friday to stay with his brother, George and help on the farm. He states that times in the city are tough.


Quite a number of farmers in the East Fremont community, who don’t have milk houses have commenced sending their milk on a milk truck that gathers it up and takes it to the Ebbe cheese factory.


At two of Wisconsin’s hatcheries extra work is being carried on this winter to provide trout fishermen with better sport than they have ever had before in the state.  At the Westfield hatchery there are approximately 50,000 brook trout being held in rearing ponds and at the St. Croix Falls hatchery there are more than 50,000 being fed throughout this year to be released late next fall.


These trout, when released, will be of an almost catchable size, between six and seven inches long, big enough to catch the following season.


Wisconsin is the first Mid-western state to start this wholesale program of planting in its streams, in addition to the millions of fingerling size trout.


Hauge & Son delivers any amount of Quality Fuel, In Business since 1905.  They have on hand: Dry Wood, Mixed Wood or Soft Wood, Chunk or Split, ready for Kitchen Range.


Also Ford Charcoal Briquettes, just the thing for starting fires by adding only a few newspapers.


A thief was a work in Neillsville Thursday night.  The object of theft was Richard Becker’s 1916 model Ford touring car. The car disappeared from in front of his rooming house a little before midnight.  Becker discovered the theft upon his return from seeing his girl friend.


Mr. Becker, who teachers manual training in the high school, declared that although there are a few better cars in Neillsville, he was expecting to get several more years of good service from his flivver.


The latest report is that Becker has found his car in the basement of the grade school building.  Some claim that he forgot and left it there, after doing some repair work on it Thursday, but Becker suspects foul play among the closest of his friends.


Grant Turner was born July 11, 1898, in the Town of York and died in St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, Ill. March 20, 1930.  He was married July 15, 1924 to Miss Arlene Welch in Rockford, Ill.  They have made their home in Chicago and Rockford since then.  He leaves to mourn his early death, his wife and two children, Gene and Beverly; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abie Turner; two sisters, Mrs. Emil Schoenfeld of York and Harriet at home; and six brothers: George of Chicago, Clayton, Myron, Victor, Orville and Wilbur at home, and a large number of other relatives.  His funeral was held Sunday at York with burial taking place in the York Cemetery.        


Herman Hediger bought the old boiler out of the canning factory, loaded it into his truck and took it to his home in the Town of Weston to be used in the construction of a septic tank at his residence.




W. F. Tibbett rode his railcar through the timberland between Radisson and Hayward as a supervisor-foreman checking on lumberjack crews of logging operations at the turn of the 20th century.  In the 1920s, two of his sons worked at logging in Clark County and they also operated an ice & fuel business for many years.  (Photo contributed by Richard Tibbett of Neillsville, grandson of the late W. F. Tibbett)





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