Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 24, 2010, Page 21

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

March 1910


As Alfred Carlson was coming home from Alma Center last Friday with a load of hay, the draw pin worked out of the wagon tongue and when the doubletree struck the heels of his team of mules, there was something doing right away.  The mules lit out for home or in that direction, leaving Carlson sitting on the load of hay. The writer saw a brown streak pass down the road and the first thought was that Haley’s Comet had come. While standing there wondering if it was a comet or a flying machine; along came Carlson down the road. Talk about sprinting!  Carlson can discount anything I ever saw.  I have rode on the limited express; I have glided down the toboggan slide; have been run away with three times; have rode a wild bronco; have seen the fastest sprinters run for a prize; have seen Dan Patch come down the home stretch, but have never seen such a spurt of speed as Carlson put on after those mules.  He whizzed down the lane and around the bend by Martin Rafinski’s place out of sight like greased lightning.  Neighbors said, “See him go!  Passing teamsters gave him the road and shouted “Row it, old boy, you will soon catch them, they are only four miles ahead!”  The mules had stopped at the Bruce Mound Schoolhouse and were taking lunch on brush. When he got to where the mules were browsing, they looked up as if nothing had happened.  Carlson said something in Swedish and started home.  Does any one want to buy and adult mule team, weight about 2,400 pounds?


(As reading this, you realize story telling was popular then, too. D. Z.)


P. W. Hales has taken the position of buttermaker at the Clark County Butter Company Creamery, sometimes known as the Globe Creamer.  Mr. Hales has a fine reputation as a creamery man and buttermaker.


Last week John Florent arrived from Maple Park, Ill., and took possession of the farm purchased from Fred Hemp northwest of the city.  This place, known as the Mound Park farm is one of the finest farms in this locality.  Mr. Florent is said to be a good farmer, he and his family will receive a hearty welcome to this locality.


John Raine and J. E. Counsell are hauling home cement blocks for silos, having shipped them in from the factory in Wausau.  Both silos will be of good size.


A very pretty sight that has attracted much attention the past few days, is a flock of little chickens hatched in an incubator and being cared for with the brooder on display in the show window of  the Cash Hardware store.


Walter and Cornelius Curtis of the firm of Curtis and Yale of Wausau were in Neillsville Tuesday to look over the interior of the Charles Cornelius residence and the First National Bank for which buildings they furnished the inside furnishings.


Dr. W. R. McCutcheon of Thorp was here on business Friday.  The doctor is preparing to build a new residence this coming summer, having a fine lot of five acres on the south side of the village, which he will build upon and fit up for a home.


During the past winter several socials were held at farm homes in the vicinity and proved very attractive. One was held at George Bandelow’s, later one at Mrs. John Watters’s and the last at Conrad Frantz’s with each social being more large attended than the one before.  At Mr. Frantz’s, fully 125 people from Neillsville attended; going out with teams of horses and buggies or wagons.


 Max Opelt will give a dance at the Lynn Bowery March 28.  Good music will be in attendance.


The Water Power Company has a gang of men at work rip-rapping the Black River in Dells Dam area.


The dam has 18 feet of water above the low water mark and it is hoped it will hold until they can get the roads repaired.


It’s the third week of March and we have been enjoying some real live spring weather, we are hoping it may continue.  Those who have high land have commenced farming all ready.        


Old Mr. Mabie died at his home in York Center last Friday afternoon of pneumonia, aged about 73 years. He leaves a wife, two sons and several step-children to mourn for him. The funeral services were conducted at the house Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. T. Hendren of Greenwood, with interment in the cemetery there.


Abie Turner has been working on the Tucker cheese factory, which is located at Foemmel’s Corner.


(The Tucker cheese factory was on the northeast corner of what is now Pray Ave. and Fremont Road intersection. D.Z.)



March 1940


 Dr. and Mrs. J. J. LaBreche and family have moved to Granton from Medford to live in the old Hart home. Dr. LaBreche will be identified with the Granton Clinic.


Everett Lindow was home over the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Ruth Hoefort and grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Schlinsog, in the Chili area.  He returned to CCC camp at Perkinstown, Sunday.


The Service Company, 128th Infantry, will be enlarged to 83 men and officers on or about May 1, of this year and will become a complete Service Company unit for the first time in its 20-year history.


This was revealed by Lt. Col. Leo M. Jackson of he Adjutant General’s office, in a short address before military groups Tuesday night.  The groups gathered in the Moose Hall to observe the 20th anniversary of the Service Company reorganization and the 21st anniversary of the American Legion’s national organization.


The enlargement of the company will bring about an increase of 21 men from the present quota of 62 officers and men, and will serve its connection with the band at Marshfield and combine with other Service company platoons.  The number of men and non-commissioned officers will be increased by the move.


A series of promotions affecting nine members of the Service Company, 128th Infantry, were announced officially this week by Lt. Marvin A. Eide, acting commanding officer.  They resulted from vacancies created by the recent deaths of Capt. Ben J. Brown and Lt. Elwin E. Martens.


Robert W. Schiller and Archie H. Van Gorden were promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.  Other promotions were: Arthur Epding, master sergeant; Harley F. Jake, first sergeant; Louis A. Zschernitz, sergeant; Mack J. Fradette, staff sergeant; and Robert Anderegg and David Anderson, privates, first class.


The promotions leave but one vacancy in the officers’ ranks; that of first lieutenant, left vacant through the promotion of William B. Tufts to captaincy following the death of Captain Brown.


Wilfred Evans and Francis Welsh of Neillsville enlisted in the Service Company of the 128th Infantry, Wisconsin National Guard.


Preparations are being made by Ernest Bieneck, official garbage collector, to start garbage service on April 4.  He has already discussed the service with some householders, and plans to see others in the near future. The service will be available to all desiring it, those within the city limits.  It is anticipated that the volume of garbage will be moderate at first and that it will attain substantial proportions at canning time.


There will be a St. Patrick’s Dance, Sat. March 16 at the Dakota Club in Christie.  Music will be by “The Doodle Boys” of Neillsville.


Gala Balloon Dance, St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, March 17, at the Stables Nite Club; music by “Leland Dopp’s Orchestra.” Dancing Every Saturday Night


Leap Year Dance at Levis Bohemian Z. C. B. J. Hall, Sunday, March 17.  Music will be by “Bill Fleischmann and his Concertina Orchestra.”  Ladies 25¢, Gents Free


Annual St. Patrick Supper at the WRC Hall, Saturday, March 16 at 5:30; with Roast Pork and all the trimmings, Adults 40¢ and children 25¢


New lands accepted for entry under the forest crop law include 3,289.96 acres in Clark County, according to word from the State Conservation Commission.  Other counties adjoining Clark entered the following acreage: Wood, 1,680; Taylor, 7,600; Eau Claire, 2,089.95; and Jackson County 4,434.43                


Palmer Vinger, Fred Busch and Clarence Gorsenger attended the boxing matches in Eau Claire last Friday night.  The men were personally introduced to Jack Dempsey by Phil Cook, a personal friend of Mr. Vinger.  He reports that Mr. Dempsey, who refereed three of the fights, received $1,000 for appearing and $200 for his expenses from New York and back.


There will be Easter Services at the South Washburn church Easter Sunday in both the German and English languages. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be observed.


There will be a Free Dance and Movie at the Silver Dome, Tuesday, March 26, sponsored by Feirn & LeValley’s Complete Service. Don’t miss the big movie on tractors at the Silver Dome.  It’s the complete inside picture of the new Ford tractors.  There will be mechanical cut-a-ways to show the inside of the tractor and how it operates.  Accompanying the movie will be a factory man to talk on the tractors and also there will be a feature of the Ferguson implement system.


The cows on the Alvin Pagenkopf farm are now quite contented.  Mr. Pagenkopf has the honor of being the first in Jack Creek Square to install a radio in his dairy barn.  As yet he has not made known to the public just what kind of music his cows prefer.  


The Neillsville Production Credit association office will be moved to its new location, the Leason building on East Fifth Street early next week.  A partition has been removed between two west rooms and the entire interior is being redecorated.  A new floor covering of inlaid linoleum will also be laid in each room.


Many men from Chili answered the fire bell call for help Friday afternoon at the Paul Beil farm, one mile east of town, to help save the workshop and garage, as well as prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings. The garage and workshop were completely destroyed, with many tools and a quantity of paint.


A pretty 15-table St. Patrick’s party was held at Chapman’s Café Monday evening.  The hostesses were Mrs. Louis Kurth and Misses Esther Jackson and Ferne Robinson.  The tables were decorated with shamrocks and sweet peas, daintily arranged upon white linen spreads.  Contract followed the three course dinner which was served at 6:30 p.m.  Mesdames Horace Frank, F. P. Hepburn, A. F. Flynn and Dr. M. A. Foster had the winning scores.  Mrs. Leo Jackson received the guest gift.  Other out-of-town guests were: Miss Mary Kearney, Milwaukee and Mrs. R. B. Washburn, Augusta.



Chapman’s Restaurant was located on the west side of the former Neillsville Fire Hall, now site of the city police station.  The above Oct. 24, 1940 photo is of three waitresses who worked at the restaurant, left to right: Louise Scheel, Ellen Freedlund and Anna Belle (Gassen) Bauer.  (Photo courtesy of Mary Jane (Bauer) Mabie)


There is an extra $30 payment that can be earned from the county soils program by planting up to four acres of trees and fencing them off.  You can purchase these trees from some nursery or from the Wisconsin Conservation Department.


Two couples applied for marriage licenses in the office of Clark County Clerk Calvin Mills during the last week.  They were Merlin Seefeld, 20, Town of Unity and Caroline Sinstock, 17, Town of Colby; and Walter Saibold, 27, Washburn and Erma Diercks, 20 of York.


A free dance will be given in the Armory next week Friday, April 5, in celebration of the new Neillsville Chamber of Commerce.  The dance will be open to all who care to attend, with modern and old-time music to be played by a five-piece orchestra popular in this area.  The date was selected by the committee in charge, that the event might be held before the spring break-up of roads.


Use of the Armory, for the occasion, is being donated by the owners.  The committee in charge, appointed by President F. H. Casler, is: Mrs. Ella C. Lowe, Jake Hoesly and Robert Harvey. 


Clark County was covered with a 14-inch blanket of white that fell early this week, second week in March, as the entire Midwest struggled to dig out from under the heaviest snowfall of the winter.


Travel on main highways moved slowly Tuesday and Wednesday as county highway crews worked day and night to keep them open.  Side roads, for the most part, were next to impassable.


However, the snowfall was generally regarded as a boon to farmers throughout the area.  As Wallace J. Landry, county agent, pointed out, “It will mean a lot because of the dryness of last fall and the dry winter, which we have had.”


Up to the time of the first heavy snow, Monday night, this portion of Clark County, at least, had had a total of slightly more than 12 inches.  However six inches fell over Monday night; and about eight inches had fallen shortly before midnight Tuesday until noon on Wednesday.


Spring-like weather, which preceded Monday’s snow, has melted most of the snow, leaving the ground barren.


“The William Keller auction shows that we have gotten back to good prices for livestock,” said Carl Olson who cried the auction.  “The high cow with calf brought $156. Some cows sold for $120 and better. The entire herd of 17 cows averaged $101.50; eight of these were registered.  All the other property brought the old-time good prices.” Twelve cows, out of the herd, were purchased by Lester Rue, owner of a large dairy farm near Garden City, Minn.





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