Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 31, 2010, Page 16

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

March 1880


Dr. Crandall has just purchased a full set of prescription bottles with names of the medicines which they contain blown in on the side of the bottle. They are fine and make his prescription case complete in every particular.


We visited the new wagon shop on the north side of O’Neill Creek last week and found the proprietor busily engaged in his work. Judging from the class of work that we saw, we see no reason why the enterprise should not be a success.


In a row at Marshfield last Thursday, Al Hoover of Maple Works received a blow on the head with an iron poker that may prove fatal. We are unable to learn the particulars at present, or what difficulty the row grew out of, but the mob was so enraged that they made an attempt to hang him, and had it not been for the timely interference of some of the citizens, would have accomplished their intent.


The post office and store building belonging to J. C. Gwinn & Co., at Loyal, was destroyed by fire last Tuesday morning. The goods had been taken from the store a few days previous and the principal loss was on the building.  Insurance on it was $1,000.


The Senate passed a bill last Thursday morning prohibiting for the next two years the killing of pheasants, partridges and prairie chickens, south of the northern boundaries of the counties of Vernon, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Washington and Ozaukee.


The brewers of La Crosse have got themselves into trouble.  They have been selling thirty-two gallons of beer for a barrel instead of thirty-one gallons, for which discrepancy Uncle Sam will assess each of them about $2,000.


A new post office will soon be established in the Town of Washburn under the significant name of “Shortville,” with Andrew Short as its postmaster.                                  


Our streets have presented a lively appearance during the past week, in consequence of the breaking up of a number of logging camps in this vicinity.


A majority of the boys, who have worked hard to earn a few dollars in the logging camps during the winter, quietly put it into their pockets to spend it judiciously this year.  They see the folly of spending it in riotous living.


The lumber jack boys are now driving calks into their boots getting ready for the logging drives down the river.


Joe Morely, Ed West, Lewis Schuster and George Blakeslee, have sent in their orders for bicycles and so may be seen flying through the air with the greatest of ease in a few days, but not knowing where they will land.


At a recent meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, the contract for putting up a house, barn and other buildings on the Poor Farm was given to C. Blakeslee.


Just now the stagecoaches plying between this and other points are having a harvest, each one being loaded to its fullest capacity with passengers upon their departure and quite a number on their arrival.


The silver mine excitement at Silver Creek, along the Wisconsin Central Railway, has again broken out.  The mine is situated three miles east of Silver Creek station and nineteen miles south of Ashland, in the Penoka Range, which was discovered last year.  A group of Chicago men, who have ample capital to develop the mine, are on that ground and the region around it is alive with excitement.  The Bayfield Land Office is flooded with applications for entry of lands on the silver range.


The Sherman Guards are to be armed with the new regulation bronzed Springfield rifles in a few days.  They will also be supplied with new belts, cartridge boxes and such accessories.  Boys, now show by punctual attendance at meetings for drill that you appreciate the Captain’s efforts to make the Sherman Guards a first-class company in every respect.


The bill introduced by Senator Kellogg, to amend chapter 34 of the revised statutes, entitled “of the militia” and the act amendatory thereof and to provide the greater efficiency of the Wisconsin National Guard, passed the Assembly on Saturday and thus became a law.


The good people of the Town of York assembled at the residence of M. V. Visgar last Thursday night and gave our worthy pastor of the M. E. Church a donation. The total subscription amounted to $50, about $18 of which was paid.  The house was crowded to its fullest capacity and all who attended reported a good time.



The York Center Methodist Church was first built in 1880. After additions and remodeling in 1899, it then appeared as in this above photo.


March 1950


Traffic is getting back to normal again after several days’ tie-up due to the high wind last week Tuesday and Wednesday, which picked up most of the old snow from the fields and dropped in the roads and driveways, blocking them worse than they were all winter.


The drifts were so high and almost as hard and solid as rocks. The county highway crew and the townships who own their own equipment had very hard work getting the town roads open, as the drifts were so hard the smaller snowplows were not able to move the snow and kept breaking down.


Even the larger plows could move the large drifts only a few feet and sometimes only inches, and then had to back up and try again.


The farmers had to haul their milk out to the highways with tractor or “old dobbin.”  Some drove through fields and others tried it over the drifts. The drifts were so hard to shovel that they had to be cut in pieces first.


Albert Lincoln broke his shovel while trying to shovel out his driveway, so he solved the problem by sawing the snow in chunks with a cross-cut saw.  The spring weather on Sunday melted some of the snow and softened the drifts, so it was easier to clean out the roads.


(The snow storm came during the first week of March. D. Z.


Harvey and Marie Roehl, husband and wife, have sold 80 acres of land in Section 31, Town of York, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Luchterhand as joint tenants.


Three men caught 250 perch Sunday and that’s no fish story, John C. Brandt, city clerk-treasurer, insists. 


Mr. Brandt went ice fishing on Green Bay Sunday with August Hensel of Wausau, a brother of Mrs. Brandt and another friend.


Mr. Brandt’s comment that “they were biting good,” seemed a masterpiece of understatement in view of the alleged results.


A farewell banquet was held February 28 for the Rev. Odilo Hajnsek, pastor of the Holy Family Church in Willard.  The banquet was held at the West Side Hall in Willard with quite a large crowd attending in spite of the severe windstorm and cold.


Rev. Augustine Svete arrived Tuesday to take over duties as pastor of the Holy Family Church.


George West of Neillsville took Chicago by storm when he went through the city enroute home from Western Springs, Ill.  He had the police department working for him, had the help of six separate individuals, one after the other, and landed on the first page of the Chicago daily newspaper. All of this happened fast.


Mr. West hit Chicago, enroute homeward, after visiting a sister in Western Springs.  He had a few minutes to spare, so he chucked his suitcase into a locker at the station, took the key with him and started to do the loop.


Mr. West became engrossed in the strange sights of the town, and awoke to the fact, 90 minutes before train time, that he didn’t know at what station he had left his suitcase.  So, in something of a dither, George tackled a stranger, who advised him to contact the police.  Another kindly gentleman put him on the streetcar, headed for the police station.  At the station he came upon a newsboy, who corralled James Black, chauffeur for Roy Crane, chief of the uniformed forces.  Black traced Mr. West’s key to the La Salle station.  A fifth man grabbed a taxi for George, and helped him into it.  Then the cab driver stepped on it, using two wheels at the corners, and landed George at the station just in time for him to rescue his suitcase and dash through the train gate.


George West is a retired farmer, and the Chicago newspaper ran this head on its story: “Farmer is Grateful City Folk Didn’t Say ‘Let George do it!’”


Adolph William Meyer, 79, died at his home in Greenwood Sunday, March 26, from a heart ailment and complications. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church. The Rev. V. M. Fresenborg officiated. Interment was made in the Greenwood Cemetery.


Adolph William Meyer, son of William and Caroline Meyer, was born April 5, 1870 in Lippe Detmold, German.  At the age of five he came to America, living in the Town of Rhine, Sheboygan County.  In 1895, he came to Greenwood and has made his home here since.


For many years he was engaged in the logging business, working as a teamster for several concerns in Wisconsin.  Later he was employed as janitor at the Greenwood Public School for 15 years.  He was married to Caroline Soefker, at Greenwood on May 31, 1899 by Rev. John Schmaltz.  In 1949 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Mr. Meyer was a member of Zion Church for many years and had been active in church work.


Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Gilbert of Greenwood; Orlando of Cameron; and Elmer of Chicago; also three grandchildren, Joyce of Greenwood; and David and Kathleen of Cameron. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.


Vernon E. Rowe, who spent his early years at York Center, died at McCleary, Wash.  He left Clark County 35 years ago, bought a barber shop at McCleary and operated it up to the time of his death.


Vernon was the son of William Rowe.  The family farm was just west of the York Center Church.  The late Walter Rowe was an uncle.  Surviving here is Mrs. Walter Rowe, nephews and nieces.


Tony Sylvester will not return to Neillsville this spring as professional at the Neillsville Country Club.  In correspondence with officers of the club he made it clear that, for personal reasons, he would appreciate being relieved of his commitment here.  His new post at Harrisonburg, VA, is a year-around job.  He has already started there and it was obvious, both to his local friends and to himself, that it was not feasible to hold him here.


Several applications have been received and the directors have now arranged with R. B. Hillis of Pittsburg, who was recommended by Mr. Sylvester.  Mr. Hillis is past 50 years of age and has had more than 25 years of experience in the golf business.  He will act not only as the professional but also as Greenskeeper.  In the latter capacity, he will succeed Howie Baerwald, who has been greens-keeper several years and who has, for the coming season, accepted similar work on an Illinois course.

For labor upon the course, Mr. Hillis will have an assistant, yet to be chosen.


Ray Paulson Implement Shop, your Massey-Harris Farm Equipment Dealer, of Neillsville, Advertises: Now you can buy a Massey-Harris 2-Plow Tractor, for hydraulic and mounted implements, delivered to your farm for Only $1,328.  It has a rated draw bar 24 hp; Belted 31.6 hp.


Regular equipment is 10-34 rear 400x15 tires, starter, fenders, muffler, swinging draw bar, adjustable rear tread and four-cylinder heavy-duty motor.


Extras, if wanted: Hydraulic System, lights, pulley and take-off.


Something different, on hand, New Mounted Plow for this tractor, now on display, See it!


Examination was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church Sunday evening for six boys and twelve girls who will be confirmed there on Palm Sunday by Rev. Alfred Schewe.


Confirmands: Lemoine Anason, Gerald Christie, Walter Gerber, Roger Grottke, Marvin Marks, Marvin Wagner, Joan Borde, Irene Dux, Audrey DeMert, Lucille Greeler, Shirley Mae Krause, Cynthia Lehman, Rose Marie Lueck, Diane Marg, Adeline Meiers, Janet Tews, Lucille Tresmer and Hazel Wetzel.


Members of the Soo Line section crew dynamited the ice on Rock Creek on Monday morning to break up the ice jam, which had formed above the railroad trestle, east of the Soo railroad line depot, near Greenwood.


There was much discussion at the recent preliminary hearing held in Thorp concerning the combining of school districts in northern Clark County. The discussion suggested that the rural school districts are not in favor of consolidation.


Jeannette Drescher and Arvid Watenpuhl were married at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Granton with the Rev. Arthur Oswald performing the ceremony.  Lawrence Drescher and Harlan Watenpuhl acted as witnesses.


Pfc. Charles Harwick arrived home Saturday from San Antonio, Tex., for a 10-day furlough, after which he will be stationed at Biloxi, Miss.


Marriage License: Cleone Y. Seelow, 19, Neillsville, and Lawrence Zink, 19, Neillsville, to be married April 15.


Herman Hagedorn, who has returned to the employ of the Coast-to-Coast store, is rapidly regaining that schoolboy feeling.  “Ham” went to school last week and was at it again this week.


Last week’s education was a service school conducted in Milwaukee by Skelgas, where he underwent a thorough training in servicing stores and other Skelgas appliances.  He passed a rigid examination at the end of the three-day course with flying colors.




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