Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 5, 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

May 1915


The following is a list of those who were confirmed at the German Lutheran Church last Sunday.


Arnold Brandt, Alfred Dux, Daniel Gloff, Walter Grottke, Otto Gorzelitz, Fred Marg, Wilhelm Naedler, Paul Schroeder, Arthur Sommerfeld, Emil Stelter, Viola Borde, Leona Hempel, Elfrida Klann, Bertha Mohr, Susanna Sedelmann, Ida Seelow, Helen Schroeder, Magdalene Schulz, and Ella Werenberg.


The interior finishing touches are being put on the new Neillsville Bank and their business will be transferred there Monday.  No pains have been spared to make it a model of beauty and convenience.  The interior of the lobby is the beautiful Formosa marble imported from Greece and Circassian walnut is used largely in the interior woodwork throughout with here and there some American walnut.  A telephone cabinet pay station is one of the conveniences; a lady customer’s room with toilet; coupon booths for customer’s private use; an ample and convenient customer’s room for men; the directors’ room and the working quarters for the banking force are all beautiful in design and finish, models of convenience. The bank contains five vaults, two on the first floor with immense drill-proof doors, two storage vaults in the basement and one upstairs that are all striking features.  An indirect lighting system has been installed, which will flood the interior with a beautiful mellow light.


There is an ordinance in Neillsville prohibiting chicken hens from running at large in the city.  It has now come gardening time of the year when the violation of this ordinance is likely to make trouble among neighbors. Complaints are already coming in and I respectfully give notice that the ordinance must be observed.


Jas. Wedding, Neillsville Chief of Police.


Neillsville’s new Carnegie Library will be opened Monday night, April 26, for inspection of the public and everyone in the city and country around is invited to come in and look through the building.  The library board and librarian will be present to show visitors about the rooms and give any desired information. The library should become more and more a feature and a force in life in this community.  Standing in plain sight of all who pass our streets, this beautiful building will be a constant source of pleasure and inspiration to those who but see the outside of the building; but greater still will be the good received by those who patronize it.  No books can be drawn or returned from Thursday of this week until Tuesday of next week, during the moving period.



Neillsville’s new Carnegie Library opened for public viewing on the evening of April 26, 1915.  Located on the corner of East Fourth and Hewett streets, the original building remains basically the same, having a change in the main entrance being relocated to the north side where an addition has been built in recent years.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)


Herman Berger, for many years a popular and efficient salesman for W. J. Marsh store, is preparing to go into business in the Thos. Lowe building, recently occupied by the Neillsville Bank.  He expects to specialize in ten-cent items and counter specialties.                                                                                                  


The local Odd Fellow Lodge celebrated the anniversary of the foundation of the order at their hall Monday night. There was a large attendance, an entertaining program and supper was served. Several members from a distance were present.


Why make all those little girls’ dresses when you can buy them ready-made, from 25¢ and up at the Big Store?


Excavation began Wednesday for the new residence of C.C. Sniteman at the corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets, south of the Carnegie Library.


The Withee Construction Co. has secured the contract to build a $9,000 residence for C. C. Sniteman, the Neillsville druggist.                                                                                                                   


Henry Bornholdt, Albert Sollberger, Joe Horak, Onikar Sindelar and Ward Lockman all of the Columbia area, took physical examinations at Dr. Bradbury’s Monday for entering the Modern Woodman of A. Lodge.


 Rev. W. T. Hendren officiated at the funeral of Wm. Welsch of Loyal Tuesday.  Mr. Welsh was one of the pioneer settlers of the Clark County and a very prominent man in his township.


District Attorney W. J. Rush has bought the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth in the third ward, one of the finest residences in the city. This means that we are to lose Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth from Neillsville, to our great regret.  They are also sorry to give up their home here, but Mr. Woodworth’s business interests can be much better served by living in Eau Claire.


(The Rush home was on the southwest corner of the Fourth and Clay Street intersection. D. Z.)


May 1945


Germans have surrendered in Italy and President Truman has issued an official confirmation of the death of Adolf Hitler. The confirmation was announced from Washington a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2nd.


The following Neillsville churches announced plans for worship service on V-E Day: Congregational, Methodist and Reformed.


The European phase of the Second World War has now passed into history.  It was actually ended at 2:41 a.m., French time, Monday Morning, May 7.  That was 7:41 p.m. central war time.  The end came, not as one sharp crisis, but as a succession of surrenders in various parts of the extended battle area.  When the final papers were signed in the little red schoolhouse near Reims, headquarters of General Eisenhower, there were only isolated pockets of resistance. The might of the great German war machine had dissipated.


S/Sgt. Edward Campbell of the army air corps, a Neillsville boy who has become a seasoned airman and has participated in many bombing missions over enemy targets, was at one time a member of the Neillsville Ninth Street 32nd Division, which was made up mostly of boys and girls ranging in age from 6 years to 13.  The story of their personnel, army maneuvers, and “battle grounds” appeared in The Press of Nov. 12, 1942, along with a picture of the entire “division.”  Edward, though somewhat older than others of the division, often played with them, and now he has advanced in age to 19 years and is taking part in real war.  He recently wrote his mother, Mrs. Ernest Campbell, “I just got to thinking of the kids in the old Ninth Street division, so I wrote on a bomb, ‘from the Ninth Street Division,’ and sent it along to the Jerries.  It made me think what a good job those Ninth Street kids did in the scrap iron collection drives.”


(“Jerries” was a nick-name for German soldiers during World War II. D. Z.)


Corp. Technician Benjamin W. Winneshiek of Neillsville Rt. 2 is entertaining his fourth year of overseas duty.  He is still with the old Red Arrow Division on Luzon, the Philippines.  He holds the Bronze Star decoration.


Pvt. Francis J. Sonnentag of Neillsville is also entertaining his fourth year abroad and is with the Red Arrow Division.


Cpl. Gilbert Pakiz, son of Mirko Pakiz of Willard, is due back home after 40 months of service in the Pacific.  He is coming home on rotation.


The total casualties of the European war are estimated at 40 million, among all participants.


Quisling, the Norwegian collaborator, whose name came to be associated with collaborators generally, gave up Wednesday morning at an Oslo police station.  A public hearing was scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon. 


Heinrich Himmler is reported to be in Sweden.


The brown-out ban has been lifted.


An increase of 16 percent in gasoline rations is in near prospect.


American combat troops are already on their way from Europe to the Japanese war theater.


The rooms in the Dewhurst building above the Parrish store are being remodeled and redecorated for living quarters and will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Parrish.  Otto Schlimme will then move his family to the apartment above the Schlimme shop.


Grow Beans as a Cash Crop for the Marshfield Canning Co. at the highest prices:


Green Beans: 1, 2, 3, sieve, 6¢ per lb.; 4-sieve, 4 1/2¢ per lb.; 5-sieve, 5¢ per lb.; Wax Beans, field run 4¢.  Sign a contract today – get your seed after May 7th at one of our stations. Emma Roessler, Neillsville; Bert Hanby, Alma Center; W. J. Spry Co. Chili & Granton; Farmers Co-op, Spencer and Geo. Waughtal & Sons, Black River Falls.


After an absence of nearly 20 years, Elva French Kemp is back in Clark County.  Accompanied by her son Jack, she is reviewing the scenes of her girlhood and recalling incidents of pioneer days.


Mrs. Kemp was born on Christmas Day, 1861, on a farm in the Town of Levis.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Ben Franklin French.  The place of her birth was on the bank of Black River, near the Robert French farm. Her father was known far and wide as “Doc” French.  He was one of the first settlers here, having taken up a farm from the government in 1853.


But doctoring was more appealing than farming, and “Doc” French moved to Neillsville and devoted himself to that calling and to the law.  His office and home were located where the Neillsville Library now stands.  Here, Elva French lived while she attended the local public school.  During vacation she spent much of her time at Hatfield, where her uncle Robert French, ran a hotel. She was known for her horsemanship. 


In 1879, she married Oscar Kemp.  They made their home at Watertown, S.D., where Mr. Kemp operated a large ranch. There she faced pioneer conditions, and brought into the world a typical pioneer family; 12 children, of whom 10 are still living.


Mr. Kemp died in 1906.  Thereafter Mrs. Kemp moved to Los Angeles, where she enjoys the company of her sisters: Mrs. Nettie Youmans, Mrs. Viola French Delane (known here for years as Dr. Viola French, a practicing physician) and Mrs. Irene Oakley; also of her brother, Edwin. Another brother, Dr. John Rollins French, died about a year ago.  He had become an eminent physician, carrying on the family tradition.


Mrs. Kemp and her son have visited various old friends here, especially her cousins, C. R. Sturdevant and Robert French.


Mrs. Kemp’s return to Clark County falls upon the centennial of its first white settlement. At the age of 83, she spans nearly all the history of the county.  Nor will her line perish from the earth when she passes, for she now counts 10 children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


The Christian and Missionary Church of Neillsville made arrangements to use the building of the Congregational Church.  The new arrangement starts Sunday.


The hours of service of the two do not conflict. The Congregationalists have habitually used the building in the forenoon, and this will continue.  The Christian and Missionary Alliance will hold sessions in the afternoon and evening, with Sunday school at 2, afternoon service at 3 and evening service at 8.


The speaker at the first services in the new location will be the district superintendent, the Rev. C. J. Mason of St. Paul.


Clark County Marriage Licenses Issued:


Elaine Oldham and Lewis Hagedorn, Town of Weston; Arletta Lindau, Town of Mayville and Robert Goldhamer, Abbotsford; Mary Ellen Green, Town of Reseburg, and Edward F. Prokopinski, Town of Withee; Jean Elizabeth Walkama and Herbert I. Goessl, Town of Hoard.


Business concerns of Neillsville to the number of 34 have determined upon a policy of opening Friday evenings and closing Saturday evenings.  The change will begin Friday, June 8, when the business places will be open in the evening.


The change consists, in effect, in switching the business and conditions of Saturday night into Friday night, and vice versa. Business places like drug stores and cafes, who have been open Friday evening, will be open Saturday evening.  The plan is not intended to affect those services.


The Neillsville stores participating in being open Friday Nights are:


Andy’s Red & White; A&P Co. Foods Store; Berger’s Men’s Store; Bollom’s Cash Market; Brandt Food Market; Brown’s Jewelry Store; Coast-to-Coast store; Deep Rock Station; Eva’s Fashion Shoppe; Exchange Store; Farmers’ Store; Gamble Store; Gustman’s Jack Sprat; Jenni Super Service; Johnson Service Stat.; Lowe’s Furniture Store; McCain’s of Neillsville; Model Laundry; Moldenhauer Jewelry; Neillsville Bakery; Neillsville Maytag Co.; Pederson Electric Shop; J. C. Penney Co.; Potter’s Clover Farm; Quality Market; Ray’s South Side Foods; Schultz Bros. Co.; Schwantes Barber Shop; Shock Barber Shop; Unger’s Shoe Store; Warlum’s Elec-Plumbing; Chas. Wasserburger Co.; Zilk Villa Service Sta.; Zimmerman Bros.  (In the above list note that 10 were grocery stores D. Z.)


The Will Implement Co. will construct a new building in Owen just west of its present business site.  The building will be of modernistic design, with front entirely of glass and with a front canopy 25 x 36 ft.  The building itself will be 36 x 36 ft., and will cost $7,100.  Upon receiving government permission for this construction, Foster Will and his wife left for Madison in an effort to expedite construction and to Chicago and Lincoln, Ill., to purchase equipment and materials.


Lutheran Picnic Dinner, Sunday, may 27 Neillsville Adults 60¢, Children 30¢


Schroeder’s Shoe Shop – Weekend Special – Buy a pair of Wear-U-Well Line Dress Oxfords or Work Shoes for only $2.98.


Dance Every Saturday Night at the Stables Night Club from 9 to 12. Serving Chicken & Fries or Hot Sandwiches





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