Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 2, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1915


On Monday the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. took possession of the Connor Retail Lumber Co. yards in Neillsville, having completed the deal and taken an inventory of the stock.


There is on hand an up-to-date stock of lumber of all kinds, shingles, lath, roofing, brick, tillers, lime, cement, coal, windows, doors, screens, fence posts, etc.  Nearly all material is in the first class condition, almost no dead stock being found in the inventory.


A. C. Martin who has been manager of the yards for several years and has handled the business successfully will remain in charge, buying a good block of stock in the company to show his faith in the business.


While the two sides of the business, the elevator and the lumber yard will be run separately, the entire thing is owned by the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co., and will be run under the same system, purchasers of building material from the lumber yard getting dividend coupons and sharing the profits, same as patrons of the elevator.


The Community Clubs of Pleasant Ridge, Cannonville, Shortville, Granton and Neillsville will gather for a Community Picnic Saturday, June 5th. The picnic will be held on James Huges (Hughes) Mound near Kurth’s Corner. This place was considered the more central for all the clubs, than Lon Huckstead’s woods.  Entrance to the mound is in back of the school house.  Free lemonade will be served.  There will be an ice cream and candy stand.  Each one is to bring a picnic lunch. There will be games and races in the forenoon with a program of singing, speaking and other music in the afternoon. Short addresses will be given by each Community Club president as well as some other speakers. A baseball game will be played Pleasant Ridge vs. Shortville.  Some of the special features are brass bands from Shortville and Granton, and the Cannonville orchestra.


Joseph Schield left Monday for Campbellsport, Wis. where it is reported he will be married before he returns.


Ignac Cesnik of Willard was in Neillsville Tuesday.  He reports the sale of 16 forties of wild land in the Town of Mead to prospective settlers.


The fishing season opened Sunday and some good catches are reported. The boys from Neillsville arrived at Hatfield Dam at daylight and found 35 fishermen already on the riverbanks.  The Neillsville bunch landed one fish that weighed 13 ½ pounds.                


Thos. Wren, the lawn mower expert visited Fairchild last Thursday and did a lot of work sharpening and repairing lawn mowers.  He will visit Fairchild again next week.                                  


Angelo Lyons of Loyal, accompanied by Fred Harnack, joined us in memorial services here Monday.  Mr. Lyons is one of the early pioneer residents of Clark County and in visiting with him for a few minutes we recalled many incidents of the past.  Our acquaintance was first made while we were driving logs on Five Mile Creek, in the spring of 1873.


Henry Roethe was not the first Wisconsinite to walk to the Legislature.  As early as 1860, Asaph Whitieby of Ashland traveled from the shores of Lake Superior on snowshoes to attend a meeting of the Assembly in Madison.  The assemblyman is dead, but his snowshoes are in the possession of the historical museum at Madison and form part of a special exhibit.


The Chautauqua will bring to Neillsville the best talent of the country in lectures and music. Let us make it a success so that it may be possible in future years to secure other high-class entertainments for this community.                                    


Henry Miller arrived in Neillsville, Tuesday from Madison.  He has traded his home in that city for the Neiman farm about four-and-a-half miles south of Greenwood.  His wife and family came Wednesday and they take possession of the farm at once. Mr. And Mrs. Miller’s old friends here are glad to see them back in Clark County.


Myra Deitz Newman and her husband have bought a 240-acre farm in Marinette County and will go to farming.  Mrs. Newman is the daughter of John Dietz.  She was wounded during the trouble at Cameron Dam. Recently on a visit at the farm of A. W. Bennett, near Amberg, she drove four horses on a disc harrow for several hours and at H. P. Christ’s farm she milked several of his registered Holstein cows.  Her husband who is a motion picture artist thinks she has should have a good chance in being on a farm.


Will Stevens had a bad runaway accident on Grand Ave., Tuesday forenoon while coming in with a load of butter from the Shortville creamery.  In some way the pole of the wagon fell down and the horses became unmanageable.  The butter tubs were dumped along the street and Mr. Stevens was badly bruised.  The butter tubs were picked up and with some repairing of the lids were again made presentable.  The wagon was somewhat wrecked, but the team was not injured.


Monday morning John Hartung’s team of horses took a run from the Northside Creamery across to the icehouse. A case of eggs was thrown out and most of the eggs were broken.


June 1945


Clark County reached the halfway mark last Saturday in the Seventh War Loan campaign.  Two communities had gone over the top; Colby city and the Town of Mentor.  These communities had reached the halfway mark, or better: Grant, Granton, Greenwood, Hendren, Hewett, Hixon, levis, Longwood, Loyal Village, City of Neillsville, Thorp Village, Warner, Washburn, and Town of Withee.


Loyal Village has bought 95 percent of its quota and will doubtless have gone over its quota before this is read.  The City of Neillsville, with a quota of $65,155, has bought $35,849.50.  Thorp Village has reached 86.3 percent.  James A. Musil, county chairman, states that progress is satisfactory and that by another week many communities will have filled their quotas.  There is considerable money in Clark County, which needs to be well invested especially because of large milk checks and the milk subsidy payments, and Mr. Musil says that there is no better way to invest such funds than in War bonds.


These bonds fit the needs of the average man.  One advantage is their great variation in size.  An investor may place practically any amount, large or small.


“The War Bond of today is a demand deposit on the U. S. Treasury,” said Mr. Musil.  “It draws interest if left a sufficient time.  It may be endorsed and cashed, just like a check.  All you need to do is to take the bond to the bank, write your name upon it and get the money.”


S/Sgt. Everett R. Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Patterson of Granton, has been discharged from army service under the point system.  He has been in service 40 months, 35 of which were spent overseas. Sgt. Patterson had recently been at home on furlough.  He was a supply sergeant in charge of 69 trucks and has two battle stars on his European theater ribbon, one for the campaign of northern France and one for his service in Germany.


Pvt. Walter C. Schoen has returned to Fort George G. Mead, Md., after a furlough in Neillsville at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Alstot.  On his return to camp, he visited a few days with his grandparents in Chicago, then taking a plane to Washington, D. C.


Word has been received by Loyal and Neillsville relatives that Pfc. Arthur Halpin, a Loyal boy, has been wounded on Okinawa, being hospitalized there since May 4.


Roger Steiner, apprentice seaman, of the U. S. Naval Reserve’s V-12 program, a student at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, has been at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Steiner of Loyal, on leave and returned Friday to New York.


S/Sgt. Clarence E. Anklam recently arrived in Brooklyn, N. Y., from overseas and is now visiting his parents who live near Neillsville.  Clarence has been in the service for four years, two years of which was served in Iceland.  He also served in France, Belgium and England.  He must report in 45 days to Camp Sheridan, Ill., for further duty.  A brother Pvt. Walter Anklam went across in December and is serving in Germany.  Pfc. Lawrence Anklam has been overseas nearly three years, most of this time in Belgium.


(After a time, we tend to forget all of the sacrifices and years taken out of so many young men’s lives, those who dedicated their efforts for the freedoms hat we in the future generations are enjoying.  D. Z.)


Clark County Grange No. 749 is sponsoring a dance at the Granton Village Hall, June 1.  Lucht’s 6-piece Orchestra will play.


Upon the blotter of the local Circuit Court was written this notation:


A woman from the Town of Longwood has alleged to Circuit Court that her husband does not own a farm, but that he does own an auto and a horse, and so he gets around. She says he gets around too much, being out all night.  Having been married since 1923, they have a 19-year-old son who is now in the navy.  They have been living on a farm in Longwood, which, she says, belongs to a son-in-law.


Another blotter notation, in regard to that of a Withee couple results of a wife’s plea before court:


“Absolute divorce; no children; no property; no alimony;” thus ends the marital journey of two Withee people.


Calvin Mills will take over on June 15 his work as superintendent of the Clark County Hospital at Owen.  His resignation as county clerk will be submitted to the county board on June 12.


The date of June 15 is set to permit Mr. Mills to get as quickly as possible into the many problems with which he must deal in the new position.  Not the least of those problems is the management of the hospital farm, which consists of more than 1,100 acres, with about 800-acres to be under plow.  Upon this farm work is delayed, just as all other farm work has been set back by the cold weather.


The work of the matron at the hospital will be taken over by Mrs. Mills.  She will succeed Mrs. Duncan, who has won the high regard of the hospital trustees for her work in this position.                                 


Clark County is about to have its first experience in the employment of prisoners of war.  A prison camp will be established a Loyal and prisoners, from it will be used in the harvesting and canning of peas.  The prisoners will be working for the Loyal Canning Company and the Owen Canning Corporation.


The men thus employed will be German prisoners of war.  They will be selected for the work by means of careful examination, conducted by the army.  Only Germans will be brought on who are considered likely to be acceptable. Their camp will be established on a vacant lot in Loyal, and in a location where recreational facilities can be made available.  They will be under army guard day and night.  In the canneries they will so far as possible, be segregated, from civilian employees.  When not working, they will be confined to their camp.


The Loyal community is naturally interested in this wartime experience.  The caution has been given by the federal authorities that local persons ought to have nothing to do with the prisoners; that they ought to keep their distance from the prison camp; that they ought under no circumstances are to fraternize with the prisoners.


The Loyal and Owen canneries will pay for these prisoners the going wage. The payment will be made to the government.  Of what is paid each prisoner will receive 80 cents per day; which he may expend in his own way.  The balance of the pay goes to the federal treasury.  The government feeds the prisoners, houses them and guards them.


The time of the arrival of the German prisoners will be contingent upon the ripening of the pea crop.  The number of prisoners used in the county will depend upon the help shortage.  The canneries will conduct a campaign for local help, and will give preference to civilians.  The remainder of the need will be supplied by the prison camp.


Frank Svetlik has purchased the Seif interests in the garage and Ford Agency heretofore conducted under the name of the Svetlik Motor Co.


A fishing excursion that netted two small fish ended in disaster for two Neillsville youths Sunday night.  They were injured when struck by an automobile as they returned home in the twilight.


The youths were: Walter Finder, who suffered fracture of the right collar-bone and left leg, and Earl Ewing, who received a fracture of the left leg.  Ewing was discharged from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.  He was to have been in selective service contingent scheduled to leave for Milwaukee June 18.


After an afternoon and evening of fishing on the Black River, the youths, along with Earl Payne, were returning on foot along the pavement on Highway 73, about a quarter of a mile south of they city.  According to their story, they were walking three-abreast, carrying the two fish they had caught.


A light mist was falling and it was not until the car driven by Eugene Ehlers was almost upon them that they heard it approaching from the south.


“Her comes a car,” young Payne warned his companions.


He jumped in the ditch.  The other two also attempted to get off the pavement; by the warning came too late.


Brandt Food Market has Late Variety of Cabbage Plants, dozen 20’.


The Quality Egg Co., W. Seventh St. across from Wasserburger’s, needs Eggs, 38’ per dozen, to fill an Army Contract.



Small canning factories were numerous throughout Wisconsin in the early 1900s such as the Neillsville Canning Co. building




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