Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 23, 2010, 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 1900


Neillsville’s baseball team added two more victories to their list last Friday and Saturday by defeating Lawrence University on the local diamond.  Some very fine work was done on both sides.  Our team won with their strong bat work. The boys never bunt but when a bat connects with the sphere it sounds like a cannon and the ball sails toward the racetrack. Cook pitched for the home team, not allowing one to score. The home team scored 16 times. Walter Cattanach acted as umpire with satisfactory results to all.


Saturday’s game was closer in regard to score.  Higgins was in the box for Neillsville.  The score was 11 to 9 in Neillsville’s favor.  Frank Hewett rendered the decisions of that game in his usual fair and impartial manner.


S. O. Johnson’s fine hardwood parquetry flooring is the thing to have in your home, durable and handsome, manufactured by S. O. Johnson of Racine.  For prices and designs see Samuel B. Calway, Agent.


The 80-acre Paulus farm five miles north of Neillsville was sold last week to William Filter who comes from the southern part of the state. Consideration was $4,000


J. Herrian was home on a furlough Sunday.  He is working on a big brick house for Robert Horn in the Town of Longwood.


The comptroller of currency today authored the American National Bank of Marshfield, Wis., to commence business with a capital of $50,000.  William D. Connor is president and Oscar G. Lindermann, cashier.


Hon. Robert M. La Follette was in our city Tuesday for a short time looking after his political prospects in this corner of the county.  His time was so limited that he was not able to call on half of the people here that he wished to see, but he may be able later to interview others.  Mr. La Follette has a wonderful capacity remembering people and incidents.


A band of Gypsies, of the Romany branch, were camped south of Colby for several days the past week. They had a large number of horses with them, their principal business being horse-trading and fortune telling.  One elderly lady, the mother of this particular band says if she lives fifteen months more she will be 100 years old.  She is from England and has four sons, three of whom were born in England, and one in this country.  One of her sons is seventy years of age.  Her husband died about 40 years ago.


We are under obligation to Joseph Steinwand for a sample of his excellent cheese of the vintage of 1900. There is no better cheese on the market than Steinwand’s of Colby.


A great deal of wool came to town last Saturday, load after load having been brought in by the producers of that staple. Wool is a good price this year; sheep are high and good property, and one of the best animals a farmer can keep.


D. J. Spaulding, of Black River Falls, died at his home in that city Wednesday, June 14th.  Mr. Spaulding was long connected with logging interests on the Black River and was well known by a great many in Clark County.  Several of our prominent citizens who were old friends of the deceased, went to Black River Falls Saturday to attend the funeral.


Several tramps lounging along the railroad tracks Monday night were told to “move on” by Marshal Hommel.


Last Thursday morning one hundred land seekers took breakfast at the Merchant’s Hotel.  Seventy came Wednesday, the others on the midnight and early morning trains.                                        


The Thorp Creamery is manufacturing over 1,000 pounds of butter each day.  The cheese factories of Frank Pritzl in the Town of Worden and J. B. Doughetee in the Town of Reseburg are each receiving over 3,000 pounds of milk daily. These institutions are a success and of much benefit to their surrounding community.


William A. Syth, of the Town of Eaton and Miss Pearl Boon of Christie, were married Wednesday, June 6th, at the Methodist Parsonage.  Rev. A. B. Scovill officiated at the ceremony.   


Workmen are engaged in tearing away the sidewalk from the Neillsville Bank corner to the south corner of the Commercial State Bank, preparatory to laying a cement walk.  This is only the initial move of the main blocks of that variety that will greet the pedestrians in the near future.                                                      


Mrs. Irish closed her school for the deaf here last week and on Sunday started for her home in Milwaukee.


June 1940


Rough fish removal was halted on Lake Arbutus, and on other similar WPA-9-projects in Wisconsin, last Saturday.  The order, however, allowed the continuation of grounds, building and road improvements being carried on at the Arnold Creek campsite, according to Dr. E. A. Peterson, head of the Black River – Lake Arbutus Conservation Club, which was active in securing the project.


The order to cease fishing came just as WPA workers under Lyle Dye, state conservation warden, expected their best catches.  Approximately 1,400 pounds of carp were removed from the lake in the last dip Saturday and preparations had been made to carry out daily seining throughout June.


Working with a mile-long seining net, nearly 5,000 pounds of carp had been removed from the lake in the operations of the last two and a-half weeks, according to Dr. Peterson.  The carp were transferred to a large crib, constructed at the mouth of Arnold Creek, and were being held for shipment to eastern markets in tank cars.


The project was started on Lake Arbutus February 19 and during the closed season work was carried on beneath the ice by means of “pound” nets.


Carp seined from Lake Arbutus and in other Wisconsin waters under the WPA Projects, which were closed down, found their way to eastern markets.  Therein lays the reason for the curtailment of the Lake Arbutus project, according to C. W. Anderson, acting state WPA administrator.


In a letter to Dr. E. A. Peterson, president of the Black River – Lake Arbutus Conservation Club, Mr. Anderson said, “The present curtailment of the program has arisen from the fact that congressional complaints have been received that the fish derived from the operation of the project were being sold by the sponsor on the commercial fish markets.  Since the operation of the project to produce materials for sale in competition with existing private industries is contrary to the spirit of section 34 of the emergency relief appropriation act of 1939 and is contrary to the established policy of this administration to avoid such competition with private industry, the Wisconsin Works Project Administration has been informed that the project may be operated only to the extent that the sponsor finds some other means of disposing of the fish.”


Friday will be Achievement Day for Clark County Homemakers.  Meeting at 10:30 a.m. in Greenwood, the homemakers will wind up their year’s work with an apron parade, group singing, a motion picture and an address by Mrs. Charlotte Clark Buslaff, state nutrition specialist.  A committee has been organized to take care of babies and small children.


There will be a Free Dance at the Pine Grove Hall, every Sunday night with good orchestras, located 2 miles south of Hatfield on Highway 54.                                                                                         


Flour Sale (49 lb. Bags) at H. H. Van Gorden & Sons, Neillsville; Country Girl Flour $1.10; Sweet Sue Flour $1.29 and Dairy Queen Flour $1.50                                                                        


Through the initiative of Otto W. Lewerenz, Neillsville now has a community refrigerator and locker system.   Mr. Lewerenz is today completing the installation of a modern refrigerating plant, equipped to perform that wonder of the modern food world, “sharp freezing.”  By the use of this plan it becomes possible for patrons to store fresh food with the freshness “frozen-in”, and to enjoy this fresh food in the following winter.


The plant will operate somewhat on the same order of the safe deposit department of a bank. Each patron will have his own locker, with his individual key.  In this locker he will store whatever he pleases, for future use.  He will have access to his locker freely and with practically no restriction as to hours.  Thus the modern housewife, learning Sunday morning that she will have company for dinner and being unable to purchase at the stores, may go to her locker and take from it the fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and chicken, which have been frozen and stored there months before.


The plan differs from the safe deposit boxes of banks in that it requires more service. Food thus stored must be properly prepared, in accordance with methods now well known. The most important part of the service consists in the “sharp freezing.”  This is done in a special small room, the temperature in which is maintained at 25 below zero.  Here the fresh food is rapidly crystallized. The goodness is “frozen in.”  This is the point at which it differs from ordinary refrigeration.


In preparation for the refrigeration service Mr. Lewerenz has been making extensive improvements in his property on South Hewett Street.  He has constructed a refrigerator room of 16 x 16 cubic feet capacity, having space for 180 lockers, of which 100 are being installed at first.  He has rearranged and enlarged his other refrigeration capacity, used in connection with the restaurant.  He has also fitted out an office at the southwest corner of the building.


(At that time many towns, cities or local cheese factories provided freezer locker service to those living in the area as people didn’t have freezers in their homes, so rented freezer locker space for storing meat, fruits and vegetables. D. Z.)


Shop & Save at A & P Food Stores: This weekend specials – Sunkist Lemons, doz. 27’; Valencia Oranges doz. 33’; 8 o’clock coffee 3 lbs 39’; Grade B Eggs, doz. 13’; Sugar, 10 lbs. 52’; bread, 24 oz. loaf 17’.


Fullerton Lumber Co.: House Paint, 1 gallon, $1.91, $2.40 or $2.89.  Wood Shingles sq. $3.


Coast-to-Coast Special!

Cold Pack Canner, Enameled inside and out with Tinned wire rack holds 7 quart, or 7 pint jars, 79’. 14-quart Porcelain Dish Pan, only 25’; 3-qt. Red with White Trim, Porcelain Tea Kettle 59’


Silver Dome Ballroom 3-free wedding dances: Wed. June 19, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Francel; Thurs. June 20, honor of, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman; Fri. June 21, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strey.


Swanson’s Jack Sprat Store Grand Opening at the junction of Hwys 73, 95 & 10, South Hewett Street, Neillsville.


Free Coffee & Cookies served all day on Saturday.  Food specials on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22: Clover Leaf Relish Dish Free w/purchase; Jack Sprat Whole Corn, 2 cans 25’’ Mayflower Salad Dressing, Quart Jar 21’


(The Jack Sprat store was located on the northwest corner of Hewett & Division Street intersection. D. Z.)


Feeling Informal? Go to Saturday Night Dances at the Rainbow Club (Old Stone Garage) at Hatfield.  You can have a rollickin’ good time, no cover charge.  Just have all the fun you can stand!


Amateur Program at the Washburn Town Hall – Thursday, June 27, Sponsored by the Washburn Community Club and the 4-H Club; Anyone from the age 1 to 101, please enter!  Talent of any kind; Three liberal prizes to be given! Admission 5’ and 10’; Everyone is welcome.


Ronald Meihack, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Meihack of the Town of Pine Valley, suffered a fracture of the shoulder when he fell through the hay chute in the barn on the Emil Wetzel farm Sunday. Ronald was playing in the barn with several other children when the accident happened.                         


Augusta will celebrate the Fourth of July.  The program includes two baseball games, kittenball games, four band concerts, an old-time tug-of-war, fireworks and an old-fashioned dance and a carnival.  The net proceeds will be used to finance a lighting system for the town’s new athletic field.  Merlin Hull, member of U. S. Congress, has accepted an invitation to attend the event.


Wells F. Harvey, of Neillsville, and publisher of The Clark County Press, received this year’s award for outstanding service to his community and the award for circulation accomplishment at the National Editorial Assn. convention in New York City, NY, recently.                                                                      


A three-way race for the Progressive party nomination for sheriff in the September primary appeared as a prospect this week with the announcement by former Sheriff Mats Madsen of his candidacy.


Madsen, who was defeated for reelection two years ago by Herman J. Olson, incumbent Republican, has returned to Clark County and has established residence in Neillsville.  Previously Ray Kutsche of Levis and Louis D. Rusch of Thorp had announced their intentions to run.


Mr. Olson to date is unopposed for the Republican nomination for sheriff.


The contest is the third to take shape on the Progressive county ticket. District Attorney Hugh F. Gwin is opposed by Bruce Beilfuss, Abbotsford attorney; and William F. Hemp, Neillsville city clerk and Mike Krultz, Jr., of Hendren are seeking nomination for county treasurer.


The only county contest to date in the Republican Party is for the district attorney nomination, with Richard Gaffney of Owen and Clarence E. Gorsegner of Greenwood seeking a place on the final ballot.




J. L. Gates, an early Clark County lumberman, established the Neillsville Bank in 1897; located on the corner of Hewett and Sixth streets, the bank’s entrance was moved from the corner to the Hewett Street side with a new building project in 1914.  The above photo was taken during that project. The business remained at that site until 1975 when it was moved to a new building on the corner of West 5th and West Streets.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)




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