Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 29, 2010 Page 17

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1875


Hoesly’s team of horses tried making an angel out of Mr. Churchill last Friday, by running away with him while coming down the hill from the Fairgrounds.                                                    


When we say that George Austin has one of the finest buggy turnouts in town, we make no wild assertion, nor do we do it to complement that individual but to call attention to the fact that Campbell, Watson & Hommel can and do turnout as good of buggies from that ship as can be found anywhere.  The buggy in question is a two-seated top buggy, which for style, workmanship and all that goes into making a first class vehicle cannot be excelled.  It brought them the first premium at the Fair and shows that no one needs to travel from home to buy a nice carriage. The gentlemen composing that enterprising firm are deserving of great credit and a liberal patronage.


Bear stories are becoming like the ears (bears) themselves, too numerous to receive special attention.  Not a day passes but what we hear of several being “done for” some way or other, trapping them being the most improved method, or at least the one most generally practiced.


Hunters report an abundance of game in the woods this fall, and all those who like bear steaks and venison are anticipating more than the usual amount of sport during the hunting season.      


Of late a certain crew of wide mouthed young men who claim to believe that early rising is a virtue, have been in the habit of congregating in front of Marshall’s or Lacey’s  businesses between the hours of six and seven in the morning and disturbing innocent people with their ill-timed merriment.


The name of the hotel kept by Mr. O. P. Wells in this village has been changed from the Rossman House to the Wells Housed.  A new sign bearing that name will soon appear.                   


Who knows anything about the paten found near Marshall’s hardware store last Tuesday morning?  Johnny says he doesn’t know of anyone whose hair it would match.  Is there anyone who does?


J. L. Gates is willing to reward someone for helping him to get possession of his wandering cow.  On about Sept. 18th the dark red cow five years old, about medium size with a brass nub on one horn, wandered off.  Anyone returning said cow, or giving information leading to her recovery will be suitably rewarded.


The new bank building and the store buildings being erected by Mr. F. A. Lee and Chauncey Blakeslee are fast nearing completion and will soon be inhabited.                                               


The recent cold snap created a demand for wood in this vicinity and our woodpile has diminished very rapidly during the past week.  It’s tough to be obliged to furnish all those fellows wanting wood, but tougher to be cussed out for not having it cut the right length for the many sizes of stoves.                                    


Agents for the Anchor Line of Steamships have tickets for sale to and from all ports in England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and all ports on the Mediterranean.


Tickets can be bought from them at reduced rates by those wishing to send for their families or friends. This line has 36 first-Class Steamships.


They are prepared to issue drafts for Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Germany.


Arquette and Fleming, who are taking lumps for their so called persecuted innocence, and who are now furnished quarters at the county’s expense, burned a hole through the bottom of the jail last Monday night, nearly effecting and escape.


Last week we advertised a lost cow for Mr. J. L. Gates of this village, for which he had looked in vain for a week or more, and on Monday he received word from a party in Humbird as to the whereabouts of the lost animal.  It pays to advertise.


Last Friday night a bon fire was lighted on the O’Neill Creek bank, near the residence of Richard Dewhurst and the fire alarm sounded for the purpose of seeing whether our fire department could be relied upon or not.  The result was the very sudden appearance of the Hook and Ladder boys with their new pull-along truck and a good representation of the Hook and Sack Companies.  The alarm was sounded at half-past ten, after many had retired for the night and the effect was a general upending and preparing to get out as the case seemed to demand.  If there was ever any doubt as to their ability, that has now dissipated.                                                                                           


Indians and cranberries are abounding in town!


September 1950


A mystery of another kind has developed at the Forman School, east of Christie. There were a number of file-ends, pieces of steel rods and other hard obstacles were found embedded in the school lawn.  They were well placed to damage a lawn mower, if and when a job of mowing was undertaken.  A complaint was made to Sheriff Kutsche, who is investigating.


Fred Wall, owner of the Neillsville Oil Company, is in Tulsa, Okla., this week attending the dedication of a new Deep Rock oil refinery.  He is one of three independent Deep Rock dealers from Northwestern Wisconsin selected to make the expense-free trip.                                                                                                                                                                       


The John Wuethrich dairy herd captured six blue ribbons at the Marshfield Fair last week.  First prizes were won for three-year-old Holstein cow, two-year-old Holstein cow, Junior Yearling heifer, Senior heifer, Senior bull calf and calf herd.


Cpl. Leon Piwoni of Thorp, son of Peter Piwoni, has been listed as wounded by the war department.  He was engaged in the campaign in Korea.                                                                                  


William Beeckler of Granton repeated again this year winning the county plowing match held at the W. Ruggles farm located one mile west of Longwood.  The contest was very close between first and second place.  The second place winner was Orlin Gehrke of Loyal.  These two contestants had only a point or two separating them.


William Beeckler, of Granton, winner of the contour plowing contest, placed at the state contour plowing contest, which was held this past weekend on the Martin Schiefelbein farm, five miles south of Fall Creek in Eau Claire County. Eighteen plowmen were entered in this sate conservation field day and plowing contest.


Jerome Tieman, Thorp, member of the Butler 4-H club, placed in the third division in the 4-H tractor maintenance contest.


The enrollment of the Thorp High School is 245 this year, five less than last year.  The grade school registered 30 less, being only 78.  This is due to the building of the new parochial school.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seltrecht of Granton announce the engagement of their daughter, Betty Lou, to Norman Lautenbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lautenbach of Granton, Rt. 3.                         


Marriage Licenses:


William Donald Johnson, Town of Pine Valley, Virginia Van Kirk, Town of Mentor, married September 2;

Ervin Klick, Town of Worden, Leona Stoinski, Thorp, to be married September 9 at Thorp;

Everett Johnson, Town of Worden, Helen Dugan, Town of Warner, married at Greenwood, September 3;

John Dombro, Chicago, Ruth Grotte, Granton, married at Granton;

Oliver La Flex, Town of Mead, Felicia Djubenski, Town of Mead, married at Willard September 9;

Harley Palms, Unity, and Shirley Hall, Mitchell, S.D., married in the Town of Grant, September 9;

John Apfel, Neillsville, Lucille Bertrand, Eau Claire, to be married at Neillsville, September 9;

Kenneth Karnitz, Pine Valley, Virginia Dux, Pine Valley to be married in Pine Valley on September 23;

Carl Shell, Loyal, Frieda L. Meier, Loyal, to be married at Loyal, September 21;

Darrell Hohenstein, Washburn, Joyce Kuehn, Grant, to be married in the Town of Grant on September 30.


Wanted: Cranberry Rakers & Yard Men, work starts September 18th.  Good wages, plus box bonus.  Board is available on the marsh; bring your own bed roll. Contact the Amundson Cranberry Marsh at Babcock, Wis.


Sunday, September 17th, Duck Shoot at Tom Krejci’s Tavern. Tioga, Wis.


Annual Chicken Dinner to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Withee, Sunday, Sept. 24.  Serving from 11:45-noon until all are served. Adults, $1.00, Children under 12, 50 cents       


A Sportsmen’s Jamboree will be held at Rock Dam Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., under the sponsorship of the Rock Dam Rod and Gun Club.


Included in the event will be such events as trap shooting, archery, boat riding, poultry shoot, an auction sale, fish pond, games of various sorts and an old time dance in the evening.


The event will be held rain or shine, according to word from A. E. Bauer of Thorp, chairman.


Proceeds from the Jamboree will be used to help defray the expenses of the Upper Spruce Lake Dam, which has flooded 250 acres. This project, carried on by the Rock Dam Rod and Gun Club and recently completed, is located three and one-half miles southwest of Rock Dam.


(The Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club is still in existence, an active organization 60 years later. D. Z.)


Of recent record is the transfer of Club 10 east of Neillsville to Lester Steinhilber. The purchase was made from Mr. and Mrs. Earl Totten of La Crosse.  The consideration was about $5,500


Carl F. Drescher and his wife Frances, as joint tenants, have bought from Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Drescher 160 acres in the Town of Grant, together with their half interest in the personal property on the farm, with the exception of household goods, automobile and threshing machine.  This is a family arrangement with the Alfred Dreschers reserving the right to live during their lifetime in the small west cottage on the property and to have a small garden plot there.  The Alfred Dreschers are also to receive certain products of the farm for their table.


The Greenwood students have selected the following cheerleaders for the year: Kay Schwarze, Donna Brzezinski, Ann Warner, Janet Olson and Carol Drew.  Corrine Hare will serve as a substitute.  The selection was made last Tuesday at a pep meeting.                                                                                            


A caterpillar tractor tied to climb the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon.  The tractor went up the southwest corner of the building under its own power, dug in there and came to a stop.  It rested on the draw bar and the back of the seat. And thus was held from toppling over backward.


When this tractor started on its wild ride, four kindergarten children were upon it.  They also started it.  All four of them jumped off while the tractor was traveling toward the church.


The tractor in question belongs to Otto Hainz, and it was parked at the southeast corner of his yard, just west of the church property.  Mr. Hainz had disconnected a wire running to the magneto and figured that he had everything under control.  But these five-year-olds were a-knowing lot, and one of them stuck the wire back into the magneto.


Two of the boys occupied the driver’s seat; one stood on the left fender, another took his position stride the high top of the hood.  The distribution of these four may be in some doubt, since considerable excitement at the time interfered with normal thought.  Mrs. Hainz, for instance, believes that she aged 10 years as a result of the incident.


The distribution probably was that of Bobbie Waite and Phillip Haupt, each five years old, who sat in the driver’s seat and turned on the juice and the starter; while little Mike Hopkins sat astride the hood and little Chuck Hainz stood atop the left fender.

The distribution of the crew does not accord with what the youngsters have told their parents, the latter are at liberty to redistribute them according to taste.  What ever the distribution, they were all off that tractor and out of the way before it hit the stone wall of the church basement.


Thus the tractor was traveling wild when it hit.  The appearance of the wall indicates that the left track hit the corner and traveled right up it, with the front bumper scarping along on the east wall.  As the caterpillar tracks dug in, they straightened the tractor up until it was almost exactly straight up in the air.


On Wednesday morning Arthur Imig and Harold Huckstead, trustees of the Church, took a look at the very minor damage done to the church wall, and congratulated their church that it has now become so popular as to attract the attendance even of a caterpillar tractor.                                                                              


Eddie Thorson along with a Hammond Electric Organ will be appearing nightly every week, Wednesday through Sunday Night at the Silver Dome Supper Club, west of Neillsville.  He will be playing from 6:30 p.m. until closing.


There will be a wedding Dance for Herbert Henchen and Irene Thoma Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Silver Dome Ballroom with Music by Bob Lipka and his Orchestra                                    


There will be 2 Free Wedding Dances at the American Legion Memorial Hall in Neillsville.


Saturday Nite, Sept. 30, will be a Wedding Dance and Shower for Darrel Hohenstein and Joyce Kuehn; Music by the Nemitz Bros.


Sunday Nite, October 1, is the Wedding Dance for Betty Howard and Jack Kruger; with Music by Freddie Maeder’s Band.


This Thursday, Friday & Saturday’s Special at Kearns Rexall Drug Store, Chocolate Sundae, 13’.



The First Wuethrich Creamery building was a wooden frame structure that operated in the days when farmers hauled their own cans of milk or cream to the factory to be processed.





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