Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 8, 2010, Page 18

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1885


Friday Joe Hammel and Herman Schuster received a Sweitzer cheese weighing nearly 200 pounds. It cost them $51. They had ordered a 30 lb. block.


Cranberry picking is now in progress, giving occupation for many hands.


Emery Bruley has traded his building and lot at the corner of Second and Court Streets to James Finnigan for the house and land on South Main between R. M. Campbell’s and J. L. Gates’ and the blacksmith property on Grand Avenue. Whether there was a cash balance, we did not learn.


Mr. Bruley has rented the bottom of his Main street brick building to Mr. Scott Fowler and Mrs. Caroline O’Neill, who will fit it up and operate a restaurant there.


A basket and button-hole bouquet party will be held at Henry Counsel’s place on Pleasant Ridge, Friday evening Sept. 4th for the benefit of Mr. Brothers.  Every lady is to bring a basket with a lunch for two and a button-hole bouquet. All are invited.


Yesterday a festive party composed of Dr. H. A. Pitcher and wife, Dr. H. J. Thomas and wife, Miss Belle Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Balch, took the train at Neillsville, bound for Beaver Lake, in southwestern Minnesota armed and equipped with tents, guns, fishing tackle, cooking tackle and everything else they may choose to tackle, where they will camp out on the margin of the lake, with a boat moored at the door of their wigwam, and birds, mugwumps and fish waiting around for buckshot or bait.  They will be away for two weeks, at the end of which time they will take the homeward trail, tanned to the bone, and thoroughly uncivilized.



St. Paul, Minnesota has a population of 111,397, a gain in five years of 69,924.  Minneapolis gained 82,313 in five years, and has a population of 129,200.      



A wind, rain and hail storm Sunday night at Greenwood tore the superstructure of braces from the big iron bridge at that point, the old Dells Bridge, and then lifted the main body of the bridge from the piers and dropped it into the river, right side up.  This will cause a heavy loss to the towns of Eaton and Warner. The storm loosened the roof of the Greenwood church, and greatly injured crops, badly stripping the cornfields.     



Clemons & Nelson, of Shortville, have started up their broom factory in full blast.  They have all kinds of brooms on hand.




John Paulus traded his farm, all except the western ten acres, to Mrs. Caroline O’Neill, last Thursday, for the O’Neill Housed property, subject to M. M. Post’s lease.  This is an important transfer.




There will be a Prohibition Conference in Neillsville Sept. 17th at 2:30 p.m., and a meeting at Fourth St. Theater in the evening.    



Mr. Emery Bruley has a force of men at work at his newly acquired premises, the Finnigan place, laying a foundation for one of the most elegant houses in the city. The house now standing there is destined to serve as a wing to the new one and as Emery has the means it is likely that he will rear an edifice, which will be a substantial ornament to the city.


(That house is now referred to as Tuft’s Mansion located on South Hewett Street. D. Z.)



A man named Finnigan had built a house on a lot at 26 Hewett Street in 1879. Emery Bruley bought the lot in 1885 and proceeded to build an addition on the house’s Northside.  He later sold it to Richard Dewhurst with it remaining in the Dewhurst-Hemple family for many years.  William and Jenny Tufts became the next owners. After Jenny Tufts’ death in 1982, and by her wishes, the home became a museum.  Today, it is known as Tufts’ Mansion and a Bed and Breakfast. 


Eidsvold is a little village of about 30 inhabitants, situated on the line of the Wisconsin and Minnesota railroad, about 37 miles east of Eau Claire.  It contains a combined saw and shingle mill, a store, post office, blacksmith shop, and boarding house along with about a dozen dwellings.


G. M. Wilson, the rustling proprietor of many drays, has purchased J. L. Gates’ carriage and yesterday morning put it on duty, with a good team and driver, running to and from all trains at the depot, carrying passengers at 25 cents, the regular bus fare and giving patrons a very stylish drive indeed.


Christie News: Last week, Mr. Henry Piper bought Rubin Wilson’s farm for $600.


A rooster fight tore the town all up on Sunday afternoon.


John Murphy killed 1,800 mice on three acres of new land, while plowing it up.


Mr. James Robinson has been to the county fair with his yearling colt, which weighs 1,030 lbs. and took the premium ribbon.


(The reference to a “rooster fight” meant that some fired-up young men had been fighting.  Back then, occasionally such young men were slangily referred to as “roosters”. D. Z.)              


Earl Carl Rabenstein of the Deutsch-Amerikaner newspaper and Miss Rae Pound were married Sunday, Sept. 20, 1885, in the city. While we extend our heartiest congratulations to Carl, we must express our thanks for the delicious wedding cake and wine, which were forthcoming.  The ceremony took place at the residence one door west of Sol. Jaseph’, which Mr. Rabenstein has had carpeted and furnished from a parlor to kitchen.  Rev. W. T. Hendren performed the ceremony.  A few friends were invited being hospitably entertained.  After the guests departed and quietness reigned, the pair was serenaded by the German Glee Club, and further acts of hospitality followed.  Rabenstein forgot all about getting a cook stove for his house until late Saturday night.


September 1930


This week F. E. Brown, jeweler, took on the Yourex line of silverware, which was sold for many years by the late Henry W. Klopf while he was running his jewelry store in the C. C. Sniteman Co. drug store.  This line is one of the oldest in the country and considered an exceptionally high-class product in silverware.


At the Methodist Conference held at Spooner last week, Rev. Paul White was appointed pastor of the new union church, the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Neillsville.  He is a man of high standing in the Conference and will bring to his Neillsville pastorate successful experience in church work.                                                                            


Shortly after Lex Construction Co. completed the stretch of concrete east of the Clark County Fairground, a motorist drove over the pavement, despite the fact that the road had been closed off and earth had been laid over the pavement to keep it moist.  As a guard against a repetition of the act, the company purchased a quantity of roofing nails and spread them along the pavement.  It is not likely that anyone with an uncontrollable desire to try out the new pavement will get more than a few feet before his tires collapse. There is a heavy penalty provided for motorists who drive on newly laid concrete, with violators being persecuted.


J. G. Ehrlich of Chicago closed a deal with P. M. Martin of Lindsey for the Hutchings farm, Monday, located at Day Corners south of Neillsville.  It is one of the old homes of this locality. The farm has been rented for several years.  Henry Lipkie made the deal.


Mr. Ehrlich plans on repairing the buildings and will make his home there.  He formerly lived here and has been working as a carpenter in Chicago for several years.                         


The Log Cabin Miniature Golf course, which has just been completed by J. L. Neverman will open to players tonight and is a splendid addition to the community.


In hundreds of other cities where the midget courses have been constructed they have met with great popularity and it is expected that many new golf fans will be drawn into the game here.


A very happy family reunion was held at Schuster Park Sunday afternoon and evening, August 31.  Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beyer and children, Walter, Harold Bobbie and Alice; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Meihak and daughters, Margaret and Evelyn; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuhl and children, Norman, Neoma, Laverne, Betty and Harland; Mr. Albert Meihak and Miss Ella Meier, all of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Christ Larson and Roland and Mr. Werner Meihak of Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Roberts and Agnes, Mrs. Lizzie Upton, Mr. and Mrs.  H. Ritschke and children, Victor, Mabel, Lillian Robert and Gordon, all of Oshkosh.                                   


The paving of 3,000 feet of gutters on Court Street was started on Tuesday by Cornel Moen, who was awarded the contract on a bid of 76 cents a foot.  Eight bids were received, the highest being $1.03. The work is expected to take less than two weeks.                                                                                                       


Jessie Leason, Press reporter’s column article:


My old friend and school pal, “Bill” Montgomery died Monday morning, the victim of an automobile accident. Bill and I went through grade school together. We played basketball together; we traded pencils, borrowed each other’s jackknives and gave each other our apple cores.  I got to know Bill as well as anybody I ever knew and no friend was ever a truer friend, a better schoolmate or a more unselfish companion. Bill was one of the seven boys who graduated that year and he is the first of seven to die.  I shall always miss my old friend, Bill. 


A Chicken Pie Supper will be served at the Washburn Town Hall Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. until all are served, for benefit of the Shortville Community Church. Adults 50’, children 25’


A notice has been released that the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Co. has filed a petition with the Railroad Commission of Wisconsin for permission to discontinue service on part of their line from Lindsey to Lynn, a distance of 6.76 miles.  For many years this line extended to and beyond Romadka and a great deal of business was done on that part of the road. Later service to Romadka was discontinued and the track dismantled back to Lynn. If service to the village of Lynn is cut off it will be a great inconvenience to that community, and it is hoped that the Railroad Commission will not grant the petition.


The J. B. Inderrieden Canning Co. finished the season’s bean pack last Wednesday evening and considering the scant rains during August and September, the crop proved fairly good.  Some of the fields on sandy soils gave out early, but on heavier soils, or where they came in the path of scattering showers the yield was excellent, with 40,000 cases being packed.


In a short time it is expected that work will begin on beets and carrots.  It is said that some carrots and peas mixed will be put up.  A certain amount of peas were packed in gallon containers; these will be opened and mixed with carrots to fill the demands of a certain class of trade.


An article by Paul Block, publisher of the Milwaukee Sentinel, which appeared on the front page of that newspaper Monday, will be of interest to many in Neillsville, due to the fact that the man discussed is the nephew of Harry Svirnoff of this city.  The story deals with David Sarnoff, son of Mr. Svirnoff’s brother, who is now head of the Radio Corporation of America. After their arrival from Europe some of the family spelled the name Svirnoff and some Sarnoff, which accounts for the difference in spelling.  Following is the article in the Sentinel:


“Opportunity Still Exists”


“Short sketches about the start and rise of some of our great men have been appearing in the New York Evening World and they again remind us of the opportunity one has in this great country of ours. The story of David Sarnoff’s career was among those published and it ought to be inspiring to the youth of today.


“Born of poor parents in Europe, brought over at the age of 9, supporting his mother at age of 11 when not at school, his career really began when at 15 he decided to become a journalist.  Going to the New York Herald building to apply for a position, he happened to error in entering the Commercial Cable Company office, which was on the ground floor of that building.  He made such a fine impression on the man he talked with that he was offered a job with the cable company.  It was at that moment that young Sarnoff recognized an opportunity had come to him. The click of telegraph instruments had always attracted him as it does most boys. Within a year he was a wireless operator for the Marconi Company and at 17 he was in charge of the lonely station at Siasconset, Nantucket Island, at $60 per month, of which amount he sent $40 to his mother. And at this out-of-the way place he found the station library full of books on the science of wireless operation and he read and read and studied and learned, when he later was promoted to the New York office he found time to take an engineer’s course at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  At age 26 he was made commercial manager of the company and after the Radio Corporation took over the Marconi Company it was not long before he was made president and the head of that corporation, one of the greatest in the world.


Most of the great men of our early country were born in humble circumstances.   Their successes and achievements prove that the United States was and is the land of opportunity.                     


Last week residents of Washburn and East Levis had almost a continuous battle with forest fires, but by strenuous efforts the fires were kept within bounds.  Sunday afternoon at about 5:30 a traveler discovered two small fires on the east side of the Pray Road, running south from Highway 73.  A crowd gathered and after fighting well into the night got the fire under control.


Mr. Harold Oldham and Miss Edna Murphy were united in marriage at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept 18 at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Oldham in the Town of York. Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiated.  Mr. Alvin Wendt was best man and Miss Bernice Pagelsdorf of Marshfield was bridesmaid, with the groom’s brother, Arnold Oldham and wife also as attendants.


They expect to live for time at the home of the groom’s parents, and he will continue to assist in carrying on the farm.





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