Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 12, 2011, Page 19

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1931


Ted Gall and Art Carl who are building the fixtures in the new Ben Picus ladies’ ready to wear store have nearly completed their work.  The decorating is being done under the direction of Charles Poole.  A new furnace is being installed by Peat Warlum.  Mr. and Mrs. Pius are in Chicago purchasing a stock of goods.


Two young men, giving their names as Ed and Roy of Mosinee, ran across the arterial at the National Bank corner Saturday night and crashed into a truck.  Policeman Rossman arrested them for reckless driving and brought them at once before Justice Dudley, who administered a fine of $1.00 and costs, amounting to $4.95. The men claimed to have no money and offered to leave an overcoat as security, which was accepted.  They promised to return Monday, redeem the coat and pay for the damage to the truck but as yet, have not been seen again.


The Northern States Power Company has completed the Kurth extension along Pleasant Ridge and practically all residents along the line are hooked on to electricity.  The extension is about 4 ½ miles long and serves a large number of farms, also Suckow Bros. Service Station and Pleasant Ridge Cheese Factory.  


The Neillsville Milk Product s Co. announced this week that it was installing a milk pasteurizing plant and would deliver pasteurized milk and cream to homes in the city beginning Oct. 15.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hagedorn were greatly surprised last Thursday evening when a group of Neillsville friends came in to help them celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, bringing ice cream and refreshments. They had mistaken the date; however, thinking the anniversary was Oct. 1 instead of Oct. 4.  Another crowd surprised them Oct. 4, bringing supper and refreshments, which was served at 11:30.  A china wedding cake was made by their daughter.  Mr. and Mrs. Hagedorn received many nice china gifts.                                                              


A fire of unknown origin destroyed two barns on the August Dankemyer farm northwest of Chili Friday evening.  Shortly after eleven o’clock Mr. and Mrs. Leo Dankemyer, who are operating the farm, were awakened by their little son.  They noticed the light outside and discovered the east end of the big barn in flames.  Neighbors were called by telephone and soon a crowd gathered to help, having only time to save a tractor, the Holstein herd, sire and one calf. The big barn was 32’ x 100’, full of hay and straw.  The smaller barn, 20’ x 40’, was used for storing machinery. Two stave silos, 14’ x 28’ were also destroyed.  Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Loos, a son-in-law and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Dankemyer, had stored their household goods in the small barn, which were also destroyed.         


The Farmers Union has started a drive for Northwest drought relief to aid the stricken and starving farmers in Montana and North Dakota.  The campaign in the lower half of the county is under the direction of W. F. Beyer who has asked that people of the farms, villages and cities contribute whatever they can in clothing, canned goods and vegetables.


All persons having material to donate are asked to telephone Red 44 and arrangements to collect it Oct. 21 will be made or the goods can be delivered at the Farmers Union headquarters here in this city. The railroad companies have agreed to haul these gifts free of charge to the stricken areas.


Twelve counties in North Dakota and 24 in Montana are suffering until agonies this fall from lack of food, it is stated. Families are destitute, little children lack clothing and are suffering from under-nourishment. Actual starvation is stalking through the west where not a blade of green grass was seen all summer, according to investigators.  Some of the people raised a few vegetables by planting the swampland, but they were in the great minority.


Fried Chicken Dinner at Zion Reformed Church, Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 p.m. until all are served, prices 20¢ and 40¢


As a tribute to Thomas Alva Edison, who died at West Orange at 3:24 a.m. Sunday, the lights of the nation will be turned out for one minute Wednesday night, 9 p.m. Central time, at the suggestion of President Hoover. The funeral will be held today, Wednesday.  Mr. Edison carved an immortal name for himself with such inventions as electric lights, moving pictures, stock ticker, phonograph and hundreds of others.                       


Notice from the City Water Department – the filter is out of repair and the city water is unsafe to drink until further notice.


A pretty fall wedding took place Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. at St. Balthasar’s Catholic Church, Loyal, when Miss Rosalind Regina Rueth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rueth of Loyal, became the bride of Joseph N. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miller of Marshfield.  Rev. A. J. Aurit performed the ceremony.


The bride was attired in an ankle length gown of white satin, lace and net trimmed, with footwear to match.  Her long silk veil was held in place with a wreath of orange blossoms.  She carried a bouquet of roses, snapdragons and swainsonia. Her only bridesmaid, Miss Florence Beaver, a cousin of the groom, wore an ankle length frock of peach crepe, jacket effect with footwear to match. Her hat was of silver metallic. She carried an arm bouquet of mixed flowers.


The groom wore a suit of dark brown.  Leon Hoeser, a friend of the groom was bestman.  His suit was of navy blue.


The church ceremony was followed by a reception at the home of the bride’s parents, where streamers of pink and white served as wedding decorations and dinner was served for immediate relatives.


The bride and groom will continue farming.                                                          


A crowd estimated as 5,000 gathered at Wautoma Thursday afternoon to celebrate the completion of a paving project west of that city on Highway 73, which will give the shortest hard-surfaced highway between Chicago and the Twin Cities.  The celebration was put on by the Chicago, Milwaukee and Twin Cities Highway association. The ceremonies were elaborate and spectacular. Ten uniformed bands took part in the affair; bands from east of Wautoma headed delegations from that direction playing the air of the Illinois state song; bands from the west with delegations from that direction marched forward playing the Minnesota state song.  The procession met at the main business corner on Highway 73 in Wautoma where a broad red ribbon was stretched across the street and as it was cut, signifying the opening of the highway as the Red Granite High School band played “On Wisconsin” and a salute of 12 guns was fired.


A speaker’s stand had been put up at the street corner with various speakers on the program.


After the program, there was a pageant, designated as a “Parade of Progress.”  Various floats, automobiles, road building equipment and bands made up the parade and at the rear came Neillsville’s famous “Little German Band”, which brought applause all along the side-lines.  Those who played in the “Little German Band” were Mr. Becker, Robert Schiller, Bruce Beilfuss, Lowell Schoengarth, Welton Brooks, Shirley Elliot and Kenneth Wagner.


Other local people attending the event were R. E. Schmedel, Geo. A. Ure, Dist. Atty. Hugh Haight, Frank Wood and Herman Braatz of the highway committee.                                              


Twenty head of forty cattle were lost, and three horses died in a barn fire at the home of Steven Rosandich, 9 miles east of Neillsville, Tuesday when lightning struck the building about 3 a.m. during a severe electrical storm.  The loss also included 80 tons of hay and farm machinery.                                          


Joe Zilk opened his new Standard Oil filling station at the south end of Hewett Street Saturday afternoon with a parade and the distribution of a large number of gifts to his customers.  In the parade of oil trucks were Ed Keys of Spencer, Tob Jackson of Greenwood, Bob Zank, Fairchild, Wm. Schmidtke, Granton and Bub Catlin of Loyal.


A program, Plate Lunch and dance will be held at the Ross School, Oct. 29th.  It is located 4 miles east and 2 miles north of Christie. Everybody welcome; Cecilia Nenohlo, Teacher


A display of old prescriptions in the window of the C. C. Sniteman Co., store is attracting much attention this week.  The display reveals that prescriptions have been filled for members of the same family for more than 50 years.


With the display are pictures of the old wooden store building and the new store. In front of the old store are shown Henry Klopf, jeweler; R. J. McRaith, clerk and Everett Esslinger, clerk of the Zimmerman Drug Co., store which was then the building now operated by Gangler’s as a variety store.  A poodle dog, which died in 1912 at the age of 19 years and remembered by many of Mr. Sniteman’s customers, is in the picture as was the old parrot, Polly, which lived in the store 20 years, dying in 1910.  Up to date 428,290 prescriptions have been filled at the Sniteman Drug Store.


October 1961


Southern Clark County was to bid a fond “God Speed” to members of the Neillsville National Guard Company in public ceremonies here Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25.


The program was scheduled on the eve of the company’s departure for Fort Lewis, Wash., where advance detachments are awaiting their arrival Thursday night.


The 60-plus men of the company remaining here were to be split into three sections for their transportation today to Fort Lewis.  One group was to go by bus to Milwaukee, a second group to Eau Claire, then to Minneapolis by bus; and the third group, consisting of four officers, and men, was to drive to Minneapolis by private car.


The Milwaukee contingent is to be split into two sections for separate airplane rides.  They will be aboard planes for approximately four hours, and are scheduled to arrive in Fort Lewis tonight.  Their flights are to be in DC-8s.


A smaller group is to make the bus trip to Eau Claire and thence to Minneapolis, leaving later in the morning.  They are scheduled to board a Boeing 707 jet plane and will arrive approximately an hour after the first Milwaukee flight.  The group going to Minneapolis, by private carrier will fly by Convair and expected to precede the main groups in arrival.


Public ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday afternoon were to follow generally the program carried out 21 years ago when the Neillsville National Guard Company set out for a year of “training” at Fort Beaureguard, La.  That was on a crisp, sunny day in 1941.  The year of training stretched into five, and their “training” into the real thing in which they covered half the globe.


Dr. Rosekrans, who extended the greetings of the area’s residents, was to do so again.  Wm. A. Campman, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, also was to speak briefly.


Capt. Heron A. Van Gorden, commanding officer of Company E, 1st Battle Group, 128th Infantry, was to speak in behalf of the men of the company.


The Granton High School band under direction of William Chambers also was to play, as was the Neillsville High School band with director Garth Jensen.


Master of ceremonies was to be Robert Harvey, editor of the Clark County Press.


The program was arranged by John R. Bergemann, with assistance of other city residents.


With many of its men leaving late last week by private car for Fort Lewis, training was being tapered off here this week.  The company personnel continued with its physical-fitness program, and with its marching. All equipment and supplies except personal duffel had been sent on ahead; other supplies not scheduled for Fort Lewis had been checked in at Camp McCoy; and records and orders had been drawn.


The company was in readiness and waiting on the scheduled departure times this morning.


In the meantime, since their activation October 15, members of the company have been feted both publicly and privately.
Almost without exception the men have been the social butterflies of the year, and on the “most wanted” list of friends and relatives.


That, along with physical training, which they were undergoing, led many to look forward to the departure date with a sigh of relief, as well as of regret.                                                                     


Dedication of the new school building at Granton has been tentatively set for November 8.  The building was ready for use with the opening of the fall session, with a few finishing touches being added since.


The exact date will depend upon the time when a speaker can be available.  The event will include the introduction of those who have had an important part in planning and putting through the improvement.  The various contractors will be recognized, and the members of the planning committee: Ray Nickel, Mrs. Ted Downer, Dr. Victor Tharp, Walter Roehl and Emil Schlinsog.


Recognition will go to the school board and to LaVern Rick, the supervision principal, who was active in the undertaking.  The board members are: Victor Braatz, president; Ben Beeckler, treasurer; Esther Schmidtke, secretary; Russell Gardner and David Anderson.


The Reformed Congregation worshipped in the above church building located on the corner of West 5th and Clay Street in Neillsville for many years until merging with the Congregational Church, then becoming members of the United Church of Christ in a new building at the corner of 2nd and Park Streets.





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