Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 23, 2011, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1896


Owing to the heavy covering of snow on the ice in the pond the dam was opened yesterday to free O’Neill Creek. The gates will again be closed as soon as the snow and ice passes out.   We will yet have good ice and good skating.                                            


Saturday, November 14, Enckhausen & Ascott will present every lady purchasing 10 cents worth of merchandise with an elegant aluminum thimble. The thimbles are a thing of beauty and in every respect seem equal to solid silver.


The Scandinavian Evangelical Luther Church will be dedicated Thanksgiving Day. Dedication sermon will be 10:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. A. K. Sagen of La Crosse and Rev. J. W. Preus of Eau Claire.  There will also be Norwegian preaching at 3:00 p.m. and in English at 7:30 p.m.  All are cordially invited.


The work of tearing out and repairing the inside of the O’Neill building has been commenced by the contractors who will excavate the earth beneath, put in a basement and build new walls. The building is brick and considerable care will necessarily have to be exercised in removing the old foundation and putting in a new one to prevent a collapse of the structure. When fitted up it will be occupied by Victor Huntzicker as a banking office, which will make a nice place for his business. A new glass and iron front will be put in.                         


Dr. Churchill had quite a serious runaway with Dr. Berry’s team Saturday.  He was returning from a visit of a patient residing about three miles south of the city, and while coming across a field, ran against an old gate buried in the snow, which tipped the cutter over, smashing it up badly. The horses, becoming frightened, ran away dragging the doctor about a hundred yards, bruising him up considerably. Clark’s coach dog, Spot was accompanying the team and managed to stop the horses.  The Doctor thinks there is no better safeguard than to have old dog, Spot accompanying him on his drives hereafter.                                                                                                   


C. S. Stockwell has in his library, in the mechanical and surveying department, a book published in 1731 on surveying, which is claimed to have belonged to the library of George Washington, and in fact bears his name on the flyleaf.


Arrangements are being made whereby the Washboard factory in this city, which has remained idle for some time, will be started up soon, under the management of John Merrill, with James Taylor as superintendent. This will no doubt be good news for our citizens, as the revival of any manufacturing enterprise will be a benefit to our little city and help to increase and enliven business.                                                                       


William Doty has a two-story brick house for rent for $5.00 per month.  Inquire at the Press Office.


John Hein is selling choice winter apples cheap now.  Lay in your winter’s supply.  They are selling at 55 cents a bushel, in bulk, or $1.90 per barrel.                                                                     


The Greenwood Gleaner says that Elmer Brown and family, of Green Bay, arrived in the city last week and will make that their future home. They moved into Meyer’s house on Division Street.


J. B. Lowe and Dick Wheaton recently went to Chicago, for a time and upon there return home brought back a hack and a hearse, the boys did not come back in the hearse.  Wheaton will run the hack and Lowe will run the hearse in connection with his undertaking business.                                                                     


Robert C. Jacob, a young German from Chicago, purchased from Fred Lavine yesterday, 160 acres of land in the Town of Weston, NW Ό of Sec. 26, T. 25, R. 2 west, for $1,100.  Mr. Jacob and his brother will improve it at once.  Now that McKinley is elected, Clark County land will advance in price.            


The hunting party which went into Taylor County in quest of deer some two weeks ago has returned full of experience in deer hunting and pioneering. This party, numbering eight or ten of Neillsville’s young men, camped on the bank of Black River some two miles above the mouth of Pine Creek.  The light snow and the delightful weather, which followed made the trip a pleasant one and the deer fell before the shell and prowess of the nimrods.  It is true that one daring and experienced hunter placed no other ammunition in his pack than revolver cartridges, which he essayed to use in a repeating rifle.  However, that bothered Harrington but little, for try as he would he could not get out of sight of the camp.  Some of the more experienced woodsmen would lead him into the woods, put him on tote road, give him a compass and directions and start him out alone.  In half an hour he would be back at the shanty. Again, and again he would be taken out, but he would always come back. The only reason that could be assigned was the attraction of Chas. Gates’ fine baking powder biscuits.


But the weather was not destined to last. The snow came again, and the rain came. The creek became a river, the river a might torrent. Communication with the outside world became almost impossible. The deer season ended and Election Day was near at hand.  A supreme effort must be made to get out.  Nine miles was the nearest point to which a team could come.  What was to be done?


Necessity became the mother of invention.  Deacon seats were nailed together into a raft.  The deer were loaded and Sherman Hewett, pole in hand, boarded the frail raft, a raft frailer than the boat with which Charer in the old mythology ferried souls across the river Styx, and into a stream he pushed the freighted vessel, freighted to within an inch of the top.  It was a perilous ride indeed. Down the stream, over rough places, around sharp bends the boatman went.  He narrowly escaped a wing jam, again narrowly avoiding a projecting rock until at last the dangerous ride was ended, a safe landing made, and the cargo secured.  It is needless to add that the men’s journey home was accomplished in time to vote.


Old lumbermen may tell tales of great privation, but this hunting party can tell of absolute despair.  Pioneers may tell of long trips into the forest in an early day, but Harrington can eclipse all in a story of his wanderings from the shanty.  Experienced hunters and crack shots may tell of wondrous skill, but these mighty hunters will back Eilert as a wing shot and George Huntzicker’s skills with a million dollars.  Old river men may tell of riding logs through Hemlock Dam, and taking boats through the old dam at Greenwood; but Sherman Hewett can tell a greater feat when he relates how he piloted his deacon-seat raft down the raging Black River loaded with deer.


November 1951


The grand opening of Neillsville’s new Gamble Store will be held Friday and Saturday of this week.


The store will open its doors to the public for the first time at 10 a.m. Friday.  It will offer a number of specials and gifts for both men and women.


Several area officials of the Gamble organization are expected to be on hand for the opening.


The new Gamble Store is located in the building formerly occupied by the Hinshaw Shoe Co.  It has been completely redecorated by the Jordahl brothers, Chuck and Jim, who are the owners.


Everything in the store is new and includes the most modern display fixtures and available for hardware retailing.


The Jordahl brothers came to Neillsville highly recommended. They have their roots in rural Minnesota and are accustomed to the rural scene. Their hometown is Lake Park, a village of 700 near Detroit Lakes, where their father is a grocer. 


Chuck the elder of the brothers, left the Gamble Company by whom he was employed by a zone man, to start in business for himself.  He is married and the father of a six-month old daughter, Diane Lynn. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Chuck spent the World War II years in the navy and merchant marines.


Jim is the younger of the brothers.  He served in the army during the war, attended the University of Minnesota, and has spent the last three years in the accounting department of the Soo Line railroad at Minneapolis.  He makes his home with his brother and family, who have rented the Alva A. Clompner house on the edge of Vets’ Village.


The city of Neillsville is now ready to use the new street numbering of homes and businesses.  Notify promptly all friends and business houses, with which you have correspondence of your new address.


New house numbers will be available shortly, without charge, at the office of the city engineer in the city hall. The numbers have been ordered but have not yet been delivered.  Notice will be published as soon as they are available.


An increase of 539 in the number of bee colonies in Clark County has been reported. This makes the total now 2,163, the largest number of any county in the state. The figures also indicate 261 active apiaries in the county.


The annual convention of the Wisconsin Beekeepers Association was held at Wausau on October 30 and 31.


Due to Christmas holidays, the induction date for Clark County inductees has been scheduled earlier. The quota will also be smaller.  Nine youths will take their pre-induction physicals on December 12 in Minneapolis. Fifty-seven other young men will go to Minneapolis on that date to take their classification physicals.


Twenty Clark County youths were inducted into the armed services last Wednesday at Minneapolis. From Neillsville are: Raymond R. Henchen, Raymond E. Wedekind and Clarence Krause; from Greenwood are Robert L. Bennett and Wayne Buettner; from Granton are John D. Erickson, Wallace H. Hinz, Wendall C. Storm, Robert J. Paun and Leland L. Bartsch; from Humbird are Francis C. Scheffer and Gerald J. Mayer; from Pittsville is Morris V. Freedlund; Kenneth A. Schwantes and Alan Voigt are from Loyal; Leonard J. Szymanski and Anthony J. Kotecki are from Thorp; Raymond E. Vent of Withee, Charles Anderson, Jr. of Stanley and Donald E. Voge of Abbotsford.


John Flitter, son of Mr. And Mrs. Harry Flitter has taken the local Parkin’s Milk delivery agency.  He operates out of the Flitter grocery, where the new milk storage room has been built in the store basement.


Nine Granton boys were commended for their outstanding agriculture work at the annual FFA father-son banquet held Tuesday night, October 30, at the Granton High School.


The boys, who were given awards by Francis Steiner, agriculture instructor at the high school, were Bill Nickel, Ted Todd, Jerry Schmitz, Merlin Sternitzky, Alvin Dahl, Alvin Spaete, Ronald Garbisch, Ronald Schlinsog, and Richard Lautenbach.


Walter Stauffacher, FFA president, acted as toastmaster at the banquet, which 80 people attended.


Over 215 Kiwanis men and their wives joined in a banquet at the Owen County Hospital on Tuesday evening, November 6.  Members of four clubs were present, Owen, Medford, Wausau and Neillsville.  Entertainment was furnished by each of the groups. Seventy Kiwanians and their wives from Neillsville took part.  The dinner costing $1.25 each, was served at 7 p.m.


A number of Clark County residents drove to Madison on Saturday, November 3, to attend the Homecoming football game between the universities of Wisconsin and Indiana and got stuck in the snow either going to the game or in Madison.  The snowstorm, which struck Clark County about 7 a.m., was missed by the early risers.  However it caught up to them by noon time.


One of the groups of unfortunates who left later and got caught by the blizzard on the highway was the group Milton Tock was a member of. A big hill outside Sauk City proved their downfall, but they managed by pushing a few cars out of the roadway, to get to the game by the second quarter.


District Attorney Clarence E. Gorsegner and his friends, Robert Johnson and “Breezy” Carl of Greenwood were in Madison early enough to avoid the storm, but were caught in the traffic jams in the city, arriving at the game late.


Others who attended the game were Joe Dam and his family, Ray Neuman, Buster Vandehey, Bill Rellis, Ray Horn, Hugh G. Haight, Everett Skroch, Herb Braun of Loyal, Mrs. Jean Chesemore, Bill Kavanaugh and Lowell Schoengarth.


For Quick Sale – Dutch’s Bar, formerly Steinie’s.  See Dutch Manderfield, located next to City Hall.


Roller skating, every Tuesday evening at Poppe’s Recreation Hall


Red Owl Store specials: Florida seedless, large size grapefruit 10 for 49’; Libby’s Pumpkin, 29 oz. can 20’; Pork Roast lb. 49’; Picnic Hams, lb. 41’; Jonathon Apples, bushel $2,59                                  


Hunters Specials – Hunters’ Jackets, Black & Red Plaid, $18.85; Red Hunting cap, $1.19; Wool Sox, 48’ to $1.50; All-rubber lace packs, 15-inch, $7.98; Felt shoes $4.35 to $5.50; Red Jersey Gloves, 50’ to 59’. All at Zimmerman Brothers


Minette’s Sweet Shop will be open all night for deer hunters weekend, Nov. 16, 17, & 18.  They will have Good food & Good Coffee.


On Thanksgiving Day come to Minette’s Sweet Shop for Turkey or chicken dinner, with dressing, cranberry sauce, salad, vegetable, relish tray, rolls, butter & beverage.


The Zimmerman Brothers department store, previously named the J. G. Zimmerman & Sons store, was in business for many yeas in the early 1900s on the corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts)







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