Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 14, 2011, Page 9

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Clark County News

December 1881


The marrying “mania” appears to have broken out afresh in this locality; several weddings have taken place during the past week and several more are anticipated in the near future.                      


A. Schroder of the Town of Lynn, came to town last Saturday and filled up with “benzene,” after which, just at dusk, he started for home with his team of horses and buggy, but was picked up by Undersheriff Myers and landed in the ‘cooler,’ where he spent the night, for getting up too much commotion in passing up Main Street, the speed obtained being estimated at a 2:30 gait.  In his dash through the street, he ran into and demolished one buggy, and partly demolished another vehicle, and came near running over several persons.  This is the first arrest that has been made for fast or reckless driving on the streets of this village, but it is not the first arrest that should have been made, or the last likely to be made unless that practice is discontinues.                                                                                  


A commodious station house to take place of the little “coop” now in use is soon to be built at this end of the Neillsville railroad.  It is a badly needed improvement and its building has been ordered.


Neillsville has furnished the young and growing town of Marshfield with two young lawyers, Messrs. Kirkland and Glass, and its banker, Mr. L. A. Arnold.                                                            


The tax gatherers will soon be calling for the contributions necessary to sustain our present high order of civilization.


H. H. Giles, Secretary of the State Board of Charities and Reform, visited here last Monday for the purpose of inspecting the County Jail and County Poor House. After a thorough examination of both of those institutions he reports them among the best-kept institutions of the kind in the state.  Of our jail he says though a fine structure; it evidently does not see much use.  The poor house he pronounces one of the very best kept institutions of the kind to be found, and speaks in the highest terms of the way Mr. and Mrs. Evans care for the poor under their charge.


Neillsville has been an unusually lively business point during the past week. The lumbermen are rushing business regardless of the summer like appearance of the weather during a portion of the time.


Last Tuesday, Henry Myers started for the woods with his crew and outfit, determined on a good winter’s work.  Hank claims this warm snap was sent for his benefit to enable him to build camps and get ready for business.


Three weeks later:

It is now near the end of December and the weather is still lacking in promise for the lumbermen and their faith in being able to do a good winter’s work is growing less with every sunny day.


Reitz and Haugen, located one door north of the O’Neill House, have just received a fine lot of buffalo hide overcoats.


Rev. W. T. Hendren will preach at the Palmer schoolhouse, west of the Black River Bridge, next Sunday afternoon at three o’clock.                                                                                                      


An impromptu but very pleasant party at the O’Neill House last Monday night was one of the pleasant features of the observance of Christmas.  The party was not thought of until a few hours before it came off, but almost everybody got there and all had a good time.                                                                       


Frank Blakeslee has opened a store in the new building opposite the residence of B. F. French.  He handles groceries, flour and feed, and we hope he may succeed in establishing a good business.


The survey of the Neillsville & Northeastern railroad is now completed to a point a few miles beyond Marshfield and with a continuance of the summer-like weather we have had for the past month, the surveying will probably be completed up to Wausau before spring.                                                                        


John Currier has just completed one of the finest and without exception the best arranged dwelling house in this village.  The dimensions of the building give it a stately appearance and the inside finish is the very best, being finished in the natural wood, in which butternut, ash and oak are nicely blended, making a pleasing contrast and giving evidence of the good taste of those by whom it was designed.  The furnace with which the house is heated, unlike most others that have been put in here, works to perfection.  Mr. Currier will take possession of this new house as soon as the members of his family, several of whom have been quite sick for several weeks past, are well enough to be admitted to the change being made.


(John Currier was engaged in lumbering on the Black River during the time he built his home at 314 E. 4th Street in 1881 and he supervised the construction of many other fine buildings in Neillsville.  Jeff Schuster, a lawyer with the law firm of “Schuster & Campman,” purchased the home around 1900.)


December 1931


Mr. Lester Schuette and Miss Gertrude Severson were married at the courthouse Saturday, Nov. 28 with Judge O. W. Schoengarth officiating. They were attended by Mr. Ottimer Schuette, nephew of the groom and Miss Lida Severson, sister of the bride.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Schuette of the Town of Beaver.  He is an active young farmer and stands well in his community. The bride is a young lady of fine personality and is highly spoken of by all who know her.  She is the daughter of Mrs. May Severson of the Town of Warner.


The young couple will begin housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm in the Town of Beaver.


The Congregational Church’s annual Christmas Supper will be held Thursday, Dec.10. Serving will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until all are served. The menu is baked ham with horseradish sauce, escalloped potatoes, squash, cranberries, salad, light and dark bread, plum pudding and coffee.                             


The American Legion rabbit hunt, Sunday, netted 41 rabbits for the 10 hunters who took part.  A rabbit dinner was served to the members Tuesday night, which won the praise of all those present.


The Bureau of Purchases has authorized the purchase of 28 new lookout towers to be located at various points in central and northern Wisconsin to aid in observing forest fires. The towers will be of varying heights according to the place needed; 68, 84 and 100 feet.                                                                          


Clark County Highway Commissioner O. J. Weyhmiller believes that a warning is timely in regard to the law requiring lights on wagons as well as other vehicles traveling on highways after dark. Several accidents resulting from lack of lights makes a warning seem necessary.  More than the usual number of farmers are hauling wood this winter and starting from home when it is daylight, many do not take a lantern along. The days are now at their shortest and if cloudy, darkness sets in early, finding the teamsters on the road without a light. Several accidents have occurred because of this, and more are likely to happen unless the precaution is taken to have one or more kerosene lanterns lighted after dark when traveling with a team of horses and wagon or sled on the highway.                         


Bids are wanted by the Joint Dist. No. 3, Pine Valley, Weston and Seif, for 12 cords of green maple and two cords kindling, pine or basswood, 16 inches long.                                             


Le Petit Cercle Francais – a group of former students has again taken up the reading of French for both pleasure and profit and at present consists of Madame Hemphill, Mademoiselle MacMillan, Madame Listeman and Madame Hommel and the rendezvous is each Wednesday with the last named member. Another member is anticipated in the near future.


United Home Grocers specials for Christmas:

Angel Food Candy lb. 28’; Yankee Taffy lb. 12’; Mixed Nuts lb. 19’; Blair Flour, 49 lb. sack $1.09; Sweet Potatoes 5 lbs. 24’; Florida Oranges 11 lbs. for 53’; Bananas 4 lbs 25’; one pie pumpkin, can 5’.


Marsh’s Store specials – First showing tomorrow of ladies’ new popular Tam shaped hats, 57’ ea.  See our front window for Christmas gift ideas!                                                                              


Sheddan’s Variety Store has a large selection of toys for Christmas!  Dolls, prices 25’ to $1.95; Wreaths from 10’ to 98’; Iron toys, 10’ to $1.00; Mechanical trains $1.00 to $1.59                


Some of Frank Davis’ friends, at Windfall Corners, came Saturday evening to help dress out some chickens to can.  Mrs. Harold Trewartha helped with the canning.


December 1936


Tuesday morning nine partridges spent some time at the water-works plant, coming there in a group apparently from the southeast.  When Thomas Kennedy stepped out among them, they did not take fright, but contentedly walked about the plant yard or sat in the trees.                                                                          


Chapman’s Grill, Neillsville, has these specials: Regular dinner 40’; Plate lunch 25’; Wines and liquors, 1 glass, 10’.


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons has for sale a carload of oat straw, sitting on the Railroad track.


A group of members of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church drove out to the Herman Pagenkopf home Sunday evening to surprise Mr. and Mrs. Pagenkopf on their Silver wedding anniversary. Their marriage took place at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 25 years ago; Rev. H. Brandt performed the rites.


The couple began housekeeping on the farm in the Town of Grant where the groom had lived for five years, working the farm and preparing the home for his bride and this has been their home since their marriage.


Two children, Victor and Helen, were born to this union. Victor teaches school and Helen is a stenographer at the sewing branch of the relief office.


A very pleasant evening was spent, Rev. Baumann giving an appropriate thanksgiving message in honor of the event, followed by congratulations and a lunch, which has been prepared by the visitors.


Wednesday morning the Balch Hardware safe was moved to the Indian School by Peat Warlum, having been purchased by that institution. The safe was acquired by H. North when he bought out the George Lloyd Hardware and held the books and other valuables belonging to Mr. North during the many years he was in business here.  After the Lloyd building fire in the early 1890s, at the corner now occupied by Schultz Bros. Store, Mr. North moved to the corner of Sixth and Hewett streets and remodeled the building there.  The safe was removed from the fire ruins and placed in its new home where it has done service since 1892.                                                                                         


E. Dudley and Will Klopf recalled early Neillsville days, recently.


The sale of the Al Domensky property to the Neillsville Milk Pool for the firm’s intention to enlarge the plant brought about Dudley and Klopf’s recollections of the early history of that block.  Knowing P. S. Dudley, the father of E. Dudley, present police justice of the city of Neillsville, was one of the early property owners in that section, Mr. Dudley was interested in the subject.


Will Klopf, another pioneer, was in Dudley’s office at this time when the two men gave a candid picture of the scenes of early years.


P. S. Dudley came to Neillsville with his family when Arthur was six months old.  He put up a building for a harness shop where the Matt Marx building now stands, the upper story being the dwelling of the family.  Later the father Dudley bought the block mentioned above and there built a house for his wife and children, the brick structure directly south of the Walter Zbinden factory, with balance of land being used for pasture.


At that time, according to Mr. Dudley and Mr. Klopf, the north side was practically all timber.  Mr. Dudley recalls wandering in that forest one day while on an errand for his father, until a kindly man set his feet aright.


Other incidents recalled Monday were the Thayer building, then a frame structure used as a drug store by Lige and Henry Meyer, and was later purchased by the young Charlie C. Sniteman, whose ability to earn, as an employee, the fabulous sum of $75 per month was the miracle for the day.  Mr. Sniteman and his wife lived over that store for a time, with an outside stairway leading to the flat.


The old school house, where Mr. Dudley received his early training, stood one door west of the W. J. Marsh store a frame building and was removed only a few years ago.


The chime clock at the corner brought us back to the present age and reminded us that it was time to be on our way, but the visit to Mr. Dudley’s office almost brought on a New Year’s resolution, to write the history of this town some day when we have more time, unless a marveling Duge or a Dale Schweinler steps in and steals our thunder.  If we write it, we will surely interview Dudley and Klopf again, an also call on Bob French, Frank Marth, C. C. Sniteman, Homer Root, Del Rodman, Ed Gates, W. J. Marsh and every historian we can find, to help unearth a heap of buried treasure.


(The Neillsville Milk Pool plant was located on West 7th Street, in the block between Grand & Clay Streets. D. Z.)


It is now December 31st with the pastures and lawns having taken on a green appearance during the past few days as a result of the warm weather and showers. Country roads are quite muddy.


Marriage Licenses:  Paul A. Oblack and Irene G. Zager, Town of Hendren



The above early 1900s photo was taken of employees standing by a delivery truck on the brick street in front of the then ice cream factory along the 300 block of West 7th Street. The building was later remodeled for the Neillsville Milk Pool Plant business. The only man identified in the photo is Walter Grottke, standing on the truck running board.





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