Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 13, 2011, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


April 1876


At a meeting held at the Court House last Saturday for the purpose of organizing a company to go to the Black Hills an organization was effected by the election of Jack Rand, captain; Allen Edwards, lieutenant, and Cyrus N. Allen, secretary.


The following article of agreement was drawn up and signed by those present wishing to join the expedition:


“We, the undersigned, do hereby agree to go to the Black Hills under the leadership of ‘Buckskin Jack,’ and we pledge our word of honor to mutually aid and assist each other under all circumstances and in all emergencies. We agree to be governed by such rules and by-laws as the majority may enact; and we further agree to start as soon as the fifteenth day of April, 1876.”


The above article of agreement was signed by: Jack Rand, Allen Edwards, Cyrus N. Allen, F. H. Rose, Oren S. Allen, Warren Albright and C. F. Tolford.


The company then adjourned to meet again in this village April 7th, at 2 o’clock p.m.  Any one wishing to join the expedition can do so by signing the article of agreement, copies of which can be found at Geo. L. Lloyd’s hardware store, in this village, and at E. D. Carter’s store, Humbird.                            


You can get a “Punch” at Lee’s store for five cents.  It is a better article than the average of cigars sold for ten cents, having pure Havana fillers in good wrappers, and would readily sell for a higher priced article.  Try one and you will become convinced that the expense of indulging in an expensive habit may be materially lessened without taking anything from its enjoyment.                                                                                                    


Neillsville Mills, owned by G. A. Austin & Co., are manufacturers of Superior Grades of Feed & Flour.  Graham Meal & Flour will be delivered to residents of this village.                                 


The new hearse in this village can be furnished with a team of horses from Tolford’s Livery Stable, to parties in Clark and adjoining counties, for very liberal terms.                                                 


Jas Furlong, manufacture and dealer in all kinds of Furniture has a large assortment in his North Side Store. Coffins always on hand also.                                                                                            


Stop in at F. C. Hartford’s in Loyal for: Dry Goods, Boots & Shoes, Hats & Caps, Groceries, Ready-Made Clothing, Crockery & Glassware, Hardware with Lumbermen’s Supplies & everything to be found in a First Class Country Store.


The right parties have taken hold, and a Catholic Church is to be built here during the coming summer.


Soon the blue jays, blackbirds, owls and such things will sing their cheerful songs to remind us that spring is here.


The temperance element in Black River Falls has again been triumphant and no license for selling the ardent will be granted during the next year.                                                                   


Ice was reported 40 inches thick on Rock Creek, last Monday, We do not know whether the report was founded on actual measurement or simply estimated.  It is generally conceded, however, that but few logs from the stream will go to market on the first water.                                                                                           


During the present spring, powder has been used quite extensively on Black River in removing ice and breaking rollways.  The breakup last winter, which flooded the landings, caused the logs to become frozen together in such a manner that it was almost impossible to start them in any other way.  The ice was removed from the pond at Greenwood by blasts of powder, very effectually and with little expense.                                                                         


Work has been commenced on the outside of the Court House. The tower is now being placed, which when completed, will give the building quite a different appearance by adding greatly to the structure.


Mud is reported 40 feet deep in some places between this place and Humbird and still worse on the Greenwood road. There is one consolation in the matter however, that is, no one is obliged to believe the report on depth.


Horace Turner, better known on the river as “Husky” Turner, had a leg broken, the first of the week, while working with logs on the river.                                                                                   


Jas. H. Reddan of the O’Neill House took a turn around on a part of the town’s square last Monday at an unprecedented and unavoidable rate of speed.  In other words he had a hand in a runaway.  The team of horses started from the O’Neill House Barn and brought up between two piles of logs west of Austin & Company’s mill, but not until they had been abandoned by their driver.  No damage was done.



The O’Neill House as it appeared in its hey-day, back in the 1870s.  The building was built by James O’Neill, its founder, later having other owners, one being James Paulus, who operated it for a number of years. The O’Neill House was looked upon, in its time, as “an elegant place,” including electric lights that became available to some Neillsville businesses in 1883, the first city in Wisconsin to have electricity other than Milwaukee.



April 1946


Virgil Dickinsen, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Commission, went on record before the Rotary Club here Tuesday evening as “opposed to the sale of forest crop lands for the benefit of corporations or individuals.”


This stand found particular interest in Clark County, for in recent months this question has been presented to Clark County in the form of a tentative inquiry from a nationally known manufacturer of wood products.


“I believe that county forests areas should remain such,” Mr. Dickinsen declared, “because that’s the way most people and get the most good of the land.”


In an open-forum session following his address, the conservation commission chairman expressed the view that in instances where such a sale is considered, provision ought to be made to retain the hunting and fishing rights for the people.  This, he indicated, might be a difficult arrangement to make to the satisfaction of the public and the comme3rcial interests involved.


However, should a sale of county forest lands to an individual or corporation be contemplated, Mr. Dickinsen counseled that the sale price should include not only the original cost of the land to the county, but the cost of time, effort, plantations and improvements made on the land during the period of county ownership.  Otherwise, he said, the county would be in the position of having built up the land with public funds, “only for some individual or corporation to reap the harvest.”


Frank J. Bauer has received his discharge from the army air forces after 44 months of service.  He had attained the rank of a master sergeant while serving as a weather forecaster.  Prior to his enlistment he spent eight years as a teacher in Clark County Schools.  He is now located in Colby, where he is an insurance solicitor.


T/4 Bruce Spiegel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Spiegel, Neillsville, served over three years in the army before receiving his discharge.  He took part in the campaigns of the Rhineland and Central Europe.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern ribbon with two bronze battle stars, the victory ribbon, the American Theater ribbon and one service stripe.


1st Lt. Frances Ruzic, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Ruzic, Willard, is now on terminal leave pending her discharge from the army nurse corps. She wears the Pacific Theater ribbon, the American Theater ribbon, the Victory Medal and three overseas bars.                                                                                          


The Pauns announce that they have taken over the tavern formerly operated by Clayton McCann, located 15 miles Southeast of Neillsville on Hwy 73 at Paun’s Corner.


Due to current shortages they find it necessary to postpone their Grand Opening until such time as sufficient stock can be obtained.                                                                                                


An increase of five cents per hour has been granted employees of the Clark County highway department.  This action was taken last week by the county committee.  The increase was granted without any serious argument.  This increase brings the minimum rate to 70 cents per hour for ordinary labor.  For work involving more or less skill there were varying rates up to a top of $1.05 per hour.                                                                                                                                          


Marriage Licenses:

Martin Yaniga, village of Loyal, and Antonia Suda, village of Loyal


Lloyd J. Nelson, town of Longwood, and Esther Horner, city of Owen


John Gabrovic, town of Fremont and Elaine Wehrman, town of Beaver


Joseph B. Pazdur, town of Thorp and Dorothy Iola Pearson, St. Paul, Minn.


Russell O’Leary, town of Mentor, and Unita Pierce, town of Mentor


Maurice C. Muglach, Birmingham, Ala., and Anna Louise Kuhn, town of Washburn


Walter Grottke, Neillsville, and Evelyn Kalsow, Neillsville


John L. Rakovec, town of Eaton, and Doris P. Anderson, town of Loyal


Vahla Klopf has started working as a stenographer in the county welfare and pension office. She formerly served as a stenographer in the offices of the county nurse and county school superintendent.  Vahla’s former position is now filled by Alice Beyer.                                                                                         


Notice – The following Barbers of the City of Neillsville, Wis., agree to the following prices of Barber services as of April 15th, 1946.


Adult hair cut, 75’; Child under 12 yrs. 66’; Shave 50’; Shampoo 60’; Massage $1; Hair tonic 35’


Milo R. Mabie, Edward L. Francis, Donald Schwantes, Ellsworth Shock     


Clock Repairing, also All Kinds of Clocks For Sale or Trade:  Ernest L. Bieneck, 1 ½ miles north on Hwy 73


Wembley Nor-East Ties, As Advertised in Esquire – Only $1 each at Berger’s Store, for men and boys.


Companion of Spring, a luxurious Conrad Fur Scarf available at 213 South Barstow St. Eau Claire


Sable or Mink Dyed Squirrel, $27.60 & up; American Mink, Wild or Ranch, $216; Hudson Bay Sable, $720; Genuine Russian Sable, tax included $1,248.


* 7 Conrad Stores, located in Winona, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Superior


Brandt IGA Food Mart’s Shower of Values:  Kellogg’s Cereals Even t, Corn Flakes, 11-oz. 9’; Pep 2 large pkgs 17’; Bran Flakes large pkg 13’; Rice Krispies large pkg 12’; Shredded Wheat pkg 11’


Clark County will have a Veteran’s Memorial Forest; this was voted by the county board Tuesday, upon a favorable committee report.  The forest comprises all of Section 14 of North Foster, a piece of land on which there is now a good stand of hardwood and pine.


While the area is designated as a Memorial Forest, it remains the property of the county and subject to county control.


A dedication ceremony within the Forest is planned for the coming summer.


(The southwest portion of Section 14 borders Rock Dam Lake. D.Z.)


Easter Dance, Sunday, April 21 at the Silver Dome Ballroom.  Music by Benny Graham & His Band


Pancake Supper, Friday, April 26 at the Chili Evangelical Church; serving to begin at 6 p.m. until all are served


The Spic & Span 4-H Club, under the leadership of Mrs. Joe Mertens, is cooperating with the County Agent’s office and the local school district in planting a windbreak around the school grounds at the Poppe School, located in the Town of Longwood.


Knowing that many farm people will be interested in seeing this planting, a demonstration will be held Thursday afternoon, May 2, starting at 1:30 p.m. on the school grounds. Fred Trenk, forester from the College of Agriculture, will be present to assist.


The Poppe School is located on County Trunk O, one-half mile south from the intersection of O and County Trunk M.


Harold Freedlund of route one, Pittsville, purchased on bid from Clark County the forty acres of land comprising the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of section 26, Town of Sherwood. The bid price was $190.


The Ed Allen farm west of Neillsville on U. S. Hwy 10 has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. John Hanson of Loda, Ill.  Possession will be given October 1. The Allens will continue on the farm until that date.


The Hansons are renting a farm in Illinois and will complete their rental term before coming to the Allen place.  They bought 18 head of young stock from the Allens, but their herd, consisting mainly of Guernseys will be brought up from Illinois.  They have a son attending the University of Illinois.


The Hansons continue an extended tradition attached to this particular farm, which has long been in the hands of Scandinavians.  They are Swedes, as are the Allens.  The Allens have been on the place for 32 years.  They bought from Ole Orvald, who was a Norwegian.  He had held the place eight years, and had bought it from his mother-in-law, Mrs. Seamonson. This carries the property back to 1902, since which has continuously been in Scandinavian hands. The Allens are looking forward to the year 1952, as an appropriate time for all the Scandinavians who have been interested in the property to get together and have a genuine reunion.


The farm consists of 155 acres, with a large house and barn along with a full complement of outbuildings.


Edward Murphy’s are engaged in moving and rebuilding their cottage, which was badly damaged in the recent ice flood.  They have built a new foundation for the cottage, located across the road and across the creek from the W. L. Murphy home.  This location is on higher ground, above the level reached by ice and water in the flood.  There, they will move the cottage and in rebuilding it, they will leave off one of the porches and will not replace the large fireplace.


Murphys will have a considerable moving job, as the cottage will have to be moved across the creek.





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