Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 11, 2011, Page 17

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

May 1911


It is reported that there are prospects that the East Fork dam will be built this summer.  It has been stated that the company will be reorganized by the bond holders so as to give funds to complete the work laid out.



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Several have spoken of the improved condition of the road by the county farm, near Neillsville, where a King road drag was used.  Mr. King, the inventor of the drag, held a meeting in Taylor County May 2 for farmers who have made 100 of those drags for their highways the last two years and pronounced them excellent for that work.



We wonder how many schools there are in Clark County where the children have to drink water from a creek, where cattle go in and drink also whenever they please, such as they have to do in the Church School, so called in Mentor Township.  We understand that the case was put before the County Superintendent Rhea and the school board was notified last fall, but still there is no well. There is too much sickness around for children to drink from such a place.


J. Emery Strong who bought the Berger farm south of the city has had a fine woven wire fence built along the front with a large driveway gate, over which is inscribed the name of the farm, “Stronghurst.”


A representative of the Wisconsin Fish Commission was in the village of Merrillan taking care of three shipments of Brook trout fry for the waters surrounding the village.  There are to be three shipments for Merrillan, one to arrive on Wednesday, one on Thursday, and the third on Friday night.  Each shipment will consist of 30 cans of fish, 2,500 of the finny tribe in each can. They come from the Bayfield hatchery.  With 75,000 trout placed in the streams around there we certainly ought to have some good fisherman’s luck in another year.                         


For Sale: 200 acres of choice, unimproved Town of Seif land, $7.50 per acre.  Write: Dr. T. F. Conroy, 4811 Evanston Ave. Chicago, Ill.                                                                                                                                                                   


Last Thursday evening, at about ten o’clock, the neighborhood of Sidney was aroused by strains of music coming from the railroad track near the Sydney Creamery.  Thinking it was an Italian band traveling through the country everyone got up to listen.  Curiosity got the best of Herman Schultz so he went out to investigate but soon returned with a disgusted look upon his face, for when he got out there he found it to be only Paul Schultz and Paul Youker on their way home from town, amusing themselves with an old grind organ that Paul Youker had gained in a watch trade.


C. E. Veasy of Chicago has bought the O’Neill House and will take possession in a few days.  He plans to improve the house and furnish it in a first class style.                                                   


C. Krumrey, Dr. J. H. Brooks, Herman North and P. N. Nelson are the latest on the automobile subscription list, all having entered their orders for a 1911 Buick. C. Krumrey accompanied by Wm. North went to Eau Claire last week, returning across country with Mr. Krumrey’s machine.  The others will have to wait a week or so for theirs.  The Buick is an elegant car.                                                                                                              


Joseph Bast, the baker, has rented Jess Lowe’s building on Main Street and will move his bakery there in the near future.


Don’t borrow your neighbor’s spectacles; get a pair of your own that fit you because we fit each case for its needs at Dr. Bachmann’s offices.                                                                                      


The Modern Woodmen are planning to help Wm. O’Brien of the Town  of York lath his new house, built to replace the one that burned last winter. All in this vicinity who can go up and lend a hand are requested to meet at Woodmen Hall next Saturday morning at 6 o’clock.  There will be rigs ready to transport all who can go.


The Woodmen neighbors, mostly in the Town of York, are planning to meet some day this week and give John Parrett a lift in getting his own corn planted.                                                 


A very pretty wedding took place at the Globe Church Wednesday, May 17th, the contracting parties being Miss Clara Scheel and Pastor Alexander B. Korn. At 3 o’clock the bridal party entered the church marching up to the altar with the strains of a wedding march played by Miss Nora Glasow.  The bride was beautifully attired in a cream-colored voile gown. The bride was attended by Misses Elsie Scheel and Lizzie Hagedorn; the groom by Messrs. Theodore Korn and Louis Scheel.  Rev. Brandt of Neillsville tied the nuptial knot, after which a large number of friends and relatives retired to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Scheel, Sr., where a bounteous wedding supper awaited them.


The bride is one of Globe’s most popular and refined young ladies.  The groom is an enterprising young minister of unusual ability.


Mr. and Mrs. Korn left for Burlington and Chicago for a brief wedding trip, before going to their new home at Shickley, Neb., where Mr. Korn has a pastorate.                                                    


Chas. Cornelius has faith in Neillsville and is planning another fine improvement for the city.  He has just completed plans for remodeling the building occupied by Kutchera and Albright’s store, joining the First National Bank building on the south.  The entire structure will be built up to the same height of the bank and a stone front put in to match the bank front.  This will give a large floor space in the second story, greatly adding to the value of the building and improving the appearance of Hewett Street.


May 1941


James Milton has purchased the old H. N. Withee property on the North Side from Mrs. Robert Kurth. The house as built in the early 1880s while Mr. Withee was serving as county treasurer.  He held the office from 1880-1893.


About 200 pounds each of wild millet seed and duck potatoes, as well as six pounds of wild rice, were planted in the last week in flowages in Clark County and at Lake Arbutus by the Black River – Lake Arbutus Conservation club, according to John Mattson, secretary.  The club plans to plant more wild rice later, he said.


Loyal High School musicians won 10 first ratings in the music festival held in Greenwood last week.


Vocal solos, Patricia Haas and Mary Jane Theisen; piano, Priscilla Haas and Beverly Boe; vocal trio, Janet Sterr, Mary Jane Theisen and Frances Langholz; Flute, Mary Jane Theisen; French horn, Mary Ann Esselman; alto horn, Dorothy Kaufmann; clarinet solo, Roger Steiner; and clarinet duet, Beverly Boe and Betty Theisen.


Looking into the future, The City of Neillsville this week established a nursery in Schuster Park, which it is hoped will provide trees, which will replace the older ones there as they die out.


Under the direction of street commissioner Emil Mattson, the nursery was started Saturday in a plot 40 by 100 feet north of the band pavilion. About 400 red oak seedlings were transplanted into the nursery beds, and elm, soft maple and seedlings of other types will be planted there, also, Mr. Mattson said.


Last week nine small black walnut trees were transplanted in the park from the property of J. F. Schuster, chairman of the park board.                                                                                          


A & P Meat Concession Specials:

Wieners, lb. 25’; Fresh Ham Pork Roast, lb. 25’; Summer Sausage, lb. 23’; and Schwahn Bologna lb. 19’                      


Coast-to-Coast Stores’ Fishing Season Specials:


True Temper Casting Rods, $3.59 & up; Coast-to-Coast’s Fishing Opener Sale: Level-Wind Reel, $1.49 and $1.98; Bamboo and Light Weight.  Steel Fly Rods $2.35 and $6.39; and the Floating-type 10 Quart Minnow Bucket, 98’


Earn Money at Home! By planting a small lot in beans.  Contracts for bean acreage can be signed up with H. H. Van Gorden & Sons in Neillsville, The Receiving Station for Marshfield Canning Co.


Production was expected to start again this week in the Master Package Corp. plant in Owen, which was damaged by a fire early last Friday. Damage was estimated to be from $10,000 to $12,000.


The Owen Red Birds, members of the now-defunct Cloverbelt baseball league, were to play their opening game Sunday in the newly organized Western State league.


Harry Dempsey, veteran of the Red Bird baseball team, is the manager.


The Goose Creek flood control project, conceived six years ago in a dream, was a long jump nearer completion this week.


County Highway trucks and power shovel Tuesday after noon completed the excavation of approximately 4,000 yards of dirt from the reservoir area at the north edge of Schuster Park, making a total of 13,000 yards of the 15,000 yards, which was to be removed when the project was launched in 1935.


The dirt is being used by the highway department as fill on the site, which plans are being made to build a $20,000 storage garage this summer, at Clay and Eighth streets.


According to plans of the city aldermen, all that remains to complete the flood control project is to fill the low area in the reservoir, which in the last two years has been something of a breeding place for mosquitoes and frogs, and to finish off the banks of the reservoir to make them more attractive.


That will mark the successful completion of a dream Leo C. Miller, second ward alderman, had on a July night in 1935.


Goose Creek, ordinarily a dry drainage ditch for a large area of the city, was frequently on the rampage.  Roads along its course were washed out; gardens and wood piles were carried away; and cellars were often filled after a rainfall.  It didn’t matter how slight the downpour, for Goose Creek needed but little provocation to show its ornery streak.


The trouble was that the area Goose Creek drained was too great for its bed and the six-foot culverts over which the city streets passed.  It had not always been thus; for the problem of floods along the lowlands through which the creek passes came with the golf course, which drains into its head, and the replacing of old stone curbs by ones of concrete, all of which hurried the flow of water into the creek.


The only people who worried much about Goose Creek and its rampage of every rainfall were those who lived along its narrow banks. But their feeling was more or less one of resignation; that little could be done for keeping the water within its bounds of the creek bed.


In the summer of 1935 Mr. Miller approached the city council with his idea of the Goose Creek project, which caught on amongst the city council members.  Mr. Miller was authorized to negotiate with William Knoll, owner of the desired land for its sale.  The purchase was completed the following day and steps taken immediately to secure the project under the WPA program.  Miller took over the foremanship of the WPA crew of 26 men who shoveled and wheeled dirt around to form the reservoir.  It was in October before the work started and the work went slowly.  The use of trucks and power equipment was prohibited by the WPA, for its purpose was to furnish work for the otherwise unemployed men.


During what remained of the fall season, the crew of men moved approximately 5,000 yards of dirt. About 2,000 yards of that went onto the golf course to fill a large gully across number one fairway.  The gully had been created by rushing rain water as it ran over the course, draining into the head of Goose Creek.  When the project started, the gully was four feet deep and from four to six feet across.


Earthen walls were constructed at the roadway bordering the north side of the reservoir; the road at the east end of the drainage reservoir was built up and widened; low portions on the northern portion of Schuster Park were built up with fill.


That winter Mr. Miller left the city. The WPA project expired; and the city went ahead with its construction of a reinforced concrete dam.


Mr. Miller had estimated that 15,000 yard of dirt be taken out to complete the project, otherwise the thought was, the reservoir would not be large enough to accomplish its purpose.


This very nearly proved to be the case.  On two or three occasions of heavy rainfall the reservoir was filled and water raced over the spillway and the wings.


In the fall of 1939 the reservoir was further enlarged. Clark County, seeking fill for the land on the northern part of the courthouse lawn, removed 3,000 yards from the reservoir with the blessing of the city.  Over some of the area the earth was removed below the level of the gates in the dam. This left a pond, which residents of that neighborhood called their “frog pond.”


(Years ago Goose Creek, which runs northwesterly across the city, periodically flooded its path with the “spring thaws” and heavy summer rainfalls.  When its banks overflowed, city residents became well aware of its presence. Through the years various projects were initiated, including the 1970s work of directing its path in an underground culvert system from the holding reservoir to O’Neill Creek, which now makes the creek unnoticed. D. Z.)


Motorists who have had to stick their heads out of car windows to watch the orange line while parking downtown will find relief soon.  The city council has decided that large round “balls” will be painted at the front of each parking stall in the downtown district to serve as a guide. The balls will be extended toward the center of the pavement so they will be readily visible from a natural position behind the driver’s wheel of a car.  Council members reported generally favorable reaction to the new “stall” idea of parking, which has been worked out, and said that it has resulted in a considerable increase in the number of cars that can be parked in the areas and has facilitated the movement of traffic.



The Schuster Park entrance from Division Street/Highway 10 as it appeared in about 1920. At that time the park bordered a farm field on the eastern side.  Every summer the park has been a convenient place with shelters for picnics and family gatherings under the shade of trees surrounded with ample playground equipment to entertain the youngsters.





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