Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 22, 2011, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1901


Mr. William H. Stone, a student of Nashotah House in the diocese of Milwaukee, is in the city to take charge of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in connection with the church at Black River Falls.  Services will be held here each Sunday morning at 10 o’clock and at Black River Falls in the evening.                                 


For Sale: Three houses in the city, $500, $800, and $1,400, also some nice building lots, bargains!  Inquire of Marsh & Tucker.                                                                                                          


F. A. Balch is giving his house on the North Side a thorough overhauling with new siding, new roof and a porch, which are some of the improvements.                                                                                    


A carload of Angora goats arrived at City Point last Saturday and from there were taken to the Withee stock farm located about four miles from Dewhurst.                                                                


Fred Wendt’s saw mill, in the Day community, caught on fire Thursday; damage to the belts and machinery over $100.


One day last week, Marshal Tom Hommel’s horse tore off a board from the fence to which he was tied and made a circuit across several North Side gardens, distributing parts of the buggy along the route, but escaping uninjured.


The Thorp Mercantile Co., the Lusk-Pederson Land Co.’s office and Nye, Lusk & Hudson’s store at Thorp were broken into during Friday night or yesterday morning where three safes were opened.  It is estimated that about $500 was taken.


The C. M. & O. Railroad Co. has a large crew at work raising and straightening the track from Merrillan to Marshfield, repairing the line generally.  About 250 men will be at work when the crew is all secured. They will make their headquarters at Neillsville most of the summer.                                    


Eleven pupils completed the four-year course in Loyal High School this year; very interesting commencement exercises were held on Friday night.                                                                


It may disappoint some of the sportsmen of the state to know that the legislature last winter extended the closed season for quail to Sept. 1, 1903.  A good many “bob whites” are to be heard along the fields now-a-days, but there is no harm in letting them increase still more before the slaughter begins.                  


Marriage licenses: John A. Jenks and Lois Miles, both of Loyal; C. F. Radlinger, Marshfield and Catherine Hortt, Neillsville; Carl Krause and Emeline Augusta Roder, both of Granton; Albert Kornis and Ella Scheel, both of Loyal; F. Nemitz and Mamie Wetzel, both of Pine Valley; Hixon M. Mead and Edna Bowen, both of Longwood; Freeman L. Jones, Weston and Clara Free, Seif; Charles G. Marg, of Fremont and Ida Krause, of Grant; Wm. Nagel and Marie Elber, Both of Unity; William L. Smith of Eau Claire and Olive Theresa Huntzicker of Neillsville; Ernest Baumgarten to Ida Mann, both of Worden; Herbert White and Maude Ketchpaw, both of Greenwood


“Smartweed Alley” has been thoroughly cleaned up this week and all danger of yellow fever among the Republican & Press force is past.  We have also complied with the weed law by destroying all the Canada thistle, burdock, ox-eye daisy, snap dragon or toad flax, cockle burr, sour dock, yellow dock, mustard, wild parsnip and Russian thistle that grew about this office, so we hereby notify the weed commissioner of that.               


Most farmers in this vicinity have heard of the Neillsville stock farm owned by M. C. Ring, but perhaps not all fully appreciate that it has a first-class stock farm right in our own county.  Farmers wishing to improve their stock need not send away to other states but can get first-class breeding stock near at home equal to the best that they would likely get in sending long distances away, and a price less that they would part with farther from home.


At this stock farm may be found Hampshire Down sheep, Red Polled cattle, Poland China hogs and the best breeds of draft and coach horses. Mr. Ring, the proprietor, imports one or more rams every year to head his flock of 250 full blood registered Hampshire Down sheep and pays big prices for cattle and hogs for breeding purposes, so that there is not in the northern half of Wisconsin a single other farm better equipped to supply the wants of farmers and breeders.


It would pay any of our farmers to drive out and visit the Neillsville Stock Farm.


Claude R. Sturdevant and Miss Jessie Flynn wee quietly married at the home of the bride in this city Wednesday evening, June 19.  Rev. A.V. Ingham performed the ceremony.  Only the near relatives of the couple were present. After the ceremony and congratulations, the wedding supper was served.  Thus in the quiet home atmosphere, and under the most favorable circumstance, the young couple begin wedded life.  Both have grown up in Neillsville and have known each other since childhood.  The groom is one of our best and brightest attorneys and is trusted for his industrious habits and attention to business.  The bride is endowed not only with rare womanly graces but also with good judgment and experience, having at quite an early age to assume the charge of household affairs at home.  It is the wish of their many friends that their new life so auspiciously begun shall be one of long continued happiness.                                                                                       


June 1946


The war may be over, but there is one little fellow in Clark County who is waging a shooting party all of his own.


He is romantically known as Dan Cupid, whose sharp little darts have been flying thicker, faster, and truer this year than ever before in the history of Clark County.


Results of his increased activity are seen in the records at the County Clerk’s office, where Cupid’s handiwork is seen as the writing on the wall. There, early this week, notice of 14 marriage license applications were posted on the announcement board at one time.  This posting is mandatory by statute for five days before the license is issued.


The average number of marriage licenses issued annually in Clark County has been something less than 200, according to County Clerk Herbert Borde.  However up to June 1st a total of 130 licenses had been issued by the county clerk.


And to top all records, eight marriage license applications were made on Monday of this week!  Mr. Borde confidently anticipates that “at least 50” marriage licenses will be issued in this month of June.  This number compares with the approximate 30 so far and for the average June of years gone by.


As a matter of fact, license applicants have come so thick and fast of late that Deputy Clerk Walter Beyer relatively new to the office does not need to be told what a boy and girl are after when they come into the courthouse office.  One look at the couple and he can tell whether they want a marriage license, or are just seeking information.  It’s probably some light he sees in their eyes.


There is some tension about this ability of Mr. Beyer, however. Some people are just waiting for him to slip up and make out a marriage license application for a boy and girl who merely want a fishing permit.


Wedding Dances at Merry Ol’ Gardens, south of Withee:


Saturday, June 15 in honor of Howard Gilbertson and Loretta Peterson with music by “The Swingsters;”

Wednesday, June 19 in Honor of Michael Klapatauskas and Lorraine Kitzhaber, music by “Emil & His Band”


Ten years ago the scene of desolate wasteland, which is today the Rock Dam area near Willard, is rapidly becoming a pleasant resort area.


Already about 12 cottages have rented lots for the current year.  This represents an income this year of $295 for Clark County.  While this may not seem like a large sum, Mr. Borde points out that is far more than that wasteland has ever produced while under the ownership of the county.


Most of the 34 persons who have rented lots for the current year have taken on more than one lot; and most of them who have not already done so plan to erect a cottage as soon as material and labor conditions permit.  However, a few cottages are now under construction or recently have been completed, including those of John G. Bogumill and W. B. Parks, both of Thorp.


In plotting the Rock Dam resort area, the county has provided a space for public picnicking. And, although the facilities for swimming are somewhat limited at present, two public bathhouses have been erected by the county.


The county-owned resort area, according to Mr. Borde, is restricted to residential uses, and steps have been taken to protect the area from commercial inroads by a regulation prohibiting such enterprises on the portions controlled by the county.


About eight or nine years ago, when the idea was fostered of establishing a resort area there, the area was in wasteland stubble.  Now, however, large areas around the Rock Dam Lake are covered with vigorous thrifty growths of pine. The pine plantations were started by the Clark County Forestry Department in 1939.  The plantings were unusually successful, and the transplants, which measured four to five inches tall, now rise some eight to nine feet above the ground.


Those who presently are renting lots represent virtually all sections of Clark County, with people residing in Milwaukee, Evanston, Ill, Chicago and Durand and other Wisconsin cities.


Among the ‘cottagers’ now with vacation homes on the lake are: Elmer Anderson of Neillsville; Gordon Wolf, Charles Fischer, Mr. Bogumill and Mr. Parks, all of Thorp; Bill Kuester of Greenwood; Earle Goodrich and Robert Staire, both of Durand; and Joe Verschay of Willard. 


In addition to these vacation homes, County Clerk Borde’s records show that several more lots are being rented.



The development of Rock Dam Lake, located in western Clark County, was started in 1936.  Eventually cottages, one by one, were built around its shoreline, and through the years many of those have transformed into year-around homes.  The addition of a swimming area, picnic facility, campground and a couple of bar & grill businesses, along with the Rock Dam Lake Association’s activities at their clubhouse and a near-by ATV trail, have all influenced the area’s popularity as a relaxing place to go.  (Photo courtesy of Dave Schmitt)




Building permits for a large automotive garage, two houses and a one-car garage were granted by the city council at its meeting Tuesday night.


William Whaley, local automobile dealer, was granted a permit to build a garage building on Fifth Street between the corner of South Grand Avenue and Clay Street near the Deep Rock Service station property and adjoining Goose Creek.


The building will be a one-story of concrete block.  It will be 50 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Mr. Whaley hoped to start construction later this summer.


Permits for houses were granted to Thomas A. Flynn to build a house on a south extension of South Clay Street on land which he recently purchased and to Raymond Larson to move a building in from the country as the principal unit of an 18 by 40 foot house at the corner of North Hewett and 18th Street.


Mrs. Joe Felser was granted a permit to build a garage on her property at the corner of Fourth and West Streets.


Property changes throughout Clark County have reached a temp equaling and possibly exceeding that of the lush days of he 1920s and the peak is not yet in sight.


This is the situation as sized up by Henry E. Rahn, register of deeds, whose office now is recording an average of 72 or more transfers per week.


As an indication of the extent of the turnover of both city, and farm properties, Mr. Rahn’s records reveal that more than 700 transfers have been placed on record here since March 15, 1946.  That is at a rate of approximately 2,800 in a year.


In the boom of the 1920s farmlands were more in demand than city and village property in Clark County.  The reverse is true at present, with the turnover of city properties far exceeding those of farmlands.


The formal opening at Gates Service Station, on Neillsville’s South Side, will be held Friday.  The station is the former Hauge Station, which is being operated by Leo Gates, a veteran of three years’ army service.  He served 14 months in the European theater. Gates the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gates, who are on the old Eberhardt farm, six and one-half miles east of Neillsville.  He and his wife and their nine-month-old child reside in “Vet’s Village.”


Neillsville’s Vets baseball team is scheduled for a playoff with Greenwood July 4th in the afternoon on the fairground diamond.  The baseball team has tagged the game as “Bremer Day.”  As such, proceeds will be used to help defray the expenses of Bud Bremer, team member who was injured by a pitched ball at Withee May 26.


First Sgt. Harley Jake, home on furlough, accepted a temporary appointment Tuesday as a county traffic officer. Sgt. Jake will serve through the July 4th weekend when extra officers usually are needed because of heavy traffic.


Since the creation of the state emergency board and its ample appropriations a few years ago, many state departments have become careless about living within their appropriations as set up by the legislature of biennial intervals.  It has become a habit to appeal for supplementary funds to the board composed of the governor and two legislators, which usually listened patiently and granted additional amounts out of its big un-allotted reserves.


Last week Gov. Goodland and other members of the board, however, discovered that too many departments are now tapping the board’s treasury and that it is rapidly running out of money.


In statements, which state-house chroniclers interpreted as a spanking, the state welfare department and others, which asked for sizable amounts to finance new expenditures, the governor and the other members announced that state departments must tighten their financial belts.  Additional funds will not be as easily available as in the past.





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