Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 17, 2011, Page 14

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1901


We, owners of the Neillsville Cash Milling Co. have decided to close the Neillsville Mills indefinitely, from and after August 20.  So much outside flour is being shipped into the city by local dealers, that we feel compelled to take this step. We cannot operate at a profit without the cooperation of home dealers.


C. S. Stockwell is resurveying the Town of Brighton, Marathon County.  He took with him a crew of assistants consisting of Oluf Olson, Bert Schultz, Arthur Londgren, Harry darling and his son, Arthur Stockwell.  Fred Glass went along to do the cooking.  Mr. Stockwell has secured Harve Rickard’s bean kettle to facilitate culinary matters. They will live in tents during the campaign.                                                                                           


Mayor Carl Rabenstein has purchased the Reitz building on Hewett Street, below the O’Neill House and intends to enlarge it by moving back the building now occupied by the clothing store and building a two story front, the lower part of which he will rent for business purposes.  The upper part of the building will be occupied by Deutsch-Amerikaner, newspaper office.


Mayor Rabenstein has let the contract to F. Fiebke for his new building where the Reitz building stands.  It will be solid brick 25 ft. by 75 ft. two stories high.


(The building still stands, first 2-story, north side of the alley and post office, along Hewett Street. D. Z.)


A petition is being signed calling for a special town meeting in Pine Valley to raise money for the purpose of erecting a new iron bridge over Black River jointly with the city of Neillsville.  It is to the interest of both the city and town to have a substantial bridge in place of the one wrecked by the storm several weeks ago.


Ole Haug has rented the building on Sixth Street near the brewery, from Richard Braatz of Grant, and about Sept. 4, he will open a boarding house. There is quite a demand a present for boarding accommodations.


It looks as though we are to have a plague of grasshoppers to add to our misery. The little pests are devouring every blade of grass and even eating the leaves off the bushes and trees.                   


Last Friday a young man, calling himself George Taylor, hired a bicycle from L. G. Masters and hired out on the railroad crew, then was furnished by the foreman with a full dinner pail.  He then disappeared.  He’s probably watching the wheels go around in some remote locality.  He is wanted by the sheriff, who has a warrant for him.


John and Frank Dwyer have leased the Blue Front building west of the Neillsville Bank and are fitting it up for a meat market.  The interior is being thoroughly over-hauled, cleaned, painted and will be in “spic and span” condition. They will employ competent butcher and expect to be open before Sept. 1st.    


A Mr. Meyer has purchased an acre of land near Unity from Alf Cook. A cheese factory will be built on the land. Work will commence at once and the factory rushed to completion to begin operation this fall before the season closes.


After nearly two-year’s test Magnetic Healing has proved a boon of health to every sufferer who has given it an honest trial.  Call on Prof. Smith.                                                                                              


E. A. Beeckler, H. E. Williams, John Manes and John Ure, living in the vicinity of Granton and being neighboring farmers, have purchased a small sized Deering corn shredder for their own use.  This is a good scheme, as they can cooperate and shred their corn when ready.  John Ebbe made the sale.                          


Chas Potter, a professional hobo, was given thirty days in jail before Justice Dudley Wednesday, for stealing a pair of pants at The Fair Store. Sheriff Campbell bought the pants from him for twenty-five cents and then took the trusting crook into custody.                                                                                                       


Marriage Licenses: George Andrew Stigleman and Bertha Wallace, both of the Town of Washburn; Daniel Fahey of Eaton and Flossie Garvin, Village of Loyal; August C. Wagner of Pine Valley and Amelia Anna Riedel, of Grant.


Several of the farmers hear here are making a nice start in raising fruit.  The editor recently had the pleasure of looking over the farm and young orchard of John Wildish in Pine Valley and feels safe in saying that he has never seen a prettier display of young bearing plum and apple trees, and excellent grapes. By the way Mr. Wildish has some sheep and cattle also well worth seeing.                                                                                  


Sheriff Campbell has a curiosity in the form of a pistol that has been in the family for more than a hundred years.  It is one of a brace that in ye olden days were supposed to be a gentleman’s weapon of defense.  The handle is set with elaborate work but as for a “shooting iron” the ancient pistol would appear worthless, even for train robbing.


August 1951


Clark County housewives who are trying to make the food budget stretch in these days of higher prices might do well to look at the problem of Mrs. Frank Dobes, the sheriff’s wife. Mrs. Dobes is matron and in charge of feeding the prisoners at the county jail.  Her food costs have also gone up but the amount of money set aside for prisoners hasn’t changed in years.


How does she manage to break even? “Some months I don’t,” she said, “but on the average it comes out.”


“I feed the prisoners just what we eat ourselves and when I have so few, I cook food for them the same time as I do for us.”


For breakfast Mrs. Dobes serves those rolls and coffee, and cereal if they want it.  She used to make hot cereal but few would eat it.  Dinner is potatoes, gravy, meat, vegetable, rolls, coffee and pickles. Supper is leftovers with lunch meat, rolls and coffee.


The food is dished up in the jail kitchen onto the stainless steel partitioned dishes the prisoners use.  The filled plates are handed through the bars to the prisoners, and they set their own table and eat by themselves. The prisoners do their own dishes also.  On the days that Mrs. Dobes bakes, the prisoners have homemade rolls and cake.


Mrs. Dobes’ finds that meat loaf is her cheapest meal.  “If I serve pork chops they only last one meal, while meat loaf lasts for two meals.”


Mrs. Dobes finds that the prisoners as a rule don’t care for one-dish meals.  They seem to feel that they don’t get enough,” she said, “so chili and casseroles are out.”


Mrs. Dobes makes her own soup. Beef and giblet soups are the favorites.  The soup and lots of black coffee are used to sober up drunks who are brought to the jail.


Mrs. Dobes does all her own housework and everything is kept immaculate.  The cell-blocks were recently painted, so keeping them clean is fairly easy.  The prisoners do their own housework, sweeping their cells once a day and moping once a week. There are two cell-blocks for men and the blocks for women and children.  About 26 prisoners in all could be housed at the jail.


The prisoners get first preference Mrs. Dobes discovered.  When she took over in January, she wanted the living room painted.  The cell-blocks got painted and the living room is still waiting.


Despite the present soaring food prices, Mrs. Dobes manages to keep the prisoners adequately fed.  Some of them are better off at Hotel Dobes than they are likely to be out in the cold world.


(At the time the 1897 jail building was still being used for housing prisoners and also served as the county sheriff’s living quarters.  Presently the building is a museum, which is open to tourists and visitors who may be interested in viewing its history. D. Z.)



The 1897 Clark County Jail had cell blocks for the prisoners and provided living quarters for the sheriff and his family.  The Sheriff’s wife cooked, serving meals for her family and the inmates. The jail structure is now a Clark County Museum site, which provides a wealth of the county’s history, open to the public on Sunday afternoons, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


A ride in a manure spreader, rubber golf clubs, and eight-inch-high-tees were among the features of the Neillsville ladies golf jamboree held on Thursday, July 26 at the country club.


Seventy-two women from six country clubs participated in the fun day.  In the morning, regular golf was played and the Neillsville team placed first in the low score.  Members of the team were Jean Chesemore, Alta Allen, Sadie Haight and Mary Lee.  Lottie Anderson of Neillsville won the high putts in the afternoon.  A Neillsville team, composed of Jean Rosenquist, Janet Hauge, Lenice Schiesel and Lovetta Anderson registered high score for the day’s events.


The men of the country club served the lunch at one o’clock for the women.


In the afternoon, goofy golf was played. Teeing off on the first green, a rubber golf club was used.  It was made out of an old garden hose. The ball was set on a tee eight inches high, as compared to the usual tee of about one inch high.


On the second tee, the women stood on a cushion and teed off with a croquet mallet.  On the second green William Whaley and William Brooks put in their appearance as clowns.


They served refreshments and hindered the golfers.  One woman looked up at the clowns from their putting, swung and discovered her ball had disappeared and she was merely chopping the air. Clown Whaley had spirited her ball away.


Hi-jinks were carried on at each green.  Finally on the eighth green a vehicle was sent out to haul the women back to the clubhouse.  It was a manure spreader, complete with levers. Contrary to what the reader may anticipate it was a new manure spreader.


Prizes were awarded to golf and bridge winners Thursday afternoon and a picnic supper was served.


Dutch Manderfeldt was master of ceremonies.  He was assisted by Ray Munger, Bruce Beilfuss, Hugh Haight, William Brooks, William Whaley, Harry Wasserberger, Victor Anderson and “Hans” Schiesel.


Dance to Lawrence Duchow’s Red Ravens at Colby Park on Sunday, August 19th.


A group of people returned to Chicago Sunday after spending two weeks vacation, their annual visit to this area.  They will be joined by more families next year and plan for three weeks outing at Rock Dam.


While there, they held a fish fry at memorial Park, Rock Dam, by the group on July 27.  One hundred thirty seven pan fish, 10 bass and some bullheads were prepared for the feast.  On July 28, they held a sweet corn roast at Keiner’s resort in Rock Dam.  They also had a turtle dinner prepared by Evie Walter, as only she can cook turtle, which she does every year.


Members of the group present this year were:

Mrs. Evie Walter and son, Mr. and Mrs. John McGovern and family, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fink and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Al LaMorie and family, Philip LaMorie, Mr. and Mrs. John Kickneau and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ligammanie and family, Mrs. Lois Armstrong and son, Mrs. B. Armstrong and son, Joe Tomac, Mr. and Mrs. A. Gizzi and family, Mrs. Myrtle Williams and son, Mrs. Leo Krout and family, Lenny Straml all of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Jordan of Hayward, Wis.                                                                


Goldie will be the last horse on the Walter Pollnow farm.


That farm was put under way in 1880.  Oxen were first used on it.  Now Mr. Pollnow is using his seventh team of horses, and he calls them good.  The first horse was bought from the late Charles Wasserburger.


Goldie came without calling.  Her mother came to the Pollnow farm on a trade with James Redmond.  She was not included in the inventory, but she came along anyhow, a few months after her mother arrived at the farm.  She has made a spot for herself in the affections of the family, and she will stay right there.


But she is the last one.  The next will be a tractor.  Even a confirmed horseman, like Mr. Pollnow, finds the modern trend quite irresistible.                                                                                           


Chicken Dinner at the Holy Family Church in Willard, Sunday, Aug. 26, serving starts at 11:30 a.m. Bazaar, afternoon and evening. Costs; Adults $1.00 and Children 50’                                    


Flitter’s Grocery, Corner of Hewett & Division Street – we deliver daily, Ph. 220; Friday – Saturday specials – Spring frying & roasting chickens every weekend; full line of fresh fruits & vegetables.  Pickling spices, all kinds; red bologna, lb 49’; slab bacon lb. 44’; also fresh cuts of meat                                   


Stop for an Ice Cream Sandwich while at Quicker’s Midway Stand at the Clark County Fair


Notice – Quicker’s Dairy bar will close at 6 p.m. Saturday to permit their employees and families to attend the Fair.


Capt. Don Hagie of Neillsville represented the air force in the national air races, which took place at Detroit Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19.  He participated in one of the racing events.


Capt. Hagie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hagie of Neillsville. He is a graduate of Neillsville High School; entered the service in Sept. 1940; served in the South Pacific and in Japan; won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.  He is currently assigned to the 3200th Proof Test Wing as a test officer.


The house-numbering plan has been tabled for the time being.  Mayor Leo Foster appointed aldermen Burr, Hoesly and Tibbett to the new zoning committee.  The committee, headed by city attorney Al Devos, will draw up a new zoning ordinance.




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