Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 3, 2011, Page 9

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Clark County News

August 1931

A short time ago, Mrs. Anthony Kraft and her little son were working in the garden back of Miss Irene Maxwell’s house, and found an old coin encrusted with dirt and corrosion. On scouring up the coin it was found to be a half dollar and is dated 1882. If this coin is genuine, it is probably worth quite a large sum.

Mr. Kraft while searching in the garden found a silver ring near where the coin was found. This ring was also corroded, but was easily scoured clean.

The coin and ring were found not far from the site of the old O’Neill House barn, and close to the original dwelling erected by James O’Neill, Sr., the founder of Neillsville, who came here in 1844, built a saw mill and established a town, thus it is quite possible that this coin and ring were lost by some early settler of that day.

Mr. Kraft also has a nickel dated 1868, which he found in his wood shed that is some distance from where the half dollar was found and probably not connected in any way.


Dr. R. L. Barnes, whose car was parked on Hewett Street near the post office Monday, started out by itself and ran down the hill into the Condensery, knocking out a section of the wall. The car was not seriously damaged. Failure of the brakes to hold on this section of Hewett Street has resulted in damage to a large number of cars and Fred Rossman, police chief, issued a warning to motorists to see that their brakes are properly set before leaving a car on any hill in the city.


The Press learns that a week or so ago a Neillsville man, his wife and children with a neighbor and his wife and family started north on a trip to Pike Lake. As they were nearing the top of a grade near Popple River they met a big truck and suddenly from behind the truck a car shot out and attempted to pass the truck and came face to face with the Neillsville car. The only way to avert a collision was for the Neillsville car to go into the ditch. After some time the car was gotten out of the ditch but instead of going on at once, the driver started back in pursuit of the man who had caused the accident, overtaking him near Greenwood. Cutting ahead of him he compelled him to stop, and on his refusal to get out of the car and settle the question the Neillsville man pulled him out, gave him a good cuffing and then went on his way to Pike Lake.

(Is this, what is referred to as “poetic justice”? Back then differences were occasionally settled in a likely manner. D.Z.)


William Selves, for many years a resident of Clark County, died in the hospital at Tomahawk early Sunday morning, June 28, after a brief illness.

William Edward Selves was born in Buffalo, N. Y. Oct. 22, 1854. He came with his parents to Clark County when he was 12 years of age. They settled on a piece of wild land in the Town of Grant where a log house was built and where the deceased grew to manhood, helping as a young man to clear the land and improve the farm. He later followed mason work, digging wells and also taking up the carpenter trade.

On April 23, 1879 he was married to Miss Laura Elizabeth Hanks. They continued to make their home in the Town of Grant for 20 years, although he worked in the northern part of the state part of the time.

In 1899 they moved to Lac du Flambeau, which has been home ever since. He was employed by a large construction company and was sent by them at times into the southern states to work. For several years past he was employed by the Chicago Y. M. C. A. around their camps on the lakes, where his services were greatly appreciated by all who came to know him.

Mr. Selves was a man of honesty, frank and outspoken in manner and always standing for justice and right. His life had in it more than the usual amount of adventure, the most thrilling of which was being buried for several days in the old well at the Clark County fairgrounds and being rescued after a most exciting and strenuous efforts of neighbors and friends. Later while assisting a Fourth of July celebration here had one hand seriously injured, but he was a man of great courage and continued to do his part in life’s work.

He is survived by his wife and two children; a son, Lee of Iron Belt, Wis., and a daughter, Mrs. Chas. Cator of Minocqua. A son, Earl and a daughter, Mrs. Kate Gilson are deceased. He leaves also several grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also three brothers; Thomas of Colby and Ted and Richard of the Town of Grant.

Lowe’s ambulance brought the body to Neillsville Sunday evening and the funeral was held at Richard Selves’ home Tuesday afternoon.


Trogner injured his right thumb seriously Monday when a boxcar door on the track suddenly started and caught his thumb. A tramp near the depot came to the rescue and opened the door for Trogner to release his thumb. Dr. H. W. Housley treated the injury.


Preliminary work for paving Highway 10 east of Trimberger’s Corner started Monday. A round corner, cutting off several acres of Fred Capelle’s land at Poplar Grove School east of Lynn and another a mile north at Schultz’s corner, cuts off a considerable area. Highway Commissioner Otto J. Weyhmiller and County Clerk John J. Irvine were out along the line last week and secured settlement for all areas needed for rounded corners and widening or straightening the highway. They found the owners as a rule reasonable in their demands.


The milk prices have gone below a dollar for the first time in 20 years is the report of W. H. Ebling, Agricultural Statistician. “Information from our crop correspondents indicated that the average milk price for the state was 99 cents per hundredweight during June,” he says. Milk prices have been above a dollar continuously since June 1911, when the average price was 94 cents.


Deer are being killed with the meat being offered for sale in Neillsville at 20 cents a pound by Indians, it is reported to the Press Monday. The deer are being killed in the Tioga area, it is said.


A carload of bushel basket Arkansas Elberta Freestone Peaches will be on the railroad track Thursday, Friday and Saturday Best canning peaches of the season by Roehrborn’s Store.


Gilbert Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson, returned Monday night from California where he spent a number of weeks. While on the west coast Gilbert appeared as an “extra” in a movie and met a number of his friends with the University of Wisconsin football team who were in Hollywood appearing in a movie.


Rollin Lombard, 13, who was visiting at Henry Frantz’s, got homesick, so Monday morning he packed up and started afoot for his home in Milwaukee, hitch-hiking along the way, arriving there that evening.


Emil Wepfer drove down from Loyal Friday, bringing Gilbert Yorkston home. Mr. Yorkston has been painting signs for Mr. Wepfer’s drug store.


A group of high school boys from Fond du Lac drove up Monday to try for work in the pea cannery. They state that the canning peas around Fond du Lac were badly injured by lice or blight. The boys are camping at the mouth of Cunningham Creek.


United Home Grocers Specials: Blair Flour, 49 lbs $1.21; Grape-Nuts package 15¢; Winesap Apples 3 lbs 22¢; Toilet Soap, 6 bars 15¢; and Toilet paper 4 rolls 23¢. Buy at Harry Roehrborn, Neillsville, P. H. Martin Store, of Lindsey & Erhard Cash Market in Granton.

August 1956

A treat of riding horses and horsemanship will be in store for those who attend the Clark County “Free” Fair on the opening evening, Friday, August 10.

The evening’s performance before the Clark County Fair’s grandstand will be provided by one of the two top attractions at the Minnesota State Fair during the last two years; the St. Croix Riders Saddle Club.

Numbering 35 trained riding horses and expert equestrians, the St. Croix club will present a square dance on horseback, a precision drill and other acts of horsemanship during their two-hour performance.

The club won first place at the Minnesota State Fair in 1954 with its exhibition of horsemanship and placed second last year. Its members are going back to the Minnesota State Fair this year confident they can regain their topmost rating.


Highest prices will be paid for live frogs at Club 10, east of Neillsville.


Farms, which have had ownership in the same family for the past century, are beginning to appear in Clark County, according to Stanley W. Ihlenfeldt, Clark County agriculture agent.

The Vern Howard and Rollie Dietrich farms in the Town of Grant; and the Albert Hasz, Carl and Amos Yankee and Arleigh Kleinschmidt farms of the Town of Lynn, all are marking their century ownership. Each received land patents in 1858 from President James Buchanan after application was made in 1856. All settled in the county in 1856.

Rollie Benedict’s grandfather, Christian made an entry on April 17, 1856. He came from Wurtemburg, Germany, at the age of 23 and was the only member of the family to settle in this country. His father, who ran an old time gristmill in Germany, taught him the miller’s trade. He worked in the lumber camps of Clark County and finally settled in section 22 of the Town of Grant.

Robert Howard, grandfather of Verne Howard, moved up from Chicago with two brothers-in-law, John Pope and Henry Counsell, and settled in section 15 of the Town of Grant, making application for land on January 17, 1856. The three men had $5.00 between them, yet built three cabins, according to Mr. Howard, present owner. Mr. Howard was a cow buyer for years, butchered and sold fresh meat to the lumber camps.

Frederick Yankee, Charles Sternitzky and George Kleinschmidt came up from Town 10, near Milwaukee, each making application for land on May 5, 1856, in the Town of Lynn. The first two cabins built were on the land of Yankee and Sternitzky, with Kleinschmidt living the first summer with Yankee, building a cabin on his own land in 1857.

Frederick Yankee was a tailor by trade, according to Arthur Yankee present owner, made suits and wove hemp. “The first pants were made from hemp,” says Mr. Yankee, “and they could stand by themselves when first made.”

They first obtained supplies from Sparta, and Mr. Yankee also drove up the first flock of sheep from there into Clark County. Later they traded with homemade shingles at Black River Falls for supplies. Mr. Yankee also homesteaded the land, which is now owned by Carl and Amos Yankee.

Charles Sternitzky, great-grandfather of Herman Hasz of the Village of Lynn, moved in and started logging immediately. At one time, the George Hiles Land and Lumber Company occupied a portion of the farm and manufactured headers for barrels. The headers were shipped out on the Milwaukee Road Railroad, which came up from the south through Lynn and terminated at Romadka.

George Kleinschmidt, grandfather of Arleigh K. Smith, lived the first year with Frederick Yankee, where Fred Kleinschmidt was born; the first white child born in the Town of Lynn. In 1857, a cabin was built, and the family moved in. During the early years, Mr. Kleinschmidt produced hay and garden vegetables which he sold to the lumber camps in the near vicinity.

All of the families arrived in Clark County by ox team, following along the river road, and hacked through the brush for the last five or 10 miles to clear a road to their new homes.


Company C, 808th Tank Battalion, 84th Infantry division, U. S. Army Reserve, is the “bride” for seven “brothers” from the Chili area. A solid seven-man flush of the Boushon family lined up for a photo on the steps of a Camp McCoy barracks where the division was on two weeks of field training. Donald and James form one set of Boushon brothers. Their five cousins form the second family set; Gerald, Fred, Alfred, Edward and Harry.


Neillsville Pee-Wee baseball players, 105 strong, will make a junket to Eau Claire Saturday, August 18, to watch the Eau Claire Braves in a northern league game.

The trip has been made possible by donations from seven Neillsville businessmen, according to Bud Bremer, president of the Pee-Wee organization.

The boys will go in buses leaving from the Neillsville High School at 6 p.m. The trip will be the climax to the second season of Pee-Wee play here.


Wedding Dance Saturday Aug. 11 in honor of Dorothy Hiles and Eugene Cattanach, of Granton at the Silver Dome Ballroom with music by “Accordionos Orchestra”


Thorp’s Mile-A-Way Ballroom Dance Sunday, Aug. 12 with “Bennie’s Hi-Landers Band.” Also, Wed. August 15 with “Country Cousins Band.”


The children and their families, of Mr. and Mrs. John Elsinger Sr., of Loyal, came Friday and Saturday to remind their parents that their 55th wedding anniversary was near. The wedding date is October 29.


Marriage Licenses issued:

Paul W. Dekker, Parma, Mich., and Donna Mae Gotter, Loyal, married August 25 at Loyal

George Raymond Reinart, Neillsville, and Carol Ann Sinclaire, Tomah, married at Neillsville, August 25

Guido Francisco Gonzalez, Caracas, Venezuela, and Judith Ann Behrens, Greenwood, to be married September 1 at Greenwood.

The above receipt made out by Wall’s Service Station to Ray Paulson, in 1957, was a payment of $3.00 for 8.l0 gallons of Ethyl gasoline, or 37 cents per gallon, which can be listed under “The Good Old Days” caption. Recently the old Wall’s Deep Rock Station was razed and the above receipt blew into a neighbor, Fran Barlow’s yard.




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