Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 28, 2011, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


September 1911


A Mission Fest is to be held in the Beyer Church in Pine Valley Sunday next, preaching forenoon and afternoon by a minister from Clintonville. There will be no refreshments stand open as formerly.


Monday, Dr. Frank received a new Overland automobile, one of the finest in this part of the state. It has forty-horse power, torpedo body, four doors and is elegantly finished.                          


Strayed from my premises in the Town of Levis, a red mooley bull, one year and six months old; finders please notify, John Glambowski, Neillsville Rt. 2.                                                                                                                                      


Work began Tuesday on the new concrete dam across O’Neill Creek.  Kurt Listeman and Jas. Paulus are in charge of the construction under a contract with the city.  The new dam is being built directly under the bridge as the end piers of the bridge will greatly cheapen the cost of construction. A permanent dam across O’Neill creek will certainly add much to the beauty of the city and make it possible always to secure a good crop of ice.


Jesse Lowe returned Monday from a trip on the Great Lakes. He went to Duluth starting from there on a passenger steamer Wednesday and he landed in Chicago Sunday.  At one point on the trip he saw $8,000,000 worth of copper.


J. W. Hommel has bought a set of die letters for marking street names in cement sidewalks. The walks that he lays on corners have the names of the streets imprinted in the cement.                     


Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Calway returned Saturday from their European wedding trip. They visited many placed of scenic beauty and historic interest besides getting some glimpses of modern social and industrial life in continental Europe and England. The return voyage across the Atlantic was very rough as several stormy days were encountered, but they returned to America well satisfied after seeing their native land.                         


The Daughhetee cheese factory in the Town of York has been sold to Elmer Kuickle of Veefkind, who will soon assume the management.  Mr. Daughhetee will continue to operate his farms.


John Eggen, of the Town of Sherwood, left for Almond Monday morning where he intends to dig potatoes, making the trip with a horse and buggy.                                                                           


A very pretty wedding took place September 14, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Boyer in the Town of Seif, when their daughter Marie was married to Mr. Edward Dorschner of Brillion. Rev. Brand performed the ceremony.  The bride wore cream-colored serge and carried yellow roses and fern. The bridesmaids Miss Clara Allen and Miss Rose Eggiman were dressed in white. The groom was attended by George Boyer and Emil Manta.  The music was furnished by the groom’s brothers and niece. The groom is an iron-molder by trade and holds a good position at Brillion.  The bride is a most estimable young lady and highly esteemed by all who know here. After the ceremony a reception and dance was given at the bride’s home and was largely attended.  The young couple will leave Friday for Brillion where they will begin housekeeping.                                                                                            


While the men were digging for the foundation of the dam on O’Neill Creek, the rusty barrels and part of the stock of an old gun was found deeply imbedded in the mud.  It is double-barreled, one barrel being a rifle and the other a shotgun.  It is said that thirty five years ago a boat capsized on O’Neill Creek and a gun carried by one of the men went to the bottom and was never found.                                                                                      


Joe Dillman completed the sale of the Merchant Hotel to W. H. Graham of Vale, Oregon.  Mr. Hamilton, the present landlord, has a lease on the hotel until Jan. 1, 1913 and may remain the full term of his lease.  Mr. Graham is a hotel man however and expects to come here and run the hotel himself when the lease expires.  He will probably make his home in Minneapolis as he has a large farm six miles from that city, and continues to operate real estate business from that end of the line.                                                                                                     


Something is happening that was never heard of in this part of Wisconsin before.  A second crop of blueberries is g rowing on the uplands and ridges, near the end of September.  Some places have large green berries and in other areas the berries are just starting to turn. There are other fields white with blossoms. Another week without frost and the pickers can once again begin harvesting.                                                                                 


Neillsville Common Council Minutes: Drunk driving declared illegal in the city of Neillsville.


July 1941


After ordinance #704 goes into effect, there will be no 13th or 16th streets in Neillsville. The council has approved an ordinance to change the name of East 13th Street to East 12th Street and East 16th Street to East 15th, thus eliminating the confusion caused by the two short streets.                                        


Thirty-three candidates answered the call of Coaches Harry Scott and Joe Kalina at Granton for fall baseball.  Three games have been scheduled; Unity, Dorchester, and Colby. Graduation took the entire infield, but the batteries and outfield remain intact. Last year’s reserved will play a big part in filling the gaps plus some newcomers.  Lettermen returning are Schmitz, Don Bartsch, Bob Albrecht, Walter Stauffacher, Harold Stauffacher, and squad members Tilman Erickson, Richard Erickson, and Norm Wesenberg. Newcomers who show promise are Len Schumacher, Don Rose, Roland Helm, Dan Bolander, Bob Schott and Fred Bartsch.                                                  


Rudolph H. Walk, 75, one of the last members of the pioneer Walk family of Clark County, died at his home in Lewiston, Ed. (Id.) on Thursday, September 6.


Mr. Walk was born in Jefferson County October 6, 1875. When he was 12, his father, Carl Walk, Sr., moved the family to Neillsville where they settled on a farm, three miles southeast of the city.  The farm was later sold to Frank Keller, father of the Keller brothers, and is now being farmed by Joe Urlaub.


Mr. Walk attended the Neillsville Public Schools and at 16 began clerking.  He worked in the Sol. F. Jaseph store, which was located near the present Nick Gangler on the North Side. He later clerked for John Hein and for the B. E. Luethe Company. The John Hein store was located where the transformers now are. The B. E. Luethe company, occupied the corner of Seventh and Hewett Streets, where Harry’s Standard Service Station is now located, it was then called the Dangers Corner.


In 1896 Mr. Walk joined the firm of Either and Walk in Milwaukee.  In 1902, however, he returned to Neillsville and joined his brothers in the Walk Brothers general store. The four Walk sons, Carl, Paul, Rudolph and Hans, the sole surviving brother, ran the store on the corner of Fifth and Hewett.  The building was sold in 1908 and the First National Bank building now occupies the site.


In 1905 Rudolph and Carl opened a store in Abbotsford but later they sold it and moved to Ray (Bay) City, Mich. After two and a half years, Mr. Walk started selling for the Charles A. Stevens Company of Chicago.  His territory included Montana, Idaho and Washington.  Following his marriage in 1910 to Miss Anna Lipke of Bay City, Mich., he made his home in Lewiston, Id.


His wife and five children, Robert, Francis, Howard, Irene, and grandchildren, and one brother J. L. “Hans” Walk of Neillsville survive him. Two brothers Carl and Paul preceded him in death.


Craig Asplin of Greenwood and George Sher of Loyal, who recently purchased the former Walter Reber Cheese factory in the Town of Grant, will continue making Swiss cheese there as the market warrants. The factory, which is located at Kurth’s Corners, has for years been known for its Swiss cheese.


Walter Reber, who formerly owned it, sold the factory in May of 1950 to Herman Hediger.  Mr. Reber is now farming at Kurth’s Corners. Herman Hediger owns a butter factory at Christie and will continue running his butter factory after Mr. Asplin and Mr. Sher take possession of the cheese factory.  Mr. Asplin and Mr. Sher plan to operate the cheese factory on a partnership basis.                                                                                             


A trip to Neillsville resulted in the finding of a “lost” piece of land by Joseph DeRouin of Stanley.


In 1910 Mr. DeRouin and Archie Boda purchased land in the Town of Pine Valley.  After selling it, however, they lost track of the land and its location.


On Friday, Aug. 31, Mr. DeRouin drove to Neillsville and had dinner at the S. G. Patey home. After dinner they drove to Columbia where Mr. DeRouin sold pickles in 1910.  While talking to the old-timers there, Mr. DeRouin discovered that the land he used to own now adjoins the Silver Dome property.  He said that when he and Mr. Boda owned the land, there was only a sand trail to Neillsville, where a highway now runs.


The other young man who owned land was Archie Boda, who now resides in Los Angeles, Calif.  Mr. Boda visited here last year during the hunting season but he and Mr. DeRouin have not seen each other since the land-owning venture.


Wedding Dance for Ethel Poppe and Wilmer Kroll, Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Silver Dome Ballroom; music by Dale Simons                                                                                                           


The new lunchroom of the Granton Schools will open October 1.  The installation cost about $2,000; location is in the basement of the grade building.  Principal Scott estimates that 130 pupils and faculty members will use it. Cooks are Mrs. William Lehman and Mrs. Van Keyser.                                                    


The appearance of Neillsville’s first street hog, although early in the morning, was not greeted with much enthusiasm.


Six o’clock Monday morning, September 24, a 600-pound black boar hog from the stockyards got loose and wandered up Main Street. When first noticed by the police, he was gazing longingly in a jewelry store window.


He continued his stroll up the avenue, “Just window shopping,” and was finally apprehended by J. D. Stanton behind the Northern Auto Supply Company, where an apple tree had proved to be too great a temptation.


Quicker’s Dairy Bar Weekend Special! Saturday & Sunday, Only!

Pints, All flavors Ice Cream, 25’; ½ gallons, Vanilla Ice Cream, 99’

Located at W. 5th St. on Hwy. 10, Neillsville                                       


Penney’s Outwear for winter; Men’s Double Quilted Satin Twill Jackets, Thick Mouton Dyed Lamb Fur Collar! $16.75


Just in time for Hunting!  Warm, fleecy, plaid jackets, low-priced at Penney’s to save you plenty; and Rugged jackets of thick 32 ounce fabric; choose from good-looking brown, blue, red or green plaids and Low priced at $5.90.


The J. C. Penney Co. occupied the brick building on the northwest corner of Hewett & 5th Street after Wm. Marsh retired from his mercantile business at that location, circa 1950 (Drs. M. C. and Sarah Rosekrans offices above)


Only $5.00 buys your hunting protection, unless you have your Hartford Travel & Vacation Insurance. Get set for hunting season now to carry through deer hunting.                                           


For Sale – Pool Hall, Complete with fixtures and stock, priced for Quick Sale!  See or call Bob Horswill, Neillsville


Now Clark County really has a lake in the Town of Mead. The water is there. The dam is holding it. The watery expanse spreads out before the eye. The shoreline of several miles is outlined.  It is all there, a visible reality, affected after some two years of tribulation and uncertainty.


The lake was the Mecca of carload after carload of Clark County persons last Sunday, the first clear holiday since the waters have been impounded.


The lake is a reality-engendered optimism, both on the part of the officials and of the plain citizens who viewed it.  In a county where there are no natural lakes, this lake is both a novelty and a promise. The promise is that the people of the county will gain a recreation area, with a spot for summer homes and waters for fish and fowl.  The backwater extends all the way from the dam, which is close to the center of Section 31, to the highway bridge between Sections 28 and 29, an air distance of about 1½ miles and a stream distance of three miles or more.  In the upper reaches of the backwater there is no great depth, and there is much brush and high grass. But this upper stretch is excellently suited to make an attractive home for fish.                                                                                                            


The Hiawatha School house is for sale. Sealed bids will be received for the sale of the building on or before September 22, 1951, at twelve o’clock noon:


The School House known as the Hiawatha School, 37’ 10” long by 23 ½’ wide, ceiling height 10 ½’, all wooden building; and a wooden wood shed 21’ x 15’ suitable for garage. Buildings are located 13 1/3 miles south of Neillsville and about three-tenths of a mile east of Highway 73, at that point, and must be moved from the premises with in a reasonable time after purchase.                                                                                           


Minnette’s Sweet Shop of Neillsville will Serve a Special Sunday Dinner – Roasted Young Turkey with cranberries & all the fixin’s; Sept. 30th.  Friday & Saturday’s special will be Coconut Milk Shakes, 15’ each


(Correction – The Sept. 7, 20011 “Good old Days” page photo was that of a re-construction project on the former Christie Community outdoor theatre’s concession stand building, in the early 1960s, when it was being remodeled into a family home. Sorry we weren’t provided with more detailed info when photo was submitted. D. Z.)






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