Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 7, 2012, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


October 1902


The Neillsville High School football team will play the first game of the season on Gates Field, north of Grand Avenue, on Saturday, Sept. 27, with the Fairchild High School team. Game will be called at 2:30 p.m.  An interesting game is expected. Admission 25¢                                                                   


Fred Wendt, who purchased the Chandler farm two miles north of Neillsville, is making great improvements, thereon.  He has just completed a new barn, 36 by 70 feet with a stone basement and is building a fine residence. This farm will become, in Mr. Wendt’s hands, one of the best in the county; Mr. Chandler once informed us that the first clearing in Clark County was made on this place.                                                                                      


The new schoolhouse in Columbia is being pushed along with all vigor.  Last Monday the flagstaff was raised on top of the belfry with the Stars and Stripes floating from its lofty position at 5 p.m.  That was really a grand sight for us.  The hearts of the children will be made glad to know that in this institution they will learn to face the battles of the world.


The Neillsville Grist Mill was sold by the county sheriff Saturday, under an order of the court. A disagreement among the partners made the sale necessary, the nature of the property being such that it could not be divided.  It was bid in by W. H. Butler of Granton for the sum of $11,500.                                         


Having bought the entire stock of the Galligan & Linster Lumber Cop., located at Neillsville, Gillman & Wing will sell the stock that includes all kinds of hardwood lumber that can be used for many building purposes, at prices that will interest you. We are going to dispose of this lumber in the fastest time possible.  If you are in need of any lumber, it will pay you to investigate before it is gone.  Prices run all the way from $3.00 and up.


We will be at the yard located across from the Neillsville depot, from 7 a.m. until 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.


Marriage licenses: John Stankewicz and Stella Mazynowsky both of Levis; Guy Winn of York and Ethel Gardiner of Loyal; Albert F. Davel and Florence Baker both of the Village of Loyal; Harley Thayer, Marathon Co., and Elenora Graham of Unity; Wm. Roberts and Emma Gerkey Town of Loyal.


Chas L. Rush, from Merrillan is now day clerk at the O’Neill House in place of Don Brewster, who is now working in Major Hommel’s bowling alley.                                                          


Last week, H. A. King sold forty acres, his old homestead, in the town of York to Fred Wright of Sherwood. Consideration was $2,000.  It is a fine forty.                                                            


Special services will be held at the Dells Dam Church next week Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.; at the June Schoolhouse Tuesday evening; Shortville Church Wednesday and Thursday evening, conducted by Rev. A. Kerr.


Sealed proposals for furnishing 250 cords of green wood for the Neillsville schools will be received by the school board at any time prior to October 14, 1902, at 2 p.m.; 190 cords to be delivered at the South Side schoolhouse in the city of Neillsville, before March 20, 1903.


Wood must be smooth, sound, body hardwood and cut from live timber 30 inches in length. We will not accept black or red oak, elm, basswood or poplar. Bids for furnishing the largest percentage of body hard maple and ironwood will be given preference and should therefore specify such percentage.


Bids will also be received and considered at the same time for furnishing 30 cords of 30-inch dry pinewood.


L. M. Sturdevant, Director; Geo. E. Crothers, Treas.; S. M. Marsh, Clerk


(With the vast selection of available timber back then, even prime choice of wood was used to burn for heating purposes. DZ)                                                                                                               


Corn husking and potato digging is the order of these days around this area. The potato yield is enormous.


(At that time, only one to two acres of corn was saved for ripening, as silage corn was cut early in September while it was in the green stage to be stored and used for dairy cattle feed. There was a custom held in farming neighborhoods, when a few families gathered for a “husking bee,” all family members joining in to husk the ripe ears of corn from stalks that had been cut and brought in from the field.  After the work was done, everyone enjoyed a potluck meal, socializing with friends and neighbors. D Z)                                                                                    


Wolves are becoming quite numerous in these parts, as they invaded the sheep pens of Chas. Varney.  They killed one sheep and inflicted injuries on a second, which resulted in the death of sheep number two.


The Chili Creamery company paid 81 cents per hundred for milk during August.


Ed Kelicut, of Shortville, had quite an experience with some young cattle Saturday.  He started driving nine young cattle to Neillsville and got them part way when they decided to turn back toward home.  He did not get to Neillsville that day.


A number of teams, pulling wagons loaded with sugar cane passed through the Carlisle community lately, enroute to the sorghum mill.


October 1947


Americans have been asked by President Truman to cooperate with a food saving plan for aiding Europe as follows:

Meatless Tuesdays

No poultry or eggs on Thursday.

Save one slice of bread each day.


Public eating places:

Observe the Tuesday and Thursday requests as made to the public.

Serve bread and butter only when specifically requested by patrons.



Reduce amount of grain fed to livestock and poultry.



Save grain in the manufacture and distribution of bread such saving to equal one-tenth of the normal use of wheat.


An opening for a teacher in the Yaeger School, three miles north of Thorp, is going begging.  Russell Drake, county school superintendent, reported this week that he had spent two full days searching for a teacher, or a former teacher, to fill the vacancy.  He has got exactly nowhere.  In addition to the salary, which is above the county average, the building is all modern, having running water and lavatories and an oil-burning furnace. Any qualified person interested is asked to see Mr. Drake.                                                                                                


Football Homecoming Game, Neillsville High vs. Greenwood High, will be held Thursday, October 23. There will be a parade at 1 p.m., Football Game at 1:45 p.m., A Snake Dance and Bonfire Wednesday evening; Character Dress on Thursday, and Dance Thursday evening.


All old-timers will want to be out and root’n for the Home Town Team!


Free Wedding Dance at the Silver Dome Ballroom, Saturday, Oct. 18, in honor of Bernard Scheffer and Anna Letsch.  Music by “The Merry Men Orchestra”                                                                                 


Marriage Licenses:

Alice Vandeberg, Loyal and Emil Piper, Loyal

Irma Schwanebeck, Town of Sherwood and Lawrence Winker, Milwaukee

Kathleen Hoesly, Chicago, and Donald Degenhardt, Chicago

Leona Mews, Unity and Maynard Dallman, Unity

Mary Jane Grover, Withee and Raymond Ackerman, Greenwood

Rosalie M. Niedzwiecki, Thorp and George M. Klovas, Thorp

Doris Piggot, Granton and William Johnson, Granton

Erma V. Namber, Withee and LaVerne Brown, Greenwood

Kathryn Hazel Krueger, Colby and Herman Paul Gosse, Colby      


When Randy Briggs sang “The Little Brown Church” with choral accompaniment at the Methodist Church Sunday morning, he carried his listeners back to earlier days.  It was an appropriate song for a centennial service and it recalled the fact that Neillsville’s first sermon of 100 years ago was not even preached in a church. The service was held in the home of James O’Neill, which served as a sort of pioneer boardinghouse until Mr. O’Neill got around to building the community’s first hotel.


Time was that the mention of a dance in a story about a Methodist service of worship would have been dangerous for a writer; but the Rev. Paul White, in his sermon Sunday morning, opened the door slightly.  One of the points of his sermon was that the church of the future will be more than moral; that it will be a constructive force; that its people will exemplify practical goodness.  He referred to the fact that the discipline of the Methodist Church once placed the ban on dancing and card playing and theater going, and that some time ago this ban was lifted, not by way of placing the stamp of approval upon dubious enterprises but to place the emphasis of the church upon the positive rather than the negative.


If local people are fighting shy of Mapleworks corners, or Windfall corners nowadays, such actions is not without reason:

Now to all the people of Windfall, it seems to be a “jinx” spot. The “Windfall” is all in broken bones.


To enumerate: Max Opelt, a recent-comer from the Town of Washburn, suffered a fractured arm there Friday. Eugene Trimberger suffered the fracture of three bones in one foot, the result of football playing.  Mrs. Carl Jahnke fractured her kneecap. And Kermit Lautenbach was accidentally struck in the head by a baseball bat, cutting a gash, which required several stitches to close.


Now, do you wonder?                                                                                        


A brush and forest fire burned over half a section in the Town of Eaton the first of this week. The area burned was mostly on the George Flagg place. The fire started about three miles west of Eaton Center on the 26 Road and traveled about half a mile westward.


The fire burned two days and was fought by a considerable crew. Backfiring stopped the further spread and held the flames away from the Dillenbeck and Clintsman farm buildings.


With forests of the area tinder-dry because of the lack of rainfall and the unusually warm weather of recent weeks, the conservation department has clamped down on emergency fire regulations throughout the area.


At a ceremony performed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal, Miss Gislent Mary Legue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Legue, Treignes, Belgium, became the bride of George J. Schlagenhaft, Jr., at nuptial high mass celebrated on October 14.


The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Schlagenhaft of Loyal, met his Belgium bride in 1944.


The couple was attended by a brother and sister of the groom, Miss Margaret and Robert Schlagenhaft.


Places for 40 to 50 deer hunters had been provided up to Monday noon as a result of the publicity appearing in last week’s Press.  Art Epding states that local householders responded with alacrity, one woman even making practically a whole house available.  Mr. Epding is making up a list at the Merchants hotel and is placing himself in position to help hunters who cannot otherwise be cared for in this area during the deer season.


Granton High School climaxed its first year of football with a victory over Spencer, 12 to 6, last weekend; but ruined Spencer’s homecoming in turning the trick.


The Granton squad, first in the school’s history, was composed of Eugene Trimberger, Erlin Garbisch, Walter Helm, Richard Barth, Neal Fero and Leonard Scholtz, ends; Merle Bartsch, Robert Seltrecht and Norman Helm, tacklers; Nicky Rosandich, Edward Todd, Wallace Sternitzky and LaVern Schier, guards and Elmer Simoke, center.


The backfield: Arnold Schumacher and Wendell Storm, quarterbacks: Wallace Erickson, Wayne Sternitzky, Raymond Gluch, Franklin Paun and Donald Jahnke, halfbacks: Leland Bartsch, Robert Witte and Duane Rose, fullbacks.


There will be a Duck Shoot at Grandview Club, west of Neillsville on highway 10, November 2nd, Percy Zickert, prop.


More than 30 men helped with the work on the basement of the Congregational Church. Some of these are farmers, who have already done a hard day’s work. In one instance four men had planned a social affair, but on learning that a group was needed at the church, they prefaced their social session with two hours of shoveling dirt.


Thus far all of the old material has been removed from the basement, including the wooden floor, the partitions and the old furnace.  Water and sewer pipes have been laid and most of the leveling had been done last week, preliminary to laying the new concrete floor. Work yet to be done includes the construction of partitions, the laying of the concrete floor and the installation of a new oil furnace.  The old heater went on an involuntary strike last weekend, with the result that the morning service was lifted and most of the Congregationalists went up to the centennial service at the Methodist Church.


All shored up and hitched up behind a truck originally built for reconnaissance work in the army, the former G. W. Trogner carpenter shop was whisked away to a new location last week.


The building, a landmark for 76 years, was moved from Grant Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, to a foundation already laid for it on North Bruley Street. There the shop will form the basis for a new house being erected by Mr. and Mrs. William Simek.


Very nearly a week was taken to get the building ready for it three-quarters mile trip, less than no time at all to do the actual moving.


The building was erected in 1871, by Mr. Trogner, then after his death years ago the building was used as a carpenter shop by John Moen and Arthur Kunze and in recent years has been used for storage of building materials.



The above photo was taken on a Clark County area farm in 1910.  Several neighboring farmers joined in the “barn raising” task after the first floor of mortar and stone was completed.  The loft framework of beams was put in place to be followed by several roofing rafters, which were raised and set up in place by men pulling the ropes that were attached to the rafters.  They helped one another in such tasks, donating their time and efforts, being good neighbors by doing a favor that was returned in one way or another.




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