Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 12, 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


December 1922


Frank Bartell has just added a restaurant to his Sweet Shop, now serving meals and short orders.  He has installed a complete kitchen in the rear room of the Sweet Shop and his restaurant should fill a long felt need in Neillsville.  His addition has met with great success and he is serving a noon day lunch.


The bowling alleys of the Smoke Shop have opened up for the season.  They have been put in fine shape and will furnish pleasure for lovers of bowling winter nights.                                          


Last week Powers & Wing sold their hardware store and stock, formerly the Denis Tourigny store to F. O. Balch, who took possession Nov. 1.  Mr. Balch has had a wide business in various lines and is a practical and efficient man in anything he undertakes.  He has lived most of his life in this city and has many friends here.


During the time that Mr. Powers and Mr. Wing have been here they have had a fine patronage and built up a nice line of business.  They will remain in the store for a time with Mr. Balch.   


Robert Prochazka, proprietor of the Hamilton Hotel, is having some repairs and improvements put on the building and will soon have it in fine condition.                                                                  


H. E. Bartell shipped a carload of cabbage to St. Louis the first of the week.  He has several more carloads stored in the drying plant until the canning factory can handle them.                 


A very enjoyable evening was spent at the John Rollins home, in the Riverside community, when Mrs. Rollins, with a heart twice as big as she is, invited the Vanderhoff-Stoneberg chivarri crew and their families. The main object of the evening was a big oyster supper with all the ice cream you wanted to eat as dessert.


The C. C. Sniteman Company has just completed the installation of a radio outfit in their drug store, hooking it up with a Magnavox so that customers of the store may hear the latest news and music right hot off the wireless.  Geo. Zimmerman has also become a radio fan, having placed one in his home.          


Mr. Alfred Garbush and Miss Gladys J. Genett were quietly married Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Congregational parsonage, Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiating. The couple was attended by Michael J. Trogner, who acted as bestman, and Miss Edith Seelow, who was the bridesmaid.  The young couple has begun housekeeping in their own home on Fifth Street.


One day last week, 36 stills captured by prohibition officers in Marathon County, were destroyed in Wausau when officers poured several hund red gallons of moonshine into the gutter, by order of Judge Reid. 


The big new boiler for heating purposes is being put into the Merchants Hotel.  The boiler placed in the hotel by Mr. Wilsmann originally, while guaranteed to do the work, never proved sufficient and finally last February it went out of commission entirely, and a steam pipe had to be laid from the Condensery, which has heated the hotel since. The new boiler now going in is large enough to do the work and then some, and will take care of the comfort of winter guests at the Merchants, beyond question.                                                             


In 1905, the first year that automobile licenses were issued in Wisconsin, there were 1,492 cars in the state; in the next nine years they had increased to 56,766.  Then they began the remarkable increase, which has continued until the present time. There are now 392,650 licensed cars and no doubt 1923 will show over 400,000.


Last week E. H. Knickel traded his farm in Taylor County to Fred Pollnow for the cheese factory at Day Corners, four miles south of Neillsville.  He is an experienced cheese maker, having owned and operated cheese factories in the vicinity of Granton, having a good reputation as a cheese maker and as a square dealer with his patrons.


Last week a small frame building, standing at the west end of the W. J. Marsh store, was torn down.  It is said to have been the first schoolhouse that was built in Neillsville.  Later, it became a meat market. Forty-six years ago, Thomas and Jesse Lowe came here, going into the meat business.  They used this building for their meat market for several years.  Later it was used for storing hides and for many years past has stood there used occasionally for storing different materials.  It had gown quite dilapidated and unsightly, so its removal is an improvement to that locality. The old landmarks of Neillsville are gradually disappearing.


(The W. J. Marsh business was located in the Hewett & Woods building on the corner of Hewett & West Fifth streets. DZ)


Tuesday morning, about 2 o’clock, fire started in Klinke’s Garage at Greenwood, resulting in the rapid destruction of the building and all its contents.  Included in the loss were nine automobiles, one belonging to Mr. Klinke and eight to customers. Among the customers’ cars was one belonging to Otto Hiles.


It is reported that the man who slept in the garage barely had time to get out after he awoke, leaving behind $300 in cash that he had placed under his pillow.  It is also stated that the safe door was not securely closed so the papers and books in the safe were burned.                                                                                                                                                 


Walt Danger and Henry Lindsley got two wolves Thursday, west of the Thoma farm in the Town of Weston, after an exciting chase, which a number of farmers in that locality joined in on.  The fresh snow made good tracking and gave the chase great interest.  The indications are that a considerable number of wolves harbor in that vicinity, a great many tracks being seen, in places indicating that the wolves hunt in a pack or group, spreading out fan-shape to comb the woods for prey.  During the past summer nearly all the farmers who kept sheep in that region, had their lambs stolen by the wolves.


On Thursday, Belter and Manthey brought Walt Dangers’ wolf dog, Jack, who has made a great record as a wolf hunter, and it is probable they will clean out the woods west of the North Road if they have good luck.


Sunday another raid was made on the wolves by Walt Dangers, Ed Kutchera and Hand Lindsley, getting two more, and Frank Luck of the town of York getting one.                                                            


On Saturday Judge Schoengarth performed the marriage ceremony, which made George L. Turner and Miss Margaret Geisler, man and wife. The groom is a fine young man from the Town of York, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abie Turner.  His bride is a capable young lady of the Town of Pine Valley.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Geisler.


The Citizens State Bank of Loyal opens their new home to the public Saturday, Dec. 10, 1922.


The Citizens State Bank, having outgrown its present quarters and facilities, has built a new home, which is one of the most pretentious and elaborately equipped bank buildings of its size in the State.


The new building is located on the most prominent corner in the heart of Loyal’s business district.  It is built of brick, tile and cement construction and equal to a two-story building in height, besides having a basement and being fire proof.


A mezzanine floor covers the front and rear of the main floor. The main lobby is of tile, the wainscoting of Tennessee marble. The fixtures are of quarter-sawed oak with antique finish.


Another attractive feature of the new building will be the provisions made in the basement for the public library and community meeting room. This, we believe, is the first bank in this part of the State to recognize the need for providing accommodations of this kind.


The officers of the citizens St ate Bank are: C. H. Brown, President; F. W. Draper, Vice-President; H. Haslett, Vice-President and Cashier; V. C. Richardson and Aug. W. Ihlenfeldt, Assistant Cashiers; John Shupe, Bookkeeper.


December 1942


Gas tanks of pleasure cars have had their last full loads for the duration. The thing that people and the government talked about for so long, gasoline rationing, is here.


But it is not without its one great moment before midnight when the lid clamped down Monday.


For the last two days before rationing went into effect, station attendants pumped as much gasoline as they had in the whole month previous. The stations enjoyed brisk business such as they had not known since the era before tire rationing forced many a car from the roads.


It was one grand finale, a finale, which was not prevented under the rationing regulations. Cars were permitted full tanks.  Extras were barred.  So there were gasoline cans, from one to 100 gallons, were filled in addition to the tanks of pleasure cars. In one instance a service station was called upon to fill a drum, which had been painted fire-red and stowed away in the trunk of a car.


If the service stations were busy in the hours before rationing, so were the bulk station dealers.  They attempted to take care of all their customers throughout the area. For, while farmers have been assured that they will get all the gasoline they need for farming, they were mindful of the experience of east coast residents.  They had ration coupons, but there was no gasoline. And what good are ration coupons if you can’t use them?


By and large, people have accepted the rations they will receive for pleasure cars.  “A” books are based on 240 miles of driving per month; 150 for occupational purposes and 90 miles for personal purposes.


Many residents hereabouts said that was more than they ordinarily used, and were satisfied with the allowance.


(How that has changed!  Some people can easily drive 240 miles in two or three days. DZ)


Mr. and Mrs. B. Stout and sons and Miss Marjorie Volovsek of Milwaukee had their troubles to get up to the Janesville community in Clark County for Thanksgiving.  They finally made it, but were late for dinner. Traveling from Milwaukee Wednesday, they made it as far as Marshfield through the snowstorm, and were to put up there overnight.  On Thursday, they fought the tough roads and also a balky engine. Finally, three miles from their destination, everything quit on them and they got Roger Dillenbeck to pull them with a team of horses for the last three miles. They arrived, a little late for dinner; with horses fastened to the front of their car, slow but sure.  


Miss Jeannette Zimmer, of Neillsville, this week was awaiting a call to report for training in the WAVES.  She expects to receive her basic training at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the rating of apprentice seaman.


Miss Zimmer is the first Clark County girl to enter a women’s auxiliary branch of either armed service, as far as was known here.  Her application was accepted following examinations at La Crosse and Chicago.


A native of Neillsville, Mis Zimmer attended the local high school and La Crosse State Teachers College. She taught in the physical education departments in Galesburg, Ill., and La Crosse since her graduation four years ago.


Elmer Duerkop, of Humbird, wanting to hunt deer, had just one shell for his gun.  It was the only one he could get.  He went out last Thursday at one o’clock.  He came upon a buck and when he aimed at the buck he knew it was one try for him and that was all.  He did not miss, and in celebration of his great aim, and good fortune the Duerkops gave a venison dinner on Sunday for a group of friends.                                          


Of all the happy Thanksgivings in these parts, none was happier than that of the Dignin family, the members of which welcomed Robert Dignin, who has been in the Navy the past two years. Robert was home on furlough and had a great tale to tell.  His ship was lost near the Soloman Islands, and he, with another sailor, floated on the broad Pacific for 16 days, before they were seen and rescued by another ship.  His relatives here had not heard from him since the hard experience.  He walked in on them unannounced, a veritable Thanksgiving surprise.


Arrangements have been made for handling the annual Christmas mailing rush at the post office, Postmaster Louis W. Kurth said this week.


The post office has solved its manpower problem by reaching into the high school. Robert Beyer and Jack Casler have been secured as “extra” help and will be called in for after school and evening work when the flood of mail requires the additional help.


The service is harder pressed this year than ever before to handle the flood of Christmas mail, he pointed out.  Many experienced postal employees now are serving with the armed forces and cannot be replaced by competent and experienced help.                                                                                                            


W. G. Greenman of Wauwatosa, an official in the state defense council, went home from Neillsville late last week with some food he said he had not “seen for months.”


In Neillsville for a meeting with local service corps heads, Mr. Greenman revealed he had bought a pound of butter, four dozen eggs and five pounds of honey, things that are hard to get in the metropolitan area, if they are available at all.


He spent some time at the meeting contrasting the nutritional variance between rural Clark County and urban Milwaukee. The balance was all in favor of the rural area, where food is plentiful.


In Milwaukee for instance, he said merchants have been limiting sales of butter to one-quarter or one-half pound per customer. This restriction came about after a federal announcement that butter rationing might be necessary started a “run” on butter.


“You have no idea how serious runs on commodities are in the cities,” he said.


The salary of Oluf Olson, Sr., courthouse janitor, was increased from $105 to $115 per month at a meeting of the county public property committee last week. The fixing of the janitor’s salary was delegated to the committee by resolution of the county board, at the fall session.



The above photo, taken in late summer of the early 1940s could be fittingly entitled, “The Neillsville North Side Buddies,” who lived on the east side of Hewett Street, along the 11th through 12th street blocks and eastward to Emery Street. This group of playmates was made up of, left to right: Snick Quicker, Gale Gall, Jerry Quicker, Jack Tibbett, Jim Rahn (first bike), Melvin Gall and Jim Tibbett (second bike).  (Photo courtesy of Jerry Quicker)




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