Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 11, 2012, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1882


Parties from abroad have perfected arrangements for building a stave factory at Greenwood.


The name North Fork post office has been changed to Thorpe, the name of the thriving little village in which it is located.


Sereno Wren has purchased the machinery for a portable sawmill, the same having been shipped from Massaline, Ohio, on the 29th of last month. The mill will consist of a double rotary, powered by a 20-horsepower engine.  It is to be set up on the farm of John S. Dore, in the Town of Grant and it is expected that it will be ready for work within a week.


The contract for building an Episcopal Church at this place has been let to C. B. Bradshaw, who was the architect and builder of the Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Bradshaw is one of the best workmen to be found and any building that goes up under his supervision must be a good one.                                              


During the past week, men coming here to find employment in the woods have been met half-way to the train depot, by men ready to give them employment.                                                                       


Thompson & Root report over one million feet of logs on the landing the first of the week. They have three camps running.


Dave Warner, son of M. R. Warner, of Greenwood, went to Galesville last week to become a student in the University at that place.                                                                                               


Neillsville will soon have two bridges on O’Neill Creek. The first bend of the lower O’Neill Creek Bridge was raised yesterday. The bridge will be ready for use, but not completed, sometime next week.  It will be one of the fine specimens of mechanical work done by Mr. Bradshaw, the contractor.              


The long sought for mail route between Greenwood and Loyal is to be established and will go into effect the first of next month.  It is to be a semi-weekly route.                                                


Robert Christie, of the Town of Weston, who is extensively engaged in lumbering on the St. Louis River, near Superior City, came home to look after his interests in this locality the latter part of last week.


The La Crosse Chronicle of last Sunday says of the logging operation on this river: “Very little has been done on Black River up to the early part of last week, except on short hauls and bank chances.  Up to that time the cut would certainly not exceed 20,000,000, which was a very small amount for this river. The fall of snow on Jan. 10 however, changed the aspects of their logging operations materially and favorably.  All of the logging camps now have good hauling and are doing satisfactory work.  On the East Fork, Cunningham and in fact all streams south of Township 27, they have from five to six inches of snow, North of that in towns 28, 29 and 30, etc., they have eight inches or more, and are putting in logs very fast.


While the weather was unfavorable for hauling up to the 10th, loggers have been kept busy skidding most of the time since the cold weather set in. The result is that they have a large number of logs on the skid-ways and are able to take advantage of every hour of favorable hauling weather.  Men and teams are in demand at fair wages, and it is an interesting, sometimes an amusing sight to watch the arrival of a team of horses on the streets of this town.  Before the driver has time to alight from the sled he is seized by a half dozen contractors or their agents, hauled this way and that way almost fought over.  The teamster is the grand mogul this year. With the present foundation, roads can be kept in good order with sprinklers as long as the nights are cold enough to freeze, even if no snow falls, while every little flutter of snow will help immensely. “If the season had been favorable from the start, the cut would undoubtedly reach 250,000,000.  As it now is, the highest figure that can be reasonably expected is 175,000,000, provided ordinary weather prevails for the balance of the season. It is safe to estimate that by the close of this week from forty to fifty million logs will be banked on Black River.”


Some of the boys up on the northern line are desirous of cutting our county in two, but the heavy tax-payers as a rule, do not favor the scheme. The increase in offices and salaries is the greatest objection urge to the division.


Several of the young people of here visited Miss Gertie Ring last Sunday, who is now teaching school in the Town of Fremont.


John Currier has finally taken possession of his fine new residence.



John Currier built a new home for his family, located at 312 E. 4th Street, completing the structure in late 1881. Currier was engaged in lumbering along the Black River at that time, and also was a carpenter who supervised the construction of many other fine buildings in Neillsville.  Jeff Schuster, a lawyer with the firm of “Schuster and Campman” purchased the home around 1900.  Schuster donated 10 acres of land for what is now “Schuster Park” located on Neillsville’s southeast side.


January 1937


At the hour of 7:30, New Year’s Eve, Hope Wildish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wildish and Lester Zasoba, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zasoba were quietly married in a ceremony performed at the Methodist parsonage with Rev. E. P. Stone reading the single ring ritual service. The couple was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hohmann.  They are extended heartiest congratulations and all good wishes for a Happy New Year.


Calvin Mills, county clerk, recently selected as his new deputy, Herbert Borde, who with his family have moved to their Neillsville home from the Borde farm in Pine Valley.  Mr. Borde spent the past three weeks in the clerk’s office, learning the technique of his new position from Henry Rahn and Mr. Mills.  Mr. Borde is a graduate of Neillsville High School and the Hoffman Business College, Milwaukee.  He also took some work at Dr. Martin Luther College at New Ulm, Minn.


Last week C. E. Gassen welded approximately 125 feet of iron ridge onto the old step and entrance at the A&P store where the surface had worn so smooth that it was dangerous to walk on during wet or icy weather.  It is a clever piece of welding and very neatly done.  It required about four hours doing the job.


Henry Rahn (Register of Deeds) has appointed Joe Wavrunek of Thorp as his deputy.  Mr. Wavrunek is a graduate of Eau Claire State Teachers College and the Wisconsin Business University, La Crosse.  He taught in the schools of Clark County for six years and has also had a wide experience in other lines, being for some time a case worker for the relief organization in Clark and Jackson Counties, and also acted as clerk for the re-settlement administration in Dunn County.


O. W. Lewerenz and Art Dux, Clifford Paulson and Art Wegner drove to Milwaukee last Tuesday to get a Pontiac sedan for Mr. Dux and a G.M.C. truck for Mr. Paulson.                               


Death struck twice within a few hours at Greenwood, Tuesday, to claim the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Barr, residents of that community for many years.  Mr. Barr, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died at 3 p.m. and his wife, who had been ailing for more than a year, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.


Funeral services, which have not been completed, will be held at Greenwood Saturday afternoon.


Mr. Barr, who was 68 years old, had been engaged in the blacksmithing business at Greenwood for many years, and widely known and respected for his honesty and industry by all who knew him.  Mrs. Barr, who was 58 years old, was a woman of many fine qualities, devoted to her home and family and a patient sufferer during her long illness.


Mr. and Mrs. Barr were married about 1901 and are survived by five children.  Charles employed at the Northern States Power office in Neillsville, Elsie, Mrs. Robert Nyeland, Williamsport, Pa.; Hazel, Mrs. Joe Braunies, Greenwood; Viola, Mrs. Ray Shaw, Neillsville; and Miss Jessie Barr, a nurse, at Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Barr is also survived by her mother, Mrs. William Bradford and two brothers, Free and T. V. Carleton of Neillsville.  Mr. Barr is survived by two brothers and a sister; George, Silvertown, Ore.; Alvin, Glacier National Park, Mont., and Mrs. H. McCarty, Longwood, Wis.


“Blue Monday” became a reality at the Clover Farm Store Monday morning.  Last week the Prochazka market had on display in the north window a row of bluing bottles, one of the specials of the week. The bottles stood close to the large plate glass window and Saturday night the contents froze. The result Monday morning can be better imagined than explained. The thawing fluid spread over quite an area, most of it finding its way to the sidewalk beneath the window.


William Ehlers took his brother, Eugene, to General hospital, Madison, Friday, where he is being treated for infection.  Eugene is a senior in Neillsville High School and has been suffering with a bruised leg since before the holidays.


Otto Ebeling of Ebeling and Schultz arrived from Chicago Monday and announced that the company is moving its headquarters from Neillsville to Whitewater where a building has been purchased. A buying station will be maintained in Neillsville in charge of Everett Keller, Mr. Ebling said.


The Ebeling and Schultz business has been operating in Neillsville for the past several years and has been a good asset to the city, employing a considerable number of men at times and operating a fleet of trucks over a wide area, extending as far west as the Mississippi River and to many cities north and south of Neillsville.


Al Kreisch has taken over the Orchard Tavern east of Granton, which he will operate until spring. The tavern has been re-decorated and a special bill of fare has been arranged for the opening Saturday night.  In the spring Mr. Kreisch plans to build an addition to “The House by the Side of the Road” at the south end of Hewett Street, in Neillsville.


Adelbert Rodman, or as he was generally known, Dell Rodman, probably Clark County’s oldest native born citizen, passed away at his home on Division Street, Neillsville, January 28, in his 81st year.


Dell Rodman who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Rodman was born March 15, 1858, at the old Rodman home in the Town of Pine Valley, southeast of the Fairgrounds.  In this home under all the old pioneer conditions he grew to manhood, working on the farm in summer and as he grew older going into lumber camps in winter. Although living two miles from school, he acquired a fair education and always took an active interest in public affairs.


In 1880 he was united in marriage to Hattie E. King of the Town of Grant, and the next year they settled on twenty acres of the home farm, later purchasing twenty more from adjoining lands.  Here again they went through the experiences of pioneer life under which he had grown to manhood, clearing land and working out.


On October 6, 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Rodman moved to Neillsville, bought a small home and there with a good garden and a few chickens lived a quiet comfortable life.


Mr. Rodman, however, never sat in idleness; as long as he was able to work he found a job if he was not employed at home.  In earlier years he served several terms on the town board and always too an active interest in the county fairs.  He was a genial, likable man, kind and generous, and it is doubtful if he ever had an enemy.


Mr. Rodman was long an active worker in the Neillsville Odd Fellow Lodge and both he and his wife were members of the Rebekahs.


He is survived by his wife and three children; Warner, who lives near Athens, Wis.; Ida, Mrs. Gus Hagen, Neillsville; and Horace of the Town of Levis.  He leaves also 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one brother Hershel of Waukegan, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Lapp, Neillsville and Mrs. Robert French, Town of Levis.


Detachments of men from CCC Camps were concentrated at Sparta Tuesday and dispatched in trucks to the flood area along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.


The men called were mostly cooks, truck drivers, mechanics and first aid men. Supplies of all kinds are being shipped. Several trucks with detachments of enrollees stopped to rest and get gasoline at service stations on the south side of Neillsville Tuesday.                                                                                         


Dorothy Zastrow daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Zastrow of Neillsville and Mr. Gilbert Coyle of Granton were united in marriage by the Rev. George Longenecker at 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational manse in Neillsville, Jan. 20, 1937.


The bride was attired in a gown of brown silk crepe trimmed in green and gold. The groom was dressed in black.


They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. W. Price Mallory, Mrs. Mallory is a sister of the groom.  She was attired in a wine colored silk crepe and the best man wore a light tan suit.


The bride attended Neillsville High School from which she graduated in 1934. The groom attended the Granton High School graduating in 1930.  He is employed at the Quinnell Fox Farm (Pine Valley) at which place they will reside.


Friday night – serving Welsh Rarebit & fresh perch


Saturday night – serving Welsh Rarebit, chicken lunch, fresh Shrimp, Oysters, any style Chow mein and Chili; stop in at – Chapman’s Grill                                                                                         


Two out of every five farms in the United States are being operated by tenants, declared Conrad T. Tacuber of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics.                                                                                


A group of high school students engaged Jack Tibbett to take them for a sleigh ride Friday evening.  The fun party was chaperoned by their school instructors. After the ride everyone in the group was invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lastofka, where Mrs. Lastofka had a chili lunch prepared for them.  Lunch was followed by a series of games.




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