Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 27, 2013, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1893


The sale of lots at Columbia has stopped.  The press of the state and of Illinois has exposed the nothingness of things at the town’s site in Nowhere-land, between Neillsville and Merrillan and the harvest is closed. A week ago deeds to lots were arriving at the register of deeds office by the score and great was the rush of recording.  A plat of the first addition to Columbia, which contains 2,057 lots was recorded this week. The bubble burst and now calm pervades in Mr. Zassenhaus’ office.  Lots were mostly sold at $5 and $10 each and were disposed of like hot cakes at Chicago, Janesville and elsewhere.  People who buy lots and lands off-hand without inspection, must expect to be nipped. Hail, Columbia and farewell!


Messrs. James O’Neill, Spencer Marsh and John Courier talk of running a special city water-side pipe to their residences from the stand pipe.  Mr. O’Neill has recently enlarged his basement and put in a washroom, with sewer leading out into the lowlands south of the house.                                                     


Leason’s wagon was found on top of The Barn yesterday morning.


Think of Dick and Bill Boon, Floyd Ruddock, Sid Brown and Joe Lavine hunting for two weeks northwest of Christie and bagging only two rabbits. Lime Ruddock says it is so and if you deny it, you’ll get a buttress across your pate.


A noble red man absorbed too much lemon juice Saturday and was put in the cooler overnight.


From fifty to a hundred people visited the robber cave on the fairground property last Sunday, all marveling at the robust spirit of mystery and industry that could excavate and arrange so shy a hole.


F. W. Upham, vice president of the Upham Mfg. Co. of Marshfield, goes to Chicago Dec. 1st to engage in the wholesale lumber business.                                                                                


Frank Kulp made a trip to Eau Claire on Monday.                                


Chas. Haberland of Levis, one of our new settlers, who bought land adjoining Aaron Oldham’s on the south, and moved in last May, has a new 12-room house and is very cozily situated. He was formerly from Racine, then lived a year a t Madison where he engaged in the boot and shoe business and finally took to farming as best for his health.  He paid cash for his place and is the kind of settler Clark County likes to see come here.


I will take 20 to 40 bushels of pig potatoes in on subscription and if you have any to spare, let me know at once.  L.B. Ring


Monday evening, a man went into Knoop’s shoe store and selected a pair of shoes.  He then asked to see some other article and while Mr. Knoop was getting down the goods, the fellow with shoes in hand, ran out of the front door and was off at high speed.  Knoop ran after him and got a lot of exercise, but not the man or the shoes. The thief finally escaped in Hein’s                                                              mill yard.                                                                                                   


Pabst took all the first premiums for beer at the world’s fair, but our own Eilert’s makes beer that satisfies Clark County.  It’s hard to beat.                                                                                      


Two miles south of Unity, on the main road between that village and Spencer, lives Hans Nelson, whose gray hair testifies to his age, while his smiling happy countenance shows that the cares and sorrow of passing years have left no visible mark upon his sturdy nature.  Hans has a small farm and is quite a character in his way.  He believes in experimenting and at present is engaged in raising German carp. Some years ago he secured the fry at the government fish hatchery and after preparing a place for their reception, planted them.  He has a pond about a hundred feet square in which the fish are thriving even beyond his most sanguine expectations.  He carefully feeds them daily and also pumps fresh water into the pond.  He is nearly ready to supply the local market. Besides his successful experiments in the fish line, he has gone into the fancy poultry business and has a large number of blooded fowls of the golden Wyandotte variety.  He lives alone and seemingly enjoys life.                                                                              


Bad roads lead to profanity; they make men swear.  Bad roads lead to intemperance; men think it necessary to fortify the inner man with a few drinks to enable them to stand a long journey through mud. Bad roads lead to cruelty; the kindest driver often has to stimulate the most willing team with the lash. Bad roads lead to poverty; the wear and tear on wagons, harness and animals knock off a large percent of profit.


(The roads at that point in time weren’t elevated, graveled and blacktopped as those of today. Rains and snow turned roads into mud. DZ)


November 1943


An interesting football game took place last Thursday at the North Side Grade School playground, when the squad from St. Mary’s Catholic School came over to play the North Side School squad. The resulting score was North Side 24, St. Mary’s 30.                                                                                                           


Sgt. Jack Crothers left Sunday night, after a short furlough spent at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Crothers, Town of York. Sgt. Crothers is in the Army Air Corps and is being transferred from a camp in Arizona to Salt Lake City.


Pfc. Edmund J. Statz, who is stationed at Indian Town Gap, Penn., is spending a fifteen-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Statz.                                                                                


Anthony Mack, down Dells Dam way was his own lawyer in a case before his neighbor, Judge Crosby.  What he undertook to establish, was substantially crop damage by deer, and he wanted the state conservation commission to make the damage good. The damage, he claimed was to his crops of beans and oats.


As Mr. Mack presented the situation and sought to establish by witnesses, including Ray Harwick, a neighbor, he knew he was headed for good crops and then the deer broke in and knocked him out of it. But the conservation commission made it clear to the court that Mr. Mack had made a claim, or claims before, and that he had not given the state proper opportunity to safeguard his situation. Among the state’s witnesses was Al Clumpner, former game warden who came up from Mauston to give his testimony.


After the proceedings were over, Judge Crosby awarded Mr. Mack $75 and there was considerable discussion as to whether he would accept it.  His alternative, or course, is to take an appeal.


A campaign for timber production has been launched by the original pulpwood committee.  The effort will be to promote the cutting of lumber for farm buildings, to produce logs for general war needs and to stimulate the production of bolts and logs needed in the manufacture of boxes.


The committee, consisting of Al Covell, the forest ranger; W. R. Marquart, the county agent; Calvin Mills, the county clerk; and now enlarged to include the District Forest, representing the national timber production war project, will first seek the cooperation of the custom and portable mills, which are owned in this territory.  These mill men will be asked to keep their mills in operation and will be given such help as can be rendered.


After the mill men have been organized, the intention is to invite farmers owning saw-timber to small local meetings, called by the county agent. At these meetings the local opportunity and need for lumber production will be explained.


The enlargement of the cutting project grows out of the serious need for lumber.  Following the windstorms of last spring, difficulty was experienced in securing sufficient lumber to replace the farm buildings, which were blown down. The war demand for lumber has been extreme and the supply is utterly inadequate, either for military or civilian needs.


Miller’s Roll-A-Way Rink will have a Grand Opening of Roller Skating at the Neillsville Armory on Saturday, Nov. 13 & Every Saturday thereafter.  Admission Adults, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. 30¢ incl. tax; Children from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 15¢ incl. tax                                                                                                    


Marriage license applications:

Theodore Kopp, 22, Town of Pine Valley and Doris Lloyd, 17, Pine Valley

Burt R. Anderson, 21, Town of Longwood, and Dorothy V. Dulek, 19, Town of Thorp


Hart’s South Side Grocery Specials: Highest prices paid for Eggs, Pullet size, 33¢ cash per doz.; regular size, 40 1/2¢ cash, per doz.


Harvest Gold Flour 50 lb. bag $1.90; Navy Beans 10¢ per lb.; Harvest Time Pancake Flour, 5 lb. bag 25¢; Salt 5 lb. bag 9¢.


Miss Doris Wegner and Miss Irene Potter spent the weekend in Clark County coming up from their work in Milwaukee.  They are employed in testing radio condensers for the Globe Union Badger plant.  Miss Wegner spent the time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Wegner, while Miss Potter spent her time mainly in Neillsville, visiting relatives and friends.


The Leo Schecklman farmhouse in the Town of York was burned early Tuesday morning, with complete loss of the house and contents.  A son, Tony, was burned on the body and was taken to the Neillsville Hospital, where he is making a good recovery.


The Schecklman home, which was the first place south of the Uttech cheese factory, was a 10-room frame house, which had been modernized, with electric lights and running water, and with insulated siding. The furniture was practically a complete loss. The loss included 600 jars of canned fruit and many vegetables.


The fire was discovered in the middle of the night. The theory is that it caught on the roof from the chimney. Schecklmans aroused the neighbors, but this took some time and it was too late to save anything. The son, Tony was burned when he climbed up a ladder on the outside of the house and made his way into a bedroom in the effort to save belongings.  His clothing caught fire.


The Schecklman family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schecklman; a son, George, who is in the armed service; the son, Tony, who hauls milk for the Uttech factory; two daughters, one of whom is at Marshfield and the other at home; three small boys. The family has been taken in by the Uttechs and its members are being cared for there until they make arrangements for a home.


Neighbors of the Schecklmans are arranging for a benefit shower at the York Town Hall to be held Monday evening, Nov. 22.  Friends and neighbors will contribute to the shower.                 


Bethlehem Steel, the world’s largest shipbuilder has built the Destroyer-Escort Reynolds in 25 days, a new world’s record in ship construction.  It has large gun power for both offensive and defensive service; equipped for surface, depth bomb and anti-air craft combat.                                                               


The Calway cranberry development in the Town of Hewett has been sold to Leonard Rodiger and Edward Johns of the Wisconsin Rapids area. The young men are in possession and proceeding with plans to carry out the development, which was started by the late Forrest Calway.


This transaction is one of the most important transfers in the recent history of Clark County, involving an opportunity to develop a project, which may well attain high value. The beds already planted extend over about 11 acres, but the opportunity is there to developing seven or eight times the present area of cranberries and that means an important project with very substantial potential value.


In developing this idea, Mr. Calway purchased about 640 acres of land and possessed himself of water rights needed for the development and perpetual care of the cranberry beds.


Having collected the necessary land and rights, Mr. Calway did such construction work by way of dams, ditches, ponds and flumes as would provide for the cranberry beds.  He made considerable plantings and had brought some of the first beds to bearing.  It was in the pickup truck, which he used for his work at the cranberry marsh that his seizure came, not quite two years ago, which brought Mr. Calway’s efforts summarily to an end.


This left the responsibility of the marsh to Mrs. Calway, who has managed it for two seasons. With the sale now concluded, she is relieved of the burden.                                                    


Elmer Robinson has been making a fine improvement on his property at 146 North Hewett Street.  Across the entire width of the lot, a stone wall has been built which not only adds to the appearance of the lot, but makes the embankment more secure.  In this construction, Mr. Robinson has used 40 ton of rock, secured from the Medicke farm about seven miles not of Neillsville on the Black River.                                                             


That 400 deer have been illegally killed in the western half of Clark County and eastern Eau Claire County is a reasonable estimate, based upon the observation and experience of officers of the Wisconsin conservation Commission. These 400 deer are does, fawns, and little bucks.  Never in local history has there been such slaughter.  Never have so many carcasses been left in the woods, either to be gathered up by the wardens or to rot.


Such is the evidences of the wantonness of the slaughter that wardens have no hesitancy in their bitter condemnation.  What he has seen in the woods has led Clyde W. Sundberg, the local warden, to express his opinion of the “would be sportsmen” who have brought down so many helpless animals. The killers shot first and looked for spikes afterwards. The number of hunters and their inexperience is not accepted as an explanation.  Even the rankest amateurs, exercising reasonable care, could have avoided the slaughter of which Mr. Sundberg has been endless evidence.


Probably the answer is found in the determination of many hunters to get meat, unrationed meat, regardless of the effect upon the woods.  With meat short and high priced, and rationing placing a limit upon the larder, many hunters went out and shot first.  If they shot something illegal, they left it and saved their tags for some more inviting use.  Perhaps some others acted even more illegally and took their kill away.  (Meat was one of the items rationed during World War II. DZ)



In the late 1940s, a group of neighborhood kids gathered to play around the North Side Grade School, living in that area.  Shown left to right: Donnie Campbell, Mary (Aumann) Langreck, Marilyn (Hubing) Gregorich, Sharon Dux, JoAnn (Wasserburger) Bush, Jim Wasserburger and Doris Dux; standing with 12th Street in the background





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