Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 16, 2013, Page 12

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Clark County News


January 1908


The Modern Woodmen installation held Monday night was attended by a large portion of the membership. There was also initiation of a class of eight new members, followed by a supper. This camp is in excellent condition. There are now 195 members. They own their own hall that is all paid for, the upper story being used for a lodge room and the lower floor is fitted up for a kitchen and dining hall, equipped with cook stove, tables and dishes, complete.


Last week, Miss Katherine Mick found a beautiful pearl in some oysters.  She has not as yet ascertained its value a fine looking specimen. Paul Walk, who sold her the oysters, says he cannot guarantee a pearl with every sale, but every purchaser has a chance.                                                                               


J. B. Farnsworth, treasurer of the Town of Dewhurst is busy taking in taxes on these mild days. The town tax is 25 percent lower than last year on the same valuation.                                      


Everything is quiet, waiting for snow, there are but few teams of horses and sleds on the roads compared to last year. Farmers are sunning themselves on the south sides of their barns, talking equity.


The big dam at Hatfield is filling slowly but sure, the low stage of water in the Black River and the surface it has to cover now don’t rise in height very fast.                                                     


1918 History of Clark County Pioneer John P. Kintzele


John P. Kintzele, register of deeds, is one of the best known men in Clark County.  Coming here over thirty-five years ago, he identified himself with the development of the southeastern part of the county from the very first and his election to his present office came as the natural result of a long career of usefulness to his fellow men.


He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 21, 1860, and there attended parochial schools, graduating from Mayer’s Commercial Business College, in his native city, in 1880. For a time he was stenographer for Ludwig & Somers, prominent Milwaukee attorneys, with whom he received considerable legal training. Subsequently, he became an accountant for the Northern Manufacturing Co. at Seymour, Wis. And under the reorganization of that concern, as the Romadka Manufacturing Co. came to York Township in 1883 as accountant and manager.  In Section 24, York Township, a large saw mill and factory was established as one of the largest in the county at that time. With the hamlet of Romadka, Mr. Kintzele’s name has been connected.


After leaving the employ of this company, Mr. Kintzele established relations with various concerns as manager of large logging industries and in the sale of large quantities of wild land.  Gradually, he went into business for himself and became widely known as a real estate agent, timber and fuel dealer and man of more than usual ability. For the past years he has been extensively engaged in shipping fuel from various sidings along the Lynn Branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, handling sometimes as high as 6,000 to 7,000 cords annually.


For many years Mr. Kintzele has taken a special pride in his farm at Romadka. Having previously purchased the place, he moved on to it after his marriage in 1887 and started its development.  At that time, it was a tract of forty acres, with a cleared acre and a small house as its only improvements.  It is now a splendid place of 160 acres of well-cultivated acres, excellently equipped with implements, tools and machinery.  The various farm buildings are of the best and the commodious residence, surrounded by a well-kept lawn and ornamented with flowers and shrubbery is a credit to the township.  It is equipped with modern conveniences, including acetylene plant, heating plant, air pressure water works, telephone and other comforts.


Throughout the county Mr. Kintzele’s activities have been many. As a leader in agriculture, he is treasurer of the Clark County Agricultural Association. Thoroughly interested in the development of his neighborhood, he has been treasurer of the Lynn Mutual Fire Insurance Co. for the past ten years and a stockholder in the Lynn Telephone Co., as well as a stockholder in the Neillsville Canning Co.


In the financial world he has been vice president of the State Bank of Granton since its organization in 1903, a director of the First National Bank of Neillsville, and a stockholder in five other county banks. With these many interests, Mr. Kintzele has nevertheless found time to serve in many public offices. For many years he was town clerk of the Town of York and clerk of his school district. For eight years preceding his election as register of deeds, he was chairman of the town of York, and as such was a member of the county board, serving that body as chairman of the county auditing committee. As a natural result of this distinguished service he was persuaded to run for register of deeds in the fall of 1916, and being elected took office Jan. 1, 1917, now serving with efficiency and popularity.


Mr. Kintzele was married July 27, 1887, in York Township, to Effie E. Allen, born in Dodge County, Wis., Dec. 19, 1863, daughter of Harmon and Harriet Ann (Hallock) Allen. She died Sept. 24, 1912.  Mr. and Mrs. Kintzele were blessed with four children: Frances Magdalene, deceased; John Vernon, Mildred Eunice and Harland Allen.




John P. Kintzele, one of Clark County’s pioneers, who first settled in the Romadka area, of York Center.  He was actively involved in the lumbering industry and manager of a large sawmill factory in that area.  He held many community positions including register of deeds.  He was treasurer of Lynn Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and stockholder in the Lynn Telephone Co. and Neillsville Canning Company as well as holding various banking positions in the area.


January 1948


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bartz, newlyweds, are making their home in Milwaukee following a visit with Neillsville relatives and friends.  They were married December 24 at Waukegan, Ill. The bride is the former Arlene Dux, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dux, Town of Pine Valley.                                                            


A & P Party Food specials; Delicious Flavor, 4 to 8 pound Smoked Picnic Hams, 49’ lb.; Ann Page Salad Dressing, 1 qt. 59’; Thin skinned, juicy Grapefruit 10 lbs. 59’; Juicy Lemons, doz. 51’.


Harold Stabnow, who held the dual role of deputy county clerk and treasurer for the city of Greenwood for the last year, has resigned his treasurer position. The Greenwood city council has appointed E. L. Ketchpaw to fill the unexpired term.


For the first time in four years boys, the shoe is on the other foot and a rather dainty one, at that. The senior girls of Neillsville High School, anxious to start “Leap Year” out auspiciously, have scheduled a formal Leap Year ball for January 24, in the armory.


This time the gals will get butterflies in their stomachs while they are getting up their courage to ask for a date. And you, dear fellows, will have to sit on pins and needles hoping that the right one will give you an invite.


That goes for the royalty, too. The queen of the ball, whoever she may be, will select her own price consort.


Mrs. James West of the Town of Washburn this week started teaching in the lower grades of St. John’s Lutheran School. She is substituting for Miss Gertrude Beierle, who is ill at her home in Milwaukee. Miss Beierle spent much of the holiday vacation period under the physician’s care because of an ailment, which has affected the use of her throat.  Mrs. West is an experienced teacher, having taught in county schools for several years.


John Bremer, principal of the school, has resigned because of ill health.  He will remain, if he can, until a successor can be found, or until the end of the current school year.                            


Never before such a low price for a famous make, New 1948 Admiral Radio-Phonograph Console, model “60” in a Walnut Cabinet without grille, for only $99.95, available at Pederson Electric, at 110 West Fifth Street.


For Income Tax Counsel with Professional Service on all State and Federal Tax Returns, See Harry Wasserberger, First National Bank Building, Neillsville.                                                     


Marriage Licenses:

Doris Zerbel, Neillsville and John K. Kleckner, Neillsville

Agnes Klapatauskas, Thorp and Frank Debevec, Willard                


For Rent: Heated Cottage with bathroom. Available at Roadside Cabin Court, 1 Division and Hewett streets


Village of Loyal news:

The village board of Loyal is discussing tentative plans to become a city.  Under the statutes a community must have a population of 1,000 or more to become a city.  Loyal had a population of 921 at the last census, but the village board may take a special census to determine if the population of Loyal has since reached the 1,000 mark. The main benefit of the change from village to city is a greater number of representatives on the county board.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pieper, Sr., have taken over the management of the Loyal Cafι in Loyal, formerly operated by Harry Plunkett.  Mr. Plunkett plans to go into the restaurant business in another town.


Sherman Olson of Bloomer has taken over the operation of the William J. Meyer’s Barber shop in Loyal.


Dances featuring Lawrence Duchow and his Red Raven Orchestra on Friday, Jan. 30, will be at the Skyway in Wisconsin Rapids, Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Country Ballroom, Marshfield and Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Stevens Point Armory.


Smoke and fire caused damage estimated at $1,500 by the owner when the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Meinholdt on East Fourth Street caught fire Sunday afternoon.


Fire was confined to the basement, but smoke damaged the entire interior finish of the house. The fire started near the furnace.  It burned the floor joist and flooring so badly that a new floor will have to be laid, Mr. Meinholdt said.


The fire started while members of the family were absent.  Mrs. Meinholdt checked the basement before leaving about noon. David Parry found the house full of smoke when he entered about 3 p.m.  The fire apparently had been smoldering for some time.


The volunteer fire department extinguished the blaze with the use of chemicals.


Louis Wojtkiewicz is the first farmer in the Town of Withee to produce Grade A milk. He started October 28.  The first step in preparing for this quality was the construction of a milk house according to approved specifications.


Mr. Wojtkiewicz is satisfied that it will pay him to produce milk of this quality.  His first check showed a premium of 60 cents and he anticipates an average premium over Grade B of 35 cents or more per hundred, on a 3.5 basis.


The first meeting of the newly appointed Clark County Park commission will be held in the courthouse Friday at 10 a.m., according to work from County Clerk Mike Krultz, Jr.   


Members of the commission are: Joe Plautz, Willard; Otto Hiller, Thorp; Elroy Broeske, Dorchester; H. R. Baird, Greenwood; Otto Lewerenz, Neillsville; Paul Stasek, Owen; and Lowell Schultz, Spencer.


A total of $304 was collected through county schools during the enrollment period of the Junior Red Cross, according to a bulletin, which went out this week to teachers of Clark County.  Collections brought the junior fund in the county to $737.84, Russell Drake, county school superintendent, reported.         


Moose Lodge Card Party, Feb. 3 at the American Legion Hall in Neillsville; Cost is 35’ per person and lunch served.


The following transfers of real estate in Clark County were recorded last3 week in the office of the county register of deeds: Eldred W. Schraufnagel has purchased from Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Amacher of Abbotsford lot five, block 2, Abbotsford. The deed carries the stipulation that no building of less than $5,000 value may be built on the property. Federal stamps, 55 cents.


Mr. and Mrs. Roger Woodkey have purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Weister property in section 1, Town of York. The deed was dated December 15.


Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bauer have sold to Mr. and Mrs. Harland Reigel property in section 36, Town of Loyal. The deed was dated January 12. Revenue stamps $4.40.       


Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Delos of Route 1, Curtiss, have purchased from the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul Property located in section 26, Town of Hoard, for $3,200.


Ellen Valtonis has sold to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wiedrecht property located in section 36, Town of Mayville. The deed was dated January 13.  Revenue stamps $7.70.


Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kurasz have sold to Andrew Kurasz their property in section 27, Town of Levis, and have reserved a life estate for themselves and their son, Victor, on the property.


Margaret Davison has sold to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Flynn property in section 26, Town of Levis, for $650.


When Clark County was first organized, more than 90 years ago, its credit was not good.  For all claims county orders were issued and those orders were a common medium of exchange. They were usually discounted from 25 to 50 percent.


For the past few years, Clark County has enjoyed good reputation and good credit.  It does not follow, however, that this will continue automatically. A foolish move could put them behind and bring on heavy taxes, as has happened in a neighboring county.


In financial matters there is no substitute for thrift, industry and good judgment.


An extension course in the history of Wisconsin will be offered to teachers in this area, with the first class to be held in the Neillsville High School, according to Russell C. Drake, county school superintendent. The course will carry credit of three semester hours. Mr. Drake expresses the hope that at least 20 teachers will attend.


Results in the 3-C Basketball Conference last week were: Greenwood, 48, Spencer, 30; Loyal, 57, Unity, 26; Granton, 31, Colby, 17; Rib Lake, 33, Medford, 18; and Abbotsford, 37, Dorchester, 33.





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