Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 20, 2013, Page 17

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 February 1908


A very fine boys’ cabin in Maple Glen burned to the ground Sunday evening, caused by a defective stovepipe.  No insurance.  All the household goods were lost and the fire leaves Robbie Lee, Ray Fisher, Carl Schwentkofske, Cyril Shew, Lawrence and Leo Lippert and Donald and Wendell Crothers practically homeless.


The creamery in the Town of Grant known as the Hyslop Creamery is soon to be operated by the stockholders in the vicinity. For a number of years the creamery has been leased to W. G. Hyslop of Blair and operated most of the time by his brother, James Hyslop, who now wishes to take a layoff, having worked very steadily in the business for many years.  The Hyslops have been good men for the county, fair and honest, and well up in their line of business.  The people in that locality are now taking hold of the business vigorously to run it in a cooperative way. They will make public statements and show up by reports just how and what the factory does.


It is reported that Vint Lee, son of T. E. Lee of Fremont will probably take charge of the butter making.


The City of Neillsville will pay the following: for No. 1, body maple, not less than 4 inches in diameter, and straight, 4 ft. $4 per cord; mixed 4 ft. wood (except basswood and elm) $3 per cord. Cobblestone, to weigh 13,000 lbs. per cord, $2.50; W. A. Campman, Deputy Clerk                                                           


German Homemade Sauerkraut, only 5 cents a quart at Tragsdorf Zimmerman & Co. It isn’t factory-made.


John Hartung, who owns the old Sturdevant farm, three miles south of the city, is planning to enlarge his barn so that it will be one hundred feet long with a basement under the whole structure.  He is now getting the material needed for it.


Paul Schultz and Lute Garfield came home from Dave Wood’s logging camp to visit their families who live in the Sidney area.                                                                                                          


Mr. Charles Sherman, Jr., and Miss Josephine Wasserburger were married at Minneapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 11.  They were driven over to Merrillan Monday night, taking the train from there.  They came back to Neillsville Friday, remaining until Monday, when they returned to Minneapolis, where it is reported they will run a restaurant.


Emery Bruley is planning to put a stock of clothing into his store next to the post office. The Clothing business is Emery’s old trade and he knows it from A to Z.                                                      


H. W. Kirby was in Marshfield last week and while talking with the florist there, that gentleman remarked that there must be a good many wealthy people in Neillsville. Mr. Kirby asked him his reason for thinking so, and he said that he sold a good many flowers here.  That is a compliment for Neillsville; anyway you take it unless it is that we ought to be supporting a florist right here.                                                          


Last Monday Globe post office was discontinued and Neillsville Rural Route No. 3 was extended west so as to take in a number of patrons who formerly received mail at Globe.                 


The G. A. R. and W. R. C. have recently contracted for a monument to be erected on their lot in the Neillsville Cemetery.  It is to be twelve feet in height, the figure on top being 5 feet 6 inches.  It is to be completed by May 25, in time for Decoration Day, and is to cost about $500.                                              


Max Lange, who made a trip to Hatfield Friday, states that he learned on good authority that Dells Dam is to be rebuilt next summer.  A timber dam will be put in and it is expected that about one hundred men will be put to work there early in the spring.                                                                                                       


Jesse Lowe came nearly “going over the road” last Friday. The Presbyterian minister from Veefkind, who is a friend of Mr. Lowe’s, went down to Waukesha last week to be married. Friday, he and his bride were going through Neillsville on the train.  Jesse, knowing that fact got on the train to shower them with rice and was so intent on the fun, the train started off with him on it.  By some rebate arrangement with Conductor Maxwell the train was stopped at the crossing where Mr. Lowe was released.                                                                            


Maj. Hommel’s kinetoscope and electric theater is now nearly ready to go into business.  W. F. Neff is to have charge of it, a line of work for which his is very competent.                                                                        


Last week Wednesday, Feb. 19, Sylvester Loy, proprietor of the ginseng farm up along the Black River, became forty-eight years old. Nick Blau got onto the fact and passed the word around among the neighbors to drop in on Mr. and Mrs. Loy that evening for a surprise party.  However, the Loys got something of an inkling of what was going on and were not as badly surprised as they might have been. At any rate, the table was extended so as to take care of the thirty guests who came in.  There was fun enough to last all night; a midnight supper was served and later breakfast for all who stayed to see the party through.                                                                                            


County school superintendent A. O. Rhea has furnished the sheriff with a list of names of children in the various school districts of Clark County who are not attending school.  Under a new law passed at the last session of the legislature, parents or guardians of children from the ages of 7 to 14 years are subject to a heavy fine or imprisonment for neglecting to send children to school regularly for at least six months during each year. Each deputy sheriff is a truant officer and over 200 cases of neglect in this particular case have been listed in the county.


February 1943


Rationing of canned fruits and vegetables under the point rationing system will start March 1, the OPA has announced. 

The announcement set three dates of importance to every family in Clark County and the nation in the inauguration of the program:


February 20 to March 1, when merchants’ stocks of canned goods will be frozen; February 22 to 27, when registration for ration book No. 2, the point rationing book, will be conducted in the school houses of Clark County; March 1, when sales of canned fruits and vegetables will be resumed under point rationing.


The OPA order also applies to frozen fruits and vegetables and dried fruits.


Ration books in Clark County have gone to the dogs. Yes, and the mice, too.


It was the “A” gasoline book of Frank Lesar, Willard rural mail carrier that went to the dogs. When Mr. Lesar found it his pet dog had a piece of coupon dangling from his lip and the other pieces scattered about him. The pieces were scooped up and turned in to the local war price and rationing board for a new rationing book.


Mice, of course, like sugar. And when they get hard up enough, they will even go for sugar coupons. That is the experience of the Elmer Garbisch family, near Granton. The family had received a certificate for 40 pounds of canning sugar. The mice got hold of it and; well, the “remains” are thus labeled in a folded piece of paper on file at the local war price and ration board.


The most common among the methods of ration book mutilation, however, is running them through the washing machine with the clothes.  The ration board’s files contain a growing exhibit of well-washed sugar books.


The Riverside Pavilion, located on the west bank of Black River in the Town of Levis, has collapsed.  It went down last Saturday, because of the weight of snow on the roof. The roof supports consisted of poplar poles, and they just weren’t strong enough, after 32 years of work, to hold up against this present sample of Wisconsin winter.


The Riverside Pavilion was built by Frank Luck 32 years ago.  It had been the scene of 31 celebrations of the Fourth of July. Celebrations took place there every Fourth except the Fourth of 1942.  The building had not been used at all in 1942.  Previously it had been used as a dance hall. The dance floor was 70 by 90 feet. The building was of light frame construction.  It was still owned by Mr. Luck, who is now a resident of the Town of York.


John Resong has purchased the Halle Horswill house on North Hewett Street.  He and his family plan to take possession about April 1.                                                                                    


Enthusiastic support for the Neillsville Country club, with the maintenance of the golf course, was voiced Monday evening at the annual meeting, held in the Kiwanis room of the Neillsville Bank.  The decision was to proceed with a program of promotion of membership, and under no circumstances to allow the course to become a casualty of the War.


The meeting was attended by about 50 golfing enthusiasts, not all of them stockholders. They had rallied to the invitation from the president, William Campman, who, in announcing the meeting, had raised the questions definitely whether the course should be maintained now during the War.  In this statement Mr. Campman pointed out that the club had acquired, at small cost, a course, which had been built at great expense. The best estimate obtainable of the cost of the course in not less than $15,000 and Mr. Campman pointed out that failure to maintain the course for a single year would mean a terrible setback and perhaps even its abandonment.


But other than abandonment was in the minds of those who had rallied to the call. For instance, Kurt Listeman spoke earnestly for the maintenance of the course and made detailed suggestions for economies.  R.E. Schmedel also made an optimistic talk, in which he told of the progress made and of the excellent prospects.


One of the surprises of the meeting was that several persons volunteered to work on committees and there was an emphasis upon a drive for getting playing members.


The club will enter the next playing year in the best financial condition of its history.  It is without debt, has considerable equipment and owns one of the finest courses in central Wisconsin. With this background it was left for the directors to take the lead in an aggressive campaign for memberships and for play.


The board of directors, as elected at this meeting consists of George Zimmerman, Otto Zaeske, Ray Munger, Frank Hepburn and William Campman.                                                          


For Sale: Cloverleaf Cheese Factory and equipment. Equipment like new.  Will sell together or separate; Located 3 miles west and three miles south of Greenwood. See Louis Arch, Rt. 3 Greenwood


The Hamilton Hotel property on Seventh Street in Neillsville now unoccupied has passed into receivership, with Charles Setzkorn of Marshfield acting as receiver.  He was appointed at the request of the Home Owners Loan Corporation, which took judgment Tuesday in Circuit Court.


The amount of the claim against the property, principal, interest and fees, is $3,853.40.


While seated comfortably at his fireside Monday morning, Feb. 15th the thermometer hovering around 12 below zero outside, George Frantz remembered that it was on the 15th day of February, 45 years ago, that a crew of men finished the last of the logging in Jack Parrett’s camp on the East Fork, below Tremont Dam.


Among the members of the crew were: Mr. Frantz, Will Stevens, Louie Cornest, Frank Ayers, Ed Northup and others, whose names Mr. Frantz could not at the moment recall.


The crew broke camp on the 16th, bringing sleighs, through slush and mud, to the farm now owned by R. M. Horswill, east of Neillsville.  They followed a logging trail through the woods until they reached Cannonville, taking the main road from there for the balance of the trip.                                                         


Marcia Lou Gates, grandniece of Ed Gates of Neillsville and granddaughter of the late James L. Gates, is a prisoner of War of the Japanese. She was captured when the Philippines fell, but the news came only recently to her father, Harrison M. Gates, Janesville, who is well known here.  Marcia Lou was a nurse on Bataan and Corregidor, and was captured when they fell.


The story of what happened to Miss Gates was known only by inference, until the war department gave official notice of her capture. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Gates have had word from more than one of her companions at Bataan.  Eight of these, nurses like Miss Gates, were to be evacuated from Corregidor while there was yet opportunity, and those who were to remain sent word through them to parents and friends.                      


The church building at Columbia has been sold to Jacob Schmidt of Neillsville and is being razed by him.  No church services have been held in it for about two years. The building was old and badly in need of repairs. The building originally belonged to the Baptists, but other denominations have held services in it from time to time.


The Forestside Homemakers’ club held a very interesting meeting at the Harland Meissner home Wednesday.  Feather stripping and sewing machine cleaning kept the ladies busy. The time of the meeting was changed to the last Thursday in each month. The next meeting will be held at the Harold Montag home February 25.


The Boy Scouts are going to do something about the shortage of clothes hangers!  A drive is planned and house-to-house canvass will be made.


Boy Scout Hanger Drive!  Saturday, February 20th


Proceeds to go to the Scout Organization! Have your hangers ready for the Scouts!  They have made arrangements to resell these hangers and the proceeds will be used for the scout organization.


Planning of a new Spring Valley on a site that won’t be flooded out every six months has “passed beyond the wishful thinking stage into the work thinking stage,” according to the Spring Valley Sun newspaper.  “Workable plans” are being completed by the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce.



The above photo was taken circa 1920 of the Dells Dam, which was a major dam used during the time pine logs were sent down the Black River.

Due to the volume of water after a great amount of rainfall, the dam was destroyed twice during its existence. (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts)




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