Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 27, 2013, Page 6

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1883


Shortville News: Canon Bros. are engaged in cutting a road down to the G. B. W. & St. P. railroad, some nine miles south of their place, to draw shingles for shipment over that road.


Water at the saw mill has given out, causing the stoppage of the boilers, and work around the mill is suspended for a while.


The temperature here, the beginning of February, was 42 degrees below zero last Sunday and has stayed at 40 below all week.


Nothing of any consequence is going on in this place at present; everybody is too frozen to make a stir for better or for worse.


Town of Lynn News: Frozen noses and ears were the order of the day this week, in fact there has been little log hauling done owing to the extreme cold weather.


Dorchester News: The lumbermen of this area are having a hard time logging, with the snow being over three feet deep in the woods, along with the weather being very cold. The winter is much like that of 1873.


The public always likes to hear of new enterprises and especially at Neillsville.  It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce that Messrs. M. E. Hamlin and Sanford Coggins have formed a partnership for the purpose of opening and carrying on a furniture and cabinet making business. They have rented the brick store on Third Street, owned by Ring & Youmans and will in a short time put in a stock of the best line of goods for this market. Both gentlemen are fine workmen.  Considerable alterations will be made in the store to accommodate them, and now, look out for the sign of the big red chair.                                                                                                                


Twenty-two citizens of Neillsville have applied for a dispensation to establish a lodge of Knights of Pythias here.


Within certain limits secret societies are a good thing.  They are intended to do and accomplish much good. But, like all things, they can be made an evil by overdoing and perversion from the original purpose, just as any good thing can be abused.  Neillsville has a population of say 1,200 and although incorporated as a city, is in size only a small village. The secret societies existing here at present area as follows:


Neillsville Lodge no. 178, Independent Order of Templars, meets once a week.


Neillsville Lodge No. 198, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, meets once a week.


Neillsville encampment No. 44, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, meets twice a month.


Diamond Lodge No. 64, Daughters of Rebekah, meets twice a month.


Black River Lodge no. 32, Ancient order of United Workmen, meets once a week.


Neillsville Lodge No. 163, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, meets twice a month.


Royal Arcanum, meets twice a month.


Order of the Sons of Hermann meets once a week.


Ivanhoe legion No. 3, Select Knights, meets twice a month.


Charles G. Bacon Post, Grand Army of the Republic, meets twice a month.


This gives a total of twenty-eight evenings each month, counting four weeks of the month, besides special installation meetings, and the addition of a Lodge of Knights of Pythias, which will certainly meet twice a month if not weekly, swells the lodge meeting nights to thirty, or one for every night in the year, not excepting Sundays or holidays.


We wish the reader to think of this. Does not this strong tendency to form secret societies loosen social ties, which are more sacred?  Does it not make home a mere boarding and lodging place, and exalt the society hall into a real home?  Is there no danger of forming too many societies?


(The lodges listed above have disappeared from Neillsville, in the change of eras. DZ)


An occasional silk hat, “plug,” is to be seen about town. If, as the report goes, knee-breeches and hose are to be revived, and the braded queue, “what a world this world will be.”               


European Restaurant opposite the Clark County Bank, Neillsville, Wisconsin - Finnigan & Burge, proprietors. Dealers in Fruits and Confectionery.  Warm Meals at all Hours!  Oysters by the can or dish!


The consolidation of the firms of C. M. Upham & Bros., the Marshfield Furniture Co., and the Marshfield Veneer Co., under the incorporated title of the Upham Manufacturing Co., is now accomplished and a full set of officers elected, as follows: Directors, C. M. Upham, W. H. Upham and M. H. Wheeler; President, W. H. Upham; Secretary, M. H. Wheeler; Treasurer, W. B. Baker.                                                                          


Quite a singular display of mixed spring and winter weather took place last Thursday night, Feb. 15, consisting of a loud and brilliant supply of thunder and lightning, and a drenching rainstorm, with so much snow on the ground.



February 1938


Many entries have already come in for the dog derby and wood-choppers’ and sawing contests in Neillsville, Saturday, February 5, and more are coming in daily.                                          


A fire that burned the interior and roof of the two-story Lawson building at Granton Thursday afternoon caused a loss of $4,000 or more and resulted in the injury of two Granton firemen. Chief Louis Spry suffered very painful injuries to both legs and other bruises when he fell about ten feet from a building while fighting the fire, but he stayed on the job to help direct the work. Carl Bladl was overcome by smoke after entering the St. Dennis flat to recover some jewelry that belonged to Mrs. St. Dennis, but managed to make his way out.


The Neillsville fire department responded to a call to help fight the fire, which was one of the biggest in years at Granton. The Granton and Neillsville firemen got most of their water out of the historic big spring near the Omaha railroad tracks, which resulted in the first depot being built there when the railroad looked for ample water supply.


The fire is believed to have originated from an overheated stove or pipe in the flat occupied by Ray Hoeft, who buys eggs and butter for a Manitowoc firm.  About a dozen cases of eggs and quite a number of crates, stored in the wooden annex, burned up. Timely work by the firemen kept the fire from spreading to the Paul Spaete grocery and meat market, which were only a few feet away.


The fixtures and stock of “Shorty” St. Dennis, who operated a tavern in the two story part of the building, was moved to safety as were most of his household goods located in the upstairs flat.  Fire and smoke caused a loss, which was partially insured. “Shorty” was able to move back into the building again Friday and resume business.


There were nine bidders on the Black River Bridge job on County Trunk G out of Greenwood. The Eau Claire Engineering Co. of Eau Claire had the low bid of $45,742.38.  It is planned to build this bridge during the summer of 1938.


The B & F Machine Shop completed and delivered to Herman Hediger Tuesday a fine new 12’ x 8’ steel refrigerator type truck body for hauling cream and butter.  It is well insulated, streamlined style, built for long trips, and outstanding feature of this truck body being its light weight and strong construction.       


Otto Lewerenz informed us this week that he will remodel the former Lewerenz garage and convert it into an up-to-date restaurant and ice cream store.  He also stated that his former super-service station will then be operated hereafter as the Neillsville Standard Service, and he will look after business until a new manager takes charge. The corner building and station, he says, have been taken over by the Commercial Acceptance Company.


Marriage Licenses:

Orville Turner, Town of York, and Jean Sellers, Neillsville; Gerhardt Scheel, Loyal and Ora Stowe, Town of Beaver


A newspaper item brought to Mrs. Julia Sward of Stevens Point the knowledge that she was the only heir to the estate of her rich brother, Charles Wheelock, who died in British Columbia and left a large ranch and other rich holdings.  Mrs. Sward last heard from her brother 26 years ago.                               


The Greenwood Gleaner states the Badger State Credit Co. organized a year ago has 300 borrowers.  Loans are made at 5 percent on personal property with the privilege of monthly payments.  Palmer Vinger is secretary-treas., Joyce Gaylord assistant, and Miss Eva Essex of Loyal is the stenographer.            


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons, Special - U. S. No. 1, New York Baldwin Apples, $1 per bushel; Dairy Queen flour, 49 lbs. $1.75, purchaser will receive a Silver Knife, Fork or Spoon with Each Sack Bought.


A ranger station will be built by the Clark County Forestry Department at the northeast corner of the courthouse lot, facing Sixth Street with construction to begin immediately.


It will be a frame building, 24 by 30, with partial basement and will house an office, a garage and storage room. A fine fireplace will be built of Clark County fieldstone.


The O & N Lumber co. had low bid on the material and Art Carl the bid on construction work.


Used Cars for sale at Sharratt & McCann, Rt. 3 Granton: 2 Chevrolet Coaches, Model A Pickup, Pontiac Sedan, Nash Couple, Chevrolet 1 ½ ton truck.  Used cars bought, sold and exchanged.


Hugh Horswill had the honor of being elected a co-captain of the Eau Claire State Teachers’ College football team for the season of 1938. The young man has been keenly interested in athletics, both in high school and college, and well deserves the recognition.  He is a junior at the college and is often referred to as the “iron man” having played every minute of every game last fall.                                                                                            


Three floorshows have been billed at Club 10 for Thursday evening, February 24.  There will be staircase and roller skating dancers, music by Billy Wolgast’s Electric Band and dancing beneath the crystal ball.  Chicken, Chow Mein, Fish, Frog Legs and Sandwiches will be served.                                                         


John Moen and Major Glass have begun the manufacture of sleds at the Moen carpenter shop. The gliders are fashioned after the Eskimo type of sled and sledge and it’s planned to build each style in three sizes. They will be built entirely by hank, light in weight, and durable in construction, the rawhide lacings adding strength, beauty and flexibility.


The sled will carry four persons, three sitting and one standing or may be used as a dog sled.  The merits of the sleds have been proven through actual tryouts, being a combination of toboggan, sled and skis.


No doubt, when Neillsville has its next dog derby, there will be many of these sleds in the show drawn by “huskies” of this community.                                                                                         


A number of sledge-hammer bandits have been busy breaking into places at Marshfield and Pittsville.


Europe was stunned by the virtual grabbing up of Austria by Germany last week, followed by a startling address by Adolf Hitler Sunday, in which he demanded the return  of German colonies, threatened neighboring nations unfriendly to German minorities, recognized Japanese aggression in China and state Germany would take such independent action as deemed necessary.  Independent nations like Czecho-Slovakia considered the latest move by Hitler as threatening their national existence and freedom.  Germany has already lined up most of the Baltic and central European states except Czecho-Slovakia. The virtual swallowing up of Austria completes the “Berlin to Rome axis,” with a territorial sweep from the Adriatic to the Baltic.                                                                              


Fire last Saturday caused a loss at the Sherman Loos machine shop and foundry at Colby estimated at $4,000.  The interior of the building and expensive machinery were badly damaged.         


Ernest and Irene Mabie accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Don Mabie to Chippewa Falls Wednesday, where they attended a banquet given for Fuller Brush Co. employees.


(There must be some Press readers who remember a Fuller Brush salesman occasionally calling at their parent’s home when they were children.  The salesman had a variety of brushes, brooms, cleaning tools, which he would display and demonstrate, hoping for a sale. DZ)                                                         


Electricians of Wisconsin, at a convention held at Madison, adopted a resolution asking the state to light the highways as a means of reducing auto accidents.                                                          


A total of $43,727.67 has been paid on taxes by Saturday, City Treasurer H. L. Albright reports.  This is nearly double what had been paid to Feb. 12, last year, when the total was $25,232.63.


The City Council recently granted an extension in the time of payment of real estate taxes to Feb. 28, but all personal property taxes had to be paid by Jan. 31 to avoid being delinquent. 


February Special! Ladies, Bring a friend to Milady’s Beauty Shoppe, 2 Oil permanents for $5.00.  Phone 188, Neillsville


Rev. and Mrs. Franzmeier of the West Side Church at Greenwood were made happy recently, when the Ladies’ Aid of their congregation arranged a party in honor of their seventh wedding anniversary. A large group of Aid members and relatives of the couple gathered at the schoolhouse for an enjoyable afternoon of games and singing. A fine lunch was served and the participants made up a purse, which they presented to the Franzmeiers.


Bargains - Used Furniture, Stoves & Other items - At the Exchange Store, Joe E. Cardarelle, Proprietor in Neillsville




The above photo was taken along Granton’s Main Street about 1915.  The Hardware Implement store was owned by W. J. Thayer. Adjoining next door was Hart’s Store General Merchandise Store. The hardware store advertised some items displayed on the front sidewalk. Third building isn’t identified.  (Photo courtesy of Ron Webster)









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