Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin
March 20, 2013, Page 17
Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"
Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.
of "Oldies" Articles
Compiled by Dee Zimmerman
Clark County News
Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI
March 20, 2013, Page 17
The Good Old Days
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Clark County News
If you want superior laundry work
done, let us send it to the Winona Steam Laundry for you. Basket sent every
Wednesday and returns Saturday morning. Leave orders at the barber shop or call
Phone 103 and your laundry will be collected and delivered. R.
Neillsville Bock beer, brewed from
the finest hops and malt money can buy, and stored six months in ice-cold
cellars, now ready in bottles. 24 bottles for $1.25
Bargains at The Big Store: 13 lb.
pails of Jelly 60’; 5 lb. stone jar of Preserves, 38’; 20 lbs. Granulated Sugar
$1.00; 25 lbs. Cane Sugar, for cakes
The Granton Basketball team went to
Neillsville Saturday to have their pictures taken. If the pictures prove to be
as good as they play, they will be all
The Shortville farmers have
purchased the Lange Creamery and skimming station at Shortville, paying $1,450
for both and will operate them this summer. On Oct. 1st the creamery will be
moved to the present site of the skimming station near Galbreaths store. The
farmers are putting up ice for the creamery. They expect to begin making butter
It will be of interest to the public
to know that he La Crosse Water Power Company intends to Park the entire shore
line about the newly created lake at Hatfield. The length of waterfront
following the various indentations, bays and coves measures over 20 miles, all
high shore, with many beautiful groves of pine and oak.
A fine continuous driveway is
planned around the lake, crossing the river at Hatfield and again below Dells
Dam. Brush and scrubby timber will be removed and the entire tract, comprising
about 1,000 acres, will be further beautified under the direction of a competent
Lots of acreage properties, with
shore rights, will then be offered to the public at very reasonable prices,
subject only to regulations regarding the care and preservation of the standing
timber and park features.
N. C. Foster of Fairchild is in
Chicago conferring with capitalists regarding the establishment of a denatured
alcohol plant in his section. If one is established, chances are that it will
be located in some small town around Fairchild.
Fairchild & Northeastern Railroad
Co. is erecting a new $7,500 steel bridge over Popple River at Owen.
Monday night, Night Policeman James
Wedding commenced his duties, the system of boxes having been installed during
the day. Wedding goes on duty at 7 oclock, patrolling the business portion of
the city until 11:30. At this time he starts on his rounds of the city. His
route starts at the city hall, thence past Trogners mill and the following
points: Tragsdorf & Zimmermans store, G. C. Youmans residence, court house,
ONeill House, Gust Andersons corner, Pete Gadens corner, depot, North Side
School, Tourigneys Warehouse and then to the Merchants Hotel corner. This
round he is supposed to make three times each night.
Twelve boxes have been put up.
Wedding carries with him a clock with 12 keyholes. Each of the twelve boxes
contains a key, which fits in a particular key home, and one turn on the key
automatically registers on a slip of paper the time each box was visited. Each
day the city clerk opens the clock and renews the registry paper. Sixteen boxes
were purchased by the city, so that four more can be installed if occasion
Among the show places of the town
are the farms of M. C. Ring, late expert politician, and the Youmans Farm
Mr. Rings place is about two miles
from the city and he has made it a specialty to breed and rear Shetland ponies,
Red-polled cattle and Hampshire Down sheep.
The Youmans farm is equipped with a
creamery of its own. There are a number of other large farms. The peculiarity
of these farms is that, although they are both known as fancy farms they are
making money for their proprietors.
It has been said that the difference
between a farmer and an agriculturist is that a farmer makes his money on the
farm and spends it in town, while the agriculturist makes his money in town and
spends it on the farm. If this definition is strictly applied, both M. C. Ring
and G. C. Youmans must be classed as farmers, but they live in town and their
farms look like those usually owned and operated by
It is reported that Mr. and Mrs.
Cornelius will return from Boston in a short time.
As being reported this third week in
March that the sugar bushes are being opened up and sap is running lively. It
is said that Homer Downer at Granton has 900 trees tapped already. William
Wilson, north of the city, also has a large number of trees
The Day Creamery Co. in the Town of
Levis, paid 32.23 cents for butter fat for February; an independent creamery
paid 28’. Some
The milliners at The Big Store are
as busy as can be to have the largest and newest ladies hats for their
opening. The hat patterns were all taken from the best of imported hats.
Over 60 families in Clark, Wood,
Marathon and Jackson counties have entered into lease purchase contracts with
the United States government for good farms in the better farming areas of these
(After the 1927 economic crash,
many farms were abandoned and not paid for, becoming government property. DZ)
The Marathon County Fish & Game club
has ordered 100 cottontail rabbits in Greenburg, Kan., for delivery at Wausau
about March 1. The rabbits will be released in various parts of the county.
Neillsville automobile dealers are
cooperating in making National Used Car Week a success by offering many
excellent bargains in rebuilt cars at attractive prices. Seif & Byse, Welsh
Chevrolet Co., and Fred Stelloh are among those dealers.
Nearly 10,000 catalogues, weighing 3
½ pounds each, were distributed in Clark County this week, making a total of
over 30,000 pounds or better than 15 tons. Sears-Roebuck distributed theirs by
trucks at local post offices, from where they went out by mail, while Montgomery
Ward had a crew of men who made house-to-house deliveries. The cost of this
advertising to the two catalog houses was over $10,000. They also use large
advertising spaces in papers where they have stores.
This will be the last year of the
teachers training course at the Neillsville High School. City Supt. D. E.
Peters announced at the parent-Teachers meeting the evening of March 2. He said
all teachers training courses in high schools are being dropped as a result of
action taken by the state superintendent. It is possible that the county normal
schools may also be abolished, leaving training almost entirely to the state
teachers training colleges.
Henry Naedler has on display at the
Standard Parts and supply company office and showroom a fine large collection of
Indian relics, which he has assembled over a long period of years. He began
gathering these relics when he was a boy on his fathers farm in Jefferson
County, but most of them we picked up on the Wm. Naedler farm south of
Neillsville. The collection includes a variety of spearheads, arrowheads, Indian
hatchets and tomahawks. The arrowheads are said to have been given shape through
stone being heated to a high temperature, and the sudden application of cold,
which allowed layers of it to be peeled off, the various tribes shaping their
arrowheads differently. Another theory holds that the Indian is not the
originator of these implements, giving as a basis for this opinion the fact that
many arrowheads have been found in countries where no Indians held
Clark County is being over-run by
foxes, which not only kill game birds, but are getting so numerous that they
raid chicken roosts, and down near Humbird Claire Chatten reports they have been
killing geese. Greenwood hunters have killed quiet (quite) a number lately, but
the hides are not worth much. Many think there should be a bounty.
Rev. Peter Weber, who has served as
pastor of St. Marys Catholic Church in Neillsville for nearly 24 years,
submitted his resignation to Bishop A. J. McGavick of La Crosse, effective as of
March 25, 1938. This step was taken because of continued ill health. Father
Weber was popular not only with members of his own church but those of other
faiths in the community, many whom had visited him in recent months and hoped
his health might improve.
The new Catholic Church here was
built in 1924 during the pastorate of Fr. Weber. Several years ago his health
began to fail and, although somewhat improved last fall, the heart ailment
became more serious again recently, and he went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau
Claire where he is presently. Before coming to Neillsville he had served as
pastor of the Catholic Church in
The last dray horses have passed out
of the picture in Neillsville, with the team disposed of by A. Hauge and Son,
The Wisconsin legislature at its
last session passed a law, which makes it illegal to throw burning cigarettes,
cigars or matches from moving automobiles and also prohibits smoking in an auto,
which is not equipped with an ash tray or a receptacle for the receiving of
ashes. Other states could well follow that movement. The educational program
relative to prevention of forest fires has certainly achieved great
Orders came through from Washington
for the abandonment of eight more CCC camps in Wisconsin as part of a closing up
of 291 camps in the United States to bring expenses within the budget allowed.
This will leave about 1,200 camps in the United States still operating. The new
order involves the dismissal of about 3,000 camp officers and civilian
Camps, which will be closed in
Wisconsin are those located in Independence, Tomahawk, Hayward, Laona, Phelps,
Grandview, Minocqua and Mount Horeb. It will be recalled that the CCC camp in
Globe was closed a short time ago, crippling forest fire protection in Eau
Claire and Clark Counties.
Mr. A. C. Wagner is planning on
opening a new and larger restaurant in the former Balch building on Hewett
Street north of his present location.
Blueprints have been drawn for a
dining room on the east side, 23 by 43, kitchen in the middle of the building
and tap room at the west end with side entrance where plate lunches would be
served also. Mr. Wagner, his wife, three sons and daughter have been
successfully operating their present restaurant for a number of years.
There is a big difference between
the demands made for services on the part of the city today as compared to the
horse-and-buggy days; Alderman C. B. Dresden informed us. These all cost money,
and just where to draw the line is a matter that calls for tact and careful
consideration. If people want less spent on street cleaning, lighting, snow
removal, policing, poor relief, old-age pensions, workmens compensation,
unemployment insurance, library, park and other items, then taxes might be
Mr. Dresden recalled in the old days
the city had one policeman, who also was street commissioner and looked after
the opera house.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Felser have begun
remodeling their home on the corner of West and West Fourth Streets. Mr.
Felser, who is employed with H. P. Ghent, built a porch at the Ghent shop and
with the assistance of relatives and friends; he added it to the east end of his
house Sunday. Other improvements will follow.
A crew of men from the Humbird
section has been traveling by truck to Hay Creek, north of Tioga, where they are
brushing 20 acres of land, which will be flooded by the new lake to be created
by a dam that will be constructed at that point. (The preparations were
being made for Rock Dam Lake. DZ)
Ruggles, the pal of a dozen boys on
South Hewett Street and one of the friendliest and happiest dogs in town, was
killed by a car Monday. Ruggles would run and play with the boys, take part in
their games, run after sticks or balls and was a general favorite. The boys feel
they have lost a real friend and mourn his loss.
Several Dane County farmers,
unwilling to scrap their old family cars merely because they became outmoded,
are converting them into useful pieces of farm machinery. By taking out the car
engine for the power unit and combining it with a used truck transmission, a
considerable number of the farmers are reported to have made farm tractors at a
very small cost. Such tractors, they find, are suitable for doing such work as
plowing, disking, harrowing, and for pulling grain binders and
The Lakeshire Cheese Company plant
in Loyal will cease to take in milk after March 31, 1938, according to notices
given patrons and drivers last week.
No official announcement has been
made by Lakeshire officials up to this time, as to their future plans for the
The Lakeshire plant there is one of
the largest in the state. It is reported that because the plant is not
receiving enough milk, it is the reason for the action taken by the Lakeshire
The business section of Neillsville
was given the first thorough street cleaning of the spring season during the
A crew of men with shovels and
brooms cleaned up the sand put on ice last winter along with other filth, which
was gathered up and hauled away. The high winds of the past week caused quite a
lot of dust to be blown about, making the cleanup advisable.
With batten board
siding, this was the logging camp home of Harrison Sterns, his wife,
child and mother-in-law. Sterns was one of several relatives
employed in N. C. Fosters operations. The accommodations were at a
camp north of Fairchild in the 1880s, now Town of Foster. N. C.
Foster Enterprises was instrumental in the economic growth of the
Fairchild area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Foster founded
and owned a railroad, which branched out different directions from
Fairchild. Clark Countys towns of Foster were named after N. C.
Foster, as he bought government land in that area to log off,
transporting logs out by rail to his saw mill and for distribution
out of the area. One railroad line ran northeast of Fairchild, with
loading platforms at mentor, Tioga, Gorman, Willard, Owego,
Greenwood, Shilling, Coxie, Bright and Owen, where it ended.