Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin
March 6, 2013,
Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"
Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.
of "Oldies" Articles
Compiled by Dee Zimmerman
Clark County News
A well-attended meeting was held
Monday night at the city hall to organize the company for the purpose of
building and operating the cannery in Neillsville. Mr. Bertschy arrived that
day to be of any possible service and will remain here to assist in pushing the
The following list of directors was
elected: Robert Kurth, Gus Krause, Geo. A. Ure, L. Williamson and W. J. Marsh.
It was voted to call an assessment
of 25 percent of stock subscribed at once, the remainder to be called as
required for pushing the building and equipment of the plant. The matter of seed
also will require immediate attention. Parties planning on planting beans or
beets for the factory may confidently depend on having a market.
The directors will have a meeting in
the near future to organize and elect their officers and decide on the site, two
or more suitable ones being open for purchase.
(One week later, this news was
The directors of the new Canning
Company have closed a deal with S. F. Hewett for four lots directly across the
railroad track from the depot, and have commenced to buy material with which to
build. Rock is now being delivered on the
John Wolff, proprietor of the
Central Meat Market, has recently installed a six-horsepower Stove gasoline
engine with line shaft for operating the sausage machine, grind stone and bone
cutter, later to be put in, as well as any other machine he may need to operate
with power. This engine will add greatly to the working capacity of the shop.
These improvements make the sausage kitchen at the Central Market a model
The Sweetland, 320 acre farm in the
Town of Hewett, owned by Chas Cornelius and A. B. Marsh, has been sold to J. C.
Marvin and W. S. Braddock of Mathers.
This farm has an excellent quality
of soil and has been considerably fitted up and improved by Messrs. Cornelius
and Marsh. The new owners expect to put a tenant on the farm, but it is
reported that Mr. Marvin may move here from Mathers.
For Sale - Four room house with good
cistern and good well, also one acre of land. Three minute walk from the
courthouse, $325. Inquire of The Luethe Company.
Friday, March 14, during the heavy
rain, the ice in ONeill Creek went out. It piled up in a big jam in the pond
and the situation looking dangerous, a crew of men was set to work to blast out
the jam with dynamite, which was done successfully.
During the high water last Friday,
the ice and flood took out five of the Tainter gates in the new dam at Black
River Falls. The breaking of a cog prevented the rising of the gates, which
were frozen down.
Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Redmond have been
appointed by the county committee to take charge of the county poor farm in
place of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Thayer who resigned. Mr. Redmond certainly
understands running a farm in the Town of York, where he lived many years, and
all who know his good wife will believe that she will make a kind and efficient
On Monday, L. H. Howard landed in
Neillsville a carload of the famous Krit automobiles. The Krit is a machine
that has been in use long enough and put to the test under all conditions
sufficiently to demonstrate its durability beyond a doubt. Its riding qualities
have been tested out in the same manner and universally admitted to be the best.
Another superior feature of the Krit is its ample power, quality that is of
W. A. Campman has purchased one of
the new cars. The prospects are now that only a limited number of these
automobiles can be secured, as the factory will be rushed in April and May.
One man in Wood County is talking
against silos because his silage spoiled. You cannot get any better stuff out
of a silo than you put into it. It takes brains as well as corn and clover to
fill a silo. Someone said a very cute thing one time. It was this: If you
should look into a looking glass and find that you face is dirty, which would
you do. Smash the glass or wash your face?
If you are raising farm animals,
build a silo then study what to fill it with, how to fill it, how to feed the
silage, how to get a herd worth feeding it to. Supt. Varney in Wood
Otto Grenke, who has recently sold
his cheese factory in the Town of York, has now purchased half interest in
August Lautenbachs hardware store in Granton.
At present potatoes are selling at
25 cents per bushel. Now where is that dollar-a-bushel man, you cant find
Hake Bros., of the Town of Grant,
have ordered a new J. I. Case threshing outfit of the latest style. The
separator is steel. The engine is a modern tractor of 40-horsepower and can be
used for running a road grader or any place where a tractor is needed. They
will be in the field this fall for threshing jobs, filling silos and all work in
A representative of Libby, McNeill
and Libby, of Chicago, has been in Greenwood the past week securing acreage for
cucumbers for the salting station. Numerous contracts for cauliflower are also
Word is that Herman Dahl has traded
his West Levis farm for a smaller place near Marshfield.
Patrons of Neillsville Milk Products
Cooperative are receiving notice of a meeting to be held at 2 p.m. March 12, at
the American Legion Hall, Neillsville. The purpose is to learn more about
paying for milk on a Solids Not Fat basis. The speaker will be Earl Wright,
former county agent here.
There will be a full explanation of
the proposed method of payment, which will take solids into account, as well as
fat. The meeting, though held especially for patrons of Milk Products, is open
to all interested.
This session is informal, and will
not lead to a decision. As to whether the new plan will be adopted by the Milk
Products their decision will be reached later, if the patrons desire to bring it
to an issue. The patrons themselves will decide.
The Robert Quinnells are back at
their mink ranch in the Town of Pine Valley. They returned last Friday, having
cut short their stay in Florida.
The Quinnells had entered into a
contract on Jan. 7, 1952, for the sale of their ranch and were moving in the
direction of establishing themselves in Florida. After a summer visit in
Neillsville, they had gone south in the fall. But the sale arrangement fell
through and the Quinnells are back in possession and in active management of the
Four sets of twins, eight all told,
will occupy the Louis Hagedorn home on Neillsville Route 3 when Mrs. Hagedorn
leaves the hospital with the last additions to the family. The fourth set of
twins was born at 10 a.m. March 17 in the Neillsville Hospital. They are a boy
and a girl.
Mr. Hagedorn says that the house is
plenty big, and that it will not have to be enlarged to accommodate his growing
family. He was not asked about the noise; for that he may be obliged
occasionally to open the doors and the windows.
With the six previous children,
ranging in age from two to six; the Hagedorns have managed all right, according
to Mr. Hagedorn. His wife has gotten along in the house without help. And as
for the time she is in the hospital, the two grandmothers are managing. They
are Mrs. Paul Hagedorn and Mrs. William Oldham.
For the Hagedorns the record is four
sets of twins in six years. The balance is even between boys and girls, four of
each. The first set consisted of girls, the second of boys, the third of a boy
and a girl and the fourth of a boy and a girl.
Clarence Krause, age 26, had been
promoted to the rank of corporal at a forward air base of the First Marine Air
Wing in Korea. He is serving as a wireman with the communications section. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Krause of Neillsville.
Donald B. Weyhmiller and his wife
Dorothy have bought from Leonard J. Kollmansberger and his wife, Margaret, a
parcel of land on the east side of Main Street in Loyal, being 120 feet deep to
the south. The area is part of Assessment lots 68A and 68B. The transaction
includes a pump and an air compressor, together with all machinery, equipment,
furniture and fixtures on the premises. The property is used as a filling
About 100 more subscribes are
necessary for the formation of the Clark County Rural Telephone Association.
Four hundred subscribers are already signed up.
Stanley W. Ihlenfeldt, Clark County
agricultural agent, and William Dallman, manager of the Clark County Electric
Cooperative, are calling a meeting at the Green Grove town hall on Tuesday,
March 17, starting at 1:30 p.m. Farmers in the Town of Green Grove and the
western half of the Town of Colby are urged by them to attend.
An explanation of the plans for the
formation of the association will be made and it is hoped that prospective
members may be signed up. Membership in the association is $10 and the cost of
the phone service will not be over $40. In most instances it will be less,
depending on the length of lines.
The major portion of the money
needed will be borrowed from the government. The association will be set up like
the Clark County Rural Electric
A farewell party will be held
following the Lenten service in the basement of Our Saviours Lutheran Church,
Greenwood, Wednesday evening, March 18, honoring Donald Ellingson, who will
leave March 24 for induction into the armed forces.
Gambles Store March Sale - Clearance
of Dinette sets; table & 4 chairs, Grey, $44.50; Special Dinette table, 36 x
60, with Red & Grey Top, Chrome legs, slightly used, $23.50; Homeguard Paint,
semi-gloss, gallon $3.49; Step Ladders, extra strength, 5-foot $3.98; Dust pans
reg. 25’ - 13’; With purchase of 2 Ovenex Cake tins, 9-inch, each 25’, get 39’
pkg Betty Crocker Cake mix
Ed Faber, district forester, has run
across the name of John G. Clark as one of the old surveyors of Clark County.
Mr Faber has found a log of an original surveyor, with the name of John G. Clark
as surveyor and the date of June 1853, a century ago. Mr. Faber would like to
think that this Clark also has a claim upon giving his name to the county.
That is a new one. The Press has
found that George Rogers Clark is the only man of that name with a valid claim
based upon the explicit records of the time.
The combined choirs of approximately
40 members of the Methodist, Congregational and the Zion Evangelical and
Reformed churches of Neillsville will present John Stainers The Crucifixion
Sunday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Neillsville Armory.
This is the same program that was
presented a year ago at this season of the year, but is more complete, with the
addition of four more choruses. The program will be directed by C. Scott
Hunsberger, with Mrs. Jess W. Scott as accompanist.
Lumber in the Stelloh building at
the corner of Fifth and Grand, Neillsville is celebrating its Centennial by
getting its first rest for 100 years. Workmen were taking the old lumber down
and relieving the strain upon it. If the old boards could have talked back,
they would have expressed their thanks for the relief and would have told a lot
of stories of the old days in Neillsville.
The front portion of the Stelloh
building is being wrecked, and it is that part which has had the long life.
Fred Stelloh bought the property about 37 years ago. The front, or old portion,
had been on that site about 33 years. Prior to that it was a barn; located
according to tradition, at the corner of Fourth and Grand. Its age, to the best
of Stellohs information, is 100 years old.
Mr. Stelloh bought the property from
E. E. Crocker. The front then had a peaked roof and was only partially covered
by metal sheeting. Mr. Stelloh flattened the roof and put on most of the metal.
The front or old, portion was
historically a livery stable, a busy center in the horse and buggy days. It had
been extended westward somewhat before Stelloh bought it. He extended it
further, using lumber from a frame building, which once stood on the present
Schultz site, northeast corner of Hewett and Fifth. Mr. Stellohs information
is that this building was one of the oldest frame buildings of Neillsville.
Only the old portion is now being
wrecked. The back portion will continue in use.
What will be done with the cleared
site? Not yet fully decided, Mr. Stelloh says.
Innocently enough, John R. Bergemann,
county coroner and Walter (Buss) Brown were the center of considerable
excitement in Rochester, Minn., recently.
There with a hearse, they inquired
about the location of a funeral home and were informed it was that building
next to the tavern, two blocks down the street.
It was at night, and they were
expected by the people in the funeral parlor, so they drove to the back door of
the place and sat there in waiting, motor running. Minutes turned into a long,
long time. After a while Buss noticed a policeman looking them over and from a
Then they started to look around.
They noticed cops moving in from all directions, all centering their attention
on the hearse, and all moving in with extreme caution.
Buss stepped out into the below-zero
weather and approached one of the cops. Whats going on? he asked.
Thats what wed like to know,
said the man in blue. Weve had a dozen reports on your car parked in this
alley with the motor running. He continued that headquarters had expected a
job was about to be pulled on the tavern.
The funeral home? Oh, yes, that had
been moved a few weeks ago; but the address in the telephone directory, of
course, had not been changed, nor had the person who directed them, known about
The former Stelloh
Implement and Service Station building, on the northwest corner of
Grand & Fifth, was purchased from E. E. Crocker in 1916. The old
frame building portion on the east side facing Grand Avenue was
nearly 100 years old when Mr. Stelloh decided to take that section
of the building down. That part of the building dated back to
nearly 100 years when it was razed in 1953, having been originally
used for a livery stable and was believed to have been one of the
first frame buildings in Neillsville.