Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI, March 6, 2013, Page 6


Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 6, 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


March 1918


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 work.


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 printed.)


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 grounds.                                                                                                      


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 one.                   


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 O’Neill 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 matron.


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 prime importance.


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 Co                       


Otto Grenke, who has recently sold his cheese factory in the Town of York, has now purchased half interest in August Lautenbach’s hardware store in Granton.                                                    


At present potatoes are selling at 25 cents per bushel.  Now where is that “dollar-a-bushel man,” you can’t find him anywhere.                                                                                                   


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 that line.


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 being received.


Word is that Herman Dahl has traded his West Levis farm for a smaller place near Marshfield.


March 1953


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 ranch.


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 station.    


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 Cooperative.                                           


A farewell party will be held following the Lenten service in the basement of Our Saviour’s 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 Free!                                                                               


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 Stainer’s “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 Stelloh’s 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. Stelloh’s 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 distance.


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.  “What’s going on?” he asked.


“That’s what we’d like to know,” said the man in blue.  “We’ve 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 it.



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.





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