Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin
May 1, 2013, Page 9
Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"
Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.
of "Oldies" Articles
Compiled by Dee Zimmerman
Clark County News
Donald Crothers who has been working
for his uncle J. M. Johnson of Oxford, Wis., for several months past, came home
Tuesday to work on the
A full line of John Deere machinery,
including gasoline engines, will be on hand in April at J. A. Randalls shops.
The Fred Klopf homestead on Sixth
Street in this city will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder on
Saturday, the 5th day of April, 1913, at two oclock in the afternoon. The sale
will take place at the front door of the courthouse. Those who intend to
purchase a home in Neillsville will do well to attend this sale.
During recent years, rowing has been
revolutionized by the advent of the Evinrude.
This is a portable motor that can be
readily carried from place to place and fitted to any size or style of rowboat.
It weighs but fifty pounds and develops 2 H.P. and will drive a boat eight miles
Five leading government agencies
have adopted this modern means of transportation for Light House Service, Coast
Survey and other lines of work.
C. H. Gates has been appointed local
representative for the Manufacturers.
The old Christ Vates farm, two miles
north of Loyal, sold last week for $18,250. It consisted of 158 acres with good
buildings and is in a good state of
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Connor issued
cards this week announcing the marriage of their daughter, Helen Melissa, to
Reverend Melvin Robert Laird. The marriage will take place Wednesday evening,
April 16, 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield. Reception will
be at 403 East Third Street.
The Pleasant Ridge Creamery
cooperated last Thursday to buy and sell all farm produce and fuel at wholesale.
Mr. Herbert Counsell and Miss Maude
Raine were married April 9, 1913 at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Raine, in Pine Valley. Rev. Prescott officiated. Only relatives and
near friends of the parties were present. The bride was attended by Misses Ella
Raine and Nina Counsel, and Claude Raine and Clarion Counsell acted as
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jos. E. Counsell of Pleasant Ridge.
The young couple has rented the
Julius Benedict farm in Town of Grant and will begin housekeeping there.
For Sale - single comb brown leghorn
eggs for hatching, 50 cents for 13 or $1.25 for three settings. Also a few
Pekin ducks, Embeden white geese and bronze turkey eggs. See Mrs. Geo Bandelow
Mrs. J. Enhelder, an elderly lady of
Weston has invented and patented a device for feeding bees, which for some
reason or other has failed to store enough honey. This device invented by Mrs.
Enhelder is just the thing to do the feeding successfully and not waste any
Farm Loans - I am prepared to make
farm loans at 5½ percent interest with the privilege of partial payments. No
commissions or charges for drawing papers. Geo. L. Jacques, Neillsville, Wis.
Mr. A. E. Lawrence of Wabeno, Wis.,
was a pleasant caller at our office last Friday. Mr. Lawrence at one time ran
the store at York Center and later went to Loyal and established a bank. He is
now cashier of the bank at Wabeno and interested largely in timberlands in
The old Hemlock Dam has been
gradually washing away since the river broke up this spring. The first break was
on the west side where an old pier gave way. The fill and embankment is now
being carried downstream. In all probability, the historic structure will never
again fill a pond, which extended for miles back of it and was a most beautiful
spot in the summer months.
Some large rocks on the far side of the
Black River, about four miles north of Greenwood, are all that
remains of the former Hemlock Dam structure. Two earthen dikes, one
on each side of the river, helped hold the water back. The main
portion of the dam was carried out in a spring flood. At one time,
Hemlock was a thriving hamlet with a boarding house, a store run by
Baxter Shaw, two houses, two shanties and a mill that was run by Mr.
There will be a dance at the New
Hall in Globe on Friday, May 2nd. All are cordially invited.
County Highway Commissioner W. C.
Thoma and a crew have been at work this past week making some portable sheds to
be used for sheltering teams; a sleeping shanty for road crews during road
building season and sheltering road machinery during the rest of the
It is reported that Otto Zank has
bought the Sam Johnson Farm in Pine Valley.
Wheeler Formans horse and buggy
were mired and nearly passed from view in a mud hole in front of Taplins barn
on the North Side last Friday. It caused quite an excitement and lookers-on
were expecting to see the poor animal croak, but after a little rest it took up
his burden of parcel post and mail, being able to make the route as usual.
For Sale or Exchange: A 5-passenger
automobile; fully equipped and in first-class running order. Will exchange, for
unimproved lands, livestock or anything of value; see J. A. Phillips.
Ground was broken in Withee Sunday
morning for a new Nazareth Lutheran Church building, which will cost an
estimated $44,000 with its equipment. Construction is expected to start right
A bell tower will be located at the
southeast corner of the narthex, and in it will be hung the bell of the present
church. This is the only old piece of equipment, which will be used in the new
church, according to the pastor, the Rev. W. Clayton Nielsen. The bell was
dedicated in 1905 and has been in constant use since that time.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lautenbach and
family moved Saturday to Granton, onto the Eugene Thiede farm, which they
purchased recently. The Heck brothers purchased the Lautenbach farm south of
Electors of the Town of Pine Valley
voted without equivocation Tuesday to purchase a rural fire truck and establish
fire protection. They will do it either in cooperation with other townships
adjoining, if those townships desire or they will go it alone.
That was the outcome of the rural
fire district question at the Pine Valley meeting, where the vote was 52 in
favor, and 12
Word was received here Tuesday of
the death in the east of Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Sturdevant, a native of
Neillsville who was in charge of engineering for the Alcan Highway during World
It was not known here where General
Sturdevant was at the time of his death at 8 a.m. Monday. However, he and Mrs.
Sturdevant had been making their home at Silver Springs, Md., since his
retirement several years ago.
Gen. Sturdevant was the son of
Lafayette Sturdevant, one-time attorney general of Wisconsin. His father built
the house now occupied by the Dr. Kenneth Manz family at 202 Clay Street, and it
was in that house that Gen. Sturdevant spent his boyhood.
He was graduated from West Point
military academy and became a career army officer. The high point of his career
was the construction of the famous Alcan Highway, which connects the United
States with Alaska by overland route through Canada. This highway, still in use,
was recognized as a tremendous feat of engineering and construction skill.
Gen. Sturdevant was married to Beth
Youmans, daughter of Mr. and Drs. C. A. Youmans, early residents of Neillsville
and Clark County, and was a sister of the late Guy C. Youmans. They home was a
landmark of Pleasant Ridge until it was razed a few years ago by C. A. Paulson
and replaced by a smaller, modern structure.
Also surviving are two children:
John, and Miss Elizabeth, who is a librarian in Walter Reed Hospital at
So far as is known here, General
Sturdevant achieved the highest military rank of any native son of Clark County.
The sale of three farms in the
Neillsville area was reported during the last week.
In one of the largest sales of the
beginning season, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Vandeberg of Neillsville purchased the
Edward Murphy farm opposite the Neillsville Country Club. They also own a farm
in the Town of York, which is in the soil bank.
The sale was completed Tuesday, and
the Vandebergs have taken possession.
Another sale reported was that of
the John Epding farm of 40 acres, just east of the city on route one, to Ray
Reineck. Mr. Reineck, high school janitor, took possession this week and has
sold his farm in the Town of Pine Valley to Chicago
The formal designation of a ballpark
and playground area and the opening of a section around it on the north side for
residential expansion, were voted by the Neillsville city council Tuesday
The vote was unanimous in the
affirmative and was formalized with a motion to sell building lots for
approximately 14 homes, and to reserve the remainder of the area, including the
present ball park used by the Pee Wee League, plus additional space, for park
and playground purposes.
The property involved is bordered by
12th and 15th streets on the south and north, and by Lynch Street, actually an
extension of Willow Street as it lays south of ONeill Creek, on the east.
Properties fronting on Bruley Street are the western boundary of the
Baseball is underway at Neillsville
High School with Coach Gene Staffen in charge. Thirty boys reported this week
with six lettermen; John Schwellenbach, Tom Dorski, Phil Thompson, Richard
Quast, Darrel Tompkins and Marvin Dux, returning.
Neillsville will be represented on
the mound by Jerry Stytz and Tom Meyer, with Johnny Schwellenbach of Christie
Coach George Gannon reports 33 boys
out for the Granton High School baseball team with four lettermen; Jim Lee,
Orville Garbisch, Dale Trimberger and Douglas Opelt, returning.
We lost our battery from last
season and every position is open, said Coach Gannon. Several men will be
tried at each
A swarm of congregation members
razed the old Zion Lutheran parish hall last week, a building believed to be
more than 100 years old, as a preliminary to the construction of a new church on
The new church, for which ground
breaking ceremonies are tentatively planned for the first Sunday in May, will be
situated diagonally across the large Mapleworks Corner. It will be built of
brick construction, 97 by 41 feet, with basement. The entrance will face the
corner, being located on the southeast end of the building.
With an estimated cost of $100,000,
the congregations has already raised between $35,000 and $40,000 in cash for the
project. Much of the expense will be eliminated by the donation of work by
members. A Wisconsin Rapids architectural firm as designed the building and the
building committee has Richard Hillert as its chairman and Clarence Pannier as
On the location of the parish hall,
more commonly referred to as the Ladies Aid building, will be a large parking
lot. At least 19 members of the congregation were present to work on
dismantling the old parish hall, known as the Ladies Aid Hall at Windfall
Corners, now Granton. The main portion of the building was more than 100 years
old. This old building, one of the historical landmarks of the Mapleworks
Corner, will provide form materials for the new church. Beautiful pine lumber
was in it. All clear wood, some of the boards measured two feet and more in
width; like nothing available today.
The main portion of the structure
originally stood on the location of the present Hugo Trimberger home. At that
time Mapleworks was the area settlement, and there was no Granton.
In 1890 the building was moved
across the street to its later location. For a time the Zion congregation, which
is a member of the Missouri Synod, used it as a residence for the church
schoolteacher. In more recent years, it has been used as the parish
Ed Francis, who started barbering in
Neillsville about 33 ½ years ago, will retire from active work when he closes
shop Saturday afternoon, he announced this week.
He started in 1924, working under
the late Harry White, working with him for about a year, when he purchased the
Fred Neverman barbershop on October 25, 1925. The shop then was located in the
building now occupied by the A & P food store.
In 1953 Mr. Francis and Harold
Pischer entered into partnership, where he worked with the exception of a few
wartime years. In 1945 he purchased the present building on East Sixth Street,
behind the A & P store and remodeled it into a barbershop and
William Seif and Corliss Harriman of
Chili and Eddie Zschernitz and Ray Rodreguz both of Marshfield, left Sunday
afternoon for a smelt fishing trip near Ashland. Mr. Zschernitz, who left the
group to return to the car, became stuck in quicksand. Sinking deeper as he
struggled, he finally called for help. Before being freed, a pair of shoes was
Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinney, of
Indiana, have purchased the William Stockwell farm in Pine Valley and plan to
take possession May 10. William Stockwell purchased the 123-acre tract, located
west of the Black River, in 1912. He lived on the farm alone from 1912 until
1916, when he was married to Miss Ella Stelloh, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Stelloh. Mr. and Mrs. Stockwell have lived on this farm for 42
years, now planning to move into the city of Neillsville.
Mrs. Lila Oelhofen, the former Lila
Tieman, and her two sons have moved here from Milwaukee, now living in the
Kenyon apartments in Greenwood.
Verlyn Schmidt of Loyal has moved
his family into their new home on the Max Statz farm in the Town of Weston. Mr.
and Mrs. Statz moved April 7 into the Ray Larson house on 28th Street.