Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI, May 15, 2013, Page 9


Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 15, 2013, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

May 1883


Hein & Graf’s business place was much improved last Thursday with the placing of a lamp and post immediately in front of the building. The lamp glass has the name of the firm printed upon it.


Robert French’s well known hotel at Hatfield was burned to the ground a few days ago and it was uninsured, therefore a total loss.  It was having a good trade and Mr. French was contemplating enlarging this season. He has the universal sympathy here, where he is well known.                                           


A tremendous stream of immigrants from Ireland is pouring into Boston, flowing westward.


Orin Hanks, of South Pine Valley, stumped nearly 25 acres of land with his oxen for L. Archer.


Mr. Oldham has put in six acres of crops on new land this spring, also fencing it in.


Both stave mills are running steadily and mountains of staves are growing into chains of mountains.


It was 333 years ago that the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was first settled by white men and this year a big celebration takes place there.  We acknowledge the receipt of a complimentary ticket to the doings, but it is too far to walk.


Jaseph & Dole are giving their friends a valuable opportunity to sweeten up their cups of bitterness. They have splendid Maple Sugar, at the very lowest price.  Send in your orders.            


Work on the ground has been commenced for Blakeslee’s new block, corner of Main and Fourth Streets.  Much of the woodwork is already completed at the shop.                                       


The building of a bridge across Cunningham Creek, between sections 4 and 5 in the Shortville area, has been let to D. M. Winters.                                                                                                             


Tuesday morning, the 15th, Mr. Willie Klopf took his place in the Clark County Bank, in which institution he can hereafter be found.  He is one of Neillsville’s most capable and trustworthy young men and is deservedly popular with our citizens.


Mr. Willie Marsh and Miss Bertie Wells were married at St. Paul, Monday afternoon, May 14, 1883.  Both these young people are well known and popular at Neillsville, where Miss Bertie has live all her life and Mrs. Marsh has spent many of his years here also.  The event was a genuine surprise to most of our people and a happy surprise. It was an occurrence most fitting and desirable, and we wish them all happiness.  A few of their intimate friends were in St. Paul to witness the ceremony and add by their presence to the felicitousness of the occasion.


Residents of the southern towns in Clark County have their attention directed to the road jobs to be paid for out of the county appropriations, to be let in Washburn and Sherwood Forest on the 22nd of May and in Levis the 23rd.


A general tearing up and moving out is going on at the Gates grocery corner and before many months have passed a substantial brick block will cover the site of present chaos.               


J. R. Richmond of Shortville has cleared a piece of timberland and sowed it to grass.  Like the king of old, he expects to eat grass as a punishment for his many sins, but till try and keep his hair from turning into feathers.


The old Gates grocery building, store and all, including the front section, will now occupy the lot at the side of Weeks’ Furniture store.


The plans of the new block to be erected on the corner of Main and Second Street by J. L. Gates are to be seen at the shop of architect Bradshaw.  The building will consist of three main sections, two for stores and one, on the corner, for Dewhurst’s Bank.  The second story will be reached by a stairway running up from the north of Second Street side, the hall leading through from the stairway to the south side of the building.  This story will be cut into six large rooms to be rented for offices, and such. The basement, the excavation for which is now going on, will be partly devoted to regular cellar uses, and partly, we understand, arranged for occupancy by the Gates butcher shop. The main door to the Second Street section, or bank, faces the corner.



In 1883, the Dewhurst Bank, later the Neillsville Bank, was built on the northeast corner of the

Gates block then referred to as Main and Second Street, now Hewett and Sixth Street.

The bank building was remodeled again in later years.



Delane’s barn, which has besides its evident antiquity, nothing about it to admire, has been moved from its prominent place on Third Street to some more secluded spot.                                                                 


George A. Austin is packing his creamery butter in neat wooden boxes, each holding two pounds or so. The boxes are bound outside with tin, and cost only a few cents each.  We recommend the use of these boxes to farmers generally.


Arrangements have been made by which the German School, in the Town of Lynn, will be taught by the Rev. G. J. Lang.  It is under the control of the German Lutheran Church.


May 1948


Sixty-one young people of the Neillsville community will graduate from the Neillsville High School this year. For them commencement exercises will be held Thursday evening, May 20, according to an announcement made by D. E. Peters, superintendent of schools.                                                                      


An inspection of Moraine Tower Park, on highway 10 at county trunk G, resulted in the appointment of a number of Rotary club sub-committees to maintain the park this summer. The instructor was Arthur Epding, who made these appointments: Dr. M. V. Overman and Dave Parry, cooks; Arnold Gustman and Epding, food; E. E. Hart and William Hanley, fire-makers; Frank Meier and Elliott Warlum, maintenance; Carl Hoffman and Sam Ray, carpentry detail; Fred Draft tree-planting detail; and Ted Smith, park policing.                 


A new garage building will be constructed by the Town of York at a maximum cost of $7,000.  The building will be located on the old site, where the former building was destroyed by fire. The town has a building fund of $3,000, which was authorized by the town board at a special meeting recently held to borrow not more than $4,000 with the understanding that the loan would be paid off by the provision of the town tax budget at the rate of $1,000 per year.


The new building will be constructed of concrete blocks. The size will be 46 feet by 46 feet.


Marriage vows were exchanged in a double ring ceremony at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sherwood, Saturday, May 1, when Lois Schwanebeck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schwanebeck of that town, became the bride of Albert Hasz, son of Herman Hasz of Granton, R. 2.  Pastor LeRoy Koepke performed the ceremony.


The bride was attended by her sister Nona, as maid of honor and Darlene Miller of Rockford, Ill., cousin of the bride as bridesmaid.


The groom was attended by his brother, Otto as best man and Wayne Schwanebeck, brother of the bride as groomsman.


A reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents for the immediate relatives and friends.


The ashes of William E. Tragsdorf, widely known native son of Neillsville, will be laid to rest in the Neillsville cemetery Sunday afternoon following Masonic services in the temple at 2:30 p.m.


Mr. Tragsdorf died February 9, 1948, in the Panama Canal Zone, where he retired from long government service a few months before.


Here for the services will be his widow, who makes her home in Cocoli, Canal Zone and his son, William E. Tragsdorf, Jr., secretary of the Chamber of Commerce at Eugene, Ore.


Also expected to be present are three sisters: Mrs. Joe Grinde and Mrs. Roy Fitch, both of Madison, and Mrs. A. E. Russell of Neillsville.  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fladstohl, brother and sister-in-law of Mrs. Tragsdorf, also are expected to be present.


Total of 2,500 legal sized brook trout have been planted in five streams of Clark County.  This was revealed this week by Carl Frick, county game warden, as the opening of the trout and other fish season neared.


Five hundred brook trout we planted in each of the following streams, the game warden said: Ryan, Dickinson, Big Black, Surveyor and Little Black.  


The warden was expecting a lot of German Brown trout shortly.  They will be planted mostly in Hay Creek, with some of them going into Scott Creek; the shipment of Browns was not likely to come before the season opening.


There is no closed stream in Clark County this year.                                                                                      


Mr. and Mrs. August Strebing, 323 South Court Street, celebrated their golden wedding with a family reunion and dinner, Sunday, May 9.  Five children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren were gathered around them to mark the occasion of their fifty years of married life. Their three sons, Howard Strebing and family and Raymond Strebing and family of Neillsville, and Kenneth Strebing of Chicago, were present, as were their two daughters, Mrs. Carl Spaete and her family of Neillsville and Miss Evelyn Strebing of St. Paul.


Mr. Strebing was born in Lyons, Illinois, and Mrs. Strebing, nee Esther Hewett, in Arlington Heights, Illinois. They were married May 10, 1898, at Riverside, Illinois and moved to Neillsville in 1919, where they have located ever since.


Dance at Dan’s Lakeshore Pavilion, Hixton, Sat. May 15, with Roger Johnson and his Spot Light Orchestra.


Mrs. Edward Kokaly of Willard will assume her new duties as county nurse Monday.  She will succeed Miss Bernita Wasserburger, who has served as county nurse.


Mrs. Kokaly is the former Miss Francis Ruzic; a registered nurse and a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.  She served in the army nurses corps during the war, seeing service in the southwest Pacific.


A style revue featuring clothing worn during the last 100 years is planned as a feature of the second annual Clark County Homemakers achievement day, June 16, according to an announcement from Home Agent Helen Wurthmann Jackson.


The achievement day will be held in the Greenwood High School.  Each homemaker club of the county will have a booth, in which will be displayed articles of historical interest.


Style show entries should be sent to Mrs. August Reinholdt, Greenwood, or to the home agent at Neillsville, according to Mrs. Jackson.  Included with the entry should be a brief description, the approximate number of years it was worn and the name and address of the entrant and the club.                                                 


Dance Sat. May 22 at Lake Side Inn, Rock Dam, with Music by the Four Sisters.  Hall free for weddings and parties.


4-H Club Dance at the Inwood Ballroom, Hatfield Sat. May 22, music by Jack Kolbeck’s Orchestra.  Sponsored by South Alma TNT 4-H Club                                                                                


Plan now to enjoy Memorial Day dinner at the Merchants Hotel. Treat your family and friends to a delicious dinner.  Phone #48 for reservations                                                                                     


Gordon Vine, a recent graduate of the 4-year agriculture course at the River Falls State Teachers’ College, has completed arrangements for a training course in agriculture for veterans of World War II.


The classes are being held in the Granton High School “ag” class room and meet Monday nights. The course requires 150 hours of class room instruction.


To be eligible to take this course, a veteran must own or be in partnership of a farm or rent a farm for a time.  Mr. Vine is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vine and has spent his entire life on the farm in the Town of Grant.  He graduated from Neillsville High School and spent several years in the army air corps.


The Suckows of Pleasant Ridge, for some time to come, are likely to have an odorous reminder of an accident in front of their place last Saturday.


Untold quantities of whey were dumped there, all unintentionally of course. And, when that odor comes, as come it must, it is likely to bring out the real, full-bloom odor of whey.


A tractor and tank trailer loaded with whey were stopped in front of the Suchow place on highway 10 when the tractor burned out a bearing. The whey-filled trailer was propped up, the disabled tractor was removed, and another tractor was backed into place.


But in the backing the tractor missed the king pin coupling, going to one side.  The resulting jar was sufficient to overturn the trailer load of whey and the odorous liquid gurgled out of the top hole and soaked into the ground.


The tractor and trailer belonged to Norman Luchterhand of Loyal.


Marriage Licenses:

Edith Vinney, Humbird, and Philip Fitzmaurice, Humbird

Grace D. Hertz, Abbotsford, and Roger Staffeil, Colby

Ellen Henseler, Loyal, and Orville Luchterhand, Spencer

Wava Bush, Neillsville, and Kenneth Larson, Alma Center

Betty Mathews, Loyal, and Leonard Rueth, Loyal

Joyce Noreen Hardwick, Humbird, and Carroll E. Kelsh, Humbird

Dorothy E. Stuve, Owen, and Henry Kostling, Loyal                               


Auction, June 3, located 2 miles north of the Shortville Store, Ύ miles west, and then ½ mile south.  Starts at 12:30 p.m. Kenneth Seelow, owner                                                                          


The logic of a child’s mind often times is something to behold. An apt illustration in the conversation Luanne Hubing, 7, had recently with her mother, Mrs. Charles Hubing.


“If Charlotte and Bob (Jacob) are newlyweds,” reasoned Luanne, “then you and daddy must be cobwebs!”


Trips by Air: Charter trips by air in a three-passenger plane; one passenger, $7 per hour actual flying time; two passengers $9 an hour actual flying time. Write or call Robert Johnson, Greenwood, Wis. Phone 2R6




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