Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin
May 8, 2013 Page 11
Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"
Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.
of "Oldies" Articles
Compiled by Dee Zimmerman
Clark County News
Mr. Robert Schofield has decided to
move from Westons Rapids to Greenwood, where he will hereafter make his home.
The ripple of excitement caused by
the election has all died away and everybody is once again on good terms with
everyone else. The saloon-keepers have got their licenses and the temperance
people are preparing to carry on the campaign in the old way, by moral
The license men engaged in a general
jubilee on Tuesday night. They in fact rather overdid the thing. A man may feel
happy over the assurance of his regular rations of whiskey for the coming year
without firing a cannon and whooping er up all night to the annoyance of
those who are able to take matters more complacently.
The Christie House has been
purchased by James ONeill, Sr., its builder and original proprietor. The name
of the house will be changed back to the ONeill House, by which it is still
generally known. The House will be conducted by Mrs. ONeill, who, since taking
charge of it a few months ago, has kept an excellent business.
Black River Falls voted to take a
drink last Tuesday by a majority of one. That is, one temperance member, W. T.
Price and two license men, Vincent and Oleson, were elected, one of the latter
having but one majority.
At the last session of the County
Board, Joseph Gibson, John Welsh and D. L. Stafford were appointed a committee
to select a site for a new bridge on the Black River road. They performed their
duties last week and will report in favor of locating the bridge at the Dells,
near the old French mill.
A revolution in the method of
logging seems to be seriously considered in all lumber districts of the
northwest, especially since the failure of the snow last winter.
The utility of railroads or tramways
is coming to be quite generally believed in and if they do not prove a success
it will not be because they have not received sufficient trial.
A St. Croix firm, the Star and Times
tells us, in constructing four cars to be used in hauling logs from skidways in
the woods. Each car will have eight wheels, about 18 inches in diameter. The
cars are constructed so that they can be let out to any length desired. They are
run on oak rails, four inches across by three deep. The cars will cost about
$150 each, and the track about $500 per mile. Hewn timber will be laid down and
the rails spiked to them.
It is the intention of this firm,
Jefferson & Jacobs, to log all summer. Theis new system of railroading logs to
the streams, if it is found practicable at all, will have that one great
advantage proposed to be taken by the St. Croix firm.
Work has been pushed forward on the
railroad as fast as the rainy weather of this week would permit. The permanent
survey is now more than two-thirds completed. The grading is going steadily
forward and the timber is being got out for the Wedges Creek Bridge, which is
to be a Howe truss. A contract for getting out 10,000 ties along the line of
the roadway has been let to Hiram Sprague, at five cents apiece. This is simply
for the labor of working the ties, the company furnishing the timer and taking
the ties on the ground.
A lodge of the sons of Herman was
organized the first of last week by the Germans of this place. The lodge starts
out with a good membership.
The work on the railroad has been
pushed to earnest this week. Mr. Gates has been busy with from twenty-five to
thirty men and has already got several miles ready for the ties, there being but
little more to do than to cut away the brush and small trees. It was the
intention to have four miles of the road ready for the ties by tomorrow night
and the latest work assures that it will be accomplished.
The road is being built, along with
energy of the managers and the general and growing interest of the people, it is
fair to expect that before many months we shall be in communication by rail with
the balance of the rest of the world. It will not be sixty days before the
grading is done. As ties are to be had, this will also be a small job for the
hundreds to expert choppers who are ready to lend their assistance. Cash
subscriptions are increasing at a rate that makes it quite certain that the
funds for iron can be raised by the time the ties will be needed on the project.
golfers enjoyed play on the Neillsville course Sunday, May 1st, including many
from Black River Falls and other places. Five new members joined Sunday. The
new Get Your Goat game started off in good shape, with Geo. F. Zimmerman
accumulating two goats during the day.
members of the Neillsville golf club are requested to bring hammers and saws to
the club house Sunday morning at 9 oclock and assist with some carpenter work
planned for that day. A porch at the north will be lengthened parallel with the
east porch. If you cannot be there at 9 a.m. please come as soon thereafter as
possible. There will be a number of professional contractors to start the work
off on a proper footing. The ladies will serve dinner at 12:30. In the
afternoon there will be mixed foursomes in a blind bogey tournament.
A new national political party, the
National Progressives of America, was launched by Gov. Philip La Follette at a
mass meeting at Madison Thursday evening, April 27, attended by 10,000 people
from all parts of Wisconsin, including many from Clark County. The new emblem is
a cross within a circle. La Follette has been speaking before audiences in Iowa
and Minnesota with permits sought to go on state ballots.
Philip La Follette and a group of Clark County Progressives standing
in front of the Slovenian Hall in Willard in early October 1938.
Pictured (l-r) Hugh Givin of Loyal, Henry Rahn, Calvin Mills,
Governor Philip F. La Follette, Senator W. J. Rush, John Ockerlander
and Peter C. Ludovic.
outdoor band concert of the season Sunday at Schuster Park by the high school
band was enjoyed by a large number of people. The band and Director R. A. Becker
have the thanks of our citizens for the concert, which was much
Having leased the Cummings Filling
Station, corner of Division Street and Grand Avenue, I will have an opening
Saturday, May 7. To each customer purchasing 5 gallons of Gasoline on that day,
they will receive One Quart of Oil FREE. Richard Schlueter, Proprietor of the
DX Oil Station.
The public library of Neillsville
was started by three people: Mrs. Chauncey Blakeslee, Mrs. D. B. R. Dickinson
and L. B. Ring. Five years after it was started, C. S. Stockwell and an
enthusiastic group of citizens took over the library and managed to get a
library building constructed on the Doc. French lot.
When the present library site was
purchased C. C. Sniteman, Judge James ONeill and three other citizens gave $100
each to help pay for the
Clark County maple syrup producers
are establishing a national reputation for their product, as orders for their
syrup are pouring into the county agricultural agents office from cities as far
away as Spokane, Washington. A Chicago railway office recently ordered 78
gallons and a nationally known company is looking ahead to Christmas when Clark
County maple syrup will be shipped out as Christmas gifts.
The city of Neillsville is
beautifying the park around the water tower by leveling and terracing the
grounds, trimming the trees and planting flowers. It is planned to add tables
and benches later so that citizens may take their picnic lunches there.
Throughout the years this point has
been generally recognized as an ideal spot for a park, due to its nearness to
the downtown section and the panoramic view one gets from its height.
Mrs. W. B. Tufts is supervising much
of the work, especially the laying out of flowerbeds and borders and the
plantings, her services being given without
The Reinhard-Davis Co. moved Monday
from the Otto Lewerenz building on South Hewett Street to the H. J. Naedler
garage building east of the new post office on East Sixth Street, where they
will carry on their auto service and repairing and agency for Pontiac cars, GMC
and DT trucks. Mr. Naedler will continue to handle his accessory and other
Otto Lewerenz is having the building
vacated on South Hewett Street remodeled for restaurant purposes and a large
crew of men is at work making the necessary alterations and additions.
The main part of the building is
being remodeled for a confectionary, restaurant and ice cream sales, which will
be 40 by 44 feet in size. At the rear is a large room 23 by 40 feet that Mrs.
Lewerenz says also is being remodeled.
An artistic entrance is planned at
the front of the building where root beer will be sold.
Train after train ran over the Omaha
line through Altoona and Fairchild Wednesday every few minutes. High water and
washouts on the Burlington and Milwaukee tracks near Prescott and Red Wing made
the rerouting necessary. However, Omaha trains managed to keep running on
W. J. Marsh, who for over 50 years
has been an outstanding merchant of Neillsville, announces this week plans to
retire from active business with a lease given on the store building at 170
South Hewett Street to the J. C. Penney Co. For 47 years Mr. Marsh has
conducted a successful ladies ready-to-wear and dry goods store at this
location, and it is with deep regret that his many friends note his retirement
from active business.
Mr. Marsh started in business here
February 22, 1887, with his brother, L. H. Marsh, in a building adjoining the
Neillsville Bank. They continued there until Sept. 1891, when the present
building was purchased. In 1904 W. J. Marsh purchased the interests of his
brother, who moved to Seattle, Wash., where he is now located.
Following a quitting business
sale, which will be announced the coming week, the present store will be
extensively remodeled and redecorated before being taken over several months
later, by the J. C. Penney Co., under a long term lease. The store is 28 by 104
feet in size, with full basement available for store purposes.
The Neillsville store is the 51st in
the state for the J. C. Penney Co., and is one of a number started this year in
carefully selected cities. The first s tore in the state was opened at
Watertown in 1916. The company has over 1,500 stores in the United
The Rev. Herbert Juneau of Eau
Claire will address the graduates and the assemblage at the eighth grade
graduation at the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Tuesday, May 24, at
Lorraine Jenni and Dolores Tock will
represent the class with brief talks on Service and Words of Farewell.
This years graduating class of 21
is the largest at St. Johns Lutheran School in recent years.
Following are the members of the
graduating class: Milford and Gerhardt Roehrborn, Herman Wagner, Milton
Schoenfeldt, Clifford Roehl, Walter Oelke, Arthur Bardeleben, Louise Ott, Myrtle
Geisler, Ericka Tresemer, Dorothea and Eileen Tramm, Vergilie Watenpuhl, Gladys
Bardeleben, Marion Wetzel, Lorraine Lewerenz, Dolores Tock, Lorraine Jenni,
Dolores Radke, Alvin Eberhardt and Harland Kuhl.
Instructors were Erich Sievert and
Miss Adelia Schumacher.
Bids to complete paving on Highway
73 from Greenwood to Withee, a distance of 10.4 miles, will be received by the
State highway commission at Madison Friday, May 20. This will make a paved
highway from Neillsville all the way to Highway 29 at Withee, and also south
four miles toward Merrillan.
This is the last concrete paving to
be done with funds from the Clark County bond issue of two years ago. These
funds will be used to match federal aid in financing the paving, which, along
with gravel road connections on side roads, will cost about $250,000 or $25,000
to the mile.
Besides the concrete slab lay the
work provides for the moving of 21,000 cubic yards of dirt; 13,000 cubic yards
of sand gravel fill; 12,000 cubic yards of gravel for road surfacing and 200
feet of cable guard fencing.
The contract for this work will
specify the wage scale. This will be from 50 cents to 60 cents an hour for
unskilled labor; 50 cents to $1.35 for intermediate grade, and 70 cents to $1.50
for skilled labor.
Flags will be placed on the graves
of 652 departed war veterans in 56 cemeteries in Clark County on Memorial Day,
May 30. There are a number of other Civil War veterans buried in unmarked
graves, whose identity has not been established.
Of the deceased veterans five served
in the War of 1812, two in the Mexican war, 473 in the Civil War, one in Indian
wars, 32 in the Spanish-American War and 126 in the World War. Buried in Clark
County are veterans of every war the United States has ever been engaged in
except the Revolutionary War.
The five veterans of the War of
1812, buried in Clark County, are Capt. John French, buried in Neillsville
Cemetery; Capt. Joseph Finley, in the Town of Dewhurst (cemetery not certain);
Jacob Chesley, in Colby Cemetery; Samuel Hartford, in Pine Grove Cemetery,
Loyal; and Bartemus Brooks, Lynn Cemetery.
Gabriel Brisbane of the Town of Hard
served in the Mexican War. Thos. Carleton of Neillsville served in both the
Mexican and Civil War.
Bright Feather, an Indian buried in
the Town of Dewhurst (Town of Levis: Pvt. Dewey Mike Cemetery) was
listed as an Omaha Scout during the Civil War.
Henry A. Frantz of Neillsville
served in the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion in China.
Wm. Waterman, Town of Grant, is the
only Confederate War veteran buried in Clark County.
Friend Morrison of the Town of
Butler served with the Canadian Army in the World War.
Thos. Dygart, Thorp, served in the
Indian Wars of 1876 under Gen. Custer and Gen. Miles.
Major Anton C. Martin, Neillsville
served in the Spanish-American, Mexican border and World War.
The lives of war veterans buried in
Clark County span all but a few years of the history of the United States, as a
number were born before Geo. Washington began serving his first term as