Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 26, 2013, Page 11

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


June 1868


The work of erecting the three buildings, each 16’x 29’, in the southern part of town for Hewett, Woods & Co., by Simpson & Eyerly, has been prosecuted very rapidly. One week ago yesterday, the commenced putting the timbers together and before the close of the week, one of the houses was ready to be occupied by a family. The other two are nearly finished.                                                                                                   


Dr. W. J. Wendell, has removed from this village to his farm, which he recently purchased, two or three miles west of here and is now an “honest tiller of the soil.”


He has not, we believe, wholly renounced his profession, but will visit those who urgently request his services. We hope the Doctor will prosper and if he catches the prevailing fever among the farmers, he may hop into a very profitable business.                                                                                             


Immense numbers of potato bugs infest this vicinity. We are told the best way to get rid of this destroying insect is to go into the patch and kill them with a stick, or by tramping upon them.  This would seem too great a task and almost useless, considering their great numbers to most persons, but a gentleman informs us that a farmer living near here, last summer, kept two men constantly at work cultivating his potatoes and protecting them from the ravages of the bug in this manner. The consequence was he secured a good crop and realized a fair sum over all his expenses.


The Clark County Bible Society will have their annual meeting at the courthouse here on the 21st at 10 a.m.  All friends of the Bible are invited to be present and it is stated a speech may be expected.


The announcement that a meat market is soon to be opened here in this town, where fresh meat will be constantly kept for sale, will be received with exceedingly great joy by the inhabitants, who have for months been obliged to subsist mainly upon salt pork, as their meat line.  It is nevertheless a fact and Mr. E. H. Markey is now making preparations to commence that business here next week.                                                                          


We are informed that the Neillsville House will again be opened on July 4th.  It will be good news to the traveling public, for this hotel is one of the best in this part of the country.                     


The Clark County Commissioners appointed to section off the Black River Road an estimate the cost of repairing the same; have made their report to the County Board.  The cost of improving the road by sections excepting sections seven and eight, which pass through our village, is totally estimated at $10,430. Contracts were let last Saturday to repair six sections of the road, as follows: Section 1 to Eli Mead for $600, forty dollars less than the estimate. The other sections were taken at the price named by the Commissioners. To Ezra Peat, Section 2, $700; to James Hewett, sections 3 and 5, the former at $600 and the latter at $1,000; to L. R. Stafford, sections 4, $1,000 and 10, $1,280.  Work on the other part of the road will be contracted for soon.                                                                              


Several crews of men have left recently to go to the Popple and Black Rivers in anticipation of a log drive. The river is said to be rising rapidly.


The showers of rain, which fell during the fore part of last week has proved a God send to the lumbermen of Black River. The logs have been running at a glorious rate and we are informed that the logs in Popple River have been gotten out very clear and also most of the logs in Rock River with the main drive on Black River down as far as Eaton’s Mill where they have suspended for the present.  It is estimated that over forty million have gone into the main boom at the mouth of the river. This will fill the boom to its utmost capacity, but the way they handle the logs at that point will soon enable room for another invoice as large as the present.  Many had begun to fear that we would not have a June raise of water this year, but happily their fears have been dispelled, for upon the success of the lumbering interests depends in a great measure the success of the farmers, as well as every other branch of business in our county. We hope that the “logs gone down river” money will be more plentiful and business of all kinds will receive a new impetus. “Verily a little rain doeth much good.”


(Throughout the late 1800s’ logging years, lumbermen anticipated April and June’s heavy rains that were needed for the high water to send the remaining winter’s harvest of logs down the Black River to marketing in La Crosse, which determined the financial status of each lumbering firm for the year. DZ)


The people of school district two, in this town, are proud of their new schoolhouse, built by Orson Cornwell.  Miss Mary Wood commenced teaching there last Monday.


June 1953


Ralph Bauer, former resident of Neillsville, will return here as manager of the Fullerton Lumber Company.  He will succeed Fred Heaney, who is leaving June 15 for a position with an independent lumber company in Menomonee Falls, near Milwaukee.


Mr. Bauer, who acted as bookkeeper and assistant manager of the local Fullerton yard a few years ago, has been managing yards for his company in Minnesota and Iowa in recent years.  Mrs. Bauer is the former Annabelle Gassen.


The Hediger Dairy plant at Christie will be put back into operation. All of the new building will be restored and used. The large part of this building escaped any serious fire damage; it was only the smaller southern portion, which was damaged.


This smaller portion to the south was the make-room for cheese, and it is being restored to that use. For the immediate future the effort will be to make cheese only. That will afford use of the milk coming from the patrons.  Extension into the butter and powder products will await a later opportunity.  



The Hediger Dairy, owned and operated by Herman Hediger, Sr., was located in Christie, along State highway 73, for several years. The above photo was taken in the early 1950s.  Hediger came from Switzerland, starting a cheese-making business at another location in the Christie-Neillsville area before eventually developing the Hediger Dairy in Christie.



Marriage Licenses:

Charles Wentworth, Minneapolis, Nadine Horn, Owen, to be married at Owen June 13

Marvin Naedler, Town of York, Mary Ingold, Town of Grant, to be married at Neillsville June 20

Irban Aumann, Town of Loyal, Leona Bentzler, Loyal, married at Loyal June 1

Edward A. Giwojna, Thorp, Josella Huls, Thorp, to be married at Thorp June 17

Adrain N. Strom, Minneapolis, Yvonne I. Ulig, Abbotsford, to be married at Dorchester June 27

Alton Musich, Willard, Eleanore Schmidt, Town of Green Grove, to be married at Curtiss June 6

Richard Esselman, Town of Loyal, Helen Lindner, Town of Eaton, married at Greenwood June 3

Willard H. Sorenson, Stanley, Patricia A. Oberle, Town of Worden

Carl Johannes Pederson, Town of Hixon, Ruth Flanagan, Owen, to be married in Town of Hixon June 6

Felix Straskowski, Town of Thorp, Elizabeth Meske, Town of Withee, to be married at Thorp June 16

Franklin Wilke, Town of Wood, Wood County, Irene Lindner, Town of Loyal, to be married at Greenwood June 17

Glen Stowe, Town of Beaver, Lorraine Anger, Town of Hoard, married in June at Neillsville


Al Breseman has sold the York Dairy to John Mullins and has already given possession. The entire property is included in the transfer and Mr. Mullins, with Mrs. Mullins and three children are already occupying the house.


The Bresemans have stored their furniture and are planning to take a vacation and to wander for a time. After years of seven days a week in the diary business the Bresemans are ready for a life-less confining.


The Bresemans have long contributed to the local diary scene. Al Breseman’s father operated a plant for years in the Town of York and had a period also in the South Grant factory, now owned by Walter Schmidt. The York property is largely new construction and attracted Mr. Mullins as a neat and efficient plant.


Greenwood offered on Saturday, June 13, its Central Wisconsin Cheese and Butter Festival.  The annual event emphasized the dairy industry, chief reliance of Clark County. A feature was free food, with emphasis on butter and cheese.


Cheese to the weight of 450 pounds, plus 525 loaves of bread, plus plenty of butter, along with an attendance of 4,500, these are the statistics of the Cheese and Butter festival in Greenwood.


Jack Corey and John Gregorich will represent Greenwood High School at the twelfth annual Badger Boys State held on the Ripon College campus June 13 to 20.  Both boys were juniors last school year and were selected by the faculty on the basis of school citizenship, leadership, dependability, scholarship and service. The boys are being sponsored by the Wallis-Hinker American Legion Post No. 238 and the Greenwood Rotary Club, which have sponsored boys to this important conference each year.  Both boys have been outstanding athletes at high school as well as all around good school citizens.


Wanted; Five farmers in the Neillsville area to raise chicken broilers. Many farmers have sheds or barns, which can be used.  If interested, Contact: H. H. Van Gorden & Sons, or Call Red 374.


A drive-in theater will be constructed immediately at Christie. It will be located on the west side of Highway 73, in the rear of business buildings.  The entrance will be from the business section westward and the exits will be from the road running north of the Hediger factory.


The project is backed by Neillsville capital.  It will be managed by Arlo Clausen, who has had 20 years of experience in the theater business. A site of 36 acres has been purchased.


Grading will probably have been started before this issue of The Press has reached the readers. Construction is expected to take not more than 60 days. Opening should take place the latter part of August. The Christie location was chosen because of its convenience of access to a large portion of the people of the county.


The theater will be known as the “Community Drive-In Theater.”   


Frankie Yankovic & His Orchestra, America’s Polka King, will be at the Inwood Ballroom in Hatfield, June 25th.


Work started Tuesday on the construction of the new high school building for Neillsville. The L. G. Arnold Company of Eau Claire moved in equipment and started minor excavation, beginning erection of a temporary office and tool house.  The movement o machinery to the site has already begun.                                          


Frank L. Stannard of Wenatchee, Washington, has driven to Neillsville for the Centennial celebration; it is his first visit to the Old Home Town since he left it in 1909, 44 years ago.  During that time he has been active as a theater owner and a grocer.  He is no retired, having turned his grocery business over to a son.


Mr. Stannard was born in Neillsville in 1886.  His birthplace was the site of the present Peterson building, which was then the sheriff’s residence, located where the county jail is now.  The house in which he was born was a small but comfortable frame house, which was removed to make way for the larger building. He came along too late to know the early pioneers.  He did not know the first James O’Neill, the Founder, but he did now Judge James O’Neill.


Frank Stannard’s father was one of the very early settlers, coming here in the 1850s, as nearly as Frank Stannard can make out. The father’s name was John.  Under the name of Stannard and Eyerly he was one of the early grocers of the city.


Frank Stannard was growing into boyhood during the last years of the lumbering in the south half of the county.  He recalls seeing the big drives in Black River. He also recalls drives in O’Neill Creek.  One of his early jobs was as a worker in the old Neillsville furniture factory.  It is his recollection that the factory building had not yet burned when he departed in 1909.                                                                                                           


The Globe Immanuel Lutheran Church confirmation class of June 28, 1953, consisted of Jo Ann Grap, Arthur Stiemke, Arlene Thoma, Maynard Klueckmann, Byrl Strangfeld, Mardene Worchel and Ronald Ziegler.


The Neillsville Athletics baseball team suffered their first Cloverbelt loss of the season Sunday when they dropped an 8-4 decision at Stratford; but, despite this defeat, they notched the first-half championship on their belts.


Sunday’s tilt gave the A’s an even 2-2 break in four games in the last week. Tuesday night they made a track met out of their fairgrounds date with Chippewa Falls, ending up with a 17-7 victory. DuWayne Rollins, a converted outfielder, chucked three innings, gave up one hit and received credit for the win.


Lawn Mower Clearance at Gambles store in Neillsville; Hand mowers, only $8; Power Mowers, demos, reduced up to $35.


Gaier’s Hatchery has moved into larger quarters, now located one block south of its former location, on Corner of Fifth & West Streets, one block west of First National Bank, in Neillsville.   


Strawberry Social will be held at Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church, Thurs. June 25, at 7 - 10 p.m.  Menu includes Ice Cream, Strawberries, Cake, Barbeque Sandwiches, and Coffee & Pop. 


Red Owl Agency Store Specials! Bake a Cake for Father’s Day; Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, 3 varieties, 3 - 19 oz. pkgs $1; Watermelon, each $1.19; Catsup, 14 oz. 2 for 29’; Big Bologna, 43’ lb.; Sausage Kielbasa 65’ lb.


Globe area news:

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Henchen and daughter were honored with a housewarming on Sunday evening at their new home, where they moved just recently. Their guests included M. and Mrs. Herman and Louis Dux, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and John Thoma, August and Grandfather Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Klauer, Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Kuester and family, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Henchen and daughter, and Mr. and Mr. Leo Henchen and family. A fine lunch was served.  





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