Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 14, 2013, Page 13

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1913


Last Thursday was a field day among the hotel men of Neillsville, into which were crowded more exciting adventures than have struck this vicinity for some time.


As C. H. Hamilton, landlord of the new “Hamilton” hotel was taking a trip down to the cottages on the river road in his auto, the car “turned turtle.”  With Mr. Hamilton were Ernest Snyder and Herbert Lowe. The car caught all of them underneath it as it went over and it was only by hard work that they were able to extricate themselves. Fortunately none of them were seriously hurt.


The same day Landlord F. A. Stapher hitched up his bus team to take a lady, Mrs. Everett Killip, who works at the hotel, out to her home in the country.  Just as they started the pole strap on one of the harnesses came unsnapped letting the buggy run on to the horses, they made a good start for a run-away, but ran up to a high curb in front of Chas. Wasserberger’s store and were stopped just in time.


Mrs. Killip was thrown out and one foot caught between the front spring and step.  She was dragged a few feet and could most surely been killed if the team had not been stopped in time.  She was quite badly bruised and was unable to be about for a few days.                                                                                                      


Miss Carrie Pope of Black River Falls will retire from teaching the coming year and will receive a pension of $ 374.50 per year under the teacher’s pension law.  Miss Pope taught several years at Humbird and was an excellent teacher.


John Durst of the Town of Hewett is milking thirteen cows and delivering the milk at the local cheese factory. His milk check for May was $127.51 and for June $124.60.  Those cows are just common cows, but well cared for.


The ditching crew at work in the Town of Levis ran against a lot of buried timbre in some of the marshes and gave up the job last week.  They shipped the big digging machine elsewhere.     


Dr. Monk has filed a request with the Railway commission for a train shed at Merrillan so that passengers going on and off the trains will not be exposed to storms.                                                                    


A new hardwood floor and new roof have been added to the Woodman Hall in Columbia and to help pay for the improvements; a dance will be given in the hall Saturday night, Aug. 23. There will be good music and a genuinely good time guaranteed.                                                                                  


Art Hauge last week landed a new Buick Auto-Truck to use in his dray business.  It is the first truck to be used in this vicinity and seems to run fine.



Art Hauge operated a dray line business in the city of Neillsville during the early 1900s, first using horse-driven wagons for deliveries from or to the railroad station and various businesses.  He was the first one to own and use a motorized vehicle-truck within the city. The above photo was taken about 1927, in front of his business shop along the south side of the 200 block on 7th Street.  Hauge is standing behind his gasoline delivery truck with dray delivery truck, partially visible at far right.  Two employees hold the reins of horse-drawn dray wagons.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts’ collection)


The C. E. Blodgett Cheese Co., of Marshfield, shipped three carloads of cheese Monday to the Klondike district of Alaska. Wisconsin cheese goes everywhere, and it is the yellow product that is making Wisconsin famous the world over; as much as a yellow product that cannot be compared in its yearly yield, has made the Klondike famous.


Why don’t you use Motorspirits instead of gasoline?  S. M. Marsh in his six-cylinder car, used 8½ gallons of Motorspirits and ran 114 miles.  He could only run ten miles to the gallon by using gasoline and Motorspirits is three cents less a gallon than gasoline.                                                                                                      


Game Warden John B. Hill has kindly furnished this office the following data relating to the game birds. By the provisions of the new law the open season for woodcock, plover and snipe is from Sept. 7 to Nov. 30; partridge from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30; prairie chicken and grouse from Sept. 7 to Oct. 1; wild duck, geese and brant from Sept. 7 to Nov. 15; Muskrat from Oct. 7 to April 10.                                                                                                       


There will be a dance Saturday night at Fred Haak’s Cheese Factory in the Town of York.  All invited!  Good music!


Mr. Marvin Jahr and Miss Emma Silbernagel were married Tuesday at the home of the bride’s parents in Madison. The groom is one of of the young men of the Pleasant Ridge Community.


Carpenters are at work putting up new buildings at the Poor Farm. Wm. Swann has charge of the job.


I have concluded to offer for sale, the west 75 acres of my farm in the city of Neillsville.  Good frame house and barn, good well; bounded on the west by the Black River.  Easy terms! S. F. Hewett


Crops are doing fine with many cucumbers coming into the Columbia pickle station.  In fact the boys are working overtime to keep up with the work.  H. D. Hendrix of Merrillan is in charge this season and State Supt. Colgate came down Tuesday to help during the rush.                                                                                 


On Friday, Sept. 5, a $620 five-passenger touring car will be given to the person holding the winning number at the fairgrounds. Clark County Fair’s special season tickets at $1.00 each to admit the purchaser to the fair every day and one of the purchasers of tickets will be given the automobile.  It may be you.


August 1943


Corporal Cecil Moeller, back home for a visit with relatives, is the first returning soldier to land in this section in a parachute, so far as known.  He jumped from a height of 10,000 feet at Marshfield Sunday evening, July 25.


Corporal Moeller, granted a furlough, set out from his station at Fort Bragg, N.C., and went to Washington, D. C.  He secured permission to make the trip northward in a large government plane headed for Minneapolis.  That plane made no stop at Marshfield, or elsewhere; it went right through.  But the Corporal was granted permission to jump at Marshfield that being the nearest location of recognized airport.  For the jump Corporal Moeller was provided with a government parachute, upon which he had put up a deposit.


Arriving over Marshfield at about 6 o’clock on Sunday evening, Corp. Moeller was first treated to aerial acrobats.  The pilot put the plane through her paces, the purpose perhaps being to acquaint the officials of the airport with the fact that a jump was about to be made. The result was upsetting to Corp. Moeller’s internal mechanism, but he was not left much time to worry about a topsy-turvy stomach.  The pilot gave him word to jump and he jumped.  It was a long way down, but, contrary to his expectation, there was no wind and he floated down easily. Never the less, Corp. Moeller acquired some blisters on his hands, perhaps in trying to direct his landing.  He landed at the corner of the airport, close to the fair grounds.  Only a few persons saw him land, perhaps not more than six or seven.


Corp. Moeller’s first chore, upon landing, was to bundle up his parachute and ship it back to Washington D.C.  Upon its delivery there in good condition, the deposit would be returned.


Then Corp. Moeller went to the Town of Sherwood to visit his father Adam Moeller, next Neillsville to see his brother, Axel Moeller, at the Emer Counsell home.  Then he journeyed to Milwaukee to see his sister, Mrs. Marvin Mallory.  The jump at Marshfield is understood to have been the second real jump in the experience of this soldier.  He had made one prior jump from a plane and had had training in jumping from a tower. 


While this is the first reported local experience of a soldier’s arrival by parachute, it may not be the last, as the obvious intention of the government is to develop air-mindedness on the part of soldiers, particularly those associated with any branch of the Air service.  In the early days of the war it was reported in the American Press that the German government had adopted the policy of delivering soldiers at home, when on leave, by the parachute route. The purpose was to develop familiarity with the air.                                                                            


Immanuel Lutheran Church at Globe will celebrate its annual mission festival Sunday. Services will be conducted in the German language at 10 o’clock with the Rev. William A. Baumann, Neillsville, as guest speaker.  An English mission sermon will be delivered at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Richard Mueller of Medford.  Dinner will be served.


Capt. Wayne Brown, a pursuit pilot in the 28th Fighter squadron, arrived home Friday on a 30-day furlough, and his first visit home in 34 months. Capt. Brown is stationed in the Caribbean Defense Area and has been for the 28 months.


Clark County bought War Bonds in July in the amount of $111,141.25, according to James A. Musil, county executive chairman. The total was slightly, but not seriously under the quota.


The quota for August is $120,000. This quota is split up for the various communities, together with the July sales in those communities.                                                                                                 


Miss Elsie Zank of Pine Valley has accepted a position to teach upper grades at Pepin, Wis. She taught last year at Sunny Nook School, Town of York (Hewett).                                                     


Three hundred motor vehicles were laid up and out of use in Clark County at the end of July, according to the best information of Leo Foster, chief clerk of the rationing board of Clark County. This represented an absolute shortage of tires required to keep the vehicles in service.


This statement of shortage speaks for the dire situation, which is developing in the United States and which, according to Mr. Foster, will become exceedingly acute in the next 60 to 90 days.  The fact is, according to this information that the United States has been using up its available rubber since Pearl Harbor and the point is being reached where the shortage will be felt sharply and unpleasantly by the American public.                


Albert Sollberger, winner of first prize as a Victory gardener, makes his garden serve a very practical purpose.  It is the no. 1 source of food for the Sollberger family and it has been so for a long time, even before there was so much interest in Victory gardens.  With the Sollbergers it is an as usual story to make garden and so they were all ready for business with lent of land in good condition behind their home on Fourth Street.


The Sollberger garden works twelve months of the year. During every month of the year, at least for the past twelve months, it has produced directly from the garden for the nourishment of the five Sollbergers.  In midwinter last year, the contribution direct from the ground was limited to parsnips, but they proved a welcome aid to health and appetite.  In the dead of winter Mr. Sollberger dug down into the deep snow, uncovered the parsnips and found them in unfrozen ground. So he dug them.  Parsnips are prominent in the garden of 1943, but the Sollbergers are not taking quite so much chance on the weather this year.  They intend to put some of the parsnips into the cellar, to be available through the coming winter. A large part of the Sollberger garden goes into cans and no small part of the canning has already been done.  For Mrs. Sollberger uses a steamer, this holds 14 quarts and requires only two quarts of water. She used electricity for heat. By using this steamer she had had success with her canning, even including corn. The canning program, much of it already carried out is as follows: tomatoes, 150 to 200 quarts; green beans, 40 to 50 quarts; corn 25 to 50 quarts; carrots 10 quarts; greens, chard and beet tops, 20 quarts; beets, 10 quarts as vegetable and eight quarts as pickles; peas, 11 pints.


With Mr. Sollberger gardening is a hobby, as well as a practical endeavor.  He loves to see things grow.


Having sold my farm I will sell my entire line of personal property at Auction Sale at the farm located 7 miles south of Loyal on K and ½ mile east on H or 3 miles west of the Gruenke Cheese Factory on H, August 25: 20 head of fine livestock; team of real good horses; 3 large O.I.C. Brood sows; 15 O.I.C. spring pigs.  Also 40 white Leghorn hens; 1400 bushels early oats, some hay, mow of straw good for baling, about 80 acres of 100-day Hybrid corn.


Complete line of good farm machinery, 1939 1-ton Pickup Truck; & some household goods.  Newt Turner, proprietor


A German Brown trout, measuring 22 inches long was caught last Friday by Gale Hiles in Wood Creek.  He caught the big trout on a dry fly made by his father, Otto Hiles. The catch was made in the late evening, just before 11 p.m.  Gale Hiles also took three other German Browns, each measuring more than 12 inches.


Carlyle Barracks, Pa., will be the location of Dr. Horace Frank when he leaves today to be commissioned as a captain in the Army.  After six weeks he will be sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.  Mrs. Frank and their two daughters will remain in Neillsville for the present.                                                                    


Wallace Brey of Greenwood showed at the Clark County fair, this year, a herd of Ayrshire cattle, which will pay his way through college.  His earnings from four fairs have already been more than $500 net.  Before this season is over the fair awards alone will be almost sufficient to pay a year’s expenses at the University of Wisconsin.  It is the purpose of Wallace Brey to take a full course of four years, to qualify him to become either a county agent or an Ag instructor.


Wallace has built his herd of eleven or twelve purebred Ayrshires while attending school.  He started with a calf costing $15.  In the aggregate he has borrowed at the bank a total of about $500, but has never had more than $75 at any one time.  His method has been to borrow for one animal, pay for that and then take on another.  So he has used financing to build himself-up, but he has been careful to pay, as well as to borrow.  His herd, winning all Ayrshire awards at the fair, is now worth from $2,500 to $3,000.


Wallace is a senior at Greenwood high.  He will be ready for college one year from now. At that time he intends to turn the herd over to his father and the father is to furnish the funds for college.


Thus the enterprise of the son, intelligently encouraged by Frank Brey, the father, will have resulted in building up a purebred herd on the family farm to replace the mixed herd, which was formerly kept.



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