Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 21, 2013, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

August 1883


Robert Schofield has commenced the building of a large and elegant residence at Greenwood. From the plans shown us by Mr. Montgomery of here, who has the contract, we judge that the house will, for some time at least, exceed anything in the county in point of size and finish.  It will replete with all the modern improvements in hydraulic and heating arrangements. It will be locate d near the Greenwood turnpike facing the road leading from that to the mill.


Mr. Jesse Lowe was treated to a free ride on Tuesday on the horns of an infuriated heifer, which he was leading.  It might have been a serious matter, as the animal meant business, but by main strength and some presence of mind, Mr. Lowe speedily extricated himself and Mr. Heaslett, near whose shop the affair took place, quickly put an end to further mischief by shooting the infuriated beast, which would probably otherwise have run amuck through the streets. The animal pitched straight into Mr. Lowe and carried him quite a distance across the street, but he singularly escaped with only a little bruise on the side of his head.                                                                         


The Odd Fellows Hall is very rapidly approaching completion and when done will be one of the finest buildings here, and among the private business buildings next to the largest.


Mr. Trogner, who has charge of the building, has proved himself to be an excellent architect and builder as his work on this building will show for itself when completed. The lower part of the building will be completed in the course of two or three weeks, when it will become the home of the Republican and Press for five years at least. The upper story, which will be used by the odd Fellows, will be ready for occupancy early in September.



The Odd Fellows Hall was built in 1883, on the southwest corner of West Fifth and West streets. George Trogner, an excellent craftsman, was the architect and builder.  The first floor was later divided into two stores and the Odd Fellows Lodge had their meeting room on the second floor.  There is a concrete plaque set within the brick facing on the upper front of the building, which designates the lodge’s name and date that the structure was built.  As you walk past the building, look up and view the plaque. (On this photo the lower left portion is occupied by Gluck’s Family Shoe Store and WCCN Radio Station on the right)



The liquor row is still going on in Black River Falls.  The Town board, which is now temperance, recently revoked the license of Franz and Freeman on what they claim insufficient grounds. They have carried the case into court and the inhabitants are warming up and taking sides.                                    


There will be a grove meeting held on the 7th and 8th, in the Town of York, near the center of the Town, half a mile west of Camp Diamond, on the north branch of O’Neill’s Creek.               


A violent hailstorm passed over this county on Tuesday.  Hailstones measuring from one to two inches in diameter are reported from different sections. At Loyal, one of the two-inch hailstones hit William Hallecken on the head and knocked him down, which is about all of the damage that has been reported.


As the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so is the proof of apple raising and Mr. Robert Hoard, who lives about eight miles east of here, furnished the proof in as fine a looking lot of apples as were ever raised anywhere. His entire orchard escaped the frost of last spring and every bearing tree he has is loaded with fruit.  His fruit is mostly of the large variety; an average apple from among, which we found to measure ten inches in circumference.


The blackberry harvest is about the largest ever known in this county. Thousands of bushels will go to waste within a few miles of here after everybody has been supplied with enough for three meals a day until another crop ripens.


The Sons of Herman, of here, will give a social dance at the hall of Messrs. Neverman & Sontag, in this village, on Friday evening, August 10th. All loves of the German dance are invited, as well as those who love to trip the light fantastic in Quadrille.                                                                                                   


There is a case of yellow fever at Independence, in Trempealeau County, the victim being a man who recently returned from a visit to Texas.  He undoubtedly contracted the disease in the South, but it shows how easily it may be introduced and good medical authority is found for believing that we may yet have a general visit from the scourge.


E. L. Hoffman brings back a stalk of Dakota blue-joint grass that measures twenty-five feet and six inches.  It is well that he brought the stalk with him, or his character for veracity might suffer.


Mr. A. C. Blakeslee’s Specials: 3-lb. can standard tomatoes for $1.00; 2-lb. can Cove Oysters for $1; 4-lbs. best Rio Coffee $1; 4-lbs. good Japan Tea $1


August 1948


The Carstenson brothers, Harry and Bill, Sunday reported a yield of 77 ½ bushels of oats per acre on a 30-acre field at their farm near Shortville.


This is the best average yield as yet reported to The Clark County Press in these parts. While the indication is that the average for this area will run close to 40-50 bushels.  The low-lying area south of here is enjoying above average yields.


The Carstenson oats were of superior quality and averaged about 33 pounds per bushel, according to their weights.  The field contained both Vanguard and Clinton varieties, with the Clinton going slightly higher in weight than the Vanguard.


The field was in corn last year and 2-12-6 fertilizer was used.  Other crops on the Carstenson place look unusually good. A large field of 95-day corn is earing heavily and now stands between 9 and 11 feet high. A small field of buckwheat and another small field of soybeans stand better than three feet high and are thick.


Famous paintings by famous masters rescued from the salt mines of Germany by the American Army, were seen by Mrs. Ben Stucki of Neillsville in the Chicago Art Institute last Friday.


One hundred and fifty of the masterpieces were on exhibit there and showed the effects of their hiding in the dankness of the German salt mines, Mrs. Stucki said, “They were warped and some even had worm holes.”


Readers will recall that more than 200 famous paintings were stumbled on quite by accident as the American Army swarmed into Germany. These included the pictures on exhibit in Chicago. Fifty-two of them were in such fragile condition that they were returned to Germany.  Even so, the collection of 150 paintings is valued at $80 million and guards swarmed over the institute to guard them,” Mrs. Stucki stated.


One room was devoted to the paintings of Rembrandt.  Included in this group was a picture, which has long been a favorite of the Stuckis, “The Man with the Golden Helmet.”  The Stuckis have a reproduction of the original, which Mrs. Stucki saw in the Chicago exhibit.


The showing in Chicago was ended Tuesday and the valuable paintings were to be sent to Boston for exhibition. An admission charge of 30 cents is made, Mrs. Stucki said. The proceeds are to be used for the children in the American occupation zone of Germany. The pictures are the property of the Berlin museums and are now under the possession of the United States Army, which brought them to this country for safe-keeping after their discovery in 1945.


Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson, Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mrs. Albert Holt and children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olson and daughter, all of Neillsville and Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Schwarze of Greenwood, drove to Rice Lake Sunday to visit Gilbert Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson and his family.  Gilbert, who is a Reserved Officer, is planning on re-entering the army school in Alabama.  His family will join him there a soon as he has found living quarters.


Thirty members of the Turner family, children and grandchildren of Mrs. Hattie Turner, attended their annual family reunion at York Center Sunday.


Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ken Turner, who flew to York Center from Chicago in their own plane on Saturday.   Their landing operation was directed from the ground by Myron Turner of Kirkland, Ill., and James Triska of Stockton, Calif.


The Ken Turners set down their plane in a field on the Hank Voigt farm.  On Sunday, Mr. Turner, a licensed pilot, made several trips aloft carrying members of the family and neighbors on flights.


The family reunion dinner was served Sunday in the York Town Hall.


Among those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. James Triska of Stockton, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Myron Turner of Kirkland, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Turner of Chicago; Mr and Mrs. Victor Turner of Wisconsin Rapids; Mr and Mrs. Clayton Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Turner and family; and Mr. and Mrs. George Turner, all of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schoenfeldt of York; Mr. and Mrs. Ken Turner of Chicago; and Gene and Beverly Turner of Granton.


Mr. and Mrs. William Bradford have sold their farm on Pleasant Ridge to Glen Short.


Every dog has his day and the six-week old black Labrador puppy of the Arthur Gress family has had his day early in life.  For the pup, still unnamed because it is to find a future home with relatives of the Gresses in Pontiac, Mich., has had his fractured leg set by a M.D. and in a hospital.


The puppy suffered the fracture of a back left when he jumped from Mrs. Gress’ arms at the Lake Arbutus cottage last Wednesday.  Herbert Brown, manager of the Neillsville Hospital and a cottage neighbor of the Gress family, talked the situation over with Dr. M. V. Overman, himself the owner of a fine Labrador.  Between them they arranged to take care of the Gress puppy in real style.


The following morning Robert Gress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur, appeared at the hospital, pup in arms. Dr. Overman and Mr. Brown, un-bended their talents toward the healing of the dog; X-rays were taken to determine how to best set the bone.  Then Dr. Overman reduced the fracture and put a splint on the injured member.  A final X-ray was taken to check on the setting of the bone.


The puppy is getting along nicely, according to Robert Gress.               


The invasion of higher lands by swamp rattlers in this area is being blamed on the dry weather of this summer.


Several poisonous rattlesnakes have been killed in the area in recent days. Lawrence Freedlund killed one last week while making hay in a marsh east of the Freedlund farm. A few weeks ago, another rattler was killed in the Connie Bayko yard; and Theodore Schwanebeck killed one in their farmyard recently.


People hereabouts believe the unusually dry weather has caused the rattlers to come up from the swamps near Hay Creek.


Repair of the Sherwood Dam spillway, which went out a few years ago, was started last week by several farmers of the Sherwood area. They hauled rock and sand to the dam site last Sunday and anticipated an early start on the project.


Keep Your Car “Rarin-to-Go” with Cities Service Performance Tested Service at Pilz Service Station, south end of South Hewett Street.  Washing, greasing & tire repair!  Open until midnight


Wedding Dance for Lyle Humboldt and Ruth Beilke, Saturday, August 21, at the Silver Dome; Free of charge for wedding and organization dances.                                                                                   


Lorraine Helen Hagedorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hagedorn, became the bride of Henry Robert Shaw, at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. William Baumann officiating.


Maid of honor was Miss Rosie Weiting and the bridesmaids were Anola Tews and Shirley Shaw. Edgar Sly served as bestman, with Louis Shaw, Jr. and Clarence Hagedorn as ushers. Franklin Meier was ring bearer and Dianne Hoffman was flower girl.  One hundred guests attended the wedding reception, which followed at the bride’s home. The young couple will be at home at 220 ½ West Seventh Street.    


A series of costly fires in this area was continued last Saturday morning as lightning struck the barn on the Martin Hillert farm, two miles south of Granton.  The Hillert barn with its contents was the fourth in southern Clark County to be burned in as many weeks.  The other three are: William Zank farm, Town of Pine valley; David Gallagher estate farm, occupied at that time by Albert Tremmeling; and the Fred Grottke farm, Town of Lynn.


If the “gumption” “git-up-and-go” inventiveness or any other of the old-fashioned virtues have anything to do with it, the Wilbur Turners will have themselves a fine house one of these years.  In the meantime, they have as charming and as attractive a substitute as can well be imagined, and if there isn’t much of it to be seen on the surface, that doesn’t make it any the less complete and compact.


The Turners decided to build a house this spring, and as they considered building costs and shortages of materials, they faced the fact that it would be a matter of years before they could complete their project. Nothing daunted, they decided they would go ahead with their arrangements and planned the house so that they could complete the basement this summer.  Complete it they did and in such a manner that they and their four children have a five-room apartment as roomy, practical an attractive as one could hope to see.


From the outside of the dwelling on the corner of Division and Huron streets, it is scarcely discernible to the eye, being in fact a mere foot or so of foundation, with a closed in stairwell at the rear.


Eventually, the Turners will undoubtedly come out with an attractive, one-story house, complete with white siding, asphalt shingles and all that makes a house complete.




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