Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 18, 2013, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1913


Spokane newspaper gives quite an extended account of a large and growing company in that city, which is engaged in making a new cereal food called “crisped wheat,” which is now making a new form of confectionary. B. O. Crandall, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Crandall of here is the treasurer of the company.


Ben Langreck of Iowa, who bought the Mike Hubing farm in the Town of Grant, and has rented it, is here looking after his interests.                                                                                                  


What is known as the Burpee farm south of Christie, owned by Aug. Meseke, was sold last week to Chas. Runge of Fond du Lac County. The farm consists of 144 acres, about 130 under cultivation and rest in timber. All personal property including this year’s crops and over 40 head of livestock went with farm, consideration $16,150.  Mr. Runge, who is a nephew of Henry Schultz, is said to be an excellent farmer.               


Luethe’s will buy a car load of chickens Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 9 and will pay the following prices: Hens 10 cents, Spring Chickens 13 cents, Ducks, 10 cents, Geese, 8 cents, and Turkeys, 10 cents.


Green beans will be received at the cannery Friday, all day and Saturday until noon. The will close the bean-canning season.  Next week Beets will be taken in, beginning Monday.         


It is reported that Mrs. Susie Thoma has sold her farm in Weston to Frank Schoenwetter of Greenwood.  This is an excellent place, one of the many fine farms of Weston.                   


There will be a Harvest dance at Riverside Park, Sunday, Sept. 14, afternoon and evening.  Music will be provided by the Gibson Orchestra.  Refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend and participate in this pleasant event.                                                                                                         


August Schoengarth just finished burning 150,000 bricks, which are now ready for sale.


The stockyards at the Neillsville train depot are being remodeled and rebuilt.


There will be a 6 p.m. 25-cent dinner at the Congregational Church, Thursday, Sept. 18.  The menu will be: Roast Beef, Brown Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Hot Slaw, Pickles, Apple Pie, Cheese and Coffee.


Ed Montgomery sold his farm in Pine Valley last week to F. A. Viergutz of Marion, Wis. The farm of 80 acres, all the crops and personal property go with the farm, consideration $9,700.  The deal was made through A. H. Holverson.  Mr. Viergutz was formerly a buttermaker in the Andrus Creamery in York and has many friends here who will be glad to have him home among us.  Mr. Montgomery will move on to the Arndt farm, which he has rented.


L. B. Ring has been appointed superintendent of the “Big Brother” Association with headquarters in Milwaukee, an organization for assisting and looking after delinquent children in Wisconsin.


Blacksmith wanted, at once, at the Geo. Evan’s old stand in Neillsville.  See Chas. D. Seif


Last week a deal was completed by which the Youmans farm on the Ridge Road was sold to C. S. Altermus (Altemus) of Evansville, Wis.  Mr. Youmans taking in the deal a smaller farm near the city.  Mr. Altermus (Altemus) is here in charge of the farm and stock all of which he bought.  He is said to be a progressive up-to-date farmer and he certainly has secured one of the finest farms in Clark County.  His son-in-law, Mr. Casper Martiz (Marty) will be with him on the farm.  Mr. Youmans’ plans are not yet settled for the future.                                    


Last Friday night Anton Barton’s barn on his farm in Weston burned to the ground with his entire crop of grain and hay and some machinery. Boone’s threshing machine, which was in the barn also burned.


The threshing machine was put into the barn in the afternoon and that night about eleven o’clock the barn was seen to be on fire.  It is thought that a spark from the engine must have lodged in the separator and smoldered several hours before blazing.


The entire loss to Mr. Barton is about $3,000, with only $1,000 in insurance. Mr. Boone had no insurance on his threshing machine.                                                                                            


Last Wednesday was the fortieth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. David William’s marriage.  A big crowd of the Pine Valley folks decided to celebrate the occasion, which is known as a “Ruby Wedding.”  It so happened that the groom had gone down to Lake Arbutus on a fishing trip and stayed all night, when the party arrived they found only the bride to greet them. They brought with them an abundance of good things to eat and a fine supply of neighborly good will and it was a right royal fine time.  It generally takes two to make a wedding, but Ruby Wedding can be run with only one, though it would have pleased all to have had the groom present.


September 1948


Several Neillsville skiing enthusiasts spent Sunday at Bruce Mound brushing out ski trail.  Sunday’s work, a continuation of several other days of effort, saw the first trail nearing completion.


They estimated that one more day’s work will see the brushing finished. They then plan to put up their ski tow and have everything set for the opening of the skiing season.


Those who worked on the project Sunday included Bennie and Bill Stucki, Floyd Rossman, James Hauge, John M. Peterson and Heron and Richard Van Gorden.


The development of the Bruce Mound area for winter sports is being carried on by the Half Moon Ski Club, a new Neillsville organization, which expects soon to open its ranks for memberships, locally.


Recent changes have been made in the ownership of cheese factories in Clark County.


Food Cooperative, Inc., which was an organization of food stores, has retired from this field, with the purpose; it is understood, of buying its cheese in the open market. The result is that the old Ludwig Johnson factory on No. 10 is back in the hands of Mr. Johnson who will run it.


The other factory of Food Cooperative, the old Gempeler factory east of Eaton Center, has been sold to Vernon Mech, who is running it.


Standard Brands has also retired from cheese production in this territory.  The Pine Grove factory, Town of Beaver, which was developed by George Foelsch, has been sold by Standard Brands to Pauly & Pauly of Green Bay, a subsidiary of Swift & Co.  The Pine Grove factory is one of the largest of Clark County in cheese production, its output exceeding a million pounds per year.  This concern has also bought the Riplinger factory, long owned by Emil Marten.


The management of the Pine Grove factory will remain for the present with George Foelsch, whose contract runs through this present year.  Mr. Foelsch resides in a pleasant home adjacent to the factory and also owns neighboring farms.


Another factory transfer is that of the silver Rock, which has passed from a partnership into the hands of Wilfred Nelson.


Mr. and Mrs. John J. Worachek, Town of Reseburg, have sold their cheese factory to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Sniegowski.  The sale included all machinery, equipment and fixtures for cheese making, store fixtures, supplies and grocery stock.


In the Town of Withee, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Conger have sold the cheese factory they have been operating to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Emmerson.   The sale included the house, cheese factory and all the fixtures, supplies and equipment.



Pine Grove Cheese Factory, located in the Town of Beaver, in the 1940s, was one of the largest producers in

Clark County, its output exceeding a million pounds of cheese per year.


The Annual Bazaar at St. Hedwig’s Parish at Thorp, Sunday, September 5; Chicken Dinner and Home-made Polish Sausage with all the trimmings. Help yourself style that begins at 11 a.m. There will be entertainment all afternoon.


One of Wausau’s outstanding orchestras, Cliff Hoene & his 11-piece orchestra will be playing in the evening.


Monday evening, Labor Day, dance to the music of Howard Sturtz & his Swing Kings.


The daughter of Dale Eunson has become a Hollywood starlet at the age of 14.  She has signed a contract with Sam Goldwyn to play the title role in “Rosanna McCoy,” a story of the feuding Hatfield’s and McCoy’s.


The lucky young woman, boosted from obscurity to stardom in one lucky stroke, has taken the state name of Joan Evans.  Her real name, of course, is Joan Eunson.  Her father Dale is a son of Neillsville and is fiction editor of the Cosmopolitan magazine and wrote the story, “The Day They Gave Babies Away.”  Joan’s mother is Katherine Albert, the writer, Mrs. Dale Eunson in private life.                                                               


Arthur Ackerman’s Grand View baseball nine annexed the Southern Clark County baseball league’s title with an easy 17 to 7 win over Globe in the championship playoff.  The game was played under the lights on the Neillsville Athletic field.


The three Wren brothers, who are enjoying a reunion here in Neillsville, have been having a fine time renewing old friendships.  Marion F. Wren, who hails from Washougal, Wash., has not been back to the town of his birth for 46 years and finds change and familiarity woven together.


Lemont F. Wren of Hawthorne, California has been here more recently, in fact he is laying the foundation of a firm habit of coming to Neillsville for a visit every fall, for this is his third autumn visit in a row.


Thomas Wren, who has stuck by the old hometown, plays host to his brothers.  Their only sister, Mrs. Nettie Baptie, of Seattle, Wash., had hoped to join her brothers here this fall but was unable to do so.


Three older brothers, Lemuel and Earl, of Washington, and Frank of California, are deceased.


The Wrens are children of Mr. and Mrs. Sereno Wren, who came into Clark County about 1867.  In 1869, they bought an 80 acre tract of land in Grant Township, which Mr. Wren cleared with ox team and upon which he built a log cabin.


He bought the first traction steam engine into the county and used it for threshing for himself and his neighbors.  In 1881, he built a saw mill on his property and cut timber for hundreds of residents around Neillsville.


His first wife was Alleda Hatch of Kankakee, Ill., who died at Columbus, Wis., in 1891.  He later married Mrs. Sarah Smith, widow of Orland Smith. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wren are now deceased.


Dr. Sarah Rosekrans and her guest, Miss Sally Butler of Indianapolis, had an experience on, or in, Lake Arbutus, last Thursday.  The two ladies were boating when an unfriendly gust of wind blew Dr. Sarah’s hat off.  Dr. Sarah made a lunge for the hat, and the boat promptly capsized when the two were precipitated into the drink; which would not have been too bad on a hot day; except for the fact that Sally Butler is no swimmer. Dr. Sarah had to call to mind everything she had ever heard about life saving tactics. She was successful in pulling Miss Butler to safety on a rock, so all was well that ended on a rock.


Sally Butler, who lives in Philadelphia, is the national and international president of the B. P. W. (Business and Professional Women’s organization).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


A conscience payment of $5 has been made to the Clark County Fair. The payment has come in the form of a money order, with a letter signed by the sender. The letter states that the payment is made because the writer once climbed the fence into the fairground and at other times rode through the gate in a load of hay.


The name of the person is known to the fair officials, but is not being made public. The person is not now a resident of Clark County.


Mr. Huckstead would like to believe that this person has started something. The fair is never on Easy Street; could always use contributions to a conscience fund.  It is Mr. Huckstead’s belief that, if all persons who have gone over the fence to the fair would now come through with the admission price, the fair could be put solidly on its feet, with a nice reserve for the rainy season.                                                                                              


Judge O. W. Schoengarth reminisced the other day about the time a grey, full beard and a campaign cigar caused an adjournment of court.  Helping the judge along with fill-in data was Ben Frantz, now clerk of the circuit court, who was Judge Schoengarth’s court reporter in those days two decades or more ago.


The thing that brought the story to the judge’s mind was a reporter’s “mutton chops,” almost a gleaming vermillion in color. And sitting behind her desk in the courthouse office and taking it all in with a chuckle was Mrs. John Kleckner, deputy clerk for circuit court.


The judge had been going over an old history of Clark County, illustrated freely with pictures of the handle-bars, beavers and Van Dykes of yesteryear. Then he sauntered into Mr. Frantz’s office.  “Do you remember, Ben,” he inquired, “about the old man with the full, white beard?”  “The one you gave a campaign cigar to?” filled in Ben.


Judge Schoengarth allowed as how he didn’t particularly remember that part of the story, so Ben filled it in further.


“He asked if it was all right to smoke in court, and you said it was.  Then he asked you for tobacco and chided because you ought to have been passing out cigars in a campaign year.  You got him a cigar.”


“Yeh, yeh that could be” mused the judge.


Judge Schoengarth picked up the threads of the story there.


“He had a beautiful, long full beaver beard and he sat in a chair and leaned back against the wall while we took testimony.


“When he got the cigar smoked down a ways, the wrapper suddenly let loose, stuck straight up and broke out in flames.


“The old gent slapped at the flames and knocked the cigar down into that beautiful beard that he was so proud of.  Then he started slapping it; and when he finally put the fire out he had a big round hole burned right in the center of that big beautiful beard.”


“That’s one day we adjourned court in a hurry,” injected Mr. Frantz.




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