Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 12, 2014, Page 9

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1879


A lively runaway took place Monday noon in this village, one of those real old orthodox runaway’s that is supposed to be the peculiar providence of local newspapers to record.  Mr. Bateman had delivered some straw at Sheriff Houston’s stable and his horses concluded that it was time to leave.  They skipped up the alley to Court Street, thence southward to the alley at the Fireman’s Hall, down which they dashed to Main Street, thence northward helter-skelter through Main Street scattering parts of the hayrack, then plunging up to the posts at Lloyd’s store, giving one hind wheel a thump from its axle.


With the remaining three wheels and a few parts of the hayrack the horses dashed around Gates’ corner and away, being captured a few flourishes and handed over to friend Bateman.  Several efforts to stop the team on Main Street were made, with some narrow escapes from collisions being the only result.                   


Peter Johnson has built a cellar and stairway on his furniture store on Third Street.


J.L. Gates recently received a shipment of 400 barrels of choice Michigan apples.  Now is the time to lay in your winter supply.                                                                                               


As the logging season opens up, our streets fill up with busy people, prepared for a choppy campaign against the “forests primeval.”                                                                                                   


Gustavus Sterns, at his planing mill north of O’Neill Creek is about the busiest man in town.  His machinery is first class and his work is the finest.                                                                  


The President issued a proclamation Nov. 3rd, appointing November 20th as a day of National Thanksgiving.  Trot out your turkeys.                                                                                             


Do you want a dictionary; if so, send 34 cents and received by return mail, Illustrated Dictionary, fine red cloth binding, 25,000 words: Wisconsin Book and Subscription Agency, Sparta, Wis.


A small six-column folio newspaper, called the Marshfield Times, has been started at Marshfield, Wood County.  We discover no name of editor or proprietor.  The first and second pages are printed in English and the third and fourth in German, and the German side is called the Wood County Herald.  We subjoin a few items from its columns.


Of the town it says:

“Marshfield is a thriving village of about 650 inhabitants situated 32 miles north of Stevens Point, in Wood County, on the Wisconsin central railroad and contains some of the best material for business along the line.”


Of the agriculture resources:

“All kinds of small grains grow and yield well; corn yields well and is raised in quite large quantities.  We think we can beat any State in the Union for grass, timothy, clover, millet and wild grasses which are raised very extensively.”


The towns along the Central railroad are growing, especially Marshfield, with great rapidity and this new enterprise, combining German and English, has chosen a good point to begin at Marshfield expects to be the capital of Wood County at no distant day, and that and the Neillsville railroad will go far to make Marshfield boom.


Ira McIntyre’s newly-opened saloon on Second Street is large and well furnished.  It is a good place to have a game of billiards or to read the latest papers.  Judging by the number of people we are seeing going into Ira’s, he must be doing a good business.                                                                                           


The news reached town Tuesday that all the buildings on the poor farm in the Town of York had been destroyed by fire.  Mr. Albert Lyons, the leasee, was in town that day and from him it was learned the fire broke out a little before midnight, and had made such headway before waking Mr. Lyons and their family, who had retired early, that they barely had time to escape.  Very little property was saved.  A grain building and other property were destroyed.  How this is to operate upon the new plan of the county in caring for the poor, has not yet developed, but it is probable that the work will go ahead; and it is necessary to incur extra expense, the people will readily meet it.


At Fritz Brieg’ Bakery a serious accident occurred day before yesterday, which will necessitate the construction of a new oven.  The oven, which was built early last summer, by Frank Plischke, was of brick, which in some manner, by the action of iron brace rods constructing and expanding with heat and cold, became dislodged.  So yesterday, as Mr. Brieg was finishing baking, both sides of the oven exploded, making almost a total loss.  This will make it necessary to rebuild the oven, which Mr. Brieg informs us will be built further back from his main building so as to give more room.  This is the third or fourth time our enterprising baker of Second Street has been obliged to reconstruct his oven at an expense of several hundred dollars.  But Fritz doesn’t give up.  He has a gritty German perseverance and will soon be turning out bread for our people as before.


November 1939


 In the open country, a few miles northwest of Neillsville, American Telephone and telegraph crews are “plowing under” coaxial cable for the new Stevens Point - Minneapolis line, the first installation of its kind in the world.


A specialty built cable-laying plow will bury a cable up to two and five eighths inches in diameter at any desired depth up to 30 inches.  It will make a drawbar pull up to 35,000 pounds.


The cable is wound on a reel and is mounted on a special caterpillar carriage from which it is fed into the plow.  The powerful caterpillar tractor heads the parade of machinery.


The cost of the project will be in the neighborhood of $2,000,000, including a booster station and garage of Cape Cod design and fireproof construction, now being erected in Neillsville.


By installing the cable underground, telephone officials assert, the danger of storm damage in an area of several storms will be overcome.                                                                                               


Herman Frederick Yankee passed away at the home of his son, Arnold, October 24, 1939.  He was born in Stettin, Province of East Prussia.


His mother died when he was a small child and at the age of four years, his father immigrated to America and his brother, William, who preceded him in death, settled in Dale, Wis., where other relatives were already living.  There, the father, Henry Yankee, married again and the boys made their home with their aunt and uncle.


At the age of 14, he started out to pave his own way, working on farms in the summer and logging camps in the winter, which were the chief industries.  Coming to Clark County in 1870, both brothers engaged in this work in the winterland heavy log driving in the spring.  Here Mr. Yankee attained the reputation of being one of the best log drivers on the Black and Yellow river waters, where he worked for George Weisner and the John Paul Lumber Company.


Mr. Yankee was brought up in the Lutheran faith.  On June 10, 1888, he was united in marriage to Ida Caskaden of Neillsville, who preceded him in death 14 years ago.  Here, they built their home and for many years Mr. Yankee worked as a drayman for C. Krumrey.  Then he went in business for himself and later became Mr. Krumrey’s partner. After the dissolution of this partnership he continued in the dray and delivery business until he retired about three years ago.  He had since made his home with his son, Arnold.  His hobbies were horses and outdoor life.  He had been a member of the Neillsville Modern Woodman Lodge since 1909.


Surviving are his son, Arnold Hugh, Neillsville; eight half brothers and sisters: Mrs. Barney Brothrel, Cadott; Mrs. Charles Goetchlinger, Ill.; Arthur Yankee, Bernhart Yankee, and Saul Yankee, Medina; John Yankee, Fremont, Wis.; Henry and Floyd, Williston, N.D. and a host of friends.


Interment was made at the Neillsville City Cemetery.                          


Change of Management & Re-Opening of Bunny’s Bar Friday, Nov. 10, located opposite Zilk Villa, Featuring Hot Roast Beef and Chili.                                                                                       


Annual Program and Pie Social Friday Night, Nov. 17, at the Washburn Town Hall; Ladies please bring pie and sandwiches for two.                                                                            


Otto A. Haugen Post 73, American Legion benefit Turkey Dance, Wed., Nov. 22, at Silver Dome Ballroom, Neillsville; Admission 1’ to 35’.  There will be Prizes & a Fine Orchestra.        


Lumberjack Style Bean-Hole Baked Beans, 15’ pint, 25’ quart; $1 gallon; All orders must be placed no later than Thursday evening of each week for delivery on Saturday of same week.  All deliveries made on Saturday.  We Bake Every Week.  Call BLK 19.                                                                             


Stables Nite Club, Hwy 10; 6 miles west of Neillsville; Dancing every Saturday; Music by “The Sweitzers” Saturday, Nov. 18.  Tasty food - Fine Liquors; Big Duck Shoot on Sunday, Nov. 19.  Ducks-Geese-Chickens. Cribbage Tournament every Monday night.  Cash Prizes!  Case of Breunigs Beer given Nov. 20 for largest hand of the evening.


The “slaughter” was on in earnest this week as hundreds of hunters stalked the deer country south and west of Neillsville.


And slaughter, it was. According to officials at the district conservation office in Black River Falls, more than 60 does had fallen prey to hunters’ bullets in the first three days of the season.  Most of these were found in the woodlands of southern Clark County, Northern Jackson County, and the forest area in the western region of Clark County.


The officials said that the toll of does, many of them believed to have been shot by hunters who pulled the trigger before looking for the antlers, was no greater than usual; but that it was bad enough.


Eighteen arrests for violation of game laws also were reported by the district conservation officials in the first three days of the season.


With heavy fogs and no snow on the ground, conditions during the first half of the season were poor.  Hunters wanted snow to make tracking possible and to form a better back ground to outline deer against when drawing “bead.”


Although apparently fewer hunters were returned with their bucks than in previous years, there were many who had reported success during the first half of the season.


Among the most interesting hunting stories turned up to date, and vouched for, was that told by Earl Galbreath of the Town of Washburn.


Earl, who was hunting in back of the O’Day place in the Town of Washburn Saturday, came upon two old bucks, their antlers locked in struggle.  According to the story, Earl saw the head of one buck raise above brush and shot.  It was not until after the shot was fired that he realized that there were two bucks.  A second shot finished the second buck.


Hunters who later reviewed the scene reported that nearly an acre of ground had been torn up in the struggle and guessed that the bucks had been locked together since Friday night.


Emil Dusack, also of Washburn, claimed the second buck.  One was a 20-pointer and the other a 10-pointer.


The area around Pray was apparently proving the best for hunters.  Residents of the area reported that upwards of 100 bucks had been taken out of the district since the start of the season.


Officials of the district conservation office in Black River Falls reported that 47 wardens are active in districts nine and 10.  District 10 includes Jackson, Clark, Monroe and Eau Claire counties.


Up to Tuesday night, no fatal accident had been reported in the district, they said.  However in district nine, to the east and south, had been less fortunate.  One hunting fatality was reported in this district, near Wisconsin Rapids, on the first day of the deer season.                                                                                    


An adequate supply of soft water for the $56,000 water supply project of the village of Granton has been found, according to Vernon S. Hamel, member of the firm of consulting engineers in charge.


Sufficient water was found in the last of seven test wells drilled for the project and produces 40 gallons per minute, or 2,400 gallons per hour through a six-inch test hole, the engineer said.


The well is located on the eastern edge of the village and is in water bearing limestone strata about 36 feet deep.  The water is soft, “softer than Black River Water,” Mr. Hamel declared, “and is free from iron.”


Drilling of the final well is expected to be done this winter, probably in January; and construction of a 50,000 gallon standpipe reservoir probably will be started in the spring.


Work on the project is moving along at a rapid pace, Mr. Hamel said.  To date, more than 2,000 feet of water main has been laid by the WPA crew on the project.  The project calls for the laying of 10,000 feet of main.  Work on the water mains was started in mid-October.                                                    


Mr. and Mrs. Neil F. Warren have gone into the mink fur business at Ketchikan, Alaska.  They have so advised Mr. and Mrs. Otto Warren, Town of York, parents of Mr. Warren.  The young people had been expected to return to Wisconsin for a holiday visit, but now the visit is off.  The details of the new venture are not fully known.  The young people will live at a little distance from Ketchikan, on the mink farm, whose population now consists of fifty-odd adult mink.  The Warrens hope that this population will grow under their care.                            


Neillsville’s formal Christmas opening will be held Saturday night, Dec. 2nd.


Decorating of the business district in Yuletide regalia is expected to be largely complete for the holiday occasion.  Stores will be decked out in holiday dress, and shelves and counters will be fitted up with the most complete line of gift suggestions available.


In line with the formal opening homeowners of the city are urged to set out Christmas decorations in with the special effort of the city council and the merchants.



A photo of two Granton School District’s building.  The building on the far right was put up in the late 1800s and used until another facility was started in 1917, shown on the left.  The newer building was dedicated in February 1918.





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