Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 29, 2014, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News



Wausau is to have a new and important manufacturing industry. The Marathon Paper Mills Co., with a capital of $750,000 is in the process of formation and will erect immense paper mills at the site of the Rothschild’s dam, which is about one-third of a mile down river from the Rothschild’s pavilion. The mill will have a production of fifty tons a day, making high-grade fibers exclusively.  It will employ 350 men.                               


When in need of wood of any kind, call on Geo. Evans.  Maple, birch and other kinds, at prices ranging from $1.50 to $2.00 per cord; Extra 25’ for hauling                                                


While Peter Theis and Albert Gorbech of Humbird were cutting ice to fill Emer’s icehouse the first of the week, Gorbech accidentally let an axe slip into the pond. Without a thought of the danger of the undertaking, he stripped off part of his clothes and dove through the hole in the ice after the lost axe. Fortunately he arose where the ice had been removed and raised the axe triumphantly above his head.                                       


The men’s oyster supper to be given at the Congregational Church Thursday evening, tonight, promises to be a most entertaining affair. The supper will be managed, prepared and delivered by men only and it is hoped that it will not be marred by any unpleasant features, such as spilling a bowl of soup down some diner’s back. A. B. Marsh will preside at the soup kettle and prepare the oysters a la Delmonico and his well-known culinary ability will assure everyone of a most toothsome supper. Some of the men will try their hands at cake and cookie baking. Or those who do not desire oysters, other viands have been prepared.                                                     


Chas. Cornelius purchased the Walk corner last Saturday and it is rumored that a fine brick building will be erected there this summer.                                                                                        


Mary Glovchaski of Wausau celebrated her 111th birthday last Saturday, her step is spry; her eyesight keen and her mental faculties still serve her as in the days of her youth. She goes among her neighbors alone and spends many hours of the day sewing and reading. She does all of this without the aid of glasses and her vision is as keen as it was fifty years ago. She can thread a needle and makes all her own clothes.                                 


A daughter of Editor and Mrs. Crothers is sick with scarlet fever. The house is under quarantine. George is deathly afraid of any contagious diseases and he has taken to the woods, being temporarily located in his boys’ shanty back in the wood lot, until such time as he can go back home.  Ed Short is the chief cook at the camp.


Have you seen the new kind of floor rugs Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co., just got in?  You can wipe them clean with a wet rag or sponge and cost only, in the 6 x 9’ size, $6.00; 9 x 10 ½’ size, $9.50; 9 x 12’ size $12.00.


An exchange says that the star of Bethlehem can now be seen in the heavens, by anyone who will arise early enough in the morning.  The star, which is unusually bright, can be seen in the east where it was discovered about ten days ago, it now makes its appearance at daybreak the star of Bethlehem, which 1909 years ago guided the wise men, is said to appear only at intervals of 500 years, so you had better look for it while it is in the heavens, as you will probably be too old when the next time it makes its appearance.                                                              


The descendants of George Washington will give a 6 o’clock supper in the G.A.R. Hall Monday Feb. 22 under the auspice of the W.R.C.  All are cordially invited.                                              


Conrad Stelloh and Miss Louisa Martens were granted a license to marry and the ceremony will take place at Milwaukee.


The O’Neill House property was traded this week by Riley Bros. to a party in Fond du Lac.  The trade does not affect the management of the hotel, it is understood.                                          


The senate bill, already passed, stops the sale of liquor by the drug store for any purpose whatsoever.  It is the most drastic law enacted in any state on the prohibition question. It not only provides absolute prohibition but also restores the inquisition and gives immunity to people who testify in “joint” cases.  Legislators say the bill is bound to become a law.


Ed Kelicut, Will Galbreath and F. Short, all of Shortville, went to Black River Falls Sunday with their crops of tobacco, each having nearly a ton to sell.                                                               


G. W. Allen of Loyal left last Monday to accompany a party who are going to Nelson, B.C., where they have business interests.  They intend to purchase another mine near the Queen mine in which Mr. Allen is a stockholder.



J. G. Zimmerman & Sons general store, corner of Hewett and Fourth, formerly the Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. business, as it appeared in the 1920’s

(Photo courtesy of the Bill Roberts collection)


February 1944


The Town of Levis has gone over the top for the Clark County War fund.  It is the only town to have made its quota up to date. The final stroke to put the town over was a Bunco party, held at the Levis community hall Saturday night. At the party, prizes were given for Bunco; these being donated by Levis neighbors, and many items were auctioned off.


Preparations for the Bunco party were made by a committee consisting of Mrs. George Beeckler, Mrs. Henry Seidelman, Mrs. Peter Honzik, Sr., and Mrs. Fred Subke.  The ladies covered the entire town, the third time it was covered for the war fund.


The first direct solicitation resulted in direct subscriptions of $96.44, with a quota of $236. So a dance was organized and this was not sufficient, so then came the Bunco party, which put the town over. The two parties raised $140.85.


At the Bunco party and auction George Beeckler was the auctioneer, his first appearance as an auctioneer. Being the Town chairman and the chairman for this war drive, he had the responsibility and he went after the money in earnest. The result was the quota with $1.29 to spare.


Both parties were held at the Bohemian Lodge Hall, furnished by the lodge to forward the campaign.


Thorp village has sent is check for $724, full amount of the quota.  Other contributions aggregating $46 have recently been received by County Chairman, A. C. Wagner.                                           


J. F. Schuster of Neillsville has a wartime wheelbarrow, which he has made himself. For it, he required no priorities.  The metal came from an old wheelbarrow, which he had made 30 years ago, and which had disintegrated with time. Prior to use in that old wheelbarrow, those metal parts had some humble origin, perhaps a junk pile. They consisted of a metal wheel, of the fitting of that wheel and of the legs, and supports. Thus the wheel and the metal fixture have served in two wheelbarrows for Mr. Schuster, and had presumably served another owner at least once before, a long and honorable life for fixtures.


The wheelbarrow is one of the products of Mr. Schuster’s workshop in the basement of his home.  In his free time he works there with tools. This is his hobby.  There he makes articles of furniture.  The most recent is a coffee table, which was made from the wood of an old grand piano. The piano was bought long ago. The metal from it went to the Boy Scouts and the mahogany and rosewood is appearing in the coffee table and other items of furniture.


The Neillsville community has many places and much work for returning soldiers and others on the Rotary work-pile project.  The club’s committee, headed by A.C. Wagner, has received eleven returns on the 156 sheets sent out to local businessmen.  These sheets requested information about post-war employment, construction and purchases, is suggested by the first returns.


The eleven businesses represented by the replies had lost 19 men to the armed services and report that they will have 20 openings for returning service men after the war is over.  In addition, the places have work for two salesmen, one bookkeeper, seven mechanics and one saleswoman.                         


Vance Williams of Malta, Ill., spent several days here recently visiting his mother, Mrs. H. E. Williams, who is spending the winter in Neillsville and with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Ben Beeckler and her family.  While here, Mr. Williams closed a deal whereby the ownership of the H.E. Williams farm, located one mile east of Trimberger’s Corner on Highway 10, passed from the Williams’ family, who have owned this land since 1856, to Edward Sternitzky and sons.


Although the Williamses have given up title to this land, it becomes the property of another pioneer family, for the Sternitzky’s followed the Williamses here just a few months later and have been neighbors of the Williams families all these years.


Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hollenbach, who have lived on the farm for several years, are planning to move to a smaller place.


Marriage Licenses:


Darrel Raine, Town of Pine Valley, and Eleanor Kren, Town of Levis


Carl Zarnstorff, 24, Genoa City Wis., and Elpha Schuette, 22, Town of Beaver


Robert B. Wolfram, 24, Owen, Wis., and Ruth E. Ammentorp, 21, Town of Longwood


Ivan G. Humke, 19, Town of Warner, and Shirley Ann Braun, 20, Town of Warner


Ambrose G. Jicinsky, Stratford, and Rita M. Hein, Town of Colby


Announcement - Until I have established an office, please phone your orders to Jenni’s Standard Service Station or to No. 206 at my home.  Your Patronage is Heartily Solicited and Orders will be Promptly Filled. 


Arthur “Coonie” Dux, Your Standard Oil Man                                 


Martin O. Zilisch, Jr. Makes a Record!


The people of Neillsville remember Martin O. Zilisch, Jr., as a newsboy who attended to his business. They will not be surprised to know he is still doing the same.


Today Martin is in charge of procurement for a big bomber plant at Kansas City, Kansas.  There, he is responsible for the operations of an entire department, which is vital in production.


His position is so important that, when he tried to join the armed forces, he was officially told to stay on his job.


Martin made good in Neillsville, graduating from the high school in 1937.  He will make good wherever he is placed.  His friends in the Old Home Town are proud of another of its boys who has done well.


A secret is something everybody knows but the newspaper can’t publish.


Louis E. Slock has tendered his formal resignation as superintendent of schools of Clark County, to take effect February 25, 1944.  Mr. Slock has accepted a position in the Eau Claire State Teacher’s College.


“Mr. and Mrs. America,” a comedy play will be given by the Junior Class at Greenwood High School on Friday evening, February 18.  The cast includes Howard Johnson, Dorothy Johnson, Mary McKenna, Kenneth Steiger, Janice Baird, Frances Christopherson, Betty Kenyon, Norma Warner, Phyllis Mead, Anne Huntzicker and Ralph Debevec.


Between acts there will be songs by the first and second grades, a piano duet by Mrs. Herbert Schwarze and Miss Florence Gustafson, and a song by the boys’ quartet.                                               


Otto Lewerenz has purchased from Rose Eberhardt a parcel of land to the east of his present Sweet Shop property on South Hewett Street.  The parcel is 40’ x 50’ and now has a barn on it.


The purpose of Mr. Lewerenz is to enlarge his present building, making provision for increased facilities.


The purchase gives Mr. Lewerenz an L-shaped holding, with frontage on Hewett and Fourth streets.  The frontage on Fourth is that of his residence, the rear of which is immediately east of the parcel, which he has just purchased.


Homecoming for the 32nd National Guard Unit!  The men who fought at Burma are coming home.


There could be no happier news for Wisconsin short of final victory itself. For the 32nd Division was and is our very own.  Many of its units and much of its personnel went from our cities, villages and farms.


So, in hundreds of Wisconsin homes the days and hours will be counted until this promised reunion comes. Then eyes will be wet and prayers of gratitude will be uttered.  Over there? If these are two more beautiful words than “going home,” a soldier have never heard them.


Not that our veterans have ended their service to their country, Far from it. They may, back in the United States, be of even greater service in teaching untried soldiers in training camps how to survive in the tropical tangle and how to beat the Japanese at their own game.  For no teacher, save experience itself, is more convincing than the man who has been there.


The jungle-worn veterans, ill prepared and ill equipped as they were at the beginning, were among the first American fighting men to prove that the Japanese were invincible when it came to matching courage and bayonets.


Even if “finish” is soon to be written to the history of the 32nd Division’s overseas service in World War II, the record of this division will stand among the bravest of the struggle. The men who wrote that record in their sweat and their blood will know that when Wisconsin shouts a happy “Welcome home” it will also mean, from the heart, “Well done!”


(The above article was taken from the Milwaukee Journal. The 32nd Division was noted state-wide for its outstanding military achievements during World War II.  D Z)                                      



A happy family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hansen, Neillsville, Rt. 1, Tuesday evening. Four of their children were at home for the occasion; Petty Officer Robert Hansen, home on leave from the navy, Miss Marcella, home for a few days from her college work in Milwaukee, Miss Hazel, who teaches school near Unity, and Miss Myrtle who teaches in the Town of Grant. The family group also includes a younger son, Donald, who lives at home with his parents.  Only one of the children is absent, the daughter, Cpl. Gertrude of the WAC, stationed at Camp Stoneman, Calif.




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