Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 19, 2014, Page 22

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1869


Capt. W. Beillet of Gary, Dakota Territory, formerly of Black River Falls, was in town last Wednesday and so was his brother Frank.                                                                                          


A very bold theft was committed recently in Coleman’s camp on Four Mile Creek, near Kings Mill. A man, whose name we suppress at the request of our informant, slipped in and stole sixty-five logs from the skidways while the crew was at work all around him.  There appears to be but one cheeky thing that he did not attempt. He did not ask the crew to help him load, being magnanimous enough to do that for himself. The logs were recovered and, we understand the thief paid pretty dearly for his brief ownership.                                                             


The seventeen business firms of Greenwood are piling up dirt to wash or pan out in the spring and when the storms cease and the floods come and the logs go down river, then and then only will they know the extent of their Eldorado.


The past week has been one attended with an unusual amount of sickness in this locality diphtheria and other throat diseases being the prevailing maladies.                                                     


Dr. Charles D. King, a former resident of this place, now of Madison, brought the remains of his youngest child, Marion, aged six years, back for burial. She died of croup at Madison, last Thursday. The funeral ceremonies took place in that city, and the remains were interred in the cemetery here, Sunday.  Mr. King now has a wife and three children buried here, all of whom have died within a few years. Though his visit here was a sad one, it was made pleasant by the very cordial greeting of many old friends.                                                                              


Several cases of measles are reported in F. D. Lindsay’s logging camp, near Hosely’s. Those who have not had the disease better look out.                                                                                                                  


J. W. Ferguson has been re-appointed postmaster at this place for the next four years, Providence and the Democrats be willing.                                                                                                    


Richard A. Hawks, Jr. desires us to state that the current report of his marriage is without foundation, as he simply took a wayward daughter to her sorrowing parents, at their written request. There wasn’t any honeymoon about it.


Wanted, at Cole & Pashell’s, 10,000 pounds of beeswax, for which the highest market price will be paid.


The Legislature has provided for the laying out of a state road from Chippewa Falls to the village of Colby, in this county.


From various sources of information, we learn that there is an awful man running loose in this county.


He had been married to three women in the same vicinity, for which he went to the Penitentiary, serving a term for bigamy, and upon his release married a fourth time and moved to Michigan, from which place he moved to Minnesota, where he married wife number 5, and moved again.


We are informed by Mr. James F. Sparks, of Sherwood Forest, that a man pretending to be a minister made his appearance in his neighborhood not long ago.  By unusual piety and perseverance he soon had three girls crazy after him and had about made up his mind to marry one of them, but the suspicions of the old folks prevented a sudden honeymoon.  He thereafter left that town and seems to be operating about the Windfall area, as he had an appointment to preach there last week.  He said to be quite polished in his address and might have organized a family had he not given himself away on the start.  He had visited one of Tom La Flesh’s logging camps recently also.  He may be only a victim of appearances, but girls will do well to study his pedigree before falling in love with him.


February 1959


Plans for an Open House at the armory as a part of “Muster Day” are being made by members of the Service Company 128th Infantry, here.  While the day will be February 22, Washington’s Birthday, the local observance is planned for Sunday, February 15 and will cap a climax to weekend exercises of the unit.


Heron “Pink” Van Gorden (l) and Arne Matheson were members of the Co. E 1st BG 128th Inf. National Guard Unit for several years, shown above attending to unit affairs.


Neillsville Warriors Basketball team swamped Loyal Greyhounds 74 - 52 Tuesday night at Neillsville.


Chick Glassbrenner came through with his best game of the season, scoring 20 points, while Johnny Schwellenbach hit for 25.  Chuck and Johnny, hitting well from the outside, put the game on ice and Coach Lukes called on his reserves in the second half.


Roder was high for Loyal with 21 points, followed closely by J. Rottjer with 19.


The Neillsville “B” team, with Smith and Gall hitting for 14 points each, defeated Loyal, 44 to 26.  Nystad with 10 and Dusso with eight, were high for Loyal.                                               


Morris Blodgett, superintendent of the American Stores Dairy Company plant here, was elected president of the Neillsville Country club at the annual meeting Monday evening.  He succeeds Hubert H. Quicker, who held the post for three years.


Other officers elected were: Arthur Schraufnagel, vice president, succeeding John Schiesel; and H. O. Geise reelected secretary-treasurer, Donald W. Johnson, assistant secretary-treasurer for the last two years, retired.


In giving the secretary’s report, Mr. Johnson said that membership in the country club reached 298 last season, the largest in the club’s history. The roll numbered 253 for the previous year.


His report also indicated that $2,200 of a $3,100 debt incurred for construction of additional basement room last summer was paid during the year. The club has $900 of this capital outlay remaining.


The membership voted to retain the $10 membership fee, which has been in effect for the last three years and the $5 membership for high school students and others under age 18 whose parents are not members.


A team headed by Roger Heineck has won the membership contest at Neillsville Rotary and will be on the receiving end of a free steak dinner in the spring. Seven members were added to Rotary membership Monday night, six by the winning team.  Under the rules of the contest, the membership drive would continue until one side had five new members, or until April 6.


New members introduced at the Monday meeting included Alfred Dux, Don Schiesel, Dale Armitage, and Stan Ihlenfeldt.  Former members returning are Elliot Warlum, Frank Gruenke and John Mattson.


Standard Oil Products are distributed in the Neillsville area by: Bob’s Standard’s Service, & Gennrich Buick, who have Buick, Pontiac and Rambler Cars.


Also distributed in Granton Area by: Hubing Standard Service & Vincent’s Standard Service


Bulk Tank Delivery is available by Art Drescher of Neillsville & Marvin Garbisch in Granton.


Mrs. Adela Schumacher, who has been employed at the Granton Telephone office the past 10 years, left Granton for Manitowoc, where on Monday she started employment as a switchboard operator at a Manitowoc hotel. She had been making her home in an apartment in the Miss Anita Lautenbach residence in Granton.


The Neillsville City Council Tuesday night accepted the bid of Fel-Gross Chevrolet of $641 for a new heavy-duty police squad car. The bid, which included taking the present car on trade, was exactly $200 lower than the low bid submitted two weeks ago.


Two other bids submitted by local automobile dealers on the same class of car were within 15 cents of one-another, but these two were approximately $140 higher than the Fel-Gross bid.


Two weeks ago the council rejected all bids and issued a call for new ones when it was determined that specifications given were ambiguous.                                                                                   


A Ringling Brothers Circus tent stake, found July 15, 1894 by Arthur J. Haugen the day after the circus showed in Neillsville, has been turned over to the Circus World Museum, Inc., which plans to perpetuate the memory of the greatest of all circuses. Art, with two of his brothers, took in the circus and the next morning went to the grounds early and found the stake, which he has kept in his possession for 65 years.                       


Make Neillsville IGA your headquarters for buying fish!  Dressed Northern lb. 25’; Jumbo Ocean Perch 5 lb. box $1.49; Icelandic Fish Sticks 2 - 8 oz. pkgs 49’; Fancy Smoked Chubs, only 39’ lb.


Mr. and Mrs. James McConnell of Greenwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Sharon, to Andrew Olsen, son of Mrs. Louise Olsen of Marshfield.  Sharon is a junior at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.  Mr. Olsen will graduate from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., in June.                                    


The Fourth Annual Fishing Contest of the Fairchild Rod and Gun club will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Fairchild mill pond. The club advertises $1,450 in prizes for pan fish, with a Chippewa boat as first prize.  Special prizes are also offered. Proceeds will be used for Public hunting grounds and game propagation, according to Louis Mato of Fairchild, publicity chairman.                                                                             


An old-fashioned quilting party was held Saturday at the home of Mrs. Herbert Free, with Mrs. Gilbert Ahlborn, Mrs. Milford Rowe and Mrs. Ed Voight taking part in the project and all remaining for supper.


The Evangelical & Reformed Church in Black River Falls, established in 1882, is disbanding.  Seven families joined the Methodist Church there Sunday in a solemn and impressive ceremony.


Becky Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Roberts, was presented for baptism Sunday at the 8:15 a.m. service at the Evangelical & Reformed Church.  Rev. Jack Grether and Frank B. Harcey performed the baptismal ceremony. Sponsors were Mrs. Arne Matheson and Leonard Sollberger.                                    


Work planned or in progress indicates that 1959 will go down as a record year for retail and business expansion and modernization in Neillsville.


To date work amounting to well over a quarter million dollars has been announced or is in prospect, according to a survey made by The Clark County Press. 


These projects include: Expansion and modernization of feed mill and facilities and virtual building of a new fertilizer manufacturing plant by H. H. Van Gorden & Sons;


Construction of a new warehouse building by the Tesmer Construction Company of Neillsville for the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative;


Plans for construction of a large, new retail store by the Jordahl brothers at the corner of West Fifth and Grand Avenue;


The building of a new D-X service station on the northeast corner of the West Fifth and Grand Avenue intersection replacing the old Paulson building which once housed the Moose Hall;


Plans for construction of a new feed mill by the Farmers Union Cooperative at the corner of Clay and West Seventh;


Completion of construction on a new body shop for Marvin Pischer by the Tesmer Construction Company on the former V.F.W. parking lot just west of the Masonic Temple;


Construction of a ready-mix concrete plant by the Fullerton Lumber Company, at an estimated cost of $70,000; with construction of this plant being pushed to have it in readiness for the spring season.


These projects do not take into account the $135,000 development to expand facilities at Memorial Hospital now in progress.                                                                                                                                      


Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Schofield of Monticello, Ia., have purchased the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zank, located north of Uncle Sam School, in the Town of Weston. The Zanks will give possession on or before March 15.  Mr. Zank plans to continue his work at the Condensery.                                                     


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tews observed their 54th wedding anniversary Sunday with members of their family dropping in for a visit in the afternoon.


They were married in Green Lake February 16, 1905; operated a farm at Rice Lake for two years; spent two years at Oshkosh and in May 1909, moved onto the farm they have occupied for 50 years in Pine Valley, two miles north of Neillsville.


Visiting them Sunday were their sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Art Tews and daughters, Luann and Janice; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Tews and three children; and their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beyer and four children, of Neillsville.  In addition they have two daughters, Mrs. John (Nina) Koss of Milwaukee and Mrs. Wilbert (Velda) Kalsow of Neillsville.                                                                                           


Introduction of two new models by E-Z Kamper at Loyal brings the manufacturing firm’s offerings to four. The concern headed by Clyde Grambsch, is preparing to show in the Chicago Sports Show, opening March 8, and anticipates accelerated sales.                                                                                    


The Colby Phonograph properly points out that “this is the time of the year when we all take a lot of capital punishment, income tax.”                                                                                               


A site of school expansion will be discussed at a meeting March 2 of Black River Falls School District. Two proposed locations will be considered.  One is a 12-acre plot now part of the Jackson County Infirmary.  It can be secured by purchase of a 20-acre plot just outside the city limits and swapping it for the 12-acre parcel.  The price is $6,000.


The other piece of land is on German Hill, an eight acre undeveloped piece owned by Francis and Esther Heller.  It can be secured for $5,000 net.                                                                             


Greenwood reports have it that the idea of widening Hendren Street has tricked over the mind of a physician there.  He has trouble backing his car out of the driveway.  Less expensive would be to use snow shoes or a dog sled.





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