Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 11, 2014, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1909


The carnival company is here and aggregation is really a creditable one.  The shows are all good and clean, and the employees seem to be a very gentlemanly lot of fellows.  The city streets are especially electrically lighted and present an attractive appearance, and the carnival merits it.                             


When it comes to the best in barn door rollers and hayforks, remember that the Lauden is always there, when you are ready to use these haying-time products, and it is only a few days in a year. The four flange steel track costs you 12’ a foot, reversible carrier $4.50 and the track swings.  At Tragsdorf & Zimmerman & Co


Apple, plum and cherry budded trees, are five dollars per dozen, warranted to bear fruit, at half-price for replacement.  Root graft, three-year old apple trees, at three dollars per doz.  Those of you who want root graft, here is your chance.  Chas Hudson, the tree man.                                                                                                   


Company A and officers wish to express their thanks to W. L. Smith for the excellent telephone installed free of charge on the rifle range.                                                                                                  


The City of Neillsville will pay $3.00 per cord for Cobblestone, delivered, 13,000 lbs. to constitute a cord.  George Rude, City Clerk                                                                                           


The German Lutheran Church will hold their annual “Kinderfest” on the 20th of June at H. E. Bartell’s Grove.


Services in the forenoon after which dinner and refreshments will be served to everybody, all are cordially invited.  In the afternoon there will singing, music, games and amusements of all kinds and for everybody.  Their famous ice cream and refreshments of all kinds will be served throughout the afternoon.  


Girl Wanted - to do the housework in family of three, wages $3 per week.  Inquire at news office.


Sunday night the Pleasant Ridge creamery burned to the ground. The cause of the fire was unknown, for when the butter-maker left the creamery, everything was all right.  About 8:30 the fire was discovered and after hard work 40 tubs of butter and some cream was saved.  The loss will be in the neighborhood of $3,000.


Monday, a meeting of the stockholders was held and with commendable energy, it was decided to rebuild at once.  The Pleasant Ridge creamery is one of the best in the county, and does a large business.  The stockholders are influential farmers and large dairymen, making a great success of the creamery. The fire was unfortunate, but will not do any particular damage to the business.                                                         


The New O’Neill Livery, Frank Lynch, Prop: Everything New! Safe and Careful Driving horses, new and up-to-date Buggies, Surreys and Harnesses; The best and most stylish rigs available.


Since Mr. and Mrs. Baum assumed control of the O’Neill House, the patrons have been greatly surprised and pleased with the excellent service and improvement in the dining room.  Many of the patrons have expressed surprise that such excellent meals were served at 25 cents, but the price was made low merely as an advertisement, for the fact of the matter that Mr. Baum has lost money in the service, owing to the high price of meats and groceries.  Beginning next Sunday the price of meals will be slightly raised and 35 cents will be asked, which is small enough when the quality of service is considered.


John Paul, a prominent lumberman of La Crosse and who operated in the Black River Valley many years ago, died Monday at Watertown, Fl.  W. L. Hemphill, who worked for Mr. Paul for 21 years, will attend the funeral in La Crosse.


Mr. Russell, chief food inspector, paid a visit to Neillsville last week.  While here he made the statement that if any merchant unwittingly buys stale eggs, and can identify the seller he will come and prosecute the case.  With his assurance, it is probable the merchants here will keep a strict eye on the quality of eggs sold them.


The Milwaukee Journal is going to five away an automobile to some person in the state living outside of the city of Milwaukee.  The journal will send full information to anyone interested. Simply write the Journal, Milwaukee, Wis. about the Free Auto.                                                                                     


Men are now laying the foundation for the new Catholic seminary at Loyal.  It is to be a modern structure in every particular and will be built of pressed cream brick, with a tile roof.  The dimensions are 72’ x 52’ and will cost about $11,000.                                                                                              


We note that Mr. and Mrs. Potato Bug have arrived and are now busy setting up in the potato patch.


June 1949


The York Dairy, which was destroyed by fire about 3 miles northwest of Granton last Friday, will be rebuilt.  That is the plan of Al Breseman, owner, who suffered a severe hand laceration and other injuries during the fire, which resulted in damage estimated “not far from $20,000.”


Mr. Breseman said he plans to build a new factory on the location, using cinder block.  It will be a one-story structure with a flat roof, according to his present plan.  


The York Dairy was handling a run of about 20,000 pounds of milk daily. The Breseman trucks are hauling it now to the York Center factory.



During the late 1940s, Al Breseman owned and operated the York Dairy, which was located three miles northwest of Granton, at the intersection of Pelsdorf Avenue and Timberland Road, also near a corner of County Road C.  Pictured above is the first dairy building destroyed by fire in 1949.



The former Episcopal Church building in Neillsville, recently remodeled into office space by W. B. Tufts, has been purchased from Mr. Tufts by the Lynn Mutual Insurance Companies.  The purchase was made Wednesday, June 1, which date, incidentally marked the 71st anniversary of the Lynn insurance companies. The building is located adjacent to the Armory, at the corner of east Fourth and Court Streets.                                  


A few more than a quarter-million four-year-old transplants have been planted in the Clark County Forst area this spring. Clark Forester A. C. Covell reveals.


The year’s planting program was completed last week and a survey was to be made this week to determine the number of acres under the year’s planting program.


Up to 1949, a total of 4,869 acres of approximately 128,000 acres of county forest crop land had been planted since 1934.  These figures are from Glen Carlson, district state forester.


Usually about 11,000 seedlings are planted per acre, on the average, which would put the years at approximately 20 acres.


The largest of this year’s plantations was made in the towns of Foster and Butler, as a continuation of the Windy Run plantation, which was started 10 years ago. Other plantings were made in the towns of Mentor and Hewett.


Prospects of a blueberry crop in this area were blown sky-high last week when the official thermometer went down to 30 degrees.  Just how much damage was done to other berry and fruit crops remains to be seen?


Up to this point of frost on May 26, the outlook was for a heavy crop of wild blue berries, the first of such in nearly a decade.  Bushes were reported filled with blossoms, and a good many mouths, hereabouts were watering in anticipation.


But blueberries are particularly sensitive to frost.  And so went the crop.


(During that time, people wanting blueberries had to pick the wild berries that grew in the swampy areas of the county.  Now it is much easier to be able to pick the blueberries that are grown on bushes, available at area commercial gardens or fruit tree orchards and no mosquitoes. DZ)                                         


On Sunday, May 29, 15 children received their first holy communion at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  They were John Schwellenbach, David Hoppa, Bruce Crockett, William Neville, Thomas Pagenkopf, Jean Gall, Caroline Prock, Marjorie Hainz, Sally Frank, Angeline Kessler, Mary Ann Nauertz, Georgianna Frei, Barbara Reams, Jo Ann Bladl and Sandra Lezotte.                                                                                                   


This weekend Mr. Otto Lewerenz is observing his 11 Anniversary as a restaurateur in Neillsville and the completion of the 10-Year Plan, which has made his service one of complete production from farm to stomach.


Starting a small restaurant on a side street in 1937, the Sweet Shop owner said this week that he had little then but dreams.  As the restaurant prospered, the dreams were brought into reality, until now it has been a complete, farm to consumer operation.


In addition to the restaurant, there is an ice cream manufacturing business; two complete and independent locker plants; the operation of several farms the milk and produce from which is processed and sold through the Sweet Shop outlet; a meat curing and smoking department, in which modern smoking and injection curing are employed; a pastry bakery, and other enterprises operating under one roof.


Marking the anniversary, Mr. Lewerenz is holding an open house n his plant Saturday and Sunday, when all people interested are invited to attend.                                                            


A mobile x-ray unit of the state board of health will move into central and southern Clark Count Friday to take free chest x-rays of all adults in the county 18 years of age and older.


This unit has been operating in the northern part of the county for the last few days.  The service is being given free throughout Clark County and all other counties of the state in an effort to locate all cases of tuberculosis in Wisconsin.


The legal deer kill in Clark County during the season of last November 20-28 was 1,587, according to a compilation released by the state department of conservation.  In Wisconsin hunters took 41,954 deer during the gun hunting season.


The kill in Jackson County was placed at 2,907 by the department; in Wood, 1,056; in Eau Claire, 871; and in Taylor, 643.  Largest kill was in Marinette County, 3,065; next largest in Jackson County; third largest in Bayfield County, 2,739.


Herman Moen was elected commander of the local American Legion post and Mrs. Sarah Seelow was elected president of the Legion auxiliary at meeting of the two organizations in the Legion Memorial Hall last week.



The “go-ahead” signal for extensive work on county parks was given last week by the park committee of the county board at a meeting in the courthouse.


Most extensive of the work ordered was that of completing the Greenwood dam, leveling off of the islands around the dam and placing of gates in the dam.


Other projects receiving the approval of the committee included the building of a shelter house at Memorial Park; repairing and making the trail with sings at Wildcat Mound; cutting brush and general clean-up at Wildcat and Bruce mounds; and making a parking area for cars at Bruce Mound.


At Rock Dam improvement work to be done includes: replacing the windows in the bathhouse; replacing the rip-rap at the dam site; and a general clean-up of the grounds.                                   


Rabid Chili baseball fans cost their Bluebirds a 9 to 0 forfeit to the Neillsville Athletics Sunday afternoon, just as the Bluebirds were scenting victory in their Cloverbelt league game.


It was a near riot that followed a close plate decision in the seventh by Umpire Swede Moberg of Neillsville.  Griepentrog running for Lindow, who had wrenched a knee in a play at first, scampered for home as Bert Voelker, Chili pitcher, hit to second.


Bud Bremer made the play at home and Umpire Moberg called Griepentrog out.


A dozen or so Chili fans swarmed around Moberg heaping abuse upon him.  They were joined by others.  One grabbed the umpire by the collar.  Another stood on the outer fringe of the crowd with a raised baseball bat in his hands.  Fortunately, however, nothing more than a verbal barrage was unloosed.


Umpire Moberg called for the crowd to clear the field and called for aid from Traffic Officer Harry Frantz.  The Chili baseball team members tried to help; but the fans refused to leave the field to permit play to be resumed.  Lapse of time, the umpire called the game a forfeit, giving the victory to Neillsville.


Up until that time, in the last half of the seventh, it looked like Chili had finally got to a wavering Jackie Leonard, Neillsville mounds-man.  Trailing 4 to 0 as they went into the last of the seventh, Chili has scored two runs on singles by Behling and Wally Lindow and a double by Guy K’Smith.


The Athletics scored three runs in the first off Behling, Chili’s starting pitcher, Jackie Leonard, who got a free ticket to the second off Jim Baierl’s triple to center.


Leonard gave up six hits, and struck out 10, in the six and one-third inning he pitched.


Hank Lukes was warming up to pitch for the Athletics to try to put out the fire when the game was called by the umpire.


The newly enacted state law, which requires all children under the of age 16 to attend school probably is going to do things to a few high schools in Clark County, but nobody as yet knows what it is.


Through the newspapers of Clark County, the County School Superintendent is requesting that all parents of children under the age of 16 who did not attend school notify immediately by postcard the principal of the school, which the child will attend in the fall.


The reason for this survey is that the schools must have time to prepare for the additional load.  They do not know what preparations will be necessary; for they do not know how many children in their district will be affected by the new law.


A tightening of law enforcement is on at Greenwood.  The plan includes a night officer and night sessions of justice court.  The prompt result is a slowing down of traffic on the important highway running on the main street of the city.


The night officer is Kenneth Marden, a Greenwood man.  The night court is presided over by Robert Johnson, justice of the peace.  The policy of the court is to make justice available quickly, with the result that Justice Johnson holds court night or day.  He does not make the culprit linger long before the fine descends.




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