Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 4, 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

June 1934


A large number of cows from farmers’ dairy herds in the Town of Grant and Washburn were moved south to the Pray country, the first of the week.  Many of the cows were driven and others were taken over by trucks.


Farmers took with them their milk cans and pails, as the cows will be herded and milked in the new pastures.  It is said that many of them will be rounded up at night on vacant farms.


Len Shaw, Charles Shaw, Ed Dollase and Louis Barton, this week, drove their dairy cattle to pastures near Prentice.


Two weeks later:

Donald Acheson came down from Prentice Friday and reports that his herd of cattle, and others, driven up there for pasture are all doing fine.


Mr. Acheson states that the grass is excellent.  A three-day rain last week made certain of a continued growth for some time.  The North Country is filled with herds from the farms farther south.  On the farm occupied by the Acheson herd, there is a barn in which the cows are stabled for milking.  Besides Julius Newman who went with him, Mr. Acheson hires a boy to help milk.  At first the milk was delivered at the plant in Prentice, a short distance away.


Later, the Neillsville Condensery sent a truck to Prentice to bring down the milk from the Acheson and other herds taken north for fresh pasture.


(The early 1930s drought made it necessary for local dairy farmers to move their cattle to areas with ample grass for grazing. DZ)                                                                                                                   


The American Flag is to be flown throughout the nation June 14, in observance of Flag Day.


A bee is being planned to help Joe Baer build the porches on the clubhouse at his golf course next Sunday.  Refreshments will be served.                                                                                      


The mercury touched 105 at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 1, the hottest temperature recorded by Carl Stange, weather observer, in the 20 years he has been taking readings in this community.  Despite the high temperature, few people complained of suffering, the very low humidity that day made the heat more tolerable.


The city of Neillsville and Town of Pine Valley are cooperating in a project that will give easy access and a shorter route to the swimming hole at Turner’s Eddy.  A road built from the north ends of Grand Avenue Bridge, leading east back of the water works property, on the opposite side of Black River, the right-of-way being granted by Herman North.  There are also other donators.  There will be parking space and picnic grounds along the route.  This will be greatly appreciated by loves of “The Swimmin’ hole.”


(Many will remember, as teenagers, going to that area, also referred to as the “little eddy,” a place of seclusion. DZ)


The grading contractor for the Neillsville-Pittsville road, Highway 73, south of Neillsville, moved his machinery and crew to this city Monday.  Arthur Pilitz is the resident engineer for the state on the job.


Otto Gruwell and family, farmers four and a-half miles north of Greenwood, were threatened and bound by five intruders about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, who searched the premises and left a half hour later without finding any loot, according to reports.  Members of the family were left bound with clothesline, it was stated.


Marie Dux, 2 ½ year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dux, who lie three miles northwest of Neillsville on County Trunk G, wandered into the woods a half-mile back of the Dux home Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. and was found unharmed after a frantic search by her parents and neighbors.  The child was carrying her pet cat by the neck when found by her father who heard her calling, “mama.”


After Mr. and Mrs. Dux had searched the premises without finding a trace of the little girl, they called Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Haugen to ask whether Mr. Haugen had seen the child on the road when he drove home.  Mr. Haugen drove to the Dux home and assisted in the search. Finally they decided on looking in the woods which is a half-mile away at the other side of a field.  How the child managed to walk that distance carrying her cat is a mystery.  She was nearly exhausted when found.                                                                                                                


The Neillsville Tavern Keepers association came into existence at a meeting Tuesday night.  A. C. Wagner was elected president and George Johnson, secretary.                                                     


Oscar Gluch, teacher at South Milwaukee High School, arrived Sunday and will spend his summer vacation at home.


Bill Pratt, who has made his home in a tent at Hatfield during the summer time for the past twenty years, had a narrow escape from serious injury and possible death, Saturday afternoon during a thunder storm when a large pine tree was blown over and fell onto the tent.  He had gone to the tent for refuge, but left, when he realized the seriousness of the wind, in time to miss being struck by the tree.  Mr. Pratt has a friendly disposition and has a wide circle of acquaintances among Clark and Jackson County People.                                                          


The First National Bank at Neillsville opened Monday morning.  It is an entirely new organization, with a new charter and new official set-up organized under the recently enacted national banking law.  It has a capital and surplus of $60.000, is a member of the Federal Reserve System, and comes under the Federal law of the guarantee of deposits.




Charles Cornelius started building the First National Bank on the southwest corner of Hewett and West Fifth streets in 1909 and two years later put up a duplicate addition on the south side.  The two-story building provided office space on the second floor. The First National Bank in Neillsville was the first and only National Bank in Clark County, and Cornelius helped organize other banks within the county as well as the Continental Bank of Minnesota.  He was on the board of directors of the Exchange State Bank in St. Paul, stockholder in the mercantile State Bank of Minneapolis and the Peoples Bank of St. Paul, MN.



Two cloud bursts and intermittent thunder storms of less violence, which started between 5 and 6 p.n. on June 25, and continued until after midnight, brought 4.78 inches of rainfall, transforming the city’s streets into rivers and the lowlands into vast lakes.  A few miles north of Neillsville, crops on a number of farms were virtually wiped out by a terrific hailstorm.  Hail stones as large as baseballs covered the ground to a depth of several inches and ripped corn, oats and peas to shreds.


The hail damage was done along a mile wide strip, four miles north of Neillsville.  William Bohnsack’s oat field was hard hit.  The Alvin and Paul Jacob farms suffered from hail and at the Alvin Jacob place it was said that many of the windows were broken.  The corn crop of John Ripke’s farm was virtually destroyed and Hal Richardson’s pea crop was ruined.  Forty-seven panes of glass were reported broken at the William Hurlburt place.


Leo Kronberger, living northeast of the city, was out in a field with his car when the hail struck.  The stones smashed through the car-top and in order to protect himself he placed a car cushion over his head during the storm.


June 1954


Fishing in Wisconsin is tops and 48 Granton Future Farmers can prove that statement?  Returning home last Friday evening from their annual four-day fishing trip, the boys had the fish.  Fishing on Des Moines Lake, Little Bear Lake and Loon Lake, the boys caught 1,800 pan fish and 50 Northern, averaging 22 inches a-piece.


The boys left Granton by school bus early on June1 and traveled to a lodge 23 miles northwest of Spooner. They stayed in cabins and cooked their own meals.  The weather was ideal and most of the time was spent fishing.


This is an annual adventure and is financed with funds, which the boys accumulate through the year selling garden seeds, Christmas Cards and treating seed grain.  This is a trip that the boys all look forward to during the school year.


On the way home a stop was made at the Spooner experiment farm.


Relatives, neighbors and friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hemp with a rousing charivari, Saturday, June 12, their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.


An enjoyable evening was spent with them and a midnight bountiful lunch was served.


Their daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Bohnsack, baked and artfully decorated the large white and silver wedding cake. 


Mrs. Lawrence Johnson, of Mt. Horeb, who had been her sister’s maid of honor, was present.


Cinemascope was added this week at the Adler theatre in Neillsville.


A giant 22-foot wide screen for the showing of cinemascope pictures was installed at the theater Tuesday.  The screen stretches from wall to wall.  It will permit the showing in the local theater of such Cinemascope pictures as “The Robe”, “Rose Marie” and “How to Marry a Millionaire,” all of which have been scheduled for showing here.


The Silver Dome will pass July 1, into the hands of Frederick J. Munkholm and his wife, Erna Mae.  They are taking over from the Webers. They will operate as a corporation, having filed articles. The Munkholm’s came from International Falls.  They have three children.  They have had experience in the restaurant business.


In connection with the transfer Walter Keller was recently in Neillsville.  He was carrying with him a photograph of the new house of modern style, which had and his brother, Al, have been building on their realty development at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.                                                                                  


North Side Fire Hall, lot for Sale! Also, used lumber; Bids Wanted! Building and lot commonly known as the “North Side Fire Hall,” situated at 1011 Hewett Street. Bids must be in the hands of the City Clerk, at his office in the City Hall, by Tuesday, June 22, 1954.                                                                      


Arnie Buchholz, veteran of the Neillsville Athletics mound staff, hurled and slugged the Athletics into sole lead in the Cloverbelt League Sunday at loyal as the A’s toppled the Blackhawks, 5 to 4 in a thriller.


Engaging in a tight mound duel with Red Standiford of the Blackhawks, Buchholz gave up six hits.


Loyal added tenseness to the game with a three-run rally in the eighth inning, which brought them within a lone run of the Athletics.


In addition to Buchholz’ home run Neillsville stickmen performed well at the plate, as they have been doing all season. Dick Buchholz helped his brother’s cause with a double, as did Thayer, the Athletics smooth-fielding shortstop.


Arbelovsky, Blackhawk’s first basemen, connected for a triple.  The five hits given up by Buchholz were singles:  Zimmerman, as….1: Pipkorn, If….1; Molle, 3v…1; Stumpner, 2b…1; Standiford, p…….1.


Community Drive-In on Highway 73 at Christie: Two full weeks of Great Hits: Wednesday & Thursday, Double Feature Program - “The Conquest of Everest, in Technicolor & “Scudda Hoo - Scudda Hay,” a down to earth story about a Team of Mules, starring Walter Brennan, it is a Comedy Roll.


Friday and Saturday, a Musical Hit, “Wait ‘til The Sun shines Nellie” 


Sunday - Monday - Tuesday, “Southwest Passage”


Coming features: “Fuller Brush Man,” with Red Skelton, “Fuller Brush Girl.” With Lucille Ball; “Laramie Mountain,” and “Thunder Hoof”


Then the Academy Award Winner, “From Here to Eternity” followed by “Keys of the Kingdom.”


A hospital room named for the late Dr. E. L. Bradbury was projected Monday evening at a meeting of the Brick campaign organization.  The suggestion was that the babies delivered by Dr. Bradbury combine forces and raise enough to assure a memorial room for the honored doctor.


The local area is said to be full of “Bradbury babies.”  The wish is that one or more of them organize a Bradbury Memorial fund and carry on from there.                                                             


The First National Bank joins the community in extending its compliments and wishes for success to the “Tidy Wood Products Company,” which has located its modern wood plant near the city.  This new industry produces wooden salad bowls, such as are displayed in the window of The First National Bank.


Congratulations to Mr. J. Norman, the owner, on his foresight and self-sufficiency in establishing and developing this industry.  It is our hope that the establishment of the Tidy Wood Products plan t near Neillsville will be beneficial to the industry and to the community as well.


Maple Logs are wanted!  We urge residents of the area to inquire at the Tidy Wood Products Company plant concerning the type and grade of logs needed by them.                                                                     


Miss Shirley Marie Minsaas of Greenwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Minsaas of Greenwood, and Gordon C. Oldham of Neillsville, were married Saturday, June 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenwood, in a double ring service, read by Rev. H. F. Brauer.                                                                                                              


Russell’s Fourth-of-July Specials: Cap Guns, 49’, 69’ or 98’.   Good Selection!


Clark Grange members are cleaning the York town hall as one of their community projects.  Thursday afternoon the following members made a start and finished the job Tuesday: Mr. and Mrs. Julius Rennak, Mrs. Otto Schmidtke, Mrs. Glen Lavey, Mrs. Elmer Martin, Mrs. Nyle Benedict and Georgia, Mrs. Ray Hetzel, Donald and Dorothy Holt, Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Benedict.  New curtains were made and placed on the windows.


When the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Herdrich, return from their honeymoon in northern Wisconsin, they will make their home in Owen, where Mr. Herdrich is employed by the Griebnow Company.


Mrs. Herdrich, the former Dorothy V. Capelle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Capelle, became the bride of Robert Herdrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reno Herdrich, at a marriage service performed by Rev. E. E. Aalto in Trinity Lutheran Church of Loyal, Friday afternoon June 25.



Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ayers announce the engagement of Charlotte Marie Ayers to Joseph V. Flanagan, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Flanagan, Sr. of Quincy, Ma.


Wedding plans are indefinite.  Miss Ayers is serving with the Women’s Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C. with the rank of corporal.


Her fiancιe is a former sergeant and has recently been discharged from the Marines.





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