Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 23, 2014, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1879


Gallagher’s new sawing mill is busily engaged sawing up logs to be used for closing in the mill.  Mr. Gallagher will have his planing machinery ready for business next week.                                  


Canon’s horse stepped on the Count Clerk’s great toe Monday night and now there is a perceptible limp in his gait.  Also, there is a hole cut in the top of his shoe to give that bruised member an opening to recovery.


Levi Archer has constructed a chicken park at his farm a few miles south of Neillsville.  Now with a new fence recently put up, the place is considerably improved.  He won’t have the biddies in his cabbage patch any more.


Mr. Jaseph has had his barn moved about twelve feet nearer Main Street and now has an alley leading from Third Street through to the alley by Dr. French’s residence.  This adds one more by-way to the town and makes it more convenient getting into the rear of Hart’s building.                                                                


You can buy half-gallon fruit jars at Crandall’s for twelve shillings per doz., quart jars for ten shillings and remember he has the largest collections of Notions in town.                                              


Let the tramps understand that Justice Kountz will set them to work in a chain gang on the streets if they are captured here and if they tarry hence.  They tried this cure at La Crosse last spring, and the city was as sleek and clean as a whistle within a month.                                                                                          


Henry Myhers and other citizens who own fine horses are found at the Fair Ground track these cool evenings giving their horses exercise and practice for the autumn exhibition.  The track is in fine trim and it is good sport driving over it.  The gate is open and anybody is at liberty to drive in.                                


It is only during the summer school vacation that one gets a clear idea of the large number of children there are in town.  These sunny days bring the little boys and beautiful girls out to playgrounds and streets by the score.  The sight of them, engaged at their innocent pastimes, makes a grown-up fellow long for the bumble-bee days of his youth; for tag, mumblety-peg, leap-frog, and coy currant bush courtships, the memory of which is so vividly brought to mind by the children playing around us.                                                                           


Last week, young Leslie Downs of Loyal a lad of fourteen years, was away from yeomen searching for cows and coming to Philo Platt’s place, stopped there for a drink of water at the well, which is forty-two feet deep, stoned up and containing two feet of water.  Wesley drew up the bucket and tried to pull it out over the curbing, but the bucket pulled Wesley in and he started down the perpendicular pavement in charge of the bucket.  After a short trip of forty-two feet, Wesley pulled off his shoe and retraced his steps, at a more moderate pace.  He was bruised a little under the arms. Where the bucket thumped him, but otherwise unharmed.   However, he became so exhausted by clambering up the rope that he had to be carried to the house.  Wesley is Tip Hilton’s step-son.                        


Rev. Chynoweth was applying the foot-rule to the Presbyterian Church steps last Monday and upon asking an explanation, we were informed that the Methodist Church was to have a new porch and steps this week.  A suspicion flashed through our mind at the time that the Elder was going to imitate the Presbyterian means of getting up into church, but he was only making an estimate of how much lumber it would take to make a half dozen corporeal steps.


C. E. Bussell, our surveyor, has gone up to Chippewa Falls for the purpose of making arrangements for completing a survey of the State Road from there to the Wisconsin Central Railroad.  He expected to be absent for about two weeks.  It is believed that the road will be speedily turn-piked and made ready for travel, for which the landowners along the route are jubilant in their minds.


(This became State Hwy 29, a major east-west road across Mid-Wisconsin. DZ)


Planet Plug Tobacco, a very best in the market, and Flying Jib-Boom Plug, were just received at Rossman’s Cigar Store.


Berry-pocking is now on the wane and Mr. Bacon informs that there is a notable emptiness about the berry hunting grounds that he visited.  Up the Chippewa Valley and all through the Northwest there has been a wonderful yield of berries and they are selling in the market for $2 and less per bushel.                 


Our county bastille looms darkly aloft at the rear of the Court House, gloomy, vast and solemn.  The mighty architectural pile is hushed, not a tramp is heard through its passages nor does a sob echo down its gloomy halls.


Cheated men have long memories.                                                           


A fool and his father’s money are soon parted.


July 1934


Nest week, Neillsville plays host to the State Moose Lodge convention and for four days, beginning July 12, the city will echo with the rhythm of our bands, a drum corps, carnival music, ballyhoo, parades, floor shows and revelry as many lodge members and residents of the surrounding country gather here to take part in the festivities.


Arrangements have been completed for a carnival on the streets, including shows, rides and all the other concessions that are necessary to lend a Coney Island atmosphere to the downtown section.  Concerts will be given every night by the Neillsville High School band, the Regimental band of Marshfield, the Greenwood band, the Granton band and the Men and Ladies Drum Corps of Eau Claire.


A spectacular parade of bands, floats, cars, and comic stunts is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. July 14 and at the end of the parade watch for the kiddies in their doll parade.  Prizes will be awarded for the best floats and for the winners in the children’s parade.


Friday and Saturday nights, the Moose are offering a high class floor show starting at 10:30 p.m.  This company of entertainers is being brought to this city at a considerable expense as shows of this kind can only be seen in the larger cities.


Two baseball games have been booked at the Fairgrounds, one at 4 p.m. Saturday between Neillsville and Chippewa Falls.  Sunday Neillsville meets Antigo in a regular Wisconsin Valley League game.


Sunday also is Governor’s Day when Governor Schmedeman will deliver an address at 2:30 p.m. from a stand in the business section.                                                                                          


The Webb Oil Company announces the opening of its New Service Station, July 7th, on the corner of West Seventh Street, next door to the merchants Hotel.


Saturday Specials - Gas 11’, + Tax 5’= 16’; Oil 10’, + Tax, 1’= 11’

Farmers, Save Money - Fly Spray 20’ quart or 65’ a gal;


Kerosene 11’ gal, or 10’ per gal in barrels; C.B. Marshall, Mgr                                                                                  


Corwin C. Guell of Fond du Lac has opened a law office in Thorp.  Mr. Guell graduated from the College of law at the State University June 18.  His pre-legal training was taken in the North Central College Naperville, Ill.


Duke, a 27-year old horse owned by S. F. Hewett, thinks there is no place like home, even though the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence.  Duke had been retired to wile ay his remaining das in well-earned rest.

Recently Mr. Hewett trucked Duke to Ed Gates’ farm, seven miles northwest of the city where he could spend the summer in good pasture, but the old horse began pining for home and one afternoon got through the fence and started for Neillsville.


Instead of returning over the road on which he had been trucked to the Gates’ farm Duke piked a road he used to travel 20 years ago when hauling wood from that locality.  At that time, Thornton Gates drove Duke and although the old horse had not been over the road since, he made every turn and came into the city on Grand Avenue at the Waterworks.  Several farmers reported seeing his head high and paying no attention to anyone.  After reaching the city, Duke who perhaps realizes the danger of automobile traffic, kept on the sidewalk until he reached home.


For several days he allowed no one to come near him at the Hewett farm, apparently afraid he would be taken back to the country.  However, when Mr. Hewett sent several head of young stock to the Gates’ farm last week, he included old Duke who seems to be contented now that he has company and has made no further attempt to return to the city.


Released on a conditional pardon from the state prison, by a pardon from Gov. Phil Lafollette last December, Frank and Leslie Krueger were held in a hospital for the criminal insane, until further action taken June 29 by Gov. Schmedeman.  By this procedure, Frank Krueger, who is adjudged insane, was transferred to the Milwaukee County insane hospital for treatment.


Leslie, certified sane by Milwaukee alienists, is paroled to the care of Dr. Samuel Plahney who interested himself in securing the release of both men.


It will be remembered by many here that the Kruegers were convicted in the Circuit Court of Clark County, April 4, 1919 on a charge of first-degree murder and given a life sentence.


The case arose out of the killing of Harry Jensen by the Kruegers during an attempt to place them under arrest for resisting the wartime draft law.


Another brother, Ennis, slipped through the line of besieges of the Krueger home south of Withee and later was believed to have been shot by a federal officer.  The fact of his death was questioned at the time but is now claimed by his mother who still lived in the old home, that she has been in communication with him and that he is still alive.


Another older brother, Louis, who was not at home nor implicated in the affair lives with the mother on the old home farm.


One-half Boston Fried Chicken, 15’ per plate Saturday night July 14, at Mint Tavern & Cafι in Granton. Carl Storm, Prop.


The Neillsville Dairy, Ben Dudei, proprietor, has moved from the old quarters in the former Neillsville Milk Products Co. Plant, to the Shaw building on Fifth Street, Highway 10, which has been remodeled and fitted up especially for dairy purposes.


The Cooperative Farmers Company who had bought the Neillsville milk Products plant needed all the room.  Mr. Dudei also needed more space.


The new location in central, and has been put in fine condition with enlarged basement, cement floors, and such.  Some additions to equipment have been made and Neillsville will now enjoy one of the best factories of its kind in northern Wisconsin.


The Arbutus brand of ice cream has already more than a local reputation and the fine quality of pasteurized milk has an appreciative line of customers.  A wide variety of specialties will be manufactured and the best of service in all lines will be given to the public.


(This business, after moving to W. Fifth Street, was known as the “Dairy Bar.” DZ)


John Dillinger, America’s public enemy No. 1, was shot to death in Chicago Sunday night when he stepped from a north side theater into a trap laid by United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigation.  Fifteen picked federal men lay in wait for the desperado and fired at him when he reached for his gun and started to run.  Two women bystanders were shot in the legs during the firing.


A tip that Dillinger would be at the theater was given by a woman whose name, Melvin H. Purvis, head of the Bureau of Investigation, refused to reveal.  It is said the reward of $5,000 will be paid without her identity being made public for fear of gang reprisals.  Other rewards, totaling $20,000 may not be paid, inasmuch as federal operatives are not permitted to accept rewards.


Officers have renewed their hunt for Baby Face Nelson and other of Dillinger’s pals, declaring they will meet the same fate as that which caught up with Dillinger.                                                  


With temperatures ranging above the 100-degree mark for several days this week, large crowds of people took advantage of the swimming facilities in the community.  Nearly 100 persons visited the Turner Eddy pool Monday and Tuesday night.  The new road up Black River from the Grand Avenue Bridge makes this beach easy to reach by car.  Many children have made use of the O’Neill Creek pond during the afternoon and evening.


This is a bedtime story, the scene is laid at the Sidney Patey home and Mrs. Patey had settled herself down for a good night’s sleep.  Mr. Patey is out of town attending to his insurance business.


Suddenly a deep-throated growl, apparently from somewhere in the room, sent a shiver up and down Mrs. Patey’s spine.  She sits upright and listens.  The room is painfully quiet.  Then she hears a man outside in the street calling to a dog.  The mystery is solved.  Unquestionably it was the dog outside she had heard growling.  Thus, reassured, Mrs. Patey lies back on the pillow, quite amused at herself at the distant growl of a dog.


Tap! Tap! Tap! The ghostly sound seems to be directly under her bed.  Mrs. Patey leaps up again.  She looks and listens wondering, wondering whether she ought to jump out the window or remain and be eaten alive.  Another growl and more tapping break the night stillness before she can reach the light switch.  The room is flooded with light.


Mrs. Patey spies a furry form beneath her bed.  It’s Skippy, a dog belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Mills.  He comes out wagging the tail he had thumped on the floor so ominously a few moments before.  This time the mystery is permanently solved.


The animal had been playing with Daniel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patey, early in the evening and apparently decided he would spend the night there, making his way unseen upstairs.  Mrs. Patey, however, had had enough excitement of one night and sent Skippy home.



The August Storm Saloon was located on main Street in Granton in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  There were other Storm family members, who were also in the tavern and restaurant business.





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