Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 13, 2014, Page 10

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Clark County News

August 1874


The building formerly occupied by La Mouch as a dwelling has been moved between Lloyd’s and Marshall’s hardware store and is being fitted up into a harness shop for P. S. Dudley.      


A large number of German families have recently come from Sheboygan County and settled here.  Most of them are seeking farms and some of them desire to purchase good improved farms.  Others are buying wild land, which they intend to settle on and improve at once.  We are told by those who have reached here that there is still a large number of Germans intending to remove from the county to this one as soon as they can sell their places there.  They are an enterprising and generally well-to-do class of citizens who are heartily welcomed.    


Mr. Bagley has put on the Greenwood route the best stage rig now running in the county.  It is as comfortable as a carriage and has not that cumbersome appearance that most covered stages have.


Mr. Myers desires us to notify those interested that he will have no more free riding in his stagecoach. Parties using it will hereafter be charged a good price for the same.                                           


Stone is being hauled for the foundation of a new Presbyterian Church to be erected here, opposite Mrs. Stafford’s place.


Mr. King believes that there must be a large decrease in the amount of lumber manufactured before the trade can hope to be in a favorable condition; he not only believes so but is one of that class of pine land owners who are taking initiatory steps to produce a reduction in the amount of lumber manufactured by reducing his usual business full two-thirds. Mr. King acknowledges that the cut on Black River last winter was very light in comparison to the winter of 1872-1873, yet claims that there are now logs enough in the Black River and its tributaries to supply a proper demand from that stream during the next year; he also considers that the amount of lumber and logs already cut for the Mississippi markets is all sufficient to meet the demand of that market far into the next season, notwithstanding that the supply is far short of the amount upon the market in 1873.  If the cut on the Black River and its tributaries should continue as large for the next three seasons as it has for the past two, Mr. King considers that the pinery of the Black River Valley would be virtually exhausted.                                                                                                


Prairie chicken shooting has started, with quite a number from here going to the prairie.  They have gone by the wagonload, prepared for a week’s hunt.


Dr. B. F. French, Dr. W. C. Crandall, Ed Robbins and James Hewett, who started in pursuit of happiness and prairie chickens the first of the week, returned yesterday after a very successful hunt.


Campbell and Hummel who recently opened a blacksmith shop in the old bowling alley building are putting up an addition thereto to be used by them as a wagon shop.                                           


There was hurrying to and fro amongst the old ladies in town early on yesterday morning, because, some wretch had sent them word simultaneously that they were “wanted immediately” at a well-known residence where something nicer than a kitten is expected in course of time.  The man that did this mischief is still running at large, but woe unto him when the next sewing society meets.                                                                


On Wednesday of this week, Mr. Ackerman, living a few miles west of here, and several of his neighbors, formed a blackberry picking party and started in quest of the sable fruit.


They struck a good patch about eight miles from here and before noon had gathered a couple of bushels.  There they left in their wagon and in the afternoon started in search of more.  Returning, they were surprised to find that they had had a visitor who had entertained himself and left his card in the shape of a monstrous track familiar enough to most of them.  This visitor, no other than a bear, had entered their wagon and helped himself to everything he found good, including their blackberries, the greater part of which he had devoured and the balance made so mushy with is paws that they were worthless.  He seems to have made a good square meal, winding up on a large watermelon that was left in the wagon.  It was no doubt provoking to the berry gatherers, but it could have been amending if one could have seen the performance.  A bear is the coolest and drollest cuss in the world especially when helping himself to somebody else’s things.


About 100 Winnebagos, from Nebraska, passed through here on Tuesday for their old camping ground along the Wisconsin River.                                                                                              


The second addition on Mr. Hewett’s house looks even better than the first.  It appears to be about as near completion as was the first house, which on that memorable night went up in flames and smoke.


August 1954


“It was a shopping success!”  That was the way Mrs. Dorothy Smith described the civilian blood donor center held in Neillsville last Friday.  And there was good reason thusly to describe the tremendous response of the people of this area:


Two hundred thirty-two persons showed up to donate blood for the first collection of the civilian blood donor center held in Neillsville last Friday.


Two hundred fifteen pints of blood were collected, 55 pints more than the 160-pint quota that had been set.


“The whole thing ran off smoothly and beautifully,” Mrs. Smith said.  “There was not a hitch in the whole program.”


The people of Southern Clark County gave this tremendous endorsement to the civilian blood program launched on July 1, through the Clark County chapter, which the American Red Cross noted was well organized.


Wisconsin and the Nation’s first Historymobile will visit the Neillsville Fair Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13.


The Historymobile is a 43-foot trailer, pulled by a truck, and contains exhibits on Wisconsin and its history. It is one of the seven museums-on-wheels in the world and is open to the public without charge.


Pictures, drawings, dioramas, maps, models and relics tell the story of Wisconsin to visitors of the Historymobile.  Maps pinpointing historic sites, frontier forts and the state’s lumbering regions help round out the story.


A couple traveling with the Historymobile, act as host and hostess. 


The unit is owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


The trailer, truck and furnishings were donated by private firms and individuals in Wisconsin, Illinois and California.


After “The Little Dog Laughed” home talent show at the Neillsville Armory Sunday evening, The Little Dog barked somewhere about town and this set up a chain reaction, which landed three boys in the foils of the law.


Just how it happened that the bark of the Little Dog had this result is not fully revealed, but it is known that the result was to alert an officer of the city police force.  He gathered up a helper and made for the used car lot of L. J. Chevrolet.


As the officer approached his quarry, a head appeared around the corner of a building.  The owner of the head was obviously keeping track of the movements of the cop, but the cop was also keeping track and a chase was on.  The result was that, though three boys ran for it, they were soon caught.


What the three wanted in the Chevrolet lot was mostly tires for their cars.  The two of them were possessors of two cars.  Their aggregate earnings, it came out later, were hardly sufficient to warrant the ownership and operation of cars, but the boys were finding a way.  Troubled by a flat, as they were returning from Hatfield very early Sunday morning, they proceeded to supply their needs from the used cars parked in the Chevrolet lot.


It subsequently came out that the boys, prior to arrival of the cop, had removed tires from cars and had hidden them, preparatory to making completely away with them.  One tire had been put into a nearby alley.  Another was later located on the road running to the city’s shale pit.  These, together with two rear-view mirrors, were gathered up by the police and restored to their owner.  A third tire had not been located up to last information.


The three boys, quickly apprehended, entered before Justice Olson, with pleas of guilty to larceny and each was fined $25 and costs. It was understood that restitution be made in the case of the third tire, if it is not found and returned to the owner.


The Rock Dam Rod and Gun Club decided to have the annual Sportsmen’s Jamboree Sunday, August22 at their meeting held Tuesday evening at the Keiner resort hall at Rock Dam.  There was a large attendance.  The club had a picnic Sunday at the county park at Rock Dam for members and their families.


Children’s Day at the Clark County Fair, All Rides 10’ until 6 p.m. Friday


Special Bicycle Sale, 3 days only! Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Roadmaster Boys’ Bicycles, fully equipped with rear carrier, kick-stand, balloon tires & light; Reg. $59.95, now only $39.95, at Russell’s Hardware.


Silver Dome Ballroom, Annual Neillsville Volunteer Dept., sponsors Firemen’s Ball.  Dance to Music of Bobby Art & His Orchestra, Sat., Aug. 21.


Fairchild Baseball Team Benefit Dance, Wed., August 25; Music by Tom Strong & His Vagabonds.


Stop in at the Silver Dome Supper Club for the Finest Dining, featuring Aged Steaks, Chicken, Frog Legs & Sea Food.


The 83rd Jackson County Fair, at Black River Falls will run August 19-22.  The WLS National Barn Dance will be featured Friday on the stage.


A 105 Ranch Rodeo, Wild West Show will headline Saturday events, along with 4 Bands, a Parade, Baseball Game & Concert.


Sunday features will be Ken Griffins Famous Organist; a Military Band; Fireworks.


Dancing every night in the Pavilion, with 4 different orchestras             


Several new teachers have been added to the staff of the Greenwood high School this summer, according to Principal Clifton Fonstad.  Two of the “old-timers” who had been on the staff for a number of years are retiring.  Mahlon G. Hamel taught instrumental music for 19 years.  Before coming to Greenwood, he taught band music at Loyal and Spencer.


A baptismal service was held Sunday at Mead Dam.  The following 19 persons of the Greenwood Gospel Mission Church were baptized by the Rev. James Cooper: Mrs. Oscar Brandt, Romelle Brandt, Mrs. Merrill Dunn, Lynette Dunn, June Bredesen, Ruth Pushie, Luella Proctor, Mrs. Arnold Bare, Mrs. Robert Worden, Elaine Worden, Mrs. Kenneth Worden, Merrill Dunn, Tim Dunn, Robert Straughan, Robert Worden, Gordon Worden, Wesley Worden, Warren Worden and Kenneth Worden.


A potluck dinner was served at the Greenwood Park following the service at Mead Dam.


Mr. Cooper was installed July 8.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern Schools College of Liberal Arts in Minneapolis.  He will be ordained in Muskegon, Mich., early in September.  He is married and has a daughter.


Neillsville is in the throes of trying to complete her two large new buildings.  The high school is due for services at the opening of school Wednesday, September 8, and the new hospital was originally scheduled for an opening at about September 1.  In both instances the usual difficulties have been experienced in bringing together loose ends.


The high school has a conclusive argument in dealing with contractors.  That argument is that the avalanche is coming and that they had better hurry out of the way.  The avalanche consists of the hundreds of pupils who will descend upon the new building. They have been told to report there, and their arrival is a fact beyond dispute.  So the contractors are hurrying the finishing touches, and hope to get out of the way before the school deadline.


The situation at the hospital is more complicated.  There has been a loss of some time, possibly as much as two weeks, because of an error in the plans; where by heating units were incorrectly placed.  It was necessary to remove these units and to secure replacements.  This has the effect of delaying the tile men, who were unable to proceed because of the trouble with the heating units.  The tile men have now returned and can go to work.


Plumbing fixtures in major number have not yet been delivered.  They are coming from Kohler and that concern has been hampered by a strike.  The Kohler plant is operating in a limited way and the promise is made that the fixtures will be in Neillsville about September 15.


Even after the hospital building is completed, much work will remain to be done in installing equipment and in placing supplies.                                                                                             


Not a single young man of Clark County has been drafted thus far in the year 1954.  Fifty-six men have gone into the armed services, but every one of them has volunteered.


This striking record is completely in contrast with everything that has happened in recruiting experience in the country for the past decade.  Up to this time the effort of and for young men has been, in most instances, to postpone military service as long as possible.  Deferment has been sought in many instances, with fathers and employers frequently pleading the necessity of keeping the boys on the jobs.  It was quite evident, at least in some instances that the hope ran beyond postponement, the thought being that possibly military service might, through change of need or change of law, be avoided altogether.                                                                                                     


Annual Picnic dinner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, Sunday, August 29;  Chicken Dinner, 11:30 a.m. Ham Supper, 4:30 p.m. Games and Refreshments throughout the afternoon, Everyone Welcome!


Horses have long been included in the Clark County Fair events, starting back in the late 1800s when a few local racing enthusiasts each entered their prize-winning race horses, which included betting.  The above 1920 county fair photo was taken of a horse show as the entrees paraded around the race track before a crowd of spectators.





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