Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 10, 2014, Page 10

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Clark County News

September 1869


We could not possibly issue a paper last week for manifold reasons.  We went huckleberrying, and during our absence of four days, Mr. Bone, our assistant, was taken sick.  With a tax list to put in type and a rush of other work upon us, we concluded to disappoint our readers one week, and abide the consequences. Will you excuse us?


J. B. Gallaher, the skillful and popular photograph artist of Black River Falls, has fitted up rooms at the O’Neill House, to remain here two or three weeks.  He is prepared to take most any kind of picture and he can do it in tip-top style, too.


Messrs. Hewett & Woods’ new sawmill on Wedge’s Creek, seven miles west of here has just been completed and yesterday a trial was made and everything worked satisfactorily.  The mill was built by M. Mason, a very competent mill-wright of long practical experience.  He first commenced work upon it the 4th day of last February with a small crew of men, and today it is considered in running order.  The mill, we believe, is the largest and best in the county.  The main building is 24x60 feet.  The mill has a six-foot water wheel.  It is furnished with double rotary 46-inch saws; capable of cutting 40,000 feet of lumber in 24 hours, and the carriage is fitted so as to cut timber 48-feet in length.  The cost of this mill is probably $5,000 or $6,000 and as it has abundant and first-class waterpower, we predict for Hewett & Woods the success they richly deserve.                                                                      


The recent rain showers have had the effect of raising the Black river to a better driving stage than has been known before in the month of August for a number of years.  Logs commenced running last Saturday night and a steady rise in the river during the next twenty-four hours began to send thousands of logs to market.  But few of the creeks have received any benefit from the rains.  A fair raise is reported on Popple River and Wedge’s Creek, and a few logs have been run out of Rock Creek.  This will occasion a large augmentation to the millions of logs at the mouth of the river.  It will be of considerable benefit to those having contracts to fulfill, but those who were not wise enough to enter into contracts last winter at a stipulated price, preferring to sell at the mouth of the river, will of course find the low price for logs has not the least improved.                                                                                               


The action of the Town Board in changing the location of the cemetery will received commendation.  The grounds of the new cemetery are situated eight rods east of the road between here and Staffordville, just back of the road at the point where it first turns after passing John Walter’s residence.  The lot comprises ten acres, which belonged to James O’Neill, who very generously donated two acres and is selling the rest for the small sum of $5 per acre.


The services at the new Methodist Church here last Sabbath brought out large congregations.  The inside of the building being in an unfinished state, chairs and benches were used as seats to accommodate those attending.  Rev. W. Hazelton, of Black River Falls, preached the morning sermon, Rev. James Mair, of the Presbyterian Church presided over the afternoon services and Rev. Hazelton again in the evening.                                 


We are requested to state that there will be a donation party at the Methodist Church here on Thursday evening, September 2nd for the benefit of the pastor.  A general invitation is extended and we hope the attendance will be large and the donations liberal, for Mr. Walker needs assistance and is deserving of it.      


Two workmen engaged on the railroad bridge, at Black River Falls, by a sudden jar of that structure, caused by the breaking of the caps on the jack screws used in raising the bridge a few inches, were precipitated into the Black River last Monday, falling a distance of 20 feet or more.  At the time of the fall the men were not far from Spaulding’s boom, one of them being an expert swimmer, soon reached the shore in safety.  The other one not being a swimmer would have drowned but for the timely assistance of a young man by the name of Eugene Tucker, who, at the risk of his own life, plunged into the river and brought the nearly exhausted man to shore.                  


L. R. Stafford and J. N. Kemmery have become associated together in the livery business at Staffordville.  They keep a good stock of horses and can fit out any kind of a rig on short notice.  An institution of this kind has been needed here very much for some time and we are glad these gentlemen have supplied the want.  They have gone into the business with a no half-way plan of having broken down ‘plugs’ to hire, but have fine horses.  They expect in a few days, two or three nice buggies.


September 1939


The St. John’s Lutheran School, starting on its 54th year in Neillsville, opened Tuesday with the largest enrollment in its history.  Ninety-two children enrolled in elementary and intermediate grades, according to Principal Erich Sievert and at least two more registrations are expected.


Registration took place Tuesday, and was followed by a brief program opened with devotional services led by the Rev. William A. Baumann.  Paul Bartell, president of the congregation, gave a brief message and Harry Roehrborn, representing the school board, also spoke to the children.  Many parents were present.  Enrollments in the various grades are: Eighth grade, 19; seventh, 18; sixth, eight; fifth, 10; fourth, eight; third, six; second, 13 and first, 10.



A 1906 drawing of St. John’s Lutheran School building located on the northwest corner of

West 6th and Oak Streets, which was used until 1955, when a new facility was built on

West Fifth Street near the new church.  The old building is now used as a meeting place for

Neillsville Senior Citizens.


The possibility of redecorating the American Legion Hall, on East Fifth Street, was discussed by members of the Otto A. Haugen Post in joint session with the auxiliary last Tuesday night.


A committee to inquire into the cost of the work was appointed by Commander Harry Roehrborn.  Members of the committee are Art Carl, Art Kunze and Darrell Cummings.


The plan at present is to remove all partitions, making the hall into one large room.


The work of excavating for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company building on the old MacBride corner was begun Monday.  A temporary building, which will be used as an office by the contractors, was also erected this week.


Bicycle Races at the Co-operative Rally to be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Sept. 9, Neillsville; cash prizes will be given away.  All boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 years invited to enter these races.


Entries can be made to Henry Rahn at the Fairgrounds Saturday morning.  Races to start at 10 a.m.; Free Ice Cream!


The William Shellhammer farm, northwest of Loyal, consisting of 98 acres, has been sold to Robert Kernberg of Hutchinson, Minn.  The deal was made by the palmer Vinger Real Estate Agency of Greenwood.


Check these Specials at the Neillsville Bakery: Crθme Puffs, every Tuesday, 5’ each or 6 for 25’; Monday, Apple Turnovers, 2 for 5’; Wednesday, Marshmallow Horns, 40’ a doz. Thursday, Choc E-Clairs, 40’ doz.; Hard Rolls, fresh daily, delightfully crisp & full-flavored, 15’ a doz.  Get Brownee Bread at your grocer’s 10’ and 12’ per loaf.


Private sale of all household furnishings, starting Friday, Sept. 15 at the Ellen Huntley Residence 205 W. Fifth Street, in Neillsville; Come anytime!  Take your choice of these furnishing and make an offer!


The Winnebago Indian School was reopened last week with a capacity enrollment and the 110 pupils were greeting by a completely renovated and redecorated building.  A number of children who wished to enter the school this year could not be admitted due to the lack of room.


The staff consists of: The Rev. Stucki, superintendent; Miss Cilla Kippenham, principal; Miss Gertrude Hauser, teacher of the intermediate grades; Miss Hattie Gander, primary teacher; Miss Lina Burkhardt, boys governess; Miss Helen Putsch, girls’ advisor; Miss Mary Hartz, cook; Virgil Klassy, engineer and manual training; Jacob Stucki, gardener; Markus Vornholt, farm manager; Miss Ruth Wegner, secretary; Miss Helen Marie Rufenacht, girls governess; Miss Mildred Nikolay, assistant cook; Miss Lillian Gerber, dining room supervisor; Miss Louise Kippenhan, community worker.


Globe Lutheran Church was the scene of a simple double-ring ceremony Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock when Miss Sophia Poppe of Weston became the bride of La Verne Johnson of Mt. Horeb.  They were united in marriage by the Rev. A. Schumann.


The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Charles Poppe of the Town of Weston.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Philips of Stoughton.


For the ceremony the bride chose an icicle blue marquisette dress, ankle-length with a corsage of white carnations and white accessories.  She carried an arm bouquet of roses, larkspur and gladioli and a white silk handkerchief that had been her mother’s for 41 years.


The bride’s only attendant was Miss Henrietta Poppe, who wore a baby pink chiffon dress with a shoulder length veil, held in place with a corsage of white carnations.  She carried an arm bouquet of pink gladioli.


The groom was attired in a suit of navy blue and was attended by his brother, Sylvan Johnson, who was attired in a dark suit.


The church was decorated with autumn flowers.  The bridal car and the home were decorated with pink and blue crepe paper.  Julius Hagedorn assisted as usher.


A reception followed the ceremony and a supper for 35 guests was served at the home of the bride.  The table was decorated with a large wedding cake, which was made by Mrs. Richard Hagedorn.  The waitresses were Mrs. Arnold Ebert and Miss Evelyn Hagedorn.


Mr. Johnson and his bride will make their home at Mr. Horeb where he is engaged in farming.


The Rev. Fr. Joseph A. Biegler early this week expressed hope that the construction of the new St. Mary’s Catholic School would be far enough along by Friday to permit the enrollment of students on that day.


The school was expected to open last Monday.  However work of finishing off the interior was not sufficiently advanced to permit the opening as scheduled.


About 85 students are expected to register in the new school.  Classes will be conducted by four sisters of the Notre Dame Convent of Milwaukee.                                                                               


R. H. Welsh Chevrolet Co. Used Car Clearance Sale, AT Wholesale Prices:


1937 Ford Tudor, $295; 1936 Chev. Sedan, $275; 1934 Plymouth, $235; 1932 Willys Sedan, $75; 1931 Buick Sedan, $65; and 1929 Ford ‘A’ Tudor, $35                                                                      


Construction of a new 5-mile bridge over Black River was started early this week, less than a week after Levis residents voted to erect a bridge to replace the one washed out by the flood of September, 1938.


Contract for the ironwork has been let to the Wausau Iron Works on its low bid of $9,000.  The contract called for the completion of the Ironwork by February 15.


At a special election last week, Levis voters decided to borrow $6,000 from the state trust fund to defray its share of expense in biding the bridge.  The town and county each will stand 50 percent of the cost.  The vote was 98 to 21.


A petition to permanently increase the size of the Neillsville police force to three men was tabled for further consideration by the city council in session Tuesday night.


The petition was presented to the council by O. W. Lewerenz, local restaurateur, and contained 96 signatures.  It suggested the appointment of Cleve Evans as the third member of the force.    


Mr. and Mrs. Louis Meinholdt, Miss Edna Bruss and Elmer Georgas returned home Thursday from Eagle River where they enjoyed a four-day outing and also did some fishing in Lake Superior by the trolling method.  They caught a number of fine lake trout.  The largest two weighed 15 pounds and 11Ύ pounds and were caught by Mrs. Meinholdt and Elmer.


Globe School Notes:


The first grade pupils received their first books this week.  Great interest is shown in the little stored of Dick and Jane.


Our new conduct system is working well.  Everyone is trying to keep his grade at the 100 mark.  Gladys Kalsow has the highest grade in spelling, three and four.


The geography classes are making salt and flour maps.  Some very realistic maps were made of the Scandinavian Peninsula.  The maps are inexpensive, attractive and give the pupils a very good conception of the physical features of each country studied.


We made a new stand for our radio and painted it white.  We think it will be very attractive.


Some of the pupils have several book reports completed. Everyone must have two book reports on record at the end of the first six weeks.


Arithmetic, four, pupils are reviewing their multiplication tables.


We find our set of world books very helpful.  The following pupils use them every day in geography, eight, for extra credit work:  Howard Schultz, Wilbert Henchen, Pauline Schoenherr and Beatrice Ormond.  The books are well illustrated and are written in a very interesting manner.


Agriculture, seven and eight, completed their unit of work on potatoes.


We are completing our first month of school.  Make it a point to visit our school during the month of October.


Auction Sale on the Montgomery Farm; located 2 miles straight north of Granton; Tuesday, October 3, Sale to start at 10 a.m.


14 Fine Holstein Cows; 3 Good Horses; 2 Sows; Some Chickens, mostly pullets


Hay and Grain, about 20 tons of good hay, oats & a straw stack; Selling all of the Machinery.


Mrs. Alice Montgomery & Sons, Props.  C. A. Olson, Auctioneer; Jas. Musil and W. H. Allen, Clerks





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