Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 17, 2014, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


September 1874


The half-mile track on the fairgrounds is now completed.  It is in fine condition and as good as any track in the state.  The citizens of Neillsville propose to get up a purse, free to all horses, to be trotted on the last day of the fair, sufficient to induce owners to bring us some good steppers.                                                    


Several of the old settlers celebrated rather an impromptu reunion here last Saturday evening.  It was a most convivial affair and resulted in a great “flow of the soul” and other combustibles.


Hop picking is now in full swing throughout the state.                         


The cranberry men of Jackson County are advertising for pickers.      


Campbell, Watson & Hummel have opened a wagon, carriage and blacksmith shop opposite the O’Neill House barn and are prepared to do everything in either branch of their business promptly and in the very best manner.  The members of this firm are all good workers and reliable men.                                              


Last Wednesday morning a hunting party started out from this village with the full determination of doing all in their power to exterminate that ugly, short-tailed animal familiarly called the “bar.”  The gentlemen, who have gone to the wilderness with this laudable end in view, are Jos. Head, E. S. Crossett and R. J. Sawyer.  They were well supplied with ordinance and ammunition and will be guarded through the perils of those of Bruin, by Mr. Sawyer’s “yaller pup,” Joe.  Look for the decline in the prices of oil and fur when they are heard from.


After a careful examination of the merits of the various seats available, for the new school house, the bidding committee has concluded to seat the new school house with what is known as the Sterling seat, and have contracted for the same.  This, if not the best, is as good as any seat made and was procured at a more than liberal discount from list prices.  The seats selected are black walnut and cherry finish and are certainly about the nicest thing in that line we have seen.  By inviting competition, the committee has been able to get the seats at a reduction of twenty-seven percent from regular prices.


The school building is getting to look more and more like a business every day and will soon be ready for the furniture.  With such a schoolhouse and such furnishings, who would not want to be a boy again, or, better still, a rosy, romping school girl?                                                                                             


The first frost of the season scorched things a little on Wednesday, Sept. 16, but didn’t do a lot of damage.


The Town Board of Levis has done an excellent job on the roads between the Black River Bridge and Arnold’s Creek.  They have put them in excellent shape and replaced all the old shaky bridges by substantial new ones.


At the horse races at the Fairgrounds last Thursday it was understood between the drivers, before the horses started out what horses were to come in ahead in each heat, but it appears the horses were not parties to the compact, and George Hubbell’s horse and one other belonging to another party, violated the agreement by getting over the ground too fast for the animals that were to be the winners. 


We don’t believe that George Hubbell ever told told his horse that he didn’t want him to get away from the other horses if he could.  


(Apparently, George’s horse felt like running that day and the horse owners in the race were taught a good lesson. DZ)                                                          


Last Wednesday night a man from the county, whose name we did not learn, arrived in town and rested his weary horned steeds in the O’Neill House barn.  After seeing them, as he thought, securely fastened, he retired for the night; but in the morning, Lo!  One of these quadrupeds was nix com arouse; and up to this hour that oxen is a wandering refuge, or a victim of misplaced confidence, no knoweth which.                            


The Neillsville Brass Band is making rapid improvement, under the leadership of Mr. D. T. Lindley.  They will soon be able to make a noise as sweet as ever was produced by a sandy lot of chaps that have formed the determination to “blow or bust.”  They play many pieces very well.                                                


Mormon Ripple House, Robert French, Prop.  House recently fitted up in excellent shape and offers fine accommodations to the public!                                                                                               


Ira McIntyre is laying the foundation for a residence south of the new school building, to be completed by the summer.


Potts & Myers have a few more of their superb milk safes to dispose of before commencing their fall trade in fanning mills.


September 1944


The world grows smaller!  Witness the meeting in far-off Iran of brothers who hail from Chili, Wisconsin.


William Gildernick, enroute through Iran to India and his brother Harold met quite by accident.  Harold has been in the Near East for some time.


A report of the reunion was received by Mrs. William Gildernick in a letter received last week.


The brick building, east of the Granton bank, has been purchased from Alvin Reichert by the new library committee of the Granton community.  The funds for the purchase were given by Mrs. Augusta Sampson of Minneapolis.  In this building the library will be permanently housed.  In recognition of Mrs. Sampson’s interest and generosity, the library will be known as the Sampson Memorial Library.  It is now a village enterprise, managed by a committee consisting of Stella Gotter, Mrs. Arthur Eibergen, Miss Pearle Beeckler, Mrs. Hazel Rath and George Edlebeck.


The bean harvest and canning in the Humbird community is a major undertaking this year.  It is requiring the services of more than 1,500 persons and occasioned the delay of two weeks in the opening of the Humbird Public schools.


The size of the pack is a closed book, for much of the output goes to Uncle Sam and Uncle Sam discourages information on that subject.  A rough estimate however is that the acreage will run not far from 250 acres and that this is in about 600 different plots.  In many instances the plots are of a quarter of an acre each, the size estimated to be a proper full-term job for one person.  Some plots run as high as 10 acres, but there are not many of that size, and on such a plot the harvesting is a major undertaking, requiring a lot of help.


To estimate that 1,000 persons are engaged full-time in picking is to be conservative.  The fact is that much of the picking is done in situations where a whole family turns out, and the members do chores and other work besides.  It is more likely that there are close to 1,500 persons in the Humbird community, children and adults, whose chief work is now to pick beans.


These beans are going to the plant of the Humbird Canning Co., which is operating under great pressure this summer.  The number of employees is reported locally to be close to 100.


Some of the older pupils of the public schools are working in the cannery, but more are in the bean fields, picking.  The estimate is that the major part of the crop will be out of the way by Sept. 11, when the Humbird schools are opening.


This is a good year for the beans, and the acreage is up.  Hence it may be reasonable to expect that Humbird will can double as many beans as in an average year.  The pea crop is out of the way and it is estimated that this was far above normal, although not in the same proportion as the beans.


The Humbird cannery is managed by Roy Fletcher.  Its ownership is vested in the Humbird Canning Company, the owners of which also own the Whitewater cannery at Whitewater.


(There must be a few of you still living in this area that remember having helped pick the remaining beans on various plots that year, so the harvest could be completed, then hauled to the Humbird Cannery for processing.  That meant a lot of back bending, reaching into the vines to find and pick off the green beans. DZ)


(I the transcriber remember picking beans in our large patch for some years in the mid to late 1940s for a factory, but we hauled into Neillsville, so I do not know what cannery they went to. DMK)


Women bowlers of Neillsville have organized two leagues for the coming season.  The Thursday night league consists of 12 teams of five each; 60 all told.  The Friday night league consists of six teams of five each; 30 all told.  In addition there are 11 general substitutes.  The total number listed is 101.                 


Motorists of Clark County will received their new “A” gasoline ration books next week.  About 7,000 books will go out in Clark County between Sept. 11, when the distribution begins and Sept. 16, when it ends.


The distribution will be made through the school organizations, chiefly the high schools. The procedure is that the motorist will secure an application blank from any filling station.  He will then fill in that blank and take it, in complete form, to the issuing point. Attached to the application must be the back page of the old “A” book; or, if that is lost, then the applicant may show his title or his state motor vehicle registration card.


For those whose application is in proper order there will be no delay.  They will receive the new books when the application is turned in.


In Neillsville the distribution is a two-day affair, with the prospect of about 1,500 applications.  The dates in Neillsville are Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13.  The hours are from 8:30 to 4.


(As a child, I remember our family car having a “B”, green and white gas allotment sticker on the front windshield.  We lived on a farm, which was probably the reason for a different classification, although we didn’t own a tractor.  Think of what had to be gone through, in order to get a few gallons of gas, allotted for a period of time. DZ)


Auction Calendar, Sept. 14 thru Sept. 26:


Sept. 14, Isaac Higgins Farm, ½ mile east of Granton High School, starts 10:30 a.m.,


Sept. 15 - August Roder Farm, first farm east of Clark County Fairgrounds, Sale starts 10:30 a.m. Owner, Otto Lewerenz,


Sept. 16, on Paul Handke farm, 7 miles north of Granton, Sale starts 10 a.m.


Sept. 18, on Mary Bates Farm, 11 miles southwest of Neillsville, on Hwy 95,


Sept. 18, on Henry Garbisch farm, 4 miles north of Granton, or 1 mile east of Greunke’s Cheese factory on, then ½ mile south.  Sale starts 10 a.m.


Sept. 19 - On farm known as old Barrett place, 5 miles east of Loyal on 98 and 1 mile south, or 1 mile north of Spokeville, 


Sept. 20 - On Herman Lapp farm, 2 miles southeast of Greenwood, sale starts 10 a.m.


Sept. 22 - On Emil Seeman farm, 4 miles east of Lindsey and 1 miles south.  Sale starts 10:30 a.m.


Sept 23 - Purebred bull sale on John Wuethrich farm, south city limits of Greenwood, first farm south of Rock Creek Bridge on east side of Hwy 73.  Sale starts 12:30 p.m.


Sept. 23 - At Otto Kalsow residence, on West 18th Street, west of Catholic Church,


Sept. 25 - On the Frank Luck farm, 6 ½ miles northeast of Neillsville on County Trunk C; Sale starts 9 a.m.


Sept. 26 - On the William Kurth farm, 5 miles east of Neillsville on Hwy 10.  Sale starts 10 a.m.


Ninety-four men have gone from Clark County into the armed services since May 1.  This is revealed by a news release of the selective service board, which lists 59 men who have joined the army, 28 who have joined the navy; seven who have become marines.                                                                                      


Stables Nite Club, Want to buy chickens.  Also, help Wanted, Women who can stay or go home, Good Wages paid


Junior (Ellsworth) Shock became an early victim of the football season.  He received a broken collar-bone Friday during a scrimmage before he had been in a regular game.  Shock was cared for by a local physician and is able to attend school.  He was making a good showing and the team is short a prospective half-back as Shock will be out for the remainder of the season.                                                                                                        


Fred Lakosky of Loyal has sold his implement business in Loyal to Ted Gregory, farmer of the northern part of Clark County.  The deal includes the implement shop in the village of Loyal, two warehouses, two vacant lots and stock.


During the summer Lakosky has sold four farms.  His idea is to ease up for a little.   But he still has four farms; the draft board and the village of Loyal, all of them more or less on his hands by virtue of ownership or official connection.


Fred Zimmerman, Secretary of State of Wisconsin, will address the Kiwanis Club next Monday evening.


Special Bargain Offer! Gold medal Enriched Flour, 50 lb. bag $2.24 At Quality Market


The resignation of Fred Rossman, Sr., as chief of police of Neillsville is awaiting the action of the Mayor and the city council.  With a record of more than 20 years of service, Rossman is being given every consideration in the hope that some solution may be found for his perplexities.


Mr Rossman is resigning, not because he is 82 years of age and has passed the time of retirement, but because he is under the necessity of caring for Mrs. Rossman, who is virtually helpless.  Under war conditions, with a shortage of help at every point, Mr. Rossman is unable to find and keep a woman who can render this service in the home.  For nearly two years past he has been trying to help care for his wife and yet continue to function as chief of police.  He has lost 18 pounds or more and is feeling the strain.                                                                                


Marriage Licenses:

Linda Glende, Town of York, and Romaine Seidelman, Town of York;

Christina Tomac, Town of Warner, and Edmund Hammersbach, Town of Warner;

Linda Melinda Buss, Town of Hoard, and Reuben Oiva Hill, Town of Hixon;

Dorothy Imig, Town of Weston, and Lewis Seif, Neillsville



A view of Main Street Chili taken in the early 1900s (Photo courtesy of Jay Parker Collection)





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