Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 7, 2015, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1930


Rains last week extinguished the numerous forest fires in this district, which have been raging for weeks with great damage to the wild lands and heavy loss of life to game.


Twelve dead deer were found in a small area of burned over land near City Point, it was reported.  They had died in the recent forest fires.  Indians from dells Dam state that several deer whose feet were badly burned have been seen in the East Fork country.                                                                                         


With the change in train service, Ben Brown, postmaster, announced that mail would have to be deposited in mailboxes before 3:30 p.m. and in the post office no later than 4 p.m. to insure it going out on the afternoon train.


Last week Herman Dahnert purchased the Nick Wilger farm a mile south of the fairgrounds from Mart Lastofka. 


The Carl Lewerenz farm south of Day Corners was traded for Mrs. Nettie Youman’s house in Neillsville.


Mrs. Nettie Youmans, having sold her home on West Fifth Street, will leave soon to spend the winter with friends in California.                                                                                                     


Goose Shoot - On John Walters Farm, one mile west of city Sunday, Oct. 5; Come out and win one of our big fine geese or ducks.


Also five other Goose Shoots on Sunday, Oct. 5; at Geo Williams’ farm, Granton; 2 p.m. at the Frank Ferguson’s, Ό mile north of Shortville Store on highway 73; on John Krejci farm ½ mile west of the County Farm, H. Potter; at Pete Buddinger’s, 9 miles northeast of Neillsville, 3 ½ miles east of Christie corners; Joe Chase farm, ½ mile east of fairgrounds.                                                                                                          


Ignac Cesnik of Willard says he has a handcar but no railroad to run it on; if anyone has a railroad not otherwise engaged, there is a chance to buy some “rolling stock’ below par.  This was Mr. Cesnik’s “private car” back in the grand and glorious days of the Foster railroad, but the scrapping of the railroad left this piece of property high and dry on the grade.  It is rough and disagreeable work running a handcar on the ties, so Mr. Cesnik is willing to sacrifice something on the vehicle.                                                                                                       


The Frauen Verein ladies have canned over 100 quarts of fruit of different varieties for the Indian School at Neillsville, and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Duerkop presented the school with seventeen sacks full of good winter apples, which Mr. Stucki and children from the school picked last Friday.  The school has canned 1,500 quarts of tomatoes, besides many other fruits and vegetables.  About 5,000 quarts are needed for the year’s supply.  There are 75 to 80 children enrolled, and eight grades of common school work are given.  Humbird Enterprise                          


Policeman A. Jensen last week notified the Mayor that he wished to be relieved from duty on or before Oct. 15.  Mr. Jensen has made a very satisfactory and efficient officer but has accepted the position of secretary of the newly organized Wisconsin Benevolent Society and wishes to devote his entire time to the work.


Frank Ruddock, Tuesday night was appointed to the police force by the city council to take the place of Al Jensen, who has resigned.  Others who applied for the job beside Ruddock were Ray Marquardt, Geo. Cramer, Carl Roder, William Schroeder, C. O. Chapman, and George Frantz.                                 


A drive for funds will be made in Neillsville by the Salvation Army, the week of Oct. 28, according to plans being made by Bruno Lederer, field representative of the organization from Milwaukee.  Mr. Lederer addressed the Kiwanis club at its luncheon Monday and received the endorsement of the club.  Committees will be appointed to help in carrying on the campaign.                                                                                                


E. L. Achenbach, who lives southwest of Columbia, was a caller at The Press office Friday.  He states that it may be his last trip to Neillsville until spring.  He has stored up in his home sufficient food to last himself and wife all winter; potatoes, beets, carrots, rutabagas, etc., also plenty of flour and coffee to last until next spring.  He has plenty of fuel on his farm and feels that if their health remains good, they will not need anything until warm weather come.


Lake Arbutus furnished sportsmen with splendid duck shooting last week when the temperature suddenly dropped and sent thousands of the birds south.  Many hunters got their limit within a few hours shooting.


The Heinz pickling plant at Pittsville is taking in a large amount of cauliflower from the territory in the vicinity and extending over into the Town of Sherwood, Clark County.  It is said that the drought did not seriously affect this crop and that there is a good yield of excellent quality.                                                


On Tuesday, Judge Crosby heard the petition of a number of property owners of the city of Neillsville, asking to have their property set out of the city and annexed to the Town of Pine Valley.  The action is taken under the provision of a recently enacted statute, permitting the owners of land used purely for agricultural purposes and within the limits of a city of the fourth class, to be set out of the city under certain conditions.


The petitioners in this case are M. Lastofka, George Begley, John Counsell, Carl Hoffman and Chas. Musil.  The petition was presented by attorney W. A. Campman and witnesses gave testimony to sustain the petition.  City Attorney C. R. Sturdevant, who represents the city, will file a brief for the petitioners.  The court gave the attorneys ten days in which to file their briefs.


Two weeks later:

On Monday, Judge E. W. Crosby filed a decision in the case involving the petition of seven owners of farming lands living within the corporate limits of the city of Neillsville, asking that said lands be detached from the city and joined to the Town of Pine Valley, the decision granting the petition.                                  


Ignac Cesnik of Willard, who some time ago did much to bring settlers into the Willard country, states that he believes there is now an opportunity to get thrifty families into Clark County.  There is considerable good land here that can be bought for $300 for 40 acres, on highways, near schools, in well-settled communities.  There are hundreds of families in Chicago who have small amounts of money saved who would make a small payment down on 40 acres or more of land, move on, build a small log house or shanty and “dig-in” where they would have shelter, fuel and a chance to raise at least enough food to live on, placing themselves in much safer circumstances that they now have in the cities.  Many of these would make good and pay for their land, just as many of the settlers did years ago.


Mr. Cesnik says that thousands of dollars in Clark County have gone to buy bonds issued on buildings in Chicago and other cities, bonds on which no interest is now being paid; if some of this money had been put into wild lands of good quality, of this county, and efforts made to finance families from the cities, the investment would be safer than the Chicago bonds, and the money would go to bu8ild up Clark County instead of Chicago.


The first farming families to settle in the Town of Foster came to Clark County starting in 1907.  Ignac Cesnik represented the sales in bringing Chicago families to the area, many Yugoslavian, who bought acreage for farming in the Willard area.  The above photo was taken about 1920, showing the Willard train depot with pickle holding bins next to the building.  Area farm families picked homegrown cucumbers, which they hauled to the depot station, sold and shipped to a pickling factory by train.


October 1950


St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Loyal was the scene on Wednesday, September 27, of the wedding of Miss Dorothy Jean Hannan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hannan of Loyal, and Howard Sturtz, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sturtz, Sr., also of Loyal.


The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Norbert King, in a setting of autumn flowers.


The bride, approaching the altar on the arm of her father, wore a gown of white satin and lace neckline, long sleeves and a train.  Her bridal bouquet was a white orchid surrounded by yellow roses and white carnations.


Bridal maids were Mrs. Russell Lyons of Neillsville, sister of the bride, as matron of honor, Annette Hannan, another sister of the bride, and Donna Bardell, a cousin of the bride, as bridesmaids.  They wore identical gowns of green satin with hoop skirts.


The groom was attended by James Hannan, brother of the bride, as bestman, Robert Hannan, another brother of the bride, and Donald Sturtz, a brother of the groom as groomsmen.


A dinner was served at the church parlors for 70 guests.  The decorations were green and white wedding bells.


After October 4, they are to be at home at Loyal.  Their wedding trip took them to Canada.


The bride is a graduate of the Loyal High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.  She was employed as a technician at Monroe.


The groom is a graduate of Loyal High School and operates a music store in Loyal as well as being a dance bandleader.


There will be a Duck Shoot at Zager’s Tavern, Christie, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m.  Bring your own .22’s.



Gen. and Mrs. Clarence L. Sturdevant of Washington, D.C., spent the weekend visiting friends in and around Neillsville.  While here they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmerman. 


The Sturdevant’s were enroute to the west coast, where they expect to visit the sister of Mrs. Sturdevant and other friends along the coast.


General Sturdevant, a son of Neillsville, was in charge of the construction of of the famous Alcan Highway during World War II.  He is now retired.                                                                               


Herman Olson has resigned as a police officer of the city of Neillsville. The resignation was presented to the council Tuesday evening, effective October 15.


Mr. Olson’s resignation is due to physical infirmities.  He has recently had extreme difficulty in walking. 


Mr. Olson has had a long period of public service, especially as sheriff of Clark County.


Little Pat Gluck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. “Dimps” Gluck returned on Tuesday from the Marshfield hospital, where she underwent treatment for a stomach ailment.                                          


Eighteen persons were taken Sunday morning into the membership of the Congregational Church.  This brings the number received in seven months up to an even one hundred.


At the morning service there was dedicated a new altar table, the work of Herbert M. Smith.


Those received into the church Sunday were as follows:


John B. Bryan, Mrs. Cecelia Bryan, Frederick Wendt, Mrs. June Wendt, Mrs. Cecil Minette, Harold Trewartha, Lowell Trewartha, Robert Quinnell, Thomas Krejci, Mrs. Alice Krejci, Oscar W. Schoengarth, Mrs. Olga Schoengarth, Nick Scherer, Mrs. Elsie Scherer, Mrs. Margaret Farrand, Mrs. Ruth Berlick and Mrs. Sylvia Kurth.


Plans have been completed for the big Greenwood High School homecoming celebration this week.  The first event will be a snake dance and pep rally Thursday night.  The rally will start from the school and the snake dance will go through the town and back to the field behind the school for the bonfire and pep rally.  There will be yells, speeches and the homecoming king will be announced.  The homecoming king will choose his queen from the candidates elected from each class.  They will reign at the dance Friday night.


Friday afternoon the homecoming parade will be held.  All classes and organizations will be represented by floats.  The grade school children will also take 0art in the parade, which will be led by the high school band.  Prizes will be given to the best floats in the parade.


The homecoming football game with Loyal will be played on Olson Field Friday night.  To win this game would clinch the conference title for the Greenwood eleven.  These two traditional rivals always play a good game regardless of their records up to that time.


Following the game, a dance will be held in the Greenwood High School gym.  Music will be furnished by Howie Sturtz and his Swing Kings. The homecoming king and queen will lead the grand march.  Winners of the floats will also be announced at the dance.


(The football homecoming was a big celebration with many planned events, climaxed with every student knowing the dance steps for dancing the night away to the then local popular Howie Sturtz dance band. DZ)


The local Red Cross gave aid to a destitute migrant family of seven last Thursday, when the axle broke on their homemade trailer.  The family, the C. A. Parrys, was headed for Wausau from the Dakotas, when they ran into trouble near Lynn.  Mr. Parry, a handicapped person, had been employed in the harvest fields and was seeking seeking employment as an iron worker.


There were five children in the family, the eldest being 16 and the youngest a three-week old baby.


The Red Cross supplied them with food and fuel and paid the expense of repairing the trailer.


A shot rang out in the darkness Sunday night at the Wuethrich factory, Town of Eaton.  An alarm to Neillsville brought Sheriff Kutsche, Under-Sheriff Dobes, and Traffic Offices Dusso and Frantz to the scene.  What they found as a clue was an empty shell from a 12-gauge shotgun.  The rest of the episode had gone into limbo.


The alarm was given by Harold Dahl, night watchman at the plant.  He ran out; saw distant movement; ran back for his flashlight; cast its beams in the direction of the distant movement; the shot rang out; a car moved off into the night, with only tail lights to mark its departure.


The investigation revealed the shotgun shell; also that a rear wheel of Dahl’s car  had been jacked up with a jack having been taken from the factory garage.


The episode has been accepted as a misguided effort on the part of one or more persons who intended to play a practical joke on Mr. Dahl.  If that is the correct explanation n, the official view is that the person or persons implicated might better find a less dangerous game, for a shot in the night invites a shot in return, with the possibility that somebody will be hurt.





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