Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 30, 2015 Page 12

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

December 1880


 Gates’, Blakeslee’s, Klopf’s, Hewett’s and Pond’s - those are the scenes of tremendous activity just now in the grocery line.


Lorenzo Gates’ grocery store in Weston is fully stocked with fresh groceries.  Give him a call.


Charley Pond has shipped a large number of venison saddles from this place this winter to points south.


(A venison saddle was both sides of the hind quarter of venison carcass, including the loins. DZ)                                                                                                                


A dance occurred at Lorenzo Gates’ residence in Weston the other evening after the Good Templars lodge.  Some twelve or fourteen couples participated and danced until half past 11 o’clock.



The confectionery and cigar store at the post office has been thoroughly overhauled and cleaned this week.


Charley Gates has a fine new meat block of oak, composed of many pieces glued together.  It is for his sausage making.


The Howe truss for the ride across Hall’s Creek, on the line of the Neillsville railroad, has been in Merrillan for several days and is soon being moved down to the creek by wagons.   



H. B. Fletcher, of Madison, began delivering the lithographic views of Neillsville last Monday morning.  A. Brosius, the artist, who drew the picture, was also in town Monday.  The picture shows the relative position of the buildings but does not show the hills plainly enough.                                                            


A lively interlude occurred in the O’Neill House last Friday evening about suppertime, when a rough appearing individual stood in the office near the foot of the stairs and swore.  He was draped in a mackinaw suit and flourished the wrong end of the English language with untiring zeal.  The landlady stepped up to him and requested that the performance discontinue.  This made him wroth, and he waived her protest and continued to deliver.  The conversation ended in a scuffle, followed by the uprising of the spectators, who assisted the courageous landlady in getting the eloquent moke out under the stars.  He was a victim of alcoholic exhilaration.  What started the act the reporter did not stay to find out, as he came near getting jammed into an empty razor-case of the hotel barbershop as it was but made a dash for a door and escaped up the street, grasping a stick of cosmetique that a terrified barber had dropped into his lap.


(Moke is a slang word, meaning nag.  Cosmetique was a barber’s cosmetic stick used while shaving a customer. DZ)


Charley Pigeon, an Indian, got into a fight west of town last Friday night with other Indians.  His face was cut open from the side of his nose to the corner of his mouth, a gash was cut on the top of his head, one or two gashes near the left ear, and one near the right ear, as if his adversary had been blocking out a scalp to take.  The whole right side of Pigeon was paralyzed.  Thus coopered he laid out in the cold.  Saturday he was taken in charge by the proper officer and was treated as a county charge.  He was sewed up and proper restoratives applied.  Sunday, Mr. Campbell took him, in a wagon, to the Indian camp two miles south of Wedges Creek, on the railroad, and left him in charge of his friends.


The railroad track laying can now be figured right down to the tee, thirteen miles of road to be laid and seven days to do it in.


Dr. Morley moved into his new house Wednesday, and thus won a bet of cigars made with Scott Colburn that he would eat his Christmas dinner there.                                                                     


A thrifty farmer was in town the other day asking who to see to get a job of furnishing wood to the railroad folks at the Neillsville grand central depot.  He was referred to Grant, who will head the enterprise.


In 1880, the Neillsville-area people were eagerly awaiting the arrival of railway service.  Rail tracks were being laid from Merrillan, northeasterly to Neillsville.  The railroad would provide easier and faster service in delivering merchandise to local businesses, more comfortable passenger travel and other services.  Above is a drawing to the first Neillsville train depot, which was located on the west side of the Black River, 1 Ό miles from downtown.  Later a trestle was built, which carried the railroad over the river, into the city.  



The new office of the poor commissioner is not an idle one.  Early this week Wm. Campbell, one of the three commissioners of the poor, went down six or seven miles south of the village to look after a poor woman and her children who were reported in need of public care.                                             


Hewettville News:


Paul Demanch is running a camp for the Hewett Bros., and is putting in the Gile & Holway timber known as the “Norway Ridge.”


John Bruley has fitted up one of Stafford & Meek’s old camps and will do a picking up business in the old chippings for Hewett Bros.


Dave Mason has just completed a large new camp in the southern part of the town of Free Lindsay, where they expect to put in several million feet.


The comes along Dave Wood with a crew of men and settles in one of Stafford & Meek’s old camps on Wedges Creek, seeking his share of the hidden wealth that is in pine logs.


Times are lively round the hotel at Hewettville, house and barn are full constantly.


(Hewettville was located near the present Snyder Dam site. DZ)        


This country probably never entered upon the New Year with a lighter heart or with better reason for feeling happy than it will next Saturday.  Loyal men and women could wish for no better condition of our common country than they see at present.  The happy faces of 50,000,000 of free people tell of the good, which is in lively anticipation.


A grand ball and oyster supper is announced to take place at Maple Works New Year’s Eve.  The expense will be $1.50.  This is a fine opportunity for a sleigh ride and frolic for Neillsville youngsters.


Won’t some good person donate a Bible or two to the Neillsville Library?  The librarian somehow doesn’t feel right without a Bible in the library.  Perhaps a few Bibles could be deposited by some religious society.  We make our appeal to the religious societies.                                                                                   


Three Norwegian girls, seeking domestic services, rode with a team and sleigh, from way down in Trempealeau County to this village last Monday, a bitter cold day.  They all found employment within twenty-four hours after their arrival.


December 1960


Bob Friedrichsen of Rt. 2 Granton bowled three identical games of 173 in the Businessmen’s League at the Silver Dome Lanes November 23.  He automatically joins the American Bowling Congress “Triplicate Club,” and will receive an emblem.                                                                                                       


The children of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Denk entertained at a party at Braun’s bowling alley in Loyal, Thursday evening in honor of their parents’ 25th Wedding anniversary.


Both of the attendants at the wedding were present.  They are Virgil Denk of Alma Center and Mrs. E. A. Bremer of Loyal.


The Denks were married November 23, 1935, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood.


Mr. and Mrs. Denk’s 10 children were present at the anniversary party.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herrick and twin sons, Scott and Greg, moved into their new house a mile south of Mead Lake last week.  They had been living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Herrick, Sr.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lindow and family moved last weekend into their newly remodeled home across the road, which was the former Cozy Corners school house.  Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jennings and family will move into the Lindow home, and Mr. Jennings will work for Mr. Lindow.


(The Cozy Corners school house was located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Panther Creek Road and Catlin Avenue. DZ)                                                                                                    


Fremont Grange had their Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday in the Grange Hall, with a good attendance.  Visitors included the Rev. L. L. McCormick, Janet and Bonnie, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gardner, Donnelle and Rhonda and Mrs. Helen Lindow.


A Christmas choral concert will be presented December 15 in the Neillsville High School auditorium by the high school choir, the girl’s glee club, the triple trio and choirs of seventh and eighth-grade students.  Soloists will include Carol West, Caroline Marg, Cheri Zajac, Sandra Foemmel and Danny Slone.      


The three choirs of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville will present their Christmas concert Sunday at 2:30 and 8 p.m.


The senior choir will be under the direction of Mrs. Robert Peters, and accompanied by Mrs. Jesse Scott.


The children’s choir will be directed by Mrs. Heron Van Gorden and accompanied by Mrs. Jacob Grether.


The junior choir will be directed by Mrs. Herbert Williams and accompanied by Miss Deon Larsen.


The concerts are open to the public.                                                           


A total of $52,227 was raised in the one-day canvass for funds with which to build a new United Church of Christ building here. This was revealed in the final report of the audit committee released a few days ago.


In their report, the statement was made that “Although we fell short of our goal of $65,000, the above amount, plus the money on deposit in the biding fund and our assets bring us to a total, which the finance committee has been advised is enough to warrant going ahead with the building plans.”


The congregation has a site at Second and Hill streets, about two blocks from Memorial Hospital.  While no date for construction has been set, it is expected that it will begin sometime in the spring of 1961.


Five members of Explorer post, No. 64, of Neillsville have earned the President Eisenhower Golden Jubilee award for projects and service covering many months of activity.  They include David and Tim Grether, Raymond Williams, James Holmes and Marvin Denny.


The Rev. Jack Grether, advisor, reports that other boys will qualify before the end of December.


Twelve Explorers participated in a Chippewa Valley council bowling tournament in Eau Claire Sunday afternoon.


Nomination papers were being circulated in Clark County this week in behalf of Judge Lowell D. Schoengarth, who is seeking re-election as county judge in the April 4 election.  The post is no-partisan.


Judge Schoengarth is completing his first term as county judge, succeeding his father, Judge O. W. Schoengarth, who served the county in that capacity for more than 50 years.                     


Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Grap, who lived most of their married life in the Town of Weston, recently observed their 70th wedding anniversary in Milwaukee.


The observance was held at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Peter Chopp, in Milwaukee, with many relatives from the Neillsville area attending.


The Graps lived for 52 years on their farm near Globe, and spent several years clearing it.  During those early years both worked in a nearby logging camp; Mrs. Grap, as a cook and her husband as a logger.


Telling about how both of them worked with a crosscut saw to clear their farm, Mr. Grap told a Milwaukee reporter jokingly; “We got the job done, but I still say she was dragging her end a little.”


Mr. Grap served the Town of Weston as assessor and clerk and was president of the Immanuel Lutheran congregation of Globe for many years.


A native of Germany, he came to Wisconsin at the age of 15 years.  Mrs. Grap was born on a farm in Jefferson County.  They were married Nov. 23, 1890, in Immanuel Lutheran Church.


They are the parents of 10 children, seven of whom are still living.   


Twenty-one new members were received by Calvary Lutheran Church Sunday morning.


Following the service, the congregation joined in a loyalty dinner in the parish dining room.  A film was shown and a skit present by the L.C.R.


Members received included: Mrs. Roger Heineck; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carson, Martha and Tamara; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Geary, Pamela, Michael and Todd; Mr. and Mrs. John Knoff, William, James, Julie, Christopher and David; and Mr. and Mrs. Massie, Carol and Raymond.                                                  


Have a Merry Christmas!  Big 10% Off Sale Before Christmas, Dec. 8-9-10; On Anything in The Store Shop at Home & Save!!  The Globe Store, Phone Sherwood 3-3282                                


Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers are sponsoring the sale of Christmas trees again this year.  Balsams and spruce are available at downtown markets.  The trees are again being acquired from the Clark County forest.  Proceeds will be added to the funds of various scout organizations for scout activity.  The adult tree committee is composed of the Rev. Jack Grether, James Tomlinson, James Simenson, Dick Schneider and Donald Braatz.


The annual public Christmas tree cutting on Clark County forestland will be held Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. in two locations, the forestry department announced this week:


At pole 46, on Highway 10, about 12 miles west of Neillsville; and at Big Soldier Swamp on County Trunk I, in section 10, Town of Foster                                                                                         


Frank Wolf has announced the sale of his sawmill business to his son, Norman, and his son-in-law, Merlin Gardner.


The transfer included the sawing equipment, the building and a lift-truck, a stockpile of logs and finished lumber, and about four acres of land surrounding the mill.  The two men will operate a partnership.


The mill has operated about five years on the east edge of Loyal.  Principal work has been the sawing of logs for barns, machine sheds and other structures, the sale of fence posts, and slab wood.


A large, lighted star placed on the Greenwood water tower that can be seen for many miles was provided by Greenwood High School students to the area.  The 10-foot star has 40 lights and can be seen from the south.  Plans are under way to construct another star for the north side of the town.




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