Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 11, 2015, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1900


Fine Olives are selling for 50’ a quart at the Walk Bros. grocery; and trout are 10’ per pound; bacon is 10’ per pound.  At George Wiesner’s grocery, mixed nuts sell for 15’ per pound, or 2 pounds for 25’.


H. B. Andrus has commenced to operate his creamery, having everything ready and all his connections made.  He starts with a strong backing.


(Note - the Andrus creamery was located just west of the Black River in Pine Valley, along Hwy. 10. DZ)


W. L. Hemphill escaped injury in a train wreck near Curtiss last Wednesday afternoon. Seventeen others were injured.


‘A span of horses belonging to Will Garfield shot their bobsled loose Sunday somewhere in the western part of town and took the middle of the road for home.  Nobody killed, and only a few scared.


February 1930


The American Stores Dairy Co., which bought the Zbinden factory several months ago and has since used it as a receiving station for milk have since closed the plant Jan. 1, all patrons hereafter delivering milk at the Condensery.  This was done as a matter of economy, saving considerable expense in operating the plant.


The Zbinden Cheese Factory was in business during the 1920s, located on West Seventh Street  In the late 1920s, the American Stores Dairy Company bought the Zbinden business, using the building as a receiving station for milk until January 1930 when all patrons were then asked to transport their daily milk collections to the American Stores Condensery Plant.


Tibbett Ice & Fuel Co. has a carload of Pocahontas Coal on the railroad sidetrack this week.  Buy from the track and save the cost of unloading.                                                                              


Otto May and Frank Lipke wound up the fishing season with two big Muskies, which they caught through the ice.  May’s fish weighed 15 ½ pounds and was 41 inches long.  It was caught in Turner’s eddy.  Lipke’s Muskie weighed 15 Ό pounds, but Frank is not broadcasting the spot where he caught it.                         


Street Commissioner Wm. Farning removed the Christmas trees along the streets in Neillsville Saturday and transported them in his truck to places along Oak and Park Streets  where snow usually drifts deeply after a storm, constructing snow fences out of the trees.  If no snow comes, of course, the trees will not be needed but as Mr. Farning did the work himself without expense to the city, he says it will be like what Doc Marsh used to say of his pills, ‘if they do no good, they will at least do no harm.’                                                                                   


About 200 Masons, their wives and guests attended the brilliant and colorful New Year’s Eve celebration in the ballroom of the temple and greeted the New Year with an ovation nearly as noisy and hilarious at that accorded the return of Lindbergh.


The ballroom was elaborately decorated with novel lighting effects and colored streamers, which formed an arc of striking beauty above the dancers.  A splendid luncheon was served during the evening. 


Mrs. Louisa Boon died Monday, Jan. 13, at the old home farm near Christie.  She was one of the early pioneers of that locality.  Her sons, Peter and Walter, lived with her on the farm.       


Frank O’Brien of Black River Falls was here on business Monday.  Mr. O’Brien recalls the fact that 35 years ago this winter when he was staying at the home of Greenleaf Redman in York, he hauled four-foot body maple to Neillsville for Mr. Redman, the wood selling at about $2 per cord.                                     


The Neillsville High School basketball team stopped the winning streak of Rib Lake Friday night by a score of 24 to 17, thus marking up the first defeat against Rib Lake this season.  The collapse of Rib Lake broke its tie with Granton for first place in the conference and Granton thus finds itself leading the race through the courtesy of Neillsville in routing Rib Lake.                                                                                                                  


At the Kiwanis dinner Monday a special tribute was paid one of its members, C. C. Sniteman, who this week observed the fifty-first anniversary of the founding of his business in Neillsville.  Recollections of Mr. Sniteman’s early days were given by Geo. E. Crothers, who particularly emphasized the honesty, sincerity, progressiveness of character and nobleness of spirit that has guided Mr. Sniteman’s entire enviable business career.  Geo. Ure spoke briefly upon his early acquaintance with Mr. Sniteman and like Mr. Crothers, lauded the character and spirit that has marked his life throughout his residence in the community.                                                                                   


Anyone having an ice-house to fill can get ice from the Tibbett Ice & Fuel Co.  Phone 292


A number of farmers have started hauling logs to the depot for shipment.  W. F. Tibbett of Neillsville and Albert Davis of Granton are guying them.  It is expected that from25 to 50 carloads will be landed here.  At present the sleighing is good for hauling.                                                                                               


John Galbreath and son, Milburn, of the Town of Washburn came to Neillsville Saturday bringing three wolves, which they had shot on Brush Ridge some distance south of their home.  Mr. Galbreath and son have a famous wolfhound, old ‘Lead” who is out with them on all their hunting trips and is largely responsible for their success in the chase.  The wolves were not all killed on the same day; one being bagged Wednesday, one Thursday and one on Friday.  They were large, strong specimens of the brush wolf family and either singly or in packs would be a menace to sheep or other small domestic animals.                                                                              


Active steps to stop the sale of ‘ole’ in Clark County as a means of relieving the low price of butter is well under way and the merchants of several towns have discontinued the sale and others are planning to do so.


At Owen Wednesday night, the chamber of commerce appointed five men to call on the dealers there and urge them to stop selling butter substitutes.  Merchants of Withee have stated they will join the movement if Owen takes the lead.


Longwood, Curtiss and Thorp stores already have stopped selling ‘ole’.


Farmers in various parts of the county are said to be taking pledges not to use butter substitutes and in some of the instances the farmers themselves have appealed to the merchants to discontinue the sale of ‘ole’.  They have come to realize, said one man interested in the dairy business that they cannot hope to sell butter at high prices if they refuse to consume their own product and eat a cheap, inferior substitute.


February 1950


Toddy Wall, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Wall of Neillsville, is one of 250 members of the Eau Claire Oratorio Society who will present Handel’s great ‘Messiah’ in Eau Claire February 19.  The society will make the appearance in conjunction with the Chippewa Valley symphony orchestra in the American Legion auditorium.


The broad, snow-covered slopes of the Bruce Mound ski area rang with shouts and laughter Saturday afternoon as upwards of 200 boys and girls, all scouts, enjoyed an outing there at the invitation of the Neillsville Boy Scouts.


What was a wide and empty space at noon was turned into a rollicking, frolicking clatter and chatter about 2 o’clock.  Then teenagers piled from cars and started turning the broad ski slope into a churning mass of fun.


A gently sun, which had risen as though just for this occasion, armed the air from the chilly sub-zero temperatures of the night before to a pleasant, melting temperature.  And the scouts from Neillsville, Greenwood, Loyal, Merrillan and Colby made the most of it.


They skied and they tobogganed down the big slope.  And some who had brought along the new-fangled ‘round sleds’ had the most fun of all.  They were like whirling dervishes as they ‘buzzed’ the downward slope much like land-locked flying saucers.


And most fortunate of all, it was an outing of just plain fun.  Not a single incident was there to mar the pleasure.


Most of the scouts were from Neillsville, roughly 150, who gathered in front of the Merchant’s Hotel and the city hall right after dinner.  They were taken to Bruce Mound in cars donated for the outing.  Girl Scouts of the city and Boy Scouts of other neighboring towns were guests of the Neillsville Boy Scouts, who sponsored the outing.  From Greenwood came 15; from Loyal 13; from Colby and Merrillan, about 10 each.


They gave the 300-foot tow of the Half Moon Ski Club a real workout until 4:15, when the ‘come-and-get-it’ holler went out.  Cocoa and hot dogs were served.                                                     


The Panther Patrol of the North Side Boy Scout Troop had an outing at the Mike Hopkins cabin in the Town of Hewett recently.  They were accompanied by William Gallager and Jack Tibbett.


The boys went to the cabin Saturday afternoon and spent the afternoon on instructions for running a compass and tracking.  They cooked their own suppers and breakfasts and returned to the city Sunday morning.


Members of the patrol are Jackie Tibbett, patrol leader, and Devere Krejci, Delano Hubing, Larry Yankee, Duane McCammant, Jackie Prochazka and Eddie Zschernitz.                           


Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher and two children of Stanley have purchased the Alvin Eisentraut farm and moved there this last week. Mr. and Mrs. Foot, the former owners, have moved to Milwaukee.


When Mrs. Charles Tews took a good look out of the front window Tuesday morning, she saw an automobile right in the middle of the road and not a person in sight.


When no answer or driver appeared, Mrs. Tews reported to the public authority and Officer Harry Frantz went out to investigate.  He brought the car back into the city and found after looking around, that it had come from the Ford sales lot.


When Mr. Frantz found the car, the ignition key was in it, and he assumes that it was left there when the car was put out in the lot.                                                                                                       


Ice was guilty for damage of $150 Sunday morning, when the cars of Mrs. Edna Russell and Harry Teas came together at the corner of Second and Clay streets.  Mrs. Russell was going north on Clay and Mr. Teas was going west on Second.


Mrs. Russell put on the brakes and tried to stop, but instead of a stop, she got a slide.


The car of Mr. Teas came out with its left side caved in, a hole in the back door and the left rear wheel bent.


The front of the Russell car was pretty thoroughly bashed in, with the radiator driven back on the fan.  Total damage to both cars is estimated at $150; by Traffic officer harry Frantz, who responded to the call.


Forty-two refugees have been brought out of Europe by members of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Willard.  Forty of these came during the year of 1949.  Two of them have arrived last Satruday.


Gradually, through the past year, the congregation has been persisting in this enterprise, with one group rescued after another, until this impressive total has been built up.  The project adds up to a migration of importance in a parish the size of that in Willard.


With five exceptions, all of these 42 refugees are still in and near the Willard parish.  Largely they are on farms, giving such help as they can and learning their way into American life.  In every case they have sponsors, members of this parish who have undertaken to guide and help them in their new life.


All of these refugees are Slovenians. All of them had made a run for it from the Communism of Jugoslavia.  Many of them had first found their way into Austria or Italy and had been helped on their way from there.  Practically all of them had undergone hardships in their effort to get away and to find a new home.


This enterprise has been chiefly directed by Father Odilo Hajinsek, pastor of the Holy Family Church at Willard.  Himself a Slovenian, intimately acquainted with the tribulations of his fellow Slovenians, he has sought and found sponsors, mostly in his own parish and has arranged for the refugees to come on.          


America’s working men choose ‘Lee’ for longer wear, greater comfort, and better appearance.  Lee Overalls, at $3.19 are available at Zimmerman Bros. in Neillsville.                                    


Used Car Buys at Rychnovsky Bros. Dodge & Plymouth Dealers, W. 5th Street, on Hwy 10


Special! Your Choice - 2 - 1938 Fords, or 1935 Ford Model, - $99.  Pick the one you want!  One has New Motor, just 300 miles on it and has New Clutch.                                                            


Marriage Licenses:


Lorna Obernberger, 18, Owen, Kenneth Roohr, 18, Owen, to be married at Owen February 18


Cecilia M. Fitzsimmons, 22, Stanley, William P. Erpenbach, 21, Neillsville, to be married at Stanley February 18


Joann Fricke, 17, Loyal, Robert Strey, Jr., 18, Loyal, to be married at Granton February 18


Georgianne Martino, 18, Loyal, Robert Stayton, 21, Loyal, to be married at Greenwood February 18


A generous proportion of the community turned out Tuesday night to make the Military Ball a bang-up, big success.


Long the social event of the year in earlier times in Neillsville, the second revival of the ball appeared to be well on its way toward its old importance here.


Ladies dressed in long, full-skirted formal gowns set the fashion pace.  National guardsmen of the Service Company and other nearby units appeared in uniform.  And rounding out the picture were many, many men who appeared in their best bib and tucker for a gala evening.


Coming, as it did on the evening before George Washington’s birthday, the Service Company made the make-believe cherry tree the center of the armory’s decorations.  On one side of the stage stood the tree under the full glow of a spotlight; from it hung, in the early evening, a number of small, red candy suckers, which simulated cherries.  And in its trunk was sunk a hatchet.


Dancing was held under a canopy of red, white and blue crepe paper, gathered above the center of the large armory floor.


The event was sponsored by the Service Company, 128th Infantry.  Proceeds go into the company’s mess fund and will be used to provide ‘extras’ for members during the summer encampment.





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