Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 20, 2015, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

May 1900



French’s sawmill, of the Town of Levis, furnished the load of lumber for the Neillsville furniture factory last week.


About a dozen men are employed in and about the furniture factory piling lumber, cleaning up and getting the machinery in shape to run.                                                                                              


The “Cotton Ball” given by the ladies at the armory last Friday night was well attended.  Notwithstanding to presumable cheap nature of the fabrics there were many beautiful costumes and it is demonstrated that if the day should ever come when the “open door” of China should close and reduce our supply of silks and satins, the southern staple of cotton can be relied upon to discount the apparel of Solomon in all his glory.        


Tuesday afternoon as John Wildish was attempting to put a bull into his barn at his farm, in the Town of Pine Valley, the animal became enraged and turned upon him, striking him in his side, breaking two ribs.  Help came, the bull was driven off and Mr. Wildish was rescued from his perilous situation.  Dr. Matheson set the broken bones and the patient is getting on as comfortable as can be expected.                                              


A recent letter from James I. Gates informs us that he and his associates expect to land at least 5,000 European emigrants in Wisconsin this season.  A large number of these they hope to settle on the lands in Chippewa and Clark Counties.


August Mueller and family arrived here Monday morning direct from Seidek, Russia.  Mr. Mueller has purchased the John Paul farm near Lynn, consisting of 320 acres and also 160 adjoining it, paying therefore $5,200 spot cash.  A number of new settlers are on the way from the old country to this section.     


Last week a carload of machinery was delivered at Neillsville and hauled down to the new creamery being built in the Town of Levis by Gregory and Henold.  Nothing speaks better for the future of this region than these new creameries and cheese factories.                                                                                 


Wednesday morning a party of between twenty and thirty land-seekers and the six teams for their conveyance were ranged up in front of the merchants Hotel with Geo. Sontag took a snap shot at them with his camera.  They came from places in Illinois, Whitewater, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee and other points in Wisconsin and will look over some of the lands of the Gates Land Co.                                                                                                 


Walk Bros. have opened a branch store at Chili, renting for the purpose, the building lately occupied by H. G. Prust.


Rev. G. N. Foster owns several tracts of land out in West Weston, fenced with section and quarter lines.  He claims to have quite a large number of head of livestock on this land.  They are all branded and the brand, a white flag, registered in the office of the state game warden.  He wishes to warn gun clubs and private parties against driving this stock off from his premises or violating international law by firing on a white flag.      


Jas. A. Gates last week closed a large land deal in Chippewa County with the Weyerhauser people.  He has purchased 240,000 acres of land since Jan. 1st.                                                   


Fred Vine, of Lac du Flambeau Indian Agency, is visiting in this vicinity.  He expects to be placed in charge of work at Yankton, S. D., in the near future.  Mr. Vine has tendered his resignation to Uncle Sam who is somewhat slow in releasing him; He has other situations offered to him, which he deems more pleasant as well as more remunerative.


The Neillsville Cash Milling Co. is building a new warehouse on the east side of Hewett Street, close to the railroad track.  It is 24 by 40 feet in size and will be used for storing flour, feed and grain.


The baseball team of Lawrence University will be here to engage in battle royal with the Neillsville Nine June 1st and 2nd.  Our boys will be in good training by that time and the University Nine has an excellent reputation.  It will be worth witnessing.


The Portage baseball team went down before the local club in the two games played here last Saturday and Sunday.


Wool has been coming to town rapidly the past few days and from the number of loads we have seen there must be a lot of sheep in this locality.  Wool is bringing a good price this year.         


Fourth of July Notes:

Iron Wedge Camp has voted to erect a wigwam for the comfort of visiting Woodmen and their families.


Mr. Listeman is having a beautiful float, representing the products of the Neillsville Brewery, made for the parade at a cost of fifty dollars.


The Dewey arch in New York City isn’t an item to the one Dick Kountz has in mind for Neillsville.


The city will clean up the park at the standpipe and put it in condition for the accommodation of visitors who may wish to bring their dinners and picnic on the glorious Fourth.


Several church societies have rented vacant stores and will help to feed the multitude.


The Foster Lumber Co. is preparing to extend their railroad tract to Bright’s farm, northeast of Greenwood.  The Fosters are expansionists of the true stamp.


May 1950


 Notice to North Side Residents:


We have bought the North Side Grocery Store and property of Mr. Wayne Potter and will continue the grocery business there.


We hope that we may be able to serve all of Mr. Potter’s old friends, and that we may make new friends there.  The store will be operated along the old lines and in conjunction with Ray’s South Side Food Market, which we will continue to operate.


Through this connection we expect to be able to offer a larger stock and bigger values than ever.  We are sure that, given the opportunity to serve, we will continue to merit your business.


Fred & Peg Reynolds - Ray & Frances Strebing                                   



Three hundred fifty pounds of fresh smelt were cleaned, washed and iced at the American Legion Memorial Hall Tuesday night in preparation for the organization’s annual smelt fry on Friday night.


Last year, in the second annual fry of the Legion, 350 pound of smelt were done away with; and offices of the Legion post believe that appetites will be exactly as good this year.


Cleaning the smelt and other preparations were carried out by members of the Legion and Auxiliary.


Four thousand trout were planted in Clark County creeks last week by Game Warden Schroeder.  Of these, 2,800 were Brook trout and 1,200 were Brown trout.  The planting was done in Hay Creek, Scott Creek, Little Black Creek, Big Black and Ryan Creek.  These trout were all of legal size, and are waiting for local fishermen to catch them.


Fur Coat Storage at Alta’s - Complete Summer Storage plus $125.00 Insurance for only $2.50.


Cleaning and Glazing is $5.00 for most furs at Deutch Furs, Eau Claire, Wis.


The Neillsville community found occasion for satisfaction in the record of the Neillsville Athletic Association, published last week.  In two years that organization has paid half of its original debt of $8,500 and has also spent an additional $2,000 in the repair and improvement of the ballpark.


Those who backed the project originally, complete with lighting plan, acted with commendable public spirit.  They cheerfully took a chance on the support, which they hoped the community would give to the Athletics, especially baseball.  The result has been beyond anticipation.  Baseball has been popular in Neillsville and it has afforded a valuable occasion for public spirit and friendliness.  It is a good fun to shout for the home team, and it is good for us.


The community owes a debt of gratitude to the men who put up the money for this project and to those who have given their team and effort to make it a success.                                              


The Herbert Borde home on Fifth Street has been bought by Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dux of the Town of Grant.  Possession will not be taken immediately.  The Borde family anticipates being established in their new location in Oregon as soon as a residence is available.                                                                        


The grand opening of Quicker’s Dairy Bar, a part of the Neillsville Dairy, will be held here Saturday.


H. H. Quicker, owner, is celebrating the event by offering free coffee throughout the day and evening for the adults, and free ice cream bars and cups for children up to 14 years of age between the hours of 4 and 5 in the afternoon.


The staff of the new dairy bar, in addition to Mr. Quicker includes: Mervin Voigt, plant superintendent; and June Haines and Shirley Dickey, waitresses.


A thoroughly modern plant, the Quicker Dairy Bar is equipped throughout with the latest stainless steel fountain and grill equipment.  The grill, for instance, is a new type, which does away with the necessity of a big smoke canopy above the grill.


A malted milk mixer with five heads, which will mix malteds at high speeds, will be another feature.


The opening marks the conclusion of extensive remodeling operations, which have been carried on throughout the Neillsville Dairy plant since its purchase by Mr. Quicker in January of this year.  Included in it is the Dairy Bar, with its unique front and horseshoe bar.


Mr. Quicker plans to serve sandwiches, pies, coffee, in addition to all kinds of ice cream dishes and drinks.  The dairy bar also will be equipped with self-service cabinets for ice cream and milk; and cheese and others types of dairy products will be available.                                                                                              


The Neillsville All-Stars of the Bi-County Softball league will face Hixton in their season’s opener under the Neillsville Athletic field lights next Monday evening.  Game time is 8:30 p.m.  The All-Stars had their shake-down last Sunday when they defeated Humbird, 16 to 15, in a non-league game at Humbird.


John Kleckner, secretary of the Neillsville Athletic association, points out that three or four years ago when softball leagues were operating in Neillsville, four catcher’s masks were purchased.  The whereabouts of these masks has become clouded, and Mr. Kleckner requests that they be turned over to him in order that the present All-Star team might have the good of them.  The All-Stars’ catcher, Bud Hantke, currently has nothing to protect his currently straight nose.


Silver Dome Ballroom Wedding Dance for Bernita Lueck and Vernard Swieso, Sat., May 27.  Music by Harley Larrieu and His Orchestra                                                                                   


West Side Food Market Week-end Food Savings -- Campbell’s Pork & Beans, 16 oz. cans, 2 for 25’; Lanco Spinach 18 oz. 18’; All-Meat Wieners lb. 15’; Braunschweiger lb. 45’; Bologna, lb. 43’.


Ernest Korth, Proprietor, W. 5th St. Neillsville, Phone 89              


Memorial Day Specials at Vieau’s, Hatfield, Wis.


Food in Our Dining Room: Chicken, Sea Food, Steaks & Baked Ham, Full Dinners or in the Basket;


Roller skating - Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Afternoons & Evenings


Picnic Grounds & Fire Places, Girls’ & Boys’ Softball Games, Good Fishing and Boating;


Bring the Whole Family,


Violet & Joe                                                                                             


The Neillsville Rotary Club will entertain the members of the Neillsville Kiwanis Club’s bowling teams at a joint dinner meeting of the clubs next Monday evening at the Neillsville Country Club.  Rotarians, who are furnishing the program, as well as the dinner for the Kiwanis bowlers because of their loss in the annual inner-club bowling match a few weeks ago, promise a speaker of national reputation, but they are withholding the name of the speaker as a surprise.


Mrs. George W. Longenecker, wife of the long-time pastor of the Congregational Church of Neillsville, was honored on Mother’s Day by the Governor of Wisconsin.  She was chosen by the judges as one of four mothers of Wisconsin to receive mention for her outstanding qualities as a mother, and was mentioned in the Governor’s broadcast.


Mrs. Longenecker was nominated for mother of the year by the Monday Progress Club of Neillsville.  The club received notification of the honor to Mrs. Longenecker in a letter from Mrs. Frederick H. Clausen, chairman of the committee in charge.


Mts. Longenecker is the mother of four children of character and service.  They are: Mrs. Gladys Edwards of Wauwatosa, who is a teacher in the vocational school in Milwaukee.


Ernest Longenecker, a son, is an industrialist of substantial success.  He resides at Wauwatosa.


G. William Longenecker is a professor in the University of Wisconsin.


Mrs. Ray Orr is wife of a Methodist minister, who is teaching in the college at Berea, Ky.  Mrs. Orr interests herself in the vocational work at Berea.


Mrs. Longenecker was honored for the manner in which she managed upon the meager income of a country minister.  At Neillsville and under homesteading conditions in Dakota, she and her husband were intent upon character and culture.  In her unpublished autobiography Mrs. Longenecker tells how, on their Dakota homestead, they gathered around while great books were read aloud.  The children were led into high thinking and purposeful living.


While her husband was in the public eye as a minister, Mrs. Longenecker, in less conspicuous place, nevertheless demonstrated literary skill.  Her unpublished autobiography is a vital story of book length.  It was she who appreciated the merit of her husband’s poems and who rescued them from the wastebasket.  It was she, who, more than any other, martialed them into print.


For the technique of the writing business Mrs. Longenecker has an unusual background.  Prior to her marriage she was a secretary in Kalamazoo, Mich., and there she was that she was the first person in Kalamazoo to know and use shorthand.  Her notes were transcribed with the help of a typewriter of ancient vintage, which she has continued to use.


The Neillsville Milling Company building was located on the left side of Hewett Street, near the O’Neill Creek Bridge in the late 1800s.  The site later had a building for Oatman Condensery.




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