Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 10, 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

 June 1930


The spirit of the pioneer farmer, which many in this part of the country believe extinct, may be found flourishing as strongly as ever in the country northwest of Neillsville where a number of men and their wives are carving out farms from the cut over lands that have lain idle since the loggers stripped the timber from them years ago.


One has but to visit the farm of Gerald Davis in the Town of Seif to see what hard work and the will to win can do against great odds.  Not quite two years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, who are still young, left Chili to settle down on the edge of 120 acres of wild land.  It was not a promising outlook, but they were determined to have a place of their own, something they had created as their ancestors had done when they cleared away the timber lands, that later became fertile, valuable farms.


With their own hands they built their home, a neat frame house, not large to be sure, but so constructed that later it can become the wing of a larger home.  It cost them $300, which goes to prove that a home need not be expensive if gone at in the right way.  As an example of the thriftiness of the couple it might be said that they rigged up a small saw to a gasoline engine and cut the lath for the house from the pine trees they fell near the home.  Making one lath at a time is a slow process, but the two worked at the task until it was done and then nailed them to the walls and covered them with plaster.


Then came the barn, made from logs which neighbors helped haul in and notch and lay.


Last year Mr. and Mrs. Davis cleared 11½ acres of land and got it ready for the plow.  Those who have swung an ax and tore out the roots of old stumps and new trees know that clearing that much land is no child’s play.  Yet they still look out across more than 100 acres of the same kind of land, which they must clear before they will have reached the goal they have set.


“Farmers wouldn’t have time to complain about the low price of milk or anything else if they were tackling this kind of a job,” said Davis in discussing his work.


“There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing a farm grow from the ground up.  We are not worrying about low price.  We are making a living and creating a heritage for our children, Irene, Vivian and Eleanore, which we could obtain in no other way.  But it’s a lot of hard work,” and David lifted up one of his hands, which is gnarled and twisted from hard work.


The Davis’ now have seven cows and two horses and a number of chickens.


In a few years, there will be added another big farm to the list that has made Clark County famous because two persons had the courage to fight the wilderness that others have scorned for less strenuous lives.


(The Davis farm was located on Wildwood Road, Ό mile west of the intersection with Ives Avenue. DZ)


The Loyal State Bank, which suspended several weeks ago, re-opened Monday under the re-organization and under a new name, The Clark County Bank.  H. S. Wendells, who resigned as cashier of the state Bank at Pembina, is cashier.  He was cashier at Pembina for seven years and is a World War veteran.


The offices of the bank are Elmer Sterr, president; Lee Clouse, vice President; other directors: F. J. McGonigal, Oscar Herdrick, Fred Lakosky, Jesse Raab and Wm Loppnow.                              


Two male devotees of the barnyard ballroom at the Hake farm Saturday night became unruly during the course of the evening, so Otto Handke, dance inspector, was forced to take them in to custody. 


As a result Victor Turner and S. J. Bremmer were brought before Police Justice Arthur E. Dudley, Monday morning where they were each assessed $10 and costs, amounting to $20.60.  


(The challenger of a good fist-fight, “to see who was the best,” was a common practice during the barn dancing era of the 1920s and 1930s.  It was rare if there was a night without a fight.  DZ)                  


The first hydroplane ever seen on Lake Arbutus visited the lake Sunday and many visitors to the summer resort took rides in the craft.                                                                                         


O. W. Leverenz has bought a site for a new auto service station in Eau Claire and will begin building in a short time.  It will be located on the Chippewa Falls road just above the Omaha railroad station and is very favorably situated for traffic.  Mr. Leverenz is fitting up a truck as a self-dumper and will haul the sand and gravel.  The building and equipment will be modern and up to date in every way.                                                         


The cook car of the construction crew, on the railroad sidetrack at Sidney was broken into Sunday night, but nothing was taken.  Tom Wren says his two dogs made a big noise along in the evening, then he went down toward the car and things the burglars were scared away.                                                                 


The Midway schoolhouse northeast of Curtiss was blown down in the cyclone on June 13.  A special meeting will be held there Wednesday evening to plan rebuilding.                                                


Jack Crothers of Romadka has gone into the dairy business by purchasing a milch goat from M. H. Zilisch’s herd of Neillsville.                                                                                                     


Tuesday evening, the barn on the Arthur Ehlers farm, near Dells Dam, burned with all its contents including some hay.  No one was home at the time and the origin of the fire is not known.


June 1955


 Eighteen hours of heavy rainfall last Saturday caused Hay Creek to breach its bank at Rock Dam early Sunday morning, bty0assing the dam and the highway bridge across the old channel.  The old and new channels, meet just below the highway bride.  The torrent was boiling through the new channel, cutting across the highway.  Indications were that the water reached about 20 feet above Monday morning’s flood level on the bank of the old channel.  The break was 55 yards southwest from the dam.  Water was pouring through the one sluice gate at the dam, as well as through the new cut.


Sunday night four boys in a boat came too close to the new channel on the lakeside.  The boat capsized; but the boys made it to safety.                                                                                                            


Jon Swenson, Neillsville’s entry in the state track meet at Madison, competing in the 440-yard dash, was no mudder, Jon ran Seventh in his heat of eight men who plodded over cinders covered by a half-inch of water.  The Class B 440 was won in the time of: 54.4.                                                                                           


Shop Our Dairy Department at West Side Food Mart.  Ernest Korth, Proprietor, at 510 West 5th St.


Colby Longhorn Cheese, lb. 47’; Medium Lemke Brick, lb. 57’; Aged Cheddar Cheese, lb. 57’; Quicker’s Ice Cream, all flavors, pt. 25’; ½ gal. Vanilla 80’; Creamed Cottage Cheese 12 oz. 22’


The Catlin School, located east of Loyal, will be joined to the Loyal School District, according to an order decided upon Monday evening by the county school committee.  The order followed a formal hearing, in which the electors of the district had opportunity to express themselves.                                                               


We’re sure that to have the new owner of the Christie Store and Feed Mill in active management and control, Christie will take another step ahead as a growing business location of rural Clark County.


Located at the crossroad of State Highway 73, which cuts north-south through the heart of Clark County, and County Trunk H, Christie’s location is ideal for the service of a large and prosperous farm area of Clark County.


The truth of this is indicated by the strides in business growth made by this community since World War II.  New enterprises and buildings for business, manufacturing and recreation include: an outdoor theater, a television sales and service business, an enlarged and active farm implement and lumber fussiness, and a new and modern cheese factory.  It numbers, in addition, a general store, a feed mill, a second general store specializing in grocers, a convivial tavern, school and two churches.                                                                              


Community Drive-In Theatre, on Hwy 73 at Christie, now showing Thursday evening, “Francis Goes to the Races,” with Donald O’Connor and Piper Laurie; Friday and Saturday: Double feature Western - “Pack Train” with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Gail Davis &”Battle of Rogue River” featuring George Montgomery, Richard Denning & Martha Hyer.  Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: “Magnificent Obsession” starring Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson. 


Cutt’s Store, Groceries & General Merchandise, Welcomes you!  At Cutt’s you find groceries, hardware, gas & oil and clothing.  Located east side of Hwy. 73 in Christie  


Welcome to the Dakota Club, Ted Kuester, Prop.; the place in Christie where Good Friends meet!


The Wold Family is appreciative of the friendly reception it has been accorded in this community.


It is our hope that you will stop in at the store and feed mill and introduce yourselves; for we want to meet and become acquainted with every one of you.


Alvin Wold, Christie Store and Feed Mill 


Schwellenbach, Pick from two great makes of tractors and farm equipment - Massey-Harris & Ferguson.  Schwellenbach’s specialize in Firestone Tractor Tires & Farm machinery repairs & Lumber & Custom Planing; Available at Ben Schwellenbach Implement Co., at Christie.                                                                          


Hediger Dairy welcomes new patrons.  We seek new dairy farmer patrons in the Christie area.  You can be sure of just and friendly treatment when you send your milk to our new and modern plant.



The Herman Hediger, Sr. residence with adjoining cheese factory was located on the west side of

State Highway 73 in Christie for several years, starting in the 1930s


TV Service, All makes & all models and TV Sales:  Motorola, Helicrafter & Olympic, Radio & Small Appliance repairs.  Sonderegger Radio & TV - Highway 73, Christie                                


The 50th anniversary of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church of Greenwood will be celebrated Sunday, June 19.  The service at 10:30 a.m. will be conducted by the Rev. R. M. Fresenborg of Rt. 1, Random Lake who served the church from 1941 to 1951.  The Rev. Otto Briesen of Hamburg, Minn., will conduct the service at 2:30 p.m.


The congregation was organized January 15, 1905, under the name of “Deutsch-Evangelical-Reformierte Zions Gemeinde” in the city of Greenwood.  Charter members were: Christ Kippenhan, C. H. Hoffman, Christian A. Braun, A. H. Noetzel, Louis C. Kleinschmidt, Edward Buker, August H. Baumann, Carl Kleinschmidt, J.C. J. Baumann and Otto Prellwitz.


In the fall of 1951 it was decided to re-constitute the three congregations in this area as one charge.  As a result services were discontinued at Salem Church and the members merged with the West Side and Zion churches.


A large addition will be made this summer to the plant of the John Wuethrich Creamery Co. near Greenwood.  The new structure will be 42 feet wide and 150 feet long and will be an extension northward of the present main plant.  The material will be cement block with brick facing.


The new structure will make possible a continuous flow of production and shipment.  It will house the print section, where the butter is printed out into cubes of pounds and quarter pounds.  It will provide storage for about 250,000 pounds of butter.                                                                                                    


A Shock Barbershop, West Seventh St. Neillsville: haircuts - Adults 75’; Children’s 60’.  Shop hours: Wed. & Fri. Nights ‘til 10 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. open ‘til 5:30 p.m. and closed Monday  


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Volkmann, both of whom are widely known in Neillsville and southern Clark County, this week are completing arrangements for the purchase of Alta’s Ready-to-Wear store in Neillsville.  They expect to assume ownership Friday, July 1.


Management of the shop will be taken by Mrs. Volkmann, the former Ruby Frantz, who will be remembered as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Frantz of Neillsville. The Volkmanns have move back to Neillsville and are now settling in the old Zimmerman home on Hewett Street, recently occupied by the Rebers, which they have purchased.


Clark County Marriage Licenses:


Jerome Davel, Loyal, Nancy Whittemore, Loyal, to be married July 2 at Loyal;


Harold William Collinson, Town of Sherman, Marliss Janet Uhrig, Town of Loyal, to be married at Loyal July 12;


Harry Bedell, Town of Cleveland, Jackson County, Elaine Hart, Neillsville, Married June 25, at Neillsville;


Ronald B. Ure, Town of Lynn, Arlene A. Schmidt, Town of Little Black, Taylor County, to be married July 2 at Granton;


Donald Haralson, Owen, Darlyne Treankler, Abbotsford, married June 27 at Abbotsford.


Salute Summer with a Good Used Car at W&H Pontiac Motors, 133 E. Sixth Street, Neillsville Wayne Wall & Robert Horswill owners.


1951 Nash 2-door Sedan; 1950 Mercury 2-dr. Sedan; 1950 Chevrolet Sedan; 1947 Pontiac 4-dr. Sedan; 1947 Frazer 4-dr Sedan.  Name your price and pick from several ’40 to ’46 Models, then Drive Away!


Clearance Priced!  Power Mowers, Reduced up to $22.  17” Rotary $49.95; 21” Reel-type $89.95;

Gambles Store, Chuck & Jim Jordahl, Authorized Dealers of Neillsville


Monday evening, June 7, Dance to “Whoopee John” Voted America’s No. 1 Polka Band at Sheri-land Ballroom, Sherry, Wis.                                                                                                            


Harland I. Carl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Carl of Greenwood, was married at Green Bay on June 11 to Lesley jean Riley of Green Bay.  Harland Carl is a second lieutenant in the army and is stationed at Ft. Eustis, Va.


Pfc. James Buker of Loyal has received his discharge from the armed forces and arrived home June 6 from Fort Lewis, Wash., where he had been stationed.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Buker of Loyal.




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