Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 8, 2015 Page 17

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 July 1930


The American Stores Dairy Co. has built a stone wall along the south bank of O’Neill Creek to protect its property against high water.  During the recent flood much of the fill was washed out and threatened to wreck the rail line into the plant.                                                        


Bill Farning has about 150 asters growing in the triangle just north of the railroad track on Hewett Street.  Bill first planted the same number of tulips, but they failed to grow and the asters were put in their place.  The flower garden is maintained by Mr. Farning in his spare time, and it is a commendable project for which he deserves the appreciation of the public.


Miss Isabelle Helwig, 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Helwig, was married secretly to Bernard Pietenpol of Granton Monday afternoon at Winona after informing friends that she was going to Milwaukee on a vacation.  According to friends of Miss Helwig, she left Neillsville Monday on the 11:30 a.m. train and was met at Merrillan by Mr. Pietenpol with his car.  The couple drove to Winona where they were married at once. 

After the ceremony, they rented a cottage at Fall Hall Glen below Black River Falls where they spent a honeymoon for a few days and were to return to the Pietenpol farm sometime Thursday, according to a letter written by the bride and received by Miss Marie Walk.


Mrs. Pietenpol has been employed for nearly a year as a stenographer in the law office of F. D. Calway.  Monday morning she resigned, informing Mr. Calway of her intention to get married.


Mr. Pietenpol is the son of Mr. John Pietenpol.  The couple is expected to make their home on the farm near Granton.


Mr. Olaf Botnen of this city and Miss Della Woodford, Black River Falls, were quietly married at Winona, Minn., on June 16, 1930.


The groom was raised here, attended school and has since been working for P. M. Warlum.


The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodford of Black River Falls and has taught school here for two terms and also worked in one of the local stores.


The bridal couple was attended by Mr. Joe Haas and Miss Olga Botnen.  Immediately after the ceremony, they drove to Stone Lake and spent the week on the Isle of Pines.  Upon their return a large reception and dance were given in their honor by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Epding, at which the couple received many useful and beautiful gifts.


A reception was also given the bride by her many friends at Black River Falls previous to her marriage.


A number of Neillsville people who purchased unfermented fruit juices from an oily tongued salesman about six weeks ago are wondering what happened to their orders.


The salesman, who gave the name of Shoemaker, took orders for the juices and assured the purchasers that within a short time after they received the kegs they would have a wonderful wine with a “kick” like a kangaroo.  In some cases he promised he would come back within a few days and help the customers “set” the batch and see that it got the proper kind of a start.  He also showed them a handsome sketch of glass water valve to stick into the keg to allow the fermentation to go on without allowing air to enter the keg.  The valve was “free” and given as a special favor.


From reports, Mr. Shoemaker had a profitable day and is believed to have collected about $200 from residents who were taken in by his honest appearing countenance.                                             


The Lex Construction Company began pouring concrete on Highway 10 west of the city last week and a considerable stretch has been laid in the few days the cement machinery has been at work.  It is expected the pavement will be laid at much greater speed as soon as the work of getting organized has been completed.  It is reported that a large amount of cement has also been laid on the Greenwood road.                             


All unemployment is practically wiped out in Neillsville and vicinity.  The Highway 10 paving project has absorbed a considerable number of hands, the county road crews are all working, the Pea Cannery is busy on its second run of peas and the Bean Cannery started Tuesday with the early beans from Hatfield and Black River Falls.


There is something of a shortage of help on farms for haying and this will probably continue as harvesting bids fair to come on early.  Rye is already beginning to ripen and early oats will soon follow, apparently there will be no slack of work on the farms until after the silos are filled.


The Northern States Power Company is reported to have 200 men employed in building a new line from Wausau to Chippewa Falls, across the north end of this county, following closely along Highway 29.  Headquarters for the construction are at Owen.                                                                            


On Thursday, the Clark County Highway Committee met with Chairmen H. C. Ports of Fremont, Elmer Andersen of York, Louis Rach of Lynn, Herman Braatz of Grant and Geo. Larsen of Pine Valley and let the contract for building bridges in the respective towns as follows:  The Geisler and Siems bridges in Pine Valley to J. C. Moen; the Schoengarth bridge in Grant to Wm. Ludtke of Augusta; the Hayden bridge in York to Mr. Ludtke; the Anding and Schuelke bridges in Lynn, to J. C. Andreska of Loyal; the Lindow and Foemmel bridges in Fremont to Adolph Portz of Chili.  Work on these bridges will begin soon.


July 1955


The liquor store projected for Neillsville will be located in the Town of Pine Valley, just east of the city line on U. S. 10, on what in the city of Neillsville would be Division Street.  The location is across the highway from the present root beer stand.


The site has been bought from Frank Kelley by Alfred S. Rake.  The frontage is 120 feet on the highway and the depth of the lot is 152 feet.  The consideration was $500.


The project is understood to call for quarters in which to conduct the retail liquor business and also living accommodations for the Alfred S. Rake family.


The decision to locate just outside the city was reached after Joseph H. Rake and Alfred S. Rake had made a considerable survey of the city to determine what locations might be available.  They found that suitable locations were difficult to find or to get.  The desirable spots were few, and some of those most favored were zoned for residence.


Accordingly the Rakes went to the town board of Pine Valley and found a disposition to grant the needed license.  For the license in Pine Valley they are paying $100.  In the city they would have paid $200, an amount which, Joseph H. Rake told the council, they would willingly pay if they could get into the city.


Having reached an understanding with the Town of Pine Valley, the Rakes wrote a courteous letter to the city council of Neillsville, thanking the council for the consideration given and announcing the purpose to locate in the Town of Pine Valley.


Joseph H. Rake owns and conducts one or more retail liquor stores in Wisconsin Rapids.  The local store will be managed by Alfred S. Rake.                                                                                      


George Thoma’s scorching single in the 11th scored two runs and gave Globe a 9 to 7 victory over Willard in a Southern Clark County league baseball game Sunday.


The defeat was the first for Willard this year in league play.  Willard won the first half of the schedule with four consecutive victories.


Globe was trailing, 2 to 7, when it opened a four-run rally in the eighth.  The tying run was pushed across in the ninth.


Credit for the win went to Arne Buchholz, who relieved Harold Prock in the seventh.


Lynn hung up its first victory of the league season by taking a 12 to 7 decision from the Stables nine in the only other league game played Sunday.                                                                        


The Neillsville Community Band will present the first of a series of open-air concerts on Tuesday, July 18.  The concerts will be held in front of the high school building and will start at 7:15 p.m.


The band is made up of about 40 school musicians and 10 townspeople.  The purpose of the band is to give the band students’ summer training and townspeople a chance to use their musical training of days gone by.


A farm near Loyal is the new home of Mr. and Mrs. James Stevens, following their wedding trip in the northern part of the state.  The bride is the former Ella Olsen, the daughter of the Chris Olsen’s of Loyal.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stevens of Loyal.


The wedding occurred at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal.  Attendants were Mrs. Claire Schlinsog of Willard, and Floyd Olsen, a brother of the bride.


Both young people are graduates of Loyal High School.                 


In Milwaukee’s infancy, so tradition runs, there was a time when one man, Harrison Reed, was owner, editor, compositor, pressman, delivery boy and mailing personnel of the Milwaukee Sentinel.  Mr. Reed often ran advertisements for payment of money owed him, such as “Wanted - If some of our friends who are indebted would send us a few barrels of good FLOUR, we would take it kindly.”                                                              


The “Single Birds” of Globe nipped the Globe “Married Bucks” in a community baseball game last Sunday afternoon.  The single men proved themselves as elusive as ever by scooting around the bases four times: and the married men exhibited reflexes gained over a period of years by being able to duck most of the things thrown at them.


Richard Buchholz, who went seven innings for the Single Birds, was credited with the win.  He allowed one run, six hits and struck out four.  Arne Buchholz, who relieved him in the eighth, struck out five, gave up one run and no hits.


Herman Hagen carried the brunt of the mound duties for the Married Bucks and was credited with the loss.  He gave up five hits, three runs, and struck out five.  Harold Prock, who relieved him, allowed one run and two hits, and fanned two.


A fire, estimated at about $5,000, damaged the Trico Milling Company elevator in Colby on Wednesday evening of last week.  This same mill was the scene of a disastrous blaze on April 8, 1948, which caused a loss in excess of $100,000 to Clark Mills Inc.  At that time, the main elevator was destroyed.


On Wednesday evening, the fire was confined to the loading pits.  Two empty pits and a joist above were ruined by the blaze.                                                                                                               


To the People of the Chili and Lynn area, now you can get Neillsville Dairy Arbutus Ice Cream at Shafer’s Lynn Bar!  Buy a Half-Gallon Today and Give Yourself a Treat!  Courtesy of the Neillsville Dairy, H. H. Quicker, Owner


Grand Opening of Anne’s Tog Shop, 3 Doors North of Post Office.  Complete Outfitters of Babies & Children to Age 12, Friday & Saturday, July 21 & 22. Free Gifts, Carnations for Ladies, & Candy for Children on our Grand Opening Days.  Baby & Children’s Clothing-Furniture-Toys-Needs                            


Hunt for water is going on east and north of Neillsville.  Six men and some strange looking equipment are now making an intensive hunt for water for the city of Neillsville.  The outfit consists of a geophysicist of the U. S. Geological survey, a scientific assistant and four local helpers.  These men are operating a device, which measures the resistance of the earth’s crust in this vicinity and thus finds data upon which to base an estimate as to the likelihood of finding water.


The scientific equipment is in a light truck.  It consists of an apparatus not much larger than a large clock, with its face exposed upwards and with various levers and gadgets surrounding it.  The geophysicists, George J. Edwards of Winter Haven, Fla., makes passes at the levers, watches the dial on the face of the instrument and passes on certain readings to the scientific assistant, Herbert Spicer, Jr., of Tacoma Park MD.  Mr. Spicer jots down certain notations on a plotting sheet before him.  He works a slide rule and announces the results.  Mr. Edwards makes certain marks on a plotting seen in front of him.


When the results have been obtained at one station, Mr. Edwards shouts certain directions to the four helpers.  They then shift to designated positions the four metal stakes, which are driven into the ground and to which are attached to wires leading to and from the instrument in the truck.  The stakes are driven down at prescribed intervals along a measuring tape.


By the varying resistance of the electric current, they are able to determine the nature of the earth’s crust to a considerable depth.  They do not tell whether there is water.  What they learn is the nature of the earth’s crust and especially the ups and downs of the granite.  They learn whether there are natural saucers in which water is likely to collect and be stored.


This method has been highly successful in finding water in Marshfield.  Whether it will be equally successful for Neillsville is entirely unknown.  Very quickly it became evident that geologic conditions differ from those in Marshfield. The survey is laid out to include eight sections in the northwest part of Pine Valley, an area about the water resources of which not much orderly information is available.


(Off and on throughout Neillsville’s history, there was a search for well water, a large enough supply for the city’s residents.  The thick granite formations hampered those efforts.  The problem was solved in the late 1970s when a sufficient water supply was found along the Black River, in the Dells Dam area.  Wells were opened and piping installed, which send an ample amount of clear water to the city. DZ)                      


Big Homecoming Party, Saturday Evening, July 29, at Meadow View Tavern; Free Dancing and Refreshments in Celebration of the Homecoming of my children (Emma Painz, Prop.)



A late 1940s photo of the Neillsville Water Department’s building, located between

West 18th Street and south bank of the Black River




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