Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 30, 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

September 1920


The Neillsville Schools will open on Monday, September sixth.  All students, both in the grades and in the high school, should be in attendance on the opening day.  Registration and assignment to classes will take place promptly at 9 o’clock on the opening day.


Each high school student will be required to make a deposit of one dollar with the librarian when the textbooks are issued.  This money will be refunded when the textbooks are returned in good condition.  E J. Mc Kean, Principal


Used Car Bargains Now at Wagner Motor Co.: 

1 - Ford Touring; 2 - Maxwell Touring; 1 - Dodge Touring; all in good running order


Fire caught in the straw stack at the Potts farm north of Christie Wednesday evening.  The barn and all the threshed grain were destroyed and the house was saved only by heroic work on the part of the neighbors.


Tuesday eighteen members of the Oneida County Board spent a few house in Neillsville and were entertained by the county officers, members of the Clark County Board and businessmen of the city.  The Oneida County Board is making an auto trip through various portions of the state and drove here from Marshfield.  The main object of the trip is to look over the roads and bridges in different counties and pick up such idea as would be of value to them in their board work.  They were a lively, wide-awake bunch and were having a fine time on the trip.  They were met by a reception committee at the fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon as they drove in from Marshfield and were escorted into the grounds and spent an hour or more going over the fine fair exhibits there.


Then they were downtown, piloted around the city and wound up at the courthouse, where the young lady employees of the courthouse, the wives of the county officers and other ladies had prepared a fine luncheon.  At the conclusion of the luncheon a few short talks were made, among which was Mr. Parker, the road superintendent of Oneida County.  He lauded Clark County roads and stated that they were the best that the party had seen on the trip.  The visit of the Oneida men was a most enjoyable one.  The party left that evening for La Crosse.  When they return home they will show their road superintendent how to drive out of Rhinelander without getting lost.


The party who took the clothes from the Paulson’s clothes line Monday evening is known, and unless the articles are returned to where they were taken from by Saturday night, the party will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Agnes Paulson                                                                                                         


Bruley Elevator Specials, A carload of free-stone peaches, at $3.00 a bushel.  Also, Free with purchase of each sack of flour, one watermelon, this week only!                                          


Judge O’Neill will occupy the pulpit at the Congregational Church next Sunday morning, during the absence of the pastor.  Rev. G. W. Longenecker, Pastor                                                                


J. P. McDonnough has moved his electric shop into the room formerly occupied by Brown’s jewelry store next door to the Hemp Grocery, and Joe may be found there at all times prepared to do every nature of electrical work.


For Sale: Seven Acres of Land on the north side of Neillsville, between the Catholic Church and water works.  Good building location.  This land would make an ideal poultry farm.


Also For Sale: block of land on Grand Avenue, consisting of eighteen dwelling lots, directly south of water works.  See Charles Hudson                                                                                               


On Saturday, Sheriff Weaver sold five forty’s of the Krueger farm at Withee under a sheriff’s sale on execution, to meet the judgment given to Emil Lanio awarded in his suit for damages for injuries received during the battle at the Krueger farm.  E. W. Crosby bought three forty’s and Jorgen Larson bought two, the five forty’s selling for $5,850.  Mrs. Krueger was here to attend the sale.                                                                         


Three moon-shiners from the Town of Beaver were given a trial after pleading guilty.  The demanded an immediate hearing before Judge Schoengarth.  The total fine and costs in the case was $703.  The defendants in the action were represented by Crosby & Nehs.  They are still liable to arrest under a federal warrant.


On Saturday night the American Legion gave away the Maxell car, which was to have been given away Fair Week.  Clarion Counsell held the number, 296, which drew the car.             


It is understood that beginning Oct. 15th, the post office at Columbia will be discontinued and the patrons there will be served from the Neillsville and Merrillan office.  It is probable that a new route will be run out of the Neillsville office to take care of the Columbia country.                                                    


Lost: A black curly-haired dog on Tuesday while I was in town; He has a collar on which is license No. 143.  Persons who may have seen him are asked to phone the undersigned, Wm. Dix R.F.D. 5.


The above mid-1920s photo was taken of the Ervin and Eva (Poppe) Hemp farm, located on county Road G, northwest of Neillsville.  The house and barn look much the same today with few changes to the farmyard.  Note the new car parked near the house so as to be included in the photo.  A relative of Mr. Hemp said, “Uncle Erv always liked his cars.” (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts’ collection)


September 1955


The children of St. John’s Lutheran School, 101 in number as of Tuesday’s enrollment, are figuratively pushing out the walls of their old school building.  But they must continue to push for a time, because the opening date of the new building, once set for the middle of October, is no tentatively reckoned for the middle of November, with question marks surrounding any set date.  The recent work stoppage seems to have set construction back about one month.


An alumni letter ‘N’ club was organized at a meeting in the high school last Thursday evening.  Elected president is Willard H. Allen.  One of the first projects of the new organization will be to push the sale of football season tickets to home games of the Neillsville High School Warriors.  The object of the organization will be to promote high school athletics in Neillsville, to encourage participation in athletics by high school boys, and to engender enthusiasm and interest in the high school’s inter-scholastic teams.                                          


Clark County, going to the top in cheese production in 1954, nosed out Dodge County by 218,000 pounds.  Clark County’s production of all cheese was 43,351,000 pounds in 1954; Dodge County’s 42,133,000.


This is the first time Clark County has managed to reached the top in all cheese, though she had previously led in cheddar.


The first school to open in the Riverside community this fall term was the Heathville School with Mrs. Ruth Kissinger as teacher, it opened August 23.  The rest which opened August 29, are Valley View with Mrs. Helen Sparks as teacher; Big Four with Mrs. Florence Foemmel as teacher and Cozy Corners with Mrs. John Lewis of Granton as teacher.


(The above four rural schools were all in the Town of Fremont. DZ)


The Service Company of Neillsville will be one of 19 units of the present Wisconsin National Guard to march next Sunday in the parade at La Crosse.  This parade will be the high point of the annual convention and reunion of Red Arrow veterans, held September 3-5.


The Service Company will leave Neillsville in company transports at 9:30 a.m.; will take box lunches, to be eaten at the La Crosse city limits; will be ready for the parade, which starts at 2 p.m. and will be back in Neillsville by supper time.


About 50 guests helped Henry Langfeldt celebrate his 75th birthday anniversary and his grandson, Danny Langfeldt, celebrate his ninth birthday anniversary at Greenwood Park Sunday.   


If you had to build a barn, would you build a convention oblong basement drive-through, or, perchance would you build a round one?


Ask that of a man who owns a round barn.  Rudy Kernz and he will tell you: “a regular drive through barn.”But it’s not because he has anything against the round barn, except he things it would cost more to build.


This round barn of Rudy Kernz’ is on the farm he bought from Lloyd Smith a little more than a year ago.  It is located 4 ½ miles northwest of Granton, on County Trunk K, and was built somewhere around 1920 by Ernest Grabe, who wanted to be different.


From the standpoint of working, Mr. Kernz finds no fault at all with the barn.  In fact, he admits it is easier to feed; that it easy to clean; and that it’s no harder to do the milking in than any other conventional barn.


Feeding?  Well that is easy because the cows are stanchioned with their heads toward the center.  At the exact center is a 14 x 36, masonry silo, with a walkway between the cows and the silo.  Above, at the silo’s edge, are the chutes from the haymow, so that very little walking and carrying is required during feeding.


Barn cleaning is made easy by the manure bucket, which follows its circular track around near the outer wall.


But to the conventional dairy farmer, no doubt the idea of working in a round barn is likely to evoke interesting speculation.  Such as: do you ever turn around and meet yourself coming back?  Or, I’m confused; which door do I take to get out of here?  Or, you’ll never get through if you work in circles.


But, nevertheless, the round barn has its points.


The Kernz barn measures 240 feet in circumference.  It is estimated at being close to 40 feet tall, because the silo is 36 feet, and that rises to the top of the hip roof. Above the silo walls, however is a cupola, which goes up another four to eight feet.  “The hay mow,” says Mr. Kernz, “will really fool one on the amount of storage space it contains.  Mrs. Kernz tells how her husband went to an auction shortly after, buying the farm, and brought what he thought was a lot of hay.  But, when it was put inside the mow, he found there was plenty of room left.


The silo is filled from the haymow floor, inside the barn.  And, inside the silo, there is a feature, that Mr. Kernz says “works good.”  It is a weight that returns the hay rope and maintains enough tension on the rope so that it doesn’t “slap” on the return.


“I wondered about it at first” says Mr. Kernz, “But it really works swell.”


Mr. Kernz wasn’t able to tell much about the origin of the round barn, nor the idea behind it.  But Mrs. Paul Frischman, a neighbor and a resident of the area for many years, recalled Mr. Grabe “built it that way just to different.”


“I never heard him say anything against it,” she remarked, “but I suspect if he had it to do over, he’d build a conventional barn.”


The Kernz barn is not the only one in Clark County.  There is another one on the Harold Ratsch farm in Heintown, which is about four miles north and east of the Kernz place.  A third is said to be somewhere in Taylor County.


But their number is so few as to make them an oddity on the Wisconsin scene.  And, probably as time goes on, there will be fewer of them.


(Another good feature of that round barn would be with the silo located in the middle of a barn, filled with cows and other livestock generating heat during the cold winter, the silage wouldn’t freeze to the silo walls.  Those who farmed during that era will remember chipping off 6 to 10 inches of frozen silage from silo walls with a pickaxe in a silo that stood outside of the barn - a miserable job! DZ)                                                                          


A group of 14 boys have enrolled in the new boys’ home economics class at Neillsville High School.  The class course is directed to boys will realize and be able to do some of the regular homemaking duties.  The first project will be making an apron and chef’s cap for use in the food laboratory.  They will do actual food preparation, plus learning the care and selection of clothes, table manners and dating manners.  Miss Lois Feggestad is the Home Ec. Teacher.


The revived Kiwanis Club of Neillsville held its first noon-day luncheon meeting Monday noon, with Lt. Gov. Orvus Dodsworth, Medford superintendent of schools, as the speaker.


Secretary H. H. Quicker announced a membership of 27 in the club, and read the list of members and committee chairman assignments.                                                                                                  


Mr. and Mrs. Alois Tichy of Neillsville celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary September 4 in the American Legion Memorial Hall.                                                                            


Marriage Licenses:


Arthur Gregory, Town of York, and Angeline Shefchik, Town of Beaver, to be married September 15 at Loyal

James Fitzmaurice, Humbird and Bernice Ives Town of Fairchild, to be married at Humbird September 24

George Kippenhan Town of Mead, and Ruth Carol Schofield, Town of Warner, to be married at Greenwood September 17

Kenneth A. Schwantes, Madison, and Anita J. Cook, Town of Beaver, to be married September 24 at Loyal

Allen Turnquist, Town of Warner, and Mary Anderson, Town of Longwood, to be married at Owen September 17


Contracts have been awarded and work has started on the addition to the high school building at Granton.  The hope is to have the building ready for use with the start of the second semester.


Ivan Lauscher, principal of Neillsville high School, has offered a tentative suggestion to curb the reckless use of student cars.  His suggestion, made at a recent assembly, was that it might be necessary to have car keys checked in at the office if some of the noon-hour chasing and reckless driving is not stopped.  This has been done in some other schools.


Mr. Lauscher further stated: “If some parents could see some of the driving that their sons and daughters do during the noon hour, and before and after school, they would probably be in hearty accord with this action.”


Mr. Lauscher blamed the girls as much as the boys.  The real motive for the boy buying a car is to be able to take the girlfriend out for ride.





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