Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 12, 2016, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1901


Shortville News:

The Shortville School began Monday morning with Miss Della Green as teacher.


Chas. Wallace is erecting a creamery on the James Reed farm.                                     


Pleasant Ridge News:

Our community has a washing machine in its midst, which is tormenting the housekeepers.


The land buyers are getting rather scarce.


Several schoolmates surprised Elgie Blackman last Thursday evening and a pleasant time was reported.


Lynn News:

A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Max Opelt, Sept. 18.


Chas. Opelt is having a new porch built on the east side of his house.


The dance given by the Handke boys Saturday night was well attended and a good time was reported.


Gus Hoseley has bought off Will Leason the small building on North Hewett Street, north of the Smith grocery.  Gus will turn it into a tenement house.                                                                  


Up near Spokeville, there is a comparatively new settler, a Mr. Boetz, who is carrying on his large farm operations along lines somewhat unfamiliar to the older settlers.  For instance, he was determinate to underbrush 400 acres of timberland.  He turned 318 head of cattle into the 400 acres of timber and left them to earn their living.  They cleared up that land in great shape, eating everything that would yield to their bovine teeth, stripping the trees of their leaves as high up as they could giraffe, keeping it in fair condition.                                           


Loyal News:

Frank Nichols and family with household goods left Monday for Waupaca, where they will make their home in the future.


Jas. Van Camp has just received and hung up in his shop, ready for his winter work, 2,300 pounds, over a ton for horseshoes with the calks and nails to put them on.


The potatoes are beginning to come in, in wagonloads.  Happy is the farmer that has a good supply of potatoes to sell this fall at 65’ a bushel.  As might be expected in this banner county, potatoes are turning out better than was expected.


A dozen young men, were before the bar of justice Monday and were fined and made to pay costs for being drunk and disorderly Saturday night.                                                                     


The machinery floor at the furniture factory was at a standstill last Friday afternoon due to a throttle breaking on the engine.  Repairs were made so that the wheels were turning as usual Saturday.


Last Sunday, Willis Enhelder took a ride out to Hewett to the Cox farm.  Ray Cook saw him go by and said to those around him that he would “lick” Willis, then put on his hat and went after him.  He found his intended victim at Cox’s and a fight took place that lasted fifteen minutes.  Ray got two black eyes, and the purpose for which he started out did not eventuate to any great event.  The trouble is over a young lady residing in the first ward of this city.


Rev. Nelson A. Voss, of Greenwood, is to be ordained and installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Greenwood on Nov. 22.                                                                                                         


Marriage Licenses:

Thomas Eugene Wren and Amy King; Ernest Frederick Albert Kalsow and Mary Hoffman; George Wilding and Anna Marie Kurth; Emil Neuman and Emma Frank; Walter Charles Luxton and Catherine Sanders; August C. Falk and Gusta Luchterhand.                                                                                          


The Marshfield City Council passed a resolution to purchase the fairground and racetrack known as the Driving Park.  It is here-to-fore being owned by ex-Gov. W. H. Upham.  An association is being organized for holding an agricultural and street fair next year.                                                         


Wanted: 500 men at Stratford, wages from $30 to $35 per month, for skidders and sawyers.  See R. Connor Co.


There was a constant stream of people down to see the new rock crushing plant at the city’s granite quarry Sunday.


Sam Miner has been at work getting out some 4x4-oak dump boards, to be used on city wagons that haul crushed rock from the rock crusher to the street.  These thick and narrow boards are used on the wagons hauling the heavy and compact granite chips.                                                                                                    


We have been asked who owns the big furniture factory in this city.  The city of Neillsville owns it, with the 18 acres of land attached, and there is no debt against it.  It is clear property.  The city has arrangements with the Reliance Furniture Co. of Baltimore, by which that corporation runs it rent-free, giving employment to many of our citizens and brining much money into the city in that way.


Clark County not only had the great white pines back in the 1800s, but also much prime hardwood trees.  Realizing the potential in harvesting the hardwood timber, a few local businessmen invested in land and the building of a furniture factory building, which would be owned by the city of Neillsville.  Offering the building’s facilities rent-free, lured a furniture company to come here to set up their manufacturing business, thus giving employment to men here.  The highest number of people employed at one time was 500.  A fire in 1911 destroyed the building, ending the business. (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts)


October 1946


Charles Sindler, now a Technical Sergeant stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C., has bought a farm near that of his father in the Town of Levis.  He expects soon to be discharged from the army, then settle on his farm and work it.  In October, he plans to spend a brief vacation with his parents.


Sergeant Sindler sent greetings recently to friends in Clark County by means of a letter written to Mrs. Fred Sears, long a correspondent of The Press.  He mentioned those who used to attend the Rock Creek School with him.  He is a holder of the Silver Star for meritorious service and has the Oak Leaf cluster for gallantry in action in Normandy.  He has also the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf for wounds received in action.


(Rock Creek School was located south of Neillsville, intersection of Grand Ave. and Bush Rd.)


The Rev. Daniel Robbins preached his first sermon Sunday morning as pastor of the Congregational Church of Neillsville.  He spoke of this as the start of a great adventure.  He said that the church, like a ship, needs four things: a destination, a course, adequate equipment and working personnel.


Musical feature of the service was the singing of Walter Keller, who sang “Just for Today,” and “Goin’ Home.”


In the day of home building, not the least important of the houses being constructed in this area is the cottage, which is being built at lake Arbutus by Dr. M. C. Rosekrans.  This is not to be the “house that Jack built,” but the house that many men built, for the raising of the structure was noisily hastened the past weekend. By a goodly force of trained hands of friends of the good doctor.  The women of the families represented were not to be outdone by the prowess of their men folks.  The assisted in the construction in the capacity of cooks of a very welcome meal, which was served on Saturday at the Herbert Brown cottage.                                                                                          


Granton News:

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tyler were guests of honor at a dinner given by the Ladies’ Aid society at the Community Hall Thursday.  Mrs. Tyler has been an active member of the aid for several years and the aid members regret her leaving here, but wish her and Mr. Tyler success in their new home.


Miss Fay Quicker has returned to Milwaukee after spending a week’s vacation here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Quicker.


The Circle Ladies met Thursday at the George Wilson home.  Miss Pietenpol announced that her aunt, the late Mrs. Augusta Lee Samson had bequeathed the sum of $1,000 to the Circle ladies to be use at their discretion for maintenance of the Union Church.


Col. Leo W. Peterson, Sun Prairie, Wis., the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Peterson of Granton, returned home last week from Murphy General Hospital, Waltham, Mass.  He will be on terminal leave until November 20, when he will be officially separated from army service.  On July 18, he was released from active duty after serving five and one-half years in World War II.  During World War I, he was in the infantry and attended officers’ training school.


In the recent war, he spent two and one-half years in the South pacific.  He traveled abroad with the 135 Medical Regiment and landed at Brisbane, Australia.  Later, he went to Milne Bay, New Guinea, as commander of the 18th station hospital.  While there, his duties included the supervision of treatment and care of all military and civilian personnel, as well as battle casualties.  After his return to the United States, Col. Peterson was commander of the convalescent hospital at Camp Edwards, Mass.


Col Peterson plant to continue his medical practice following a refresher course at some university.  He has 17 years in the practice of medicine and surgery.


At one time, he was a member of the staff of two Madison hospitals, and was president of the Dane County Medical Society.                                                                                                                  


The Neillsville City Council voted Tuesday evening to extend Clay Street 330 feet southward from West Fifth Street.  This will open an area upon which houses are projected for John and Tom Flynn and Mike Krultz, Jr.


The board of public works voted to give 300 years of fill for an apron on the west side of the new army garage near the river.  This fill, to consist of sand shale, will be hauled and placed by the city.


One of the features of the Veterans Homecoming celebration to be held in Neillsville Nov. 9, 10, and 11 will be the displays of war trophies, souvenirs, and native articles in many of the store windows throughout the city.


These displays will be made up from souvenirs, and trophies brought or mailed home by World War II veterans from the many war theaters and will also include the Spanish-American War.


While many of the veterans and veterans’ families have offered their souvenirs for display there are many display windows throughout the city and the sponsors of the celebration, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, are requesting other veterans to exhibit their souvenirs for this purpose.                                                     


It was six years ago, on Tuesday of this week that the local Service Company was called into the federal service.  On Oct. 15, 1941, the international situation looked so forbidding that the United States took the step of calling the National Guard into service.  Soon thereafter the local boys took their departure for the South and advanced preparation when the Japs blew the international situation wide open by bombing Pearl Harbor.


To the local soldiers, who saw early fighting and who went through the New Guinea campaigns, it seems difficult to realize that so much time has passed.  This was the comment of Capt. Archie Van Gorden, who drew the anniversary date to the attention of the Clark County Press.                                                                                


Thirty-two members of the American Legion had a bee last Sunday and did things to their building on South Hewett Street, the former Kleckner warehouse.  The men tore off the canopy from the front and put a new roof on nearly the entire building.  Their roofing work was stopped when they ran out of shingles.


The building has two stories and basement.  The upper floor will be used for a meeting hall.  That is already one large room, and is structurally suited to the purpose.  The main job about this is to insulate it. 


The main floor will be one large room.


Heat will be furnished on the upper floor by a stove and on the main floor by a furnace in the basement.  One of the jobs ahead is the construction of a chimney.


The Legion now owns to a depth of 387 feet.  They plan to extend their property eastward to a total depth of 700 feet.


The Legion proposes to eventually build a screened porch along the eastward side of the building, running it out to the site of a proposed swimming pool.  The swimming pool is projected as a community affair, open to public use, under necessary conditions and restrictions.                                                                          


Mrs. Julia Reber has sold the Al-Aboard restaurant to Hallie and Robert Horswill, sons of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Horswill of Neillsville.  They plan to continue the operation of the restaurant.


(The Al-Aboard was a unique restaurant building, which had been a railroad train passenger coach.  It sat on the lot between the railroad track and Rooster Bar, east side of Hewett Street.  There are some residents who remember having eaten there. DZ)                                                                                               


Don’t Get Service Station Feet by Walking on Concrete.  Wear Velvet-eez Shoes, air cushioned from Heel to Toe at – Schroeder’s Shoe Store in Neillsville.                                                  


Headquarters for Standard Products at Christie is the Dakota Club, a neighborhood social center.


Wanted at Once! 30-bricklayers-30! 7 Months Steady Employment, $1.57 per hour – 48 Hour Week – Best Working Conditions!  Will furnish Hotel Room.  Apply at U. S. Employment Service at Neillsville, or at Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.




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