Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 16, 2016, Page 9

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Clark County News

Clark County News


November 1931


The first killing frost for this part of Wisconsin came Sunday morning Nov. 1.  Several light frosts had occurred during October, but nothing to injure vegetables.  Gardens remained green, even tender plants like tomatoes remaining untouched until Nov. 1.  Many report summer flowers again in bloom and some apple trees blossomed with ripe fruit on the branches.


Little Arlene Opelt, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Max Opelt Jr., whom it was feared was coming down with infantile paralysis, was found not to have the disease.  The child, who had had a cold, was discovered limping by her mother who feared she had contracted paralysis.  Later the little girl told that she had fallen out of a buggy Sunday while playing and injured her leg.                                                                                                                   


Melchoir Hoesly, Jr., Ernest Begley, and Herbert Grottke are getting ready to leave this week for the wilderness near Bayfield where they intend to spend the winter trapping.                                 


Four new transformers for Neillsville, were landed here last week by the Northern States Power Co., and the three formerly in use here will be transported to Owen.  Each of the new transformers weighs nearly seven tons and the work of hauling them from the depot to the substation was a considerable task; also, transferring the old ones to Owen.


Moderne Beauty Shoppe – Specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Shampoo & Finger Wave, $1.00; Finer Wave, only 50’; Shampoo & Marcel, $1.25.                                                                                


Geese and chicken thieves are reported operating about six miles southwest of the city and several farmers have lost valuable birds.  Sheriff Bradford has been notified and will conduct an investigation, he stated.


The American Legion’s charity ball and fun festival at the Armory tonight assumed large portions as officials of the Legion began counting the advance tickets and they are confident the crowd will be one of the largest in attendance at a public dance in this city.


Interest appeared to be keen in the square dance and waltz contests, which will be one of the main features.  William Bradford, sheriff has promised to do the calling and has his voice in perfect trim for the occasion, according to reports from his trainers.


The Legion is making a final appeal for all persons to come out and join the celebration.  The tickets will be only 50 cents and all proceeds from the dance will go to the Community Club for the benefit of any families in Neillsville, which may be in need of financial help.                                                                          


The old Neillsville Armory, which was in the 100 block of East 4th Street, was used for many occasions other than those of the National Guard.  The Neillsville High School, which was located kitty-corner from the Armory in the early 1900s, used the auditorium for graduation ceremonies, plays, and basketball games.  Any event held there, which included dancing, had an ideal well-kept maple floor for its dancers.


The steel bridge at Lynn on Highway 10, which was replaced by a new concrete one, was the first steel truss bridge put up in Clark County.  It was put up in about 1905, when Geo. Ure was chairman of the township.  It was still in good condition, but too narrow for a Federal Highway.  The bridge has been moved to another part of the Town of Lynn.


A. L. Warnecke, who has worked for some time in Harry Roehrborn’s store last week traded his home to S. H. Van Gorden & Son for a store building, stock of goods and fixtures in Alma Center.  It is a growing concern and doing a good business.  Mr. Warnecke took possession this week.                                                 


Miss Violet Johnson and Edward Andregg were quietly married at Wausau, Wednesday, Oct. 28, Rev. C. M. Spiegel of the Reformed Church officiating.  The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson and graduated from the Neillsville High School in 1912.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Andregg and is well known.


The Service Company’s basketball team for the 1931-32 season was organized last week and the first practice held Monday night.  Gilbert Olson, who has had two years’ instruction under Dr. W. E. Meanwell at the University of Wisconsin, will coach the boys.  The following attended the first practice: Walter Weaver, Alex Gall, Harry Donahue, Wendell Claflin, Francis White, Arthur Dux, Earl Bruhn, Wm. Wagner, Dale Schweinler, Chester Seif, Harry Wasserberger, and Curtiss Zschernitz.                                                                      


Last week the report got spread around that fresh graves had been discovered somewhere in the wilds in the Town of Dewhurst, the rumor soon expanding to the report that six or seven bodies had been discovered.  Sunday forenoon a number of investigators drove down to search the scene of supposed crime.  After some difficulty, the graves were found and on being excavated, nothing was discovered.  The searchers then interviewed W. L. Murphy, chairman of the town, as to why the graves contained no human remains, and were informed by Mr. Murphy that these “graves” were test holes dug by parries exploring for gravel, and were filled up again after sufficient tests had been made.


Friday night thieves carried away three tires including rims off a trailer belonging to O. E. Counsell.  The trailer was standing in the yard near the Counsell feed store.  No trace of the thieves has yet been found.


Mr. and Mrs. Max Opelt, Sr., celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their marriage by giving a free dance at Riverside Pavilion, Wednesday evening, Nov. 18.  Over 200 guests, relatives, and friends attended and all had a happy time.  Dux Orchestra furnished music and a fine lunch was served.  Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Teatz of the Town of York, who attended Mr. and Mrs. Opelt when they were married.


Mr. and Mrs. Opelt were married at Lynn, Mrs. Opelt’s name being Phoebe Sternitzky.  For a number of years, Mr. and Mrs. Opelt lived at Lynn, where Mr. Opelt owned and operated at store.  Later, they moved to their farm in Levis.  They have a wide circle of very warm friends.                                                       


Several of the Protestant churches of Neillsville are joining in a Union Thanksgiving service to be held at the Union Church, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.  The entire offering will be given to the Community Club for distribution among those in need in this community, it was announced by Rev. P. B. White.


Rev. E. H. Vornholt will be in charge of the service, with Rev. B. W. Longenecker the speaker of the evening.


“This service will give everybody a chance to help his more unfortunate neighbor,” said Rev. Mr. White.  “There will be no church rent to pay, heat and light are donated and the ministers and singers are giving their services so that every penny offered will be turned to charitable purposes.


November 1951


Nine Granton boys were commended for their outstanding agriculture work at the annual FFA father-son banquet held on Tuesday night, October 30, at the Granton High School.


The boys, who were given awards by Francis Steiner, agriculture instructor at the high school, were Bill Nickel, Ted Todd, Jerry Schmitz, Merlin Sternitzky, Alvin Dahl, Alvin Spaete, Ronald Garbisch, Ronald Schlinsog, and Richard Lautenbach.


Walter Stauffacher, FFA president, acted as toastmaster at the banquet, which 80 people attended.


The new street numbers for all residences and business places in the City of Neillsville are being listed in this week’s Press.  The renumbering of the city has been done in compliance with the resolution No. 149, recently adopted by the City Council of the City of Neillsville.                                                                                     


Grand Opening of Gambles Store, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 2 & 3 in Neillsville – Authorized Dealers, Chuck and Jim Jordahl.


Free Roses for the ladies, Free Razor Blades for the Men!


Many Sale Specials!

Electric Drill Kit, includes Ό” Drill and 27 accessories, $14.95; Claw Hammer, 79’;


Chrome Dinette Sets: Table and 4 chairs, acid resistant plastic table top, Duran upholstered chairs, in blue, red, and grey, Reg. price $79.95, sale $49.95;


12-qt. Dairy Pail, 49’; Pocket Watch, $1.69; Electric Toaster $1.44; Pie Tin, 10” x 1-7/16” 7’; Elec. Corn Popper $3.33.


The new Red Owl grocery and meat market will undergo considerable change next week.  The plan is to stock more fully than heretofore has been possible, and to increase the efficiency of the store.


The new owners are: Erv Nicoliasen, Clair Matson, Clare Carlson, and E.E. Schwartz.  Mr. Matson and Mr. Schwartz are operating the local store, and the other two partners are continuing the operation of their Red Owl Store in Waupaca.


(The Red Owl grocery store was then located at 446 Hewett Street.)              


St. Mary’s Study Club will have their second Public Card Party, Sunday Evening, Nov. 11 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church basement.  Sheepshead, 500, Canasta, and Bridge will be played.  Everyone is Welcome!


County Properties in Exchange:

Dale Horn and his wife, Adel, have bought an eighty in section 23 or the Town of Eaton from Caroline Horn.


Adolph Putzke bought an eighty in section 12 and 30 acres in section 13 of the Town of Lynn from Clara Lewis and her husband Leslie.


Albert Wink sold a forty in section eight of the Town of Reseburg to his son, Albert Jr. for one dollar and love and affection, according to the price listed in the register of deed’s files.


Marriage Licenses:


Theodore William Baumgart and Violet Anne Singstock, both of Colby, were married October 29 at Colby.


James Kressalt and Janice Hopensperger, both of Spencer, will be married at Spencer, November 10,


Frederick Seelow and Ardes DeMert, both of Neillsville, will be married at Neillsville, November 10,


Conrad Walker and Verna Johnson, both of Humbird were married at Merrillan on November 3.


Rev. Banks Blocher, Neillsville’s only unmarried protestant minister, gave his congregation last Sunday the “Key to Harmony in marriage.”  He referred, at first, to his tender years and inexperience, but said that he put confidence in “the truth of God, reached by study and some experience.”


He offered the Ten Commandments for harmony in marriage.


The answer to most of the family tensions, he said, is to be found on the level of common sense, common decency, and elemental morality.


When it was over, various married couples told him at the door that he had it pretty straight.


The Robert Eunson family is now making their home in Tokyo, Japan.  Mrs. Jessie Eunson and Mrs. Robert Eunson and two daughters recently joined Robert Eunson.  He has been stationed there for a year by the Associated Press.  His father was former sheriff of Clark County.                                                          


Flitter’s Jack Sprat Grocery Store, 2 Hewett St., Neillsville:  Place your orders Early for Turkey, Goose, Duck, or Capon.  We also have Fresh Cranberries, sweet Potatoes & Fancy eating apples.


For the Holiday Season, Schwann’s Lutefisk, and Fresh Oysters.                   


Due to Christmas holidays, the induction date for Clark County inductees into the military service has been scheduled earlier.  The quota will also be smaller.


Nine youths will take their pre-induction physicals on December 12 in Minneapolis.  Fifty-seven other young men will go to Minneapolis on that date to take their classification physicals.      


Free Movies of the Wisconsin-Iowa, and Wisconsin-Northwestern football games will be shown at the First Congregational Church in Neillsville on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.


A number of university alumnae group will show the pictures.


(That was before television reception was available in this area.  Presently, we can sit back in our favorite easy chair, turn on our television set, flip the channels until we find our favorite team playing, with three or four football games all in action at the same time. DZ)                                                                     


Three out-of-town deer hunters, who have a cabin near Rock Dam, were reported missing about 9 o’clock Saturday night when they failed to return home after a day of hunting.  A search party was organized by Lorris Dusso, traffic patrolman; Al Covell, county forester; and Frank Dobes, county sheriff.


However, the men returned to their cabin before the search got underway.  They had wounded a deer, and continued tracking it through the woods.  They came walking out of the woods, dragging the deer between them, never having been lost.


Mrs. Evelyn Walk lost her deer because of a wrenched knuckle.  When she saw the deer, she attempted to pull the hammer back on her gun, wrenching her right thumb.  “When I finally got the hammer back, the deer was too far, but I sent a shot after it anyway, to make it run faster.”


(Now we seldom hear of lost hunters during deer season, probably due to having cell phones. DZ)




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