Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 27, 2016, Page 15

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1911


 A genuine bargain: 80 acres of good timberland with hardwood and hemlock near Stetsonville in Taylor County ½ mile to sawmill and one mile to schoolhouse on good road.  If taken before Jan. 10th, $1,600.  For particulars, write to Joseph Loeb, Medford, Wis.                                                                                       


Last week postal savings banks in this country became an established institution with the opening of forty six trial banks, one in each state and territory in the union.  These banks are of an experimental nature, established for the purpose of observing any changes that may be necessary before the system is put into operation throughout the country.  The bank in Wisconsin is at Manitowoc.                                                                      


A set of false teeth hang in the business office of a local livery barn, or did last week, as the mute testimonial that their owner had borrowed a dollar and left them as a promise to pay.  There surely is but one occasion upon which a fellow would pawn his false teeth, and that would be when he is either starving or thirsting, and in this case it may have been both.


The Lynn boys and Neillsville high school boys played basketball Saturday night.  The scores were 23 to 29 in favor of the Neillsville boys.                                                                                           


Grandpa Rowe of Rice Lake, formerly of York Center, passed his 89th birthday last Sunday.  He is still spry and hearty.  He says the cold takes hold of him, although he walked a mile and a-half one cold day this winter.


The W.R.C. ladies gave a party for Mrs. Max Neverman on Wednesday of last week in honor of her birthday.  They presented Mrs. Neverman with yard goods for a housedress and for a tea jacket.


A large number of friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wenzel held a surprise on them Monday night to celebrate the event of their silver wedding.  Six tables of cards were played, after which an elaborate supper was served.  The floor was then cleared for dancing and the guests enjoyed this pastime for a few hours.


Globe News:

Last week, ice was hauled for the local creamery.


Miss Frieda Henchen is working at Rhinelander.


Wm. Scheel, Sr., returned from his visit at Turtle Lake Monday.


Frank Hoffman’s had their baby christened Sunday.


Herman Klueckman retuned to his home at Berlin Monday after two weeks visit here.


There was a pie party at the home of H. Nemitz’s Sunday evening.


Frank and Emil Kuhl are working for L. Schultz.                                                        


By a little quiet investigation, Judge Schoengarth was enabled to save the county a considerable sum of money for the care of John Pfandler, who died a short time ago at the county farm.  Mr. Schoengarth unearthed an insurance policy for $1,000, which Pfandler held and which was in force at the time of his death, although it was supposed that the policy had lapsed.  The disclosing of this policy thus enables the county to be reimbursed for the expense of Pfandler’s care.


Go to Geo. Evans and get a genuine Southeastern cutter, with twin back, auto seat; and bob sleighs made out of white oak.


From now on will sell cutters and sleighs and bob sleighs at cost, until all are sold


No investment pays such large dividends as a business education obtained at the Northwestern College of Commerce, Neillsville, Wis.                                                                                  


Mrs. Mary Bruley left for Volga, S.D. this morning to spend a few months with her daughter, Mrs. I. M. Sturdevant.


Logs wanted at the Spoke Mill: We want 500,000 feet of good logs of the following kinds.  We will pay the highest market price for same, delivered at the spoke mill in Neillsville or along the track of the Omaha railroad.  White oak, red oak, pine, basswood, soft elm, soft maple, rock elm, birch, ash, and No. 1 hard maple; The hard maple must be 12 feet long, end 14 inches in diameter and up, sound and clear of all defects, No. 2 hard maple not wanted.


Basswood bolts must be sound and clear of knots, 7 inches in diameter and up, 38 inches long, pine bolts 7 inches in diameter and up, can have small sound knots and be cut two, three and four ft. long.  Bolts must be delivered at spoke mill.


Hub logs: red oak, 5’ per foot; white oak 6’ per foot; all must be at least 9 inches in diameter.


January 1951


Fifty years ago in 1900 Alfred Hauge established the business known as A. Hauge & Son.  A. Hauge was first associated with Charles Bradford, and soon bought him out.  He took his son, Ed as partner in 1919.  A. Hauge died in 1927.  Ed Hauge’s son, James joined the firm in 1945, being the third generation in the business.


The Hauge business has developed with Neillsville, progressing from teams of horses to five trucks and five employees; furnishing wood at first, then adding coal, then oil; carrying the baggage, express, freight and miscellany for Neillsville people.


Coal - Wood - Gasoline - Oils, Wholesale & Retail Dray & Freight Lines - Local Representative of Cities Service


“Pete” Warlum was founder of the Warlum-Robinson, Inc. Plumbing, Heating & Electricity business in Neillsville date back to the very early portion of the present century, about 1905, when he began to work for Denis Tourigny, an old-time hardware man.  He went into business for himself in 1915, and for nearly 30 years was the main reliance of the Neillsville community for heating and plumbing.  He left a record of integrity and dependability.  Mr. died in 1944.  Thereafter, the same business was incorporated and was continued as Warlum-Robinson, Inc.


Dairying as the major business of Clark County is a development of the past 50 years.  At the beginning of the century, there was a dim understanding of the possibilities.  Land salesmen and local boosters were talking about the dairy possibilities, but there was little accomplishment to give a demonstration. 


In 1900, there was little dairy industry as such.  The census of 1895 shows, that the county had seven cheese factories and eight creameries.  The dairy business was largely conducted at and from the farm.


At the start of the century a large proportion of farm-women were making butter on the farm and turning it in at the store.  They were paid in trade at the store.  They went a long way in providing for the family the things that were not grown on the farm.


In those days most farms had their own cream separators.  They fed the skim milk to calves and pigs, and used some of it for family.  Fred Stelloh recalls that he was connected with the first concern, which made a business of paying cash for butter and eggs.  He did quite a business, not only in Neillsville, but also in Granton, Loyal and Greenwood.


The butter taken in trade was of varying quality.  Some farm-women had a reputation for excellent butter.  This was held aside by the merchant and sold out to his best town customers.  The rest of it went into a general mixture, which was consumed by strangers.  In those days, refrigeration was uncommon, and the butter kept in the cellar, suffered accordingly.


Arthur Imig, who arrived in Clark County in 1901, recalls that the provision for dairying was primitive.  The cow stables were cold and unclean.  In many cases they were not entirely enclosed by walls.  The wintry winds whipped in among the cows.


But the winter’s cold did not mean as much then as it would now, for there was little winter dairying.  Milk flowed in the open season and was largely utilized in the growing season.  Many farmers almost shut up shop in the winter and went logging.  In the late winter of 1900 the Republican and Press said that H. B. Gregory, manager of the Levis Creamery, had just returned from Loganville, Wis., with a view to “filling the ice house, preparatory to starting the creamery. A good season’s run is anticipated.”  Dairying then was a seasonal occupation.


Arthur Imig recalls that, when He came to Clark County in 1901, H. B. J. Andrus bought his cream.  The Andrus Creamery was located just west of the trestle over what is now US-10.  The building was a frame structure, located at the southwest corner of the intersection.  Somewhat later, Mr. Imig sold his cream to Ross Paulson, who had a creamery at Granton and who had a skimming station on the Gus DeMert farm.  Paulson operated only in the open season, and so Mr. Imig took milk in the winter to Christie.  In 1902, he recalls, he received 60 cents per hundredweight for whole milk.


Those were the horse-and-buggy days, and they called for horses.  The county had 8,041 of them, plus 1,321 colts and 85 steers, some of which were undoubtedly used as work animals. 


At the beginning of the century, no milk was evaporated in the county, and cheese was hardly more than getting a start.  The factory production of cheese in 1895 was 29,084 pounds, hardly more than a month’s production of an average cheese factory of Clark County now.  The volume cheese production in the county is now running at the rate of substantially better than 30 million pounds per year, more than 1,000 times the factory production of 1895.


In 1910, the number of dairy plants had grown to a total of 83.  Of these, 50 were cheese factories and 33 were creameries.  The top number of cheese factories was 99, in 1934.  Since then the tendency has been for the factories to be larger and fewer.  The creameries decreased in number quite drastically, until there were only three in 1932.


If you would like the comfort of knowing just how much cold you resisted last Sunday morning, here it is: The Official government thermometer, as read by Mark Vornholt at the Indian School farm, registered -35 degrees below zero.


Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Minette took possession Tuesday morning of the Lewerenz Food Shop restaurant, which they purchased from its founder, Otto W. Lewerenz.  The Minettes purchased the restaurant fixtures, equipment and stock, and are leasing the restaurant portion of the building from Mr. Lewerenz, who retains ownership of this realty.  They will continue operations of the restaurant enterprise in that location.


There has been no change in the restaurant personnel.  Mr. and Mrs. Minette will give personal attention to the business.  Mr. Minette plan to continue, for the rest of the school year at least, to drive school buses.


Mr. Lewerenz will continue in the operation of his locker, meat and ice cream businesses, all of which are closely identified with his farm operations.                                                                           



The above photo of the Hewett and 5th streets intersection, looking south, was taken in the 1930’s.  The Lewerenz service station is visible on the far left and the restaurant was adjacent to that business.



A benefit dance for the March of Dimes is being given Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, at St. Hedwig’s parish hall, Thorp.  Everything is being donated, in order to swell the amount for polio.  The donations include the services of two orchestras, the Nightingales and Kodl’s.  Considerable merchandise has been donated, and more is expected, all of which will be auctioned off during intermissions.                                                      


Record has been made of the transfer of the Arthur Kunze property on North Hewett, Neillsville to the Arnold Gustmans.  The consideration was $4,000.


Joseph Bilka and his wife Anna R., as joint tenants, have bought an eighty in Section 25, Town of Unity. The deal was subject to a mortgage of $3.500.


Valentine Krainz and his wife, Helen, as joint tenants, have bought from Mr. and Mrs. William A. Campman 160 acres in Section 27, Town of Hendren.  The consideration was $500.


Elmer and Gertrude Elmhorst, husband and wife, as joint tenants, have purchased an eighty in Section 27, Town of York.  Grantors were Clara Elmhorst, a widow and various family connections.  The consideration was about $4,500.


Cullen Ayer of Loyal has bought from Harry Castner and his wife Dora the west 54 feet of the south half of parcel N. 121 of the assessor’s plat of Loyal.  The consideration was about $5,500.


William B. Tufts sat at the wheel of his car Monday evening when it came into collision with a milk truck driven by Bob Urban.  The Tufts car, a Buick, headed south, continued on to the left until ran into the snow and hit a telephone pole, snapping it off.  It took the help of a tow car and the help of a truck to pull the Buick away.  Yet, Mr. Tufts walked away from there with no personal injury.


The truck driven by Bob Urban was the property of the Harry Schlinsog dairy.  It had been repaired in the Urban Garage, and Bob Urban had taken it out for a trial spin.  He was driving northward on Hwy 73 and had nearly reached the north end of the Catholic Church property when he saw the Tufts car headed in his direction.  He pulled hard to the right and avoided a head-on collision, but the Tufts car hit the left rear wheel and drove the two rear wheels out of position.


Damage to the Tufts car is estimated at $375; to the truck at $125.


(According to two of our Press readers, Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church held worship services beyond 1945, off and on until the mid-1960s.  DZ)  





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