Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 17, 2016, Page 16

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1936


Violators of wood cutting permits in the Clark County Forest crop area have received notification from the district attorney’s office of amounts due the county as damages, and unless reimbursement is made, prosecutions will be started, it states.


County officials declare this drive on violators has not been started with the idea of “riding anybody” but is necessary if the county’s forest lands are ever to amount to anything.                      


Don’t forget the pancake supper at the Masonic Temple tonight, Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  All you can eat for 30 cents.                                                                                                     


The 23-degree below zero, blizzard which lashed this section of the country Tuesday night in the worst storm of the winter, tying up roads in three states, marooned the Midnight Neillsville passenger train near Yellow River.  The train which left this city at 1:30 p.m., stalled on the drifted tracks, a few miles east of Chili where it was standing at the time of going to press at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday despite efforts of two snowplows working toward each end.  Passengers were reported to be in no danger and the train was comfortably heated.


The Way-freight, due into Neillsville from Merrillan at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday did not arrive until after midnight.  When it was learned the passenger was stalled, the freight train proceeded to Yellow River and made an attempt to start it but was ineffective and returned to Neillsville where it remained most of Wednesday.


The blizzard struck Neillsville in late afternoon, and by 7 p.m., snow whipped by a 40 to 45 mile wind made it impossible to see more than half a block at times.  Automobile traffic ceased and the streets were soon deserted.  The temperature rapidly skidded and reached a low of 23 degrees below zero.


North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin were in the brunt of the blizzard and traffic was at a standstill as passenger trains were stalled in drifts in Minnesota and North Dakota.  Southern Wisconsin roads are reported as all being blocked.


(Through the years, greatly modernized snow-removal equipment has been introduced, along with skilled operators in handling the aftermath of such snow blizzards as in the above article.  Now, within a few hours all roads are opened for vehicle travel.


As a youngster living in South Dakota, I remember such a winter with record-breaking snow accumulation.  My mother and an infant brother were confined to our rural family home for 13 weeks. The only roads with snowplow service were the State and Federal highways.  The rural side-roads remained snow covered until spring thaw, then mud.  Snow-shoeing or riding in horse-drawn sleighs were the only means of travel.


All I have to do is remember those days to greatly appreciate our present day snow removal services. DZ)


In spite of the very cold wintry weather, over 260 people attended the services at St. John’s Lutheran Church last Sunday. That surely showed a fine spirit in church attendance.


(They didn’t let cold temperatures be an excuse for missing worship. DZ)


We will serve our Well Known Meals & Coffee at the Little Casino Restaurant, west of the Neillsville Bank, Bock Beer on Draught.                                                                                                        


J. C. Moen left with one of his work crews Saturday morning for the Hay Creek Dam in the Town of Sherwood, where they are working.  After dinner, Mr. Moen took a short walk down the road to view the storm situation and hurried back to tell his men that they would have to start for Neillsville at once as the roads would soon be impassable.  They started, but did not get far before they were snowbound, and with all the power that six men could muster they could not get through.  The Sherwood Town Hall was about two miles away and here they took refuge and were forced to remain until four o’clock Sunday afternoon when the county snow plow arrived to free them.  During the long hours of waiting, Mr. Moen’s chief concern was for the poor crew working on the drainage dams, for surely they were not fortunate enough to find a nice warm town hall with a store near at hand where provisions could be purchased.  When they reached home they found that the drainage crew had arrived at noon Saturday, having sensed the danger of being stalled just in time to get through.  No doubt John will be presented with a bill for rent, fuel, and such by the town board of Sherwood within a few days.


Children and adults interested in tap dancing lessons, come to the W.R.C. Hall Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.


A burglar who broke a basement window on the south side of the Farmers Store about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday was frightened away when the burglar alarm sounded.  William Schroeder, night policeman, answered the alarm, but the prowler had fled.  Mr. Schroeder then called Mr. Zimmerman and the two conducted a further search, but found no trace of the burglar.                                                                                                            


The Camp Arbutus Lake CC basketball team will play the City Point basketball team at the Neillsville Armory Sunday at 3 p.m.


Oscar Gluck, who is home from his CCC Camp work, is selling tickets for the series of basketball games to be played at the Armory by the Arbutus CCC Camp with surrounding teams.  These games will bring a good many out of town people to Neillsville.


(Oscar was better known as “Dimps” to his many Neillsville friends. DZ)


Wednesday evening a group of Mrs. Robert Dux’s Neillsville friends drove to Loyal to give her a shower.  The party included Mrs. Arnold Gustman, Mrs. Elmo Barton, Mrs. Joe Haas and Mrs. Anton Kraft.  The husbands accompanied them to spend the evening with Mr. Dux.                                                                                          


William Dahnert, fire chief, appeared before the city council Tuesday night to request new equipment to replace that which has been stolen from the city hall.  Mr. Dahnert says four or five rubber coats and 100-feet of rope with a grappling hook attached are needed.  He also asked for a new hose nozzle as the city now has only two.


There are, within the city and surrounding territory, many families who have had a hard struggle making ends meet and have refrained from asking for help.  A number of these worthy people have been discovered by families and individuals, who immediately set about to give them personal assistance.  It was indeed gratifying to find that there are still many people who do not feel that someone else owes them a living, and through sacrifice and hard work are making an effort to take care of themselves.


South Romadka News:


Mr. and Mrs. Oren Montgomery and family spent Wednesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Otto Holnbach, who are operating the Henry Williams farm.


The milk haulers who are using the Romadka Road and Mr. O. F. Gruenke hired the York town snowplow to plow out the road so they could get through with their trucks.  The severe cold weather makes milk hauling with teams of horses a pretty cold job.                                                                                                              


The Neillsville City’s fire siren has been out of order for the past week, but expected to be repaired by the end of the week.  The city has arranged to have the Condensery whistle blown in case of fire.


February 1956


Good will to the neighbors is the big idea behind the Pork Lift of this weekend in Neillsville.  By concentrating on pork for meals, we can make a big dent in the local surplus supply.  More important, we can demonstrate our understanding of the farm situation and show our warmhearted desire to give a hand.


So we are all joining in.  Businessmen are foregoing their normal profits.  Some of them are making interesting and original offers, all intended to encourage the consumption of pork.


As for us plain people, the consumers, we can make the most of the unusual opportunity; can buy pork and pork products at a low price; can make them the chief items of our meals for the next few days; Fried ham or bacon for breakfast, and baked ham for Sunday dinner.


Let’s all turn in on the Pork Lift.  Let’s demonstrate our solidarity with our farm friends.  Buy at these Rock-Bottom Prices: Well-trimmed Pork Loins, 10-15 lb. Avg., lb. 42’; Slab Bacon, Lean! 8-10 lb. Avg. lb. 29’; Fill your freezer, Fresh Ham, 10-12 lb. Avg., lb. 42’.


Buy from these cooperating Food Retailers: Farmers’ Store Co., Kuester’s Meat market, Minette’s Locker Plant, Ray’s South Side Food Mart, Sam’s Superette, Red Owl Agency or West Side Food Mart, all in Neillsville.


News One week later:

Nearly 11,000 pounds of pork was sold in the “Operation Pork Lift”.


The Champion Pork Buyer was Carl Eisentraut, Town of Pine Valley Farmer, who was reported to have bought 350 pounds of meat in wholesale chunks.                                                             


Miss Kay Overman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. V. Overman, has been chosen by her class and the high school faculty as the Good Citizen of the girls of her class to compete for the D.A.R. award.  The winner of each school is selected upon dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.  The winning girl in each high school will fill out a questionnaire and the winner in the state will be selected on the basis of this questionnaire.


A crappie weighing 6 ½ pounds won the top prize at the Rock Dam fishing contest held Sunday.  The fish was caught by John Barsamian of Chippewa Falls.  The prize was an automatic rifle.  The contest drew a crowd estimated at up to 1,500.


Farm Auction, Feb. 18, located 2 miles north of Neillsville on Highway 73.  Sale starts 11 a.m., Lunch Wagon on grounds.  Frank Marg, owner, Christensen Sales Co., Abbotsford, clerk; W. H. Krause & W. E. Krause, Auctioneers.


Harold Stange of Loyal left the hospital Monday.  He was a patient there since Thursday, when he lost three fingers of his right hand in an accident at the Roddis Plywood Corp plant.        


A modern supermarket will be constructed in Neillsville and will be opened “sometime this summer.”


This was the statement Don Copps of the Copps Company, Stevens Point IGA wholesalers, made to The Clark County Press last week.


The Copps Company has taken an option on the Stelloh Implement property at the corner of Grand Avenue and West Fifth Street on Highway 10.  This option will be exercised before April 1 expiration date,” Mr. Copps asserted.


The property involved runs north about three-quarters of a block to the Monk apartments, then west to Goose Creek and back south along the creek to Fifth Street.  There is also a driveway provided by property between the rear of the Monk apartments and the old Sanitary Dairy building, which is now empty.  Buildings on the property now, which include the present Stelloh office, repair shop and sheds, will be razed when the construction of the Foodliner is started, Mr. Copps said.


A circa 1950 photo of the West 5th and Grand Avenue intersection of Neillsville shows the Stelloh garage - implement shop on the northwest corner of the intersection.  It is now the site of Hansen’s IGA.  On the right, or southeast corner is the former Ray Paulson garage & implement shop, which was on the ground floor and it had a stairway leading to the second floor, where the Moose Lodge members met and used as their headquarters.  The building was later razed and now is the site of the Associated Bank.



Delicious In-The-Basket Specials! At the Silver Dome Supper Club: Choice of Shrimp, Lobster Tail, Chopped Sirloin, Fish or Chicken Basket, 75’. Every Day Special!                                                                                


The people of Clark County have been recognized as among the “savingest people” of Wisconsin.


This complimentary distinction was accorded them last week by the United States Treasury Department when they were awarded a silver medallion for exceeding their goal in the purchase of Series E and H Saving Bonds.


In 1955, they purchased $1,181,346 in these two types of government treasury securities, surpassing the treasury-set goal by 18.01 percent.  The total purchases amounted to an increase of 31.1 percent over 1954 in E and H bonds purchased by individuals.                                                                                                      


Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zschernitz and family moved last week Friday and Saturday onto the Glenn Ketchum farm, which they recently purchased.                                                                                                  


For Sale - to highest bidder, property of the Riverside Cheese Factory, located one mile West and Ύ miles North of Chili, or 11 miles West of Marshfield on Hwy H; with sealed bids to be opened March 13, 1956, at Neillsville Milk Products.


In the Cedarhurst article, of two weeks ago, the oldest child, Hilda of the A. W. Beil family was omitted.  Growing up on the farm, Hilda (Beil) Montag and husband later took over the Beil farm and upon their retirement, their son, Gene took possession of the property.




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