Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 30, 2016 Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

March 1931


The sale of bankrupt assets of B. F. Winn at Granton, held Monday, was attended by a very large crowd and the sale went over with excellent results, according to M. L. Wilding, trustee in bankruptcy.  Jap Spry of Chili, formerly in the elevator business at Granton, bought the warehouse for $2,600.  Other assets generally sold well under auctioneer Horswill’s hammer.                                                                                                            


Anton Laskowski, who owned the Mound farm, formerly the Fred Hemp farm north of Neillsville and Mrs. Mary Miller, owner of the 200-acre farm, formerly the Dave Williams farm, west of the city, exchanged farms Monday.  Possession will be exchanged in the near future.  The deal was made through Palmer Vinger of Greenwood.


The formal opening of May and Ruchaber’s new store Saturday was a marked success.  According to Mr. May, approximately 3,000 customers were served during the day. Seventeen clerks were busy handling the crowds that swarmed into the store all day and late into the evening.  Those on duty at the store were Mr. and Mrs. Wm Ruchaber, George May, Olga Botnen, Ruth Botnen, Paul Spaete, Curtis Zschernitz, Herman Moen, Raymond Moen, Mrs. Ruth Keller, Mrs. Henry Dasso, Mrs. Theresa Shedden, Mr. and Mrs. Rawley of Ripon Food, Mr. Lester of Swift and Co., Billy Houshe and Margaret Ampe.                                                                                          


Albert Davis, last week landed about three car loads of fine basswood logs at the depot for shipment to the American Plywood Corporation at New London. This timber came off the farm of Mrs. Charles Poppe in Weston and is of a fine quality.                                                                                                           


J. D. Cummings is having material delivered for a new filling station, which will be built on his corner lot at the south end of Grand Avenue, where highways 73 and 95 enter the city.  The building will be of concrete and tile.


Last week, Gus Borde of Pine Valley bought the Methodist parsonage on South Grand Avenue and plans to move to the city in the near future.  The pastor, Rev. Paul H. White and family, will move to the Lambert house just east of the M. E. Church.  This modern home was bequeathed to the church by the late Hayes Lambert.


Mr. and Mrs. Borde, who moved here from Illinois, Oct. 18, 1905, and have been very industrious and successful farmers, have rented their farm to their son Walter and wife, who will carry it on.


Burglars who worked with butcher knives, crowbars and hammer broke through a rear basement window of the C. C. Sniteman Co. drug store early Saturday morning and stole a supply of whiskey and alcohol from the liquor vault after prying off the padlock of the door.


Thieves also entered the railroad tool house west of the depot the same night and took a new sledge hammer, a crowbar and other implements, which, it is thought were used by the men in forcing their way into the store.


There are five homes under quarantine for scarlet fever, Dr. E. L. Bradbury reported Tuesday.  The cases are very mild, he stated, and the victims are only ill a few days, but must stay under quarantine six weeks to prevent contagion.


Geo. Keller, who recently bought the John Dietrich farm in the Town of Grant, has sold it again to J. L. Kleckner of Neillsville.                                                                                                 


W. W. Lowery, who lives near Granton, was a Neillsville visitor Saturday and stated the outlook for maple syrup is poor this year.  Owing to the lack of moisture in the ground very little sap is flowing.


With signs of spring and fishing in the offing, F. O. Balch has added a new counter display fixture for fishing tackle, which shows off the goods to fine advantage.                                              


We have reduced our prices to 40’ for haircuts and 20’ for shaves.  At Schocks Barber Shop, under First National Bank.


Old Time Dance! To be held at Paulson’s Hall.


Friday, April 10th, Music by Zank’s five-piece Orchestra.  Everybody Welcome!  Ladies Free!


Last Wednesday afternoon, the neighborhood of Northwest Grant Township became quite excited when someone turned in an alarm that Henry Langrecks barn was on fire.  All the neighbors who were at home responded to the call and upon arriving discovered it to be a false alarm.  Leo Korth was there grinding feed for Mr. Langreck with his tractor.  The smoke of the tractor had been seen by the party who sent in the alarm, and no doubt meant well, and of course everybody was glad there was no fire.


(The Henry Langreck farm was located 1-1Ό miles east of Neillsville on Ridge Road. DZ)


Wendell, Gerald, Wayne and Jessie Palmer, children of Mrs. Ernest Palmer, are the fourth generation of the Palmer family to lie on “Palmerdale,” the old homestead in Pine Valley, west of Black River.  In 1867, Hiram Palmer, great-grandfather of the present generation, received the patent of the land from the United States government.  After his death, the land came into the hands of his son, Mert Palmer, who lived on it many years and then sold it on contract to his son, the late Ernest Palmer.  It was his desire that the farm should be retained in the family, and last week his widow completed arrangements for taking over the farm and will remain there with her children.


No one except Palmers has ever lived on the farm, and it is a great pleasure to all who know the family to learn that these children will grow up on the old farm.


The Palmer family is one of the oldest in this locality.  Rev. Harvey Palmer, an early Methodist minister in Neillsville, was the father of Hiram Palmer, mentioned above.  Rev. Palmer was also a farmer, his place being later a part of the Dave Williams farm on the road south of Palmerdale.


(The 60-acre Palmerdale farm was located on the southeast corner of River Avenue and King Road intersection. DZ)


This Saturday’s Special Bargain: 3 quarts of Pure Guernsey Milk and 1 half pint of cream that will whip, for 25’.  Balance of the time milk will be 6’ per quart, cash.  R. Hake Dairy                      


On March 20th and March 21st the sun crosses the line and spring is here, and if the old adage holds true we will have a warm spring as the wind was in the southwest those two days and should be the prevailing wind for 60 days.


Grace Lutheran Church, Corner of North Prospect and West 12th Street; Sunday Worship 10 a.m.  Karl Koehler, Pastor


Grand Opening & Easter Ball at Hake’s Pavilion Monday, April 6, Music by “The Revelers” of Wausau; with every ticket sold at the opening dance, you will receive a free ticket for the dance Sat. April 11.


Dance every Saturday night, but in case of cold weather during April, dances will be held at Paulson’s Hall, Neillsville.


March 1961


Gilbert C. Rohde, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and a Clark County resident, Tuesday urged Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman to raise the support level of manufacturing milk to $3.55 per hundredweight.  He spoke at the 30th annual convention of the Farmers Union Central Exchange in St. Paul, Minn.


Duane Smith, elected Junior Prom King, has chosen Cheryl Harvey, a junior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harvey, as queen for the annual event, which will take place April 29.  Smith, a star on the Warrior Basketball quintet, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bergen Smith of Neillsville.                                           


The dissolution of two rural districts, in the Town of Reseburg and the Town of Loyal in recent actions of the county school committee, were announced last week by Leonard Morley, county superintendent.


An order dissolving the Colby district, Town of Reseburg, was issued last week.  The district will be attached to the Thorp District July 1. The school is located eight miles south of Thorp on County Trunk N and is expected to be closed next year.


The Mack district, town of Loyal, also was ordered dissolved and its territory consolidated with the Loyal district.  The school is located two and one-half miles south of Loyal.


Following a hearing Tuesday night, the county school committee ordered the Washington School district in the Town of Grant dissolved and attached to the Neillsville district.


The Washington School is located about three miles east and two miles south of Neillsville. Currently it has an enrollment of eight.  Velda Levanduski is the teacher.  It is anticipated that the school will be closed.


Welcome to Samie Ball’s Standard Service, formerly Gennrich Standard Service at the corner of Division & Hewett Streets in Neillsville.                                                                                                  


Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson quietly observed their 60th wedding anniversary Monday, March 27, in Neillsville.  Mrs. Olson spend part of the day with her husband, who is a patient in the Neillsville Nursing home, and other members of the Olson family dropped in to wish them a happy anniversary.


The couple was married in 1901 in Colby Township at the farm home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Tuttle.  They lived in Medford and Curtiss and spent many years in Abbotsford, where Mr. Olson served as village Marshal.  He also was section foreman for the Ashland and Spencer railroad for seven years.


The Olson family moved to Neillsville in 1914, living four years on South Hewett Street and since1918 in their present home on Court Street.  Mr. Olson served for many years as custodian of the courthouse and several terms as undersheriff or deputy sheriff of Clark County.


Mr. and Mrs. Olson have eight surviving children, Francis died in infancy and Robert when 25 years of age.  The living children are: Mrs. Ellen Johnson of Wausau, Mrs. David (Barbara) Daniel of Cambria, Mrs. Ewald (Sarah) Schwarze of Greenwood, Gilbert of Rice Lake, Mrs. Albert (Fern) Holt and Kenneth of Neillsville, Mrs. Lowell (Mildred) Dorn of Abbotsford, and Oluf, Jr. of Wisconsin Rapids.


Mr. Olson is 90 and Mrs. Olson is 85.


The old street light on the corner by the Abbotsford house was typical of the nineteenth century.  The light came from a kerosene lamp.  It was the evening duty of the town marshal to make the rounds, fill the lamps, trim the wicks and touch a match. This particular lamp and many others like it were lighted evening after evening by Oluf Olson, who was for years marshal at Abbotsford.  Oluf was later deputy sheriff of Clark County then janitor at the courthouse in Neillsville and also a court bailiff.



A petition calling for the purchase of the Hewettville School property from the Neillsville district will be voted on by electors of the Town of Hewett at the polls April 4th.


The ballot will call for raising $900 for the purchase of the school property and for transferring the place of holding the town meetings, according to Arno Durst, town chairman.                           


A three-game series of 2,616 was bowled in the state high school bowling tournament by a Neillsville High School team Sunday at the Silver Dome Lanes, Inc. 


The scores will be mailed in and compared with entries from other schools throughout the state.


The local team put together lines of 787, 906 and 923. 


Members are Peter Manz, Richard Temte, Terry Labor, John Walk and Tom Armitage.


Immanuel Evangelical United Brethren Church, Chili, will observe Palm Sunday with reception of members.  Five adults will be received into membership, in addition to the following member of the pastor’s class in catechism: Victor Gray, Laverne Meissner, Darryl Booth, Marilyn and Michael Lindow and Bonnie McCormick.


The last sign of Spring arrives:


You can put it in your diary; spring is here.


If you don’t believe the calendar, or the report of robins, or a hundred of other so-called “signs,” then this should convince even the skeptical:


The fire alarm number was called Monday.  A woman inquired: “We found about a dozen hornet nests.  Do you suppose the fire department would remove them for us?”                                           


Things just weren’t “going” for Claire Smale of Neillsville the other day.


Drawing a 10-ft. wide trailer into town, he scraped the side of the state traffic patrol car of Officer Paul M. Reindl of Withee, and;


It happened smack-daub in front of the county jail; and:


A Press photographer just happened along at the time and took a picture.


None of which Smale was happy about.


Both patrol car and trailer got out of it with just a little less paint.          


Penney’s Last Minute Easter Specials!


Easter Hats in New Styles, From $2.44 to $3.44


Re-priced for Easter; All Girls’ Coats, prices from $6 to $10


Save on Junior Boys’ New Blazer Sport Suits.  Get an all-wool coat in 3-button style in new spring patterns, and rayon and acetate blend flannel slacks you wash by hand, sizes from 3 to 8, $6.


Big Easter Show, at the Neillsville Theatre: Saturday, Sunday and Monday Matinees, 2 p.m. and Evening Showings at 7 and 9 p.m.


The happy, true and wonderfully uplifting story of the beautiful girl who left her convent to give her love to a man and her sons to the world: “The Trapp Family.”                                                


(Two weeks ago, “The Good Old Days” page included the story about Len H. Howard’s gold coin, which he had earned in pay while a young man.  A recent phone call revealed that the coin has remained in the Howard family, being passed down to the next generations through the years, which has been, as of now, 125 years. DZ)





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