Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 20, 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

April 1901


Chili News:

William Stewart had taken the job of moving the old Woodman hall from its present location to the lot north of the blacksmith shop where it will be used as the creamery.


John Walk went to Neillsville Satruday night to see his mamma.


John Austin of Cedarhurst visited in Neillsville Satruday. 


William Short moved his family into Mr. Schmidt’s house Monday.  His brother Ed accompanied them here.


A sample of a rural route mailbox is on exhibition at the post office.  It is a simple contrivance without lock or key and has a little red signal board that can be raised to warn the mail carrier that there are letters within for him to put into the mail.  The box is made by a Ripon concern.                                      


Wanted - a strong boy of fifteen or sixteen for work on small farm during summer; Position permanent if satisfactory.  Apply at his office.                                                                                   


All wishing bottled beer for family use, call on Farning & Boullion or ring up No. 1105 for following brands: Pabst, Gettelman, Budweiser and Gund Peerless.                                              


Company A and the Blue Rock Gun Club has preparations made for a ferry to go across the river to the rifle range.


There will be an auction held at Marsh’s Feed Store, 7th Street, Neillsville, on Saturday, April 20, commencing at 10 o’clock.


The following will be sold: 1 refrigerator, 1 walnut extension table, 1 cook stove, 3 rocking chairs, 1 upholstered easy rocker, 2 beds, 1 Planet Jr. cultivator, hammers, saws, hatchets, wrenches, 2 bug sprayers, work bench with vice, and many more articles.  All of the above list will go dirt cheap.  Dwight Roberts, Prop, Ira McIntyre, Auctioneer


Henry Schroeder has severed his connection with the Warehouse Co., and together with Frank Marth, who recently sold his farm in Pine Valley, will put in a new hardware store in the Ring & Youman’s building next to the Express Office.


The Anthony Gress residence across Black River on North Grand Avenue was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.  Engineer Cannon turned in an alarm from the pumping station but the fire department was useless as the building was about 4,000 feet from the nearest hydrant and there was not enough hose to reach it.  A number of citizens formed a bucket brigade and did effective work, but the flames were beyond control, and all that could be done was to save the out buildings.


All the contents were removed from the house except from the upper story where the fire originated.  Mrs. Gress was home alone at the time of the fire.  It is thought that the fire originated from the chimney and had been burning some time before it was discovered.                                                                                        


H. J. Brooks has purchased the residence of F. E. Darling opposite the Merchants Hotel.  It is one of the prettiest places in the city.  The purchase includes the site of Stowell restaurant and F. E. Darling’s office.


The body of an unknown woodsman was found last week in the East Fork of the Eau Claire River.  An inquest was held and he was buried at Greenwood, but no trace as to his name has been learned.


Paul Walk “flew off his perch” last Friday.  He was up on a new untried step-ladder arranging some drapery, when the ladder broke precipitation Paul into a show case about ten feet below.  The showcase and stepladder are in ruins and Paul has a scratched face and sprained hand.  Damages to date $6.50          


Geo W. Trogner has the contract for building Gus Hosely’s new residence.  It will be one of the finest homes in Neillsville.


Drs. T. F. Conroy, John M. Conroy and Viola French performed a difficult surgical operation upon George Jones, a young man living a few miles north of the city, son of Henry Jones.  The patient is being cared for by L. Ayers and he is doing very well.


In the early 1900s, hospital services in the Neillsville area were provided at the home of Louis Ayers, where Mary Ayers served as a nurse.  An examining/operating room was on the first floor, with patient rooms on the second floor.  Patients were carried up the stairs on a gurney.  The former Ayers house remains on the southeast corner of the Ayers and Fifth Street intersection.


Children and others wishing to pick flowers in my farm pasture will please come down the road to the house and go back through the lane.  Don’t crawl through the wire fence.  Geo E. Crothers


About 25 head of draft horses were driven through here on Monday enroute to La Crosse from the Colman farm in Green Grove where they were wintered.  The animals were a fine looking lot, weighting in the neighborhood of 1,800 lbs. each.


Mary Sweeney, known throughout the state as the window-smasher was in Merrillan Saturday evening.  She was in Marshfield the other day, and was passed along by the officials to Neillsville, thence here, and from here the marshal paid her car fare to Black River Falls on one of the night trains.


April 1956


The adventure of a little Holstein calf, who wandered into town to see the sights Tuesday night, came to an abrupt end in the yawning hole which was the basement of Neillsville’s old hotel, across from the city hall.  The adventuresome calf was drinking in the strange sights of a civilization so different from the placid barn scenes he had watched all his short life from a pen.  He wandered serenely along West Sixth Street, heading for the heart of the city.


But, disaster befell him as he reached the corner of West Street, with only a block remaining between him and the wonderful sights of Main Street.  Three boys sighted him from two blocks away.


And the whoops and hollers of Richard Wallace, Theron Gergen and Bud Handke struck out in pursuit of the calf.  The calf made a valiant effort to elude his pursuers.  He headed southward on West Street, zigzagging from one side to the other, with the three boys breathing hard on his heels. Once, just before the calf made a couple of rounds of the Congregational Church building, Bud Handke grabbed him amid-rift.  But the calf wasn’t ready to give up.  Shaking off Bud’s grasp, he circled the church and struck out eastward on Highway 10, toward the city’s main corner.  He passed the dairy plant and the electric store.


Then he made his error.  Attempting to cross up the boys, he turned sharply at the corner of the electric shop, and went plunk into the old hotel basement.


There Theron Gergen fell upon him, and the adventuresome calf was “captured.”  The boys helped him out; borrowed a belt from Byril Galbreath, and started to lead the now-docile calf away.  They soon discarded the belt in favor of a length of rope offered by Patrolman Drescher, night policeman.


And the calf was retired to the Gergen barn, there to chew upon a cud and reflect on the wonders, and the terrors of city life.


And the boys; Well, if nobody claims the calf, they said, “we’re broke…..”


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ylvisaker have purchased the A. E. Dudley residence on East First Street.  Mrs. Kate Cook and Francis Dudley will go to Humbird about the first of June.  Mrs. Cook has a home there.


From 75 to 100 veterans of World War II are expected to take the obligation at a mass initiation and public installation of officers of the Wilson-Heinz post, V.F.W., in the Neillsville Armory Sunday afternoon.


Clark County will have a memorial Forest.  This was voted upon by the county board Tuesday, upon a favorable committee report. The forest will comprise all of Section 14 of North Foster, a piece of land upon which there is now a good stand of hardwood and pine.


While the area is dedicated as a Memorial Forest, it remains the property of the county and subject to county control.


A dedication ceremony within the forest is planned for the coming summer.


Mayor Victor J. Anderson is going out of the food business and into the real estate business.  He has sold his business realty and stock to Bernard Pietenpol, a brother-in-law, and will give possession on June 1st.


The Mayor has made a connection with an agency handling farm sales, and will devote his energies to the sale of that class of real estate.


In selling his business realty the Mayor also sold himself out of a home, but he has arranged to rent a new apartment, which is being finished off on the upper floor of the Unger building on South Hewett.


Mr. Pietenpol, who will take over the Anderson food business on Fifth Street, comes from Milwaukee, where he has been working for a diary concern.                                                                                      


Has the Barnyard been cleaned?


The time is approaching when spring work on the farm will require all of the farmer’s time and energy.  He will then have no time for cleaning up.


That is, therefore, the last opportunity to get the barnyard in shipshape for the open season.  A clean barnyard will help greatly in eliminating the problems of quality, which come with spring and summer.  It will greatly reduce the job of keeping flies and insects away from the barn, and will prevent undesirable odors, which might otherwise get into the milk and lower its quality.


Careful cleaning of the barnyard will also help keep the cows clean.


Good dairymen will have clean barnyards not later than May 1, with all the manure and litter removed.

American Dairy Stores, Co.                                                                                       


We should dislike thinking of what Neillsville would be without its high school band.  Certainly it would be a cheerless place on many occasions now provided with fine entertainment.  In this high school organization we have a community asset such as, in other days, had to be provided by volunteering adults and supported by the contributions of businessmen.


The high school band is the focus of many community affairs.  When we project a community enterprise, such as a convention, the band is the first thought, and the program is built around it.  Thus there is an important link between the school and the community, a link valuable to both.


The band has high value in educating our children.  In it they learn the value of cooperative effort and of discipline.  For the band we have the excellent direction of Walter Keohane, backed by D. E. Peters, the superintendent of schools.


The music of the band, always inspiring, lifts depression and worries.


Lots of building is right around the corner in Neillsville.


Building projects making important improvements in Neillsville were approved Tuesday evening by the city council.


The Bloomer Egg Company was granted a permit to construct a single story building on Seventh Street in the vacant area just west of its present location. The building will be 30x50 feet, with construction of cinder block; a fireproof building, without basement.  This building will house the Egg Co., when it loses its lease on the Hemp building to the east.


Paul Volkmann was granted a permit to develop his auto court just south of Division Street.  For that purpose he will move six cabins from the Zilk court on the north side of Division will place them on cement foundations and will alter a garage building into a bathroom and lavatory.  The location of the development is just south of the Hauge filling station at the south end of South Hewett Street.  Work on this project was under way Wednesday morning, with a crew of men preparing the site.


The sale and removal of the cottages from the Zilk site is in preparation for the further development of the Zilk Station.


Al Clumpner was given a permit to construct a residence on Hill Street.


Frank Viergutz was given a permit to move a building into the city, to place it on Emery Street and to make improvements.


Odin Wang was granted similar permission to move a building into the city, to locate it on a site on First Street, and to make improvements.


Lewis Shaw was given a permit to make an addition to his home at 237 West Seventh Street.


O. K. Riplinger was granted a permit to construct a new seven-room house on State Street.


Arthur Barton was granted a permit to improve a building, which he has moved to a site on North Hewett near the Barney Haas place.  The building, already on the site, was the old Christie garage, which was moved into the city without a permit.  In granting the building permit, the council gave instructions that the building should be set back a proper distance from the street line.                                                                                                


Scholze Garage & Implement Company Open at Granton, in the former Finnegan Garage; General Automotive Repairs and Implement Repairing.  Agents for J. I. Case Farm Machinery


(Associated with Gassen Auto Body Services, Neillsville)  Scholtz, Gassen & Scholtz, Proprietors


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greeler and family attended the Easter services at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal Sunday.  They also were dinner and supper guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reno Herdrich.  The occasion was the confirmation of their sons, Harold and Robert Herdrich.  It was also the Golden wedding of Mrs. Greeler’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Luchterhand.




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