Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 4, 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

May 1881


A few of the boys came in from the log drive the first of the week to celebrate, and they did it.


Jas. Gates has materially added to the appearance of his homestead by bringing the sidewalk to the same level with the lot.                                                                                                                          


Work on the spire of the Presbyterian Church was commenced last Monday and is progressing finely.  It rises forty feet above the belfry and ninety-six feet above the ground.


The bell for the Presbyterian Church was received last week.                      


That portion of our citizens, or a portion of that portion at least, who are lazy enough to go fishing can now be seen starting out occasionally with full-fledged fishing tackles on their backs.


A meeting of the citizens of Neillsville will be held at Fireman’s Hall tomorrow evening May 7, 1881, for the purpose of considering the proposition to extend the Black River railroad into the village limits.


On Wednesday, Dr. Templeton went to Heathville and removed a sliver from the left forearm of Chas. Osgood, measuring nearly five and three-fourths inches in length, which he had carried for twelve weeks.  The sliver was of hardwood, and nearly three cornered in shape, measuring about three-quarters of an inch between angles.  The injury was caused by an edging being thrown from a circular saw while he was working in the mill at Heathville, at the time stated above.


(Heathville was located on the corner of Heathville Road and Catlin Ave, ½ mile north of County Road H. DZ)


A. S. Eaton, Robert Schofield and W. J. Armstrong were appointed as a committee to superintend the building of the new schoolhouse at Greenwood at the special school meeting held last week, and $3,750 were place at their disposal to be used for that purpose.                                                                                          


Wagonloads of fish have been caught below the Dells flood-dam during the past ten days, and still more are being taken.


August Schoengarth is building a residence south of Lowes.  Two other houses will soon be built in that locality.


Work has commenced on the Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church in the Town of Grant.  The citizens of that town have taken hold of the matter in earnest, and its early completion is assured.        


Fall Creek flour can be bought at James Hewett’s store.                         


Henry Brown has a residence well under way, just south of the residence of Tom Lowe.  Jesse Lowe will soon build in that neighborhood.


(The Lowe houses were built within the 200 block of Grand Avenue, west side of the street. DZ)


James Hewett has extended the row of shade trees from his residence to town and in a few years, unless property owners on other streets show more general enterprise in that direction, Third Street will be the finest street in town.  Mr. Hewett now owns the tract of land lying between his residence and town, which we understand he will make a part of the village plat, and which will make some of the finest lots for residences to be found in this place.


(At that time, Third Street was also known as Humbird Road but was later renamed Fifth Street.  Hewett’s farmstead was located on what is now the property and site of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with his farmland reaching westward, bordering Black River. DZ)                                                                               


Mr. Hewett has been compelled to box the trees he had planted on the north side of Third Street this spring, to keep them from being destroyed by horses running in the streets.  Next to nuisance created by turning unoccupied horses into the streets, is that of having a lot of unruly cows breaking down fences and destroying vegetables, shrubbery, flowers, etc.  The shotgun policy was adopted by one of our citizens last week, in a case of this kind, and though it is not our intention to advocate that course, as a last resort it proved effectual.                               


English, German and Scandinavian job printing is done at the Republican and Press Steam Printing House.


Road warrants and other town blanks for sale also.                                                                             


Mr. J. F. Kirkland, formerly of this place, has been appointed to a permanent position in the treasury department at Washington.  Mr. Kirkland is deserving of a good position, and his many friends at this place will be pleased to learn that he has received one.                                                                                            


Gustave Buruch, of Neillsville, Wisconsin, will pay the highest cash price for wool.


Myer’s Brothers now own a bicycle and several of the boys have had a great time in breaking it in, during the past week.  It is getting so some of them can hold the bicycle down for a few feet, but to most of them it is still an unmanageable affair.


May 1941


A half-century of service to residents in and about Neillsville will be observed by the Congregational Church here in a banquet Friday evening, and special services Sunday morning and evening.


While the anniversary date was January 24, the observance was delayed until May in favor of better weather, and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the acceptance of the church into the fellowship of Congregational Churches of La Crosse district.


All former members and friends have been invited to attend the anniversary Sunday school homecoming, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the church.  The homecoming message will be given by Dr. Charles Wicks, with the Rev. Longenecker giving the prayer and benediction.  The program also will include selections by the junior choir and special music. 


A feature of the Golden anniversary service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday will be the singing of “Reverence” by Dr. Sarah Rosekrans, words of the song were written by Rev. Longenecker.                                         


A new flagpole has been erected on the property of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.  This station, presenting the appearance of a colonial house, is now assuming its permanent appearance.


(That building is located at 212 E. Fifth Street, southwest corner of State and Fifth streets, now occupied by Schuster & Campman Abstract - Title Co.  Originally, the building was built to appear as a home to camouflage the location of the Telephone & Telegraph Company’s Headquarters, during wartime; After World War II, the telephone company moved their operations to another location. DZ)                                                   


A frost boil on the concrete of Highway 29, just east of the Owen city limits, last week proved the undoing of two motorists.  Ed Beck of Owen lost control of his car when it struck the bump.  The car stopped in the ditch, slightly damaged; but Mr. Beck escaped uninjured, according to the Owen Enterprise.  But a short time later Clarence Ready, Thorp cheesemaker, hit the same bump with his car and went into the same ditch.  This time the car was badly damaged and Mr. Ready and his companion, M. Schultz, also of Thorp, suffered head injuries and bruises.  E. R. Haire, county traffic officer, investigated.                                                                     


Loyal School musicians won 10 first rating in the music festival held in Greenwood last week.  Listed by Editor Cowles in the Loyal Tribune, they were:


Vocal solo, Patricia Haas and Mary Jane Theisen; piano, Priscilla Haas and Beverly Boe; vocal trio, Janet Sterr, Mary Jane Theisen and Francis Langholz; flute, Mary Jane Theisen; French horn, Mary Ann Esselman; alto horn, Dorothy Kauffman; clarinet duet, Beverly Boe and Betty Theisen.                     


Farm help always wanted in Wisconsin this time of year, is in unusually great demand this spring according to Mark Muth, state administrator of WPA.  Reports received in the employment divisions of the state WPA office indicate that in some areas farm help is actually scarce.


“Demand for farm hands is even heavier this year than for many years past,” Muth explained, “Due to the fact that Uncle Sam’s call for men is effecting the rural, as well as the urban, areas of the state.  Wisconsin farmers are giving their quota of young men to the service and these hands must be replaced by others.


“In the light of the situation, I feel it my duty as state WPA administrator to call the attention of men now on WPA, as well as those men awaiting assignment to the program, to federal regulations governing WPA employees in relation to private employment opportunities.  WPA employees are obliged to accept bona fide offers of private or public employment under certain conditions prescribed by the act of congress.


(WPA, a federal program, gave employment to many idle workers during the 1930s, Depression Era.  Other than workers for the many public projects, farmers and business owners were able to obtain help.  My dad was a crop farmer, so after the corn had been harvested in 1935, he worked on a WPA project.  He, along with his team of horses and wagon, hauled gravel.  He manually shoveled gravel on and off the wagon, scattering it onto a township road.  He received $10 a month pay, the men without team and wagon, got $5 per month.  That $10 a month was a great help in providing for our family’s needs. DZ)                                                                                                                 


Looking into the future, the city of Neillsville this week established a nursery in Schuster Park which, it is hoped, will provide trees, which will replace the older ones there as they die out.


Under the direction of Emil Matson, street commissioner, the nursery was started Saturday in a plot 40 by 100 feet, north of the band pavilion.  About 400 red oak seedlings were transplanted into the nursery beds.  And elms, soft maple and seedlings of other types will be planted there, Mr. Mattson said.


Last week, nine small black walnut trees from the property of J. F. Schuster, chairman of the park board, were planted in the park.


(Nearly 40 years ago, two city employees drove by with some small trees loaded on a flatbed truck, stopping to ask if we would like a couple of trees planted on the boulevard along our lot; and we were glad to accept that offer.  The shade from those trees is much enjoyed each summer. DZ)                                                    


War in Europe and an increasing wave of patriotic sentiment in the United States are credited with bringing about the largest number of applications for citizenship in Clark County in recent years.


From 65 to 75 applications for final papers are expected to be heard here June 17, according to the estimate of Ben Frantz, clerk of circuit court, who handles citizenship matters in the county.  This would be an increase from 25 to 30 percent over the previous high for recent years, 53 applications in 1938.  It would represent an increase of from 100 to 200 percent over the average of the last 10 years.


(My father-in-law, Thomas Nowak, was one of the applicants in 1941.  I have his original naturalization certificate dated and signed on June 16, 1941. Dmk)                                                                                   


Marriage Licenses:


Otto Hasz, 23, Lynn and Arlene Lindow, 21, Fremont,


Herbert Schoenherr, 29, Levis and Eleanor Genteman, 18, Levis,


Edward Schindler, 26, Worden and Katherine Reinhart, 22, Green Grove,


Frank Volovsek, Jr., 25, Hendren and Mary Volarich, 26, Hendren                                                                                                             


Boston Fried Chicken, Saturday Night at Mint Tavern, Granton, Wis. Carl Storm, Proprietor


A & P Meat Concession, E. B. Hart, Proprietor


Hormel Wieners, lb. 22’; Bacon Squares, lb. 15’; Minced Ham lb. 22’; Home Rendered lard lb. 12’.


Beans, Beans! Earn money at home this year by planting a small plot in Beans.  Planting starts on May 20th.  Get Your Contract and Seed at Archie Van Gorden’s, Agent for Marshfield Canning Company.


Fire early Wednesday morning damaged the Richard Giese cheese factory in the southern part of the Town of Loyal.  Living quarters, on the second floor of the building were damaged considerably; but the making room escaped with little damage.  Milk of patrons was taken to other factories and plants; but Mr. Giese expected to have the factory in operation with little delay.                                                                                                  


The Norwegian Lutheran Church building, located opposite the North Side School, has been sold to Anton Hubing.  It will be wrecked and the material will be used for the construction of a residence upon the same site.


This building, constructed in 1892, has been little used for the past nine years.  It has been that long since regular services were discontinued; since then the building has been occasionally rented for special services, but such use has been infrequent.


The Norwegian Church has continued its legal entity.  It consists now of Ole Lowe, John Gullickson, Mrs. Inga Paulsrud, Mrs. Christ Moen and Ole Botnen.  The consent of these persons was necessary for the sale.  The consideration was $400.  The proceeds will be held intact for a time and will ultimately pass into the hands of the individuals in interest who were instrumental in the construction.


The transfer to Mr. Hubing consists of the building and land.  The auditorium is empty, the altar and seats having been sold some time ago.



The Norwegian Lutheran Church, constructed in 1892, was located on the 309 West 12th Street lot, at the intersection of Prospect Street.  In 1932, 40 years later, after the membership had dwindled to numbers unable to support a minister, the building was gradually stripped of its contents.  The structure was taken down in early 1941, to make way for building a house on that lot.





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