Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 13, 2016, Page 13

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1901


Jas. Cannon has purchased one of the John Hein houses, which stood near the Grand Ave. bridge and has had it moved to a new lot near the North Side Schoolhouse.  It is being fitted up for a residence.


C. Esselman, of the Town of Loyal, was in our city Wednesday, taking his daughters Josie and Amelia home to spend the Fourth.                                                                                                        


Orlo Huckstead of Pleasant Ridge and George Brooks of Lynn were in town Tuesday laying in a stock of torpedoes and firecrackers for the Fourth.                                                                          


Monday morning A. M. Harriman discovered a swarm of bees on a fence post near his residence and with some assistance, succeeded in hiving them. Good Catch!                                                     


The Omaha work train is hauling dirt to fill in the railroad depot grounds.  About 100 carloads have been dumped to date.


W. C. Winters, division superintendent of this division of the Omaha Road, went over the rail-line Tuesday on a railroad bicycle, propelled by two small gasoline engines.                            


Chas. Baerwald, who played ball here last summer, was given a trial on the St. Paul League Club this spring but its managers seemed to think he was not quite up their requirements and he, along with two others, Cox and larson were turned adrift and joined the club at Litchfield, Minn., July 2.  Soon after, the St. Paul Club went to Litchfield to have a little fun with the Litchfield Club and got beautifully whitewashed.  Score: Litchfield 4, St. Paul 0.


Albert Garvin, of the Town of York, lost his barn by fire Monday, together with 18 tons of hay, a wagon and other farming implements.  He had recently completed raising the barn and had put a foundation under it, had it in first class shape.


Last Wednesday, lightning struck a hay shed of John Goetz, burning about ten tons of hay.


Many humane horse owners of Neillsville have equipped their teams with straw bonnets or hats with during the recent hot weather.  It is claimed to be very beneficial to animals exposed to the sun.  A wet sponge may be kept in the crown of the hat, which still further assists in modifying the effects of the heat.


During the thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon of last week, a barn on what was known as the Fricke farm on the Twenty-Six Road was struck by lightning and entirely consumed.                  


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Palms of Tioga made a visit to town Wednesday.  They are credited with making the largest delivery of white honey recorded for some time, 500 pounds.                                     


W. J. Marsh is reconstructing the house purchased from B. R. Klopf on Clay Street, putting in a fine basement, building new front and side porches and rear addition.  The inside is to be completely renovated, and when finished, it will make a pretty and comfortable home.                                                                      


A large amount of lath is being hauled to the city from the Pickering lath mills at Nevins.


C. S. Stockwell is resurveying the Town of Brighton, Marathon County.  He took with him a crew of assistants consisting of Oluf Olson, Bert Schultz, Arthur Lodgren, Harry Darling and his son Arthur Stockwell.  Fred Glass went along to do the cooking, Mr. Stockwell, having secured Harve Rickard’s bean kettle, to facilitate culinary matters.  They will live in tents during the campaign.                                                                                          


We have decided to close the Neillsville Mills indefinitely from and after August 30.  There is so much outside flour that is being shipped into the city by local dealers, that we feel compelled to take this step.  We cannot operate at a profit without the cooperation of home dealers.  Neillsville Cash Milling Co.                                


Work has begun on the North Side Schoolhouse.  Geo. W. Trogner has the contract.  All four rooms will be considerably enlarged.                                                                                                        


 In August 1885, the Neillsville School District expanded its facilities when a parcel of land was purchased on the city’s north side for $800.  The North Side School building was constructed on the property at a cost of $4,000.  The high school students were housed in the south side building, with the grade school students educated on the city’s north side.  The North Side School building was razed in 1967, after a new grade and high school facility was built on Neillsville’s south-east side.


Henry Counsell, who lives on Ridge Road, cut his second crop of clover this week, the end of July.  He cut the first crop the last week in June.                                                                              


Emil Dombrovi, who lives southwest of the city, had a shoulder dislocated last week by falling from a load of hay.  On the way to Neillsville to have the shoulder set, the horse ran away and he was left with more bruises.


July 1946


A sport shop will be opened, on or about July 20, in the building on West Sixth Street being vacated by M. J. Hopkins.  Millard Cole will operate the shop.  Mr. Hopkins is transferring his business location to the corner of Seventh and West Streets, into the building, which he bought about a year ago.                           


Neillsville’s “Vets” are scheduled for a play-off with Greenwood July 4th afternoon on the fairground diamond.  The team has tagged it “Bremer Day.”  As such, proceeds will be used to help defray the expenses of Bud Bremer, team member who was injured by a pitched ball at Withee May 26.                                                        


A committee has been appointed to organize a chamber of commerce for Neillsville. The committee consists of James A. Musil, Hans Brandt, Henry Thomsen, Otto Lewerenz and Milo Mabie.  These were named by Mayor Anderson at a public meeting, held Thursday evening of last week at the armory.                                  


The Charles Hubings have sold their farm in the Town of Grant, section 21, to Max Zink of Cudahy.  Mr. Zink plans to take possession about August 1st.  Mr. Hubing has farmed this particular farm for the past 30 years.


George Schecklman is the new manager of the York Cheese Factory.  Mr. and Mrs. Herb Uttech, who owned the factory for several years, plan to move soon.                                                     


July 4th of 1946 has special significance to the William Zank family, the occasion being a family reunion, held at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Zank in the Town of Pine Valley.  It was the first time all members of the family had been together since 1940.


Each of their children was present, namely: Grace, Mrs. Francis Suckow, Edward, Walter, Albert, Robert, Louis, Frank, Charles, Harold and Leona.  Four sons: Walter, Robert, Frank and Charles, served in the armed forces, three of them having served overseas, with all of them returning safely and having received their honorable discharge.  There were 34 persons present, 31 being members of the immediate family.  There are 12 grandchildren.


Mr. and Mrs. Zank were married 45 years ago in April.                     


Judge and Mrs. Emery W. Crosby are reported to have sold their home on South Oak Street to Dr. Kenneth Manz, who will become associated in medical practice in Neillsville August 1 with Dr. M. V. Overman.  It is understood that Judge and Mrs. Crosby will make their home in a house they own located on South Hewett Street, presently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Struble.                                                                            


Lt Kenneth Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson, Sr., of Neillsville, helped to tighten the noose around the neck of the infamous Japanese General Yamashita, erstwhile “Tiger of Malaya.”


Lt. Olson, recently returned from the Philippines, was an investigator for the War Crimes commission on the Philippine Islands.  As such he gathered evidence, which helped to send, in addition to Yamashita, a lieutenant general and two colonels to the gallows, and put a Japanese major behind prison bars for life.


One count in the long list of crimes against humanity on which Yamashita was convicted and hung was one of an afternoon of horror in which approximately 650 residents of San Pablo, Luzon, were brutally murdered.  This was the first case upon which Lt. Olson worked.  It also was the worst.


He got evidence from 15 Chinese and Filipinos who had been “executed” during the afternoon of bloodshed but who survived multiple wounds to pin the horrible crime on the Japanese.


It happened on a day in April 1944, when the Japanese instructed all men of San Pablo between the ages of 15 and 50 years to gather at noon.  For some reason or other, Lt. Olson said, nearly 5,000 men came; and they listened while the Japanese officers complimented them for their cooperation with the conquerors.


The Chinese and Filipinos from among their audience, saying that they wanted to carry out some “special work” which had to be done.  The remainder of the crowd was excused.  The Chinese and Filipinos were put to work digging trenches.  These trenches became their grave, as well as many others who were executed.


“Several survived,” Lt. Olson continued; “but one wonders how they lived, lying there in the pit and bleeding from their wounds until nightfall, when they could sneak away.”


Lt Olson has resumed the title of “Mister” again after three and one-half years of army service, both as enlisted man and as officer.  Ten months of that time was spent in the Philippines.  He received his discharge early last week at Fort Sheridan, and came to the home of his parents in Neillsville.  He expected to remain here for few days then go to Crandon with his wife, the former Agnes Hed, one time Neillsville and Loyal High School teacher.


Before entering the service, Mr. Olson was employed as a case worker in the Clark County welfare department; but he has not decided what he will do in the future. 


“I’d like to settle down in Neillsville,” he said, “if I find the right job here.”


(As years go by, we tend to forget the horrors of war and what many of our military men witnessed during their time of service to our country.  The above article is one of those reminders.


Several who read this article, will remember Ken and Augie Olson, along with their family who lived here for many years after Ken’s military service and return home. DZ)                                          


Given good weather, a crowd of baseball fans is expected to gather at the fairground Sunday afternoon to watch Neillsville and Loyal teams in the crucial Cloverbelt League test of the season’s schedule.  The Loyal Blackhawks, leading the eastern division of the league, will be accompanied by a large contingent of rooters, according to advices from the city.


They hope to see their team put the finishing touches on what they expect will be the divisional title, and land them in the east-west playoffs.


Neillsville, in second place by virtue of an 11 to 3 victory Sunday over Withee, has handed Loyal its only defeat in league competition this season.  That was a din-dong 4 to 0 victory.


By winning Sunday the local “Vets:” can draw even up with Loyal in the loss column; but Loyal, having played one more game than the vets, will retain a normal lead in the league standings.


The Vets will face Wally Hribar, 20-year-old Loyal mound ace, who hurled a no-hit, no-run game against Stetsonville last Sunday.  A southpaw, Hribar collected 14 strikeouts and issued one walk while hurling his classic.  Up to the present time, Hribar has worked 77 innings, allowed 52 hits and 22 walks, and has compiled a record of 100 strikeouts.


Manager Gene Christie of the Vets is planning to start Frankie Zank, local mounds-man, in the Sunday classic.  Frankie hand-cuffed the Blackhawk sluggers in their previous meeting, and Manager Christie figures that Zank has their number. Bob Teeples, the Vets’ number one mounds-man will be on tap in the event Zank gets into trouble.


(Before the availability of television to watch professional baseball games, local city baseball teams brought a lot of sports excitement to their communities, with many fans who watched and cheered on their friends that made up the playing roster. DZ)                                                                                                              


Notice – The North Willard and North Mound School buildings and land will be sold on open bids Saturday, July 27, 1946.


The North Willard property will be sold at 2 o’clock p.m., after which a journey will be made to the North Mound School site and a sale held on this property.


The School Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.


Terms of Sale – Cash, S. J. Plautz, Dist. Clerk, Willard Wis.            


Zimmerman Bros. – Men’s Clothing, Work Clothes, & Shoes. 

Khaki Work pants $2.98; O. D. Coverall, By-Swing Back for Comfort, $3.75;

Boy’s Tee-Shirts, Whites, Tan & Fancy Stripes, sizes 2 to 16, 65 cents to $1.10. 

Men’s Trucker Caps, Tan Herringbone Twill $1.15;

Men’s and Boy Harvest Straw Hats 50 to 75 cents.                                       



Inwood Ballroom

Skipper Berg and “The Viking Accordion Band”

Famous Scandinavian New and Old Time Band

Thursday, July 25th

“Dale Simons & His Blue Denim Boys”

Thursday, August 1st




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