Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 27, 2016 Page 11

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Clark County News

July 1936


As a large part of what is known as “Site Two” of the Resettlement project in Central Wisconsin, lies in Clark County and about 200 men from this county are now employed either in Clark or Jackson County, and a review of what has already been done in the entire area may be of much interest.


A summary of these activities is contained in an interview being given to the press by Silas Knudson project manager, with headquarters at Black River Falls.


Restoration of a vast 160,000- acre sub-marginal land region in Juneau, Clark, Wood, Monroe and Jackson countries; once a lumberman’s paradise, but in recent years after the area had been denuded of its profitable timber resources, honeycombed with drainage ditches, to Nature’s original intention, a conservation wild life area is rapidly progressing under the supervision of the Resettlement administration, a federal government agency.


Under the direct supervision of a project manager the various divisions for the different phases of work such as forestry, engineering fish and game, land acquisition and resettlement.


In probably another three or four years, if present outlined programs for development are carried on with adequate funds supplied under congressional direction through various federal relief and sub-marginal land purchasing agencies, Wisconsin may be able to boast of one of the most varied game, bird, fur-bearing animal and timber producing areas in the nation.


Attempted agricultural pursuits, and it might be said that in some instances they were profitable to those farmers fortunate enough to settle on the more fertile soil.


The settlers attempted to farm and were conquered by the undefeatable forces of nature.  The areas drained by the network of ditches reverted to shrubs, grasses and other wild growth, and the prosperous appearance of the buildings erected by most of the settlers became dilapidated through want of repair.


The government’s program tends toward a balance of general conservation work.  Eventually, probably within a few years, the administrative phase will be supported entirely from the resources developed in the area.


In a desperate race with the drought and scorching temperatures, the two pea canneries of Neillsville are running night and day, in an attempt to get the early pack away before it is ruined by weather conditions.  The situation is aggravated by shortage of male labor and employees are working long hours.


At the Inderrieden company it was reported by Clarence Peacock, manager, that he can use 20 more men immediately.  They are operating 24 hours a day.


The Rowlands company is operating 18 hours a day, employing 60 hands.  They report the crop of fair quality, canning 50,000 cans of peas a day for the past two days.


Beginning at the end of the week, the company will start packing blueberries.



The Neillsville Canning factories were busy businesses during summers of the 1930s.  The Rowland and Inderrieden canning factories canned peas, green beans, sweet corn and some berries.  The above photo was taken of the Neillsville Canning Factory building, or the J. B. Inderrieden Factory, in 1934, located along West Eighth Street.


(Not originally included with this article)

Peter-Pan Sugar Peas bore the label above and were produced the *J. B. Inderrieden Factories *J. B. Inderrieden was a Chicago-based wholesale grocer.



Oluf Olson informed the city council Tuesday night that he was informed the city could obtain federal money to help build a new city hall and fire hall.  Mayor Fred Stelloh said he would consider the matter at once and if possible take advantage of such aid.


Rapid progress is being made in the building of the new city hall, the front wall being nearly completed. Art Carl, foreman, states he expects the building to be finished in a month.                         


Several farm horses throughout the county have succumbed to the heat the past few days.


Some farmers are working early in the morning and late in the evening, avoiding working their teams and themselves in the middle of the day.                                                                            


Mrs. Ida Wasserberger and Math Marx appeared before the council Tuesday night to protest the building of curb and gutter along their property.  Mrs. Wasserberger stated that she would have to pay for 411 feet, and added that “I have lived here 44 years and got along nicely, and now that hard times are here you are forcing us to build this curb and gutter.”  The matter was held over for further consideration.  Mr. Marx presented a petition signed by property owners opposed to curb and gutter.  The matter was held over for further consideration.               


The Morris Martin Company next week will start paving the remainder of Highway 98 between Spencer and Loyal, a stretch of about six miles.  It is expected that employment will be given to 150 men.


Neillsville’s Hawthorne Hills Golf Club team beat the Black River Falls Golf team, the score being 19 to 11.  Twenty golfers came from Black River Falls and everyone seemed to have a fun time.  Comments were numerous about the wonderful golf course that Neillsville has, both as to layout and condition.  The greens were as perfect as they can be, and the weather was ideal.


Carl Juvrud again carried off low honors with a 79, but Fred Balch has the smile that won’t come off.  He shot an 86.


Neillsville’s new baseball team, under the management of Stubby Gehrhardt, makes its first bid for public favor at the fairgrounds Sunday afternoon by taking on John Lahman’s Marshfield Independents.


The new club has been hard at work for the past week, and as some of the members have been playing regular with some other teams this summer, they are in good condition.                        


A Pomeranian dog, belonging to Mr. and Mrs. William Essex of Loyal, “joined” the Atterbury circus when it showed in Loyal June 22, and was recovered the next day in Neillsville when Fred Rossman, chief of police, went to the circus grounds and found the animal.  Mr. Essex surmised the dog was with the circus and visited the office of John M. Peterson, district attorney, where he swore out a complaint and then to A. E. Dudley, police justice, where he obtained a search warrant.  When Mr. Rossman arrived at the circus grounds, the manager said he believed such a dog was with the show but denied any of his troupe had stolen it.  He said the animal followed the circus out of Loyal.  Mr. and Mrs. Essex were satisfied to get the dog back and dropped the case.                                               


Is there any of the Press readers who remember Anna Moran?


She is the daughter of the late Martin Moran, who in very early times kept a small store where Skroch’s tavern now stands, next door to the Press office.  He carried mail on foot to and from Stevens Point.


The daughter, Anna writes that she was born here September 13, 1863 and wishes to get proof of her age.  At that time, no complete records of births were kept at the courthouse.  She is an applicant for old age assistance and needs some evidence that she is past 65.  Her home is at Mansfield, Washington.  Anyone remembering her as a little girl, please write the Press office or inform Dr. Leon Morse, District Health Officer at Neillsville.



July 1956


William Jacques of Prescott was in Neillsville early last week to visit his aunt, Mrs. Anna Balch, at the convalescent home.  Mr. Jacques is a former Neillsville resident and began the development of his hybrid seed corn here.


Members of the board of the Town of Loyal, their wives and others were entertained Wednesday evening at the Andrew Lindner home with a pork sausage supper.  The pork sausage was mde by John Elsinger, Sr.  The meal was made complete with dishes made by the ladies’ present.  Mrs. Lindner and her daugher, Carmin, served as hostesses.


Present were Mr. and Mrs. George Zuehlke, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weyer, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Esselman, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Loos, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wolter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hales, Mr. and Mrs. John Elsinger, Sr., and Kenneth Weyhmiller.                                                                                                   


The children’s summer recreation program schedule has been announced by Joan Gennrich and Rollie Larson, who are in charge.  Dances will be held Friday nights in the high school gymnasium.  These dances may be attended by those who are 12 to 16 years of age and who have previously registered with either Miss Gennrich or Mr. Larson.


Schedules will be available for playground activities to be held in Southside Park and the Northside Playground, Monday through Friday each week during summer vacation.                             


Final arrangements were being completed this week for the purchase of L. J. Chevrolet Company, Neillsville automotive dealership by Dwayne Felser and Clifford Gross.


Mr. Felser is a native of the city and has been the parts manager of a local automotive business for the last 12 years.  Mr. Gross was connected with a feeder pig and feed business her until a few months ago.


Inventory of stock and equipment is being completed and the expectation was that the transfer would be completed by the end of this week.


Robert Bethke, who has managed the automotive business for several years, plans to return to Wisconsin Rapids with his family.                                                                                                        


Cloverbelt league All-Stars will clash in their annual game at Loyal next Wednesday night, July 18, with game time at 8:15 p.m.


The rosters: W. Hribar, J. Turnquist, Roehl, R. Vesel, and J. Lindner, all of Greenwood; L. Zimmerman, D. Bugar, P. Steines and G. Pipkorn all of Loyal; Arnold Buchholz, Dick Buchholz and Gutenberger, all of Christie; Royus, Reineke and Klapatauskas, all of Willard.


Albrecht, Sternitzky, Lindow and Rollins, all of Lynn; Wild, Buss, Knoll and Bruscuitz, all of Abbotsford; Grap, Urban, Steinke, Tibbett and Bartsch, all of Neillsville.


Managers will be George Scherer and B. W. Schwartz.                            


Hailstones as big as eggs, left shambles of oats and cornfields over a mile-wide stretch of Zieglerville-Globe area late last week Wednesday.


Crop damage will run into several thousands of dollars, building nudging the total damage figure considerably higher.


Dr. E. H. Brekke, whose home is in Stevens Point, has opened a veterinary practice in Neillsville, and has purchased the Max Statz house on Bruley Street.


Dr. Brekke is a graduate of Michigan State College at East Lansing, Mich., and has just completed two years’ service in the Army’s veterinary corps.


The veterinarian is married and the father of a 15-months old daughter, Bonnie Ann.  He expects to move his family to Neillsville as soon as the home they have purchased is available for occupancy.


His office is below the Neillsville bank in quarters formerly occupied by Otto A. Zaeske.


Six Webelos spent last Friday night and Satruday at Camp Higichari under the supervision of Judge and Mrs. Lowell D. Schoengarth.  They included Wayne Wall, Ronald Gartner, Roger Mallory, Kenneth Chase, John Franke and Duane Hendrickson.  Children of the Schoengarth family also accompanied the group.  The Webelos are Boy Scouts of intermediate age.                                                                                               


Highest Prices will be paid for Live Frogs.  Club 10, Hwy 10 East of Neillsville.


Forty-eight people of Greenwood, the Boy Scouts, their parents and others, went to Milwaukee Sunday via bus to attend the Braves ballgame.                                                                           


The Granton Homemakers and their families will hold their annual picnic at the park in Marshfield Sunday, July 22.  The dinner will be at noon.  The Clark Grange also will hold its annual picnic the same day in the same park; but will have lunch at 4 p.m. to enable all members to attend.                                              


Augusta celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend.


Buckskins, beards, and beauties in bonnets milled along the main street as thousands jammed the wide walks to watch a parade denoting a century of progress Saturday afternoon.


It was in 1856, the year that Eau Claire County was organized, that Charles Buckman and his wife journeyed from Black River Falls and pitched their tent at the site where the Park Hotel now stands in Augusta.  They soon built a log house and were joined by other settlers interested in logging.


In 1857 the village was platted and a post office and school started.  Buckman renamed the village Augusta after the capital of his home state of Maine.


A colorful pageant, put on by the city’s churches at Memorial Field Friday night, was repeated Saturday night, featuring scenes of covered wagons, the log cabin, woodsmen, a sawmill, the farmer, the country store, fire ruins, a city council meeting and the square dance.                                                                  


Prices Slashed! New General Electric Refrigerator, 10 cu. Ft. Now on Sale at Terrifically Reduced Price.  Only $199.95 with trade.


Clark Electric Cooperative at Greenwood, Wis.




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