Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 24, 2016 Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1911


A couple of gentlemen were here Saturday with a carload of cattle and milch cows, which they offered at public sale.  They were successful in disposing of 29 head at prices ranging from $25 to $35.  This stock is being picked up in South Dakota and shipped to this state and offered for sale.  The two gentlemen have buyers in South Dakota and received one or two carloads every week.  Pastures are burned to a crisp in South Dakota and farmers have been compelled to sell all their stock.
Sales of this stock were held at Chili, Granton, Marshfield, and this week at points along the Green Bay Railroad.


On Tuesday, Aug. 8, Judge Schoengarth united in marriage Louis Sternitzky and Miss Martha Burdick.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sternitzky and the bride a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Burdick, and both are prominent young people of the Town of Lynn, where they will take up their residence.


On Friday, Judge Schoengarth officiated at the wedding of Ray Campbell of the Town of York and Miss Ethel Lowery of Granton.  Both the bride and groom are popular young people among a large circle of acquaintances who wish them much happiness and prosperity.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Campbell and the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lowery.                                                                                          


Staying at The Cottages:

L.D. Ruddock and family with a cousin, Chas. Ruddock of Santa Ana, Calif., spent Sunday at the Sniteman cottage, “Villa Court.”  J. A. Phillips and family also spent Sunday at “Villa Court.”


Gene Crandall, wife and baby visited at the Leason cottage.


The roads down to the cottages have been hard on the automobiles.


Claude Sturdevant is spending several days at his cottage.


Marie Bruley returned home to attend the circus.


Several from here took in the circus held on Friday.


Will Campman and Herman North, are taking some early morning rides using the thundershowers as a pretext to get up at 4 in the morning to return to Neillsville.  Either they want to work up an appetite for breakfast or the cottage bill of fare is not varied enough for them.  Neither of the two is getting very thin, however.


(Reference to “The Cottages” had to have been those located around Lake Arbutus. DZ)


News from Town of York:


The baseball game between North York and County Farm Corners Sunday was well attended.  The score was 35 to 11 in favor of the County Farm Corners team.


Elva Catlin came down from Loyal Sunday.  She is going to work for G. L. Redmond in Neillsville.


Mrs. Pete Gaden will be keeping house for John Kelly.


There was quite a noise at the Cross home last Monday.  Mrs. Cross accidentally put a dynamite cartridge in the cook stove.  The lids were blown off and ashes scattered over the floor, but no damage was done.  It made a loud bang.


Mr. and Mrs. Archie Garvin, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson, Mr. Southwick, and son, Will, and Miss Eva Bolton went blackberrying west of the river Wednesday.


Rev. Pound sold his entire flock of thirty full-blood White Wyandotte chickens to Leon O’Brien.  It looks as if he is going into the chicken business.  Well, Leon, we wish you success.


John Dahl’s new barn, 36x90 was built complete by seven carpenters in ten days.  That’s the way to drive nails.


The Heintown boys who went to the Dakota harvest fields have all returned, as there were more men than work.


Sixty-five carloads of strawberries were shipped out of Sparta this year.  This amounts to over 37,000 cases of 16 quarts each.  Sturgeon Bay shipped 46 carloads of strawberries.                      


The farmers around Colombia are doing quite well with their pickles this year.  Ernest Schmidt reports that he delivered 1,600 pounds Tuesday and that all the farmers who are raising pickles are having a good season.


(The farmers were selling cucumbers, as the fresh-picked cucumbers, were then shipped by railroad to canning factories for the pickling process.  DZ)                                                                     


Monday night, a prowler entered the tent in which Grover Huntley and Walter Schultz were sleeping while at the Huntley home.  The boys were awakened but not in time to catch the would-be burglar.


The city council is considering the advisability of building a new concrete dam across O’Neill Creek to replace the old brush dam, which is in bad shape.  The dam is maintained to keep sufficient water in the creek so that a water main, which lies across the creek bottom, will not freeze.  A council committee went to Merrillan Monday to investigate the cost of such a dam.                                                                                                                  


Tuesday, A. H. DeLane sold his studio to O. G. Bannister of New Richmond, who is highly recommended as a most excellent artist.  Mr. and Mrs. DeLane and children will leave shortly for California where they may locate.


August 1961


Earl Pretsch, who purchased the old Shortville School last spring, removed the old belfry from the building this weekend.  This will be missed, by many of the older residents as one of the remaining landmarks of Shortville, having stood there since the school was built in 1901.


He had lived there with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pretsch, and a brother Jerry, and sister, Arlene for about three years, the family having rented it from Alvin Krause until he purchased it last spring.


They plowed up part of the old, schoolground, which hadn’t been plowed since it has been a playground, and there they have a nice garden, and a cucumber patch, where they are raising cucumbers for the pickle station at Neillsville.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gregorich, Jr., have purchased the Hugh Christie farm, south of Greenwood and took possession Aug.1.


Mr. and Mrs. Royce Larsen and family have arrived from Sheboygan and Mrs. Minnie Viergutz residence at 1208 Bruley Street.  Mr. Larsen is employed in the district soil conservation office.  Their three children will attend school this fall, Tana in the seventh grade, Rhonda in the third and Jay in second grade. 


Pat, Kathy, and Linda Denk of loyal, singing “Bye, Bye Blackbird,” walked off with first place and $100 cash in the Talent Show at the Clark County Fair Friday evening.  The event drew approximately 2,200 people.


Louise Rohland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Rohland of Withee, was awarded second place and $50 on her vocal solo, “Sailor.”


A $25 award for third to Jack Stucki, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stucki of Neillsville on his cornet solo, “Carnival of Venice.”


Fourth place went to George Ackerman of Fairchild, who sang “Morgan” in German.  He received $20.


Iris and Lila Bieneck of Neillsville received $18 for fifth place on a guitar and vocal number.  The Four Slones of Christie, Mary, Kathy, Danny, and Dicky, singing, “When the Saints Go Marching In” received $16 for sixth place.


“Circle Eight” of Longwood, a square dance quartet, placed seventh and received $14.  Pam and Connie Christensen of City Point received $12 on an instrumental and vocal number for eighth place.  The Doehr Sisters of Spencer singing, “O Baby Mine,” received $10 for ninth place.


Welmer Dahl, Kale Kvistad, Roger Peters and Jerold Everson of Blair sang “Wooden Heart” and “Run Sampson, Run,” and received $9 for 10th place.                                                                        


Bigger and better than ever!


Those words often have been smilingly used in describing the Clark County Fair; but this year they are being stated with real convection, because that’s what the record shows.


Attendance was the highest in the last three decades.  Pres. Arthur Wegner of the Town of Seif and with the Clark County Agricultural Society, which is responsible for operation of the fair, said that 10,221 people passed through the gates during the four-day event, which closed Sunday night.


In addition, 2,470 cars were parked.                                                           


Forty-seven candidates reported to Coach Al Helminski for Neillsville High School’s fall football practice this week.  Physicals and registration were held Monday, uniforms were handed out Tuesday and the first practice was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                                         


Pine View School, the new four-room grade school, which takes the place of Meadow View, Riverside and Dells Dam schools, will be ready to open along with other schools of the Neillsville School District. 


Members of the Levis-Dewhurst P.T.A. started the interior decorating August 21 and are donating their services in making the deadline


The construction was started early in May.  Only three classrooms will be used this year.  A fourth will provide for an overflow, if needed.


The new school building replaces three other schools.                         


The old First National Bank clock, a landmark in Neillsville’s downtown area for 52 years, was retired last Thursday afternoon.


If people have difficulty keeping appointments on time now, that will be the reason.  For the old clock, had been a competent advisor on time for lo, these many years.


The clock was put into storage.  It will not go back up, at least as a timepiece, according to the bank’s executive vice president, Jas. A. Musil.  Bowing to the passing of time, as all things do, it is a victim of an extensive remodeling and modernization project now being carried out on the bank building.


However, the clock will be replaced, according to present plans.


(The last bank clock was removed and not replaced due to occasionally being struck by semi-trucks as the drivers tried negotiating the turn from Fifth Street onto Hewett Street. DZ)


The First National Bank that was located on the corner of Hewett and West Fifth Streets had a two-sided clock mounted on the corner of the building for many years.  I wonder if several people also checked the time while waiting at the stop sign on that corner, as they were on their way to work, in concern of arriving at their destination on time.



Bequests amounting to $16,200 have been announced by the Marguerite Listeman Foundation.  


The largest single gift, $11,000 was made to the City of Neillsville, and was earmarked for extensive development and improvement at Schuster Park.  This amount will bring to approximately $13,000 the funds furnished this year by the Listeman Foundation for work at the park.


Five thousand dollars for use at the county’s Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area, also was approved by the directors of the Listeman Foundation.  The funds have been earmarked for construction of an upper structure for the lodge, which was started last fall.


Two hundred dollars also were also given to the Granton Future Farmers of America organization, which takes a major hand in staging the Granton Fall Festival.


The check for $11,000 for Schuster Park development was turned over to the City Clerk William Gallagher Friday.  It will be used for completely new tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a large, blacktopped parking area.


The park development will be carried out in accordance with plans made by an engineering firm.  The major development will be parking facilities to provide for 113 cars and will involve the entire area of the Neillsville Country Club lying south of the clubhouse and north of Highway 10, between the main gate of the park and the east boundary to the Country Club property in the immediate park area.


The work will be carried out on the Country Club property under a 99-year lease to the city, which now is being prepared.


The new tennis courts and volleyball court will be located in the same area as the present tennis courts.


Tires started rolling freely downhill at East Fifth Street toward Hewett Street about midnight one night last week, then went through a window in the vacated Penney Store building, which soon will be occupied by McCain’s.  City Police said that they had talked with the 16-year old’s who were surprised that the tires had rolled so far.  It was just far enough to cost them a total of approximately $150 to replace the glass.                                            


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Adams Lutheran Church in rural Argyle for George Rude, 76, former register of deeds of Clark County.


Rude served as register of deeds for Clark County from 1927 until 1937, when he was succeeded in that office by Henry E. Rahn.  Mrs. Hazel Hubing was his deputy.


He is survived, by his second wife, and by two sons, Victor, and Orlando.


An old-fashioned threshing bee was held at the Ralph Scholtz farm Monday.  Neighbors assisting included Loren and Ronnie Bueltman, Ray Kane, William Tullis, Ed Lindquist, Reuben Fields, Robert Friedrichsen, Jimmy Freedlund of Sherwood, and Lewis Scholtz of Neillsville.





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