Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 28, 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

September 1936


Of the 1,411 drought relief applications received by the Clark County drought relief committee, 910 have been certified for work, Harold Trewartha, relief director, stated Wednesday.  Road work is consuming the bulk of the labor.


Federal and state inspectors, who have visited the Clark County committee, report that the system being used here is ahead of any of the 21 counties in the state now in the drought area.  Clark County has certified more men for work than Wood County.                                                                                                     


The Town of Weston will start work on a new Town hall to be built as a WPA project in the northeast corner of Section 16 at a total cost of about $3,000.  Of this amount, the town will raise $1,000.


Work on the dam at the headwaters of Goose Creek, which was abandoned for a time, has been started again with drought relief labor.  It is said the only cost to the city will be for materials.                  


George and Joe Zimmerman have stated remodeling the Sweet Shop building in which they plan to open a men’s and boy’s furnishing store the latter part of October.  H. C. Balch has designed the new storefront, a former Neillsville resident, who is associated with Grover Lippert at Madison.  New shelving will be installed and the partition in the rear taken out.  A balcony will be built for office purposes.


The Zimmerman brothers have been long identified in the mercantile business here, their father with B. Tragsdorf taking over the Big Store in the fall of 1901.  Joe has served 30 years in that store and George 25 years.  When the Big Store was sold a few years ago, Joe remained as manager, a position which he held until recently when he decided to go into business for himself.


(The Big Store was located on the northwest corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets, later sold to become the Farmers Store.  The building remains on that site, now occupied by offices. DZ)



The J. G. Zimmerman department store was located on the northwest corner of the Hewett and Fourth Street intersection in the early 1900s.  The building now serves as a facility for various offices.


Monday, Paul Skroch purchased the large back far formerly used in the Sweet Shop and installed it in his tavern where it makes a fine improvement to his place of business.                                 


The Columbia Store, operated by August Stelter, burned to the ground early Tuesday morning.  The fire started in the basement from undetermined causes.  Irwin, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stelter, who was sleeping upstairs, narrowly escaped being trapped by the flames.  Other occupants who fled the fired were Miss Martha Trachsel, teacher at Columbia, and Harry Sweetland, a roomer.


The fire was discovered by Mr. Stelter, who was awakened shortly after 4 a.m. by the smell of smoke.  Within a short time, the building was a mass of flames.


The Columbia Store was an interesting part of the history of Columbia having been built about 1897 by August Schlender.  Mr. Schlender had come to Neillsville from Baraboo and went into business with Mr. LeBudde, later continuing the business alone.  The Columbia boom had started shortly before and Mr. Schlender decided on opening a saloon there.  In 1897, he opened the second general merchandise store, later buying out the other firm.  His first building was 18 by 50 feet.  For many years, it housed the post office until the service was discontinued.  Mr. Schlender sold the business to Otto Steinberg, who operated it for several years until he sold to Mr. Stelter about a year ago, this spring.


Another store is at Columbia, owned by William Sollberger.             


Lowell D. Schoengarth, former all-conference back from the Neillsville High School, was named today by Coach Harry Al Stuhldreher as one of the sophomore halfbacks on the official 1936 University of Wisconsin varsity grid roster.


Marriage Licenses:


Carl Drescher, Grant, & Frances Hoeft, Lynn; Bernhardt Schwellenbach, Weston, & Helen Domine, Loyal; Hugo Krueger, & Edith Brathwait, Green Grove; Dale Weyhmiller, Sherman, & Ruth Lucht, Loyal; Leroy Thede, & Dorothy Cook, Colby;


Neillsville’s proposed new $70,000 post office building moved another step toward reality last week when the joint treasury post office committee at Washington, D.C. recommended the purchase of the property at Hewett and Sixth Street, more commonly known as the old O’Neill House Corner.


The site, which is made up of properties owned by Judge O. W. Schoengarth, Herman North, Henry Naedler and P. M. Warlum, was offered the government for $9,630.                                


Within a few days 128 men will be visiting the farms of Clark County with new steel tape line, at least those farms whose owners expect to get paid for not raising soil-robbing crops.


This is going on all over the United States, and the call for so many steel tape lines, it is said, could not at once be met by the stock on hand, so there may be a delay in some quarters until more tapes can be manufactured.


The government assumed that few farmers can measure their own fields, or night not report honestly, so committeemen are sent to do the work.                                                                               


The old delivery horse, Pat, belonging to Herman Yankee, died Saturday after serving Mr. Yankee in his draying busie3nss for the past 20 years, first being used in double team work.  As he grew older Mr. Yankee lightened the animal’s work by driving him singly.  Pat was 23 years old and a few weeks ago, he narrowly escaped being burned to death in his barn stall, when the Fullerton warehouse at the west-end of 7th Street, was destroyed by fire. 


A number of gardens in Neillsville have recently been raided by petty thieves, who have carried off a considerable quantity of vegetables.  It is reported that there is a possibility of some of these thieves coming to grief because of some gardeners having poisoned a portion of their vegetables to kill garden moles, and other vermin.  If the robbers get hold of these vegetables, it will be just too bad.                                                             


Every golfer of the local men’s team is requested to be at the course Sunday to qualify for the club championship, when the 16 low score men will be chosen to play off the championship.                     


Miss Thelma Hake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hake of Neillsville, became the bride of Albert Mashin, son of Geo. Mashin Town of Hewett, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at the home of Rev. William Baumann, who performed the ceremony before 30 relatives and friends.


Miss Hake’s bridesmaids were a sister, Viola Hake, other maids were Anita Wedekind and Arsula Hubing.  Ed Mashin, brother of the groom was best man and other attendants were Dale hake and Jack Ebbe.


A wedding dinner was served to 30 at the home of the bride.  After dinner, cards were played by some of the guests.  In the evening, a dance was given at Hake’s barn, which was attended by a large crowd and many gifts were received.


The bride, who was born and reared in this locality, was graduated from the Neillsville High School and the Eau Claire Accredited School of Beauty Culture.  The bridegroom has been employed at the Rush Hake farm and on the hake Milk route.                                                                                                             


Plans for Loyal’s pavement opening and Homecoming celebration to be held October 9, 10, and 11 are well underway.  The celebration is being held under the auspices of the loyal Business Men’s Assoc., in cooperation of the Loyal Business places.


Sol Levitan, seeking re-election as state treasurer, will be in Loyal as a principal speaker on Saturday, October 10th.


Bands will furnish music for the entire celebration.  The committee in charge is securing bands from nearby cities and villages.  Two German bands are scheduled to appear on the program.


Saddle Horse Races, Pony Races, Riding Cows Races, Bicycle, Roller Skating, Tug of War and Pie Eating contest are among the many attractions that will be given during this three-day fete.  Prizes will be awarded in each event.  A carnival will be the main Attraction, and on the opening day, an auction will be held at which time farmers and townspeople may sell whatever goods they wish to dispose of.


September 1956


Wedding Dance Sat., Sept. 1, in honor of Joyce Meyer and Lester Abel of Greenwood.  Music provided by Accordiono’s Orchestra at Silver Dome Ballroom, Highway 10, Neillsville.                   


Seven kittens, too young to fend for themselves, was this week’s addition to Neillsville’s (in)-humane story.  It may be added to last week’s story of 11 puppies abandoned in the city dump to die.


These kittens, in two separate lots, were picked up within a block of Highway 10, near the western city limits, where they apparently had been tossed from cars and left to fight their own battler for food and life.  For them it was the same as playing cards with a stacked deck, for all seven were too young to have the instinct and equipment with which to fight.


But these kittens fared better than might have been supposed.  The first lot, found in the highway ditch, were givena home at the Roy Stanley farm in the Town of Grant.  They had just been weaned to milk, but didn’t know how to handle solids.


The second set, this one a group of four part Persians, was found in the B. H. Crissinger garden on Highway 10 by Joe Chase, Jr., Dean Crissinger and John Walk.


Fortunately, the three boys were those who like animals.  They took the first three of the four kittens found to Mrs. Newt Toptine, whose compassion for animals is widely known to be larger than all of herself.  She kept them, as she has maybe 60 to 80, or even 100 strays in the years gone by.  That was Friday night.


The next day the boys found a home for three at the Joe Chase farm west of the city, with the fourth kitten being adopted by the Harold Pischer’s.


“It happens this time every year,” Mrs. Toptine signed when she told the story to The Clark County Press, “It’s just plain, downright cruelty to animals,” in her opinion.”  “Any man with half an ounce of red blood can find a better way of taking care of pets than that,” she said.                                                                           


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gregory of Loyal are the parents of a daughter, Sandra Ann, born Tuesday, August 28. A son, Gary William was born to Mr. Gregory’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Beaver of Loyal, August 1.  Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Beaver are the son and daugher of Mrs. Donald Stabnow of Greenwood.


The Ordie Marshall apartment building, an old landmark of the city, which once housed the “laundry” and later was known as “the old Monk building,” will be razed or removed.


The property, at the corner of Grand and West 6th Street, has been purchased as an addition to the parking lot for the new I.G.A. super market, which soon will open here.  Bids now are being sought for the building, which must be removed or torn down.                                                                                                           


A modern variety store building will be erected early next year at the corner of Fifth and Hewett Streets downtown.


This was revealed this week in a telephone interview with H. V. Schultz, head of the variety store chain, which has maintained a retail store in Neillsville for many years.


Negotiations were completed last week for a long-term lease of property adjoining the present Schultz Bros. Store building, owned by Judge O. W. Schoengarth.  This property consists of two wooden buildings; one occupied by an appliance business and the other has been vacant.


Along with their present site and the Schoengarth property, the frontage available will be 66 feet, with a depth of 132 feet.


Two young men from Neillsville enlisted in the air force at Eau Claire September 18: Jerry L. Quicker, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Quicker, and Ronald O. Yankee, son of Mrs. Gilbert Yankee.             


A membership of 392 was reported at a meeting of the Neillsville Sportsmen’s Club last Thursday night.  Ninety-four of those members were present for the meeting.


Boxes of shotgun shells were awarded as door prizes to ten of the members.


Tickets for the Sportsmen’s dance on October 27, at the Silver Dome, also were distributed.  Door Prize at last year’s dance was a shotgun.                                                                                                  


The 1956-57 Homemakers Fall Council meeting will be held Sept. 28 at the Greenwood High School auditorium.  The meeting will begin at 1 o’clock, with dues collected at 12;30.  About 200 ladies are expected.


Special speaker will be a teacher of the special schools of Clark County.  The homemakers are interested in these schools because they “started the ball rolling” for them.  Miss Marlys Richert, district extension leader, will speak to the ladies on the importance of the club’s center chairman.





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