Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 11, 2017, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


September 1887


Put up the crabapples now, that the winter may find you in abundance.


(On our family farm, the only fruit trees we had were four crabapple trees that grew behind the house, on the south edge of a 30-acre woodlot.  Each fall, we would pick as many crabapples as needed for canning.  Mom would clean them, then put the whole crabapples, with the stems, add some sugar and cinnamon sticks into sterilized quart jars, with lids for sealing, into a large canning kettle with water for the processing. The crabapple sauce was a tasty dessert during the winter months.  We ate around the crabapple core by holding onto the stem. DZ)                                                                                  


The Dewhurst yard has been graded and made much prettier by the free use of the plow and scraper.


Among the exhibits at the County Fair last week were peaches, peanuts and black walnuts raised in Clark County.                                                                                              


The Doc. Esch and Charley Reitz race of gentlemen’s driving horses was a lively one, the Esch horse driven by Geo. A. Blakeslee coming in a good many rods ahead.                               


John Jones and his crew have been out on the Ridge for two or three weeks cutting up ensilage for the big farmers, using his horsepower.                                                                     


The expiration of the law for killing deer is causing a rush of hunters to the woods north of Eau Claire for the purpose of sport.  Deer are reported very plentiful this season and can be easily captured while enjoying their pasturage.                                                                                       


The La Flesh sale of cattle, horses, harness, logging kits, etc., Monday afternoon, was attended by a substantial crown of buyers, among whom were several gentlemen from abroad.  Tripp and Crocker, who will do some logging on the Eau Claire River this winter, took some oxen.  Free Lindsay also bought a few head.  Some fine draft horses were sold, and fair figures realized on the sales as a whole.


The La Flesh folks are now very snug in their new and beautiful house.


Thomas La Flesh was a prominent lumberman who harvested virgin pine in the town of Sherwood during the late 1800s.  When he in 1887, built a Victorian home, which had seven fireplaces within it.  The house later burned due to a fire.  It stood on the present site of Prince Building Corp., north side of US Hwy 10 east of Neillsville.



Dwight Roberts received, Monday, a furnace and kettle for candy manufacture, which bubbles over anything heretofore imported for a like purpose.  The top of the furnace, which is round, is composed of a set of griddle rims, to fit any size of kettle, and the inside is lined with firebrick. Dwight will in the future make his own plain candies, and neatly skirt around the wholesaler’s margin of profit.


The Lutheran Church dedication takes place Sunday forenoon, a procession forming at the Presbyterian Church, headed by the building committee and builder, and clergy carrying Bible and hymn book, and members of the congregation, marching in pairs.  Outside a new church a semi-circle will be formed, a song rendered, short address by the local pastor, and the door opened.  Inside a dedicatory sermon by the pastor, a sermon by the Rev. F. Eppling, Sr., of Van Dyne, Wis., singing by the Marshfield choir, will be given.  Services at 2 p.m. will be held, with sermon by Rev. M. Hensel of Platteville, Wis., and a short sermon in English by Rev. F. Eppling Jr.


(Presbyterian Church was located at the corner of 4th and Court Streets, the Lutheran Church then on the corner of West 5th and Oak Streets. DZ)                                           


Mr. W. D. White yesterday, while prying up building stone for this office, on his farm, turned up three or four pine snakes, which were clubbed together and curled up for the winter.  This is said to indicate an early freeze-up and is the very thing loggers like.                                                  


Emery Bruley has fitted up the basement under his store and put in a billiard table and two pool tables, all new and has electric lights.  He is also putting in a lunch counter where hot coffee, sandwiches, etc. Will be served.  No intoxicants to be sold.                                                                     


Ira McIntire has had men at work for a week past, fitting up his saloon basement for a bowling alley.  The work is nearly done, and it makes a handy place for the exercise of that muscular and exhilarating sport.  Along with Bruley’s temperance billiard room in his basement, now are two new institutions for the city.


A neat new building at Mr. H. N. Withee’s home has been built a little south of and about midway between house and barn.  It is a silo, and a brand-new ensilage cutter is set up in connection.


(H.N. Withee’s house with small farm was located at 1016 North Grand Avenue with the farmland running westward toward the Black River.  The Withee house still stands on that site, but the farm buildings were razed many years ago, to provide lots for houses to be built on. DZ)


Charley Babcock has rented the old Jeff Canon farm south of the Canon Mill in Washburn and is plowing there this week.  He has built a home near the home of his father, O. W. Babcock, and has settled down to a pastoral life of peace and, we trust, abundance.                                      


The Merchants Hotel front extension is up and enclosed, and Ketel Bros are waiting for a mild spell of weather, when they will brick veneer it. 


A steam heating apparatus has been ordered for Mr. Geo. Huntzicker’s hotel, the Merchants, and will soon be set up by W. W. Taplin.  It will be a most admirable plant and will heat the entire hotel.  Steam heating is “the thing,” and the wood stoves must go.                                                        


There are around a dozen young men in this city amply able to marry, as the cost of wedding cards would be nearly covered by tidies and glassware received as presents, yet they are putting it off and allowing their delicious best girls to teach school or otherwise earn their living.  We’ve a notion to publish their names and get massacred.                                                                                           


Railroad Update – The cut through the Hewett woods, this side of the Black River, was finished yesterday.  The bridge is now all that remains to prevent laying track directly into town. 


Engineer Sheldon went to St. Paul early in the week to get advice from railroad officials as the propriety of having ties and iron hauled to this side of the bridge on wagons so as to get the track laid to the depot, the turntable, engine house, etc., before the winter sets in.


Steam pumping has had to be resorted to, to get the water out of the coffer-cam for the central pier of the bridge.


The water-tank is completed and the substructure neatly enclosed.


A windmill will be used to work the pump, and will stand over the well, which is about twenty-feet east of the tank.


Graders have been hauling earth nearly a quarter of a mile for fill, opposite the engine house, which has been sided.


The bridge pier on the west side of the river is well along and will apparently be finished in about ten days.


(Extension of the railroad line crossing the river into Neillsville was a big event for this area.  The convenience of freight and passenger service, and a depot within the city limits resulted in a boom for economy and growth of the city. DZ)


October 1947


Robert Gault, who headed the eligible list for substitute clerk-carrier in the local post office, will start work there November 1 as probationary clerk-carrier.  He is a veteran.


Gault will replace Sheridan T. Bracken and Calvin Swenson, wartime appointees.  The latter two will continue for the present as the custodial staff of the post office, positions which they also have held for some time as wartime appointees.                                                                     


President Truman has asked Americans to cooperate with the plan for aiding Europe as follows:


The Public: Meatless Tuesdays; No poultry or eggs on Thursday; Save one slice of bread each day.


Public Eating Places: Observe the Tuesday and Thursday requests as made to the Public; Serve bread and butter only when requested by patrons.


Farmers: Reduce amount of grain fed to livestock and poultry.


Bakers: Save grain in the manufacture and distribution of bread such saving to equal one-tenth of the normal use of wheat.                                                                                       


All shored up and hitched behind a truck originally built for reconnaissance work in the army, the former G. W. Trogner carpenter shop was whisked away to a new location last week.


The building, a landmark for 76 years, was moved from Grand Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, to a foundation already laid for it on North Bruley Street.  There the shop will form the basis for a new house being erected by Mr. and Mrs. William Simek.


Very nearly a week was taken to get the building ready for its three-quarters of a mile trip in less than no time at all to do the actual moving.                                                            


The Greenwood High School’s Homecoming football game with Owen at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Activities will precede it tonight, including a bonfire, snake dance and pep session at the ball park.  The homecoming parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.  The parade will include the senior band, floats, the team, and class queens: Grace Landwehr, senior; Rita Schwellenbach, junior; Dolores Malnar, sophomore; and Janet Olson, freshman.  A dance will follow Friday night’s game, the grand march to be led by the queen and acting captain of the day.


Hundreds of boy scouts of the Old Ave and Black River districts are expected to participate in a Camporee at Wildcat Mound, in the heart of the Clark County forest area, Saturday and Sunday.


The climax of the event will be a program Satruday evening to be held before a huge campfire with the scouts of Neillsville participating in a “surprise event” according to the publicity.


Public invitation to attend Saturday night’s event has been extended by A. C. Covell of Neillsville and Louis Weinberg of Eau Claire, camping and activities chairmen.


Wildcat Mound is on County Trunk B, about 12 miles west from Neillsville.


Auction Calendar:


Oct. 16 – Household Sale, located at 148 West 1st Street, Neillsville, the former George Sontag residence. Starts at 12:30 p.m. Mrs. John Sliter, owner.


Oct. 22 – On the old Frank Hewett farm.  Located just west of the city of Neillsville on Highway 10.  Starts at 10:30 a.m.  Earl Pierce, owner.


Oct. 27 – Located 7 miles northwest of Neillsville on County Trunk G; or, 1 mile south of Arnold Hoppe Tavern, on the old Gust Kuhl farm.  Starts at 10:30 a.m.


Oct. 29 – Located 9 miles north of Neillsville on Highway 73, then ½ mile west, on old Willis Enhelder farm.  Starts at 10:30 a.m.  Owners, Mrs. Imogene Henchen and Louis Henchen.


Adler Theatre, Thurs-Fri-Sat Nights, Sat. Matinee 2;30 p.m. Shown in Thrill Swept Technicolor, a great novel becomes a Greater Motion Picture!  “The Yearling,” Starring Gregory Peck & Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman, Jr. as “Jody.” Admission: Matinee 14’ & 30’; Evenings 14’ & 40’, tax incl.


Marriage Licenses:

Alice Vandeberg, Loyal, and Emil Piper, Loyal,

Irma Schwanebeck, Town of Sherwood, and Lawrence Winkler, Milwaukee,

Kathleen Hoesly, Chicago, and Donald Degenhardt, Chicago.


Here is a chance for local householders to contribute to the reputation of the Neillsville community and to turn a lucky penny:


Art Epding of the Merchants Hotel says that there is a big demand for rooms during the deer season.  He is receiving letters constantly from hunters who want to hunt in this area.  But the hotel has been full up for the deer season for a long time.


Mr. Epding’s idea is that local householders, who may have spare rooms, should telephone or drop a line to the hotel.  The hotel will keep a list of available places and will refer hunters to the local homes.  This will be done by the hotel without charge and as accommodation to both hunters and local householders.


Mr. Epding states his belief that the Neillsville community will gain by being hospitable to all hunters who wish to come to this area.                                                                       


All persons of the area interested in skiing are asked by Jim Hauge to meet at Van Gorden’s Elevator at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  The group will go the Neillsville Mound, where they will work on a ski slope to be used this winter.


Duck Shoot at Grandview Club on November 2nd, Percy Zickert, Proprietor.


(Grandview Club was located 3 miles west of Neillsville at the corner of Clark Avenue and Ridge Road, intersection, east of the Highground. D.Z)                                        


Neillsville Homecoming Game & Dance, Thursday, Oct. 23, Football, 1;45 p.m. at Albrecht’s Field, Neillsville vs. Greenwood – Children 15’ Students 25’ Adults 50’; Parade 1 p.m. – Dance at Armory 9 p.m.





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