Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 25, 2017, Page 9

150th Anniversary

Volume 1, Number 1

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


Neillsville, Wisconsin –Devoted to Politics, family News, Agriculture, Miscellaneous Matters, and the Interests of the Lumbermen of Black River Valley.



Neillsville Steam Grist & Flouring Mill; Flour and Feed Constantly on Hand.  The highest cash price paid for Wheat, Corn & Oats.  Farmers Bringing in Their Grain for Sale will receive the Sparta market price for it.

Hewett, Woods & Co.                                                                          


S. C. Boardman, Surveyor and General Land Agent, Neillsville, Wis.


Will Locate Land Warrants or College Scrip, select Pine and Farm lands, protect lands from trespassers, pay taxes, personally examine lands for non-residents, secure pre-emptions and households for settlers; and will hold for sale from one to four thousand acres of Pine and Farm Lands.  For Cash, or from one to three years-time, with a small payment down, on reasonable interest.        


Neillsville House, Neillsville, Wisconsin.


A large, newly finished and nicely furnished hotel.  Centrally located and fitted up in the most comfortable manner for the accommodation of the travelling public.  It is the largest hotel in the county, and one of the best in northern Wisconsin.


The very best stable accommodations, with sober and attentive hostlers.


Jas. O’Neill, Proprietor                                                             


On a Tip – That Neillsville is to have a lager beer brewery erected within its confines early in the spring.  This will mean improvement, anyhow, and we are glad of it, because it will raise the price of hops.


We learned that Mr. Jas. O’Neill, member of assembly-elect, will give a grand complimentary ball at his place early the coming week.                                                                         


The last baseball game of the season will come off tomorrow afternoon at the grounds in the south part of town.  It is expected that some distinguished players from abroad will be present.


Extensive arrangements are being made for this coming logging season.  Hundreds are swarming here from a distance to make arrangements to go into camp.  It is estimated that more logs will be put in this winter than during any former season.                                                                       


Two gentlemen from the lower country passed through town on their way home with a wagonload of venison, killed in the county.


If every hunter, that is here from a distance, carries home a wagonload of venison, there won’t be any left for home consumption.                                                                           


A good many people hunt on Sunday.  We don’t.  We would feel, if we should shoot a finger off accidentally while Sunday hunting that the powers above had sent us a slight warning of our wickedness.  At any rate we should never own that the accident occurred while hunting on the Sabbath.  We have our holidays, let the wild game have theirs.                                                                       


The schoolhouse located near the residence of Mr. John Dwyer, in the Town of Weston, was entered on Monday of last week by a Mr. Fallet, from the down country somewhere, who, we learned, assumed charge of a goodly number of pupils on that occasion.  We hope he may succeed in his new enterprise.


Mr. R. H. McMahan of Sparta has been in our town for a week, offering for sale a number of fine Southdown and Cottswold, and Leicester breed of sheep.  They are much needed in this county, and we are sure he will dispose of his entire lot in a short time.                                             


The boys around town have for some time labored under the delusion that a little shake of the hoof would be an enjoyable exercise about this time in the season.  In fact, everybody was of opinion on Tuesday last that there should be a grand finale to put a nightcap on the rousing Republican victory accomplished on the day.  And accordingly, some four or five of the young fellows went to work and procured a hall and music.


At eight o’clock the hall was lighted up and a large throng soon filled the reception room and a little after that the good-humored assemblage began to participate in the poetry of motion to a lively extent.  At the judicious hour of one, the lively dance ended, everyone dispersed, all taking home with them food for many happy dreams, and pleasant anticipations of a future reunion.                               


A quiet, home-like place – we know of no better place for one whose mind can be of a meditative or austere turn, than in the gentlemen’s sitting room of a hotel where we go occasionally.


There are generally on Sunday evening about forty men in council at this rendezvous; they range in size from the proportions of a ten-year-old boy to the dimensions of a very old man.


They divide off into squads of three and four, dotted over the floor like so many crumbs in the bottom of a poor man’s basket.  One crowd is conversing upon the price of oats; what they were worth this time last year, and about how much they will bring a year hence.  Another squad is dilating upon the propriety of wearing boot packs when shingling a house.  A third group is busy talking, in a perfectly audible tone, about the way to fall a pine tree, whether it should fall with the bark down or the butt up. Still another is another is conversing on the merits and demerits of an old brass watch that Harrison, the tonsorial artist, has hung to him.  Another little knot is twisted up in the corner, arguing whether it better to drive logs in low water or not at all; whether a sled runs better on snow or up a hill.  Another cotillion is in an opposite corner enjoying a game of that rational amusement called, for short, pitch – an improved edition of “old sledge” for fun.  The barber is as busy as any, performing a double office, telling the crowd how much wool he can save in a day, and pulling away at some unfortunate cuss who desires to be shorn of his facial hirsute appendage.  One person, who was evidently ignorant of the composition of the assembly, draws a newspaper from his pocket and undertakes to read.  After a time, he takes his knife and cuts a hole through the smoke large enough to permit him to see in making his exit.  Withal, we would recommend a place something like this for those who desire to keep posted in local affairs to spend their Sunday evenings.  We have learned since that “it is always so in winter.”  O spring, how far, and yet how dear.


(I would assume that the hotel would have been that of the O’Neill House, as it had a large room on the main floor, which included a barbershop, at the right near the entrance. DZ)   


The O’Neill House was a very elite hotel for the 1860s, which was built by James O’Neill under the encouragement of his wife, Jane.  Besides having rooms for guests, it had a large dining area that served delicious meals, including Sunday dinners that were open to the public.  It provided a barbershop. Community dances were occasionally held in a large upstairs room.  Being the first finer hotel in Central Wisconsin, often there were guests who traveled from miles around to enjoy a relaxing weekend at the hotel.


September 1937


A local major industrial project that has been going on quietly for several years, and is now assuming real proportions, is the development of cranberry fields by F. D. Calway, in section 19, Town of Hewett and extending over into section 24 Town of Mentor.


Mr. Calway’s interest in the cranberry industry started a good many years ago, when as court reporter he took the testimony in a circuit court case involving the water rights on a cranberry marsh.  Later, whenever the opportunity came, he visited cranberry fields in Juneau, Jackson and Wood countries, talked with the owners, managers and employees and read literature in order to secure all the first-hand information possible, and in this way accumulated a great deal of data on the details of the industry.


Having found what seemed to be a favorable area, he had preliminary surveys made and levels run, soil tested by state and federal experts to confirm the visual estimates he had made.


The next step was to secure a proper title to an area large enough to include the prospective fields and the necessary flowage rights.  This was a long and complex proposition, as a considerable part of the region came within the old drainage district.  But eventually this secure foundation was laid, and Mr. Calway was ready to begin the development process.  This was started in 1935, and the amount of work accomplished must really be seen to be appreciated; dams, ditches, roadways, bridges, land cleared, leveled and planted, building erected, a canal more than a mile long that would float a good-sized steamboat, and all this done with a simple and cheap line of equipment, which was for the most part homemade.


The first plantings were made in the spring of 1935; ten acres have now been planted and the young vines are well established.                                                                               


Marriage Applications:


Herman Noeldner, Town of Loyal to Lucille Goetz, Town of York,


Russell F. Glasshoff, Thorp, to Catherine L. Warner, Thorp,


Leo Markowski, Taylor County, to Victoria Spal, Town of Hoard,


Howard Newman, Town of Green Grove to Ella Nicholson, Town of Longwood.


Cheese factories, condensery’s, creameries and other milk receiving plants are prohibited from furnishing patrons with milk cans free, or at less than actual cost under the provisions of a general order issued last Thursday by the Department of Agriculture and markets.  The order became effective Friday.


Who is going to select the best name for the select hard wheat flour H.H. Van Gorden & Sons sell? The person suggesting the name that will be selected will be given 5 barrels of flour, or 20 sacks, which is more than enough for a year’s supply.  We are hoping that the lucky genius will be somebody from Neillsville.


Grand Opening at Little Casino, Thursday Evening, Oct. 7.  Free Chili.  Under new Ownership, Wm. Schlinkert, Prop.                                                                                        


Granton Restaurant, Sunday Dinner Menu, 50’.  Serving, Homemade Noodle Soup or Cocktail, Chicken in Timbles or Baked Ham, Vegetable Salad, Buttered Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Hot Rolls, Apple Pie or Ice Cream, Coffee, Tea or Milk.                                                               


Eight northern Wisconsin families today were getting settled in new homes financed by the federal government.  They were the first of 32 families who eventually will populate the Drummond resettlement project, in the Chequamegon National Forest.


The resettlement families will work at the forest service tree nursery at Hayward.  This income of about $400 annually will be supplemented by a living made from the forest-farm land, forest service officials said.  Thirty-two new barns are each 24 x 32.  Most of the resettlement families have a cow and chickens, and each has 20 acres, five acres of which are cleared for cultivation.


A typical home contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  There is running water, a hot water boiler, a sewage disposal system, and wiring for electricity.


One other similar project is located in Kentucky.                                  


Orchestra evert Saturday Night at the Silver Dome Supper Club, located west of Neillsville.


Rev. William A. Baumann and children drove to Eau Claire Sunday afternoon to bring Mrs. Baumann home from the hospital where she was a patient for two weeks.  Driving home in a dense fog at about 9 o’clock that evening, their car struck a yearling doe fawn some distance east of Fairchild.


Upon reaching Neillsville, Rev. Baumann reported the accident to Archie Van Gorden, being unable to reach County Clerk Calvin Mills.  Mr. Van Gorden dressed out the animal and called Game Warden Alva Clumpner of Stanley, who came down Monday to take charge of it.  The meat was sold to the Wagner Cafι.


Fall Festival Dance at the Club “10”, Neillsville, Thursday, Oct. 14.  Dance beneath the Harvest Moon!  Beautiful Decorations, Hats, Horns, & Confetti.  Dance Band Thurs. Fri., Sat. and Sun.  No Admission or Cover Charge.


The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans of World War I, are having their Forget-Me-Not sale Saturday.  Wear a Forget-Me-Not; it will help a Disabled Veteran somewhere.


John Moen is building a 5-room bungalow for Joe Spangler at Heintown to replace the dwelling destroyed by fire several weeks ago.                                                                       


Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Christie of Greenwood have purchased the Fremont Hotel at Owen from Wm. Hubert, who managed the Hostelry the past three years.  Mr. Hubert bought the farm of Mr. Christie and has moved there and taken possession.                                                                    


A.P. Ender and Sons have purchased from Mrs. C.E. McKee, The Granton Herald and took possession this week. Mrs. McKee and her son also publish the Pittsville Record.  When Glenn McKee ceased his connection with the Granton Herald and took a position on the Blair Press, a misleading rumor was spread that the paper was suspended, which was not true.


Curiously enough, the Granton Leader, a new paper, in issue No. 13, reported the Oct. 13 issue of the Herald was the last one, and later corrected the jinx.  The new owners plan to keep the Herald plant in operation at Granton.






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