Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 1, 2017 Page 12

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1882


Judge Richard Dewhurst, of Neillsville, Clark County, has purchased the Neillsville Bank. Judge Dewhurst went from Dane County to the lumber county in 1856.  He is a relative of Ex-Gov. Wm. R. Taylor and is one of the solid men of the state.  (Sunday Telegraph)                                    


No cranberries in the Grand Rapids area:


Messrs. Spafford and Trahern, who gathered about 1,200 barrels of cranberries last year, have picked over their marshes this season and have only 17 barrels, the smallest crop ever taken from the vines with all the cranberry men.  Mr. J. T. Bears, one of the heaviest cranberry men in the country, had over 1,900 barrels of berries last season and this year he has only a trifle over 100 barrels.  Some of our men have none at all so to speak, while a few will harvest perhaps a tenth part of a usual crop.  Vennor’s frosts June 10 and 11 played havoc with the berries this year.  Otherwise, everything was favorable for a large yield. (Grand Rapids Reporter)        


Geo. H. Ray informs us that he has just affected a sale of the entire tract of pine lands, situated on the Eau Claire River in this county and owned by Abner Coburn, to the Eau Claire Lumber Company. The price paid is upwards of half a million dollars.                                                       


Maple Works News:


Joe Marsh will commence building camps this week preparatory to a winter’s work in the Town of York.


A very interesting game of baseball, between the Neillsville and Maple Works boys, took place here last Saturday, and judging from the commotions made today by those who played in our first nine, all were moving as if eighty years old.  The game closed with a score of ten to eight in favor of Maple Works.  The game was called by the Neillsville boys before our boys had their last bat, as they had the game without the last half inning; according to the late rules, they had the privilege. The Neillsvillites bore the defeat uncomplaining, and took their departure apparently happy, but not without giving Maple Works an invitation to try it again next Saturday at Neillsville.  


(The Village of Mapleworks was later named Granton. DZ)    


Big money was offered by several to Dr. Crandall for his pet horse and good racer, but it did not tempt the Doctor.  “Old Dan” occupied a boxcar on the same train that the household goods were shipped on last Friday evening.                                                                                                


A man who had imbibed too freely in “wine that is red,” appeared at the residence of Everett Bacon last Friday night and conducted himself in such a distasteful manner as to prompt Mr. Bacon to place him in charge of Marshal Hommel, who put him through a cooling process.                                  


Greenwood News:


A.S. Eaton has added to his family and it becomes necessary for him to enlarge his building, which he is doing by putting an addition on the south side.


I.O. Pfaff commenced here about a year ago with a razor, shaving mug and a cake of soap as his stock in trade; but with a steady purpose and close attention to business, he has added a fine stock of fruit, tobaccos, confectionery: etc., and is doing fully his share of trade.


Logging prospects are booming this way; some of those in this vicinity who have heavy contracts for the coming winter are: W. J. Armstrong, Thompson & Root, Philip Rossman, S. M. Andrews, Jas. Bryden, Andrew Emerson and Robert Schofield.                                                                                                                                         


We regret to learn that Horace Heath, of the Town of Fremont, lost his wife, last Wednesday.  Three of his children died this summer of diphtheria.  This last stroke will make him desolate indeed.


Landers & Anson, of Stevens Point, are putting in a logging camp on section 11-25, 3w, and will put logs into Wedges Creek during the coming logging season, about four million feet of pine.  Mess. Wm. Ritchie and Andrew J. Bollard have taken a contract of these parties to put in about two and one-half million from the Hathaway tract in the same vicinity.                                                        


Restaurant located opposite the Clark County Bank, Neillsville, Wisconsin, Mrs. C. O’Neill, Proprietor.  Warm meals are Served at All Hours.  Oysters Available by the Can or Dish.  Wedding Cakes made in the best style. Fresh Bread Always on Hand.                                                        


Redmond, Flint & Company, Manufacturers of Shingles.  Mill is located six miles northeast of Neillsville, in the Town of Grant.  Orders by mail are promptly attended to.  G. K. Redmond, Frank Flint, M.V. Visgar.  Address: Neillsville, Wisconsin.                                                                  


Leonard Eastman, Greenwood, Wis. Manufacturer of Wagons, Carriages, Sleighs, Tote Sleds, Loging Sleds, Etc. Repairing of all kinds promptly attended to.  A Blacksmith Shop conducted by first-class workmen on the ground floor of my shop.


An 1880s view of a trail east of Neillsville, which later became the route of U.S Highway 10.  Note the split rail fence on the left.  Clarion Counsell had such a fence on his farm, located two miles east along the road that remained there for a century.  Also note there were no ditches and two horses were allowed to graze while roaming freely along the trail.  Most of our present-day roads and highways were developed from trails that had been blazoned through the brush or forests by the early pioneers. (DZ)


November 1947


They thought Old Faithful was popping loose in Wisconsin, last Tuesday afternoon, over at the Milk Products excavation.


But it turned out to be only a water main.


The big shovel was eating chunks of earth out of the roadbed, where the cooperative will have an underground passage from the old to the new building, when it bit into a pipe.


Water spouted for some time before Supt. Bill Wilsmann of the water department turned off the water flow by closing down the gate valves on the mains.


When the spouting had stopped the floor of the cooperative excavation was largely under water.


William Wilsmann moved a house from near the Gruenke Cheese Factory, in the Town of York, onto his lot on West 10th Street in Neillsville where he had recently made a basement.  To move the house 14 miles required about a day and a-half, and also required securing seven permits from city, town and utility companies.  He plans to build a small addition to the house.                                               


The Fred Bonas farm, consisting of 120 acres, was recently sold to Mike Florkowski.  This farm is located 2½ miles east of Loyal.  Mr. Florkowski bought the farm with all the personal property and will take possession in about a month.


The William Barkow farm, consisting of 145 acres and located four miles northeast of Loyal, was sold on Monday, Oct. 20, to Walter Westfall of Zion, Ill.  He purchased the farm with all the personal property.


The August Podobnik farm, consisting of 200 acres was sold last week to Floyd Updycke of North Lake.  This included all the personal property, and Mr. Updycke will take possession on or about Nov. 1. This farm is located six miles southwest of Greenwood and it is known as the Lawrence College farm.


Mrs. Ed Gates of Greenwood sold her apartment building at Wausau on Tuesday of last week.


The Earl Worden farm, located four miles north of Greenwood, was sold on Wednesday, October 22, to Robert Unger of Greenwood.  This farm consists of 80 acres and included the personal property.


The garage building, started by William Whaley on West Fifth Street, near Grand Avenue, has been purchased by the three Rychnovsky brothers who expect to operate an auto repair business there.  They are at present enclosing the building against the weather.                                                       


Robert Knoop of Neillsville is among 35 young farmers of the state to receive scholarships to attend a short course at the University of Wisconsin.  The young man was chosen for the excellence of his essay on “The Future of Agriculture in Wisconsin.”  The winners will begin their short course work next week.


Augie-Jo, six-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Olson, was christened at the Sunday morning service in the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Greenwood by the Rev. T. M. Nelson conducting the service.  Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stapf of St. Paul, the baby’s great aunt and uncle, were the sponsors.  A dinner was served at the Olson home in Neillsville in honor of the occasion with several relatives’ present.


Grade “A” milk for most of the consumers of Neillsville has been the result of the official action of the health officer and board of health.  Samples were taken in this community November 5, and the report of the state authority is that pasteurized milk of Grade “A” both are furnishing quality concerns which are making deliveries in Neillsville.


The fact that Grade “A” milk is now the main supply for the people of Neillsville is the source of gratification to Dr. Milton C. Rosekrans, the health officer, who has asked The Clark County Press to express his thanks to and approval of the vendors who have exerted themselves so successfully.


A game warden will be on duty three days prior to, and throughout, the deer season at the County Forestry building.  He will be there about 10 a.m. each morning and throughout the day.


His job will be to issue non-residence hunting licenses and deer tags, to handle reports of hunting violations and to take care of the sale of illegally killed and confiscated deer.  Phone 16.


Hunters’ Dances!

At Lakeside Inn, Rock Dam

Saturday Nov. 22nd,

Music by the Harold Karlstadt Orchestra

Wednesday, Nov. 26th, Music by Johnny Gertz.


A three -act comedy, “Holiday House,” will be presented Thursday evening, November 20, at 8:15 p.m. at the Granton Village Hall, sponsored by the Walther League of the Zion Lutheran Church.  The cast of characters includes Irene Naedler, Virgene Buettner, Virginia Nichol, Amber Marg, Merle Bartsch, Albert Hasz, Harvey Pischer and Donald Helm. Norman Vonderheld is directing the play.


Marriage Licenses:

Janice M. Baird, Greenwood, and Kenneth E. Steiger, Greenwood,

Florence Asplin, Neillsville, and Robert Beyer, Neillsville,

Betty M. Kenyon, Greenwood, and Henry H. Humke, Greenwood,

Eleanor Driscoll, St. Paul, and Donald LaValle, St. Paul,

Edith Behrens, Greenwood, and Harold Warner, Greenwood,

Milena Zajda, Greenwood, and Chester Judycki, Lublin,

Ruth M. Bradle, Thorp, and Edward G. Brunett, Thorp,

Alvera D. Voigt, Neillsville, and Joseph L. Zilk, Neillsville.           


The York Center Cheese Factory has been purchased by Louie Gonia, who is taking possession at once.  The cheese plant was purchased a few years ago by the Dairy Belt Co., of Spencer.  Mr. Gonia recently has been employed in the Black River Cheese Factory, located northwest of Withee.


A petition in boots crowded the council chamber Tuesday evening, some 60 to 75 youths who wanted a better chance for ice-skating.  They had designated Bill Stucki to do their talking, and Bill asked the council to make adequate provision, both for a good place to skate and for a suitable place in which to put on skates.  Upon motion of Alderman Hoesly, this entire matter was turned over to the park board, with the request that the park board find a way to comply with the desire of the young people.


(For many years an ice-skating rink was maintained on O’Neill Creek, east of the Hewett Street Bridge. DZ)


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wasserburger have purchased the Rose Schiller residence on the northeast corner of Fourth and State streets.  The deed recorded a purchase price of $8,000.


$10 in Cash will be paid by H. H. Van Gorden & Sons, For the Biggest Buck Bagged During the Deer Season.


The winner will be determined by the Antler Spread.


Bring Your Deer Here For Measurement Before December 6, 1947!


H.H. Van Gorden & Sons, Phone 88, Neillsville, Wis.                      


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Steiger are making their home in Greenwood, following their honeymoon to Iowa.  They were married November 15, in Greenwood.


Attendants were: Miss Virginia Baird, sister of the bride, and Ervin Steiger, brother of the groom, as maid of honor and bestman, respectively; and Miss Dorothy Kauffman, Marshfield, and Ronald Davel, Oshkosh.  Ushers were Everett Humke, Stevens Point, and James Davel, Loyal.


The Women of The Reformed Church will have a Food Sale & Bazaar on Saturday, November 29 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Gamble Store, Neillsville.                                          


Silver Dome Ballroom, 5 miles West of Neillsville on Hwy. 10.

Annual Hunters’ Dance & Thanksgiving Dance, Thursday, Nov. 27.

Varsity Boys Orchestra.

Saturday, November 29,

FREE Wedding Dance for William J. Arnold and Audrey Vinney.


 Sally Butler, president of International Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club, will address a Mass Meeting at the Neillsville Armory Sat., Nov. 29, 8 p.m.  Let us give Miss Butler a royal welcome to Clark County!  You are invited, No Charge.





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