Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 15, 2017, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


November 1887


The Merchants Hotel is being furnished with the steam heating apparatus, and the cellar looks like a pipe factory.                                                                                               


Mrs. Powers took her household goods and herself off on the evening train the other day, leaving rent collector Condit in a state of mind about some people.                            


The people of this vicinity awoke Wednesday morning and looked out on a full-blown snowstorm.  The ground being unfrozen, the snow will doubtless go off.


This recent small winter was what old settlers call a “squaw winter.”


The report that one of our local pastors is going to have large holes cut in the backs of the pews in his church to accommodate the ladies’ bustles is a cruel canard.                         


The old Markey stable is being removed from its place on the old Markey homestead, near the railroad cut east of the depot to the lot upon which Mr. Markey now resides.  Mr. Beardsley and his crew are doing the job.


Mr. Joseph Marsh, proprietor of Spokeville, Clark County, was in the city Tuesday.  He is chairman of Loyal township.  He will have his regular number of men at work in the woods and at the sawmill this winter.


A Chippewa Falls church has been turned into a soap factory.  Cleanliness is godliness.


A general invite to a hop at the hall Friday night will limber up your antique muscles.  Get her and go.


Stone-laying began Tuesday on the eastern abutment of the big railroad bridge.


Merrillan’s new hotel was opened yesterday, with H. Boyington of Sparta presiding.


Rev. Hendren will preach Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Huntzicker schoolhouse and at 7 in the evening at Christie, Sunday, Nov. 6th.                                                        


Civil engineers Johnson and Gilmore have been running lines through some of the principle streets establishing the grade, pursuant to order of the council.                                          


Phil Armour has a son in Yale to whom he makes the weekly allowance of $100.  There is not the slightest danger that that boy will be the valedictorian of his class.        


The elevated foundation for the water tank near the depot is completed and the tank is already partly up.  The engine house is enclosed, and the filling near it is completed.  


The new depot building is a model, roomy and neat, and is now nearly finished.  It is painted green outside and inside has two nearly finished waiting rooms, an office that has every convenience, and a capacious freight room at the west end.                                                                                                                                                


The German-English school taught by Rev. E. Eppling, Jr., in the second story of the south wing of the first ward public school building is an institution that moves along quietly and does work that is very desirable.  The forenoon is devoted to teaching in German, and the afternoon to teaching in English, this plan making the 20 scholars now attending familiar equal with both languages.


A few evenings ago, Mrs. D. Dickenson’s horse became startled by the intense shadows under the electric light at the North Side Schoolhouse, and turned suddenly to and upon the sidewalk, tipping the lady out of the buggy and then putting the ghostly shadows behind him in short order.  Mrs. Dickinson was badly shaken up and bruised, but not seriously or permanently injured.  The horse is one of the truest, steadiest family nags in town and was no doubt thoroughly ashamed of the caper when he got home and thought it over.                                                            


Neillsville wants a railroad run from the depot here up through York, Loyal and Unity or Colby.  There is no doubt about it at all.  The road would touch Sherman and would pass through northern Grant and would be just what is wanted to centralize the county’s interests and bring the upper part of the county nearer to us.  Where the Omaha company will run its Neillsville branch next year we do not know but do know that Neillsville people ought to make an effort to have the road run as above indicated.  Loyal and the other towns benefited would doubtless be very glad to vote the aid necessary to put the road where it would do the most good.                                              


The disappearance of roller skating appears to have given new life to the theatrical business.


“The privileges guaranteed accused persons by our laws are intended as a safeguard to the innocent, and not to be woven into a network of technicalities for the protection of the guilty.” – Mallory.


November 1942


The Longwood School Parent-Teachers Association finds it difficult to keep pace with enlistments and the draft.


They have started a service flag, with a blue star on a red and white flag representing each man from the school district now serving in the armed forces of the nation.  But the number of stars is misleading.  At present there is one gold and 9 blue stars; but there should be 19 stars on the flag.


The number of men from the district in the service of their country has grown that rapidly since the last time stars were sewn onto the flag.


As far as is known, this is the only school district flag of its kind in the county.


Notice to Every Driver!


You can save rubber and help win the war if you will do these things listed below:


Drive only when absolutely necessary,

Keep under 35 miles an hour,

Keep your tires properly inflated,

Have tires inspected regularly,

Share your car with others.


William M. Jeffers, Tires Director.


Supt. D. E. Peters of the public schools said this week that the names of all persons who have taught school in the past, but who are not now teaching, be compiled at once and forwarded to his office.  Such persons are asked to telephone Mr. Peter’s office.


The city school superintendent explained that a serious shortage of teachers is anticipated, even more seriously than the year now being experienced.  The state office is acting now to lay plans for meeting this shortage.  Several Clark County schools are at present without sufficient teachers.


Sixty Clark County men, members of the October contingent of selectees who were examined in Milwaukee about two weeks ago, will leave for Fort Sheridan, Ill., Saturday to start Army training.


The group includes five from Neillsville, four from Granton, seven from Greenwood, five from Humbird, five from Loyal and one from Willard.


The men, according to their home addresses are:


Neillsville: Alfred L. Schultz, Marion R. Barton, Leo A. Hantke, Theodore J. Ebbe and Edward J. Frei.


Granton: Herbert R. Hohenstein, Franklin W. Jahr, Roland Sharrett and Emery L. Whitrock.


Greenwood: Walfred E. Hakola, Carroll E. Calhoun, Gilbert C. Loos, Phillip L. Panetti, Neal R. Carteron, Merrill L. Boon and LeRoy D. Fravert.


Humbird: Orin L. Matthews, James E. Barkley, Walter C. Henkel, Clifford D. Walker and Harry M. Eisenhart.


Loyal: Roy G. Radke, Arthur E. Bart, Marcus J. Kreuser, Kenneth K. Kanneberg and George J. Schlagenhaft.


Willard: Valentine Slemec.                                                     


The American Legion and the Women’s Auxiliary will send Christmas greetings cards to all men now in the service whose home residence is Neillsville, all rural routes out of the city included.  In order that none will be omitted it is requested that all who have men in the service, leave their addresses with Mrs. Arthur Wagner, at Wagner’s Cafι.                                             


A patriotic pageant will be presented at 8 o’clock tonight in the Greenwood High School, under the direction of Miss Marion Bohrnsteadt, Miss Florence Gustafson and M. G. Hamel.  The theme will emphasize the fact that patriotism has a great part in winning this war.  It will contain the outstanding scenes of wars in which the United States has had an important part and will include the songs that originated from them.                                                                  


A.E. Russell has leased and is now occupying the Eberhardt building on South Hewett Street.  This is the location formerly occupied by the Schiller furniture store.  Mr. Russell will occupy the main floor, balcony and basement of the Gamble store and will sublet the upper floor, which consists of living apartments.  Mr. Russell purchased the Schiller furniture stock, and will continue in the furniture business, which has long been conducted in this location.


Mr. Russell is thus the first and only businessman of Neillsville who has chosen to expand as his answer to the problems of the war.  In his new location his business is occupying approximately double the floor space of the former location.  The outlook is that the enlarged space will be a close fit.


The Gamble store agency here has been conducted definitely as a family project, with Mrs. Russell in continuous service, along with her husband, and with the daughter frequently taking a hand.  A high school student now renders their only additional help.  A year or so ago, the Russell’s had the help of a full-time man.  In the new location, they intend to try, at least at first, to manage as in the recent past.  This, in a time of restricted manpower, they intend to reduce their own problems to its lowest dimensions.  But with this better location on Neillsville’s main street, they are confident that they will be able to get on this over an extended period.                                                       


The following proclamation on Thanksgiving Day has been issued by Mayor H. J. Naedler –


“All America in times of peace or war, since President Lincoln’s first Thanksgiving proclamation in Civil War Times, has each year observed one day of offering thanks to God for the blessings received.


“We again have much to be thankful for: numerous recent successes of our armed forces, who are willing to endure suffering and even sacrifice life to uphold our freedom and liberty; and an abundance of crops and all necessary essentials of livelihood.

“Therefore, I ask all to observe this day of Thanksgiving in a proper and fitting manner.”


H. J. Naedler, Mayor.                                                                


Stations are being established this week for the collection of deer and bear fats, shell casings and deer hides, Game Warden Alva Clumpner revealed.


The game warden said that these things ae essential for the production of war materials and are being collected throughout the state during the deer and bear hunting season.


Stations are to be established in service stations or garages in Neillsville, Granton, Humbird, Greenwood, Loyal, Thorp and Owen he said.  A civic organization will be made responsible for the collection in each community, and proceeds will go to the organization in charge.


Especially desired is the tallow found around the intestines of a deer, Mr. Clumpner said.


Mrs. Martin Kurasz of Neillsville route one believes she has settled her geese troubles; but it took a lot of doing.


She has been raising geese for market, and a short time ago, she said, she began to notice the putty was disappearing from the windows in the chicken coop and the basement.  It wasn’t long before the windowpanes fell out.  The geese had eaten the putty.


She then replaced the glass with cardboard. Undaunted, the geese began picking at the cardboard, chewing it up like buckshot and spitting it out.


Mrs. Kurasz believes now she has solved the problem.  What is left of the cardboard has been replaced by tin.                                                                                          


The Pleasant Ridge Creamery, old and well-known cheese factory of the Town of Grant will close at the end of November.  Vinton Lee, veteran cheesemaker, has made cheese there and lived in the building since 1919.  His household effects will remain in the building, but he plans to spend the winter away.


The old cheese business dates back to 1898, when is was incorporated.  It was organized in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, one of the fine farming sections of central Wisconsin.  Its membership consisted mostly of neighbors.  Its stock is rather widely held, but its patrons number only 16 at the time of its closing.


The factory has a history of 44 years, with continuous operation except for 11 months in the World War I.  It closed in 1918 and re-opened in 1919.


When Mr. Lee announced his desire to retire, his old friends recognized the improbability of securing a successor on terms commensurate with the present volume of business.  So, the decision is to put everything into good order, to retain all the equipment and to lock the doors.  The plant will be kept in readiness for operation if and when the conditions indicate.


The officers and directors are: Alvin Eisentraut, president; Bert Swann, vice-president; Arno Drescher, directory; William Duge, Treasurer; Harold Huckstead, secretary.


The Pleasant Ridge Creamery was located about one-half mile north of U. S. Highway 10 on what is now known as Miller Avenue.  It was one of the earliest established creameries in Clark County, due to Pleasant Ridge community being the first settled area in Clark County.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts)





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