Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 22, 2017, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


November 1907


Wednesday last was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Nemitz, which was celebrated at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Fred Dux, west of the city.  Nearly fifty guests were present, and an enjoyable day was spent.  Rev. H. Brandt performed the celebration ceremony.  A number of useful gifts were given, among them $50 in gold given by their children.  Mr. Nemitz is 77 years of age and his wife is 71.  They came to America in 1886 and have seven children and twenty-five grandchildren living.


Thomas Poole of Levis last week left at this office a sample of the purple top turnips and sugar beets he raised this year.  One of the turnips weighed ten pounds when dug and the beets were of unusual size.  He raised 75 bushels of the turnips and 54 bushels of the sugar beets, all of which he will use for cow feed.


H.F. Dresden, who formerly lived in Washburn but who is now in the hotel business at Baraboo, was here on business for a short time Tuesday and Wednesday.  He has traded his hotel and farm near Beloit to Anthony Dix, who owned 240 acres in Sherwood, and also a store and a stock of goods there.  The farm includes the old Sullivan farm.                                                                            


Cullen Ayer and son, Orr of the Town of Unity, drove in Saturday to transact business at the bank.  Cullen has retired from active farm work but will continue to reside on the farm that has been his home for the past two score years.  His son Edgar will manage the farm.                        


John Schutte who was working in Hollister’s camp near Medford, met with an accident by which he had three ribs broken.  Tim Coughlin, who was working there, came home with him, returning to the woods this week Monday.                                                                                                   


Bob French states that a man whom he took to be the undersheriff of Jackson County drove into his place Monday in search of three men who had been disturbing the peace at Hatfield Sunday.  Bob says the description given of the men would call for an explanation from Sam Hutchings, Cy Dewey and Dorr Neff.


Mrs. August Schoengarth entertained twenty ladies at cinch last Thursday, the occasion being her birthday.  Mrs. Carl Rabenstein, Mrs. Fred Wolff and Mrs. Wm. Poate walked off with the prizes.  A grand time was had and all departed wishing Mrs. Schoengarth many more such birthdays.


(Cinch is a card game in which the five of the trump suit is the most important card. DZ) 


Three of Neillsville’s well-known young folks took and automobile trip into the country one-day last week. The auto balked on them and they hired a blind horse to transport them back to town.


We Offer the Following Specials for Thanksgiving, Booth’s Baltimore Solid Packed and sealed Oysters per quart, 45’; Cranberries, quart 12½ cents; Boiled Cider, bottle 35’; Fancy Smoked Halibut and Whitefish available.


Frank Hemp Grocery, at Neillsville, Wisconsin.                        


A great many of our local hunters have been successful in killing one or more deer, and every day hunters pass through here, from the north taking home loads of venison.   


Kenneth and Raymond Strebing had a successful deer-hunting season south of Neillsville in the late 1920s or early 1930s.  Apparently, the deer carcasses, shown above, had been frozen, the reason for them being in a standing position.  (Photo courtesy of the Roy Strebing collection.)



G.W. Trogner makes and had made for several years past the best kind of a snow shovel on the market.  When you buy a new shovel, see that it has Trogner’s brand on it. 


Henry Spiegel, a man about sixty-five years of age, residing in the Town of Grant, was deer hunting last week out in the East Fork country Wednesday morning, when he left camp and became separated from his companions and became lost.  A lively search was started the next day and continued until Saturday afternoon when he was found, able to walk, though he had had no food.  He had wandered in a circle.


A number of lumber camps are reported closing and others are running only with small crews, nearly all the logging companies are planning to make a light cut this winter.


C. Zschernitz has opened a restaurant in the meat market building west of the Neillsville Bank.  He will keep the usual restaurant articles for sale in his business.                                 


Kitchen cabinets with flour bins, drawers and meat board are only $4.00 now at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co.


(Are there some of you readers who remember the kitchen cabinets, such as those described above? The cabinet sat on small caster wheels, so as to be moved more easily, if needed.  It also had shelves to hold dishes on the upper part, with shelves below for pots and pans.  The drawers held silverware, ladles, and other cutlery, as well as a slide-out meat-bread slicing board.  The metal flour bin with a sifter at the bottom, held 25 lbs. of flour.  Many such cupboards could have been found in area farm kitchens back in the early 1900s, the days before built-in cupboards. DZ.)


(My grandmother had one such cabinet in her kitchen and the old wood cook stove and she had an ice box in her pantry. And I remember seeing the same in the kitchen of her parents, my great-grandparents.  DMK)


November 1952


The following announcement comes from D. E. Peters, superintendent of schools: 


“A public meeting will be held at the Neillsville High School for all electors of this school district on Monday evening, November 17, at 8 o’clock. At this time, the proposed new high school building will be discussed, and the architect will be here to try and answer any and all questions concerning the building.


This is the night before the school bond election, which will be held in the high school November 18.  The amount of the proposed issue is $285,000.                                         


Seven hundred or more children and youths flocked to the Halloween party given in the Legion Hall by the Women of the Moose.  This estimate of attendance has been made by Marion Linster, senior regent.  In addition, an uncounted number of grown-ups were in attendance helping with the entertainment.


Prizes were awarded for costumes, to different age groups.  


Mrs. B. H. Peterson tells of a new experience on Halloween.  She had been besieged by trick-or-treaters and told a little six-year old girl, who came in a costume and mask to the Peterson door, that she didn’t have much to give.  The little girl thought this over and then offered Mrs. Peterson whatever she wanted out of her bag of treats, already collected.


Mrs. Peterson was taken aback by this change-about and declined, but the little girl insisted on doing the treating.


Mrs. Peterson said the more she thinks about it the more amazed she is at this unusual occurrence.


A stock car racing track is being started south of the Withee city limits.  Bob Pence and Ray Petke are heading the project.                                                                                           


A drought of major proportions afflicts Clark County.  The county has experienced no appreciable rainfall since August 4.  That rainfall of 1.46 inches means that there has been virtually no moisture for growing things since in 100 days.


That drought is an immediate hazard in the woods, especially in the county forest.  All vegetation there is tinder dry.


News two weeks later:

Deer hunters, apparently being favored sons, got what a lot of common, ordinary folks couldn’t get for over 100 days, rain and so the season will be on starting Saturday.


Until the three-quarters of an inch of rain fell Sunday the fate of the seven-day forked-horn deer season was highly doubtful.  But Sunday’s rainfall, gave the green light to the season.


The fortieth anniversary of the Holy Family Church at Willard will be observed next Sunday.  The celebration marks the completion of the first church edifice, which was built by the early settlers.  Of these pioneers few now remain.  The observance will be marked by a supper, served at the West Side hall, followed by a dance.  The first regular pastor of this church was the Rev. J. J. Novak, who remained for 30 years.  Other early priests of brief tenure were the Rev. Pollak, Rev. Kastigar and the Rev. Boeckman.


Floyd Winn has had to pay for his lack of confidence in the Republican victory in the presidential election.  His payment was a wheelbarrow ride given to Henry Knoll.  Both Winn and Knoll ae Republicans but Winn was discouraged by the long years of Democratic rule, and he figured that there was no such thing as licking the Democrats. So last spring he and Mr. Knoll, who had more confidence in Republican success, wagered a wheelbarrow ride on the main street of Granton.  Winn paid the bet on Wednesday afternoon, the day after election.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Christie and children of Fairbanks, Alaska, arrived here at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Christie who live in the Janesville Settlement, near County Road O.  They drove through on the new Alcan Highway.                                                                        


The following young men are in the army now, having been inducted in the October quota:


Paul R. Bugar, Duane N. Mrotek and Allen R. Prior of Loyal; Donald M. Erpenbach, Frank M. Sydorowicz, Donald Trewartha and Charles P. Havlicek of Neillsville; Vane L. Gokay of Abbotsford; Wilfred B. Heindl and Robert N. Rau of Dorchester; Herbert J. Adler, Jr., and Charles F. Luce of Spencer; Raymond L. Gluch and Robert D. Seltrecht of Granton; Norman C. Noah of Greenwood.


See the 1953 Plymouth Today!  Plymouth’s ’53 Cranbrook Features Styling!  Chrome trim is integrated as part of the design to further enhance the long, low, wide appearance of the 1953 Plymouth.


The new 1953 Plymouth is Now on Display at Urban Sales & Service, Chrysler – Plymouth Sales & Service, 124 W. 7th Street; or Rychnovsky Bros. Dodge & Plymouth Sales & Service, W. 5th Street on Highway 10, Neillsville.                                                                                      


William Creed of Unity has announced his unalterable decision to retire from the county board.  His departure makes the end of a service of remarkable length and of great local importance.


Mr. Creed has been a member of the county board for 24 consecutive years.  He is the only member whom the Village of Unity has ever had upon the board.  He tired to retire a little time ago and announced that purpose.  But his neighbors did not see it that way, and Mr. Creed returned, to add topping to a record, which was already impressive over the whole state of Wisconsin.  Nobody in the state of Wisconsin has come to the local attention, who has a county board record even approaching the length of that of Mr. Creed.


Mr. Creed first came to the county board in 1904.  That was the year in which Unity was incorporated.  A supervisor was needed, and Mr. Creed did not run for the place.  But other plans failed to work out, and the village board picked Mr. Creed for the post.                              


Five trips in one day to the new wash-room of Happy Hollow School were made by one little lady, whose hand popped up with the greatest of ease.


“Was that necessary” inquired the little lady’s mamma afterward.


“No” she said, “but it was a lot of fun.”


What she meant was that it was fun to trip the new toilets in the Happy Hollow School and hear the water run.


The nice teacher out there, having a heart for small persons, sort of winked the other eye when the small hands went up the first day or two, for the new rooms in the rear of the Happy Hollow School were receiving an initiation.  Now the new is wearing off a little, and the law is being clamped down, but not too much.


The new rooms are in a cinder block addition, which also houses an oil-burning furnace and a new well.


This is the period of consolation for the Happy Hollow School, which takes a new lease on life. The school has 21 pupils and promises to stick indefinitely.  The original building, a brick veneer, was constructed in 1895.  It is regarded by the residents of the school district, as a sound and presentable building, which is worthy of the solid addition just made to it.


The cost of the new addition and facilities is around $9.000, which will be raised by installments over the next few years.


 (At that time, in the early 1950’s, most farm homes didn’t have indoor plumbing, so for the rural school youngsters flushing a toilet to watch the water run was a novelty. They were accustomed to the old outhouse. DZ)                                                                                                                   


North York News:


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zvolena and three children of Milladore, who purchased the Edgar Vick farm, are now settled in their new home.                                                                            


Dr. M. V. Overman and Hubert Quicker went with a group of out-of-town deer hunters to Hayward.


Tony Erpenbach, Soren Larson, Frank Blumenthaler and Art Carl went up near Phillips.  They took their cabin along with them.


Three lucky hunters were Helen Harwick, Harry Flitter and Soren Larsen, who came back from up north with a 10-point buck.


Joe Chase shot a large 8-point buck Sunday.  Leo Neville also got an eight-pointer.  Others getting deer are: Kurt Hediger, Cliff Gross, Emil Wetzel and Jerry Anderson.




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