Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 20, 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


December 1917


County Clerk Ole Anderson is superintending a job of logging, which Oscar Youker is doing in the courthouse yard.  A number of the shade trees are being cut out as there is too much shade for a good lawn.  The wood will be used to keep the courthouse warm this winter and help out in the high cost of heating.


Saturday afternoon, Judge Schoengarth united in marriage Albert A. Marg of Fremont, Wis., and Mrs. Maggie Weiland of Marshfield.                                                                   


A pretty good story is going around about a Necedah boy, who a few days ago was asked to beat a rug for his mother.  The young man was busily engaged in pounding the dust out of the floor covering, when a man passing by remarked: “How nice of you to volunteer to help your mother by beating that rug.”  “Volunteer, your grandmother,” responded the boy, “I was drafted.”  Necedah Republican.


For Sale – 12-acre farm with brick house; good barn, horses, cows, implements.  Located at edge of city limits.  Terms: $1,500 cash, balance 5 percent mortgage.  Chas. Schlote, Neillsville 


Trapping licenses were issued in the state of Wisconsin for the first time this year.  There at present are 30,000.  Most of the licenses have been going to trappers of muskrat and mink, living along river and lakeshores.  Others, however, are going to all parts of the state for the use of trappers of every variety of Wisconsin’s long list of furbearers.                                                                                                                                                                     


Pittsville has lost its evening train for the period of the war.  The railroads east of Chicago have dropped their observation cars.  Throughout the country there is a tendency to reduce expenses.


The death of Mike Billy, of Lynn has been noted in the Lynn correspondence.  It is a sad case and we know that the well-to-do neighbors will see that there is no suffering at the stricken home.


George Trogner offers a number of library tables, magazine stands and pedestals to Christmas gift seekers.  They are of exceptionally fine workmanship, are durable and useful as gifts.  Mr. Trogner has a number of these articles ready for delivery, but also will make any of them to order in special sizes.  See them at his shop on Grand Ave.                                                                                 


Any person who to any degree whatever aids pro-German propaganda is an enemy of the United States and should be promptly reported to the authorities.                                 


We shall not enter the peace council asking anything for America except that justice be done to humanity and to civilization and that America’s sacred and inviolable rights shall be preserved to her and the rights of every other nation on earth, big or little, because we intend to make right as powerful among the weakest as well as among the strongest; shall be respected.  President Wilson.   


A dance will be held at Prock’s Hall at Globe on New Years night, Jan. 1.  All are invited.


From far away in Waco, Texas, comes the news that Miss Elsie Radke and Albert Dehnert were united in marriage Tuesday, Dec. 18, by Captain Chaplain Sterns of Milwaukee performing the ceremony.


These excellent young people are from Neillsville, the young man a soldier and the bride the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Radke.  Mr Dehnert formerly worked for Frank Hemp and is a young man with a good record and will “do his bit” in the “present unpleasantness.”                  


(Following is a copy of a letter written on December 27, 1892, by Lydia Sauter to Henry Winter.  They later married and settled in the Township of Lynn, Clark County.


This letter has been kept in the family through the years and now is being shared, submitted by a great-granddaughter, Shirley. D. Z.)


Mosel Dec. 27, 1892


Dear Friend Henry,


I take this oppertuny to Write a few Lins to you.


I received your kin Letter and was Glad to here From you.  I Let you know that I am Well to, we hat a Colt Christmas here in Mosel.  We wasan’t to Church it was so stormy.  We have to go one and a half mile to Church, Friend henry will answer now I will be your beloved Bride, I think we will get along all right, I think we all must Leave home once.  Henry we have 6 miles to Sheboygan from here, I wasint down town for about too whealks now, my brother john works in the actry this winter till Spring he will come home agin, till new year it will be one year that we moved in Town Mosel, I wasant at home that time I was to my Sister Anna Capelle that time it was ofley Stormy when they moved, I must Close my writing fore this time So good by, best regards to you write Soon again, I wish you a happy new year.


This letter is from your Frient Lydia Sauter


December 1952


Santa Claus has asked The Clark County Press to extend a special invitation to certain children, who he named.  He wants to shake hands with them when he is in Neillsville Saturday of this weekend.  He asks that they meet him at 2 o’clock at the corner of Hewett and Sixth Streets.  It will help if they bring with them and hand to Santa this article, clipped from The Press.


While Santa named these special children, he wants it understood that he will hold an open house with all the kiddies invited.  The children whom he especially named are as follows:


Kathleen Maass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Maass, Greenwood.


Danny James Langfeldt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max F. Langfeldt, Loyal.


Roger Lee Feldbruegge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Feldbruegge, Dorchester, R1.


Ronald R. Jacobi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland J. Jacobi, Greenwood.


Duane H. Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Olson, Greenwood.


Myron Emil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buss, Curtiss.


Kathleen Dorothy Denk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard F. Denk, Loyal.


Janet Beth Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Larson, Humbird.


Mary Jane Hedler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo W. Hedler, Thorp.


Wm. A. Haslow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold J. Haslow, Loyal, Rt. 1.


Jean Rose Goldhamer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Goldamer, Abbotsford.


Maynard Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Purgett, Owen, R 2.


Barbara Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schefus, Loyal.


Thomas Lee Younker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Younker, Dorchester.


Ronald John Baxter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Baxter, Dorchester, R. 1.


Walter Carl Freedlund, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Freedlund, Pittsville, R 1.


Nancy Carol, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hlavac, Spencer, R 2. 


Auction Calendar:


December 5 – Liquidation sale at Merry OL’ Gardens, located 5 miles south of Withee on Highway 73, or 8 miles north of Greenwood on Highway 73: Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; evening, 7 p.m. to midnight.  Steinberg Ross Co., owners.  Northern Investment Co., Lester Senty Clerk.


December 8 – Located one mile east of Loyal on Highway 98, then ½ mile south.  Starts at 12:30 p.m.  Norman Luchterhand, Owner.  W. J. Murphy and Chap Paulson, Neillsville, auctioneers.  Christensen Sales Col, Abbotsford, Clerk.                                                                          


The ninetieth birthday of J. F. Elmendorf of Thorp was celebrated in Neillsville on December 4.  Fifteen relatives gathered with his granddaughter, Bonnie Patrick, in her cabin on Division Street.


At the age of 90, Mr. Elmendorf has an active mind, and recalls many events of the early history of Clark County.


Mr. Elmendorf was born December 4, 1862, in Hebron, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  He came to Unity at the age of 14, and got a job on the dam at Hemlock, which was then the first dam in the series owned by the Black River Improvement Company.  This dam backed up a large pool of water, which was released in the drives, carrying the logs with it.  This method of getting logs down to Onalaska and La Crosse was used until about the end of the nineteenth century.


In the spring of 1881, Mr. Elmendorf drove a stage from Greenwood to Spencer for Chet Stow, then prominent in the county.  He also hauled mail from Loyal to Spencer.


In 1885, mr. Elmendorf purchased 80 acres of land in the Town of Thorp, half a mile west of the city of Thorp on what was then the turnpike but what is now Highway 29.  He paid $9 per acre for this land.  He built a house on this farm in 1887, which is still standing.  He farmed there for 40 years, then rented the land for 14 years and finally sold it in 1951.


Mr. Elmendorf was in Neillsville on July 4, 1881, when the first train came over the trestle west of the city.


Mr. Elmendorf was married in 1887 to Eliza Alger, who died in 1918.  There were six children, of whom four are still living, as follows: Maude, Mrs. Frank Schultze, Thorp; Harold, Seattle, Wash.; Cletus, Auburn, Wash.; Bernard, Woodinville, Wash.  He has 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Father Peter J. Leketas is coming to Neillsville as the priest of St. Mary’s parish.  He is expected to be here Thursday.  He comes from Cadott.


He will relieve Father Peter Zic, who has been caring for the parish, pending a permanent appointment.


Marriage Licenses:


Gordon Andrew Wolf, Thorp, Donnell Marsensic Ansick, Willard, married at Hatley, December 6,


Clara Zank, Pine Valley, Rufus Karl, Town of Weston, to be married at Rice lake,


Catherine Froeba, Loyal, Ronald Grambort, Milwaukee, to be married at Loyal, December 13.


Two places for children’s sled coasting have been designated by Mayor Foster, with the help of the park board and interested citizens.  They are the No. 1 fairway of the golf course and the brick yard, or “Rose Bowel” between Oak and Park Streets on the west side.  Plans were completed Wednesday morning, December 17, for these locations, and immediate notice was given by Mayor Foster, in order that the children may have safe coasting places withou8t delay.  The list may be enlarged later.


The starting point at the golf course will be at No. 1 tee, close to the clubhouse.  The “Rose Bowl” is west of Oak Street and north of Second, with slopes available from south to north and from west to east.


A fox hunt is being organized for Sunday, with the hunters meeting at 12:30.  He asks that hunters bring hounds.


Where are the foxes:  Near the pheasants; and the foxhunt is designed to make life pleasanter for the pheasants, which were planted to be hunted by men rather than foxes.


The new garage of Pine Valley was formally opened Monday evening, December 8.  It was made a social occasion, with dancing in the garage itself and playing cards in the town hall.  Lunch was served.


Mr. and Mrs. Walter DeMert, who have been working in Milwaukee for some time, have returned to their farm in the Town of York since Fritz Seelow is in the army.  Mrs. Fritz Seelow and Mrs. Glen Sisson of Greenwood are driving to California this week to join their husbands who are in the army camp there.


Pfc. George Reinart, son of Mrs. Martin Reinart, 204 West 10th Street, Neillsville, who is stationed in Korea, wrote home recently that he drove one of the jeeps that escorted President-Elect Eisenhower when he visited Korea.  They drove for three days with their jeep top down, one day driving 15 miles.  George left the States some time the forepart of June 1952.  He is a mechanic and repairs trucks, jeeps, etc.


The Greenwood High School student council has held two student dances following the last two home basketball games.  The purpose of the dances, which were well attended by the students, was to raise money for the new cheerleader uniforms.  The seven cheerleaders wore their completely new outfits, which consist of white sweaters with letters, and scarlet culottes, for the first time at the game with Loyal.


(Then, dancing was the “in thing” to do as entertainment of all ages. DZ)


Several Neillsville men, with Marlin Hoesly, Jerry Svetlik, Chapman (Chap) Paulson and LeRoy Marshall as well as a few others added for good measure, turned out one-night last week to help Santa Claus.  In Santa’s work shop, which bore a faint resemblance to Svetlik’s Garage, they repaired toys donated by people of the city for distribution among children of the county who might otherwise have a bleak Christmas.


(That was the days of all toys being made of metal, whereas now it is the “plastic era.” DZ)


Leap Year Dance

Sunday, December 28

Music by Howard Sturtz & His Orchestra

At Merry Ol’ Gardens

Admission 75’ per person

Every Third Dance

Ladies Choice.

Sponsored by

Greenwood baseball team.


A circa 1960 wintry view taken near the intersection of Clay and West Second Street in Neillsville.  The Cornelius house is shown in the upper left of the photo.  Apparently, it was a winter of a large accumulation of snow. (Photo courtesy of Bob Boysen)





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