Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 27, 2017, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

December 1937


Roehrborn’s Store, Week’s Specials – APPLES – Snows, Starks, Baldwins, Huberdson & Greenings,

Bushel $1.19; Wealthies, Bushel 79’; Jonathans & McIntosh, Bushel $1.59.

Cumberland Rutabagas, 75 lbs. $1.00; Minnesota Potatoes, 100 lb. sack $1.25;

Cranberries, 2 lbs. 25’; Grapefruit, med. 6/25’; Hubbard Squash 2- 1/2’ lb.


The Crex Carpet Co., which formerly used tons of grass from Burnett County in the manufacture of rugs, made an offer to the county board to settle delinquent tax claims on 20,000 acres, of which the taxes were reduced to an available figure.                                                                                 


In order that the children in the northwest part of Wisconsin who recently had poliomyelitis and who are in need of physical therapy care, may have such care, the Crippled Children division in cooperation with the state medical society and the Eau Claire County Medical society, are arranging for a convalescent center in Eau Claire.                                                                                                                                                                                   


An interesting feature article on the Winnebago Indian School in Neillsville appeared on the front page of the State News section of The Milwaukee Journal last Sunday.  This told of the founding of the first school at
Black River Falls by the Rev. H. Kurtz was saved from freezing to death by the Indians in 1876.  Later the school was moved to Neillsville, where Rev. Jacob Stucki and his son, Rev. Fred Stucki, have done such excellent work.  The new Indian School at Neillsville represents an investment of $150,000.


BASKETBALL – Neillsville City Team vs. Osseo City Team, at High School Gym,

Friday December 3rd – Admission 15’ per person


Silver Dome Ballroom Christmas Dance Saturday, December 25 – “The 6-Aces” – Fine Modern Orchestra

Gents 35’ - Ladies 15’; New Year’s Eve Party – Friday, December 31 – Dancing All Night!

Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Free Novelties, Hats, Horns and Confetti! Admission: 40’


(Wow! The Benny Goodman Orchestra played at the Silver Dome Ballroom!  That was one of the well-known big bands during the modern swing music era,” along with bands such as Glenn Miller, The Dorsey Brothers, Sammy Kaye, Wayne King and Lawrence Welk.  Those bands toured throughout the United States during the 1930s and 1940s, playing in selective ballrooms, which could accommodate large crowds of dancers! DZ)


Shirley temple will be the attraction at the Adler Theatre in Neillsville starting Thursday in “Wee Willie Winkle.”  Shirley is always a big attraction and never better than in her latest picture; “You Can’t Have Everything,” with Edith Haller, will feature the show opening at the Adler Sunday.  Chas Winninger, a former Wausau stock player, who has appeared in Neillsville, also appears in this picture.


(In the late 1930s, every little girl wanted to be able to tap dance like Shirley Temple.  On summer, I attended tap dancing classes at our local rural schoolhouse.  The students participated in a dance recital.  Our mothers sewed dresses for each of us, made out of crepe paper.  It was during the Depression; a pack of crepe paper could be purchased for 5 cents.  Metal taps for the front sole of patent leather shoes was 25 cents, including the shoemaker’s fee for putting them on. DZ)                                                                                                                                                         


1938 Ford V-8’s are on Display!  Ford V-type 8-cyclinder will go on display today in Ford dealer showrooms throughout the United States.  They are offered this year as two distinct lines differing in appearance and price.  Both are in the lower price field.


A new Nash Ambassador Six with air conditioning and two new La Fayette’s, one Master and the other a Deluxe, have been received and are on display by Kurth Oil Company.


Clark County officials are determined to enforce the law banning slot machines.  Despite notice given some time ago certain individuals kept the gambling devices, which were found, resulting in three arrests by Undersheriff Ray Kutsche.  District Attorney John Peterson had the defendants arraigned before Judge A. E. Dudley, where they pleaded guilty and were fined $50 and costs each, which they paid.  The alternative was 30 days in jail.                                                                                 


Buy your Gas at Webb Oil Company!  6 Gallons of Regular Hi-Test Gasoline for $1.00!  A 67 Octane Gas that assures you the easiest starting in the coldest weather!  Christmas trees 25’ - 50’                               


Potter’s Quality Market – Grocery Special!

Biggest Value in Town!

Giant 1-1/2 lb. Can of Dinty Moore Stew 15’!

(Regular price 17’)


The Neillsville Press can use about ten cords of dry body maple wood on subscription.  Call or phone before bringing.                                                                                        


Illuminated Christmas trees at each side of the entrance to the Masonic Temple present a pleasing appearance.


Clark County Clerk Calvin Mills, Chairman Elmer Anderson and Relief Director H. L. Trewartha, Madison, were able to increase the WPA work list by 65 men, which brings the county total up to 140, of whom 75 are now at work on wood lot and brushing jobs.                                                 


One of the most beautiful decorations for the Christmas season is the artistic star in three colors near the top of the American Stores Dairy Co. building, which is visible for several blocks on South Hewett Street.  Manager R. E. Schmedel has received many compliments of the decorative design.                 


Students of the Neillsville Schools held a “mixer” for all high school students and graduates Thursday evening.  The young people presented two short plays.  There was a Christmas tree, exchange of gifts and a dance.  It was a most enjoyable affair.                                                             


Let us as citizens spread the spirit of goodwill and carry it in our dealings with others, especially in the advent season.  Also, let us remember it throughout the rest of the year.  We need this goodwill because we feel our frailty and burdens, and we should not only receive but also give to others.  Now that the Light of the World has come again let not our hearts be troubled.


I hope that all may attend some of the splendid observances that have been prepared in Neillsville.  Mayor Fred Stelloh.                                                                                      


New Year’s Eve Dances – Club 10, east of Neillsville – The Biggest Party of the Year!  Dance from 9 ‘til ??? “Dance the Big Apple”  Hats, Horn, Novelties                        


Hatfield’s New Place – The Grand Opening of “Arbutus Inn.”

Dance the Old Year Out and the New Year In!

Favors Given Away at Midnight.

Joe Prusa, Proprietor


New Year’s Eve Dance at Granton Hall, Friday, Dec. 31, Music by “Gene’s Melody Knights.” Gents 40’, Ladies 10’.


New Year’s Eve Dance – The Marshfield Armory

Dancing Until Dawn – To Music of 3 Bands!

“Blue Steele Band,” “Allie Rose Orchestra,” & “Red Fox Swingers.”

Confetti Carnival at 12; Favors Galore.

This will be the Dance of the Year!


November 1957


“The Bruce Mound Ski tow will be in operation either the coming weekend or one week hence,” Jim Hauge, president of the Half Moon Ski Club, announced this week, adding: “It will depend on how rapidly we can get the tow in operation.


On Sunday, Mr. Hauge, Henry Stucki, Jerry Smith, Joseph Ylvisaker, Dr. M. V. Overman and a group of high school boys worked at the slide, set five new posts for holding pulleys for the ski tow, and made repairs to the warming house at the foot of the slide.


At one time, the hill had two tows in operation, one for the beginners and a longer one for experienced skiers.  Mr. Hauge said they are now trying to get one of the tows, on the beginner’s hill, ready for operation.


Clark County’s Christmas tree business is “booming.” 


That’s the description given by County Clerk Mike Krultz, Jr.  The only trouble is that it didn’t “boom” fast enough.


On November 12, County Forestry Department employees had cut 2,700 trees in their normal “thinning” operations in county forest plantations.  But, despite six weeks of sales effort, the county clerk’s office had orders for only 900 trees.


With “sorry, we won’t need any fistful,” Mr. Krultz thought he foresaw an excess of Christmas trees, with Christmas followed by a granddaddy bonfire of unsold ones.  So, he issued a “stop cutting” order.


Suddenly, with the advent of December 1, came an avalanche of orders from a four-state area.  They came by telephone and by telegram .  Monday afternoon, there were orders for 1,000 more than had been cut.


Now the county is worried about a short supply.  Normally it would be easy to just cut some more trees.  However, the snowstorm of two weeks or so ago fixed that.  The snow lies dep in the forest plantations and covers the lower branches.  When they are cut, the lower branches break off.


There is a way around by shoveling the snow beneath each tree.  But that means additional expense.  The county’s price is pegged at $1 per tree as compared with 90 cents last year.  Wholesale buyers who take them to the cities and sell to retail outlets receive about $2.25 per tree, delivered.


Last year, Clark County had but a few Christmas trees ready for marketing.  This year it could provide about 4,000 if it were not for the snow.                                                                        


One of the busiest places these days after school and weekends is the O’Neill Creek pond, beside the American Legion Hall, east of the Hewett Street Bridge.  One of the finest natural ice-skating facilities to be found anywhere, the Neillsville rink attracts upward of 100 youngsters at a time during this season of the year.  The kids take plenty of bumps while learning, but they have a mountain of healthful, outdoor fun.  Presiding over the pond and warming house is Arthur Flynn, whose years of experience as high school custodian, make him a rare “find” for the job.  The kids like Mr. Flynn, and he likes them; so, everybody gets along very well indeed.


The Loyal City Council is taking applications for chief of police to fill the vacancy created last week by the resignation of Orel Paulson.


A considerable interest in the position has been shown through the number of application forms requested, according to City Clerk Lawrence A. Davel, but as yet none have been filed.


Applications will be open until December 31.


In the meantime, the duties of police chief are being carried out by Elmer Neumann, who retired after serving many years in that capacity.  Mr. Neumann was prevailed upon to shove his slippers aside until a selection can be made.                                                                                                  


Two Neillsville hunters came back with bucks during the special bow and arrow season at Necedah last weekend .


One of the largest deer taken by arrow this year was the 185-pound, 10-point buck, shot by Wilber Henchen Sunday morning.  This deer was shot at 35 yards while walking.


At the state checking station, Henchen and his companions were told that this was the largest buck that had been taken there for some time.  It had an antler spread of 22 ½ inches.  The buck was Henchen’s second in his experience with bow and arrow hunting.  In his party were Dan Brewer and Al Mashin, both of Neillsville.


Kurt Hediger of Christie got a 6-point buck Saturday afternoon while it was on the run.  He dropped it with the first arrow; then dropped it a second time after it got up and started to run away again.


Christmas shopping by 44 children from the Winnebago Children’s home is one of the gala events of the school year.  The children completed their shopping for the season on Tuesday.  Each child used his own allowance money to purchase gifts for parents and other loved ones.  Every child at the Winnebago home received a monthly allowance for spending, and as the holiday season approaches, a portion of each allowance is held back to guarantee to each child an adequate allowance for Christmas gifts.


Faculty members assist the Indian children in wrapping and preparing the gifts to be take or mailed home.  In this way, every child has an experience of giving, in addition to the “White Christmas” program where the handiwork of each child is sent to mission fields.                                


The last meeting of the Neillsville Sportsmen’s Club for 1957 will be held Thursday night at the V.F.W. hall on Court Street, with barbecued venison and venison meat loaf to be served to members and guests.  Two movies will be shown.  The annual award will be given to the member killing the largest deer in 1957.


Greenwood Area News:


Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kitzhaber have moved onto the arm they purchased recently from Carl Nelson.  Their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kitzhaber, no occupy the old Kitzhaber farm.


Carl Nelson has moved into the Kitzhaber residence recently vacated by the George Caliebes.


The Caliebes have moved onto the Martin farm northwest of Greenwood.


A 1960 Christmas season view in Neillsville, along the east side of the 500 block of Hewett Street.  Notice there is no snow along the sidewalk, a balmy winter day in Neillsville! (Photo courtesy of Bob Boysen, a former Neillsville resident.)





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