Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 4, 2016, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1902


Fred Seif, of the Town of Seif, has purchased half of Mrs. D. Gates’ five-acre lot on Grand Ave., used this fall as a football ground, and Mrs. Geo. Wiesner purchased the other half.  It is reported that Mr. Seif will build a fine residence on his lot in a year or more and Mr. Wiesner that they expect to use theirs for a similar purpose.


Cy Dewey is having rock hauled for a large residence on the five-acre tract just south, and will doubtess build next season.  These three proposed fine houses together with G. L. Sontag’s and Geo. Trogner’s already there will give to that side of Grand Avenue South, a metropolitan air.  Let the good work go on.                               


E. E. Weast who has been living in the city to secure medical treatment for his son, has moved back to his home above Christie.  The boy has fully recovered.  The case attracted considerable attention, it being necessary to secure a new growth of bone in the lower limb, which was accomplished by the use of chemically treated calf’s bone.


Dr. French reports a case of small pox in the Town of Pine Valley.  Miss Della Manse, who is a trained nurse and has been employed in Wausau, came home sick last week, and upon examination the doctor pronounced it small pox.  The case is a mild type, however, and the patient is getting along comfortably.        


Asa Duell of Greenwood, returned to his home much gratified over the operation performed on him by the Drs. Conroy.


For Sale: a coal stove in good condition; also, large box stove with drum and pipe; will trade for four-foot wood.  Also, For Sale: three lots on Court Street.  Inquire of Ira McIntire.                      


Last Sunday L. G. Masters, Charlie Gates, Wm. Volkman, and Alfred Klopf went out rabbit hunting for the special purpose of winning the belt from the rabbit club of which Joe Herrian is captain.  They came home with a score of fifteen rabbits, one more than Mr. Herrian’s club has on record.  Joe will have to get up early and try again.


Penny pictures, fifteen pictures for 15’.  These pictures are mounted on a neat little card at 1’ each, over Neff’s Shop.


The Wisconsin Farm Land Co. closed an important deal Thursday, by which they sold 3,000 acres in a lump to 10 different settlers, who will open stock farms.  The tract is located in Clark County, near Tioga.


The circuit court of Marathon County issued an order Monday, authorizing a vote to be taken to the incorporation of the Village of Spencer.                                                                                            


Clint and William Varney were arrested Wednesday by Game Warden Redmond to killing deer out of season.  The latter pleaded guilty before Justice Dudley and received a sentence of 60 days.  The former will stand trial.


Rice Davis has purchased a half interest in the Meat Market at Granton and in the future the firm will be known as Hosely and Davis.  Mr Hosely is a butcher, with considerable experience in that line, and has proved to be an honest, capable businessman, while everybody knows the sterling qualities of Mr. Davis, who has lived here for a good many years.  Mr. Hosely will have charge of the shop and Mr. Davis will do the hustling on the outside, buying stock among the farmers about here who will no doubt recognize his handsome face as that of an old-time neighbor, and friend, and give him their patronage.                                                                                                              


O. E. Counsell has purchased the warehouse of Walk Bros. at Chili last week and will buy and ship all kinds of grain from there.                                                                                                                  


The new flooring for the courthouse has arrived and will be put down immediately.  It is a fine grade of birch, 7/8’s of an inch thick, and will make a good floor.


(Did that beautiful flooring end up in a landfill when the building was torn down?  Years ago, there wasn’t much thought in what old buildings held as being valuable.  DZ)                                      


During the past season, John Wolff has built a fine barn on his farm near the north limits of the city.  He has cleared up the land and greatly improved the premises generally.  The house will probably receive his attention next.


The John Wolff Meat Market was located on East Sixth Street, second building on the south side of the street, which in recent years has been remodeled.  Wolff maintained a farm near the city where butchering was done for supplying his meat market business.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts collection)



Fred Wendt who recently sold his farm in southern Pine Valley, this week purchased the old Chandler farm from Mrs. B. F. French.  It consists of nearly 200 acres, lying two miles north of the city.  Consideration $4,000


James Campbell has sold out all his right, title, and interest in his paint shop at Wolff &Korman’s.  Ira Houghton is the purchaser.                                                                                                              


The North Side Lime Kiln Club has rented the building that was lately purchased by G. W. Smith, now members will continue to spend quiet evenings there at their favorite game of “five spot.”


January 1947


Old Man Winder bid Clark County and Central Wisconsin a 1946 adieu early this week as temperatures skidded to new lows in the first sub-zero cold snap of the current season.


The official government thermometer, on the Indian School farm, hit a cold 27-below zero during the early hours of Tuesday morning.                                                                                             


The year of 1946 has been a big time for building in Clark County.  A reasonable estimate is that building has been done in the county to a total cost of from 2 ½ to $3 million.


The large volume of building has been accomplished in the face of shortages almost desperate.  It speaks in many cases for necessity, which has been even more desperate than the shortages.  Many persons have been so situated that they have been obliged to go ahead, regardless of every difficulty.  They have braved the shortages of material and of labor; they have stood up against the relatively high cost at every point.  And they have, in the aggregate, run up an impressive score of construction, as has been observed all over the county.


The estimate here made as to the cost of construction in 1946 is more than a mere guess.  The Press has grounds for placing the volume of sales of building materials in the county at about $750,000.  To this must be added the value of materials produced by farmers on the ground or secured from neighbors.  In a county which still has considerable available timber, this is an item of some importance.  The estimate is that the value of all building materials used, exclusive of plumbing, electrical materials, and paint, was about one million dollars.


What has been done in 1946 is hardly more than a small start.  In common with the rest of the county, Clark County has done very little building through the depression, and World War II.  This means that building has lagged for 15 years.  It will take at least five years to catch up with the urgent demand; probably double that time.


The Neillsville Plant of Jos. Weidenhoff, Inc. has witnessed a rapid expansion in the year of 1946.


They are makers of Automotive and Aviation Test Equipment, and Battery Chargers.  The number of employees at the Weidenhoff plant has now reached 110.


The company acknowledges their continuing and increasing debt of gratitude to Herman North and George Tibbett, who own the building in which they are operating.


(The building is located on West 8th Street. DZ)                                         


Moldenhauer Jewelry again has D.M.C. Thread in stock.  This was made in France and was lost to us during the war.  We now have a fresh shipment; six-strand; also Crochet cotton, sizes 20 to 80, Perle Cotton No. 8.


Just Received!  Boys’ 6-inch Top Shoes, with the easy moccasin toe.  They give ankle support at the time in a boy’s life when he needs it.  A sturdy shoe only $3.95, available at Unger’s Shoe Store.  


One of the most treacherous pieces of roadway during the icy period last week, was the two-mile stretch of pavement between Greenwood and the Junction highways of 73 and 98.  Traffic Officer Lorris Dusso reported that nine cars piled in the ditch in a period of four days as a result of the “glare ice” condition there.


A Wheeler Transport truck, loaded with 30,000 pounds of merchandise, crashed completely through the John Gilbertson home in Black River Falls about 2 a.m. Tuesday.  Fifteen minutes later the house, transport and a truck belonging to the Gilbertsons went up in roaring flames.


Damage was tentatively estimated at $75,000.


A miracle of no small proportion was that the truck, ramming through the house, passed directly between the two bedrooms in which Mr. and Mrs. Gilbertson and two grown sons were sleeping.  None of them was injured, although the bed in which the elderly couple had slept was found partially under the transport.


The “Battle of the Century,” the kind that comes up every three or four months, will take place on the Greenwood High School gymnasium floor Sunday afternoon.


It is a battle between the Bouncing Bucketeers of the Neillsville Rotary Club and the Basket Boopers of the Greenwood Rotary Club.


Leading the Neillsville Bouncing Bucketeers will be Dr. “Speedy” Overman, who is admitted being a handy man with a stethoscope.  His counterpart on the Greenwood Basket Boopers will be Dr. “Buckets” Griswold, the fiery flash who digs a dashing drill.


A casual examination of the starting line-ups, as presented for publication by Bill Kavanaugh, who can’t make up his mind whether he lives in Neillsville or Greenwood, gives rise to interest.


Donning battler dress for the Neillsville aggregation, says Bill, will be Budge “2-point” Wagner, “Deadeye” Wasserburger, “Stretch” Nielsen, and the Masked marvel, who will probably turn out to be Buzz Sawyer or Flattop.


Joining “Buckets” Griswold in upholding the honor of dear old Greenwood will be “Flash” Wuethrich, “Crazy-legs” Snedic, Viggo “Hi-Point” Rasmussen, and Coach Dave Mayo.


The game is scheduled to get under way at 2;15 p.m.  And may the better team still be standing when the final whistle is puffed.                                                                                                           


Since the majority of World War II veterans have allowed their government life insurance to lapse since discharge, R. W. Schiller, Clark County Veterans Service Officer, calls to the veterans’ attention that January 31, 1947, is the last date for reinstatement of their insurance without a physical examination if their insurance has lapsed more than six months.


Electric Hot Pads, General Electric, and Zephyr $4.95 and up; Hot Pads for local application where heat is needed, relieving rheumatic pains and colds; a fine bed warmer, Available at Clark County Electric Shop, 137 Hewett Street.


Transfer of ownership of the Model Laundry to Kenneth Olson and Carl R. Wegner was completed last Thursday.  Former owners are Herbert Nielsen and Harry Wasserberger.                                  


Somewhere, there are about 12 shovels with abbreviated handles belonging to the city.  They originally were place in the sand bins on downtown street corners for the convenience of motorists and others who occasionally have need for them.


During the few years the bins have been in place, the shovels probably have been unintentionally placed in cars, and carried away. 


“Those short handles make them handy,” commented Street Commissioner Emil Mattson.  So, saying, he issued instructions that future shovel replacements will be cut with longer handles, for “then they won’t be so easy to drop in a car and forgotten.”


Incidentally, if anyone happens to discover one of the shovels kicking around in his car, he is asked to drop it off at the city hall.  The city can use it as a replacement.                                                   


Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Rush expect to move into their new home on South Grand Avenue Monday.  They have been living in a tourist cabin since closing their Lake Arbutus Cottage for the winter.


Ray Shaw and Louie Meinholdt have purchased the Pool Gall from Oscar “Dimps” Gluck.  Mr. Shaw, who has been connected with the business for some time, will continue to be active in management.


Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Leabell Voight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Voight of Loyal, to Sherrin Mack, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Mack of Loyal.  The ceremony took place January 22, at the Catholic parsonage in Loyal.  The young couple will reside in Loyal, where the groom will be employed.


The following deputies have been appointed by Sheriff Kutsche: Adolph Haavisto, Owen; Alvin Holtzhausen, Abbotsford; Fred Cox, Loyal; William Nelson, Owen; Lorris Dusso, Greenwood; Harry Frantz, Neillsville.  Of these, the three-last named have been appointed deputies by virtue of their service as traffic officers.





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