Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 15, 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

February 1917


The new Plaza Restaurant in the Kapellan building has formally opened.  The Sunday, Feb. 4 - Dinner Menu for 50’ is:


Chicken Noodle Soup, olives, pickles, Fricassee of Chicken with Rice; Roast Leg of Veal & Spaghetti, green peas, Boiled or Mashed Potatoes, Apple Tapioca pudding, Tea, and Coffee.            


The new Christian Science Church is one of the neatest public edifices in this city and is a pleasing addition to Neillsville’s increasing number of modern buildings.  The church is situated at a particularly advantageous location, being across the street from the public library, and of convenient access to every portion of the city.


The architectural design of the church is characteristic of all Christian Science churches, the large columns in the front giving it a massive, and yet balanced appearance.  The inside finishing of selected red birch throughout the building is insulated with the Lino felt, which will make it easily heated and warm and comfortable at all times.  In all its appointments, it is thoroughly modern and is a most beautiful little building. A pipe organ will be installed in the new church next Sunday morning at 11 o’clock and the attendance of the public is cordially invited.


Wisconsin still leads in the number of silos within its state.


There are 58,000 silos of an average capacity of 89 tons in use on Wisconsin farms in the fall of 1916, according to the state’s federal crop estimators.  One farmer in three living on farms of more than 20 acres in Wisconsin has one of these storehouses for succulent feed.                                                                         


It was a prosperous looking suitcase and a shivering bum at the Tomah railroad station who saw visions of warm underwear and hole-less socks.  He lifted it and sped into outer darkness.  The suitcase belonged to Erwin Blatter, a member of the La Crosse High School basketball team, which played in Tomah Satruday night, and what its ragged kidnapper obtained from it to shield him from the blizzard was: one sleeveless jersey, one pair of skimpy gymnasium trunks, and one pair of tennis shoes.                                                            


We want to buy 17-inch Bass bolts, 7-inches and over in diameter, will pay $4.10 per cord, Farmers Cooperative Lumber Yard.                                                                                                                 


The Chicago Tribune on Monday noted the sudden death of Bernard Listeman, which occurred on Sunday.  Mr. Listeman has visited here, as he and his wife have many years with his son, Kurt.


Bernard Listeman, famous violinist, and one of the pioneers of the music of this country, died suddenly yesterday of heart disease at his home, 611 Fullerton Parkway.


Mr. Listeman has been engaged in teaching, and concert work in this country for forty-nine years.  He was 76 years old.


Mr. Listeman was born in Germany, studied with David, Vieutemps, and Joachim, and at the age of 17 was appointed court violinist to the Prince of Schwartzberg.


He came to the United States in 1867, and became concertmaster of the Thomas Orchestra in New York City.  Afterward, he founded the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, which was a nucleus of the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He afterward toured the United States as a soloist.


He leaves his widow, Sophie Listeman, and four sons, Paul, Franz, Kurt, and Fred, and a daughter, Virginia Baxter.


(Kurt Listeman, a brewmeister, operated the Neillsville Brewery from 1898 until closing it in 1925. DZ)


Ed Selves went to Little Falls, Minnesota Monday.  He has two sections of land up there, which have every indication of being rich in iron ore, and a mining company there has offered to buy the land.  Mr. Selves went by train to Little Falls, and from there planned to walk 40 miles on snowshoes, as the heavy snow has tied up the branch railroad, which ordinarily takes him in to his land.                                                                              


A last of the old-time sawmills has been dismantled, and is now but a memory, for Linster Bros. have sold their mill, and have shipped the machinery to a buyer at Goodrich.                                     


Owing to the shortage of cars and material, the Ford Motor Company has notified us, they will ship no cars unless we send them our customer’s order with his signed check for $50.


These orders are placed on file at St. Paul, and filled in rotation according to when received.


You want the car, we want to sell it; but unless you place your order in the next 60 days, you stand a slim chance of getting a car this year.


Knorr & Rausch, Granton … and … Peter Paulson, Neillsville.


(This was during World War I, so steel was no doubt of limited supply due to much going for wartime use.  DZ)



Paulson’s Garage was located on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and West Fifth Street Intersection.  Two Ford touring cars are shown in the above photo, which was taken about 1917.  The large building’s second floor had a smooth hardwood floor that accommodated various dancing events.  For several years the Moose Club members held their meetings and social gatherings there.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts.)


A large crowd of young people, in the Globe area, gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Klueckman Sunday evening where they played cards, and danced until about midnight, when they all left for home, assuring the Klueckman family that they would be back sometime, and surprise them in the same enjoyable manner.


After the big snowstorm, about 18 men from Chili, went to Marshfield Friday noon to help shovel snow at the railroad yard there, returning Saturday on the 11 o’clock train.  Trains were all late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on account of the deep snow.                                                                                                 


Neillsville went dry yesterday by a big majority, for everybody who used city water were forced to be without it for a short time in the morning as a leak developed in the water mains during the night and in the morning the standpipe was dry as an asbestos herring.  The city crew got up early to locate the trouble but so far have been unable to find the leak.  The heavy snow has also handicapped the crew in locating the leak under the heavy mantle of snow.  Many a shivering citizen got up yesterday morning, and cussed because his water pipes had frozen up during the night.


January 1952


A new method of treating icy streets has been found by City Engineer James Hanson.  His crew has been putting on fine clinkers from the Neillsville Milk Products furnace to take the iciness off the streets.  “On slushy streets, the clinkers don’t settle the way sand does.  Also, when there is a heavy snowfall, it doesn’t go through the way the sand does,” he explained.


City crews have used five tons of calcium chloride crystals, and two tons of salt so far in their efforts to keep the streets passable. The salt and chloride are mixed 200 pounds to four yards of sand.  The chloride was used up two months ago, but more will be ordered.                                                                                


Eighteen Clark County youths were inducted into the Army and five into the Marine Corps on January 24 to fill the January selective service quota.


They were: Gary N. Corey, Donald C. Reindel, Floyd E. Short, Francis F. Zilk, and Herman J. Strangfeld of Neillsville; Lawrence M. Degenhardt, Gerald W. Koshak, and Eugene R. Zuege of Loyal; Donald R. German of Curtiss; Francis E. Hansen of Owen; Herman W. Hoffman of Auburndale; Duane R. Horn, Joseph Briski, Jr., and Richard A. Kauth of Greenwood.  Louis R. Hribar of Chicago; Raymond G. Johnson, and Charles Schaefer of Abbotsford; Lester D. Rabska of Withee; Robert L. Spry of Granton; James P. Wilde of Colby; Victor F. Lindekugel of Marshfield, Milden W. Schwanebeck of Pittsville. 


In addition, two registrants living in Clark County but registered elsewhere, were inducted into the Army.  They were Duane O. Timerson of Neillsville, and Harold A. Boyer of Unity.                          


Freedom Goes Out The Window!


Editorial by – Wells F. Harvey:


We read in The Press about the address on Freedom of Albert Smith, who spoke from a background of painstaking research.  He demonstrated that throughout history, nations have fallen because of the desire of their people to avoid work.  This thesis is advanced at a time when the people of the United States are engaged in one of the most momentous efforts of all time to curtail their labors, and to live off the federal treasury.


And what is the answer?


We need to understand where we are drifting, and to have wisdom, and the backbone to demand a return to the principles of freedom upon which the United States was founded.                             


The Town of Washburn and Clark County highway workers started work last Thursday, getting ready to construct a new 60-foot span bridge on Cunningham Creek between sections three and four, which is known as Kurth Corner, Pray Road near the Clarence Reinhart farm.  The old bridge was erected about 60 or 65 years ago, and has been condemned for several years.  The new bridge will be about 200 feet north of the old one.  The creek will be straightened and a new channel will be dug.  The new bridge, which will replace the old 14-foot wide bridge, will be 24-feet wide.


Jordahl’s Gambles Store – “Dollar Days Sale!”


Coronado ‘Super’ Wringer Washer $131.75 & with the sale,

Special Price on Double Wash Tubs, Reg. $15.95 for only $1.00!

Dollar Specials for the Barn: Pitch Fork, 3-tine $1

Galvanized Hog trough $1; Barn Shovel 11” x 14” $1

10” Pipe Wrench $1; Elec. Frost Shields for Car $1;

Plus, many other $1 Deals!


A Recipe from the Clark County Homemakers organization:  Recipe submitted by Mrs. Albert Fravert of West Side Homemakers Club of Greenwood, Wis.:


Brown Spice Cake – 1½ cup white sugar, ½ cup butter, ½ cup shortening, 3 eggs, beaten; Mix these four ingredients together well.  Then add 1 cup ground raisins, ½ tsp Cinnamon, ½ tsp Cloves, and ½ tsp Allspice.  Stir 1 cup sour milk with 1 tsp baking soda, then, sift together 3 cups flour with 1 tsp baking powder.  Add milk, and flour mixtures alternately into sugar mixture.  Stir well, then pour into buttered 9” x 13” pan.  Bake 30 or 35 minutes in 350-degree oven.


(During the 1950s, there were many Homemaker Clubs within the county.  Also, it was the time before women began working outside of their homes, having time to do baking, exchanging recipes.  Some of those recipes were featured weekly in the Clark County Press.  The above Spice Cake recipe topped with broiled caramel-coconut frosting was one of my favorites. DZ)                                                                                                    


An adult class in dressmaking will be organized Monday evening, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the home economics department of Neillsville High School.  Ten weekly lessons will be offered.  Everyone familiar with the use of the sewing machine, and use of patterns is cordially invited to attend.


The work will be in charge of Mrs. Waters, home economics teacher at the high school.


Seventy-six students at Neillsville High School are taking the driver education course, Ivan W. Lauscher, principal announced.  This is the eleventh year the course has been offered.                


Taking advantage of the nearness of ‘Leap Year Day,” February 29, Senior Girl Scouts of Neillsville gave an all-school Leap Year Dance at the high school gym last Friday night with almost 100 students present.


The gym was appropriately decorated with posters depicting the “horrors” of married life, and the cartoons clipped from magazines showing the humor of courtship and marriage.


During the course of the evening, a string dance was held.  Before the girls chose their partners, they secured a piece of string, and tied this to their partners.  They day they had heard from the married relatives that getting a man to say “yes” wasn’t too difficult, but holding him was another story.  They took no chances.


One of the highpoints of the evening was an actual proposal, staged by Bobbye Russell and Milton Wagner.  Fortunately, The Clark County Press camera was there to record the big moment.  Petite Miss Russell had to stand to propose because when she knelt she was completely out of his range of vision.  Numerous high school boys and a few girls, crowded around, no doubt getting pointers for Leap Year, 1956.


Unfortunately, we were unable to record Milton’s answer for posterity.  The only thing Bobbye seemed worried about was her mother’s attitude.


“You’ll have to square this with her,” she worriedly told Mrs. Harriette Hoesly, Senior Scout leader, “I don’t even go with this boy.  We were just dancing, together, that’s all.”


Bobbye shouldn’t have worried because it was St. Patrick, patron saint of the Irish, who originated the right of a maid to propose marriage during Leap Year.


Girls who headed the various committees at the Leap Year dance included: Donna Rae Peterson, and Betty Trogner, co-chairmen of the refreshment committee; Carol Barr, decorations; Ruth Burr, tickets; Elaine Hart, advertising; Susan Maderfield, entertainment, and Shirley Holt, and Judy Paulson, Clean-up committee.


Chaperones included, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Lauscher, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Hoesly, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hauge.  The Nemitz brothers furnished the old-time, and Square dance music.





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