Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 22, 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

February 1937


1930's Flooding near Neillsville, Wisconsin

*photos below added (2010) after publication of this edition

from the Mike Warlum Family Album.



St. Mary’s Church of Neillsville gave its weekly card party Monday evening of this week as a benefit for flood sufferers, the organization turning the entire amount of $57 over to the local Red Cross.  There were 33 tables at the various card games, the women providing a fine lunch.  A large number of exceptionally fine prizes were given, being donated by the local merchants.



Part of the training for those attending the Teacher Training course each year is a short unit presented by the Home Economics Department on “hot lunches.”


This year, the girls are receiving their training by serving hot lunches to those desiring it in the high school.  Two girls prepare and serve each day a hot dish, dessert, and milk.  The preparation includes, planning, and purchasing of the food.


The patronage of this lunch has steadily increased during the past week.  The students need not purchase an entire lunch but sign for the food they wish.  Five cents charged for the hot dish, four cents for dessert, and three cents for a small bottle of milk.


The project has proved so successful that the freshman and sophomore classes in Home Economics will continue the work when the Teacher Training students have finished their work.                                


O. E. Counsell has in his possession a prized photograph of a logging camp crew taken in Robert Garvin’s camp ½ mile west and ½ mile north of the Starr Corner Cheese Factory, 51 years ago.  Only two of the 21 members of the crew are still living in Clark County, Mr. Counsell of this city, then 17 years of age, and Charlie Wagner of Globe.  Most of them, including Frank Marg who passed away two weeks ago, are deceased.  There are four yokes of oxen used in the camp, and number of teams of horses, also included in the picture.


(Starr Corner Cheese Factory was located at the corner of Starr Road and County Road W.)


The law demanding that all gold coins be turned in to the federal government caused many to part with keepsakes, especially those who were honest enough to report their holdings.  Erwin Moldenhauer has a two and one-half dollar gold-piece that was given to his mother, Christina Wachtmann, when she was 14 years of age as part payment for raking, by hand, a large field of grain on the farm of her father, near Cedarburg, Wis., shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War.


Chapman’s Grill Specials – Valentine’s Day Dinner, Served Sunday, only 50’.

Saturday Night specials – Spare Ribs & Sauerkraut, Chili, Chow Mein, Oysters, Shrimp & Chicken.


Homemade Flavor Spud Bread, made as you would make it at home, of selected high-quality ingredients with the addition of baked potatoes.  Just ask for Burl’s Spud Bread, 10’ at Your Grocer.


J. Wittingham, formerly of Marshfield has opened an electrically equipped hatchery in the building formerly used as a restaurant, corner of 7th Street and Grand Avenue.  The equipment is all new and up to date.


Time to get the harness oiled up for spring and summer at Albert Degener Hardware.


Good harness oil, 65’ per gallon; Preserve your Fence Posts and use Creosote, 58’ per gallon; Have Galvanized Sap Pails, 19’ each.                                                                                                       


Last week Bob French informed The Press that he had received a card telling of the death of Walter Granger, for many years rural route driver out of Merrillan.  Mr. Granger was born near Merrillan, his parents being among the earliest settlers.


Mr. French recalls that when the late Sereno Wren, then a young man, came up the Black River in 1861, he sat down by the road near “Paddy’s Rest,” a wayside tavern near the present site of the Hatfield power house.  As he sat there, a man named Lynn Tucker came by with two yokes of oxen pulling a wagon, enroute to the Granger farm for hay.  Mr. Wren went with him to the Granger home and remained there all winter, then came over the mouth of the East Fork to work in the Mead saw mill.


Mr. Tucker cleared the old field now the site of W. A. Campman’s, and J. F. Schuster’s cottages.


This community, along with the rest of the Northwest, is gradually digging itself out of the worst blizzard in years, which started Saturday night, and continued unabated until Monday.  Traffic throughout this part of the state was paralyzed Sunday and Monday, as highway workers battled against overwhelming odds trying to remove snow, which piled into drifts 10 to 12 feet high in places.  Added to the great mass of snow was an under layer of slush, which froze to plow blades, making it impossible to proceed.                                                         


At a special meeting in the Town of Grant it was voted to buy a big snowplow, and a 60-horsepower diesel caterpillar.  The plow is now at work clearing out the town roads.                                            


Important Announcement!

Effective March 1, 1937, Price Advance of $10 on all Models of Maytag Wringer Washing Machines.

Buy Now before Prices Raise.

A Genuine Maytag as low as $49.50! Use Our Time payment Plan.  Free Insurance. 

Available at – Neillsville Maytag Co., 1 door North of Schultz Bros. Store.


(The ad included a photo of a Maytag washing machine model, which had a small gasoline motor mounted on the bottom framework of the machine.  That model was made for the convenience of farm homes that hadn’t yet been installed with electrical power, such as our farm home at that time.


As a kid, I remember the end of the gasoline motor’s flexible exhaust pipe being put out the bottom of a slightly open kitchen window, with towels stuffed around it to keep the cold air and exhaust fumes outside.  Also, there was a lock on one of the machine’s four wheels to keep the washing machine in place, as the vibration of the motor would tend to move the washing machine around the kitchen floor. It was difficult to carry on a conversation above the noise of the motor.


(“The Good Old Days” DZ) (My parents had a Coronado washing machine in the 1940s, much the same. DMK)


The Neillsville Maytag Company store was in the first building to the north of Schultz Bros. store on the northeast corner of Hewett and Fifth Streets in the 1930s, shown in the above photo.  At that time Schultz. Bros. was in a two-story building, which later was torn down and replaced with a one-story structure.


February 1957


The Granton High School sponsored a candy sale last Tuesday, and Thursday, at the high school as a March of Dimes benefit.  Forty-two dollars and 67 cents were made.  The chairman of each class was their class president: senior, Karen Hack; junior, Dale Trimberger; sophomore, James Lee; and freshmen, Douglas Opelt.


Ed Miller of Loyal, is moving his bakery from the Jess Raab building, where it has been located for the past few years, to his new bakery building, north of the Red Owl store.  The building, which was started last fall, is of double construction.  The north half is the property of Mr. Miller, and the south part is the property of Robert Prior, who hopes to occupy it with his jewelry store by the last of the month.  Neil Johnson will later occupy the Raab building.


Lloyd Hansen, Loyal retailer has purchased the Albert Witt building on Main Street and hopes, within the next few months, to occupy it.


The second floor is being prepared for living quarters for the family, who plan to sell their present home.  The lower floor, which was formerly a meat market will house Mr. Hansen’s merchandise.


For the three years Mr. Hansen has been here his store has been located in the Manard Schwantes building.


The Rev. Idar J. Tanner has started work as the pastor of the new Calvary Lutheran Church. Pastor and Mrs. Tanner now occupy the newly constructed parsonage at 212 Hill Street.


Architect’s plans for a new church are at the present time under consideration, the Rev. Mr. Tanner said.  Present plans are to have construction underway as soon as weather conditions will permit.


Some people are really digging into the “old sock” to make an investment in the Neillsville Industrial Corporation.


Frank Svetlik and Charles Barr report making a visit to a farmer Monday night and coming away with a $100 investment, most of which was turned over in 50-cent pieces.                                                     


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Holt, of Neillsville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Jean, to Edward Tresemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Tresemer, of Neillsville.  A July wedding is planned. 


National Beauty Week, February 10 thru 16!  New Hours Starting this Saturday and every Saturday thereafter at Bert’s Beauty Salon, will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Hair Cuts: Razor Cuts, Scissor Cuts & Shaping.  Partial permanents – whether it’s two curls or More.


Shirley Casper, Manager, Janice Wasserburger, operator                                


This is a busy weekend for the Service Company, 128th Infantry Regiment.


Saturday the company will hold open house at the Armory from 1;30 to 3:30 p.m. as a part of the state-wide National Guard recruiting program.  The local company’s quota is for 19 new men.  In addition, equipment will be displayed on the city’s main street.


Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the company will hold its annual fishing contest at Snyder’s Dam, six miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10.  Major pries include a 12-gauge automatic shotgun, a .22 automatic rifle, and a spinning reel.  Holes will be cut, and minnows will be available to entrants.                       


Pfc. Edward Genteman has arrived home from Korea on a 30-day leave.  He was a bulldozer and crane operator while in Korea, and will leave home again to go to Pittsburgh, Pa., to join an anti-aircraft unit guarding the steel mills.


Very fortunate were Floyd Pietenpol and Clay Converse of Granton when they returned home this week with their limit of fish after spending eight days at Pietenpol’s cottage at Mercer, where they were ice fishing.


Wanted! – The largest Hen’s Egg in Clark County, by weight.


$5 Reward will be Paid on Family Night, Thursday Feb. 21st, at Your Neillsville IGA Foodliner.


Contest Now Open. Also, We Buy Eggs.


Forty women of Neillsville will make a house-to-house canvass of the city Sunday, Heart Sunday, in an effort to raise the city’s quota for the Wisconsin Heart Association.


The Business and Professional Women’s Club are sponsoring the campaign.


Annual Firemen’s Ball for the Alma Center Community Fire District at the Inwood Ballroom, Hatfield on Saturday, Feb. 23, Music by Stan Thurston & His Orchestra.                                                


On three railroad freight cars, someplace between Illinois and Neillsville, is the 120 x 120 steel building, which will be erected on the new industrial site eat of the Neillsville Country Club by the Neillsville Industrial Corporation.


The building is expected to arrive here sometime early next week, according to the estimate of Herbert Puscheck of Chili, building contractor.  Erection will be started immediately, providing the weatherman is favorably inclined.


The footings, foundation and pilasters for the building already have been completed.  Joseph Ylvisaker, manager of the nelson plant, which will occupy the building, said that the cement contractor hopes to be able to pour the concrete slab about April 15.


In the meantime, approximately 20 workers for the Neillsville Industrial Corporation project are pushing to complete the financing locally of this largest civic promotion of its kind in the city’s history.


Their effort is to raise completely the $115,500 needed for the project.  This would eliminate the necessity for any outside financing.


Up to Tuesday afternoon, cash totaling $54,500 in investments in the Neillsville Industrial Corporation had been deposited in the city’s two banks.


There remains a considerable amount of money being available after March 1.


Confirmation series were held Sunday morning at Grace Methodist Church in Greenwood.  The service was in charge of the confirmands given over to things the youths had learned, and to their reception into membership.  Members of the class wee: Carol and Roger Dillenbeck, Bonnie Anderson, Paul Dixon, Clifton Fonstad, Jr., Ernest Maines, Ronald Smith, Mary Syth, and Roger Tieman.  Special music during the service were selections by the men’s chorus.


Twenty-eight awards and badges were presented to the Neillsville Cub Scouts at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet in the high school gymnasium last Saturday night.


Those receiving awards were: Wolf Badges, Leroy Ludovic, Terry Hauge, Steve Roberts, Tom Hauri, and Dennis Braatz; Bear Badges, Dennis West, Dave Schmidt, Eddie Mazola, and Allen Carl; Lion Badges, Wayne Brown, Craig Graves, Dick Ihlenfeldt, Mike Strebing, Tim Harvey, Jeff Schwantes, Peter Manz, and Glenn Ketchum.





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