Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 8, 2017, Page 9

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Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1907


For Sale: A nice house and lot on Main Street, centrally located, with water and sewer; also, good pump water, price $850.  Inquire at newspaper office.                                                                                                                                                 


F. W. Shrimpton, manager of the Greenwood Roller Mills, was here attending the School Board Convention.  He stated to parties here that the mill is to install an electric motor, and run with power from the dam.


Mert Palmer’s check for December milk at Andrus’ Creamery was $90.03 from ten cows, nine new milkers, and one heifer.                                                                                                                


Monday afternoon Martin LaStofka got the Republican & Press editor on board his cutter and together they rode out to make a tour of inspection of some of the area’s silos.  The first one visited was on the Youmans farm; it is of the Buff Jersey type, made of two-by-four scantling.  It has the merit of being cheap to construct.


Geo. Swann has a fine silo, the lower part of stone, and upper part of brick, Similar in construction is that of Geo. Wilding, also that of M. C. Ring on his big stock farm, although much larger and elaborate than any of the others visited.


One thing that surprised us was the amount of silage frozen to the lower part of the walls in all the silos visited.  As we did not have an opportunity to talk with the owners on this point, we are unable to state how this affects the value of the silage.


There will be a basketball game at the Opera House Feb. 22.  Neillsville High School to play the Hixton high School, 15’ general admission, reserve seat 25’.  Dance after game.  All come and join in the chorus of: U-Rah! U-Rah! U-Rah! Rah! Neillsville High School, Zip! Bum! Rah!                                                     


Saturday Specials! For Your Vegetables try our line – Hubbard Squash 10’ & 15’; Carrots, 10’ Pak, or 35’ per bushel; Celery, per bunch, 10’; Cabbage, per head, 6’ and 10’.  Also, Parsley, Onions, Lettuce, Spinach, Beets; Pickles of all kinds, sweet, sour, sweet mixed and dill, at The Pure Food Grocery; Ketel & Smith, Prop.


Viola Sturdevant entertained a number of her girlfriends Tuesday night at a “ghost party.”  The house was dimly lighted with candles, and the girls threw themselves into delightful fits with the weirdest and most hair-raising ghost stories that ever came to Neillsville.  The ate toasted marshmallows, and had a “good old time.”


The Roddis Veneer Company plant, of Marshfield, was totally destroyed by fire Sunday night, involving a loss of about $75,000.  It is not known whether or not it will be rebuilt.                        


W. J. Marsh this week became the owner of the H. H. Heath residence, one of the most elegant homes in Neillsville.  It is a house of beautiful proportions and design, planned to perfections on the interior.


(The Heath-Marsh home was at 209 E. 4th St.)                                                    


Col. Holway gave out the statement this week that the contract for building the big dam at Hatfield has been let, and that the promoters of the dam had entered into a long-term contract with La Crosse to furnish light for the city.


This 1907 photo was taken during construction of the Hatfield Dam, which was a large project at that time.  It required many laborers, resources, and time to complete.  When completed, the dam was capable of controlling the Black River from the possibilities of flooding the Lake Arbutus are and downstream riverbanks; as well, it generated electricity for a number of years. (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts)



Miss Johanna Marx and Miss Margaret Haas visited with Lorenz Haas and family Sunday and enjoyed the taffy candy pull.


Dr. J. H. Brooks has purchased W. J. Marsh’s house on Clay Street.  It has recently been rebuilt and modernized in every way and with its pretty location on one of the finest streets in the city it makes an elegant home.  Dr. Brooks has wisely laid the foundation for a permanent home here by giving his profession constant and studious attention, building up a good practice, and equipping his office equal to any of the offices in the largest cities.


For Sale: A good family horse, with cutter, and buggy, a fine cow, and household furniture.  See Mrs. R. T. Boullion.


Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lowe and family celebrated Washington’s birthday by eating dinner with Mr. F. Cawley.  Although Mrs. Cawley is about four score years of age, she is bright and active and can get up the best “boiled dinner” going.


Fred W. Draper reports a number of applications for increase of pension already filed under the new act of Feb. 6, 1907; seven applications in the last five days.  Under this law, Civil War veterans who served ninety days or more are entitled at 62 years of age, to $12 per month; at 70 years of age to $15, and at age 75 to $20 per month.  It will affect a great many old soldiers here.                                                                                                                    


Butter and Eggs Wanted:


We pay the very top price.  Our large city trade demands dairy butter and is willing to pay a good price for Quality Butter.  We can use any amount of fresh eggs.


Oranges at this time of the year are the sweetest and juiciest; we have the best at 35’ and 30’ a doz.


Vermont Pure Maple Syrup, finest pure maple syrup, gal. $1.25.


Bakery Goods – Another Fresh Line of these Good Cookies, 10’ and 12½’ per lb.


Walk’s Store, Phone 25 – “A Good Place to Trade!”


February 1947


Mrs. John Sliter arrived in Neillsville Saturday after a visit with her husband in Dallas and Brownsville, Texas.  After leaving Madison on Friday, the bus on which she was riding became snowbound, and they spent the night in the bus near DeForest.  In the morning, a farm woman who lived nearby served them coffee.  After being plowed out, the bus returned to Madison to wait for better road conditions.


(I wonder how bus passengers would react in this era, being snowbound for 24 hours without food or water, each having only a cup of hot coffee during that time?  I think we could each make a good guess.  Back then, most people lived with bare necessities, and a harder life style, so they tended to take occasional discomforts, and inconveniences as a normal way of life. DZ) 


District Attorney Bruce F. Beilfuss returned to Neillsville Sunday from Milwaukee, where he wallowed through Milwaukee’s worst blizzard in 23 years, and went more than 24 hours without eating.


Clarence Burchell and Lloyd Johnson have taken over the taxi service in Neillsville from the Winn brothers, Don and Bernard.  The transfer was put into effect January 30.  They have changed the name to the B&J Taxi Cab Co.


That the farm women of Norway do the barn work, caring for the cows, was told to the Rotary Club Tuesday evening by Edwin Evenson.  Only men were present, and they gave audible approval to this idea.  The inference was that they considered Norway a good spot for a man to be in.


But it appears that nobody is quite content, for Mr. Evenson says that lots of men in Norway would like to come to the United States.  They are prevented by the fact that they cannot get enough money, and by the further fact that, if they got it, they could not take it out of the country, because of legal restrictions.


Postwar Norway is full of contradictions, somewhat like postwar America.  Food is high, eggs being scarce, and selling for 50 cents each.  Yet the people are warmly and neatly clothed, and long lines form in front of the wine shops, where they pay big prices for drinks.                                                                       


A homecoming dance will be held at the Granton Village Hall Friday, February 14, it is announced by the high school pep club.  The grand march at 9:30 p.m. will be led by Wallace Erickson as king and Jean Nickel as queen.  Their court of honors consists of Marvin Garbisch and Mildred Erickson, Bob Seltrect and Diana Eibergen, Merle Bartsch and Jane Crothers.


The dance in intended as a tribute to high school athletes.


A bonfire, and snake dance are planned for the preceding evening, Thursday.


The sale of timberland and timber rights were revealed in a number of warranty deeds filed during the last week in the office of the Register of Deeds.


Grant R. Rose has sold the timber on a piece of his land in section 17, Town of Lynn, to the hart Lumber and Tie Company of Black River Falls.  The lumber company paid $1,000 for the timber and will have a period of three years in which to cut and remove it.


Mr. and Mrs. Linus Prock of Globe have sold for $5,000 property in section 26, Town of Reseburg, to the Harry J. Rhyner Tie Company of Stetsonville.  The land adjoins the once-acre plot on which the Oakland School is situated.


Marriage licenses –


Shirley Syth, Greenwood, and Earl Caliebe, Greenwood;


Virginia R. Glasby, Curtiss, and Gerald M. Herbert, Colby;


Laura M. Wallmuth, Neillsville, and John H. Subke, Neillsville;


Viola Gall and Le Roy Marshall, Neillsville.                                         


Doc’s ‘10’ Spot Special Valentine Treat, Friday, Feb. 14 – ‘Fingers’ on the Piano!  Dance Saturday Nite – Last Dance Until Easter!


Doc’s Lenten Menu … Deep Sea Scallops, Lobster Tail, Pike, Jumbo Shrimp!


Also, Our Regular menu – Steaks, Chow Mein, Frog Legs, and Sandwiches.


The problem of finding a schoolhouse for the 24 pupils of the Benjamin School, in the Town of Warner, has been solved at least for the remainder of this year.


Russell Drake, county school superintendent, said that the Benjamin School now is in operation in the old German Church school building, two miles south of the site upon which the Benjamin School stood before it was razed by fire recently.


The present building was used many years ago as a parochial school, but had not been in use for quite some time.  The seats and blackboards still were in place and were ready for use.


Text books largely were secured from the old West Eaton School, which has been closed, and a few new books were bought to fill in, Mr. Drake said.


The parochial school building has been leased for the remainder of the year, Mr. Drake said; but there is uncertainty as to the method of handling the school in that district thereafter.


(The Benjamin School was located on the corner of Cty O & Capital Rd.) 


Irma Sollberger requests The Clark County Press to say for her that she does not wish to become clerk of the Town of Hewett.  Her nomination in the caucus was a surprise to her; she did not know about it, until she saw it in The Press.  She tried to withdraw, but found the ballots had been printed.  She asks her friends, those who might otherwise vote for her, to cast their ballots for Dorothy Mashin, as she intends to do.  Mrs. Sollberger states that she has a busy home program, and that she may do some teaching; hence, is without time available for the work of town clerk.


Saturday afternoon the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was the scene of the wedding of Miss Alene Marg, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marg of Granton, and Ralph Lautenbach of Milwaukee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lautenbach of Granton.  The Rev. Wm. A. Lauterbach performed the double-ring ceremony in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends.  Miss Virginia Nickel, guest soloist sand “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Given in marriage by her father, Elmer Marg, the bride spoke her vows attired in a white gown, with long sleeved white satin gown bead trim bodice, which was attached to a white marquisette skirt with a long train.


The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Amber Marg.  Bridesmaids were Miss Leona Garbisch, an aunt of the bride, and Miss Pearl Garbisch, cousin of the bride.


Men in the wedding party included Dale Lautenbach, Milwaukee, brother of the broom as bestman, and Donald Lautenbach, brother of the groom, and Duane Marg, brother of the bride, as groomsmen.


Immediately following the ceremony, a reception dinner was served to 77 guests, and a dance in the evening, held at the Granton Community Hall.


The bride has been employed by the Wisconsin Telephone Company in Milwaukee.  The groom is now employed by the Harley-Davidson Company in Milwaukee.                                          


Thirty-five men and boys of the loyal Sportsmen’s Club, and Boy Scouts went ice fishing on the Turtle flowage, east of Butternut Saturday.  Although it seemed like a good fishing day in and around Loyal, they found that it was about zero, with a rather strong wind at the flowage.  They were able to get only a few crappies.


In the largest business deal of recent local history, Joseph J. Urban, Sr. and his two sons have purchased the Schultz Garage business, including the garage realty, the adjacent corner lot, the parts and equipment and the automotive agency rights.  The consideration is understood to have been in excess of $30,000, making this the most important transaction of the county thus far reported in 1947.


The purchasers, Mr. Urban and his two sons, come from Door County.  There, the Urban family owned and conducted a deluxe night club and resort, known as the Ivanhoe, which is located at Jacksonport, not far from Sturgeon Bay. The night club and resort business was sold by the Urbans only two or three weeks ago.





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