Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 1, 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

March 1877


The building on Main Street, which has been occupied by Chas. D. King as a justice office since being vacated by Jaseph has been removed to the rear of the building being fitted up by the Hart brothers.  The lot upon which it was located is to be occupied by a portion of the block Lloyd is preparing to build.                  


Unless you call on him soon to contribute your mite, the tax-gatherer will be promenading the streets with the tax-roll under his arm, trying to find you.                                                               


The Masons of this place have decided to hold a festival and dance at the O’Neill House next Saturday evening.  It will not be strictly Masonic.                                                                                             


From C. B. Bradshaw, we learn that twenty-eight buildings were erected, or completed, in this village during the past year, fifteen of which were dwelling houses, three stores and shops; nine barns, an engine house, and a public hall, a courthouse, and church.  Some of the dwelling houses are very fine ones, that of Mr. Jas. O’Neill being the best, and with one exception the costliest building of the kind in this place.  With the exception, of the courthouse, which cost $32,700, we have not been able to learn the cost of the buildings enumerated above, but as many of are very fine, they indicate the prosperity and enterprise of our citizens.                                                             


Several of our fellow citizens were called to Milwaukee last Tuesday to tell the Court what they knew about a certain case.


All ministers of the gospel and physicians should report the marriages, births, and deaths to the Register of Deeds.  There is a law compelling this under severe penalty for non-compliance.                           


Andrew Ayers, at work in Price’s Camp on O’Neill Creek, over which Jim Thomas presides as foreman, had his left arm broken below the elbow last Wednesday by a falling tree limb.  He was brought to town in the evening for repairs, and Dr. Crandall put the broken bones in place.                                                          


During the last few months Neverman & Sontag have made many improvements in and around their brewery, the most noticeable of which is a fine hall, 28 by 37 feet, indie measurement, which will be used in connection with the premises as a sitting-room, for which purpose it will be tastefully and comfortably fitted.  It will be a fine resort for those who indulge in the use of lager, and their investment will doubtless prove a paying one.  The hall is now nearly completed and the brick-work on the outside is being done.                                                                        


Lumbermen having crews still in the woods were made happy three weeks ago by a regular old-time snowstorm.  More snow fell on that day in this locality that during the entire winter, and on the next morning, every man and team to be had was started for the woods.  The snow, if it lasts but for a few days, will be a great benefit to lumbermen, as it will enable them to clear their skidways, and add materially to the amount of lumber put in during the present winter.


Sol Jaseph recently turned out form his shop the nicest single harness we have ever seen.  It was made of russet leather, with solid gold-lined rubber trimmings, and was a model piece of workmanship, one that cannot be excelled.  It was sold to Forest Smith of La Crosse, and if “Forest hitches the right kind of horse to a good rig with that harness, he will be irresistible.                                                                                                                 


The Enterprise, published at Colby, Marathon County, is to be moved to this county, and Clark County will have two papers once more.                                                                                             


W. W. La Flesh, formerly editor of the Clark County Republican, has organized a company for the Black Hills.  They will start about the first of May, overland, fully equipped for any kind of business, carrying six month’s provisions.  We wish them success.                                                                                                       


Those having cows running loose in the streets complain that farmers do not have sufficient grain and hay in their sleights when they come to town of which to keep said cows in good order.    


Last Monday night, a party from here, and Greenwood visited Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mead, at their residence, where they were cordially entertained.  Mr. and Mrs. Mead know that the way to enjoy life is to help others to do so, and all who ever shared their hospitality pronounce their home one of the best places to go to for a good time.


There has been a general outpouring of men and teams from the woods during the past week, and we regret to say, there has been the usual outpouring and in-pouring of forty-rod whisky, with its degrading and damning effect.


Last Monday, Jackie Campbell, a seven-year-old son of R. M. Campbell, of this village, and one of his little playmates, while giving an exhibition in what they could do in lofty walking, fell from the peak of O. P. Wells barn to the ground, a distance of twenty-two feet.  Aside from having the breath and senses knocked out of him for a few moments, he sustained no injury and is all right again.  The escape from serious injury, if not death, was miraculous and is a lesson that will probably last him for life.                                                                                


A band of Italian street musicians put in an appearance here again last Thursday, and now we have music by the cord.


Vote Tuesday, it is Election Day.  Vote early, and for the man your conscience tells you, should receive your vote.


March 1942


The organization of volunteers for fighting forest fires in Clark County will be undertaken by the county forestry department within the next few days, according to an announcement by County Forester A. C. Covell.


The organization in Clark County will be a part of a state-wide program to furnish volunteer fire fighting manpower during the times ahead when such groups as the WPA and CCC, which have provided considerable manpower during the past, won’t be available.


A registration of volunteers for the service will be conducted as soon as registration forms are available from the state, Mr. Covell said.


A school will be conducted to acquaint volunteers with fire-fighting tools, and methods employed in fighting the various types of forest fires.


While the volunteer system will be carried out throughout Clark County, it will be particularly pushed in the Neillsville area, and the forest protection districts on the southern and western fringes of the county.


“We hope that it will not be necessary to call out volunteers,” he said; “but if we get a big fire and have 500 volunteers registered for service, we might need all of them and more too.”             


Clark County’s second successive beaver trapping season opened Sunday with about 130 trappers setting out an estimated 2,000 traps in the southwestern and western reaches of the county.


Game Warden Alva A. Clumpner estimates that 450 to 500 pelts will be taken in the county during the 31-day season, ending March 31.                                                                                            


One question brought up by forthcoming sugar rationing was answered for Clark and Taylor County beekeepers at their recent meeting.


J. A. Long, assistant deputy state apiary inspector, told the beekeepers that sugar will be available for feeding bees, even if the nation’s coffee drinkers must resort to corn syrup for sweetening.


About 43 beekeepers attended the meeting at which prices of honey, packaging fees, and other problems were discussed by Mr. Long and County Agent W. R. Marquart.                                                       


Card partiers for the benefit of high school music groups will be held in Neillsville homes during the nine days from Sunday, March 15, through Monday, March 23.  The parties will be sponsored by the parents of Neillsville School Musicians organization, and proceeds will be used for sending approximately 100 high school music students to the Eau Claire district contests.  All wishing to play should call Mr. Albert Sollberger to make arrangements.


The district contests will be held May 8 and 9 this year.  Vocal groups, vocal solos, instrumental ensembles will compete on the first day.  Band and orchestra competition, and the parade will be held May 9.


Certificates authorizing the release of 10 cars of which purchase had been completed before new automobile stocks were ordered frozen were granted by the County Rationing Board Saturday.  They were as follows: Evangeline Sheets, Greenwood; Howard Corey Greenwood; Dr. G. W. Nelson, Loyal; James Hughes, Route Five, Greenwood; Dale Seif, Neillsville; Fred Busch, Route Four, Greenwood; Otto Stock, Loyal; Dr. H. H. Christofferson, Colby; J. F. Zilk, Neillsville; and Frank L. Svetlik, Neillsville.


(It is interesting to note that at least four of those allotted new cars dealerships, who put their names on the “10-cars list” before the “freeze.”  From then on, new cars weren’t manufactured until after World War II ended. DZ)  


The Whole Town is Bowling!  Everybody in Neillsville is getting a new thrill out of living.  They bowl regularly at Neillsville Recreation.


Last Week’s Single Game High Score Winners were:


Ladies League – Florence Hansen, high game 212 & Winner of a Box of Candy.


Men’s League – Ted Shaw, high game 257 & Winner of a Carton of Cigarettes.


The order number of Carl B. Kessler of route one, Neillsville, was the first affecting a Clark County man to be drawn in the third national draft lottery in Washington Tuesday night.  Through this lottery the serial numbers of an estimated 9 million men now eligible for military service were fixed.


Mr. Kessler’s order number 441 was the first affecting Clark County men, but was fourth in the order of drawings in the national lottery.  Seven thousand capsules were drawn from the historic goldfish bowl, which first was used in the 1917 draft lottery.  However, only 1890 of the 7,000 affected Clark County men, for that is the number registered with the Clark County Selective Service Board in its recent registration of men between the ages of 20 and 45.


The first 15 in the county in order of the Washington drawing were:


Carl B. Kessler, Neillsville; Anton J. Micke, Thorp; Albert C. Banks, Unity; Virgil E. Bobb, Thorp; George Whittemore, Withee; Arnold Nitschke, Granton; David Bender, Granton; Walter Wieland, Unity; Gustav Yanki, Dorchester; Matt Salo, Owen; Mike Norks, Greenwood; Charles Hinke, Abbotsford; Walter Boettcher, Spencer; Francis Venet, Withee; Ambrose Keller, Curtiss.                                                                                                  


Women of Clark County will have an opportunity to learn how to run tractors and allied farm machinery.  A series of lessons is being provided for them locally, as part of the national program of war assistance.


Clark County already has quite a sprinkling of women who are experienced operators of tractors.  Now the call is for many women to follow the footsteps of their sisters and bring relief to the shortage of farm labor.


The lessons will be given locally, as instance of the International Harvester Co., which is conducting a nationwide campaign of instruction for women.  The course will be under the management of C. E. Seif & Son.  While it is an International project, the instruction will be given to all women who really want to learn, regardless of the kind of equipment in use on their farms.  Also, the instruction is free.  All that is necessary is to enroll.


Get Your 1942 Bicycle License Now!


You Must have Lights and a Horn on Your Bike to get Your License!


See Fred A. Rossman, Neillsville Chief of Police                                                    


The Cannonville area neighbors surprised the Soren Larsen family Satruday evening with a farewell party.  Card games of 500 were played for amusement.  The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Larson of Pine Valley, were the only ones there from outside the area.                                                                                                     


Your Fuller Brush Man will be in Neillsville during the next three weeks showing a Grand Special!


Famous Fuller Dry Mop & Furniture Polish combination.


George Haeuser, Fuller Dealer, Greenwood, Wis.


(There was a “Fuller Brush Salesman” in every community back then.)


Mumps seem to be hanging on in Clark County with leechlike tenacity last week.


After a week in which only 13 new cases were reported to the state, the disease spurted again, with 27 new cases reported in the county during the week ending March 6.  Pine Valley with five new cases, and the Town of Beaver and Loyal, with six new cases each, were the centers in that week.


Mumps also were having their effect on the local school’s preparations for the spring musical contests.  Richard A. Becker said, that virtually every instrumental ensemble and quartet has been broken up temporarily because of the disease.


A circa 1920 photo of Seif & Byse Ford Company’s wrecker truck on a service call to pull a car out of a ditch along Highway 10, west of Neillsville.





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