Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 29, 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 1917


Mr. Alvin Pischer and Miss Nora Ackerman were quietly married Feb. 21 at the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. Amelia Pischer, in Neillsville with Judge O. W. Schoengarth officiating. 


The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Jennie Ackerman, and the groom’s brother, Reuben Pischer who acted as groomsman.  The bride wore a handsome dress of dark blue silk and carried a bouquet of roses.  A bounteous wedding dinner was prepared and served by the groom’s mother.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman of the Town of Grant.


Edwin Pierce of Merrillan, has been appointed by Judge O’Neill as commissioner of the drainage district, lying west of here, to take the place of Dudley Merrill, deceased.  Mr. Pierce is well-fitted to enter upon this work.  He was brought up in this locality, has lived most of his life here and at Merrillan, is familiar with the lands in the district, is a practical real estate man, and is thoroughly interested in the development of the resources of the country.


A Civil Service examination will be held at Tioga at noon, Saturday, March 10, to secure a postmaster for that office.  The office pays $215 a year.                                                                       


This week, Frank Lynch sold his entire livery outfit and business to C. B. Dresden, who took possession Monday.  Mr. Dresden has several autos, which he will use in connection with the business. 

Mr. Lynch has bought a dray line and oil delivery business at Darlington, and will go there soon.


A new front will soon deck the Commercial State Bank; work on which will begin next month; Bedford stone will be used for the exterior, with marble for the interior finish.  The completed work will be a welcome addition to Neillsville’s beautiful buildings.


(The Commercial State Bank of Neillsville was a factor in the commercial and agriculture development in Clark County, taking a special interest in the distribution of seed corn to farmers in the early 1900s.  In January of 1924, it became the Dairy Exchange Bank with H. M. Rude as president and Al Devos as vice president, closing in 1929.  Due to the depressed times, the remaining stock was eventually bought out by the Neillsville Bank, located in an adjacent building, sometime in the 1940s. DZ)


The Commercial State Bank of Neillsville was organized June 30, 1898, opening for business July 1, 1898, in a building on the O’Neill block.  The business moved to a 500 Gates block building (West Hewett Street) in October 1898, rebuilding that structure in 1917.  In 1924, it became the Dairy Exchange Bank, closing in 1929.  Eventually, those stocks went to the Neillsville Bank.  (Original Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts, but substituted with a postcard from Virginia Elmhorst.)



Special prices on Strictly Fancy “Sunkist” Oranges for National Orange Day, Saturday, March 10!


Sunkist Oranges, in 5 sizes, prices from 14’ to 32’ a dozen.  Available at Danger’s Grocery.


Jacob Westerhoff, who recently purchased the Bieneck farm northeast of the city, moved on the farm last week with his family.  His brother-in-law, Mr. Voss, came with him and will help him carry on the farm.  Mr. Westerhoff, who has lived on a farm but for some time past, has been in business in Chicago.                       


The fuel question is getting mighty interesting in this bailiwick.  There has been a scarcity of wood and coal here all winter owing to car shortage and drifted roads.  Nye, Lusk & Hudson’s mill wood has been going fast and the supply is reaching the end, even farmers who are unable to get into the woods on account of deep snow are also buying wood.


The Oatman Condensed Milk Company has rented the Shortville Creamery for a milk station, and teams are bringing in milk from that locality.                                                                                                                     


For Sale: House and barn with about an acre of land, on Hewett Street, second house north of the O’Neill Creek Bridge, on east side.  J. L. Wilson                                                                                          


Cannonville News –

Rudolph Frantz, Daniel Palmer and families, and Mrs. Nickel were Sunday guests at Will Ottow’s.


John Hunter, wife and daughter Hazel expect to leave for Washington next week to make their future home.


Paul Hohenstein and wife had their new son, Herbert Russell, christened by Rev. Grether, last week.


Harley Wall and family are moving their household goods onto the Danger’s farm.


Mr. Leatherdale, the silo agent, called on the farmers in this locality last week.


August Nickel lost a valuable cow last week.                                                      


No trains have been able to get into Greenwood for a week due to deep snow.  All the mail for that city has been sent to Neillsville, then was taken across country by horses and sled on Wednesday.


Bruley’s Elevator grinds feed at 5’ a sack.  Also, have Country Mill bran and middlings, and Albert Dickinson field seed there, the best.                                                                                                            


Someone at Neillsville is letting the Indians have whiskey.  Andrew Big Soldier was walking back to Dells Dam Saturday night, leaving about eleven o’clock, got as far as George Schultz’s barn, and crawled in there and like to have frozen to death.  The next time that happens, there will be something doing so look out.  You won’t be dealing with the Council, it will be with someone else!                                                                                    


Easter Special in Ladies and Misses handmade trimmed Hats, beginning Friday, for only $1.98, actually worth double.  It will pay you to investigate.  Shapes and trimmings of all kinds at practically your own price!  The Community Store


Purebred Plymouth Rock eggs for hatching, 75 cents for 15 eggs.  Inquire at Maple Glen farm or this news office.


(The Maple Glen farm, located on Neillsville’s south side, first farm on east side of State Hwy 73-95, was owned by George E. Crothers, who at that time was also editor of “The Neillsville Press.” DZ)


Monday, Capt. Martin received a telegram from Gen. Orlando Holway stating that subject to the call of the President, the Third Regt. Wis. National Guards must be ready for service and directing that all members of Co. A be called in to don uniforms and wear them habitually.


Those in Neillsville will board and sleep at home, others will be quartered at the Armory.  No intimation is given out as yet what will be their next move.  Some believe that the Company will be used to guard ammunition plants, bridges, commercial routes, and postal service.  Recruiting is ordered to proceed until the company is filled to maximum.  Enlistments began at once on Company A, and response is going on rapidly.  Doubtless the quota will be complete in a few days.


The President has called for a large enlistment in the Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps, recruiting has good response, and going well.  All reserves have been called in.


March 1962


With 30 inches of snow on the ground, the Clark County area was expecting more of the white stuff this week.


“That’s quite a lot of snow to have on the ground at this time of the year,” observed Mrs. Norbert Embke, who keeps the official weather bureau records at the Winnebago Children’s home farm.  “All we need now is a little rain and some warm weather. ….”


“And you’d have to wear water wings while doing your housework,” the reporter filled in for her.


A hand full of hardy people stood in 20-degree weather last Saturday afternoon for brief, normal ground-breaking exercises on the site of the new United Church of Christ church building.  A pick-axe was needed to scratch a shovelful of dirt from the frozen surface.                                                                                             


The Neillsville Library board met Monday afternoon and appointed Mrs. John Perkins as the new children’s librarian.  Mrs. Frank Brown has been helping out temporarily.


(Many of the children, at that time, will remember Esther Perkins as the children’s librarian when their library was located in the basement level.  Esther greatly loved the children, visiting with them as she assisted in their choice of books to borrow and take home for reading.  I remember our kids stopping at the library on their way home after school. DZ)


With Tom Harr coming off the bench in the last 4:52 minutes to sink six consecutive field goal tries, the Neillsville High School Basketball Warriors last Friday night closed their regular season with a 94-67 win at Cadott.


Harr, who has been counted on for a quick two or four points per game, missed his seventh try by inches, to break an unusual spell of accuracy.  Most were outside shots.


Leading the Neillsville scoring was Ted Heimstead, who scored 24, Duane Smith hit for 10 field goals with a free throw for a total of 21.  Except for lapses, Al Tempte played his unusual game on the boards and came out of the affray with 15 points, while his brother, Rick, scored 14.  Loyal Shegonee hit for six points.


Neillsville’s 94 points set an offensive high-water mark for the Warriors for the season.


A 45-by 40-foot section of roof at the Alvin Mott Implement company garage in Granton collapsed under the weight of snow sometime Monday night or early Tuesday.  Some damage was done to one of several tractors stored in the area, as well as some other machinery there, but the extent of that type of damage was believed nominal.


Lloyd L. Spry of Granton found a seven-foot drift across the sidewalk at his home Monday morning, so he tunneled under it before breaking through at the top.  The snow was packed hard.  It was the highest drift Sprys had had there in the 28 years they have lived in the house.  Spry, who retired a year ago, commented; I’ve never worked so hard.”


It made little difference Sunday that a heavy snowstorm was raging outside.  The thoughts of Dick Urban, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Urban, Jr., of Neillsville, were of spring.  Dick was found at home, tying a fishing fly, using the most gaudy colored feathers in the fly-making kit.  The weather may fool the calendar-watchers on occasion; but he never fools the kids when it nears time to try out the old fishin’ holes.                                                


Thomas Winters, who will soon celebrate his 95th birthday, has been busy the last two weeks shoveling off the roof above his porch at 304 Court Street.  He climbs the ladder just as he did in younger days.


Two new features are included on the 1962 model squad car of Clark County, which Officer Harry Frantz of Neillsville put into service Tuesday.


One is a public-address system, which operates through the radio system installed by Warren Hemp, the county’s radio technician; and the other is the inclusion of a shotgun.


The public-address system makes use of the siren as a speaker.  The siren actually has three uses: as a regular siren, as a public-address system speaker, and as a “yelp” speaker.


The shotgun is on the instrument panel with a special mount.                               


Mr. and Mrs. James West and daughter, Carol moved last weekend into a residence they purchased at 409 West First Street from the estate of Mrs. E. J. (Jessie) Roberts.  The residence is the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Milo A. Reese.


Mr. and Mrs. West have sold their residence at 1015 Grand Avenue to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oldham.  Mr. and Mrs. Oldham and three children moved last week.                                                  


A “hoot” owl flew into the picture window of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Geise, on Neillsville’s west side last weekend and knocked itself out.  The bird fluttered to the snow below the window with wings spread and lay that way for some time.  The owl had a wingspread of about 15 inches. “Hoot owls have been heard at night by Mr. and Mrs. Geise several times during the winter.                                                                                                  


Extensive remodeling of the Citizen’s State Bank of Loyal has been completed.  The last previous major remodeling of the building was done in 1935.


The Citizen’s State Bank has been in operation since 1909 and in 1959 celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Officers and directors are: J. R. Colby, president; George Zuehlke, assistant cashier; Ewald Schlinsog, the Granton station: and Durward Schwarze, Vernon Loos, and Joseph Esselman, directors.  Six people are employed in the Loyal Bank and two at the Granton station.




Heavy snow on cottage roofs along Lake Arbutus and The Black River has caused some damage.  Many owners have made ski trips to their cottages to shovel off the roofs.                                               


Miss Sandra Guzman of Loyal has been chose to receive the $300 scholarship offered annually by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, it was announced here this week.


Sandra is the daughter of Mrs. Melva Guzman and is a senior in Loyal High School.  She expects to enter nurses’ training in the fall.


The scholarship program has been carried out each year by Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  Students of all high schools of Clark County interested in a career in nursing are eligible to compete.


Dixie Steinbring, a member of the women’s Thursday night bowling league in Neillsville, rolled a 631-series last week, believed to be the highest score ever rolled on the Silver Dome alleys in league play.


Mrs. Steinbring put together lines of 232 and 164 then, topped it off with a whopping 235.


She carries an average of 171.




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