Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 8, 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

March 1902


 C. F. Wallace, who is putting in a creamery at Cannonville in the Town of Washburn, has the building finished and the machinery all in.  he as a 14-horsepower engine and an up-to-date outfit in every way.


F. H. Funder, of Two Rivers, Wis., has purchased Conroy Drug Store at Greenwood.  He is a veterinary surgeon.  He was in the city Saturday closing the deal.                                                          


Our country is prospering.  Three new settlers from Nebraska arrived in Dewhurst Monday night with about 25 head of livestock, besides six teams of horses and some fowls.  They are going to build in section 36 later.  They are now living in the Doughty and Sullivan houses.  We welcome our new friends.


Mr. Harmer’s sawmill started Monday with a crew of about 20 men.  They have quite a lot of lumber to saw and be hauled.                                                                          


The ladies of the Congregational Church will give an Easter supper and apron sale in their church Thursday, March 27; proceeds to pay for repairing the church.                                                    


The Marathon Register is a new paper started at Unity.  The first copy came out last week with a good write-up of the village of Unity, Clark, and Marathon Counties.  It has a good line of locals, and its advertising patronage is as it should be, representing nearly all the business places of the town.  L. H. Cook is editor and publisher.  We wish the new inter-county weekly success.                                                                                    


Ask to see our $2 Ladies Shoes.  We are building up a wonderful trade on them.  Marsh Bros.


Wilcox Community News:


Jay and Dave Davis left last Thursday for Spencer, Ia., to spend the summer.


E. G. Rowe, who has been working in a camp near Heafford Junction, came home last Saturday.


It seems that all the rats in the neighborhood congregate on John Vandeberg’s premises.  That crib full of nice corn must be what draws the attraction.  John’s army last week slew ten more rats.


If Jerry Davis doesn’t go back on his word, we will be supplied with sauerkraut another winter.


Chili Community News:


Miss Ethel Fraser and Geo. Young were married at the Thomas House in Marshfield, by Justice Andrews, last Thursday, March 13, 1902.  The young couple is well known here and the Chili people wish them a happy and prosperous life together.  They will live near Thorp, where Mr. Young has a position as lumber grader.


Thomas Steward has made himself a resident of Chili, having bought the Arquitt place and the land south of the railroad track owned by P. W. Galloway.


Jake Henning has bought the building occupied by Matt Shire as a saloon.  He takes possession July 1st.  We trust Jake will convert the building into a good honorable business house instead of continuing the whisky business, and in so doing, keep up the good name of his family, and help keep Chili from going to degradation under the influence of the home-destroying saloon keeper.                                                                                


John Wolff has sold his city residence on Fourth Street to Mrs. Legare Potter, and will remodel and enlarge the house on his farm lying in the northeastern part of the city, and will reside there when it is completed.  Mr. Wolff has greatly improved the farm the past year, and will have as fine a suburban residence as one could wish for.


A maple social will be at the Methodist Church parlor Wednesday evening, April 2.  Supper at 6 o’clock with maple sugar and syrup in all forms.                                                                             


The Merchants Hotel barbershop has been completely overhauled, presenting a neat looking appearance.


Several sugar camps are in operation throughout the county.  A good sap run has been reported.


Mrs. A. W. Hubbat of Humbird, who has been visiting friends at York Center, returned home Friday evening accompanied by Mildred Garvin.                                                                                      


Bicyclists are again seen enjoying their first spins of the season in the Nevins neighborhood.




A circa 1910 photo taken of a celebration, which included a band and other units that marched down Chili’s Main Street. 

(Photo courtesy of Jay Parker.)


March 1947


The annual bowling match between the Neillsville Kiwanis and Rotary clubs for possession of the inter-club bowling cup has been scheduled for Monay night, March 17.


Three teams will bowl for each club, with the cup going to the club whose teams score the highest total pins for the three lines of the match.  The losing club also will entertain the winning club at dinner.


The Bush Wackers of the Granton Rotary Club, presumable so-called because of their efforts with the razor every morning, will face (and grimace at) Greenwood’s far-famed Basket Boopers in the Granton Village hall Saturday night.


The facing is billed as a basketball game.  Spectators probably will draw their own conclusions.  However, the Bush Wackers will feature “Cannonball” Crandell and “Mighty Mike” Storm, both of whom know how to play basketball.


Just to keep from complete misrepresentation, the Granton FFA and the Granton Young Farmers basketball teams will appear in a preliminary.


One of the highlights of the event is expected to be the renditions of Herman Schoengarth and Harold Lindekugel, billed as “I beat-up fiddle” and “I squeeze box.”                                                             


Arthur R. Riedel of the Town of Lynn has received from Germany a letter, which gives a picture of the persons on the receiving end of the recent was.  The letter comes from Paul Lampert of Hamburg, who found Mr. Riedel’s name in the pocket of a jacket.  This jacket was part of a shipment of clothing sent out by the Mapleworks Lutheran Church of Granton, to which the Riedel family belongs.


Mr. Lampert’s letter follows in full:


15 February 1947

Paul Lampert



Berner-Heerweg 44


Mr. Arthur R. Riedel

Granton, Wisconsin


Dear Mr. Riedel,


Only a few days ago I received a gift parcel, mailed by the Missouri Synod on the 13th day of December 1946.  Your address I happened to find in the pocket of a jacket, that sits me very well.  I am very glad to have this jacket, for up to now I had to wear only the old uniform, of course without any ranks and dyed.  The other contents, baby-wears, and children’s clothes, I gave to a family in need, so that everything found its use and created joy.  We have not to look far around us for needy people, the most of them share our lot of being bombed out, if they are not worse off by sickness or loss of one who worked for their under-hold.  In the streets, one doesn’t get sight of the real need, it hides itself in barracks, and huts or in the overcrowded hospitals.


Refugees from our eastern provinces, now living crowded together, have but nothing than the rags worn, and torn out while on the track in flight of the Soviet Troops.  Our own people did all that was in their power to help those poorest of the poor who had left all, and everything behind in their home and country.  Thank God, I was spared being driven out of the country and out of the circle of friends.


In June 1943, my old parents, living in Krefeld/Rhine, lost their home by incendiary bombs.  They came to live with me in Hamburg, having saved but that they had on the body.  One month later, on July 27th my home in Hamburg, a well-furnished 5-rooms flat in a 5-story building, became a victim of phosphorus bombs.  My wife and then 13-year-old boy saved their lives by running through flames, covering their heads with soaked clothes.  In this terrible night, many thousands of persons, mostly women and children, old and sick people, the men being on the fronts, found their death in the burning streets.   My parents, happened to be at my sister’s place on the outskirts of the town, I myself, was stationed as a soldier in Bremen, from where I could see by the shine on the sky, the burning city 60 miles off.  After this disaster, the Government helped by giving clothes, shoes, and the most needy things for the household.  But as the air attacks continued, and in order not to lose things again, we sent them together with the boy to my brother’s home in Dresden, Pastor of the Trinity congregation.  Dresden was, at that time, safe from air attacks, until on Feb. 16, 1945, the home of my brother, together with our few belongings, fell a victim to the flames, the loss of lives being the biggest catastrophe of the war.  Now we live together with my parents at my sister’s home in Hamburg-Farmsen, the husband of my sister is still a POW in soviet-Russia, somewhere in Siberia.


Now we earnestly hope and pray that the Lord will give us a real peace.  I thank you so much for your kind help.  Gott vergelt’s.


Yours truly,

Paul Lampert


(This article should be a wakeup call for us to stop and realize how fortunate we ae when living in peace without war, as we witness some of the complaining around us. DZ)                                           


The most-sought after people in Neillsville last week were Mr. and Mrs. George Hubing.


The reason was that they have bought the large Lowe Funeral Home building, at the corner of South Clay and Second Streets, for the purpose of remodeling it into apartments.


Word travels rapidly in a small community, especially word of housing possibilities.  The result has been that the Hubings were deluged with applications for apartments.


“If we were to have three times as many apartments as we plan,” Mrs. Hubing remarked two days after the purchase, “we would have them all rented.”


The Hubings plan to remodel the house into either five or six apartments.  Comparatively little work will be required, Mrs. Hubing said, and they will proceed with the work as rapidly as possible.


Plans of Mrs. Ella C. Lowe, former owner, and her sons, who have been associated with her in the furniture and undertaking business, have been not announced.  They retain the furniture business, and will continue the undertaking business in the present location until they turn over the possession of the house to the Hubings.


The Lowe house was erected in 1909 by Charles Cornelius, founder; first president and cashier of the First National Bank.  The erection of the home was carried out during the time the present building of the bank was under construction.


A history of Clark County published in 1918 said of it:


This beautiful structure is one of the handsomest residences in Clark County.  It is finished in colonial style, and furnished with every comfort and convenience that a good taste can devise.              


With apparent outward calm, Herbert Borde, former county clerk, presided at a meeting of the Rotary Club Tuesday evening.


The meeting was proceeding smoothly.  Mr. M. V. Overman, usually prompt came in after dishes had been cleared and the program was underway.  The members chided the doctor for being late; but Mr. Borde grew silent, and slightly flushed as the doctor handed him a note written on a blue scrap of paper.


While Mr. Borde had been presiding over Rotary, the doctor and Mrs. Borde had been presiding that the birth of a son, weight 6 pounds and three ounces.                                                             


A revolutionary change in the ownership and management of dairy plants in Clark County was the news feature of 1946 in Clark County.  The facts regarding it we revealed by a survey made by the Clark County Press and embodied in an article published in the issue of May 16.  That article attracted wide attention throughout the dairy industry in the United States and was incorporated in the Congressional Record.   The Clark County Press copyrighted the article.  The facts secured in the spring of 1946 have been rechecked, and brought up to the beginning of 1947.


In three years preceding the publication of the article in May 1946, 19 factories in the county had been closed.  Since that time, five additional factories have been closed, bringing the total to 24 in less than four years.


The members of the Trondhjem Church and the Ladies Aide Society gave their pastor, the Rev. M. K. Aaberg, a surprise party Sunday when they gathered at his home with well-filled baskets for dinner and supper.  Rev. Aaberg was presented with a purse, also.  He was 85, this birthday.


(The Trondhjem Church was located a few miles northeast of Greenwood, in a predominately Norwegian community. DZ)


The Otto Dux family had a surprise call Sunday evening from Eugene Bartelt, a Milwaukee friend.  Having flown from Milwaukee to Eau Claire Sunday morning, he has started back Sunday afternoon, and ran into bad going. Knowing of the local airport, he undertook to land and as he came down, his plane found hard going in the mud, nosed forward, and broke a propeller.


Mr. Bartelt called Otto Dux, who went to the field and brought Mr. Bartelt and his companion to his home.  Later he took them to Merrillan for a train ride to Milwaukee.  Still later, Mr. Bartelt called back from Milwaukee to ask Mr. Dux to ‘tie the plane down.’






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