Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 12, 2017, Page 12

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

April 1907


I wish to thank all of those who came to promptly to my assistance and gave their help in keeping our creamery business going after the fire.  The expressions of sympathy as well as the prompt and practical work have been very helpful to me. H. B. J. Andrus                                                                                           


The Town of Pine Valley people voted in the Second Ward of Neillsville Tuesday, owing to the scarcity of town halls in that town.                                                                                                           


A great many extra freight trains are running these days, hauling pulpwood to the pulp mills at Grand Rapids.


Work is progressing rapidly in fitting up H. B. J. Andrus’ new creamery in the city.  The building has been raised and the foundation built up about three feet; a cement floor is to be put into the basement, and the main floor is being fitted for creamery purposes.  Mr. Andrus returned Saturday from Chicago, where he purchased a complete outfit of modern creamery apparatus.


A. F. Brindley, manager for H. B. J. Andrus’ Creamery has moved his family into the city, occupying a house of Mr. Holden’s on the North Side.


A. F. Brindley was town clerk of the Town of Pine Valley, living near the former Andrus’ Creamery site before the fire, making him obliged to resign as town clerk when moving into the city.  At a meeting of the town board Saturday, his father F. J. Brindley, was appointed town clerk.                                                


There will be an auction at the Adolph Hemp farm, two miles north of Neillsville, known as the Old Mason farm, near the Mound, Friday, April 5, starting at 10 o’clock sharp.


For Sale: 1 span work horses; 1 mare with colt; 15 milk cows; 4 two-year-old heifers; 1 one-year old heifer; 3 heifer calves; 1 yearling bull; 1 brood sow with pigs; 3 brood sows; about 65 laying hens.


Machinery: grain binder, mower, horse-drawn rake, tedder, spring tooth drag, smoothing harrow, cultivators, plow, lumber wagon, milk wagon, top buggy, many other farm tools. 


Household Furniture.


Terms: All sums of $10 or under, cash; over $10 six months-time will be given on bankable paper.


Adolph Hemp, Prop.  A. H. Halverson, Auctioneer.                               


The Methodist Parsonage last Wednesday evening was the scene of a pretty wedding when Miss Mamie Snyder was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Krejci.  The wedding took place at seven-thirty, Rev. W. P. Burrows officiating.  The young couple was attended by Miss Mabel Gault and Mr. Percy Northup.  The bride looked lovely in a gown of white silk mull.  The bridesmaid was also attired in white.  After the ceremony, they returned to the home of the bride’s parents, a little beyond Visgar, Town of York, where a small company of guest awaited them.


The bride was a very successful teacher having taught for some time in York and, also in the vicinity of her home.  The groom is a very successful farmer.  They will take up their residence at the home of the groom’s parents.


The graduating class of 1907 Neillsville High School has chosen Rev. A. R. Rice to deliver the baccalaureate sermon, June 9, at the Congregational Church.                                                                    


County Judge O. W. Schoengarth entertained a number of his friends at a maple sugar party Monday night.


Last week Ed Schoengarth bought the Knoop property on Seventh Street from Chas. Wenzel of Sullivan, Wis.  It is a good business location.                                                                                              


Sheriff Houser of Appleton came here Sunday to arrest a man named Gottlieb Kopplin on charge of deserting his family.  Marshall Hommel secured the man for him, and they departed on the midnight train, the prisoner securely handcuffed.  The sheriff fell into a heavy sleep and the prisoner walked off the train with other passengers at Marshfield.  At Stratford, the drowsy officer “came to” and finding the prisoner gone, got off the train, and drove back to Marshfield, but at present writing, the man with the handcuffs has not been found.                          


Bills are posted up about town calling for men and teams of horses to work on the Hatfield Dam.  A large force will be employed there all summer.                                                                                 


The first automobile caused runaway occurred last Thursday night when the team of Mrs. August Wagner taking fright at an automobile driving on Hewett’s hill.  Mrs. Wagner’s brother who makes his home with her, was driving the team of horses, but one of his hands being disabled with a carbuncle, he got out to take the team by their bits.  The team broke loose from him however, and came running down the street at a fearful rate, Mrs. Wagner holding to the lines and vainly screaming for help.  Her little child about four years old was in the buggy with her and the sight of the helpless mother and child likely at any moment, to be dashed to death made the blood of the spectators run cold.  The team turned the corner at the Congregational Church, and there broke loose from the buggy, the woman and child being hurled over the buggy’s dashboard, dislocating the woman’s collar bone, and bruising the child’s face, but both escaping death almost by miracle.


The accident should be an admonition to automobile drivers, to use the utmost caution, going beyond the limits of care required by law.  The business interests of the city demand that country people be not driven out or kept away for fear of such accidents, and then no one for the sake of a moments exhilarating sport want to have the death of helpless women and children up his head.                                                                               


Len Howard has the rear part of his old machine warehouse and office moved aside and is ready to break ground for the foundation of the new building.  He has fine light, comfortable offices finished off in front and Mrs. Nettie Short has a position as bookkeeper with the firm of Howard and Seif.


(The Howard & Seif’s building was located on the southwest corner of West Fifth & West Street.  There, Len Howard later sold automobiles, with a gasoline service station that also provided sales and service on tires.  A one-story building is now on that site. DZ)


April 1947


A small group of men met in the municipal building in Loyal Monday night to preside over the official demise of the Clark County selective service board.  The life of that agency was permitted to expire at midnight, March 31.


It was not an unjoyful occasion for this small group of Clark County men.  For more than 6 ½ years selective service had been sending “Greetings” from the president to the young men of Clark County.  Their job had been the difficult task of filtering more than 2,500 young men into the armed services.  Some of those attending the final official meeting had served faithfully throughout the full life of selective service, beginning October 16, 1940.  Others had served for five years or less.  All had served well in one of the war’s most difficult and thankless jobs.


Of the original board only three remained at the end, who were John Wuethrich of Greenwood, chairman, who was unable to preside at the demise because of illness:  L. P. Walsdorf of Thorp; and Elmer F. Anderson of Neillsville.


In addition to these men, on the other had remained associated with the board since its beginning, that one is Miss Martena Davel of Loyal, who has served as clerk of the board from beginning to end.


At the close, there were three other members of the board, in addition to the “originals;” Walter Cattanach of Owen, with five years’ service; Herbert M. Smith of Neillsville; and Frank Degenhart of Loyal.


Other members of the original board were Fred Lakosky, formerly of Loyal, who served as chairman until he left the county a few months ago, and Ross G. Lawrence of Thorp.                                     


Two Clark County men are returning from the South Pole with Admiral Byrd’s expedition.  They are Kenneth G. Speich of Greenwood, signalman aboard the USS Cacapon; and Willard R. Riehle of Route 2, Colby, seaman aboard the USS Yancey.                                                                                                                    


Franklin Gault had an encounter Saturday night with a switch engine on the Omaha railroad.  It was rather expensive for Franklin, costing him $20 in Justice Haven’s court, and sundry damages to his car.  The switch engine shook itself and went on about its business.                                                                              


Otto Hainz has purchased the Neillsville shop of the Perko Implement Co.  He has quit farming and assumed management of the business.                                                                                               


A visitor driving through the village of Granton might well wonder if he was on a village street or traveling through a well-planned maple sugar tree plantation.  Every available maple tree, of either the hard or soft variety, has been tapped by youngster or oldster alike, to give up the precious sap that may be converted into maple syrup or sugar.


At the home of the village president, L. L. Spry, the sugaring operations are being carried on by his six-year-old daughter, Nancy Lou, who is being assisted by her playmate, Dennis Steinke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steinke.  Their four trees have been tapped just seven days, and they have made four quarts of syrup.


Billy Zaradka, started operations at the beginning of the sugar season, and from his seven trees has obtained enough sap to produce 16 quarts.  He does the cooking over an outdoor fireplace.


The most interesting story of this sugar making is that of Hugh Berg.  When Mr. Berg moved to his present home in 1921, there was just one stately elm on his land, but Mr. Berg set out several young maples along his line fence.  This year he tapped 16 of those young trees and to date had made 25 quarts of syrup.


One reason for the brisk activity is the fact that syrup is sold for from $5 to $8 per gallon, when one can find it.  Snappy nights and moisture have brought the sap along in the last week, and the prospects are for higher production than at first seemed likely.


A typical late 1800s, early 1900s maple sap cooking-shack, with living quarters, kept out in the woods.  It was conveniently located close to the sap-collecting center with a large pile of split wood nearby that was needed to keep a “just-right” fire under the sap pan, that cooked the sap down into syrup.


The Neillsville City baseball team will hold its opening practice session Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, on the fairground diamond.  The practice will start at 2:30 p.m.


All baseball players of Neillsville and the surrounding area interested in trying out for the team are invited to attend this practice session.  Oscar W. (Dimps) Gluch, who will work with the team, declares that there are plenty of openings, and that all those who aspire to a spot on the squad will be given a real chance.


The Neillsville club has again entered the Cloverbelt League.  Last year, it won the eastern division championship series to the Thorp club.                                                                                               


The first step in organizing a city softball league for play this summer will be taken at a meeting called for tonight at 7 p.m. in the council room of the city hall.  Men interested in playing softball, as well as organizations interested in sponsoring softball teams, are urged to be present; the meeting will get under way promptly at 7 p.m. and must be concluded by 8 p.m., when the National Guard will take over the council room for its meeting.  Organizations and business institutions that want to sponsor a team but who are unable to have a representative at the meeting, are requested to contact Kenneth Olson at the Model Laundry.                                                                                        


Rev. and Mrs/ George W. Longenecker are at present in Madison at the home of their son, G. William Longenecker.  Their daughter, Mrs. Gladys Edwards, of Wauwatosa, spent her spring vacation in Berea, KY, where the Longeneckers were at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Ray Orr, and on her return to Wisconsin brought her parents with her.


Rev. Longenecker has been known among his friends for a number of years as a poet of much ability.  Until recently he could not be induced to publish a collection of his original poems, but has now had them published, and the book will soon be available.


(Arnold Palmer, a legendary golfer, kept a copy of one of Rev. Longenecker’s poems displayed on a wall in his office.  That poem gave him inspirations in his daily life. DZ)                                         


What would Neillsville do without the Neillsville Mound?


Picturesque landmark, the Neillsville Mound is the distinguishing scene of our splendid community.  From nearly every part of Neillsville we can look toward this commanding feature of the local landscape.  Few communities enjoy a view so beautiful or so unique.


Those of us who were reared in Neillsville recall the challenge of the Mound; how it beckoned to us until we had to climb it.  At the very peak there is a benchmark, which the government set there, and from that point we as youngsters, and some of us not so young, have enjoyed a splendid view of Neillsville and its environs.


Mr. and Mrs. Duane Felser left Neillsville Saturday morning for a trip to Texas.  Their destination is San Antonio, where they expect to attend the annual fiesta, which is like the New Orleans Mardi Gras.  Mrs. Felser is a Texas girl, whom Mr. Felser met during the World War II.





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