Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 14, 2017 Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1907


Friday afternoon the fine house on the farm of Wm. Buddenhagen, a short distance northeast of the city, burned to the ground.  The fire is supposed to have begun in the garret through a defective chimney.  It apparently has smoldered some time, and was not discovered until afternoon, when the entire upper story was a mass of fire.  Some men who were at the place putting up a windmill and others who saw the fire came to the assistance of the fire, and saved most of the household goods downstairs.  Everything upstairs was burned.


The house was one of the best farm homes in the county.  Mr. Buddenhagen’s farm was originally known as the Eilert place, and the housed had recently been remodeled, and improved at great expense.  While he will receive a fair insurance, the entire loss will very large.  For the present the family has moved into the house on the Turner place, which is also owned by Mr. Buddenhagen.


(The Wm. Buddenhagen farm was located three-quarters of a mile east of Highway 73, on Granton Road, on the south side.  DZ)                                                                                                              


June 15, 1877, the first class graduated from Neillsville High School with Prof. C. E. Miller as principal.


The city of Neillsville will pay $3 per cord for cobblestones for street gutters; to be weighed at the mill scales, 13,800 lbs. to constitute a cord.  Stones to be delivered as directed by J. W. Hommel, street commissioner.


A good Picnic Lunch at half price: Canned Corn Beef, Dried Beef, Shrimp, Lobsters, Salmon, and the best Sardines, and numberless other canned goods to select from.  Nabisco and other wafers, and all kids of cookies, strictly fresh, also fruits in season.  Why worry about cooking when you can buy everything ready-to-eat, and lunch baskets to put it in, at Bramelds.                                                                                                      


The largest fish caught in Black River for some time was hauled out by Frank Lepke below Dells Dam last Thursday.  The muskellunge weighed 19 pounds, and measured 44 inches in length. 


There will be a picnic Sunday, June 16, in Dux Grove, near the Lutheran Church three miles west of Neillsville, given by the Lutheran Congregation of the place, and all the friends of the society, or any of its members are invited.  There will be music by the “Beyer Band,” and a fine time.  A good dinner will be furnished to visitors for only 20’.


Friday is Flag Day, and the W.R.C. will served a six o’clock supper at their hall for 25 cents.


Mr. Joseph Gall and Miss Amelia Baling were married June 18, 1907, at the German Lutheran Church at Globe, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.  The groom is a progressive and popular young farmer, and the bride, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baling, is a young lady of excellent traits of character, and has a host of friends.  The hope of Clark County lies in the prosperity of such a home as these young people will establish.


The idea of celebrating the Fourth of July in Neillsville has been given up.  The committee found it hard to raise funds. The late spring and dull outlook for summer business made both the country and city a little quiet last week, so the celebration here has been called off.


(That was also during World War I, a time of lack of funds due to circumstances of supporting the military’s needs. D Z)


Youmans and Leighty’s meat market is the only place in the city where you can get hot sausage on Friday.  Call and get an article that is first-class in every respect.                                                          


You need have no fear any more of getting drowned when you go swimming.  Just get a pair of Water Wings for 25’ at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman Co.  They hold up anyone weighing up to 200 lbs.


Henry Thompson, a little boy about nine years of age, narrowly escaped drowning Friday afternoon in O’Neill Creek just below the mill.  He was playing with other small boys, and fell off a raft into a deep hole in the creek.  The men in the mill heard the cries of the boys for help, and ran to the rescue.  W. L. Hemphill plunged in and rescued the little fellow, after he had gone down the third time.                                                                     


Mr. William Tragsdorf and Miss Mamie Fladstol were married at Harmony, Minn., June 26, 1907.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Tragsdorf, a young man of sterling qualities.  At present he has a responsible position with the U. S. Government at Panama.


The bride who has visited here is quite well known and has made many friends.


We join their many friends in wishing them a happy and prosperous wedded life.


Shortville will celebrate the Fourth at Rudolph Frantz’s place.  The Ladies Aid will furnish a fine dinner, as well as other refreshments, at a low price. A program will be arranged for entertainment. All are cordially invited to participate in these good things.                                                                                                   


For Sale: 120-acre farm, all good land, 35 acres under plow, nearly stump-free, 6 ½ miles from Neillsville.  Good fences, good road, $200 will put 30 acres more under plow.  Good log house, new frame barn 36’x40’, good log barn, 36’x35’; buildings worth $500.  Will sell farm for $2,000, Ό cash, rest on easy terms.  Inquire at Kaw Office, Geo. L. Jacques, Neillsville, Wis.


(All those buildings worth $500?  At the cost of materials now, $500 would maybe build a small chicken coop. DZ)


Mr. Herman E. Braatz and Miss Nellie Ruege were married Wednesday evening, June 26, at the home of the bride’s parents on Pleasant Ridge.


July 1947


 As a minister’s residence the Congregational Church has purchased the property on South Hewett Street, long occupied by the late Mr. and Mr. Charles Sniteman.  This is the second house south of the library on South Hewett Street.  The decision to buy was reached at a church meeting held Sunday morning following the morning worship.


June 15 is the deadline for insuring price support for potato crop.  This word comes from Roy O. Hales, county AAA chairman.  He states that farmers must write the county office prior to June 15, requesting measurement of his potato acreage, if they expect to participate in the AAA benefits.  This applies to all farmers who have not received notice of a potato goal, and have not received a recent letter from the county office.  Any farmer who does not have a goal, and plants more than 2.9 acres of potatoes is not eligible for price support. Full information is available at the AAA office in Neillsville.                                                                                                 


Dance! At the Lakeside Inn, South Shore of Rock Dam, Sat., June 7.  Music by Johnny Gertz, Hall Free of Charge for Weddings.                                                                                                             


Dance at Country Side Ballroom, Marshfield.  Music by the Volovsek 8-piece Family Orchestra, Sunday, July 13.


Adm. 50’ plus 10’ tax.                                                                              


Marriage Licenses:

Agnes Kramicz, Thorp, and Marion Pawlukiewicz, Owen; Eileen Bemis, Neillsville, and Erwin Kroll, Neillsville;

Lorraine M. Freitag, Withee, and William King, Owen; Jeannine Fricke, Loyal, and Dale Young, Loyal;

Neva Bartz, Granton, and Elwyn Larsen, St. Croix Falls; Evelyn Wilke, Dorchester, and Arthur Sack, Milwaukee.


Murphy’s Tavern – Monday’s Night Special – Potato Pancakes!  Fish Fries Served Fridays; Southern Fried Chicken Saturday Night; Steak Every Night!                                                                      


2 – Wedding Dances – 2 -  At Merry Ol’ Gardens – Thursday, June 5, In Honor of Rita Lindner & Glenn Stewart.  Music by Emil’s Band of Colby.  Saturday, June 7, In Honor of Roman Braun & Irene Shefchik.  Music by “The Sturtz Swing Kings” of Loyal.                                                                                                    


A program welcoming new citizens being naturalized June 17 will be held at 2:00 p.m. that day on the courthouse lawn, and is being sponsored by the Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s Club.  Judge Roland J. Steinle of Milwaukee will address the new citizens and the audience.


The Neillsville High School Band under the direction of Walter Keohane, will play two selections, and Dr. Sarah Rosekrans will sing “The Stars Spangled Banner,” accompanied by the band.  Rev. Samuel D. Robbins will give a closing prayer.


(That program had to have been a very welcoming feeling for the newly naturalized American citizens.  Putting on the event was a thoughtful gesture by the Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s Club who organized and conducted the program.  Hearing the talented voice of Dr. Sarah singing the national anthem had to have been “the icing-on-the-cake.” DZ)                                                                                                                   


O’Neill Creek pond became the mecca for hundreds of celebrants on Independence Day, when the American Legion made it the center of its holiday activities.


An estimated 1,500 people, young and not so young, lined the banks and crowded on the Hewett Street Bridge in the afternoon to witness the competitive water sports.  An even larger crowd was on hand in the evening to watch the pyrotechnic display.


But what appeared to be the most popular exhibit of all was the wildlife display of the state game and fur farm.  During the holiday weekend, thousands of persons filed past the line of cages to inspect the display.  There were fawns, a “deodorized” skunk, and many others.  But what stole this part of the show was the brace of clowning bear cubs.


The Legion Hall was in a new garb for the occasion.  It had been spray-painted on the day proceeding, and its new coat of silver paint glistened in the sun.


Competitive water sports were set up as the main attraction of the Fourth afternoon.  Outboard motor boats were run in three heats, with the best out of three heats being the winner.


Bob Bartelt of Greenwood captured the outboard races with first places in two heats, and a second in the third. Lee Buddenhagen of Neillsville took second honors with a first, second and third; and Arnold Pieper of Loyal rounded out the placing with a second and two third places.


The “The Battle of Tip-A-Canoe” developed into a battle of sisters as Carole Wang out-jousted her sister, Ardes, in the best two out of three falls.


Donald Mattson and Milton Tock teamed together to defeat Dick Tibbett and Bob Schultz in the canoe race, which concluded the afternoon’s activities.


The high school band, directed by Walter Keohane, furnished music for the celebration.


The cost of operating Clark County’s entire school system 68 years ago was just about one-half the $55,000 budget the joint Pine Valley Neillsville district voters were asked to approve at the annual meeting Monday night.


The cost, and other school statistics of 1879 came to light a few days ago when Russell Drake, county superintendent, uncovered the annual report for that year made by John S. Dore, then county superintendent.


And, of course, there is a vast difference between the county system of 1879 and the present-day set-up.  Those were the first schools of Clark County, organized into a county system shortly after the county, itself, was organized.


At that time, there were 63 school districts, as compared with a total of 146 today.  A total of 2,286 pupils attended school at some time or other during the year, as compared with a total of 6,934 in 1945-46, the last year for which statistics are now available.  Schools then operated generally five months during the year.  Now they operate nine months.


The Wucki Tavern located at Day’s Corners, four miles south of the city, has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Don J. Champoux.                                                                                                      


Urban’s wrecker did a little wrecking all on its own Monday afternoon.


The vehicle was parked beside the garage on West Street when the brakes somehow gave away.  It rolled backward down the incline and veered diagonally across Seventh Street and crashed into the front of Helwig’s tavern.  It narrowly missed a coach parked in front of Shock’s barbershop.  The west side of the tavern front was damaged.


The Granton city baseball team took undisputed lead in the newly formed Southern Clark County Baseball League Sunday by handing Neillsville a 16-4 shellacking on the Granton diamond.  This Sunday, the Granton nine will bump up against Globe on the Globe diamond.                                                                                          


Naval Veterans of Clark County, both men and women, may now receive American Defense and World War II medals, if eligible, the naval recruiting service at Wausau announces.  The original discharge certificate must be presented at the recruiting station in order to receive the medals.


A 1940s view of the East 500 Hewett Street block.  Visible is the two-story Schultz Bros. Co. building, on the corner, A & P Foods was at the south-east corner at the end of the block, with five other businesses occupying stores between.  See the early-model truck parked along the street, an antique model even then.





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