Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 28, 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

June 1937


In a letter to the Press under the date of May 28, Dwight Roberts, who lived at Redmond, Ore., states that he was 82 in May 23, and is still in good health.  Mr. Roberts at one time ran a confectionery store on the corner where the First National Bank stands and for a time engaged in farming on the Ezra Tompkins farm two miles south of the city, now owned by Rudolph Plachy.                                                                                                       


Harve Fuller, who was in a reminiscent mood Tuesday, recalled early days in Merrillan.  Mr. Fuller says he landed in Merrillan in 1874 and he helped chop out the stumps in Main Street.  At that time, he says there were 12 hotels in Merrillan, and there was plenty of work for everybody.  Mr. Fuller, who was laid up for some time last winter, reports he is “feeling as good as I ever did.”          


Art Kunze, First Ward alderman, like a good apple.  In fact, his whole family likes good apples.


So, it was not strange that he should buy a case of them last week, when a peddler appeared at his home, and offered him a bargain in swell eating apples.  After the family had indulged their appetite for apples, Mrs. Kunze carried the remainder down cellar where they would keep better.


A few days later one of his children brought up a large mail order catalog from the cellar, and reported that it had been found in the apple box.  Mr. Kunze went down to investigate, and was surprised to find that the entire lower half of the box was filled with old catalogs and paper.


Mr. Kunze would like very much to meet the peddler again.  He says the catalogs are of good quality paper, but he has more use currently for apples, than paper.  At any rate, he doesn’t like to buy catalogs at delicious prices.  As a friendly tip to the peddler, it is suggested that he does not return to the Kunze residence for a repeat order.                                                                                            


Russell Gardner of the Town of Fremont, and Ella Haines of the Town of Grant were married June 1, 1937, at 11 a.m. by Rev. G. W. Longenecker.  Attendants were Mamie Gardner and Francis Haines.


Mr. George of Chippewa Falls, Bruce Van Gorden of Black River Falls, and Archie Van Gorden of the city left Friday on a trout-fishing trip to the Otter River at Hurley, WI, the party catching about 60 fish of the wily species.  They also visited Little Bohemia Lodge at Manitowish, made famous through the escape from G-Men by Dillinger and his gang from that resort several years ago.


At Hurley, a town of 1,000 to 1,500, Archie was amused at the number of taverns (89 within four blocks) and walked up and down the street to jot down the name of each.  There were 37 on one side, and 52 on the other, the names being chosen largely from nature, and include all the appealing sound and echoes from the pinnacle of Porcupine mountain to the depth of Otter Lake.                                       


Excavating for the new Ed Hauge house on South Grand Ave. was begun last Friday.  The house will be typical of colonial structure, the interior will also conform with the same style.  Oak will be used for the wood finish throughout the first floor.  The contract was let to the O&N Lumber Co. and Art Carl.


Citizenships were granted to the following 16 residents of Clark County, by C. R. Berg, St. Paul, examiner at the courthouse Tuesday.


Petitioner’s Name and Nationality: William Simkus, Lithuanian; Stefania Wynimko, Polish; Joseph F. Vitort, Lithuanian; Frank Bartosewics, Polish; Stanley Biliecki, Polish; Richard Pohl, German; Andrew Abramczuk, Polish; Anna Arciszewski, Polish; Nellie Pasek, Czechoslav; Maxmilian Luika, Czechoslav; Martin Kirn, Slovenian (Yukoslavia).                                                                                


There are now 140 relief cases being taken care of in Clark County, according to Harold Trewartha, director.  At the peak load in 1935 there were 1,105 cases being handled through the Clark County office.


No able-bodied men are being given relief this year, Mr. Trewartha states.


(During the Depression of the early 1930s, government programs such as WPA and the CCC camps were started to provide jobs for the unemployed.  Also, the county agriculture department was able to find some jobs on area farms.  An effort was made to ensure that all able-bodied men were employed.  DZ) 


Bohemian Vaudeville, Cervena Sedma from Chicago. At the Levis Community Hall, Satruday, June 19, 8 p.m.  Singing, Dancing, Sketches, and One-Act Play.  Dancing after Play, Admission: Adults 35’, Children 15’.


On Tuesday last, at a special election the citizens of Loyal voted on the question of erecting a new municipal building to serve as the village hall, library, and American Legion headquarters.


The vote was light but carried favorably by a margin of 174 to 46.


J. C Davis of Shortville had a narrow escape from death Saturday, when a four-year-old bull attacked him.  The animal had stub horns, and knocked Mr. Davis down breaking some of his ribs.  He was armed with a pitchfork, which proved of some service in the battle, and the farm dog came to the rescue enabling Mr. Davis to get away.


On Thursday, Doris Henchen, age about 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Henchen of the Town of Weston, was attacked by a young bull apparently in playful mood, was knocked down, and her collar bone was broken.


(On our family farm, the bull was stanchioned in the barn during the day, and let out to pasture at night.  No one, not even my dad would enter the cow yard, or pasture while the bull was loose.  Our family dog, Buster, was trained to herd the bull into the barn each morning.  On one occasion, Buster had “nipped” the bull’s nose with his teeth, which had earned his respect from then on. DZ)


A general remodeling, and repainting of the interior of the A&P Store are going on as rapidly as the work can be done, without interfering with the service.


Arrangements for a meat market are being made to be installed on the south side of the main floor.


The market fully equipped is to be rented by Ferdinand Kuester, and will be operated by Bud O’Brien.


This is the fifty-fourth market to be equipped, and rented by the Milwaukee unit of the A&P.



In 1937, the Neillsville A&P store was one of a chain of 54 A&P grocery stores within the Milwaukee-based district.  The local A&P store was located on the southeast corner of Sixth Street.  At that time, on the north side corner, there were steps going down to a barbershop.  A barber sign was posted above.




The mysterious disappearance of the small American flags placed on veterans’ graves at the Neillsville City Cemetery every Memorial Day was solved this week by Ed Gault, sexton.  The “thieves” were found to be gray squirrels, which have been using flags as material for their nests.  The wind a few days ago broke off a branch of a tree, disclosing several flags in a nest.  The squirrels for years have neatly removed the flags from the staff, leaving the sticks on the graves.  Until now, no one could imagine where the flags had gone.


O. W. Lewerenz is remodeling his building between his filling station and the legion Hall as an ice cream factory, and soda fountain.  Mr. Lewerenz will install a counter freezer, to have retail ice cream available in bulk.


Walter and Wayne Brown drove to Lake Arbutus Thursday to fish.  The walleyed pike were biting so well that the boys were too busy hauling them in to take stock of their catch.  After sweating over the job for three hours, they quit, deciding that 24 fish would supply the Brown household for quite a spell. Their predicament was much like that of the Irish maid who was too busy mopping up the water to turn off the faucet.


June 1957


Three Neillsville young men took over ownership and management of the Grassland Feeder Pig company in Neillsville last Saturday, June 1.  The new partnership consists of Louis Keller, Harris Schoengarth, and Leo Kessler, who purchased the business from its founder, Gerald Anderson.


The purchase includes the company’s building on West Seventh Street, as well as trucks and equipment and goodwill.


All three members of the new partnership are thoroughly acquainted with the business, which is one of the largest of its kind in Wisconsin.  They have been employed by Mr. Anderson for three years or more, and thus have a close knowledge of the operation, and acquaintance with customers throughout the middle west.


An ordination service for Floyd Olsen will conducted in Trinity Lutheran Church at Loyal Sunday, June 9, at the 10:30 a.m. service.                                                                                       


Boys and girls of Clark County who want either part-time, full-time, or odd jobs will find a “helper” in The Clark County Press.


For the next two weeks, The Press is offering Want Ads free to those between 12 and 18 years of age to help them find jobs.  Ads will be accepted by mail or at The Press office.  They will appear in both the Press, and the Bull’s Eye, the advertising auxiliary of The Press, which reaches all in the area who do not receive The Clark County Press.                                                                                         


The storm that ripped through Dells Dam last Wednesday did considerable damage to crops, flowers, etc.  The Donald Hagie home was hit by lightning and suffered minor damage.  Some of the cottages also sustained damage from the lightning and hail.                                                     


“Boys” from the Headquarters Company, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division, and their wives will meet with their old comrades and Maj. Langholff in the Fort Atkinson American Legion Dugout Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16.  It will be the second annual reunion of the World War I group. 


The announcement reads: “About 20 members of the regimental band also will get together of the first time in 38 years.  “Mother” Haugen, and “Buckshot” Frances, two of the most popular bandsmen who played out the march from Verdun, France, to Diers Dorf, Germany, after the armistice was signed, are expected to attend.”


Commenting on the announcement Sunday, Mr. Haugen said: “I am looking forward to this reunion.  It will be wonderful to get-together with my former buddies to renew acquaintances, and to reminisce on old experiences.”


(Haugen was referred to as “Mother,” as he was the eldest son in the family of boys, whose mother had passed away when the boys were young.  Taking over as the head of the household, his friends gave him the label “Mother” Haugen.  DZ)                                                                  


Ground-breaking services for the new Calvary Lutheran Church will be held next Sunday morning, June 23, at 10 a.m., the Rev. I. J. Tanner announces; and construction will start that week.


The site for the modern contemporary edifice is a four-acre plot situated at the end of Hill Street, and near Memorial Hospital.


Not one, but several shovels of dirt, will be turned in the special service, the Rev. Tanner said.  Each member of the congregation, or any person who is going to be a member, is invited to bring a shovel along, and turn dirt with him.


Actually, three shovels of dirt will be turned in the formal service, Mr. Tanner said: “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”


The special ceremonies will be a 9 a.m. in the Adler Theater.  This service will be abbreviated, and the congregation will adjourn to the site for the ground-breaking.


The Calvary Lutheran congregation, which has not yet been formalized, has shown consistent growth since Mr. Tanner came here from Oconomowoc to be the first pastor.  In May, services averaged an attendance of 70.  The high point in an attendance was 97, reached on Easter Sunday.


Wedding Dance – Sat. June 22, Honoring Lucille Greeler, Granton & Roger Tyler, Neillsville.

Music will be “The Highlanders Orchestra,” at Silver Dome Ballroom.


Carl Carnelli of Chicago took the 15-foot drop over the Rock Dam spillway in a motorboat, which had gone out of control last Saturday.  He suffered a leg cut, which required five stitches to close, was bruised, and shaken; but was not otherwise seriously injured.  The boat remained upright after its plunge.


Escaping, as the steering wheel ropes unwound, and the boat went out of control, was Kenneth Langnor, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Kaltinger, Sr.


Kenneth, also bruised and shaken, managed to get over the side of the boat, and into the water before it nosed over the dam, and into the shallow, rock-strewn creek waters below.  He swam to shore.


Both boys were given first aid by a Loyal physician.  They had spent several days in Greenwood as guests of Kenneth’s grandparents.  They returned home Sunday.                                       


August Finder of Levis Township has completed the construction of a new home at the northeast corner of Court and Second Streets, and will be moving to Neillsville in the near future.


Tommy and Jerry Poziombke, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Poziombke, are going to be among the group of 60 boys and girls of St. Mary’s parish who have chartered a bus to attend the Braves baseball game at Milwaukee.  The trip is being sponsored by the Catholic Knights.





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