Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 7, 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

June 1877


M. C. Ring now drives one of the most stylish buggies in the county, and it was manufactured by Campbell & Hommel, of this village.                                                                                               


More attention is being given in fitting up grounds and planting shade trees in this village during the past two months than ever before in any one season.                                                                


Last Sunday, a couple of young men of this village, had an adventurous turn of mind, pinned a couple of saw-logs together to go for a sale on the raging Black River.  For a time, all went merry as a marriage bell, and they prided themselves on their daring and sailor-like qualities, when their sturdy “bark” grounded on a hidden rock, from which no amount of prying or swearing would remove it.  After laboring in vain for some time to get their vessel to sea again, one of the party, determined to rescue his comrade from the wreck or die in the attempt, committed the lower part of his body to the element, waded ashore and constructed a craft similar to the one on which they had first embarked, with which he brought him safely to the land, where they are content to remain.                                 


Mr. Bourges, Presbyterian minister, has moved his family from Nasonville to the Windfall, in the Town of York.  We are informed that Mr. Withee, our county treasurer, has kindly donated four acres of land to build a church on.  Mr. Bourges, with the assistance of the Messr. Davis, as erected a snug little parsonage on the ground, and he and his family are safely ensconced in it.


(Windfall was a community later named Granton. DZ)                                 


Last Wednesday the fact was brought to light that the family of notorious John Arquette, which was deserted some time ago by that jailbird and thief, was in starving condition.  Their immediate wants were supplied by contributions solicited by Mrs. James O’Neill, Sr.  The town fathers should see that the family is not allowed to starve in the future.


Wilber Green returned from the Black Hills last Wednesday and his report of that land of promise is anything but flattering.  Several more of the party with which he started have returned or are on their way home and many others would return if they could get the where-with-to defray the expense of transportation.


The owner of a certain soprano cat that sings nightly on the roof near our window is hereby notified that the vocal attainments of the feline must be repressed, or that animal will be sent where tunes are never pitched higher than they can be sung.                                                                                                                


Potato bugs are said to be sitting around on the top of fence posts, waiting for potato plants to make their appearance.  Eternal vigilance and Paris green must be the price of potatoes for another year at least.


(Paris green was a poison that could be sprayed on potato plants to kill the bugs.  As a kid, I had the job of carrying a can of kerosene in one hand and a small stick in the other, walking along rows of potato plants, knocking potato bugs off the plants into the can of kerosene, because my mom didn’t like the idea of poison being used in her garden. DZ)


John Bellinger has a couple of young woodchucks in training, at his saloon, which promise to become very interesting pets.  They are quite tame and will follow him anywhere at his call.                


In Greenwood, business is terribly dull.  Money, there is none, ‘tis a thing of the past.


In spite of dull times, some building is being done.  Frank Pfeifer is adding to his butcher shop and making other improvements.  Horace Weston is building an addition to his cottage.  Ben Thompson has his barn enclosed.  Mr. Mowry has made changes in his law office.  Frank Brown has been adorning his front with shade trees.


George Hubbell has a plug hat.  It’s an ornament to the village.


The everlasting assessor is around taking minutes.  We wish we had a dog.


(The winter of 1876-77 was referred to as a “brown winter,” not enough snow to sled harvested logs out of the woods to the skid-ways along the river, later to be floated down the river to market.  As a result, there was little money circulating, thus hard-times. DZ)                                                                                             


J. W. Cole, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the firm of J. W. Cole & Co., of Black River Falls, has purchased Capt. Tolford’s trotting horse, “Jerry.”


(Horse racing was a summer sport of that era with races periodically held around the area. DZ)


Neverman & Sontag have added to the appearance of their establishment by enclosing the lots adjoining the brewery with a substantial tight board fence.                                                                       


A 13-year-old daughter of Mr. French, living about a mile west of the village, had her left arm broken just above the wrist, last Monday.  She fell from the top of a board fence upon which she was contesting a footrace with someone who had the safer track on the ground.  Dr. Thompson was called on Tuesday morning, and the broken bones were put in place.


An 1878 view of the southeast Hewett and Fifth Street intersection.  The building to the right, on the corner, was then owned by B. F. French.  Neillsville’s first courthouse was in the third building to the left.  The bell tower of the Presbyterian Church can be seen in the background, the church building was destroyed by fire in the 1930s.


June 1942


Customers Please Take Notice!


Uncle Sam Asks, effective June 1st, the conservation order prohibits call-backs or more than one trip to any one place the same day.  Effective also of the same date, all commercial carriers using rubber tires are required to reduce their total mileage at least 25% as compared with the corresponding month of 1941.  This must be in addition to mileage reduced by eliminating call-backs.


One Morning Delivery to Be Discontinued!  This ruling affects the present delivery schedule we have been carrying out in the past, and to reduce our mileage to meet the requirements states, we must discontinue one morning delivery.  Your cooperation in placing your order before 9:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. will be appreciated.


Morning delivery 9 a.m., Afternoon delivery 3 p.m.


Quality Market … Prochazka Brothers.                                                         


Silver Dome Ballroom, Sat., May 30, Free Dance Memorial Day, Gale Hiles & His Band.


Tuesday, June 2, Free Wedding Dance in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Walters.


Wednesday, June 3, Free Anniversary Dance in honor of Mr. & Mrs. August Beyer.


They will not be needed immediately, but when the sun bakes the county forests to tinder-dry, and forest fires again figure as a threat, 190 Clark County residents will be available for fire-fighting service.


This was the report of James Churchill, forest ranger at the Pray observation station, made to the county civilian defense council.  These 190 people have received instruction, and training in fighting forest fires, and have volunteered to help if they are called.                                                                                            


Farmers of Clark County have pledged to purchase $97,345.25 worth of war bonds and war savings stamps during 1942.  The pledge campaign in rural areas is being conducted under the direction of the USDA war board, of which Axel Sorenson is chairman.                                                                                 


A 70-foot flagpole was to be erected on the front lawn of the courthouse this week, weather permitting.  It will be the first such pole to be put in place there.  Heretofore flags have been flown from a small pole on top of the west gable, and from small removable poles anchored in the sidewalk.  The new pole is made up of three lengths of steel pipe and will be anchored six and one-half feet in the ground with concrete.                         


Marriage Licenses:

Junior E. Tesmer, 21, Colby, Doris Rienow, 20, Colby;

William Rizner, 27, Chicago, Irma Wahlen, 21, Washburn;

Leslie William Buss, 21, Hixon, Eva Elizabeth Kangas, 20, Hixon.                                   


Two feathered folks declared “war” on the Neillsville Production Credit Association office late last week but peace settled over the place after one sustained “aerial attack” brought them victory.


For about 10 minutes before a pair of adult robins launched their aerial blitz through the open front door, they screeched and flittered from limb to limb of a tree in front.  They sounded for all the world like the noises made by Hitler’s “scare” bombs frightening the French into retreat.


Then in sweeping dives they zoomed through the doorway and attacked the office force.  Mrs. Evelyn Walk, clerk, was forced into a hasty, unorganized retreat to the back wall of the room.  Others in the office were as though stunned.  For several minutes the birds fluttered their destruction; then, still screeching madly, they flew out through the door and to the tree, perhaps to reorganize for a second blitz.


Still trembling, the office force went to the door to observe from long range the actions of the “enemy.”  Perhaps for all they knew the robins were bringing up reinforcements.


But they quickly discovered the cause for the war.  A baby robin had wandered, unseen into the office, and sat quietly on the floor, hidden from view by the long, high counter.  Quickly, the “captive” was discharged through the doorway, and in a few minutes the made screeching had turned to happy chirps.  Quiet once again settled over the office.


The way was paved for establishing a county police radio system Tuesday night when the city council voted to authorize the granting of an easement to Clark County.  The easement would allow the county to erect a transmitting aerial on top of the city standpipe, and to erect a small building on the standpipe ground for the housing of transmitting equipment.  The easement was granted for $1 and other valuable consideration.


With President Arthur Carl presiding in the absence of Mayor H. J. Naedler, the council also adopted an ordinance lowering the fee for beverage operators’ license to $2, from $5.                       


Columbia will soon be without a depot.  For a long time, past, an old boxcar has served the community, but now, even that is being removed by the section men.                                     


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hemp observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary on June 6, 1942, at their home at 188 South “West” Street, Neillsville.


Albert Hemp was born March 14, 1867, in the province of Brandenburg, Germany.  A son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Hemp.  He came to America with his parents when he was three years old, the family settling near Jefferson where they lived for four years.  In 1874, they came to the Town of Weston, Clark County, the father being one of the early settlers in that township.  Mrs. Hemp was born in the province of Schlesien, Germany, the daughter of August and Dora (Worchel) Dudei.  She came to America in 1888.


On Pentecost Monday, June 6, 1892, Miss Anna Dudei was united in marriage to Albert Hemp in the old log church at Globe, the Rev. C. Doehler officiating.  The attendants were: Augusta Grap (now Mrs. Ole Lowe), Bertha (Schlinsog) Keller, Abbotsford; the bride’s brother, Bernard Dudei, and the groom’s brother, Ernest Hemp.


Mr. and Mrs. Hemp began life together with but little more than willing hands and a determination to succeed, upon land, which had been his father’s and upon which few improvements had been made.  There was a wide gap, which included years of hardship and privation, between that day and the time when Mr. and Mrs. Hemp turned their two farms over to their sons, Herman and Erwin, complete with fine sets of buildings.  They retired in 1925, purchased a home in Neillsville and have since made this city their home.


Aside from farming, Mr. Hemp threshed for the farmers in his community for many years, having a threshing outfit of his own.  He served the school district No. 5, in the home township, as treasurer for several years, also serving as supervisor for a time.


Mr. and Mrs. Hemp are parents of four children: Mayme, Mrs. William Hoffman, Chicago, Erwin and Herman Hemp, Weston, and Richard, postmaster at Mosinee, Wis.  A son, Bernard died in 1908, at the age of nine months.  There are five grandchildren: Lorraine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hemp; Robert and Marian, children of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hemp, and Mary Anna and Dorothy, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hemp.


This week, Judge Crosby granted two men who appeared before him the opportunity to go to war rather than to go to jail.  Judge Crosby granted their requests for an opportunity to join the service.


Stamps number five and six in the war ration (sugar) book will be good for the purchase of two pounds of sugar each, Leo Foster, war price and rationing board chairman, has announced.  Stamp number five will be valid between June 28 and July 25, and stamp number six will be valid between July 26 and August 22.


(Some recipes substituted corn syrup as a sweetener in baking or canning. DZ)




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