Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 9, 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

August 1882


Merrillan Leader: “The material for the telegraph line to Neillsville is nearly all here, and it is expected it will be put up shortly.”                                                                       


Dwight Roberts has bought the building now occupied by Rossman as a cigar store and manufactory and will take possession thereof about the first of September.                         


The city marshal made another raid on the cows last Satruday night and succeeded in capturing several.  This ordinance, like the one relating to teams left standing in the street without hitching, meets with opposition.  The parties who allowed their cows to roam in the street during the prohibited hours claim that their cows are so well behaved that they never move from the time they get home at night until they leave the next morning, and that they wouldn’t climb shade trees or eat a neighbor’s garden plants if they did happen to take a short stroll for exercise during the hours when they are forbidden to do so by the edict sent out by the city fathers.


Emery Bruley has bought J. L. Gates’ interest in the Rossman-Gates block now in process of construction and will occupy space for a clothing and gent’s furnishing store as soon as it is completed.  It will be “fullest” building in town when Mr. Bruley opens out his mammoth stock of goods therein.


That break on the sidewalk, opposite the O’Neill House, may break someone’s neck yet and break the city in the matter of damage for which it would be liable in case of an accident.


Dickson’s warehouse is well under way in being built and helps to make Third Street a firetrap.  When will city fathers think it advisable to veto the erection of wooden buildings in the business portion of the town?


(L. B. Ring was editor of “The Press” during the late 1800s.  he had an interesting flair in his writing.  At that time, he had the luxury of not having to be politically correct, which he took advantage of in expressing his opinion. DZ)                                                                               


Berries Wanted!

On and after next Monday, the undersigned will pay the highest going price, in cash, for all blackberries delivered at the depot, west of Neillsville. T.R. Brown


(Freshly picked berries, in season, could be sold and shipped by railroad to markets in the bigger cities, such as Chicago. DZ)                                                                                        


Every resident of the county should provide something to place on exhibition at the coming county fair, if the success of that exhibition is desired.  It is true that all cannot take the first premium when all classes are fully represented, but all can help to contribute to the display.      


Thirty-five to forty couples from here and Greenwood met at the Huntzicker’s farm last Tuesday evening, and a lively dance occupied all the dusky hours and a little of the daylight, was the nature of the entertainment. An unusually pleasant time has been reported by those who attended.


(The Huntzicker farm was located two and one-half miles south of Greenwood, on the west side of STH 73. DZ)


The first threshing of the season in this county, to our knowledge, was done on the farm of James Hewett in this city last Thursday.  The work was on barley, and was completed on Friday, the yield being 560 bushels of No. 1 grade from eleven acres.                                                           


The new building being put up opposite the residence of B. F. French is to be used as an office in connection with Mr. Blakeslee’s lumberyard.                                                 


Fast horses from Eau Claire and other points will be here to take part in the races at the Clark County Fair, all expecting to go away with some of the money offered by best trotting.


The new fence around the whole forty acres belonging to the fairgrounds is rapidly approaching completion.  Work on the new building will be pushed right along.  The track never was in so good of shape as now.


Emery Bruley received the patent for a wagon axle-tree, of his invention, last Monday.  The patent was issued the 15th of this present month, and Mr. Bruley has already received a number of offers from dealers in patent rights and manufacturers for the right to sell or use the same.  The invention is a good one, and there is a fortune in it for the inventor.


(Emery Bruley had patents on farm tools and fencing inventions, which are still being manufactured and used during this era. DZ)                                                                           


Last Saturday, the authorities of the Town of Pine Valley purchased from Mrs. Richard Hawks seven acres and a fraction of land to be used as an addition to the Pine Valley Cemetery.  The grounds will be graded and bitted before being divided into lots.                                                              


The mason work on Huntzicker’s Hotel is completed and the carpenters will soon commence on the inside work.  The new hotel will doubtless be in running order for fair time and help to accommodate the crowds that will be in attendance.


(Huntzicker Hotel was located on North Hewett between tenth and eleventh streets, later moved across O’Neill Creek, then named Merchant’s Hotel. DZ)                                                  


A large invoice of the celebrated brand of Gold Medal Flour from the Washburn Mills at Minneapolis, arrived at Hewett’s Store Tuesday.


(Cadwallader C. Washburn was a businessman, politician and soldier, as well as a U. S. Congressman and Governor of Wisconsin.


Washburn Township in Clark County was named after C.C. Washburn, an early lumberman who cut off many acres of the virgin white pine in that township.


As a businessman, in 1866 Washburn built a seven-story flourmill on Second Street in Minneapolis, producing Gold Medal Flour.  Mill City Museum is a Minnesota Historical Society museum, which opened in 2003, built in the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flourmill.  The Washburn “A” Mill is next to Mill Ruins Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.  The museum focuses on the founding of Minneapolis, especially flour milling.  The “Gold Medal Flour” sign still shines at night atop an adjoining grain elevator.


In 1871, C. C. Washburn formed the La Crosse Lumber Co., which sawed 20,000,0000 board feet of lumber annually and also owned the largest shingle mill in the upper Mississippi River Territory.


C. C. Washburn died in 1882, while living in La Crosse.  He was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery where the gravesite is marked by a 45-foot tall obelisk gravestone that can be seen towering above the landscape. DZ)


Cadwallader C. Washburn was a businessman, politician, Civil War soldier, U. S. Congressman, and 7th Governor of Wisconsin.  The Town of Washburn was named after him, due to having been an early lumberman, he had cut off vast amounts of the virgin white pine that had grown in that township.  Washburn pursued and developed other successful business interests also.



H. A. Bright, of Black River Falls, spent last Monday night in our city.  Mr. Bright was on his way, with a crew of hands, to commence haying on the extensive farm of Bright & Withee in the northern part of our county.


August 1947


How hot was it Tuesday?


No two thermometers registered the same.


But this was the real test: Milo Mabie, the barber, closed his shop.


On the door he pasted a sign, which read:


“It’s just too d__n hot!”                                                                         


Free Wedding Dance given by Robert Jacob and Charlotte Hubing, Wed., August 6, music by “Russ Lewellen Orchestra” at the Silver Dome Ballroom.


(Congratulations to Bob and Charlotte, of Port Edwards, who have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary! DZ)                                                                                                                                                                       


One gallon of humidity per-hour, is the rate of extraction in the Lewerenz Sweet Shop, following the installation of the first full air conditioner of Neillsville.  Thus, Otto Lewerenz is the first man in the city to be able to give a visual demonstration of the old saying, “It isn’t the heat; it’s the humidity.”


The demonstration consists in the actual sight of the water, which is extracted.  This water is caught in a large tray in the new air conditioning apparatus and is visible there for all to see.  The water comes from the atmosphere, and from the persons who enter Lewerenz place covered with perspiration.  These customers presently lose the moisture from their skin and feel cool and comfortable.  The air conditioner, now in complete operation, is both a refrigerant and a conditioner.  As a refrigerant it brings the temperature down to the point desired.  As an air conditioner it is operated both summer and winter, regulating the humidity.


(Air conditioning is another comfort we tend to take for granted.  I am sure that when the people first experienced the comfort of air conditioning upon entering the Lewerenz Sweet Shop on a hot day, there soon became other businesses that installed air conditioning units, one by one, until all stores in Neillsville were air-conditioned. DZ)                                                                                  


A Big Monday at the Fair, Afternoon and Evening!


Graham Family Western Riders – World’s Greatest Riders & Ropers, Famous Cowboy Western Band, A Real Thrill Circus Closing the Clark County Fair in a Blaze of Glory! Monday, August 18.


While she was a guest here last week, Mrs. Joseph (Anita) Wiesner was entertained at several dinner parties.


Mrs. Weisner, a former Neillsville resident, now resides in Tucson, Ariz.  There, she is manager of the marmalade, candy and fruit bread kitchen on a large fruit ranch near Tucson.  She herself originated the idea of the fruit products, which are sold all over the world under the trade name of “Desert Treasures.”


After leaving Neillsville last Wednesday noon, Mrs. Wiesner planned to visit relatives in Beloit, Chicago and Indianapolis, before returning to Tucson.                                                


Clark County’s Diamond Jubilee Fair went down in history Monday as a success, from both the financial standpoint and that of attendance.


While there was no estimate of total attendance for the four-day event, near record crowds jammed the grandstand and midway Saturday and Sunday.                             


Miss Gladys Anita Fenner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Fenner, Loyal, became the bride of John Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Olsen, Rt. 2 Loyal, on August 16 with a ceremony performed at the Loyal Methodist Church.  The Rev. Lee Holmes officiated. 


Miss LaVonne Smith of Loyal was maid of honor and Floyd Olsen, brother of the groom, was bestman.


The bride and groom are both graduates of the Loyal High School.


After a wedding trip in northern Wisconsin the couple will make their home in Loyal.


(Best Wishes to John and Gladys Olsen, of Marshfield, who are celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary! DZ)                                                                                                                                          


Four transfers in three months in the record of the land adjoining the golf course.  This is the pieces of three and one-half acres, first sold by Herman North to Reider Olson, with the intention that it become the site of a fish hook factory.  Mr. Olson exchanged for the land with Charles Prust, and came in to possession of the Pleasant Ridge Cheese Factory.  Now Mr. Prust has sold the parcel to Joseph Rasch, who is coming back to Neillsville after a period of residence in the Chicago area.


The definite understanding is that Mr. Rasch intends to build a home upon the land and that he has no business project in mind for it.


The sale to Mr. Rasch ends the discussion with reference to the use of this property.  The land is in an area zoned for agriculture.  The proposal to use it for industry occasioned local debate.


Monday wasn’t a very happy birthday for Billie Williams, 15, of St. Paul.  He went home, with his return trip supervised by Undersheriff Frank Dobes and the St. Paul police department.  Billie, missing from his home since last Thursday, was picked up at the James Stevens farm, near Greenwood, to which he had hitchhiked.  He had attended school in Greenwood last year while staying with a married sister.  The sister has returned to St. Paul.                                                                                                   


One hundred fifty pounds of steak will be the major bill-of-fare for Rotarians and Rotary Anns of Neillsville, Black River Falls and Tomah next Tuesday night.  The three Rotary clubs, with their ladies, ae planning a joint picnic at Hatfield on the local group’s regular meeting night.  


When a fellow named Frank went to the dance at Longwood Saturday evening, he wasn’t thinking about dancing with more than one at a time.  But as it turned out, he took on two, and both of them were males – Ray Kutsche and Harry Frantz, both of whom are slightly curvaceous, but not in a way to appeal to Frank.  When they, sworn officers of the law, turned up at the dance Frank engaged in an argument, which was at least as vehement as logical.  So, the two officers danced Frank right down to the county jail, where he rested from his dancing. 


The next day Justice Haven gave Frank a dance to the tune of $21.50 and the tune was a dirge, not a waltz.  The charge was disorderly conduct.




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