Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 13, 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

September 1917


Washington, D. C., Aug. 27th – Wild blackberries picked by children will help the Army and Navy to get the 11 million pounds of blackberry jam they must have.  In view of the shortage of cultivated blackberries, the United States Department of Agriculture urges the women and girls and boys to gather all the wild blackberries they can find, to supply commercial canning establishments.


Blackberry jam is particularly desirable because it has medicinal qualities, which counteract certain intestinal troubles, in addition to its welcome place in the diet as a sweet.


At eleven o’clock the night of Sept. 8th, the making of whiskey and all other distilled beverages will cease by the provision of the food control law. The making of beer with more than two percent alcohol will also stop.  Proscribed liquors in the hands of dealers can be sold until the supply is exhausted.


A stranger traveling through the state ran into and smashed a “wooden policeman” in Colby, this being the signboard placed at a street crossing telling drives to keep to the right.  The driver paid the damages and apologized.  He said he had passed through so many dry towns that his attention was attracted to a beer wagon on the street and he failed to notice the signboard.                       


Joseph Frei is putting up a neat little barn on the land he recently bought from Ed Gates, south of the city.  Mr. and Mrs. Frei may use this building for a residence this winter and build a house in the winter.


Notice!  Having several signs to paint in Merrill and Wausau before returning to Neillsville, I wish to notify anyone desiring work done that I will be pleased to do their signs at once upon my return.  C. H. Chandler


Rudolph Franz of Washburn has bought Dr. Bradbury’s 10-room residence and the two acres of land at the south end of the city. It is a very fine home.  The doctor and his family will live for a time after giving possession in their other house nearby formerly the Condit residence.             


Persons who can give board and rooms for high school students in return for work, please report to some member of the school board; also, persons having rooms to rent or who will board students for pay.


A new flag, 6-feet by 10-feet in size, has been bought for the North Side School from funds left out of the proceeds of a school entertainment given three years ago.


The North Side Elementary School, for students up to sixth grade, was built in 1885 on a lot purchased for $800 and constructed for $4,000.  It was built so high school students could be housed in the South Side building.  The North Side building was abandoned upon construction of a new high school building in 1967 and later razed.  The grounds were on the east side of Prospect Street, between 11th and 12th Streets. 


Fred Bruley is building a warehouse to be used in connection with his elevator.  The lower part of the building is to be used by A. Hauge for storing coal.                                          


Work or Go to Jail!  Farmers and Industries need help.  Law defines loafers and idlers as vagrants.  Sherriff and police have been instructed to arrest all idlers.  Penalty, 3 months at hard labor or solitary confinement in a room, which is in complete darkness for not more than 10 days.


There will be an auction held at Fred Hemp’s old place, in the Town of Pine Valley, 2½ miles north and ½ mile west of Neillsville on Mound Road on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1917.  Sale to begin at 10 o’clock a.m. sharp!


50 head of cattle: 22 milk cows, 18 heifers, 3 bulls, 7 steers;

5 Horses: 2 driving mares, 3 work horses;

Chickens: about 75 hens;

Hogs: 2 Sows, 7 pigs.


Farm Machinery: 2 wagons, 1 buggy, 1 seeder, 1 grain binder, 1 disk, 1 mower, 1 cream separator, 1 plow, 1 corn planter, 1 sulky cultivator, 1 hay rack, 1 tedder, 1 drag, 1 bob-sleigh, milk and cream cans, & small tools. 


Harnesses: 2 sets of work harnesses, 5 single harnesses;


About 60 tons of clover and timothy hay.


Free Lunch and Coffee at noon.


Terms of Sale: all sums of $10 and under, cash.  All over that amount, six months-time will be given on good approved notes bearing six percent interest.


Chas. Schlote, Prop.  C. E. Donovan, Auctioneer                   


A stranger with a butterfly net, catching specimens in a farmer’s pasture near Bancroft one day last week greatly alarmed the rural residents, who took him to be a “German Spy.”  Over forty men turned out to capture him before the innocent nature of the visitor’s movements were discovered.


Bring your extra magazines and books to the city library and they will be forwarded to the boys at Camp Douglas.                                                                                              


Dr. Hugh Schofield and his father, Robert Schofield, were in the city Monday.  “Bob” Schofield was for years one of the loggers of this county.  He was located first, just north of Neillsville at what was known as “Schofield’s Corners.”  Later, he moved to Greenwood, where he built a fine residence, carried on a large farm, sawmill and logging business.                                                                                            


Vaudeville and Orchestra, Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Dew Drop Inn.  You can get a dish of the best ice cream, or the best of fruits, or a first-class lunch, or delicious chocolates or whatever else you want at the Dew Drop Inn.                                                                      


The Merchant’s Hotel is having a cement floor laid on the front porch.


The managers of the Canning Factory have suggested to the school board that should frost hold off until Sept. 10, which would be of great advantage to the factory and also to very many school children, to postpone the opening of school until Sept. 17th.  The bean crop is late but coming on fine; the children need to earn the money they get for picking in the fields and for snipping, the parents need the money for the beans, and the factory cannot run without the help.  The pressing need for food makes it look like a patriotic duty as well as good economy to save the bean crop.                                    


The water tank at the canning factory, filled with about 7,000 gallons of water, tipped over Saturday night, crashing through a corner of an engine room and into the snipping room.  The floor in the snipping room was flooded for a few minutes and a number who were working there got wet feet.


It is believed that the high wind some weeks ago, which tipped the Goddess of Justice off the courthouse dome, set the water tank out of balance and caused it to fall when filled up with water.


September 1947


Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schultz of Globe celebrated their silver wedding anniversary last weekend.  They were married 25 years ago on Saturday, August 30.  On Sunday, they were hosts to a group of friends and relatives at a picnic in the Greenwood Park.                                              


Bill Seif and Martin Nesbitt finished painting the C. E. Seif Sons building last week; but it wasn’t without incident.


As the two young men were on the last lap, on the west side of the building, a rope holding their platform frayed and started to break.  They spotted the break as the last strand started to give.  Both of them made a hasty exit through a top-floor window.


A few seconds later the rope parted, splashing paint, buckets, spray gun, etc., on a pile of wood 30-feet below.  The next day, Bill and Martin screwed up their courage, fixed the rope, and finished the wall.


St. Mary’s Catholic School opened Tuesday, September 2, with an enrollment of 86, 42 boys and 44 girls.  The faculty members for the present school year are: Sister Mary Mechtild, teacher of grades 1, 2 and 3; Sister Mary Romuald, teacher of grades 4, 5 and 6: Sister Mary Ricarda, teacher of grades 7 and 8.


D. E. Thayer, Neillsville School director, has leased his photographic business and is leaving Neillsville for River Falls. The business has been leased to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ebel of St. Paul, Minn., who have an option to buy.


The Thayers expect to be moved about October 1, at which time Mr. Thayer will resign his school directorship, a position he has held for the last 12 years.  The Thayers have purchased a home in River Falls, and they plan to live there while their daugher, Aralda, attends the state teachers’ college.  They have operated the photographic business here since April 1, 1924.                            


Levi Fitzmaurice of Rt. 4, Neillsville, returned Saturday with a 56-inch Sturgeon, which he took from the Chippewa River flowage below Jim Falls.  He made the catch last Friday night on worms, after a battle of 20 minutes.  It weighed about 40 pounds.  Mr. Fitzmaurice reported many big fish being taken in that locality the opening in short season.                                                                 


Record Sale! Sale continues through September 20th.  Our Complete Stock of 10-inch Records; Popular, Western & Classical, 55’ each, (Retail Values up to 79’).  We Must Make Room for New Fall Releases!


Bollom’s Appliances, 126 W. 7th St., Neillsville.                      


Bob Urban, Neillsville first baseman, won the Cloverbelt league batting championship with a plump .566 average for the 12 league games, according to complications of the official scorer for the Neillsville Athletics.


Urban compiled his average with 30 hits out of 53 trips to the plate.


He was followed by Harold Milbreit, Neillsville catcher, who rapped out 27 in 54 trips, for an average of .500.         


The long and proud connection of Neillsville with the history of state and national military units was continued Tuesday night when 22 officers and men of the new Service Company, 128th Infantry, were mustered in.


The formal ceremonies were brief.  Only 10 minutes or so were required for the administration of the oath and for the inspection by Maj. Sigfried H. Spilner. The oath was given by Lt. Harold Gault, commander of the company.                                                                                                


Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kauffman and son Michael, aged 20 months, sailed from New York September 3 on Queen Elizabeth for Southampton, England.  Their destination is Prague, Czechoslovakia, where they will visit Mrs. Kauffman’s mother and other relatives.  They plan to return late in November.  During their absence, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kauffman of Neillsville, ae looking after the farm in the Town of Fremont.


Fifteen members were present for the meeting of the Monday Progress Club on September 22.  Mrs. F.D. Calway was taken into membership.  Five-minute talks were given by Mrs. G. W. Longenecker and Mrs. J. H. Brooks on “Early churches in Wisconsin.”  Mrs. Longenecker told about the oldest church in the state, which is still standing on Madeline Island.  Mrs. Brooks reviewed the organization of churches in Neillsville.  The earliest church service in Neillsville was held by a Methodist circuit rider, who came from Black River Falls in October 1847.                                                                                                 


A hot box in a freight car with pulpwood resulted in calling out the fire department and a lot of local residents about 12:30 a.m. Monday.  Damage was slight, but could have been serious had it gone unseen, because the car was on the siding next to the Van Gorden elevator.                          


Edward Frei has the basemen about completed for the new home, which he plans to erect on North Bruley Street.  This will be next to the home being constructed by William Simek.  Ben Grottke has moved a house from the Globe community onto a lot on Bruley Street and plans to put it on a basement before winter.  He now resides on the Grottke farm east of Neillsville.


(The Simek house was moved from the area of Grand Avenue and W. 5th Street intersection, to 1405 Bruley Street with extensive remodeling having been done through the years.  In the early 1900s, there were several houses moved from one site to another in this area.  Sherman Gress operated a building-moving business. DZ)


The Neillsville “all-star” softball team won a four-city tournament at Fairchild Sunday, defeating Augusta 16 to 0 in the opener, and winding up with a 3 to 2 victory.


Fairchild nipped Willard 9 to 5 in its first-round game.


Bob Fitzmaurice, hurler for Dick’s team in the city circuit, pitched one-hit ball in the opener with Augusta, and was only a little less effective in the championship round.  Large credit goes to Ronald Meihack, whose two-run homer knotted the score at 2-all and put the local all-stars in a position to win.


The team, selected by Dick Albright and Carl R. Wegner from the city league soft-ballers, was composed of the following: Fitzmaurice, pitcher; Meihack, first base; Kenny Dux, catcher; John Kleckner, second base; Carl Wegner, shortstop; Darwin Graves, center field; Pat McIntyre, left field; and Bob Schultz and Milton Tock, right field.                                                                                                 


Miss Florence Bayuk, youngest daughter of Mrs. Balbina Bayuk, Willard, became the bride of Alvin Klinke, Greenwood, last Wednesday, September 24, 1947, at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Willard, with Rev. Bernard Ambrozic performing the wedding ceremony with a Nuptial Mass.





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