Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 20, 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 1887


Mrs. B. Dangers was the volunteer who went from door to door Friday, taking subscriptions for the Lutheran Church.                                                                                                    


Cooper Pitcher has bought the lot adjoining Mr. Doty’s residence on the west and will put up a cooper-shop there in the near future.


(A cooper-shop was where wooden kegs and barrels were assembled. DZ)


The sidewalk up the east side of Grand Avenue is completed, and you can now walk your girl up one street and down the other dry shod.                                                          


A couple of men who claim to hail from Jerusalem have been putting up at John Foster’s for the past few days.  They are peddlers of bric-a-brac.                                                 


We jumped out of our boots Monday morning entering the office, scared by a green snake on the top of the bookcase.  It was three feet long and curled for a fatal spring.  Marden had played a joke on us with a cucumber.                                                                                          


The logs ought to run on the stream after this rain in large numbers, and the lumbermen are very jubilant, or ought to be.                                                                                     


Ennor took a photo of the hotel being moved when half-way across the creek and also of the city pumphouse with the pump throwing a steam from a short length of hose with Charley Breed and Ed Tolford at the nozzle.


Work began last week and is being pushed along enough to put in temporary piers for the hotel when it arrives.  The cellar excavation and wall building will then go under the building.


The curiosity evinced in an interior Chinese village upon the appearance of a white man has been illustrated reversely here this week upon the arrival of two Chinese laundrymen who have opened a laundry at the corner of Court and Third Street.


(In 1887, Third Street was what now is Fifth Street. DZ)                  


Timber for the railroad depot and iron for the track are arriving.  The floods are perhaps a good thing, giving the engineers a better idea of what sort of stream Black River is when on its metal.  The abutments of the bridge will have to be very solid. 


(Apparently the engineers knew the job before them, as those railroad abutments stood securely through nearly 100 years of railroad service. DZ)                                                            


The Catholic Church School was dedicated yesterday, Vicar General Schwebach attending from La Crosse, and a number of priests from neighboring charges.  St. Mary’s School has been supplied with a competent corps of teachers and is now open for both Catholic and non-Catholic students. 


With their church, school and parsonage, the Catholics have a fine equipped and a promising future.



A 1920 view of St. Mary’s Catholic School, Church and parsonage, located on Neillsville’s North Side.  The church building shown in the above photo was destroyed by fire in 1923 when struck by lightning, which also damaged the parsonage.  A new and larger church was built on the same site, with updates later on all the buildings throughout the years.



Advice today from the north report the water is still rising, there being a 10-foot rise at Black River Falls, six feet at Neillsville and the Dells Dam and three feet at Hemlock Island.  This is the highest raise since last spring, when it went up fifteen feet and floated logs over the flats, where they cannot even now be reached.  However, there will be a large run and mill men are well satisfied.  A telegram from Chippewa Falls today states that Little Falls Dam is running over and plenty of water was expected. (La Crosse Republican and Leader) 


R. J. Sawyer of Menomonie has returned from a trip to Alaska, whither he went some two months ago for the purpose of examining an alleged gold mine upon, which several gentlemen of the city held an option.  He reported himself thoroughly satisfied that the whole thing is a gigantic swindle.  He found the alleged mine buried under fifteen feet of snow and ice, and after waiting about six weeks for the snow to melt, he dug through about ten feet of ice and blasted some rock, the best specimens of which assayed only a few dollars to the ton.


Ludington’s harness shop has been moved from the Darling lot to the northwest corner of John Paulus Hotel yard.  Orin Eyerly did the moving job.                                                


Mrs. Ferguson offers her farm, located opposite Jas. Hewett’s near Black River Bridge, for sale at a very reasonable figure.  Terms will be given on application.                 


The young people will give a social at the residence of Mrs. J. W. Tolford, Friday evening, Sept. 23.  The object being to raise money to repair the Presbyterian Church.  Everybody invited.  Each lady please bring a napkin.


Auction Sale of 26 Holstein Cattle is to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 1887, 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the C. A. Youman’s farm, 2½ miles east of Neillsville.  These cattle were brought in from Elgin, Il.


Placards have been posted in the city warning people that a fine of $25 is the punishment for hitching their horses to trees.                                                                                                                                                                          


In some payments of subscriptions so far, we have received 100 bushels of oats and 20 bushels of turnips, on account at this office.                                                                   


The people in the Pischer School District in Grant are fortunate in securing as teacher Mrs. S. W. Bolton of the Town of York, who is a teacher of experience and likes schoolwork.           


Recipe for Salt Pork Pancakes

Cut pork into very thin slices, make a batter of a cup of flour, one egg, and enough sweet milk to thin it; dip the pork into the batter and fry in hot lard until brown, Serve hot.


(Just the thought of eating those fat-laden cakes makes my digestive system upset. DZ)


September 1952


Lynn D. Jaseph, son of Clark County, is enjoying the fruits of labor at the law in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  He and his wife, who was May Flower, a daughter of Clark County, recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  They are here re-introduced to Clark County 50 years after they left.


It was in 1902 when Lynn Jaseph hired a surrey “with the fringe on top” to drive from Neillsville to Longwood to claim May Flower as his bride.  He had been teacher at the Hemlock School and she had been his pupil there.  The wedding ended the one-way teaching.  Within a month, the couple headed for Madison, where they set up housekeeping and had their first baby.  After graduation in 1906 Mr. Jaseph took his family to Green Bay and there set out to make his way.  Learning of his golden wedding, the published of The Press wrote Mr. Jaseph and asked him to tell the story of the 50 years intervening since his departure from the county of his birth.  Mr. Jaseph responded with a letter to The Press, and The Press ventured to insert some of which he wrote.


Upon my graduation from Neillsville High School, in June 1899, I was employed summers at common labor, and taught country schools for the following three years, in the Ackerman District, west of Neillsville, and afterward at Hemlock, north of Greenwood, and at last term, in order to get in ten months, near Withee.  My wife was a student at hemlock, and after her people moved out of that district into Longwood, I courted her there and married her in 1902, just a month before entering the University of Wisconsin.  We kept house and lived very frugally indeed for four years at Madison.  I was enabled to finish classes at the University largely because our old family and personal friends, Charles C. Sniteman, h. M. Root and Charles Bradford endorsed my note, upon which I borrowed the several hundred needed dollars.


“Needless to say, I never failed to call on these gentlemen as long as they lived, whenever I visited Neillsville, which was often in the earlier years, until the death of my father, Sol. F. Jaseph, in 1922. I have always called on our few remaining old friends whenever my business has taken me to Neillsville.


After my admission to the bar in 1905, I was employed in the law office of Olin and Butler of Madison for one year, my compensation being almost entirely experience, but extremely valuable. I then came to Green Bay in 1906, being first an employee of Samuel H. Cadey and afterward a member of his law firm ten years.  In 1916 I entered into partnership with John Kitel, which, with younger partners afterward admitted, continued until his death in 1933.  Our firm broke up soon afterward, and I have been alone since 1935.


I have worked hard and while I have not acquired great wealth, I have successfully, with my wife’s splendid cooperation, raised a fine family of five children of whom have had college training above high school graduation, and all of whom are happily married and raising families of their own.


(Charles C. Sniteman was known to help some young people in pursuing their education.  H. M. Root and Charles Bradford also stepped up to assure financial support for Lynn Jaseph. DZ)   


Lynn Jaseph’s father, known commonly as Sol Jaseph, was of great versatility.  He was once sheriff of Clark County, and engaged in merchandising and commission business, as well as in farming and gardening.  He took great pride in his surroundings, neatness and beauty.


Solomon Fordyce Jaseph was bon in Cattaraugus County, New York.  His father was Fordyce Jaseph, and his mother’s name was Rachel Elizabeth Loomis.  Both parents were native of Vermont.  At the age of eight years, Solomon started to make his own way in the world as he went to live with and work for his grandfather Loomis at Wyocena, Wis.  When he was 19, he went to Lake Benton, Minn., and was there at the time of the Indian Massacres in that section. 


He returned to Wisconsin and at Poynette, learning the harness trade.  He came to Neillsville in 1872, at the age of 24, and went to work for P. S. Dudley, the owner of a harness shop.  At the end of that year, he left Mr. Dudley’s employ and operated a harness shop for himself for the next four years.  He then sold the harness business and stocked his building with groceries and crockery.


After two years, he sold his business and became assistant postmaster under J. W. Ferguson until his next business venture.  This was a commission business, which he carried on in the basement of a building where the Neillsville Bank now stands.


Mr. Jaseph spent two years in the commission business.  He then built a store on the north side and operated a general mercantile establishment for two more years.  He started a drug store, which later became Victor Woelffer’ store.  But Jaseph operated it for only two years and then opened a confectionery and restaurant, which he conducted for a while.


In 1907, Jaseph ran for sheriff on the Republican ticket and was elected.  He held that office until 1910 and then served as undersheriff for two years.  At the end of that time, Mr. Jaseph bought 15 acres just south of Neillsville, then covered with brush and with dilapidated buildings, and converted it into a place of beauty.  He built a fine residence out of an old house and landscaped the yard so that visitors came to see it.  He raised chickens and vegetables and had fruit trees.


He was married in 1873, one year after he came to Neillsville, to Nellie E. Dole, of Poynette.  They had four children, Florence, Lynn Dole, Hazel, and Hollis W.  All four children graduated from Neillsville High School.


Mr. Harold Trom of Withee has purchased the Greenwood Pharmacy and is open once again, after having been closed two months.  The purchase made from the Lund estate, includes building and fixtures.  Mr. Trom states his purpose to remodel the building.


Harold Trom has operated his store at Withee for the past 17 years.  He will now take personal charge of the Greenwood store and will place the Withee store in charge of his brother, Milton Trom.


The Owen Kiwanis Club will play hosts to the members of seven other district clubs and their wives or girl friends at their second annual “Squeal” Sunday afternoon and evening, September 21.


The event will be held at the Meadowview Country club, where a pig raised by the club will be barbecued.  Entertainment will include golfing, trap shooting, horseshoes, archery, croquet and cards.  Organ music will be played by Eddie Thorson.


“Butchers” in charge of the event are Ray Consemius, Bill Hoag and Henry Wollum, who comprise the Owen Kiwanis Inter-Club Committee.                                                             


Cheese & Butter Festival at Greenwood, Saturday, Sept. 13, 1;30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  Free Cheese Sandwiches All Day!  Prizes & Contests, Bands, Clowns, Street Dance.  Enjoy the Fun!


Annual Poultry Sheet at Keiner’s Resort, North Shore, Rock Dam.  Sunday, Sept. 21.  Starting 10:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon and evening.  Sponsored by Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club.  Turkeys, Chickens, Geese, Ducks!  Trap & Target Shooting, bring your own guns, Skill-games for Everyone.  Bring the Family!                                                                                              


Columbia Community Picnic, Sunday, Sept. 21, at Wildcat Mound.  Lunch at Noon, Everybody Welcome!


Gambles Store Special – Sale on Famous Hiawatha Shot Gun Shells.  Sizes to fit all shotgun gauges, 12 gauge, 6-shot.  “Pheasant Load,” $2.20 per box.                                         


Country Style Chicken Dinner, Sunday, Oct. 5, by Zion Lutheran Church at Granton Parish House, Children 50’, Adults $1.





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