Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 14, 2018, Page 9  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


November 1883


$50 Reward!  Stolen on the first day of November, one small Jersey cow, 4 years old, the color of a grizzly bear, dark legs, Black hooves, dark head, black nose, white on the udder, horns erect, slim and nice.  A $50 reward will be paid for the capture and conviction of the thief.


Jones Tompkins, Christie, Nov. 3, 1883.                                        


The telephone line is completed from West Salem to Black River Falls and will soon reach Neillsville.  The central or exchange office will be in a room over the Clark County Bank, adjoining the law office of Ring & Youmans. Twenty-four private machines are already be-spoken, besides the subscribers for the main trunk line.


Geneva and Whitewater have recently been boasting that they have streetlamps.  Neillsville does not boast, but her streets are lighted magnificently by electricity.                     


Town of Levis News:

Some Germans from Neillsville have bought Railroad land east of Oldham’s place.


Phillips and Bishop are going to put logs in the Cunningham Creek for Rea.


Jonas Fessenden has been ditching on his farm.


T.M. Stranton has a notion of trying the honey business, as he has bought bees of H. Sturdevant.


The Sons of Herman gave a festival last Sunday at the hall of the newspaper building, with music and other attractions that made it a memorable event to the Germans of the vicinity.  No lodge of Neillsville has a more enthusiastic set of members, and when they put their heads together for a jollification, mark ye, the welkin rings.  Every German nearly has some instrument that he can get music out of, and it was therefore no big wonder that the programme was long and diversified.  The Sons of Herman are congratulated upon their success.


The opening of the alley between Main and Pleasant streets, from the True Republican newspaper corner to the Baruch residence is a great improvement to this part of town.  The old fences, etc., have disappeared, and woodpiles have been cleared away.  It is our prediction that this block will within two years present a solid front of business houses on Main Street.                                           


Tom Morse and his merry men have a cool job on their hands in putting up the brick veneer on the Odd Fellows’ building.  We are afraid the job will go over to next season as unfinished business, but sincerely hope not.


Readers of this widely circulated newspaper noticed last week a card from Mr. Jones Tompkins in which he recklessly offered $50 of money earned by the sweat of his or somebody else’s brow for the capture of the thief that stole his cow, the color of a grizzly bear.  Mr. Tompkins probably never saw a grizzly bear but sought to intimidate the thief by putting this blood-curdling expression into the notice, throwing at the same time, glamour of romance about the heifer.  It was the thief, however, that he sought to recover, and the final event shows how the plans of even the deepest plotters may be thwarted by the gentle looking of a brindle Jersey after a ten-day escapade among the grades and common stock that feed in the woods a quarter of a mile from Tompkins’ house.  He writes us as follows: A number of bills were printed and sent broadcast over a section of this wide republic, and her photograph was published in the Police Gazette:


Editor True Republican --  Dear Sir:  I shall always believe in advertising hereafter.  My cow came home after being 10 days gone, and my theory is that she saw your posters, and came right home.


Yours Truly, Jones Tompkins.                                                              


Neillsville has a young ladies’ anti-slang society.  The girls propose to speak the English language once more.


Greenwood News:

Mark Warner has disposed of the Hayden farm to a German family.


The loss of the Eastman blacksmith and wagon shop by a fire, has been adjusted, Mr. Warner receiving $900 in damages.


Some of the young folks, and old folks, or whoever they were had an immense time at about midnight on Friday night.  They gave a free serenade to some of our citizens.  Though the singing was very good, we would have enjoyed it more had it been earlier in the evening.  Boys, do so again, but before midnight, and we will treat you with cigars, and if you desire an early supper, we will provide the oysters.


Loyal News:

A German by the name of Scheil has purchased the east 1/2 of the northeast 1/2 of Sec. 23 for $625, a good bargain.


The hub and spoke attachment for the Meridian Mills has arrived.  C.Z. Smith is expected to furnish considerable oak stock for this new attachment, as well as pine for lumber and shingles.


November 1943


An interesting football game took place last Thursday at the North Side Grade School playground, when the squad from St. Mary’s Catholic School came over to play the North Side 24, St. Mary’s 30.


The businessmen of Granton were called to a meeting at the Granton Opera House, Friday evening, Oct. 29, by Myrle Hales, member of the Rotary Club of Loyal.  The need for a businessmen’s service club was explained by Mr. Hales.


John P. Adler, district governor of Rotary International, gave a brief history of Rotary, and explained the method of organization.  The 18 businessmen present voted to organize a Rotary Club for Granton. The officers elected are as follows: George M. Edelbeck, principal of the local school, president; Lloyd Spry, vice president; Al Breseman, sec’y; and Hugo Quast, treasurer.  L.J. Bluett, Ray Hoeft and Walter Schmidt were elected directors.


(Congratulations to the Granton Rotary Club members as they celebrate their 75th anniversary as the community’s service club. DZ)                                                   


Mrs. Joseph recently received a bottle of essence of the lotus flower from her son Cpt. Glen Zilk, which he purchased for her in Cairo, Egypt, while there on a business trip. This species of the lotus flower is the national flower of the Egyptians.                                                                      


Jack Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Foster, received his call last week for Navy aviation training, and was to have reported at Adolphus Augustus College, St. Peters, Minn., on Monday.  This is a call for which Jack has been waiting several weeks, but fate has taken a hand and decreed that he must wait a little longer. On Saturday, he was  taken with an attack of appendicitis and underwent an appendectomy the same day.  He is now recovering at the Neillsville Hospital.                                             


Pfc. Edmund J. Statz, who is stationed at Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania, is spending a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Statz.                                              


Mr. and Mrs. Arleigh Graves received a telephone call from their son, Darwin, Signalman 2/c, from somewhere in the U.S. Seaman Graves is on transport duty, and this is his first trip to a home base since July 21, when he last called them.                                                                                    


A campaign for timber production locally has been launched by the original pulpwood committee.  The effort  will be to promote the cutting of timber for farm buildings, to produce logs for general war needs and to stimulate the production of bolts and logs needed in the maintenances of boxes.


The committee, consisting of Al Covell, the forest ranger; Calvin Mills, the county clerk; and now enlarged to include the District Forest, representing the national timber production war project, will first seek the cooperation of the custom and portable mills, which are owned in this territory. These mill men will be asked to keep their mills in operation and will be given such help as can be rendered.


After the mill men have been organized, the intention is to be to invite farmers owning timber to small local meetings, called by the county agent.  At these meetings the local opportunity and need for lumber production will be explained.


The question of manpower will be at the fore all through this program.  Labor needs will be appraised, and effort made through the county agent’s office to meet the requirements.  Since the work is essential, men working during the summer on farms will continue their draft status by engaging in this work.


The enlargement of the cutting project grows out of the serious need for lumber.  Following the windstorms of last spring, difficulty was experienced in securing sufficient lumber to replace the farm buildings, which were blown down.  The war demand for lumber has been extreme, and the supply is utterly inadequate, either for military or civilian needs.                                                                        


Grand Opening of Roller Skating at the Neillsville Armory

Saturday, Nov. 13 & Every Saturday thereafter

Admission: Adults 8 to 11 p.m. 30’; Children 8 to 9 p.m. 15’.

Miller’s Roll-a-Way Rink


Special Bargain Offer!

Washburn’s Gold Medal Flour, enriched Flour “Kitchen Tested”

50 lbs. $2.34 w/coupon

Farmers Store, Neillsville


(At that time the name “Washburn” was included on the label of each bag of Gold Medal Flour.  C.C. Washburn had been one of the first lumbermen in southern Clark County.  After the lumbering business, Washburn started manufacturing Gold Medal flour, after building a mill in Minneapolis, MN.  That flourmill building is now a historical site, which is now listed on the Minnesota Registry of Historical Places. DZ)   


Cold Weather Clothes at Zimmerman Brothers, Neillsville

Men’s Fancy Plaid Shirts 2-button pockets, in choice of six colors, $1.45,

  Men’s Blanket-lined Overall Jackets, $2.59,

Men’s Horsehide Chopper Mittens, welt thumbs, Moccasin style, 69’, $1.69

Men’s Wool, Heavy Weight Socks, 25’ - 85’

Men’s Winter Caps, Corduroy, Navy, Melton, Fancy Wool Plaids, Delon $ Gabardines, 79’, $1.15.


(When I would walk 2 1/2 miles to country school during sub-zero weather, my hands got cold, so I complained to my parents that the mittens I wore didn’t keep my hand warm.  Soon after, my dad bought me a pair of chopper mittens, which were designed for lumbermen to wear in the woods. Wool-liner mittens were also worn inside the leather choppers for warmth.  The chopper mittens came in only one size, men’s. They did keep my hands warm.  I would hide them in my coat sleeves as soon as I got to school so the other kids wouldn’t see me wearing men’s leather chopper mittens. DZ)                                           


Wearing a wine velvet dress and a corsage of red roses, Miss Irene Quicker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Quicker, of the Town of Lynn, became the bride of Lavern Vanderwyst, son of Mrs. Katie Vanderwyst, of the town of Lincoln, at a simple ceremony performed Saturday afternoon, November 6, at the Lutheran parsonage of Nasonville.  The 2 o’clock nuptials were read by Rev. Fred Milleville.


Miss Faye Quicker of Granton and Robert Barth, also of Granton, were the couple’s only attendants.


Axel Anderson, chairman of the Clark County Agricultural Conservation Association, advises that the following information has been received from the area supervisor with respect to the lifting of slaughter restriction of hogs.


“Effective November 17, all restrictions covering farm slaughter of hogs have been suspended for a 90-day period.  Producers may kill for own use or sale to others all hogs they are able to handle.  No license or permit is required.  The previous 400-pound limitation has been suspended for 90 days.  Ration stamps must be collected on meat sold to others.  Action applies to hogs only, not other livestock.”


(Those rules were set due to wartime meat rationing.  There were regulations on farmers not selling farm-raised meat products to the public. DZ)                                                        


The Calway Cranberry Development in the Town of Hewett has been sold to Leonard Rodiger and Edward Johns of the Wisconsin Rapids area.  The young men are in possession and are proceeding with plans to carry on the development, which was stated by the late Forrest D. Calway.


This transaction is one of the most important transfers in the recent history of Clark County, involving an opportunity to develop a project, which may well attain high value.  The beds already planted extend over about 11 acres, but the opportunity is there to developing seven or eight times the present area of cranberries and that means an important project, with very substantial potential value.  The cranberry project in the Town of Hewett became the chief interest and life work of Forrest D. Calway, who in the Depression years turned to it in preference to exclusive devotion to the practice of the law.  Mr. Calway felt that such a development in the lean years of the Depression would grow with recovery to an important investment.                                                                                                                                                                                 


Edward Decker has sold the South Lynn Cheese Factory and farm to Edward H. Verhagen.  The Verhagen’s have been farming, but prior to that he was in the cheese business.


South Lynn Dairy Cheese Factory was located on County Trunk W. south of U.S. Highway 10 in Lynn Township, being owned  by Edward Decker during the 1930s until he sold it to Edward H. Verhagen in 1943.





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