Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 28, 2018  Page 9  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


November 1868


Preparations for logging this coming winter are getting to be very brisk.  Teams and logging crews are going into the woods every day.  A great many men from below are coming in constantly, and the demand for labor is good enough to give work to all that come.  There seems to be no falling off in this line of business from previous years, and the prospects are good for a big winter’s work.


The appearance of innumerable mice in this section is really unaccountable. They are everywhere and in countless numbers.  In stores, shops, and places where it seems impossible for them to live.  They gnaw through old paper on the walls to get at the paste.  They are doing considerable mischief and are a source of great annoyance.  Mice are almost as plentiful this fall as potato bugs were last summer. A few thousand cats could find steady and profitable employment in this county.  


(One mouse in the house is more than enough.  A few years ago, a mouse got into the basement of our home; for about three months it ignored traps and poison.  One day, as I was working on my computer, the mouse came to sit near me as though he had become the household pet.  Soon after, we discovered the bait that succeeded in luring him into the trap – end of mouse. DZ)     


Yesterday, W.T. Hutchinson entered under the Homestead act for two different parties, 1,880 acres of farming land in this county!  One party of five or six persons, with families, took 920 acres in Township 26, range one east.  The other took 960 acres in Township 27, 1 west, just one section and a half.  In both cases, the land was all in one tract.  Through Mr. Hutchinson’s agency 10,000 acres of land have been taken by Homestead and pre-emption since the first of last May.  We have plenty more land for new settlers, so come along!


(Township 26, range one east is Sherman and Township 27, 1 west is Loyal. DZ)


Lost – a bag of goose feathers weighing about ten pounds was lost one day last week, somewhere between Arch Day’s and Black River Falls.  A suitable reward will be given if the bag of feathers are left by the finder, where the owner, Dr. Daniel Gates can get them.                        


The water in Jack’s Creek came up to a fair log-driving stage Monday night and Tuesday morning. B.F. French succeeded in getting a few of his logs down the stream, but none have passed out at the creek’s mouth.


(The mouth of Jack Creek empties into Cunningham Creek near STH 73 one, and one-half miles south of Neillsville. DZ)                                                                                    


Charley Peterson has recently started a new shoe shop in the building just west of the old Union House.  He keeps a good stock of material and is reported to be turning out good work.


On last Thursday evening, Mr,. John Riedel, a quiet and unoffending German, who lives in the Town of Grant, was violently attacked by Patrick Harrington at the Lumbermen’s Hotel in Staffordville, north of this town.  Harrington had imbibed freely of liquor and had become nosy and troublesome.  While in this state Reidel happened to pass near him to go out the door.  Harrington “spoiling” for a fight with someone, and seeing Riedel come within his reach, struck him such a blow upon the chest as to knock him down.  Riedel having not seen the man before, got up on his feet again and asked, “What have I done?” where upon the drunken ruffian repeated the blow, the second time knocking Riedel to the floor. At this, bystanders interfered, and the brutal assailant was taken away.  Justice Hutchinson issued a warrant for Harrington’s arrest, which was given to Constable Ferguson.                                                                              


O.P. Wells is ready to serve his customers, his store has a large assortment of goods in anticipation of the lumbering trade this fall and winter.  In the line of tinware and hardware, saws, axes, etc., he knows by experience what is most needed and best liked in this part of the country, and he is wise enough to use his knowledge in these matters to the best advantage.  Lumbermen can procure all kinds of camp utensils at his store.                                                                                                                                   


Ed Markey and Henry Staring have rented the building formerly occupied by Lewis Sontag and are putting it in shape for an oyster and billiard saloon this winter, and we wish “Bob” unbounded success.


The present term of district school here will close Nov. 20th.  Mr. Follett informs that there will be a vacation until Nov. 30th, when the winter term will be commenced.


November 1953


The Wallis-Hinker American Legion Post No. 238 is holding a party especially in honor of Korean veterans Saturday evening, November 7, at the legion Hall.  Guests will be all veterans of World War I, World War II, and all Korean veterans, their wives or girlfriends, and all-auxiliary members, their husbands or boyfriends of the Greenwood vicinity.  Free lunch and refreshments will be served.


Members of the Greenwood American Legion Post and other guest had a big racoon supper that was held at Jake Barr’s hall Saturday evening.                                                        


A group of friends called at the home of Conrad Frantz last Saturday evening and joined him in a game of cards.  Mr. Frantz, who is 96, still enjoys his cards and showed his friends that he can still beat them.


A beautiful Fairyland Parade, with entertainment in the Christmas season mood, was scheduled by the retail committee of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce at its meeting last Thursday night.


The parade, featuring favorite characters of children’s fiction, will step out of their story books for the big Fairyland Parade Saturday, December 5.  There will be Ma and Pa Santa Claus, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including Grumpy and all the rest, Donald Duck and a host of other favorites of the small fry.  Approximately 80 characters from storybook land are expected to enter the Fairyland Parade.


All will be out in their usual characters and dressed to the hilt.


In conjunction with the parade, plans are being set in motion for an entertainment in the Armory that evening, and possibly for the following evening, also.


John R. Bergemann, chairman of the commerce secretary, is receiving enthusiastic help from a number of local people with Mrs. Glenn Robert and Mrs. E.L. Lee in the role of assistants.


“Little Women” Louisa Mae Alcott’s well-known book, will be presented in a three-act play by Neillsville High School seniors Tuesday evening, November 17, in the armory.  Curtain time is 8:15 p.m.


The cast will include Judy Paulson, Edris Haack, Sophia Randall, Gail Ludovic, Bonnie Botnen, Jim Wavrunek, Ramona Randall, Pat Boge, Floyd Opelt, Larry Carlson, Walter Vaitkevicius, Audrey DeMert, JoAnn Webster, Iva Volz and Rosemarie Lueck.  Caryl Seif is the student director.


Nigbor’s 2-Day – Factory Fur Sale,

Monday & Tuesday, November 16 – 17; At McCain’s, Neillsville.

Northern Dyed – Muskrat Backs ….$250,

Natural Sheared Raccoon $350,

Brown-Dyed Squirrel Stole ….$165,

Canadian Sheered Beaver ….$695,

4-Skin Royal  Pastel Mink…$165,

Back Dyed Persian Lamb….$495,

Grey Dyed Persian Lamb…$495,

Dark Mink Paws….$288,

4-Skin Natural Ranch Mink….$125,

Silverblu American Mink Sides….$750,

Moonglo Dyed Muskrat….$288,

Plus, More Selections.


Fur stoles and fur coats were in style during the early 1900s. I remember my aunt Mary, during the Depression, saving from her meager salary earned while waitressing at a Minneapolis restaurant, until she had enough money to buy a Silver Persian lamb Paw fur coat.  She came home for a visit during Christmas vacation, wearing her beautiful full length fur coat. DZ)                             


Eugene Jepsen of Neillsville was transferred to the substitute letter carrier list from the clerk-carrier register at the post office Monday.  He succeeds Matt Gassen, who has received appointment as a regular carrier, taking over the city mail route of Albert Dahnert, who retired last June.


Miss Ruby Meihack, deputy county treasurer of Clark County since last May 1, was appointed county treasurer by the board of supervisors in their closing day of the fall session last Saturday, she will complete the term of Jas. H. Fradette, who held the office for more than 20 years until his death Friday morning.


Mrs. Lorraine Shaw, a former deputy county treasurer, has been re-appointed to that position by Miss Meihack.  Both took the oath of office Saturday morning.


Miss Meihack has worked in several county offices during the last eight years and has been it the treasurer’s office for the last two years.                                                            


Tinder dry conditions in the Wisconsin woodlands brought the postponement of deer hunting season, Wednesday morning.


Announcement that deer hunting season will open a week later, Saturday November 28, was made shortly after 10 o’clock in the morning of Wednesday, November 18th.


The decision was made by Gov. Walter J. Kohler after consultation with Ernest Swift conservationist department head and head of the department’s forestry division.  The department and the governor were urged by many groups to postpone the season.  Included among them was a communication from the Clark County Forestry and Zoning Committee, transmitted by Mike Krultz, Jr., County Clerk, urging such action.


Gorman Area News: By Correspondent Miss Anne Champa:


The McKinley School has been purchased by Peter Bogdonovich and was moved last week onto his farm.  The schoolhouse has been closed for some time, and the children of the district are being taken to the Willard School.  The building was located in the center of the Gorman community.


(The McKinley School building was located on the southeast corner of Twenty-six Road and Gorman Ave. intersection in the Town of Hendren. DZ)      


Paul O’Black, Sr., has sold his farm and all his personal belongings, and will move to the village of Willard.


Frank Lesar, Stanley Perko, Anton Petkovsek and Rev. Augustine Svete returned Saturday from the Dakotas, where they were hunting elk.                                                      


Attention Deer Hunters!  Have Your Meat Cut & Wrapped – Ready for Deep Freeze Or Locker!


No Need to Call for Appointment!  Bring It In to – Kuester’s Market, North Grand Avenue, Neillsville, Wis.


U.S. Highway 10, which crosses Southern Clark County from east to west, is one of 14 highways in the state designated as a civil defense route.


These routes will be closed to all except authorized vehicles in case of enemy attack and during civil defense tests.  The only highway in Clark County, except a small segment of Highway 12, which crosses the southwest corner, is to be designated as a civil defense highway, it will be indicated by special signs to be erected by the state highway departments.                                                     


Neighbors of Mrs. Flora Draper of Loyal met with her last Wednesday evening for a pre-birthday party.  Mrs. Draper’s eightieth birthday anniversary will occur on Thanksgiving Day; but, as it is probable that she will soon be out of town for the winter, the celebration was held earlier.


Those present were Mrs. Bernard Davel, Mrs. Gerald Brasier, Mrs. Julius Ehlert, Mrs. Everett Helm, Mrs. Louis Rossman, Mrs. Ted Welsh, Mrs. James Roder, Mrs. O.J. Smith, Mrs. John Weyer, Mrs. Adolph Voight, Mrs. Art Domine, Mrs. William Lindekugel, Mrs. Clara Rollins, Mrs. Louise Kauffman, Mrs. George Cleveland, Mrs. William Kusa and Mrs. Edna Cone.


The friends brought a lunch and gave Mrs. Draper a money gift.  Games were played.  


Granton Village News:

Mr. and Mrs. Hervey Pischer entertained card club at their home Sunday night.  Prizes for high score were won by Mrs. Clarence Pannier and Vernon Sternitzky; low, Eugene Haines and Mrs. Vernon Sternitzky.  Lunch was served.


Mr. and Mrs. Arman Moh had their baby baptized at the morning services of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday by the Rev. Arthur Oswald, resident pastor.  The child was given the name of Gordon Kenneth and the sponsors were Mrs. Orvilla Zille, Neillsville, Ervin Sternitzky, Lynn and Norbert Mohr, Kansas City, who were not able to be here for the ceremony.                                                         


Neillsville Sportsman’s Club

Will Pay $5.00 To Any Member

Who Brings The Heaviest Buck Into

Van Gorden’s Feed Mill By December 7th.



The Above photo has the caption of “Loyal 1909 – Lover’s Lane.” On the left, are two houses, with the first brick Loyal Public School building on the right.  That school building was in the center of an entire block.  The front of the school faced what is now STH 98, or South Street, within the second block east of the Methodist Church.




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