Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

December 12, 2018, Page 8  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

December 1883


Sherman Town News:

School begins in districts No. 2 and No. 8.  C. Bartholomew, which wields the rod in No. 2 and M.E. Bradford in No. 8.


The mild weather brought the price of hay down in November, at one dollar a ton.  Offerings were $9 on the 15th and on the 22nd, it was only $8 per ton.


Times are good in Sherman, judging from the number of new buildings going up.


Thanksgiving dances were thicker than Thanksgiving turkeys in our township this year.


Town of Lynn News:

Mr. F. Helm has gone to Sherwood Forest to work for D.C. Geary as wood butcher.  (Vos is dot?)


Mr. Lang is teaching German School in the upper part of Ernest Sternitzky’s house.  There are seven scholars in attendance.


The German Lutherans of the Towns of Grant and Lynn are planning to build a church at Maple Works this coming summer.


Miss Alvina Yonkee, who has been going to German School during the summer, has gone home to Butternut Creek, Ashland County, where her folks live. 



Greenwood News:


Mr. Dave Warner left home Thursday to take up a clerkship for Mr. J. Gibson at Chelsea.


There was a lively time in town Saturday evening, occasioned by an individual who is now boarding at Neillsville at the expense of Clark County.


N.H. Withee is making things quite lively at Hemlock this year.  There is a crew at work in the sawmills, another on the new farm and another in the woods.  Mrs. Welsh has lately started up there, as well as a hotel.  Mr. Eastman does the carpentering, Pete Smith the cooking, and D.E. Bailey has been hired to do books. They also have a post office up there now.


Hurrah for one more step toward civilization at Greenwood!  One of the agents of the American Bell Telephone Company was in town today putting up a telephone here, connecting it with Neillsville and the outside world.  The office will be in the post office and H.M. Weston will be the company’s agent in this town.


Village of Loyal News:


Our town was visited last week by A. Dickerman of the law firm of Keating & Dickerman of Muskego, Mich., looking after some of their land located here.


Mr. Robert Prentice, formerly of Spencer, now hailing from some northern town on the Wisconsin Central Railroad, has been circulating about Loyal and vicinity looking to buy oxen for logging.


The deferring of winter maketh business languish but let us all get ready and make it lively for him when he does come.


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


Occasionally, we have noticed a full load of beer kegs leave the “City Saloon,” and also that the keeper has not grown thin since he has ceased to indulge himself in the superfluity of a town license.


Shortville News:


Mr. Mason of Maple Works is drawing hay to Weston’s camp south of the Shortville post office.


W.W. Weston is drawing wood and stave bolts in Neillsville this winter.


A lumberjack was hurt by a falling tree limb over in Hewett’s logging camp last Wednesday.


Charley Babcock has moved his family to Nevins, where he will work for La Flesh through the logging season.


Herman Schuster, the assignee of the estate of Canon Brothers, will sell at public sale to the highest bidder, in the Town of Washburn, Clark County, Wis., at the place known as the sawmill of said Cannon Brothers’ estate consisting of lumber, hardwood and pine, sleighs, bolts, lath timber, horses, oxen, sleighs, wagons and camp outfitting, stables, woolen blankets, and everything in the shape of personal property belonging to the said Canon Brothers estate.  Sale will begin at 10 o’clock in the forenoon on the 3rd day of December 1883.


Terms: All sums under ten dollars, cash; over ten dollars, approved notes running three months’ time, drawing interest at seven per cent.


Herman Schuster, Administrator.                                                         


The Fireman’s Hall now stands facing the south on Fourth Street.  Those who moved it did an incredible job.


Skaters in the winter and “skeeters” in the summer are the regular O’Neill Creek features. Skating is now the rage.


December 1943


The American Legion Auxiliary of Greenwood will hold a thrift sale at the city hall on Saturday, December 6, to which the public is invited to donate headwear, footwear, clothing and household articles of all kind. Bring all articles to the Harold Stabnow home before the date of the sale.  Mrs. Henry Keiner, Mrs. Howard Corey and Mrs. Albert Dahl are members of the committee in charge of arrangements.


Dinette Sets At Furniture Headquarters

Modern Design; Artistically Decorated, Fumed and Stained Oak.

Just the Thing for Your Breakfast Nook!

Table w/4 chairs $27.95

Gambles Store Neillsville, Wis.


If some of the deer stories of this season do not make heroes out of the hunters, here is a story about five hunters who were chivalrous to a lady in distress.


The lady in question was a large doe, which floundered on the ice of a pond south of Pray.  She was seen struggling on the ice by a local party, consisting of Ed Hauge, David Bender, Elmer Bender, L. Bender and Ed Schlinsog.  They had powerful binoculars and saw the helpless animal at a distance and hurried down to find a doe.


This lady in distress was right down on her tummy, about 10 feet from the shore.  She had missed her footing on the smooth ice and had gone down.  With her sharp hooves, she could not get a footing.  She struggled for an hour or more while the hunters watched and tried to help.  She was a big animal and not easy to help, especially as she was floundering around.  They tried rigging a rope around her neck and pulling on it, but the rope came off.


Finally, by dint of pulling and pushing, the men managed to get the doe to the low bank. Just as soon as she got a firm footing on terra-firma, off she went, with out even saying “thank you.”


At first the doe was sufficiently frantic when the men approached, but as she tired and realized the men were helping, she quieted down and let them pet her.  Her only injury was a bleeding lip.


Mr. Hauge said he saw no other deer to shoot at the rest of the season, so with “being gallant to the lady in distress,” he was left without venison.     



Olaf Botnen of Neillsville has recovered, by help of the authorities, about 100 pounds of venison, which he lost through theft during the hunting season.  He is still short some venison and the opportunity to get the head mounted.  He thought he had a nice buck, up until the time the animal disappeared from the truck he was using to hunt in the western part of the county.


A farmer of Altoona, who was charged with the theft, appeared in the Judge Ure’s court, entered a plea of nolo contendere to the larceny charge, and paid a fine of $10, with costs assessed at $22. This followed his payment in Eau Claire County of $50 for having untagged venison in possession.



Having no further use or the barn on her lot at 104 Nineteenth Street, Mrs. Marion Vaughn recently sold it to Walter Rowe, a farmer of the Town of York.  Then one day last week, Mr. Roe, with the help of several other men, moved the building to his farm, where he plans to turn it into an up-to-date chicken house.


There is an interesting history connected with this small building.  It was built by Mrs. Vaughn’s father, Abe Lynch, who was an expert horseman, and others, which he kept and trained for the owners.  These horses Mr. Lynch drove in races and at fairs all over the country.


Then a few years, no horses were kept here, and finally in 1936, Mr. Lynch fitted the barn up into a neat, comfortable living apartment for himself, lived there almost five years.  Shortly before his death in 1941, Mr. Lynch reluctantly gave up this apartment and came to live with his daughter.  Since that time, no use has been made use of the building.


It required the work of several men about two days to get this structure ready for moving, and several hours work to place it on a foundation in the new location, but only the brief period of one and three-quarter hours were required to move it from portal to portal, a distance of eight miles.


(Racing a harnessed horse, hitched to a lightweight two-wheel cart that carried the driver, was a popular spectator sport at the local county fairs in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  There were a few other local men who entered their horses in the races, with bets being made on the favored horse to win. DZ)    



Granton has a full-fledged Rotary Club.  At a banquet Tuesday evening, a token presentation of the charter was made by John P. Adler, district governor, and 27 Granton men accepted it through the fitting words of George J. Edelbeck, chosen as the club’s first president.


The presentation was made in the cordial atmosphere of a real outpouring of neighbors from Clark County, with more than 200 persons present in the village hall, and with large representation for the Rotary clubs of Neillsville, Greenwood and Loyal.


The Granton club takes the number 5667 among Rotary clubs and is the fortieth Rotary club to be organized in 1943.  Of the 40 new clubs, Governor John P. Adler said, 29 are in foreign countries and so the Granton Club was the eleventh to be organized this year in the United States, and first of the year in District 143.


In his address of presentation, Governor John painted a thrilling picture of Rotarians all over the world joining in the club’s purpose, “Service before Self.”  He said that there are more Rotarians and more Rotary spirit per square mile in the portion of Clark County outlined by Greenwood, Neillsville, Loyal and Granton than any other place of equal size in the whole world.                                        


Flight Officer Douglas Hagie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hagie, writes home about being shot down by the enemy.  The bomber of which he is pilot was shot down, and he and his buddies were forced to bale out.  They landed in the Pacific and were in the water several hours before they were picked up by some of their comrades.


Douglas received several cuts about his face but was out of the hospital in a few days.


With transportation difficulties increasing, the office of defense transportation will hold a meeting in Neillsville on Thursday evening, December 16, for the purpose of giving instruction and help in the maintenance of Motor equipment and will follow this the next day with a clinic, the purpose of which will be to give a demonstration of the technique of cold welding.


The sessions will be held at the council chamber of the city hall. The evening meeting of Thursday will begin at 7:30.  The clinic will proceed at the same place on the following day.


The subject of cold welding will be handled by W.L. Lindseth.  He will show slides and give demonstrations the next day.  Special attention will be given to the welding of cracked motor blocks and cracked heads.


The subject of tire conservation will be discussed Thursday evening by B.J. Brooks, a tire specialist.


The sessions are intended chiefly for mechanics and truck drivers.


(It was wartime, when mechanics had to “mend” broken parts, if at all possible, as new parts weren’t available.  I remember my dad makeshift welding with a rolled-up string of soft metal, called solder, that was melted with a hot iron to cover a crack in a piece of metal, which sufficed in some cases. Fortunately, dad was able to do most of the repair work needed on the family car and farm equipment. DZ)



Dance! Every Saturday Night

At Hotel Tavern – Humbird, Wis.


Special! Get your Christmas Hair Cut – In Neillsville

Adult 50’, Children 40’. Shaves 30’

Shock, Pischer, Schwantes Barbershops


(Little boys were fortunate if they could have barbershop haircuts back then.  Some received “home haircuts,” when a right-sized cereal or serving-bowl was placed upside down on their head, with all the hair under the bowl rim being cut off.  It was very distinguishable. DZ)                           



During World War II there was a group of 9th Street neighborhood kids who formed what they called a “Junior 32nd Division U.S. Army battalion.”


The girls wrote up oath of offices  to be signed by members of the division. 


They played together outdoors all day in the summer, going home only when the noon or six o’clock condensary whistle blew, a reminded that it was mealtime..  They settled their own squabbles.


Their army headquarters was in an old vacant barn at the end of 9th Street, in an area that was bordered by some boulders and O’Neill Creek, where their imaginations ran wild.


When they became adults, two of the girls became nurses, and one girl and six of the boys served in the military.


The above photo, taken in the fall of 1942, includes members of “Neillsville’s 9th Street Jr. 32nd Army Division,”  Back row (l-r): Capt. Don Ayers, Capt. Joan Ayers, Charlotte Ayers, Carol and Dorothy Thompson, Lila Cook, Patricia and Dick Marden, Dick Cook, Wendell Ayers and Bob Eggeman. (Photo courtesy of Charlotte M. Ayers, former nurse with E. 9th Street 32nd Division.)





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