Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 17, 2018 Page 9

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Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1918


The work of building a big new barn on the fairgrounds has already been started and material is being hauled, with other portions of the work done.  The barn is to cost in the neighborhood of which a sum of $1,500 has been appropriated by the county board.  It is going to cost a lot of money to build a barn, which will be a credit to Clark County and Secretary Wilding asks that farmers who are kindly disposed toward the fair association assist in a small way by hauling a few loads of gravel from the Bandelow pit south of town and donating their services.  If enough farmers, or owners of teams of horses would follow this suggestion, a considerable saving would be affected and would be of material help in keeping the cost of the barn to a reasonable figure.


Spotless snow is no longer a Neillsville product.  Like patent flour, it is out of style.  The soft coal being burned makes the snow dirty.  And our beautiful white houses are turning the color of soot.


The little building temporarily used by the Commercial State Bank last summer was loaded on skids Monday by Irv Low and hauled to his farm east of town.  This opens for traffic the back alley formerly famous as the roosting place of Saterlee’s owl.                                             


Hans Walk has for a long time rented the Adams house on Court Street, and last summer put in some new floors and made other considerable improvements, just to make it nicer for his wife and incidentally for himself.  He overdid it.  The improvements sold the place, and Hans lost out two ways at once.  I doesn’t always pay to be good to a landlord.                                                                           


Considerable feeling has developed west and southwest of the city over the change of the state road to Humbird from Neillsville to a route via the Dave Wood corner and south through swampland, instead of by way of Matt Wells corner.  Whether it is now too late to protest, we are not in a position to say.  Landowners on both roads are much interested.  The new stretch of road that will have to be built to open the Wood’s corner will be more expensive.


(The proposed change in the Humbird Road’s route, now County Road B, did start at the Wells corner, where it is presently located.  The Dave Wood farmland and house on the south side of USH 10, located ½ mile west of the CTH G intersection. DZ)                                                                   


During the three months that remain before spring farm work begins, all courses in all high schools will be accelerated to that the work normally covered in the second semester of the school year will be completed by the middle of April.  It is planned to neglect none of the essential points in the curriculum but to give shorter time working on examples and development of the work.  For instance, in physics, instead of working, give light experiments, the number can be reduced to two.  As a result, when the boys go on the farm, they will have completed in a somewhat abbreviated form the normal work of the second semester and will be subject to promotion of they are able to show the following fall that they have spent the summer working on the farm.


What the farmer wans to know is whether the boy can hitch a team of horses, milk a cow, drive a plow, and do the other simple tasks of the farm.


(This was during World War I, a time when farm boys were needed on the farm for spring fieldwork, due to shortage of labor several men were in the military service.DZ)    


 A citizen of Iduna, Wis., not far from Galesville, says he saw a flying machine in the sky with a headlight in full blast one evening recently.  This vision from a dry section indicates that there is bootlegging going on.                                                                


Chiropractors Have Opened Offices in Neillsville!


Chiropractic was discovered in Davenport, Iowa in 1895, 23 years ago by Dr. D. D. Palmer.


Its crude practice followed until 1903, at which time his son, B. J. Palmer, D.C. Ph. C., began to formulate the discovery into a science, art and philosophy and has since developed it into a well defined non-therapeutic health system, which accounts for, locates and adjusts the cause of  “disease.”


Now in 1918, twenty-three years after the discovery of chiropractic, there are 7,000 chiropractic graduates, who are giving adjustments to more than a million people daily.


In offering our services to the people of this vicinity, we state that we are graduates of the Palmer School of Davenport, Iowa.


Ivey & Ivey, Chiropractors with Lady attendant. Office located in Bruley Bldg. Hewett St., one door north of the post office.  Phone No. 223.  Office hours 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 2 to 5 p.m.; 7 to 8 p.m.; Sunday by appointment.


Lost – a suitcase bearing the name of Joe Weirtz was accidentally put into the wrong buggy at the shed behind the Hemp Saloon and taken away.  Please return to Hemp’s place as soon as possible.


A late 1800s view of Walk Brothers general store, which was located on the southwest corner of fourth and Hewett Street.  Note the boardwalk in front of the building that extended into the intersection(Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts historical collection.)


January 1953


Seven sets of twins are attending the schools of Neillsville this year.


The sets of twins are: Dolores and Donna Mae Burr, Joanne and Dianne Schutte, Pearl and Petra Kalsow, Robert and William Marty, Marlene and Marilyn Maus, Avis and Lois Moberg, Barbara and Bobby Bethke.


Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Olson entertained approximately 40 relatives and friends for New Year’s Day dinner in celebration of the triple birthdays of their three sons, who were all born on January 1, two years apart.  Gerald was 10 years old, Duane eight years and the youngest, Dickie, celebrated his sixth birthday.  The boys received gifts from those present.  They are the grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. John Wendt of Owen and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Olson of Greenwood.                                                                               


Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Davel held a family reunion at their home in Loyal Sunday, held in honor of their son A/C James Davel, who is stationed at the Castle Air Force Base in California and is spending the holidays with his parents.  Members of the family from Greenwood were Mr. and Mrs. kenneth Steiger and daughter, Pamela, Mr. and Mrs. Hastings Baird and family, and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Bergemann and family. 


Granton Area News:


Mrs. Elwyn Larsen and Mrs. Ray Barth were honored guests at a dinner party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bartz last Monday night.  These ladies, the former Neva Bartz and Shirley Nowack, are cousins and each year they celebrate their joint birthday anniversary in February.  This year it was more convenient to be held early.  The guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nowack, Mr. and Mrs. John Barth and the honored guests; respective husbands, Ray Barth and Elwyn Larson, St. Croix Falls.


Ray Barth, U. S. Navy, has spent several days on leave with family, and will return to Norfolk, Va., Saturday.


L. A. Kirk installed a TV set at his home here.  The installation was made in time to watch the Rose Bowl game.  They said reception could be classed as fair and at times very good.  This is the first TV installation in the village of Granton.                                                                               


Dance to Lawrence Duchow’s’ “Red Ravens” Orchestra, “I Love to Polka” at Fournier’s Ballroom.  Eau Claire, Wednesday, January 14th, or The Country Ballroom, Ma4rshfield, Friday, January 16th.


Thirty thousand cubic yards of earth have been moved on the grounds of Neillsville’s prospective new high school.  This major operation of grading has been completed sufficiently to prepare the site for the new building.  The operation has consisted in brining down the top of the hill at4 the north end of the grounds and in moving the dirt from there to the south end.  At the south end a level area has been made, in preparation for a football field.


In planning the use of the 15-acre field, the architects were dealing with a substantial problem.  The necessity was to provide a level area for a distance only slightly less than the entire western exposure of the building, which is 364 feet.  It was necessary to make such a grade that an exit could be made to Fifth Street at the north, and to provide at the extreme south end of the building, for the basement containing the heating plant and the boys’ locker room.


The solution of the problem was to scalp off the top of the hill to depths varying from a maximum of 11 feet down to a few inches.  All the dirt thus taken away has been moved to the future football field, where the extreme depth of the fill is 24 feet                                                .


Two hundred and seven men went to war from Clark County in 1952.  Of these, 89 wee volunteers to the various service and 118 were inductees.                                      


Donald Decker, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Decker of Greenwood, fractured his left arm in a toboggan accident at Perkinstown Sunday.  He was riding on the back end of the toboggan when he fell, hitting a railing.  He hurt both arms.  He was taken to Gilman, where his arm as set. Donald was scheduled to leave Sunday, January 25, having enlisted in the U. S. service.                                                        


A large group of relatives and friends joined Mr. and Mrs. John Seif at their home in Neillsville Friday evening, January 16, for dinner and an evening of visiting in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.


Both Mr. and Mrs. Seif are lifelong residents of Clark County.  Mrs. Seif was born in the Town of Weston.  Mr. Seif was born in the Town of Sherwood.  When he was four years old, he moved with his parents to what is known as the Town of Seif.  The trip was made with oxen.  Mr. Seif’s father, Fred Seif, was one of the first settlers in that area and because of his prominence in town affairs the township was named for him, as was the school now knows as the Worchel School.


Della Jacklin and John Seif were married in Neillsville on January 16, 1903, and went immediately to the home farm, where they lived for 46 years.  Mr. Seif spent a total of 65 years on this one farm.  He served 12 years as town chairman and held office as assessor and school treasurer for a number of years.  They retired to Neillsville in 1947.


Mrs. Seif is 70, Mr. Seif  74.  They have three children – Viola, Mrs. Lloyd Nelson of Foreston, Minn., Harley of Neillsville, and Robert, now on the Seif farm.  There are seven grandchildren.


Final details have been completed in the purchase of F. L. Reinhard Co., Pontiac automobile and GMC truck dealer in Neillsville, by Wayne Wall of Chippewa Falls and Robert Horswill of Neillsville.


The business will be operated under the name of the W&H Pontiac Motors, and will continue to occupy the building on East Sixth Street occupied by the Reinhard Co.


Mr. Wall is a former resident of Neillsville and is widely known here.  His wife is the former Joyce Horswill, a sister of Mr. Wall’s partner.  They are the parents of two children.  The family expects to move here as soon as quarters can be found.  Mr. Horswill has been connected with the automotive business in Neillsville for some time and is well known here.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Horswill of Neillsville.


Mr. Reinhard, who has operated the automotive agency for several years, plans to ease off from active business responsibilities but will retain his connection with the garage for the time being.


A/2C Jimmy M. Vincent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vincent of Neillsville, Rt 4 arrived in Korea Jan. 10, according to word received by his parents.  He is with the 17th Air Police Squadron.  He arrived in Japan on New Year’s Day, having been on shipboard 15 days.  Then he flew to Korea.  He entered the armed service Sept. 20, 1950.


The Black River Bowmen’s Club is planning a venison dinner to be held January 31 in the Danish Assembly Hall in Owen.                                                                                   


The Greenwood Indians won two more games last week when they rolled over the With Bluejays 82-55 in a non-conference game Tuesday and tripped up the loyal Maroons 69-51 in a 3-C tilt Friday night.


Herb Fabian, sophomore center, was red-hot in the Withee game, as he tossed in 14 buckets and 5 free throws for a total of 33 points for Greenwood.


At Loyal, the Indians spurted to the lead after the first couple of minutes of the game and their lead was never threatened from that time on.  Jerry Baird, whose aggressive game threw the Maroons off balance, dropped in 8 field goals and 3 free throws to tie with Jack Corey, with 9 field goals and 3 free throws, for scoring honors for the winners.  Dareld Roder, Loyal’s fine center, scored 23 points on 10 buckets and 3 free throws to lead both teams in scoring.                                                                                   


Kern’s Rexall Drug Store Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Fountain Special – Three flavors of Ice Cream, with Marshmallow & Nuts!  Neapolitan Sundae, for only 19’!


Gorgeous Valentines – For Relatives, Sweethearts, Friends, Children – From 1’ to $1.00 each!





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