Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 24, 2018, Page 12 

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1913


Visions of the New Year!


The dawn of a new era is at hand!


Let each of us “Get into gear with Nature.”  Then shall we grow in harmony and happiness, in a vigor of body and mind, strength of purpose, capacity to do that which we should do, earnestness of soul to overcome all obstacles of soul, kindness and consecration, faith in ourselves and in our fellows.


Neillsville City Council Proceedings, Council Rooms, Dec. 13, 1912.


Council met in Regular Session, Mayor Huntley presiding: Aldermen present: Goeden, Kurth, Bartell, Warlum, Weeks and Seif.


Minutes of previous read and approved.


The following bills were presented upon motion of Ald. Goeden, seconded by Ald. Bartell, were allowed:

A. Hauge Dray Co., hauling ashes, etc. $11.00; Geo. Trogner, repair $5.70; E. E. Crocker, hauling manure $4.25; Jos. Herrian, Supplies, Oscar Stearns $8.11; Neillsville Electric Co., November lights $166.01; Connor Lumber Co., hose for the north side hose house $41.32. 


Motion made, seconded and carried, adjourned.


L. Williamson, City Clerk.                                                                   


Wood Wanted:


The City of Neillsville desires to purchase green body maple wood, 4 ft. long, delivered at the pumping station and for which $4.00 per cord will be paid.                                        


Melchoir Hoesly has moved from the farm recently sold in the Town of Eaton to his father’s home farm in North Grant.  The father, Markus Hoesly, will soon move into the city, taking possession of the D. Dickinson house, which he has purchased.                                                          


Clark County’s Ex-Sheriff Bradford gave a farewell dance at the jail Saturday night and a good time was reported.


Sheriff Hewett has appointed Louis Handke Undersheriff.  Mr. Handke has had experience as a deputy and some as an officer.                                                                        


Radical measures have been adopted by the school board of Spring Valley to stamp out the use of snuff and cigarettes by the pupils of the school.  The following resolution presented by Principal Olson of the school has been unanimously adopted by the board.


“Be it resolved, that no pupil of the Spring Valley Public School who habitually uses tobacco, snuff or liquor, in any form or manner whatsoever, shall be promoted from one grade to another, or graduated from said schools.”


This rule, it is said, will be rigidly enforced by Principal Olson and every teacher of the Spring Valley School.


About 25 girls can find steady and profitable employment at the Overall Factory.  Due to machines being added to the plant during the past year, we wish to add many more and we need the girls to operate those machines.  We want girls from the country as well as from the city. Those from the country can be accommodated with furnished rooms in respectable city homes where they can board themselves if they so desire.  Apply anytime at the Neillsville Overall Mfg. Co.                                                           


For Sale: farm known as that of Tom Garvin Farm, one mile west from Main Street Neillsville, 74 acres all cleared; one of the best farms in Clark County.  Practically in town, has a fine 9-room house; new barn with basement, 36’ x 60’; granary, sheds, and fresh water in pasture.  It’s an ideal home in a good neighborhood.  The soil is heavy clay with no wasteland.  See Dr. W. A. Leason.


South Washburn News:


The Frank Witalka family is busy hauling rock for their new barn.


W. H. Shilts is doing some brushing.


Our Washburn School started Monday with Miss Ina Bemis, of Humbird as teacher.


Most of the farmers around here are going to attend the Farmers’ Institute being held at Shortville Thursday and Friday.                                                                                               


Notice is hereby given that the 8th Annual Meeting of the Lynn Mutual Tornado, Cyclone or Hurricane Insurance Company will be held at the Opera house, in the Village of Granton, 11 o’clock a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 1913.                                                                                                                   


Dr. Ross of Granton has purchased the Al Garvin farm in the Town of York.


F.D. Riedel has rented his farm and will go West about March 1st.  His family will remain in the Town of Grant until he finds a suitable location and lodging.                                             


Frank Vincent of Miner County, S. Dak., is here visiting his brother J. F. Vincent of the Town of York.


January 1938


Harland Bergeman of Granton was hired by the directors of Clark Electric Cooperative for the position of office manager and bookkeeper of the REA office to be opened at Greenwood.  There were only 42 applicants reported  seeking the position and of these less than half a dozen were said to be fully-qualified by education and experience.


A white pine tree 115 feet tall and believed to be 600 years old was cut near Gleason by the Yawkey-Alexander Lumber Co. of Schofield.  It was decided to cut the tree down after it was badly damaged in a storm last year.


Sewing projects employing 200 women WPA workers have produced a total 196,000 garments for distribution by county welfare authorities in 14 counties of WPA district number 8, according to G. E. Wiserman, district director.


The projects ae located at the county seats in Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Barron, La Crosse, Polk, St. Croix, Chippewa, Clark, Monroe, Rusk and Taylor Counties.


(WPA was the abbreviation for “Workers Progress Administration,” a federally funded program to provide jobs for the unemployed during the 1930s Great Depression era. DZ)


Highways throughout the state were covered by a sheet of ice during the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Thousands of people went to traveling by trains instead of using their autos.  Between Eau Claire and Augusta 65 cars were in the ditch, and almost everywhere cars were in ditches or wrecked.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Keller left Jan. 1st for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where they will assist the Keller Bros. for several months in their new nightclub.  Herbert Keller remained here to operate the Keller Fireplace, assisted by his wife and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seidelman.  Five of the Keller brothers are now living in the South.


(The Fireplace Supper Club building is now occupied by “The Speak Easy,” located five miles west of Neillsville on USH 10.  DZ)


The above retro-style bar, as it appeared when Keller’s owned the Fireplace Supper Club.  The present owners have tried to keep the supper club and bar’s original appearance for the historical significance of the building.  When it first opened for business, it was the only supper club from Wausau to Eau Claire and drew customers from those areas.



Last Wednesday night 15 pounds of frozen fish disappeared from the rear step at the Prochazka Bros. Meat Market.  George figures that the thief either looks for an early spring or is socialistic in his ideas for there was another box of fish standing out, or maybe he took only one box because police headquarters are not far away.


Rev. Anthony J. Aurlit, 54, Pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Loyal, which was named in his honor, died Saturday at the hospital in Marshfield from a heart ailment.  His kindly and broad-minded ways endeared him to people of varied faiths.  He was born at Cuba City and served at Wausau and Cadott before coming to Loyal.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning, with a number of Neillsville people in attendance.


The fame of the Trempealeau County Homemakers Chorus is spreading throughout the state.  One of their coming engagements is that of singing before Wisconsin farmers and homemakers at the 1938 Farm and Home Week program, Madison, on Tuesday, Feb. 1.  Their chorus consists of 36 voices.  This Homemakers Chorus can both sing and cook!                                                            


When you note a more expansive smile on the countenance of R. E. Schmedel, it is not because of weather or dairy statistics but because of these maple polishers down at the Masonic Temple lanes who are hitting up a real championship stride.  If they don’t take the conceit out of Jack Amacher’s Stanley gang it will be surprising.


George Zimmerman crashed the maples for a new high count of 624, followed in order by F. H. Casler with 569, John Perkins with 544, Martin Zilisch 528 and W. A. Campman 515.


The Moose Club’s card party was well attended, 15 tables enjoying Bridge, 500 and Schafskopf and a fine lunch.  Wayne Potter and Mrs. Joe Schield had high scores at Bridge; Mr. and Mrs. Art Kunze won the high honors at 500, and at Schafskopf, Carl Hoffman and Mrs. Evelyn Gerhardt were high.


A permit was granted to Fred Schroeder and Son this week to move their business building to the rear of the lot where they will continue their shoe repairing business until a new building can be erected on the present site.  The building will be a 1-story structure, 20 x 32, to be built of tile and brick.  Harry Swanson is the contractor.


Entrance to the temporary building will be through the alley on West Street.  Mr. Schroeder has occupied this building over a long period of years, and his friends will be pleased to know that he will be able to spend the latter years of his business life in a comfortable new building.


(The West Street Alley is between Sixth and Seventh Street, east side.  The former Schroeder building is now occupied by Drippy Creek Saloon II. D Z)                                         


WPA workers have begun clearing the site for a new water conservation dam in the city of Owen in Clark County.


The structure will be located on the Popple River between the bridge on highway 29 and the old John Owen millpond dam, which has become unsafe and must be replaced.


The dam will be built of reinforced concrete, and will maintain an 11-foot headwater, which will keep the 40-acre pond at its present level.


It is estimated that construction of the dam will provide employment for an average of 32 WPA workers for approximately four months.  The city of Owen is sponsoring the construction and will furnish the necessary materials.  The total cost is estimated at $11,000, and the WPA’s contribution will amount to $6,000 in wages for workers.                                                                                              


Nine-year-old Blind Jack, a fine white Collie and pal of Bob French of Levis, was found Tuesday near the Quinnell farm in Pine Valley after being lost for 12 days.  Gilbert Coyle notified the French family of the dog’s whereabouts after reading Mrs. Beeckler’s plea for his return in the West Levis news.  The dog had dug a hole near the railroad tracks where he slept except when hunger, voices and passing cars occasionally brought him out.  His sense of hearing is still keen and the moment Mr. and Mrs. George Beeckler neared the ground he recognized the car and came to meet them, and when Jack and Bob met, the scene was almost pathetic for there was joy mingled with tears when Mr. French saw that Jack had been suffering.


Dr. M. V. Overman, who was with Dr. R. R. Rath in the clinic at Granton for the past year and a half, has formed a partnership with Dr. W. A. Olson at Greenwood.  Dr. Overman has already located at Greenwood.


(Dr. Overman would later join the Neillsville Clinic staff. DZ)       


Wolfast’s All Electric Orchestra and three ritzy floorshows will feature the first annual County Tavern-keeper’s ball to be held at Club 10 Thursday evening, February 3.


A prize will be awarded to the couple that can dance the “Big Apple” best, along with other prizes.  The general public is invited to dance.  No admission charge.                    


The following young men from Clark County were enrolled for service at the CCC camp at Perkinstown.  H. L. Trewartha took quite a delegation to the camp and others went in other cars.


Earl Chaffey, Chili; Matthew Johnson, Greenwood; Emil Dusak, Neillsville; Frederick McIntyre, Neillsville; Alvin Hahn, Neillsville; Stanley Rogalski, Thorp; Wm. Eibergen, Granton; Donald Winn, Granton; Edward Barton, Granton; Mark Wagner, Stanley; Robert Brown, Neillsville and kenneth Gilbertson, Thorp.


John M. “Soda Ash” Horan of Milwaukee, a great uncle of George and jack Tibbett of Neillsville, celebrated his 100th birthday at Milwaukee Sunday with a notable party given in his honor by the officers of the Milwaukee Railroad, including President Scandrett.  Mr. Horan has worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 83 years, and his son was an engineer for 50 years.  The father asked the son not to go on pension, as he still is actively at work at the age of 100.  Mr. Horan saved the Milwaukee Road thousands of dollars through being the first ‘soda ash’ to clean and lengthen the life of engine boilers.                          


The CCC buildings at Hatfield are being taken down this week by WPA labor from Merrillan and Black River Falls.  The materials will be shipped to Sparta and will there be rebuilt into barracks at Camp McCoy.





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