Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 21, 2018 Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

February 1918


One of the Big Events of This Sale are These – Gossard Laced-in-Front Corsets!

New Models direct from the factory One-Third Off!

$2.50 Corsets - $1.87; $3.50 Corsets - $2.59; $4.00 Corsets - $2.97;

$5.00 Corsets - $3.59; $5.50 Corsets-$3.97; $10.00 Corsets - $6.59


We will be ready Saturday morning with a great supply of these remarkable bargains.  We suggest the earlier you come the better we will be able to serve you.


W. J. Marsh Dry Goods Co. Neillsville, Wis.


(Bone staved corsets with lacing-strings, were an-in-style undergarment worn until the 1920s.


When World War I soldiers returned home at the war’s end, they found a new woman had been born, a “flapper.”  She occasionally drank, smoked, danced the Charleston and voted; she wore make-up and had cut her hair into the new short bobbed style, wore dresses that were sleeveless or short sleeved, with hems up to the knees.


Maybe that was the reason for W. J. Marsh running a sale.  As soon as the news spread of the coming “flapper” styles, there would be a declining sales market for an overstocked supply of laced-up bone staved corsets. DZ)                                                                                        


Bakers began Monday with the manufacture of the new Victory loaf, a “war bread” containing a 5 per cent substitute for wheat flour, prescribed by the food administration as a part of its 1918 food conservation program.


“Cash-and-Carry” is becoming very popular in the mercantile business.  It eliminates the expense of delivery and bad accounts.  It is a move in the right direction, which the war conditions have made very opportune.


The patriotic services at the various churches Sunday attracted large attendance and were greatly appreciated.  Judge James O’Neill gave an address at the Congregational Church, and Miss Hazel Roberts of the high school faculty read a patriotic poem.                                                                  


Wolff and May have sold their meat market to Chas. H. Weiskopf, who comes to Neillsville from Plymouth, Wis., and took possession Monday.  He is an experienced meat market man, and his son, Carl, also experienced in that line, will help in the shop.  George Wolff is with the American troops and Mr. May will soon be there soon also, so the sale was he best solution of the situation, as father John was only assisting to help out while George was away.                                                                                  


At the home of the bride in Christie, on Monday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m., Miss Clara Schaefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Schaefer, was married to Mr. Otto Runge, of Christie, Rev. Kemena of Loyal officiating.  Before the marriage ceremony a special service was held at the Christie Lutheran Church.  A large number of relatives and friends were present, and an elaborate banquet was served.


Trag’s Theatre was located in a second building north on the northwest corner of Hewett and West Sixth Street.  William Tragsdorf, a Neillsville native, can be seen standing in front of the theatre, which he had built and operated before becoming employed by a firm in the Panama Canal Zone.  (Photo courtesy of Tragsdorf’s grand-nephew, Bill Roberts)



In order “to do their bit” to help relieve the fuel situation, the German Lutheran congregation has decided to hold its Lenten services on Sunday evenings this year instead of Thursdays as heretofore, thus saving extra firing up during the week.  The congregation also has voted to hold English services occasionally instead of the regular German service Sunday mornings.                                          


Fred Bruley has bought a flouring mill and will build it next to his feed mill in the spring and start it running at the earliest possible moment.  The new mill is called the Midget Marvel, and grinds wheat, barley, rye or any sort of flour.                                                                                                                 


Emil Wepfer arrived home from Philadelphia, Pa., last Thursday where he has been employed since graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy last June.                  


Just as soon as the ice goes out, Sol Jaseph, Charley Gates and the rest of the angling bunch will go out and put the high cost of living on the bum by catching fish.  Carp is selling at 6 cents a pound in Milwaukee.  Why don’t some meat markets men send for a ton or so?                  


Potatoes held through the winter for a rise in price have deluged the country and at Milwaukee the past week have been selling at $1.00 per hundred pounds.


Defense advises every farmer to put in at least two acres of wheat this spring, to help out the supply.  They are sending out cards on which farmers can notify them of compliance with these requests.  Show the same spirit in the wheat growing that was shown last year as to potatoes and a marvelous peaceful victory will be achieved.


The village board of Owen has appointed a committee to select a site and submit an offer for the proposed new county asylum.                                                                                           


The city was “infested” a few days last week by a pestiferous book peddler who worked on the plan of making himself such a nuisance that people would buy books to get rid of him.  He made more sales.


Did you know that one dozen eggs are worth 3.2 pounds of boiled ham in protein value?  And did you know that one dozen eggs cost 45’ and 3.2 pounds of boiled ham $1.60?  And yet we do not eat eggs because they are “too high” and we eat ham because we require meat.  Isn’t that funny?


(If that is true, our family got more than the required amount of protein, as our diet consisted of eating eggs tice a day six days a week; having a ring bologna, or a pound of hamburger, or stewed chicken on Sundays during the Depression of the 1930s.  DZ)  


February 1948


A request for emergency shipment of 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel to keep heavy equipment in operation in the event of a snow storm was made Tuesday to Anthony E. Madler, state fuel coordinator.


The highway department reported the last of the diesel fuel exhausted and pointed out that a storm might find them unable to use the heavy equipment that is essential in maintaining open state and county highways.


Word of the plight was taken to Madison, Tuesday by A. E. Stadler, county fuel administrator.


Loyal’s Ice Carnival, suspended during the last four years, will be revived Saturday afternoon under the sponsorship of the Loyal Rotary club.  Events will include races for the following age groups: 9 to 12, 13 to 15, 16 to 18, and free-for-all.  Entries must be in by Friday evening.  They may be sent to: Leo Meyer, Rev. Lee H. Holmes, Henry F. Ott, Ray Schultz or E. LaVern Dahlby.


Eleven girls are vying for title of Queen of the Ice Carnival: Eunice Bassett, Carole Bertz, Jean Christenson, Gail Colby, Darlene Degenhardt, Wilma Deuermeyer, Grace Fenner, Darlene Hales, Mary Ann Hecker, Joan Meyer and Evelyn Schefchik.                                                                 


Plans to move the bar to the basement of the Neillsville Country Club building and to convert the present bar room into a lounge were laid at the annual meeting of the stockholders Monday night.


This is expected to be one of the major improvements for the club this year.  Women of the club will furnish the lounge.  The move is expected to make the clubhouse more attractive to those who do not wish to mix lounging and liquor.


The stockholders re-elected all directors: George Zimmerman, R. P. Munger, Harry Wasserberger, Hugh G. Haight and William F. Whaley.


A capacity crowd of about 200 is expected to hear Gov. Oscar Rennebohm when he comes to Neillsville Monday night, February 24.  The governor will speak at a banquet meeting in the Masonic Temple under the joint sponsorship of the Neillsville Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.    


Coming Sunday and Monday!  “Red Stallion” Matinee; Sun. 2:30 p.m., 14’ & 30’; Eve. 14’ & 40’

Filmed in Glorious Color – It is a Your Must to See Hit!

A Picture with a Heart as Big as all Outdoors!

A Grand Show for the Entire Family to Enjoy!

Starred by: Robert Paige, Noreen Nash & Ted Donaldson.

Adler Theatre, Neillsville.


A&P Food Stores – Specials of the Week!

Large Eggs, doz. 44’; Sunnyfield 92-93 Score Fresh Butter, lb. ctn. 93’;

California 252 -288 size Oranges, 2 dozen 45’; Grapefruit, 10 for 35’;

Popular Brands of Cigarettes, 10 pks. $1.65.


Lewerenz Sweet Shop was being operated on a limited scale earlier this week after four employees turned in their keys and walked out Saturday night.  According to O. W. Lewerenz, the proprietor, the waitresses quit without notice.  As a result, the Sweet Shop was closed Sunday until 4:30 p.m., except during bus hours, and operated on a restricted schedule thereafter.                                         


John Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Roberts of Neillsville, has been transferred to Rochester, Minn., as manager  of the shoe department of the large Montomery Ward store there.  He formerly was in the Twin Cities store.  John assumed his new duties, Monday.  His family will remain in Minneapolis until April 1, according to present plans.  Mrs. Roberts has resigned her position in the Miller Hospital, St. Paul.


Bennie Stucki “shudda stood in bed” – or, at least put on wings.


But instead he packed himself off the big 65-foot Washington ski jump at Eau Claire last week.


He came down to a nasty spill and was momentarily unconscious.  A couple of days later he learned that the throbbing in his right arm was caused by a cracked bone.


The feat took considerable daring, particularly for a young fellow whose biggest jump before was about 25 feet.  Usually in skiing, like anything else, one starts at the bottom and works up to the big stuff gradually.


Bennie, however, missed a few rungs on the way up.


Dick Van Gorden and Calvin Swenson, who were with Bennie, were surprised when he brought out his heavy slalom skis, they said.  And they were more surprised when they actually saw him riding the big jump.


The only regret Bennie has, though, is that the accident has halted his ski jumping career for the rest of the year.  He’ll have to be careful of that arm for three or four weeks.  By then, hopefully the snow will be too far gone for skiing.                                                                              


William E. Tragsdorf, 66, a brother of Mrs. A. E. Russell of Neillsville and the man who built and operated the present theater in this city, died Saturday, February 14, in the Panama Canal Zone.


Plans are being made to return his ashes to his old home town; a burial will be made here in April following a Masonic funeral.  


Although he had been connected with the Canal Zone for most of his adult life, “Trag” continued his contacts in Neillsville throughout the years with frequent extended visits, and consequently, is well known here.


(Scanned photo of Trag’s Theatre)


Trag’s Theatre was located in a second building north on the northwest corner of Hewett and West Sixth Street.  William Tragsdorf, a Neillsville native, can be seen standing in front of the theatre, which he had built and operated before becoming employed by a firm in the Panama Canal Zone.  (Photo courtesy of Tragsdorf’s grand-nephew, Bill Roberts)                   


The Ladies Aid of Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Longwood observed their golden anniversary on February 4.  The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Celia Jackson, Greenwood.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy and Mrs. E. I. Murphy this week sold their property in the Town of Dewhurst to Steve Zaje of Stratford. The property includes the Murphy farm as well as the tavern and lake frontage property, according to Victor J. Anderson.                                                     


Construction is expected to be start ed shortly on a 20 x 25 ft. building by Alva A. Clumpner, which will be used as a milk processing plant and milk depot.


Permit to build the building on West Sixth Street, between Grand Avenue and Clay Street, was granted Tuesday night by the city council.


Mr. Clumpner, who has served as game warden of the county for the past 12 years, has resigned this position effective March 1, and has purchased the Sanitary Dairy from Albert Mashin.  He will operate this business in the new downtown location as soon as he can be accommodated there.


Fifteen new members were taken into the Neillsville Lodge, No. 1602, Loyal Order of Moose, at their meeting last Thursday.  The new members brought the membership of the local organization well above 100.


The ritual was carried on by a degree team from the Chippewa Falls Lodge under the direction of Leo Miller of Chippewa Falls, secretary of the Chippewa Lodge.                        


Six Neillsville women’s bowling teams, numbering 30 bowlers, will compete in the state tournament this weekend in Appleton.  They will drive to Appleton Saturday and return Sunday.  Team events were to be scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, with doubles and individual events being bowled Sunday.


Teams and their members entered in the tournament are:


Schwann’s: Neta Haack, Florence Weisjahn, Leola Hall, Ida Nelson and Bertha Grottke.


Deep Rock: Laura Wall, Virginia Rahn, Orvilla Zille, Nellie Quicker and Evelyn Walk.


Zilk Villa: Rose Weiting, Rose Schiller, Sadie Haight, Julie Dux and Leona Blau.


Sweet Shop: Florence Carl, Frances Brewer, Agnes Keller, Dorene Harvey and Eileen Carl.


Silver Dome: Mary Lee, Gertrude Keller, Marion Epding, Marie Hiles and Ione Bruhn.


Sport Shop: Lila Gluck, Mary Becker, Lucy Steinhilber, Carol Hopkins and Susie Tresemer.


(Of the 30 above women who participated in that tournament, there is one living, Bertha Grottke, who still lives in Neillsville. DZ)





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