Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 28, 2018, Page 9 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


February 1938


The last day of January, Monday, turned out to be the coldest day of the winter, with the official thermometer reading 19 below and many others 20 below.  The coldest previous day was January 9, with 17 below.  Henry Markwardt reports. The previous Monday was very warm, with water and slush on the streets, and turning colder next day.  The present winter has been a comparatively mild one, with ideal weather most of the time, around 10 to 20 above.                                                                   


At the county meeting on farm buildings held at Greenwood, many interesting questions were discussed with reference to ventilation, sanitation, newer styles in building, insulation, milk houses and dairy barn requirements.                                                                                           


L. A. Allen, of Neillsville who had charge of veterans’ grave registration work when that was a project, is still following up that work on his own accord.  Last week, he was in the wet end of the county, seeking information about Capt. Joseph H. Finley, a veteran of the War of 1812 reported to have been buried in the town of Levis.


There were nine bidders on the Black River Bridge job on County Trunk “G” out of Greenwood.  The Eau Claire Engineering Co. of Eau Claire had the low bid, $45,742.38.  It is planned to build this bridge during the summer of 1938.


(The Black River overhead trestle bridge on Greenwood’s west side was built in 1938.  Rehabilitated in 1988, it’s still serving its purpose. DZ)                                                       


Myron W. Delap of Stevens Point, who is 87 years old, was recently presented a 50-year membership certificate by the Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Delap recalls that while working at Abbotsford years ago, he and some other members made a trip by handcar to Masonic meetings at Colby, the nearest lodge.  He joined the Masonic Lodge at Boscobel 54 years ago.


(A handcar was a small open railroad car, propelled by a hand pump or motor, used by the railroad section crewmen, workers who traveled along the tracks, checking areas that needed repair.  For Delap and friends to travel the two miles on the handcar was easier than walking through snowdrifts to Colby in the winter.  Five or six trains traveled on the tracks daily, which kept the tracks cleared of snow. DZ)     


The eyes of the Co-operative creameries in Western Wisconsin were on Richland Center last Monday, when the stockholders of the creamery in that city voted unanimously to support their directors in their refusal to sign a contract with the American Federation of Labor.  The directors of the creamery has previously voted to resist to the last ditch any effort to unionize the employees and truck drivers of their creamery.


A group of boosters accompanied the Arcadia Brewing Company basketball team to Granton Sunday, where they were defeated by the Granton team.  After the game, they came to Neillsville and serenaded the dealers handling their company’s products, having with them a little German band and displayed no grievance over their defeat at Granton.                                                                        


Three floorshows have been scheduled for Club 10 Supper Club Thursday evening, Feb. 28 at 8 o’clock.  There will be staircase and roller-skate dancers, music by Billy Wolgast’s Electric band and dancing beneath the crystal ball.  Chicken chow mein, fish frog legs and sandwiches will be served.


Europe was stunned by the virtual grabbing up of Austria by Germany last week, followed by a startling address by Adolph Hitler Sunday, in which he demanded the return of German colonies, threatened neighboring nations unfriendly to German minorities, recognized Japanese aggression in China and stated  Germany would take such independent action as deemed necessary.  Independent nations like Czecho-Slovakia considered the latest move by Hitler as threatening their national existence and freedom.  Germany has already taken up most of the Baltic and central European states except Czecho-Slovakia.  The virtual swallowing up of Austria completes the “Berlin to Rome axis,” with a territorial sweep from the Adriatic to the Baltic.


Over 60 families in Clark, Wood, Marathon and Jackson counties have entered into lease purchase contracts with the United States government for good farms in the better farming areas of these counties.


(During the Depression Era, several farms were foreclosed on due to the bank closures, or depressed markets and drought, resulting in farm owners not being able to make payments on their land.  In 1934, the federal Housing Administration was developed to provide home and farm loans, which enabled farmers to again become landowners. DZ)                                                                        


The sale of 33,000 silver fox furs at the Fromm farm at Hamburg, largest fox farm in the world, closed this year new high sales record of $3,000.00.


(Four Fromm brothers pioneered ginseng farming in 1904, later developing a silver fox fur farm business.  When the popularity of fur coats fell off, the business ceased operation.  However, the Fromm Farm site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.  It is located in the Town of Hamburg, Marathon County. DZ)                                                                                         


Big time wrestling will make its debut in Thorp March 10 when Bronko Nagurski, world’s heavy weight champion, meets Sal Jennings, 250-pound Cherokee Indian, in the main event.  Also, on the card will be the Packer football star, Buckets Goldenberg, who will meet Ed Krumni of Ord, Nebr., in the semi-final.


George Sauer of Lincoln, Nebr., and a brother of Robert Steele, will meet the Flying Finn, Adolph Haavisto, the leading wrestler in this section, in the opener.  The Wrestling matches will be held in Thorp’s spacious high school auditorium.  Jack Bechtel of Thorp is the promoter.                      


The Marathon County Fish & Game Club has ordered 100 cottontail rabbits in Greenburg, Kan., for delivery at Wausau about Mar. 1.  The rabbits will be released in various parts of the county.


(It is difficult to imagine that there was a time when they would need to transplant cottontail rabbits from out-of-state to an area within Wisconsin.  Several cottontails can now be seen within our city, feeding under our birdfeeders in the winder and munching on lawn and garden plants in the summer. DZ)


Wash day is a merciless tax collector, levying heavy duty on your beauty, your strength and on your health.  Stop paying those ruinous taxes!  Use The Model laundry’s economical services every week, and end washday exhaustion forever. You’ll look better, feel better, and have more leisure to enjoy life.


Damp Wash, 4 cents per pound, after the first 11 lbs. at 49’.


Each bundle gently washed in individual net bags, both white and colored pieces, in suds of mild soap and pure soft water.  Carefully extracted without twisting, squeezing or strain on the fabrics.  Returned damp, ready for ironing.


Men’s shirts, hand finished, 10’ each with this service.


We call for and Deliver Your laundry and Dry Cleaning, Without Extra Charge.


59,108 Gallons of Water are used Each Month by the Laundry.


The Model Laundry, Launderers & Dry Cleaners.  Phone 30 - Neillsville


Mothers, here is a chance for your children to get marbles this spring at no cost to you.  Each bag contains an assortment of 15 “glassies,” plain, mottled and striped: a wide variety of colors, given away absolutely FREE with the purchase of 2 packages of Morton’s Salt, solely to encourage you to use this famous non-caking brand with a spout for easy pouring that won’t tear out.


Available at local Neillsville Food Stores.


(Marble games were a popular outdoor spring sport, played by elementary students as soon as warm weather permitted. DZ)                                                                                    


Under the New FHA you can borrow $100 to $2,500 for Home modernization with terms as low as $5.00 a month, and three years to pay.


You can Build a New Home now with a very small down payment and 25 years on the balance.


We Sell You the Job Complete and arrange the financing.  Come in and get the facts at –


O & N Lumber Company – F. G. Holstein, Mgr.                                 


February 1953


Grand Opening of Clark County T.V. Friday, February 6

See New RCA Victor Television -  Five Ways Finer for ‘53

Only $199 – 1/3 Down w/12 Full Months to pay.

Many Beautiful New 1953 Models on Display!

Clark County T.V. – Gerald & Victor Anderson

½ Block West of the Neillsville Bank Building

121 West 6th St. Neillsville


Harlan Carl, ace football star of Greenwood, possesses a plaque as a remembrance of the big tribute, which his home folks paid to him last Saturday.  The plaque was presented by Dr. William A. Olson, who recounted Hy Carl’s exploits in high school with 114 points rolled up by him in six games.


Hy Carl, in responding, said that his biggest thrill did not come from a football game, but from a telephone message from Paul Thompson, his old high school coach.  That message was to the effect that the Greenwood people were giving his parents an expense paid trip to the Rose Bowl.


With Hy Carl  were Jetty Witt of Marshfield and Mark Hoegh of Kaukauna, who said that Hy is “one of the greatest halfbacks in the country and a player who has the respect of his team mates.”


Paul Thompson told about Hy Carl’s high school career as an athlete.  Bill Kavanaugh was master of ceremonies.                                                                                          


A last stand of pine near the city of Neillsville is falli0ng.


A pine tree 39 inches in diameter at the stump has just been cut within four miles of Neillsville. This is the giant of a lumbering operation, in which not a few pines have been cut approaching that size.  The big fellow went straight up into the air with a very gradual taper.  Even at 80 feet up, the diameter was 10 inches.


These pines are a part of a lot of mixed forest on Section 31, Weston, which are being cut by Rudy Volk, son-in-law of Ira Leach of Neillsville.  From 30 acres, they are taking about 300,000 board feet of pine, maple and red oak.  The cutting began  the latter part of December and will be done not far from March 1.  When that cutting has been completed, this area will have bidden farewell to the last important stand of virgin pine.  Mr. Leach, who has been buying and cutting for a decade or more past, says that he does not know where there is another stand of virgin pine of any importance in southern Clark County.  The two men expect to continue cutting, but they must content themselves with stands in which virgin pine occurs as hardly more than an incident.  The total amount of pine in the present cutting is not far from 130,000 board feet.


(Section 31, town of Weston is located on the west side of County Road G, between Pine Creek and Fremont Roads. DZ)                                                                                              


Two boys of Neillsville will become Eagle Scouts on Thursday, Feb. 12.  These boys are Hubert Quicker, Jr., and Jack Tibbett.  The Eagle award will be presented to these boys at the annual Scout-Parent banquet, which will be held in the legion hall at 6:15 Thursday evening.  The Eagle Scout award is the top in scouting.  It has been some time since Neillsville has had a Scout to qualify.  Behind this award lies many hours of work of the boys and their leaders.


The awards will be presented by officers of the Chippewa Valley Council, of which Neillsville is a member.


Other awards to be made upon the same occasion are:


First Class Scout: Paul Manz, Jon Swenson, Tom Overman, Skipper Lee and Jerry Svetlik.


Second Class Scout: Tom Hart, William Ormond and Billy Covell.


This banquet will be the chief event of Boy Scout Week in Neillsville, Feb. 8-14, celebrating its 43rd year in Neillsville.                                                                                                 


Winners of the city-wide Bridge Tournament conducted during the winter months at the Masonic Temple by the Order of the Eastern Star have been announced.  First prize winners ae Mrs. Frances Brown and Mrs. Harriett Peterson; second prize, Mrs. John Rude and Alta Allen; third prize, Mrs. Verna Mallory and Mrs. Helen Imig; fourth prize, Mrs. Mary Jo Urlaub and Mrs. Nellie Quicker, and fifth prize, Mrs. Catherine Svetlik and Mrs. Frances Schmidt.                                                                                         


“Kick-off time” for celebrating the 25th anniversary of Future Farmers of America came this week, February 21-28, which is National FFA week.  Of the 350,000 Future Farmers of the nation , more than 600 are enrolled in vocational agriculture classes in Clark County.                                                


Merlin Lindow, light heavyweight in the Golden Gloves in Chicago, was eliminated in the first round of his fight Tuesday night.  He lost out by a technical knockout.  Matched against Filipo, he had more than he could handle.  Merlin’s home is on Granton, Route 2.


A 1954 aerial view of Hewett Street’s 400 and 500 block businesses in Neillsville.  It is interesting to note how many buildings are no longer on West Street, near the intersection of West Fifth Street; also, the south side of West Sixth Street, west of Hewett Street.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ family collection.)





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