Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 11, 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

April 1863


Clark County Clerk Chas. F. Grow has taken possession of the residence attached to the jail at the courthouse and will supply the prisoners with food at the rate fixed upon by the County Board.  The rent he offered to pay the county made it desirable for the county to accept.                     


And now the younkers, and those who are less young, the teachers, and John Rude, who hasn’t a rude hair in his head, are having a week of rest.  Marbles furnish occupation for the boys, the girls write sonnets of spring on the boardwalks, and the teachers take it easy.                      


Austin’s Creamery Butter can be purchased at J.H. Thayer & Co. store.


Your living room wall would smile if you were to cover it with one of Youman’s many varieties of new wallpaper, order early.                                                                                               


Hank Mahar, E,. Leidholdt, Dick Lesler and Nick Swift, saloon people, paid the commonwealth $15 each and costs last week, for selling liquor to Alex Holverson, a posted person.


It was singular, and perhaps indicative of the spirit of the age, that in Neillsville a Universalist Church was started on the day the Episcopal minister preached his last sermon.


Methodist Church quarterly meeting at Pleasant Ridge brick church, Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, Saturday 7:30 p.m., preaching: Love Feast, Sunday, 10 a.m., public service 11 a.m., followed by the sacrament.


(Love Feast is a common devotional meal partaken of by the early Christians, originally culminating in the Eucharist; agape.  DZ)                                                                  


Hein & Meyer’s lumberyard stave piles are large beyond reckoning.


The Marshfield city charter was published at Madison April 4.


(Neillsville officially became a city in 1882, before Marshfield. DZ)


Last Sunday, fortunate ones beheld the spectacle of the O’Neill Creek breakup.  It is a grand sight.  Standing on the bridge on Main street and looking down, the ice seemed as firm, fixed and solid as it had all winter.  Gradually, the ice appeared to rise.  Up at the bend, eastward, quite a commotion was seen and heard.  Great pressure was evidently bearing against the firm ice near the bridge, suddenly the ice cracked into separate sheets, which began crushing and battering against each other.  With a big sweep the flood came down from upstream and within ten minutes the tame looking ice-covered creek had become a swift and turbulent torrent, hurling blocks of ice against the bridge guard, bulging, bellowing, breaking, and pouring logs, ice, roots and muddy water along the creek channel, making a stormy and lively rout.  The piers just below the bridge were dismantled, and soon looked as if in need of repair.  When the creek flood reached downstream to the Black River, there it was covered with smooth ice.  Three quarters of an hour later there was not a bit of fast ice to be seen below the mouth of the creek.  Logs will be running down the river soon, if they are not now.


Above is a familiar scene that is usually visible each year along the Black River, or along O’Neill Creek during the month of March.  Large chunks of ice, which are a part of the spring break-up, are thrown upon the shore by the fast, raging flow of water.


Since Arthur Hutchinson, formerly postmaster of Pleasant Ridge, moved away, that office has caused a little inconvenience, but we are happy to state that at last, matters have been arranged to the satisfaction of all.  Mr. Fred Vine, town clerk of Grant, has become postmaster, and the department has changed the mail route, so that instead of going by way of Kurth’s Corners, the stage hereafter will turn northward at the Pleasant Ridge Church and then to Mr. Vine’s striking the old route at the corner near Howard’s farm.  The distance is the same, but with a little more hill-climbing to do perhaps.                       


What might have been called a “double stick” occurred Saturday afternoon on Third Street in front of the Bradshaw residence, the participants therein being Mr. C. Krumray with his team of grays and a load of sawdust, and Mr. Wm. C. Cormick with a span of horses and a load of hay. The mud at that point of time was deep as “Dives in is crimes.”  And for a short time, mud, by-words, horses, carrel drivers, sawdust and hay were made to fly, even as Colway fly-eth, straight heel and toe, and finally they all got out and drove away serenely.  A few minutes before this happened, a wagonload of beer kegs got stuck there, but not being too full of beer, the kegs that is, the driver got out all right.


(Third Street was later named Fifth Street, as we know it today. DZ)   


There have been many definitions of a gentleman, but the most poetic is that given by a lady, “a gentleman is a human being combining a woman’s tenderness with a man’s courage.”


April 1943


What the Neillsville public schools are doing for the war effort was told to the Rotary Club Tuesday evening by Walter Scott, a Victory speaker from the high school.  Walter was demonstrating to Rotarians that the schools are functioning importantly and paying their way.  He instanced the following activities: course in preflight aeronautics, saving time in later training; new courses in mathematics; practical instruction in welding, with two machines available for work; instruction in radio code; course to develop physical fitness; making model airplanes; help with the labor problem; cooperation with the Red Cross; organization of extension classes for adults; the Victory speakers.


As a practical illustration of the help of the Victory speakers, Roy Keller succeeded Walter Scott with an appeal for help in the cancer control fundraiser drive, scheduled for April.


Lee J. Bluett and Lloyd L. Spry ran a tie in the village election in Granton, each scoring 52 votes.  They decided it by the flip of a coin.  Mr. Bluett won and will enter this spring upon his third year as village president.


Other places were filled without opposition, as follows: William Schmidtke, trustee two years; clerk, Roland Quicker; treasurer, Clarence Nowak; assessor, Hugo Trimberger; supervisor, D. S. Rausch; justice, George Wilson; constable, Wilbur Goebel.                                                 


Axel Sorenson, chairman of the committee rationing farm machinery, has been notified to stop rationing farm fencing.  This item may now be purchased without restriction.


Vinton Lee has returned from Milwaukee, where he spent the winter, to work as cheese and buttermaker for the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative, taking the position formerly held by Harry Schlinsog.  Mr. Schlinsog and his family will move to the Pleasant Ridge creamery, which he will operate beginning April 15th.


Many American soldiers will be able to distinguish an American P-40 from a Jap zero, and a Messerschmidt 109 from a Spitfire because of work being done by boys of the Neillsville High School’s industrial arts class.


They have constructed 50 model airplanes, which are now on display in the Penney store window, which will be used for the training of military and civilian pilots and airplane spotters.  They will be used to teach identification of types of airplanes used by the United Nations and Axis, and to aid in learning range estimations and determination of fire cones.


The display includes fighters, scout planes, bombers, torpedo planes and commercial carriers of all nations engaged in the war.  They were built under the supervision of the instructor, Claude Howard, and the United States department of education.


Designs for the model planes came from the drawing boards of army and navy engineers, who scaled the models down to the same size as an actual plane of the same type would appear at a certain altitude.  This feature enables observers on the ground to judge at what altitude a plane is flying by its relative size.


Miss Irene Severson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Severson of Greenwood, became the bride of Pvt, Edward Bombach of Camp Lee, Virginia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bombach of Willard, on March 24, 1943, at 3:45 p.m. at the courthouse in Neillsville.  Judge O. W. Schoengarth officiated.


The bride wore a blue tailored suit with blue and white accessories.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Ruth Severson, who was also dressed in a blue suit with white and blue accessories.


The groom was attended by Eugene Bombach of Willard.


A wedding supper was served to immediate relatives.


The groom left Friday evening for Camp Lee, Va., where he is in training for the air corps.


(During World War II when the young men were in the service, there were few marriages during that time.  If a young couple was planning to marry when the serviceman to-be groom came home on furlough, there was some amount of uncertainty that his orders could suddenly be changed.  So, a simple wedding was usually planned.


The couple was usually married by the county judge, or by a minister at the parsonage.  Rather than the traditional white wedding dress, the bride wore a suit or street-length dress, as did her attendant.  The groom wore his dress uniform for the ceremony and the groomsman a business suit.  There was one attending couple.  A small wedding reception was held, usually at the bride’s parents’ home, with a few family members present.  That was also during the war-rationing years, when most food items were rationed, which limited putting on a big dinner. DZ)                                                                                  


Mrs. Warren Drescher, Town of Grant, recently received a letter from her brother, Tech. Sgt . Clifford Karl in which he states that he is being transferred.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Karl of Pine Valley.


Sgt. Karl joined the Anti-Aircraft in May 1942 and has learned to be a height finder.  He has never had a furlough and says there are lots of boys in his unit who have been there longer than he, who have never had a leave.


Before joining the armed forces, he worked for the Williamson Candy Co., in Chicago, and has been remembered by them several times with boxes of candy and at Christmastime; the box included a bonus check.


Men, those smug creatures who wear two-legged trousers, had a trifle of an eye-opener at the Neillsville Recreation alleys last Thursday night.  First off, Orvilla Zille bowled a 223 game, high for the women’s play that evening.  And Bertha Grottke followed up with a 222 game.  That’s great bowling in any man’s league.


The following pupils will be confirmed and received into the membership of St. John’s Church next Sunday morning at 10 o’clock:


Eileen Dahnert, Dorothy Cook, Evelyn Tresemer, Glen Wachholz, Donald Knoop, Milton Tock, Betty Marg, Raymond Zipfel, Harold Beilke, Robert Knoop, Melvin Appleyard, Velda Lewerenz, Jake Moeller, Jr., Lavern Zschernitz, Glorietta Grottke, Esther Keuer, Duane Anding, Edith Pflughoeft and Herbert Jaster.


Those who are fond of canned soup took comfort in the announced in ration values.  All canned and bottled soups were reduced from 8 points to six points, with the exception of tomato, which was cut to four points.


The Franklin School, Town of Fremont, will be closed during the next school year.  This was determined at a meeting of the electors of the district last week, the vote being 10 to 6 in favor of the closing.  The decision affects only the coming school year.


The pupils of the Franklin School have numbered 10 the current year, with the prospect of perhaps even fewer in the coming year.  All of the children, with possibly one exception, are within walking distance of other schools.


The Franklin School thus becomes a war casualty.


The decision has also been reached to reduce the White Eagle State Graded School in the Town of Thorp from two rooms to one.  The current enrollment in that school is 28.


(It was difficult to find teachers for the rural schools during the World War II years.  Some of those young women chose to leave the teaching profession for defense factory jobs in the bigger cities. DZ)


A May contingent of 60 men will be made up by the selective service board of Clark County.  They will consist of married men, without children, almost wholly when these men have gone to Milwaukee for examination, the cupboard will be bare, except for casual replenishment .  The local board will then be in the position of waiting for further instructions from above, with the finger seeming to point to married men with children as the obvious resource.                                                                                          


There are some so-called “Ghost Towns” within Clark County, towns of the county’s early days, that have disappeared.  One of those villages was Shortville, in Washburn Township, located at the intersection of State Hwy 73 and Miller Ave.  it had a store, a cheese factory, a school and a church, which was founded by James, Andrew, John, Stephen and George Short.


Nevins post office, established in 1879, was located 1 1/4 mile east of the County Road W and Hwy 73 intersection, and near Thompson Creek, in the Town of Sherwood.  Thomas J. La Flesh was the first postmaster.




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