Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 25, 2018, Page 10  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

April 1918


A heavy team, belonging to Ernest Anderson of Dells Dam, stood hitched to a heavy wagon opposite the Albright store Monday noon and behaved like a pair of equine angels until they heard the Cornelius clock play the one o’clock tune, which to their ears sounded like a hymn to oats.  The one horse winked to the other horse and they lit out pronto for Bert Dresden’s horse cafι, whizzing down Fifth Street like a British tank, around the corner and with an oblique dive, bolted into the barn door, wagon  and all, and tried to get into the well-remembered stall both at once, got stuck and were backed out, not a cent’s worth of damage done, but a series of mighty narrow escapes for the autos lined up along the route.  Dresden’s taxi had been backed out of the place a moment before, and this was the only thing that saved it from a bad smash-up.  It was considered poor strategy to give the horses their dinner of oats there, so they went away disappointed.


Lewis Bulgrin, the 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bulgrin of the town of Maplehurst, ran away from home Thursday morning and went to Chippewa Falls, where he was picked up by the police.  When questioned, he told them he was on his way to Eau Claire where he was going to join the service of Uncle Sam.  The police of the city notified the police of Withee and the young lad was returned to his parents this noon.  The lad is none the worse for his experience and seemed glad to get back to his mother.  He gives no reason for leaving home only that he wants to be a soldier.                                                        


Neillsville went dry Tuesday for the first time in many years.  Judge O’Neill made the “dry fight” of his life and it is largely to his credit that Neillsville can raise her head from the disgrace of harboring the saloon.  Black River Falls Banner                                                                                    


Farmers of this vicinity are paying as high as $40 per month and maintenance to their hired help.  One farmer pays his man $35 in cash and maintains his entire family, paying all their grocery and meat bills, besides giving them a home.


(This was during World War I when many young men were in military service and hired help was difficult to find. DZ)                                                                                                       


F.A. Barr and family left Thursday overland in their auto for Reedsburg, near which place they have taken a farm on shares.  Their goods went forward by freight.  Martin Lastofka bought their farm.


George Wilding and a party of friends took a joy ride Sunday to Marshfield, Grand Rapids and Stevens Point, a trip of 136 miles. 


(Grand Rapids, bordering Wisconsin Rapids, is the 13th largest town in Wisconsin and third largest community in Wood County, covering 20.3 square miles. It is home to 7,688 residents, a development of many subdivisions, which includes Lake Wazeecha and Kellner that is partially located in the town. DZ)                                                                                      


The state Council of Defense and the Federal Food Administration are calling upon farmers and others of the country to raise sugar beets to relieve conditions the coming year.


Besides the compensation that comes from the crop, there is another inducement.  The state Council of Defense will assure the growers of one or more acres of sugar beets so they will be able to secure a supply of sugar sufficient to meet the needs of their families for the coming year.


The sugar beet factory at Chippewa Falls, Wis., handles the best seed available, and it is hoped that some of our local people will be interested.                                              


The Kemery house is to be moved south through Hewett Street, and Mr. Gress has undertaken to rush it past the business section at night.                                                          


Some of our local dealers have been selling cigarettes to minors recently and were up before his honor R.F. Kountz, there for the past week on several counts each.  It cost them some $85 each in fines and costs along the line of makin’s and such hereafter.  Anybody under 21 years of age is a minor, and people licensed to sell tobacco should bear this in mind.


Clark County Ghost Towns


Eidsvold was a small station on the “Soo” line, between the villages of Thorp and Stanley.  In 1887, it contained a combined saw, shingle, and hoop mill, employing about 50 men, a blacksmith shop, a boarding house, a post office and a general store.  The Eau Claire Lumber Co. had a dam across the North Fork of the Eau Claire River nearby.  Other industries were a cheese factory and general store.


Brook, located on the intersection of what is now Sherwood Road and State Hwy 73, Sherwood Township was established in the 1880s.  It had a store, cheese factory, town hall, church and a school.


Sydney, or Sidney, one and one-half miles west of Neillsville at Starr Rd. and Sidney Ave. intersection, north just past the home of Thomas Wren and a chees factory, then up what was called “Sydney Hill,” to County Road B (old U.S. Hwy 10).  It was also an Omaha railroad stop for several years.


Abo in the Township of Dewhurst was located at the junction of State Hwy 95 and Gorman Ave., a railroad stop.


Atwood was a  new village in late 1881, Township of Green Grove, on the “Soo” line, from Spencer to Owen.  It had a railroad station, a store, a saloon, and later a dance hall.


April 1953


Greenwood Area News –


The Pioneer Circle celebrated their thirtieth anniversary at the home of Mrs. Celia Jackson, Wednesday afternoon.  And out-of-town guest was Mrs. Charles Pickruhn, a charter member at whose home the first meeting was held in March 1923.  Mrs. Pickruhn now resides in Loyal.  Others were her daughter, Mrs. Peder Lydicksen of Loyal and Mrs. Alvin Thorson of Owen.  Members present were Mrs. Albert Shanks, the only charter member; also Mrs. Christ Keiner, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Jack Syth, Mrs. Mathilda Fahey, Mrs. Victor Thwing, Mrs. John Brandt and Mrs. Alvina Wehrman. Mrs. Victor Krokson was not able to attend.  Others present were Mrs. Don Warner and Miss Louise Keiner.  A chicken dinner was served at 4:30 p.m. 


Cy Buker, coach at the Greenwood High School, bowled a 720 series Wednesday night in the major league to top the previous high series of 714 held by his father, Art Buker.  Cy had  games of 234, 279 and 207. Two weeks ago, he bowled 25 games over 200 this bowling season up to date.


Bob Vesel, converted a 7-10 split recently and received an award from the A.B.C.


Thirteen young men of Clark County have been accepted as Clark County’s contribution of March to the armed services to Uncle Sam.  Four were volunteers, as follows: Richard A. Harrington, Neillsville; William Oelke, Neillsville; Donald Ellingson, Greenwood; Jerry J. Newman, Loyal;


The following were inducted: Clarence Tysnik, Colby; Robert J. Soiber, Dorchester; Herbert W. Nickel, Jr., Granton; Wilbert H. Hansen, Jr., Neillsville; Gaylord A. Fakes, Owen; Marlin R. Schmitz, Spencer; Joseph Digoski, Willard; and Robert C. Doege, Withee.                         


Marriage Licenses:


William Genteman, Jr., Milwaukee, Louise Mayer, Humbird, to be married April 9 at Fairview,


Nyle Brandt, Greenwood, Marie Younker, Greenwood to be married March 28 at Greenwood.


North York News:


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Beaver and family moved Saturday onto the former Kuester farm, which they have purchased.


The Demuth family has moved onto the former Harold Huntington farm, which they purchased some time ago.


Dance to ‘Whoopee’ John at Silver Dome Ballroom, Thursday Evening, April 16.


Contractors are now studying the plans and specifications for the new Neillsville High School building, preparatory to submitting bids for the construction.  The bids will be received up to Tuesday, May 12, and will be opened at 2 p.m. of that day.


The present plan of the school board is to finance construction in the early stages by using the money accumulated in the building fund.  This fund is now invested in U.S. bonds, and these will be sold as needed.  In this form, about $90,000 is readily available.


The present plan is to defer the issuance of construction bonds, in the hope that a more favorable market will develop before additional money is actually needed.              


Between 300 and 350 Clark County Homemakers visited Neillsville last Thursday as part of a project to “Know our County Better.”  This project was set up at the annual planning meeting, held at Greenwood in September 1952.  The county seat was selected as the first place to be visited.  Many of the Homemakers had never seen the inside of the courthouse or the jail.  For the purpose of the first tour, these public places were combined with the Condensery of the American Stores Dairy Co. and the Indian School.


At the courthouse, Wells Harvey, editor of The Clark County Press, told about the origin of the name of Clark County.  He said the name came from George Rogers Clark, the Revolutionary hero who was responsible more than any other person for securing to the United States the large area north of the Ohio, east of the Mississippi and west of the Alleghanies.


Mrs. Art Kuechenmeister, the County Homemakers’ secretary and treasurer explained the history of the county’s courthouse building through the years.                               


Egg Prices are Good!


So, Raise Gaier Chicks for Bigger Profits!  Gaier’s Chicks are from High-Producing breeding stock, Pullorum Tested, and with High Livability.


Order Now for May Delivery!  Gaier’s Hatchery, at the Corner of West 6th & West St., Neillsville.


(As a kid on the farm, I remember my parents ordering 100 baby chicks each spring, to be picked up near the end of April or early May.  Usually, when that day came, the weather would be too cold to put the chicks in a pen in the granary, so they would have to be brought into our house.


Mom would prepare an area in a corner by the kitchen wood stove, covering the floor with layers of old newspapers and leaves from the dining room table were  propped up around the outside, forming a pen.  A quart jar filled with water, and fountain-like cover was placed on the top, turned upside down for the chicks’ water supply. A dish filled with dry oatmeal was their feed. They were constantly chirping.  I enjoyed picking up a chick, holding it next to my cheeks, feeling the soft yellow fuzz, which they had before growing feathers.  Mother would scold me, saying the chick needed to be left alone, not to be played with as if it were a doll.


My fondness of baby poultry and animals often got me into trouble with my mom.  My dad would usually rescue me. DZ)                                                                                         


Five students of the Neillsville High School will receive silver medals as awards for their work at the state forensic contest, held at Madison April 11.  All five received B ratings.  They were Wayne Grap, Bobby Russell, Carly Seif, Judith Paulson and Ramona Randall.                      


Miss Rhoena Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Adams, Neillsville and Duane Elmer Marg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marg of Granton, were married April 18, at 2:00 o’clock in the Pine Valley Church at Neillsville, with Rev. John Jacklin of the Zion Evangelical American Lutheran Church performing the double ring ceremony.  The church was decorated with white Easter lilies.


The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a floor length lace dress over satin with finger-tip veil.  Calla lilies and sweet peas made up her bouquet.


Her maid of honor was Elaine Strangfeld.  Mrs. Harvey Pischer and Mrs. Ralph Lautenbach, sisters of the groom, served the bride as bridesmaids.


Marvin Garbisch, Milwaukee, a friend of the groom, attended him as best man.  Attending the groom as groomsmen were Harvey Pischer, Granton, and Ralph Lautenbach, Greenwood.  Ushers were Erland Marg and Merlin Sternitzky of Granton.


A wedding reception was held at the bride’s home.


The bride is a graduate of the rural schools and Neillsville High School and the groom is a one-year college man.                                                                                             


Ed Bertz, mayor of Loyal, died suddenly Tuesday of a heart attack.  He was a cattle buyer.  He is survived by his wife and several children.                                                                  


The teenage party, sponsored by the members of the Granton Rotary Club, held last Tuesday night in the village hall drew a crowd of an estimated 100 boys and girls.  Games of ping-pong and dart throwing took place in one part of the hall while others danced to music furnished by Ross Downer and his daughter Betty.  Refreshments were served.  Several members of the Rotary served as chaperones.


Stock Car Races at the Fairground in Black River Falls, Sunday, May 3.  Time trials, 12:45 p.m.  Main Events, 2 p.m. Admission: Adults, $1.00; Children to 14 years, 25’ sponsored by Black River Falls Lion’s Club.


The new Traveler’s Motel as it appeared after being built in 1953, opening for business the same year, was located on the west end of West Fifth Street.  The motel ceased business some years ago, but the building remains on the site.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts collection.)





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