Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 2, 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


May 1878


The postmaster of Black River Falls advertises a letter for Ole Oleson.  What has become of the once promiscuous Ole?                                                                         


The German Lutheran Church in the Town of Grant was dedicated last Sunday.


Geo. Bowman has sold his fish pond near Humbird to Mr. Field of Osseo and will go west to wrestle with fortune.                                                                               


One of the solid men of this county has been called upon to support a pair of twins, the mother of whom is a young lady at Spencer.  The issue is a heavy one, which will be extremely hard to dodge.                                                                                                  


The people of Alma, Jackson County, are trying to excite themselves once more over the supposed ancient silver mines in that town.  It can be safely accepted as a fact that the ancients have not left enough there to pay the moderns for digging much, and they probably will not.


D.J. Spaulding of Black River Falls has also got the Dakota fever.  He has taken up a little homestead of several thousand acres and has sent several breaking teams to turn over some ground for a wheat patch.  He hopes by industry and economy to secure a competence in the enterprise.


Where just one year ago stood forty acres of heavy hardwood timber on F.D. Lindsay’s farm, near this place, may now be seen the finest 40 acres of winter wheat in the state, if we are not mistaken.  Over the entire 40, the grain stands thick and even the stalks measuring just two and a-half feet last Wednesday afternoon, May 1.  The wheat was sown about the first of September.


The little hamlet of Longwood is the thriftiest community in Clark County.  How do we know?  Because it has the best paid subscription list of any in Clark County.  And there can be no better indication.


Al Brown has gone into voluntary bankruptcy.  The probabilities are that a large part of his assets will be consumed by the bankruptcy proceedings.  The creditors will meet in La Crosse on the 28th, for the purpose of electing an assignee.


(Al Brown, a big lumberman, wasn’t able to get two year’s harvest of logs down the Black River to market due to no snow, so was forced into bankruptcy. DZ)                       


The dry weather of the last two years and consequent failure of rises in the Black river, has set the lumbermen to devising some means to get their logs out without depending upon rain.  It has been decided to build an extensive flooding dam at Hemlock Island, on the main river, town 28.  It is expected that this dam, with the help off those already built on the smaller streams, will flood the river sufficiently for driving purposes to Hatfield.  A number of the leading lumbermen of Black River, accompanied by an engineer, are now at Hemlock Island making estimates of the work.


Specials available at Lee & Co. Store – Six 3-lb. cans of Tomatoes for $1; 2-lb. cans Cove Oysters for $1; Dried Buffalo Meat; Canned Shrimp, Grated Pineapple; 12 lbs. Georgia Peaches for $1; and 20 lbs. Fresh oat meal for $1.                                                             


Gallaher & Coggins, of this place, have greatly enlarged their facilities for doing all kinds of work.  The latest addition is a complete sawmill, partly to meet their own wants and partly to accommodate those desiring to have logs sawed upon shares.  Parties desiring sash, doors or blinds should give them a call.


The Greenwood stagecoach accidentally capsized on Tuesday just as it was about to weigh anchor for a voyage.  Both well-known members of the firm of Gile and Holway of La Crosse were aboard, and both were somewhat hurt, but not seriously.


Clark County Ghost Towns


Longwood had a post office and trading station in the early days.  Later it had a store, blacksmith shop, cheese factory, town hall, church and schoolhouse.


Hemlock was an abandoned village in Warner Township, deriving its name from an island of hemlock trees.  It as the location of a dam of the Black River Logging Company.  It also had a four-story high grist-mill and sawmill owned by N.H. Withee.


Thielen was located on the corner of Double MM and County Road O.


Reseburg, located at the cornering of Sections 8, 9, 16 and 17, in Reseburg Township, a trading center with a store, saloon, blacksmith shop, cheese factory, church and schoolhouse.  The locality was also known as Mattes’ Corners and Ampe’s Corners.


Butler was a neighborhood center in section 14, Butler Township, had a cheese factory and schoolhouse.


Yolo, a railroad stop on the Omaha line in Fremont Township, about a mile west of Chili, near the former location of a number of large charcoal pits.


Sauerkraut City was a community located between Lynn and Chili, where a concentration of German settlers lived.


Aix was a stagecoach stop south of Granton.


March 1943


Dance at Hake’s Barn, Saturday Night, May 7 – Music by Emil’s swing Band.


Gentlemen members of the Neillsville Golf Club are requested to bring hammers and saws to the clubhouse Sunday morning at 9:00 o’clock and assist with some carpentry work planned for that day.  A porch at the north will be lengthened parallel with the east porch.  If you cannot be there at 9:00, please come as soon thereafter as possible.  There will be a number of professional contractors to start the work off on a proper footing.  The ladies will serve dinner at 12:30.  In the afternoon, there will be mixed foursomes in a blind bogey tournament.                                


Shop Marsh’s Store for the new Freedom from the Knees – Phoenix, Vita-Bloom Bobbed Hosies – Knee high for knee-freedom.  They’re cool, comfortable, but more important they are fashionable.  Latex in the tops holds them up securely below the knees.  See “Bobbed Hosies” in a Phoenix variety of Personality Colors, 79’. 


W. J. Marsh’s window displays were artfully done, as is shown in the above photo, an invitation to enter his store and see more merchandise  The business was located on the northwest corner of Hewett and 5th Street.  Notice the entrance with hardwood flooring and parquetry inset with the word “Marsh’s,” work done by Lute Marsh.  It would be interesting to know if it remains, being covered by other material.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)



Marsh’s Dry Goods & Ready-to-Wear Store, Neillsville, Wis. This is the End of a Grand Old Store!  W.J. Marsh, 51 years a Merchant in Neillsville!


The business was established Feb. 22, 1887, by W.J. and L.H. Marsh, and since 1904 has been under the sole ownership of W.J. Marsh.


Now comes the Time for a Complete Close-Out!


Burleigh Grimes, manager of the Brooklyn Nationals, has sued his wife, Mrs. Laura Virginia Grimes, for divorce.  Grimes, formerly of Owen, Wis., owns a farm near New Haven, Conn.  He was married in 1931 at St. Louis and he and his wife parted in 1937.                      


Clark M. Byse, son of Chas H. Byse, a senior in the law school at the University of Wisconsin, has been

awarded a year’s graduate scholarship in the law school of Columbia University, New York.


In notifying Mr. Byse of his appointment, Dean Young B. Smith stated: “In view of your excellent record at Wisconsin and the very strong recommendations from Dean Garrison and other members of the faculty at Wisconsin, our committee on graduate instruction is prepared to name you for a law fellowship during the academic year 1938-39.


The fellowship provides an annual stipend of $1,500, out of which the student must pay his tuition and university fees amounting to $400.  He will take courses leading the degree of Doctor of the Science of Law.                                                                                              


Zillisch released about 400 Homing pigeons Sunday morning at 6 o’clock for the Kaukauna Pigeon Club, opening the crates at the Neillsville depot.  One crate of birds was from Appleton and five crates came from Kaukauna.


Due to cloudy weather and low ceiling, the birds circled about this locality for some time before getting their bearings.  Mr. Zillisch has released pigeons for the Kaukauna sportsmen for over ten years.


R. Mortenson, the genial storekeeper at Shortville, was host to the officers of the Conservation Club last week Tuesday, at which feeding pens and care of  wild birds and other matters were discussed, following which the host served a lunch.                                                              


Sometime soon, we plan to publish a history of the Neillsville Library, a topic revived by L.B. Ring, a former editor.  When the present site was purchased by C.C. Sniteman, Judge James O’Neill and three other citizens gave $100 each to help pay for the site.                


Jerome Zalinsky, 32, Des Moines, Iowa, driver of a death car, and a companion broke out of the county jail at Wisconsin Rapids Sunday night while the sheriff was out fishing.


Postmaster Louis Kurth announces that an airmail plane will pick up mail at the Marshfield airport Thursday, May 19, in the afternoon, and all patrons of the Neillsville area may send airmail letters or packages on this plane by mailing them at the Neillsville Post Office not later than 12 o’clock noon.


This is National Airmail Week and our citizens are being reminded that for three cents additional, one-ounce letters may be sent by airmail to any post office in the United States.


Airmail has brought the Atlantic and pacific seaboards so near us that mail is delivered in a few hours after mailing at Neillsville.                                                                                                                                                                    


Marriage Licenses:

William Hrasky, Town of Washburn, and Margaret Ruddock, of Neillsville,

Charles Johnson, Town of Fremont, and Frieda Seehafer, Town of Rock, Wood County,

Max R. Wegner, Marshfield, and Ida Kuechenmeister, Town of Grant,

Edward Newman, Town of Green Grove and Rosemary Bangle, Owen,

John Resong, Town of Pine Valley, and Marie Langreck, Town of Grant.


A.M. Fuller, botanist at the Milwaukee museum, advises people not to pick wildflowers, which wilt quickly and are soon dumped in the ash cans.  He say worst of all the plants and roots are damaged, which accounts for less wild flowers growing today.


(There was a lot of trilliums that grew in a nearby park about 30 years ago, but now there are none due to having been picked through the years. DZ)                            


Flags will be placed on the graves of 652 departed war veterans in 56 cemeteries in Clark County on Memorial Day, May 30.  There are a number of other Civil War veterans buried in unmarked graves whose identity has not been established.


Of the deceased veterans, five served in the War of 1812, two in the Mexican War, 473 in the Civil War, one in Indian Wars, 32 in Spanish-American War and 136 in World War I.  A number of these served in two wars.  Buried in Clark County are veterans of every war the United States has ever been engaged in except the Revolutionary War.


There survives at the present time only three veterans of the Civil War, all past 90 years of age, being Thomas Goodell of Spokeville, Albert Darton of Loyal and Sylvanus Warner of Thorp.  The last to die was Wesley Vanderhoof of Spencer las fall.  These, with 473 dead, make 476 Civil War veterans whose permanent home as been in Clark County. Mrs. Levi Simpson of Loyal, wife of a Civil War veteran, served as a nurse in the Civil War.


The five veterans of the War of 1812, buried in Clark County, are Capt. John French buried in the Neillsville Cemetery; Capt. Joseph Finley, in the Town of Dewhurst Cemetery not certain.  Jacob Chesley, in Colby Cemetery; Samuel Hartford, in Pine Grove Cemetery, Loyal; and Bartemus Brooks, Lynn Cemetery.


Gabriel Brisbane of the Town of Hoard served in the Mexican War, Thomas Carleton of Neillsville served in both the Mexican and Civil wars.


Bright Feather, an Indian buried in the Town of Dewhurst, was listed as an “Omaha scout” during the Civil War.


Henry Franz of Neillsville served in the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion in China.


Wm. Waterman, an honored and respected citizen of the Town of Grant for many years, is the only Confederate War veteran buried in Clark County. 


Thos. Dygart, Thorp, served in the Indian Wars of 1876 under Gen. Custer and Gen Miles.


Major Anton C. Martin, Neillsville, served in the Spanish-American, Mexican border and World War.


The lives of war veterans buried in Clark County span all but a few years of the history of the United States, as a number were born before George Washington began serving his first term as the first president in 1789.  The fact that 136 World War veterans our of about 1,800 did in service shows war is not all glory.


(As we visit any of the Clark County cemeteries on Memorial Day, we see a U.S. flag at each veteran’s gravesite, a reminder of their service; and there are many graves marked with flags. DZ)





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