Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 23, 2018, Page 8  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 May 1913


Robert Kurth and H. E. Bartell have blank contracts for acreage of beets or beans, which they are circulating to secure the necessary acreage for the new cannery, which is being built in Neillsville.  Farmers or people in the city who wish to plant some beans or beets for the cannery should see Mr. Kurth, Mr. Bartell or the secretary L. Williamson at the newspapers office.                                                


A washing machine demonstration will be given under the auspices of the ladies of the Congregational Church by Mr. W. E. Kidd of Chicago in the basement of the church next week Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  All ladies and gentlemen in town and country are cordially invited.


W.S. Wood, clerk of Hixon Township, has made application for, and secured fish and game department’s promise of, a goodly quantity of black bass to be set out in the Black River this season.


Those who have doubted that this legislature would again refer the woman suffrage to a referendum, may relax, as it has now passed both houses and sent to the governor for his passage.


On Saturday, three men, who stated they were a committee on a trip of examination of milk territory sent out by the board of directors of a condensary company, came to Neillsville and looked over the surrounding country and examined places about the city, which might be available for a site.  They expressed themselves as well-pleased with the looks of this country but gave out no information except as above stated and that they were also inspecting other localities.                                                          


The cheese box factory is beginning to send out loads of the finished product to surrounding cheese factories.  They are reported by cheese producers to be a very well made box and giving fine satisfaction.


Town of York farmers who intend to put up silos this year are Harry Bowman, Hans Olson, Roy Lawrence, Will Rowe, George Mortimer, Nick Wieruszoski, John Kubat, Ernest Rowe, Wm. Radke, Will Campbell, Norman Shafer, Eli Heck and Carl Kupka.                                                      


Fred Haack’s cheese factory in the Town of York destroyed by fire last December, has been rebuilt and resumed operation again last week.                                             


Anyone wishing to buy gravel or sand, leave orders at the Cash Hardware.  Price of $1.25 and $1.50 per yard according to amount desired.                                                            


May Festival and Dance:

Girl’s Dancing Festival from 8:15 to 9:00.

May Pole Dance.

  Solo – Maria Flint.

May Queen’s March led by Vivian Bartell.

Piano Selection by Arthur Kurth.

German Clap Dance.

Solo, Maude Ruddock.

Italian Tantoli.

Piano Selection by Fern Flint.

Swedish Clap Dance.

Chain Dance.

Dance of the Garlands led by Irene Mayne,

To be held at Woodman Hall, Saturday, May 24.

Ticket Sales at Hobb’s: Dance tickets 50’. Admission 15’.


For Sale – the Gates farm, will sell all or 20 acres with buildings and 23 1/2 acres across the road separately.  See Jane Gates or Ed H. Gates.                                                           


Memorial Day Exercises will be observed as usual in Neillsville.  An excellent program has been arranged and will be carried out under the auspices of the G.A.R., W.R.C. and Company A.


Oakley Parkhill of Thorp will deliver the address.


Program opens at 2 p.m. at the Opera House.  All persons who can furnish automobiles or other conveyances to transport the old soldiers and member of the Relief Corps, are requested to meet the procession at the grist mill.  It is understood that all church bells in the city will toll for three minutes at 12 o’clock noon in honor of the deceased soldiers.                                                                          


Robert Connor was over from Marshfield Monday inspecting the extensive improvements and new buildings being constructed at the Connor Lumber Company yards.


Charles Austin has been engaged by the Connor Lumber Company to make local deliveries of material bought at their yards.                                                       


The Levis Baseball Club defeated the Pine Valley team at the Day Creamery Diamond Sunday by a score of 22 to 13.


(Day Creamery was located three miles south of Neillsville, near the junction of State Highway 73 and Highway 95. DZ)


Clark County Ghost Towns


Weston Rapids was located one and one-half mile north of the Neillsville city limits along the Black River.  In the mid-1800s, the village was platted out, having some homes, a hotel and a store.


Hewettville was located five miles west of Neillsville, on the east side of Wedges Creek, near Snyder’s Dam, where there was a sawmill, hotel and store, developed in the mid-1800s, and later to be destroyed by a fire.


Sawyer’s Siding was a shipping point located in the Town of Lynn for the St. Paul railroad line.


May 1953


Alice in Dairyland, the Wisconsin Dairy Queen, will be in Neillsville Monday night and take part in a program sponsored by Kiwanis, Rotary, and Professional Women’s Club and Monday Progress Club of Neillsville.  A 7 p.m. banquet is being served in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which will be followed by an excellent program.


Tickets ae being sold to anyone interested but all tickets must be purchased in advance.  Delegations are expected from all sections of the county.  The Owen Kiwanis Club has made 32 reservations.  Tickets are available from Jake Hoesly, Earl Siebert, Mrs. Matt Gassen, and Mrs. William Smith.


Chili baseball fans will be looking at a lot of familiar faces in Neillsville Athletics uniforms when they open the Cloverbelt Baseball League season at Chili Sunday afternoon.  Game time is 2 p.m.


The Neillsville lineup includes several residents of that area, most of who have worn the Chili uniform in past years.  They include Merlin Lindow, who pitched for Marshfield in the Cloverbelt League last year; Warren Kleinsmith, third baseman and power hitter; DuWayne Rollins, second baseman, and Bob Barth, catcher for Chili last year.


Manager Glen Lezotte of the Athletics believes that the Athletics this season will be infinitely stronger with the bat this year.  The addition of several dangerous hitters, he believes, will give the locals more offensive punch.  In addition, the prospect is that the pitching will be of better quality, and the roster of hurlers is deeper.


Manager Lezotte has three and possibly four, pitchers this year.  He plans to use all of them in Sunday’s game.  They include, besides Lindow, Walter Hribar, veteran Greenwood mound ace and Arne Buchholz, mainstay of the Athletics’ 1952 mound staff.


Others who are likely to see service Sunday afternoon are Kleinsmith, third base; Rollins and Miles, second base; Bob Urban, first base; Merlin Bartsch, catcher; Bob Barth, catcher and outfielder; Dick Buchholz, center field; and Miles or Lindow, right field.


(Local hometown baseball teams were a popular sport and past-time that had been around since the towns’ beginnings, coming to an end in the mid-1970s.  Televised major league baseball games took over in popularity, with most small town teams disappearing. However, there are a few communities that have been able to keep their hometown baseball teams alive, still have in fans that enjoy cheering on their friends who play and participate in the sport. DZ)                                                      


Clark County has 950 Homemakers in 64 clubs.  The 64 Homemaker club members vary in age from a few months to 30 years of participation.  Their activities in addition to their regular project work has been varied during the past year.


As a part of Homemaker observance of National Home Demonstration week, May 3-9, the secretaries of various centers in the county have prepared a summary of the activities of the clubs of their center.


M.W. Erickson has been elected to fill the unexpired term of Ed Bertz as mayor of Loyal.


We have on hand 12,000 Hardy Field-Grown Jumbo Hybrid Pansies.  Your choice, 75’ per dozen.  At Pine Valley Nursery, located along Highway 10, across from Schuster Park.


The 13th annual get-together of the Greenwood High School alumni will be held in the high school auditorium Saturday, May 30, with a buffet luncheon at 7 p.m.  A program will be arranged by the following officers of the organization.  Gilbert Rohde, president; Reynold Syth, vice president; Mrs. Andrew Lindner, secretary; Mrs. Wilbur Kehrberg, treasurer; and Mrs. Fred Behrens, historian.


Arrangements were made early this week for the presentation of  the Neillsville area of a bond of $100.  The award was to be made by the National Father’s Day Committee, and Mr. Hagedorn was to receive it as the father of the largest number of twins.  The presentation was to be made by Mayor Foster.


(Louie and Elaine Hagedorn were parents of four sets of twins. They lived on a farm northwest of Neillsville.DZ)


The David Parry’s who were injured in the high winds, which ripped down approximately 15 barns in the Augusta area May 10, are up and about again.  Mrs. Parry, who mainly suffered shock and bruises, returned to her home Tuesday.  Mr. Parry was released from the Neillsville Hospital Sunday.  He suffered a fractured left collarbone and crushed right elbow.  He was back at work Monday, and friends and employees had arranged a welcome for him, which included an angel food cake, coffee, crepe paper decorations and a “welcome” sign.


(David Parry was pharmacist and owner of Sniteman Pharmacy at that time. DZ)    


The  4-H enrollment in Clark County for 1953 stands at the 1,000 mark.  This represents an increase of 100 over the 900 boys and girls that were enrolled last year.  These boys and girls are enrolled in 44 different clubs that are located in practically every township in the county.  This 1,000 figure is the highest in the history of Clark County and shows a doubling of the number of the youth that engaged in club work in the past 10 years.


Again, this year, the leading projects are dairy and clothing, followed by foods and nutrition and handicraft.  Other projects that carry a high enrollment are gardening, tractor maintenance, forestry and electricity.  These projects that the members carry aid them in learning many of the latest methods in the field.


George W. St. John, Wayne F. Grap and Hans Jack Harder all wore chin whiskers when they received their high school diplomas last Thursday evening at the Neillsville Armory.  It as probably the first time in history when Neillsville seniors, wore whiskers in addition to cap and gown.  Right up to the last possible minute, Lowell Trewartha retained his beautiful chin whiskers, but a family convention decided that the valedictorian better cut them off, lest the whiskers received more attention than the valedictory speech.


(The young men were growing beards to as to participate in the planned Clark County Centennial celebration, which was held July 4th.  DZ)                                                           


The severe electrical storm Sunday evening did quite a bit of damage around the Town of Washburn vicinity.  Lightning went in on electrical wires at the Bernard Kuhn farm, burning out their electric range and radio, and burning off lead in wires at the barn, burning out the milking machine.  It also burned off lead in wires at the John Urban Jr. farm and damaged a watering system at the Stephen Kosmoski farm.  All the telephones in the vicinity were out until Monday afternoon.                                                                                            


For the first time since the memory of man, the Neillsville Country Club starts its 1953 season without the necessity of currying around to raise money fast.  The club ended the 1952 season with some cash actually in the treasury, about $1,000.  This is nothing like a profit, but it gives the club a running start on its necessary outlay for 1953.


With the money to finance it, the club is laying a hardwood floor upstairs in the clubhouse.  This is being financed in part by the separate fund of the women; the balance is coming from the club treasury.


Purchases for the opening include a cash register and a cold-box, both of them accounted real necessities, which the club has been trying to do without.


(A hardwood floor was installed in the clubhouse upstairs so that dances could be held there for the country club members and other organizations.  On Saturday, during the day they walked while playing a round or two of golf and had energy enough to dance three or four hours in the evening.  Most people at that time were more physically fit and active than those in this day and age. DZ)          


The famous and inconsequential “Dagwood” is making a visit to Central Wisconsin, appearing with his family at the Mobile Home Show, Marshfield, May 22, 23 and 24.  Friday through Sunday, 2 p.m.  There is no admission charge.  The Mobile Home Show appears on the Marshfield Armory grounds.


(Reference is to “Dagwood” of the comic strip cartoon. DZ)


The Harold Huckstead cheese factory was located 1 ½ miles south of U. S. Highway 10 on Cardinal Avenue.





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