Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

May 30, 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

May 1918


The National Food Preserving Company has bought the old overall factory and will remodel it and install the dehydrating plant there.  Work on the building will commence at once.


The Central Garage has been moved from the Merchant’s Hotel barn to the remodeled barn at 6th and Grand Avenue, formerly the Gene Webster livery stable.                       


A large crowd marched to the depot Monday afternoon headed by the cornet band, as an escort to the 29 boys of Clark County who departed for Camp Grant and Camp Custer.  Flags were flying and cheers and tears mingled as the great crowd yelled bravoes to the boys.  They swarmed aboard the train, their bags were hurled through the openings, and away they went.  They will probably be in France within 90 days, to get the intensive training that is given by the French drillmasters.


Twelve carloads of wideawake and patriotic people from Riplinger, headed by Mayor Ben Riplinger, came down to see the soldier boys off and bid them Godspeed.                         


A trip through the farming region west and northwest of Neillsville, even as far as to Tioga and Willard, is a revelation to an old settler who recalls the day of utter wilderness up that way, when deer and bear and pathless woods, and wandering gangs of Indian hunters and trappers were the main features, and a man without a compass was almost sure to get lost.  Broad farms of clear fields, with fine houses, barns, silos, tool sheds, grain houses and inevitable garage, ae now to be seen everywhere.  The land has increased in value and made the farmer, without turning his hand over, a rich man.                  


Last Sunday a town of Levis crowd of folks loaded upon the platform of a Ford truck with chairs and rode in comfort to the town of York where they surprised Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kubat and spent the afternoon with them.  They had music along and had a jolly good time.                      


For Sale at Bruley’s Elevator: Early northern grown seed corn and Fodder Corn, Chick Feed and Scratch Feed, no grit.                                                                                          


The people of Southwest Pine Valley held a party Thursday evening, in honor of Will Gehrt and Louie Lloyd.  A fine supper was served followed by dancing.  The boys left for Camp Grant Friday with the contingent of drafted men.                                                                                              


The State Trunk Road from Manitowoc through Appleton, Waupaca, Amherst, Stevens Point, Marshfield and Neillsville to Humbird is No. 18.  At Humbird it joins No. 12, which runs from Geneva through Madison, to Hudson.


(Starting in late 1926, some changes were made on redesigning U.S. Highway 10 as a major highway which came from the east through Marshfield, Granton, Neillsville and westward.  A new roadbed was built, which extended Hwy 10 westward through the Clark County forest, coming out near Fairchild and U.S. Highway 12. DZ)                                                                                           


On Tuesday, May 28, an auction sale of second-hand autos will be held at the fairgrounds at 2 p.m.


There will be offered among the list of cars; 7 Fords; 2 Krits; 3 Overlands, two 2-cylinders; 1915 Everetts; 1 Flanders; 1 Cutting; 1 E.M.F. 30-hp truck; 1 motorcycle and also a number of other cars. 


Frank Schipper will be the auctioneer and the Neillsville Bank the clerk.  This will be a good opportunity to buy a second-hand car at auction sale prices.                                        


Lost – Side curtains for automobile, Friday night, May 24.  Lost somewhere on the North Side of Neillsville.  If someone finds the curtains, please return to S. D. Flagg, Greenwood, Wis., and received reward.


(The touring cars had convertible tops with a framework that had large snaps here and there, where the side curtains could be attached.  There were isinglass insets for windows on the sides and back.  The front windshield was made of glass.


As a kid, I remember riding in my grandfather’s touring car during a rainstorm; the rain came through around the edges of the side curtains, which proved the top wasn’t totally rainproof.  DZ)


The gasoline engine touring car was manufactured starting in 1910 through 1920s.  It came in either a 2-passenger or 4-passenger model.  The above photo shows a man cranking the motor to get it started.  A cranking tool was carried along in the car for that purpose.  If you lost the crank temporarily, there was no way of starting the motor.


J.B. Doughhette, proprietor of the Welcome Cheese Factory in the Colby area, says that he would not mind so much the loss of the cheese stolen Saturday night if the fellow who got it would see that it was properly advertised, and his factory given credit for the production of such an excellent article of goods as to make it necessary to steal it.                                                                            


Loyal people are agitating the project of establishing a reading and lounging room.  After July 1, Neillsville will be dry, and the men who have had the saloon habit will feel the need of seeing their friends, with a chance to chat and tell stories and talk over the war and politics, and perhaps it would be wise to think this thing over of having something to offer that will fill the place of the empty saloons at Neillsville.


May 1958


Neillsville automobile dealers today join the rest of the nation on the “You Auto Buy Now” promotion.


The promotion is the automobile industry’s method of trying to pull its important industry out of the doldrums into which it has fallen in recent weeks.  Outstanding success had been achieved on other localized fronts, and the hope of local automobile dealers is that residents of the area will respond with equal interest.


The appointment of Norman Gennrich as dealer for the Nash Rambler was announced last week by American Motors Corporation, manufacturers of the Rambler line.


In connection with the appointment, Mr. announced an open house at his service garage Friday and Saturday of this week.  Coffee and donuts will be served.  Those who visit Gennrich Rambler will have an opportunity to inspect four Rambler models, including the station wagon.            


Ten outstanding senior students have been named by the Loyal High School faculty to attend the Elk achievement banquet in Marshfield this evening.


They are Mary Ellen Bertz, music; Ronald Krahn, science; Marvin Wucherpfennig, mathematics; Rayette Dusso, social science; Larry Schmidt, agriculture; Kathleen Stevens, home economics; Geraldine Gray, Business; Karen Haselow, English; Raymond Dusso, boy athletics; and Janet Haselow, girl athletics.


Seventeen youngsters in Greenwood enrolled in the kindergarten orientation program conducted by mrs. Elvera Fravert, elementary teacher, at the Greenwood public school.  They are: John Ramin, Patricia Hendricks, Monica Brux, Mary Kuchenbecker, Carl Potts, Dawn Novobielski, Richard Briski, Jean Plunkett, Darlene Fontaine, Randal Lombard, Judy Hill, Thomas Abel, John Schneider, Jerry Fijalkiewicz, Sandra Thiel and Sandra Ann Whitman.                                                                         


Mr. and Mrs. William Stockwell, who recently sold their farm in Pine Valley, have purchased the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kunze at 10 Clay Street.  They plan to move to the city on Saturday, May 10, when Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinney of Indiana, will take possession of the Stockwell farm.


Mr. and Mrs. Kunze have purchased her father’s farm of 40 acres in Grant Township, just west of the Pleasant Ridge Church.  Mrs. Kunze is the former Edith Scholtz, daughter of Lewis Scholtz, now of Neillsville.  Mr. and Mrs. William Cook and son are now occupying the residence on the farm.


Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ayers have purchased the Polzin farm,. Located north of  the Stables tavern in Hewett Township, which may someday be their home.  The farm consists of 30 acres.  Improvements are now being made on the house, which was built by Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Hart.


Wendell Ayers, who had been in the Marine Corps for several years, is expected to arrive in Neillsville about May 15 and will bring with him his wife and three children.  They will come from Hawaii, where he had recent assignments.                                                                                       


Approximately 700 residents from all parts of Clark County and from Taylor County, were taken through the Clark County Hospital at Owen last Sunday in the first public open house ever held by that institution.


Tours were guided by members of the hospital staff through all the buildings of the huge hospital between 1 and 5:30 p.m.  Each tour took approximately one hour and 12 minutes, according to Supt. Calvin Mills.


The open house was held in conjunction with National Mental Health week.


“Sail Along Silvery Moon” will be the theme of the junior prom at Loyal High School Friday.


Prom King Richard Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Meyer of Loyal, has chosen Sharon Molle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Molle, Rt. 1 Unity, as his queen.  Roger Molle and Joyce Pieper, Melford and Carol Noeldner, and George Fischer escorting Karen Schober, will make up the court-of-honor.


The grand march is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. when the king of last year’s prom, Phillip Boehning, will place the crown on the heads of the new king and queen.                                 


Mr. and Mrs. George Bleskacheks of Eau Claire, former residents of Neillsville, have purchased the Neillsville bowling alley from Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. (Cully) Gusman.                    


Buy a Grease Job and get a 6-minute Car Wash for only 99’.  (white side-walls extra,) at Hinkelmann’s Mobile Service.                                                                                       


Everyone is cordially invited to attend an Open House at the New Nelson Muffler Corp. Plant in Neillsville, May 8, 7-9 p.m.


Those who had a hand in the building’s construction were: Concrete work was done by Nelson Construction Company of Black River Falls; Gas Heating Units by Lloyd L. Felker Co., Marshfield; Electrical Work by Elliot Warlum of Neillsville; Floor Tiling was laid by Donald Lipscy, Neillsville; Dirt removal on the parking lot and gravel needed was furnished by Boon Bros of Christie; Plumbing and Piping in the building was done by Robinson Plumbing & Heating of Neillsville; the Office Area was built by Art Carl, General Contractor of Neillsville; Butler Building Material used in the main construction by Puscheck Building Service of Chili.                                                                    


Eddie Genteman will have his ankle in a cast and be on crutches for about six weeks as a result of an accident while doing chores on his families’ farm in the Town of Levis.


Elmer Buddenhagen and Arthur “Snowball” Meyer plan to leave May 25 on an auto trip to Alaska.  They plan to travel the Alcan Highway, will do some fishing along the way, and plan to be gone from three to four weeks.


You remember the nursery rhyme: “Mary had a little lamb?”


Well, the lamb turned out to be “Blackie,” a crow – for Timmy and David Grether, at least.


He has been following them to the Southside School every day of late, for he is the pet they have raised since David took him from a nest nearly two years ago.


“Blackie” started his wandering away from home base just a couple of weeks ago.  David went out the other Neillsville Country Club, and not long afterward “Blackie” swooped down on him.  How the pet crow followed, or sought him out, still is a deep mystery.


Since then it’s nothing for “Blackie” to go to school, although he never gets inside.  He’ll see one or the other of his two young masters on the playground and drop down on  them for a greeting.  It usually ends by one of the boys’ parents, the Rev. or Mrs. Jack Grether of the Winnebago Children’s home, coming after “Blackie” and  Timmy and his young friends trying to corral the bird to keep him until the Grether car arrives.


Although he is tame, “Blackie” doesn’t like to be held, and he generally is wary of getting within arm’s length.


“Blackie” has become quite a pet for most of the children around the Grether house and, with the Winnebago Children’s home nearby, there are quite a few children.  They play with him and he likes dearly to play.  He likes to take after a rolling ball.  He’s attracted to shiny objects and likes to swipe a pencil or bright crayons and peck it to shreds with his strong beak.  This extra-curricular activity, however, he carries on from a safe distance on the branches of a solid tree.


Winter and summer Blackie stays outdoors.  The Grether boys fived up a basket in his favorite perching spot in a tree to provide protection for him from the cold winter winds.


Only trouble with this, from “Blackie’s” standpoint, at least is that he has competition for the spot now.  The Grether’s pet cat Chester, likes the spot too, and can be found curled up in it on occasion.


People who believe cats are natural enemies of birds ought to see how “Blackie” gets along with Chester the Cat.  They get along fine.


But another cat?  Huh-uh!  “Blackie” has been known to attack with such ferocity as to drive them in full retreat.


“Blackie” talks some.  He says “Hi,” “Hello,” and calls out his name in a rich baritone.




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