Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 6, 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


June 1878


Judge Dewhurst and John Reed will sail from New York to Europe on the 20th, on one of the State Line Steamers, which is to land at Glasgow, Scotland.  They will leave here about the 15th of this month.                                                                        


The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper will be administered in the Presbyterian Church, at Neillsville, Sabbath morning, June 16, the first Sabbath after Mr. Hendren’s return from Ohio.  All friends are invited to be present.                                                                              


Dated June 3, 1878, our Lynn correspondent states:  


“A company has been formed in this town for the purpose of making cheese, on the associative principle.  The necessary capital is to be raised by stock subscriptions, each share being five dollars.


The company undertakes to put up the building, purchase the necessary machinery and make the cheese for two cents a pound.  They will also purchase milk from nonmembers.  The profits accruing to the company will go to liquidate the debt.  After the debt is paid, the profit shall be divided among the company in the shape of a percentage on the shares.


The site of the building lot has been given to the company by Henry Sternitzky.  The building site is on the south side of Nasonville Road where it crosses the bridge on the Sternitzky Creek, which is close to the road.  There is a fine spring of water at this place.  Work will begin on the building this week.


This cheese factory will be the second one to be operating in Clark County.”


(Nasonville Road is now U.S. Highway 10. Lynn Dairy presently is located on the same property where the 1878 cheese factory was built.


Sternitzky Creek, which runs under U.S. Highway 10 through Lynn, now carries the name of Cunningham Creek that empties into the Black River one-and-one-half miles south of Neillsville.


The first Clark County cheese-butter factory was owned and operated by George Austin, which was located on his farm one mile east of Neillsville, north side of U.S. Highway 10, known in recent years as the Jack Counsell farm. DZ)



A view of the early Lynn Cheese Factory which was established in 1878 by some area farmers who formed a company by purchasing stock subscriptions at $5 each, which financed the constructing of a building and cheese-making equipment.  Henry Sternitzky donated the land for the factory site.



P.S. Dudley has for sale at his store a choice lot of buckwheat seed, to be sold cheap.


The Germans had a very pleasant dance at the brewery on Monday evening.


There will be a grand entertainment at the Brewery Park July 4th.  A national salute at sunrise, to be followed by soul-stirring music by an excellent brass band. There will be a free lunch from 8 a.m. to 12.  Grand dance, commencing at 4 p.m., will close the festivities.  Tickets to dance 75 cents.


(Brewery Park was located between O’Neill Creek and the Neillsville Brewery building, and in the 200 block of East 6th Street, across from the Clark County courthouse. DZ)


All friends of the temperance cause are invited to celebrate the 4th of July at Greenwood.  Parties wishing to go will leave their names at Hewett & Woods store and they will be furnished a free ride.  Bring your picnic basket well-filled.                                                


The temperance movement in Augusta has closed up the only brewery in that place. The Eagle advocates are turning into a cheese factory, which as has been demonstrated there, is quite as dangerous.  Cheese will intoxicate, and we can prove that.      


We are glad to learn that the whortleberry crop is uninjured by the frost.  In the absence of many other small fruits and berries that have been destroyed, the good crop of the whortleberries will be unusually valued.


(The European whortleberry is a variety of blueberry. Years ago, wild blueberry plants grew abundantly in the marshy areas of southern Clark County.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, while in season, several families would go on blueberry picking excursions with a train transporting them into the lowlands, leaving them off, and returning at a designated time to carry them and their berry harvest back to their hometown. DZ)


Clark County Ghost Towns


Winneoka was three miles south of Thorp on County Road M, intersection of County N.


Cannonville was on the northeast corner of County Road K and State Highway 73 intersection and had a cheese factory.


Trow was a stopping place along the Omaha railroad line, between Columbia and Merrillan.


Grub Town was in Warner Township.


Pelsdorf in Loyal Township was on the intersection of Mann Road and Pelsdorf Ave., a community center that had a cheese factory on one corner.


June 1938


New Milk Prices as of May 25 at Grocery Stores and Delivery Routes – Milk, quarts 8’; 1/2 pint Cream 13’.  Neillsville Milk Dealers.                                                               


Thomas Goodell of Spokeville, Albert Darton of Loyal and Sylvanus Warner of Thorp, all past 90 years of age and the last surviving veterans of the Civil War living in Clark County, have received invitations to attend the Grand Army Encampment, which will be held at Gettysburg, Pa., June 29 to July 6.


All expenses of the trip will be paid by the federal government, including a male attendant for each veteran.  Mr. Warner will journey with members from the Eau Claire post of which he is a member,. But Comrades Goodell and Darton feel the trip will be too long.


This will be the first time that Union and Confederate veterans will meet at the same reunion.  For many years, such a proposal was voted down, but it is felt all section al feeling should now be forgotten.


Efforts to rid the city of radio interference have been made at various times with but little success.  Herman Moen and Erwin Marden have taken it upon themselves to call on every person in the city who has witi8ng his home or business place any electrical device that will cause interference with radio reception, this trouble often including radios within several blocks radius.


The gentlemen are donating their services, even to the extent of installing filters, which need not be purchased from them and they deserve the cooperation of all citizens.


Over 800 people visited the New Wagner Restaurant Sunday in connection with which there is a tap-room separate from the restaurant part.  The total sales rung up on the cash registers was 847, and the number of people served with meals was above 200.


The Sunday Dinner menu, for 75’ per person was:


Hors d’ Oeuvres and Bismarck Herring, Shrimp Cocktail, Chicken Noodle Soup, Salad, a half Milk-fed Broiler or U.S. Grade No. 1 Beefsteak, French Fried Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Garden Vegetables, Special Nut Ice Cream, Coffee, Tea, Milk.


Visitors remarked upon the beauty of the furnishings and the modernized equipment and also enjoyed the special menu prepared for the occasion.  Bert Wesley furnished music on the piano during the luncheon and also accompanied Miss Florence Diemer and Albert C. Wagner, both of Edgar, in musical selections.  Some beautiful bouquets of flowers, sent by friends, added to the pleasure of the occasion.


Postmaster Frost Kurth is getting to be an expert fisherman.  He caught two walleyed pike at the Dells Dam Bridge last Wednesday and Thursday nights that weighed 3 1/2 lbs. each and were each 21 inches long, using a casting rod and a fly rod.  If there are any more walleyes that size in Black River they better keep away from Dells Dam or Frosty will catch them.                   


A week ago, Saturday night a number of couples drove down to the lake to give Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Brown a charivari remaining for a visit and lunch.  Saturday night 20 friends went down to shower the newlyweds with gifts and also furnished the lunch.                  


There is a new business in Granton, Schilling’s Farmer’s Store, located in the Lautenbach building.  Schillings also have a store at Westfield.                                      


That the CIO union is still taking in sizeable money is indicated by the fact that a rover at Eau Claire stole $2,800 from the CIO Club there, and, when a policeman shot over his head, he dropped the money and escaped into an alley.                                                                 


The Lewerenz Sweet Shop opened up for business this week in the former garage building he owned on South Hewett Street, which had been extensively remodeled.  Otto Lewerenz, proprietor, has been receiving many compliments on the fine appearance of the new place of business.  At the front there will be a root beer stand, which has not yet been completed.


Mr. Lewerenz has started serving meals, the ice cream he manufactures himself, fountain drinks and confections.  For the past year he had been conducting a smaller place of business in his building on Fifth Street.


For fifteen years Mr. Lewerenz was one of the city’s leading auto dealers, before engaging in his present business, which he enjoys very much.                                           


In the mind of the average citizen, covered wagons and folks connected with the age in which they were used in history, but ‘twas only 43 years ago on June 7 that P.M. Warlum came to Neillsville in a covered wagon, in company with his father and older brother to establish a home.  Of the nine members of this family, Pete is the only one still residing here, the parents and two brothers being deceased.  However, Pete has nothing on even a far younger generation, for along about 1911 James Musil and his parents emigrated to Neillsville via covered wagon from Nebraska.


A Grand Opening Dance will be held at the Hatfield Pavilion on Saturday, June 18, Music by the Al Nichols Band.  Admission is 24’.                                                     


Beatrice Buddinger, daughter of Charles Buddinger of the Town of York, and Anthony Walter, son of Mrs. George Walter, Sr., of Greenwood, were united in marriage at St. Anthony’s Church at Loyal June 8, the Rev. Aloys Zinthefer officiating.  Miss Anna Walter, sister of the groom, was maid of honor.  Roland Sharratt was best man.


The wedding dinner and supper were served at the home of the groom’s mother, serving 150 guests.  In the evening the newlyweds were honored with a shower and wedding dance at the Silver Dome.


Mr. Walter and his bride will make their home on a farm in the Town of York.


Thirty-five foreign-born residents were granted citizenship at a naturalization hearing held by Judge E.W. Crosby and C.R. Berg, U.S. naturalization examiner, in circuit court last week. 


Of the immigration groups, there were 17 Polish, six Germans, two Swiss, two Yugoslavians, two Finnlander’s, one Hollander, Czechoslovakian, Hungarian, Swede, Lithuanian, and Serb-Croat Slovene.  The youngest was 25 and the oldest 80.  Many of the applicants in the Thorp and Withee communities attended the WPA-sponsored Americanism class during recent months to prepare for the tests.  Following the exams, a festival was held in Thorp to celebrate the citizenship.


A five-month labor dispute at the Farmers’ Cooperative Creamery at Richland Center came to a head Tuesday when 500 farmers came to town and ousted all union employees.  The farmers formed a picket line, and Sheriff McLaren brought out the union men one at a time on assurance there would be no disorder.  They were given the choice of holding their jobs upon dropping out of the union.


The national labor relation’s board recently demanded that three union men let out be re-instated.  The creamery board said they were fired for incompetency.  B.L. Bowen, creamery manager, followed the orders given him by the farmers.


(In the late 1930s, there was a movement of many labor strikes, especially in the bigger cities’ manufacturing companies.


In 1938, I remember an incident while staying for a week during the summer at my grandparents’ farm.


My grandmother was an avid reader.  She read the Mitchell Daily Republic newspaper thoroughly, and a weekly Slovakian newspaper, as well as a German weekly.


It was summer, when my grandpa and uncle were busy with fieldwork.  Grandma had asked them twice to drive to town to get her some staple food items that were needed for preparing meals, but they said there were too busy, even though town was only five miles away.


Finally, one day when Grandpa and Uncle Bill came home for dinner, they walked into the kitchen to see no dinnerware on the table and no pots or pans of food on the kitchen range.


They stepped into the living room and there was Grandma sitting in her rocking chair, reading a newspaper.  Uncle Bill said, “Where is dinner?”  Grandma replied, “I’m on strike until you drive to town  and get the groceries I need.”  Needless to say, the men folk decided they did have time to go grocery shopping, if they wanted to eat.


My grandma was a feisty lady.


In later years, that story would be one of the favorite memories to be shared when the family had their reunions.  How I do cherish those stories and the laughter we had during those family get-togethers. DZ)




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