Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 18, 2018, Page 13  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1908


A word from the State Board of Immigration – The State Board of Immigration has on hand literature in several languages, which are namely: English, German, Norwegian, Polish and Hollandish and will soon have it in the Bohemian.                                                                


Mr. William Ayer and Miss Ellen May Nice, both of the Town of Unity, were married at the Clark County Courthouse, June 24, Judge O. W. Schoengarth officiating.  The parties are prominent young people of their town and members of well-known families.                  


Mr. Hiriam Parker and Miss Sadie Walker, both of Tioga, were quietly married at the Methodist parsonage in Neillsville on June 24.  They will live on a farm near Tioga.  Both parties are highly spoken of by those who know them.                                                  


On Wednesday, Vet Marsh leased his hotel in the Forest house in Granton to Paul Thoma who took possession at once.  The new proprietor is a son of W. C. Thoma.  He was married out in Oklahoma and there had considerable experience in the restaurant business.  He is a pushing and pleasant young man who will make a success of the hotel.                                  


A meeting of farmers and dairymen is called to meet at The Lange Creamery  in Neillsville Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, July 14, for the purpose of organizing to buy and operate the Lange Creamery.  There seems to be a chance now of buying this plant at a fair price and all interested in starting a farmers cooperative creamery should come to this meeting.                         


On Friday night, July 10, for the benefit of those attending the dance, ice cream and crushed strawberries will be served at the Neillsville Bakery from 11 ‘til 12 o’clock, 10 cents per dish.– Max Lange


As haying is about here we wish to say we have got a large assortment of section and guards and sickles to fit most all makes of machinery and the price is right; also have machine oil. George Evans Shop                  


(The day of the horse-drawn  machinery, such as hay mowers; I remember sections of sickle blades, or  sickle guards being broken off when the mower’s sickle bar would hit a rock.  Then, Dad would have to remove the sickle bar, take out the broken part and replace it with new.  Our family farm has an 11-acre  ridge at the south edge of a large field with many rocks.  Every spring we picked and hauled rocks off of that acreage, to be unloaded on the previous  years’ rock collection pile, because each winter the frost forced up a new crop of rocks to the surface.  I often wondered why my Dad didn’t fence those 11 acres off as pastureland, as it was near the barn.  It would have saved a lot aggravation and cussin’ caused by the rocks. DZ)                                                                                           


Private Boarding Places are wanted!


A large number of teachers who will attend the two weeks Teachers Institute here beginning July 27 wish to secure private boarding places.  Persons in the city of Neillsville who wish to take boarders will confer a favor by reporting the number they can accommodate to this office.


This week, Judge O’Neill lost a valuable Jersey cow, one, which he has kept for family use.  She was the last of the famous strain of Jerseys, which he has kept for many years.


(In the late 1800s and early 1900s, most city families owned a milk cow that was milked twice a day by a family member.  The cow was kept in a small barn in the backyard, and sometimes allowed to browse around the area yards during the night in the summer. DZ)     


The new settlement at Willard, seven or eight miles down the Foster railroad line, seems to be progressing rapidly although the people are having some difficulty in finding a way to get to town other than by train.


The settlement has been granted a post office by the postal department and it is thought a school will be added to the benefits they have already received.  The settlement has grown considerably since last fall and more people are coming in.  Much clearing and building are being done.


James Paulus has made considerable improvements in his hotel near the depot.  He has changed the name from the “Omaha” to the “Hotel Paulus” and put the rates at $1.50 per day.  The Interior furnishings have been made thoroughly up-to-date, and everything has been put into fine shape.


(If you were to drive around the old Omaha Hotel building on the northeast corner of the Clay and 7th Street intersection today, you would see “Hotel Paulus” painted on the west wall and “Omaha Hotel” painted on the north, back side of the building.  The hotel was a few yards south of the train depot, conveniently located for in-coming passengers who would see the hotel sign as they exited the train. DZ)


In 1881, an Omaha railroad line from Merrillan was completed to the west side of the Black River, a depot being built there for Neillsville passengers and freight to be left.  Through demands of the area businesses, a trestle was later built over the river and completed in 1890, so that the railroad could be extended eastward, through the city of Neillsville and on to Marshfield.  Shown above is the second Neillsville train depot that was located between 7th and 8th streets and near Clay Street.


Robert Moser was up from Columbia Saturday on business.  He is in the employ of Libby, McNeill and Libby who own the cucumber salting station at Columbia.  Mr. Moser looks after the pickle pack at Columbia.  He states that the prospects are good at present for a crop of cucumbers.  The price is a little better than it was last, and it is to be hoped that the Columbia farmers will make good.


Some of the Merrillan and Alma Center citizens have built cottages for themselves at Hatfield and others are intending to build some also.  Lake Arbutus ought to make a favorite summer resort for more people in the surrounding area. 


(And look at what Hatfield has become today, with campgrounds, cottages and year round beautiful homes, businesses, motels, and their own Fire and Rescue Department.  DMK)                                                                 


Woelffer’s Drug Stores’ Fountain Five Cent List: Plain Ice Cream, Golden Orangeade, Ginger Ale, Lime Juice & Cola, Ice Cream Cones, Coca Cola, Buttermilk, and Hires Root Beer.


(Yes, back then many people enjoyed drinking a glass of refreshing, cold buttermilk, including me. DZ)


July 1948


The Freedom Train, a sleek silver streamliner that was carrying priceless documents, that blazed America’s trail of freedom, passed through Neillsville early Sunday morning.


Few people saw it.  Many were aroused by its low, piecing whistle about 3 a.m.


Verne G. Stewart, who watched from his apartment window as the Freedom Train passed over the Omaha tracks, described it as “a beauty.”


The train was enroute from Eau Claire to Wausau, where it made a stop Sunday.


Greenwood’s baseball nine, a current leader in the Eastern Division of the Cloverbelt League, will meet Grand View, top team of the Southern Clark County League, on the new Neillsville Athletic field tonight.  Grand View expects to start 16-year-od Ed Henchen, who has done some effective hurling for their team this season.  Greenwood, it is understood, plans to use its star mounds-man, Emil Podobnik.


A reunion of the Olson and Tuttle families was held at the Fred Olson home in Colby Sunday.  Nearly 100 relatives from many points in Wisconsin were present.  Mrs. Albert Holt and children, the Kenneth Olson family, Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Olson, and Mrs. Ellen Johnson attended from Neillsville.  Mrs. Olson’s only living aunt was present.  She resides at Racine.                     


The Gottlieb Kuester home in Greenwood was the scene of an unusual reunion Sunday, July 4.  After a separation of 34 years, the six Kuester brothers found it possible to be together again.  They are Fred of Loyal, Christ from Keil, Gottlieb from Greenwood, William from Milwaukee, Henry of Sheboygan and Ferdinand of Neillsville.  Of particular interest is the fact that the brothers range closely in age: Gottlieb, the oldest, being 82, Christ 80, Henry 77, Fred 75, William 72, and Ferd 69.  They attended church together at the West Side Church near Greenwood Sunday morning.  Later, approximately 100 friends, relatives and neighbors of the Kuesters were present for the dinner.


Don’t miss the ‘Skyline’ Haying Demonstration!  It is to be held at the Old Svirnoff Farm west of the Fairgrounds, Neillsville, on Highway 10, Neillsville, Thursday, at 2 p.m.


See the Modern, Efficient way of putting up hay with this most modern of Harvesting Equipment.  It saves time.  It saves Man-hours of Labor… It saves Barn Space… and it reduces chances of Haying Accidents! Svetlik Motor Company – Ford Farm Equipment                               


Hey Kids! You Need “GRIPS” for Playground Activities!


Championship performance depends on surefootedness Tennis Shoes, and the Grips Brand are sure to give it to you!  For Boys & Girls! Prices $2.49 to $3.49 pr.  Unger’s Shoe Store.


Construction is proceeding on the new American Legion Hall, located on South Hewett Street next to the O’Neill Creek Pond.


The building will be one story, with basement of tile construction. The foundation of the old Legion Hall, originally built as an elevator, is being used.


The estimate is that building will cost approximately $7.500, exclusive of the interior finishing.


The Legion post is planning to finance the building by issuing $25 and $50 notes, available to the public.  The notes bear interest at three percent.  Harry McIntyre, post finance officer, is handling the finances.  Joe Cardarelle is chairman of the building committee.                        


The Leo Fosters are off on a lake cruise to Niagara Falls.  Leo insists that the trip is a honeymoon, slightly belated, by 25 years.  Leo and his wife, Dr. M. A. Foster, left Neillsville by car Friday afternoon.  Their son, Jack, drove them to La Crosse, from where they traveled to Chicago via the new Zephyr train.  On Saturday they boarded the S.S. North America for a cruise; which stops at Mackinac Island, Parry Sound, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo.  They will arrive back at the starting point in Chicago the following Saturday and will return to Neillsville Monday.                            


A triple by Milt Schoengarth with two on in the sixth  tied up the baseball game against St. Pat’s of Eau Claire last Wednesday night, and the Athletics went on to win, 3 to 2, with a run in the seventh.


Marty Crowe, hurling for his young Eau Claire team, was backed up by good support throughout; and until the sixth inning rally things looked dark for the Neillsville A’s.


St. Pat’s held a two to nothing advantage at that time, having scored in the first of a series of errors, and tallying again in the top half of the sixth.


Then, Milbreit on third and “Banging Bob Urban” on second as a result of his double to right field, Schoenfeldt rapped the first pitch across.


Joe Urban, roaming right field for the A’s, connected with his only hit of the evening in the bottom half of the seventh, and scored two plays later.


(These Neillsville fellows created a lot of excitement with their baseball skills on the athletics’ team, filling the bleachers with cheering fans, as did neighboring towns with their city teams.  DZ)


Approximately $350,000 in dividends will be paid to Clark County veterans of World War II by the Veterans Administration, within the next year as a result of a recent supreme court decision, which had the effect of freeing the surplus accumulated in the national Service Life insurance fund, according to P. C. Ludovic, Clark County veterans service officer.


Clerical and actual work in computing the dividends has now started in determining the amount of dividend due each veteran on each of the approximately 19 million policies in effect during the war.  Though the exact status of the fund surplus is not known, Mr. Ludovic said, it is estimated that the dividend total will total $2 billion.                                                         


The Annual Clark County festival of the Danish Lutheran organization was held last Sunday at the Danish Lutheran hall at Withee.  Services were held outdoors.  The morning speaker was the Rev. G. E. Borreson of Curtiss.  The afternoon speaker was the Rev. C. W. Mueller, directory of rural lifework in the National Lutheran Council.


Vocal numbers were rendered by the ladies’ chorus of Greenwood and by the choir of the Lutheran Church at Loyal.


There was a picnic dinner at noon.                                                                                    


The Cane Fish Pole You’ve Always Wanted!


You can break it down and reassemble the Curtiss Cane Pole in a jiffy.  For easier carrying; for keeping longer and prolonging the life of your cane pole!


Get One Today! ! 2-Section pole … $2.75; 3-Section pole … $4.35; 4- Section pole … $5.50.


Coast-to-Coast Stores, Herbert Borde, Prop., Neillsville, Wis.


(How many of you remember fishing with a cane pole? – I remember walking about a mile down into a river bottom, at an early age, carrying a 10- or- 12 foot cane pole in one hand and a tin can half-full of some barnyard dirt with a few angleworms hidden in it, to be used for bait.  The most difficult thing to learn was how to get the wiggling angleworm on the hook that was attached to the end of the fishing line.  At first, I almost felt sorry for the angleworm that was going to be fed to a fish. DZ.)




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