Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 1, 2018, Page 11  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

August 1868


A paper is now in circulation in the village for subscriptions to get an organ for Rev. Mair’s church.  It is much needed, and we are glad to learn that about fifty dollars is already subscribed for the object.


Mr. J. Gallaber, the photograph artist who has been in our village a few days, will leave the Neillsville House next week and sight his camera on the good people in and around Staffordville for a short time.  His patronage here has been large, and he has given good satisfaction.                


Pioneer Harness Shop at Staffordville - Now in Business, by Richard Carpenter,


Best of materials used in manufacturing every article.  Repairing done with neatness and dispatch.


J.R. Thompson is selling Clothing at the extremely Low Price of $9 per suit.


Mr. Kline, the gentlemanly clerk at J. P. Thompson’s store and Mr. William Nevermann, are making arrangements to erect a brewery this fall a few rods east of Lloyd & Myers’ new barn.


(The brewery was built as planned and was known as the “Neillsville Brewery,” which was in business for nearly 60 years and ended due to Prohibition. It was located on the north side of East Sixth Street, on the present site of the Clark County courthouse parking lot. D.Z.)                                       


We are glad to see improvements being made on the road running north through town, on the north side of O’Neill Creek.  It is as much needed on this side.  The bridge is poor, rickety concern, and will cause some damage yet.                                                                                 


The family of Mr. Solomon Johnson, living in the Town of Weston, is deeply afflicted over the loss of two young and dearly loved members, whose deaths were separated by only a few days.  The cause was diphtheria.  There were four children in the family, and all were sick at one time and part of the family was too ill to attend the funerals.  We are glad to hear they are recovering.  Mr. Johnson has been in poor health all summer, and the mother, whose watchful care has been unceasing, is overcome with grief.  They are entitled to the commiseration of the public.                                                      


Potatoes are selling in town at $2 a bushel and are scarce at that.  Blast those potato bugs!


Mr. W. T. Hutchinson, postmaster, informs us that a new mail route has been established from Neillsville to Dexterville, Wood County, about forty miles East from this place.


Rev. James Mair will positively open his school for the higher branches of education on the evening of Tuesday, September 1 at seven o’clock, in the schoolhouse.  Those who intend taking advantage of the same had better join at once so as not to be behind in the class.                             


The dance at Staffordville on the 18th under the auspices of Mr. L. R. Stafford and his lady was a very pleasant affair.  It had a double purpose in view, to entertain Mr. Ed Robbins and lady, formerly Miss Alice Stafford who were here on a short visit and to dedicate the new, spacious and elegant ballroom, just completed by Mr. Stafford.  About twenty couples were invited.


(Staffordville was located in an area starting one-fourth mile north of the Neillsville city limits toward Granton Road along the east of STH  73.  It is difficult to envision a village having been on that site, which is now a farm field. D.Z.)                                                                                              


Hops are in prime condition in this county.  Mr. Edward Tompkins, living at the mouth of Wedges Creek, set out ten acres last spring, and they have done so remarkably well that Mr. Tompkins intends picking from the fines this season.  Mr. E. R. Hatch has about an acre, which he set out last spring, and he says they will yield a large quantity this fall.  Mr. S.C. Boardman has ten acres about six miles east from town.  They are thrifty and give large promise but will not be picked until another season.


(Hops are a perennial climbing herb with opposite lobed leaves and a scaly fruit.  The ripe and carefully dried multiple fruit of this plant are used in brewing beer and in medicine as an aromatic bitter. D.Z.)  


Lumbermen are already beginning to make preparations in the woods for logging next winter.


C. E. Adams Store has the following items:


Summer Dress Goods, The best Boots & Shoes, Summer styles of Hats & caps; Splendid stock of Ready Made Clothing;


Choice Hamburg Cheese; Good, Fresh Dried Beef; Received Smoked Halibut; Extra good No. 1 Lard; Mackerel & White Fish; & Nice, Fresh Oranges.


August 1938


Gilbert V. Pakis, son of Mirko Pakis of Willard, has enlisted in the regular army and was sent to the Third Infantry at Fort Snelling, Minn.                                                            


A project for Clark County to take over the park on the river one mile north of Greenwood and improve it with a WPA grant that may run $3,000 or more, of which the county would furnish minor amount, will come up at the special meeting of the county board at Owen August 10.


P.W. Gullord and Postmaster R. L. Barnes of Greenwood were in the city Monday with a resolution adopted by the city council of Greenwood offering to turn over the two-acre park on the Black River to the county together with flowage power and all rights the city of Greenwood had acquired.  They pointed out that the park was located almost in the exact center of the county, and last Sunday was enjoyed by a county meting of soil conservation committeemen and would be enjoyed by other gatherings.


A dam built three years ago at a cost of $3,200 has been partially washed out and needs rebuilding. Also, other improvements would be in order, such as better sanitary and bathing facilities.


 Last spring the county board appropriated $500 for a dam on the Snyder site on Wedges Creek, and this deemed by Greenwood citizens to be fully as valuable.



Greenwood’s first dam on the Black River was a brush dam built in about 1900, which went out in the 1914 flood, the same time the Hemlock Dam and other dams were destroyed.  The dam site encouraged developing the nice park that’s located on a site near the east riverbank.



The McCain-Johnson Co. of Marshfield has leased the Thayer building, formerly occupied by the Woodward Store.  The company has a large store at Marshfield featuring ladies’ ready-to-wear.  Arthur Kunze and his crew of carpenters are making alterations so the interior will look modernistic. P.M. Warlum is doing the plumbing.


M.A. Cochrane has rented the Mrs. Rose Eberhardt building recently vacated by the Shedden Variety store and plans to move to the new location about Sept. 1.


The new J.C. Penney Co. store in Neillsville will hold its opening Thursday, August 11, starting at 9 a.m.  In anticipation of the event the W.J. Marsh building has been remodeled, redecorated, new lighting and store fixtures installed.  It is one of the finest Penney stores to be found in a city the size of Neillsville.


Henry Thomsen, the manager of the new store, comes highly recommended and has made many  friends during the month he has been in the city.  Before coming here, Mr. Thomsen managed the Penney store in Lidgerwood, N.D., for nine years and previously was located four years at Green Bay and Sheboygan.  Madison was his boyhood home.


The new store in Neillsville is No. 1,533 in the J.C. Penney organization, which has stores throughout the country.


(Now, little by little the Penney Stores are disappearing. Who would have thought that would happen?  As a child, I remember my mother taking me school shopping every fall and the Penney’s Store in Mitchell, S.D., was the first stop.  There was an array of patterned cotton yard goods that Mom would go through, choosing material to sew me three or four new dresses before school started right after Labor Day.  Next, we went to the shoe department to buy a new pair of shoes, and one year I was fortunate to get a pair of popular “Buster Brown” brand shoes, the only pair that would fit my narrow feet.


Now the Penney Stores are becoming part of history, due to possibly the online shopping trend.  Some of us still prefer going into a store to see and try on clothing and shoes before buying, and I am definitely one of them. DZ)   


Marriage Licenses:

Ralph Oestreich, Unity and Ruth Hallowell, Unity,


Ernest Yankee, Sun Prairie, and Lela Folz, Town of York,


Alvin Jacques, Reseburg, and Eunice Huls, Thorp,


August Oberle, Thorp, Geneva Selby, Thorp,


Joseph Davis, Medford, Catherine Gassen, Neillsville,


Harry Christenson, Neillsville, Hazel Pischer, Neillsville.                     


A bond issue of $18,000 to erect a new school building at Colby has been approved by Atty. Gen. Orland S. Loomis.  The village and two nearby townships are in the school district.


Until a week ago, the grasshopper infestation had been a farm problem in Clark County, but this week County Agent W. J. Landry has received urgent calls from owners of gardens in Neillsville and the other cities and villages.  The hoppers particularly go after carrots, onions and cabbage in gardens.


Mr. Landry says poison bait may be secured either at the office or at the mixing station at Greenwood.


The roof of the big grandstand at the Chippewa Falls fair was blown off by a heavy wind Tuesday and deposited near the Leinenkugel Brewery.  Much other damage also resulted from wind and rain.


Jonny Cullen, Taylor County aviator, flew two miles from Little Black north of Medford tail first.  He went up 2,000 feet and flew into the wind at 40 miles an hour, but the wind carried him backward.  Over Medford he remained almost stationary in the air for five minutes.                         


For a time longer at least Clark County will continue to be the possessor of 24 rifles and sawed-off shotguns stored in the office of the sheriff, and which the county property committee feels are no longer needed for service.  However, the county board at its meeting at Owen last week tabled a resolution to dispose of the arsenal.


These guns were acquired by the county during the past ten years, beginning at a time when bank robberies had become rather numerous, and vigilantes, stationed in various parts of the county, were armed for service.  The cost of the guns was in the neighborhood of $3,000.


Two years ago, the artillery was gathered in the office of the sheriff where it forms an interesting exhibit.  The property committee thinks the guns are no longer needed and should be disposed of.  What the county board may do at a future meeting remains to be seen.  The guns perhaps would not bring much if sold.


Farm tenancy is an ever increasing menace.  Today in this country, 42 farms out of every 100 are operated by renters.  Wisconsin is more fortunate than the country as a whole, only 21 percent of our farmers are tenants.


(The Farm Security Administration [FSA] was created in the Dept. of Agriculture in 1937.


The FSA was precedent to The Resettlement administration [RA] that started in 1935, which were New Deal programs designed to assist poor, struggling farmers during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.  Through these programs many farmers who had rented farms, eventually became farm owners. DZ)


Either the United States must adopt and pursue foreign trade policies, which will look to the opening of international trade channels for our cotton, lard and pork, tobacco and wheat, or farmers will be forced to retrench their acreage and farm output of export crops.            


Attorney General Orland S. Loomis states that county dance all inspectors have the power of deputy sheriffs and as such may make arrests for any offense, misdemeanor or crime committed in their presence.  Loomis also pointed out in his opinion that the county board has the power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations with respect to dance halls.                                                                    


Free Wedding Dance – Friday, August 26

In Honor of – Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Liebzeit,

At Silver Dome Ballroom


The Sherwood Community Club will hold its annual chicken pie supper in the basement of the Sherwood Community Chapel Thursday, Sept. 1st.  The menu is the same as usual.  Serving will begin at 5:30 and continue until all are served.  Located on Hwy 73, between Neillsville and Pittsville.


( A dedication of the Sherwood Community Church was held in the Town of Sherwood on Sunday, June 7, 1936, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. G. W. Longenecker of Neillsville giving the dedicatory address.  The organization carried on the work of a church, which was incorp0orated as the Sherwood Community Chapel.  It as to be non-sectarian and the building was to be open to all denominations under reasonable conditions.  The Sherwood community had a Lutheran Church a few miles away, but apparently felt the need of a church building for other denominations to use in that area.


The Sherwood Community Club’s chicken pie suppers were known as serving delicious food, so were well attended, being an ideal fundraiser in supporting upkeep of the chapel. DZ)




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