Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 15, 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

August 1908


A new hardware company has been organized and incorporated during the past week known as the Cash Hardware Company.  The incorporators are A.G. Foss of Eau Claire, Orin Lord and J.L. Moody of Ellsworth, Chas. H. Decker of St. Paul and J.D. Murphy of this city.  They will do business in the Lloyd building here to which Mr. Murphy’s stock will be transferred.  A large line of hardware will be added to the Murphy stock, a tin shop in charge of an experienced tinsmith from Milwaukee will also be added to the business.  The capital stock is $10,000.                                       


Last Friday, Charles Cornelius received a new 30-horsepower Cadillac automobile.  It certainly is a beautiful machine and when Charles gets onto all the kinks of a gasoline engine, he will be able to spin along with the best of them.                                                                     


The Merchants Hotel bus will carry passengers to and from all trains to any part of the city for 15 cents.


Wanted: Apprentice girls, one able to speak German, will give a $5.00 hat to each girl for season’s work. See Mrs. Emery Bruley.                                                           


Last week, George Evans purchased the restaurant of Mrs. Eagles and later sold the same to Grant Hake, who will be ready for business as soon as necessary improvements can be made on the building.


Go-Carts will be sold at reduced prices at Eberhart’s.                         


Myron E. Wilding of the Village of Loyal was the first man to announce his candidacy to the Republican nomination for County treasurer at the September primary.  Mr. Wilding is a native of this county, having been born in the Town of Grant 38 years ago, April 17, 1870.  At the age of eleven, he was bound out to the late Thomas Reed, on Pleasant Ridge, and he lived at the Reed home until he was twenty-one.  He continued his attendance in the public school until he was twenty.  During the past fourteen-years he has lived in and near Loyal, four years on a farm, four years in the employ of A.A. Graves, where he filled nearly every position in and around the manufacturing plant, from piling lumber to scaling, and the past six years, he has been successfully engaged in business for himself as buyer and shipper of livestock.


Mr. Wilding was treasurer of the village of Loyal three years until the spring of 1906.  And since that time, he has been a member of the Village Board.                        


Notice!  There will be a meeting of the Pine Valley Creamery Co. at the Pine Valley Town Hall, Saturday evening, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m.  All farmers that own cows should be there.


The H.J. Grell Butter and Egg Co. of Johnson Creek, Wis., has bought the Lange Creamery plant and began operations.  Mr. J.J. Grell and Mr. C.A. Zillisch representing the company are in the city getting acquainted with the farmers and businessmen.  The Company has a high reputation for making good butter and for square dealing.                                                      


The Luethe Co. buys White Pine-cones, at 50’ per hundred lbs. and buys live sparrows at 1 cent each.


Mrs. Robert Garvin returned from Watertown, South Dakota, Friday, where she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. W.A. Eastburn.                                                                    


Several from here visited at Hatfield Sunday and reported everything booming there.  About a thousand people were there from all points along the Green Bay Railroad.  A good baseball game between Hatfield and Arcadia was played.  There were some expert swimmers and other amusements. Surely Hatfield is getting to be a great resort.                                                


George W. Trogner is remodeling the porch on his residence, making it larger and more modern.


All the local fishermen are trying to score with Frank Lepke, who recently caught a muskellunge weighing nearly 20 lbs. near Weston Rapids.                                


To be held at the busy corner near the depot, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 29, between 2 and 3 o’clock, there will be a slack-wire performance, also a foot race; free for all; winner to receive $2.


The hotel formerly known as the “Seif House” or “Dresden House” got up a new sign Sunday that reads “Neillsville Hotel.”                                                                               


Clark County ships out apples.  R.R. Smith shipped out several barrels of fine Duchess apples, raised near Neillsville.


(For many years, the Duchess variety was a favorite for making applesauce and pies. DZ)   


You can get a good dinner chair for 60’ or 70’ at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman Co., and those nice four-ply quartered oak diners in round or crown seats from $1.50 to $2.00.



August 1948


Globe moved into a half-game lead in the Southern Clark County baseball league Sunday by running up a 5 to 3 victory over Grand View.


The Grand View team, which has been on top of the league since the start of this season’s play, fell before the pitching of Herman Hagen, Bernie Suel was the losing pitcher.


The intense moment came in the last half of the ninth when Globe nipped a Grand View rally, which could have tied up the ball game.  Grand View had two on bases, with two out. Suel, was at bat. Hagen fanned him on three consecutive pitches.


Globe took the lead with a run in the first, and Grand View tied it at 1-all in the second.  Grand View took the lead at 3-1 in the fifth, but Globe came from behind with a run in the sixth, one in the seventh, and topped it off with two in the eighth.


Above is a photo of the Globe baseball team taken in the early 1940s. The first name of each player is written on the photo, although it may not be visible when printed. Each community had a baseball team at that time.


Early Wisconsin dairying was a simple affair  The housewife made butter and cheese in the kitchen of the farm home.  Quality varied as much as the skill and cleanliness of the maker.


The first cheese factory was built in Fond du Lac County in 1864, and by the end of the Civil War, there were 30 cheese factories in successful operation.


Eastern markets were definitely not clamoring for Wisconsin dairy products.  In order to sell Wisconsin cheese, it was necessary to hide the fact that it came from Wisconsin.  Wisconsin butter was referred to on eastern markets as “western grease.”


Experimentation proved that Wisconsin was ideally situated to become the leading dairy state of the nation.  But it required a definite standard of quality to make that possible.


Mr. and Mrs. William Bradford have sold their farm on Pleasant Ridge to Glenn Short.


The bowling season for the city women’s bowling league gets under way September 9, with 20 teams scheduled to participate.  The women will bowl Thursday and Saturday nights.


The Clark County Fair is one of the honorable pioneers of Clark County.  Year after year, the people of the county see upon cover of the premium book that the fair of the year is the “seventy-sixth,” or some other such number, without fully sensing what this means.  Upon the Centennial year, it is in order to emphasize that the Clark County Fair has gone on for three-quarters of the entire life of Wisconsin as a state.


Three-quarters of a century carries the fair back to its beginnings in 1872, or there about.  That was right after the Civil War and immediately after the United States had suffered a sharp setback following the war boom.  Clark County was then less than 30 years away from its first settlement by whites.  It was a time when lumbering was the main industry and when agriculture was in its crude beginnings.


Word has been received here of  the marriage of T/Sgt. Harlow Garbush of Loyal and 1st. Lt. Mabel C. Gremillion.  The marriage took place on July 26 (1948) in the evening at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phoenix, Ariz.  Attendants were Capt. Catherine Kayhill and Sgt. William Erpenbach of Neillsville.


The couple is making their home in Chandler, Ariz.  Sgt. Garbush is stationed at Willies Field.


The invasion of higher lands by swamp rattlers in this area is being blamed on the dry weather of this summer.


Several poisonous rattlesnakes have been killed in the area in recent days.  Lawrence Freedlund killed one last week while making hay in a marsh east of the Freedlund farm.  A few weeks ago, another rattler  was killed in the Connie Bayko yard and Theodore Schwanebeck killed one in the farmyard recently.


People hereabouts believe the unusually dry weather has caused the rattlers to come up from the swamps near Hay Creek.                                                         


The next time Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Krause of Neillsville start readying a  big ice box for the fish they plan to bring home – well, there won’t be so many wise cracks.


In a letter received Tuesday from Bayfield, Mrs. Krause informed her brother, Herman Hagedorn, that:  She had caught a lake trout weighing 26 pounds, seven ounces; and


On which, she had won a $5 prize, and stands a chance of winning $10 more; and


On Sunday, their total catch was 112 pounds; and


On Satruday, they caught 50 pounds of fish; and


Six fish weighed over 10 pounds each; and


Harvey’s prize trout was a 15-pounder.


(Those were definitely the “Good Old Days of Fishing!”  Mrs. Krause’s brother, Herman Hagedorn, will be remembered as a fan of fly-fishing for trout in Clark and Jackson County creeks and streams years ago, to be accompanied occasionally by another trout fishing enthusiast, Milo Mabie, the town barber.  They knew all of the trout fishing “hot spots”.  DZ)                                        


The 47-piece Clark County 4-H Club band left Neillsville Monday morning by bus for the state Centennial Exposition.  The band, resplendent in its new green and white uniforms, was to present three concerts before the grandstand this week.


In addition to the band, six Clark County 4-H club members were to take part in judging contests, two demonstration contests, and there also was one state 4-H club chorus entry.  Accompanying the group were Mrs. Helen W. Jackson, county home agent, and Mr. Polzin.


Seen at the Clark County Fair … Kurt Marg, on crutches, out for the first time since he broke his leg in a haying accident, six weeks ago, and his little son, Keith, resplendent in a maroon cowboy outfit … Harry and Alice Wasserberger coming down from the grandstand after the show … Charlie and Lila Hubing and Luanne, the latter clutching a balloon and various other trophies … Bill Minnette in his Marine uniform, squiring Laura Lee Rosekrans and Carole Wang … Vic Anderson receiving congratulations about his granddaughter and namesake winning a baby contest in Black River Falls … Irene Yenni and her two daughters, Nancy and Janice … Carol and Diane Seif, clinging to each other and squealing on the Ferris wheel … Roy and Lennie Strebing, with the Ray Johnsons of Chicago, who are visiting the Strebing boys’ parents … Albert Schoengarths and Bill Davises … Miss Virginia Noble, with Ted Olson of Chicago … plus others.                                                            


The season’s first no-hit, no-run baseball game in this area was hung up Sunday afternoon by Toddy Wall and the Neillsville “TeenAgers” team.


In a seven-inning tilt, the “TeenAgers” slashed out a 17-0 triumph behind the baffling servings of young Wall.  The game, originally scheduled for nine inning, was called because of darkness.


Only 23 batters faced Wall during the seven frames.  Two got on base, both through errors by Wall’s teammates.  Wall’s feat was the more remarkable because he did not issue a single walk.


The “TeenAgers” have played several games this year and recently gave a good accounting of themselves against the Marshfield Brewers of the Wisconsin Valley League.


Roger Liebzeit, about 12, who suffered a skull fracture while playing cowboy last were, probably will go home from the Neillsville Hospital this weekend.


Roger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Liebzeit who lives west of Greenwood.  He was playing with mates at the Alvin Ziegler place, west of Neillsville, last Wednesday when the accident happened. 


His playmates were trying to lasso Roger as he rode by them on a bicycle.


They succeeded.  And the trouble all came about because the other end of the rope was tied around a tree.


Roger suffered the head injury in the fall.


(Kids try adventurous stunts. I remember four of my cousins, my brother and I, ages five through 11, pushing on an old one-horse buggy with fills at the front, to the crest of a pasture ravine.  With the buggy aimed toward the bottom of the ravine, we all climbed into the back of the buggy, with two of us holding onto the drawn-up fills,  then with a nudge the buggy started down the hill toward the bottom of the ravine.  The speed became alarmingly fast, so we dropped the fills sooner than planned, with fills digging into the rocky ground that made the buggy buckle into the shape of a wishbone.  As a result, all six kids went flying out the back end of the buggy.  Luckily, no one was hurt. DZ)  




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