Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 22, 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 1913


Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Schuster were host and hostess at a picnic supper served on the bank of the Black River last Friday afternoon at six o’clock.  The table, though not set, “under the spreading chestnut tree” was spread beneath the grand old oaks, and the flying squirrels did their very best to furnish the amusement for the guests while the river ran along the rocks at their feet, seeming to take all worldly cares away from them and leave only the soothing effect of its music.  After all, had done justice to the good things their hospitable host and hostess had set before them and the busy mosquito began to sing  “hum, sweet hum,” the party went down to the bridge where they enjoyed the beautiful landscape and the glorious sunset.  It was a delightful occasion and was appreciated by every guest.                                                           


Sunday, Aug. 17, it will be Neillsville vs. Greenwood, at Neillsville in a basketball game.


Rube Nicolson of the Milwaukee Brewers and Crosby of Curtiss will form the Neillsville battery.


Neillsville is Nicolson’s hometown.  If everything turns out the way we expect, we will have Nicolson with us the rest of the season.  Greenwood will load up strong, and a good game may be expected.  We wish the crowd to turn out and give us their support, for it is up to them if we keep Nicolson for the rest of the season. The following will be Neillsville’s lineup: Crosby, Nicolson, Wright, Durlin, Bast, Yorkston, Psheidt, Root and Hoeslett.


(Yes, the article stated the “Milwaukee Brewers.  Apparently there was a based ball team with the city of Milwaukee named Brewers during 1913. DZ)                                           


Tuesday, the Boy Scouts from Marshfield to the number of fifty, under the leadership of Rev. Davis, scoutmaster, arrived from Marshfield and transported their tents and baggage to Cawley Creek, where they will camp for about a week.  They are a fine, clean, orderly bunch of lads and are getting some excellent discipline under Mr. Davis’s leadership.


Raymond Brameld is spending a few days in camp with the visitors.


John Durst of the Town of Hewett is milking 13 cows and delivers the milk at the local cheese factory.  His milk check for May was $127.51 and for June $124.60.  The cows are common cows but are well cared for.                   


Last Thursday, a lot of curiosity seekers were attracted to the Grand Avenue Bridge across O’Neill Creek, where just below, a school of several hundred fish were gathered in a pool of clear water in the creek.  The fish were of different kinds and it is apparent why they had crowded into the little pool.


Dr. Monk has filed a request with the Railway Commission for a train shed at Merrillan, so that passengers going on and off trains will not be exposed to storms.                        


Alex Halverson is having another office building put up, joining his other buildings on Seventh Street.  J.W. Lynch and John Carter are doing the carpenter work.                       


One of the features of the coming county fair is Children’s Day, Wednesday, Sept. 3.  All children under fifteen years of age will be admitted free; 5,000 ice cream cones will be distributed free to children and a free ride given, to all who wish, on the merry-go-round.


Get your ticket now on the automobile.  This ticket admits you each day to the fair and gives you a chance to get an up-to-date machine.  The drawing will be done by a committee of businessmen, so as to incur absolute fairness.  The Kennedy Wild West Show will give a performance each day in front of the grandstand and will have a tent on the grounds.  They have an aggregation of 25 people.


(Free admission to the fair, with one free ride on the merry-go-round, and a free ice cream cone had to have been a great invitation for the youngsters.  Back then, before rural electricity, farm kids only got ice cream when the family went to town shopping.


Five thousand ice cream cones was a lot of ice cream to be given away. DZ)  


The C.E. Blodgett Cheese Co.  shipped three carloads of cheese Monday to the Klondike District of Alaska.  Wisconsin cheese goes everywhere, and it is the yellow product that is making Wisconsin famous the world over, as much so compared in its yearly yield, has made the Klondike famous.


Granton School will not open on Sept. 2 as previously announced, but will open a week later, or on Sept. 8, owing to measles and whooping cough now prevailing.                         


There will be a dance Saturday night at Fred Haak’s Cheese Factory in York.  There will be good music, all are invited.                                                                                                              


Mr. and Mrs. Lindsley returned Saturday night on the midnight train from Saskatchewan and British Columbia where they have been at the fairs and where Mr. Lindsley has been very successful in wrestling events.


August 1953


The 12-ton tower of the Community Drive-In theater at Christie was hoisted into place last Thursday morning by a 75-foor crane as preparation for the opening of the theater neared completion.


The tower raises 54 feet into the air and is 48 by 32 feet, and the picture size is 41 by 32 feet.


Arlo Clausen, who has had 23 years of theater experience and who will manage the new, locally owned drive-in, announced this week that plans are being made for opening the theater on or about Aug. 15.  The layout  included a snack bar, restrooms, in-the-car speakers and has a capacity of 250 cars.  The location, west of the highway, has been approved by the state highway commission; and all plans were approved by the state industrial commission.


Commenting on the new drive-in, Mr. Clausen said: “The location was picked for its beauty.  It has an exceptional setting of majestic mounds.  To see a sunset from there is to see a great natural picture.  Being off the highway far enough, the sound of traffic  will not bother nor will the lights.


“The Community Drive-in will show first run pictures, and ‘buck-a-car’ nights will come four times a week.”


Congratulations!  Herman North on Your New Venture in Show Business!


The Community Drive-In at Christie!


Success and Good Luck!


Adler Theatre, Neillsville Theater Company, J.P. Adler, Pres.


The Greenwood Fire Department responded early Tuesday morning to a call to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sloniker, when lightning struck the house and set fire to a bed and bedding.


Mr. and Mrs. Lester Luther and daughters Judy and Jean of Eau Claire visited her mother, Mrs. P.M. Johnson in Greenwood over the weekend.  Sunday morning at the Johnson home were Lester’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Luther, who were enroute to their home in Tomahawk after attending the wedding of their niece, Wilma Duermeyer, at Loyal Saturday.                                                           


Four men of Clark County were reported aboard the Marine Corp, first transport from Korea since the signing of the armistice.  The ship left before the truce and was due at the port of New York Tuesday of this week.


The Clark County men aboard are Cpl. M. Barnett, Thorp; Cpl. E. Garbisch, Granton; Pfc. R. Gierl, Colby, Cpl. G.  Reinart, Neillsville.                                                                              


Ninety men of Clark County, members of military units, are heading for camp and maneuvers over this weekend.  Of these, 76 officers and men are members of the local Service Company and 14 are personnel of Company C, 808 Tank battalion.

The trek from Neillsville begins early Thursday morning.  At 5 a.m., two officers and 12 men report at the Armory and proceed to Camp Ripley, Minn.  There they will prepare for the remainder of the command, which will depart Sunday morning.  Clark County will be represented at this camp by 11 officers and 65 men.


The tank contingent will go on Sunday morning to Camp McCoy.  There they will join others of Company C for practical tank training.                                                                         


Miss Joanne Wasserburger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Wasserburger, and Duane Bush, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bush, were married July 25 at Oceanside, Calif., where Duane is in military training.


Mrs. Mary Gartner and Glenn White, both of Neillsville, were married August 10 by justice of the peace Herman Olson at the Neillsville City Hall.  The couple is not on a trip to Milwaukee and Chicago and will be at home on East Fifth Street on their return.


Mr. and Mrs. White are both employed at the Merchants Hotel.            


Marriage Licenses:

Alexander A. Hayday, Minneapolis, Dixie Cardarelle, Neillsville,

Robert Vesel, Greenwood, Vivian Standiford, Town of Beaver, married at Greenwood, August 19,

Robert Charles Reitz, Marshfield, Mary Ellen Haslow, Chili,

Donald Ellingson, Greenwood, Nancy Hohl, Greenwood, married at Greenwood August 16.


Free Dancing Every Saturday Night at Beau View, Half-Way Between Hatfield and Hi-Way J.


Open Every Evening Except Monday and All Day Sunday.


Hall Free for Wedding Dances & Parties.


Dances: Aug. 22 – Music by Erv Marden; Aug. 29 – Music by Nemitz Bros.


Wallace Sisson, who purchased the Janesville Settlement schoolhouse, has started to tear down the chimney.  He is getting it ready to be moved to his farm.


(Janesville Settlement School was on the southwest corner of Thomas Avenue. and CTH OO intersection. DZ)


Martin Kalina and John Subke have painted the interiors of Meadow View, Dells Dam and Riverside schools in preparation for the opening on Aug. 24.                                      


Fairview School News:


A special school meeting was held Aug. 4 to arrange to transport all children to school.  Louis Hagedorn was hired as driver and has purchased a new station wagon for that purpose.


(The Fairview School was located two miles south of Globe, on the northeast corner of Chili Rd and CTH G. DZ)                                                                                                                 


Wanna buy a bridge?  Well you can do it!


The Town of Levis is going to sell the old “Dells Dam” Bridge that was over the former route of Highway 95.  The Levis Bridge is not like the Brooklyn Bridge, which has been sold so many times.  The successful bidder of the Levis Bridge will be able to keep it.                                             


Labor Day Gigantic Firestone Tire Sale!

Lowest Prices in Years!

Deluxe Champions – Size 6.00x16 - $14.95 plus tax. Reg. $21.10.

Exchange if Your Old Tire is Re-capable!

Other sizes tires at Correspondingly Low Prices!

Deep Rock Service – F.E. Wall, Proprietor.



Wall’s Service Station is pictured above as it appeared in the 1950s.  The full-service station attendants filled the customer’s gas tank, checked the oil in the motor, and air in the tries.  They also repaired tires and had new tires on hand, ready to sell if needed.  For many years, Fred Wall and his son, Todd, operated the station on the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and West Fifth Streets in Neillsville.



Boys & Girls! Plan Now to Attend Our “Back-to-School Party,”

Adler Theater, Neillsville, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m.

Doors Open at 1;30 p.m. All Seats, All Ages - 25’

FREE – FREE – FREE Delicious Ice Cream Bar to Everyone Attending!

To be shown on screen – Thrilling Gene Autry Western – 10 Cartoons

Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Popeye and Lots More!

Plus, our Regular Feature –

“Abbott & Costello Go to Mars,”

Over 3 Hours of Fun! Come Early!


Red Owl Agency Specials – Heinz ketchup, 2 btls 49’; Campbell’s Tomato Soup, 3, 10-1/2 oz. cans for 32’;

Fresh, 100% Pure, Ground  Beef 2 lbs. for 85’; Farmdale Bacon, lb. 69’.


When Harry Frantz, traffic cop, saw two boys fussing with a car on Hewett Street, one of them peering under the hood and obviously not knowing what to do, he stopped to do what he could.  He asked the boys who they were, and they stumbled around with names he was sure were false.  Then he asked for their drivers’ licenses, and there weren’t any.  He wanted to know whose car, and by that time was sure it was not theirs. So, he took the boys up to the jail, found by police radio that they escaped from the Red Wing reformatory and that the car had been stolen from a woman in St. Paul.  The boys are now back inside the walls at Red Wing.   


The Big Four School opened Monday, with Florence Foemmel as the teacher.  The school had been closed for several years.  Valley View School, with Helen Sparks as teacher, and Heathville, with Emily McHone as teacher, also opened Monday.


(The three rural schools were located in the northwest quarter of Fremont Township. DZ)



(Attention has been made to a need correction on the location of church sites in the Town of Sherwood.  The Sherwood Community Church was located on Sherwood Corners, or the intersection of what is now known as Sherwood Road and CTH Z.  One-fourth mile east of that intersection is the site of the Lutheran Church, along STH 73.  DZ)




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