Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 19, 2018, Page 7  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1908


On Saturday, there was a meeting of the stockholders of the Pine Valley Butter Co. held at the Andrus Creamery, and it was voted to buy the plant, consisting of the creamery, the entire outfit of machinery and tools, and the lot and warehouse at the depot.  The principal stockholders are Mert Palmer, H. Stelloh, Ed Montgomery, W.O. Crump, Geo. L. Jacques, Geo. E. Crothers, Mat Wells, Ed Hubbard, CV.B. Appleyard, Nick Blau, E.H. Gates, S. F. Hewett, J. W. Geisler, John Olson, Wm. Frenzel, Christ Moen, Andrew Hanson, C. Dodte, Mrs. C. Walters, S. Gorzelitz, A.F. Raether, J. C. Charles, E. A. Maxwell, John Wildish, O.C. Foote, Geo. F. Ward, Sam Johnson, Aug. Swanson, Gust Krause, Fred Pflughoeft, Wm. Tischer and others.


A committee of five stockholders was elected to take charge of the factory until the incorporation papers are filed, when directors and officers will be elected.  All butter is to be shipped in the name of the Pine Valley Butter Co., returns to come directly to the bank, and the treasurer to give bonds. The factory opened Sept. 1, with a good patronage.


(The following week’s newspaper edition stated: “Land for a creamery site has been secured on the south side of the railroad track at Sidney, and work will begin at once, on the new building, which will be 28 feet by 60 feet, 12 feet to plate with lean-to.  All will be built of stone.” DZ)


(As a kid we passed the ruins of this creamery, many times, across the road from Tom and Amy Wren’s home, on Sydney Ave. on our way into Neillsville. DMK)        


Geo. W. Trogner has recently completed one of the finest porches in the city on his own residence on Grand Ave.  Mr. Trogner is not only a skilled mechanic, but he has the eye and hand of an architect; the remodeled porch is in prefect harmony with the house itself, adding to its beauty in every way.  It is no easy task to sector such a complete harmony in proportion so as to add to the comfort and home-like appearance of the house and yet not spoil its architecture. Those thinking of building modern porches to their houses should take a look at Mr. Trogner’s. They will see some excellent planning as well as good workmanship.


(The Queen Anne-style house at 108 Grand Avenue was built by Geo. Trogner in 1897.  He added on the present porch in 1908.  The house has been well maintained through the years and remains an elegant appearing home, one amongst a few others that represents the architecture skills of Trogner, one of his gifts to our city. DZ)                                                       


Last Sunday a trainload of excursionists went from here with the baseball team to Hatfield where the local team crossed bats with the Hatfield nine on the banks of Lake Arbutus.  The Neillsville boys were defeated by a score of 7 to 6, caused by an error in the eighth inning.


Robert Garvin returned Thursday from Watertown, S.D., where he went to look after his farm and to visit his son and daughter.  Mr. Garvin plans to take possession of his South Dakota farm this fall, carry on himself, and move his family there.                                            


S.S. Loy announces the opening of the new turnpike into his place.  Mr. Loy has worked long and hard to get the road opened up and culverts built, doing much of the work himself. This road accommodates about six families besides the general public and brings a lot of wild land in touch with a public highway.


Chickens Wanted – our chicken railroad car will be at Granton, Sept. 28th and at Neillsville Sept. 29th.

We will take all that come, one price to all.  Wm. Wenzel, buyer for Neillsville; P. Mueller, buyer for Granton.                                                                                              


Some mischievous person opened the stockyard gates Monday night and let a carload or more of cattle loose to wander in the streets.                                             


Street Fair in Greenwood!  Annual Fall Festival, with many attractions, four days; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30, Oct. 1 and 2.     


The management announces a fine free attraction in the shape of a real Balloon Ascension, by the Belmont Sisters, who gave this act at the Central Wisconsin State Fair at Marshfield in August.  This is a guaranteed attraction.  Merry-Go-Round and other attractions for children.


There will be an agriculture and stock exhibit.


E.J. Rossman, Sec., Greenwood.                                               


Saturday forenoon the Dodge Creamery at McMahon’s Corners, four miles south of Greenwood, burned to the ground.  The fire caught from a steam engine being used to saw wood, and the high wind quickly fanned the flames beyond control.                                                


D. Kies of the Town of Grant, who originated “Eureka Fly Chaser,” selling large quantities of it, last week received an order for two gallons from the Secretary of Agriculture at Kingston, Jamaica.


A 1908 postcard with a rousing cheer and photo of the Neillsville High School that was built in 1904-05, which stood west of the first grade through high school building, in the block between State and Court Street, along East 4th Street.


September 1948


Miss Marian Barnes, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Barnes of Greenwood, will be married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenwood on Saturday to Irvin Hoesly of Granton.  The Fr. J. Novak will officiate.  She is a registered nurse and has been employed in Marshfield.  Dr. Barnes is the Greenwood postmaster.


Several Neillsville skiing enthusiasts spent Sunday at Bruce Mound brushing out a ski trail.  Sunday’s work, a continuation of several other days of effort, saw the first trail nearing completion.


They estimated that one day’s more work will see the brushing finished. They then plan to put up their ski tow and have everything set for the opening of the skiing season.


Those who worked on the project on Sunday included, Bennie and Bill Stucki, Floyd Rossman, James Hauge, John Peterson, Heron and Richard Van Gorden.


The development of the Bruce Mound area for winter sports is being carried on by the Half Moon Ski Club, a new Neillsville organization, which expects soon to open its ranks for memberships locally.


The barn on the former Taylor Drescher farm, about two miles south of Kurth’s Corners in the Town of Grant, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground early Wednesday morning.


The barn was owned by Herman Handt, who has been working the farm acreage. The house on the property is rented by Mr. and Mr. Jerome Shaw.


Included was a considerable amount of this year’s hay crop and straw, as well as some machinery.  Material for a new cement stave silo was piled outside and was believed undamaged.


A cattle shed was being built onto the barn and was about completed.  The barn proper consisted of an old log portion with a frame addition adjoining.


Lightning struck about 3:30 a.m. during a heavy electrical storm.


It was the fifth barn to be razed by fire in that area in recent weeks.


Lewis Bulgrin, Owen businessman suffered shock and a cut finger when his airplane crashed at the Owen airport Friday morning.


The wing caught a tree, the only one within 150 feet, as he came in for a landing, and crashed.  Mr. Bulgrin owns a cottage at Minocqua and had been commuting by plane to his business in Owen.


Annual Bazaar & Chicken Dinner

At St. Hedwig’s Parish – Thorp, Wisconsin,

Sunday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.

Also serving Homemade Polish Sausage &  all the trimmings,

Entertainment all afternoon & Evening.  No Gambling, Lots of new Games!

A barrel of fun for Everyone!

Dance in the evening to Music of Cliff Hoene and his 11-piece Orchestra,

Playing any type of music, you want, the way you love it!

  This is one of Wausau’s Outstanding Orchestras!


Grand Opening of Wrightsville Rifle Club, Sunday, Sept. 12.  Located 4 miles north of Black River Falls on U.S. 12 and 1 mile west on Town Line Road.  Target Shooting, Contests, Prizes & Refreshments.


The daughter of Dale Eunson has become a Hollywood starlet at the age of 14.  She has signed a contract with Sam Goldwyn to play the title role in “Rosanna McCoy,” a story of the feuding Hatfields and McCoys.


This lucky young woman, boosted from obscurity to stardom in one lucky stroke, has taken the stage name of Joan Evans.  Her real name, of course is, Joan Eunson.  Her father, Dale Eunson, born in Neillsville, is now the fiction editor of the Cosmopolitan magazine and ho wrote the story, “The Day They Gave Babies Away.”  Joan’s mother is Katherine Albert, the writer, Mrs. Dale Eunson in private life.


Joan’s only previous acting experience was a part in her father’s play, “Guest in the House,” taken when she was seven years of age.


(Dale Eunson’s father was Robert Eunson who became Clark County Sheriff in 1908.  Dale as a little boy lived in Neillsville, later moving with his family out west.  Dale wrote a story about his father’s life as a young boy living in Fox River Valley area in eastern Wisconsin. The story told of Robert’s parents dying in an epidemic, leaving six young children.  Robert, the oldest, was 12 years old.  His dying mother told him that he was to choose and find a home for each of his brothers and sisters on Christmas Eve.  She didn’t want anyone else making the decisions.  The real-life story of the family tragedy, “The Day They Gave Babies Away,” became well known, also being filmed into a movie.


Some of you can remember Joan Evans, the movie star, who was an actress in various movies during the 1950-60s.  DZ)


Robin Hood Flour, Enriched, gives you 6-way nourishment!  O.W. Trindal Co., Distributors of Loyal.


Robin Hood Flour is sold in Neillsville by: Gustman’s Jack Sprat Store, A&P Store, C.C. Wasserburger Co., and West Side Food Mart.                                                     


Mr. and Mrs. William Foote purchased the 160-acres of the Yorkston farm containing the buildings.  Arnold Gotter and George Schmitz purchased the remainder of the farmland.


(The Yorkston farm was located in the Township of Lynn. DZ)


Timber-r-r-r!  That dog-gone limb sure shattered!


Not only that, Tony Zupanc and a bunch of good baseball players from Loyal not only took care of the limb on which this humbler Press reporter was perched, way out at the tip.  They blasted the whole tree out from under us.


In a sentence: They drubbed Thorp in the opening championship playoff game under the lights at Loyal Sunday night.


The score was an authoritative 6 to 3.


The Loyal Blackhawks took the field Sunday night bent and determined to make this newshawk eat his prediction that Thorp would “win in two games.”


They did. But good.


Tony Zupanc’s arm, which we figured might be a question mark, was stout, as the Thorp batters no doubt will attest. Tony gave up only six hits, and he sent word by Paul Davel that he went the route, “broken arm and all.”


For the first five innings, the game was as tight as the laces on your shoes. Then the Blackhawks ganged up on Frank Winiarczyk and Thorp had to push Gwiazdon in to put out the fired, but not until Loyal had scored three runs.


Thorp capitalized on two error s in the seventh for its first run; then Loyal pounced back with three more tallies in the eighth to take a 6 to 1 lead. Two of the last three were driven in by E. Kollmansberger’s mighty home run.


Thorp wound up its scoring with a two-run rally in the ninth.


In racking up the victory, Zupanc had a sterling strike out string of 12.  He issued but one base on balls.


Winiarczyk gave up two walks and five hits until he was relieved; and Gwiazdon allowed six hits and walked two in the three innings he pitched. 


From reports reaching here, the Blackhawks played alert, scrappy baseball.  That is the kind of baseball that wins games.                                                                                    


Relics of the olden days are making their appearance in Neillsville, in preparation for Pioneer Days next week.  These relics are being loaned by the owners in response to the invitation of the chairman, William Yenni.  Many more are expected during the present week.  They may be left throughout the week at Mr. Yenni’s factory north of the depot on the railroad yards.         


The Unger shoe business on South Hewett Street has been sold to three men of Northern Wisconsin. Of the three, the resident manager will be Karl W. Schmidt of Ladysmith, who will move his family to Neillsville when living quarters are available.  Interested with Mr. Schmidt are P.W. Hinshaw of Ladysmith and Charles D. Fogarty of Rice Lake, who are also interested in shoe stores in Ladysmith, Rice Lake and Spooner.


The sale of the Unger business, which was concluded Tuesday of this week, brings to an end the retailing of shoes by the Unger family, a business, which has been continuous for more than 50 years.  Mr. Unger plans to remain with the new owners for a time.  He retains ownership of the building.


The Burma Shave quote of the week:


“Within this vale – of toil and sin – your head grows bald – but not your chin – use Burma Shave.” 




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