Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 16, 2019,  Page 10 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

Clark County News

October 1909


Last week, Adolph Hemp purchased the Trogner say and planing mill and is now operating the plant. Mr. Hemp has worked in the mill for the past year and understands the business thoroughly. Adolph is a good workman and conscientious in his work, so customers who have sawing or planing millwork, and moldings of any kind to be done will be satisfied when they call on Hemp, to be assured of prompt work.


Chicken thieves have been making a practice of visiting John Carlson’s Pine Valley poultry farm and helping themselves to his fat pullets. Wednesday night, they paid him another visit and stole six leghorn hens. This is beyond the limit of Mr. Carlson’s endurance, and he gives warning that he is prepared for any future visits and will give the thieves an unpleasant reception.                             


The businessmen of the enterprising little village of Owen, the coming metropolis of the north end of Clark County, have decided to have a fairground and have already secured the site. It will be known as the Cloverbelt Fair and Track Association with a fair to be held next year. Owen has the spirit that will make a corking good city someday.                                                                                      


N.C. Foster will start out a surveying outfit in a few days to run an extension of the Fairchild & North-Eastern Railroad through the town of Otter Creek and Lincoln into Washington Township to the place known as Brackett. Eventually, he hopes that the line will be extended to the Mississippi River so as to connect with the Burlington rail system.


Mr. Foster has quietly been making arrangements for this road for some time and recently visited Madison, where he received permission from the state authorities for the extension. The line will penetrate one of the best farming sections in Wisconsin and will undoubtedly prove a paying investment from the start. It will add value to the farms in that section, as they have been handicapped with being compelled to haul the produce of their farms many miles to market.


The new branch will mean much to Fairchild. It will bring all the territory through which it passes into a closer relationship with the town and bring many families there to reside, as the operation of the road will call for additional help to that now required by the F. & N.E. Railway with its present mileage.


(Brackett is an unincorporated village along USH 53 in the town of Washington. Foster’s hopes of extending a railway beyond Brackett, to the Mississippi River, didn’t materialize. DZ)  


Charles Bradford has gone to the White Horse, South Dakota, to get a pony he has been keeping there since he gave up his position as an Indian agent.


(White Horse is a community located along the mid-southern border of South Dakota. DZ)   


For Exchange: a dish cupboard for firewood. Inquire at this newspaper office.


There will be a social dance at the Heintown Hall,  October 22. Music is being furnished by the Glove band and the public is cordially invited. Good music, tickets 50 cents.


(Heintown was located at the intersection of Curly Creek Avenue and Heintown Road, one mile north of CTH H in the Town of York. DZ)                                                                    


A hundred thousand dollar tobacco pool directly including one-tenth of the growers and in reality controlling the prices on practically ten times that amount of tobacco, has been formed at Viroqua. It is the biggest pool, three times over any ever formed in this section, and from present indications will force the tobacco “trust” to pay profitable prices to the farmers for their crops.


The present-pool, which includes about 600,000 pounds of tobacco, retains all tobacco but the “filler” of the 1908 crop.                                                                                           


Tragsdorf & Zimmerman’s Store has just received extra-large, plush and fur robes suitable for Automobiles, ranging in prices from $2.00 to $5.00.


(Those fur robes were used to cover and protect the engines of automobiles, to help keep frost off the engines during cold weather days.


During the early 1940s, on below-zero days, our 1929 family car had to be pulled by a team of horses as I walked along holding the driving reins, while Dad sat behind the steering wheel working the choke to get the engine started. In that era, there were the choke valve carburetors of internal combustion engines in cars. Later, fuel injection engines came out to supplement carburetors in the newer model automobiles, which were designed for instant starting. DZ)                                                      


H.A. Bright and wife came from the bright community to attend the Morley funeral. On their way down in their auto Saturday, Mr. Bright unavoidably collided with the rear end of Krumrey’s oil wagon, near Christie and their car was damaged.                                                                                


Dr. Monk is preparing to move into the former B.F. French house, located opposite the Big Store on Main Street.


October 1949


Fifteen recruits and privates of the Service Company, 128th Infantry, were boosted in rank last month, according to M/Sgt. Thomas Flynn. Promoted to the rank of private, first class, were: Duane C. Anding, Chester H. Diercks, Charles P. Havlicek, Thomas A. Jacobs, Charles G. Meyer, Charles Sydorowicz, Walter E. Helm and Wayne W. Sternitzky. Promoted to Private from recruit were: Albert Y. Burckhard, William H. Genteman, Adrian E. Hubing, William L. Schultz, Russell R. Seelow, George C. Van Tatenhove and Jimmy M. Vincent.


Also, four men have enlisted to the Service Company, 128th Infantry, since the opening of the fall recruiting campaign.


They are Bruce Hiles, Lowell Gress, Robert Spiegel and James Hansen, Neillsville’s City Engineer and Navy veteran. Hansen’s naval grade entitled him to enlistment as a sergeant.


Harvest Days In Neillsville – October 7 & 8 -

Fun for the Kids! Pet Parade -  Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Bring Your Pets, Free Entry!

Penny Scramble, Friday Afternoon, Saturday Afternoon & Evening,

In the arena, located on Wet Street, near the Cardarelle Store and North of the Congregational Church.

5,000 Pennies for Kids!


Granton Band will take part in the Pet parade on Saturday afternoon. Acceptance of the invitation to participate has been received from Principal Shorell. The Granton High School will be represented by 30 or more musicians.


The sponsors of Harvest Days will honor all participating band members in uniform, giving them treats worth 35 cents each. These treats will be given the Granton Musicians and the members of the Neillsville High School band.                                                                                               


High winds, which whipped in sporadic, driving rains Monday, Oct. 10 left a trail of damage, and one person injured in Clark County.


At least eight barns were down in the county, six of them in the northwest section of the county, and almost every farm in the county suffered some slight damage: either the breaking of window panes, damaged roofs or broken barn doors.


Communications were laid low, and many lines were still out of order on Wednesday morning, as telephone line crews worked long hours to bring about a return to normal service.


Electric service was curtailed in most areas, due to falling trees and as other difficulties arose from the gale.


Injured was John Togodzinski of the Town of Thorp, who was hit by a barn door ripped off by the wind. He was knocked unconscious and was removed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. There he was said to have suffered a dislocated shoulder.


The streets of Neillsville, and probably every other community in the area, are covered with broken twigs, fallen trees and limbs are something of a hazard.                                                          


The Neillsville High School Warriors team will meet the Cadott Gridders Saturday night in a Cloverbelt Conference football game, which will be the athletic feature of the annual homecoming.


The game was scheduled for Saturday night to permit former high school students to be on hand for the game and for the homecoming dance, which will follow. Game time has been advanced to 7:45 p.m., and the dance is set to start at 9:30 p.m.


Reigning as Homecoming King will be Jimmy Vincent, whose election by about 100 ballots over three other candidates was let out of the bag prematurely at the high school assembly the other day.


“King” Vincent’s “court” will include Frank Wasserburger, James Walters and Carl Petersen, all candidates for the title of King, and their chosen partners.


The king and queen will be crowned at the homecoming dance Saturday evening.


(It was customary in that era that all age groups would join in with dancing the waltz, polka and foxtrot to music. That is why school alumni members requested being able to attend and enjoy the 1949 homecoming dance along with the high school students.


Dancing, one of our performing arts and a part of our country’s culture, has fast been disappearing, with only a few of the elderly age group still dancing the waltz, polka and foxtrot.


There are some of us of that age group who remember dancing to that style of music two or three times a week. There was no excuse accepted for not being up early the next morning, ready for a day’s work. DZ)   


  The Forty Dance Club held a hard time dance at the Legion Memorial Hall on Monday evening. Prizes were awarded to the hardest-time dressed persons. Frank Hepburn received first prize and James West second prize for men; Mrs. K. Van Gorden first prize and Mrs. M. Meridith second prize for ladies.


Members on the committee were Mr. and Mrs. Randy Briggs, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs. Don Schwantes, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Hoesly, Mr. and Mrs. Soren Larson. The novelty dances they planned were unusual.


Members of the “40s Square Dance Group” entered a float representing their danced club during Clark County’s Centennial parade that was held in Neillsville. Louie Nemitz is holding an accordion, standing in the back of the pickup. Louie was often accompanied by his brother Art, also a musician, when they played for many local dances.



Clarence L. Sturdevant has been back in the Old Home Town this week, after concluding a distinguished career in the corps of army engineers. This is his first visit in Neillsville in 18 years. It was 45 years ago that, as a senior in Neillsville High School he went to West Point and began a live work, which led him to the rank of major general and which, at one time, gave him command of 283,000 men. As a professional soldier he holds the highest rank ever attained by a son of Neillsville.


At the upper end of his high school days, young Clarence Sturdevant fastened his eye upon the army. Knowing that he must pass a stiff examination to enter West Point, he centered his interest upon the subjects required for that examination. Thus, he worked his way into the army school without finally graduating here. He left it to George Zimmerman and his other local friends to garner such laurels as commencement day offered in Neillsville.


But commencement day at West Point found Clarence Sturdevant standing so high in his class that he had the choice of the coveted assignment to the engineer corps, regarded by most West Pointers as the choice service of the army. As a member of the corps of engineers he began after graduation the series of steps, which finally led to assignment as assistant to the chief command in the construction of the Alcan Highway and to the command of New Guinea base section of MacArthur’s command.


But before beginning his wandering in the engineer service, Clarence Sturdevant was married in Neillsville in 1909 to Beth Youmans, a Neillsville girl, and it was in the Youmans home in Neillsville that John, their second child was born.                                                                              


Annual Turkey Dance

Legion Memorial Hall, Neillsville – Thursday, Nov. 17

Music by Howie Sturtz Orch.

Playing your Favorite Waltzes-Polkas-Fox Trots



On Hallowe’en Nite, Will sound at 9 P.M.


Notice is hereby given that on Hallowe’en night, Monday, October 31, 1949, the curfew will be sounded at 9:00 o’clock. All children 16 years of age and under must be off the streets at that hour, unless accompanied by their parents or guardian.


Lawrence Drescher, Chief of Police, City of Neillsville, Wis.           


New Record Releases!

‘Jolly Musicians Polka’ by Bernie Roberts

‘I’ll Never Slip Around Again’ M. Whiting – J. Wakely

“The Lucky Old Sun’ – Frankie Lane

‘Heap Big Smoke’ Arthur Godfrey

‘I Don’t Give a Hoot!’ Slim Jim

Bollom’s Record Shop – Neillsville – Phone Red 36.





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