Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 2, 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 1899


The progressive little town of Loyal is soon to be lighted by electricity. A.A. Graves has secured a franchise for the putting in of a plant and a crew of men has already commenced the work of setting poles. They hope to have the system in operation by Thanksgiving.                                      


Wanted: Ten thousand bushels of oats, 21’ per bushel.. Highest price paid for Rye.


Also, For Sale: Newly Ground Flour, $3.50 per barrel, or 90’ per sack.


Neillsville Cash Milling             


(During the early 1920s, a few miles north of Mitchell, SD, and along the James River, there was a Hutterite colony, where the colony members also operated a flourmill. My grandparents farmed a few miles west of the colony. Each fall they would bag up some of their recently threshed wheat and rye grains, hauling it in a horse-drawn wagon to the nearby colony where the grans were ground into flour that was to be used for the family’s home baking needs throughout the coming year.


My grandma spoke German, so she was able to communicate with the colony members. She always took along a large bag of candy for the Hutterite children, which was a great treat that they otherwise didn’t get. The Hutterite women also joined the children in scrambling to get a share of the candy.


Hutterites (German: Hutterer) also called Hutterian Brethren, are on an ethno-religious group and community branch of the Anabaptist who, like the Amish and Mennonite, trace their roots back to the Radical Reformation in the early 16th Century. DZ)                                                              


William Montgomery, who for the past nine years held a position with the Neillsville Milling Company, has accepted a situation as head miller of the Humbird Flouring mills.


Owing to the severe illness of Dr. Esch, the partnership hitherto existing between himself and Dr. Conroy, by mutual agreement, has been dissolved and the latter will continue the practice alone.


The N.C. Foster Lumber Co., Greenwood, guarantees to pay during month of October, 50 cents for rye and 21 cents for oats, and as much more as the marked will warrant, and purpose to keep at the top of the market. Bring your rye and oats and hold your wheat until our new mill is finished.


George E. Crothers and family returned home Saturday noon from Lewiston, Idaho, whither they went last spring with the expectation of locating there permanently. A summer’s experience in that country proved to Mr. Crothers that its prospects for future development were not so bright and alluring as they first appeared to him. He has concluded that Neillsville and Clark County afford as great opportunities as any of the boasted sections of the west and will again make this his home.            


A special dispatch from Pittsville states that a shooting affray resulting in the death of John Davis, an Indian, took place in the Indian Settlement, six miles west of that place, last Tuesday. It seems that Davis attempted an entrance into the tepee occupied by Chief Pius Neekoon’s 20-year-old daughter. The young woman seized a Winchester rifle and put a bullet through him, killing him instantly. The facts became known only after Davis had been buried. Further developments are expected.                         


A woman is working a swindling scheme quite successfully in various parts of the state. She claims to be a milliner and says that her store was destroyed by fire, leaving her penniless and with three small children to support. She worked Juneau with her story the other day to the tune of $50. Investigations proves her to be a fraud.                                                                                             


H.H. Heath’s new home on Fourth Street is rapidly assuming proportions of the completed product, and before the snow flies, another handsome dwelling will be added to the number of fine residences erected this summer.


Dr. A. Matheson, of this city, and Dr. Kennedy, of Kaukauna, Wis., have associated themselves together for the practice of medicine and have leased the building east of Balch & Tragsdorf’s store. Which will immediately be remodeled for their offices.


Notice! … We the undersigned blacksmiths of Neillsville and vicinity, on account of the great advance in the prices of iron, hereby agree that we cannot afford to do horseshoeing at former prices.


We also hereby agree that, commencing Oct. 15, 1899, we must charge the following prices: For setting old horseshoes, 20 cents; For setting new horseshoes, 40 cents.


Neillsville – Beaulieu & Mertes, A. Barton, Wolf & Korman, Elroy Robinson, C.D. Ruddock and W.P. Allen.


Granton – Michael Grasser and Wm. Schwartz.


Lynn – M.C. Chapman and Wm. Wierchem.


Grant – Wm. Hughes.


Loyal – Karruf & Ayer Bros., James Van Camp and H.B. Esselman.


October 1939

The new $56,484 Greenwood High School addition was dedicated as the social, educational and recreational center for the whole surrounding community in formal exercises last Friday night.


More than 500 residents and school children were present to take part in the dedication of the fine new auditorium and classroom building, the third public school built in the city of Greenwood.


Final steps in the formal dedication of the building are planned for the first home basketball game, during the second week in November, with Withee High School as the opponent.


Mayor Ed Buker declared that all citizens should appreciate the advantages offered by the new addition. “Many of us,” he said, “remember the old log school houses of 40 years ago, and their rough and uncomfortable equipment. Now our children have the best of opportunity, teachers and equipment.”


Recalling that which residents of Clark County are always so acutely aware, L.M. Sasman of Madison, state supervisor of vocational agriculture, pointed out that the city leans heavily on the agriculture of the countryside about it. At the same time, he said, the rural community depends to a large extent on the city as its center.


Mrs. Heilman, representing the Women’s Club, reminded those present of the women’s side of the picture, telling what the mothers of the community would expect from the new building and the school system.


We look for moral uplift in plays and education, worthwhile classes; a teaching of appreciation of the lasting qualities of music, a teaching of teamwork, the fineness of working together and building of character.


“The school must be a bulwark of the home, connecting and protecting it,” she said.


A 40-minute concert by the Greenwood High School band, competently directed by M.G. Hammel, opened the dedicatory exercises.


The Above photo, taken in 1939, was of a newly-built addition to the Greenwood High School, which included an auditorium. The sign posted in front of the building read: “PWA Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works School Addition.”



Clark County’s new outdoor work relief camp in the Hay Creek unit of the county forest opened Tuesday.

Ten men on county relief rolls were assigned to the camp as the first contingent to work out payment for necessities for themselves and their families during the next 10 months.


The camp is located on the Hay Creek flowage, near the lake created by the new Rock Dam and is by a large plantation of small jack pine made by WPA crews and county forestry workers last spring and summer.


Establishment of the camp was approved at the summer session of the county board of supervisors last August.

Work was started immediately under the direction of the forestry and welfare departments, and the camp now includes a foreman’s shanty, a garage and work shop, a combined kitchen and dining room and a bunkhouse constructed to provide quarters for 15 men. Logs for the buildings were taken from the county forest. Men assigned to the camp later will undertake improvement work in the county forest and prepare for future plantations.


The camp is under the direction of A.C. Covell, county forester, and Joe Lesar of the Town of Hendren, is the foreman in charge. Mr. Lesar has been employed by the forestry department since it was created in 1936, and is well qualified for the task, Mr. Covell said.


Winter work for the men in the camp will be to cut dead and down trees in the county forest and provide fire wood for distribution to county welfare clients. Excess wood will be sold at market prices, and proceeds will be turned into a revolving fund for the operation and maintenance of the camp.


(The federal program, Works Progress Administration [WPA], was designed to provide relief for the unemployed during the 1930s Depression years in our country. It employed mostly unskilled men to carry out many public works infrastructure projects. DZ)                                                                                                                                


A drive being held by the Neillsville Parents Musical association to raise funds for sending the high school band to the national music tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., next spring will be opened October 26 with an old-time dance and box social in the Moose Hall.                                          


Plum Pudding and Chicken Pie Supper

At the Pleasant Ridge Church

Friday, Oct 20, 5:30 p.m. - 50’ and 25’


(The Pleasant Ridge Church was located on the corner of Highway 10 and Miller Avenue intersection east of Neillsville. DZ)                                                                              


Dance At Stables Nite Club Hwy. 10, 6 miles west of Neillsville – Saturday, Oct. 21

Music by Neillsville’s own “Five Red Peppers”


These are memories that haunt Greenwood Hose Carts.


Those carts are haunted, as for 43 years they have been gathering up the haunts of Greenwood men who have fought fire with them. It will be only a few more weeks until the new fire engine with the 500-gallon pumper arrives. Then these hand-drawn hose carts will be used for watering a skating rink in the new park.


But there new duties will not chase the spirits, which have nestled with them, one by one, during their long and faithful service. They could tell some interesting stories of fires they have gone to and men who have handled them down through the years, if they could but speak.


The undoubtedly would tell stories of the days when Bill Volk, Frank Carter, Chris Brown, Irving Cates, George W. Bishop, and many others since gone to their reward, pulled them on the double quick.


Or they might tell something about Charles C. Hoehne, the hardware man who was a member of the department for 36 years and chief, off and on, for 22 years.


Or something about John W. Arends, the present city clerk; Lin Enockson; George Van Voorhees; Ben Packard; Howard Corey; Bill Hauge; Clarence Green, who now lives on a farm 10 or 12 miles west of the city.


Those hose carts were installed as a part of the Greenwood firefighting equipment in 1893, when the first city water mains were laid for fire protection purposes. Since 1919 they have shot out water under pressure from an electric pump. But before that time steam was used.


Chief Hoehne said, “We have been pretty lucky in putting out fires with what little equipment we have had. The people of Greenwood have a lot of credit due to them for that. They have been very good about keeping rubbish cleaned up, and they made a business of fire prevention work in general.”


There have been a few bad fires in the city during the last half-century; but fortunately, none have resulted in death or injury. The chief could recall only about five complete loses, such as those of the Eggerty building with a pool hall and barbershop, the Anthony Barr home, Eugene McCann house, Harry Hauge’s house, and the Bagley dance hall.


United States citizenship apparently would mean a great deal to Joseph Edward Erickson of the Town of Unity.


Last Thursday, the 74-year-old Finnlander walked about 35 miles, from his home to the courthouse in Neillsville, to file his first papers for citizenship. And he earned the $2.50 filing fee by husking corn!


Mr. Erickson, who was born in Christine, Finland, in November 1865, started out from his home about two miles west of the village of Unity on foot early in the morning. He was tired and weary when he entered the office of Ben Frantz, clerk of circuit court, to file the papers about 3 p.m.


“I walked  every foot of the way,” he revealed with a sparkle in his eyes; “but the longest walk came when I got to Neillsville. I had to walk “way over west somewhere before I could get to the courthouse,” he said, referring to the detour over O’Neill Creek.


County officials secured a ride part way home for Mr. Erickson.


Mr. Erickson is only one of several residents of Clark County who recently filed naturalization papers at the courthouse. The recent unrest in central Europe may have encouraged the sudden interest of some Clark County residents in filing for naturalization papers.




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