Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 30, 2019  Page 8 

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 1934


George Zimmerman of Neillsville has been appointed out guard of the Zor Shrine temple by Potentate James. G. Peterson, of La Crosse. Mr. Zimmerman will succeed John R. Johnson of La Crosse, who resigned because of his leaving the state.                                                                      


Hunters like R.E. Schmedel and Dr. M.C. Rosekrans, who often regale their listeners with tales of marvelous skill with fire arms, who seldom produce any game to back up their stories, will have to take a temporary back seat for Mrs. Otto Warren who bowled over four partridges and a snowshoe rabbit in Price County Tuesday. While Mr. Warren was looking after a cattle deal Mrs. Warren took a 12-gauge shotgun into the woods and after a short jaunt returned with the limit. She brought down every bird that she saw and shot at.


On the other hand, The Press awaits reports of Mr. Schmedel and Dr. Rosekrans. A few days before the season opened, they had a cattle car arrive with some assorted dogs shipped in from Iowa and when last seen were headed north with their pack. It is expected that they will make known the results of their expedition at the next Kiwanis Club dinner.                                                                


Marriage Licenses:

Carl Herbert Newhaus, Colby, and Milinda Volkman Reil, Abbotsford.


Lester E. Binning, Unity, and Eleanor Heber, Owen.


Herman Klocke, Curtiss, and Irene Neilbacker, Owen.


Arndt Ricksford, Town of Weston, and Mabel Miller, Town of Worden.


Frederick Garbish, and Helen Schuelke, Granton.                            


Card Party, Sponsored by the Moose

Sheepshead, 500 and Bridge

Friday, Oct. 2 – 8:30 p.m.

At Moose Club Hall,

Dutch Lunch – Everybody welcome

(A Dutch lunch back then was what we now call a potluck. DZ)


Dancing – Every Saturday Nite – At Seltrecht’s Barn – Saturday, Oct. 20

Two Free Beers or Other Refreshments, With each Admission

Gents 35’ - Ladies Free


Friday  & Saturday: Silver Dome Ballroom – Tuesday, Oct. 16

“Old Time Dance”

Uncle Henry’s Original – Kentucky Mountaineers With Floor Show

WLS Barn Dance Feature

Gents 35’ - Ladies 15’.


(During the 1930s, the “WLS Barn Dance Show” was a popular featured one-hour radio program every Saturday evening that was aired over a Chicago station, and which our family as well as most of the neighboring farm families listened to weekly. And with only a few chosen programs selected to listen to, because we had a battery-operated radio, and the battery had a limited number of hours with “charge” to operate on. Money was tight, so replacing the “dead” battery with a new one depended on when funds would be available. DZ)                                                                                        


Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Lindow of the Chili area came to surprise them Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, in honor of their silver wedding anniversary.


The afternoon was spent visiting and with a short devotional program of scripture reading and a prayer, which was given by Rev. Zimmerman. A song, “When there is love at home” was sung by everyone, followed by “Just a Song at Twilight” sung by two of their nieces, Alvira Lindow and Ellen Drescher. The program ended with the selection, “Home, Sweet Home,” played on the piano by Marilyn Lindow. A bountiful supper was served, and after an enjoyable afternoon, the guests departed while wishing the honored couple many more happy anniversaries. Besides a generous silver donation, the couple was presented with many pretty flowers and silver gifts.                                                                       


Several large flocks of geese became confused by the lights of Neillsville Thursday night and circled the city from midnight until daylight before they could get their bearings and continue south. Friday morning it was estimated that more than 500 geese passed over this city on their way south. A number of hunters rushed to Lake Arbutus before daylight Friday morning only to find that none of the geese had landed on the lake.


October 1959


Mrs. Sadie Haight and Darwin Graves ae the champions for 1959 at the Neillsville Country Club in the women’s and men’s divisions, Mrs. Haight also won top honors in 1957 and 1958, and Graves has been the annual winner for eight consecutive years, in the men’s division.


This year, Mrs. Haight won over Lovetta Anderson in the championship game. Graves defeated Jerry Anderson in the championship game, with a par 37.


The annual closing dinner will be held at the Country Club stating at 7 o’clock Saturday evening, dinner being served by  the women with Mrs. E.A. Georgas as chairman of the dinner committee.


Championship trophies of black marble will be presented to Mrs. Haight and Mr. Graves, runner-up trophies to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. A hole-in-one trophy also will be presented to Mr. Anderson.


Trophies for handicap championship will be presented to Art Schraufnagel and Mrs. Carl (Doris) Eisentraut; Carl Myre of Loyal and Dixie Steinbring.                                                   


The dinner Saturday will close activities at the Country Club for this year. The years of 1958 and 1959 have been the big years at the Country club with many new members added and considerable improvements made. “In lowering the fees in 1958,” said Mrs. Haight, “we added many new members which has resulted in more interest and even more income.”


In 1958, the club building was enlarged and this year, many lockers were added. A new tractor also was purchased for ground-keeping. The club is entirely out of debt, said Mrs. Howard (Irene) Giese, president of the women’s group, “and the men and women have cash balances to carry into 1960.”  


Ground  has been broken Monday morning for the new warehouse and feed mill of the Neillsville Farmers Union Cooperative, which is expected to be in operation here sometime after the first of next year.


Encompassing the main portion of the former Kleckner building elevator, the building will be an over-all-size of 240 by 80 feet. It will face Seventh Street and run from the railroad spur track west of t he county highway garage to Clay Street.                                                                           


An automobile collided with a machine shed northeast of Loyal last Friday afternoon, as a young Spencer man  attempted to shake a following police car.


The young man’s car crashed into a shed on the Donald Oestreich farm on Rt. 2, Loyal. According to Officer Dale Schultz, the Loyal police chief gave chase at speeds up to 90 miles per hour after the driver failed to stop at an arterial in Loyal.


The driver then drove northward on County Trunk K, with Chief Pat Deuel in hot pursuit. A mile north of the city he turned off the county trunk onto a side road, and went three-quarters of a mile east, where he ran into the machine shed.


The collision damaged the left door and right front fender of the car.


Fred J. Barr and Fran Petkovsek of Greenwood left on a trip to hunt moose near Port Arthur, Canada, Monday. They expect to be gone a week or 10 days.                                     


Northwest Wisconsin will hold dedication ceremonies for 59 miles of Interstate Route 94, between Hudson and Eau Claire, October 29.


State highway commission officials said it is the largest single section of I-road in the state to be opened at one time and is believed to be the largest in the nation since the I-System program was begun in 1956.


Work is proceeding on a 100-acre marshland area on the old Abbot Ranch, in Clark County forest in the Town of Foster where the area will be turned into a habitat for waterfowl.


During the CCC days, two old drainage ditches were built to converge on the upper dam of the Abbot Ranch waterfowl development. The dike extends northward from the dam and the project is being carried out by members of the WINX Club of Neillsville, a club of local waterfowl hunters, the state regulatory board and the Clark County Forestry Department.                                                   



IGA Foodliner – Fourth Week!

No. 4 Coupon FREE!

One Tall 12 oz. “Midnight Glow” Anchor-Hocking Glass

With Coupon at the Neillsville IGA Foodliner,

Only Coupon, good from Oct. 1 thru Oct. 7, 1959.


(Are there some of you who remember shopping weekly back then and being sure to turn in the weekly coupons to receive “free” glassware? There were two sizes, the six-ounce juice and 12-ounce beverage glasses, eight of each to complete the set I still have some of those very attractive glasses, being kept in my china hutch.


Soon after, some grocery stores started the offer for a piece of china with each weekly free coupon on a minimum amount of grocery purchase. Grocery shopping every Friday, I took advantage of the offer as my budget was set in the $20-a-week range. When that campaign was over, a similar offer was started. In all, I had gotten two eight-piece settings of china dishes, along with one six-piece setting of unbreakable Melmac.


When my younger brother and his fiancιe were to be married, I pondered what to give them as a wedding gift. Having little money to buy a nice gift, I decided to give the one attractive eight-piece setting of china, complete with all the serving pieces that I had “coupon-collected” from Davel’s Grocery in Loyal in one of their “free coupon dishes campaigns.” Years later, my sister-in-law told me that set of dishes we had given them was their “best china,” used for several years when they had dinner guests. It was a compliment on the “free coupon” dinnerware. DZ)                                                                                   


This past weekend, Mr. and Mrs. John Reinart were in Milwaukee, where they attended the wedding of her cousin, Beverly Seelow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Seelow formerly of Neillsville, and Tony Snyder, at Our Father’s Lutheran Church. A reception was held in the evening.


Mrs. Reinart’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dahnert, took care of their children and did the farm chores while they were gone.                                                                              


State Senator William Proxmire will address the Neillsville High School student body Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.


The coin-metered, self-service laundromat will make its debut in Neillsville next Tuesday, when Haenel’s Laundromat holds open house in its building at the corner of West Seventh and Grand.


The laundromat, owned and operated by Mrs. Julia Haenel of Fairchild, is located in the building formerly occupied by the Bowman Egg Company, opposite Van Gorden’s Feed Mill.


Mt. and Mrs. Ferdinand Grap, Weston’s oldest pioneer family, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary October 12 at what was their log cabin home, which they had built and started housekeeping, adding siding on the house later. It is located one mile south of Globe corners. On October 12,, 1899, John Ferdinand Grap was married to Martha Kalsow, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kalsow, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Globe with pastor, Rev. F.W.A. Thrun, officiating.                     


This hunting business isn’t all peaches and cream.


Take the stories floating  back from South Dakota this week concerning the experience of a group of four Neillsville professional men. The have had enough to write a small-sized book.


Starting out with duck hunting in Canada, they had hunting equipment and shells stolen from a car driven by Dr. R. D. Peters. The guns were safe; but shells and other hunting equipment were taken.


The stolen goods were recovered, but Canadian authorities kept possession for evidence in the prosecution of a man taken into custody in connection with the theft. Drs. Peters, M.V. Overman and Roger Heineck, and Atty. Donald W. Johnson, will get the equipment back eventually; but they had to replace some of it to continue the hunt.


Then, on their way to South Dakota from Canada to hunt pheasants, the engine of the car burned out when mud plugged the air cleaner. They left the car behind for major repairs; bought a “new” 1950 model for $300 and proceeded on their way.


Those who brought the story back were chuckling, because they said, the so-called “new” car probably would sell for one-third of that on most used car lots.


In the words of Happy Ehlers, the Greenwood sage: “They saw some strangers and took then in.”


The “Neillsville Clippers” champion baseball team of 1886 played in a league that included Marshfield and some other surrounding city teams. The celebration as being champions called for a photograph. Some of the players are identified as (front, left to right) Frank Eryly and ?; second row; Ed gates, Alvah B. Marsh, George Ure, Gus Klopf, George Huntzicker; back row: ?, Frank Hewett, ?. (Photo courtesy  of the Clark County Jail Museum.)




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