Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

November 20, 2019,  Page 9 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


November 1909


It takes young America to devise appropriate football armor. Tuesday afternoon, Calvin Klopf blossomed out in a pair of shin guards of his own devising, having strapped a pair of skates to his legs, and thus protected was making the dust fly in great shape.                                                         


To The Ladies Of Neillsville and Vicinity

You are cordially invited to attend the

Demonstration of Pillsbury Best xxxx Flour

Tuesday, Nov. 9


In the L.B. Ring building, to be held every afternoon and Saturday evening, where we will serve bread and fancy cakes, also give away a souvenir to every lady that attends.


We will also have with us at that time, a Bell’s Coffee demonstrator who is from Chicago and will be serving free coffee at every demonstration.


Yours Truly, The Pillsbury Milling Co.


(Housewives during that time did a lot of home baking: such as three or four loaves of bread twice a week as well as a cake, cookies and pies, thus the demonstration in advertising Pillsbury flour. In my early years of marriage, it was King Midas flour advertising, I still have to King Midas recipe books with excellent recipes I use, each received in bags of their flour during Holiday seasons. DZ) 


Public Auction Sale – Wm. Berger Farm

Located one-half mile
South of Neillsville,

Monday, Nov. 15, Sale begins at 9:30 a.m.

To be Sold: 60-acre farm, 2 working horses, 7 milch cows, I yearling heifer, 3 spring calves, 75 chickens, 2 hogs, 2 shoats, 1-set double working harness, 1 single harness, 1 lumber wagon, 1 milk wagon, 1 wagon box, 1 bob sleigh, 1 mower, 1 grain binder, 1 seeder, 1 drag, 1 plow, 1 disc, 1 hay rake, 2 hand cultivators, 1 clover seeder, 45 bu. ear corn, hay fork with 112 feet rope, 20 ton timothy hay, 3 ton corn stalks, 4 milk cans, 1,500 feet hemlock and elm lumber, other articles too numerous to mention. Terms made known on day of sale.


Mrs. Berger, Prop.

H. Berger, Administrator


(The auction listed every piece of equipment needed in farming 60 acres. The feed grown on the acreage fed  the numbers of livestock and chickens, which in turn provided a living for the owner and his family. DZ)   


A new light has been put in at the corner of Grand Avenue and the railroad track, an improvement that makes a wonderful difference and a great safeguard to the public. The railroad company has agreed to pay half the cost of the light.                                                                              


The Messers. Opelt and Washburn of Lynn went on a hunting trip near Marshfield. They returned with one duck.                                                                                                      


East Weston & West York News:


Mr. and Mrs. Joyce and son Willie went to Neillsville today.


Howard Begley, who has been living with his parents since he hurt his shoulder, returned to his home Thursday.


Glen Furlong has rented Free Raymond’s farm. Free and his two children are living with his parents.


Dr. Christofferson was called to the Joyce home, as Laura Joyce has been very sick, the doctor diagnosed her illness as a light form of typhoid fever.


Miss Marion Holt, who has worked for Mrs. Hemphill in Neillsville the past three years, returned to her work after enjoying a vacation at home.                                                            


Sydney Community News:


The farmers are taking advantage of the good weather by getting their fall work done. The snow will soon cover the ground.


The days are drawing near when the deer will have to run for their lives and the men must look out for bullets.


Charley and George Miller are here for the hunting season. They will be staying with the Paul Scholtz family while they are deer hunting.


Shown above is a 1930s deer hunting party, members of which were made up of two long standing Pleasant Ridge families, the Vines and Hubings. The group represented what is known as a “successful hunt” having “filled -up” seven hunters’ tags with seven deer.

Contact us if you can identify any of these individuals.

(Close-up of faces)


November 1949


A fractured leg was just incidental in a touchdown in a sandlot football game last Friday, at least as far as young Dick Bergemann of Greenwood was concerned.


The son of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Bergemann, Dick carried the ball over the goal line for a touchdown, and his left leg was fractured below the knee on the play.


When he faced his mother’s worry, he proudly objected.


“But Mother, I made the touchdown!”


The fracture was reduced, and Dick is getting along well!            


Neillsville school students heard the saga pf the Rickenbacher party and the few days on life rafts in the trackless expanse of the South Pacific.


The story was told by Lt. James C. Whittaker, co-pilot of the plane carrying the famous Capt. Eddie and his party, and the only man to keep a diary of the day-by-day thoughts and events during those 21 lost days. Of the eight men aboard the Flying Fortress when it was set down in the sea out of gas, seven were rescued.


A background of twins is behind the pair recently born to the Louis Hagedorns of the Neillsville community. The          Hagedorns now have two pair of twins. Mr. Hagedorn’s sister, Mrs. Edward Marg, is the mother of twin boys. Mrs. Hagedorn’s grandparents, the William Oldhams, Sr. were parents of three pair of twins. This adds up to six pairs of twins in the immediate relationship.


The Louis Hagedorns have chosen for their twin boys the names of John Louis and Jerold William. Their twin girls are named Diane and Donna.


(Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hagedorn would later have two more sets of twins, Lois and Louis, then Bruce and Bonnie. DZ)                                                                                                                 


Neillsville High School’s football team concluded its successful season last Thursday night with a 59 to 0 victory over the Granton Bulldogs. The win brought their season’s string to six straight, after dropping their first two starts.


Jim Vincent and Bud Hantke, Neillsville’s “Touchdown Twins,” led their mates with three TD’s each. Bob Kunze, Dick Tibbett and Charles Sydorowicz tallied one TD each. Hantke scored three extra points; Vincent and Bob Kapfer had one each.


Neillsville led 33 to 0 at halftime.                                                        


Moose Benefit Dance

Sponsored by Neillsville Lodge #1602 L.O.O.M.

Legion Memorial Hall, Neillsville

Saturday, Nov. 5,

50’ per person – tax incl.


Four men joined the Service Company’s 128th Infantry, at its meeting last Monday night. They are Glenn Suckow, Karl Petersen, Robert Kapfer and Donald Turner. All of the men are from the Neillsville area.


Top Prices Pail For Scrap!

$20 for Cast Iron, $10 per ton for Steel

$3 per Ton for Paper, $1.50 per 100 for Rags

Calf Hides, 15’ per lb., Cow Hides, 10’ per lb.

Leo Gross – Neillsville – 1 mile North of Van Gorden’s Feed Mill.


Fourteen Boy Scouts and three older advisers got a start last Sunday on a scout cabin at the city shale pit, which will be used principally for overnight hikes.


They cleared the land and started the framework for a 15x15 foot structure. The building is planned to accommodate a patrol. Assisting the scouts were Scoutmaster Dwayne Schweinler and assistants.


Attention Deer Hunters!

We are Open Every Morning at 4:15

During Hunting Season – Including Sunday!

For Your Convenience,

We will Serve Sandwiches Ready for You to Take

With You on Your Hunting Tours

Make Reservations NOW for Your Thanksgiving Day Dinner

We Will Serve Your Choice of Favorite Poultry, with All the Trimmings.

Becker’s Cafι Main Street Neillsville.


Free Dancing!

Hunter’s Ball – At the Stables Nite Club

Saturday, Nov. 19 - Marden’s Corny Colonels &

Sunday, Nov. 20 – Maeder’s Merry Men.


A new filling station is to be constructed at the corner of South Hewett and Seventh Street, by the Urbans who own the land. Plans for the building were presented to the city council Tuesday evening, and a building permit was granted.


The building will be constructed under an agreement between the Urbans and Standard Oil, whereby it will be leased for 10 years to Standard Oil. The construction will be of typical Standard style, the exterior being of white glazed tile. The station will be the two stall type, with one stall for lubrication and one for car washing.


Estimated cost is approximately $10,000.                                            


The basketball season in Neillsville will get under way at the Armory Saturday night when the new Neillsville All-Stars takes on the Country Ballroom team of Marshfield at 8 p.m. The All-Star roster is made up of the city’s two independent teams of last year, The Athletics and the Green Hornets. The team is being coached by Victor Lehman, the principal of St. John’s Lutheran School who coached the Athletics last year, their business manager is Werner Jenni, who took over the job held by his son, Roland, with the Athletics last year.


Heading the list of local favorites are Bud Bremer, Glen (Gus) Lezotte, Dar Graves, Dick Prochazka, Roland Meihak, “Bitsie” Wasserburger and Mickey Tock.


The All-Stars practice in the high school gymnasium each Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. A few berths on the squad are left, and cagers who have the desire, and believe they have the ability to make the grade should contact one of the above.                     


The Reider Olson family has taken up residence at Merrill, Wisconsin. They have discontinued residence at their place east of Neillsville, formerly the Pleasant Ridge Cheese Factory. Mr. Olson had made improvements there, providing modern living quarters. He had also begun the development of a manufacturing enterprise, which has been discontinued at that location. The property is now being advertised for sale.


Orville Jake, Neillsville, is in the local hospital where he was taken Tuesday, after a stray bullet passed through his left leg near the ankle and lodged in the fleshy part of the upper right leg.


Jake was hunting in Jackson County, east of Pray with a party of eight others when he was wounded. Earl Pierce, Neillsville farmer, said he was standing a few feet of Jake at the time.


Jake was in a kneeling position with his right knee on the ground. The bullet passed through the left leg near the ankle and entered the right leg, where it lodged.


Jake told Pierce he had been shot, the flow of blood from the wounds was quenched by applying tourniquets made from handkerchiefs.


The accident happened about noon, and at that time a section crew of the Green Bay and Western Railroad was passing near the scene. The crew stopped, and they loaded Jake on a handcar, transported him to the first wagon road west of that location. There he was loaded into a car and was brought to the Neillsville hospital by Bob Poler and Ted Pierce, two members of the hunting party.


Other members in the group included Bill Buchsteiner, formerly of Greenwood and Neillsville, two of his friends Bill Poler and Ernie Christie.


Jake was the only hunter injured as the current five-day deer hunting season neared its end. Up to the last day Clark County had gone without a serious mishap, a record not achieved in possibly eight years, although 10 dead wee counted in the state, five from gunshot wounds and five from heart attacks.


Wedding Dance And Coin Shower

At Levis Hall – Saturday, Nov. 26.

In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Opelt


(In the 1930s and 40s, during depressed times, there weren’t the funds available for putting on a reception in honor of a young couple’s marriage.


Usually after the couple was married, a dance  with a coin shower would be organized by family members and friends who would invite everyone in the community to attend. A two- or three-piece band would provide dancing music. Sometime during the dance, coins of money wee collected in a man’s hat as it was passed around to those in attendance, thus called a “Coin Shower,” The coin collection was then given to the newlyweds. Often as a light lunch was served at the close of the evening. DZ)     





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