Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 16, 2019  Page 8  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


January 1909


Wednesday, December 30th, the Royal Neighbors adopted a class of eighteen members. An oyster supper was given, and all had a right royal time. They will install their officers January 13 and request all members to be present, as there will be important business to transact.               


Sheriff Robert Eunson moved into the jail residence Monday and Ex-sheriff Jaseph moved into Eunson’s house.


Judge O’Neill is trying a case in Rhinelander this week and Will Campman is with him doing the reporting.


The Johnson Manufacturing Co. of Neillsville is carrying on quite an extensive logging operation on Section 9, north of Merrillan. They are cutting the logs and wood from a piece of land located there and shipping it to the Neillsville station over the Northwestern Railroad. They are expected to haul in 175,000 feet of logs, consisting of oak, basswood and elm. E.W. Rush has a contract to load the logs on the cars and has a crew of men busy at work. This is one of the few remaining pieces of standing timber of marketable size in that area.


Everybody likes to save money. Why not save it on butter? We sell first-class separator cream farm butter, guaranteed quality and full weight, at 25’ per lb. Farmers Cash Store


Lloyd Biggar, manager of the Merrillan area pickle station for Libby, McNeill & Libby of Chicago, informs us that on Monday of this week they picked up two carloads of pickles and shipped them to Seattle, Wash. There are still several carloads of pickles waiting shipment to be directed by the Chicago firm.


Herman Yankee caught his axe on a clothesline the other night while splitting wood, and the clothesline rubbed across Herman’s nose with such force as to remove a considerable amount of skin.


Dells Dam Area News:

It was 45 degrees below zero Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock. How’s that for Clark County weather?


A surprise party at Miss Flossie Schultz’s Monday evening was well attended and all report a good time.


The La Crosse Water Power Co. moved their buildings from Hatfield up to Dells Dam Wednesday so as to get ready to start working along the river as soon as the weather permits.


Rather than carry my fur coats over for another year, I will sell all I have at absolute cost. If I can get my money out of them by selling at cost, I will not consider profits. This is an opportunity such as only the mild weather brings. Call and see me.


 Emery Bruley, The Clothier                                                           


Carl Haberland is now located in his shop just east of Hemp’s Grocery, and he very cordially solicits his old customers to bring their shoe repairing to him there and will also be pleased to see any new customers who desire their work done in a prompt and satisfactory manner. His prices are always reasonable. Call on him, one door east of Hemp’s Grocery.


(Hemp’s Grocery was located on the southeast corner of the Hewett and Fifth streets intersection, which is now the site of the Sniteman Park Bandshell, or what some refer to as the “gazebo.” The bandshell represents some of the town’s history.


In the early 1900s, most small towns had a centrally located bandshell, where the town band or high school band studen4ts could gather to play for about an hour of entertainment on Saturday night. Many people, especially farm families, came to town then during the summer to do their weekly shopping. DZ)  


Hemp’s Grocery Store was located on the southeast corner of Fifth and Hewett Streets intersection in the early 1900s. Carl Haberland’s Shoe Repair Shop was in one of the buildings next to Hemp’s Grocery. The 1918 photo, during World War I, shows some returning soldiers marching up Hewett St.




From 1,000 matrimonial proposals, a woman, Francis of Boyd has chosen a well-known man of Dorchester for her husband.


Frances began advertising for a husband October 6, 1908, and in three months has received hundreds of proposals. Applicants were from different parts of America and Europe. In the advertisement she stated she was 36 years old, good-looking, had a farm and money in the bank.


She maintains women ought to advertise for husband, believing they would have opportunity to get a larger choice than in home communities.


Here is another point of view:          


A big brother is the best adviser for a girl who intends to get married. This is the doctrine Rev. J. O’Brien of St. Louis expounded to an audience of 500 young people


“If girls would spend their time in investigating the characters of young men who want to marry them instead of wasting time on long preliminaries for a wedding,” said the lecturer, “There would be fewer unhappy marriages.”


The best way a girl can find out about a young man is to ask her big brother.  If he does not know he can find out.


(These were two points of view as of 110 years ago. DZ)           


Wisconsin now has 32.3 percent of its land improved. The southern counties in Wisconsin show a condition of agricultural development similar to that prevailing in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Immediately north of these counties, however, the percentage area rapidly decreases.


January 1944


The gross cash income of the average farm family in 1943 was about $2,700. The average net cash income, after all costs and proper charges range from $850 to $1,100.                  


Don E. Peters, superintendent of schools, spoke by invitation to the Rotary Club Tuesday evening. He had been asked to discuss the construction of a new high school building in connection with the club’s work in planning a Workpile project for Neillsville. He made it clear that he appeared, not in the role of a promoter of a new high school but as a guest of the club, responding to a specific invitation. The club had already voted that a new high school building should be considered Project No. One in the post war period.


(The Rotary Club did carry through on their plans of promoting the Workpile project. After World War II, club members were able to locate the owners of property wanted as the site for the new high school building and arrange a purchase. DZ)                                                                


A quiet wedding took place on New Year’s Day at the parsonage of Immanuel Lutheran Church, of Globe, when Miss Victoria Schoenherr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schoenherr, Neillsville, Route 3, became the bride of George Thoma, also of Neillsville, Rt. 3. The double ring service was used, the Rev. Adolph Schumann, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, performing the ceremony.


The bride wore a blue velvet dress, with matching accessories, white carnations. The matron of honor, Mrs. Lee Mills, a sister of the bride, wore a beige dress and also carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations. The groom was attended by Lee Mills.


Both the bride and groom grew up in the Globe community and attended school there. They will reside in an apartment at the Globe Store, and the groom will continue to assist with the farming on his father’s farm.


More than 100 dairy cows from Green County are being shipped to Panama to supply additional milk for the armed forces in that area.                                                                                                                                                            


Marriage Licenses:

Clifford E. Carlson, 21, Marathon County, and Lois O. Franke, 19, Town of Beaver,


Harold Auberg, 24, Withee, and Merle Larson, 16, Town of Warner,


Lennert M. Abrahamson, 22, Tigerton, Wis., and Lillian R. Boe, 23, Loyal.


A class in repair of farm machinery opens January 25.


The full class will sign up for the course in repair of farm machinery as indicated by early inquires. Ten or more famers have joined up, each with one or more pieces of equipment needing repair.


The first session of the class will be held Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at the Seif Implement shop.


Enrollment is being made with John Perkins, ag instructor at the high school, or with Dale Seif, special instructor. The course is open to farmers without charge.


(New farm equipment wasn’t manufactured during the World War II years, so old machinery had to be repaired in order to keep farming the fields. For the farmers who needed some instructions on repairing plows, discs, and so forth, classes were held. DZ)                                                      


Fuel oil users of Clark County, numbering about 1,200, face a cold prospect. The supply of fuel oil has become exceedingly short, with difficulty in filling rations, with danger that ration units may be reduced, and with the certainty that additional rations cannot be granted.


A grim note of warming has been sounded by the local rationing board, based upon a tightening situation. With the attack growing in intensity, and with the second front about to be opened the demand upon petroleum products for the war has been stepped up.


“Those homes that are without fuel oil are cold because they have used up all their coupons for the first three heating periods. “Until such times the petroleum administration tells the nation OPA that there is available additional fuel oil, coupons for auxiliary rations cannot be used.


Auxiliary rations will be granted only in case of increased area heated or an increase in the number of occupants, including the newly born.                                               


Schultz Bros., local contractors, have purchased the Neillsville Garage building on Seventh Street. They are making some improvements and will occupy and use the building at once. In part, the building will be used for the storage and repair of their own equipment, but, as conditions permit, they will engage in the sale and repair of trucks.


Their first work with the property, now proceeding, is to install a ceiling. They will also provide a stoker. The building already has a good steam plant.


The purchase was made from the Crocker estate, which has held the property for several years. The local manager of the building has been George Zimmerman, who negotiated the sale of Schultz Bros.


(That building is located on the southeast corner of the Seventh and West Street intersection. DZ) 


Eight Neillsville people played golf last Sunday on the local golf course. They were Otto Zaeske, William Whaley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Campman and Mr. and Mrs. William Chesemore.


Golf on January 23 was something to tell about in central Wisconsin, but Mr. Zaeske says that this is not the whole story. Not far from the third tee, near the old fruit orchard, the players came upon some green grass, which had evidently grown considerably, and the grass was green near the first putting green. A little more of this soft weather, and the golf course will look green all over, as these golf enthusiasts see it.


In local annuals, the story goes that there was one year long ago when golf was played in every month of the year. But even then the soft weather was not so persistent as now. For instance, Mr. Zaeske played on New Years Day and Sunday, January 9, as well as on Sunday, January 23.


A clean-up of waste paper in Neillsville will be made by the Boy Scouts this coming Saturday, January 29.


This clean-up will cover the entire city, residential as well as business districts. Neillsville householders are asked by the masters of the scout troops, Messrs. Ruedy and Dechant, to wrap the waste paper up in small bundles, of sizes convenient to carry, and place it on porches or at the curb.


All of the waste paper should be put out no later than 9 a.m. Both troops of the Scouts will be working all day to gather it up, having the help of a city truck and driver.


The purpose of the Scouts is to give their best help in the national drive for pulp. They will have, for Scout purposes, cash returns that the paper will bring.


(Newsprint was rationed during World War II. The Clark County Press was allowed four broadsheet pages per week, with one page on each side, or for an eight-page issue. DZ)        



(We have had some inquiries for more information on “The Day They Gave Babies Away,” story that recently appeared in the Press. The story in the Press was a condensed version, such as appeared in the Cosmopolitan magazine. A 93-page book of the story written by Dale Eunson was published in 1947.


For anyone interested in reading that book, a copy of the first publication is available in some of the state’s public libraries and Wisconsin State Universities’ libraries


Those wanting to purchase a book may go online for information.  The original 93-page version is no longer available. The story was republished in 1960 in a 39-page book. A third publication was also printed. Some of the later publications have a paperback cover.


Dale Eunson died in 2002 at the age of 97. His daughter was born in 1934 and later became an actress with the stage name of Joan Evans. She was named after her godmother, Joan Crawford, who also was an actress. Joan Evans retied from acting in 1961 and then became a writer and educator. DZ)






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