Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 23, 2019, Page 9  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

January 1899


Women clerks and stenographers employed by the Chicago & North Western Railroad in all its general offices were discharged January 1st, 1899 except in cases where long service makes retention a matter of justice and necessity. Notice of the corporation’s change of policy in the decision to employ men exclusively in its business departments were sent to all points on the system where women were employed.   


Anderegg Brothers of La Crosse, who have located at Heintown will operate a sawmill, purchasing a mill outfit of the Gaar Scott Co., the first of the week. Chas. Cornelius assisted in the deal.


During the year 1898, there were recorded in the Register of Deed’s office,169 marriages, 340 births and 126 deaths in the county.                                                                      


Married by Geo. Bue, Justice of the Peace, Jan. 1, 1899, at the home of the bride’s parents in the Town of Sherwood Forest, W.J. Riley Cox and Miss Edina I. Gillard.     


John Hein’s household goods and stock of merchandise were loaded on rail cars Tuesday of this week and shipped to Tony, Wis. John Jr. will remain here several weeks yet straightening up the business left over. Neillsville is sorry to see the Heins leave here.                                  


Kurth & Fiebke, contractors and builders, have opened up a shop in the Trogner building, opposite Webster’s livery barn corner of Grand Avenue and 6th Street. The firm intends making this a permanent location and will undoubtedly receive their share of patronage.                                                                     


Hereafter, loungers about the train depot; truckmen, expressmen, hotel callers and reporters included, will not be allowed to invade the sanctity of the agent’s office. Orders were received the first of the week, and now Harve and Fred are kept busy explaining to the public the “whys and wherefores, as to their not being permitted to warm their shins and smoke Whitcomb’s old Missouri meerschaum pipes heretofore.


A new Robinson Crusoe has been found. The man, according to a Peruvian telegram, was found on the Galapagos Islands. He had not spoken to or seen a human being for fourteen years. He has lived on wild birds, shellfish and water.                                                                           


Chas. Youmans opened up a blacksmith and wagon shop at Chili the first of this week. He also repairs engines and boilers and will no doubt fill a long felt want for the people in Chili.


James Renne came down from Stewart’s logging camp near Chili, last Friday evening, suffering with a broken leg, caused by a tree limb falling on him.                                          


Recruiting Officer Buck, who was here last week Thursday, secured the enlistment of nine men for the regular Army. Only one of the men, Ralph Haxton, was from this city. Haxton was sent to Fort Sheridan, Illinois.


A snowfall of about eight inches Sunday night proved a blessing to traffic and trade, which has increased wonderfully, as the farmers can now haul as big of loads as they can get on their sleighs.


Sometimes preachers deem it necessary to resort to sensational methods to attract an audience to their place of worship. An exchange tells of a preacher in a town not far away who announced that he would discuss a family scandal from the pulpit. As a result, every seat in the church was filled long before service, and a look of satisfaction was in the faces of the congregation. The shrewd master of the flock then proceeded to discourse on Adam and Eve.                                                                                               


A petition, very liberally signed, will be sent soon to Assemblyman Sturdevant, praying him to introduce a measure in the legislature for the better protection of the game in this state. A revision of the present law, whereby the hunter has twenty days to hunt in and five more to ship his game, is not very much protection to the game, for at the rate deer, grouse, etc., were slaughtered this past season it will not be very long before this game will be extinct or driven out of the state. An effort will be made to reduce the hunting season to ten days and allow no game to be shipped to cities for sale. It should be thus.


The firm of Diskow & Jackson, barbers, has again been formed and opened up for business Tuesday morning in the building formerly occupied by the Commercial State Bank. When Co. A was called to the front the firm was dissolved, owing to Mr. Jackson being second lieutenant of the company and who went to Puerto Rico. The firm’s present location gives them the finest quarters in the city.


(Diskow & Johnson’s barbershop was located between Sniteman’s and the Neillsville Bank on Hewett Street. DZ)                                                                                            


Clearing Sale of Winter’s Goods

Men’s Slippers at … 79’; Lady’s Button Shoes $1.48,

Men’s Gray Long Underwear … 45’,

Men’s Sheepskin Lined Duck Coats … $3.95.

Luethe & Schroeder Co. Neillsville, Wis.


January 1949


Clark County, known as a farming community, is also a busy industrial center. In addition to its 5,000 farms, it has about 100 factories. Most of these are small, few employing more than 50 persons each, but in the aggregate they build a strong economy, which makes Clark County a busy area, under all economic conditions.


Of the county’s industries, 70 are directly connected with dairying. Of the 70, fifty-five make cheese, either exclusively or as part of a general program. The cheese factories are small, on the average, a few being strictly family enterprises and most employing five or six persons including the owner. Yet the 55 cheese factories handled in 1948 about 300 million pounds of milk and paid out nine or ten million dollars to farmers in the county.


Neillsville, which thinks of itself as the milk capital of Central Wisconsin, handles a very heavy volume of milk, the patrons who send theirs to this center numbering about 1,500. This milk comes rom a wide area, some of it from a distance of 40 miles. The aggregate is perhaps equal to 30 percent of the milk production of Clark County.


At Neillsville is located the largest primary processing plant of the county, the American Stores Dairy Company. This processing concern is a subsidiary of the American Stores Dairy Company, which operated upwards of 1,900 food stores in the East. The Condensery produces two brands of evaporated milk, known as Farmdale and Asco.


An important part in the local milk market is played by the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative, a mutual organization of more than 500 farmers. This operation has grown substantially in recent years. Formerly centering their attention on butter, the Neillsville Milk Products has diversified considerably, and now has cheese or milk powder to whatever extent is indicated by marketing conditions. During 1948, Milk Products constructed a large warehouse and cheese factory on Seventh Street, across from the main plant and connected with that plant by a subway.


In recent years, an important place in the county’s economy has been taken by Blue Moon Foods, Inc. the headquarter of which is in Thorp. This organization not only makes cheese spreads in the main plant at Thorp, but also produces cheese specialties and handles natural cheese in large lots.


(All three of the above dairy in businesses no longer exist. To learn that in 1948-49 there were 5,000 dairy farms in Clark County seems unreal today. But then, the family dairy farms, on the average were 80 acres, more or less. Each farm supported raising crops for 10 to 17 milk cows, two or three hogs and a flock of 50 to 75 laying hens. They each grew a large garden and had two or three apple trees. DZ)              


Above is an early 1940s view of the American Stores Dairy plant, formerly Oatman Condensery, which was located by the intersection of Hewett and 8th Streets. A farmer took milk to the Condensery daily. A 1939 Ford sedan is shown traveling over the new Hewett Street Bridge.


Herbert Keller of Neillsville was appointed courthouse janitor by the public property committee of the county board at its meeting last Friday. He assumed the duties the following day. His compensation will be $1,950 per years. Mr. Keller was selected from among 14 applicants for the position held during the last 34 years by Oluf Olson. Mr. Olson will stay on the job for the next month or two while Mr. Keller is familiarizing himself with the work.                                                                                                   


Men in Clark County who served in the Marine Corps between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, may be interested to know that Asian-Pacific campaign and American campaign medals now are available to issuance at the Marine Corps recruiting office in the Eau Claire Post Office building. The medals may be secured there on presentation of original discharge certificates.                      


A new wrinkle was added to our independent city basketball team, the Neillsville Athletics’ in their tilt with Stanley was augmented by a performance of a “pep” band. The plan is for the band to fill in with music before the game and during the halftime. Members of the musical group include Ervin Steiger, Trombone; “Red” Schmidt, Saxophone; Pat McIntyre, accordion; Harris Dux, trumpet; Bill Schlinsog, trombone; and Bud Hantke, Trumpet. What the outfit lacks in balance it makes up for in enthusiasm.


Thirty-three rabbits that got in the way of shot from guns held by Service Company marks-men, will form the “piece de resistance” at a Service Company feed tonight.


Guests of the National Guardsmen will be their wives, or sweethearts, who have heard much about the culinary skills of Happy Mohr, Eugene Diercks, Claude Ayers and Tom Flynn. The rabbit feed, with other supplement, is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.                                                           


Yes, You Can Believe It!

Parkin’s Ice Cream Pie Is So Good!

And it’s Inexpensive, Too! Only 35’ for a Large One.

Ask Mom to Get One for Dessert Today!

At Your Local Dealers or Parkin Ice Cream Co. 104 W Ninth St., Marshfield, Wis.


The 3-C conference scoring record has been shattered again, and this time by Everett Gorsegner, star Greenwood Indian’s basketball team forward, who probably will hang up a record that will last a while.


At Spencer last Thursday night, Gorsegner dropped in 22 points to raise his total in eight conference games to 171. Thus, he went 12 points over the record of 159, set last year by Leonard Vandehey, Loyal’s Maroon Center.                                                                                             


The card party Saturday night at the Legion Hall was well attended. Twenty-three tables were played. The prizes were won by, in Bridge, Mrs. Odin Wang; 500 by Mrs. Eno Strand and Ernest Vine; in Sheepshead by Ray Noll and Mrs. William White; and Mrs. August Selk was awarded the door prize.


Frozen Fish – Over 20 Kinds

Frozen Herring, 10’ lb. (In 50-lb. Lots)

Low Prices on All Kinds At

John Sylvester’s Fairchild, Wis.


Hit Parade of Records!

Hear These –

*Red Roses for a Blue Lady Vaughn Monroe  *Slow Boat to China Kay Kyser  *Guanto La Gusta Eve Young

*A Little Bird Told Me Evelyn Knight  *One Has My Name Jimmy Wakely  *Buttons and Bows Dinah Shore

*Down Among The Sheltering Palms Sammy Kaye  *A Heart Full of Love Eddy Arnold

*Twelfth Street Rag Pee Wee Hunt  *More Beer Lawrence Duchow

Latest recordings at

Bollom’s Record Shop, 126 W. 7th St., Neillsville, Wis.


(Some of us sang and danced to the above selections and could sing along today, as we remember them so well. DZ)                                                                                             


Battle of Music

Country Ballroom Marshfield Friday, Feb. 4,

Lawrence Duchow’s Red Ravens Band & Wally Ive’s Jolly Dutchmen


Poultry Wanted – Buying Every Tuesday From 8 a.m. to 12 noon

Counsell’s Warehouse, W. 7th St., Neillsville, Wis.


A & P  Supermarket Specials

Hershey Bars, lg. ea. 20’

Oranges, 8 lb. bag 89’ - Winesap Apples 3 lbs. 35’

Smoked Ham 63’ lb. – Fresh Oysters pt. tin 77’ - Cod Fillets 35’ lb. – Red Salmon 16 oz. 69’

Longhorn Cheese 53’ lb. – Campbell’s Soup 18’ - Frank’s Sauerkraut 2/27’


Hinshaw Shoe Co. (formerly Unger’s) Karl Schmidt, Mgr.

No Guessing! Our Primex X-ray shoe fitter makes it possible to see how shoes fit before you buy.

This assures satisfaction and comfort.





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