Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

February 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

February 1904


Friday evening, Feb. 5, the forester team of Iron Wedge Camp, M.W.A. will give a dance at Woodman Hall. Music will be furnished by Ruth Whitcomb, Mae Phillips and Arthur Haugen. This dance will be conducted in an orderly manner and no rowdyism will be tolerated and will take the place of the regular dance scheduled for Saturday evening. The team will give these dances at different times during the winter and will no doubt prove to be occasions of much. Enjoyment. Turn out and have a good time. Admission 50’ per couple.


Twenty Bunches of Thirty Two Inch Lath for Only $1.65,

Shingles $1 Dollar and 15 cents per thousand.

Conner Retail Lumber Co. Neillsville, Wis. Ph. 181


Who Would Believe It? But, Never the Less It Is True! I have sold this winter to date, 22 jobs in the sleigh line from heavy bob to runner attachments, and still have on hand 3 pairs of heavy bobsleds, one light sleigh, 4 cutters, 2 sets of runners, which we will sell at a discount or will take wood in exchange, or will sell on next year terms in order to clean up and make room for spring goods to be here about the first of March. So come, look around as you know it pays to buy from a blacksmith.


Geo. Evans, the General Blacksmith, Neillsville.                                


Charles Cornelius purchased the Walk corner last Saturday, and it is rumored that a fine brick building will be erected there this summer. A few hustlers like Charley Cornelius and old Neillsville will commence to becoming spruced up.


(Chas. Cornelius hired a contactor to put up a new building on the southwest corner of Hewett and W. Fifth Street, which was occupied by the First National Bank, a business also started by him. DZ)


A news exchange says that the Star of Bethlehem can now be seen in the heavens, by anyone who will arise early enough in the morning. The star, which is unusually bright, can be seen in the east where it was discovered about ten days ago, it now makes is appearance at daybreak. The Star of Bethlehem, which 1909 years ago guided the wise men, is said to appear only at intervals of about 500 years, so you had better look for it while It is in the heavens, as you will probably be too old when next time it makes its appearance.


A few days ago, F.A. Eberlein sent to Aniwa for some minnows. The party sent him a lot in a pail and packed them in snow so they would not spoil. They were in the snow two days and Mr. Eberlein looked at them a little later and found the snow partly melted. To his surprise two thirds of the minnows were alive and swimming around as lively as could be. This is no fish story, but the truth.


S. Jacobson, the wholesale and retail fruit dealer from Stevens Point, who also keeps the general store two doors north of here, has just received a whole car-load of oranges direct from California. They are the navel oranges, sweet and juicy. He sells them at remarkably low price of 50 cents a peck. Cheaper than apples. You may have large or small sizes at the same price.


(A peck is a quarter of a bushel, so that was a lot of oranges for 50 cents. DZ)


Educational Notes – Since 1870, the South has spent $864,000,000 on public schools.


The board of education of St. Louis, Mo., has decided to pay the car fares of all children who live more than one mile from a public school. The estimated cost of this provision is from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 a year.


The Scotch Education Bill, when recently enacted into law by Parliament provides for the medical inspection of schools, supply of food and clothing to needy children at public expense, and aid children in seeking employment.


One hundred and seventy-seven cities of the United States of over 5,000 inhabitants are maintaining playgrounds at an annual cost of more than $12,000,000, of which over one-third is raised by voluntary contributions.                                                                                    


The Commissioner of Labor at Madison is having such good success in supplying farmers throughout the state with help that he has decided to seek renters for all farmers desiring to rent their farms. Anyone owning a farm who desires a tenant or anyone desiring to rent a farm should write to the Commissioner of Labor at Madison who also has on file many applications from persons desiring to work on farms.


Nick Gangler let a range stove rest on his foot for a few moments last week, and now he laid off for a few days.


Vet Marsh traded his Granton hotel to Herman Wagner of Lynn for the Neillsville ice business.


Travel North-Western Rail Line Only $33.65, Neillsville to California –

Colonist Tickets on Sale, Daily March 1st – April 30.


February 1949


The American Legion Post is sponsoring a dance February 12 for the benefit of veterans in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Tomah The dance will be held in the new American Legion Hall, on which the Legionnaires are working nights to finish the interior of the basement. The kitchen already has been finished, and work is now going on to finish the entryway before the dance.


Skiing conditions were “swell” last Sunday afternoon as a crowd estimated by Jim Hauge at about 100 appeared at the Bruce Mound slide operated by the Half Moon Ski Club. Upward of 30 skiers were riding the beginners’ slope, and there were a goodly number of spectators. Among the skiers was Phil Haugstad, a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers mound staff and former St, Paul baseball hurler, who headquarters in Black River Falls during his time in this area.                                                                              


The sale of a farm and personal property for $25,000 led the 10 realty transactions recorded last week in the office of the county Register of Deeds.


The large sale was one in which Marvin W. Seeman sold his farm and personal property to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold J. Haslow on January 20. The farm is located in section four, Town of Loyal, and a section in the Town of Beaver.                                                                                                 


The original courthouse building of Clark County, now more familiarly known as the Bradbury apartments, was extensively damaged by fire last Saturday.


Damage will run into several thousands of dollars.


Lewis Bradbury, the owner, said that the building was insured, but did not know whether the amount is adequate to cover the loss fully. He said he hopes to be able to repair and recondition it, but that will depend upon what kind of condition it is finally found to be in.


In addition to the loss suffered by the owners, the loss of the eight persons who lived there and by the stock of the adjoining Northern Auto Supply Company is considerable. Most of it was from water damage, for a tremendous amount of water was used to fight the fire.


All persons who were made homeless when fire damaged the Bradbury apartments have found temporary shelter.


(The first Clark County Courthouse, which later was the Bradbury apartment building, was located on the south side of East Fifth Street, the block between Hewett and Court Street. All four of those frame buildings and the brick church are gone. DZ)


In this 1878 photo is Clark County’s first courthouse building that was located in the 100 block of East Fifth Street, on the south side, middle of the block. After a new courthouse was built on Courthouse Square, the old building became the Bradbury apartments for a number of years. The Presbyterian Church in the background was destroyed by fire in 1930 (see photos below). The remaining buildings in that block were later razed.




The Grand View schoolhouse, situated just west of the railroad trestle on Highway 10, will become the new town hall for the Town of Pine Valley.


The town purchased the property from the joint Neillsville-Pine Valley School District with its bid of $3,000. This was the only bid received for the property, according to Don Dundas, clerk of the school district.


The Grand View School property came under the control of the school board July 1 as the result of a school district consolidation, which brought the Grand View district into the Neillsville-Pine Valley district. Children from that area now are being transported to the Neillsville Schools.


The district also has possession of the Hiawatha School property, about three miles south of the city as result of the consolidation of this district with the Neillsville-Pine Valley district.                                                                                                 


Believe it or not, one day last week Joe (Fuzz) Zallar, Willard, went out hunting accompanied by two friends and their dogs, chasing the rabbits.


Somehow the rabbit, at least one of them, reversed its direction and headed for Mr. Zallar, who in the mean time had gotten on one knee to get a better shot.


The rabbit jumped into his arms , and in all the excitement, he dropped the gun and caught the rabbit.


To be sure his friends wouldn’t doubt his story, Joe took the live rabbit back home to Willard to display to any doubters.


But Mr. Zallar later released his catch, as he was a very good sportsman.


Bernard Kuehn injured one of his ankles quite badly last week when he was leading a bull outside of the barn. He slipped and fell on the ice. The animal stepped on his ankle and stood there until he made it move. Luckily, no bones were broken but it was badly bruised.                       


Plans are being made now to provide for from 200 to 225 girl and boy scouts at the scout camp on Lake Arbutus, this summer, according to word this week from the Neillsville Girl Scout board.


The board expects that the camp will be in operation at least one month, and probably longer. A discussion on boy scouts using the camp this year was held Tuesday night between the members of the Girl Scout board and Dwayne Schweinler, scout leader and Jacob Hoesly, representing the boy scout interests.


At the same meeting in which these preliminary plans were laid, a report of finances of the scout camp last summer was given by Mrs. Frances Sollberger, scout board treasurer.


The total expenses for 21 days during which the camp operated, was $518.16. Of this amount, $398 was provided by Chest, which has made Neillsville Community $500 available to the girl scouts this year. The remaining $120.16 was paid by the girl scouts who used the camp.


The former Greenwood Baptist Church has been purchased from the local Legion post by Wisconsin Rural Missions, an undenominational home missionary organization that endeavors to re-open closed churches, establish new work, and provide Sunday School and summer school for children. It is Bible-centered in all its activities, stresses evangelism, and is similar to the Baptists in doctrine.


Plans are under way to paint the exterior and do some remodeling in the interior of the building. These improvements together with the recently constructed basement will make the church building an attractive addition to the community.


Due to the fact that the building will not be ready for occupancy for several weeks, Thursday evening cottage meetings are now being held in Greenwood and surrounding area. Rev. Lawrence Oman, who has been successful in opening new churches in the state, invites the public to attend, hear, and make observations.


The annual Blue and Gold banquet for Neillsville’s Cub Scouts and their families will be held Friday night in the banquet hall of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The banquet will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a program.                                                                                            


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duckert of Eau Claire and Dr. and Mrs. Carroll Schield are attending the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, La. The Duckert and Schield children are staying with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kleckner and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schield, respectively.                  


The Shortville Church, an old landmark in the Town of Washburn vicinity, has been sold to Art Drescher, Jr. He will start tearing it down in the near future and will move it to Neillsville where he plans to build a home for his family. The church was built by parents of many of this generation, probably over 50 years ago. It hasn’t been used much for many years, so the stockholders decided to put it up for sale.


David Parry of Neillsville this week was appointed as chief ambassador of Zor Shrine temple by Rufus F. Wells, Zor Potentate.                                                                                           


About 150 bowlers are expected to resume their quest for prize awards in the annual city handicap tournament , which resumes here Sunday with the singles and doubles events.


Forty-six teams competed in the team event held during the first two Sundays of the month. In actual pins scored, without handicap, the top for the three-game series was set by Dimp’s Twisters, 2,407. Dimp’s and the Merchants Hotel teams tied for high single team game, actual pins, with 873 each.


The individual high three games in the team events, actual pins, went to Roy Suchow, with 579. Dick Albright had the individual high three games with handicap, 640. High single game, actual pins, was 221 recorded by Walter Johnson.    





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