Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 20, 2019, Page 16 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

March 1909


The German Sewing Club “Gemuetlichkiet” will meet Wednesday, March 10, at the home of Mrs. Frank Dwyer.


A fresh vegetable order of lettuce, celery, radish, cucumbers, eggplant, rutabagas, parsnips, turnips, carrots, cabbage and sweet potatoes have been received at Jacobson’s.


The lecture Tuesday night by Father Vaughan was the finest ever heard in our city. The subject “The Power of Love,” was handled in a masterly manner, and the large audience was held in the most rapt attendance by this wonderful orator and gifted priest. His word pictures were beyond description and there was no member of his audience so poorly conversant with his flow of language, but what could understand and appreciate the lessons he taught and the morals he drew.


Father Vaughn is doing a great work in his teachings of the Love of Christ and in his effort to sow the seeds of brotherly love, kindness and charity. His lecture was uplifting and inspiring, and there  was not one in his audience but could take home one of the many lessons he taught.


The special train brought over nearly 100 people from Merrillan, Alma Center and Humbird.


An early 1900s photo of the Neillsville railroad depot that was located along the tracks between 7th and 8th streets and near the Omaha Hotel.



Jack and Joe skied down the hill, Twas fun that they were after. But, Joe fell down and skinned his nose, and the boys doubled up in laughter.                                              


Marriage was a failure in this case says Mrs. Louis Struvnez, formerly Miss Frances Livingston, who two months ago chose Struvnez from 1,000 applicants for her hand and married him Jan. 10. She has left her husband at Dorchester and returned to her farm near Boyd. She will not state the exact cause of taking  the step, or whether she will apply for divorce. She had begun advertising for a husband Oct. 5, 1908, and by the close of the year she had received over 1,000 proposals from men in all parts of the United States, Canada and England.


(Apparently that lady was meant to remain single. DZ)                      


The wily trout has begun to haunt the dreams of many local fishermen. Though the open season is six weeks away, visions of the first day loom up big before the chronic anglers. April 15 is a day of joy to the men who line the streams for trout. It is the first day that the law says you may fish for trout.


The lumberman and timberland owners of Northern Wisconsin, at a meeting recently held at Wausau, decided to form a corporation to be known as The Forest Conservation Corporation Association with a capital stock of $25,000 divided into 500 shares valued at $50 each, and with headquarters at Wausau.


This organization will be fully perfected when one-half of the capital stock has been subscribed. Then the board of seven directors will be elected who in turn will elect officers of the association.


The business and purposes of this organization will not be to create a lumbermen’s trust in any way but to conserve and protect the forest and woodlands in the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas Dunn, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Vilas and Washburn. 


Loyal News:

Snow, snow, snow! We have a Great deal of snow in Loyal.


The train leaving here Wednesday morning did not arrive in Marshfield until four o’clock in the afternoon. The afternoon, train left Marshfield at six o’clock and didn’t arrive here until 10 o’clock. The section crew was called out when the train was stalled in Spokeville. They reported the snowdrifts were something fierce. The crew accompanied the train several times, to and from Marshfield, being called upon to shovel through the drifts.


(This appeared in the Merch 11, 1909 Press. That year’s great snow accumulation reminds us that it has happened before, not only this year. DZ)                                     


East Washburn News:

Last Thursday, C. Shaffer, Ira and R. Galbreath had quite an experience. Two dogs chased a deer upon Shafer’s house porch. The men shot the dogs and saved the deer.


John Machel has the material hauled to build a brick house, which he will commence as soon as the weather will permit.


There will be a basket social at the Wallace Hall Saturday night, March 20th. The proceeds will go toward buying a bell for the Shortville schoolhouse.                  


Monday afternoon the roof on one of the ice-houses located along O’Neill Creek caved in and caught three men beneath it, James Schummel, Ben Wagner and Henry Marg. Schummel was badly injured, his head being caught between two timbers, and he was extricated with considerable difficulty. Wagner and Marg were also injured, but not as badly as was Schummel, who is laid up as a result. The heavy snow caused the roof to cave in. It was a close call for the men.


March 1949


Sadness entered the hearts of the Peter Shaer family of Greenwood last week for “Bambi” was taken away.


“Bambi” was a buck fawn, which has been raised and cared for by the family for several weeks; had been nursed back to health. He had become quite a favorite, and an object of curiosity among Greenwood people.


The buck fawn was found in a drainage ditch near Greenwood by a member of the family. He was nearly dead,  according to the story told Warden Carl Frick.


Last Thursday, Warden Frick loaded the fawn into a carrier and took him to the conservation department’s district headquarters at Black River Falls. From there he was taken to Poynette, to the state game and fur farm.


The fear of conservation authorities is that an animal, which hasn’t been shifting for itself for a long time will not be able to care for itself in the wilds.                                            


Hitting a hot 2,924 pace last Sunday, Quicker’s Service bowling team chalked up the high team series in the Abbotsford bowling tournament to date.


The tournament will continue until May 8, and members of the team are confident that the score is good enough so that it will not be topped by more than four or five teams, if any.


Three Neillsville bowling teams competed Sunday. The others were Dan’s and Dimp’s Twisters.


In the singles and doubles events, Neillsville bowlers made their presence known in the standings, too. Oscar (Dimps) Gluck landed in the top five with a 625 singles score; and Gerald Dankemeyer with a 609, and Ray Tesmer with a 607, also were in the upper bracket.                  


The Neillsville High School band of 62 members will present a concert in the Armory next Tuesday evening, March 8, at 8 o’clock. The high school mixed chorus of 50 voices also will appear on the program.


A varied program has been arranged, according to Walter Keohane, director. Included are overtures, selections, novelties and marches, as well as popular tunes, duets and solos. Students taking solo and duet parts will be: Toddy Wall, Keith Counsell, Byron Trachte, Dian Seif, Lillian Chadwick and Carole Wang.


A vocal solo by Miss Anna Ray Harris, of the public schools music staff, will be a feature of the program.


A memorial concert honoring 841 former students of the University of Wisconsin, including among them three Neillsville men, who lost their lives in World War II is planned for March 20. The three from Neillsville to be honored are Lt. Clifford R. Arndt, Maj. Wayne W. Brown and F 2/c Glenn F. Richmond. The concert will be played in the Memorial Union, the building erected and dedicated to the 25,780 men and women of the university who have served the United States in war.                             


Beyer’s IGA Food Mart Weeks Specials! Campbell’s Tomato Soup 3, 10 1/2 oz. cans, 31’; Veg. Shortening 3 lbs. 83’; Jello, all flavors 3 pks 23’, Surf Powdered Soap 2/59’, IGA Fig Bars, 16-oz. 27’, Much More Peas, 3/29’, For the Lenten Season, Fresh & Frozen Fish.                   


The public property committee of the County Board of Supervisors heard with favor last Saturday the suggestion that the county take over the Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area and develop it as a part of the county park system.


The suggestion came from officials of the Half Moon Ski Club, which undertook the development of ski slides, tows and other facilities for skiing there during the past winter. The club’s efforts were successful, and during the comparatively short skiing season, the natural facilities of the slide gained wide reputation in Wisconsin.


Lowell Schultz, chairman of the County Board’s committee on parks, toured the Bruce Mound sports area Saturday afternoon with officials of the ski club.


Should the committee act favorably on the suggestion, the matter then would be brought before the county board of supervisors, in all probability at the spring session, which opens April 19.


A large tract of land on which the present slide is laid out is owned by Joe Pasek of the town of Dewhurst. Before the county could develop the area for winter sports, it would be necessary to gain control of this area either by purchase, trade or long-term lease.


(The plan for Clark County Forestry and Parks taking over the Bruce Mound sports ski aera did materialize and still operates. DZ)                                                                       


Come in and See! The New ’49 PONTIAC, General Motors’ Lowest-Priced Eight! Can Be Seen At –

F.L. Reinhard Company 109 E. Sixth St. Neillsville, Wis.                   


More than 2,500 railroad ties have been piled up beside the racks at the Omaha depot here in recent days, and the number is growing.


The ties will be used between Merrillan and the eastern terminal. They are hardwood and are coming from two locations within a few miles of Neillsville.


One location is the 120-acre woodlot on the old Palmer farm on the River Road, southeast of the city in the town of Pine Valley. The tree-cutting operation is being carried on by Herbert Nickel of the Town of York. The project is expected to be completed sometime this week.


The other location is the old Gault farm, east of Hoesly’s corner in the Town of York. This operation is being carried on by Rudolph Volk of Willard, who bought the farm, sold the land and reserved the timber rights.


The ties will be taken to Minneapolis, where they will be creosote dipped to delay deterioration


The price of paint is high, but it still doesn’t cost as much as political whitewash.


“Operation Spuds” is grinding to a close in in Clark County, which will have received 492 rail carloads of surplus potatoes during the winter and spring thus far. Approximately 138 carloads have been unloaded in Neillsville. They were intended for cattle and livestock feed.                                  


Wilber Joyce and Earl Holt have purchased the Christie cement block factory from Mr. Richmond.


Mr. and Mrs. Ross Downer of Granton have purchased the farm from his father, Neil Downer, and moved there. Ross has rented his residence and repair shop to his cousin, Clarence McHone, who has been employed for some time, by Mr. Downer.                                                                      


St. Patrick’s Day Dance – March 17 – At American Legion Memorial Hall.


Music by the Rhythmairs, Art Lucht Band, Admission 60’


(The musically talented Lucht family band members lived in the Loyal area and provided music for many local events in Clark County. DZ)                                                                   


Annual Fish Fry – York Center, Loyal Farmers Union, Saturday, March 19, At York Center town hall,


Serving will start at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until all are served.


McCain’s … Stunning Spring Hats – For the Ladies – In Time for Easter! $3.95 - $4.95 - $5.95


(That reminds me of the tradition of women having a new spring hat to were for Easter Sunday church services, some of whom were known to outdo the others in elegance. In the mid-1950s, wearing a hat to church was still the trend in this area, especially when taking communion. While I lived in the Twin Cities in the early 1950s, that  custom had changed there. After being married in 1954 and moving to this area, I didn’t realize that trend hadn’t reached these small towns. So, the first time I attended a Sunday church service and communion, I wasn’t wearing a hat. All went well until I left the communion railing, and while returning to sit in the pew, I heard women in the congregation, especially the older ones, gasping and one loudly whispered a comment, “She just took communion and isn’t wearing a hat!” Soon after that Sunday, the younger women gradually started coming to church not wearing hats, thus the trend slowly changed. DZ) 





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