Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 10, 2019, Page 8 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

April 1899


Being an agent for two fine tailoring houses in Chicago can furnish you suits from $13 to $40; guarantee a good fit, first-class workmanship in the latest styles of the art. If you want a fine suit made, give me a chance to make it for you. Fred Reitz.                                                                   


A business-like Colorado young lady advertised for a husband and got him. The advertising and wedding figures cost $9. Within a year, her husband enlisted in the Spanish-American War and was killed in a battle near Santiago, leaving his widow $3,000 insurance. She will in addition to this, draw a widow’s pension. It pays to advertise.                                                                                       


Oscar Jaseph is in this city, the guest of his brother Sol, arriving Tuesday morning from Chicago, where he has been on Pinkerton’s detective force. Mr. Jaseph left this city twenty-two years ago, and is now located at Le Roy, Kansas, where he has a farm.


(Pinkerton, founded as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, is a private security guard and detective agency established in the United States by Scotsman Allen Pinkerton in 1850 and currently a subsidiary of Securitas AB. The company now operates as ”Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, Inc.” DZ)  


The new fire bell has arrived and is a stunner. When it goes off in the dead hours of the night, folks will know it.


By invitation, Judge O’Neill delivered an address on Northern Wisconsin at the Historical Convention held at Madison Feb. 23.


The address was published in the Madison papers and extensively reprinted by papers throughout the northern part of the state. Had we the space it profitably be reproduced in full.


Judge O’Neill graphically describes the growth of the Mississippi Valley states and the rise of the Middle West. Before many of the conservatives of the Eastern States realize it, and beyond their belief, the new states and cities of the Mid-continent have become financial and industrial giants. In the same manner, Northern Wisconsin remained in the minds of many a primitive wilderness. Even residents of the southern part of the state fail to realize the growth and growing importance of the old time pinery counties. Census statistics are quoted showing the phenomenal growth of population and wealth in our northern counties.


The population of northern territory, north half of Wisconsin, was 24,236; in 1880 it had increased to 144,000; and in 1895 it was 609,560.                                                            


The Foster Lumber Co. has started its sawmill by the furniture factory to saw out the stock of logs that were landed there this winter.


(The Neillsville Furniture Factory was located near the railroad track, at the end of West 8th Street. It began operations in 1891, until being destroyed by fire in 1911. DZ)


The Neillsville Furniture Factory, which operated from 1891 until 1911 when it was destroyed by fire, employed up to 500 people in its peak years of production. At that time, the virgin hardwood timber was being harvested, such as maple and oak, that was ideal for making furniture. The building was located at the end of W. 8th Street, west of the city dump on the elevated lot that is still visible.



Dr. Eash rushed the real estate business last week. He sold a half interest in the land across the river from Ross Eddy to Mr. Stockwell, his co-tenant; the post office building to C. Rabenstein, consideration of $4,500, and purchased Mr. Rabenstein’s half interest in the building opposite the post office.


The log jam, which formed in the Black River about a mile above Black River Falls, threatening much damage to surrounding territory, broke and went out Tuesday afternoon. Many logs were in the jam and the ice was more than three feet thick.                                                                 


Open the door, let in the air, the winds are sweet, the flowers are fair, Joy is abroad in the world for me, since taking Rocky Mountain Tea.


C.C. Sniteman Co.                                                                              


A practical typewriter for $3.50, both lower case and capitals. All classes use them, not a plaything, costs nothing to see it. Ask C. Servaty, Neillsville, or E. Williams of Granton, to show one to you.


The high water of last week wrought havoc with the O’Neill Creek Dam. The dam will be repaired by the brewery owner, Listeman, and the ice dealers, Neverman and Sherman. Each winter they procure their supply of ice from above the dam.                                                              


A portion of Clay Street is to have water mains, something like 1,200 feet of pipe being now on the way from Chicago, and it will be laid as soon as the frost is out of the ground. A block on Seventh Street will also be supplied with mains.                                                                            


It is a matter of interest for Neillsville people to learn that Dan Higgins is a member of the University of Minnesota baseball team and is holding down the position of left field for that unusually strong aggregation of ball players. Dan is certainly fast enough for the company he is in and can give a good account of himself at any point in the game. The club is soon to make a tour of Wisconsin and Illinois cities and will play at Chicago, Peoria, Madison and other places.


April 1944


Harold Minnette, former Granton man, has been awarded $150 for a suggested improvement in the Liberator airplane, famed as a bomber. The word of the honor has come to his mother, Mrs. Walter Minette of Rt. 2 Granton.


Mr. Minette is a veteran of four years in the San Diego division of the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. He devised a drill template, which assures a better fit of the bomb bay catwalk at an all-important station of the Liberator and saves a lot of time doing it. At that station, the catwalk must be joined together “just so,” and this device does it better.


Mr. Minette says that he is happy to have done something to improve the plane for the boys who fly and fight in them.                                                                                                      


Marriage Licenses:

Lester Buttke, Town of Cleveland, Jackson County, and Lillian Anklam, Town of York,


Leo Geiger, and Dorothy Kroenig, both of Town of Mayville.   


The American Legion will give a dance at the Armory Friday, April 14, as a benefit for the musical organizations of the high school. The purpose to raise money to defray the expense of Neillsville’s representation at the musical festival at Eau Claire. This is the annual event, for which various organizations have contributed. The Legion has volunteered this year to try to finance the entire program and hope to do it by means of this benefit dance.


The intention is that tickets shall be sold by members of the Legion and by high school students. The general cooperation of the community is anticipated, especially in view of the fine record which the local band and other musicians have made in the competition.


Music for the dance will be provided by The Dux Orchestra, admission 40’, including tax.


With a war on his hand, Uncle Sam is right after the money to finance it, as the people of Clark are discovering. They hardly had the fourth loan off their minds before it was time to make final settlement on 1943 income tax.


Now Uncle Sam is right back to more income tax, and has announced another big loan, the fifth, beginning June 12. The loan is for $16 billion.                                                  


Levi Brenner, retired preacher, has made an offer to the fishermen of the Neillsville community. He has agreed to tell them the location of a lake where walleyed pike are big and many, and where they can be caught, for he has caught them. The condition upon which he has agreed to give information is that each aspiring fisherman shall present an affidavit, singed by a reputable clergyman, to the effect that the fisherman in question has attended church four consecutive Sundays.


For local men interested in trout, rather than pike, Dr. Brenner raised the ante. He knows where there is a wonderful trout stream, and he proposes to tell where it is to those fishermen who furnish an affidavit that they attended church for six consecutive Sundays.


Dr. Brenner made this proposal Monday evening to a Kiwanis session, at which the Rotarians were guests.


(I wonder if such a proposal would help church attendance in this day and age? DZ)   


Male Help Wanted: Aleutian Project, One-Year Contract

Highest Wages - Can use several Male Clerical workers,

That includes typists, also Skilled Workers, especially with Asphalt paving experience.

Only those not now engaged in essential industry need apply.

See or write, Giving experience – P.C. Ludovic, Neillsville.


Mr. and Mrs. Forest Gault, now of Watertown but formerly of Neillsville, have purchased the George Broihier farm in south Pine Valley, located one-half mile west of Day Corners. The consideration is understood to have been $90 per acre, which is perhaps the top price of recent record in this section. Mr. Broihier retains possession until December 1, 1944 and will of course have the crops of the 1944 season.


Mr. and Mrs. Broihier moved to Clark County from Iowa in 1915, locating on the farm now sold. They bought from Mrs. Minnie Markham, who resides now in Neillsville.


The Broihier family has taken root in this section. When they came to Clark County, Mr. and Mrs. Broihier brought four children, all now married and residing in this community, as follows: Mrs. Ed Hauge, Mrs. Faye Wasserburger, Mrs. George Bryan, Jr., Rt. 2 Neillsville, and Mrs. David Bender, Granton.


A sheep shearing school will be held in Clark County May 3 and 4. This school is sponsored through the cooperation of the Extension Service from the University of Wisconsin and representatives of the state vocational education department. Roy Olson and Ed Bauman will teach the classes. The schools for Clark County will be conducted on the Phillip Capelle farm, Loyal, May 3, and on the William Tucker farm, Loyal, May 4. Those interested may contact either Carl Laurenz, Agricultural teacher at Loyal, or W.R. Marquart, county agent at Neillsville.                                                                           


Sayings of a Sage:

There is never a crop failure around the fire in the winter.


We are not getting out of debt; we merely owe it collectively instead of singly.


The government is in business except that it doesn’t have to pay federal income taxes.


The rich don’t brag to the tax collector.


In a boom you don’t have time to loaf; in a Depression you don’t have the money.


If you get tired of reading a paper, what would you do if you had to publish it?


Eugene Short has purchased the Kleckner farm in the Town of Grant with all implements and livestock. This was the former John Dietrich farm.                                          


Capt. Arche Van Gorden arranged a sort of meeting of veterans last week. He staged it with the help of a two-seated buggy, which he borrowed of Mrs. Farrand. The veterans at the reunion consisted of Capt. Van Gorden, his horse King, George Florence, Sgt. Victor Reigel and Sgt. Delbert Struble. All of these were veterans of the New Guinea campaign except King and he is a veteran of Louisiana.


Capt. Gorden hitched King to the borrowed buggy and took a ride with Messers. Florence and Reigel. They drove around Neillsville, to take in the sights, but they were the real sight, for who takes a ride in a buggy now-adays?                                                                                         


Joe Cardarelle has traded the house on West Fifth Street, which he purchased some time ago from the Charles Campbell estate, for the Mrs. Bert Dresden building on West Sixth Street, where the Exchange Store is located. Mrs. Dresden expects to move soon to her new home.                 


Two families in neighboring communities were remembered with flowers at Easter on the part of boys far distant. Mrs. Harlan Mathews of Merrillan received a beautiful Rambler Rose plant, wired by her son, Howard, somewhere in Italy. Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Kuester of Loyal received a Coral Beauty Rose from their son, Sgt. Henry Kuester, who is serving in the Air Force in Italy.                      


Washburn News:

R. Wahlen drove to Juneau last week Tuesday to purchase a rebuilt boiler for his cheese factory. A company came Monday to install it. Robert Mortenson accompanied Mr. Wahlen to Juneau.


Pvt. Kenneth Short, who had been stationed at Miami Beach, Fla., since February, was transferred to Truax Field, Madison, las week. There he will attend radio school for five months. He came home Saturday night to spend Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Short. He also called on several relatives and friends.


Janice and Sylvia West and Gwendolyn Galbreath are entertaining the measles.


Mrs. Art Odell assisted Mrs. Bernard Kuhn a couple of days last week with canning meat.


Beans for Victory & Money for Yourself! Grow Beans for your Country & her Allies!


Top Prices Paid! Green Beans – 5-1/4’, Yellow Wax Beans 4’,


Sign Contract Today with: Farmers Union Coop. Neillsville, or W.J. Spry & Co., Chili or Granton.




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