Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 1, 2019  Page 10 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

April 1929


Gov. Kohler recently refused to pardon the Krueger brothers, Leslie and Francis, shows application had been presented some time before. The Krueger boys are serving a life sentence as the result of killing a member of the Clark County Sheriff’s posse, which had tried to arrest them during the World War I draft evasion.


Little Russell Lyons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Judd Lyons was struck by a car Saturday afternoon, on the pavement on North Hewett Street, near their home. The youngster was roller skating on the pavement and in stepping out of the way of a car coming from the south, inadvertently stepped in front of a car coming from north and, which car he did not see. The car driven by Mr. Thompkins of Greenwood. Tompkins immediately stopped, then summoned a doctor. It was found that the lad had suffered no severe injuries but was slightly bruised and badly scared. Mr. Thompkins was in no way to blame.           


W.F. Schi8ller has secured a trio of ring-neck pheasants from Ohio, a male and two females, and will try to raise a few broods of young birds this summer, increasing the eggs, which he will buy. Mr. Schiller has built a neat screened-in run for the pheasants on the south side of his barn at the rear of the city library and in this shady and quiet place he expects them to do well. The ring-necked pheasant is a choice game bird, beautiful and very hardy and Mr. Schiller plans to help in stocking this region with them.


A meeting of radio fans will be held at the Kiwanis Club rooms in the basement of the Neillsville Bank next Monday evening and all are invited and urged to attend, as the purpose of the meeting is for better radio reception.                                                                                    


Albert Davis this winter bought from Bernard Jahr some of the largest oak ever cut in Clark County. This virgin oak grew on Mr. Jahr’s farm in the Town of Grant and had remained untouched by the ax and saw through all the years in which the timbre of this region was being ruthlessly slaughtered.


Mr. Jahr was very fond of these big trees and to the last was reluctant to see them cut. One may judge somewhat of their size by the fact that out of nearly 30,000 feet, the logs ran only about 3 logs to 1,000 feet.


Last Saturday, G.R. Gerretson and O.A. Kischel, vice presidents of the J.E. Inderrieden Co. of Chicago, were in Neillsville and completed the purchase of the plant of the Neillsville Canned Food Co. The Chicago company will take possession of the plant at once. Mr. Gerretson and Mr. Kischel made preliminary arrangements for the operation of the bean line this coming season. They placed Louis Williamson in charge of the plant, and he has already been at work securing acreage for the planting of at least 300 acres of green and yellow wax beans. The plans of the company relative to beets and sauerkraut have not been decided upon yet but will be made in a few days.


(The Inderrieden Company canning factory was located on the north side of West 8th Street, one block west of Grand Avenue, which has now been taken down little by little to preserved the lumber within the old structure. DZ)                                                                                                      


The Northern States Power Co. has unloaded poles at Granton for the new electric line to be built northward from the extension now existing on the Romadka Road. This line will extend northward to Romadka State Graded School and then eastward as far as the Gruenke Cheese Factory. This line taps a fine farming region and is along a closely settled highway and will be a fine service for all who are so fortunate as to live adjacent to the line.


(Romadka Graded School was located on the northeast corner of CTH H and Romadka Avenue. It was one of the first Clark County rural schools to have electricity.


The Gruenke Cheese Factory was located on the northwest corner of CTH H and Meridian Avenue. It has been out of business for several years, but the factory building remains on the site. DZ)               


The cheese factory at Star Corners in the Town of Lynn burned to the ground Thursday evening. The loss also included a considerable quantity if cheese,


Mrs. Parkinson, wife of the cheesemaker, first discovered the fire and called in the neighbors, but it was too late to save the factory and contents. The dwelling nearby was saved.


The factory was built about 25 years ago. Mr. Parkinson has owned and operated it about two years.


Mrs. Henry Ross closed a deal Monday, disposing of her ice business in Neillsville to W.F. Tibbett, who took possession Tuesday morning. The sale includes the ice-house, barn, stock of ice and the entire equipment. The ice business has done well in Neillsville, but Mrs. Ross found it difficult for her to carry it on and concluded to sell.


Mr. Tibbett has been manager of the new Dells Lumber Co. logging business here during the winter and has become quite well acquainted with the Neillsville people. He is an active efficient man and will doubtless give the patrons excellent service in the ice business.                      


Season’s Opening Dance at Hake’s Barn

The opening dance at Hake’s Barn will be held on Wednesday, May 1st.

Music will be by Rasmussen’s 8-Piece Band.

Dances will be held every Wednesday Night!


A crew of five men are beginning work dismantling and tearing down the old powerhouse now owned by the Northern States Power Co., at the north end of the Hewett Street Bridge. On this site will be built a new outdoor substation for Granton and Chili. This project will cost about $13,000.


Hemstitching, Neatly and Carefully done By Mrs. A.L. Warnecke 222 S .Park Street, Neillsville, Wis.


Manufacturers’ Supper


Don’t forget the Manufacturers’ Supper to be served at the Congregational Church Thursday evening, April 25th, at six o’clock, 50’ per plate.


Local businesses will donate food items for the supper.


The menu is as follows: Boiled Ham, Bean-In-Hole Beans, Horseradish, Escalloped Potatoes, German Salad, Perfection Salad, Peas, Brown and White Bread, Butter. Deviled Eggs, Ice Cream and Cake, Buttercup Coffee, Cream and Milk.


(The “Bean-in-Hole-Beans” recipe was a lumber camp original. The lumberjack’s cook had a 3-foot diameter hole dug into the ground, making a pit. Cut firewood was placed at the bottom of the pit and set fire. After the firewood was burned down to have a good bed of hot coals, a cast-iron pot filled with beans and the sauce mixture, covered by the heavy cast-iron lid, was lowered down to set amongst the coals, Some hot coals were place around and over the bean pot, and then some soil was thrown on the top to help hold in the heat, then left to bake. At the end of the baking time, the bean pot was lifted out of the hole, with the beans being ready to be served. Years ago, an elderly man told me, “There never was tastier beans to be eaten than those ‘Bean-in-Hole-Beans.’”  DZ)


April 1959


Fifty years in the banking business was observed Wednesday by Howard O. Geise, who since 1955 has served as executive vice president of the Neillsville Bank.


He started his banking career in the Security Bank in Clark, S.D., April 1, 1909, as a bookkeeper, the same day he graduated from Granger Business College, Watertown, S.D. He was then 18.


Born on a farm at Merton, S.D., January 10, 1891, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Geise, he was but seven years of age when his father died, leaving his mother to operate a 320-acre farm with the help of three sons, ages 12, nine and seven. There also was a daughter, five.


The mother, with the help of her three sons, was able to keep the farm in operation, increasing the acreage from 320-600, building up the dairy herd to 30 cows, having 160 acres in pasture, 60 in hay, and the remainder in grain. The mother lived for 28 years after her husband’s death and saw each of her children successful in business or a profession.


Mr. Giese attended a rural school near Merton for six years, took the seventh and eighth grades at Clark, and then directed his study in the field of banking, taking the business college course that gave him training in shorthand, typing and general banking.


The position of bank teller and assistant cashier came to him in progressive order, and in 1915, he accepted a position as assistant cashier of a bank at Creighton, Nebr. In 1919 , in partnership with a friend, who was a grain buyer, Mr. Giese organized a state bank at Calumet, Ia., where he served as cashier, his partner as president.


“This project,” was for speculative purposes and three years later we sold the bank to two brothers of Calumet.”


On March 1, 1922, Mr. Geise accepted a position as vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Sherburn, Minn., where he remained for 23 years until May 1, 1945 when he moved to Mr. Pleasant, Oh., to become vice president of the People’s National Bank.


On December 15, 1949, Mr. Geise came to Neillsville as cashier of the Neillsville Bank.


Howard Geise and Irene Rasmussen were married June 1915, at Clark, S.D., and to this union two children were born, Colleen, now Mrs. Welde of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Darald, Pipestone, Minn.


The Neillsville Bank as it appeared in the late 1800s, before being remodeled in later years. The front entrance was located on the northeast corner of the building. The second-floor stairway entrance was on the north side of the building, which is partially visible at the right in the photo.


The spring moving bug has settled down on two old-time business institutions of Neillsville.


This upcoming weekend, the Red Owl Agency store, owned and operated by P.T. Holum, will move into a new and enlarged location next door to the Neillsville Bakery.


Galstad’s Photo Studio moved last Tuesday into a ground floor location next door to the new Red Owl location. This institution, long operated by D.E. Thayer prior to Wilfred Galstad’s purchase several years ago, was in an upstairs location over McCain’s.                                                      


For Sale:

Kuester Meat Market - Including Equipment – 7-Room Modern Home, 29 Acres of Land, Priced for Quick Sale

Harold O’Brien, Owner. North of Neillsville, on Grand Avenue.


Fresh Flowers for the Prom!

Roses – Miniature or regular in all colors.

Orchids – Cymbidiums in pastel colors, also regular orchids.

Spring Flowers – Daffodils, yellow or white. Iris, Hyacinths, etc., in seven colors.

Choose a Wrist, Waist, Necklace or Hair Corsage, Or a Nosegay Bouquet to Carry –

Prices from $1.50 to $5.

Crothers Greenhouse, Across From the Park.


Mrs. Elizabeth Crothers has received a letter from her brother, Herbert Quinnell, formerly of Pine Valley, stating that they had no snow all winter in the Spooner area. They never shoveled any snow, the most they did was to sweep a very little off the step. He reported it very dry, wells giving out, and woodland so dry that it creates a fire hazard.                                                                                         


Pvt. Harold Ewing writes his mother, Mrs. Mabel Kozlowski, from his Army post in Germany stating: “I surely appreciate The Clark County Press. It has so much news. I pass it on to my buddy, Donald Northup, also of Neillsville and then it passes from man to man among many other Wisconsin soldiers.” Mrs. Kozlowski states that she mails the Press to Harold each week by airmail.                     


The honor of being on the first American ship to arrive at Honolulu after the voting of Hawaiian statehood, and to be received in Hawaiian hospitality and splendor, was an experience, which Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Georgas of Neillsville will never forget.


The 700 passengers on the U.S.S. Lurline were enroute from San Francisco to Hawaii when they received the news, March 12, of Hawaiian statehood and the passengers and the crew went all out in celebrating. Someone came forth with an American Flag of 50 stars; plans were made for a banquet and celebration, which lasted well into the following morning, the Georgas recalled on their return home last week.


As the ship approached Honolulu, on the morning of March 16, which was Mr. Georgas’ birthday, ships came out to meet them, bringing leis and other Hawaiian flowers for all on board. The reception committee boarded the Lurline and extended to the Americans the welcoming key to the Islands of Hawaii.


Mr. and Mrs. Georgas were entertained by Lt. Commander and Mrs. C.S. Adair, friends from Navy days in World War II, at their home in Honolulu, and a birthday party was held the first evening for Mr. Georgas, with native Hawaiians bringing gifts and food for the occasion.                   


Blue ribbon winners in the recent state 4-H music festival held in Whitehall were members of the Atomic Workers club of Neillsville. Members of the winning group were, Linda Graves, Sue Flynn, Norma Kopp, Karen Blum, Carol Feig; Patti Mech, Ricky Hoffman, David Schmidt, Gordon Beyer, Barry Feig, Ronnie Marden and Ronnie Lawson.  




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