Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 22, 2019,  Page 8 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

May 1904


That lunch counters are on the increase in the city is shown by the fact that we now have two suck establishments, Sol Jaseph’s and Mrs. Fryslie’s, both are doing good business.


School closes the end of the month, and then for the long summer rest. The graduates are Misses Beth Youmans, Josie Mead, Edna Klopf and Della Southward, Messrs. Dell Wolff, Will West, Hugh Campbell, George Zimmerman and John Rude, nine in number. The exercises in the evening will be at the opera hall, and will, of course, be the largest gathering of this year.                        


The circus cook wagon got stuck in the mud Tuesday, so had to be left by railroad tracks. Dave Ross and a crew, with four horses, block and tackle got it out and then shipped it on the train to join the next day’s circus, along with three horses that had escaped.                                            


J.W. Hommel’s residence on Grand Avenue has been razed and a large cellar is being dug. Hy Hart did the elevating.                                                                                                    


Last Saturday was so cold that people stood around the streets in overcoats, shivering. Of course, this sort of weather is a great setback to farm operations. 


(A news item that appeared in the May 19, 1904 Press. DZ)                                                


Farmer Imig, north of town has a new barn basement building that is 34 x 11y7 feet. Joe Herian is doing the work.


(The Imig farm was located two miles north of Neillsville along State Hwy. 73. DZ)     


A crew of men began quarrying rock last week at the city quarry to crush up for macadamizing Hewett Street.


We want every lady in Clark County to try one sack of our “Up-to-Date” Spring Wheat Flour, the best flour on the market. Neillsville Milling Co.                                                   


The transformed Joe Manes house on South Hewett Street will be given the finishing touches and made ready for a bridal couple, who will, if rumor is right, need it in June.            


Street Commissioner Hommel had a trench dug and galvanized iron pipe laid up past the Methodist Church on Fourth Street the past week, to supply water to the Brown and Heath houses, which have been without that succulent city fluid all winter. There, the pipe was laid so deep that frost will never touch it.


Gerald Marsh is the happiest boy in town, having become the owner of a very handsome and well-trained pony, with complete equipment to ride it.


(In the early 1900s, every child’s dream was to have a pony to ride. I got my first pony when I was nine years old, then had a means of transportation for the three-and-one-half mile route to and from the country school I attended. The mid-sized pony plodded along at a slow pace while going to school but ran as though were in a derby race on the way home. I hung onto his mane and the reins for dear life, so that I didn’t fall off, as I rode bareback, no saddle. DZ)


An early 1900s view of two boys riding their ponies in front of Woelffer’s Drug Store, which at that time was located at 210 Hewett Street, Neillsville. 



S.S. Loveless has purchased Mrs. Rossman’s house, adjoining the North Side School grounds on the east, consideration $1,000.                                                                                      


Nick Linster, the lumberman, was killed Monday at 3 o’clock by an explosion of dynamite, which hurled him over into another field. Monday morning Mr. Linster had been to this city to bring his daughter Maggie, and returned home with a quantity of dynamite, caps and fuse. In the afternoon, his son Theodore and a hired man, Noley Blau, and Mr. Linster went to a field that was to be cleared of stumps. They started a small bonfire to warm the dynamite and had five sticks prepared with caps and fuses ready to place under the stumps. The two young men had gone to the other side of the field, and Mr. Linster stood a few feet away from the fire, when the explosion took place.


He was hurled so forcibly against a post that a leg was broken, several ribs crushed in, his heart forced out of position, and other serious injuries were inflicted.


He was carried to the house, recovered consciousness, and lived for an hour after the explosion, speaking to those about him, asking whether a physician should be sent for, not realizing the extent of his injuries. He finally became unconscious and passed away.


Nicholas Linster was born in Luxemburg, Germany 53 years ago, was married there when 26 years old, coming to Little Eau Pleine, Wood County, 18 or 19 years ago, and moving to the present home six miles northwest of this city five years ago, where he had charge of the Galligan & Linster sawmill, later buying out his partner.


He leaves a widow and nine children: Catherine, Margaret, Virginia, Susan, Caroline, Theodore, Nicholas, William and Alphonse.                                                                           


Miss Martha Runge was married to Mr. Herman Berger on Tuesday, May 4, 1904, at their home, which they had furnished and made ready for housekeeping in the Hewett cottage on Seventh Street. It was in all respects a most pleasant event, with the ceremony being performed by Rev. Thom, of Marshfield.


On Tuesday, this week, the young Ladies’ Society of the Lutheran Church presented them with an easy chair, and then spent the evening with them.                                                      


May 1949


Armand Hauge of Oslo, Norway has been visiting his cousin, Ed Hauge, and Martin Hauge in Neillsville. He is an executive for a perfume and cosmetic concern, which operated through northern Europe, and is spending some time in the United States on business.                                     


Grading and seeding of a playground area on the new high school site, ner the city standpipe, was completed this week. The area is designed for use as a football practice field and for baseball and softball. It will eliminate the necessity next fall of high school gridders traveling nearly a mile to the fairground field each night for practice, and then returning. Work on leveling the ground for the practice area was done by the soil conservation service’s big bulldozer. Cost of the project has been estimated to be about $100, by Supt. D.E. Peters.


(A new high school building was completed and opened for classes in the fall of 1954. DZ)   


Sgt. George J. Vobora of the Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vobora of Granton, Rt 3, has sent home a trophy, which he received for boxing. The trophy has the following inscription: 1949 Virginia State A.A.U. Champion, light heavyweight class, George Vobora.


George is a graduate of Neillsville High School with the class of 1945. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in the fall of 1945. He is stationed on board the U.S.S. Mississippi.                               


Public Auction Sale!


Beer-Tavern of Leo J. Cardinal – Will be Sold – Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

Located: 24 miles North of Black River Falls, or 17 miles Southeast of Neillsville, at Pray, Wis.


Tavern with kitchen and bedroom on first floor and one large room on second floor, remodeled last year. Double floors throughout, new rectangular bar, two stoves in kitchen.


Additional income potentialities here could be derived from groceries. A gasoline company desires to install gasoline service here. Owners are selling due to ill health. There is a beer license and promise of liquor license.


Bohr Sales Company, 212 Main St., Oshkosh, Wis.                          


Mr. and Mrs. Everett Pepper have sold their home on Court Street to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kapusta.


A large attendance of dancers and spectators turned out for the junior prom of Greenwood High School Friday evening, May 13, in the gymnasium.


Decorations were in tropical beach scenes, with gold cording, forming a beanie cap with loops and gold colored bows intertwined with American Beauty roses. The theme was built around the song, “Down Among the Sheltering Palms.”


Highlight of the evening was the grand march at 10:30 p.m. led by the prom king, Larry Vollrath, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vollrath, elected by the junior class, and his chosen queen, Ann Marie Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Warner.


The honorary prom queen was Joan Lindner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lindner, and Gary Corey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Corey, who was king.


The crown and garland were carried by two four-year-old’s, Teddy Ampe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Ampe, and Mary Jane Bergemann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Bergemann. The senior, junior, sophomore and freshman class officers and their escorts followed in the line of the march.


Dancing followed, continuing until one o’clock.


(At that time, dancing was a popular activity for all ages, which meant the prom attendees danced, from the beginning until the end of the evening. DZ)                                     


Golf is getting underway this week at the Neillsville Country Club. The first stage occasion, with golf and supper for the men, took place Wednesday evening. This was to be followed Thursday by Ladies’ Day, with nine holes each in the morning and afternoon, and with the ladies bringing sandwiches for noon lunch. On the weekend there will be blind bogey play, with a start made on fixing handicaps for the season.


Instruction in golf also began. The first classes for the high school players were held Tuesday afternoon, with out-of-town pupils given early attention and city pupils reporting after school hours. A class of instruction was also scheduled for Thursday for the ladies. Plans are included for high school students to participate as they wish, with lessons to be given by Terry Sylvester, the professional, free of charge, as well as for the ladies on Thursday.


A Memorial Day Blind Bogey tournament for men and pitching and putting contests will be held at the Neillsville Country Club Monday. The events are open to members and guests. The Blind Bogey tournament will proceed throughout the day, starting in the morning. Tony Sylvester, club professional said. The pitching and putting contests will be held at 4 p.m. The pitching will be from three distances, 25, 50, and 75 yards.


Purchase of approximately nine acres of land on the old Hewett farm site by St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran congregation of Neillsville has been completed.


The property will be the site of the proposed combination church-school, toward which the congregation has been working.


The site is one of natural beauty, being situated on one of highest points within the city limits. It commands a wide view of the surrounding countryside, with the Neillsville mound forming a back-drop to the north.


The land is located on the north side of Highway 10, near the western edge of the city. It includes the area on which the Hewett home stood and extends westward 788 feet to a point opposite the Ole Aspen home.


Chili’s strong baseball nine for several years that’s been one of the leading teams of the Yellow River league, has now joined the Cloverbelt league, which is included on this year’s league playing schedule.


Silver Dome Ballroom

Look Ladies!

Free Admission to the Hall Before 9:30, Every Saturday Night!

Wedding Dance for Franklin Gault & June Lindow, Saturday, May 21.

Music By Howard Sturtz & His Swing Kings!

Saturday, May 25, They’re Coming – “The Six Fat Dutchmen”

Famous R.C.A. Victor Recording Band!

Wednesday, May 25 – Admission, 90’ per person.


Announcing The Opening Of Ray’s Root Beer Bar

Howell’s Barrel Root Beer on Draft.

Stop in at Ray’s South Side Food Mart, Highway 10, Neillsville,

For A Large 10-oz. Glass of Howell’s Root Beer 5’ per Glass!


A special dance free to “teenagers” is to be held at the Silver Dome, June 1. The Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s club will be hostesses. The bar in the Dome will be closed on that evening.


Musicians will be paid from a royalty fund accruing to the local unit, to which the union musicians of this area belong.                                                                                                 


The War is Over!

So Are High Milk Prices!

Lewerenz is Entering the Fluid Milk Field With Grade A Pure Milk

You are invited to inspect our modern, clean dairy,

Located opposite the Golf Course.

1 Gal. glass container 45’, 1 Quart 14’, Skim Milk, Gallon 25’, Whipping Cream 1/2 Pt. 24’


Bring Your Fresh Pork,

We Are Now Prepared to Cure & Smoke Hams

And Bacon in Our new, Scientific Smoke House.

Lewerenz Sweet Shop, Hewett St., Neillsville.


Bernard Suel struck out 16 Neillsville “B” team batters Sunday, as Grand View won its opener in the Southern Clark County baseball league 8 to 7.


Other games found Lynn winning easily from the Stables team, and Globe taking a 3 to 2 win over Willard.





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