Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 29, 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 1929


No more trains on Fairchild & N.E. Railroad.


On Tuesday, the last train was run on the Fairchild and Northeastern Railroad extending from Fairchild to Greenwood, the company having secured permission from the Railroad Commission to discontinue service on May 1st. Unless the road should be sold to the Omaha Co. the track will probably be taken up.


Married Folks Club Dance will be held at the Globe Hall on Friday evening this week. A good orchestra will furnish the music.                                                                            


The Odd Fellow Lodge will hold their last dance at the hall on Friday evening this week. A good orchestra will furnish the music.                                                                           


John Phillip Sousa and his world famous band will be heard over the radio for the first time on Monday evening, May 6th, in an hour broadcast, sponsored by the Chevrolet Motor Company to signalize the achievement of placing on the road over a half million new six-cylinder cars in four months’ time.


The radio debut of the famous “March King” will come through the National Broadcasting Company coast-to-coast chain during the regular General Motors “Family Hour,” starting at 8:30 p.m.  


This is a plea from the conservation department to all the good sports who will go trout fishing in Wisconsin this season. If the trout is so small that there is some doubt as to whether it is large enough to keep, a good sport will give the trout the benefit of the doubt and throw him back into the water.


Economically, this same trout, next year will be large enough to make a nice size meal for two people.


Free Dance!

Blue Moon Troubadours 8-piece Orchestra at Clover Lawn Garden

Opposite the Clark County Fairgrounds

Everyone Welcome, Dance Every Saturday.

Henry Markwardt, Prop.


(Dances were held in Markwardt’s Barn at 813 Division Street, which was part of his farm and orchard property. The property was sold to the Neillsville Country club, developing the land into a golf course. DZ)         


The building committee last week announced their decision on bids for large annex to the Indian School, the contract for the building gong to John Stewart of Durand, and the heating, lighting and plumbing going to P.M. Warlum of Neillsville. Most of the excavation work will be done by school employees, thus reducing the cost of the construction. The new annex will cost around $50,000 and will more than double the capacity of the building.                                                                                           


A deal was closed last week by which Mrs. Ida Hommel becomes the owner of the Thomas Lowe home on Grand Avenue, across the street from Mrs. Hommel’s residence. The Lowe home was bequeathed to Miss Belle Mason of Sparta by her aunt, Mrs. Thomas Lowe, and has been owned by Miss Mason since then. For some time, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Listeman have rented and lived in the house.              


Sunday, May 19, there will be services held at Shortville Community Church at 2 o’clock p.m. to re-dedicate the church building. For many years this was a Presbyterian Chapel, used in connection with the church organization of Neillsville. Change of local conditions seemed to make it necessary to discontinue the service and some steps were taken to sell the building. The people of the neighborhood, who represent various religious faiths, felt that they wished to keep the building intact as a place of worship, and organization was effected as a Community Church and the building was purchased.


A special program will be carried out at the exercises Sunday: Rev. Chas. Rawson, Rev. G.W. Longenecker, Rev. S.J. Lambright and Rev. Vornholt of Neillsville will take part as speakers and there will be special music. Members will be received. The public is cordially invited.                


Every sheep-man in Clark County will have an opportunity to take part in the sheep extension program, which will be outlined at three meetings to be held June 3rd and 4th. This is the first time the County Agent Office has given any attention to sheep work.  


A recent survey of the county shows that sheep are becoming one of the sidelines to the dairy business.


Mr. and Mrs. John Zoller, of Willard left Monday on a trip to Jugoslavia, their native country. They expect to be gone about two months. It is 25 years since Mr. Zoller came to this country and his wife has been here some ten years longer, so they expect to see many changes.


May 1954

The Spring Music Festival held at Greenwood High School on April 29 was a successful event.


A group of Loyal singers brought down the house with the humorous rendition of “There’s Nothing Like a Dame.” Members of the group were Diane Denk, Donna Lou Darton, Janice Seefeldt, Margaret Ann Rottjer, Terry Denk, LeRoy Merlak, Dick Sterr and Dick Ohlrogge.


A baritone duet made up by Karen Hack and Audrey Henninger of Grant High School, accompanied by Lois Lewis at the piano were also winners.


Winning with a drum ensemble were Allen Quast, Tim Dunn, Joanne Jackson and Helen Stewart of Greenwood High School.                                                                                            


Clark County has had lots of weather the past week. It has rained, almost three inches. It has snowed, just a little on Monday. It has been cold; the lowest temperature was 26 above zero Tuesday morning.


Whatever the weather, Clark County has suffered no flood damage. While neighboring Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls have their troubles, Neillsville and Greenwood, located along the Black River, are built on ground so high that they never are in danger.


Mrs. B.H. Peterson, considering the freak weather of the past few days, reminds The Press that it is not without precedent. She recalls getting off the train at Neillsville in 1900 and looking with wonder upon the immense icicles hanging from the eaves of the depot station. Then going through town, she saw such icicles on other buildings. In 1909 the calendar was the same as in 1954. Snow began on April 30, and continued until May 2, the snow was eight to ten inches deep, and there was no drifting.


Returning home from a visit to Fond du lac, Mrs. Peterson found word awaiting her that the Imig School, where she taught, would be closed for a week because of the difficulty of getting around. From the windows of her home she saw loads of logs being hurried into Neillsville. Owners of the logs were making up for a winter and spring of poor sleighing.


Mrs. Peterson also recalls a freeze on May 21, 1914. The leaves, partially out, then froze stiff and fell from the trees. They grew out again, but not to full size, and the shade from the trees was poor that year.


Carl Opelt suffered painful injury to his right arm, last Friday, when it became caught in the conveyer belt of the washer at his gravel pit. He returned from the hospital Sunday but is unable to do any work. The elbow was thrown out of joint and the arm badly bruised.                                        


]Miss Shirley Davis and Louis Kessler were married Wednesday, May 19, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Peter Leketas performed the ceremony.


Dance Sat., May 22 At the Inwood, Hatfield.

Wedding Dance in Honor of Verna Michalak, of City Point and John Cummings of Neillsville.

Music by Wally Ives & The Jolly Dutchmen Band.


The Inwood Ballroom, at the intersection of County roads J and E in Hatfield, as it appeared shortly after its construction. It was a very popular ballroom during the 1940s through 1960s “dancing era,” featuring popular bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin. (The building remains on the site, but since has taken on a different look and is still the Inwood, now a restaurant and has a small store also. Dmk)


Special Attraction Coming!

Dance to “The Six Fat Dutchmen”

Merry Ol’ Gardens, Wed., May 26

Located 6 miles South of Withee on Hwy. 73.


Winning four first places, and with every man of a 7-man team earning points, the Neillsville High School thin-clads placed second in the Cloverbelt invitational track and field meet at Eau Claire Tuesday afternoon. The team totaled 56 points.


Cornell won the meet with 65 points.


Racking up first-place wins for Neillsville were:


Eddie Schwellenbach, who won the mile in 5:07.4.


Ted Stiemke, who ran the 440 in 56.8.


Roy Elmhorst, who took the 200 low hurdles in 26.8.


And, the Neillsville half-mile relay team, which crossed the finish line in the time of 1;44.0. The relay team was composed of Peter Sydorowicz, Ted Stiemke, Jim Wavrunek and Dennis Maus.


Opening Baseball Game Sunday Afternoon 2 p.m. Neillsville Athletic Field

Neillsville A’s Defending Cloverbelt League Champions, vs. Greenwood.

Cloverbelt League Game – See Those Old Rivals Battle it Out!

Boost Your Team—And Enjoy Yourself! Attend This Game!


Gareth Bollom, manager of the Adler theatre in Neillsville for the past several years, has received a promotion in the Adler organization. Monday he will take up new duties as supervisor of the two Marshfield theatres owned by John P. Adler. Mr. Bollom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Bollom of Neillsville, has been connected with the Neillsville theatre for the last five years.


Management of the Neillsville theatre will be under William (Bill) Meier, who was in active charge of the theatre for many years before the war. Mr. Meier will retain his other employment in addition to his work with the theatre.                                                                                       


The Art Schoengrund family of the Loyal area has recently been reminded that they have neighbors who know what it means to be neighborly.


The Schoengrunds plant much of their garden to potatoes. Mr. Schoengrund has not sufficiently recovered from the injuries received last week when attacked by a bull at the stockyards. His neighbors, therefore, worked a couple of evenings last week and prepared and planted his potatoes. Those helping were Mrs. Martha Kline, Mrs. Ed Haselow, Albert Schroeder, George Haas, Henry Andregg, Rev. W.M. Mechlenburg, Dan Wolter and Arthur Schuette.


Among recent Loyal fishermen are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bender, who fished at Holcombe Lake Sunday, who were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Giese of Withee. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Stumpner and son, Charles, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ellison and son, Gordon, fished near Waupaca Thursday. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Anderson now exhibit the 35-inch Northern Pike they caught near Medford.


Four hundred and fourteen pupils are graduating this spring from the grade schools under the jurisdiction of Clayton Wright, the Clark County Superintendent of Schools. The total does not include the eighth graders from the Neillsville Public Schools or the graduates of any of the Parochial Schools except the Winnebago Indian School and the Zion Lutheran School of Colby.


Selling Out To the Bare Walls This Week!!

My full line of High Quality General Merchandise!

Prices Slashed 20%-50%, Parrish’s of Neillsville.


Jenni’s Super Service

Will Give You New Car Power!

With ‘Standard’ Premium Gas.

We Lubricate Cars With New Super Permalube!

Located on the Corner of W. 7th & Hewett

Across from the Hotel.


Go Greyhound Bus! The Lowest of Fares!

One-Way trip Costs:

St. Paul, Minn. $3.20; Fairchild 55’; Madison $4.00; Black River Falls $1.20,

Milwaukee $5.55; Marshfield 75’; La Crosse $2.60; Stevens Point $1.55.

Greyhound Terminal – May’s Sweet Shop, 432 Hewett St.



At the state music contest held Saturday at Merrill the following local people attended and won first place as follows: Edris Haack, piano and piccolo in Class A; Vivian Randall, flute, Class B; Betty Ylvisaker, oboe, Class C; Vivian Randall, piccolo, Class C; and Edris Haack and Vivian Randall, flute, Class B.


Second places: Sophia Randall, trombone, Class A; Caryl Seif and Edris Haack, clarinet and flute, Class A; Lucille Greeler and Janice Greeler, vocal, Class B; Mary Lou Hagie, Lucille Dodte and Gail Gard, vocal, Class C; Kay Overman won a third place with clarinet in Class B.


The students were accompanied by C. Scott Hunsberger, Miss Marian Hubbard and Mrs. Joseph Ylvisaker.


Dr. Howard Landry, Cadott dentist, will give the Memorial Day address here Sunday afternoon.


The services will be held in the Neillsville City Cemetery, preceded by the parade. Those who will take part will gather at the Armory at 12:30, formation to be directed by John R. Bergemann. Included will be the Neillsville High School Band, members of the veterans’ organizations and their auxiliaries and school children.





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