Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 10, 2019, Page 14 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1899


The Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company received an order a few days ago from a firm in Nebraska for  1,000,000 feet of lumber. The magnitude of this order will be realized when it is said that it will require sixty-five railcars to complete the shipment. The work of filling the order is being rushed.


(At that time, Wisconsin firms shipped much locally produced lumber to many of the barren western prairie states, such as Nebraska, that needed it for building houses and other structures. DZ) 


Kurt Listeman, our enterprising brewer, has this week acquired sole proprietorship of the Neillsville Brewery, by buying out the interest of Mr. Henry Klein, the last of the stockholders of the original Neillsville Brewing Company. Mr. Listeman is to be congratulated on obtaining entire possession of this fine and prosperous plant.


A great pile of army equipment was burned on the rifle range at Camp Douglas a few days ago by order of the governor. It consisted of guns bayonets, scabbards, saddles, harnesses, straps, name plates, haversacks, ammunition boxes, canteens, and old paper. According to military regulations and requirements such property cannot be sold. It is therefore condemned and destroyed.        


Major Hommel and Adjutant Klopf this morning received the equipment, which the state furnishes them, as mounted officers in the National Guard, comprising a saddle, bridle, and Colts revolver with holster.


Mrs. Subke, mother of John Subke of Levis sought medical aid in the city this week, having been poisoned by weeds while at work in her garden.                                                    


The interior renovation of the old Clark County Bank building for the accommodation of Gilbert Johnson’s gents furnishing establishment is progressing rapidly and will soon be ready to receive its new occupant.


Owing to the hop at Marx’s dancing hall Saturday evening, there was a noisy time in that locality about midnight while many fair, young damsels were escorted home by their unsteady fellows.


Emil Ketel and Will Campman wheeled over to Loyal Sunday to witness the Loyal vs. Black River Falls baseball game. Emil officiated as umpire giving excellent satisfaction to both teams.


Pugilistic encounter took place during a dance in the Town hall of Grant last Satruday evening, between two prominent young men of that place, resulting rather disastrously to one of the contestants. One was badly used up, having a finer broken in the melee and his face considerably damaged. No arrests followed.


Volume I, number 1, of the Clark County Chronicle, Loyal’s new newspaper, came to our exchange this week, and from a casual peruse of its contents, we judge that with Mr. Meachem at the helm, the Chronicle will prosper and soon become a lively competitor for Clark County’s other newspapers.


There is a new and shining chair and platform in the Merchant’s Hotel barbershop, the gift of Harold Brooks to Harold Grow and upon which customers sit, when Harold shines their shoes.    


The ladies of the Unitarian Church Society will serve a six o’clock supper on the lawn, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Marsh Friday evening. All invited.                                            


A casual remark recently disclosed the fact that Mr. Nate Anderson has in his possession an old Norway pine trunk, which may be considered quite a relic by reason of the age attaching to it. The same was made in Ringrack County, Norway in 1702, and was brought to La Crosse, this state in 1872, by Mrs. Bertha Nelson now residing at Pigeon Falls. The trunk came into possession of Mr. Anderson as a present from P.Z. Lenning the past year and now reposes in the basement under the sample room, where it may be viewed by the curious.


Lyman Ruddock, while driving a recently broken colt near the fairgrounds, Sunday, had the misfortune to be thrown from the cart he was riding in, falling on a barbed wire fence. As a consequence, he sustained severe injuries about the left side of his face, neatly resulting in the loss of his left ear. Prompt medical attendance, however, averted any serious consequences and the patient is now improving as well as might be expected.                                


July 1944


Lt. Victor Trost, son of Mrs. Mary Trost of Willard, is being held in Switzerland, according to word received here recently.


A bomber pilot, Lt. Trost parachuted to safety in Switzerland after his plane had been hit. The repot was not clear whether the plane was hit on a raid over Germany, or whether it was brought down by neutral Swiss anti-aircraft defenses.


The action apparently happened several months ago.


Lt. Trost’s wife resides in Minneapolis.                                       


The Loyal Tribune received and published the following letter, written by one of the 45 Barbadians who came to Clark County to help by working here this summer.


“Please permit me space in your spacious columns in noting to the inhabitants of Loyal our deepest word of thanks for their appreciation toward us. We as Barbadians have left our homeland through the various sea waters, not with hope of reaching America safe, but our trust was in God, and He brought us through.


“We have signed a contract in way of laboring for the government of the United States and on behalf our needy conditions in Barbados. Again, we thank all those who have given us a little work until the time of reaping and canning begins, and best of all taking some of us in their vehicles, scorning not the colored human.


Livingston Oscar Kinch, The Eight Hundred and Fourteenth emigrant From Barbados, B.W.I.”


(Due to World War II, there was a shortage of help due to so many men serving in the military. The Loyal Canning Factory needed help with the green bean and pea vineries’ harvest on some plots of that area’s farm fields during the canning season.


The Barbadians came from an island country in the Lesser Antilles of West Indies in the Caribbean region of North America, to help during the labor shortage. 


One summer season, some German prisoners of war stayed in a temporary camp det up within the city of loyal, so as to work on area farms during the canning season. Some of the farmers, whose fields the prisoners worked on, enjoyed having conversations with the prisoners in their native language, due to their having been the second generation of German immigrants. DZ)                           


A & P Food Stores Six-Day-A-Week Low Prices!

A & P Pekoe Tea 1 lb. 59’, Corn Flakes 18 oz. pk. 11’, Marvel Bread 1-1/2 lf. 10’,

Carrots 2 bunches for 15’, Head Lettuce 5 size 11’, Yellow Onions 4 lbs. 25’, New Potatoes 10 lbs. 49’,

Donuts 2-Dozen for 29’, Peanut Butter 2-lb jar 39’, Grape Jam, 2-lb. jar 39’.


Andy’s Red & White Store – Closed Sundays – Starting July 9th.


Our Boys With The Colors:


Staff Sergeant William G. Klovas of Thorp has been awarded the Air Medal of Service as an air gunner in the European Theater. He is an engineer gunner in the B-25 Marauder, “Ladies’ Delight.”


S/Sgt. Jack Crothers, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Crothers, Granton, now flying regular missions over the European continent, as a turret gunner, has been awarded an Air Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster.


M/Sgt. C.C. Olsen expects soon to go overseas. He left Loyal June 30, after a visit here. His wife has been with him up to this time, but now with her parents, the Swans. Sgt. Olsen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Olsen.


Pfc. Elliot R. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy King of Neillsville, Route 2, has been seriously wounded in action in France.


Pfc. King entered the army April 19, 1943 and has been in the European Theater of was since Jan. 9, when he arrived in England. Pfc. King trained at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Camp Fannin, Tex., and Camp Mead, Md. His brother, Pvt. LeRoy King, has been stationed in England for the last 21 months. He has been in the service for two and one-half years.                                                                


Prices are fixed by OPA on Fruits and Vegetables.


A ceiling price of 5-1/2 cents per pound on new white cabbage has been established, for this area, by the Office of Price Administration. Other priced ceilings on fruit and vegetables are listed below. The OPA order states that delivery charges may be added to all items except cabbage, onions, potatoes and lettuce, if the wholesaler charges such deliveries to the retailer.


Fruit – 1943 apples, except ladyapples and crabapples in Vernon, Richland, Crawford and Grant counties, one pound, 12 cents; 1943 apples in all other counties in the district, two pounds, 25 cents; cherries, sweet, one pound 45 cents; apricots, one pound 26 cents; lemons, one pound 17 cents; oranges, California, one pound 12-1/2 cents; oranges, Florida, one pound, 11 cents; California grapefruit, one pound 10 cents; bananas, one pound 12 cents; plums 4x5, one dozen, 29 cents; plums, 5x5, one dozen, 22 cents.


Vegetables: cabbage, new white, one pound, 5-1/2 cents; carrots with tops, per bunch, 9 cents; carrots with out  tops, per pound 7 cents; white onions, one pound, 11 cents; yellow onions, one pound, 10 cents; peas, one pound, 21 cents; lettuce, large, per head, 17-1/2 cents; lettuce, medium, per head, 14 cents.


The OPA regulations, which included food stamps, limited buying food items needed and encouraged gardening. Nearly every backyard in town and country had two or so apple trees, and a garden plot for growing their own vegetables. Root vegetables could be stored in cellars or in the outdoor storm caves. Vegetables, such as peas and green beans, were preserved by the canning method, to be kept in a cool place until being opened and served as part of the family meals during the winter months.


Each town, and some cheese factories, had a deep freeze locker service with units available to rent. Farm families often used that service for storing meats after butchering a beef and pork animal during January. Smoked sausages were made, and some meat was also canned. Deep freezer appliances for the home didn’t appear on the market until after World War II. DZ)                                     


A community roster for southern Clark County will be placed upon the south wall of the Schultz Store. It will contain the names of all the servicemen who have gone out from this immediate area. The names of the members of the original Service Company, the men who were first to get into the fighting from this community, will have a place of honor at this center.                                                                


Dairy organizations in Wisconsin to the number of 65 or thereabouts are on the verge of an outright issue with OPA on sales of milk powder. They will probably employ counsel together and ago into the courts to stop a levy of more than two million dollars, which the OPA is trying to make upon them. Two of the organizations are Neillsville Milk Products and John Wuethrich Creamery Co. From the former, the OPA is trying to collect $36,000 and from the later, $16,000.                                                    


Farm wages are at the highest point ever recorded in the state of Wisconsin. This is the statement of the crop reporting service of the Wisconsin and United States Department of Agriculture.


For Wisconsin as a whole the average monthly rate, with board, is now $73.75, compared with $64 in July of last year. In Clark County the going rate is $60 per month, with board, as compared to $50 last year at this time.


This county is short 50 to 60 farm workers. Yet, somehow or the other, the farmers are managing to get the work done.  By all the members of the family pitching in, by exchanging work with neighbors and by not paying attention to union hours, the farmers of Clark County have practically concluded haying and are now starting to harvest the oats crop.                                                                             


The First National Bank joins the community in a final tribute to James Paulus, a good citizen and kindly gentleman.


Mr. Paulus was a splendid friend and neighbor, giving help in his quiet and unassuming way. He was a war casualty on the home front, his days shortened by the worries and exertions brought on by the stress of war.


The Above photo, taken in the late 1930s, shows Janie and Jim Paulus standing by their car along Fifth Street in Neillsville. Jim as actively involved within the city, having been a manager of the O’Neill House for a few years. He also owned and operated a soft drink bottling company, as well as other ventures, during his lifetime.



Roy Durst, of the town of Foster, is recovering from serious injuries suffered last Saturday while stacking hay. The poles with which he was using for stacking, fell, striking him in the shoulder and side. His shoulder and several ribs were fractured, and his lung is reported bruised. He was taken to Black River Falls for attention.  Mrs. Durst, who went with him, returned on Sunday.


(Often, some of the farm hay crop, due to lack of mow space, was stacked outdoors near the barn. One method of stacking required using wooden poles to reinforce a triangular shaped hay-stack. DZ)   .


For Sale: Chicken House, Car Radio and Springer Spaniel hunting dog. Harold Schnabel, Phone: Blue 194.


Used Furniture, stoves, tools, clothing and misc., at The Exchange Store





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