Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 24, 2019,  Page 9 

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 1909


Since Mr. and Mrs. Baum assumed control of the O’Neill House, the patrons have been greatly surprised and pleased with excellent serviced and improvement in the dining room.  Many of the patrons have expressed surprise that such excellent meals were served at 25 cents, but the price was made low merely as an advertisement, for the fact of the matter is that Mr. Baum has lost money in the service, owing to the high price of meats and groceries. Beginning next Sunday, the price of meals will be slightly raised, and 35 cents will be asked, which is small enough when the quality of service is considered.


The New O’Neill Livery, Frank Lynch, Prop.

Everything New, Safe and Careful Driving Horses.

New and up-to-date Buggies, Surreys and Harnesses.

The Best and Most Stylish Rigs in the City.

When you go driving, drive the best and Ride in Comfort!

Try the O’Neill Livery.   


Architect A.F. Billmyre was in Neillsville on Friday and Saturday, where he has charge of the building of the handsome new residence for Chas. Cornelius. Mr. Billmyre is also drawing plans for a new business block to be built in the city, which will be the home of a new bank to be started soon. (Grand Rapids Tribune.)


(The Charles Cornelius three-story house is on the southwest corner of Clay and West 2nd Street. At the same time, Cornelius had a new building constructed on the corner of Hewett and West 5th Street, where his banking business was located. Both buildings remain on those sites, due to being well-maintained through the years. DZ)


Architect A.F. Billmyre drew up plans for the new bank building that was constructed in 1909 for Charles Cornelius, located on the southwest corner of Hewett and West Fifth streets. The same year, Cornelius also had plans drawn up for a new house that was built within the city of Neillsville.



It is desired that persons who are driving or autoing through the country and desire to see a fine piece of scenery, will drive onto the racetrack at the fair ground. The gate is closed but unlocked, and persons who will help kill out the weeds on the race track by driving onto it, will please close the gate of the grounds after leaving. It will do the track good to drive on it, but please close the gate. The stray cows might want to eat up the hay that is not intended for them.                                                        


The new drinking fountain has been received by the city and is being put in at the Neillsville Bank corner.


Blucher Paulus started out selling Watkin’s Remedies last Monday. He carries a large stock in a special wagon equipped for the purpose.


(There are some of us old enough, who remember the Watkin’s and Rawleigh salesmen who traveled door to door selling their products. Especially during the summer months, each salesman would make regular calls on each household, town and rural, selling spices, vanilla and other extracts, liniments, nectar flavors for cool drinks, powdered pudding mixes and more. DZ)                     


Granton News:


Sheriff Robert Eunson and Miss Jessie Romaine drove over from Neillsville Monday and were the guest of ye editor and wife.


This is a poor time of the year to ship dressed-out calves. A farmer from the Town of Lynn recently shipped 6 fine calves to Chicago and was disappointed when he received only $9 for the whole shipment.


At the annual school meeting last Tuesday evening, H. Williams was re-elected director and the usual amount of business was disposed of. The amount of $1,500 was voted for school purposes and it was also voted to have the schoolyard grounds graded.


Louis Moh seems to be having more than his share of hard luck lately. It was only about two weeks ago that he had a bad runaway at Neillsville and last week he experienced another one. While cultivating corn the  other day his horse took fright and ran away. Louis had the lines around his body so he could have both hands guiding the cultivator, and in consequence was dragged a considerable distance, causing the fracture of several ribs and other minor injuries..


(It was time Mr. Moh found another horse, as some horses are forever broncos. DZ)


We were surprised a few days ago to find $50 lying in the road beside the hedge at the corner of one of our prominent business farmer’s home, and more so to find that it had lain there for several months unmolested but beginning to look much the worse from the exposure.                


Globe News:


Mike Prock and Fred Steinberg invested in hay haulers recently.


Daughter No. 3 was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hagedorn on July 10th.


Mrs. Fleig and son Fred, of Norwalk visited here a few days.


The Globe Band played at the Christie Hall Friday.


July 1954


Miss Shirley Marie Minsaas of Greenwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Minsaas of Greenwood, and Gorden C. Oldham of Neillsville, were married  Saturday, June 19, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenwood, with a double ring service, read by Rev. H.F. Brauer.


Honor attendants were Miss Evelyn of Greenwood and Walter Oldham of Greenwood, brother of the groom. The groom’s sister, Miss Betty Oldham, acted as bridesmaid and Gale Minsaas, brother of the bride, was groomsman. Ushers were Chester Dierks and Marvin Boyer.


A reception and dinner for 125 followed in the church basement. A wedding dance was held at the Silver Dome.


The groom, who attended Neillsville High School, is now in military service at Fort Knox, Ky., where he reported for duty June 29, his wife will accompany him. The bride is a 1952 graduate of Greenwood High School, having been employed in Chicago the past year.                                  


Fourth of July Specials at Russell’s!

Cap Guns, Good Selection - 49’, 69’ and 98’, Caps – A – Plenty!!

Also, Picnic Delights: Cold Milk, Zesty Wisconsin Natural Cheese

“We’ve Got ‘Em!”


(Remember when all kids wanted their own cap gun for the 4th of July? You also needed to buy the red, rolled-up paper strips, dotted with a gun powder-like substance to put into the cap guns, which made the popping noise each time you pulled the trigger. DZ)                                                 


With his speedometer clocking 52 miles an hour, Lee Buddenhagen of Neillsville outboard motor racing enthusiast, hit a piece of driftwood and was eliminated from the Midwest Power Boat Association races in Minneapolis last Sunday.


Lee’s spill came on the first turn in the first heat of the Class B event for 20-cubic-inch motors. He had passed 13 entrants and came out of the first turn in fourth place when the boat hit the driftwood. He said independent clockers told him they clocked his first half-lap at 58 miles per hour.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stange of Loyal and son, Frank Jr., went to Appleton Sunday where they attended the baptism of Robert Frank Stange, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Stange.


Eugene Michael, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Dux, was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Neillsville Sunday, June 27. Sponsors were Albert Dux and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jacob.


Forest Larson, one of Neillsville’s motorcycle enthusiasts, is taking an enforced vacation in the Wausau Memorial Hospital. He had entered one of the events at the rally at Wausau Saturday afternoon. He is not sure just what happened but apparently misjudged the power of his motorcycle and ended up by taking to the air and landing in a muddy ditch. His injuries are a broken collarbone and cuts on his left arm and wrist requiring stitches. He is now flat on his back with the collarbone being held in place by a series of weights and bandages on his arm, facing a three-week stay in the hospital.


Forest has been employed by the Rollohome Corp. at Marshfield.


Keith Counsell of the marine security guard arrived home Thursday night on the “400” train, his mother meeting him at Merrillan. Keith has been stationed in Switzerland at the Geneva conference, which has now been practically closed, Secretary Dulles and Asst. Secretary Bedell Smith having already left Switzerland. He will be on leave until August 1, when he returns to Quantico, Va., for the remainder of his stay in the armed forces. In October, he will receive his discharge. Keith spent two and a-half years overseas, mostly in Germany. The last three months of his stay have been in Switzerland.                               


A collection of mounted wild animals, said to be the largest of its kind in the world, is destined to find a new home near Neillsville.


This is the unique collection of about 500 pieces of Fred Munkholm, one of the three new owners of the Silver Dome Ballroom and Supper Club. The other members of the trio are Mrs. Munkholm and her brother, Earl Bray.


Munkholm’s animal collection was started in 1910 by Jack Masters, an International Falls restaurateur and sportsman. It grew under Mr. Masters’ ownership until his death.


Seeing the collection as a child, Mr. Munkholm said he often wished then that he could own it; and seven years ago, his childhood dream was fulfilled. He purchased the log cabin and the famous Masters collection. Among the pieces Mr. Munkholm prizes highly are a 90-pound brown bear; and “Elibo,” which looks like part elk and part caribou and resembles the fallow deer of southern Europe; a spotted deer, which is called a mutation by genealogists; triplet fawns for which Mr. Munkholm says he had refused an offer of $1,500.


The problem with brining the collection to Neillsville is that of deciding where to put it in the Supper Club and Silver Dome buildings and preparing adequate cases. These are matters that are being given consideration by the Munkholms and Mr. Bray.


The Munkholms and Mr. Bray have had considerable in restaurant, tavern and hotel business, most of it in or near International Falls. During the years in the Navy as an electronics engineer, Mr. Bray saw service in Army in Europe, where he was a prisoner of war. The Munkholms were married seven years ago.


The Webers are remaining with the new owners of the Dome Ballroom and Supper Club this week. Their plans for the future are not certain.                                                                       


Three Neillsville boys did 1,000 miles in 11 days, 900 of them on their bikes.


Paul Manz, Jon Swenson and Skipper Lee, all of Neillsville, rode their bikes, fully loaded with equipment used on the trip. The boys carried overnight equipment but depended on food upon eating places along the way. They went to the Soo locks and through Northern Michigan and across the lake. They covered about 1,000 miles of which 900 were pumped on their bikes.                              


Swiss Steak Dinner,

Sponsored by the Hatfield Sportsman’s Club,

Monday, July 26, At the Clubhouse At Hatfield.

Serving from 5 p.m., Adults $1 – Children 50’.


The return softball game of a home-and-home series between Neillsville’s Gorke’s Club and the Walters Brewers of Eau Claire will be played on the Neillsville Athletic field Saturday night. Neillsville lost a tight 2 to 1 tilt to Walters at Eau Claire last Saturday night.                                       


Lowell H. Gress, machinist’s mate third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gress of Route 3 Neillsville, is serving aboard the fleet oiler, USS Navasota with the Seventh fleet.


Marriage Licenses::

Delbert Fred Weltzin, Town of Colby, Clark County, and Annette Alma Shelley, Town of Unity, to be married at Spencer July 31.


Forest Foemmel, Town of Fremont, and Jeanette Venzke, Town of Rock, Wood County, to be married July 31 in Nasonville.


Richard Albert Eibergen, Town of York, and Elizabeth Louise Zahradka, Granton, to be married August 4 at Neillsville.                                                                                     


Red Owl Agency – Weekend Sale!

For Canning or Eating – Apricots 12-lb box $1.98 Lemons, large, 6 for 25’

Longhorn Cheese lb. 39’, Sliced Bacon lb. 59’, Tuna 7 oz., 4 cans $1.00,

Corn, 16-oz. can, 10’, Cake Mix 19 oz. pkg. 29’.


(The Red Owl Agency grocery stores could be found in nearly every town and city throughout the Mid-west during the mid-1950s. Neillsville’s Red Owl was located on the west side of Hewett Street’s 500 block. Loyal’s Red Owl, owned by Webb Colby, then occupied the building that is now Zepplin’s Furniture.


Soon after moving to Loyal in late 1954, I started working at the Red Owl Store for 50 cents an hour. Being a newcomer in Loyal, it was a great way for me to meet the people who lived in the community.


During one of my first days working as a clerk in the store, a lady customer who lived in the Chili-Granton farming area came to shop. A 10-pk roll of Copenhagen chewing tobacco was included on her grocery list. In error, I charged her $4 for the chewing tobacco. Early the next morning, the lady’s husband, Bill, came into the store to tell me of the error, which had been twice the price of what it should have been. After I apologized for the mistake and refunded Bill $2, he said, “If the price of snuff had gone up that much, I would have had to quit chewing!” Then I wondered if that was what his wife had told him. DZ)





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