Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 31, 2019,  Page 19 

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 1929


A carrier pigeon made its appearance at the Ed Micheles home in Greenwood Monday morning. Mrs. Micheles took the bird in and fed it, as it seemed almost exhausted. A rubber band on one leg bears the number K540.


Recently, while walking along the Soo railroad tracks near the bridge, Kenneth Daniel heard a hissing noise and rattle, which for a minute startled him. Looking down, he saw a good-sized rattlesnake just a foot or two in front of him. He was fortunate in killing the snake, as the reptile was coiled and ready to strike. This is the first rattlesnake seen in the Greenwood vicinity for some time.    


Riplinger vs. Neillsville, the two top baseball teams in the Clark-Taylor League, will play at the Neillsville Fairgrounds next Sunday. A joint band, consisting of Members of Neillsville and Granton bands, will furnish music all afternoon. This will be one of the most interesting games of the season, and with good music, all should plan to attend.                                                                               


A very pretty wedding took place at the Lutheran parsonage at Globe on Thursday afternoon, June 20th at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. Motzkus officiating when Clara Hemp, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Ernest Hemp of the Town of Seif, was united in marriage to Mr. Ted Mitte, the second oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mitte, of the Town of Weston.


The bridal couple was attended by Miss Nelda Hagedorn, a cousin of the bride, who was bridesmaid and Mr. Harold Mitte, brother of the groom, as bestman.


Following the ceremony, a reception was given at the home of the bride, to the immediate relatives of the contracting parties.


That evening, after the marriage, the young couple gave a wedding dance at the Globe Hall, with a fine time being reported by all. They will go to housekeeping on the groom’s home farm.


Thirty-five cans of small trout were delivered to Greenwood last Thursday and placed in the vats at the trout hatchery near the cemetery. They were brought there by truck by the Wisconsin Conservation Commission. The trout will be kept and fed at the local hatchery until next fall when they will be released and placed in nearby streams.                                                                                                      


Monday forenoon about ten o’clock, the Cannonville Cheese Factory, owned by Werner Jenni, was found to be on fire, and in spite of vigorous efforts of Mr. Jenni and the neighbors, the building was totally destroyed.


Ed Hubing of the Town of Grant attended a convention for the deaf, held at Eash Claire July 3 and 4. Besides the regular program they had games and contests. Ed won the $2.00 prize in the raw egg-eating contest.


(In the 1880s, a mug of beer with a raw egg, or two-cracked into it, became a breakfast for physical laborers, like coalminers in the United States. The miner would first gulp a shot of whisky and then sooth his burning throat by chugging the raw egg and beer concoction.


(Up until the mid-1950s, I remember some bartenders being asked to serve a customer a mug of beer with a raw egg added to it. Four ounces of tomato juice stirred in mug of beer was also often ordered. In that era, on the end of the bar, there might b a gallon jar that contained pickled hardboiled eggs kept in the brine to be sold to customers to snack on as a snack. Some taverns had large bowls of roasted peanuts in the shell, available for customers to snack on, being told to toss the empty peanut shells on the maple hardwood floor. At cleaning time, the peanut shells were swept across the floor, as some of the peanut oil in the shells would cling to the floor, enhancing a shiny, smooth surface that made an ideal dance floor for those who danced to the jukebox or live band music. DZ)                                                                            


Next Sunday, July 21st, a Mission Fest will be held at the Beyer Lutheran Church in North Pine Valley.  There will be German services in the forenoon and English services in the afternoon. At noon, a fine dinner with soft drinks will be sold. All are most cordially invited.      


Wm. E. Tragsdorf has sold his theatre to J.P. Adler of Marshfield Tuesday, to take effect next Monday, July 22. He will continue to the operation of his theatre up to and including next Sunday night when he will say farewell to his many friends in this community by showing the Big Special Picture “The Tide of the Empires.”   


Who says corporations have no souls?


A short time ago, the big transformer at the north city limits of Highway 73 was taken down and moved to the central plant near O’Neill Creek. The workmen found that a pair of wrens had built their nest in one of the switch boxes, entering through a hole not much larger than a dime. Calls for instructions at headquarters brought the reply to avoid destruction of the wren’s household if possible, so the men hung the switch box in a tree across the road and there it will remain until the brooding season is over. The birds had some difficulty about finding their home but were assisted by the men who placed two other switch boxes in line with the birds’ box, and they went from one to the other until they found their home..


Mr. Hill, local manager, was greatly interested in engineering the scheme to save the birds’ home.


Big Dance at Markwardt’s Barn, Saturday, July 27, 1/4 mile east of Neillsville,

Music by – “The Adrian Rhythm Boys” With Plenty of Pep!

Their First Appearance – Here this Season!


At a special election held last Tuesday the village of Loyal voted not to sell its local light plant and equipment to the Northern States Power Co., 123 votes being cast against the sale and 69 for. A brisk campaign preceded the election.                                                                                


S.H. Van Gorden & Sons have broken ground for a large new building on Second Street, Black River Falls, which will be their new feed mill branch in that area.


The building will be erected on the corner of Jefferson Tobacco warehouse, facing Second Street, but with doors on the north side for the convenience of their customers. The building will be built of glazed tile and will be 40 by 100 feet in ground dimensions. It will be about 60 feet north of the tobacco factory.


Bruce Van Gorden will be manager of the new feed mill and feed mixing plant, as well as its warehouse and sales room.


(Both the feed mill and tobacco warehouse are demolished, and now a parking lot is where the mill stood and next to it is the Highway Dept. building which is the former Jackson Electric building and an empty lot used for parking is across the street where the tobacco warehouse once stood. Dmk)


July 1959


A four-seated airplane made an emergency landing on a “a field the size of a postage stamp” on the Ray Harwich farm, 11 miles southwest of Neillsville on Highway 95 Saturday morning.


The plane was damaged slightly; but the occupants were only “scared to death,” by their own admission.


They used a half-mile stretch of Highway 95 in front of the Harwick farm for a takeoff strip shortly before noon Sunday after repairing the damage to their plane.


“They scared me half to death,” Mrs. Harwick said of the landing about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. “I thought they weren’t going to make it.”


Mrs. Harwich’s thought was not too much different from the opinions of Mrs. Leroy Emily of Joliet, Ill. or Mrs. Bill Rausch of Oswego, Ill. Their husbands were in the plane’s front seats.


“I thought we were goners,” smiled Mrs. Rausch nervously the following morning. With Emily, Illinois County sheriff’s office employee, at the controls, the light plane touched down on a five-acre field adjoining the Harwich house. Crossing diagonally, it had about 500 feet in which to stop.


Emily estimated the plane was traveling “about 80” miles per hour when its wheels touched down. It was still going an estimated 20 miles per hour when it caromed into a fence at the highway’s edge and snapped two fence posts. On the way, Emily skillfully avoided a hay rake, which had been left near the end of the impromptu landing field.


Adding to the problem of stopping was the fact that about half of the distance was covered by hay cut four days before, and wet.


“The brakes were screaming all the way,” commented Emily, “But when we hit that hay, it was just like hitting a piece of glazed ice.”


When he saw that the plane would not stop before the fence-line, Emily swung it around. It tilted on the tip of one wing and the nose. The tail swung around, and a stabilizer clipped the fence posts.


The emergency landing was necessitated, Emily said, when he saw the fuel getting low.


The Emilys and Rausches were brought into Neillsville Saturday night by Mr. Harwich, who helped them get repairs needed for their Sunday morning takeoff. The broken stabilizer was welded by Donald Hagie. About 15 gallons of automobile gasoline were put into the tank for use after the airplane got into flight. It had enough aviation fuel left for takeoff, according to Emily’s estimate.


Then, with a group of local people aiding, the fence was cut, and the plane was pushed up onto the Highway 95 blacktop while Sheriff Frank Dobes, Traffic Officer Ray Kutsche and Traffic Officer Harry Frantz stopped traffic a few minutes during the takeoff.                                                                  


Three new houses are under construction at Loyal. Fred Cox, Jr., and Herman Schaefus are building homes and Mr. Larson is building on his land at the west edge of town.


Approximately 60 people attended a softball game between Our Savior’s Luther League of Greenwood and the Trinity Luther league of Loyal, Sunday evening at the Arthur Turnquist home. The score was 3 to 4 in favor of Our Savior’s.                                                                                         


John C. Brandt, Neillsville’s city clerk, said he saw 250 walleyed pike pulled rom Round Lake, where he fished last week. He didn’t get them all, but fishing was the best he had experienced in several years of fishing there.


In the party were Mr. and Mrs. Kaemmerling and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Radiske, all of Milwaukee, and Mrs. Brandt. The three couples vacation annually at Round Lake.


(That had to have been “The Good Old Days of Fishing in Wisconsin!”


Neuman’s Home of Fine Food, Main Street of Loyal,

Will be Closed Until August 11th.


Max Langfeldt & Sons, General Contractors of Loyal, Wis.

Extends Best Wishes to Fullerton Lumber Co. Of Neillsville,

On Completion of Their Excellent Lumber Yard Facilities.

We Are Pleased To Have Been Called Upon To Do

The Reconstruction Work For This Fine New Building!


The Fullerton Lumber Company in Neillsville will hold open house in its new and enlarged facilities here next Monday through Friday, Ralph Bauer, local yard manager, announced this week.


The lumberyard, which was damaged extensively by fire a couple of months ago, Has been fully renovated and modernized.


In addition, the concern how has its new $70,000 read-mix concrete plant in operation. The only plant of its kind in the area, the ready-mix plant will offer an interesting tour of many.


Free Coffee and donuts will be served in the lumber company office at the corner of Grand and Fourth, and other attractions will be provided to interest visitors during the open house.


In a baseball game played at Willard a week ago Sunday, Globe and Willard played to a 5-5 tie when the game was called in the fifth. Frederick Grap, Globe catcher, was injured and the game was not completed with a forfeit going to Willard.


Neillsville Coasters baseball team beat Willard 9 to 8 last Sunday at Willard. Richard Quast was the winning pitcher going 10 innings before his teammates won for him. Java lost for Willard, but four pitchers worked for the losers. Quast had 11 strikeouts. Syd Thompkins led the coasters with two hits and drove in Tom Overman with the winning run in the 10th.


Globe beat the Stables team, 15 to 8 Sunday afternoon at the fairgrounds field. Ted Stiemke was the winning pitcher. Eddie Henchen the loser.                                                     


A twenty-five mile horseback trail ride was enjoyed by Margaret Farrand and her granddaughter, Linda Drescher, and Mrs. Lawrence Struble and son Dean.                


Mrs. Howard O. Giese won the prize as average golfer, and Mrs. Doris Eisentraut won a prize for low score at the Tri-County Golf tournament held at Arcadia Thursday.            


Howard O. Giese has received a letter from his brother, Oscar, who lives at Clark, S.D., saying that wheat has been plowed under and the land planted to Sudan  grass. Oats are so poor that it is being cut for hay, but flax and corn crops are good. He also reports that this year there are the most pheasants ever to be seen in that section of Dakota.


(Pheasants are knows to thrive during hot, dry weather conditions. DZ)  


Charles (Bitsy) Wasserburger won prizes for the larges  and most carp caught in the “First Carp Fishing Contest” held last Sunday on Lake Arbutus. His single winning fish caught weighed 14 1/2 pounds, and the total number caught was six. Tony Hartung of Neillsville caught the second largest carp, a 14-pounder, with the next largest being registered by H.H. Quicker of Neillsville.


This new event was sponsored by the Neillsville Sportsmen’s Club.


The Penguin stand was a popular place to go during warm weather days for a treat such as a cold root beer, its popular blueberry or raspberry shakes, burgers, or a foot-long Coney dog. The teenagers often met there after school. It was in business starting in the late 1950s until the early 1980s, occupying a lot on the south side of Division Street, which is now an extension of South Hewett Street, between Kwik Trip and the BMO Harris Bank.  (Photo courtesy of Bob Boysen’s collection).





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