Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 21, 2019  Page 10 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

 Clark County News


August 1909


Verily Neillsville is a dry town, some phases of which are eagerly sought by certain citizens, but all seem to unite in wanting a wet town just now. A good rain is being sincerely hoped for, that the city may no longer remain dry. Tuesday it looks as though the drought might be broken but the rain clouds split and gave Neillsville a wide berth.


Rain, rain, come this way, and visit us just one day!                            


Mark Marcus spent a few days last week with his brother, M. Marcus, and Tuesday started for his home in Russia for a visit. He will return to this country in September. 


Last Sunday, L.G. Masters and Tom Haugen caught 17 games fish and claim to hold the record for a one-day catch on the Black River.                                                                  


Yesterday morning, at the home of the bride’s mother on Grand Avenue, occurred the marriage of Robert Eunson and Miss Jessie Romaine. The ceremony was performed  at 9 o’clock by Rev. Burrows in the presence of relatives only. Mr. and Mrs. Eunson then left for a brief wedding trip and upon their return will take up housekeeping at the sheriff’s residence.


Bob Eunson is the present sheriff of Clark County, one of the best we ever had, and is a prince of good fellows. His wife is a pleasant and capable lady, and during her residence here has made many friends. Among those present at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. John Graves of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brown of Loyal and Mr. and Mrs. Romaine of Chicago.                                                  


Special Clark County Fair Premiums Given by Various Businessmen:


Wisconsin Furniture Mfg. Company, a $35 bedroom suite to the couple who will get married in front of the grandstand on Friday at 2 p.m.


(The Wisconsin Furniture Company factory was located in Neillsville at the end of West 8th Street. The company’s purpose of building a factory in this area was due to its location amongst the virgin hardwood timber. The first lumbermen came to cut the large white pine into logs that were then sent down the Black River to the sawmills in La Crosse. Later, some of the hardwoods were cut, sawed and planed into quality lumber here for making furniture, ordered by the Furniture Factory.


The Omaha Railroad track was located next to the factory, a convenient access for shipping furniture to market.


After 20 years of furniture production, the large four-story building was destroyed by fire on June 28, 1911. DZ)


More Fair Premiums –

Grow & Schuster & Co.: Five-dollar gold piece to handsomest baby under one year of age.


A.B. Marsh: Half-barrel of Patent Flour to winner of pumpkin race on Saturday afternoon.


Aug. F. Snyder: $2.50 hat to winner of foot race, 50 yds. In front of grandstand on Saturday afternoon, contestants to be 60 years old or over, for second a $1.50 shirt.


L.G. Masters: a bicycle saddle to the bicycle rider making the fastest half-mile on Saturday afternoon.


Robert Eunson: Winner of pony race, 1/4 mile, by child under 15 years, $2.


T.E. Brameld: $2 Lemonade set to person taking most premiums on vegetables.


Max Marx: a good whip for best team of matched driving horses shown at the Fair.


Neillsville Tea & Coffee Co.: 50 cents worth of spices to young lady making best spice cake, and a drip coffee pot to couple who will be married in front of Grandstand on Friday afternoon.


W.J. Marsh: will give a handsome $2 black leather hand bag to winner of ladies foot race, 50 yards, in front of grandstand Friday afternoon.                                                                


Bids are wanted for the following amounts of hay and straw to be delivered on the Clark County Fairgrounds: 5 tons timothy, 5 tons clover, 10 loads of straw, preferable oat. Bids to be sent to L. Williamson before Aug. 21.


A short man with small shoulders who thinks the following property too big a load to carry, wants to dispose of it at reduced figures. Three houses, a store, 360 acres of land, an interest in a ginseng farm and an automobile; inquire at this newspaper office.                                                              


Charles, Thomas and Oscar Northup, Will Hurlburt and John Richardson and son, Hal, went to Tioga blueberry picking. They got 5 bushels, but report it was hard work, as they had to take turns fighting mosquitoes; and had to use stumps and the buggy tongue for beds. But the berries were worth going after just the same.


(Picking wild blueberries was a challenge, crawling through the wet bogs, along with fighting the insects. Now it is much easier picking from large blueberry bushes in gardens, cultivated and cared for by the owners. DZ)                                     


August 1949


Merrillan will be a regular scheduled stop of the “400” starting August 15.


This is the word received here Tuesday afternoon by Jess W. Scott. It came from George Purnell of Merrillan, secretary of the three-county organization, which has been working for 14 years to secure the stop of the crack streamliner of the Northwestern Railroad.


The inaugural of “400” service will be marked by some sort of observance, according to Mr. Purnell. The observance is likely to take the form of a celebration, with representatives of present from the various communities, which will profit by the service, and with the public participating.


(The label of “400” mean that the streamliner could travel from Minneapolis to Chicago in 400 minutes, the  fastest passenger train to travel on that track. I remember traveling on the 400 in the early 1950s, leaving from Minneapolis to attend a Minnesota Gophers football game at the Northwestern University stadium near Chicago. It was a memorable ride in the company of many other celebrating Gopher fans, going to watch and cheer on their team. DZ)                                                                


Tony Svetlik of Neillsville is waging a gallant fight against the possible crippling effects of Polio. He is 35 years of age, reported locally to be the oldest of the patients currently treated at General Hospital. He is sufficiently mature to look the situation in the face and know the kind of fight he is making. He is accustomed to hazards, for in World War II, he flew with the B-29s, was a technician and kept them in kilter while they were in the air.


Tony has a substantial stake in the fight he is making. He has a wife and three children. He has bought a home and is paying for it by installments. He and his family need what an able-bodied man can provide.


When Tony was taken to Wisconsin General, he had a big fight to make and he has been doing that. He could not swallow food, some of his natural functions were suspended; he could not lift his head; his left arm and left leg were paralyzed.


The doctors, nurses and physiotherapists had to work at flexing Tony’s arm and leg and move his head back and forth and around. He is now, daily going through many other exercises in a pool of warm water.


Early into the treatments, Tony was told that much of the final result depends upon him. He must not give up. He must face the situation with determination and do his utmost to regain control. This he must do by using his muscles and joints to the utmost limit of his power.


(After working in an extensive exercise program, Tony was able to return home to work at the Ford Garage, in partnership with his brother, Frank.


There were many others who had been stricken with the disease during those years.


The Salk vaccine was developed and introduced by Dr. James Salk in 1955. Eventually, the vaccine became available to everyone, which then eliminated polio. DZ)                    


A gala golf Jamboree, which is expected to attract divot differs from all the surrounding communities, will be held at the Neillsville Country Club Sunday, August 28, it was announced this week.


Entry fees will be $3, of which 50 percent will be returned in prizes. Included will be a noon lunch and a dinner in the evening. Individual awards and four-man team prizes will be offered, according to Tony Sylvester, club professional.


The event will be the first of a number planned for the late summer season. At present, 18-hole qualifying rounds are being played for Club championships match play. The championship match play is open to all members of the club and to all residents of Neillsville who wish to enter.


The “easy” way turned out to be a rough deal here this week for two Park Falls truck drivers.


Out of an “easy means to make some money for the weekend,” the two men delivered five ton of lime to Roy Eddy in the Town of Levis. There was nothing much wrong with that, except that the lime they delivered belonged to a third party, Ken Clarine.


They unloaded it from a railroad car on the siding in Neillsville last Saturday without Mr. Clarine’s knowledge or consent, and they pocketed the $20 they got from Mr. Eddy for the lime.


When the two men were questioned by Dist. Atty. Clarence E. Gorsegner  early Sunday morning, they admitted the deal, and explained that they had looked upon it as “an easy means to raise some money or the weekend.”


They pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of petty larceny, and Justice B.W. Nehs ordered each to pay a fine of $25 and costs of $6.45. or to spend the next 30 days in the county jail. They couldn’t pay the fine and costs immediately, so they were remanded to the jail.                      


Harland (Hy) Carl, outstanding Greenwood High School athlete, is now under going two weeks of training in preparation for the annul North-South Wisconsin High School football classic.


The game will be played in the City Stadium at Green Bay Saturday, August 27. Carl, named to a backfield position, will be under the tutelage of F.L. (Frosty) Ferzacca, head football coach of Green Bay West High School.


Hy will attend the University of Wisconsin this fall, where his many followers expect he will be a shining light on the freshman football squad.                                                        


The catch of a large Muskie was taken by Cal Johnson, a widely-known outdoor sports writer. The record Muskie was taken from the waters of Lac Courte O’Reilles, near Hayward. Now officially recognized as the largest of its species ever taken by hook and line, the Muskie weighed 67-1/2 pounds, and measured 60-1/4 inches in length and 33-1/2 inches in girth. Fishermen had tried for 6 weeks prior to Johnson’s successful effort, to lure the big Muskie near a sandbar, where he was known to be.


A half-ton pickup truck was purchased Tuesday night by the Neillsville city water department for $1,160, less federal taxes, which are expected to amount to about $25.


The committee made its selection from among six bids submitted by five Neillsville automobile dealers. One bid did not meet published specifications and was eliminated. The committee then accepted the low remaining bid, which was submitted by L.J. Chevrolet Company. Bidding was very close, with only a few dollars separating the three lowest bids.                                                                                


Herbert Wegner is the new manager of the Grand View baseball team. He succeeds Arthur Ackerman, who has resigned after guiding the team since its inception last year.


(The Grand View baseball diamond was near Percy Zickert’s Grand View Tavern, located at the intersection of what was then Highway 10, now Ridge Road, and Clark Avenue. DZ)   


Members and friends of the York Center Methodist Church will observe the 70th anniversary of the founding of the church in a special program Sunday.


The event will also be a sort of a homecoming, with several of the pastors who have served the congregation and many former residents of the area, expected to be present.


Two services have been scheduled, according to Rev. Virgil Holmes, pastor. The morning worship will be at 11 a.m., with Rev. Paul White, district superintendent, as the speaker. The afternoon service will be held at 2 p.m., following a fellowship dinner at noon. Speaker for this service will be Rev. Raymond Fleming, pastor of the Methodist Church in Marshfield.


(The York Center Methodist Church has now hit its 140th anniversary, a record number of years in serving that rural community. DZ)     


In 1873, the first church services to be held in the York Center area were in a log schoolhouse three-quarters of a mile northwest of the present York Center Methodist Church building. Its congregation was formed in 1879.  



Stanley Ihlenfeldt, assistant county agent, accompanied the 40-piece 4-H Club Band to Milwaukee Tuesday to attend the State Fair. The group was taken down by bus. They were to play in the Citizenship Day program Wednesday.                                                                                   



Free Transportation

Students Enrolling in the Granton High School For the 1949-50 Term

Will be Transported To and From Said School – Without Cost to The Student!

School Will Start September 6th.


Boys! Girls! Attend WDLB’s “Back To School Theatre Party”

At The Adler Theatre,

Saturday, August 27 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Go With Mom or Dad, To Any of These Cooperative Merchants & Get Your Free Ticket!

Hinshaw Shoe Co. – Coast -to-Coast Store – H.H. Van Gorden & Son – The Sniteman Drug Co.





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