Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 28, 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 1929


Mr. Kenneth Wallace and Miss Dorothy Jake were quietly married at the courthouse July 27, Judge O. W. Schoengarth officiating.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wallace. He is an industrious young man and has employment at the pea cannery.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jake, who live on Seventh Street. She is a young lady of pleasing personality and well liked by all who know her.                                   


An ice cream social will be held at Granton Sunday afternoon and evening on P.J. Kemmeter’s lawn. Everybody is welcome. It is for the benefit of St. Mary’s Church.               


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barr were here from Chicago last week calling on old friends, going on north to visit relatives at Owen. While here; they camped at Schuster Park and state that it is the prettiest and most convenient camping place between here and Chicago. They said they were surprised at the number of people who camped there each night. They noted that all these campers drove downtown to buy supplies and could readily see that a considerable business comes to this city because of its fine camping grounds. Mr. and Mrs. Barr feel certain this community will more and more appreciate the value of the fine gift to the city and to all travelers who come this way – Schuster Park.                                                               


Sunday, while fishing down the Black River, Burton Wells found an old peavey in the riverbed, about half a mile below the mouth of Wedge’s Creek. The river is very low, and Mr. Wells was wading out some distance in the stream and noticed the peavey handle sticking up. A peavey is a cant hook with a spike in the end of the handle to stick into logs to hold or move them in the water. This old implement is doubtless a relic of log-driving days, as the ash handle is work down thin by the action of the current. In all probability it has lain in the river 40 to 50 years.                                                                                               


A lawyer and his family from Canada, driving through here Monday evening, came in from the west on Hwy.10 traveling with such speed that they crossed the arterial and drove up as far as the courthouse before stopping. Policeman Jensen went up the street to meet them as they returned, and shortly after the lawyer paid a fine of $10 and costs in Police Court. The lawyer was good natured about it, saying that he deserved to pay the fine.


Sheriff Bradford’s sleep was disturbed Monday night by a call from Miladore by a man who claimed his beautiful young wife had been kidnapped. The sheriff dressed hastily and got in touch with Chie Rossman, and they watched the city gate for several hours, but no bandits with a beautiful woman appeared. It turned out the next day that the man and his wife who were traveling through from Illinois had “some sort of a falling out” and the man spread the report that his wife was kidnapped. He was jailed at Miladore for disturbing the peace; the woman was released and left “hitch-hiking” toward St. Paul.       


Ignac Cesnik reports that a petition has ben filed with the Railroad Commission asking for a re-hearing on the order permitting the Fairchild and northeastern Railroad to pull up all of the rail-track from Fairchild to Greenwood. The petition asks that the road from Willard to Greenwood be left as it is for a time to see if some arrangements cannot be made with the Soo Line to run trains into Willard.


“Gracie Mae” was one of F.E. Foster’s first locomotives that carried freight and passengers on the railroad line that traveled northeast from Fairchild, making stops at Mentor, Tioga, Gorman, Willard Owego, Greenwood, Shilling, Coxie, Bright and Owen, the end of the line where a turntable maneuvered the engine around for its return trip. Occasionally F.E. Foster’s son, Willard, was called upon to take “Gracie Mae” on a special run to carry a rail car filled with fans within the Willard, Greenwood, Loyal and Owen area to a Sunday afternoon baseball game being played somewhere along the line.



Persons wishing to provide rooms and board for high school students in Neillsville are requested to get in touch with the superintendent, D.H. Peters.


(At that time, there were no buses to transport students living in the country to school in Neillsville.


After attending a Minneapolis rural school through the eighth grade, I wanted to attend high school. Our family farm was located on the northeastern border of the school district. There were two school bus routes; one bus went west of town and the other east of town. The eastern route came within four miles of our farm, too far of a walk to meet the bus in the winter.


A neighborhood girl and I rented a room in the upstairs of a two-story house in town, each paying $5 per month. Our parents took us to town on Sunday evening and picked us up on Friday after school. We brought “food for the week” from home and 1 got $1 a week to spend on any other needs. A balanced meal was served each afternoon at the school’s cafeteria for 10 cents. Attending a sports event was 10 cents for admission or 15 cents for any out-of-town game that included the bus ride. Occasionally, there was 15 cents left over n Thursday, so then I could join a couple friends after school and stop at Dan’s Cafι to enjoy a pineapple or chocolate sundae. As the saying goes, “I had to count my pennies.” DZ)


Julius Tragsdorf, one of Neillsville’s oldest residents, passed away at his home Saturday evening, August 25, aged 82 years. Deceased was born in Germany, November 14, 1846, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tragsdorf. He came to this country about 63 years ago, living at Newberg, Wis., for a short time and then came to Neillsville, where he has lived ever since. He was a shoemaker by trade and in company with August Schoengarth established a shoe shop and store in a brick building formerly joining the Cash Hardware Store on the east. After being in business for some time, he took charge of the shoe business in the B. Dangers store. Here, he met with an accident, which injured his eyes and he was compelled to give up this kind of work. For many years, he was janitor of the South Side Schools and later the North Side School until failing health and poor eyesight compelled him to retire.


Mr. Tragsdorf was married April 30, 1881, to Mrs. Julia Campman, who survives him. To this union were born four children, Julia, Mrs. Ralph Sorenson of Neillsville; Molly, Mrs. Paul Krause of Milwaukee; Emma, Mrs. Hans Walk of Neillsville and Frank Tragsdorf, Crandon. He also leaves two stepchildren, Mrs. Frank Hemp and Attorney W.A. Campman, both of Neillsville, and 11 grandchildren. One brother, Ben Tragsdorf, a former prominent businessman, came here four years after the arrival of Julius, and is now deceased.


The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rev. Wm. Bauman, officiating.


August 1954


Marriage Licenses:

Darryl Farnsworth, Town of Fremont, and Patty Lou Sternitzky, Town of Lynn, to be married at Granton, August 7.


Edward Shramek, Humbird, Marie Statz, Alma Center, married August 4, at Alma Center.


Harold Walker, Lowell, Ind., Angela Mildred Vobera, Town of Lynn, to be married at Granton August 7.


Paul Kippenhan, Town of Mead, Julia Scheel, Town of York, to be married August 4 at Neillsville.


The late Everett Starks, in whose honor a flagpole will be dedicated in the 4-H area of the Clark County Fairgrounds Thursday evening. Mr. Starks was in charge for 26 years of accommodations for the 4-H members and left a great void in service when he died.                           


City of Greenwood News:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bartelt have moved from the Behrens house into the Buker residence, recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Cy Buker, who moved into the former Burch residence, which they recently purchased. The Behrens house is now occupied by Mrs. Frank Clouse and family, who had lived in the George Flag home.


Mr. and Mrs. Vern Smith of Loyal purchased the home of Mrs. Ella Steiger in the south city limits. The Kenneth Steiger family, who resided there, moved into the Knutsen building.


Mrs. Frances Hinker left Monday afternoon for Ossion, Ia., where she will attend the wedding of her niece, Eunice Hinker, and will visit relatives for several days. She was accompanied by two of her grandsons, Jerome and Ronald Hinker.                                                                              


The Rock Dam Rod and Gun Club decided to have the annual Sportsmen’s Jamboree Sunday, August 22, at their meeting held Tuesday evening at the Keiner Resort Hall at Rock Dam. The club has a picnic Sunday at the County park at Rock Dam for members and their families.               


Children’s Day

At the Clark County Fair

All Rides 10 cents!

Until 6:00 p.m. Friday!


A storm of great violence hit Neillsville Sunday evening at 8 o’clock. The wind of it wrecked the stage set at the Fairgrounds, tore tents from the ground and ripped them, tore limbs off trees, beat down a few whole trees, and gave a temporary beating to the power and telephone facilities.


The storm was remarkable for the restricted area of its damage. It beat with devastating force upon part of the South side of Neillsville, hit lighter on the North side, left a well-marked path from northwest to southeast through the city, and in that left evidence of ups and downs.


The terror of the storm was experienced most at the fairgrounds. There, persons were in tents or under temporary cover, and lacked protection. At the grandstand, performers took such cover as they could find. One couple crawled under their car.


At the radio tent near the gate, men held the tent as well as they could while the audience rushed out. Part of them took shelter in the treasurer’s office at the gate, packing themselves in until there were more people than money.                                                                                               


The annual dance of the Neillsville Sportsmen’s Club has been scheduled for September 25, according to Eugene Chrisie, and will be held at the Silver Dome. Last year, the organization gave an Ithaca repeating rifle at the drawing held during the event. Music will be furnished by Howie Sturtz and his orchestra.


Dance – West Side Hall

 Sponsored by S.N.P.J. No. 198. Sunday, Aug. 22,

Music by Marden’s Orchestra.

Everyone Welcome!


83rd Annual Jackson County Fair

Thursday thru Sunday, August 19 – 22

WLS Barn Dance *Featured Friday*

Wild West Show – 105 Wild West Rodeo Show - *Featured Saturday*

4 Bands, Parade, Baseball, Concert

*Featured Sunday*

Ken Griffin, Organist – Military Band – Fireworks

*Dancing Every Night* in Pavilion – With 4 Orchestras


Plans for a gigantic area-wide dairy festival, to be held October 1 to 9, were discussed at a meeting of the retail committee of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce, and other interested merchants, last Thursday night


Included in the discussion were preliminary plans for selection of a Clark County Dairy Queen upon the basis of the promotion of dairy products and milk, a big kick-off program in the new Neillsville High School auditorium, probably October 1, and an all-day dairy festival in Neillsville on Saturday, October 2.


The event has been timed to tie in effectively with a statewide diary festival, the purpose of which will be to stimulate the sale of dairy products. This promotion is being undertaken under the leadership of the Wisconsin Bankers’ Association’s agriculture committee, which is headed by W.H. Allen, Neillsville Bank executive, the state Department of Agriculture, the Wisconsin Press association and the American Dairy association of Wisconsin.                                                                                             


Jim Jordahl was married Saturday at Richmond, Minnesota, to Eleanor Schouviler. The couple is taking a honeymoon trip up the North Shore and into Canada. They will make their home in Neillsville, arriving here next Monday.


Mrs. Jordahl was formerly a secretary to an executive at Brown and Bigelow, Minneapolis.


With six lettermen returning to form a nucleus, 34 men reported for the first week’s drills of the Neillsville High School football team this week.


Under the watchful eyes of Coach Richard Berndt and his assistant Henry Lukes, the squad was drilling on basic fundamentals of blocking and tackling. Lukes, former Neillsville coach, returns this year after two years’ absence from the teaching field.


It is expected by the coaches that the squad will later be enlarged.


“Any boys who wish to come out for football,” Coach Berndt said, “are urged to do so.” There is a need for more freshmen and sophomore boys. ‘B’ team games have been planned with Loyal and Black River Falls, and more underclassmen are needed to fill out our ‘B’ squad.


The six returning lettermen are: Capt. Merlin Gerber, Ronnie Davis, John Nozar, Bob Gutenberger, Marvin Aumann and Alan Harder.                                                                          


A&P Storewide Specials – Low Prices!

Fancy Elberta Peaches 48-lb. Bushel $3.49

Watermelon, Red, Ripe 20 lb. Average, Ea. 49’

Blueberries, Case of 12 pts. $3.29

Fresh Cabbage 3 lbs. 10’; Head Lettuce 48 size 15’

Cane Sugar 10 lbs. $1.02, Pecan Rolls, 9 ct. 29’

Longhorn Cheese lb. 41’, Fresh Milk, 1/2 Gal. 39’

Strawberry Jam 12 oz. 29’, Heinz Ketchup 2 for 49’.





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