Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

September 18, 2019,  Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

 Clark County News


September 1909


It really seems that the Clark County Fair is a Jonah, for practically four months there has been a drought in Clark County, but as soon as the first week of September and the fair comes around, it commences to rain. While it did not rain Friday and Saturday, yet the threatening weather kept many away. The frost on Tuesday night also hurt attendance as many farmers were compelled to stay at home and go to the cornfields, to start cutting corn.                                                                               


High Class Furniture Sale Continues to Sept. 15

Library Tables – High Quality Oak Table Reg. $24, Now $21

Rockers – Leather Upholstered Rocker Reg. $15, Now $12

Brass Beds – Full Size, Guest Rooms Reg. $17, Now $14.75

Chiffonier 5-drawer, solid oak – Highest Quality Birds-eye Maple Was $15, Now $12.75.

Pianos – See Our Selections!

Eberhardt’s “The Store of Quality”


Dave Gallager had his foot severely pinched Tuesday while unloading sugar from a railroad freight car. The engine bumped into the car he was unloading from, and his foot was caught between the railcar door and a sugar barrel.                                                                               


A buffet being shown in Eberhardt’s show window and which is the product of the Wisconsin Furniture Mfg. Co. of this city, clearly demonstrated the fact that Neillsville Furniture will soon have a high place in the furniture world. This piece is a beautiful specimen of what the factory is doing. It is in the colonial style, made of quartered oak, and is built upon perfect lines.


Under Mr. Karmer’s role as superintendent, the factory has made rapid advancement and is keeping up with the latest things in the, in some cases setting the pace. The factory heretofore confined itself to bedroom suites and sideboards, but now a line of china closets and better grades of buffets will soon be on the market. Some of the pieces in quartered oak, Flemish oak, Circassian Walnut, and solid mahogany are truly beautiful and will further add luster to the already well-known “Reliable” line.


(Quarter sawn oak is more structurally sound and resists twisting and warping, plus it has a raised grain finish that adds a unique, striking quality to the wood.


Flemish oak was used for making early 17th Century-style furniture.


Carcassian walnut comes from the old Russian Muslim Republics. The wood is well-known as the benchmark for gun stocks with its beautiful colors and graining. The wood was also used in making Victorian-style furniture, such as tables and commode cabinets. DZ)                                


Wm. Mundt had the good luck to get a rear quarter of the young cub bear, killed by the famous hunter, R. Townsend. This will be served free in a sauerbraten next Saturday, Oct. 9, at Billy’s Place.


(Sauerbraten is a German recipe, using a rump roast cut of beef, pork, lamb, venison or bear, which is marinated in a mixture of wine or vinegar, water with spices, onions and seasonings for 72 hours, then slow-cooked for four-and-a-half hours. After being cooked, it is served with sweet sour gravy. DZ)


Licensed to Marry:


Harry Hartson and Miss Alta Booth of Greenwood; Otto Schaffer of Custer, Mich., and Bertha Steinberg, Town of Weston; Luther Lindow, Town of Fremont and Helena Drescher of Lynn; Erwin Beede, Jackson County, to Clara Markham of Humbird; Otto A. Dias, Town of Colby, to Louise Schuman, Town of Colby.


For Sale:

The undersigned has for sale at less than their value:


Three houses and lots in Neillsville; 360 acres of good Clark County land; 30 city lots in Neillsville; 10 acres in Neillsville city limits; one-fifth interest in a ginseng farm; 1 Franklin automobile; 1 brick store on Main Street in Neillsville next to post office; Controlling interest in the Bruley Steel Fence Post Company.


Inquire of owner, Emery Bruley, Neillsville, Wis.                        


Miss Nettie Welch left for Abbotsford to resume her duties as a teacher in the public school there, which began Tuesday. She spent summer vacation in Loyal with her parents. She will teach 7th and 8th grades.


Miss Jessie and Florence Schultz and Miss Minnie Myers ae assisting Mr. Lyons with running the Dellsville boarding house in the Town of Levis.  


September 1949


Greenwood’s fast stepping Harland (Hy) Carl helped the North team to its second victory over the South squad at Green Bay last Saturday night with a fourth period touchdown. North won the fourth annual high school all-star game, 23-0.


Appearing only in the last period, Carl set up his touchdown with a 28-yard run down the sideline. He slanted off tackle for the marker and missed the try for the extra point.


The North squad scored three points in the first and wound up with a 13-point grand finale.


First shipment has been made of a small timing light, new item produced in Neillsville. It is an addition to the line of Auto-Test, Inc., of which the executive head is William Yenni.


The new timing light is a sharply competitive item, selling for $5.95. It is intended to meet the need of small garages and shops, where the larger standard timing light priced at $32.50 is regarded as a little expensive.


In case readers of The Press do not know what a timing light is for, it may be explained that it tells when the timer of an automobile is properly adjusted. And if you don’t know what a timer is, it may be explained that it is the device, which regulates the flow of electricity spark, the explosions of gas in the chambers of the motor.


Classes in the Greenwood public schools will start at 8:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, according to Principal Walter R. Bruce. Present plans call for the operation of two bus routes similar to those of last year.


New teachers on the faculty are Mrs. Vera Schultz of Waterloo, Wis., who will teach English; Miss Dorothy Ann Hebert of Chippewa Falls will teach home economics; Lawrence Martin of Elburn, Ill. will teach social science and speech; Mrs. Mary Loris Humke of Greenwood will have charge of first and second grades.


Other members of the faculty are as follows: Mrs. Ferne Neuenfeldt, grades 3 and 4; Mrs. Genevieve Berrett, grades 5 and 6; Mrs. Irene Rodgers, grades 7 and 8; Mrs. Elaine Mech, commercial; Mrs. Cynthia Einfeldt, mathematics; Fred Panzenhagen, science; Robert Van Keuren, agriculture; Paul Thompson, physical education; M.G. Hamel, band; Donald Sieg and Robert Pero, veterans classes; Walter R. Bruce, supervising principal.                                                                                            


When Fred Buker, pioneer member of the congregation of the West Side Church congregation, west of Greenwood, first landed in that area, he wanted to know about a church. He found there was none as yet. His answer was immediate and positive: “no church, no stay.” There was either to be a church, or no Fred Buker in the vicinity.


Mr. Buker was equally definite otherwise. Upon one occasion he was driving his team and wagon along the railroad track, while at the same time a train was traveling past. The engineer thought he would have some fun with Fred and blew the whistle vigorously. Buker’s horses started to run, and the engineer kept blowing the whistle. Mr. Buker traveled with his rifle handy. He reached for it and began to aim his rifle at the whistle. Thereupon the engineer immediately let go of the cord, silencing the whistle.


This incident was told at the seventy-fifth anniversary celebration of the church last Sunday. It was part of the sermon of the Rev. Otto Vriesen, now of Hamburg, Minn. He had been West Side pastor for eight years.


Mr. Vriesen also told of the earnestness of the congregation in 1910, when the new church  and the parsonage were built in one year. It had been talked that there would be two subscription lists, one for those favoring the entire construction and the other for those preferring repairs of one building and construction of the other. But the list for the repair job never got around, said Mr. Vriesen. The result was that the big job was done, and the congregation acquired in one year two very substantial buildings, which are still sound and decorative after the passing 39 years.


The acquisition of the property was preceded by preliminaries of organization. In these the leader was Rev. C.H. Schoepfle of La Crosse. He brought a number of families together for worship in the Decker schoolhouse. These people organized a congregation on Jan. 11, 1874, with the following charter members.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwarze, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Buker, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Decker, Mr. and Mrs. August Beilke, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Noah, John and Phillip Vollrath, August and Adolph Noah, Henry Humke, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schwarze and William Vollrath.


Two other churches were organized from the membership of the West Side Church: Salem Church at Longwood and Zion Church at Greenwood.                                         


Kearn’s Rexall Drug Store

Back to School Specials

Plasti-Craft Curlers, Easy to Sleep On 3 for 10’,

Mono-Curl Comb Curler, 15’ per comb,

New Sheet Music

Just Arrived! Canasta, The sensational New Card Game! $1.50 a Complete Set,

Luick Sealtest Ice Cream – Pint 25’, 1/2 gallon 90’.


(The ladies’ shorter hair style s of the 1940s and 1950s required putting curlers in one’s hair each evening before bedtime if they wanted to have “curls” the following day.


Canasta, the new card game, became available at the end of 1949. The following year, many people began learning how to play the new game, a good pastime on wintry evenings during the pre-television era. Staying with my aunt and uncle at that time, we often played cards, so were amongst “the learners.” A neighbor lady commented to my aunt that they had stayed up until 1:30 a.m.  one evening  to finish a Canasta game. My uncle said, “Anyone who plays cards until that time of the night is crazy.” A couple of weeks later my aunt, uncle, a friend and I completed a Canasta game at 3 a.m. My aunt said. “Now who is crazy?” DZ) 


Kearns Rexall Drug Store was located in the 500 block of Hewett Street. McCain’s was on the northwest corner of the Hewett and Fifth Streets intersection with Kearns Drug Store next door on the north side.



Frankie Gault has purchased the Cities Service filling station on South Hewett Street from “Bud” Chapman and  “Chuck” Jonkel.                                                                               


Surplus potatoes will be available to farmer of this area again this year only for livestock feed, Roy O. Hales said this week.


He made this statement to correct a confusing report, which was understood to indicate that potatoes would to be made available here for other uses as a higher price. Actually, the potato program as it has been set up, will be the same as last year. Mr. Hales explained, except that a penalty of $3 per hundred-weight will be assessed by reports of cases in which some of these potatoes sold were not to have been used for human consumption.


According to present word, Mr. Hales said, the potatoes that will be shipped into Clark County will be number two’s.                                                                                                                                               


The Neillsville Athletics dropped a 10-inning thriller to Augusta, 7 to 6, in the final baseball game of the Cloverbelt League championship playoffs. They won their way into playoffs by taking the Eastern Division title. Those players on the team were, Jackie Leonhardt, pitcher; Hank Lukes, pitcher-shortstop; Gordie Vine, shortstop; Gene Christie, manager and third baseman; Bob Urban, first baseman; Jim Baierl, catcher; Ernest Christie, coach; Armond Wachholz, left fielder; Pat McIntyre, center fielder; Harold Milbreit, right fielder; Bud Bremer, second baseman; Joe Urban, Jr., utility outfielder and Jerry Christie, bat boy.


Vet’s Village soon will be Neillsville’s.


Title to the 12 pre-fabricated houses, which were moved from Baraboo a few years ago to relieve the housing shortage, will be turned over to the city by the federal government as a gift, with no strings attached.


This is word given to the city council Tuesday night in a letter from the federal government.


Up until now, the city has operated the housing project under a lease arrangement with the federal government. The federal government has realized from $1,200 to $1,300 per year in the past from the rental of these units, City Clerk John C. Brandt told the council. After the transfer takes place, these revenues will be retained by the city.


(Vet’s Village had eight two-bedroom housing units located on the west side of Hill Street between West 2nd and 4th Streets and four 1-bedroom units on the north side of West 4th between Ayers and Hill Streets. DZ)      


Silver Dome Ballroom

Wedding Dance for Rosie Wieting and Bob Kunze - Saturday, Oct. 1.

Music by Howie Sturtz and His Swing Kings!                   


Opening of New Co-op Service Station,

Corner of West & Sixth, in Neillsville - Friday, September 30

Albert “Lefty” Zank, Mgr.


(That building remains on the site, now being occupied by an auto body repair shop. DZ)




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