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Clark County News

October 6, 1927


“Old Abe,” once visited Neillsville


Attorney R.F. Kountz informs the Press that “Old Abe” the Wisconsin war-eagle mentioned in last week’s issue, was once a visitor at Neillsville.


For many years, in the 70s and 80s, the veterans of the Civil War held annual reunions here in October. At that time “Old Abe” was alive and had quarters in a room at the Capitol in Madison. In 1871 it was conceived by the managers of the reunion that “Old Abe” would be a drawing card and they managed to have him loaned for the occasion. At that time there was no railroad into Neillsville and no express office here, so “Old Abe” was put into a large cage and shipped by express to Black River Falls. R.F. Kountz was then express agent there, and he and a man named Ed Carpenter drove across country with a team and landed the eagle here in time for the reunion on Oct. 9, 1871. They remained to attend the celebration and took the bird back with them and expressed him home to Madison. Mr. Kountz is of the opinion that the late Geo. A. Austin was in charge of military affairs here at the time and that the eagle was consigned to him.


Mr. Carpenter, who assisted Mr. Kountz in the matter, was in the lumber business and later lived in Greenwood.


Salvation Army drive Saturday


Some time ago an organizer for the annual contribution to the support of the Salvation Army visited Neillsville and spoke at the Kiwanis Club. A committee of the club was appointed to organize a drive later when it seemed to be favorable time. This committee, consisting of O.W. Lewerenz, A.C. Martin and Ernest Snyder have decided to put on the drive next Saturday, October 8. Members of the committee will call upon business men for contributions and a committee of girls will solicit a silver collection from people along the street, probably using the tag system to prevent an overlapping of work.


The splendid helpfulness of the Salvation Army both in war time and in peace especially in the slums of great cities among the poor and downcast in all places is too well known to require extensive notice. Money given to the Salvation Army is well invested. Help it all you can.


Epworth League Convention


A convention of Epworth League Societies will be held at the M.E. church Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday forenoon. Many delegates from outside leagues are expected. The editor of the Epworth Herald of Chicago is expected to give an address on Friday evening.


A 25 cent supper is to be served by the Ladies Aid Friday and outside delegates are to be taken care of in Neillsville homes.


Bacon hog shipment


On Tuesday 75 Yorkshire bacon hogs were shipped from Neillsville to Milwaukee where they will be slaughtered under the auspices of the Wisconsin Meat Improvement Council and a careful record kept of all the animals. These hogs were raised by Geo. West, Willard and Walter Gerhardt and R. Erickson and careful record made of all feed and expense that went into the development of the hogs. They are a very even lot - averaging from 190 to 200 pounds each and in fine health and condition. A report will be made later as to the results of the disposal of the animals.


 Lynn Insurance Co. meetings


The board of directors of the Lynn Mutual Fire Insurance and the Lynn Mutual Cyclone Insurance Co. held their quarterly meeting at the court house Monday and Tuesday.


Auxiliary Notice


American Legion Auxiliary meeting Monday, Oct. 10/ Election of officers. The 10th district earned 5 prizes last year. Let us help the 7th get one. Come to this meeting and find out how. Lunch served. Mrs. Albert Keller, President.


Charged with fraud


W.J. Brightenstein, who hails originally from Stevens Point, was placed under arrest Friday by Sheriff Olson, who went over to Marshfield to apprehend him. He is charged with getting money and goods under false pretenses. He was brought before Justice Dudley and the case continued until Oct. 12. Brightenstein was committed to jail in default of bail, which was fixed at $750.


A good public library


In one of her addresses before the teachers institute held here last week, Miss Lutie Stearns of Milwaukee, paid a high compliment to Neillsville Public Library.


For many years Miss Stearns was connected with the library movement in Wisconsin and many here will remember her address at the court house when efforts were being exerted here to get the Carnegie gift for building our library. She stated in her address last week that she had just visited the Neillsville library, inspected it with great interest and did not hesitate to state that it was the best equipped library of its size in the state, supplied with the most up-to-date books, papers and magazines. She complimented Miss Kuehl, the librarian, upon her care and display of the books and periodicals and strongly urged all the teachers to become patrons of the library.


During the month of September, 1,563 books were circulated at the library: 722 to children and 841 to adults. This is an increase of 372 over those circulated last year in September.


School Notes


The first local football game of the season will be played at the Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Augusta High School is coming over, confident that they can repeat last year’s performance, when they defeated the Neillsville team for the first time in many years. Neillsville is determined to stop Augusta and avenge the defeat of last year.


Neillsville lost to Tomah last Saturday by a score of 31 to 0. The game was played in a drizzling rain on a slippery field. During the second half Neillsville opened up with a number of passes and succeeded in completing them. Tomah has a fast heavy backfield and made their gains over tackle and around the ends.


Mr. Hansen attended the city superintendents meeting held in Madison on Thursday and Friday of last week.


The schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13 and 14, to enable teachers to attend the Northwestern Teachers Convention at Eau Claire.


The freshman reception was given last Thursday evening by the sophomores. All enjoyed the program and dance.


Roslyn Warlum has been selected as the Editor-in-Chief of this year’s school annual and Wilbur Hannah is to be the business manager.


The first call for debaters has been issued. Not many have entered as yet. The question this year deals with compulsory liability insurance on automobiles in Wisconsin.


Rev. Cornelison spoke to the high school students on Monday afternoon on the American Indian.


Street work in progress


Work has begun on South Hewett Street extending the sewer to the south end of the street and putting in new connections with the water mains along the street. Some work is also to be done on West Fifth Street this fall. The purpose of getting this work done now is so that the fills may be settled before spring, when cement surfacing will be resumed. The State Highway Commission have promised that next summer the work begun this fall on Fifth Street will be completed to the First National Bank corner, and Hewett Street will be paved from the Zimmerman Store south to the city limits. Besides the advantage of having the fills settle during the winter and spring, it was found that the materials can be bought cheaper in the fall than in the spring and the city will thus save some money on getting the work done this fall.


 Fair Premiums


The premiums for the 1927 fair will be paid at the Secretary’s office Friday, Oct. 7. M.E. Wilding, Sec.




The Canning Co. canned the third crop of rhubarb this past week.


Mrs. E.T. Hale is spending the week at Rice Lake with her daughters.


T.B. Barber of Withee called on friends in town one day last week.


Herman Aebersold and Mrs. Risser of Blanchardville are visiting at the Jacob Trachsel home.


Miss Elizabeth Barkley of San Jacinto, Cal., is visiting her brother Geo. Barkley. Her last visit here was twenty-five years ago.


Byron Harvey’s death occurred at Big Foote, Ill., Sept. 26. He has been an old resident of Humbird and attained the ripe old age of 91 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. His grandson, Guy Crandall, went to see his grandfather just before his death. He was buried at Big Foote, Ill.




Emil and Frank Horak of Columbia called on Jos. Jarolimek one day last week. Mildred and Joe Voda of Merrillan spent Sunday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dvorak.


Mrs. Oscar Larson and baby of Chicago came for a couple week’s visit with Mr. and Mrs. M. Larson.


F. Dvorak Jr. and Chas. Larson made a business trip to Black River Falls Friday.


Mr. and Mrs. C. Renneck and Mr. and Mrs. J. Hammerschmidt made a trip to Merrillan last Monday where Mrs. Hammerschmidt is taking treatments from Dr. Lowe.


East Fremont


Esther Davis R.N. finished her work at the Wisconsin Rapids hospital and her brother drove down Friday and brought her home.


Lela Bealer is helping at Guy Hill’s; Mrs. Myra Snow has returned home.


Esther Beil went to Neillsville on Saturday to visit her aunt, Mrs. Guk and daughter.


Ethel Rupnow visited at Hilda Beil’s Sunday.


Earl Bruhn autoed out from Marshfield with his mother and family to visit at Otto Rupnow’s.


Waite Wilcox attended a sale at Granton Tuesday.


Irving Davis and family called on Guy Hill’s to see the new baby, Sunday evening.


S.B. Greene and wife autoed to Marshfield Saturday and Chas. Fenske and wife accompanied them. Chas. remained to take treatments at the hospital for a few days and Mrs. Fenske visited at Mrs. Berg’s.


Romadka School Notes


Last Thursday afternoon our school held its annual fair. Owing to rain, our crowd was small. A very large variety of vegetables, canned goods and seeds were judged. We also had beautiful flowers and some school work on display. After the judging, we organized a Mother’s Club. They are to meet once a month to visit school. We hope the fathers will accompany them at these meetings. After the meetings we will serve lunch.


The agriculture class is very busy filling the weed seed bottles.


We are going to try to work out a good project each month in this class for which we will get extra credit.


Our new books came last week, and we had them all in good use.


Tests and report cards kept both teachers and pupils very busy last week.


The 7th grade have finished their first classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and made a pretty booklet of it.


The school children bought a bouquet of white carnations for Mrs. Handke’s funeral.


Civics 8 have begun the United States Government. We have received our first year’s work.


The domestic science girls made tomato soup last Friday.




The Community Club will meet Wednesday the 12th with Mrs. Geo. Redman at 1:30. Everyone is invited to attend.


Mrs. E.J. Mosier visited Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Scholtz over the weekend.


Mrs. Geo. Redman and Mrs. E Mosier were Granton visitors Saturday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gall were at Pittsville Wednesday.


Mrs. Herman Schwanebeck, Mrs. Burdick and son Edgar and Francis Jacobson motored to Baraboo on Wednesday. Mrs. Schwanebeck, and Mrs. Burdick and Edgar remained in Baraboo while Francis went on to his brother’s in Rockford, Ill. They will return sometime next week.


The Ladies Aid met with Mrs. Max Schwanebeck last Wednesday. The meeting was enjoyed by all present.


Max and Chas. Schwanebeck filled silo for Geo. Redman Thursday and Friday, and we wish to thank all the neighbors who so generously came and gave their help.




Mrs. Max Opelt spent Tuesday at her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Crockett.


Mrs. C. Chmelir and son of Chicago were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Reindle, who rent her farm.


Several were delayed with silo filling because of the heavy rains the past week.



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