Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

February 12, 2020  Page 10 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

February 1890


If the O’Neill House looks blind in one eye, don’t jump to any rash conclusions, as it is due to one of the plate glass windows being smashed out by a horse.                          


The businessmen’s meeting at the office of Ring & Youmans Wednesday evening, called for the purpose of considering the proposition of the Neillsville & Northeastern railroad Co. to build their road from here to the city of Marshfield if given the right-of-way through this city and town to the Grant Line, was enthusiastically in favor of the road, and appointed a committee of three, Messrs. Schuster, Eilert and M.C. Ring to see the owners and get contracts for the right of way. The general discussion upon the subject elected the fact that the road would be a great gain to Neillsville, and the county east and north, connecting us with the heavy timber district, and making it easy for the people of the northern towns to visit the county seat.


The farm known as Staffordville, a place adjoining the city of Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., containing 130 acres, about 100 acres cleared, with dwelling house, barns and wells, will be sold reasonable. Also, a property in the city of Neillsville, known as the Reddan House. The latter will be sold cheap or exchanged for improved farm property in Clark County. For further information write or call on J.J. Reddan, or R. F. Kountz, Neillsville, Wis.                                                                                                       


Geo. Huntzicker Sr. visited H.A. Bright’s big farm in Hixon last week, and it enthusiastic in his admiration of the ranch.


Mr. Bright has had 128 cattle dehorned, and the process has made them as peaceable and contented as a lot of sheep, no hooking or fighting, and the big cow that was a terror is now the timid cow, a terror no longer. The result is that they have stopped their quarreling and gone to eating, getting more fat and giving more milk than before the horns were removed. Also, they take up much less table room. Mr. Bright has a new model barn, and a housed pigpen, 24x24 feet, which Mr. Huntzicker great admired. He says friend Bright is getting to be a full-fledged farmer.                                                                                                      


One feature of our happy little “City on the Hills,” as Congressman I.B. Caswell so appropriately named it, must attract the attention of all strangers who visit it for any length of time. We refer to the homes so numerous, comfortable and elegant as to justify a good deal of pride on the part of our citizens. These homes have been built up and supplied with their interior furnishings by men who have by their enterprises and industry earned them, making them thus the very best kind of homes, homes that we have made. It may be an error, but we believe there are not half a dozen houses in the city, built by men who had wealth when they came here.


The best houses in town have been earned right here; and the best business blocks may also be included in this statement.


A word of advice should not be omitted. If you are not yet happily provided with a home, buy a lot soon. Neillsville is growing, that is natural. A quarter-acre lot eight blocks from the enter of town can be bought for $100. This is dirt cheap. It is too cheap; and the poor man who fails to improve the opportunity will blame himself hereafter. Ten or twelve years ago, business lots in the center of town were sold back and for a song, and in the country good rich farming lands, covered with hardwood, were sold at $10 a forty.


Marshfield has passed ordinances vacating streets needed for the Omaha Railroad extension that will be coming from Neillsville. Hurrah! The egg will be a bird!             


For Sale: The Sereno Wren farm in the Town of Grant, 3 miles east of Neillsville, 160 acres cleared. Well-watered, and a fine place to buy. See James O’Neill.                     


Great Sioux Reservation is Now Open!


The fertile lands of the Sioux Indian Reservation, west of the Missouri River, are now open for settlement. The president’s proclamation was issued on February 10, 1890. The natural gateway to the Southern part of the reservation is via Chamberlain, South Dakota, the present western terminus of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. From that point to the lands beyond, home-seekers must proceed by teams of horses and wagons. All necessary outfits can be secured at reasonable prices at Chamberlain.


For the convenience of persons who may desire to inspect the new country, first-class reduced rate  excursion tickets, to Chamberlain and return, will be sold from Chicago, Milwaukee and other points on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, good to return until October 31st, 1890.


For maps and circulars, containing general and detailed information, please apply to the nearest railroad ticket agent.


February 1935


A cow that would not stand for seeing its owner gored by a bull saved the life of Charles Korth, a farmer who lives northeast of Neillsville. The incident happened Friday when the cow bunted the bull and drove it away from its luckless victim.


Mr. Korth slipped to the ground in the barnyard when the bull ducked its head as Mr. Korth reached for the chain that was attached to the animal’s nose. The bull immediately attacked Mr. Korth, breaking a bone in one of his wrists.


Suddenly the cow left the rest of the herd and charged the bull, driving the animal away and giving Mr. Korth time to get to his feet and escape.


Mr. Korth attributes this piece of good fortune to the fact that he always has been kind to his cows and treated them as pets.


(The moral of the above story is to always be kind to animals. DZ)               


Roy M. Montgomery, district sales manager for the Maytag Washing Machine Co., returned Tuesday from Newton, Iowa, where he, with eight of his salesmen visited the factory. Mr. Montgomery is enthusiastic over the business outlook. He reports the company is 42,000 orders behind and although making 1,440 machines a day is unable to gain on its back orders. Mr. Montgomery sold nine carloads of the machines in Wisconsin and Minnesota during January and because of that showing, was given the trip with the eight men all expenses  being paid by the factory. There are 50 machines in a carload.


(I remember my mother getting a new, and her first, Maytag wringer washing machine that was operated by a small gasoline engine in 1935. The engine mounted on the framework beneath the washtub amid the four legs and wheels location. The end of the gasoline engine’s exhaust pipe’s hose that was about two inches in diameter, had to be placed under a raised window to exit the fumes outdoors. An old towel was stuffed around in the remaining opening of the window. Before having the washing machine, Mom had to wash laundry by using a bar of lye soap with a scrub board in a tub of water and a second washtub of water for rinsing the clothes. After the clothes were washed, each article was put between the two wringer rolls above the machine, to squeeze out the wash water then into the rinse water and wringer. Needless to say, Mom was thrilled with her new Maytag wringer washer. DZ)


(And a added note I remember my Mom in the 1940s when she used our Coronado Washing Machine like that, with the gasoline engine and double rinse tubs and I had to help with the washing. Dmk)


No slot machines are operating in Clark County at present, so Sheriff Hal Richardson has reported to District Attorney John M. Peterson. Mr. Peterson recently put the ban on gambling machines in the county.


The PWA office at Greenwood, which has been operating since last spring, will be closed March 1, according to reports received here Tuesday. Those employed at the office of Oscar Egger, engineer in charge, are Alan Covell, Sherida and Elmer Zaeske.                                                       


A move by the State Conservation Commission to gain control of the 100,000 acres of Clark County land now entered under the forest crop law by negotiating a 5-year lease will be placed before the board of supervisors at the spring session.


However, a clause in the lease, which looks as though it were placed there to trip the county into a one-sided deal will have to be deleted before it is likely to interest board members, according to Calvin Mills, county clerk.


A team of horses, a sleigh, a happy bunch of young folks, and a pleasant destination!


These four are what composed a very delightful time last Friday evening, when at the stroke of eight, about 15 young people of the Methodist Church’s Epworth League hopped into a sleigh and started for a happy landing.


The sleigh’s horses took us to the Bernard Dodte country home, where we played games led by Miss Eva Clouse. Hearts? Oh Yes, Lots of them! You see it was the day after Valentines!


After we had wearied ourselves with playing and singing, there was a most delightful supper served by Mrs. Dodte. Did we eat? You should have been there!


Of course, after eating a lot, we had to enjoy a few more games, after which, with many thank-you’s and good nights, we all jumped into the sleigh, crawled under the blankets, and gave a sigh of contentment. A delightful evening having been spent, it was now back to our homes, wishing for many more such experiences. Witnessed by: “One Who Was There”                                    



Cleaned and Blocked 75’ (Factory Method)

Dry Cleaning, Pressing & Dyeing at Moderate Prices

The Model Laundry

Launderers & Cleaners.


O.W. Lewerenz has purchased from the Neillsville Bank the building occupied by the V.C. Woelffer Music Store on East Fifth Street. Mr. Lewerenz will take possession as soon as possible, using the building as a storeroom for the filling station and the Wagner Restaurant. Later it is planned to tear the building down and build an addition to the restaurant.                                                                   


Owing to the structural weakness of the city hall, no more large crowds will be permitted to gather in the council chambers. The weight of the crowd at the O..W. Pritchett hearing, Feb. 13 caused the south partition to sag, resulting in a large crack in the wall. The door to the chamber also was thrown out of plumb and will have to be planed off before it can swing freely. The building has been in a weakened condition for some time and it doesn’t take much of a disturbance to start it trembling.                              


The head of the 42-prong buck that was shot by Earl Holt last fall, near Bayfield, has been mounted and is on display at the Potter Filling Station on North Hewett Street. No one seems willing to guess the age of the buck, but Mr. Holt is reported to have remarked that it must have been an extremely old one because when the meat was cooked, “even the gravy was tough.”                                           


O.W. Lewerenz returned Thursday from a short business trip to Milwaukee where he completed arrangement for taking over the agency of the Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Lafayette and Nash cars and Diamond T. trucks. Mr. Lewerenz also states he has added a number of new testing devices at his garage.


Mayor Fred Stelloh reported Tuesday night at the city council meeting that under the present contract system of buying wood for city fuel it will now cost $1.50 a cord, delivered to the city.


The city council announced Tuesday night it would begin immediately to make preparation plans for a number of relief work projects to be started as soon as the weather permits. This statement was made following a talk by Will Wood, county poor commissioner, who pointed out the possibilities of government aid in public improvement and added that he “hopes this city will get its share of such available funds.


“There wasn’t a nickel spent by the government for relief work in Neillsville in 1933,” Mr. Wood declared. “In 1934, there was about $3,000 spent on relief labor and I hope the sum will be much larger in 1935. Other cities in the county have made much greater use of federal funds than Neillsville. I hope there will be enough projects here to keep the unemployed busy all spring and summer.”


Harry Frantz, Third Ward alderman remarked at this point, that “the sooner we get these ‘kangaroo’ court men to work the easier it will be on our minds.”


Other projects likely to be undertaken are the straightening of Goose Creek and lining its course with cobble stones; sewer on the Northside; three-foot cinder and gravel walks to the Indian School along Highway 10; walks to the waterworks along the west side of Grand Avenue from West Eighth Street and along the right side from West Twelfth Street; walk ways to Schuster Park, and other projects as they are conceived.  


Dance & Basketball Game

2 Games at Silver Dome, Sunday, March 3

Fairchild City Team Vs. Greenwood Red Devils

Starts 7:30 p.m.

Then – Neillsville City Team Vs. Osseo City Team

Starts at 8:15 p.m.

And - “Wisconsin Hobo’s Orchestra”

Admission 25’ per person.

Old Time Masquerade Ball

Tuesday, March 5 with “Dux Orchestra”

$25 in Prizes Given Away

Adm. Men 25’ Ladies 15’



Construction of the Silver Dome Ballroom building was completed in 1933. It was owned by the Keller brothers, who also owned and operated the Silver Dome Supper Club nearby along USH 10, west of Neillsville. The Silver Dome Supper Club was the first supper club in west-central Wisconsin. In the 1930s and early 1940s, the supper club occasionally featured popular entertainers for evening performances such as Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.




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