Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

February 19, 2020,  Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

February 1910


The First National Bank received on Monday, a supply of little bronze metal banks for use in its Savings Bank Department. Persons starting an account in this department of at least $1 are entitled to receive a little bank free. These are securely locked and can be opened only at the bank. While a convenience for many members of the household, they are intended chiefly for children and are designed to teach them to save their money and invest it where it will be used to the channels of business and bring a return in interest to the saver. The habit of saving money and putting it to proper use is one that if fixed in our children will tend to national strength and greatness.                                                                                 


Max Neverman has taken the agency for J. R. Watkins remedies and is getting his buggy rig ready to canvass this vicinity. Max is a good salesman and has articles to sell  that are well worth the money.


The 2nd annual Oyster Supper prepared and served by men will be given Thursday evening, Feb. 10, in the Congregational Church. Beginning at 6 o’clock, meals will be served as long as people appear to eat them. Certain men of the male persuasion will deftly cook the festive oysters, others will skillfully serve early and often, still others will carefully seat and entertain the guests, while others will graciously receive them upon their arrival. All guests will be in the church parlors where upon announcement they will wend their joyful way to be served. Unique features will be announced later.                            


It is reported that a crew of men have been clearing the right-of-way on the Spencer to Owen cut-off of the Soo railroad.                                                                                         


There’s money to be made in raising chickens. Buy a Des Moines Incubator, the best hatcher ever made. Plan to begin hatching early so as to get the high prices for selling young broiler chickens. Come in and see the Des Moines Incubators and Brooder, and get a booklet free at Cash Hardware Co.


Back in that era, every farm family raised some chickens so as to later have fried chicken and eggs for home meals, plus having some eggs to sell as a means of supplementing their income. Rather than relying on setting hens to hatch out chicks in the spring of the year, some farmers invested in incubators to use for the egg hatching process or took the number of eggs to be custom-hatched at a nearby hatchery. DZ)  


The office rooms of the second story of the First National Bank are nearing completion, and soon the big task undertaken by the builder Geo. W. Trogner will be complete. Under Mr. Trogner’s watchful eye, the building has gone up from the concrete footings of the foundation to the top-most cornice. At the same time, he has carried on the building of the Cornelius residence, that has been done as skillfully as the bank building. It is only fair to state that he has been ably assisted by some of the best workmen he could find in the city. The good work is highly appreciated by all connected with the bank.


(Charles Cornelius was established owner of the First National Bank building, corner of West 5th and Hewett Streets, as well as his residence on the southwest corner of Clay and West Second Streets. DZ)


The newspaper editor is indebted to R. B. French for the big sack full of rustproof bean seeds, unless we join the meat strike and have to eat those beans. Otherwise, they will be planted about the 15th of May, unless that date should fall in the wrong please of the moon. We now have some cabbage and lettuce seed from Germany and some bean seeds from Levis. Before spring we expect to have enough seeds sent in so as to plant a fair-sized garden patch.                                                                   


Sap pans and sap tanks, needed for making maple syrup, all sizes, made to order. Get your order in early at the Cash Hardware Co., Neillsville.                                                   


Following the custom, which has now become quite general among the newspapers of Wisconsin, the Republican and Press will hereafter charge for the publication of all notices, meetings, entertainments, cards of thanks and such.                                                                             


Last week, Marcus Hoesly built a mile of wire fence, setting the fence posts using a post auger. The fence line was built through an area of woods, and under the snow. As Mr. Hoesly was digging he found there was no frost in the ground                                                                                            .


De Laval Cream Separators

1,100,000 Now In Use.

Ten-Times the number of all other brand combined!

For Sale by Geo. Wiesner & Son, Neillsville, Wis.


(A De Laval cream separator sat in one corner of our farmhouse kitchen, used after each milking to separate the cream from the milk. The cream was poured into 10-gallon cans, placed in a cool place, later to be picked up by a truck driver and taken to a nearby creamery where the cream was turned into butter. DZ)


Pictured above is typical 1940s-style De Laval cream separator that was commonly used on area dairy farms during that era. Milk was poured into the above steel container and the side crank handle then was manually turned, putting the “cream-from-milk” separating process into motion.



 The Ideal Confectionery

We Specialize in Fresh Candles, Cigars, Tobacco &

We Furnish Ice Cream in Any Form & Short Notice Lunches

Served, at all Hours!

Located Next to the Big Department Store

Neillsville, Wis.


February 1940


Approval of a proposed WPA project for rough fish removal at Lake Arbutus is expected within the next few days, according to a letter received here Tuesday by officials of the Black River-Lake Arbutus Conservation Club. The organization has ben active in attempting to secure the project. Work is expected to start immediately after final approval is given.


(WPA, the Work Project Administration, was an American New Deal agency that employed millions of job-seekers, mostly unskilled men, to carry out public works projects during the Depression. DZ)


Bob White! Bob White! Is the quaint greeting, which a flock of twenty quail chant joyously for Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy each morning as they flutter about the dooryard at the Murphy cottage in the Town of Dewhurst. Earlier in the winter, the birds came to the farm and sought shelter and protection among some boxes in back of the garage. Mr. Murphy added a covering and built a feeder, which he filled with grain and crumbs. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Murphy have also befriended a flock of eleven pheasants, which have frequented the premises all fall and winter. The quail and pheasants are now as much a part of the Murphy farms as the domestic fowl and even the dog, Shep, who has assumed some responsibility in protecting them.


Improvements of recreational facilities on the O’Neill Creek pond was carried out last week through the cooperation of the city, The American Legion and several youths interested in ice sports.


The improvements included putting up barriers of snow fence at each end of the skating pond to keep skaters from dangerous ice and laying out a regulation hockey rink.


The rink is 165 feet long and 60 feet wide, enclosed with rough board sides. The rink was laid out by Orville Jake and Henry F. Ott. Other youths who have had a hand in the improvements and maintenance include David Lewerenz, Donald Kunze and Darwin Graves.                                 


Leonard Sollberger, age 10, of Neillsville killed a snake last Saturday on Wedges Creek. This snake had thawed out sufficiently enough to wriggle slowly down the creek bank, and he plumped right out where Leonard and three companions, George and Charles Jonkel, and Glenn Lockman of Columbia, were skating. Leonard grabbed a stick and moved faster than the snake. So, he finished the black and brown spotted water snake that was about a foot and a-half long. Then Leonard and his companions took the dead snake to Leonard’s uncle, William, who hung it up in a tree. Any person who doubts the story of alive snake in February may go right down to Columbia, then hunt up Mr. Sollberger and see the snake for himself.


Dollar Days At

Berger & Quinlan In Neillsville!

Men’s Fancy Pattern Dress shirts each $1,

Heavy Work Sox 8 pair for $1,

Boys’ Knit Wool Caps 50’ Value, Now 25’,

Men’s Fancy Flannel Shirts 75’,

Men’s Overalls 8 oz. Sanforized, solid blue or stripe, full-cut, now 98’,

Boy’s Long Sleeve Knit Polo Shirts 2 for $1,

Boy’s Leatherette Coats Sheep-lined $3 value - $1.


Dollar Days at Seif & Byse Sales Co. Neillsville

Complete Grease Job Includes Repack of Front Wheels $1.75 Now $1,

Adjust Brakes and Rods, or add fluid to Hydraulics Only $1,

Shock Absorbers Checked Inc. Fluid Injection $1.


About 30 welders attended a school of instruction in the B&F Machine Shop here last week. It was the first school of its kind held here, and attendance was from Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Willard, Shortville and other nearby communities. Types of welding discussed included sheet metal, body and fender, aluminum and white metal. A Dutch lunch was served following the school.


(Dutch lunch was a meal or lunch that was paid for by the person who ate it. DZ)


The fire siren, which sits atop the Neillsville City Hall, will be raised from 15 to 20 feet in an effort to make it more clearly heard throughout the city, the council decided at its meeting Tuesday night.


WPA workers this week were setting up camp on the former CCC site at Lake Arbutus in preparation for rough fish removal on the lake. The site has been established as the district headquarters for rough fish removal in this WPA district. From 20 to 60 men will be employed on the Lake Arbutus project.


Spring was here, last week anyway.


If there are any doubting Thomases, here were the indications:


S.T. Bracken, substitute mail carrier on rural route three during the illness of Art Kuehling, saw a robin Tuesday.


He told Postmaster Louis Kurth about it. And the postmaster, in spite of the soft sunshine and sloppy under-footing, said he was skeptical.


So, the next day when “S.T.” returned from the mail route, he was carrying an armful of pussy willows. They were open.


Postmaster Kurth changed his mind about the robin story.


(Nowadays, when spring arrives, does anyone watch for the pussy willows to open? When my friends and I walked home from the country school, we kept an eye on the willows that grew in the ditches along the country roads, waiting for them to open. When that time came, we would break a few pussy willow branches off to take home, then to be put in a fruit jar with water, displayed on the buffet or a table. Our mothers enjoyed looking at the pussy willows, symbol that spring was here. DZ)                         


Dance at Levis Bohemian ZCBJ Hall, Sunday, Feb. 25

Music by Joey Mazola

Gents 25’ - Ladies Free!              


Oscar W. Schoengarth, county judge, has unexpectedly come forward in defense of Dr. Milton Rosekrans and in proof of the doctor’s statement about Wild Cat Mound. The judge, addressing the Kiwanis Club Monday evening, produced absolute proof of the doctor’s statement that the mound grew from the accumulation of wild cats heaped there in one great funeral pyre.


The proof was in the form of a piece of rock from a wild cat, which had red streaks all through it. This demonstration that the markings were most merely superficial, but that they went clear through the rock, as well as through the wild cat. But the demonstration, which was of even more consequence, was the appearance upon this rock of the very brand , which Dr. Rosekrans claimed was on the mound. The brand, plainly appearing upon the rock in question, was a letter “N”, which absolutely bore out the doctor’s claim that the wild cats of the mound got their start from Noah.


Having made a demonstration so complete, the Judge apologized sincerely to Dr. Rosekrans for having ever doubted him. He said that in common with other Kiwanians, he had laughed at the claims of the doctor, but he now took it all back; he laughed no more. And he concluded his apology by a fisherman and a teller of fish stories. He declared that in these capacities, the doctor is upon an eminence of his own, ranking as the rankest of them all.


(The above Wild Cat Mound story seems a little “far-fetched” to me, but you, the readers, can form your own opinions. DZ)                                                                 


Membership pledges to the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce will number nearly 100 when the group meets in the Kiwanis Club rooms at 8 p.m. tonight.


According to George May, membership committee chairman, nearly every business and professional man and woman in the city, as well as several others interested in the welfare of the city and its surrounding community, signed membership pledges during the last week. Membership pledges of 50 were needed before the organization of the group could be completed.





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