Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 11, 2020  Page 10 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

 March 1890


The fertile lands in the Great Sioux Indian Reservation, west of the Missouri River, are now open for settlement. The President’s proclamation was issued on February 10th, 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 team and wagon. All necessary outfits can be secured at reasonable prices at Chamberlain.


Charley Breed is rushing his broom handle factory together and will put it into commission at the earliest possible date.                                                                                           


Carl Gustavson, the city milkman, delivers milk at your kitchen door in any quantity to suit. Milk delivered in milk-cans, measures, all sweet and pure, at a very low price. Milk for children is a specialty.


A complete grading outfit, including a steam shovel and dump cars are at Necedah to begin work on the new road going to Clark County.                                                                    


Geo. L. Beardsley drills wells any depth at $1 a foot in earth or sand rock, including piping, and $5 a foot in trap or hard rock. Orders solicited from any part of Clark County. Address Geo. L. Beardsley, Neillsville.


About half a dozen loads of young folks met at the drug store of Youmans & Zimmerman Friday evening, then were driven to the farm residence of C.A. Youmans, where they tried to surprise Miss May Bosworth, but didn’t. The violin virtuoso, Sam Hutchings, was on hand and the dining room and kitchen were turned into dancing halls. It was a merry time. The lunch was fine and the hour of breaking up was late, about 4 a.m.


(That brings back memories of the neighborhood house dances my family participated in during the winter months of the 1940s. Three families in the group took turns hosting the dances. The furniture was moved, and then the linoleum floor covering was rolled up and removed as the room was “made ready for dancing.” Either cornmeal or shavings of paraffin wax were scattered over the floor so the dancing shoes could slide more freely.


A young fellow played dancing music on a button box. Everyone danced. An elderly gentleman, whose wife had a bad knee and was not able to dance, taught younger ones how to waltz and two-step, with me being one of those learning the two-step. When the little tots got tired, they were taken to the bedroom where they fell asleep on the bed, to b carried to the car by their parents when the party was over. Each family brought sandwiches, pickles or cake for the midnight lunch; the hostess made coffee. Good times were had by all. DZ)   


W.F. Lee has made a sale of the promising gray colt, Harry Tempo, to C.E. Parker, of Sauk Center, Minn., for $150. He was shipped yesterday. The new owner gets a first-class prize in this juvenile piece of horseflesh.


The Pitcher Rifle Factory has shut down temporarily, having completed its took making, and turned out its first completed rifle. Albert Ludington, therefore, having a lay-off, put in a few days last week helping his cousin, Willard Allen, the popular Grand Avenue blacksmith with some of his work.


M.C. Ring bought of Richard Owen last week his two-acre lot on Fourth Street. This is already platted into eight lots, and when Forest Street is extended south, it will give all lots, good frontage.


Mr. H.N. Withee, our worthy county treasurer, has had a portion of his property, platted, and the other day sold a lot near the residence of Editor Rabenstein, upon which a house is to be built.


Dr. S.H. Esch and Mayor M.C. Ring have contracts for 2 lots from C.C. Sniteman and H. Klopf, across the alley north of the Neillsville Times office. The lots face Hewett Street and run through to the city hall property, 70 feet. No finer vacant property than this can be found in the city.              


We are to have a standpipe for the city water, in all probability this season. Saturday night the council authorized the issue of a $2,000 bond, to apply to the waterworks system. The $2,000 raised last year is available, with $4,000 now on hand, which is within $2,000 of the sum needed. The plans include the digging of large fresh water wells at the foot of Court Street.         


A.A. Graves & Co. of Loyal has completed their New Roller Mill. Farmers will consult their best interest by giving the new mill their patronage.


March 1935


Art Berger and Rod Quinlan, who have been employed in the Bob Brauer clothing store for the past 15 years, launched into business for themselves this week when they purchased the business from Mr. Brauer. Mr. Berger and Mr. Quinlan plan on stocking a good line of clothing, shoes and other merchandise and will run a thoroughly up-to-date place. Both young men are popular and with their established reputation for honesty in all their dealings with the public should attract a large share of this community’s patronage.


The residence of Carl Stange, on Division Street, has been purchased by Frank Knapp, who is a farmer living near Black River Falls. He plans to erect a filling station and store on the property.


The city council, Tuesday night, agreed to accept an offer of $350 for the Ira Baldwin property on the North Side. Will Hemp, clerk, who received the offer, did not disclose who the buyer was. The city acquired the property through taking care of Mr. Baldwin.                                       


Tuesday night, the city council granted Wm. Jake to operate a beer tavern in the J. W. Kearns building at West Seventh and Grand Avenue. Oluf Olson was the only alderman to vote no on the license application. Mr. Olson declared he felt there are “already enough taverns in Neillsville and that lawlessness is encouraged by an excess of taverns.” A beer tavern license has been granted to the Matt Marx building on West Seventh Street. This brings the total of taverns in the city to 13, four of which sell beer only.


Hard luck dogged the footsteps of Neillsville High School’s basketball team last Friday night when Abbotsford defeated the locals 8 to 7 in a battle that for thrills has had few equals in local basketball history.


The Neillsville squad has held a remarkable record in the past two years, not having been defeated in a conference game during that period.


Members of the squad have been Carl Dasso, Raymond Green, Robert Wagner, Robert O’Brien, Clarence Lynch, Harold Mortimer, Lowell Schoengarth, Hugh Horswill, Mitchell White Rabbit, Harold Feirn, Oluf Olson, Clifford Arndt, Donald Wall, Carroll Shield, Murray White Rabbit, David Krutch, Norman Lynch and coach V.O. Anderson.                                                                                          


R.E. Schmedel, who raises fancy fantail pigeons as a hobby, recently sold six pair of the birds for $200 to a man in Canada. Among the lot was a young yellow cock, which won first prize in Chicago in December. Mr. Schmedel received $75 for this bird. Mr. Schmedel has shipped pigeons as far as New Zealand and is a recognized authority on these birds.                                                


The Rowland’s Canning Factory in Neillsville, which has been idle for several years, will operate this year, it is reported. Seven hundred acres of peas will be signed up, according to present plans. This, with the Inderrieden company acreage, will total 2,500 acers of beans and peas to be canned in this locality this year.


The Town of Grant’s newly discovered heavyweight, Lawrence Drescher, an 18-year-old youth who stands 6 feet, one-half inch tall, and weighs 182 pounds, made a spectacular debut before fight fans at Keller’s Silver Dome arena Friday night when he cuffed the daylights out of Big Bernard Sipher of the Merrillan CCC camp.


Although the scrap was Drescher’s first appearance in a fight ring, he handled himself surprisingly well, and soon had the young CCC representative rocking on his heels. Near the close of the first round Sipher was knocked down, but the gong saved him. In the second round Drescher battled his man all over the ring, knocking him down twice, and again the bell saved him from a knockout. Drescher tore into Sipher as the third round opened and before the round was half over he planted a right-handed hit on Sipher’s jaw that kept him down for the count.


Until a month ago Drescher had never had a pair of boxing gloves on, but having developed rapidly during this brief period, he will be tough medicine for any heavyweight.        


The Clark County Board Tuesday voted to make a County Trunk Highway C of the road running east from Hoesly’s corner, thence north by the County Farm and east to County Trunk K.


(The Hoesly farm bordered the southeast corner of STH 73 and CTH C junction, thus often referred to as “Hoesly’s Corner.” DZ)                                                                             


Black River ice, which went out Tuesday night, March 19th, jammed up below Dells Dam and the backwater was within a few feet of the cottages. Mrs. W.L. Murphy reported Wednesday afternoon that the water had risen within a few feet of their barn.                                                     


Miss Olga Knoop reports that she has recently gathered from her garden quite an amount of vegetables, which were left out all winter, and are all in fine condition. Among them is a considerable amount of cabbage, some Brussels sprouts, beets and rutabagas. Miss Knoop mentioned all of the vegetables were unprotected in the garden during the winter.                                                                


Paul Gerhardt is accompanying Arnold Yankee on his mail route this week to assist in getting through the mudholes. The roads are reported in bad condition. John Walk is employing Sheridan Bracken to carry mail by horse and buggy over part of his route.                                      


Between 10,000 and 15,000 gallons of maple syrup will be produced in Clark County this year, according to W.J. Landry, county  agent, who reports that the business is now in full swing with good runs of sap.


A new use for maple syrup has been discovered; that of flavoring for chewing tobacco, Mr. Landry has learned, but what quantities will be used for this purpose has not been learned.


Friday and Saturday Specials All Hours

Chicken and Salad 15’,

Boneless Perch and Salad 15’

Brunzell’s Palm Garden

Neillsville, Wis.


Warning the Tavern keepers of Neillsville and Clark County that they must abide by provisions of state tavern code the same as any other law on the statute books, N.E. Murphy, representative of the State Code authority spoke to a group of tavern owners at the Moose Hall last Wednesday. He discussed the provisions of the code and explained how various parts were arrived at. The code went into effect here Friday. The tavern keepers were told they have a reasonable time to make the changes.


Mr. Murphy told the tavern owners that in the future any selling of illegal liquor would be punished severely and told them the penalties would be inflicted for the sale of illicit liquor.


Concerning those that were not present at the meeting the speaker said, “Ignorance of the code or its provisions cannot be used as a defense after a violation of the provisions.” Mr. Murphy left for Medford in Taylor County after this meeting here.


(Prohibition ended in 1933, but apparently a few tavern-keepers had kept selling some home-brewed products. DZ)


There was a broad statement in the Neillsville Press of Feb. 21, by Walter Dangers, stating that the Indians are killing off all the deer in Clark County and the white people are blamed for encouraging the Indians to slaughter deer and that between the Indians and these white people, there would be no deer left in Clark County. This rather broad statement is based on four deer heads said to have been found near Trow.


Now, let me say this in defense of the Indian, wherever a deer head is found, one can be sure that the deer was killed by a white man because when an Indian kills a deer, he brings home the head for the sole purpose of using it in the tanning process of skins. An Indian-tanned skin cannot be beat. The white people must surely be buying a lot of venison if there would be no deer left in Clark County. This is giving the Indians too much credit as expert hunters. Give the white hunters a break once in a while!  Mitchell Red Cloud.


(Trow was an old logging railroad stop located where the railroad ran east from Merrillan to Columbia north of HWY 95 and west of Fisher Ave. Dmk)                                               


Wanted Man With Car!


To take over profitable Watkins Route in this county. Established customers must be under 50 and satisfied with earnings of $30 a week to start. In reply, give your age, type of car and farm experience. Write: The J. R. Watkins Company, Rural Dept. 397 Liberty Street, Winona, Minnesota.



*Above is an image of the calling card carried by Watkins Salesmen

The Watkins salesman carried a variety of home products in his vehicle, such as spices, extracts,

seasonings and ointments. Watkins advertised as being a “Store on Wheels,”

traveling and going door-to-door through rural areas and small towns.





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