Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 25, 2020,  Page 9 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

March 1920


Articles of incorporation have been filed with the Secretary of State for the organization of the Clark County Live Stock Sales pavilion, which is an organization of farmers and businessmen for the building of a large sales pavilion at Owen. It will be built early in the spring and will be modern in every respect. It is planned to hold the first sale in the new pavilion May 22nd.                                     


Neillsville should have a good dependable band and to this end the local American Legion Post felt it their duty to at least make an effort towards the organizing of a band.


The prospects of Neillsville having a good band this summer appears very promising from the outcome of the meeting Tuesday evening. It was found that there are about 23 talented men who are interested in music and also quite a number of others who expressed their desire to learn. An organization was formed, and the following officers were elected for the coming year.


President, W.D. Martin; Secretary, Geo. A. Wasserberger; Treasurer, Paul Bartell; Manager, P.H. Bronstad.


The Eastern Star Lodge will give their annual Easter Ball at the armory next Tuesday night and this event promises to be of more than usual pleasure and enjoyment. Music will be provided by the Clarion Orchestra, which is a favorite music group in Neillsville. The lodge members are preparing for a nice party and the event will certainly be well patronized.


Members of the Masonic Temple, Neillsville Lodge No. 163, constructed a new building on the southwest corner of the South Hewett and West 4th Streets intersection in 1928. The Eastern Star Lodge women, also members of the Masonic organization, hosted many community events through the years of the Lodge’s existence as an organization within the city.



There will be an Easter Dance at Paulson’s Hall on Easter Monday, April 5, music by a Neillsville orchestra. Everybody invited. Tickets to dance $1.00.


(In that era, no one could dance during Lent, so dance halls were closed until after Lent, except on St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a teenager, some parents also forbid their children from attending movies during Lent, D.Z) 


Notice to Ice Consumers


The following Price List is for purchasing ice this season. Parties wishing ice delivered must obtain a coupon book, which can be purchased at any bank in Neillsville at the following prices, payable in advance:

1000 lb. coupon bk. $4.50, 2000 lb. coupon bk. $8, 4000 lb. coupon bk. $15,

2 tons or more sent out $5.00 per ton. Chas, Goldamer


Wm. Neville was badly hurt on Tuesday afternoon while making some repairs on his sawmill outfit.


He was beneath the carriage fixing the blower, when in some manner the large “dog,” which maneuvers the logs, struck him in the back. Two of his ribs were broken near the spine, and he was otherwise badly injured. He is getting along as well as could be expected.                                         


Auction! I will sell at Public Auction, located at my premises on West 5th Street, Neillsville, April 7th, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning, the following property: 7 cows, 1 yearling; 1 team of horses; 1 buggy; 1 mower; 1 walking plow; 1 smoothing harrow; 1 disc; 1 mower; 8 – lb. scales; 3 single harnesses; 1 double  driving harness; 1 work harness; fence posts; hay-fork and rope; some hay and household goods. Lunch served at noon. Terms made known on day of sale. Gus Krause, Owner. W. Bradford, Auctioneer.


North York News:

Mrs. Henry Anderegg entertained the Busy Bee Circle, Friday. Nine members were present. A fine dinner was served, and all did justice to it, reporting a fun time.           


Lincoln School is closed for a week’s vacation on account of bad roads.


Henry Anderegg purchased a milking machine from Guy Smith Thursday. Now Henry wears a broad smile, as he won’t have to worry about milking cows by hand any more.


News from East Lynn

Yes, friends, the time for the good old Bock beer has once more arrived and it seems hard to realize that only a few short months ago we could purchase a schooner of real goods for a nickel that was not only pleasing to the eye but made us feel that life was really worth living. But also, times have changed so we will not sit in judgement and condemn those who have brought these things about. It is no question that it was their honest belief then and is still at the present time, that they were working for the betterment of the country and we hope their efforts will be blessed with a “crown of glory.” Time alone can tell.


This country has been wet for centuries; now let the “drys” have their say and wait for results. If they can prove that prohibition will reduce insanity and crime, relieve pink-eye and pestilence, then by all means keep it dry, and extend to them the glad hand for helping their brethren out of the rut, but if, the results are not great enough to offset the revenue that has been collected, then knock the whole thing to “smithereens” and scatter it to the four winds, but whatever you do, try and put this imitation or so-called near-beer out of existence. To our notion it is not only unfit for man or beast to drink but it has the same color and keeps people hankering for the real article.


What would the result be if one bought a sack of flour and received ground limestone? The color and quantity might be about the same, but oh horrors, the quality. If the peop0le keep on drinking this near- beer dope, in years to come there will be no more real people. They will all be more or less an imitation. This is not meant to reflect on those who are engaged in manufacturing said been, but merely taking the liberty to express our opinion and if someone should be offended let us know and we will give him a swig out of our jug that is in the bottom of our silo..


(The Prohibition Act had gone into effect previous to this news article, starting in October 1919, ending in 1933. As a result, there would be a great deal of illegal beer and whiskey produced during that era. In the panty of our farmhouse, I found an old apparatus and wondering what it was to be used for, I asked my mom. She said it was a bottle capper, which she had used to cap bottles of homemade beer to be consumed at family celebrations during the Prohibition years. DZ)


March 1945


A meeting for the reorganization of the local post of Veterans of Foreign Wars has been called to meet at Wagner’s party rooms on Wednesday evening, March 21. There are said to be about 25 prospective members.


Neillsville once had a post of this organization, known as the William Wilson post, and it is now intended to revive its charter.                                                                             


A Gift in Green!

It is a matter of community importance that the Neillsville Country club did not incur deficit in 1944; that it showed a profit of $.17 cents instead of a $1,700 debt. Surviving this very difficult period of the war, the hope is that the club will go the rest of he way through; that it will not be a casualty of the war.


The survival might seem to be of importance mainly to those who play golf, and it is true that these have the first and most obvious stake. But the golf course is an asset of importance to the community as a whole. It beckons to the passing stranger, and to the transient golfer who might become the permanent resident.


In the Neillsville community the country club makes an artistic contribution of major importance. Located upon the main approach to the city, its green fairways and shapely greens please the eye and charm the senses. Certainly, a city with such an entrance cannot be devoid in civic pride and enterprise.


Is it a place to walk? God knows best how to make a carpet for human feet. It is made of the cool, soft grass, which is pressed into the springing sod.


Many in Neillsville are like the editor, who has never been able to hit a golf ball far enough to lose it. But many of us, thus un-expert, are grateful to those who carry the expense and burden of the country club, with its contribution to the community. Our gratitude goes to all who help, and especially to those leaders who have done the most.                                                                                           


There are several home deals here as spring opens.


Dale Armitage, city clerk, has purchased the Arthur Smith house on South West Street, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Stevens, and will move there as soon as Mr. and Mrs. Stevens can find a suitable place. The house on North Hewett Street, now occupied by the Armitage family, will now be occupied by Mrs. Minnie Bardell who bought it last year.


Earl Mattson has sold his house on West 19th Street to Max Feuerstein and will give possession this month.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Braatz, Town of Grant, have purchased the former Joseph Counsell residence on South Oak Street, Neillsville, and plan to move as soon as the present occupant can find a home elsewhere. Mr. and Mrs. Braatz have rented their farm to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Mueller of Christie.


Fred Ratsch moved his family the first of this week from the Charles Musil house on North Hewett Street to the former John Dudei house on West 19th Street, which he recently purchased. Mr. and Mrs. George Freezy and family will occupy the Musil house, moving from the Hagen farm north of the Grand Avenue bridge, which was  purchased this spring by Mrs. Emma Schlinkert.


That eight or ten families of Neillsville will be without homes on April 1 is the outlook as seen by Mayor Anderson. The Mayor is hearing tales of woe from house hunters, as are others. The housing situation is the tightest known to the city.


The situation is illustrated by the plight of Dale Armitage, city clerk. Mr. Armitage, given the notice that he must vacate on April 1, bought a residence on West Street, just back of the Masonic temple. He bought it definitely for his own occupancy but found that the occupants were Mr. and mrs. William Stevens, elderly persons who would have difficulty re-locating. He has been trying  to find something for them but has not yet succeeded. The Armitage’s are living in a house on North Hewett, bought by Mrs. Minnie Bardell for her own occupancy, and she cannot very well move from where she is until the Armitage’s move out.


Because of difficulty, Mayor Anderson induced, the federal housing administration to designate Neillsville as an H-3 conversion area. The effect of this designation is to secure the right to reconstruct and recondition the interior of existing buildings, so that they may be fitted for residential use. The first local building to be affected by this change is the structure on South Hewett Street owned by Arthur (Snowball) Meyer. The upstairs portion of this building is being made into apartments. 


(Several local owners of large twoWas the-story homes that had ample living space for their family unit on the first floor stepped up to help with the housing shortage by remodeling their second (upper) floor into rental apartments. By doing that, they helped alleviate the then-housing shortage within the city of Neillsville. Materials for building new houses or apartments weren’t available during that time due to World War II. In order to do any remodeling, a federal permit had to be applied for and granted, in order to obtain materials needed. DZ)                                       


Your Chicken Eggs, Fresh in England!


That’s Right! Those eggs you farmers bring to the Quality Egg Co. go overseas, and they’re fresh when they get there! This is accomplished by the “Sealed Shell” method, recently developed.


Bring your eggs here, and you’ll have the full satisfaction of knowing they’re going overseas and will be directly helping in the war effort.


Quality Egg Company, Phone Red 28 – Neillsville, Wis.


Sunday Dinner

At the Merchants Hotel - 12 Noon to 2 p.m.

Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9:30

Weekday Meals

Breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m. – Dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Penicillin Here Now!

The Most Dramatic HEALTH NEWS

Since Louis Pasteur Discovered Germs.


We are proud to be first in announcing that the new wonder drug Penicillin is now available in our Rexall Department for civilian use on Doctor’s Prescriptions and the price is unbelievably low.


Kearn’s Rexall Drug Store, Neillsville, Wis.


(Sulfa and penicillin were considered to be “wonder drugs” when first becoming available to patients with infections. Sulfa was the first antibiotic introduced, discovered in 1935, becoming available for treatments in the early 19403, such as for the wounded soldiers during World War II, then for the general public.


In 1944, on of my younger brothers, at the age of 20 months, became ill. On the second day, his abdomen swelled to the size of a large ball. My parents being afraid to move him, called our family physician. After arriving, Dr. Lenarz took one look at the patient, then told my mother, “Put your coat on, wrap that child in a blanket and get into my car, now!”  


The doctor sped them to the nearest small-town hospital where he performed surgery on a ruptured appendix that was estimated as having ruptured 24 hours previous. The doctor told my parents that after removing the appendix, he cleaned out the intestinal area as best he could, then freely sprinkled powdered sulfa throughout the area with hopes it would combat any infection..


Miraculously, the toddler survived, mainly due to the doctor’s wisdom and at that time, the new antibiotic “sulfa.” DZ)





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