Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 4, 2020  Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

March 1880


So far as we have been able to learn, there has been very little wickedness going on in our village during the past week.                                                                                            


Krauss has moved his cigar factory into the building on Main street recently occupied as a candy store by Nelson Laramie.                                                                                                        


Sterns’ stave machine commenced operations the first of the week. The machine is a good one and will get away with from twelve to fifteen cords of staves per day.                                              


The doubtful weather of the past week, which so far, has produced more mud than snow, is not encouraging and unless it freezes up soon, the logging season may be regarded as closed.


The burning of a barrel, in which ashes had been emptied, came near setting the town on fire last Friday night. It is an experiment that will win in the end. It only requires a little perseverance.


A lively row was inaugurated at the O’Neill House Saloon last Tuesday night by Bill Farning’s single-handed attack upon a crowd of semi-intoxicated Norwegians. The Norskes would fight nor fly, until Sheriff Houston attempted to corral them, when they showed a disposition to do both. After a lively tussle, with the aid of Jake Pashelles, who served his country in like capacity several years ago, he succeeded in holding the two offenders, who were cared for at the county quarters for the night. The two were accessed nominally for the offence committed, the following morning, by Justice Kountz.


Len Eastman was seriously injured when he was caught between a sled and a log, last Monday in Thompson & Root’s camp on Rock Creek. Eastman was taken to Greenwood and placed under the care of Dr. Thomas.


J.L. Gates is selling 9 lbs. of standard “A” sugar for $1.00; 10 lbs. light cane sugar for $1.00 and 11 lbs. brown sugar for $1.00.                                                                             


A house on wheels with a chicken coop attached, passed through town last Monday, enroute for the far west.


A considerable number of camps are still in operation on the upper river, doing the best logging so far this season.                                                                                     


The 17th of March, known as St. Patrick’s Day, passed very quietly at this place. The Orangemen were two to one, and Murphy didn’t parade.                                                       


Several of our citizens will take their departure at the end of the month, to spend the summer on their Dakota farms.                                                                                             


Propositions have been submitted to the Towns of Thorp and Hixon, in this county, by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Railroad Company asking aid in the construction of the road through those towns, with steps being made in publishing necessary notices in the form of petitions.


J.B. Gettinger proved to the satisfaction of all, the latter part of last week that a mule could be stampeded just as well as a shorter eared animal, and by the runaway seen on its streets last week, it was evidence of the fact.                            


Sugar making has been occupying the attention of quite a number of this county during the past week. The indications are that a good “crop” will be secured during the season.


The snow had about all disappeared, and farmers were beginning to make preparations for doing their spring’s work, but it snowed again Thursday morning, and now looks as little like spring as it has at any time since winter set in.                                                                                              


A donation party held at the residence of M.V. Visgar, in the Town of York. Thursday evening of last week, netted Rev. C.C. Swartz, of this place, $50 in cash and subscriptions, all of which was most worthily bestowed.


Now is the last week of March, and the logging season just closed, it having been the most successful known to the lumbermen on the Black River for the past five years. All have accomplished what they hoped for at the opening of the season, and many have far exceeded their expectations, restoring their shattered fortunes, so nearly wrecked by elements over which they had no control during the several last winters.


March 1930


A party was given Saturday evening at the Hamilton Hotel in honor of the birthdays of Mrs. C.J. Helwig and her daughter, Mrs. Roland Wagner of Chili. There was a large attendance. Bunco was played, there was dancing, and a fine lunch was served. All reported a very pleasant time.


Improve You Radio Reception 100 percent

Use Newest Invention

24-carat Gold Plated Aerial Wire

45 Volt “B” Batteries $1.95

Balch Hardware


Our Bakery Goods Are All Made of King Midas Flour

The Highest Priced Flour On The Market

Our 24-oz. Quality Bread, Baked to a Golden Brown

Rich, Dainty Cream Puffs  Every Saturday, Big Delicious Doughnuts at

The Quality Bakery, In Odd Fellows Building, Neillsville, Wis.


$5.00 For Your Cat!

If this appeals to you and tabby has kittens born between March 15th and May 15th, you will bestow a favor by notifying me, giving the approximate date of birth of kittens. I will make a note of this and should I be in need of a foster mother for fox pups and your cat’s lactation stage is nearest the requirements, I will gladly pay the above amount.  Robert R. Quinnell, Rt. 6, Neillsville.               


The Tibbett Ice and Fuel Co. is filling a large order of ice from the ice dealers of Marshfield. The mild winter prevented the Marshfield ice-men from harvesting a full crop, their storage pond being small in area, and after the first crop was cut, mild weather prevented the formation of a second layer of ice of sufficient thickness for storage. The ice being shipped from here is cut and will be hauled directly from the O’Neill pond to the railcars to be loaded for shipment. It is of very good thickness and quality.


A week later, on Thursday, the Tibbett Ice and Fuel Co. completed its shipment order of 48 carloads of ice, in all, cut and hauled directly from the pond to the railcars.              


All of the 1929-30 letter men of the Neillsville High School; the men teachers, their wives and lady friends enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Merchants Hotel, Monday evening. At 7 o’clock the party was continued at the theatre.


The party was sponsored by the Athletic Association to show the school’s appreciation of the effort and time spent by the boys in athletics, all of whom had won their letters in football and basketball this year.


The following is a list of the boys honored:


Chester Seif, Herbert Keller, Ernest Begley, William Wagner, Joe Welsh, Alfred Stelloh, Wayne Beilfuss, Frank Betz, Curtis Zschernitz, Erwin Arndt, Harry Ambelang, Melchoir Hoesly, Ross Downer, Milo Helander, Dale Schweinler and Paul Lambright.                                              


Max Opelt Jr. had rather an unusual experience one morning last week, when he yawned, and his jaw failed to Close in the usual manner. He had to make a trip to town for help from a doctor to get the unruly joint to work in the approved style.


(I remember that happening to my dad once. He had to drive eight miles to see the doctor, but on the trip, his car ran out of gas. He walked to the nearest farm, explaining his problem to the farmer by using hand motions. After getting in to see our family doctor, the doctor gave Dad a slap along one side of his face, which put the jaw back in place. DZ)                                                                                      


Last week, Frank Stelloh made a deal with a party in Marshfield for a practically new American Eagle airplane, turning in the damaged plane he bought last fall from Durward Schwarze of Greenwood. Frank drove over to Marshfield Saturday and flew the airship back to Neillsville for a trial trip. It seemed to perform in fine shape. As he has no hangar here for its protection, he has made arrangements to keep the machine at Marshfield for the present. Frank has taken a course in a school of aviation and is proficient in flying but must have more hours in the air before he can be licensed under the law.


(One week later, Frank Stelloh, age 21 and his 17-year-old brother Alfred were killed when Frank’s newly-purchased airplane crash-landed on the C.G. Frantz farm located one mile and a-half southeast of Neillsville. DZ)                                                                                                      


Last week the Opera House at Greenwood, under the management of O.A. Hiles, began showing talking moving pictures and has class equipment for staging that kind of entertainment. There will be two changes of program a week, one program running Friday and Satruday and the other Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.


Maple syrup is on the market in this locality a little earlier than usual this spring. The warm weather the past two weeks started the “tapping” in the sugar bush, and fairly good runs of sap are being reported. Nearly every spring, considerable maple syrup and sugar is made here, not only for home use but also for local sale and shipment.                                                                                         


John W. Pietenpol has one of the most up-to-date maple syrup plants in Wisconsin on his farm in Section 34, Town of York. This year he has about the usual number of trees tapped; some 1,500 so gathering and boiling sap requires the constant attention of mr. Pietenpol and two hired men.


His evaporating pan is of a modern type, the sap being fed in at one end and in passing through the compartments to the other end it comes out clear maple syrup. His average output is about 400 gallons; so far this year he has made about 200 gallons, and the probability is that he will reach about the usual amount before the close of the season.


This year, Ed Krejci and Ralph Winn are helping him with the work. Mr. Pietenpol has a comfortable living place at the camp where he stays nights during the syrup season. Mr. Pietenpol has a 120-acre farm with a fine herd of cows and other good livestock, his maple syrup business in only a sideline.


Balch’s Hardware, Neillsville, Wis.

“Sells For less”

34-hour Alarm Clock, 98’,

For the Farm – Milk Strainer Pads, Pkg. of 100, 57’,

20-foot Cane Fish Poles, 19’

45-volt Radio Batteries $1.95,

1-1/2-volt Dry Cell Batteries, 31’


Uncle Tom’s Cabin Opens

The Home of The Big Ice Cream Cone $ Delicious Popcorn!

Uncle Tom’s Popcorn will now be Better Than Ever!

Now Made with Our New Electric Popper!

We sell Ice Cream, Candy, Pop, Buttermilk, Gum, Peanuts, Cracker Jack,

Tobaccos, Cigarettes, Snuff & Cigars

Located at Balch Hardware Corner.


(Tom Bruley, though physically handicapped and having to walk with the aid of a crutch, remained active after his retirement. He received a permit from the city to operate a “Confectionary on Wheels,” named “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which he would park on a Neillsville downtown street corner during the warm weather season. He operated the business from 1919 to 1931. DZ)


“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was owned and operated by Tom Bruley. The “Confectionary on Wheels,” where customers could purchase freshly popped popcorn, ice cream, candy and tobacco products, was set up on a downtown corner, first by the Neillsville Bank and later at the Balch Hardware corner. Tom operated the business during his retirement years.



Construction work is well underway at the canning plant of the J.B. Inderrieden Co. opposite the train depot. The old boiler room was wrecked to the ground, the original foundation walls taken out to give a clean footing for the new building. There will be erected a new boiler room 28 by 48 feet and with a new cook room 42 by 44 feet. The construction will be of tile, brick and concrete, practically fireproof.


The old snipping room, which stood by the side track back of the main building, has been moved closer to the main building, and a new warehouse, 64 by 128 feet, will be built by the side track.


The plant plans to can peas this year, and already has contracted for 500 acres. Its beans is practically unlimited, so those wishing to sign a contract for bean acreage should call the canning plant.


Sherman Gress last week moved a warehouse for the Inderrieden Canning Co. The warehouse formerly belonged to the old furniture factory and was purchased by Dennis Tourigny 18 years ago, at which time Mr. Gress also had charge of the moving.                                                               


Last Friday evening, Grandview School was the scene of one of the largest parties it had ever had. The occasion was a surprise birthday party for Mr. Boe, their teacher. Arthur Zank, aided by pupils of Grandview School, gave a fine program, which was also a surprise and enjoyed by old and young alike. After the program, the Dux Brothers furnished music for those who wished to dance. At midnight, a bountiful lunch was served to nearly one hundred guests.


(Grandview School was located one and a-half miles west of Neillsville, along former USH 10, now CTH B. DZ)





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