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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Clark County News


May 1928


On Wednesday, May 2, a free wedding dance will be given at Hake’s Pavilion, which is the pavilion’s re-opening for the season. On May 9, the Rassmussen Orchestra will furnish music for the dance planned on that date.

May & Spaete opened up their new meat market, last Saturday and made it the occasion of serving hot coffee and sandwiches to all their customers. The new market is equipped with a new refrigerating system and is thoroughly modern in every way. They present a most inviting and metropolitan appearance.


Work on the new grandstand at the fairgrounds has begun in earnest and if good weather continues, framing will begin next Monday. Secretary M.E. Wilding has been busy the past two weeks in making preparations so that the work will proceed rapidly when started.


The new grandstand will be constructed of concrete for foundation with framed superstructure. It will be 220 feet long and 56 feet deep with one row of box seats in front.


The main structure, under roof will accommodate 2,400 people. At each end, will be open bleachers, which will seat 200 more. This fine structure will be located on the west side of the racetrack, facing eastward, about opposite the center of the track. The free act stand will be erected between the grandstand and the track, so as to eliminate as far as possible, any necessity for either performers or spectators crossing the track.


A new well is being drilled conveniently close to the grandstand and the new Midway, which is being laid out nearby, the old well-being still available for the livestock and visitors in that part of the grounds.


Another well is an absolute necessity; last year on Wednesday and Thursday the crowd consumed more water than the livestock, at times consuming the water as fast as the power pump would throw it. New toilets will also be constructed near the new grandstand with flushing facilities.


Two carloads of washed sand and gravel will be required for the foundation and other concrete work. The carpenter work will be in charge of John Moen of Neillsville and J.M. Philpott of Loyal, with local carpenters assisting.


Mr. Christenson of Granton is now at work drilling the well. Several new electric light poles will have to be set and some changes made in wiring. A new entrance is also to be made, requiring some grading. The dirt to be removed will be used to cover the tile, which runs down a small ravine. The county board, at its fall session, voted to donate 1,000 yards of shale at the pits, which will be used to surface the new roads and walks.


Last Wednesday forenoon, the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Embke, on what used to be known as the “Doc French Farm” in Levis was burned to the ground. The fire started on the roof and was discovered by Wm. Gehrt before it had made much headway. Other people came at once and the house might have been saved if a ladder had been at hand so that the men could have gotten up on the roof. But before a ladder could be obtained, the fire was beyond control. Practically all of Mr. and Mrs. Embke’s household goods were saved. For the present, they are staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. French.


The house belonged to the Mississippi Valley Co., successors to the La Crosse Water and Power Co., who took over the place in securing flowage rights for Dells Dam. The house stood on the site of the historic Dr. French house, one of the earliest homes on the banks of Black River in this locality. The old house, which was destroyed earlier and the present house, which was built about 35 years ago, were both constructed by Ed French.


The Day Cheese Factory, operated by O.F. Braun, closed down last Thursday. Mr. Braun sustained some serious losses several months ago, which he has not been able to overcome. He was finally obliged to suspend business. When all his outstanding assets are collected, it is thought that the loss to patrons will not be very serious.


A deal was completed Monday, with W. Waterman of Neillsville becoming owner of the Whippet-Overland garage in Abbotsford. Waterman purchased the garage from Al Strebe, who has been conducting that agency in the Abbotsford territory for several years. Strebe built the new garage last winter. John Hunter, also of Neillsville, will go with Mr. Waterman to act as head mechanic at the Abbotsford garage. Mr. Strebe will stay with Mr. Waterman, this season, in the capacity as salesman.


Next Saturday O.W. Lewerenz will open up his new Standard Oil filling station, which by that time will be nearly completed. This new station occupies the corner of Hewett and Fifth streets and is opposite the First National Bank. The station is thoroughly modern in every particular and conforms to the Standard Oil Co., specifications for all their stations. It will have restrooms, washrooms and when the construction work is completed with the debris removed, it will make a material addition to the corner it occupies. Particular attention will be paid to washing and power greasing, as the area has been covered with concrete. Mr. Lewerenz plans to beautify the lot with flowers and grass plots.


Next Saturday will be the formal opening of the station and souvenirs will be given to all who come to the opening. In addition, Mr. Lewerenz will give a 40-cent can of lubricating oil to all purchasers of five gallons or more of gasoline on opening day.


Lowell Schoengarth celebrated his eleventh birthday at Trags Theatre, Friday night, by inviting fifteen of his young friends to see Buck Jones in “The Hills of Peril.”


The Badger State Telephone Co. is putting in new equipment at Neillsville and Granton, to get away from radio interference and get more economical service.


O.W. Lewerenz and Guy Cramer drove to Green Bay Thursday, accompanied by Louis Helm, Arnold Sternitzky and Louis Elmhorst of Lynn, who then drove home three new Dodge cars for Mr. Lewerenz.


May 1958


When Cliff Riedel, of Granton, walked out of the Neillsville Bank shortly after noon, Tuesday, he had to scurry to get out of the way of a driverless car that acted like it wanted in.


The car, parked across the street about five minutes before by R.V. Baker of Chippewa Falls, rolled down the grade, across the main street and stopped at the bank door. It chipped a stone on one edge of the entrance.


All parents, who expect to have children entered in the kindergarten of the Neillsville public schools in September, are requested by Supt. D.E. Peters to meet at the South Side Grade School building Tuesday evening, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. This includes the parents of the children who will be enrolled in the north and south side kindergarten. Children are not to come with their parents at this meeting, Mr. Peters said.


The purpose of the meeting will be to hand out preliminary information and instructions concerning the work of the kindergarten program. A movie entitled “Living in the Kindergarten,” will be shown.


The North Side Grade School was along Prospect Street between 11th and 12th Streets until 1960. It was a convenient location for children living in the area north of O’Neill Creek.  File photo



An excavation has been completed on Sunset Boulevard, between Al Nelson and the Donald Lipscy residences, for a new seven- room, French style residence to be built for Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Sternitzky. Mr. Sternitzky is employed as bookkeeper at the Neillsville Milk Products cooperative and plans to move his family here from Marshfield in late June or early July.


They have three children. Mr. Sternitzky is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Sternitzky of Granton. He is a graduate of Granton High School and served two years in the Army.


 Mr. and Mrs. William Stockwell, who recently sold their farm in Pine Valley, have purchased the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kunze at 10 Clay Street. They plan to move to the City on Saturday, May 10, when Mr. and Mrs. Paul McKinney of Indiana, will take possession of the Stockwell farm. Mr. and Mrs. Kunze have purchased her father’s farm of 40 acres in Grant Township, just west of the Pleasant Ridge church. Mrs. Kunze is the former Edith Scholtz, Neillsville. Mr. and Mrs. William Cook and son are now occupying the residence on the farm.


Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ayers have purchased the Polzin farm, located north of The Stables in Hewett township, which may someday be their home. The farm consists of 30 acres. Improvements are now being made on the house. The house was built by Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Hart. (The Stables was a nightclub located along USH 10, which was later remodeled and is now known as The Wildcat Inn.)


 L.P. Heimstad, who came to Neillsville in September 1948 as a depot agent, has been transferred to a similar position at Bloomer. It is expected that the transfer will be made in 15 days. Mrs. Heimstad drove to Bloomer, Monday to look for living quarters. They have three children, Teddy, 14, Douglas, 11 and Gary, two. The successor to Mr. Heimstad, here, will be made by seniority.


You remember the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb?”


Well, the lamb turned out to be “Blackie,” a crow, for Timmy and David Grether, at least.


Blackie has been following them to the South Side School every day of late, for he is the pet they have raised since David took him from a nest nearly two years ago.


Blackie started wandering away from home base just a couple of weeks ago. David went out to the Neillsville Country Club and not long afterward “Blackie” swooped down on him. How the pet crow followed, or sought him out, still is a deep mystery.


Since then, it’s nothing for “Blackie” to go to school, although he never gets inside. He will see one or the other of his two young masters on the playground and drop down on them for a greeting. It usually ends up with one of the boys’ parents, the Rev. or Mrs. Jack Grether of the Winnebago Children’s Home coming after “Blackie,” and Timmy and his young friends trying to corral the bird to keep him until the Grether car arrives.


Although he is tame, “Blackie” doesn’t like to be held and he generally is leery of getting within arm’s length.


“Blackie” has become quite a pet for most of the children around the Grether house and with the Winnebago Children’s Home kids nearby, as there is quite a number. The children play with him and he loves dearly to play.


“Blackie” stays around the Grether house until Timmy and David leave for school. Then he goes the few rods to the Children’s home and plays with the children there until they disappear inside to attend classes.


Probably it is because of the lonesomeness that comes afterward that has attracted him to the sound of children playing on the playground at the South Side School. He seems to be hunting for companionship of people, particularly kids.


The new St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Greenwood was dedicated last Sunday. The event marked the golden anniversary of the parish.


Officiating was the Most Rev. John P. Treacy, bishop of the La Crosse diocese. In his closing remarks, the Bishop paid high tribute to the Rev. Fr. Edward F. Hartung, under whose pastorate the parish has acquired three new buildings, all of them matching in architecture and finish. The bishop likewise complimented the parishioners upon the way in which they have backed R. Hartung in their enterprising labors.


The church’s meaning and its dedication was pictured to the congregation by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. William Daniels of Chippewa Falls, former pastor.


Deacons of honor were the Revs. William Hackner of Kendall and Gerald Schuh of Dorchester, former pastors at Greenwood.


The final Spring Saddle Horse Sale at Mattes Livestock Market, southeast of Thorp, will be held Sunday, May 25. There will be from 200 to 300 horses, including one consignment of 40. Shetland Ponies, ages 1, 2 and 3 years old will be on the sale block.


The Merry Ol’ Gardens dance hall, located south of Longwood, burned to the ground last Saturday night, the fire being discovered at about 11 o’clock. Fire-fighting equipment from Owen could not head off the blaze. Cause of the fire was unknown. The property belonged to Barry Bender of Owen.


Two masked bandits held up the Security State Bank at Colby at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday and made away with an undetermined amount of cash.


 Four bank employees were herded into the vault after the bandits had scooped money from the cash drawers.


Norman Reineking, assistant cashier, said he was the first one to whom the bandits directed their attention.


Reineking said the other employees were Herbert Steinwand, cashier, Mrs. Doris Tesmer and Wayne Koeppen.


Several Clark County authorities left immediately for Colby to start their investigation.




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