History: Greenwood, Wisconsin (1909) Greenwood Gleaner 29 Jul 1909)

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Surnames: Aikens, Allds, Allen, Alton, Anderson, Andrews, Arends, Armstrong, Arndt, Ayer, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin,, Bancroft, Barlow, Bauman, Bear, Begley, Behrens, Bishop, Blecha, Borigo, Borseth, Bowerman, Braun, Bredeson, Breed, Brick, Brooks, Brown, Bryden, Buckwheater, Buker, Buland, Burch, Bushman, Butcher, Carpenter, Carter, Cassell, Cestelo, Chandler, Chehalls, Churchill, Cirkle, Clute, Converse, Cook, Cornick, Corzette, Cox, Cramer, Crane, Crothers, Cummings, Dangers, Dawes, Decker, Delamater, Delano, Dewey, Dingley, Drake, Drinkwine, Drummond, Durham, Dutcher, Dwyer, Easton, Eaton, Eggett, Emerson, Ferneau, Foster, Fowler, Fradette, Franckenberg, Frank, Frankenberg, Fricke, Fritz, Garitz, Gemmeke, Gibson, Goodwin, Grashorn, Harding, Harlow, Harrison, Hartson, Haskell, Haw, Hembre, Hendren, Hendrickson, Herrell, Hewett, Heywood, Higbee, Hoehne, Hogue, Holloway, Hommel, Honeywell, Howard, Howe, Hubbell, Hull, Humke, Hummel, Huntzicker, Jacobson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Justice, Kause, Kelley, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kessler, Kiel, Kippenhan, Klein, Klinke, Kloster, Krause, Kuns, Lang, Laube, Locke, Lovel, Lowver, Luddington, Mabi, Mack, Markham, Martin, Mason, Mathison, McCalvy, McCarty, McKinzie, McMahon, Mead, Meek, Meeks, Meinholdt, Melzer, Mick, Milan, Minsass, Moberg, Moore, Morrison, Neverman, Nichols, Nieman, Noetzel, Norris, Noyes, Nutting, O’Pfaff, O'Connell, Oelig, O'Neill, Pams, Peterson, Pettingill, Pfunder, Phair, Philpott, Pratt, Presnall, Ralstead, Rand, Raymond, Redmond, Reese, Richeleu, Richmond, Riplinger, Roberts, Roddis, Root, Ross, Rossman, Rossow, Ryckmen, Sanford, Schmalz, Schoenwetter, Schwarze, Schweiger, Setler, Shanks, Sheets, Shrimpton, Shrofshire, Silvers, Soefker, Speich, Spencer, Sperbeck, Stair, Standiford, Stanton, Stearns, Steele, Steenberg, Steffen, Steiger, Stewart, Stockwell, Stoker, Stoneberg, Stowe, Sutherland, Swenson, Syth, Taylor, Telford, Terry, Theilen, Thibert, Thompson, Thora, Thurig, Timerson, Toburen, Trow, Tscharner, Tucker, Turney, Upham, Van Voorhis, VanVoorhis, Vates, Volk, Vollrath, Wallis, Ware, Warner, Weilen, Wellen, Weston, White, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wmith, Wollenberg, Woodkey, Zetsche


----Source: 1909 Greenwood History, Originally published by Max C. Baldwin in the Greenwood Gleaner, Enhanced and edited and compiled with various photo collections by Janet & Stan Schwarze.  Copyright 2008



1909 Greenwood History

Originally published by Max C. Baldwin in the Greenwood Gleaner

Enhanced and edited and compiled by Janet & Stan Schwarze.

Copyright 2008


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To the Public, Greeting:


In the last week’s issue of the Gleaner, Editor Harry E. Hartson introduced to our readers a new management, to take effect with this issue, giving us a reputation which we hope we deserve, but which we will leave to the public for judgment.


We do not propose to dwell at any length on a eulogy of our own personal abilities, but to let the results of our labors and endeavors for the advancement and promotion of Clark County interests in general, and Greenwood in particular, speak for themselves.


The cordial welcome and the good hand of fellowship which was extended on our fits appearance in this beautiful city, was a grad elixir to support the spirits of human nature, and a stimulant that would call for the best that is in any man, and it will be our pleasure to show the deep appreciation which we feel, not only from personal contact, but through the columns of the Gleaner as well.


We believe that our readers will understand that we are practically strangers in a strange, but beautiful land, and that they will bear with us and not look for any great material change in the Gleaner at the offset, but will follow our advancement, step by step, as we become better and more thoroughly acquainted with our surroundings.


It is a natural instinct for anyone to look after and protect the interests of the town in which they live, therefore, our greatest efforts will be for Greenwood first, the natural, unaffected environments of which gives us an inspiration which we have never before felt, and as the home newspaper is the real foundation and inspiration for the building up and promotion of any place (a town or city is always judged by its newspaper), our first aim will be to place the Gleaner where it rightfully belongs, the leading paper of the county, and next, to work for the interests of Greenwood and help to place it where it is bound to be place, second to none in the county.


We cordially invite all our readers to call and get acquainted with us.  We are never too busy to have a few moment’s chat with you, and we would be pleased to show you through our office and explain the making of a newspaper.  It will interest you, too.


We frankly admit that if we do not accomplish all that we aim to do, with our wide range of operations, beautiful surroundings and the hustling element with which the field abounds, it will be from pure lack of ability and nothing else, and so with this issue of the Gleaner, we make our initial bow to the public and thank them for the hearty welcome accorded us.


  Very truly yours,


     M. C. Baldwin


Historical Background Notes


GREENWOOD—The first settlement near what is now the city of Greenwood began in 1848, when VanDusen and Waterman erected a new mill on the west side of the Black River and started what was to become a thriving industry in the areas. Soon Albert Lambert built a sawmill not far away, and in 1854 Elijah and Frederick Eaton arrived to remain as permanent residents of the area. They purchased the VanDusen and Waterman mill and expanded the lumber camps so that many million feet of lumber were saved there. It was not long before this thriving area was known as Eatonville.


In 1855 Robert Schofield arrived to make his home and living in the area, and Charles W. Carpenter arrived June 10, 1857.


Elijah Eaton was the first person to settle in the vicinity of which later became Greenwood. He erected his sawmill on the main Black River, about one-half mile west of what is now the city of Greenwood. In 1861, which was the first year of the Civil War, Stephen C. Honeywell located on the present site of Greenwood, cleared a good farm, making it the headquarters of his lumbering business. He carried on his lumber business extensively and was one of the most successful operators of that early period.


The city of Greenwood was platted in 1871 by Maud Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Brown.


The first marriage was that of John Honeywell to Rachel Hodges in the fall of 1871. The first death was that of Elijah Eaton, Dec. 4, 1872.


Greenwood was incorporated as a village in 1891. At that time, there was a community hall, Methodist Church, creamery, sawmill, wagon shop, two meat markets, two blacksmith shops, two millinery and dressmaking stores, several mercantile stores, a furniture store and factory, a barber shop, one hotel, a harness shop, a shoe repair shop, photograph gallery, and other business establishments.


Greenwood was incorporated as a city by an act of the Wisconsin Legislature on April 2, 1891. David Justice was the first mayor and S. M. Andrews the first treasurer, Elias Peterson the first clerk, H. H. Hartson the first assessor, and the alderman were Robert Schofield, B. F. Thompson, L. W. Larson and H. H. Hartson. The first council meeting was held May 19, 1891.  Greenwood Gleaner, 18 Jan 1963



Source: Greenwood Gleaner 07/29/1909


M. C. Baldwin’s First Impressions


Coming directly from the glare and glimmer of the sea shore, where the mid-summer gaiety and the amusements of such places are in full blast, our first impressions of Greenwood were decidedly queer to say the least.


On our journey from Fairchild to Greenwood, our first thought was that we had left the frivolities of the social world to come out into the backwoods to die, and we almost wished we had never left our happy home, but as we journeyed along, the wild, rough, picturesqueness of the forests appealed to us as nature’s handiwork only can appeal to anyone who has a spark of love for the beauties of nature as God created it, and we were glad.



Greenwood, WI Soo Line Depot



The Greenwood, Wisconsin Foster and N.E. "Nobody Else" Depot


The greatest surprise in store for us was at the end of our journey, Greenwood.  On alighting from the train and turning the corner to come up the hill to Greenwood proper, what was our consternation to behold a huge Ferris wheel planted in the center of the road.  We stopped dazed, as the mirage, such as is often seen on our great deserts, commenced to take on a definite shape; the house gradually forming in to vessels of the deep and the trees attaching themselves thereto in the form of masts and solls; the many colored electric light across the roadway the tents and apparent amusement places, all added to the illusion.  Verily, we thought we had jumped from the frying pan into the fire, until some kind person woke us up and explained that a street carnival was in town, whereupon we let loose of the frenzied grip we had on our “grip” and mopped the moisture from our heated brown.



1910 Birdseye View of Greenwood, Wisconsin.



Vates and Shanks Homes on Hendren Ave., Greenwood, Wisconsin.


After regaining a somewhat normal condition, we commenced to look around, and what we saw was most interesting.  Beautiful residences with large, well kept lawns and majestic shade trees, many nice stores with their wares displayed in large windows; church spires against a background of blue above the tree tops, in fact, everything that nature and invention can give to make a place beautiful.



Mid-summer rural roads in early Clark County, Wisconsin


In our different journeys through the country the past week, another, and even more beautiful panorama, was spread out before our delighted eyes.  Acres and acres of the ripened grain ready for harvest, besides the later crops yet in their mantle of green; beautiful meadow lands where abundant crops of hay had been harvested, and the green of the second growth peeping through the stubble; pasture lands where thousands of head of cattle chew their cuds in silent contentment.  Interspersed with this was the Black River, which roared against giant boulders only to flow serenely on over graveled beds and deep pools where the finny tribe taxes the ingenuity of the sportsman, and little rivulets winding through forests whose grandeur is sublime.


Verily, Greenwood and vicinity is a home of riches for the investor; a home of pleasure and plenty for the industrious, and a home of rest and peace for the weary.


Greenwood, Wisconsin (1910 ca).




Early Greenwood River Scene.



Greenwood, Clark County, Wisconsin, 1906 c.a.



Source: Greenwood Gleaner 09/09/1909




The above picture is a birds-eye view of Greenwood as it appears from the south today.  It will pay every person who is interested in our beautiful city to watch this page of the Gleaner from week to week, as it is our purpose to give a series of articles in this space every week, dating back to the very first settler who staked his claim, where Greenwood now stands, 55 years ago when not a house or habitation was within a distance of several miles, nothing but a vast wilderness, whose only inhabitants were the wild beasts of the forests and blood thirsty Indians.


This space will contain historic facts which we hope will be of interest to all our readers as well as of educational value to the younger generation.  Illustrations especially taken for this purpose will appear each week, and will consist of the business places and industries, residences, picturesque  vies, farming and dairy scenes as well as pictures of a few of the oldest settlers in Greenwood.


Our city is now the banner city of Clark County and gaining in popularity and population every year; our farming and dairying sections are the best that can be found in the state; the purest and sweetest water springing up from the ground everywhere; unlimited room for more of the prosperous dairying farms that now surround us, where the sweet, rich, green grass makes an unsurpassed grazing ground and its fertile soil the richest for farm products.


Watch for the opening chapters of an interesting article on greenwood that will continue for 52 weeks and perhaps longer.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 09/16/1909



The Home of Steven Case Honeywell, built in 1860.


Fifty-Five years ago the land on which there is now thriving one of the most beautiful and progressive little cities to be found in this section of the State of Wisconsin, was a vast wilderness of forests, stretching 16 miles south to the then little town of Neillsville, the county seat of Clark County, and unbroken for miles east, north and west; where hundreds of thousands of acres of huge white pine timbers towered majestically beside the lesser important species of other timbers; where the wary, timid deer and game of every description roamed the wildwood unharmed and unafraid; where the only human inhabitants were an occasional band of roaming Indians or a hunter, who little dreamed of the apparently hidden wealth to be obtained through the agency of the human hands, or who would have though that in so short a period there would be built a thriving city, railroads and thousands of acres of productive farms as there is to be found here today.


But the forests were not to remain in their majestic splendor for long, for in this year, 1854, Elijah Eaton, after whom the town of Eaton in which Greenwood was afterward built, was named, startled the birds and beasts from their undisturbed contentment with the metallic ring of the ax, the sharp zip-zip of the saw and the crash of falling timbers, and who were the first settlers for miles in this section.  He and his wife, Olive, located on west side of Black River and there erected a small shanty and sawmill.  ("Lige Eaton")


On the 10th day of June, 1857, Charles W. Carpenter blazed a trail from Neillsville, when snow was still on the ground and the ground solidly frozen, the warm rays of the sun being unable to penetrate the deep recesses of the forest with sufficient warmth to thaw out the ground until late summer.


Mr. Carpenter cleared five acres of ground and in the Spring of 1858 built a small shanty of slabs from the Eaton sawmill on the site later occupied by the Oelig residence.  When completed, he brought his family, consisting of his wife and two children, to share his humble, but happy home and fortune.


In 1859 he sold his tract of land to Steven Case Honeywell, who was the next settler in Greenwood, and who built the first substantial residence, and which was erected in the year 1860, or the main part of it, the rest of the building being completed in 1862.  This property was bought and has, since that time, been occupied by Mrs. Hattie Andrews, better and more familiarly known as “Aunt Hattie.”  It was built entirely of hewn logs, and while it was later sided over as it appear above, the original log structure still remains.


The house picture above was also the first inn or hostlery for the accommodation of guests in Greenwood, the upper floor, which was not partitioned off at that time, being used as sleeping quarters in which there were no bed-steads, but where guests rolled themselves up in blankets on the floor in apparent comfort.


The site of our now beautiful and well kept cemetery was then a wilderness, the remains of Elijah Eaton being the first to find a resting place there, and who was later followed by Mrs. S.C. Honeywell, whose remains were carried by four men on a rough, home made stretcher, and for whom a trail had been cut through the forest before the remains could be laid to rest.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 09/23/1909


Where Rock Creek and Historic Black River Join



Again, going back to the year 1856 and 1857, when there were no settlers at all where Greenwood now stands, also takes the old hunters and settlers of Clark County back to a time that will live forever in the history of the State of Wisconsin.


It was during the winter months of the above years that this section of the state had the heaviest fall of snow ever known in its history, that is to say, that ever covered the ground at one time for any length of time.  In November 1856, snow fell steadily for a period of several days, and which measured a depth of four feet during almost all of the winter months, a repetition of this enormous snow fall occurring again in December 1857. 


These two winters will go down in history as one of the best for the welfare of hunters that has ever been known.  Very near where the Black River and Rock Creek join forces, as seen from a recent picture which is presented above, two handsome deer were slain, not with rifle, but with a common, ordinary club, the deer having become foundered in the deep snow and unable to get away or protect themselves, and the same condition was reported all through this section, hundreds of deer, which could not use their nimble feet, the harp hoofs of which penetrated the crust that would bear the weight of a heavy man on snow-shoes, thus leaving them at the mercy of the hunters, who took advantage of their helplessness to fill their larders for the long cold winter months.


The year before these memorable winters, or in December 1855, mother of one of our oldest settlers, Robert Schofield, paid a visit to this section and the Eaton mill, and who later cleared his tract of land and built a handsome residence,  At that time, also, the Eatons were the only inhabitants of this section of Clark County.



E. T. Burch's Store


The handsome and well equipped store of E. T. Burch on Main Street, pictured above, was erected in 1895 by the Greenwood Mercantile and Manufacture Co. with S. P. Jones, F. M. Taylor and E. T. Burch as its officers, and who conducted a general mercantile business until 1902, when its present owner, E. T. Burch, bought out the interests of the parties concerned, taking full possession, and has since conducted a most thriving and praiseworthy business and is one of the most prosperous and respected merchants.


Source : Greenwood Gleaner 09/30/1909



The Home of John Gamble Shanks


Knowing the deep interest our readers are taking in the history of Greenwood which is to occupy this space, it is with deep regret that we are compelled to announce to you that the data for this issue which we have been over a week in trying to obtain, did not arrive until the late mail last night, therefore, we miss this issue rather than to give our readers a disconnected, rambling biographical display that would take us far ahead of our story.  We humbly apologize for the disappointment which we know our readers feel.



John Gamble and Margaret Ann (McMahon) Shanks



Source: Greenwood Gleaner 10/07/1909 .



The Home of Frederick and Catherine Pfunder.


Going back to the year 1862, when the home of “Aunt Hattie” was completed, brings us to a time when lumbermen began coming here to work in the Eaton Bros. mill, and between the years 1862 and 1871, four more settlers cleared their tract of land and built their rude but comfortable homes.  They were Messrs. Bauman, Steven Andrews, C. Durham and Wm. Begley, the latter of whom was the first to erect a hotel, W.R. Howard & Son, proprietors.


The first store built in Greenwood was erected in the year 1869 (stood where the Catholic Parsonage is now being built), and was operated by Case Honeywell and in 1870 sold to Chandler & Brown, who came here from Black River Falls, and who cleared the ground which is the site near where E. T. Burch’s up-to-date merchandise store now stands, and which was later moved to the rear of the post office building.  The year before, 1869, this site, together with the site where White’s Hardware Store and the Presbyterian Church now stand, and, in fact, all that section north and west was still uncleared and practically a wilderness.


Greenwood, which was given it name by Miss Mary Honeywell, now Mrs. Smith Honeywell, daughter of S.C. Honeywell, and which was sent to headquarters to be recorded by Charles Hogue, Oscar Nutting and Frank Brown, was first surveyed June 6th, 1871, when only five houses and one store (named above), was all there was to call a settlement or village.


In the Spring of this year, Homer M. Root, who was a native of Chenango Co., N.Y., and who was at that time extensively engaged in the lumber business, came to Greenwood and cleared a major portion of the property now owned by our Mayor, Hon. John Bushman, who, by hard work and the expenditure of a great deal of time and money, now owns one of the finest farming properties to be found in Clark County.


The winter of 1872-1873 was a memorable one, and one that will go down in the annals of history, on account of the hardships caused by an epidemic which attacked the horses and mules of the lumber camps early in the fall, called “Epizootic,” making them absolutely useless for a period of two weeks, and as all supplies for camps had to be transported from Black River Falls, it would be hard to say what the real hardships were, and which can only be realized by those who were here at that time.


When the “Epizootic” was at its height, the city of Chicago, which had always been black with teams, both horse and mule, was destitute of both; not a horse or mule to be seen for weeks, only ox teams could be seen on the city streets.  Matters were about to adjust themselves when small pox, of a very serious nature, broke out in camp, near Greenwood, which added to what must have been a very hard winter for settlers.


Many of our readers will no doubt remember the winter of 1877 – 78 which was called y old-timers the “Al Brown” winter, by reasons of his failure for the amount of $75,000.  Failures were numerous on account of the impassibility of the roads, an which also gave this winter the term of “mud winter.”  The road to Neillsville was impassable on account of the depth of the mud, and supplies could not be obtained from any other source until early spring.


How little do we dream, when we look out over our broad fields of cultivated farms, handsome residences and commodious barns, which have taken the place of littlie shanties, that so short a time has elapsed sin the hardy, woodsmen, with nothing but endurance, muscle and thrift to back him up, laid the foundation for such a beautiful and thriving little city as Greenwood is today.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 10/14/1909



The Brush Dam at Greenwood Park.


This old brush dam was located about one mile north of Greenwood, on the Black River, near the present Greenwood Park.  A dam, at that site, was difficult to keep in place.  The brush dam was built shortly after 1900 and went out in 1914 with the same flood that wiped out Hemlock Dam, two or three miles upstream.  O’Neill Creek had a similar brush dam under the Hewett Street Bridge in 1900-1910.



Greenwood, Wisconsin Tourist Park.


While it is our intention to give our readers a history of Greenwood in detail, it is also our intention to present to our readers, interspersed with the history, pictures and details of the present day.  We are aware that this will not interest our home readers quite so much, perhaps, as the early history, but, nevertheless, the real beauties and advantages of our present day environments must not be overlooked.


The picture presented above is a good representation of one of the beautiful spots to be found in or near our city, and shows the driveway to the park and electric power house at the dam at Black River, whose turbulent waters it is that supplies our city with the brilliant electric light, the rays of which can be seen for miles away.


Aside from this river being a power, it is also a sporting place for the man with rod and reel, and which has furnished such sport from the time the first settler cleared his little tract of land to the present day.  It was on the west side of this river that the first land was cleared, and it was not until several years later that any move was made to produce what are now known as the best farming lands and diary farms to be found in Clark County or in Central Wisconsin.


The real beauty the above picture has to be seen to be appreciated, and Greenwood is noted for many such beautiful spots, pictures of which will appear in these columns as the weeks roll along, and which present a never tiresome beauty from the time that the leaves begin to sprout to the time when the chill of winter robs them of their mantle of green.


Even the transposition of this state of beauty again has its great advantages, for it is then that the forests abound with game that it is the delight of every true sportsman to bring to the ground.  Birds of every description, rabbits and squirrels, bear and deer, the season for the latter of which opens to the sportsmen on the 11th day of November, .and even now the woods ring with the reports of the sportsmen’s guns and rifles.


Speaking of the forests and the Black River, again brings us back to early history, when the forest was not only an immense garden preserved for the sportsman, but was a means of a livelihood, in fact the only means at that time, for settlers who were all lumbermen, and the felling of mighty trees their daily toil.


In the winter of 1871-72, Black River was a scene that will never again be witnessed in this section.  That river, with its many tributaries was fill with 350,000,000 feet of lumber, and in the winter following, 1872-73, the labor in the woods had been improved upon to such an extent, and the lumbermen became so well acquainted with their duties that the output of logs increased to 8,000,000,000,000 feet of lumber, and which was the greatest output before or since in one winter.


It takes a great deal of imaginative power to think that this beautiful river, whose waters flow serenely on through the winter months nowadays beneath a shield of crystal ice and snow, once carried away the timber that stood in majestic beauty and grandeur, where now stands such a beautiful and thriving city, in addition to the thousands of acres of grassland and productive farms.


Source : Greenwood Gleaner 10/21/1909



First Shoe Shop in Greenwood, Wisconsin.



Elias Peterson.


Again taking up the old residents of Greenwood, we go back to the year 1871, when Elias Peterson came to Greenwood from Neillsville and built the house pictured above, in which he lived with his family and plied the trade of cobbler.


Elias Peterson is number among the few of our oldest settlers.  He was born in Norway in 1833, coming to America and Neillsville the 17th of June, 1870, where he worked at the shoemaker’s trade until the 9th of November, 1871, when he moved to Greenwood and built the house pictured above, and in which he successfully carried on his trade until 1878, when the building was burned to the ground.


This building stood on the east side of Main Street and occupied the site where the building now occupied by the Common Council now stands, and which is also the residence of Mr. Peterson and Mr. Amundson.


What a comparison it is to look at the picture above and notice the high board fence with the old fashioned swing gates, an unkempt, rough and stony roadway for Main Street and a narrow boardwalk, which at that time, was to be seen in a very few place only, to the present day, when our sidewalks are good and wide, the most of them either of cement or flagstone, our wide, graded Main Street with it curbs and sluice ways, beautiful shade trees and well kept lawns.


The second store to be built in Greenwood was built in 1872, by A. S. Eaton, a brother-in-law of Frank Brown, and who conducted a general hardware business, and is the store now owned by Rossman Steiger Co., who have remodeled the old building and are now considered one of the most prosperous business firms in our city, and who carry a large line of up-to-date merchandise of every description, besides a large and staple line of fancy groceries.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 10/28/1909



The Home of Dr. Hale W. Hunt on North Andrew's Avenue.

One of Greenwood's Pioneer residents and businessmen.


Owing to the illness of the editor during the past week we are obliged to omit our usual installment of the history of Greenwood for this issue.  However, we are glad to print below a letter from a former Greenwood resident, which bears upon many of the events in Greenwood history.  We are glad of the corrections Bert L. Bailey has made and hope the rest of the old settlers will lend their aid as readily in searching out the facts of this valuable and interesting history.




Portland, Ore., Oct. 13, 1909


Editor Gleaner: I want to congratulate you, and the town, on the many evidences of zeal and industry revealed in the paper’s columns of late.  You are certainly doing your part towards getting out the best local paper I’ve seen for many a day.  I don’t know how it looks at close range, but from a distance of some two thousand miles, it doe look good.  It seems to me, that for county news generally you are doing very well, while your “features,” if I may cal them such must be appreciated by all your readers.  Your “Clark County Land Transfers” must carry interesting intelligence in every issue to most of your readers.


Your “Editorial Comments” has but one marked fault – brevity,  That is the part of the paper which especially helps the reader to see men and events as “Others see” them, and so long as you philosophize on subjects worthy of discussion, you are doing no insignificant work as an educator.


Your “Retrospect,” to, is a good idea, in my estimation.  In my own case, it seems like a chat with an old friend, to read lightly, as the friend, perhaps now dead, would have spoken lightly, of some trifling occurrence, many of the gems of humor of those other days are not recorded in the back numbers of the Gleaner.  Many a good laugh have I had in recent years, in recalling funny incidents that occurred in the days not “be fo’ de wah,” but before the Gleaner had commenced to record passing events.  One such is “exciting my risible as I think of it now – the time when Pete Klein wanted to sell his hogs to Chris Wollenberg.  “Are they fat?” asked the lean butcher.  “Fat, of course they’re fat!” answered Pete.  “The I don’t want ‘em,” retorted Chris.  The laugh come in over Peter’s attempt to correct the tactical error he at once saw that he had made in describing his hogs as “fat,” when probably at the time Chris was carrying an overstock of lard, which he could not sell at any reasonable price (certainly not for the 16 cents a pound at which it goes now, in Portland at least).  Pete’s last word, according to the story as it was told, was “Oh, they ain’t so AWFULLY fat!”


If my recollection serves me, the italicized word is not just the word Pete used.  If it isn’t, Chris could probably supply the right one, and confidentially, that word, in that connection, was so absurdly a misfit that it was a barrel of fun in itself.


Now, Mr. Editor, while this yarn is essentially retrospective, I don’t think it was ever in the Gleaner, or heard of by the majority of its present readers.  Don’t you think you could hit the fancy of your clientele, by broadening that department, so that good stories of those departed days could once again be dressed in the fanciful habiliments of yore, paraded for our mutual enjoyment, and then be laid carefully away, embalmed in the files of the Gleaner?


In speaking of these through “features” of the Gleaner, I have left to the last the one which, in my opinion, is that one, and that only, which moved me to “take my pen in hand,” as I picked up the last Gleaner, on arriving at home after my daily stint of work today.  What I have said heretofore, was written in full sincerity, but I hardly think I would have taken the trouble to compliment you about it, as I have, but for the irresistible impulse to give you what encouragement I could, in your “History of Greenwood” feature.


So far as I know, no work of equal value or interest to the rising and to future generations of Greenwood citizens, in a literary way, was ever before undertaken there.  Who, that has called the old town “home,’ but will turn eagerly to its columns, looking for familiar facts, and the equally familiar faces of our old neighbors, the actors, which our memories have so carefully stored away? The facts may not have impressed us as pleasant at the time, or the faces as dear, yet the golden glow of the long ago, tints and mellows everything of that day, now surely, in that view, it was all good, for weren’t they the Good Old Times?


As it happened, the very week that your issue referring to the origin of the name of the Town of Eaton reached me, my mother and I had as a guest the only surviving member of the family of “Lige” Eaton, his step-daughter, now and for 25 years past Mrs. Joseph Allen, but best known as old times on Black River as “Cad Clark.”  As may be imagined, we had a great gabfest.  In the interest of historical accuracy I asked  her many questions concerning things she had intimate knowledge of.  Several statements in your history suggested the need of proof-reading by a contemporary , and the thought occurred to both Mrs. Allen and myself.  What a pity that Bob Schofield couldn’t be interested as assistant Historical Editor!  I have rather expected to read corrections of several inaccuracies in your articles, which, so far as I have noted, stand uncorrected yet.


For one thing, the town of Eaton was not named for the two Eatons, “Elijah and Frederick,” but for the pioneer, Elijah, who was, to the people of his day, just plain “Lige Eaton.”  There was no “Frederick” Eaton.  I never saw Lige Eaton, since he died before my parents took me, a four-year-old, to Greenwood.  But the Eaton you mistakenly called “Frederick” (Alfred S. Eaton, for year past a resident of West Superior), was well know by all old timers to be no relation to Elijah Eaton.


Just another word: you speak in the last copy before me of “Eaton Brother’s mill, and taken in connection with other references to the pioneer “Eatons,” a reader unfamiliar with the facts would assume that Elijah and “Frederick” constituted the “firm” of Eaton Brothers.


If there ever was such a co-partnership there, I never heard of it.  While you “Frederick Eaton” was a myth, Elijah had a brother, and he might have had some interest in the mill, though I don’t believe that he did.  His name was “John,” and I remember him well, since he outlived Lige ten years or more.


Now don’t let the idea creep into your history that John Eaton, the brother of Lige, was the John A. Eaton for whom the Greenwood G.A.R. Post was named – for the latter was a brother of A. S. Eaton, and fell in the Civil War.


Alas! For a proof-reader who knew them all!  Are we to recognized the familiar “Uncle John” Bowerman in the “Mr. Baumann” you list as one of “four more settlers?”  And why have you left out of your list “Uncle George” Andrews, whose “old” shop on the east side of the tote-road – there was not “street” then, -- was surely there at that time?


Go on with the good work Mr. Editor, but do try to secure the cooperation of some old-timers as mentor and proof-reader.


With best wishes, and greetings to all old friends, I remain,


   Your Truly,


      Bert L. Bailey


Sub-rosa – The missing adjective used by Pete Klein, according to the story, was “Jesusly” surely as grotesque a misuse of the word as could be conceived.  Chris did not tell me this story.  I don’t even know who did, and he may have forgotten it, but I hope not, it would spoil its flavor.



This building was originally built and owned by Abner Bailey (Father of Bert).



Source: Greenwood Gleaner 11/04/1909



With this issue of the GLEANER, we take pleasure in presenting the splendid view of one of the many prosperous industries in our city, and which is known as the Greenwood Heading and Lumber Co.


This industry, while only in its ninth year, being built in the spring of 1900, is now one of the most progressive concerns in the city.  It was built by Kippenhan and Palms and was first put in operation in June 1900, and the following year Mr. Palms sold his interest to Chris Kippenhan, and the mill was then known until 1905, as the Kippenhan Heading Mill, and which suffered a great loss by fire on Monday, June 11, 1904.


Shortly after one o’clock on this day, smoke was discovered issuing from the dry kiln which was full of heading being dried for finishing, and in spite of the heroic work of firemen and volunteers, and assistance from Loyal, the flames devoured the property to the value of $10,000 to $15,000 with no insurance.  Shortly after the fire, he built a new dry kiln, but the loss was such a heavy one that he could not regain his footing, even though generous subscriptions were given by our citizens, and in February 1905, the business went into the hands of a receiver, and by whom the business was conducted for the benefit of its creditors until January 10, 1906, when a company composed of John Shanks as President; E. Bowen, Secretary and Treasurer; Thomas Fahey, Director, and W.H. Palms, Manager, organized and were incorporated under the title of the “Greenwood Heading and Lumber Co.”


In the spring of 1906, this company bought the saw mill of Mr. Kippenhan, which stood on the bank of the Black River, west of town, moving the machinery to the present site and putting up a new building for the same.


The principal industry of this mill is the manufacture of barrel heading, and from which it derives its name.  The company does a general retail lumber business, besides making window and door frames, and handling sash, door and all kinds of interior finishing, also do custom sawing.


Greenwood has many industries and while not like the one pictured above, they are ones of which we can well be proud, description of which will appear in due time.


Source : Greenwood Gleaner 11/11/1909



In our last chapter of the history of Greenwood, we left off with the second store to be built in our city, and with this issue we present above a good picture of the third store to be built in our city, and which was built and operated by John Brown of Melvina, Monroe Co., Wis., who came there and built the store in the fall of 1873, and which was then only a small building 28 ft. deep with a 20 foot frontage and only one story high.  He carried a line of groceries, crockery, etc. and in 1875 he took Henry William Hunt* into partnership with him, and this firm conducted the business, marking extensive improvements in 1876, when an addition of twenty feet was added to the store and the old front torn out and a new one put in by Abner Woodman Bailey.  This made the store 28 feet long, and on account of the increase in business and new people locating here, the firm added boots and shoes to their stock, besides increasing their stock in other lines.


In 1885 Mr. Hunt bought out Mr. Brown and for awhile conducted the business alone, but soon took his son Clarence into partnership with him.  In 1888 Mr. Hunt added thirty feet more to his store, building a second story for living apartments, and putting in a line of farming implements in addition to his other stock, and in 1905 he sold out his mercantile business to Arends & Steffen, but continued the handling of farming implements, wagons, etc., and is now conducting a successful business in the building pictured above.


Mr. Hunt was born Nov. 5, 1853, in Grant County, Wis., and besides being a successful merchant, has served the village and city in an official capacity in nearly every office.


*In Jefferson, Monroe Co., Wisconsin John Brown was also a grocer and a neighbor and friend to the family of Charles A. Hunt who manufactured flour.  Henry William was the son of Charles A. and Amanda Melvina (Ray) Hunt.



Henry Johnson (1853 - 1924)


Above we give another picture of one of our old settlers, Mr. Henry Johnson, who was born in Norway in 1853 and came to this country in 1866, but did not locate at this place until five years later.  (In 1880, Henry Johnson was single and living in the home of Abner Woodman & Julia Bailey.  Abner was an undertaker who had moved to Greenwood from Black River Falls, Jackson Co., Wis.)


Mr. Johnson was an ordinary day laborer up to the year 1884, when he learned the barber trade and purchased the barber and confectionery business of Louis O’Pfaff and had his shop and store on the site where the Carter Millinery store now stands.  In 1866 he built a car, and for nine months operated a traveling tonsorial parlor.  It used to be a frequent occurrence for “Hank” to lock up his shop in the north part of the town, and in the morning find that his shop had traveled in some mysterious manner through the night to some other part of town.


In 1888-89 he was editor of the Greenwood Headlight, a weekly paper that was published at Neillsville, and which was in existence only about two years (it quietly expired after the first of the year, 1889).


For about two and one-half years he occupied the building where the restaurant now stands, when he moved into the building which he now occupies.  He gave up the confectionery business about eight years ago and has since given his time to the successful conducting of his barber business, and is one of our oldest and most successful men.


(Another correction – Some time ago we made a statement that the first store in Greenwood was built by Chandler & Brown.  This is an error, as the first store to be opened and operated was built by Case Honeywell in 1869 and was sold by him to Chandler & Brown.  The building stood where the Catholic Parsonage is now being built, and was demolished some time ago.)


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 11/18/1909



Greenwood Creamery, Greenwood, Wisconsin


Devoting this space again to industries in out city, we take pleasure in presenting this week the Greenwood Creamery, another one of our most prosperous and successful industries.


The above building was erected by N.C. Foster in the summer of 1901, for Carl Grashorn, who operated the creamery on a small scale until 1904, when he sold an interest in the business to A. F. Falk.  In 1906 this partnership dissolved, Mr. Grashorn again taking full possession, or until Sept. 1, 1908, when the Eau Claire Creamery Co. leased the plant from Mr. Grashorn for a period of one year, and this season proved to be so prosperous and the outlook for more extensive business so promising, that on June 1, 1909, the company purchased the plant of Mr. Grashorn, and during the past summer have done an enormous business.


This company the past summer has spent several hundreds of dollars in extensive improvements to their plant, thus preparing for the growing business which increases every years in propensity.  Among the noteworthy improvements they have made to the plant, is the building of a sewer system to the creek, putting in new cement floors throughout in the place of the old wooden ones; a cement driveway for the handling of milk from wagon to platform under shelter; new ice house; coal and fuel house; what was formerly the old ice house has been turned into a storage room and refrigerator; engine taken out of boiler room and put in churn room; new stack and chimney; hot and cold water all through the plant, and a new office and testing room built.


The Greenwood Creamery is an industry of which we can well be proud, as it is one of the cleanest and best institutions of its kind to be found in the state of Wisconsin.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 11/25/1909



The Home of Elias Peterson


During our illness we received a letter from Bert L. Bailey which we published, and in which he inferred that the old settlers would be pleased to hear old stories and reminiscences connected with the earlier days, and as one of these stories (and it is a good one) was unconsciously given to us, we take the liberty of giving it to our readers and likewise take our chances of the advent into our sanction of the proverbial “man with the horsewhip looking for the poor editor.”


A good many years ago, when there were many more boys than girls in the very small village of Greenwood, it was not an uncommon thing for a young lady to give a portion of her time, especially for pleasure, to others, and it so happened that the “best fellow” of a fair and charming damsel had been visited by the death of a distant relative and did not feel as though it would be proper to go to a dance that was coming off within a few days, but the young lady did not see why she should not go, so unbeknown to her “steady,” she promised another young man to go with him.  At last the looked for night arrived, and with it the “steady,” who had made up his mind, seeing that he could not go to the dance, to spend the evening with his lady love.


This was very kind of him and was greatly appreciated(?) by Miss ---, who, as the hours gilded silently by, began to wish all kinds of good things would happen to him that would cause his departure to other scenes, etc.


Meanwhile, the young man who was going to take her to the dance, was parading up and down by the house, and the curtain being raised, could see that he was forestalled, and after first a dance and then an intermission to see if the coast was yet clear, he began to rack his brain for some kind of a strategy to overwhelm the enemy, and suddenly he had an idea which he proceeded to put to work.


Now the “steady” was a store-keeper or clerk, or something of that description, and if he could only get him to the store, the day, or rather nigh, would be saved.  To do that he must have an accomplice, so he engaged the services of a friend, but it so happened that the friend or accomplice, was so well known to the “steady,” so honest, and knew the store so well, that when he asked him to go to the store with him and get him what he wanted, how the fair damsel’s heart sank with dismay and chagrin as she watched the “steady” coolly and calmly give him the key to the store with the remark, “Here is the key say, Jack, go help yourself, you know where it is a s well as I do.”


“oh! Consistency, thou art a jewel.” Did she go to the dance?  Well not that evening.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/02/1909



Hewed-Log Cabin Built By John Dwyer In 1863


Above we present to our readers a picture of the pioneer home of Mr. Harrison Mead, more familiarly known as “Harry.”


He was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., Nov. 19, 1833, and came with his parents to Jefferson Co., Wis., in 1845.  He was married in 1861 and in 1865 came to Clark County and erected a homestead in the town of Warner, six miles north of Greenwood.


Mr. Mead was one of the first settlers in Greenwood, there being only two others besides himself, Carpenter and Honeywell, who were settled where the city now stands.


The log cabin pictured above was built in the summer of 1863 by John Dwyer and for many years stood where the little grove of pine trees now stands on the Bushman place.  It was built entirely of hewn logs and was a most substantial structure.  In the fall of 1863 Mr. Dwyer sold the property to a Mr. Lambert, who, on Sept. 15, 1863, leased the property to Harry Mead, where he lived until April of the following year, when he moved back to his homestead, now known as the Schoenwetter farm, six miles north of Greenwood.  Mr. Lambert sold this property to John Bigger, who in turn sold it to Wm. Armstrong, who sold it to James Bryden.  Mr. Bryden tore down the log house and put up a fine frame building, and later sold it to Wm. Johnston.  Mr. Johnston sold the place to C. H. Estebrooks, who sold it to Henry Lang, who disposed of the property to John Bushman, the present owner and mayor of Greenwood.


In those days there was no turnpike or road between Greenwood and Neillsville; nothing but forest and a narrow foot trail, and it was during this time that the endurance of many of our earlier settlers was taxed to the utmost limit, and it would be almost impossible for the present generation, or the larger portion of it, to withstand, or who could or would undertake the trials and duties performed by our forefathers.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/09/1909



Greenwood Roller Mill

Erected by N. C. Foster Lumber Company, 1899-1900


The Greenwood Roller Mill is another one of our city’s most progressive industries, and has been the direct cause of bringing much more trade to our city than might otherwise have come here, had we not possessed an up-to-date and progressive roller mill.


The erection of the above building was started in the fall of 1899 and was finished in the spring of 1900, and was built by the N.C. Foster Lumber Company, who conducted the business, with F. W. Shrimpton as manager, until 1902, when it was incorporated under the title of the Greenwood Roller Mill Co., with N.C. foster as President; G.A. Foster, Secretary and Treasurer, and Franklin W. Shrimpton, Business Manager, and under which title the business is now successfully conducted.


This mill undoubtedly does a larger and more extensive business than any mill in the county, being extensive buyers and shippers of all kinds of grain, besides marking wheat, buckwheat, rye and graham flour, and also doing an enormous custom grinding business.


It is equipped with five double roll stands and three pair of feed rolls, all of which is operated by a sixty-five horsepower steam engine, and which is in continuous operation the year around.


The interior of the mill is usually cleanly, and as such, appeals to customers and visitors alike.  The mill is widely known all over Clark County and its reputation is becoming more widely known with each passing year.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/16/1909




The Bank Building and the Post Office

Main St., Greenwood, Wis. (1915)



Another evidence of Greenwood’s prosperity lies in the fact that we have one of the finest banking institutions to be found in the state for a city of our size.  It was founded in 1891 and its present officers are: President, E. W. Bowen; Vice-President, John Shanks; Cashier, E. F. Wollenberg; Asst. Cashier, F. L. Norris.


Mr. A.S. Armstrong immigrated to Greenwood in the year 1876 and worked at different occupations, including farming, until April 1905, when he purchased the livery business of Chris Brick, retaining those quarters that are now known as the Buker barn, until 1907, when he purchased the present commodious quarters (pictured above) from John Shanks.


Mr. Armstrong is one of our prosperous and up-to-date businessmen, and he believes in progressing wit the time. In addition to a first class livery, Mr. Armstrong installed a large new touring car last summer which is at the public’s service.



Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/23/1909



Store of Egbert "Edward" T. Burch on Main Street


The handsome and well equipped store of "Ed" T. Burch on Main Street, pictured above, was erected in 1895 by the Greenwood Mercantile and Manufacture Co. with S. P. Jones, F. M. Taylor and E. T. Burch as its officers, and who conducted a general mercantile building until 1902, when its present owner, E. T. Burch, bought out the interests of the parties concerned, taking full possession, and has since conducted a most thriving and praiseworthy business and is one of our most prosperous and respected merchants.


(Picture of Mrs. Frank (Olive Frances) Pfiefer--contact us if you can provide one)



Olive Frances (Carpenter) Pfiefer


Mrs. Frank Pfiefer (Olive Frances Carpenter), whose picture we herewith present to our readers with  his issue of the Gleaner, has the distinction of claiming to be the first child born to American parents in what is now called the city of Greenwood.


Francis Carpenter came into the rude shanty of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Carpenter, July 30, 1857, and married Frank Pfiefer, who was reputed to be one of the finest sausage makers and meat carvers that ever tan a market in Greenwood.


Mr. and Mrs. Pfiefer moved to Shell Lake on the 8th day of July 1904, where they now reside.


Charles Carpenter, father of Mrs. Pfiefer, besides being the first settler in Greenwood proper, was also the first person to venture into the newspaper business in this place.  He established the Greenwood Gazette Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1873, which was published semi-monthly, but here was not then enough business and it was later discontinued.  The business places then advertising were: S.C. Honeywell, dealer in dry goods, groceries, clothing, drugs, paints and oils, lumber and shingles; Robert Graves, manufacturer of household furniture and repairing; G. C. Andrews, blacksmith; Elias Peterson, maker of boots and shoes; Samuel green, manufacturer of shooting irons and operator of a turn lathe; Joseph Pounder, who ran the Greenwood Restaurant and dealt in confectionery, groceries and canned fruits, and Philip Ramminger, wagon manufacturer.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 12/30/1909


Arthur M. White's Hardware & Odd Fellows Hall


The handsome brick building pictured above was erected jointly in 1891 by Hercules Lodge, No. 181 I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows), and Mr. A.M. White, the former building the upper and the latter the lower story, which is a hardware store.  April 23, 1894, Mr. John Bryden bought an interest in the store, but in 1896 sold his interest to Mr. White, who has since conducted a most successful hardware business, who is one of our most prosperous and respected businessmen.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 01/06/1910



Arthur M. and Lillian White



Carl C. Hoehne's Hardware Store



Carl C. Hoehne's Hardware interior, early 1900's


Storage Building


Mr. Carl C. Hoehne is another one of our most successful businessmen, doing, besides a large hardware business, a big trade in engines and all kinds of machinery and farming implements.  The store is a handsome brick structure, two stories high, the upper story being made into pretty living rooms, with all modern conveniences, and which is occupied by Mr. Hoehne and his family.


Source: Greenwood Gleaner 01/13/1910



Residence of Allen Smith Armstrong

(contact us if you can supply a better photo)


Mr. A. S. Armstrong immigrated to Greenwood in the year 1876 and worked at different occupations, including farming, until April 1905, when he purchased the livery business of Chris Brick, retaining those quarters that are now known as the Buker barn, until 1907, when he purchased the present commodious quarters (pictured above) from John Shanks.


Mr. Armstrong is one of our prosperous and up-to-date businessmen, and believes in progressing with the times.  In addition to a first-class livery, Mr. Armstrong installed a large new touring car last summer which is at the public service.


Brief Retrospect was one of the columns initiated by Max C. Baldwin for Greenwood Gleaner when he became editor of the paper July 29, 1909.  Unfortunately, his association with the publication ended June 2, 1910 and his "Retrospect" column entirely too brief for those of us who appreciate the same love for history.  Following are some of the pieces he provided for his readers.


August 5, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John Shanks built an addition to his hotel;  Four carloads of freight were received at the R.R. Station on Monday;  The foundation for Dr. G. L. Buland's store was completed;  A good many citizens went to the Eau Claire river for blueberries; A consignment of planking for new sidewalks was received; The Ladies' Aid of the Baptist met at the home of Mrs. Cornick on Friday; The Darktown Comedy Co. held fort at Shank's hall Monday and Tuesday nights and gave a very creditable performance; G.O. Setler received a carload of lime and 3 of brick on Monday for the new bank building;  Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Begley gave them a pleasant surprise in honor of their tenth wedding anniversary.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mrs. W. H. Mead had a stone foundation put under her home on Harrison St.;  D. Justice and wife went to Sparta to attend a party given for his mother in honor of her 80th birthday; Forest fires stopped railroad traffic to Greenwood from the east for almost a week; The Ladies' Aid Society of the M.E. Church gave a supper and served ice cream at the parsonage Friday evening; Rev. I. R. Brown held morning and evening services in Shank's hall on Sunday; Forest fires  completely wiped out the city of Phillips, the county seat of Price County on Friday night, July 27, 1894 and hundreds were left in destitute circumstances.  Supplies of every description were shipped to them from all parts of the county.  On Tuesday night following, a heavy and much needed rain helped to put out the fires and cool the atmosphere;  James Bryden received a telegram Sunday morning from his brother at Phillips stating that his brother's wife and child were drowned in the lake while trying to escape the ravages of the fire that destroyed that city on Friday night.  A later telegram stated that Mr. Bryden's wife and two children were drowned instead of wife and one child;  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Woodkey lost their 5 week's old baby Sunday, July 20, 1894;  At a late hour on the evening of July 21, 1894, the northern bridge over the Black river at Black River Falls went down with a traction engine, killing a team of horses and badly injuring 3 men; A number of the ladies of this city enjoyed an outing and picnic at Longwood.  It is stated that the picnic lacked the spice of the male sex to make it a complete success;  The people were badly frightened Friday night over fires that had been started on the south side of Rock Creek to burn out some stumps.  The fire got across the creek and into the woods east of Kippenhan's.  The timely assistance of citizens with pails soon got the fire under control.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Attorney P.E. Peterson, H. W. Bryden and F. M Carter represented Greenwood at the county capitol on Wednesday;  H. W. Hunt painted his store;  The Woodman Dramatic Co. played "The Woodman Soldier" at the Woodman Hall Saturday evening;  a healthy girl (Laura Mina b. July 30, 1899, wife of Karl Laube) was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abel on the West Side Sunday evening;  W. H. Palms build some new steps at the schoolhouse;  The carpenter work on the Wollenberg building was started under the direction of S. H. Butcher and B. L. Bailey.


Main Street Greenwood, 1909 ca.

(click on the photos to enlarge them)


The red brick building was built in 1899 by Christian Wollenberg.  It was later sold and fashioned into the Central Hotel which was eventually purchased by the Howard's and renamed, "The Howard Hotel".  Today (nearly 100 years later), it is still standing and houses the Standiford Insurance on the ground floor and the upper floor is divided into rental units.  The City Drug Store (to the far right) was owned by Peter W. Gullord.


The reverse of this postcard is addressed to Roxie Smith, Marathon, New York and mailed by Rufus E. Thuirg from Greenwood, Wisconsin, Nov. 2, 1912.

Dear Friend,

Recd your postal few days ago. Many thank for your Photo. I will have min taken soon then I will send one to you. I was to a halloween Party last night had a fine tie. Well write soon.

From Same as b/4, Rufus E. Thuirg.


August 26, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The teachers' institute opened up one of the most successful weeks ever held in Clark County, about 70 being enrolled.  The institute was under the direction of W. E. Morrison and W. L. Terry, assisted by County Supt. Geo. E. Crothers, and on Thursday evening a large audience listened to Dr. J. W. Stearns of the State University at the M.E. Church;  Joe Mack was digging a well for Rev. Hendren;  The Y's gave an entertainment to a large and enthusiastic audience; The old barn and shed on the corner of Main and Mills streets were removed and greatly improved the appearance of the street.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A bevy of young ladies who attended the institute brought their tent and camped out near the Black River bridge;  A. L. Peterson split three fingers of his left hand on a shingle saw Monday;  The residence of Geo. Harlow in the first ward caught fire around the chimney, but was discovered and put out before much damage was done;  The young people had a good time at a lawn party given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schofield.  The lawn was illuminated with torches and Japanese lanterns.;  Teachers' examinations were taking place Friday and Saturday afternoon.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Oscar C. Fricke was confined to his house by a partial sunstroke received while loading excelsior bolts;  Dr. Churchill reported a nine pound girl born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Leone) Drinkwine, Friday, Aug. 25;  The post office was provided with a neat bulletin board five feet high and two feet wide;  Stage Driver, Paschal Wallis, purchased a dandy new wagon for his mail and stage route;  At a special meeting of the school board Thursday evening, the board were authorized to grade up the school ground and the work started at once;  The ground for the new grist mill of the N.C. Foster Lumber co. was staked out Saturday.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The Greenwood ball team done themselves proud at Fairchild carnival, winning three straight games;  Eugene Cummings improved the North Side Hotel by giving it a coat of paint;  David Shanks was appointed fire warden;  Fred H. Pfunder had a ginseng plant six years old and well seeded out and was on display in his store window.  He purchased the plant from Emanuel J. Lewis;  Over thirty persons were present at a party given by Mr. and Mrs. O. A. (Barbara) Prellwitz on Saturday evening;  Lightning struck the barns of L.L. Beach one mile this side of Loyal Saturday evening, destroying four buildings, ninety tons of hay, grain in a stack and some chickens and a calf.


September 2, 1909


The Greenwood Cornet Band 15 Years Ago (actually - 1894)




1.Ray Stevens, 2.Leonard "Lennie" Shanks, 3.Henry Wollenberg, 4.Ed Wollenberg, 5.John Judge (bandmaster), 6.Ed Hirsch, 7.Anson Dewey, 8.Roland "Patsy" Johnston, 9.Hugh Meek, 10.William "Bill" Smith (drums), 11.Lynn H. Miller, 12.Smith H. Miller, 13.Hixon Mead, 14.Valentine Volk, 15.Fred Justice, 16.Lee Palmer, 17.Bennie Johnson, 18.Arch Stewart, 19.Fred Oelig, 20.Claude Carter, 21.Dave Stewart, 22.Jack Syth, 23.Herb White, 24.Charlie Tripp.
*This photo was taken at the Ed Burch home and Edna Burch can be seen peeking over the porch railing behind #8.
Courtesy of Patricia A. Kay, from the collection of her grandfather, Smith Honeywell Miller.


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A company composed of W. A. Pounder, Anton Larson, Vic. Hendrickson and Andrew Peterson, organized for the purpose of carrying on a general meat market business and opened their market in the Pfiefer building;  Heavy rains raised the water in Black River to such an extent that a drive of logs was in progress, which cleaned the river entirely of logs;  The plastering of the new bank building was completed;  Carpenters began work on the Presbyterian Church.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Rock Creek could this week be crossed by the new bridge;  Fred Arndt sold his farm to John Stewart;  A new sidewalk was being laid on Second Street east, toward the cemetery;  John McMahon fell from his wagon Wednesday from which he received some severe bruises;  The Masons moved their paraphernalia from the old lodge room over the bank into Begley's hall on Wednesday;  W.H. Begley slipped and fell Saturday morning, dislocating his right shoulder;  A colony of ten or twelve settled near the dam on the south fork of the Eau Claire River in the towns of Easton and Warner;  Two young ladies, just at dusk, kicked a poor cat off the sidewalk, but it happened to be a polecat, and they had to go home and change their clothes;  Fred Rossow of Beaver was accidentally shot by his companion, Grant Welsh, who mistook him for deer.  The shot shattered the left arm and entered his side.  He was in a serious condition, but recovered from the effects of the wounds.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- A literary society was organized at the high school with Mabel Bishop as chairman, Olive Rand and Will Miller, committee, and the following officers elected: Mabel Rossman, President, Bessie Warner, Secretary, Smith Miller, treasurer, Day Turney, Sergeant-at-arms;  Geo. H. Palms improved his residence by building a new porch and putting on a coat of paint;  Joseph Chase of Christie sustained a comminuted fracture of the left leg and was operated upon by Drs. Frank and John Conroy; Chauncy Fowler was operated upon for appendicitis at Neillsville by Drs. Frank and John Conroy and Dr. Lacey;  The Big Store opening was a complete success, visitors coming from miles to admire the new store and take advantage of the bargains; The five-year-old son of Iver Hembre fell on Saturday and received a fracture cranium;  W.C. Brooks received a high bred Shrofshire ram on Saturday from Illinois;  Mrs. Joseph Gibson gave a dinner party on Sunday in honor of Mrs. H.M. Weston and daughter, and Chas. T. Kennedy's mother;  A quilting party was held at Mrs. A.M. White's in honor of Grandma Sperbeck, the piecing of which was done entirely by her while she was blind and at the age of 88 years;  John Lowver brought the carcass of a bear into town, which he had shot in northern Clark County, which weighed 276 pounds.  It was shipped to Chicago.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Aikens, Sheets and Clute killed a young bear near the Eau Claire river;  Rev. Elmer Heywood of Chicago occupied the Baptist pulpit on Sunday;  The Beaver Queens gave a farewell reception on Thursday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Chas. Steenberg, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Cook at Ebbew Vale;  Fire destroyed the large barn of L.E. Stowe at Beaver Wednesday forenoon, together with 20 tons of hay, and many farming implements;  The Lady Maccabbees gave a reception Friday evening at the home of Mrs. J.E. Noyes in honor of Mesdames R.O. Mason and John Mathison, who were about to leave for their new home in Alberta.


 September 9, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The brick work upon the bank building was completed Tuesday;  C.D. Williamson started the erection of an 18 x 26 two story house on lots he purchased in the Eaton addition;  The Arkansaw traveler left Monday morning;  Justice and Hartson had their store building raised;  Jack Bryden sold his 60 acre farm on Tuesday to J. Schmalz;  Over $1600 was expended in this year (1891) for new sidewalks;  J.C. Miller started to build on Monday a new dwelling house 18 x 26 with a 16 x 22 wing;  Ground was broken Wednesday for the new I.O.O.F. hall and A.M. White's hardware store;  C. Stockwell platted about 25 acres of ground Tuesday for C.J. Miller, in the northwester part of the city;  The foundation for the Presbyterian Church was completed.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The Rock Creek bridge arrived on Wednesday and was soon in the course of erection;  The Wisconsin Central had a big force of men ditching the big cut and raising the grade at Rock Creek three feet;  Greenwood defeated Loyal Sunday by a score of 25 to 10;  Saturday and Sunday Sept. 1st and 2nd, 1894, was a day of disasters for the near vicinity of Greenwood, the following losses being recorded from forest fires -- Citizens worked until midnight to save the buildings of Morris Anderson, across the river, and the planing mill, change of wind was all that saved Greenwood from destruction.  Widow Stange, town of Beaver, lost residence, barn, grain and hay.  Barn and crops on the Dutcher farm totally destroyed.  Buildings on Coleman's farm west of Longwood and all crops burned.  At Thorp three sets of dry kilns and office belonging to J.W. Cirkle & Son were destroyed.  Loss, $8,000, as was also the residence of Melvin Nye.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The curfew rang a eight o'clock;  John Drummond expects to leave in a few days for Greenwood, where he has a position of manager of the grocery and a new department store to be opened by the Foster Lumber Co. and others.  Should everything prove satisfactory and agreeable he will move his family next spring  (Necedah Republican).  Everything must be satisfactory, for John's genial smile can still be seen at the old stand at the big store;  Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Decker were the recipients of a bright baby girl on Saturday evening;  The little 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbell underwent a serious operation for osleo-myelitis of the tibia;  Mrs. M. Martin had a curious apple tree, part of which was in full blossom while the other part was bearing fruit;  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Soefker lost their son Henry from an attack of meningitis.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Allds on Monday;  An egg measuring 6 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches in circumference, laid by a cochin hen, was left on exhibition at this office by J.A. Sheets;  W.H. Cassell preached his farewell sermon Sunday evening;  Lorenzo Converse who worked for livery men O.C. Behrens, accidentally discharged a 38 caliber revolver Friday forenoon, the shot taking effect in his forehead and from which he died about three hours later.



September 16, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Rev. E.A. Pettingill resigned from ministerial duties and preached his farewell sermon on Sunday;  John Drinkwine brought the carcass of a black bear, weighing 200 pounds, into town on Monday, Justice & Hartson purchased the same and shipped it to Milwaukee;  The most disastrous electric storm that ever visited Greenwood occurred on Monday.  The worst fatality of the lightning's work was at the home of D.E. Bailey, who was struck while at work planing lumber for the manufacture of tables, and instantly killed.  John Vine had a very narrow escape from being struck, but lost one horse.  On the north Coleman's barn was struck and burned, together with 40 tons of hay.  West of the river the house of Fred Decker was struck, the barn of Mr. Mabi south of town, considerable damage was done at Loyal and burned out the instruments in the telephone office here.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Hans Hendrickson was having a well dug at his residence;  Elmer Rossman was seriously ill at his home;  Murray Irish of Hixon bought the Cornick place on East Third Street;  A young man by the name of Crookston had his right hand badly cut on a jointer saw at the shingle mill;  T.R. Begley built a new woodshed and summer kitchen;  W.H. Begley raised the south wing of his hotel one story, adding eight rooms to the capacity of the house;  F.W. Smith took fourth place at the bicycle meet at Marshfield in the three-minute race, and Lin Miller in the boys' race;  Mrs. Buland was awarded first price and Mrs. Mary Parker second prize in the old ladies' contest.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The first frost fell on Tuesday night; H. W. Bryden began work at bookkeeping for the Big Store Monday;  The Begley property was sold at auction on Monday, being bidden in by the Withee estate for $4,485, except ten acres bid in by Wm. Youngs and the lot next to Elias Peterson's place, which was bid in by Mrs. E. J. Carpenter;  J.A. Jacobson of Chicago arrived this week to take charge of the dry goods department at the Big Store which opens the first week in October;  W.H. Palms purchased the Eaton house and lot for a consideration of $1600;  The Greenwood shoe factory started up with a force of twelve employees;  Crocker Street from Begley Street to Schofield Avenue was completed, the work being done by Oliver Newton;  The four-year-old son of A. A. Barber of Christie choked to death on a watermelon seed.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Joseph L. Barber died suddenly on Friday afternoon of heart trouble at the age of 77 years;  Frank Abel has his large new residence nearly completed;  The band stand was completed this week;  Daniel Timerson and Anna Alton of the town of York were married and started to keeping house two miles south of town;  Mrs. W.H. Palms was surprised by about thirty Beaver Queens and friends, all of whom were well loaded with good things to eat and valuable and useful presents as well.  an elegant supper was served on the lawn and Mrs. Palms was honored with a white cake on which were the words, "Most Worthy Queen.";  Evergreen Lodge No. 1462, was organized on Monday evening by Deputy E. S. Howe, twenty-one members being present.


September 23, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Rev. James Jefferson was returned to the church here for another year by the M.E. Conference;  Hunters were reaping a harvest of partridges as soon as the season was open;  Fire destroyed the lumber yard of Nye, Lusk and Hudson at Thorp on Thursday night, destroying 2,000,000 feet of lumber;  John Shanks purchased a fine span Norman work horses while in Chicago;  A bouncing boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Theilen on Tuesday;  The young friends of Miss Pearl Hogue gave her a pleasant surprise on Tuesday evening in honor of her sixteenth birthday;  The work of putting the roof on the bank building started this week, also the tinning on Rev. Hendren's house;  C.D. Harding of Loyal purchased the farm of G.L. Buland and moved into Greenwood territory;  D. Dangers of Neillsville and a Mr. Kessler of Sheboygan leased property of Dr. H.J. Thomas preparatory to putting in a stock of merchandise.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The brick work on the Justice building was nearly completed;  A dance was held at the new opera house on Friday evening;  Rev. W.T. Hendren exchanged pulpits with Rev. Hill of Neillsville Sunday;  Ed Hommel was laid up for a couple of weeks as a result of stepping on a rusty nail;  The "Mite" Society held a meeting Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Andrews;  The Hutchinson Cooperage Co. put up a small building for an office across the street from their stave mill;  H.J. Rand burned some gun powder on the floor instead of sweeping it up and received some nasty burns;  John Shanks purchased 44 head of cattle at the Murray farm for which he paid $810, shipping them to Chicago from Withee;  The contract for the Baptist Church was let to Messrs. Bishop and Dingley;  A letter was received from Will Fricke of Montana to his parents in which he apprised them that he had taken unto himself a wife;  A very sad accident occurred in the town of York on Tuesday when Lyle, the 10-year-old son of Marcellus Redmond, was kicked to death by one of his father's horses while leading it to pasture, dying about 20 hours after he had been kicked and never regaining consciousness.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. Ole Johnson, east of town, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, a large aggregation of relatives and friends being present;  Neighbors turned out the last of the week and had a barn raising at Martin Johnson's replacing the one destroyed by lightning last summer;  The 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Warner of Hemlock died from appendicitis after an operation had been performed.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK  -- C.B. Higbee bought a farm four miles east of Unity;  H.H. Hartson built a cellar under his entire house and installed a hot water heating system;  Rev. C.O. Presnall preached his opening sermon in the M.E. Church Sunday;  Conductor Richmond was taking a lay off this week on account of the illness of his son Harold;  The large barn of Fred Buker, together with 1,000 bushels of oats and other grain, 100 tons of hay and two calves was destroyed by fire, caused by the barn being struck by lightning.


September 30, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Harlow and daughter Mina met with a serious, and what could have been a fatal accident, while driving home from church on Sunday evening.  Their horse became frightened while crossing the Black River bridge and backed them off a ten-foot embankment;  Death relieved H.H. Hartson of a valuable driving horse on Wednesday;  Farmer Dan Cook built an addition to his residence 16 x 24, with cellar;  Geo. Ralstead of Scandinavia opened a barber shop in the Tom Syth building;  A.D. Dingley purchased a lot in the Miller addition on which to erect a residence;  The blacksmith shop that stood just north of the post office was moved back off of main street to a side street, P. Wallis doing this work;  Martin Richeleu of Greenwood and Miss Ida Steele of Thorp were married at Colby Sept. 18th, 1891;  On Wednesday afternoon a pleasant little party was given Mrs. G.T. Burch in honor of her 82nd birthday.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Deer could only lawfully be killed during the month of October;  Fred Mick of Neillsville was killed by a runaway team on Saturday;  Jas. Bryden went to Eau Claire as a delegate to the state senatorial convention;  Rans Peterson bought the Healy place on Elm Street and fitted it up for a residence;  B.F. Thompson marketed 56 bushels of onions from a quarter acre of ground;  An old fashioned husking bee was held at William Miller's at which the "red" ears were very numerous;  The Hutchinson Cooperage Company put in an extensive system of water works for protection to their plant;  J.O. Drake bought a lot west of the residence of John Stewart and started the erection of a house.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Geo. F. Gould of St. Paul was here superintending the putting in of the water works system at the Big Store;  Herman Melzer bought the mill property of B.L. Bailey and fitted up the mill for a barn and moved into the house;  A large company of clerks were over from the Big Store at Fairchild to help get the store in readiness for its opening the following week;  Mrs. Daniel Stoneberg died on Thursday forenoon of pneumonia;  Theodore Cramer was laid up with a broken collar bone Thursday as the result of a collision with Will Dawes, who ran into him with his wheel;  Mrs. A.M. White entertained a company of ladies at a quilting Wednesday;  J.C. and William Miller contracted to put in 4,000,000 feet of logs near the Sawyer dam for the Holloway estate;  Henry J. Wollenberg tendered his resignation as bookkeeper at the bank;  J.M. Burnside purchased the Hoard residence and property east of the shoe factory;  The Hogan timber in town 25, 2; 26, 2, 3; 27,2, was sold to the Roddis Veneer Co. of Marshfield for $14,800.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- F.H. Pfunder sent a copy of the Ulster Co. Gazette, published at Kingston, N.Y., dated Jan. 4, 1800, and containing an account of the funeral of Gen Washington, which took place Dec. 20, to Register of Deeds, Oscar Fricke.


October 14 , 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Duncan Cestelo of Michigan purchased the farm of John Shanks southeast of town;  Uncle Steve Andrews was asking the person who borrowed his saw and sawhorse to return the same;  Jos. Lambert proved himself the champion tomato eater of the county, having, upon a wager, eaten nine pounds of canned tomatoes with two pounds of sugar, after which he wanted to wager that he could eat two sticks of dynamite and drink a pint of kerosene;  Justice Hartson was kept busy during the week.  A.L. Peterson, charged with being drunk and disorderly, paid his fine, John Miller was arrested upon two charges, one for stealing clothes from Milo Smith and the other for forging the name of Milo Smith to an order given by W.H. Begley.  He was bound over to the term of county court.  Milo Smith plead guilty and was fined for selling liquor without a license.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A tender and bashful Pleasant Ridge youth wrote to the Gleaner for light on the subject of making love.  The editor must have had considerable experience, for he replied to the young man thus: "You don't need any light on the subject, dear boy; it is better in the dark."  In the following issue of the Gleaner we notice that the "old maid" who edits the Pleasant Ridge column is on the war path for that young man, and ways if she finds him there will be a wedding in broad daylight;  Ed Wollenberg shot two deer;  Fred Williams was wearing the scalp of an eight-prong buck;  Peter Klein raised 33 1/2 bushels of onions from 20 rods of ground;  Richard Weilen received the material for the building of a new house;  James Bryden received a pair of Poland China pigs from Leeds, the cost of which was nearly $40;  Geo. Mead's 13-month-old child had its neck tapped for an abscess by Dr. Esch of Neillsville, which saved it from strangulation.  An inch and one-half of solid tissue had to be cut through in order to reach the abscess;  A large crowd assembled in the opera house Saturday last week to witness the entertainment and carnival given by the businessmen, public school and Baptist Society.  The gross proceeds were $63.35.  The receipts were equally divided between the Baptist Build Society and the school, which were used in the erection of the Baptist Church;  Uncle Steve Andrews joined Coxey's army and was seen wearing the uniform.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Mrs. C. L. Chandler of Neillsville, who had been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Robt. Schofield, was taken suddenly ill with pneumonia and died on Sunday evening, age 62 years;  At a council meeting a committee consisting of G.H. Palms and C.H. Clute were appointed to make arrangements with the N.C. Foster Co. for electric lights for the city;  A fistie battle was billed at Woodman Hall for Saturday evening between Mike Shea and Billy Emerson;  Postmaster Hartson and son Harry were taking in the 13th Minnesota and McKinley receptions at Minneapolis this week;  A wreck occurred last Friday near Thorp on the Central road.  Two persons were slightly injured;  Dr. Conroy reported the arrival Oct. 7th, of a 14 pound boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nieman;  Anthony Youngs had the distinction of purchasing the first money order in the Greenwood post office under the new law;  J. Stair of cedar Rapids, Iowa, came to this city as bookkeeper in the bank;  Grace McMahon Shanks had a pleasant surprise by being invited into the parlor where a $300 piano was presented to her uncle, John Shanks;  John Memhard was called to Madison by the death of his father.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Revival meetings were being held at the Baptist church every evening;    W.F. Morgan of Columbia County purchased the Edmunds farm, with Mr. Bowen and moved onto the same.; The German Reformed Immanuel Congregation of the West Side celebrated her annual harvest, home and missionary services on Sunday;  A number of local Democrats of Greenwood and the surrounding towns met Tuesday evening over Henry Johnson's Barber Shop and organized a Parker-Peck Club, with Jos. Stair as president and Dr. J.C. Baker as secretary-treasurer.  A membership of seventy-five members was reported.


October 21, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Station agent Curtiss was on the sick list;  Cheap John started a branch store at Athens, Marathon County;  Rev. W.T. Hendren attended the Presbyterian Synod of Wisconsin at Racine;  The Greenwood State Bank opened for business Monday;  Fire destroyed the two barns on the farm of John McMahon, four miles south of town, and which was rented by Geo. Mead.  2,500 bushes of oats and 40 tons of hay were also destroyed.  The loss was about $3,000, with no insurance.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A large delegation of ladies were in attendance at the W.C.T.U. convention at Thorp;  The Woman's Relief Corp had their annual inspection Wednesday, Mrs. G. A. Ludington of Neillsville was the inspecting officer;  J. M. Peterson purchase the seven-acre fraction south of Rock Creek from W.F. Meyer, on which he built a house;  While playing with a hatchet a little girl of Chris Milan's struck her little sister across the hand, severing two of the fingers;  The Ladies' Mite Society held a social and supper at the home of John Syth on Friday evening;  The Masonic Lodge over the bank was converted into living rooms and was occupied by Cashier Sperbeck and family;  The Hon. L. H. Bancroft of Richland Center made a Republican address to the people of Greenwood Friday evening.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Baumann Bros. built a barn for Volk the tailor;  Henry Bredeson and wife were rejoicing over the arrival of a little daughter;  J. A. Jacobson purchased the house and lot on Schofield Avenue;  Albert Delaney bought out the confectionery store of Paul Rossman;  A new pastor for the Baptist Church, Rev. R. E. House, occupied the pulpit on Sunday; N.C. foster purchased two of the Stewart lots on the corner of Main Street and Schofield Avenue; The huge boiler for the new grist mill was place in position this week.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tuttle;  Hon. Jos. J. Seeley of New York addressed a Democratic rally at Woodman hall Friday evening;  Henry Olson had two ribs broken by a flying cant-hook while loading logs on the Foster track;  Photographer Kause (Krause?) received a gun shot wound int he foot from the accidental discharge of his fowling price.


October 28, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The family of Alex Shanks are afflicted with scarlet rash;  A new sidewalk is being laid upon the east side of the school yard;  Andrew Emerson and Robt. Schofield have both got logging crews in the woods;  Mrs. M. Williams has purchased a house of J. Stewart, on Depot Street;  An offensive odor prevailed in the neighborhood of White's hardware store Tuesday, caused by Herb White killing a skunk.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- W. H. Begley has got the furnace in the opera house into position and has also put in 100 folding chairs.  Mr. Begley feels justifiable pride in his fine building, a feeling that is shared with him by the citizens of Greenwood;  Workmen have the frame of the Baptist Church enclosed;  A good delegation from here went to Neillsville last evening to hear Spooner, and fell well repaid for their trouble;  A. C. Holmes has taken a contract of the Withee Estate, and moved his family north for the winter, Tuesday.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Aug. Noetzel, late from Massachusetts, arrived in the city Wednesday evening and is fitting up rooms in the Delano building for a first class barber shop and bathroom;  Al Armstrong and Maj. Spencer returned Tuesday night from their down river trip, having gone as far as B. R. Fall;  Allie Schofield came down last week with typhoid fever and is very sick;  A baby boy is reported at the home of J. W. Stanton;  The marriage of J. Bauman and Miss Caroline Brick took place Wednesday.


November 04, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- J. M. Palms opened a flour and feed store in the city meat market, Chris Wollenberg had charge of it;  A petition was circulated for the benefit of George Mead, who lost all his grain by fire.  About $30 was subscribed;  John Miller was sentenced to serve two years in state prison, having plead guilty to the forging of the name of Milo Smith.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- About three inches of snow fell on Thursday evening;  C. H. Cummings lost one of his best horses last week;  At a meeting of Common Council, a six-foot walk was ordered built to the depot;  About 1:30 Wednesday morning the citizens were awakened by an explosion.  Some said it was a discharge of dynamite fired by an enthusiastic Republican, but others say it was the explosion of Peck's soup house;  Mrs. Peter Miller of the town of Warner died Nov. 5, 1894, from the effects of cancer;  The residence of H. Frankenberg, which is now nearly completed, narrowly escaped destruction by fire, Wednesday evening.  A store was set up and fire kept to dry the plastering and one of the workmen took up the ashes in a bushel basket and set it down on the floor, when discovered it had burned through into the cellar, which was filled with kindlings, the refuse of the building, and was burning briskly.  The fire was soon put out, but a few moments more headway and the new house would have been doomed;  The tell a good story on ex-mayor Justice that happened at Neillsville, while he was down to her Spooner -- while walking the street, a lady of comely appearance approached him, "Why, is not this David Justice, whom I used to know years ago?"  she said.  Dave stared at her for a few moments, "I really recognize your face, but I can't remember you name," he finally said.  "Well its changed since you knew me.  but when you were 23 and I was 19 you used to call me "Tootsie!"


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- F. M. Taylor sold his home and lot to E. K. Sheets;  John Blecha reported a freak of nature in the shape of a snowball tree in his front yard that had several blossoms on it after the first frosts of fall;  Harry W. Bryden accepted a position as assistant cashier in the Commercial State Bank at Neillsville;  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Upham were called to Beaver Dam by the death of her brother, Wm. Tracy, who was killed by an infuriated bull;  A. S. Trow of Merrillan and Frank Melzer were placed under arrest for trying to transport deer out of season by Deputy Game Warden F. Roberts.  The agent at Withee refused to ship the carcass from that point, so Mr. Trow engaged Mr. Melzer to haul it to Greenwood, where they were arrested.  It was a good joke on Mr. Trow as he was old enough to know better, and was much wiser after leasing the carcass and a fine of $10 and costs Melzer was let go.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Everything this week was political war-whoops;  During this week eight dogs and about fifty cats were poisoned.  Frankfurters were split open and arsenic placed in the opening and the deadly morsels strewn about the streets;  H. Lang sold his farm and personal property to Bushman Bros. and Westling of Kiel, for a consideration of $17.500.


November 14, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Hearing yells that would have been a credit to a Cemoche Indian and the bellowing of a maddening bull, the Gleaner reporter investigated the cause of the commotion and discovered a man fleeing for his life across the pasture lot of E. T. Pratt, with a huge bull in hot pursuit.  The man fell, and the bull was upon him, but as he had no club at hand, he made effective use of his no. 9 boots and his serene voice, and scared the infuriated animal away.  The man was Shell Andrews trying to make a nearby fence;  E. T. Pratt was considered one of our best story tellers years ago, and it was during this week that one of the wheels on his buggy became set while enroute from Neillsville home, and had to use a forty foot plank he found along side of the road to hold the axel up so he could bring his rig home;  The brick work on White's hardware store and I. O. O. F. hall was nearly completed;  Mrs. M. Martin picked a ripe strawberry off her vines last week.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Sleighs and bells made their first appearance this winter this week;  Supervisor Fricke was in attendance at the annual meeting of the county board of supervisors at Neillsville;  Frances M. Harlow passed away the ninth, of heart disease, at the age of 62 years.  Death also removed on the 11th, Mrs. Henry Thielen, aged 26 years;  O. C. Behrens, who has been running a camp at Bayfield, is home for a while.  The storm last Thursday took out the dock where they landed their logs and they were compelled to stop hauling for a time;  Buckwheater, the Gleaner's York correspondent, heaped coals of fire upon a red-beaded old maid correspondent for the Neillsville Press, and we wonder if "red-head" took Buckwheater's advice.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Florence McCarty, brother of Mrs. Barber, was run over by a logging train on which he was brakeman, and was almost instantly killed;  F. J. Klinke sold 80 acres of land near Hein to John S. Smith of that place;  The family and household goods of John Drummond arrived from Necedah this week;  A large wild cat was seen in the road near Popple River, but got away in the brush before it could be killed;  Sheriff Tufts was an object of no little fun over the even of his prisoner, John Ward, who had been tried and sentenced to 8 years, getting away from him by jumping through a car window;  B. L. Bailey and wife were rejoicing over the arrival of an 11-pound baby (Lawrence Bailey).


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Fradette Saturday;  Eleven lady members of the Royal Neighbors were entertained at Withee Thursday.  They were: Mesdames Hewett, Volk, Hogue, Behrens, Van Voorhis, Clute, Buker, Borigo, Borseth, Pfunder, and Misses Garitz and Vates.


November 18, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Dr. H. J. Thomas and wife bid farewell Saturday to their many friends and neighbors, leaving on that day for Winston, N.C., where they went to make their future home;  The new I. O. O. F. hall was being plastered this week;  People were wondering what Prof E.G. Herrell and other young single men were going to do with baby shoes they bought at the auction.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- It was ten degrees below zero on Monday morning;  John Shanks went to Chicago with two car loads of sheep and one of cattle;  Bright and Bryden shipped two car loads of stock Monday, Jim went along as cowboy;  Iver Hembre was settling up the cigars Monday morning.  It was a bouncing boy;  Geo. Marvin and Mrs. Clara Armstrong were married on Monday by Rev. John Schmalz;  "That's all right," said Will Oelig as he was pulled out of the river onto ice for the second time Saturday night, "I was bound to be in the swim anyhow.";  On Tuesday evening a literary society was formed, and was known as the American Classic Society.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Mrs. William Fricke and family moved into their new home recently purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Steenberg;  F. M. Carter took a load of men to Miller's camp near Perkinstown, Wednesday;  Andy Wilson, who was laid up with a poisoned finger, returned to Miller's camp where he was chief cook.  He was accompanied by his wife who remained in camp with him through the winter;  The home of Hastings Baird was make happy Saturday by the advent of an eight-pound girl;  A fourteen pound boy made the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schweiger happy on Tuesday;  Jean Corzette of Loyal nearly got kicked to death by one of his horses Sunday morning.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- It was suggested to the band boys that a popular piece to play these days would be: "Where, Oh, where has my little dog gone.";  In a letter from H.J. Miller of Chehalls, Wash., he says: "Nothing pleases me better than to hear from one of my old time friends and sometimes would be even glad to have inimitable "Pete" Stevens come out and boss our whole job for three weeks for the sake of seeing someone from the old village where so many pleasant, if hard working hours, were spent.";  Thursday afternoon Herman Wessel was shot while hunting in the woods northwest of here, with a set gun, the charge entering his right forearm.  The party who set the gun made reparation to Mr. Wessel by agreeing to clear twenty acres of land for him.


November 25, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The Wisconsin Telephone Co. discontinued and took their instruments out of all the offices between this place and Black River Falls.  It was also suggested that they take down their wires and cut down the poles as well;  A farewell reception was given Dr. H. J. Thomas and wife on Friday evening, by Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart, at the Park House;  C. A. Varney and wife of Thorp moved here this week;  Mrs. Anna E. Clark of Stevens Point inspected officers of the W. R. C. Saturday;  Henry Johnson was making more additions to his home, by fitting off the upstairs part into rooms;  Phillip Rossman left on Saturday for Chicago where he received medical treatment;  The finishing touches on Rev. W.T. Hendren's new house were completed this week;  Eighteen years ago Wednesday the people were wondering what was the matter with E. T. Burch, as he was giving out 28 lbs. of sugar for $1.00 and passing the cigars around.  The truth was that a little daughter came to his home that day to remain over and help eat his Thanksgiving dinner;  Otto Erdman, after returning from a hunting expedition, saw a black calf in front of the butcher shop and wanted to know who had killed the bear.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Ed Rossman resigned his position at the City Drug Store and left for Chicago, where he expected to secure work;  John Syth and Geo. N. Brown started a meat market in the Stewart building next to Johnson's barber shop;  Hendrickson && Peterson built a new smoke house;  G. B. Andrews of Longwood was showing off the good qualities of his trotter on our boulevards Friday;  Hendrickson & Peterson bought 12 dressed hogs last week that weight two ton.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Hiley Pratt and family stopped paying rent by moving into their own cozy little house;  Johnnie Syth and J. C. Wmith gave the Syth building a new coat of paint;  Dr. B. P. Churchill was suffering from a case of typhoid fever;  Postmaster Hartson and Mr. Molton saw a large meteor Friday evening, which was travelling to the southwest, leaving a bright trail behind, and making a beautiful spectacle;  Grandma Hartson was out for a ride Sunday, enjoying the sunshine of our California climate.  She took in the sights of the town one from end to the other for the first time for several years.  It was a treat to her friends -- as well as herself -- to see her able to be out.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Joseph Chadwick, aged sixteen years, accidentally discharge his gun while in the woods looking for deer Sunday, the wounds of which caused his death Monday morning;  Alfred Eggett completed his new Portland cement house enough to move in for the winter;  Circuit court was in session at the county seat this week;  H. W. Hunt had a new delivery wagon in operation;  John Cole of Nasonville was here on a visit to Ch. Kippenhan, whom he had not seen for 28 years.  He also met many other acquaintances while here;  Druggist F. H. Pfunder and several companions took to the woods Saturday in search of deer.  They returned home Monday empty handed.


December 02, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ryckmen, Jr., were rejoicing over the arrival of a handsome boy Dec. 1st;  E. H. Thompson and John Stewart engaged in a friendly debate the other evening upon the merits and demerits of the Democrat and Republican parties;  H. M. Root made a sale of thirteen and one-half forties of pine land belonging to the Jake Huntzicker estate, to the town of Colby, to the Upham Manufacturing Company of Marshfield, for $80,550.  There were eight bids, ranging from $52,100 to the price sold to Mr. Upham;  W. H. Ryckmen, Sr., packed up his stock of jewelry and groceries on Wednesday and left for Grand Rapids, where he located.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The literary society meet with Mrs. Angeline Rossman; Michigan salt was selling for $1.25 per barrel, and Wabash flour was going for $3.00 a barrel;  J.C. Miller and Dr. Buland purchased seven forties of land;  A man by the name of Tonning had his foot badly jammed by a log dropping on it.  The accident happened in Pounder's camp;  F. W. Smith bought the wagon making and repair shop of Curtis Markham Sr., and also the property on Third Street east.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Charley Cummings came back from Medford, bringing with him a foot which he split in place of a slab of wood;  P. Wallis broke down with his stage wagon near Tom Chadwick's, and the latter's wagon had to be mustered into Uncle Sam's services to get the mail to its destination;  The one-year-old girl of Fred Buker received a severe scalding, over a quarter of the body being severely burned by the hot water.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Sherriff Brooks and Game Warden Redmond were in town and arrested John Drinkwine on the charge of setting a trap gun;  Rev. John Walter, recently of New York, occupied the Baptist pulpit Sunday morning and evening;  The Masons elected the following officers Monday evening: F. W. Anderson, worthy master, J. H. Stair, senior warden, Dr. J. C. Baker, junior warden, Jacob Volk, treasurer, E. F. Wollenberg, secretary, G. W. Bishop, trustee for three years.


December 09, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- On Tuesday news was received of the death, on the evening previous, of Hon. Phillip Rossman, at the emergency Hospital in Chicago where he had gone to receive treatment for a cancer of the rectum.  Funeral services were held in Shank's hall and were attended by a large delegation of Odd Fellows and members and ex-members of the state legislature;  Mr. and Mrs. Fritz had a 12-pound visitor on Wednesday -- it was a girl;  The three-year-old son of Martin Sorenson, at Longwood, died of diphtheria on Sunday;  The large gray team of colts owned by B. F. Thompson and driven by Fred Oelig, which was employed to take the pallbearers to the residence of Phillips Rossman, became unmanageable and ran into a buggy occupied by John Stewart and Robt. McCalvy.  No one was hurt, but considerable damage was done to the Stewart buggy;  Sunday, Dec. 6, 1891, Home M. Root and Mrs. Mary J. Huntzicker were married by the Rev. L. Grafton Owen at Neillsville.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Ray Hogue and Arthur Hendrickson found a tree where they thought a bear was making his winter quarters.  They at once proceeded to cut Mr. Bear out and as the result of their labor got ten fine skunk skins;  Mrs. G. L. Buland was on the sick list;  Will Fricke and bride arrived home from Montana on Wednesday;  Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Schofield were feeling proud over being called grandma and grandpa -- Mr. and Mrs. Morrison were the recipients of a little boy;  Bertha and Oscar Matheson, children of the Longwood woman who was sent to Waupun, were taken to the state industrial school at Milwaukee;  Early in the fall, John Shanks bought forty head of young stock at the Murray farm north of Withee.  At the time he shipped them, eight were so wild they could not get them, so he took two hunters, their Winchesters and a butcher and went to get them, dead or alive.  According to all reports Buffalo Bill never had such wild adventures as the boys did in running down and killing that young stock.  John says he will match Dave Shanks against the world for getting over a fence quick.  They were gone four days and succeeded in making beef of seven of them, leaving one to roam the woods.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Robert Schofield finished putting in a hot water heating plant at his handsome residence this week;  While George Eggett was at work at Manley Austin's camp between Loyal and Greenwood, Tuesday, he was hit in the face by a falling tree which smashed his nose and made a big cut in his cheek;  A. P. Raymond got his hand too near the buzz saw on Saturday which cut up two of his fingers so badly that amputation was necessary;  The M.E. Sunday School received a consignment of 30 books for the Sunday School through the kindness of Dr. Jennings of the M.E. Book Concern;  The most severe snow storm of the winter came Sunday night and lasted until Tuesday morning -- 18 inches on the level.  It took two days to get the stage through from Neillsville and Fred Woodkey got as far as Hemlock with the Withee mail and had to turn back.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Edwin Schwarze and Miss Ella Humke were married on Wednesday at the home of the bride's parents;  Loren Gates died of old age at his home in Christie Monday, being over eighty years of age.  He was a Clark County pioneer;  Ralph Ferneau was brought home from the Northwestern camp Saturday with a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism.


December 16, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Charles Pratt was erecting a new house in the northeast part of town;  A daughter was born on Sunday, Dec. 13, 1891, to Mr. and Mrs. Hommel;  Milton Philpott severed his connection with Dr. G. L. Buland in the drug store;  Mr. and Mrs. Wheratt were rejoicing over the arrival of a little daughter, Friday, Dec. 11;  A new stave maker arrived Monday, Dec. 14, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lew Meeks;  Albert Shanks, while engaged in painting the roof of A.M. White's new warehouse, slipped and fell to the ground, a distance of twelve feet, spraining his right foot and ankle;  Kate Moore, aged 19 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Moore, died of consumption on Saturday, December 12;  The firm of Justice & Hartson, hardware dealers, dissolved partnership December 17th, H. H. Hartson retiring from the firm.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. H. Frankenberg were this week cozily settled in their elegant new home;  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Holden were made happy by the arrival of a little daughter;  Mrs. P. Wallis slipped and fell on Saturday, spraining her left limb so badly that it laid her up almost all winter;  The surveyors of the Fairchild railroad ran a preliminary survey from the present terminus of the road to this city;  Mrs. Angeline Rossman was on the sick list this week;  The Masons elected the following officers December 17: Geo. W. Bishop, W. M., Geo. B. Begley, S.W.; W. A Pounder, J. W., F. M. Taylor, Treasurer, Frank Soule, Secretary;  The residence of E. T. Pratt was entered by some one on Monday night but were frightened away before they secured any booty;  Harry Hogue was brought home from camp badly crippled with rheumatism.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The Thursday Club gave a local talent entertainment and supper at Woodman hall on Thursday evening that was a decided success.  "Why we never Married" was the title of the play;  Mrs. Jessie Crane sustained a stroke of paralysis on Sunday afternoon, in which she lost the use of her entire left side;  A wee little boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hogue Tuesday morning;  Drs. Churchill and Phair performed an unusual operation by removing an extra big toe from each foot of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Bailey's baby boy.



Modern Woodmen of America Hall


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Angus Mead surprised his friends by getting married on Tuesday to Miss Anna Miller of Green Grove.  The wedding was performed at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mead;  The Woodmen elected the following officers: S.R. Kelley, venerable counsel, C. C. Hoehne, worth advisor, H. Johnson, Clerk, P. M. Stevens, excellent banker, Chas. Haskell, escort, Drs. H.R. Schofield and R. W. Baker, physicians, A. Olson, watchman, Ole Moberg, sentry, F. H. Pfunder, manager for three years.


January 13, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Within two weeks, two hundred teams passed through Greenwood enroute for the woods;  C. P. Hogue returned Sunday from Hayward where he had been to attend the funeral of his mother;  A. A. Hartson, who was acting as cook in the Ole Christiansen camp was confined to his bed with the "grip";  The Creamery Association elected officers for the year 1892 as follows: Pres, Wm. Irvin, V. Pres., Andrew Amerson, Sec. and Treas., D. Justice;  There is one time in a man's life he feels "pretty small," and that one time was on Saturday last, 1892, with F. M. Taylor.  He was engaged in cleaning off the Co.'s horse in their barn when E. T. Burch, his partner, came in, and upon going out again, he locked the door on the outside, not thinking of Mr. T. who still remained in the barn.  When Mr. T. got ready to go he found that he was fastened in.  There being but two ways of getting out, one being to make an outcry and the other by crowding through a 5 x 10 inch hole, made for the purpose of throwing out refuse.  Mr. T. chose the latter and when it is considered that he weighs 180 pounds it was quite a feat to perform.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- George Meek was very dangerously ill at his home in this city;  Harry Hogue was having a fierce time with rheumatism;  Work commenced on the new iron bridge across Black river at Christie Wednesday;  Business was pretty near at a standstill during this month, for the want of snow on which to haul logs to the river or mill, and bolts and ties to market.  Many lumbermen sent most of their men out of camp and others were threatening to do the same.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Dr. Richmond and Dr. Conroy performed a slight operation on F. A. Anderson this week;  Robert Zetsche sustained a broken wrist from a fall at the school grounds Wednesday noon.  He was running when he fell;  Allie Schofield, who has completely recovered from a siege of typhoid fever, gave a reception on Tuesday evening to a number of her friends;  The National Cooperage and Woodenware Co. were running a crew of nearly forty men, with a payroll of $83.00 per week;  Mr. and Mrs. John Drummond gave a reception Wednesday evening to a few of their friends in honor of Mr. Eaton.  Now they are tensing poor, good nature Bernie about nursing eh bottle, which he won as a booby prize;  A straw shed belonging to George Huntzicker fell down, killing two yearlings and injuring four others.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Fire broke out in the dry kiln at Kippenhan's mill, but was extinguished before much damage was done;  A number of boys and girls of the Baptist Sunday School surprised their teacher, Mrs. L. J. Van Voorhis, on Saturday evening.  They enjoyed a good time and brought their teacher a gift of a sugar shell and butter knife;  A ten-pound boy was born Monday night to Mr. and Mrs. George Alton.


January 20, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Unreadable


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Rev. John Haw was seriously sick with the pleurisy;  John Edgar Carpenter and Miss Eva Goodwin, both of Reseburg, were married on the 10th, by Justice A. A. Harrison;  The Odd Fellows and Rebecca Lodges joined forces in the installation of officers Saturday evening;  The Gleaner printed it fifth annual message as the first page and the Governor's message on the seventh page this week;  Mrs. John vine had the misfortune to have her arm broken Sunday, the result of a fall from a wagon caused by the horses starting up suddenly.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The machinery in the grist mill was started up on Wednesday for a test;  Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbell were rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy;  The gentlemen of the Thursday Club served supper in M. W. A. hall Friday evening and did themselves great credit;  On Wednesday of this week, A. W. Bailey, who had been confined to his home for about four years, passed away at his home in this city.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mrs. Henry Johnson was on the sick list this week;  Ralph Ferneau was out for the first time after a long illness;  The Beaver Queens gave a successful dance in the hall Friday evening;  Ed Swenson sold his forty acres at Longwood to Charley Anderson


January 27, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- News was received on Saturday of the death of Thomas Miller, aged fifty years, at New York Mills, Minn.  The remains were brought to this place for burial;  T. A. Anderson was on the sick list;  "Bill" Andrews came home from Bryden's camp with a lame back;  Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Chandler were rejoicing Saturday over the arrival of a baby girl;  The Odd Fellows occupied their new hall for the first time on Saturday evening;  Fire destroyed the farm residence of C. D. Harding in the town of Beaver.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Sheriff Sheldon appointed F. M. Carter deputy sheriff;   A severe thunderstorm occurred on Sunday night;  Jesse Crane was granted a $4 increase on his pension;  The families of Ed Vine and Fritz Garitz were increased by the birth of baby boys.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Wm. Murphy of Christie was the first man to receive a grist from the new roller mills;  While working at the landing near Rock Creek Bridge, a log rolled back and caught John Hubbell's right leg between the two logs, crushing both bones above the ankle;  Mrs. C. H. Cummings fell down the back steps to the porch and received a severe fracture of her right ankle


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John Cox shot and killed ?? at about eleven o'clock on Thursday evening.  A corner's jury brought in a verdict of accidental shooting.


Feb 03, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Edwin Buker was recovering from lung fever;  Mrs. L. Sperbeck received the sad intelligence of the death of her sister at Spirit Lake, Iowa;  Acting City Marshal Dingley resigned on Saturday and F. M. Carter was appointed;  Dave Shanks caught nine coons, four on Monday and five on Tuesday;  Cheap John left Saturday with his goods and chattels for Athens;  "Baby Mine" is the loving ditty that Claud Carter sang himself to sleep with on balmy evenings, and said to one and all, "Go 'way, trouble, I'm all right";   George Luddington, thinking they did not have anything to eat in Greenwood, and who was afraid he would get hungry Saturday night, brought his lunch, in the shape of fried cakes strung upon a string, with him, but when he saw the tables spread and groaning under their mighty weight, he succumbed and gave the whole thing away.  He present the fried cakes to Mrs. Henry Johnson as a memento, who thought seriously of sending them to the world's fair.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Robert Schofield had a road on the ice and hauled his lumber to Neillsville down the river;  A post office was established at Hemlock with David Warner as postmaster;  B. L. Bailey went to Marshfield where he had secured a position as scaler for the Upham Mfg. Co.;  A daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wellen;  The mercury fell to 40 below zero on Tuesday of this week;  A young blood at Longwood took his best girl for a cutter ride to Greenwood, and entered the outskirts of the city before he had finished the usual number of miles of hugging, and only came to a realization of the fact when he discovered half a dozen kids stealing a ride and enjoying the fun.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. George Drinkwine, producers of honey, produced a rollicking baby boy, Feb. 1;  Willie Toburen, while at work in Buker's camp cut his ankle the full length of an ax blade;  Mr. and Mrs. Abe Sanford rejoiced February 5 over the arrival of a bright boy;  Pa Willis was carrying around two broken ribs, sustained by falling onto the corner of his sleigh while getting out of a snow drift.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The Epworth League of the M.E. Church was organized by District President C. E. Tucker;  The Loyal opera house was entirely destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.  The fire was not serious at first, but the fire apparatus failed to work and the fire wouldn't wait.


Feb 10, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- E. T. Burch has been engaged this week taking inventory of the stock of goods of T. A. Anderson;  R. I. Bowerman left Tuesday for Waupaca, where he begins lecturing upon prohibition, he is engaged to deliver eight speeches;  Charles Wollenberg of Spencer arrived Monday and opened up the city meat market again.  Chris will remain here himself;  T. A. Anderson, who has been doing a general mercantile business here for the past four years made an assignment on Thursday of last week to E. T. Burch, the liabilities are not known at present.  To much credit and slow collections were the cause;  Died -- at 12 o'clock Thursday, in her 68th year, Mrs. Rose McKinzie, wife of David McKinzie.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A Masonic Lodge has been established at Thorp, Wm. Wagner worshipful master;  Miss Ella Justice was on the sick list the first of the week;  The ground hog saw his shadow Candlemass day so look out for six weeks sleighing in March;  The state census will be taken during the present year;  Last Saturday night C. W. Dewey had banked 2,147,180 feet of logs;  Dr. W. R. Kennedy will locate here about March 1st.  Dr. Kennedy comes well recommended, having practice for several years at Hixton in Jackson Co.  He has been taking a hospital course this winter, making a specialty of eye, ear and throat diseases.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- J. W. Stanton received a telegram from Ashland stating that his son Elmer is very low.  Another telegram later, stated that he had died;  Clare Hunt went to Milwaukee Wednesday to attend the implement dealers convention, which is held there annually;  The ice harvest is being gathered in as fast as possible by Chas. Pratt;  Carrie Gemmeke is in Omaha, Neb., having accompanied Mrs. Jas. Stevens thither.  She will work there for the present.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- P. E. Peterson and Everett are visiting in Kenosha;  Elmer Hoehne of Dodge Co. is helping his brother in the store;  E. T. Burch went down to Blair Monday for a few days visit with his aged mother;  Mrs. W. H. Mead returned Tuesday from spending the holidays in Minneapolis;  Arthur Himes in Beaver, came near burning down Tuesday afternoon, fire catching around the chimney and burning quite a hole before it was extinguished;  Will Kelley of Crawford and Frank Silvers of the Brauns Settlement are putting up a sawmill on the Geo. Drinkwine place.


Feb 17, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- O. J. Anderson was sporting a crutch -- a stave bolt struck him in the leg which laid him up for a few days;  Robert. Schofield broke up his Colly Creek logging camp Wednesday, after banking somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000,000 feet;  Chas. Telford was killed while falling a tree in the camp of James Hewett, west of town.  He was caught by a tree and badly crushed besides having his back broken.  He lived only thirty minutes.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John Bowerman had a cancer cut from his lip;  a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hans Hendrickson Sunday, Feb. 10;  Rufus Bowerman stubbed his toe while working in the stave mill and was laid up for a few days;  Miss Mary Mason entertained the Presbyterian society on Wednesday and a good time was reported.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The Epworth League gave the cantata, "Father Time, and his children," in the M.E. Church Friday evening;  John Minsass fell from the top to the bottom of the skidway at the end of the F. & N. E. track.  He received several scalp wounds and internal injuries;  Mr. Klinke had a runaway at Neillsville and he didn't like to have folks ask about it, 'cause he couldn't help it;  Dr. C. H. Brown of Rockford, Ill., was here looking over the city, and decided to open a dentist's office here.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- An alarm of fire was sounded on Tuesday afternoon, but proved to be nothing serious.  Fire broke out around the stove pipe at the Ernest Cox house, but was soon extinguished;  Rev. Presnall preached a Lincoln's birthday sermon on Sunday evening.


Feb 24, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Elias Howe of Augusta has opened up a barber shop in the old photograph gallery;  Such disturbances as occurred Tuesday night on our street should be looked after and was as long as possible, but it was a hard thing to do to be on six different corners at one time, says chief of police, F. M. Carter.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Cheap John went to Milwaukee Wednesday to purchase spring goods;  A jovial party drove down from Thorp Saturday and took dinner at the Greenwood House;  The weather became extremely warm Sunday, and in two days the sleighing was completely spoiled.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Ferdinand Rossow returned yesterday from Marshfield where he has been doctoring for ulcer of the stomach;  Chas. Haskell and family of Cambridge, Wis., moved up yesterday, on the place he has just purchased from Chris Richeleu.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A boy was born the 28th to Mr. and Mrs. John Nichols;  The band will give a concert and dance at Christie tomorrow night;  Walter Baker died Monday morning last;  Chas. Varney is undergoing an operation at the Conroy Hospital, Neillsville.


March 10, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The largest snowfall of the season fell on Tuesday and Wednesday;  Mrs. Elias Peterson was given a surprise party on Friday evening, it being her 58th birthday.  The party was at their farm residence;  Rev. W. T. Hendren visited the camp of James Bryden and delivered a sermon in the camp of Bill Garvin Sunday;  The stave mill had a breakdown on Tuesday.  While cutting a bolt the saw struck a bullet which it was thought was shot into it while in the tree.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Ernest Cox had a close call from a falling tree Saturday.  He was knocked ten or twelve feet, but escaped with a badly bruised arm;  Simon O Severson of this city and Mrs. Mary Sheldon of Unity were married on Wednesday by Rev. W. T. Hendren;  Roy Rossman invited a bunch of little friends in on Wednesday to help him celebrate his sixth birthday;  At nine o'clock Sunday evening there occurred a total eclipse of the moon.  The date was March 10, 1895.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- School started up again on Monday, the diphtheria scare being about over;  A ten pound boy was born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Brown Saturday;  New pianos were received at the homes of H. W. Green and John Bryden;  A severe storm the fore part of the week caused the Neillsville stage to abandon its trip.  The roads had been in a very bad condition on account of the drifted snow.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The Royal Neighbors had a pleasant social session Tuesday afternoon in honor of their oracle, Mrs. Lizzie Hewett, whose birthday was thus celebrated.  She was present with a valuable Royal Neighbor ring;  H. V. Ross of Madison arrived on Monday to assume the duties of local editor and foreman of the Gleaner;  Rev. and Mrs. C. O. Presnall entertained the Epworth League at its social business meeting at the parsonage on Friday evening.  A good time was enjoyed.


March 17, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Teachers examinations were held in Loyal Friday and Saturday;  The iron bridge across Rock Creek just south of town was being put in place this week;  J. M. Palms had his toe smashed while working on the new bridge Wednesday;  The farm residence of Chas. Arndt in the town of beaver, was totally destroyed by fire Thursday evening;  Lee W. Gibson resigned his position as assistant cashier at the bank on account of ill health;  During this week there was quite a commotion in the schools, three of the large scholars being expelled while several others were touched up with the rod.  A meeting of the board was called and it was decided that in part the scholars were wrong, and one teacher was censured for expelling a scholar from a part of his studies indefinitely.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A son was born March 17 to Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Smith;  The crew at the stave mill raised a purse of $40 for the benefit of Mrs. J. E. Peterson and family;  C. Wollenberg slipped and sprained his ankle Saturday.  this was bad for Chris, for it left his wood pile unprotected;  Born -- to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Fahey Friday, March 15, a son.  Mother and child were doing well but grandpa Frank Zetsche was in a precarious condition for a few hours;  There was not a vacant house in the city and the demand for them was almost daily;  David E. Peterson, aged 47 years, died at his home in this city March 17 from pneumonia;  Mrs. David Shanks, who was ill with a complicated of diseases, was taken to Neillsville for treatment.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Meinholdt on Thursday, March 15;  Son No. 3 came to the home of Seward Marvin on Sunday morning;  Charles Conroy was taken to Neillsville to be operated upon for appendicitis;  The Fairchild and Northeastern ran a handsome new coach over this line Tuesday;  Geo. Cox brought in a set of deer antlers from Thibert's camp that were beauties.  While out setting a trap for wild cats he notices the horns sticking up through the snow.  Two deer had been fighting and horns became so entangled that they could not be separated.  Geo. said that one had a broken neck from the giht and held the other prisoner until that too, died from starvation.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Raymond to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Reese, who were soon to depart for their former home in Iowa County.  They were presented with some silverware as tokens of the esteem in which they were held;  Duke Bishop received a whack on the head that laid him up for several days, from a shinny club in the hands of a playmate.  It was an accident;  The ladies of the German Lutheran Church gave a pleasant surprise to Mrs. Paul Rossman, Sr., on Saturday, in honor of her 59th birthday.


March 31, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- An eight-pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. R. Peterson on Friday;  The jail building was this week ceiled and furnished with a stove;  The bridge across Rock Creek was completed Tuesday;  A successful operation for tumor of the stomach was performed on Saturday upon the person of Mrs. John Stewart by Drs. Buland of this city and Fuchs of Loyal;  The expense of running school district No. 4, of the town of Warner, for the past 13 years, as reported by school clerk Anthony Larson, was only $2,965, out of which $500 was paid for a new schoolhouse.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Charlie Cummings was as proud as a boy with a pair of red-topped boots, with his new dray wagon bought of Peterson & Clute;  "The wicked stand in slippery places," and so did the righteous when they came out on the walks Sunday.  The rain froze as it fell Saturday night covering everything with a glare of ice;  While the train was making the return trip from Marshfield Saturday, the caboose was struck by a leaning tree which broke every window on that side of the car.  It was a very close call for some of the passengers;  Miss Mabel Thompson was married to Albert Adams March 31 by the Rev. W. T. Hendren.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The Thursday Club met and sewed for the Stabnow family who were burned out;  Belle Holmes of this town and Leonard Howard of Neillsville were married at the bride's home March 28, the Rev. W. T. Hendren officiating.  a rather unusual incident connected with this is from the fact that Mr. Hendren married the bride's father and mother in his earlier years, and was the first case of the kind that he had ever had.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Greenwood voted to have an electric lighting system;  The legislature passed a bill granting a permit for Greenwood to build a dam on Black river;  John Wesley Baublit and Josephine Peterson were married March 28 at the home of the bride's parents southwest of the city, Rev. W. T. Hendren officiating.


April 7 , 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- P. Wallis, the stage man, was having hard luck.  Besides losing a valuable horse he had a pair of $70 sleighs burn up in the barn of Lowe Bros., where he had them stored for the summer;  It was told on Paul Rossman that while on his way to Neillsville, that at Marshfield he rode from the Central depot to the Omaha in a bus, paid his fare then marched back to the Central again.  How was it, Paul?;  While in one of the stores a customer came in and asked for mustard.  The clerk proceeded to put up a package of starch.  When he was informed of his mistake he wilted.  This was one on Mr. S.;  "Uncle Steve" was caught the other day telling a married woman, Mrs. J., how good looking she was and put it on so thick that she really believed that she was belle of the town;  Stepping into the Bailey furniture store one day last week we were shown an old heirloom in the shape of a chest.  It was made by Nathaniel Woodman, then living in New Hampshire in 1743, who was a great-grandfather to A. W. Bailey of this place.  After his death it was given to Judge L. D. Bailey of Lawrence, Kan., which was some thirty years ago, and after his death was sent here to A. W. Bailey last week.  The chest is in fine preservation and is very highly prized.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- C. H. Cummings bought the bus and was soon doing a lively bus business;  The smokes were on Prof. Soul this week, he having sent wrong letters to wrong destinations.  A lady friends at Wausau received the one meant for his brother and vice versa.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- P. E. Peterson and wife were happy over the arrival of a little girl at their home Wednesday morning;  Ida Vollrath, 9-year-old daughter of Wm. Vollrath of the town of Mead, got her had into a feed cutter and cut the last three fingers of her right hand very severely.  she was under Dr. Conroy's care.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The first storm of the season dropped into the lap of spring Tuesday morning;  Thos. McCalvy, wife and son Ross packed the family penates  yesterday and started for sunny California to Make their home.  They leave behind a host of friends who wish them success;  Oscar Fricke, Register of Deed, came up from Neillsville Tuesday to cast his vote in favor of improvements;  The ice on Hemlock pond got gay last Wednesday and piled up against the gates and piers to such a depth that three of the gates were swept away and the piers weakened.  The damage is estimated at about $2,000.  What is to be done about repairs is problematical, there being some doubts as to whether the dam will be repaired more than enough to saw out the logs Mr. Withee has left in stock.


April 14 , 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Henry Johnson, the barber, had a new way of cutting the hair -- he burned it off instead of cutting it;  Uncle Steve Andrews invented a contrivance whereby he could fasten a cow's tail while he was milking and thus keep the swishing appendage out of his face;  Henry Kuns, aged 18 years, who was employed as a 'taffle" on the Popple River in one of Bryden's driving crews, was drowned on Thursday evening, the remains were taken to Marshfield.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A small outbuilding owned by Henry Schwarze, and which contained 250 pounds of hams which were being smoked, burned to the ground;  Mrs. H. L. Bailey passed away quietly in Denver, Colorado, April 11, of consumption;  In the ladies' wood sawing contest at the Kickapoo's Entertainment Wednesday night, Miss Olga Rossman won first place, Carlotta Cook winning second.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- James Tompkins and P. Cronin were each mourning the loss of a valuable horse;  John Shanks dropped a nickel through a crack int he sidewalk Sunday and thereby detained from going to Sunday School;  The central train made a special run to Marshfield Monday night to give the local sports of Greenwood and Loyal a chance to take in the Beall-West wrestling match.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Chris Kippenhan started up his stave mill;  The articles of incorporation were filed and the charter given the Greenwood Telephone Company this week;  The Lady Maccabbees pleasantly reminded their past commander, Mrs. F. H. Pfunder, of the fact that several years before, that very day, she came to earth and in a nice little speech by Mrs. J.C. Baker, was presented with a fine gold right with L. O. T. M. monogram;  Nellie Chandler had a narrow escape from having her eye gouged out by a binding pole on a hay rack as she was crossing the street at Bowen's corner.


April 21 , 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Chief of Police E.W. Breed was on sick list;  John Bryden purchased the resident property of R. Peterson;  Attorney D. V. Richardson arrived to take up his duties in this city on Tuesday;  The Greenwood State Bank secured the services of Edward Ayer, son of Vice-president Cullen Ayer, to work in the bank;  A number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson gave them quite a surprise on Saturday, it being in honor of the tenth anniversary of their wedded life.  as a token of their esteem they left them well supplied with tinware.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Feather renovators were in town this week;  A load of the prettiest girls in town drove to Loyal Sunday;  Judge, the band master, began drilling the kids Wednesday evening, and 10 new instruments for the kid band arrived;  A row of shade trees was set out around the school yard on Saturday;  Walter Baker's horse became frightened at a bicycle Wednesday evening and ran away, demolishing the cart.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The graduates of the high school were entertained at a party given Saturday afternoon by Miss Ella Wollenberg in honor of Miss Hazel Warner.  The Misses Bessie and Hazel Warner are leaving for Washington, the former to teach school and the latter to keep house for their father;  A delightful reception was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Hummel at the Baptist Church after the regular prayer meeting.  A large number of friends were present to bid them farewell as they were soon to leave for Oregon; 


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Thirty-four members of the Woodmen order were entertained Friday by the Woodmen of Fairchild;  Dave Warner was caught on our streets after dark one day this week;  Landlord Bryden had the following snake story:  On Sunday, he, with W. H. Smith and Chas. Townsend and young Maynard of Withee, was up Black River nine miles above Withee.  The sun was shining bright and war and all at once they discovered a bunch of small snakes crawling about them coming from a hole in the band nearby.  After the wholesale slaughter the count was 49 and all had been killed within an area of a few square rods.


April 28, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK--Chris Wollenberg made a mistake the other day while slicing into a steak, his thumb suffering from the error;   A good sized crowd gathered at Odd Fellows to celebrate the third anniversary of the order;  A good story was told on George Meek who went out early in the morning to feed his horses and being sleepy, laid down in the hay mow and went to sleep.  His family, going to church and returning, became alarmed and started a search.  He was eventually found;  Another good one is told on Uncle Steve Andrews who purchased a new pair of pants and then strutted around town to show them off.  The buttons dropped off, one by one and it is stated that Uncle Steve stopped at a house where he knew the family well, thinking he would get them sewed on, but the lady who answered the knock told him he would have to wait awhile as she was making her butter.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK--The Wisconsin Iron and Bridge Co. of Milwaukee were putting in a steel bridge across Rock Creek on the town line road to Loyal;  The Wisconsin Central Depot at Thorp was struck by lightning on Thursday night and burned to the ground with its entire contents.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK--A reform wave struck Greenwood and card playing and dice shaking in saloons was strictly tabooed;  Greenwood opened up the ball season at Withee Sunday and were defeated by a score of 3 to 1;  Philo Mead left Monday for Chicago to join Wallace Bros. Circus, having signed a contract to play in one their bands;  Ella Wollenberg (wife of Dr. Karl Baker) had a painful accident while putting a bridle on the horse she drives to school the horse came down heavily on the tip of her finger making such a painful wound that she was compelled to have hire a substitute for a few days.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK--A little girl came to gladden the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shanks, April 31st;  Rebekah friends of Mrs. Thomas Vine drove out to her home east of town Friday and took her by surprise, it being her 50th Anniversary.  She received many nice presents.


May 5, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- James Bryden had a crew of men repairing the Popple River bridge;  Geo. Mead opened a restaurant and fruit store one door north of the barber shop;  The recent rains sent the boys all back into the river and logs were going down stream at a lively rate all the week;  The recent rains sent the boys all back into the river and logs were going down stream at a lively rate all the week;  A street lamp was place in front of the Presbyterian Church;  Seen -- Wednesday morning by Dean Wallace, the Greenwood stage driver, a large grizzly bear with a long white mane and tail.  A literal reward will be given for its  -- the bear's capture.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mrs. H. W. Hunt slipped and sprained her ankle badly Sunday;  The young people had a lawn party at Paul Rossman's Tuesday evening;  During the electrical storm that passed over the county, Mrs. Josef Sutherland of the town of York, fearing the storm, retired to the cellar.  Lightning struck the house and the son, who was a a neighbors near by, hearing the stroke, ran home to see what damage had been done.  He found his father stunned and his mother lying dead on the cellar floor with her clothing on fire.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK --  The bartender in R. A. Master's saloon discovered a small blaze which was steadily making its way toward a small gasoline tank used for lighting purposes.  It was extinguished before any damage was done;  Miss Magna Hendrickson and Ray Young were married at Ladysmith Wednesday evening.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mrs. A. Noetzel received the sad news of the death of her father in New Bedford, Mass.;  H. H. Harrison sold his laundry business to August Noetzel.


November 3, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- The masons commenced work on the foundation of the stave mill yesterday morning, and Monday work will commence on the frame if the lumber arrives;  Earl Williams returned from the harvest fields, Sunday;  Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Hunt were made happy by the arrival of a baby boy at their home last week;  Jacob Volk and family arrived Tuesday and have taken up their residence permanently.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Rev. Paul Hull and Rev. W. T. Hendren held religious services at the railroad camp Saturday evening;  Photographer C. H. Locke has sold his outfit and good will to Miss Marie Larson;  Adolph Rossman and Miss Annie Klein of the town of Beaver, drove to Marshfield, Sunday and were united in holy bonds of matrimony;  Harvey Clute and Don Robinson of Mauston are guests of C. H. Clute;  Old Winter made its appearance Saturday.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- At the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Behrens, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday occurred the marriage of Miss Edna Neverman to Clarence M. Hunt, Rev. W. E. Kloster officiating;  Fred Garitz is rejoicing over the advent of a big baby boy at his home Sunday, Oct. 21st;  A baby boy was born to Ed Buker and wife, Tuesday, Oct. 25;  Leonard Shanks was unfortunate enough to cut his left leg quite badly last Wednesday with an ax;  John Bryden is bound to keep up with the procession in the way of improvements.  He has laid a new walk in front of the hotel.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mae Melzer, who death occurred Oct. 24 was buried Saturday from St. Mary's Church;  Last Wednesday night the little son, Bertie, of Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Ware died at their home in Chippewa Falls;  When she was thought on the road to recovery everyone was grieved to learn that Lida Carter had passed away last Saturday evening;  While their friends were guessing as to when the event would occur, Forest Shanks and Leda Williams were quietly married at the home of Rev. W. T. Hendren at 6:30 Tuesday evening, Oct. 26.



November 17, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Monday night burglars entered the harness shop of Peter M. Stevens and blew open the safe.  They had to use two charges before they could get into the safe.  They only secured about $16.00, two of which belonged to Mr. Stevens and balance to the local camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, Mr. Stevens being the treasurer.  The robbers secured the dynamite at the stave mill, the foreman there missing three pounds the next morning.  They secured a bit stock from Uncle George Andrews' blacksmith shop, and showed their honor by returning it to its place.  a package of dynamite was found rolled up in a roll of leather.  It was evidently the work of amateurs and not a slightest clue to their identity.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A certain young man of Greenwood and his best girl were out one evening last week, wearing out the sidewalk, and as they passed Franckenberg & Fricke's store she saw a friend inside that she wished to speak to, so she went into the store while he remained outside.  He walked along until opposite the Gleaner office, where it was pretty dark, and waited for her.  In a few moments she came along, he stepped up beside her and slipped his arm around her, when, oh horrors, a piercing shriek rent the atmosphere and he discovered that it was a well known married woman about 50 years of age.  Everybody has been smoking good cigars since, and he now advocates having street lamps.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- At eight o'clock last Wednesday evening at the home of the bride's parents in this city, occurred the marriage of Miss Emma Hendren to Mr. Fred Anthony ball, of Stevens Point;  James Norris has accepted the "devil's" position in the Gleaner office and is learning some of the mysteries of the black art;  Work on the Grashorn creamery is being pushed right along;  Ferdie Anderson, J. B. Stair and F. W. Shrimpton started for Minneapolis Wednesday;  Miss Emma Wollenberg is rising friends at Sheboygan.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK --  A carload of electric light poles arrived last week for the plant;  John Stanton has had the Hall building which he recently purchased moved down near Rock Masters';  Paul R. Rossman got his first dear of the season Monday afternoon when his wife presented him with a nice 11-pound daughter, their first girl;  Will Palms left yesterday morning for North Yakima, Wash., where he has a brother living.


December 1, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Last week while at work in his barn, B. F. Thompson fell, striking across a beam, breaking one rib and bruising his hip considerably;  Claude Carter has been at work at Bayfield for some time, came home Friday.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A. C. Barr of Longwood was in the city Saturday and found time to make the printer happy;  W. H. Palms has bought an interest in the flour and feed business of B. T. Delamater and it is not Delamater & Palms;  John Shanks has purchased the Begley House bus and it now makes it daily trips between the depot and the Greenwood House;  "Uncle Steve" Andrews says that his shed is full of wood, his barn full of hay and straw, his team away in the woods, and Mitchell aways so that he does not have to watch him and that if his tobacco holds out until spring, he will be alright for the winter.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Ole Peterson is building a neat little home on the piece of land he reserved when he sold his farm last summer;  Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Tripp of Marshfield, came over to this city last week Thursday night for a visit with friends;  Julius Ware and his mother returned from Stockbridge where they have been visiting relatives.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Philo Mead went to Elroy last week to appear before the civil service commission to take the civil service examination for railway mail clerk;  A party consisting of C. O. Baker, Peter Tscharner, C. H. Clute, August Noetzel and Val Volk drove to Neillsville Monday.



December 8 , 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- We understand that E. H. Thompson, Geo. Mead, Henry Johnson, E. T. Pratt, Oscar Fricke, and Chris Wollenberg, are in the field thus far, each sanguine of success.  Surely Grover cannot fail to find a good postmaster in that list;  A post office has been established west of the river call Thielen, with Henry Thielen as postmaster.  Hank is the first Democrat that we have heard of to receive a post office.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John Shanks goes to Chicago Friday with a car load of sheep;  John Syth gave a free dance and disposed of a horse at the same time, last Friday night;  Jeff Townsend of the town of Levis was arrested and taken to Eau Claire last Tuesday, for counterfeiting.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Fred Schwarze is home again from Watertown, S.D.;  A. C. Alton who has been suffering from pneumonia for over a week, died yesterday morning at 4 o'clock.  The funeral will take place Saturday, the interment to be in the Greenwood Cemetery.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- A. E. Jordan went to Stillwater the first of the week on business.  He has his new house all enclosed and is pushing the inside work; Mr. and Mrs. August H. Noetzel and daughters Ruth and Ambrosia leave this coming Tuesday for a three months trip to Germany, France and Belgium;  Hans Hendrickson of Ladysmith, who was quite sick, is better and came home to Greenwood with his daughter, Mrs. Henry Johnson, Saturday to remain for an indefinite time.


December 15 , 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Monday night Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wollenberg were called to mourn the loss of their ten weeks old baby boy;  Little Edna Burch had a narrow escape from death Monday evening.  She was in her crib asleep and when discovered, a cat lay on her breast sucking her breath and the little one was barely breathing.  It is needless to say that there was soon a dead cat at the Burch's.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John McMahon and Geo. Meeks are both on the sick list.  In the case of the former but small hopes of his recovery are entertained;  Palms and Begley started their stave mill at Longwood for the winter's run yesterday;  The auditor of the W. C. R. R. came on the train Saturday and checked agent B. L. Delamater out, and G. S. Barlow of Stevens Point, in.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Little Everette Peterson swallowed a six penny nail Tuesday forenoon and in the afternoon the parents took him to Eau Claire where he was safely relieved of the nail;  Mrs. John Blecha died Tuesday night at twelve o'clock.  She has been almost a constant sufferer for the past five years and during the past few weeks has been practically helpless.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Gleaner readers will be interested to learn that Miss Ina Palms was married Wednesday evening, Dec. 13 at 8 o'clock to John Riplinger.  The ceremony being performed by Rev. A. S. Covert at their home in Marshfield;  Sheriff Dwyer was up from Neillsville Friday and served papers on the city in behalf of Abraham Speich.


December 22, 1910


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Fred Justice returned from school Saturday to visit home and friends.  Fred thinks there is no place like Winona, he returned Monday;  M. O'Connell came up from Neillsville Sunday to see his family and get a little fresh air;  A. Dutcher, on Saturday last purchased two lots in Eaton's addition on Harrison Ave.  He will deliver the material for a new house this winter and build next summer.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Kinzie Andrews who has been attending the Wis. Business University at La Crosse for the past there months, came home Saturday, having completed his studies;  Saturday evening Mrs. Thos. Syth had the misfortune to fall and cut and bruise her left limb quite seriously.  It required several stitches to close up the gash made by the frozen ground;  John McMahon died at his home on Main St. Thursday, Dec. 26th, 1895.  His death although expected for some time, came suddenly and unexpectedly after all.



New Steel Black River Bridge, completed Dec. 1900


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- The work on the new steel bridge across Black River was completed last week and the bridge has been accepted;  G. W. Thompson has purchased three forties which Wm. Thora owned two miles west of the river;  C. H. Clute sold 800 acres Wednesday in 28, 3 to Charles and Edward Helen of Calumetville.  A few more sales like that and there won't be much timberland left to sell.


5 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dawes and little son of Stoughton are spending the holidays at the home of E. K. Sheets and wife;  Mrs. C. C. Hoehne and son George left Tuesday morning for a month's visit with relatives at Reeseville and other points;  Dick Stoker spent sunday with his family at Owen, returning to his work at W. D. Lovel Co. Tuesday morning.




Tim Plunkett, Janet & Stan Schwarze, Greenwood Public Library



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