Hendren Township, Clark County, Wisconsin




Rev. William T. Hendren

Hendren Township was originally a part of Eaton Township.  Tioga and later Willard were its principle communities.  When it was set apart, in April, 1911, it was named for this beloved Presbyterian who had previously served congregations in Minnesota for 6 years before relocating to Neillsville, Wisconsin in 1872.  He played a major role in establishing the Presbyterian Churches of Neillsville and Greenwood.  He died March 20, 1920 and is buried in the Greenwood City Cemetery.  His wife, the former Lorinda M. Wright was laid by his side September 4, 1935.  The couple had married October 9, 1866.




30 Yr. History

Centennial Celebration; TRG Special Centennial Edition: [1 Cover] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20 Back]

Hendren Township's Indian Heritage

Slovenian Heritage Days

Tools of the Past

Willard History, 1908-1914

1949, Refugees Sponsored by Holy Family Parish

1987, Willard Parish celebrates 'Vinska Trgatev'




Berry Picking Time, Willard, Wisconsin (circa 1915)


The group photographed above had camped out and had picked eight bushels of blackberries.  Note the gun that was used to hunt for some of their food while camping.  Pictured from L > R: Mrs. Will (Martha) Catlin, Mrs. Everett (Edith) Homes, Mae Homes (now Mrs. Dedgar Warner), Pearl Catlin, Will Catlin, Evert Homes, C. M. Taylor, Grant Welsh, and Lynn Catlin.


Source: TRG, Turs., 31-Jul-1975.


Life Before Supermarkets


Before supermarkets came on the scene, food was obtained whenever it was available, and much food could only be gotten when it was in season, and with a great deal more work involved than it is today.


Berry picking was one of the best ways of getting fruits into the meals and also getting variety in them.  After picking the berries, they had to be cleaned which was usually a long slow process, and then they were canned for winter meals.


Berry patches were abundant in the early 1900's as much of the wooded area was still not cleared away.  Families would prepare for a day of berry picking in protective clothing, and slipped handles of the pails over their belts so both hands could be used for picking and holding back the bushes.  The protective clothing was to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects, and from scratches from brushes and branches.  Sometimes the underbrush was fierce and the blackberry bushes were treacherous.


There was an expectant and exited feeling when going berrying, especially if the berry patch was some distance from home.  Sometimes the berry pickers camped out while the berries were picked.  The preparation, the change of pace, and change scenery in those days involved work.  nowadays most people who go camping are looking for relaxation.


Although berry picking was a lot of work, it gave them a sense of accomplishment and worth, while the pails filled as thoughts of those good meals in the coming winter ran through their minds.  Many people enjoyed picking berries and finding a new berry patch would fill them with excitement.



Laykovich, Frank's Inquest (1936)






Memories of Another Time


Table of Contents 


Steve Plautz by Jim Bayuk and Jean Govek 1976...............................1
The Plautzes of Willard by Rose Pakiz 1980........................................2
Rose Remembers (Rose Pakiz) 1986......................................................3
Angies Memories by George Plautz and Rose Pakiz 2001................4
Short History of George Plautz by George Plautz (2003)...................5




Historical Memories of Willard Wisconsin, includes pictures and stories of Slovenian pioneers.

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