Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 20, 1998, Page 18

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Good Old Days 

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Clark County News

July 1917


President Wilson issued a proclamation on Monday drafting the entire National Guard of the country into the United States Army and also calling the regiments out for active service.


The National Guard of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Nebraska will be called into federal service on July 15.  The men will be sent to camps in the southern states, although the draft will not apply formally to them until August 5.


The call covers all members of the National Guard and its reserves not already in federal service, except a few officers and special units not required for tactical organizations.


May 1918


One of the largest crowds that have ever visited Neillsville was here on Tuesday to bid farewell to the 140 drafted men who left that day to join the National Army at Camp Grant.


A two-day program of entertainment for the selected men was prepared by the Neillsville Committee.  When the 140 men assembled at the courthouse and marched to the train, they were followed enmasse by the enthusiastic crowd which poured into the street behind them.  For three blocks, the streets were jammed with people following the boys to the depot to say their last good-byes.


Lieut. F. H. Diddle and Lieut. P. W. Clayton of Camp Grant were here to meet the boys and accompany them to their destination.


The Granton and Greenwood bands came on Monday and Tuesday to join the Neillsville Band at the ceremonies.  The three bands led the procession as it moved down Hewett Street to the depot.  The burglar alarm at the First National Bank was set off and wailed its farewell as the procession turned from Fourth to Hewett Street.  The deep-throated whistle on the milk Condensary was turned loose, adding its noise to the band music.


The entertainment program for the two days was a (as) follows:


Monday, May 27, 1918


7 p.m. – Drill of Home Guards on schoolhouse lawn, weather permitting.  If not, in opera house. 

8 p.m. Speaking at Opera House by Hon. E. W. Crosby, W. L. Smith, W. J. Rush, T. E. Henderson and W. A. Waterman.  9 p.m. – Dance at Opera House.


Tuesday, May 28


12 Noon – Selected men assemble at courthouse to have picture taken.

1:30 p.m. – Free show at Badger Theater for selected men and friends.

3:30 p.m. – Speaking at courtroom for selected men only by Wm. A. Campman, E. L. Bradbury and Judge O’Neill.

4 p.m. – Roll Call

4:30 p.m. – Start from courthouse, walk to depot.


Our Country’s Call to Arms, July 15, 1917

Called into Federal Service March 26, 1917


CAPT. Allen Wildish; 1st. LIEUT. Leo M. Jackson; 2nd LIEUT. A. Rossman


1st Sergt. Austin A. Peterson, Mess Sergt. Charles M. Poole, Supply Sergt. Albert H. Dahnert, Sergt. Mat P. Mueller, Sergt. Marion Benedict, Sergt. Walter Schultz, Sergt. Harry J. Rose, Sergt. Joseph Felser, Sergt. Leonard Laffe, Sergt. Edmond Zschernitz, Sergt. Leslie R. Todd, Corporal Herman Haugen, Corporal Carl Rabenstein, Corporal Adelbert L. Gardner, Corporal Lambert M. Ayers, Corporal Everett Wildish, Corporal Albert F. Hahn, Corporal Rex Evans, Corporal Leroy J. Landgraf, Corporal George Hoffman, Corporal Alvin Schultz, Corporal Tony P. Zimmer, Corporal Ernest A. Todd, Corporal Chester E. Lawton, Corporal Walter E. Duxbury, Corporal George Stelloh, Corporal Frank L. Johnson, Corporal Ernest J. Vine, Cook William Hudson, Cook Milton F. Page, Cook Henry Dortman, Mechanic Paul Felser, mechanic James Kalas, Bugler Bert F. Dux, Bugler Jack Regis.


PRIVATES—1st Class

Earl Bemis, Fletcher A. Briggs, James K. Briggs, Peter Cagle, Arthur E. Evans, Elgie Fisher, Henry Hauge, Otto Haugen, Albert Hetzel, Henry Hogenson, Gordon S. Holway, Willie Jakobi, Henry F. Just, Fred Laffe, Henry Laffe, Ernest Ludtke, Carl S. Moen, Keith Parrett, Harold Rose, John Schwentzenberg, Elmer Selves, Raymond J. Stuve, George Vogel, Charles Wasserberger, Martin White, Chester Willman, Adolph Zellar and Joe F. Zimmer.




Fred Atkins, Roy A. Beckman, Howard M. Brown, Richard Brown, John Bruny, Sam Bruny, Joe Cardarelle, Mike Cardarelle, Gustave Carl, Clarence Carlson, Emil A. Carson, Gustave Carlson, Clarence Chase, Byron D. Cole, Harry E. Cole, Orlin Cook, Aubrey Cox, Ervin Cram, Willis C. Danielson, George Drace, Harley Durham, Arthur DuFano, Lyle Evans, Arthur Farning, Robert Farning, Albert Foss, Louis Frantl, Joe Fritz, Amos D. Fry, Vernie Gergen, George Green, Ernest Gurtner, John L. Hall, Alfred Hansen, Floyd C. Hanson, Leland Harris, Henry D. Hart, Dale Hawley, Truman Helwig, Karl Hofmann, Ernest Holtz, Glen L. Howard, Walter Johnson, Lewis Kaudy, Ernest Knoble, Sammie Linnell, Albin Lynnes, Harry Masters, Melvin Mathison, Ernest Meyer, Dewey Mike, Hollie Moffatt, Clarence A. Neinas, Mike Nohelty, William Pete, Casmier Piotrowski, Walter A. Riedel, Emmet Rosekrans, Jon W. Rush, Tony Salfe, William Schroeder, Phillip Schultz, Vilas Schultz, Fred Schwitzenberg, Parley Sweetland, Harold True, Albert Van Huizen, Frank Vetter, Alvin Vincent, Thomas Vreeland, Robert F. Wagner, John Walkama, Bert Wampole, Wayne A. Waterman, Eric F. Weissborn, George Wilson, Warren Wilson, Wilbur Wilson, William Wilson, Herman Wittke, George J. Wolff, Orson Woodstock, and August Woodky.

Four brothers, George, Warren, Wilbur, and William Wilson of Clark County served in the Third Wisconsin Company “A” Infantry during World War I.  (Photo courtesy of the Wren Photo Collection)



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