Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 2, 2002, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


October 1882


Blanche Robinson entertained a large company of her young friends at the residence of James O’Neill on the evening of her 14th birthday, last Wednesday.  Miss Robinson was the recipient of many elegant presents, which were presented with the good wishes of the donors.  Music and dancing added to the glee of the young people until a late hour.  Mrs. Sniteman presided at the piano during the evening, accompanying the violin for the dancing that delighted the company with brilliant renderings of the finest selections.  The measure of joy of each young participant and the occasion will be long remembered by the young Miss Robinson.


Dave Garbush desires to state that he will give a dance at Maple Works hall, in Maple Works, on the evening of October 5.  Good music and everything that goes with making an enjoyable party will be supplied. Cigars, lemonade and such items may be purchased in the building at the adjoining hall.


Hi Hart, of Neillsville, is in Greenwood with his jackscrews, moving buildings hither and thither.  He has moved A. S. Eaton’s barn from the rear of his store, south of his dwelling house.


Today, he is moving A. W. Bailey’s furniture store south to make room for a street in the vacated lot.  This will open up A. S. Eaton’s 40 acres which has been platted by C. M. Breed, of Neillsville.  Desirable village lots are now ready for sale on the most favorable terms.  Many are already engaged in obtaining lots.  It is a healthy addition to the growing interests of Greenwood.


Dorchester’s two new churches are near completion, the Baptist and Evangelical.


Mrs. C. O’Neill is doing good business in her restaurant.  She has the boarding rooms arranged tastily.  The tables and food prices are suitable. She can vie with the best boarding houses or hotels in the city, for day board.  She also deals in fruits, confectionery, cigars and such of which she carries a choice line.


Some Unity news has been sent to us. Rosenfeld & Neumann have lately purchased a hay press. They are now having a large barn built on their property to store hay.


C. Healy has traded his house and lot, near the Unity Methodist Church, for the building owned by N.C. Ransom.  Healy will set up a store in the newly acquired building.


Odd Fellow’s Hall is undergoing a thorough refitting that promises, when completed, to rank with the best in the state.  Work on the hall is being performed by Capt. J. W. Tolford, which is a guarantee that it will be done tastily and in the best manner.



October 1947


Three Neillsville Hiawathas reported having shots at deer during the opening weekend of the bow and arrow-hunting season in the Necedah reserve.  Bill Hanley had three of these shots, but missed them all clean. The trouble, he said, was that he had been practicing on 60-foot target and one shot was taken at a doe only 20 feet away – which, of course threw him off.  Mike Krultz, Jr., and Dan Brewer also had shots but didn’t bring back a deer.  A large contingent of hunters opened the Necedah season, including Tom Noble, who did his shooting with a camera.


William Aebersold has recently leased some land in Humbird for the establishment of a stockyard.  The lease was filed in the office of the county register of deeds, late last week.


The land leased is a part of out lot 27A, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gorst, who have given a 20-year lease to Aebersold.


Twenty young men of Neillsville and the surrounding area were honored last Saturday night at the first annual banquet of the Neillsville Athletic association.


They were members of the Neillsville Athletics, city baseball team, which had concluded a successful season a couple of weeks before.  In addition to the players, others who worked with the team throughout the season were also remembered.


Approximately 120 persons gathered for the banquet in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where they ate a dinner of ham.  They then saw motion pictures of the 1946 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.  The ball players were given a round of applause when they were each presented with a spiffy new jacket.  Marty Crowe, guest speaker and coach of St. Patrick’s High School, gave a humor-packed talk to the audience.


The jackets awarded are heavy woolen sport jackets, red and blue in color, and each are trimmed with an illuminating silver stripe which will outline them in the dark.


Receiving the jacket awards were: Harold Murphy, Joe Urban, Jr., Earl Magnuson, Norman Drescher, Frankie Zank, Harold Milbreit, Ernest Christie, coach, Harvey Mott, Art Christie, Gordon Vine, Paul Woelske, Fred Subke, Jr., Jerry Smith and Bob Urban.


Also receiving jackets were: the bat boy, Jerry Christie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Christie, Manager Eugene Christie, Scorekeeper P. C. Ludovic and Umpires “Swede” Moberg and Carl Olson, who more than once risked life and limb on a Sunday afternoon calling the close ones as they saw them.


A highlight of the program was the presentation of $100 purse to first basemen Bob Urban who suffered a leg fracture when he was spiked in a game with Thorp shortly before the season’s end.  The purse came from a benefit game with Withee.


All shored up and hitched behind a truck originally built for reconnaissance work in the army, the former G. W. Trogner carpenter shop was whisked away to a new location last week.


The building, a landmark for 76 years, was moved from Grand Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets.  It has been placed on a new foundation already laid for it on North Bruley Street.  There, the shop will form the base for a new house being erected by Mr. and Mrs. William Simek.


Very nearly a week was taken to get the building ready for its three-quarters of a mile trip and took less than no time at all to do the actual moving.


The building was erected in 1871 by Trogner and used for his business.  After Trogner’s death, several years ago, the building was used as a carpenter shop by John Moen and Art Kunze.  In recent years it has been used for storage of building materials.


An opening for a teacher in the Yaeger School, three miles north of Thorp, is going begging for a teacher.  Clark County Superintendent Russell Drake reported this week that he had spent two full days searching for a teacher, or a former teacher, to fill the vacancy.  He has gotten exactly nowhere with his search.  In addition to the salary, which is above the county average, the building is modern, having running water and lavatories and an oil-burning furnace.  Any person qualified to teach and interested in the position is asked to see Drake.


Hundreds of Boy Scouts of the old Abe and Black River districts are expected to participate in a Camporee at Wildcat Mound.  Located in the heart of the Clark County forest area, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday.


The climax of the event will be a program on Saturday evening to be held before a huge campfire, with scouts of the Neillsville area participating in a “surprise event,” according to the publicity.


Public invitation to attend Saturday night’s event has been extended by A. C. Covell of Neillsville and Louis Weinberg of Eau Claire, camping and activities chairmen.


Wildcat Mound is on County Trunk B, about 12 miles from Neillsville.


If local people are shying away from Mapleworks Corners nowadays, such actions are not without reason.


“Windfall” seems to be a jinx spot with all the broken bones of the area.


To enumerate: Max Opelt, a recent-comer from Washburn, suffered a fractured arm there Friday.  Eugene Trimberger suffered the fracture of three foot bones – the result of football playing.  Mrs. Carl Jahnke fractured her kneecap.  Young Lautenbach was accidentally struck in the head by a baseball bat, cutting a gash that required several stitches to close it.


Now do you wonder?


George E. Foelsch of the Pine Grove Cheese factory, Town of Beaver, will leave on October 27 for a visit to his parents in Germany.  He came to the United States at the age of 20 and found this country a land of opportunity.  In the intervening years he has built up the factory and business in the Town of Beaver, sold cheese to Standard Brands and also became manager of several cheese units of that organization.  His parents are becoming elderly.  Foelsch will learn first hand what has befallen them in the recent difficult war years.


The Pine Grove cheese factory, Town of Beaver, was owned and operated by George Foelsch until the late 1950s.  The factory was located six and a-half miles north of Loyal, then 2 miles east on Riplinger Road.


Tinder-dry forests bring emergency fire rules to Clark County. Forests of the area are very dry due to the lack of rainfall and the unusually warm weather of recent weeks.


A brush and forest fire burned over half a section in the Town of Eaton the first of this week.  The area burned was mostly on the George Flagg place. The fire started about three miles west of Eaton Center on the 26 Road and traveled about half-a-mile westward.  The fire burned two days and was fought by a considerable crew of men.  Backfiring stopped the further spread and held the flames away from the Dillenbeck and Clintsman farm buildings.


Places for 40 to 50 hunters had been provided up to Monday noon as a result of the publicity appearing in last week’s Press.  Art Epding states that local householders responded with alacrity, one lady having a whole house available.  Epding is making up a list of available rooms for reference at the Merchants Hotel.  He is placing himself in the position to help hunters who cannot otherwise have room accommodations in this area during the deer season.


The mysterious “thing” which floated down near the South Washburn School, southeast of Neillsville, a few weeks ago was but a part of a radiosonde balloon.  This is the word of the Army Air Forces.


In answer to an inquiry made buy the Clark County Press, Col. W. R. Sweeley of the Second Air Force, at Fort Crook, Nebr., has replied:

Governmental agencies have for the past three months been conducting high-level experiments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with radiosonde balloons considerably larger than the common weather balloon.  The specimen of material enclosed – is a portion of one of these devices,” he wrote.


A radiosonde is an instrument which radios atmospheric changes, as the balloon to which it is attached, rises and travels in the air.  Several of the usual type of radiosondes has been found by Clark County people; but the large, transparent sheets found in south Washburn are the first of that type found hereabouts.


More than 30 men have helped with the work on the basement of the Congregational Church.  Some of these are farmers, who have already done a hard day’s work.  In one instance, four men had planned a social affair but, on learning that a group was needed at the church, they prefaced their social session with two hours of shoveling dirt.


Thus far all of the old material has been removed from the basement, including the wooden floor, the partitions and the old furnace.  Water and sewer pipes have been laid and most of the leveling had been done last week, preliminary to laying the new concrete floor.  Work yet to be done includes the construction of partitions.  The laying of the concrete floor and the installation of a new oil furnace is yet to be finished.


With the old furnace out and the new one not yet in, the church is dependent for heat upon a small oil heater, which has been set up in the Sunday School room.  This heater went on an involuntary strike last weekend, with the result that the morning service was lifted and most of the Congregationalists went up to the centennial service at the Methodist Church.


Rev. S. D. Robbins now reports that the heater’s work suspension has been ended and that future services will be held as usual.


Northern Clark County News items:


Two Withee village officials have resigned from office.  They are Thorvald Stigsen, trustee, who resigned to devote more of his time to his business and Fred Sorenson, street commissioner.  Herbert Loeper has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Stigsen and Carl Hill is replacing Sorenson.


Mike Novak, of Curtiss, is playing basketball with Syracuse National of Syracuse, N.Y.


The Western Condensing Plant at Owen faced a possible shut-down last week when plant employees threatened to quit their jobs.  The employees had demanded longer working hours.  The workers contract, which expires in March 1948, calls for a 40-hour work week. The men, however, were at work on Thursday morning following a conference Wednesday evening.


Some area dances for October are:


Saturday, October 4, there will be a wedding dance in honor of Staves and Comstock at the Inwood Ballroom in Hatfield.  Music will be by “Wally Ives”.  Thursday, October 16, the “Dale Simons Band” will play for a dance at the Inwood.


A big dance will be held at the Granton Village hall on Saturday, Oct. 18, music by “Wally Ives and His Jolly Dutchmen Band”.  The dance is being sponsored by the Granton Rotary Club.


A free wedding dance will be held Saturday, October 25, for Donald Degenhardt and bride, of Loyal, at the Silver Dome Ballroom, music by the “Varsity Boys.”







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