Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 29, 2003, Page 12

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Clark County News

October, 1878


A special meeting of the Clark County Board was called to take place on the 7th of October.  The principal business was in relation to the building of a new bridge across the Black River, in place of the old one near Arch Day’s hotel.


After a session of two days, it was decided upon and a contract was let for building a new bridge across the Black River at the Dells, about three miles and a-half below the old bridge.  The site selected is a natural one that will require but a nominal expense for abutments and nothing for piers, with only one span of 140 feet being required.  The bridge will rest at either end on a ledge of rock, 18 feet above the low water.  The contract for constructing a combination bridge of iron and wood has been let to the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, for $2,550.  The bridge is to be completed by the first of January.


The change of the location of the new bridge will require the construction of three and a-half miles of new road. The Town of Levis will do the road work at its own expense.  The old road on the east side will be followed for the most part and all will be turnpiked in good order for travel.  The committee appointed to attend to the fulfillment of the contract is F. D. Lindsay, B. F. Brown and Joseph Gibson.


Beyond their action in the bridge matter, the proceedings of the County Board were unimportant.


The services of the Episcopal Society will be held as usual at their room in the High School building, on Sunday next.  It is hoped that the congregation will endeavor to be a little more prompt in their attendance, particularly at the evening service.


Mrs. L. B. Brokaw, of Windfall, one mile north of the Maple Works post office in Clark County, will sell 30 hives of bees on reasonable terms.


(The Maple Works village’s name later changed to Granton. D. Z.)


Hewett & Woods store has a large stock of heavy beaver cloth, which they are making into overcoats at bottom prices.


They also have a large lot of unstrained honey in pound boxes.  It is the whitest and clearest honey we have ever seen.


On last Sunday morning, Dr. John C. Lacey departed this life after a lingering illness of several months, at the age of 37 years.


Dr. Lacey had been a resident of Neillsville for the past seven years. During that time, his practice as a physician has made him universally known throughout the county.  His uniform kindness and nobleness of character has made him widely loved and respected.  He was a conscientious and painstaking physician and a gentleman in the highest sense of the term.


There were long months in which the doctor must have known of the summons that was to come.  Many friends, whose bedsides he had cheered, were in turn found faithful watchers beside his bed.  The sorrows and anxieties of his loving family have been to a great extent shared by the whole community.  After an impressive and beautiful funeral ceremony conducted by the Knights Templar and participated by other societies of which the deceased was an honored member, the body was taken to its final rest at Janesville.


Dr. Lacey leaves a wife and two children, half grown boys, who will receive all the sympathy that friendly hearts can bestow.


The depots at Camp Douglas were again destroyed by fire last Saturday, which makes this the second fire-loss within the last year.  This time, the hotel escaped the fire.  A striking coincidence of the fire is the loss of a valuable gun owned by a gentleman who lost a similar gun by the first fire.


The Hemlock Island dam was used for the first time for flooding purposes last Saturday.  The dam proved to be a grand success.  The dam, above Greenwood, raised the Black River, here, by four and a-half feet.  The logs were running livelier than anything that has been seen since Providence began to frown upon the lumber business a year or two ago.  The first logs made their appearance here at about 2:30 p.m. and before dark it is estimated that over twenty million logs had passed by.  The log drive was wholly the work of the Hemlock dam, as not a log had stirred along the river until the gates of the dam were opened.  Interested lumbermen, who all are, will be feeling very jubilant over the success of this great under-taking.


We have heard that the dam caused the river to rise, at Black River Falls, up by two and a-half feet.  That rise continued to run the upper river logs through Jackson County.


October 1933


Neillsville, this week, became a stopping point on the new Sioux Limited fast bus line running between Winnipeg, Canada and Chicago, Ill.  It makes two regular trips through Neillsville daily, except Sundays.  The buses, going to Minneapolis, arrive here at 6 a.m. and the south bound passes through here at midnight.  Wagner’s restaurant at the Lewerenz filling station has been made the local depot.


The buses operated by the Sioux Limited Company are of the latest type, able to carry up to 50 passengers, according to Art Wagner, proprietor of the restaurant.  Traffic has been heavy since the line opened, according to Mr. Wagner who states that the buses have been nearly full on every trip.


The route from Winnipeg goes through Grand Forks, Crookston, Fargo, and Wapeton, N.D.; Wheaton, Morris, Benson, Willmar, Litchfield, Cokato, Delano, and St. Paul, Minn; Hudson, Menominee, Eau Claire, Neillsville, Wisconsin Rapids, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and Milwaukee, Wis.; then Chicago, Ill.  There are only 10 stops between Minneapolis and Chicago.  At present, the bus stops at Eau Claire for lunches but an official of the company stated that Neillsville will be made the lunching place shortly as it is the logical midway stopping place.


The Sioux Limited line formerly traveled over Highway 29, but the route through Neillsville cuts off more than three hours running time between the Twin Cities and Chicago.  The fare averages about 2 cents per mile.


Vice resorts, which for a time flourished in Clark County, have been driven out.  There are now none in the county, so far as officials know, according to Hugh G. Haight, district attorney.


Game “hogs” had been hunting grouse for the last week of September, south of the city.  The season did not open until 12 noon on September 30, but reports of the violations have reached the game wardens.  While the daily bag limit during the season is four birds, it is stated that some of the violators have killed several times that number.


John Moen, building contractor of Neillsville, was informed Saturday by the U. S. Government, that he has been awarded the contract for building nine buildings at the CCC camp at Hatfield.  His low bid was of approximately $10,000.  The bid calls for the construction of six barracks, a first aid building and warehouse to be done within 25 days.  Mr. Moen will employ 35 to 40 men for the project.


Back in the days when Neillsville’s municipal improvements consisted principally of a little water pumping station on the north bank of O’Neill Creek, along Hewett Street, and a few blocks of water pipes on main street, Henry Just became an employee of the city.


That was 41 years ago, last month and with the exception of a comparatively short time, due to illness, Mr. Just has been in continuous service of the city of Neillsville.  Mr. Just, who was 72 years old, Sept. 16, was born in Germany.  Frequently hearing of America as a land of opportunity; Mr. Just and his wife embarked for the United States 42 years ago.  They made their home temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Manthey, northwest of the city.  Mrs. Manthey and Mrs. Just were sisters.


Through an acquaintance with a man named George Brach, Mr. Just gained his first job with the street commissioner’s department.  During his long service, Mr. Just served twice as street commissioner and worked under W. J. Hommel, Andrew Brown, Mont Brown, Frank Ayers, Frank Zickert, Warren Southard, John Dwyer, William Farning and August Arndt, the present commissioner.


Having assisted in putting in all of the city’s water and sewerage system, including the present waterworks, Mr. Just has been of invaluable aid to the street commissioner’s office.  He knows the location of almost every pipe in the city.  Other public improvements upon which Mr. Just worked were the cutting down of the Sterns’ hill on North Hewett Street and the Grand Avenue hill on the north side.


Mr. Just has been a faithful servant during all of these years.  He has been a willing worker, shrinking from no task that required his attention.  He is still actively engaged in his work and hopes that his health will permit him to continue for many more years in the work he has followed for so long.


Two Clark County cheese factories have received first place ratings in the statewide contest for ground beautification; it was announced this week at Madison.  The factories honored are the Greenwood dairy operated by T. W. Mech and the Willard factory run by Emil F. Mech.  The judges committee was composed of J. H. Farrell, of Marshall laboratories; Jas. G. Moore, G. W. Longenecker, Norman A. Morris and Franz A. Aust of the University of Wisconsin.  Mr. Longenecker is a son of Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Longenecker of this city.


The Greenwood Dairy, owned by Theodore W. Mech, was awarded a first place rating in grounds beautification of cheese factories in a state-wide contest held in 1938.  The dairy was located 3 ½ miles north of Greenwood.


John Wuethrich and sons, John D. and Allen, conduct the Wuethrich creamery at Greenwood, famous in this part of Wisconsin for its fine butter.  They have been enjoying a phenomenal growth in their butter-making business at a time when most businesses are complaining of declining activities, according to John D. Wuethrich.


“At present, our creamery is working night and day,” said Mr. Wuethrich, “producing more than 3,600 pounds of butter daily.  Our butter is sold throughout the area bordered on the north by Medford, on the south by Neillsville, on the west by Eau Claire and on the east by Wausau.  During the past few weeks, our plant has taken in 16 cheese factories within the territory.  This amounts to a total equivalent of more than 90,000 pounds of milk daily.  Low cheese prices have resulted in these cheese factories finding it more profitable to sell their cream to a creamery than make it into cheese.”


“The increase in our butter production amounts to 100 per cent.  Two men have been added to the crew, making a total of 11 employees in the creamery.”


It is estimated, by Mr. Wuethrich, that his plant is now taking the output of 640 patrons.  The Wuethrich creamery is a modest looking affair of rather unpretentious size.  It is only due to skillful organization and management that the creamery is able to take care of its immense present production.


Thousands of tons of feed, needed this winter for cattle in 33 drought-stricken counties, will be purchased with federal funds from Wisconsin dealers, who offer it at fair prices.  The feed relief plan has been announced by Charles L. Hill, member of the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.


If adequate supplies cannot be had this way, a special drought relief committee, of which Hill is a member, will do its own purchasing in areas where surplus feed supplies accumulated this season.  These surpluses will be transferred to store-houses strategically located to meet needs of drought areas.


The feed fund allotted Wisconsin, from President Roosevelt’s $63,000,000 relief appropriation, is ample to supply all farmers in the afflicted areas with all the feed they will need until May of next year, said Hill.


A new golf course, for Neillsville, has been started this week by F. J. Baer.  Last week, he acquired 60 acres of land of the Henry Markwardt farm, just east of the city.  A crew of men started work immediately to lay out the course and get it in condition for opening next year.  The property is well adapted for a course and should make a fine addition to the community.


Chicken hens around Wisconsin have “gone on strike” during their molting season and as a result, this city is facing an acute shortage of eggs, according to Otto Ebeling.  The Ebeling & Schultz Co., produce dealers, stated that the egg-shortage situation is expected to continue for a week or two longer.  Egg prices in Neillsville are ranging from 1 to 2 cents per dozen more than the Chicago market price.


Mr. Ebeling, who returned Saturday from a trip of several days through the eastern part of the state, reports business conditions are poor.


“We have a condition where farmers get nothing for what they sell and merchants are unable to extend credit,” said Mr. Ebeling.  “I would not be surprised to see many merchants forced to close their doors before the winter is over.”


Ebeling and Schultz recently have completed a cooling room and dressing room at their plant.  A temperature of 50 degrees is maintained summer and winter in the cooling room.


Mr. Arthur Tews and Miss Helen Eggiman were quietly married at Waukegan, Ill., Sept. 25.


The couple was accompanied by the groom’s sister, Miss Velda Tews.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Tews, of North Pine Valley.  He grew up on the home farm where he assisted his father.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eggiman, of South Pine Valley.  She has always lived at home, of which she has had charge since the death of her mother.


As a part of the wedding trip, the bride and groom visited the Century of Progress.


The young couple enjoys the friendship and esteem of a circle of warm friends.  We, of the Press, join in offering our best wishes.


For the present, they are making their home at the Eggiman farm.







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