Clark County Press, Neillsville,

June 23, 2004, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

June 1894


The well-known, clear and beautiful spring at Ross’s Eddy, which for forty years has furnished the way-worn travelers with cooling draughts; has been changed. The primitive barrel receptacle has been replaced by a pretentious stone spring, with tile pipe inlet and outlet.


L. B. Ring will deliver Ross Eddy sand to any point in town for 60 cents a load. There is no clay or bark in it.  It is the best sand and cheapest.


A new post office has been established at Wash Canfield’s house and named Carlyle, after Thomas Carlyle, the philosopher and historian.  It is an honor to the great man now long dead and creditable to the man who “thunk it up.”  By mistake it is spelled Carlisle.


Tom Lowe had the sewer connection made for his lot this week.  Excavation for the cellar will be rushed for this reason.  Geo. M. Wilson has the contract.


B. B. Crockett, of Washburn, P. O. address Carlisle, Wis., dropped into Dr. Gile’s office at the Delane Hotel on Decoration Day.  He was so deaf in one ear that his wife could not make him hear when he was lying on his well ear.  One magnetic treatment enabled Crockett to hear ordinary talk across the room with his well ear stopped up.  These instantaneous cures or benefits are not confined to deafness exclusively.  Any ordinary curable disease will yield as rapidly as deafness when conditions are favorable.  Come to see Dr. Gile, as his services are also wanted in Greenwood and other areas.


County Clerk H. M. Root and wife spent Sunday at Greenwood.  They drove their handsome new span of carriage horses up there and back.  They took Frankie and Jackie with them to keep ‘em out o’ mischief.


For sale, cheap and on easy terms: 2 houses and lots in the First Ward of the City of Neillsville, Second Ward, one small house, Third Ward; my own home; Town of York, 33 forties of land; Town of Weston, 14 forties; Town of Hewett, 5 forties; Town of Levis, 24 forties.  All of these will be sold cheap and on easy terms.  Call or write to: Sol F. Jaseph, Neillsville, Wis.


The C. Servaty store cellar, on the North Side presents an odd appearance, since the street has been cut down, not only through the high grade above the street level but down to the bottom of what is to be the cellar.  It sets a good pattern for adjoining property holders to follow. The material removed is being put on the streets and makes a hard, desirable roadway, packing splendidly.


Next Wednesday evening, June 13, the beautiful new hall of the Knights of Pythias, in the Joe Lowe building, will be opened.  There will be semi-public exercises and a program of music, speeches and a banquet.  Members are to invite their friends and the occasion will be made one of great joviality and goodwill.


Work on the Seventh Street water main began last Friday.  The work on this project and on the two Lowe buildings gives employment to many hands.  Lute Marsh’s new residence, which is to be one of the most attractive homes in this city of fine dwellings, is also under way.  An additional building is being completed just north of the Boardman residence.


Both of the Lowe buildings are being hurried, the Jess Lowe building is above ground already and Tom Lowe’s building foundation is well along.


Within a single week, just past, Neillsville has seen frost kill its garden plants and later the thermometer registered 96 or over, in the shade.  Such extremes of heat and cold seldom come together.


Rev. F. C. Roberts, the young English Episcopal clergyman who supplies the pulpit here, was a caller here yesterday.  The archdeacon of this diocese will preach here on July 1st, administering Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m.  The morning service will be at 11 a.m. and the evening service at 8 p.m.  The Episcopalians talk of moving their church to a more suitable location, away from the joyous, festive theatrical and military headquarters and school corner.  They would like to swap lots with someone.


(The Episcopalian Church was located on the northwest corner of Fourth and Court Streets, next door to the old Armory.)


In the cycling race from Cedarburg to Milwaukee last week, Fred Huntzicker, of Neillsville, made the time for 16 miles in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 21 seconds.  He had one tumble, which delayed him some.  He was in 57th place out of a list of about 100 who raced.


Are you warm from the summer heat?  Drink a glass of cool fresh buttermilk from B. E. Luethe’s Creamery.



June 1949


Three British war brides now residing in Clark County will be among the four petitioners to go before Judge Bruce F. Beilfuss and an immigration examiner for citizenship papers here in June.


The naturalization hearings will be conducted June 21.  Afterward, there is to be a welcome ceremony for the newcomers into citizenship.  The ceremony is being planned by the Business and Professional Women’s club, of Neillsville.  It will be a public event.


Where Clark County has had as many as 75 seeking naturalization papers at a single hearing of this type in the past, there will be but four this year, according to Ben Frantz, clerk of circuit court.


A spurt, which followed the outbreak of World War II, sent the number zooming to near-record heights.  But, it has fallen off to a mere trickle in the last two years or more, Mr. Frantz said.


The trio of British war brides will be joined by Mrs. Hedwig Tresemer of Neillsville, Rt. 3 a native of Germany. 


The war brides petitioning for citizenship are:


Mrs. William (Pauline) Zassenhaus of Colby, Rt. 2; who came here from Totnes, England, entering the United States March 26, 1946.


Mrs. Henry (Julia Lucy) Szeplieniec of Dorchester, who entered the United States March 17, 1946 from Forkhill, North Ireland.


Mrs. Donald (Patricia Dorothy) Jagodzinski, Owen, Rt. 1, entered the United States on February 4, 1946, coming from London, England.


War brides, following their soldier-husbands to the United States, need no declaration of intention, commonly called “first papers.”  They may petition or file “second papers,” after they have been in the United States for two years or more.


The York Dairy, which was destroyed by fire, about three miles northwest of Neillsville, last Friday, will be rebuilt.


That is the plan of Al Breseman, owner, who suffered a severe hand laceration and other injuries during the fire, which resulted in damage estimated at “not far from $20,000.”


Mr. Breseman said he plans to build a new factory on the location, using cinder block.  It will be a one-story structure with a flat roof, according to his present plan.


The York Dairy was handling a run of about 20,000 pounds of milk daily.  The Breseman trucks are now hauling to the York Center Factory, where facilities are being strained to take care of the additional load.  Two of the York Dairy men are working with the York Center Factory.


Breseman said that he hopes to get started on cleaning up the remains of the factory area as soon as his physical condition will permit.  Neighboring farmers have offered to help with the task.



The early 1900s were years of many cheese factories in Clark County.  Road intersections, here and there, was likely locations for cheese factories.  The convenience of a nearby factory enabled the farmers of the area to haul the fresh milk, daily, to be processed.  The Town of York cheese factory was located north of Granton, near County Trunk K, at the Pelsdorf and Timberlane intersection.  Al Breseman was owner operator of the York Dairy in the late 1900s.



The former Episcopal Church building in Neillsville, recently remodeled into office space by W. B. Tufts, has been purchased from Mr. Tufts by the Lynn Mutual Insurance Companies.  The purchase was made June 1, which date, incidentally marked the 71st anniversary of the Lynn Insurance Companies.  The building is located adjacent to the Neillsville Armory, at the corner of Fourth and Court Streets.


The Dairy Divot Diggers are arriving in force for their big golf feature, which takes place here Thursday.  They will play 18 holes of golf and will eat largely and pleasantly in the evening.  The affair is strictly stag, with no women on hand to curb language or distract the attention.  At the golf club, great preparations have been made, including special arrangements at the nineteenth hole.


The local committee, consisting of Hubert Quicker and Roy Neperud; has received a flood of acceptances.  The Divot Diggers consist of dairy plant operators and salesmen of supplies.  The plant men will come from a radius of 125 miles.  Some of the salesmen will come from Chicago and the Twin Cities.


Since the dairy industry operates seven days a week, every week of the year, the surprise to some may be that there are so many Divot Diggers.  But Hubert Quicker says dairy plant men just have to play golf; otherwise they would go “nuts.”


A “10-Year Plan,” Neillsville style, which is being completed in just 11 years, is the claim of Otto W. Lewerenz.


This weekend, Mr. Lewerenz is observing his 11th anniversary as a restaurateur in Neillsville.  It is the completion of the 10-Year Plan, which has made his service one of complete production from farm to stomach.


Starting a small restaurant on a side street in 1937, the Sweet Shop owner said this week that he had little then but dreams.  As the restaurant prospered, the dreams were brought into reality, until now it is a complete farm to consumer operation.


In addition to the restaurant, there is an ice cream manufacturing business.  There are two complete and independent locker plants; the operation of several farms; the milk and produce from which is processed and sold through the Sweet Shop outlet.  They have a meat curing and smoking department, in which modern smoking and injection curing are employed.  A pastry bakery and other enterprises all operate under one roof.


Marking the anniversary, Mr. Lewerenz is holding an open house in his plant Saturday and Sunday, when all people interested are invited to look over the 10-Year Plan that has now been completed.


The Holcombe Dam, now under construction by the Northern States Power Company at a cost now estimated at about $8,176,000, will complete the hydro-electric development of the Chippewa River between the Flambeau and Chippewa junction to the Eau Claire Dells Dam.


The Holcombe Dam, when placed in operation in September 1950, will produce 34,000 kilowatts, or about 45,000 horsepower.  According to Albert Smith, district head of the power company, who gave a description of the big hydro-electrical development at a meeting of the Kiwanis club, the dam will have four paddle-type wheels and 13 tainter gates.


The development is bringing about the necessity for considerable relocating of roads, the Holcombe Bridge and two cemeteries.


“There have been interesting to work with,” Mr. Smith commented, “but they also have been headaches.”


Not the least of these has been the moving of two cemeteries to higher locations, which has required the securing of permits from all next-of-kin buried in them.  Not all next-of-kin, of course have been available, so an act of legislature also is needed to permit the removal of graves with the permission of the county court.


The highway bridge, which is near the location of the new dam will have to be relocated and replaced by a larger six-span structure, Mr. Smith said.


The backwater from the Holcombe Dam will form a “pool” of approximately 4,300 acres.  The Jump River basin will “have quite a lake,” Mr. Smith said, while the backwater will extend to the junction of the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers.


The new plant will be a combination hydro, steam and diesel operation.


Greenwood is the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bogdonovich, following their wedding trip to Yellowstone National Park.  The bride is the former Marilyn Joyce Bertz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Bertz of Loyal.  The groom is the son of Eli Bogdonovich of Chicago.  St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Loyal, was the scene of the wedding.


The bride’s attendants were Miss Colleen Bertz, sister of the bride and Mrs. Clarence Bushnell, Marshfield, another sister of the bride.  Flower girl was Mary Ellen Bertz. The groom was attended by Edward Panyon of Duluth, Minn. and Clarence Bushnell of Marshfield.  Ushers were Robert Bertz and David Bertz.


Angry Chili fans cost their Bluebirds baseball team a 9 to 0 forfeit to the Neillsville Athletics Sunday  afternoon, just as the Bluebirds were scenting victory in their Cloverbelt league game.


It was a near-riot that followed a close plate decision in the seventh by Umpire Swede Moberg, of Neillsville.  Griepentrog, running for Lindow, who had wrenched a knee in a play at first, scampered for home as Bert Voelker, Chili pitcher, hit to second.


Bud Bremer made the play at home and Umpire Moberg called Griepentrog out.


A dozen or so Chili fans swarmed around Moberg, heaping abuse upon him.  Soon, they were joined by more angry fans.  One fan grabbed the umpire by the collar.  Another man stood on the outer fringe of the crowd with a baseball bat in his hands.  Fortunately, however, nothing more than a verbal barrage was unloosed.


Umpire Moberg called for the crowd to clear the field; then called for aid from Traffic Officer Harry Frantz.  The Chili baseball team members tried to help; but the fans refused to leave the field to permit play to be resumed.


After an extended lapse of time, the umpire called the game a forfeit, giving the victory to Neillsville.



 Please contact us if you know which two cemeteries (mentioned above) were moved because of the Holcombe Dam project.




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