Clark County Press, Neillsville,

September 15, 2004, Page 14

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Clark County News

September 1894


Esch & Taylor have a small mountain of dirt in front of their lot, making room for the basement of their new solid brick block.


All persons having in their possession, one or more books belonging to the library of the Unitarian Sunday School, are requested to return them within the next two weeks, if possible.  If any find it inconvenient to leave them at the People’s Church, they may leave them at the office of the Neillsville Times.


The Begley Opera House is receiving the finishing touches and the Greenwood folks are arranging for a grand opening ball, Sept. 12.  Several couples of our city will take it in.  The hall is said to be a beauty and will accommodate 16 quadrille sets.


The following is a list of jurors drawn Monday afternoon for the fall term of Clark County court, which sets on Monday, Oct. 15th:


Arthur Darton, Town of Beaver; F. Stecker, Town of Colby; Henry Merritt, Colby City; Geo. Brown and John Mack, Town of Eaton; Geo. Howard and Thomas Ward, Town of Grant; C. Schoenemann, Town of Green Grove; John Stoneberg and Elias Peterson, Greenwood; Louis Miller and Geo. Brewer, Town of Hixton (Hixon); J. M. Hanson, Ole Thompson, Town of Hoard; R. B. French, Town of Levis; Jos. C. Dunn, Town of Loyal; A. K. Pryor and Ed Hemenway, Loyal village; J. E. Knapp, Aug. Scheelk and Peter Wilber, Town of Mayville; J. C. DeLong and John Hurst, Town of Mentor; I. H. Marsh, Sam Calway, M. F. Bealeua and Wm. Free, Neillsville; Aug. Solderberg and C. Banderob, Town of Thorp; F. Lehman and Max Weber, Thorp Village; Chas. Kayhart and Lyman Morse, Town of Weston; Jesse Humiston and Cecil Verbeck, Town of York.


The schools are progressing extra fine in the town of York.  The following teachers are at the paddles: No. 1, Viola Davis; No. 2, Lillian Canfield; No.3, Jessie Romaine; No. 4, Mrs. J. McKenzie; No. 5, Ethie Kemery.


The Town of York had a rain shower that lasted nearly 20 hours, this week.  This is the first good rain we have had since in early June.  It has started up; the fall season fine put out the forest fires and benefited the farmers in every way possible.


Sept. 6, Forest fires burned a house, barn, 30 tons of hay, 14 sets of logging sleighs and a new water tank owned (by) C. L. Coleman of La Crosse; also an empty barn owned by John Eggett.  These places were all situated near Longwood.  The citizens of Greenwood have been helping fight fire on the north side of the city for nearly a week and today the fire is approaching from the east.


The other day, we visited Geo. L. Lloyd in his field located south of the Neillsville cemetery.  He was up to his ears in soot, burning pine stumps and log-piles, clearing the land.  It is wonderful how completely the fire burns the stumps during these dry times.  George has two springs stoned up in the field, affording plenty of water to use in putting out fires when necessary.


The Upham Manufacturing Company, of Marshfield, is enlarging the loading capacity at their furniture warehouse.  When the project is completed, the company will be able to load double the amount of railcars as at the present time.  The furniture factory is so crowded with orders at present, that the men are working 12 hours a day, instead of ten and receiving extra pay for the overwork.   Every department is being worked to its fullest capacity. The excellent furniture being made there is the cause of the increased orders.


The roads are filled with more hunters than game. The state law inaugurated a short time ago, prohibiting a person or a person, from hunting on another man’s property without first obtaining permission, seems to be little heeded. This law ought to be enforced, for several cases have occurred where cattle and other livestock have been shot.


Spense Marsh had fair hunting success, while over in the Granton area the other day.  He came home with several gray squirrels.


An Englishman, eating gray squirrel for the first time recently, suggested that they would be good tasting if stuffed and baked.  Some of the ladies will try it.


Friday and Saturday, of this week, the Dignin sisters will have their fall and winter millinery opening.


Farmers, who lack cash and wish to pay up their accounts owed at the newspaper office, may bring in oats or oak fence posts, all they can spare, as payment.


September 1949


Immanuel Lutheran Church, at Globe, observed the 50th anniversary of the building of its present church edifice, last Sunday.  It was the occasion of a great homecoming of those whose lives and interests center in the Globe community.  The attendance, as judged by the dinners served after the morning service, was close to 400.


Rev. William Wadzinski, of Manchester, preached the morning service and in the afternoon, the Rev. Frederick Brandt of Appleton was the preacher.  In the evening, a brief address was given by Rev. Alfred Schewe, of Neillsville.


The Revs Wadzinski and Brandt were in their student days of teaching in the church summer school.  To them, this occasion was a homecoming.  To Mr. Brandt, as he said in his sermon, the occasion recalled the old days when his father, pastor of St. John’s in Neillsville, also served the Globe Church.  Mr. Brandt said he could remember the preparation made for his father’s cold drive to Globe, during the winter; a hot soapstone would be put into the buggy or cuter with him and he would then be tucked in with many blankets.


The church history was read to the congregation by the pastor, Rev. Adolph Schumann.  He explained, however, the earliest records of the church were not available and that even the later era, up to 1916, is without independent records.


In view of the lack of record of the early days, The Clark County Press interviewed G. E. Grap, who at the age of 20 helped to build the original log church.  That structure, Mr. Grap says, occupied the present site of the school building.  It was just one-story high.  The ceiling was about the height of the ceiling in the old-style homes.


There was but one door into the old log church and that door was located on the south side.  The altar was in the southeast corner of the building, at the right, as persons entered.  The pews were crude board, made on the spot, with single board backs, with crude shelving on the back of each to accommodate the hymn books for those in the next pew to the rear.  The large heating stove was at the north center of the building.


There was no organ in the old log church.  The hymn singing was led by William Brunkow, who was regarded as the singer of the congregation.  The lack of an organ was a privation rather than a matter of discipline.  If, as recorded last week, some of the Methodists in York Center objected to an organ as a worldly extravagance, that was not the viewpoint at Globe.  The Lutherans there simply did not have an organ, but they got one as soon as they financially could.


Nor was it looked upon as a hardship that the old church was built of logs. The men, who went to help with the construction of that church, lived in log houses.  In the 1880s, there was no other kind of houses in the Globe community.  Gus Grap’s mother, who lived in the Globe community until 1936, continued to live in a log house until she died.  That same log house stands there today on the old home farm now occupied by Ferdinand Grap, Jr., with his son, Frederick.  They live in a frame house, but behind that building is the old log house with modern siding upon it.


Of course, the old timers used boards for flooring and incidental purposes, but it was not easy to get boards.  The nearest saw mill was on Wedges Creek, at what is now the Snyder dam.  From there it was quite a haul to Globe.  Hauling lumber was done by ox team and that was the same mode of conveyance when the Globe people went to Neillsville for supplies.  It was an all-day trip, though Mr. Grap recalls that oxen, when properly encouraged, could travel at a rate that would keep a walking man hurrying.


Mr. Grap recalls the first burial in the present church cemetery.  The person interred was Mrs. August Bahr.  In her last days of illness, she worried about the place for a grave, the woods being all around her.  So the men went to the site intended for the cemetery and made a clearing.  Presently, she was interred there, with tree stumps all around the grave.


Mr. Grap recalls, too, that there was wildlife in the thick woods, including wolves, bear and deer.


The church was first organized in 1887.  It was at first related to St. John’s Lutheran Church, of Neillsville, the pastors of it supplying both congregations until 1916.  In that year, the congregation completed a commodious parsonage and the first family to occupy it was that of the first full-time pastor, William Parisius.  Rev. Parisius continued in the pastorate until 1927, being succeeded by Rev. Walter Motskus, who served until 1939.  Then was the present pastor, Rev. Adolph Schumann.


The earlier pastors, who also served St. John’s Lutheran Church, residing in Neillsville and traveling to the Globe church were:  F. J. Eppling, Jr., 1887 to 1890; Christian Doehler, 1890-1892; F. Thrun, 1892-1904; Herman Brandt, 1904-1916.


Charter members of the church were William Scheel, Julius Hagedorn, William Kuhl, Eric Schoenherr, R. Spranger, Albert Lueck, Carl Schroeder, William Schultz, Fred Glasow, R. Mitte, Frank Kalsow, Albert Klueckman, F. Steinberg, August Bahr and William Schlinkert, Sr.   All of these charter members are dead.


The first board of elders consisted of Frank Kalsow, Julius Hagedorn and Frank Steinberg.


The members of the Globe Church at the time of the construction of the new church building in 1899 were as follows, as recalled by G. E. Grap: William Kuhl, William Scheel, Julius Hagedorn, Louis Quast, Fred Glasow, Sr., Rudolph Schoenherr, Sr., William Kalsow, Sr., Ferdinand Grap, Sr., Ludwig Schultz, Carl Schroeder, William Mitte, Robert Mitte, William Brunkow, Fred Steinberg, Fred Kalsow, Albert Klueckman, Andrew Krisling, G. E. Grap, William Schlinkert, W. B. Thoma, David Boyer, August Worchel, Albert Manthey, William Kuenkel, Henry Nemitz, Herman Hoffman, August Dudei and August Meihack.


The present church building was constructed in 1899, during the pastorate of F. Thrun.  The schoolhouse was constructed in 1906.  After the parsonage was built in 1916, the church became fully self-supporting.


The first child baptized in the present church was William Kuhl.


The first wedding was that of Ferdinand Grap to Martha Kalsow.


Frank Gault has purchased the business of the Cities Service Filling Station on South Hewett Street from Bud Chapman and Chuck Jonkel.


About 154 tons of steel, the superstructure for the Black River Bridge, west of Christie on County Trunk H, will be erected starting the latter part of this week.


Six railroad flatcars were unloaded here last Friday, of approximately 104 tons of trusses and floor beams in preparation for the project.  A large crane was used to unload the steel for trucking to the site of the new bridge.


The erection of the superstructure is expected to be a spectacular and interesting sight, according to Clark County Highway Commissioner, Elmer F. Anderson. The superstructure will be 81 feet long and 12 feet high.


Heavy steel trusses and floor beams will be swung into place by a big boom.  Twelve men will be employed for this part of the job, which is being carried out by a Milwaukee steel erecting firm.  Actual erecting of the steel work is expected to get underway Friday.


The concrete abutments for the new structure were put in last summer.


The overhead truss bridges have become something of the past, symbols of our history.  In the early 1900s, several overhead truss bridges could be seen here and there throughout Clark County, crossing its rivers and creeks. The above photo was taken of one of those bridges, which at one time spanned the Black River on County Highway H, west of Christie.


The cheese warehouse at Greenwood is included in a sale announced this week, of all the Armour cheese operations in Central and Northern Wisconsin.  Purchaser is the Mid-State Cheese Corporation of Marshfield, president and treasurer of which is Steve J. Miller of Marshfield.  Mr. Miller is head of Central Cheese Company and has been active for years in the purchase, processing and handling of cheese in this part of Wisconsin.


Executive head of the new concern is Robert W. Nisbet, who has been manager of the Armour operations.  He becomes general manager and vice-president of the new organization.  Secretary and assistant treasurer is Victor E. Hallman, of Marshfield, who has been also been office manager for Armour.


Authority to establish approximately 25,000 acres of deer refuges, during the coming deer season on land owned by Clark County, is being sought from the State Conservation Commission.


The areas on which commission approval is sought are located in Sherwood, Washburn, Dewhurst, Mentor, Butler and two small areas in Foster, as stated by Warden Carl Frick. These areas would provide a considerable refuge area during the antlerless season ahead.


The antlerless deer law will be in effect during the five-day season from November 19 through November 23.


Vets’ Village soon will belong to Neillsville.


Title to the 12 pre-fabricated houses, which were moved here from Baraboo a few years ago to relieve the housing shortage, will be turned over (to) the city by the federal government as a gift, with no strings attached.




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