Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

April 11, 2007, Page 15

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

April 1907


CYRIL P. LA FLEUR was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, May 6, 1824; was married to Eunice Hewett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon B. Hewett, in June 1852.  They came to Clark County in 1869.  After living a year in Neillsville, they moved to Hewettville, taking charge of the hotel there for James Hewett, remaining there five years.  In 1875, they settled on their present farm. One of the oldest residents of Clark County, Mr. Cyril P. La Fleur died at his home in the Town of Weston, March 31, 1907.


He is survived by his wife Eunice, two sons and two daughters.  The son, George La Fleur lives in Oregon and Will resides on the home farm; one daughter, Ella, wife of John Clark, lives in Oregon and the other daughter Alice, Mrs. Eugene Mack, resides in Minneapolis.  A son, Harry died about seven years ago.


Mr. La Fleur was considered, by all who knew him, to be a good citizen and a good man.  When younger, he had held positions of honor and trust in his town.  He did his part in opening up the wilderness of Clark County, to cultivation.  The funeral which was largely attended was held at Christie with Rev. W. T. Hendren officiating.


For sale – 80 acres of land 6 ½ miles from Neillsville: Some of the land has been cleared, priced at only $1,600.  Inquire at the Press office for more details.


For Sale – A nice little place of 11 acres, two miles from Neillsville. Roomy, well built house with good cellar, fine well and windmill and a comfortable barn.  It has a good orchard of apples, plums and cherries, along with black berries, currants and other garden plants.


Following is the report of the York Cheese Factory, for the year of 1906.

Total number of pounds of milk received was 2,142,128.

Total number of pounds of cheese sold, 209,604.

Total number of pounds of butter sold, 80,786.

Average test was 3.85.

Average price, per cwt. For milk was $1.06.

Average price per pound of cheese, 11 7/8c.

Average price per pound butter fat, .272c

Total amount from sales was $24,644.56.

Total paid to patrons $21,924.56.

Total paid for making, $2,719.64.


On Wednesday, of last week, there was an accidental shooting while a charivari was going on at the residence of Ernest Ratsch.  Edward Ziegler, a young man who lives in the Town of Grant, was shot in the back by one of the serenaders while he was taking part in the merrymaking.  Drs. Matheson and Frank were called and found that the wound was not necessarily serious. The bullet, as yet, has not been located.


Mr. Gardner, superintendent of the new dam project, arrived at Hatfield with 10 of his assistants.  They will be doing the different kinds of work, such as laying out the dam, the flume, which will be nearly two miles long, the powerhouse and the line to carry the power.  The only present drawback is the lack of tools; the boarding house and store are about completed.  As soon as the tools arrive, the work will begin.


Hatfield has the appearance of a new mining town, as here are several new shanties and more going up every day.  E. F. Balch is building a hotel, 24’x36’ with a wing that will be 16’x24’.  Hatfield also has a new merchant who came from La Crosse.


Will Green bought the Tom Gibson store building, in Chili.  He has rock and lumber on the place, ready to build a 16 foot addition, to make the building 40 feet long, giving the hardware business more room.


The first runaway due to an automobile occurred last Thursday night.  Mrs. Aug. Wagner’s team of horses took fright at the sight of an automobile on Hewett’s hill.


Mrs. Wagner’s brother, who makes his home with her, was driving the team.  But due to one of his hands being disabled with a carbuncle, he got out of the buggy to take hold of the team by their bridle bits.  The team broke loose from him and went running down the street at a fearful rate.  Mrs. Wagner held onto the lines and vainly screamed for help.  Her little child, about four years old, was in the buggy with her and the sight of the helpless mother and child, likely at any moment to be dashed to death, made the blood of the spectators run cold.


The team turned the corner at the Congregational Church and there they broke loose from the buggy.  Mrs. Wagner and her child were hurled over the buggy’s dashboard.  Her collarbone was dislocated and the child’s face was bruised, both escaping death almost by miracle.


That accident should be an admonition to automobile drivers, to use the utmost caution, going even beyond the limits of care required by law.  The business interests of the city demand that country people be not driven out or kept away for fear of such accidents.  No one for the sake of a moment’s exhilarating sport wants to have the death of helpless women and children upon his head.

April 1957

Approximately six track meets, with the weatherman calling the turn, are planned by Neillsville High School’s thin-clads, this spring, according to Coach Hank Lukes.


Thirty five men have reported for workouts, which thus far have been confined indoors because of weather conditions.

This track squad is the largest that Neillsville coaches have had to work with since instituting the track program a few years ago.  But just how the team will shape up is still a question.  Seventeen of the 35 members are untried first-year men.

However, the team probably will be built around last Year’s Point-winners, who have returned.  Leading these is Jon Swenson, who competed in the state 440-yard event at Madison, last year.  Others are Art Stiemke, half miler and relay team member; and Charles Swann, shot put and discus thrower.


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Haslow have purchased the Chris Olsen farm northeast of Loyal, the former Clair Lyon farm, and plan to move there the last of May.


Arthur Carl, Neillsville building contractor, has received the contract for erecting the new store building for the Schultz Bros. Co., variety store, at the corner of Hewett and Fifth streets.


Mr. Carl expected to start razing the old Schultz building on the corner, Wednesday.  All of that building will be torn down except potions of the south and east walls, which will be used in the new building.


Plans call for the construction of a completely modern store building on the Schultz-Schoengarth location with full basement.  It will be one story high, with slightly higher-than-normal walls in order to blend in with the two-story structures around it.  The size will be 66 by 100 feet.


It is expected that the building will be completed in August.


Jon Swenson, 18-year-old senior stand out guard of the Neillsville High School basketball team and a football letter winner, became the third to win the outstanding senior athlete award of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce.


With 170 persons present at the annual athletic banquet in the high school last Saturday night, Swenson was presented with the permanent trophy and a gold medal by Dr. Milton C. Rosekrans, physician and president of the chamber of commerce.

In making the presentation, Dr. Rosekrans mentioned that he was doubly pleased because Jon was “one of my babies.  The first time I met him he wasn’t wearing any clothes.”


The accuracy of this statement, however, was somewhat clouded later, however, when the doctor’s wife, Dr. Sarah Rosekrans, said privately that she, not Dr. Milton, had presided at the birth.


In the interest of accuracy, the reporter inquired of Jon as to which memory was correct.  Jon shot back this diplomatic answer: “I honestly can’t remember.”


Aside from this by-play, Jon’s selection was greeted enthusiastically by all present, including approximately 40 high school athletes who were guests of their parents and Neillsville businessmen.  It was a proud moment for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Swenson.

Jon’s name was engraved on the beautiful, large trophy below those of John Nozar and Edward Schwellenbach, first and second winners of the honor.  The trophy remains permanently in the high school trophy case; but Jon received a gold medal, with his name engraved on its back, setting forth his honor selection.


The annual award banquet was established by the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to show community backing and encouragement to high school youths engaged in sports. That is beginning to show some effect, stated Principal Ivan W. Lauscher, who expressed belief that the award is “beginning to show a mark” in the enthusiasm and participation of high school youths in athletics.


In his remarks, Mr. Lauscher also asserted that the home can do much to influence and encourage the boys, and it can destroy in one stroke, all that coaches have been able to build in a long period of effort.


He also threw out this caution: “Don’t let a boy quit athletics to get a job, so that he can get a car.”


An intensive search has been going on in Herb Green’s feed mill in Humbird for the shredded remains of from $175 to $200 in currency, which went through the hammer mill last Friday afternoon.


Up to Monday night, an unknown portion of the bills had been recovered, that of about a half a cigar box full.  There remained four of 20 sacks of feed to be sifted, in searching for more bills.


The money, along with about $7.00 in checks, got into the hammer mill purely by accident.  Bob Green, 18-year-old son of the mill’s owner and one of his three helping sons, was entrusted with the wallet containing the feed mill’s currency when Mr. Green left that afternoon, going to Neillsville.


Bob, who is described by his father as “a mighty good worker,” was shoveling cob corn from the back of a truck into a basket on the dock, next to the hammer mill hopper entrance.  As he worked, apparently the wallet worked upward in the hip pocket of his tight western-style jeans.  It fell out and into the hopper; but was not immediately missed.


When it was discovered missing, young Bob Green knew instinctively where the wallet had gone.  But it was too late.  The batch of feed had gone through already.


So the salvage operation began in the hope that Uncle Sam’s famous currency “detectives” may be able to find enough pieces to warrant a return of some of the money, at least.  Mr. Green believed they had found enough to get back “maybe $100, if we’re lucky.”


The Zion Lutheran Evangelical congregation voted Monday evening, to locate the new church building on the southwest corner of the church property just northeast of Trimberger’s service station. An architect will not be employed to draw up plans.


Marriage licenses issued in Clark County:

Peter Saule, Town of Mead and Alice Musich, Town of Hendren to be married, April 27 in Willard; Robert Waldhauser, Loyal, and Ruby Redig, Town of Sherman, married in Loyal April 22; John Reichersamer, Abbotsford and Carol Ann Archambo, Abbotsford, to be married in Abbotsford April 27 and Charles James Suda, Town of Warner, and Jeannette Marie Wehrman, Greenwood, to be married in Greenwood on May 4.


Seven members of the catechism class of Zion American Lutheran Church, at Granton, confirmed on Palm Sunday were: David Hillert, David Anderson, Bruce Winkler, Beverly Stillman, Marlene Goebel, June Rothenberger and Joy Neilsen.

Confirmation services were held Palm Sunday at 9:15 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Greenwood.

The members of the confirmation at Zion were: Janis Abel, Arlyn Dusso, Gerald Olson and David Schneider.


The West Side class was comprised of 14 boys and girls: Allan and Larry Dallman, Ethel Kippenhan, Diane Liebzeit, Becky Kuester, Carol Metcalf, Betty and Carol Schofield, Elmer Noah, Irving Timmler, Robert Scheuerman, Betty Wehrmann, Allen Wessel and Sharon Waldhart.


The Farmer’s Union, York local, held their quarterly convention last Thursday night.  Speakers were Mr. Skogstad from the Central Exchange of St. Paul, and Bob Moses of Eau Claire.  Prizes were given.  There were 84 people present.


Joan, Joyce and Janet Foemmel gave a cornet trio.  Clemence Schultz played an accordion solo.  Several vocal numbers were presented.  Miss Fristad gave a four-minute speech about Hungarian refugees.  A lunch was served.  The next local meeting will be at Mrs. Vandeberg’s home.


Stop in at Svetlik Motor Co., in Neillsville, where you can look over and purchase the Advanced, New Ford All Purpose Tractor!  The cost is as low as $599 Down, Cash or Trade and up to 36 months, or 3 crop years to pay the balance.


Twelve or more bands of the Cloverbelt Conference will be on parade in Neillsville, Thursday afternoon, starting at 4 p.m., as the first public function of the Cloverbelt Music Festival.


This is the first time that Neillsville has been host since the inauguration of the festival.  The colorful parade of uniformed bands will be an outstanding sight.


The festival will bring together upward of 800 high school musicians and vocalists from the region. They will play before judges during a day-long program at (the) high school and the south side grade school.


A climax of the day’s activities will be a concert of massed band and massed chorus, made up of the best musicians of the Cloverbelt bands, at 8 p.m.


Students of the Silver Crest School – 1959, left to right, 1st row: Donna Zank, Veronica Reams, Janice King and LuAnn Zank; 2nd  row: Carl Nemitz, Fred Mohr, James Mohr, Allen Mohr and David Mohr; 3rd row: Diane Reams, Jeanette King, Carol King, Jerry (Joe) King, Ronald Zank and Marvin Mohr; 4th row: Mrs. Ivy (teacher), Edna Mohr, Donna Mohr, Sharon Hawklin, Francis Reams, Donald (Duke) King and Gordon Smith.  (Photo courtesy of Carl Nemitz)




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