Clark County Press, Neillsville,

July 25, 2007, Page 18

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

July 1922


The Pleasant Ridge ice cream social, held last week, was well attended.  They cleared $15.


There will be another ice cream social, next Tuesday evening at Richard Selves.  The proceeds will be used to finish paying for the steps at the Ridge Church.


Dale Fulwiler has been busy making and putting up speed limit signs along the roads in the Jockey Corner school district.  The school board let the job to him some time ago.


The re-assessment of the Town of Mentor, for the year 1921, is now underway.  Galbrait of Mauston started the work Monday.  He is being assisted by A. S. Neff of Grand Marsh, who is also experienced in land values and pertaining official work.  They are compiling a complete record of each forty acres or fraction as to nature of soil, lay of land, timber wood and waste or swamp; also clearing and development.


The assessors state that this method will give the town a fair and equitable valuation on all property.  Assessor Jacobs Arachsel is accompanying them and making the 1922 real estate assessment, following closely the figures of the re-assessment.  They are, at present, working in the south end of the town.


Two brothers, who live northwest of Loyal, were arrested last week by Deputy Harry Hewett, on a charge of making moonshine.  They were brought before Justice of the Peace Fred Draper and bound over to Circuit Court.  Deputy Hewett also arrested two brothers, living west of Neillsville, on the same charge and they too were bound over to Circuit Court.  Deputy Hewett found a barrel of mash concealed in the barn and some of the liquor in the cellar.


Fred E. Deane of Tioga, last week, sold 80 acres of wild land in Section 36, town 26, 4 West to Louie Supanek of Lincoln, Illinois, who is putting up a small house on the land.  Supanek expects to move up next summer.  He has been a coal miner and wants to get out on the land.


Mr. Babcock of Eau Claire Y.M.C.A., Secretary of this district, was in town Wednesday in the interest of boys’ summer camps.  He reports that several from Clark and adjoining counties are going to a cherry pickers camp at Sturgeon Bay.  They will leave Merrillan, next Wednesday noon, going on the Green Bay Railway.  Boys must be over 14 years of age, to go.  They can earn from one to two dollars a day, at the price paid of 2 ½ cents a quart.  They will live in a Y.M.C.A. camp, set up on the fairgrounds, at a cost of 60 cents per day.


James Paulus has leased the brewery from Kurt Listeman and has moved his Neillsville Bottling Works to this location.  He took possession of the brewery on Monday, moving all the machinery from his plant on 5th Street to the new location.  He is now turning out soft drinks under most favorable conditions.  Jim will continue to make near beer and root beer, operating the plant in full swing.


The combination of the two soft drink manufactories is an ideal one, for it gives Paulus commodious quarters and fine water for his business.  It also allows Mr. Listeman to take the rest and vacation, which he has planned for many years.


Mr. and Mrs. Listeman plan to go to California soon to spend some time there.  One of their air castle dreams has been to take a trip around the world, which seems certain of fulfillment before many months in the future.



The Neillsville Brewery was one of the city’s earliest businesses, started in 1869 by William Neverman.

The brewery closed during Prohibition in 1925, when it was owned and operated by Kurt Listeman.



Ole Johnson has just completed the remodeling of the old Wisconsin House, into a fairly modern flat building.  He has arranged four nice flats, having electric lights and city water, being for rent in a short while.  The building has been thoroughly fumigated and is still to be painted and when done will make quite a fine improvement for the old corner.  (The Wisconsin House was located on the corner of East 6th and Court Streets. D.Z.)


The Neillsville Canning Company forwarded to the National Guard boys of Neillsville, now at Camp Douglas, three cases of canned vegetables.  John J. Irvine sent the boys a case of lemons.


At the Kiwanis Club dinner, Tuesday, the club voted $20 to get a few extras for the boys and appointed a committee to take care of any other contributions, from other citizens of Neillsville and vicinity, who wish to give to the boys in camp.  Persons wishing to send treats to the boys can notify Geo. A. Ure, chairman of he committee, before Saturday noon.  Articles will be called for and taken to Camp Douglas that afternoon.



July 1952


Open – Strebing’s Root Beer Stand.  Come in for a Deep Draught of Cool, Refreshing, Creamy Howell’s Root Beer, in a Giant Mug for 5c, or take Home a Gallon; bring in your own container, 75c.  Located on Division Street, Highway 10


Mr. and Mrs. Louis Matkovich, of Willard, held a barn dance Saturday night on the completion of their new barn.  A large crowd of guests attended.


When the thermometer stands in the high ranges, and the humidity is just a hair’s breathe behind, it’s watermelon time.  A full carload of melons was brought into Neillsville, Monday, by the Red Owl food organization for distribution in this area.


Appointments affecting several parishes of the Catholic Church in Neillsville and Clark County, and the establishment of a new parish at Chili, have been announced by the chancery office of the diocese at La Crosse.  The appointments were effective July 9.


The Rev. Fr. John J. Pritzl, pastor of St. Mary’s parish here, for the last six years, has been appointed to St. Francis’ parish at Ellsworth.  He will be replaced, here, by the Very Rev. Fr. M. J. Kelnhofer, who has served at Dorchester since July 6, 1949.


The new parish at Chili, St. Stephen’s, has been a mission church served by the clergy at Bakerville. The new pastor will be the Rev. Fr. Carl A. Wohlmuth, who has been administrator of St. Joseph’s parish, Fairview, St. Anthony’s mission parish, Augusta, and St. John’s mission parish at Fairchild.  His former position will be taken by the Rev. Fr. Andrew H. Bofenkamp, administrator of St. Francis of Assisi parish, Necedah.


Other appointments in the Clark County area include:


Succeeding Rev. Kelnhofer at Dorchester will be Monsignor Thomas F. Hayden, who served as vice-rector of the new diocese Holy Cross seminary until last winter, when a heart attack enforced a six-month sick leave.


The Rev. Fr. Raymond H. Bornbach, pastor of Holy Rosary parish, Owen, and Sacred Heart mission parish, Withee, to New Lisbon.  His place, at Owen and Withee, will be taken by the Rev. Fr. Hubert L. Crubel, superintendent of the Catholic cemetery and procurator of Holy Cross seminary, La Crosse.


Jerry’s Resort is Now Open for Your Enjoyment.  Jerry’s Resort is ideally located in the heart of Clark County, Wisconsin.   From Greenwood, go south 2 miles on Highway 98, then east on Highway 98 one mile, south 3 miles and east to the lake.  From Loyal, go 4 miles west on Highway 98, then 3 miles south and east to the lake.


This resort is in its infancy.  The lake covers about 60 acres and is spring fed.


Refreshments and lunches are served.  For rest, relaxation and a good time, come to Jerry’s Resort.


Gerald F. Neuenfeldt is the owner.


A house that has been unoccupied for 25 years is going to be lived in again. That place is known as the Korman house on East Ninth Street.  Through a series of transactions involving a number of heirs, it has been acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Arden Hinklemann.  The house is in very good condition considering the long period of vacancy.  The Hinklemanns are now working on the house to get it ready to occupy.  This means quite some work because the house does have ten rooms.  Mr. and Mrs. Hinklemann also plan some remodeling to make the place more convenient and modern.


The house was the home of Mary Korman, who died December 7, 1951.  While she was living, she wished no one to live in the house.  She and her husband had bought the place about 55 years ago; when it was then a one-story house and the Kormans built on to make it ten rooms.  Here the Kormans lived until Mr. Korman died.  Mrs. Korman stayed on in the house for 6 to 7 years after her husband’s death, with her son, Jake.  Then, she went to live with her daughter, for a number of years.  When Mrs. Korman became bedridden, she and her daughter moved to the home of Mrs. Korman’s granddaughter, Mrs. Claude Ayers, where she died.


Mrs. Korman never wanted to sell or rent her house.  It had been her home and there she had raised her family.  So as long as she lived, the house stayed just the way she had left it.


In the quarter of century of disuse, the outer surroundings had been maintained, with the lawn cared for, and the expense of taxes paid.


Kormans were among the early business leaders of Neillsville.  J. E. Korman ran a profitable wagon works in the building now occupied by the Ray Paulson business.


Word has been received from the state 4-H office that the Folk group of the Longwood 4-H club is to appear at the state fair.  This group was the winner of the County 4-H music festival held in May.  The group had also appeared at the district 4-H camp at Chetek, in early June.


They will be part of the State 4-H Music Program, which will be presented at the radio hall, August 22.


The group specializes in Danish folk dances.  The group is led by Robert Blunck, and the others are: Sidney Sorenson, Roger Meir, Larry Blunck, Fred Ammentorp, Sylvia Larson, Nathalie Scherf, Emma Scherf, Joyce Bakke, Sonjie Neilsen, Justine Kaplia and Bob Blunck.


The Chicago crowd is spending their two weeks vacation at Rock Dam, as usual. There are new members from Lamoric 3838 club, which comes up every year.  This year, the members are: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ellis, Mill and John Kuehulan, Dot and Roy Rulford, Evelyn Walters and son, Al and Bertha Lamoric, Al and Wilma Gizzi, Helen and Andy Faber, John and Mary McGovern.


Everybody had car trouble on the trip.  They are hoping there will be more cabins available for rent, as each year the group gets larger.


The Humbird Canning Factory started the packing of its 1952 crop of early peas on June 26.  The cold and the heavy rains have held up caning operations, but from now on, the plant will be a busy place for the rest of the summer.


John Ravey, new principal of the Colby High School, was introduced at the annual meeting of the high school board, Monday evening at the school.



At the board meeting, a move was made toward building a new addition to the school building.  The addition would include new band rooms and shower rooms.


The board was authorized to secure bids immediately and then to call a special election to authorize a bond issue.


Elroy Brehm, Town of Hull, was elected clerk of the board.  He replaced Otto Heintz, who declined to run again after serving continuously since 1915.


Five hundred persons are estimated to have attended the fiftieth anniversary service of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, held recently.  Visitors served at dinner numbered 236.  (This would be the church at Globe. Dmk)


The celebration was the occasion of recalling much in the history of the church and of the neighborhood.  Church services, for this congregation, run back as far as 1871, when the meetings were held in the adjacent schoolhouse.  Then the services were held every three weeks, and the minister came by horsepower from Granton. His routine was two Sundays at Granton and the third at Pine Valley.  He was paid $150 per year.  He arrived at the William Beyer home Saturday night and one of the Beyer boys hurried out to care for his horse, while the minister went into the house for the warmth of the stove inside.


The first minister ever to serve the parish was the Rev. Mr. Witte.  He came in 1871 and left in 1875.  The Rev. H. Fisher came in 1876 and left in 1894.  The Rev. John Juchow came in 1894 and left in 1898.  In 1898, the Rev. Hummel came and it was while he was minister, the congregation decided to build a church and a charter was formed November 1, 1901.  The Rev. P. H. Haas came in1901, and while he was pastor, the church was built.  William Beyer, Sr., gave an acre of land on which the church was built.  Since then the ministers have been: the Rev. J. Reiff, 1906 to 1927; the Rev. Buth, 1927 to 1944; the Rev. Leonard Domke, 1944 to 1952.


One surviving member of the founding days is Mrs. W. C. Thoma, who resides on Fourteenth Street, Neillsville.  She is the widow of W. C. Thoma, one of the charter members of the church.


Mrs. August Dux, the other surviving charter member of the church, says that it didn’t seem difficult fifty years ago to build a church.


And it didn’t cost much either, very little compared to today’s costs.  The Rev. P. H. Haas, who was then holding services at the Hillside School, wanted a church.  So he went around to some of the people who came to services and collected about $700.  Mrs. Dux remembers she and her husband gave $100.  Some others gave the same amount and some less.  William Beyer, Sr., gave the land.  The Beyer family still owns the adjoining land.  Mrs. Dux said, “There were not very many to give then, but as soon as we had a building, a lot more people joined the church.”


The men of the congregation built the church, although it was summer and there was much farm work to do.  Of course, nobody had so much cleared land, but there wasn’t the labor saving machinery, like there is now.





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