Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 29, 2008, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1893


Mr. J. E. Keelyn, general agent for the Wisconsin Telephone Co., has been in our city several days, his purpose being to establish a telephone line here connecting us with the outside world.  This line with which he wishes to connect us will place our citizens within talking distance with La Crosse, Onalaska, Salem, Bangor, Sparta, Tomah, Viroqua, Mindora, Melrose, Black River Falls and other points.  What the company wants to do, now that they are as far north as Black River Falls, is to close up the gap that exists between the line running from Hemlock Dam to the Dells Dam and their own line at Black River Falls, thus making the line complete as far north as the Hemlock Dam.


Mr. Keelyn informs us that about one-third of the amount of cash required from subscribers has been guaranteed and that there is a fair prospect of obtaining the balance in a few days.  This system will be a great boon and a great saving of time to the lumbermen in this part of the county and it is to be hoped the undertaking will meet with success.


Mr. A. L. Lee left again Monday morning for the northern part of the State, where he is employed in looking up lands for eastern parties and where he will remain until the snow drives him out.  His wife will remain here during his absence.


Mr. A. J. Armstrong left Greenwood today with a full crew of men to begin logging 18 miles north of Fifield on the West Central Railroad, where he intends to make his home for the next five years.  His family will follow to live there, too.


Tom Blacha is doing work on the foundation of the new Presbyterian Church, in Greenwood.  Lumber is on the ground and the framework for the building will be in construction within a short time.


An uncommon case of hardship has been brought to light in the Goger family, rendered houseless by a storm.  The father is crippled and helpless, so all of the family has been living in a cloth tent.  They will hereafter receive proper care.


Mr. Wren visited this town with his steam thresher last week.  His engine traveling along the road makes one think of what may be in the future.


Humbird, in this county, has some new businesses, a match factory, Elisha Emery, proprietor, and a cheese factory, Mrs. Henry Harvey, proprietress.


Lowe Brothers are making a needed improvement in the rear of their meat market, in the shape of a solid brick smoke house, with a stone foundation.


There are now trains seven days a week, morning and evening, running between Neillsville and Merrillan.


The farewell party held last night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Blakeslee was a perfect jam, the rooms overflowing with friends of the people soon to leave.  The floors were bared for dancing with Doc. French and wife, James, and Mrs. Hewett, Mr. and Mrs. Clark. Mr. Blakeslee, all seen dancing.  Fruit was served, and cigars and the house were crowded until after midnight.


Up around Loyal, those Germans are still coming, and are fast settling up and improving the fertile lands of Clark County.  At not a very distant day, we may expect to see all the available lands of this recently densely timbered county occupied by these sturdy sons of Germany.  Six more families are expected this coming week, to join the great number already settled in the southeast corner of Loyal.  Most of the German immigrants are of the Catholic faith.  They intend building a church in the settlement next spring.


Jacques and Tooley are still at the stave business in the southeast corner of Loyal.  Stave hauling will be one of the leading industries of that part of the town this coming winter.  C. A. Smith has a contract for hauling about 250,000 staves to Spencer and will employ four horse teams. 


The joint school district of Loyal and Sherman has a new schoolhouse ready for occupancy.  Wm. Tromblee was the builder.


Messrs. Rossman & Johnston, along with a crew of men and teams, have been employed for the last week building a new dam for the benefit of Weston’s mill and the Black River Logging Association.  They will complete the dam this week.


October 1953


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marg of the Town of Pine Valley celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary September 26 by giving a dance for their friends and relatives at the Legion Memorial Hall.  Their children were all home for the occasion, with the exception of one daughter living in Oceanside, Fla.  Many gifts and a substantial sum of money were given to Mr. and Mrs. Marg from the large group attending the dance.


At an estimated cost of $500, and a good many hours of time donated by members, the Neillsville Sportsmen’s club has restored to use a dam in the Town of Hewett, approximately 10 ½ miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10 and 2.2 miles south.


The dam backs up water in a swampy land of the county forest area and its principal purpose is the propagation and feeding of local ducks and furnishing of a stop over place for northern ducks.


It is one of many dams put into drainage ditches in the county forest area during the old civilian conservation corps days, in the 1930s, the dam having since been washed out.  Working Sundays and hiring what couldn’t be done by hand, members of the club repaired the dam and the earth-filled wings, which had been washed out.  They lowered an overflow cut in one wing, replaced an iron gate and rip-rapped the wings with rock.


The plan of the club is to return to use other such dams in the area for the betterment of game, particularly ducks, and duck hunting.


It is now as certain as anything can be in the fluid business of legislative politics that the hundred of suspended school districts of Wisconsin will get two more years of grace, during which they will be empowered to levy taxes to pay for the enrollment of their children in operating school districts.  The legislative council by unanimous vote has endorsed such a bill for submission to the legislature when it holds its adjourned session here Oct. 26.


The legislature, acting upon the advice of Gov. Kohler and the state department of public instruction, early in the year passed a non-operating school district “death sentence law.”  The evident intention of that law was to give districts two years to attach themselves to districts operating schools, some legislators thought, but lawyers interpreted it to take effect immediately.  There have been many protests from the non-operating districts that could not make the adjustment in time to accommodate their children for this fall’s term of school.


The local delivered price of the New 1953 Buick Special, 2-door, 6-passenger Sedan Model 48D, buy Big for as little as $2,278.00.  Available at Zilk Villa Motor Sales, 1 Hewett Street, Neillsville


The Black River, in a lazy and seldom fished pool near his farm, yielded a 10 Ό pound musky for John E. Ormond, Town of Weston farmer and one-time clerk of the town, Tuesday just before noon.  The musky was the second to hit Ormond’s lure in a space of but a few minutes.  He failed to hook the first; but reefed up on the second so hard that the fish gave up with but about a five-minute struggle.  It measured 35 inches in length.


A marsh fire broke loose Tuesday afternoon on the Buddenhagen marsh, Section eleven, Town of Levis.  Conservation men responded from Pray and Fairchild.  The fire was out by Wednesday noon, except for the simmering peat, which is very thick in that marsh.  The conservation men are of the opinion that the fire was accidentally set by hunters, probably discarding a cigarette.


There will be a battle of bands at the Marshfield Armory Tuesday, Oct. 27 with Music by Tiny Hill versus Lawrence Duchow, starting at 8:30 p.m.


The trustees of the Congregational Church have negotiated the purchase of the residential property at the southeast corner of Park and Fourth, and volunteers from the church, men and women, have been putting it into condition for occupancy.  The house will be used as a parsonage.


Volunteers from the congregation have been reconditioning the house and completed inside painting Tuesday evening of this week.  A potluck dinner will be served at the church Sunday, and thereafter the men of the church will make a canvass to provide for the financing of the purchase.


The Rev. Frank B. Harcey, who has accepted the pastorate, plans to arrive in Neillsville with his household effects on October 30, and to preach his first sermon as pastor on November 1.  This plan was made known last weekend to B. H. Crissinger who saw Mr. Harcey and found his illness is yielding to treatment.


Seventy guests were present at the Lynn Town hall Saturday evening when the parents of the members of the Lynn baseball team entertained their sons and husbands to a chicken dinner.  A free dance was given in the evening.


Discover a Good Dine-Out Place:


It’s a treat to discover an interesting place to dine away from home and you’re in for an interesting discovery when you stop at the Roadside Bar and Cafι, where highways 10, 73 and 95 join on Division Street in Neillsville.


It is not a pretentious place but it is spick and span.  Vi and Ed Burckhard see to that.  The Roadside Cafι has a homey atmosphere, which you’ll enjoy.


Ed with his friendly grin is the unofficial greeter; and Vi, his wife, resides expertly and efficiently in the kitchen.  With her interest in things culinary, it is not surprising that Vi turns out a variety of dinners, enough to tempt every member of the family, no matter the individual taste.


There is French fried shrimp, crisp and good; big, meaty African lobster tail; homemade pies and cakes that make your mouth water; sandwiches and short orders.  These are available at all times.


It is not unusual to find a place that has what is known as a “specialty of the house.”  The Roadside Bar and Cafι could claim at least three.


First and that which Vi and Ed consider their topper is fried chicken, which is served only on Saturday and Sunday.  A generous and large dinner is served for $1.00.  It is a real delight in eating pleasure, and if you haven’t had chicken before, you must stop in the weekend and try the specialty of the Roadside Bar and Cafι.


Another dish that rates specialty billing is the special fish fry; which is a feature of the Roadside every Friday.  People in this area enjoy fish fries, and they will enjoy stopping in at the Roadside on a Friday evening for Vi’s Fish Fry for 50 cents.


If you don’t feel up to a full dinner, Ed recommends short orders, or, perhaps sandwiches.  In the specialty class of the latter is the Roadside’s “Western Sandwich Special.”



Pictured at the far right is “The Roadside Bar and Cafι” which was located on the southwest corner of Division & Hewett Streets intersection, or as referred to 50 years ago, at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 10 & State Hwy 73 & 95.  In later years, the cafι’s name was changed to “The White Horse Inn.”  Yet today, there are those who reminisce about the good food, dancing and fun times they enjoyed at the little nostalgic cafι.  The cafι building was razed about 1985.  The site is presently occupied by M&I Bank.


The P.T.A. of Lincoln School held a card party at the schoolhouse Tuesday evening with a fine attendance.  Sheephead and Canasta were played.  Candy and popcorn were sold and a lunch was served. Prizes were given to Mrs. Richard Buchholz for winning in Canasta, and Mrs. Leo Schecklman won the sheephead game.  Miss Sara Steele won the door prize.


Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Riedel entertained about 75 relatives and guests at a dinner Sunday at the Granton Community Hall and later held a reception at their home in honor of their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Riedel.  Ralph, who is with the U. S. Navy left Wednesday for Portsmouth, VA., where he will be stationed.  His wife the former Laura Nowack, who has been staying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nowack, since their marriage, accompanied him.  The Riedels will live about eight miles from Mr. and Mrs. Ray Barth.  The ladies are sisters.


There will be a public auction held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. to sell the Wagon Wheel Cafι and Filling Station, owned by Albert Turl.  The business is located 2 ½ miles east of Fairchild on U. S. Highway 10 and Junction of U. S. Highway 12.  The Wagon Wheel Cafι is listed in the National Truckers magazine as an authorized trucker-stop.  It served about 125 truckers daily.  The restaurant is fully equipped, is modern throughout and has adequate living quarters.  It has 3 acres of land with a trout stream running through a portion of it and also a part of it offers an excellent site for a motel.


For more information on terms contact M. E. Davison, Sales Manager, Clintonville Sales Corporation, Clintonville, Wis.


Come and play cards, Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m. at the Silver Crest School, Cement Block School on Sydney Avenue.  Lunch will be served; Admission 35 cents; Sponsored by the Mother’s Club.


Penney’s Winterizing Sale is on Now!


Men’s Quilt-lined, lustrous rayon-acetate-nylon Gabardine Jackets with warm Dynel Collars, only $9.90


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rush celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Wednesday, Sept. 30, by entertaining a few relatives and friends at a six o’clock supper at the Fireplace Supper Club.  Mr. and Mrs. Rush were married Sept. 30, 1903, at Loyal.  Mr. Rush has been very active as an attorney and also served for 12 years as state senator from this district.  They have one son, Lt. Col. Robert Rush, who is stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, with his family and who, of course, was unable to be here for the celebration.




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