Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 16, 2010, Page 16

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

June 1910


Tuesday was “calf day” in Neillsville and it was wonderful to see the number of calves that were brought to town for shipment on the railroad.


A big dance will be held Saturday night, June 4, at August Wagner’s new barn.


If you want to go to Montana to invest your money or find a home, write or see me for rates and where you can buy land near a city of 25,000. Raw land is $15 per acre or improved land is from $25 to $40 per acre.  Land will double in value in two years.


The Lutheran Church of Pine Valley will hold their Kinderfest in August Dux’ grove, opposite the church, Sunday, June 12.  The ladies will prepare dinner so all who wish to stay can be served.  Everybody is invited.


Men Wanted to work on construction of Dam, Pulp and Paper Mills at Rothschild, Wis.  Wages are 17 ½ cents per hour; Board is $3.50 per week at Mill Site.  Permanent positions are available to good men.  Call or write: Marathon Paper Mills, Co., Wausau, Wis.


Last week Fred Stelloh purchased Len Howard’s interest in the Howard & Seif Implement business and the new firm name is Seif & Stelloh.  The invoice was taken last week, with Stelloh going into the business last Monday.  Stelloh has been selling Fuller & Johnson machinery and gasoline engines for many years. The two Freds will make a mighty good team.


Mrs. N. Leason entertained the Gemueltlickeit group Friday at the cottage.  Several ladies went down in carriage and automobiles where they spent a very pleasant day.                               


Last week Joe Lowe completed a trade, wherein he became the owner of the August Schoengarth building now occupied by the Miller Saloon.  Mr. Lowe will go to work at once to improve the building.  He will fix-up the flat upstairs for living rooms for his family and cut an arch through the wall of his present building and the rear part of the new building he has just purchased.  The union of the two buildings will give the Lowe furniture store ample room to display and enlarge the stock.


The Indians at the village below Dells Dam, near Black River, had a Pow-wow Saturday night.  While it is not probable that anyone tried to butt in on the Indians heap talk, yet continuous pounding on their medicine drum kept the cottagers along the river wide awake for the greater part of the night, or at least kept those awake who wanted to sleep.  Those who did not want to sleep had plenty to keep them awake without the aid of the Pow-wow noise.


W. C. Shean, owner of the “Dairy Vale” stock farm, south of Bakerville, was here making his regular weekly butter delivery this week, which amounted to 115 pounds.  Mr. Shean milks 17 cows and the quantity of butter produced is increasing so rapidly that he hardly knows how to dispose of it all.  He is desirous of securing a few more patrons and we can attest to its excellence.


Ladies! Get a set of the latest style curls, they look fine, also puffs, pompadours and switches of fine imported hair, ready-made and made to order.  Mrs. M. Marcus, brick house near depot.


A Chicago newspaper states that it will be necessary for the farmers of the Middle West to add at least two head of beef cattle annually on every 80-acre farm in order to keep up with the increasing demand for beef.


Just at a time when her prospects seemed most bright, Neillsville suffered a body blow, when the furniture factory was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.  The fire is thought to have started in the third floor varnish and finishing rooms, and it might be said that the streams of water being poured through every window would have no effect in stopping the flames.  The oil soaked finishing room burned like powder and about all the firemen could do is save the lumberyards and railroad cars in which furniture was ready for shipment.  In about two hours all that remained of this large and imposing factory building was a heap of smoldering ruins.


Mr. Karner was in Chicago at the time of the fire. Telegrams were at once sent to him and to the Baltimore office of the company, so I is probably that in a very few days an estimate of the loss and the future intent of the company will be determined.


(The decision was made not to rebuild the Wisconsin Furniture Co. factory, which put may people within the city out of work at that time. D.Z.)


The Speich Bros. cheese factory at Hemlock burned to the ground early Monday morning, without being able to save one article from the flames.  Early in the morning one of the boys went to the factory, which had just been built and in operation only a few weeks, to build a fire in the boiler and after doing so went to help with the milking.  In a short time word reached them that the building had caught fire from the smoke stack, where it projected through the roof.  The disaster will be a severe loss to Speich Bros. as quite an amount of money was spent in putting in the equipment.


A family of Danes arrived in Tioga Tuesday from Chicago and moved onto the Walker farm, until they can build on the land they have purchased, located about two miles from the Globe Store.


June 1950


The story “The Day They Gave Babies Away” will be made into a movie.  The movie rights have been bought by Howard Hughes, who will make it into an RKO picture.


This announcement, coming from Hollywood, has a strong local interest, because the story was written by Dale Eunson, son of Neillsville, who is now fiction editor of the Cosmopolitan magazine.  Its hero is Robert Eunson, once, one-time sheriff of Clark County.


Through the courtesy of Dale Eunson this story was the feature of the Christmas edition of the Clark County Press in 1948.  Mr. Eunson gave The Press the right to publish the copyrighted story.


It will be recalled that the hero of the story was Robert Eunson.  When he was about 12 years of age his mother died.  His father had previously died.  The mother gave Robert the responsibility of finding homes for himself and his five brothers and sisters. The story tells how in the Christmas season he went about this difficult task, and how successful he was with it.


Louella Parsons, motion picture editor of the International News Service, says that Edmund Grainger will be the producer of the movie version; that Valentine Davis will write and direct; that Bobby Driscoll will be borrowed from Walt Disney for the role of Robert Eunson.                                                              


Miss Mildred Meisner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Meisner, became the bride of Robert Zschernitz, on Saturday at 8:30 o-clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Father John J. Pritzl officiated.


The bride chose white satin as her gown.  She wore a fingertip veil and carried a colonial bouquet of yellow and white lilies.


Miss Rose Meisner, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor.  She wore a green taffeta gown and carried pink and white carnations.


Lavern Zschernitz was the best man.  Ronnie Zschernitz and Jerry Meisner served as junior groomsmen.


Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents.  The young couple will reside in an apartment on East Second Street.                                                              


Two large properties have been sold in Neillsville.  Edward Stelloh and Martha, his wife have bought from Jerome P. Bentzler and Wanda M., his wife, the old Henry Bartell property in Dutch Hollow, Neillsville.  The consideration is given in the deed as $4,400.  The plot consists of one lot and part of another, with a large frame house.


Robert J. Horswill and his wife, Rosetta, have bought the Janke property on the south side of East Ninth, North side of Neillsville.  The property lies between the Kutsche property and the Thompson property. The lot lies 109 feet on Ninth and has a depth of 208 feet.  Consideration was $6,000.                         


Thirty-eight persons of Slovenian background came to Willard last Sunday from Sheboygan, Wis.  They had chartered a bus, which arrived at Willard at 10 a.m.  These visitors were members of the Slovenian organization of Sheboygan.  Many of them have friends and relatives here.  The purpose of the visit was to renew old ties, to see Willard village and to view the countryside.


At noon they were served a dinner by the Christian Mothers Society.  The meal was served in the West Side Hall.  The party was led by Mrs. Frank Fale, president of the organization.


After visiting for a while, attending the 10:30 High Mass and partaking of the dinner, the happy group left that night back to their Sheboygan homes.                                                                   


Walter Schmidt, owner of the South Grant Cheese Factory, has bought the Verhagen factory, located about four and one-half miles east and slightly south of the factory on US 10, which Mr. Schmidt has been operating several years.  He took over the operation June 1, with his brother making cheese at the Verhagen property.  Mr. Schmidt plans to operate both plants.


The purchase covered the factory, the site, the equipment and the right to dispose of waste into present ditch and drain, which runs over land owned by the Verhagens. The Verhagens retain their farm property.


Grand Opening of the West Side Food Market, this weekend, located on West 5th Street. Ernest Korth, Owner.  Saturday, June 10th, Only! Free coffee & donuts, balloons or bubble gum.  Prizes!  Get details at the store.


Specials: iceberg Lettuce, head, 10’; Fancy Pink Salmon, 16 oz. 39’; All Meat Bologna lb. 45’.


Walter Reber has sold his cheese factory and business at Kurth Corners to Herman Hediger.  Mr. Hediger took possession May 10 and is operating the factory.  The product will be Swiss cheese, as in the past, and also with some American cheese.


Walter Reber has been running the factory at Kurth Corners for nearly 14 years.  He has mostly made Swiss cheese.  This was his third factory, owned and managed by himself.


The deal with Mr. Hediger did not include the farmland owned by Mr. Reber.  This land is rented out.  Mr. Reber will continue to hold it.


Mr. Reber is continuing at the factory for a few weeks, while he is curing and marketing the last of the Swiss cheese made under his ownership.  Thereafter he plans to go for a visit to Switzerland, where he has relatives.


Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal was the scene on Wednesday of last week of the marriage of Miss Frances Ann Langholz, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. John C. Langholz, Loyal, and Victor Schulz, Boyden, Ia.  Officiating at the services were the Rev. John C. Langholz, father of the bride, the Rev. Fred A. Meske of Marshfield, grandfather of the bride and the Rev. August Baetke, Waverly, Ia., an uncle of the groom.


At the commencement of the University of Wisconsin last Friday, degrees were awarded as follows to local persons:


To William Musil and Ronald Elmhorst, Neillsville, Bachelor of Science; to Cyrena Van Gorden, Bachelor of Business Administration; to Duane L. Sternitzky of Granton, Master of Business Administration; to Eldin Papki of Fairchild, Bachelor of Business Administration.


Elroy P. Lehmann, Granton Rt. 1 was among the 810 students honored for outstanding work at the annual honors convocation, held June 15.


The formal grand opening of the Standard oil Company’s new $20,000 service station, Harry’s Standard Service, will be held here Friday and Saturday.


Harry Rosenquist, the manager and leasee, is planning a gala event, with gifts for all the young and older people who stop, and a variety of other events to pep up the two-day opening.


The service station is located on the corner of Seventh and Hewett Streets opposite the Merchants Hotel on the location occupied at one time by the Dangers Store.  It is completely modern and completely new.


Both Mr. Rosenquist and his assistant manager, Vincent Gorst, are trainees of the Standard oil company’s personalized training clinic at Eau Claire.  They will have additional help for the opening.


Construction was started last winter and was carried out by Theo. J. Molzahn and Sons, Inc. of La Crosse contractors who have built a number of the Standard Oil stations.  Materials were furnished by O & N Lumber Company, and the painting was done by Frank and William Simek.


Clark County Marriage Licenses issued:


Tony D. Perushek, Willard, Jeanette Carl, Neillsville, to be married at Willard, June 22;

Jack Pickett, Spencer, Sylvia Beaver, Loyal, to be married June 28, at Spencer;

Erwin Ciolkosz, Thorp, Rita Kaminski, Stanley, to be married July 1 at Thorp;

Frank E. Brown, Abbotsford, Violet Adney, Abbotsford, to be married at Granton on June 23;

Jack True, Granton, Mildred Erickson, Neillsville, to be married at Neillsville July 1;

Robert Bartelt, Greenwood, Gladys Hohl, Greenwood, to be married at Greenwood on June 24;

And Lendol Nibbe, Humbird, Velma Rohde, Greenwood, to be married at June 24 at Loyal.




The Neillsville Furniture Co. was organized by a group of local men in 1890. First production came in 1891 in a large four-story building located at the end of West 8th Street.  The financial panic of 1893 forced the investors to sell to a group of Baltimore, Maryland, businessmen. The factory name then became the “Wisconsin Furniture Co.,” with Fred Karner as local manager.  In 1910 a fire destroyed the large building, which in turn destroyed the business.  The factory confined itself to making bedroom suites with colonial style dressers, sideboards, china closets and buffets.





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