Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 26, 2011, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1911


A number of farmers delivered barley to Loyal last week.  They received 95¢ a bushel.


There will be an auction Sale at Fred Hohenstein’s Farm, 1½ miles south of Babcock’s Corners in the Town of Washburn, nine miles south of Granton, Friday, Oct. 13, begins at 12:30.


There will be sold, 1 span of horses 7 years old, 5 milch cows; 1 heifer, 6 months old; 4 Duroc Jersey sows, 8 shoats; hay tedder, good as new; 1 two-seater cutter; 1 milk wagon; 1 set single harness; a one-man sawing  machine; one – 112 barrel size water tank & tank heater; 15 bushels seed peas; 60 tons tame hay, in barn ; 10 acres corn in shock; 1 straw stack; 2,000 feet lumber; 15 cords of wood; 100 white oak posts; many other things. Terms made known at sale. Fred Hohenstein, Prop.


The Hohensteins will soon move to Alma Center.                                          


Four fine new suites of offices are now ready for occupancy in the Cornelius building.  The rooms are elegantly finished, have electric lights and steam heat, with lavatory and closet accommodations. A doorway opens into the hall that communicates with the offices over the First National Bank, making entrance easy for stairways on both sides, and being very convenient to transact business with persons in any office on the entire second floor. The new offices have been planned with care and no reasonable expense spared to make them comfortable and convenient.


Chas. Varney, of Greenwood, bought an automobile of the McMillans at Neillsville last week.  It is a sixteen horsepower Hayes run-about.                                                                                                   


Town of York News:

Marcellus Redmond has sold his farm of 80-acres in the town to Albert B. Schuler of Calumet County. Consideration for farm and personal property is $8,850


Last Wednesday a serious accident happened to Will VandeBerg and Fred Curtiss.  They were rebuilding a silo for D. L. Curtiss when the plank there were standing on, broke, allowing them to fall a distance of 12 feet, striking on a pile of rock.  Mr. VandeBerg’s one side and arm were bruised and Fred got a fractured skull.  Both men were taken to Granton for medical treatment where Dr. Ross found it necessary to take Mr. Curtiss to the hospital in Marshfield. As of now both of the unfortunate men are doing well.


Ferdinand Haack of Algoma has purchased Fred Bartell’s Cheese Factory; consideration of $2,000.


Mike Prock has bought an acre lot south of J. R. Sturdevant’s near the south end of Hewett Street, and later intends to build a good residence there.  It is one of the finest locations in Neillsville.


Erick Lueck took possession of the Rosenberg farm in the Town of Weston last Saturday evening.  A month or two from now he will be able to tell you how he likes living as a bachelor.            


The wedding party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gluck, Sr., of South Grant, was attended by a very large number of relatives and friends.  Many useful and valuable presents were received by the newly weds. Both the wedding party and those who attended the charivari enjoyed it immensely.  


(In the early 1900s when a couple was secretly married, without having a wedding reception, friends and relatives would plan a party, or charivari for the newly wedded couple.  The guests would arrive, surprising he couple by ringing cowbells, beating on pails, washtubs or any object that made noise; the guests would then give them gifts and after some socializing, a lunch would be served. D.Z.)                                                                   


It has been many years since the water has been as high in O’Neill Creek as it was last Friday night.  Julius Voigt, who lives in the Town of York, had about two loads of corn washed away.


Tioga News:

The heavy rains did much damage in this vicinity.  The creeks are higher than they have been in years. The farmers have poor weather for putting up their clover and millet, and some of it has been nipped by the frost.


Mr. Halbrader took 17 cases of honey to Fairchild Monday.


Jim Wilcox cut a bee tree a few days ago and got about 50 pounds of honey.


South Pine Valley News:

Chas Tornow has bargained away his farm and if the parties fulfill their agreements, he will give up possession Nov. 1.


L. Munson’s horse, Lady Glen has gone to horses’ heaven after acting as the family horse for the past twenty-seven years.  She was thirty-one years old.


October 1941


Brothers will marry sisters in a double wedding ceremony to be held Saturday, October 4, in Chili. Principals will be Lawrence and Delmore Peterson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Peterson of Fremont, and Olive and Ilene Meissner, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meissner of Lynn.  Lawrence, a farmer, will marry Olive; and Delmore a truck driver, will marry Ilene.                                                                                                      


Christ Larson’s extra gang for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Co., will be here for about two weeks repairing the piers and other portions of the railroad bridge west of the city.  The bridge building outfit, which includes sleeping, cook and tool cars, is located on a side-track opposite the depot.  This bridge, or the original trestle-work across Black River, was built about 59 years ago, according to an item that appeared in the old time news of July 10, 1941.  The item read as follows: “The construction train has commenced work on the Neillsville branch of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha railway, preparatory to extending the road to Marshfield.  Officers of the railroad will be here today to determine where the Black River Bridge is to be located.”   


When the corner stone of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, torn down this summer to make way for a new house, was opened, a copy of the old Neillsville Times for September 24, 1896, was found with a few pennies and other trinkets of the day.


The Neillsville Times, a forerunner of the Clark County Press, was an eight-page, six column paper with four of its pages “home print,” and the other four “patent print.”  But only two of the four home print pages dealt with local news.  The inner two were comprised of news stories of national and international interest.  Politics was particularly stressed, for William Jennings Bryan was about to make historical campaign for free silver.


At that time the Clark County Bank, now defunct, was in its 21st year of business, with C. A. Youmans as president and W. G. Klopf as cashier.  Grow, Schuster & Co. advertised services of “law, loan, real estate, abstract and insurance.”  George L. Jacques and the firm of O’Neill and Marsh were practicing lawyers in the city. The Neillsville Brewery was operated by E. Ellert; C. C. Schultz & Son were engaged in ‘merchant tailoring;” the C. N. Foster Lumber Company operated a branch yard at Neillsville; and R. L. Meader operated the city’s leading food store.


But nowhere in the paper could be found mention of the building of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, in the corner stone of which the issue was preserved.                                                                


Lay in Your Winter’s Supply of Flour & Sugar Before Snow Flies! Stop at H. H. Van Gorden & Sons in Neillsville. During Their Gigantic Flour Sale!


Barrel Prices on Flour – Pillsbury’s Best, King Midas, Gold Medal $1.95; Country Girl Flour $1.39; Sugar $5.75 cwt


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Wren will observe their 40th wedding anniversary on October 15, at their home in Sidney.  They were married in 1901, in the parsonage of the Methodist Church, Neillsville.  Rev. A. V. Ingham performed the ceremony.


After their marriage, they moved to Little Falls, Minn., where Mr. Wren worked in a saw mill.  Two years later, they returned to Neillsville, where Mr. Wren worked as an engineer in the old spoke mill.  The mill was located between the Omaha railroad tracks and O’Neill Creek, on the eastern outskirts of the city.  A few years before the outbreak of World War I, the mill was abandoned here and the equipment was moved to another location further north.


For a time after that, Mr. Wren worked on a farm, and then was employed in a local machine shop.


For several years past, Mr. Wren has operated a saw mill at his home in Sidney.  It is the same mill that his father had operated since the early 1880s. All the original saw mill equipment is still in use excepting the engine, which was discarded a couple of years ago.


Seven children were born to the union: Mrs. Louis (Myrtle) Polzin of Racine; Mrs. Ernest (Dorothy) Karnitz of Neillsville; Mrs. Sam (Nina) Rush of Merrillan; Helen, at home; Mrs. Louis (Hada) Cardarelle of Neillsville; and Elmer and Gilbert, both of Neillsville.                                                                                


Miss Inez Jenni, Loyal, and Louis Meier, Neillsville were married at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal, where Rev. Langholz performed the double ring ceremony. A dinner was served for 60 guests in the church assembly following the service.


The bride, daughter of Mrs. Emile Jenni, Loyal and Ernest Jenni was dressed in white satin, seed pearl trimmed with a train. She carried a white Bible, with flowers, a gift for her wedding from the Walther League. She is a graduate of the Loyal High School.


The bride’s attendants wee Miss Helen Meier as maid-of-honor and Lorraine Jenni as bridesmaid.  Mrs. Romaine Rossow sang, “Oh Promise Me,” and “Under Thy Wings,” at the church service.


Harold Beyer and Charles Meier, Neillsville, were the gentlemen attendants.  Jimmy Meier was ringbearer and Joy Ann Jenni and JoAnn Franz were flower girls.


The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meier of Neillsville.  He is employed on a farm near Chili where the couple will be at home after a short wedding trip north.                                     


The Monday night Neillsville Kiwanians’ club meeting made plans for the 1942 committee meeting to be held Thursday evening, when the work of 1942 will be set in motion.


The evening program consisted chiefly of music, furnished by the Volovsek family of Willard. The musicians were introduced by Richard Becker, who told of their year’s efforts. Frank Volovsek was introduced as the head of the family, but he passed to Stanley the job of announcing the various numbers.


The Volovseks played a varied program, to the great delight of the club members, whose members gave a rousing vote of thanks at the end.


The musicians, with their instruments, were: Frank, the father, tenor saxophone; Stanley, announcer and cornet; Anna, clarinet; Margaret, alto saxophone; Alphonse, bass; Tony, trombone; John, cornet; William, trombone; and Betty, clarinet.  Mrs. Volovsek was present but she listened to the music with members of the club.


“Anything worth doing at all is worth doing well” is a motto that John Rude adheres to unto the letter, when he finally makes up his mind.


For days, yes weeks, his wife had been pleading with John to give the basement a fall cleaning. She urged, begged, argued and all but went down to tackle the job herself when John arrived at a conclusion to do it, and he didn’t mean maybe.  He got into every nook and crevice and cut off all the superfluous and unsightly wires.  “Telephone’s out of order,” called Mrs. Rude from the top of the stairs, just as John had stepped back to admire his job preparatory to calling it a day.  More grief for the master of the house!  He ran to a neighbor’s to report the trouble and when the lineman traced it down, he found that John had carried his neatness too far, having clipped the wire, which connected the Rude’s with the outside world.


A. F. Ender, recently buying and selling a newspaper in Minnesota, attained a high mark of 17 papers owned by him.  In Wisconsin he has owned 15 weeklies and one daily.  Of these, eight were in Barron county and four in Clark County.


Upon request of men working for the city of Neillsville, the council Tuesday evening revised the city’s wage scale. Some time ago this scale had been revised moderately upward to 35, 40, and 45 cents per hour.



The O’Neill House, an elite hotel for the 1870s to 1890s time frame, was initiated by Mrs. James O’Neill, Sr., wife of the city’s founder. She wanted an attractive, comfortable place for guests of the area to be dined, entertained and lodged during their stay in the city of Neillsville.  The hotel was located on the northeast corner of East 6th and Hewett Streets, shown in the photo as having a front balcony with spire.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts)




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