Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

August 15, 2012, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 August 1922


One of the prettiest weddings of the season took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Marg, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock when their oldest daughter, Miss Emma, became the bride of Mr. Herbert Bardeleben, both of the Town of Pine Valley.


The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. Brandt, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Neillsville. The bride was beautifully attired in a gown of white satin, trimmed with silver lace and carried a bouquet of white bridal roses and pink sweet peas.


Miss Esther Poppe, a cousin of the bride, and Miss Martha Lentz, a cousin of the groom, were bridesmaids. Both girls wore white crepe de chine and a corsage bouquet of pink roses and white sweat peas.


The groom was attended by Albert Marg, a brother of the bride and Arthur Ackerman, a close friend of the groom.


At 5 o’clock a bountiful wedding dinner was served to about 75 guests. The home of the bride was beautifully decorated. Many nice and useful gifts were received.


The bride was brought up in the Town of Pine Valley, but the past few yeas she has spent doing housework in Neillsville. She is well known here and has a large circle of friends.


The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bardeleben of Pine Valley and is a very industrious young man.  He has lived on a farm all his life, except when he served in the war a couple of years ago.  He is well liked by all who know him.


Mr. and Mrs. Bardeleben will go to housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm.


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


Ford, the New Universal Car, $440 f.o.b. Detroit is available at Chas. Byse Sales Co., the Ford and Fordson Sales & Service in Neillsville.                                                                           


The new Heathville Schoolhouse is progressing under the supervision of Mr. Philpott of Loyal, to whom the contract was let. The basement is completed and soon there will be one of the most modern schoolhouses, on one of the most beautiful sites in Clark County.  Two mail routes pass this location daily.  In addition to this, Sherman Davis is making preparation for a nice sunny pool within walking distance of the playground, which will guarantee health, wealth and happiness for all of the little tots. The school board is to be congratulated on their taste in selecting such a site.


(The Heathville School was located 1./2 mile North of County Road H, on the southeast corner of Catlin Ave. and Heath Road. DZ)                                                                                                      


A booster trip of Clark County citizens, men and women, is planned for next Friday. All who can make the trip please report to George A. Ure at the county court house.  We want to get as big of a turnout as possible; the coming fair is deserving of enthusiastic boosting. Let’s Go!  M. E. Wilding, Secretary



Clark County Fair Boosters Club was an active group of supporters who traveled around to county towns and villages creating enthusiasm to attend the upcoming fair.  That practice was done each year in the 1910 through 1920 era.  The above photo was taken August 13, 1913, on Thorp’s Main Street with many Phaetons, touring style cars that displayed fair posters and small flags, which drew attention to the mission.  A rally was held at each stop, which allowed time for a speaker to announce the scheduled events that were to be featured at the fair, as an encouragement for the listeners to attend.


The well known Woodford Orchestra will hold forth here fair week and give the young people a selection of their fine dance music. They will play at Paulson’s hall four nights, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, during fair week.  Their music needs no introduction.                                                        


I will pay ten dollars reward for information, which I can use in a Court of Justice, to apprehend, convict and punish the party, or parties who pulled up my potatoes, stole my berries, plums, apples and butternuts and otherwise damaged the trees on my farm, being in Township 24-2 W, also known as the Emil Yoker farm.  I also forbid any and all persons from hunting or trespassing upon same, hereafter.  Anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  I am forced to this action due to the vandalism practiced by people upon my property.  Carl Stange


Two carloads of Guernsey and Holstein cattle, including several grade Guernsey bulls, were shipped from Wood County recently to Manitoba, Canada, where they will be placed upon a large dairy farm supplying milk to the city of Winnipeg. Theis is the second shipment of Wood County cattle to the Winnipeg farm; 18 carloads of cattle have been shipped from Vesper this season, netting about $32,000.


August 1942


The U. S. Treasury Department’s blue and white “Minute Man” flag was floating in Neillsville’s business district for the first time Monday, among the American flags, which have been placed out daily since shortly after Pearl Harbor.


The Minute Man flag was put out in front of the Northern States Power Company office, signifying that at least 90 percent of the company’s employees a re participating in the payroll check-off of 10 percent of their wages for war bonds and stamps. The flag pictures a Minute Man with his rifle, and stars in white against a blue back ground.


The company’s employees are also signed up 100 percent for civilian defense volunteer work.


Rudolph Slemec, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Slemec of Willard, reported for duty last week at Great lakes naval Training Station. After he finishes his recruit training, Rudolph will be assigned to duty aboard a naval ship, or will be held for specialized training in one of the navy’s service schools.                     


The purchase of six new automobiles was recently authorized by the Clark County Ration Board.  Those receiving authorization were Robert Davenport and Clint R. Asplin of Greenwood, Dr. W. L. Lee of Loyal, Fay E. McCray and William Henry Frey and son of Owen and Carl Harder of Dorchester.


Oluf Olson came forth with an answer to the query in the old-time news last week concerning the well, which was dug at the courthouse grounds sixty-seven years ago. The item states that an abundance of water was found fifty feet below the surface, which naturally raised a question as to the disappearance of water, well and all.


Mr. Olson, who came to Neillsville 28 years ago, from Abbotsford, as deputy sheriff and janitor of the courthouse, states that there still was plenty of water flowing into the well at that time, but that it was inferior in quality, due, it is believed, to a sewage seepage from a leak in a sewer pipe.  The well was located between the courthouse and jail, three or four rods north of the public thoroughfare.


The public property committee authorized discontinuance of the use of the well and it was gradually filled with rubbish, the top portion being filled with soil.                                                           


Developments in two sectors of the Southwest Pacific battlefront are being watched from Neillsville and Clark County with unusual attention and concern; for the possibility is that local men are taking part in the operations now in progress there.


It is in the Southwest Pacific area that the United States forces are pushing home their first scale offensive operation of the war, aimed at wrestling the Solomon Islands from the Japanese.  In New Guinea where operations have been pushed into the background by the Solomon Island offensive, American communiqués have reported contact with forward-pressing Japanese troops.


Somewhere, in that Southwest Pacific area, are the Neillsville and Clark County men, who, according to indications last received here, were being prepared for action.                                      


Plans for an all-out scrap collection campaign in Clark County, running from August 22 through September, are being completed by the county salvage committee, working in conjunction with farm implement dealers of the county.


The drive will be Clark County’s part in the National Scrap Harvest, a campaign projected to bring 17 million tons of badly needed scrap metals to consuming blast furnaces in the next five months.  The Wisconsin quota is 375,000 tons, and the Clark County quota is expected to be about 5, 280 tons. At a meeting in Greenwood Monday night it was determined that the county will be divided into nine districts for the purposes of the drive, with implement dealer, C. E. Seif, Neillsville, named as chairman of district implement dealers, who are responsible for the collection of all metal and rubber scrap on the farms. All farmers are asked to immediately scour their farms for scrap metal of all types, excepting tin and have it in a pile to be sold or donated when they are called upon during the period of the drive by the implement dealers or their representatives.  Implement dealers also are setting up “depots” where scrap will be received.


Mrs. Clyde Mallory received a visit last week from her sister, Clara, Mrs. Don C. Hall of Mokena, Ill.  It was the first time that the sisters had seen one another for 30 years.  They had corresponded, but had been unable to make their paths cross.


The two sisters, Clyde and Clara, had a great visit about their old days in Stevens Point when they were two of ten children. Many years have passed since they left the parental home of Sylvester Crocker and ventured into the world. Clyde Crocker came to Granton, as the wife of the late Rev. Wilson Mallory, a former minister there.  Her name is correctly given as “Clyde,” despite the fact that this is usually the name of a male.  Clara married a showman.


Of the ten Crocker children, only one is still in Stevens Point, the old hometown. One brother, the sisters have lost track completely; he went west and has not been heard from for six years.


Occasion for the long separation of the sisters was the occupation of Clara. She and her husband are theatrical people, who for many yeas traveled the United States in a private railroad car.  Mr. Hall put on a hypnotic and mind reading act and Mrs. Hall was his assistant.  Of late, they work only a little at their calling, but they wear the same style of clothing as they formerly affected. For Mr. Hall this consists of a ten -gallon hat and a Prince Albert coat.  His hair is long, like Buffalo Bill’s, and very luxuriant, despite Mr. Hall’s 75 years.  Mrs. Hall looks like a show woman, too, being attractively dressed, with skirt length of the 1890s.


The Halls, in their accustomed clothing, were something for the Granton people to see and to think about, especially in view of the conservative style and manner of the Wilson Mallory branch of the family.


The Halls revealed themselves as genuine people, with three children facing the world and with thirst of knowledge which, for instance, to every world’s fair of their day.


The Halls were taken last Thursday to Stevens Point, where they visited Mrs. Hall’s brother.  They went with Mr. and Mrs. Laurin Mallory, who were taking Mrs. Mallory’s father, Mr. Stricker of Neillsville, to Madison.


Approximately 800 pounds of phonograph records, which once furnished relaxation and entertainment for people of Neillsville, Granton and Southern Clark County soon, will be bringing entertainment to America’s men in the armed services.


Receipt of the records, collected through the American Legion, was acknowledged by D. V. Erickson, record chairman of the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion, in a letter received by Harry Roehrborn, Commander of the Otto J. Haugen post No. 73.


The records are to be recast, re-cut and shipped to the army and navy centers as a part of the American Legion’s nation-wide campaign.                                                                                 


Attention Ladies! There’s a Smart Fall Hat to supply your every need at Eva’s Fashion Shoppe. Dress up for the Big Clark County Fair, select your new outfit to include a new hat!  Prices: $1.95, $2.95 and up!


An old log house, a local landmark, owned by John Sebesta of the Town of Levis, was struck by lightning Friday night and completely destroyed by fire.


The log house was constructed by a man named Farnsworth, about 70 years ago, according to the memory of O. A. Crockett.  It had seen “A heap of living,” having been occupied most of the time until recently when it was purchased by John Sebesta and operated in connection with his farm across the way.


Fifty-three men, members of the August selective service contingent, will conclude their pre-training furloughs and leave for Fort Sheridan from Loyal at 8 o’clock. His group is a portion of the 58 men accepted by the army, following examinations in Milwaukee two weeks ago.


With Irvin Thoma, of Neillsville, as their leader, they leave by bus. Two others of the August contingent, held over at the time of the army physical examinations, will leave Loyal by railway, Saturday.


Sergeant Earl Williams, stationed at Camp Ord, Calif., presented with a 10-day furlough by his Uncle Sam, elected to spend all the time of it he could in Clark County, 2,400 miles away. So he arranged for a motorcycle and hit the highway. So over desert, mountain and plain he flew with only one stop for a meal.  He grabbed a couple of hamburgers and ate them on the fly.  It was a grueling ride, 800 miles per day and three days of it.


Sergeant Williams spent three or four days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milford Williams, and friends in the Happy Corners community.  At any rate he saw them and enjoyed the visit, which may be his last with the home folks for a long time, in view of the rate at which American troops are going overseas.


Sunday, at mid-day, he climbed on the motorcycle again and beat it back for California.  He felt it necessary of allowing a little more time for the return than he took for his homeward trip, because to the army a furlough meant being back Thursday morning; failure to do so would change him from Sergeant Williams to Private Williams.


Earl Williams, uses the same conveyance while in the army, he is in the motorcycle corps.




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