Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 23, 2013 Page 11

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Clark County News

 October 1873


Gates & Head have been supplying some of the finest venison we have ever seen. A large buck with three inches of solid fat on his loins was among the lot served.                                                               


The maple woods in this vicinity look grand in their autumn dress of yellow.  It inspires one with poetic emotions mingled with sadness and starts him to hunting partridge.                              


Mr. S. F. Jaseph, who has been employed in Dudley’s harness shop, is putting up a building adjoining the post office, in which he proposes to commence the harness business on his own hook as soon as it is completed. Mr. Jaseph thoroughly understands his business. With three harness shops, Neillsville ought to be able to supply the demand of the county, which is larger than many suppose, even after taking into consideration the large amount of teamwork done in the woods.


Mrs. James Tenant, who resides near here, is one of the heirs of the celebrated Chase estate in England.  Her claim, which is as good as that of any of the American heirs, is being managed by W. T. Hutchinson. The Chase estate is not so much of myth as many suppose.  Something over a hundred years ago a large estate was forfeited to the Crown of England on account of the alleged treason of the owner. Long subsequent he was proved innocent of treason and after a tortuous suit in chancery the value of the estate, with accrued interest of over a hundred years, amounting in all to $160,000,000, reverted to the heirs. It is only left to satisfy the English courts who the heirs are, which in Mrs. Tenant’s case she expects little trouble in doing.                                                                                      


Mr. Eyerly’s shop is now filled with window frames and ornaments for Mr. Hewett’s new residence, which already makes such an imposing appearance here. The work spoken of is some of the best we have ever seen and shows Mr. Eyerly to understand what his is about.  The window frames for the mansard roof, which are circular, are especially artistic.


Quite a disastrous fire, the work of an incendiary, occurred at Black River Falls on Tuesday night. About half past twelve o’clock flames were discovered in the upper part of Bump and Porter’s brick block. The water works, which had recently been torn up and had just been got into working order again, were brought into requisition, the lower part of the building, being saved in a damaged condition. The loss by the fire is estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000 dollars, which is mostly covered by insurance.  The only irreparable loss seems to be that of the Free Masons, whose fine hall was in the third story, being completely destroyed, with furniture, regalia and all. In restoring the building, the Mason hall will not be rebuilt, which will leave the block with only two stories in height.   


The annual ceremony of going into the woods has been observed by a few of the lumbermen, but the exodus for the timber is very far from being as general as usual. The unusual scarcity of Money and the depression in the lumber market are warning enough to most to let the pine stand, and keep out of debt. Considerable logging will of course be done by mill owners and a few others may venture on a small scale for want of anything else to do, but beyond this there will be nothing done in the woods this winter.                                                           


Old Nature has been showing us what the possibilities are in the shape of weather. Saturday morning, Oct. 25, a brisk snowstorm set in and lasted all day, though the snow melted nearly as fast as it fell. Everybody enjoyed it, as they do in the first warm snow storm, but when on Sunday it turned colder and still continued to snow, they began to be sick of it. Sleighs, innumerable, were out to take advantage of the situation and the sleighing was quite good. The snow continued to fall on Monday, though after reaching the depth of ten or twelve inches it melted below about as fast as it fell.  Since then the weather has been just cold enough to preserve it where it is not traveled upon and the indications are at this time that it will remain with us.                                                                              


The country is now flooded with hunters from all parts of the state who are taking advantage of the early snow. Fortunately for the deer but few of them are expert hunters.  In most cases the deer have more fun over it than the hunters do.


October 1953


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 the city on Highway 10 and 2.2 miles south.


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


One of the many dams put in with drainage ditches in the county forest area during the old civilian conservation corps (CCC) days, in the 1930s, the dam had 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, replace a gate iron and rip-rapped the wings with rock. The rip-rapped channel is covered with concrete to keep the banks from washing.


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


We don’t have a leaning tower in our Riverside community, but we do have a leaning silo. The steel silo on the William Happe farm, occupied by the Glen Gower family and filled with silage, began to lean toward the barn on Saturday and has pushed the end of the barn in. The silo chute is entirely pushed in and the big question of the Gowers is, “How do we get up in the silo to get the silage out?”  They are open for suggestions.


Miss Florence Marg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marg of Neillsville, became the bride of Orin Libby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Libby of Janesville, on Thursday afternoon, September 10, at the parsonage of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Globe.  The Rev. Adolph Schumann officiated at the double ring ceremony.


The bride wore a gray suit with a corsage of yellow roses.  Miss Donna Johnson of Marshfield was bridesmaid and wore a suit with a matching corsage of yellow roses.  The groom was attended by Marvin Marg, brother of the bride.


A reception was held at the home of the bride’s (parents) for 65 guests.  A dinner and shower were held in the evening.


To be sold the modern way at Public Auction is the Wagon Wheel Café & Filling Station, owned by Albert Turl at Fairchild, Wis., Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.


It is located approximately 2 ½ miles east of Fairchild on U. S. Highway 10 & Junction of U. S. Highway 12.


The Wagon Wheel Café is listed in the national Trucker magazine as an authorized trucker-stop.  It serves about 125 truckers daily. The restaurant is fully equipped, is modern throughout and has adequate live-in quarters. Three acres of land with a trout stream running through a portion of it, offers an excellent site for a motel.


Contact M. E. Davidson, Sales Manager, Clintonville Sales Corp., Clintonville, Wis.


Goose & Duck Shoot, Saturday, Oct. 11, afternoon and evening at Prebil’s Tavern, Granton.


The harvest of the 1953 cranberry crop started Monday, September 21, at the Edlen cranberry marshes west of the village of Humbird. A crew of about 15 is employed raking and sorting. It will take about three weeks to harvest the crop. Albert Satinga is local manager of the Edlen Cranberry Co., which supplies cranberries for Eatmore and Ocean Spray companies.  Later in the season the berries will be packed in the cranberry packing plant here. The trucks come here form Chicago and pick up the fresh berries after being packed in the cranberry packing plant here.


First and second grade students of Greenwood public School had an opportunity to see first-hand the many interesting things on a farm Friday afternoon when they visited the Orlin Fravert farm. The class had been studying about farms, with various language, reading and social studies classes using the farm in autumn as a background for their studies.  As most of the children lived in town, they found many interesting and even thrilling things on the farm. Following the visit, the language classes composed the following account of the trip with their teacher, Mrs. Elvera Fravert.


This is their story --


Friday, October 2, our room went to visit on Mrs. Fravert’s farm.


Mr. Jackson took us with the school bus.  When we got to the farm, we saw Orlin and Mrs. Fravert’s father building a milk house then we saw where the grain, straw and hay are stored for the winter.


We like to hear the chickens and geese talk as they laid their eggs. The black baby pigs looked so funny with their red mothers.  We saw the cows and how the milking machine works. The other machines we saw were the tractor, drag, plow, mower and spreader.


Later we had a surprise in the barn. A little puppy met us at the door.  His name is Rex. There were also three cats, but no babies.


When we left Mrs. Fravert’s mother gave us all the apples we could eat. We liked our field trip very much and hope we can do it again some time.                                                                         


Smelt Fry at the Neillsville American Legion Hall, Friday, October 16, serving 5 p.m. until Midnight, $1 per plate.


Chili & Chicken Noodle Soup Supper, Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Sherwood Town Hall, serving from 4:30 p.m. Adults 75¢, Children 50¢; Sponsored by ladies of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.   


Flitter’s Grocery has Fancy, dressed, pan-ready, spring and year-old chickens available. We deliver groceries daily; phone 220                                                                                                                    


H. H. Van Gorden & Sons have U. s. No. 1 Baker potatoes, 100 lbs. for $3; also U. S. No. 1 Sebagos, 100 lbs. $2; U. S. Commercial Bakers, 100 lbs. for $1.50                                                      


A marsh fire broke loose Tuesday afternoon on the Buddenhagen marsh, Section eleven, Town of Levis, burning 140 acres. Conservation men responded from Pray and Fairchild. The fire was out by Wednesday noon, except of the simmering peat, which is tick in that marsh.                                                               


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


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


It is not a pretentious place; but it is spick and span. Vi and Ed Burckhard see to that.  The Roadside Café has a “homey” atmosphere, which you will enjoy.


Ed, with his friendly grin, is the unofficial greeter; and Vi, his wife, presides 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 a 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 Café could claim at least three.


First and foremost, both Vi and Ed consider as their topper, is fried chicken, which is served only Saturday and Sunday.  A generous, large dinner is served for $1.00.  It is a real delight in eating, and if you think you’ve had chicken before, stop in this weekend and try the chicken dinner special for $1.00 at the Roadside Bar and Café.


Another dish, which 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 good fish fry for 50¢.


If you don’t feel up to full dinner, Ed recommends shot orders, or, perhaps sandwiches.  In the “specialty” class of the latter is the “Roadside’s ‘Western Special’.” Stop there sometime and try it.


An early 1930s photo of “The house by the Side of the  Road” building that stood on the southwest corner of the Division and south Hewett streets intersection for several years,  with some business name changes along the way, such as “The Roadside Bar & Café,” and the last, the “White Horse Inn.” Delicious food, genial hospitality and fun were always features that went with the atmosphere. On some evenings, patrons joined in singing their favorite songs, demonstrating some good local talent, or dancing to some old favorites played on the jute box. The building was razed approximately 25 years ago.


Ham - Chicken dinner Thursday, Oct. 20 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Greenwood, Serving starts at 5 p.m.  Menu: Ham, Chicken, potatoes, gravy, baked beans, peas, salad, apple & pumpkin pie. Adults $1.25 and Children 65¢


Hey Kiddies - Don’t miss the Halloween party at Adler Theatre, Saturday 1 p.m. for Apple Dunking, Balloon Blowing Contests for Free Theatre passes. There will be Spooks, Ghosts and Goblins! Movie at 2 p.m., you’ll see 10 of the Funniest Cartoons plus our regular feature. Free Ice Cream to every boy and girl; all seats, all ages 25¢!


Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roehl, of the Riverside Community, invited their friends in Thursday evening for a corn husking bee. After the corn was husked a nice lunch was served to those present.  Just at that time the fire alarm in Chili sounded and it was found that a fire had started at the sawmill in Chili, owned by Glen and Ed Ploman. The people left in a hurry to go to the fire. A pile of sawdust had started to burn, but was soon put out with no damage to the mill.


The old school building in Columbia, once housing a sizable number of students was purchased by Eugene Ehlers and is being taken down by him.  He will use the lumber to construct a barn.  This is the last non-residential building in the old Columbia area.



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