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Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 10, 2013, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1913


For sale: the Visgar Church building in the Town of York.  Inquire of the M. E. pastor in Neillsville.


Two veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg, Geo. K. Redmond and Phil Brothers left Saturday night to join those going to the great reunion to be held at the old battlefield this week.  About 300 Wisconsin veterans will be there.


C. C. Sniteman has completed a cement pier at his cottage, Villa Court.  It is a fine addition to the place and will give everyone a chance for fishing and boating from there.  It is 75 feet long and four feet wide.  There is talk of having a firework display at the end of the pier the evening of July 4th. Everybody is invited.


Dave Wood, of the Town of Hewett, sold several cords of rock to some parties from Sparta, which they will ship there to build a house.  Clark County for sure can furnish rocks.                      


Ike Rogers finished the wall for the new Lutheran Church being built in Chili.  He did himself credit on that job, as he put up a very fine wall.                                                                                       


Gibson Bender has rented the store building of Jul Ziemendorf, which was erected near the Sherwood Townhall, where he is going to start a store.                                                                     


F. A. Stapher, proprietor of the Merchant’s Hotel has taken charge of the bus service and will run a free bus service for the city.  Call Merchants Hotel                                                                


Mr. Eugene Hagie and Ms. Olive Conlin were married at Alma Center June 30.


The groom is the Shortville blacksmith and has a most excellent patronage and a good home.  The bride is a lady well qualified in every way to make their home one of comfort and happiness.


Several neighborhood picnics were held in North Grant to celebrate the Fourth and there was a dance in Joe Krause’s barn.


Everyone is cordially invited to the Annual Congregational Sunday school picnic, which will occur Thursday afternoon, July 10, at 2 o’clock on the old Withee place back of Dan Kennedy’s residence on Neillsville’s North Side.


Everybody is invited to come bringing a basket lunch.  Lemonade is to be furnished by the school.  There will be unique games, races and contests with prizes for young and old.  South Side people will meet at the church and North Side people at H. A. Risser’s residence and, thence, go to the picnic grounds.    


Mr. and Mrs. Will Opelt are visiting his brother, Max in Lynn presently.  Will Opelt and family plan to move to Lindsey soon, where he will start a store.                                                                                                 


Besides the usual agricultural and stock features of the Clark County Fair, some more and interesting features are being planned by the officers. The special season’s $1.00 ticket, which admits the holder to the fair each day, also gives him a chance on winning the fine automobile and further gives 100 votes to the Queen of the Fair, the most popular young lady who will get a diamond ring and the second, a gold watch.


Many fine attractions are being arranged for.  The Town exhibits consisting of produce of the various townships in the county will prove interesting.  Under the provision of the county board, the best exhibit draws $75, second $50, and the third $25.


Wednesday will be Children’s Day.  All under age of 15 will be admitted free. Premium lists now out for full particulars as to games, etc., on that day.                                                                          


Mr. Ira Wolff and Miss Sophie Axley were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Menasha July 11. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wolff.  He was brought up in Neillsville and for some time was in the carriage painting business here.  A few years ago he went to Circle, Mont., and engaged extensively in ranching.  He is a young man of the industrious type, enterprising and possessing good habits and business judgment.


The bride is a stranger to most of the people here, but is a most excellent young lady.


A two-horsepower electric motor to be used for power in operating the new pipe organ is being installed in St. John’s Church at Marshfield.                                                                        


It is expected that the new Canning Factory will be in readiness Friday night.  All the citizens and farmers are invited to visit the factory that evening and see how the processes will be conducted and the work done.  Mr. Bertschy, the manager, hopes to have things in shape so that he can demonstrate actual canning that evening.


July 1943


Glen Haven has a garden of two city lots, from which he has already taken peas and new potatoes. He has three kinds of sweet corn, one in tassel and another variety that is waist-high, July 1st.  In this area he has 35 kinds of fruit and vegetables.                                                                                                                       


The rerouting of milk trucks in Clark County will go into effect July 16.  Notice to this effect is going out from the county transportation committee, of which Axel Sorensen is chairman.


The effective date of the plan was decided upon Tuesday, June 29, after approval had been received from the office of defense transportation, in Washington.


This project is of substantial importance in saving rubber and trucks.  The saving, as computed by the transportation committee, is 1,816 truck miles per day, or nearly 27 times around the world in a year.  Another way of putting it is that it will save about two million tire miles per year. This savings is affected with a minimum of rearrangement of patrons, only about 2 per cent of the patrons of the county making a change of outlet.


Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. an extra freight train struck and killed a cow on the railroad bridge just east of the Columbia station. The animal had been purchased by Fred Palmer, of the Town of Levis, at the Potucek auction.  Mr. Palmer had turned her out to pasture after taking her home, but the cow had broken out and was on her way back to the Ward Lockman farm, her former home.  Mr. Palmer had paid $130 for the animal, all gone in a grand hurry.


Grand Opening at the Dakota Club in Christie, Thursday, July 1st. It is under the management of Dan Timerson.


The Stables Nite club will open July 1st with a Free Dance!  The Dux Orchestra will play July 3rd and 4th.  No minors allowed!                                                                                                                


Last hatch, with 4,000 chicks available on July 4th and until sold out, at the Zimmerman Hatchery, Greenwood.


Every senior who graduated from the Neillsville High School this year found the world beckoning to him or her.  In a world busy with war and production, man-power became the critical need and these young people found themselves in urgent demand.  This marked the contrast to the conditions of only two or three years ago, when high school graduates were in oversupply looking for work.                                              


A cloud burst on the northern end of Clark County sent the Black River on a rampage.  Vegetables in the Indian School garden amazingly survived one of the worst floods in the recent history of Black River. Those vegetables, which had been threatened by labor shortage and then by flood, stuck by their roots to what remained of the topsoil, and they were hanging on for dear life, when the floodwaters receded. By Tuesday morning the promise was that 75 percent of that garden, the largest and finest in this area, would survive. Soil was being spread around them tenacious roots, to give them a fresh hold on earth. Except for rotting, which may later be in evidence, the prospect was, according to the Rev. Ben Stucki, that the garden may still go through to Victory, provided he can get the help to get it there.


The flood waters roared across the pavement on Highway 10, just west of the farmhouse of the school, located on the west bank of the river.  It rushed around the house with a heavy current, three or four feet deep on the west and a current even stronger and deeper on the east. But the eastern current was deflected and tended to go straight toward the main thread of the stream.  The result was that the scouring was on the front and back of the garden, with the water less turbulent in the area between.  And so, as the water receded and as the high stakes of the garden loomed again at their accustomed height, it was seen that the vegetables, food for more than 100 Indian children next winter, had hung on, while four or five feet of water took command above them.


It was a terrifying flood, during its brief life, with the waters rising madly Sunday afternoon at the rate of about a foot per hour. By 11 o’clock Sunday night it had been necessary to stop traffic over the bridge on Highway 10; the water was close up to the floor of the bridge.  Barricades were erected on both sides. At about the same time, or earlier, other bridges over the Black River were shut off by the high water, Monday morning.  From that point on the waters receded at the rate of three or four inches per hour. 


The danger was that the floodwaters would carry away the farmhouse of the Indian School, occupied by the Mark Vornholt family.  All of their goods were removed from the house and heavy ropes were strongly attached to the house, anchoring it o the large trees in front. But the waters did not rise quite to the height of 1938.  The basement was flooded, but not the first floor, and evidently there was no serious damage to the building.


Up north, around Owen, there was the cloud burst, with the Popple River going up eight feet in a hurry.


The sudden rise near Owen caught a southbound Soo line passenger train and stopped it dead about two miles east of Owen. The road bed dissolved under the train, the locomotive, tender and three cars were derailed and overturned.  Three passenger coaches remained upright on the tracks.  There were about 100 passengers, but none were seriously injured. All of them had thrilling experiences in escaping from the fast-rising waters.


Herman Embke lost two sheep. Three o’clock Monday morning, they called neighbors to help get sheep out of the water. The men waded in water above their waists and carried the sheep to safety.  Carl Opelt lost crops that were near the river. They own land on both sides of the river, so were hit hard.


Repairs were started on the Lynch Bridge Monday, with Dells Dam Bridge repairing to start today.


(The Herman Embke and Carl Opelt farms were located about five miles southwest of Neillsville, along Black River and near the old Lynch Bridge, in the Town of Levis. DZ)



The Winnebago Indian Mission School was often referred to as the “Indian School” during its existence along the Black River on Neillsville’s west side. The above photo is one of several taken during the time it was in operation.


July 4th fireworks available at Parrish’s Store, 5’ to $1.00; Night Shells, Colored Drum Fire, Silver Torpedoes, Sparklers, Colored Fire Cones, Triangles, Fire Pots, Pin Wheels, screech Owls, Sky Whistle Bombs, Roman Candles, Firecrackers, Repeating Flash Salutes, Star Mines & Aerial Flash Bombs.                                


Hart’s South Side Store: Highest prices paid for Eggs & Live Chickens!


Eggs we pay 35’ cash per dozen; Live Chickens: Leghorn Spring, 25’ lb; Heavy Spring Chickens, 25’ lb; Heavy Hens 21’ lb; Heavy Roosters 18’ lb


We buy them every day and every night!                                            


The Victory Garden Committee of the City of Neillsville will make an inspection of gardens during the first week of August for the purpose of determining winners in the contest conducted by the Kiwanis Club.


All gardeners interested in an inspection please contact any member of the city garden committee before Saturday, August 3, at 9 a.m.


(At that time it was encouraged that each household have a garden, due to wartime and food rationing. Home canning was done to supply the family’s food needs. DZ)                                             


Upon reading the story of 42 tomatoes on one vine in last week’s Press, Mrs. Robert Hiles of Grant Township went out into her garden and began to count. She did not count all the tomatoes there, but she did count until she found one vine with 84 tomatoes on it, and one was ripe.


Mrs. Hiles raised her plants from seed, which she started on March 17. She grew the tomato plants in the south window of the sunroom, where she commonly starts her early garden.


The Hiles home is one and one-half miles southeast of Kurth corners.


Walter E. Cook, assemblyman for this district, has wired the office of Price Administration in Washington, as follows:


“Absolutely imperative that restrictions on grains and feeds be lifted so Wisconsin farmers can get feed for the cattle, hogs and poultry that the government has asked them to produce.  This must be taken care of at once to avoid terrible waste. Thousands of farmers presently cannot secure feed to save their livestock.  Please give us immediate action.”


What is the right price for a farmer to pay for custom work, performed by one farmer for another?  In this time of shortage, much service of this sort is rendered and the price paid for it in 1942 is discussed in a bulletin recently issued by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.


The average cost of getting work done on a custom basis in 1942 was $1.98 per acre and $1.73 per hour for plowing, 75’ per acre and $1.40 per hour for cultivating corn, and 81’ per acre and $1.36 per hour for mowing hay. The cost of picking corn by machine, on a custom basis, averaged 6’ per bushel, $3.01 per acre and $3.09 per hour.


Barn Paint, $1.79 per gallon, or better price on complete barn job: at the Coast-to-Coast Store.


For Rent: One 5-room upper flat, $12.50 per month; one 4-room upper flat, $10 per month.  Corner of Grand Avenue and Sixth Street; inquire of Emil Ketel, Neillsville                                      


For Sale: Deering Grain Binder, good condition, see Francis Langreck, Neillsville, Rt. 3, ½ mile north on 73 and ½ mile east.




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