Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 11, 2015, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


March 1880


W. J. Krause will go to Milwaukee this week for the purpose of replenishing his depleted stock of tobacco leaf.  He informs us that he will purchase the best the market affords.                    


We visited the new wagon shop on the north side of the creek, last week and found the proprietor busily engaged.  Judging from the class of work that we saw, we see no reason why the enterprise should not be a success.  When you want any work in his line give him a call and we will guarantee he will do it well.


It is reported to us that five children out of a family of six, residing near the village of Blair, Trempealeau County, died the first of this week within ten hours of each other of diphtheria.  The five children were buried last Tuesday at the same time.  This is indeed a sad calamity.  We could not obtain the names of the family or further particulars for this issue.


The post office and store building belonging to J. C. Gwin & Co., at Loyal, was destroyed by fire last Tuesday morning.  The goods had been taken from the store a few days previous and the principal loss was on the building.  Insurance was $1,000.                                                                                                 


A new post office will soon be established in the Town of Washburn under the significant name of ‘Shortville’ with Andrew Short as postmaster.                                                                  


B. F. French and James O’Neill, Jr., rode toward Hatfield yesterday morning, like a pair of warriors.  They were bound for Black River Falls.                                                                                                


The brewers of La Crosse have got themselves into trouble.  They have been selling thirty-two gallons of beer for a barrel instead of thirty-one, for which discrepancy Uncle Sam will assess each of them about $2,000.


A disgraceful row took place in a disgraceful house on the west side of the river last Monday night, in which a stranger in the city was taken in and badly carved up.  He received several cuts with a knife on his cranium, which necessitated the assistance of a barber and surgeon to repair the damages.  The young man had been indulging too freely in the corn juice.


The silver mine excitement at Silver Creek, of the Wisconsin Central Railway, has again broken out.  The mine is situated three miles east of Silver Creek station and nineteen miles south of Ashland, in the Pinoka range, and was discovered last year.  Parties of men from Chicago with ample capital to develop the mine are already on the ground; and the region round about it is alive with excitement.  The Bayfield Land Office is flooded with applications for entry of lands on the silver range.                                                                                                              


A majority of boys, who have worked hard to earn a few dollars in the logging camps during the winter, quietly put it into their pockets and spend it judiciously this year.  They see the folly of spending it in riotous living.  That’s the right way boys.                                                                                                                


Joe Morley, Ed west, Lewis Schuster and George Blakeslee, have sent in their order for bicycles and may soon be seen ‘flying through the air with the greatest of ease’ in a few days, but not knowing where they will land.  Time will tell. 


Charley Pond held his little finger partially over the muzzle of his revolver while handling it the other day and of course, it did not stop the force of the ball when it discharged.  So, Charley now has a sore finger, nothing serious however.


Mr. H. B. French, having tired of city life, will remove his family to his new country home, which he has recently purchased, about two miles south of here.                                           


The recent light snowfalls have had a very beneficial effect on the wheat crop. So say the farmers.


If anyone has an old wagon, sleigh, wheelbarrow, dry goods boxes or any other scultch they want to get out of the way, just bring it around on Second Street, there is still a little more room that might be utilized for that purpose.


The question was asked us several times during the past week if we could change a five or ten dollar bill.  Remember printers never well hardly ever, have that amount of change about them.


Sal Jaseph had new strawberries on tap at the post office last Friday at the insignificant price of five cents apiece or $1.00 per quart.  They were raised in New Orleans.  He also received a quantity of radishes.  The berries and radishes both ‘skipped off down the yawps’ of his customers very soon.                     


Quite an acquisition could have been made to the number of inmates in the ‘cooler’ is an officer could have been found on Saturday night.  The actions and language used by the parties referred to, certainly warrant severe punishment.


March 1945


Mr. and Mrs. Art Epding have taken possession of the Merchants hotel, a purchase having been made from H. F. Wilsman.  Mrs. Epding has taken the management and announces the purpose to modernize the hostelry and to conduct it as an asset to the community.  The redecorating of the dining room and lobby will be the first step in a general reconditioning and refurnishing.


The sale of the hotel settles a question, which has long been open in Neillsville.  Repossessing the property in his old age, Mr. Wilsman has constantly sought to dispose of it and to return to his retirement.  He is now living in Two Rivers, where members of his family reside and where he has a home.


Mrs. Epding, the new manager, has had experience in business as a saleswoman in local retrial establishments.  Mr. Epding, though sharing the responsibility, will continue his recent work as an oil salesman.


Bar service has been temporarily suspended at the Merchants Hotel, Neillsville’s only hostelry, pending arrangement affecting the license.  This is probably the only suspension of the bar in that building in the many years of its history, except for the prohibition period.


Complications connected with the transfer of the license led to an application form license on the part of A.H. Van Gorden, who thus revealed as an interested party.  It appears that Mr. Van Gorden is substantially interested in the enterprise.


A short informal discussion took place at the council chamber Tuesday evening.  Mr. Van Gorden and Art Epding were present and with them was their attorney, Walter J. Rush.  Only two aldermen were present, however, and in the absence of a quorum, no action could be taken.                                                      


Sunday Dinner at the Merchants Hotel - 12 Noon to 2 p.m., Breakfast, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Weekday Meals - Breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m.                                                                   


The marriage of Miss Ruth Hubing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hubing of Neillsville, and Arthur Dern of Neillsville, took place on Thursday, March 1, at Waukon, Iowa.  They went on a wedding trip to various places in Indiana and Ohio, where they will visit relatives and will return home in about three weeks.  Mr. Dern is the proprietor of the Neillsville Bakery and his bride has been employed as clerk at the bakery for several years.


Pfc. Herbert C. Henchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Henchen of Neillsville, has just been awarded the Philippines Liberation ribbon.  He is with the 151st Infantry and took a hand in the surprise landing on the west coast of Luzon.  He has been overseas more than a year.                                                     


Mrs. Joe Karl of Neillsville community has had several letters from her son Rufus, who has been in Holland, Belgium and at last accounts, was in France.  He had a preference for Holland and the Dutch.  He had sent a piece of parachute and a pair of wooden shoes.  He says that he was recently paid in francs and that the 6,000 of them received were enough to paper the upstairs rooms in the Karl home.  He says that he has been in some tight spots, but is all right up to date.


First Lieut. Robert Gerhardt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gerhardt, Pleasant Ridge, was here two days the past week on a delay enroute, on his way from Orlando, Fla., where he has been attending school for three weeks, back to his station at Tonopah, Nev.  Lt. Gerhardt is doing intelligence work with the Army air forces.  He served in the air force’s 34 months overseas, returning to the U. S. in December 1944.  He expects to remain at Tonopah for a few months.


Donald L. Roth of Loyal, a second lieutenant, has been assigned as navigator of a Flying Fortress.


Mike Krultz, of Willard, now a lieutenant, is on Luzon in the Philippines.  He is in charge of litter-bearers and describes his experiences in effecting a night rescue of a soldier wounded on Bataan.  The interview, written by Charles P. Barron, has come to The Clark County Press from headquarters of the 149th Infantry and has passed the censorship.


Mike Krultz has had a varied experience since leaving Clark County and, a lot of it.  He was promoted to first lieutenant while in New Guinea.  He went with MacArthur to Leyte and then on to Luzon.


Mike is known in Clark County as teacher of the McKinley rural school west of Willard.  He was clerk of the Town of Hendren, and was one Progressive candidate for treasurer.  He married Rose Marie Malnar, daughter of Matt Malnar.  Mrs. Krultz is now living at Willard, with their son Mike, Jr., and daughter Darlene.


Lieut. Krultz now wears the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific and Philippines Liberation ribbons.


The interview with Lieut. Krultz follows:


‘This was a big maneuver and our entire battalion took part.  Japs had been reported in the vicinity; but we expected mothering more than sniper-fire.


One route of march led over a twisting mountain trail.  From nowhere our forward elements were fired on by a concealed Jap machine gun.


‘Our call came back for litter-bearers and with four others, I went ahead.  We had to cross an open field, as the Japs had let the spearhead through before opening fire!


‘The gun opened on us.  We couldn’t hit the ground; our job was to get the wounded.  Bullets sang so close, I could feel the wind, like a hive of bees they sounded!


‘Up ahead, we found four boys, the worst wounded of whom we gave first aid, and left the company medic to attend the rest, until we could return.


‘Four rimes we crossed the field, each time the so n of death!  And four times we returned with our burden.  Luck was with us, as all got safely through.


‘Near nightfall we heard that there was a wounded boy out in front, it wasn’t clear just where he was.


‘I called for volunteers; two other medics and four riflemen went with me.


‘Out into the pitch black night, enemy infested night, we went.  The boy must have been advancing away ahead of his buddies, for we crossed rivers, swamps, rice paddies and jungle.


‘He was so much harder to find, because he kept quiet, thing us as Japs!


‘Luck again, and we found the boy with a wound in his side, he was bleeding badly.  A pressure bandage did the trick.


‘He knew he was in for a rough trip back, but gritted his teeth and prepared for the worst.


Back across the rough terrain, wading creeks, tired men, stumbling men, were bearing our precious load.


‘At one place we tried to climb a cliff; but couldn’t make it so had to wade down the stream.  Water covered the litter and boulders tripped us.


‘The Japs knew we were coming through, but didn’t know just where we were, and kept firing all around us!


Tired sweaty men, drunk with fatigue, stumbled the last hundred yards.


‘Quickly, blood plasma was given, and a human life was saved.


(Returning from World War II and military service, Mike Krultz was later appointed Neillsville postmaster, serving that position for several years.  In retirement, he and his wife remained living in their home on Clay Street.)


Attention Farmers!  Your eggs arrive Fresh in England!  That’s Right!  Those eggs you farmers bring to the Quality Egg Co. go OVERSEAS!  And, they’re fresh when they get there!  That is accomplished by the ‘Sealed Shell’ method, recently developed.


Bring your eggs here and you’ll have the full satisfaction of knowing they’re going overseas, directly helping in the war effort.  Quality Egg Company, Phone Red 28, Neillsville                      


The local War Price and Rationing Board requests The Press to publish the following announcements:


‘All truck operators must send their certificates of War Necessity for second quarter renewal to local War Price and Rationing Board 68-10, Neillsville, immediately, as first quarter coupons will be invalidated April 1, 1945.


Mrs. Bill Neville, Jr., has purchased the Vincent house on East Ninth Street, which is now occupied by the Forest Thomson family.  Mrs. Neville will take possession of her new home about April 1st and Mr. and Mrs. Thompson and family will move to the Marth house on the same street, which they recently bought.


Nine young people were confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Palm Sunday by Rev. William A. Baumann, pastor.  An examination for the nine catechumens was conducted by Pastor Baumann preceding the confirmation service.  The class consisted of the following young people: Fern Naedler, Marie Dux, Marian Appleyard, Bonita Thomas, Elaine Lueck, Harley Miller, Robert Gress, Jack Miller and Earl Payne.


Stables Nite Club Dance, Easter Sunday Night, April 1st.  The Easter Tradition will follow, serving ham sandwiches and chicken fries.


Inwood Ballroom, Hatfield, will have a double feature on Easter Sunday, April 1st.  Easter Dance and Wedding Dance -
Atkinson & Chandler.


Starting in 1880, and for many years after, there was a wagon - buggy shop on the north side of O’Neill Creek, near the Hewett Street Bridge.  Through the years some owners of the business were Wolff, Korman & Sommerfeldt, and Ghent.





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