Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 26, 2016, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1936


For a half-hour, Friday, the C. C. Sniteman store was closed, the first time since the store was opened 52 years ago, Mr. Sniteman, a life-long Republican, “locked up” so he and his clerks could visit the train depot and see Gov. Alfred M. Landol, Republican candidate for president, pass through Neillsville.


An opportunity for at least 150 and possibly more Clark County young men to enter CCC camps has been received by Harold Trewartha, in charge of Clark County relief administration, who urges all those who have signed applications and others who are eligible, to present themselves at the relief office at 8 a.m. Oct. 7, for examination.


The old regulation requiring CCC boys to be out one year has been lifted due to Clark County being in the drought area.


An airplane, which appeared to be lost, passed over the city Wednesday about 6 p.m., and after reading the sign, “Neillsville,” on top of the American Stores Dairy Co., Condensery, and getting its bearings from the large arrow pointing north proceeded in the direction of St. Paul.  The sign was painted on top of the Condensery this summer as a PWA project.


Last week, Mrs. Kurt Listeman broke the existing women’s local golf record of 49, made by a Marshfield woman, by playing the nine holes in 46 on her second game of the season over this course.  The previous week she equaled the women’s record on the Marshfield golf course when she played the nine holes there in 40, playing the last four holes in men’s par.


(Previously, Listeman’s were members of the Neillsville golf course located along Hwy. 95, west side of Black River, transferring to Hawthorne Hills course after it was opened for play. DZ)


Last week, Dr. F. M. Garman, and Wm. Stoffel were brought together and introduced to each other by R. B. French of Levis.  They had not met each other for 49 years, when both drove oxen for R. B. French, Sr., in the winter of 1887, in a logging camp about five miles south of Shortville.                                   


The annual chicken and plum pudding supper of the Pleasant Ridge Church will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 25’ and 40’.                                                                                                                   


Business Men’s Special Dinners, 35’; Hot Plate Lunch, 25’. Boston Fried Chicken and Boneless Pike at Palm Garden Cafι.                                                                                                         


Come to the Firemen’s Ball at Granton Friday, October 16.  There will be Fun, Favors, and Special Gifts.  Music by Davis’ Orchestra of Colby.  Gents 35’, Ladies 10’.                                               


Saturday Nite Specials – *Roast Goose *Fresh Shrimp *Frog Legs Chow Mein at Chapman’s Grill in Neillsville


This Weekend Special at Lewerenz Super Service, beginning Thursday is – Winter Fronts to fit over car radiator – Special 70’, Regular Price is $1.25.                                                                               


Five black raccoons were turned loose in the woods of Clark County Saturday by Allan Covell, county forester.  These animals, which were obtained from the state game farm at Poynette, are splendid specimens and are expected to cross with the common species in this locality, to provide a breed whose fur will be of greater value.  These animals, three males and two females, are tame, according to Mr. Covell, who says they are likely to show up at farm homes.  Mr. Covell, asks any farmer seeing these animals about his place to get a switch and switch them just hard enough to drive them away and discourage them from being friendly with people.  There is a closed season on all raccoon in Clark County, and should anyone kill one of these animals, they will be severely punished, it was stated. 


(As many raccoon, as are seen along our roadways now, it is difficult to imagine that at one time there were scarce. DZ)


Smoking in churches was quite a common custom during the early days of the use of tobacco and was finally forbidden because the use of flint and steel was so noisy.                                                   


Atty. William Campman and a party of hunters from Marshfield, returned home the first of last week after spending several days hunting pheasants at Raymond, S. D.  Tuesday evening, Attorney and Mrs. Campman entertained a few friends at a pheasant dinner, at their home on South Clay Street.                                  


The Village of Granton is full of baseball fans and each year the citizens divide into two groups respectively favoring the two leading teams in the World Series, the losing fans giving a supper to the backers of the winners.  This supper was served Tuesday night at the Union Church, and according to those who went over from Neillsville, it was one of the finest meals ever served in this community.


The following men went over as guests: Dr. Rosekrans, D. A. Peterson, Frank Brown, Wallace Landry, Hubert Quicker, Lewis Bradbury, Herman Braatz, James Fradette, John Peterson, Dr. Thomas, and Jess W. Scott.


The Giants won over the Yankees.                                                            


The children of Third and Fourth wards of Neillsville, or others who wish, are welcome to play or picnic in the park formerly known as the Cornelius or Temby Park, west of the Lowe Funeral Home.  Go in through the iron gate on the northeast corner of the hedge.  Geo. E. Crothers, owner


(Temby Park was located behind the Cornelius house that is on the southwest corner of Clay and West Second St. DZ)


Whereas, Tuesday, October 27, 1936, has been designated as NAVY DAY, the date was set apart to acquaint people with the history and traditions of the American Navy and to inform the people as to what the Navy is now doing, not only in its sphere, but as an asset to our nation other than defense.


One hundred and sixty-one years ago, the 27th of October 1775, a special committee presented to the Continental Congress a bill, which provided for the construction of the first fighting ship of our Navy.


October 27th is also the anniversary of the birth of the late Theodore Roosevelt, who was responsible for building up an adequate Navy so that it was under his command as President of the United States that our Navy became rated amongst the nations of the world as a first-class power.


Therefore, on Tuesday, October 27, 1936, our people are requested to display the Flag and to give thought to our Navy in honor of the day.


Given under my hand this fifteenth day of October 1936.


Fred Stelloh, Mayor                                                                                              


Reports on the cheese market at Plymouth, Wis., indicate that heavy imports of butter under the Roosevelt reciprocity treaties is depressing the cheese market.  Lithuania has offered butter delivered in New York for 15 cents a pound.  Foreign countries are all in need of money and are dumping their products on the American market for almost any price offered.


October 1956


Allen Fravert of Greenwood High School has won sixth place in a national welding contest, in which there were contestants from 35 states.  He receives an award of $25.  His entry was a circular milk can rack.  He is a pupil of Victor Wagner, agriculture instructor.                                                                   


National Letter Writing Week will be celebrated October 7 to 13, Postmaster Louis W. Kurth announced today.


Commenting on the significance of National Letter Writing Week, Mr. Kurth pointed out that each year since 1938, this event has been observed as a reminder of the real meaning of a personal letter.


“We in America have the privilege of uncensored and unlimited means of communication,” Mr. Kurth said.  “With this in mind, I urge all citizens of Neillsville to join me in this national celebration.  Let’s make National Letter Writing Week for 1956 the greatest ever.”                                                                                    


Last weekend’s “Thrift Sale,” which rung the cash registers to the tune of $460 for the Memorial Hospital auxiliary, will be repeated during the two days of Neillsville’s gala street celebration, next Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20.


The decision to repeat has been spurred on by many residents who have come forth with offerings of more articles for the auxiliary on the “Thrift Sale idea,” according to Mrs. Mildred Tanner of the auxiliary.


Mrs. Tanner said that the Krantz building, at the corner of West and West Sixth streets, will be open afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. starting Monday to receive articles donated for the sale.  The building will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 20, she said.


(The house on the corner of West and West Sixth Street location was later torn down, now parking lot of Unity Bank.  The Auxiliary Shop is presently at the corner of West Sixth and Clay St.  DZ)


D. Duane Schultz of Neillsville took up new duties as a traffic officer for Clark County Monday.  He succeeds William D. Nelson and will patrol the northern end of the county, with headquarters in Withee.


(The older residents would likely say, who was Duane Schultz?  Everyone back then knew him as “Gabby” Schultz. DZ)


Pvt. Jack L. Corey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Corey of Greenwood and brother of Gary Corey of Neillsville, is scheduled to leave New York Thursday, October 12, for Germany.  He left Monday, for Fort Carson, Colo., where he took his basic training and has been stationed since he entered the Army in April of this year.  He is a member of Battery B, 4th Field Artillery Battery, 3rd platoon.  Corey is a graduate of the Greenwood High School in 1954, and attended Stout Institute at Menomonie.                                                                                             


Seventeen neighbors of George Buddinger all went to his farm home one day last week.  They came equipped with tractors, power saws and saw rig and got up the winter supply of wood.


Mr. Buddinger, who fell from a straw mow while grain threshing, has been in and out of the hospital several times since his accident.  When at home he is confined to a wheel chair.                            


Wanted: Squirrel Tails; Grey, 6 cents each, Fox, 8 cents each.  Write: Marathon Bait Company, Box 298, Wausau, Wis.


(They apparently used the tails for making fly-fishing lures. DZ)      


All seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Wren of Sidney, two miles southwest of Neillsville, were present Sunday, for the celebration of the couple’s 55th wedding anniversary.


The Wrens were married in the Methodist parsonage, in Neillsville by A. V. Ingham, on October 15, 1901.  They have made their home at Sidney since that time, with the exception of two years, which they spent on the west coast.


A widely-known figure in this area, Mr. Wren is probably equally well known among the residents as “the Mayor of Sidney.”  His office, he says, is a lifetime one to which he was “elected by 40,000 mice; it’s quite a story, and a long one.”


Sidney once held much more importance than it does now.  In fact, today it is just a place where the Pine Valley town road crosses the Omaha railroad tracks.  In Mr. Wren’s early youth, however it was a becoming community.  Besides offering a siding for a then “an important to the area” railroad, it was the center of a charcoal burning operation of considerable proportions.  “Coal” kilns “burned” hardwood into charcoal, handling 14 cords of four-foot wood at a time.


“The smoke and the smell was terrific,” Mr. Wren recalls.  He lived across the road from the kilns then, as he does now.


The kilns, however, burned their last fire in 1888, he recalls.


For a long time, too, Mr. Wren served as the “lamplighter” of Sidney.  Each evening he climbed a pole to light an oil lamp, which was the one touch of urbanity in this otherwise quiet country scene, and each morning he reclimbed the pole to blow out the light.


Until a few years back, Sidney was marked by a sign on the railroad track.  Mainly it was there for the edification of trainmen.  It marked the “top” of the grade from Merrillan.  The rest of the way into Neillsville was a downhill grade.  A siding, since removed, was located at Sidney, and when the freights were too much for the engines to handle, they would pull part of the rain to the Sidney siding and return for the other part before going further.


With the exception of their two years in the west, the Wrens have made their home in their present house near the intersection of Sidney Road and the railroad tracks.


Their seven children present for the 55th anniversary celebration was Mrs. Myrtle Polzin of Sturdevant, Mrs. Ernest (Dorothy) Karnitz, and Gilbert Wren of Neillsville, Mrs. Sam (Nina) Rush of Merrillan, Mrs. Louis (Hada) Cardarella, and Elmer Wren of West Bend, and Miss Helen Wren, at home.


(Presently, all landmarks of Sidney have disappeared, which includes the railroad tracks, USH 10 passes the old site by a few rods.  My wish would be that someday, there would be a countywide project, which would honor those early, nearly forgotten sites, by placing a marker on each site with the name and brief information out of respect for each one’s part in our local history.  DZ)



The above photo was taken at the railroad sidetrack in Sidney, a railcar loaded with logs.  The men standing, sitting atop the logs were apparently lumberjacks, some holding their pike-a-poles needed in controlling the logs while unloading.  The man wearing an apron was apparently the camp cook.  The logs could have been for the kiln there, or the sawmill that Tom Wren operated. (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts)





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