Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 9, 2016, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1901


The football game next Saturday on Gates’ Field between Merrillan and Neillsville high will close the high school series here this year.  The visiting team will have outside help, making up the identical eleven that defeated Marshfield a week ago last Saturday.  It will be a hot game and the unbroken record of victories for Neillsville is at stake.


Neillsville will be represented by a delegation of about a dozen citizens at Madison a week from Saturday to see the great game of football between the Wisconsin and Minnesota university teams.


Local hunters will hear with delight of the decision of Judge Brindley of La Crosse affirming the constitutionality of the game law in the cause against the express company, which resisted the efforts of a game warden to investigate the contents of a car express freight.  If the express companies could only keep the game wardens out of their cars a good business with illicit hunters and fishermen would be assured.                                             


A 460-pound hog, that Jesse Lowe had dressed out at his slaughterhouse was stolen last Thursday and the thief left no clue.  No anthrax about it, just plain hog.  One house was visited with a search warrant, but no pork found.


The sudden unprecedented, unwarranted, and unscrupulous change in the weather last Saturday night was enough to make a dog bald.  Winter came ker-chug.                                                                


Wm. Dankemyer died yesterday morning at the home of his brother, August, in the Town of Lynn, aged 37 years.  He was born at Braunschweig, Germany, May 22, 1964.                                     


The season is here again for buckwheat pancakes and I have the strictly pure Buck Wheat Flour.  A. B. Marsh


Having purchased the entire stock of goods of the Kapellan Shoe Company at foreclosure sale, consisting of boots, shoes, gents’ furnishing goods, hats, caps, men’s pants, jackets, underwear, shirts, etc., we will close the same out within the shortest possible time, at prices below wholesale cost. 


F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Company of Milwaukee.                                       


A distinguished German music critic says Americans will, within twenty years, be teaching music to Europe.  But Europe needn’t be frightened.  Ragtime will have been succeeded by something else long before that.


John Markwardt is here from Dodge County, and settled upon his new property, the former Reber farm, and the Reber folks have moved into rooms with Mrs. H. E. Taylor.  They are thinking of wintering in North Carolina and of later settling at Hayward.                                                                                                                 


Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the new moon were in a brilliant cluster in the southwestern heavens Friday evening and were greatly admired by the stargazers.  During the same night, a host of shooting stars, a migratory bunch of asteroids that pass the earth once in about 30 years, were observed.  The conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn will not occur again for 2,100 years, so we advise those who wish to see the brilliant spectacle not to wait for the next time.


Skating on the ice of Neverman Pond was the sport last Sunday, but it was dangerous sport.  We have heard of three who fell through the ice or had narrow escapes that day, one of J. B. Lowe’s daughters, Alf Morrison, and Frank Ruddock.  No lives lost, but the water was rather cool for a bath.                                          


Henry Schroeder’s new hardware store next to Walk’s Bros.’ lacks bulk, but Henry has an excellent stock.


The outside work on Mayor Rabenstein’s new and substantial building located north of the O’Neill Creek is nearing completion.                                                                                                             


A farmer could make a good business of boarding horses through the winter for town people, able to get good money.


Turn out this afternoon to see the Rough Riders of Eau Claire go down beneath the husky bunch of Company A football breach loaders.  The game will make the turkey dinners digest better.


Watch the Eau Claire football team climb trees this afternoon to escape the two-ton-hug of Gigantesque Ruddock, our center.  The game begins at 2:30 p.m.  Wear your overshoes and brass lungs.


Baggage smashers at Rugby Junction Tuesday banged a deer hunter’s trunk too hard and a lot of loaded cartridges went off demolishing the trunk, and terrifying the ungodly crew of trunk wreckers.  Unfortunately, all escaped.


Why don’t saloonkeepers give a dizzy twist to things by setting aside their Sunday receipts for the benefit of the churches?


The bronzed fountain presented to the city by Robt. L. Gates of Milwaukee has been received from the art works at York, Pa.  Owing to the time taken to fill the order of the fountain cannot be set up in the train depot park until next spring.   The iron ground basin has been stored at the Foster lumberyard, and the fountain itself stands in the window of our newspaper office, where the public may see it.  The general verdict is that it is a beautiful piece of work, and will greatly add to the city’s appearance.                                                                                                                                                                                 


A dispatch of Nov. 24 says: Three men who are thought to be the Mondovi bank robbers were arrested near Black River Falls today.  They walked into the Merrillan depot and demanded the keys to the safe.  Being refused, they knocked down one of the station men.  Another station man succeeded in getting out of the office and sounded the alarm.  The burglars, being unable to gain access to the safe, took to the woods. A light snow had fallen and they were tracked by officers and arrested.  An Eau Claire officer was there today and recognized one of the prisoners as the man who hired the rig at Eau Claire the night before the Mondovi robber.  The men are all under 35, and of good appearance.


November 1946


Veterans’ Homecoming will be celebrated at Neillsville this coming weekend.  Beginning Saturday morning, November 9, this county seat will belong to the GI’s.  They will move in and take possession, with the hearty goodwill of the home folks, who are delighted to have them back.


It will be a big period of celebration with three days of sociability, entertainment, reunions, and memories of persons that have gone.


The churches of Neillsville have come forward with programs for the morning hours of Sunday.  They have announced services especially intended to honor service persons and to appeal to them.  Detailed announcements will be found in the publicity of several of the local churches.


Coincidence with the Homecoming here is the announcement of the observance of Sunday, Nov. 10, as Marine Corps Day.  This date marks the 171st anniversary of the establishment of the U. S. Marine Corps, an organization, which has a unique record of foreign and combat service.


Three parades will feature Homecoming.  The first will put on Saturday, November 8, at 1 p.m.  This will consist of the high school bands of Neillsville, and Thorp, and pep features originated by members and groups of the high school.


The parade of Sunday will consist of two or more bands and floats designed and prepared by businessmen of Neillsville.  Thirty or more floats are in prospect.


Monday’s parade will start at 10 a.m.  It will definitely be a military parade, with two or three bands, the color guards of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the World War veterans of both World War I and World War II; a task force of 140 men and 30 vehicles from Camp McCoy.  Lieut. Co. Tufts is most desirous that this parade should be as complete as possible, with all posts of Clark County out in force.  There are about 2,000 returned veterans of Clark County who are back from World War II, in addition to the veterans of World War I.


(There are some of us, as children during that time who remember those days of World War II being a time of anxiety.  I remember the day a letter arrived in 1943, with the sad news informing our family of my Uncle Bill’s death while he was fighting on the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands.  One neighborhood family had five sons serving in the military all at the same time, but not once did we hear them complain. 


I also remember during those years there were a few empty pews in the local churches during Sunday services. DZ)


Claude R. Sturdevant died Sunday evening.  With him passed the last of a family, which has played a large part, for nearly a century, in the making of Neillsville. He was the son of John Rufus Sturdevant and the grandson of James W. Sturdevant.  The James Sturdevant family came to Neillsville in 1854, when John R. was eight years of age.  They settled in Pine Valley, on a farm.  James Sturdevant had married Mary Ann French and was thus related to the “Doc” French family. It was a vigorous and active clan, which did a big job in development of Neillsville in the days of the pioneers.


Claude Rufus Sturdevant was born in Neillsville September 18, 1971, and was 75 at his death.  He attended the public schools here and was graduated from high school.  He then went to Wisconsin University and completed a law course.  He was an only child and returned to the old hometown to enter into a law partnership with his father, who was an attorney and county judge.  This partnership continued until his father’s retirement.


Claude Sturdevant was active in public affairs.  He served at various times as city attorney, altogether about 20 years.  He was clerk of the board of education for 24 years.  He was chairman of the county board eight years, and was a member of the board much long than that.


Although he came from a large and sturdy race of pioneers, Claude Sturdevant was small of stature and handicapped in vitality.  This was increasing evidence in recent years and led him to a life of quiet retirement.  He had the constant and understanding service of his wife, Jessie Ruane Flynn, whom he married June 19, 1901, and who survives him.


The first program meeting of the men’s club of the Congregational Church will be held next Sunday evening.  The club has been organized as follows: president, Joseph Ylvisaker; vice-president, James Hauge; secretary, Milo Mabie; treasurer, Donald Kunze; directors, James A. Musil, Jess W. Scott, D. E. Peters, Chris Van Tatenhove, W. F. Harvey, A. E. Wilding, and L. D. Schoengarth.                                                                                     


Granton Rotary Club Sponsors a Dance at the Village Hall, Wednesday, Nov. 20, Music by the Famous “Lawrence Duchow Orchestra.”                                                                                             


Word was received Monday by Mr. and Mrs. George Speich that their son, Kenneth Speich, Signalman 3/c, will make the trip on his ship the “Cacapon” to the Antarctic.  The “Cacapon” is part of the Atlantic fleet tank force that will leave the United States December 1, and will spend until April in “Little America.”  Rear Admiral Richard E. Bird will make his fourth expedition to the Antarctic and will have charge of this expedition, which will be composed of 300 scientists and research workers, which will be a 4,000-man expedition.                      


The Mass scheduled at St. Mary’s congregation has been changed for next Sunday to accommodate deer hunters.  The first Mass will be at 5 a.m. and the second Mass at 9 a.m.                                     


Lorris B. Dusso, 26, a Marine Corps veteran of Greenwood, was appointed to the Clark County traffic law enforcement committee of the county board Tuesday.


Mr. Dusso becomes the third member of the motor police squad.  He will make his headquarters in Greenwood.  He is married, and is the father of one child.                                                    


The Nelson Muffler Company of Stoughton has moved machinery to the tobacco warehouse in Black River Falls and will open a branch factory there soon.  The company will employ between 25 to 50 men.  The company has a branch in Neillsville.                                                                                                               


For the edification of the uninitiated that red hulk of a building squatting beside O’Neill Creek is the “Paulson Fur Farm.”


Ray Paulson, the owner, will insist, and rightly so, that the building is there primarily for other purposes.  But the fact is that it also has become the breeding place for fur-bearing animals, the kind with full-bloom tails and a white stipe running from front to the other end.


Nobody set out to organize a fur-farm there, except the animals themselves.  They found the basement portion below the office much to their liking and settled down to family-raising.  Nobody knows exactly the population of Paulson’s fur-farm; even the assessor, if he knew about it, probably would not have counted noses.


Nevertheless, Mr. Paulson and his two helpers, Mr. Gault, and Mr. Hoesly, have been watching the development of the fur-farm with interest.



Ray Paulson, in the mid-1940s, had an implement business at the lot and building located on the east side of Hewett Street and north side of O’Neill Creek.  That building had formerly been built for buggy-wagon manufacturing.  Some of the buggy-wagon factory owners of the late 1880s and early 1900s eras were: Ghent, Wulff, Sommerfeld-Korman.  The above photo was taken during the Sommerfeld-Korman ownership.





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