Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

June 22, 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

June 1931


Work on the Farmers’ Union bulk oil station in Neillsville, is expected to be started at once.  The stock has been subscribed and arrangements are being completed for the construction.  Similar stations are to be built at Loyal and Chili, according to Union officials.                                                                                     


The Capital Times of Madison has selected a home designed by Balch and Lippert as a model home, which will be constructed in that city.  The structure will be erected at 2318 Monroe Street.  An illustration, which appears in the Capital Times, shows that the building is one beautiful charm and attractiveness.  Both H. C. Balch and Grover Lippert are former Neillsville residents.                                                                                         


193l graduates of the Neillsville Teacher’s Training Department are:


Virginia V. Dall, LeNore Marion Bartz, Marcia Daniels; Ruth Marie Belter, Helen Louise Falk, Russell R. Gardner, Iola Gemmecki, Anita A Jacobi, Nellie May Johnson, Della U. Lawrence; Gertrude E. Liebzeit, Carol Matheson, Cecilia M. Nenahlo, Nina G. Scharf, Clara E. Skar and Mildred Anna Williams.


The Boy Scout camp near the mouth of the East Fork has been named “Higichara,” which is taken from the Winnebago Indian language, meaning Scout camp.  The Scouts plan to go into camp for ten days beginning June 18 and are making an appeal to the public for the use of tents during that period.  If you have a tent, which you would permit the boys to use just tell any scout about it and they will appreciate it very much.                          


Couple wanted to be married during the Fair at the Fair Grounds on August 29, it will be worth your while to get in touch with the Fair Secretary.                                                                                 


The Hatfield amusement concessions, including the pavilion, store, boats and a dwelling, which were lost by Clarence Hell through a bankruptcy action, have been leased for the season by Mrs. Archie Van Gorden and her brother, Glen Fremstad, of Whitehall, who will run the store and other businesses during the day and Mr. Van Gorden will be there evenings to attend to the enterprise.


Mr. Van Gorden announces that he is rushing plans for a big celebration there July 4 and 5.


Harry Schroeder, who bought the Billy Lightfoot farm of 40 acres in section one town of Pine Valley, last week traded this farm to Wm. Siems for his farm of 33 acres in Section 33, Town of Pine Valley.  The Siems farm lies on west bank of Black River and Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder plan to raise geese, ducks and other some poultry on the place.


(That Siems farm, is the farm where my mother was born in 1920 and that house is still there today.  Dmk)


Recent rains have raised the levels of Black River and O’Neill Creek.  Last Friday, one-half inch fell, which equals about 90 tons of water to the acre, according to Carl Stange, weather observer.


The contract for paving of Highway 10 east from Trimberger’s Corners, Granton, to the Wood County Line was awarded last week to the Jorgenson Construction Co., of Denmark, Wis., on a bid of $79,050.46, according to the county highway department.  Work is to start within 10 days.


The contract for the paving between Fall Creek and Altoona went to Starke McKenzie of Superior.


John Wuethrich, south of Greenwood, has enlarged his barn space by moving a 40-by-60 foot building up to the barn and making a larger structure.  Sherman Gress had charge of moving the addition.


The prohibition law is making itself felt in more ways than one, the latest evidence being a claim for $15 worth of home brew equipment listed among the losses suffered by a farmer recently, according to W. B. Tufts, secretary of the Lynn Mutual Fire Insurance Co.                                                                   


The vigilantes of the Clark County Bankers’ Association staged their second annual practice shoot at the Neillsville Country Club golf course at Dells Dam Sunday where they demonstrated a brand of marksmanship that proved to be anything but favorable to those engaged in the business of robbing banks.


C. Hoehne of Greenwood took first place and received a pair of rubber boots as the prize; William Schwellenbach of Neillsville was second and received a sport coat; M. Boardman of Thorp, third, received a wool blanket and Walter Dangers placed fourth, receiving a straw hat.  Out of a possible score of 500 the vigilantes made 455.


The following men under direction of Sheriff William Bradford took part: C. Hoehne, Greenwood, Boardman, Thorp; Arbs, Greenwood; Lawrence, Thorp; Sample, Chili; Terrio, Owen; F. E. Brown, William Schwellenbach, Walter Dangers, George Prochazka and Ben Brown of Neillsville.


The vigilantes were invited to meet at the golf course by Judge E. W. Crosby.  A splendid dinner was served by the women of the club to about 80 guests.                                                                                 


Carl Walk, for many years a resident and prominent business man here, passed away Wednesday, June 17, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Roehrborn.  He had been in poor health for some time, having suffered attacks of apoplexy.


Carl Frederick William Walk was born in the town of Farmington, Jefferson County, Wis., June 9, 1869.  He grew to manhood there and at the age of 22 went to Wausau where he worked in a sawmill, remaining there two years.  He then came to Neillsville and went into partnership with his brother, Paul, in the mercantile business.  They had a store where the Lewerenz filling station now stands, later building a new store on the site now occupied by the Unger Shoe Store and Prochazka Bros. Market.  This place burned in 1905, but Carl had previously gone to Abbotsford and established a store there.  After operating this for two or three years, he moved to Bay City, Mich., and went into business there.  In 1918, he returned to Neillsville and went into partnership with Wm. Heiking, carrying on a garage business for some time.  In 1025, he again went into the mercantile business on West Seventh Street near the depot, selling out about a year later to his son-in-law, Harry Roehrborn.


Mr. Walk was married to Miss Emma Sontag, May 12, 1896.  Owing to poor health of his wife and himself, he made several trips to the west.


Mr. Walk was a man of sterling honesty, enterprising in business, and had a wife circle of friends, his cheerful and kindly manner making him a most pleasant companion and friend.


He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Roehrborn, one granddaughter, Arlene, and three brothers: John L. of Neillsville, Paul of Clarkston, Wash., and Rudolph H. of Lewiston, Idaho.



The above photo was taken of the four Walk brothers, Carl, John L, Paul and Rudolph H.  Carl and Paul were partners in operating a mercantile store in the 400 block of Hewett Street in the late 1800s.  In about 1900, Carl left Neillsville, returning in 1918 to go into a garage business with partner Wm. Heiking.  In 1925, he once again went to owning a mercantile business on the corner of West Seventh and Clay Street, selling out a year later due to health issues.   (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts)


The State Boiler Inspector was through this vicinity last week and tested the boiler in Tom Wren’s sawmill at Sydney.  The boiler will be fifty years old this fall but stood the severe test and was pronounced in perfect condition.


Mr. Wren, last week, sawed out a lot of logs for Dells Lumber Co., which had been stranded in Wedges Creek and his mill ran to perfection.  Although the logs had been cut over a year ago, they made fine lumber, no wormholes and were all sound logs.


June 1961


Mr. and Mrs. Lester Steinhilber, who have owned and operated Club 10 four miles east of Neillsville for most of the last 24 years, have sold the property.


Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Oleson of West Allis arrived Saturday to take possession.  They have three children, nine and seven years and eight months.  Mr. Oleson has been engaged in similar work in West Allis, and Mrs. Oleson has relatives in the area.                                                                                                           


A total of 119 children enrolled Monday morning in the Union Bible School of the Methodist and the United Church.  The peak enrollment last year was 149.  The Rev. Virgil Holmes is director and treasurer, the Rev. Frank B. Harcey is secretary and Louise Kippenhan is teaching advisor.                                            


An estimated 500 people turned out for the dedication of the Thunderbird Lodge and museum at Hatfield last Sunday afternoon.  Colorful ceremonies by the Blackdeer dancers, a recently organized group of young Winnebagos and members of the Blackdeer family, highlighted the ceremonies.


Murray Whiterabbit of Ashland, a member of the tribe and a graduate of the Winnebago Indian School in Neillsville in 1934, acted as master-of-ceremonies and gave a dedicatory address.  An invocation and benediction were given by Rev. Mitchell Whiterabbit of the Indian Mission at Black River Falls.


In a brief address of welcome, Robert Harvey, editor of The Clark County Press told those present that the establishment of a museum containing many artifacts of Indian lore on the banks of the Black River was appropriate, for this is the heart of the land in which the Winnebagos have lived and hunted for generations.  The house of the museum in the building, which formerly was the Hatfield Hotel, where many notables of the state and nation stayed on their visits to the area, also was in keeping, he asserted.


“Today we have moved the New Frontier to the Moon,” Harvey pointed out.  “Tomorrow we shall explore the Universe.  At such a time, when we are traveling faster and reaching out further, it is well that we develop museums such as the Thunderbird lodge to help us keep our feet on the ground, and to remind us of the slower road we have traveled in our development of civilization.”


Thunderbird lodge and museum has been established by Mrs. Violet Vieau, as the result of a collector’s hobby and her interest in area history whetted by three years as president of the Jackson County Historical Society.


Earl Vine, Tom Krall and Robert Heidemann received the Wisconsin farmer degree award at the state F. F. A. Convention in Green Lake.  They were accompanied by John W. Perkins, instructor in agriculture and Kenneth Mohr, who attended as a delegate.                                                                                                  


A plaque for superior F. F. A. chapter was presented to Roger Dillenbeck, president of the Greenwood chapter at the state convention in Green Lake.


Dan Boh, Jr., delivered his speech in the state agriculture contest.


Allan Wessel and Irving Timmler were honored with the Wisconsin Farmer degree.  The youths were accompanied by Victor Wagner, instructor.                                                                          


The Immanuel Lutheran Church school building at Globe is being moved to the east side of the church and will be joined to the main church building, near the north end.  The building which has been used in recent years for summer Bible school, Sunday school and for church bazaars and dinners, will become a part of the main building.  It will serve as an overflow and will be used for Sunday school and recreational purposes.


Neillsville, Willard, Fairchild and Merrillan are tied for first place in the Southern Clark County conference with identical records of two wins and one loss.  Humbird is in fifth place, Hoppa’s sixth.


Behind the seven-hit pitching of Dick Quast, the Neillsville Coast-to-coast baseball team defeated Hoppa’s 8 to 4, Sunday.  Merrillan 25 to 5, and Willard pulled the unexpected by winning from Humbird, 12 to 11.


Arthur Stiemke, Rt. 2, Neillsville, escaped injury when the milk truck he was driving blew a front tire and landed on its die in a deep ditch about a half-mile north of Neillsville on the Grand Avenue road.  The accident happened about 10 a.m. Wednesday.


The truck was carrying 125 cans of milk, bound for the Neillsville Milk Products Cooperative.


The truck, which had been in service but a short time, was owned by Robert Knoop, also of Rt. 2 Neillsville.  It was badly damaged.


Milk in the truck was unloaded onto another Knoop truck and completed its journey to the cooperative plant.  The loss amounted to approximately 50 percent of the load.                               


Ice on the water tank, was reported by William Thiel of Pray on Thursday and Friday morning of last week.  He reported a 32-degree Tuesday morning, middle of June.                                      


There was a large attendance of the Clark County Luther Festival, which was held in the Greenwood Park Sunday. The congregations from Withee, Curtiss, Loyal, Neillsville and Greenwood, members of the National Lutheran Council Church of Clark County, attended the program.  A picnic lunch was served at noon.  At 1:30 there was a band concert by the young people of Our Savior’s Lutheran of Greenwood, Trinity of Loyal, and Howay of Curtiss.


Dr. George Forell was the guest speaker.  His address was on “Our Lutheran Heritage.”  He is a Lutheran pastor, who had to flee Germany before World War II, because he had convictions strong enough to speak out against Hitler.


Wedding Dance

Patterson – Bieneck

Saturday, July 1st

Music by “Dave Hoppa Orchestra”

At Silver Dome Ballroom

Dance - Monday, July 3

“Ernie Reck Orchestra”




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