Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 7, 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

September 1881


Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ward, of the Town of Fremont, started for Grand Forks, North Dakota, last Tuesday where Mr. Ward has an extensive farm.                                                                                         


Several fields of corn in this locality have been “cut-up” before Sept. 1st so the entire crop throughout the county is now out of danger from frost.


(At that time, most of the corn crop was cut up while green, for silage to be fed to the cattle during the winter months. DZ)


Henry Meyers, our worthy undersheriff, ran a foot race with O’Neill’s cow last Friday.  The wager was a dollar, but the cow came out ahead.                                                                                    


Fresh Oysters are available every Saturday, at J. Delane’s.                              


In about three weeks a third train is to be put on the Neillsville branch of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha road.  This train will do the principal part of the freight business, and its time being in the middle of the day, will afford passable connections with trains on the Green Bay & Minnesota road.  It will be a great benefit to the travel.


The street lamp put up near O’Neill’s office recently has demonstrated the value of light on the subject, and an effort will be made to have enough lamps procured to light the principal streets.  The lamp referred to above is a gasoline-gas burner and is known as the “Watkins Patent Street Lamp.”                                 


That the early amber sugar-cane can be profitably raised on the soil of Clark County, has been fully demonstrated by experiments made by several farmers of the Town of Grant, and by Hon. S. L. Nason, of Nasonville, during the present season.  Mr. Nason went into the business quite extensively, and the cane so far worked up by him has yielded four hundred gallons of syrup to the acre.  Mr. Thos. Reed, of the Town of Grant, also procured about the same yield from the can raised on his place in the Town of Grant.  The cane matured long before frost, yielding perfect seed, which will be used for planting next season, at which time Messer John S. Dore and George A. Austin, of the Town of Grant, will enter its production quite extensively.  These gentlemen also anticipate putting in the necessary machinery for working it up, and thus afford a chance for all in that locality, who desire to grow the crop, to do so to advantage without involving any more expense than the cultivation of any other product.                                 


Mr. Ackerman, living west of the river, who had the misfortune of having his dwelling destroyed by fire several months ago, has nearly completed the main part of a new one, and with the addition to be built next season, will have a very fine residence.                                                                                                         


Almost a clean drive was made on O’Neill Creek the first of the week, less than five hundred thousand feet being the estimated number of logs had remained in that stream.                             


The Circuit Court, the meeting of the Presbytery, and the Republican County Convention have brought many strangers and people from the surrounding country here during the past week.  It has been a lively time for the hotels, and has given our village an unusually lively appearance.                                                       


Work on the turnpike, between Longwood and Withee station, has been indefinitely suspended because of the heavy rains.  It is so late and so wet now that it probably won’t be finished until another year.


Al Warner of Greenwood killed the first bear of the season last Saturday.  It was a nice yearling of about 100 pounds.  Nearly all the young men in town got excited over his success and armed themselves with Remington’s and have gone to the bush in search for more.                                                                                                                             


Weston & Schofield have commenced building piers for a new bridge across Black River near their mills at Greenwood.  We understand they intend to rush the work through and complete the whole thing this fall.  The town board has laid out a road running past the new schoolhouse and continuing through to the river to connect with the anticipated bridge.  The improvement will be of great advantage to the town besides being of much value to their mills.


What has become of that bridge that was to have been built on “Grand Avenue” to take the place of the one swept away by the flood over a year hence?                                                                     


Henry Klopf could ride a bicycle to perfection if the Dutch would keep out of his way.


What ought to be done with the man who will leave his “cussed” old gate ajar for his neighbor to stub on it in the dark, can be learned to the best advantage by a personal interview with Dr. Crandall, the latest victim reported.


September 1941


The old brewery is being revived, resuscitated, and renewed.  When it makes its bow again to a waiting world, it will be the location of six new bowling alleys installed by Ted Schmidt.


Since the cannery disappeared from that location, the old brewery has stood empty and desolate on East Sixth Street, except for seasonal and brief use at cranberry time.  But now the old building is full of the sound of saw and hammer, with old ceiling and floors and partitions coming out, and with anew going in.


Viewed as a problem in reconstruction, the old brewery is in three different parts, with varying floor levels and ceiling heights.  In installing bowling alleys, the floor level all through will be the height of the larger, or western part.  The ceiling will be staggered, at three different levels, in order that lights may be so installed as not to shine in the eyes of the bowlers.


Six alleys will be installed.  They will entirely fill the two eastern parts of the building, but the main part will have ample room for spectators; seats, dairy bar, locker rooms, and toilets.


Heat will be furnished from a new hot air plant in the basement.


Mr. Schmidt ran a bowling enterprise in Sparta for five years, and moved to Neillsville months ago, in the belief that this city has been seeking a suitable location, and is happy in the belief that the old brewery will surprise people when the present job of reconstruction has been completed.


(The bowling alleys in the old brewery building operated until the mid-1950s when, fire destroyed it. DZ)


Jason Gault, in a feat worthy of a circus, recaptured a runaway load of grain last Thursday and took it back to the threshing machine.  He and his son Franklin were on the grain wagon, helping with the threshing at the Ed Greeler place in the Town of York.  There were close to the threshing machine, when the team of horses, in sudden fright, gave a jump.  The ungainly load of grain lurched so heavily that it threw both men off the load entirely.


Then the horses broke and ran for it, going in the direction of the Gault farm.  Away they ran with the load of grain careening wildly, a menace on the road and to themselves.


There was just one bright side to this runaway, as it seemed to Jason Gault, and that was that the driving lines were firmly fastened up above on the grain wagon.  So, he shouted for help, and Art Schoengarth jumped into a car with him, the two in quick pursuit of the runaways.


When the car came close to the load of grain, Mr. Gault climbed out along the hood of the car and onto the right fender.  He worked his way to the very front of the car.  Mr. Schoengarth ran the car tight up to the grain load and held it there, while Mr. Gault got a hold on the lines; with the lines in his hands, he soon stopped the horses, turned the wagon around and headed it back to the threshing machine.                                            


A picture of Mrs. Youmans, long a resident of Neillsville and Clark County, appeared on the first page of the Hollywood Shopping News, issue of May 12.  It was a Mother’s Day tribute to a woman, who, as stated in that publication, “typifies all that is fine and good in motherhood.”


Mrs. Youmans has been residing in Los Angeles since 1930, when she left Neillsville.  She lives there with two sisters, mrs. Irene F. Oakley and Mrs. Viola F. Delane, and with her daughter, Viola Youmans.


Mrs. Youman was born January 28, 1858, on the old French farm, Town of Levis.  She moved to Neillsville with her parents when a small child, residing in the French home on the present site of the library.  There, Nettie French became the bride of Clarion A. Youmans.  Mr. Youmans was a lawyer and farmer.  Their three children were born in their home on the site where the John Peterson place now stands.  Then they moved to a farm east of Neillsville, known as the Youmans place.  Mr. Youmans maintained his office in Neillsville, and the family moved back to town after a few years, residing then in the old Bradbury house.


Upon the death of Mr. Youmans, his widow was left with the three children in the family home, and she continued her residence in Neillsville until the children were grown.


Mrs. Youmans is a first cousin to Robert French, Town of Levis, and to C. R. Sturdevant, chairman of the county board.



Clarion A. and Nettie Youman’s 400-acre farmstead, located 1-1½ miles east of Neillsville, south side of U.S. Hwy 10, was a showplace in the latest farming methods of the early 1900s.  It was Clark County’s first farm to have milking machines in use in 1909.  An attractive 2-story residence, a large cattle barn, horse barn and other farm buildings made a picturesque setting upon the upper most point of Pleasant Ridge.


Only two schools are being operated in the Town of Hewett this year, and the teachers are sisters.


Miss Clara Zank is teaching at the Hewettville School, and Miss Elsie Zank is teaching at the Sunny Nook School.  They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Zank of Pine Valley.                  


Free Wedding Dance at Hake’s Barn, Saturday, Sept. 13th, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mashin.


The first timber sale from Clark County forests has been made by contract, and the work of cutting, peeling, and hauling approximately 200 cords of jack pine is underway.  A. C. Covell, country forester, said this week.


The contract was completed last week, and work was started immediately by Lester Vandeberg of Fairchild, who is cutting for Selves and Corcoran.  The contract calls for a price of $2.50 per cord, stumpage.


Of this amount the state will receive 50 percent of a severance value, set at about one dollar a cord for jack pine; and the remainder totaling approximately $400, will go into the county’s general fund.  This will be the first stumpage revenue to find its way into the county’s general fund since the establishment of the county forests in 1933.  However, some revenue has been realized in the last few years from the sale of Christmas trees.


Bernard Walker, Erville Modersohn, and Helen Laken have begun high school at Willard.  Bernard and Helen have bikes with which they go to and from school, but Erville walks to and from school every day.  He has three and a-half miles to go but sometimes he is fortunate in getting a ride with neighbors.                   


It is not too unusual for Allen Crockett’s team of horses to go “absent without leave,” but not every time they take the notion are they caught by anything as immobile as a tree.


Strange as it may seem, that is exactly what happened Friday afternoon.  The team was being used in silo filling at the Linton Jahr farm in Washburn that day. And, as they stood near the silo filler with nearly a full load of cornstalks, that, something frightened them.


Off they went full tilt, through the stockyard, out across a field and down into the woods.  But their breakneck pace was stopped effectively when the horses tried to pass on opposite sides of a tree.  They were to put it mildly, “stopped cold.”


In the resulting jolt a neck yoke was broken and the wagon and its load of corn stalks were overturned; but outside of that not much damage was done.  So, in other words, the horses were caught and stopped by a tree.


Brothers will marry sisters in a double wedding Saturday, October 4, in Chili.


Principals will be Lawrence and Delmore Peterson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Peterson of Fremont, and Olive and Ilene Meissner, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meissner of Lynn.  Lawrence, a farmer, will marry Olive; and Delmore, a truck driver, will marry Ilene.                                                            


The defense program is having its effect on nearly every line of work, even unto the office of the register of deeds.


Henry E. Rahn, register of deeds, says an average of 25 inquiries for birth records are received at his office daily, because of the defense program.  Birth records are needed by men who are seeking employment in defense industries and many, having no copy of their birth records, must secure a certified copy of their birth record from the register of deeds office.


Whaley’s Service has 8-Used Cars, 8-Dandies, Every-One and They Should be Selling for Double and Triple What we are Asking?  $15 to $50 each!  Neillsville, Ph. 56





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