Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 18, 2017, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

 October 1917


Jacob Haas and Miss Elizabeth Auman were married Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock, with the ceremony taking place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and being performed by Father Auman of Ft. Atkinson, a brother of the bride.


The attending couples were Miss Mary Kemeter and Miss Tillie Wasserburger and Ollie Haas and Henry Auman.


The groom is the son of Mrs. Mary Haas and an employee of the Condensery. His bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Auman.  Mr. and Mrs. Haas left on the noon train for a brief wedding trip to Milwaukee and Jefferson and upon their return will take up housekeeping in this city.


The Commercial State Bank extends to the people of Neillsville and vicinity a cordial invitation to be present at the formal opening of its new bank building on Saturday, October 6, 1917.


The building will be open for inspection of visitors from 10 to 12 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m.


Souvenirs for everybody; bring the ladies and children.                   


For the past two or three weeks, L. B. Ring has been making quick time from his home to the 32-acre wood lot across the Black River at Ross Eddy, carrying an axe and dressed in togs bespeaking laborious intentions.  With this axe and a brush scythe he has swamped out a road from the Eddy to the southwestern corner of the lot, a distance of over half a mile, the roadway being wide enough for a logging road and team.  After this was accomplished, Mr. Ring selected a level spot on the high land near the west end of the road and cleared up an acre of land, piling the wood and stacking the brush.  There is some 15 acres or more that will make good farmland, which will be cleared later, while the balance will be partially cleared for pasture.  The woods are dense, and the stunt pulled off took a lot of muscle and timber jack tactics.  We expect to see a settler’s shanty go up there and a crop of potatoes put in next spring.                         


John Wildish went to Janesville Monday to attend the grand Encampment of the I.O.O.F.


There will be a big duck and goose shoot Sunday, Oct. 14, at the H. F. Magedanz farm at Heintown.


The Catholic congregation will give their annual church supper at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, Oct. 25; Price 35’.  Menu: Chicken, Brown Beef and Gravy; Cabbage Salad, Celery; Pickles; Jello; Hot Rolls; Rye Bread; Cake; Cookies & Coffee.                                                                           


A letter was received from Charles Hubing, which stated the he is now at Camp Greene, Charlotte, North Carolina, with the 4th Ambulance Co., 41st Division, after his enlistment in July.  He says his company will be ready for France in about two months.                                             


Sunday, Oct. 21, has been set aside as a National Patriotic Sunday and on that day ministers of all the churches in the United States have been asked to deliver patriotic sermons.  In Clark County, the day will be observed in all churches and patriotic sermons will be delivered.  In addition, the matter of food pledge cards will be discussed.  This being patriotic Sunday and to be observed nationally, every man and woman in the county is urged to go to church on Sunday, Oct. 21, and observe this national event.


(At this point in time, many who lived in this area were immigrants who had recently became citizens.  They were thankful and proud to be American, so displayed their patriotism at every opportunity. DZ)


Oysters! Now in Season!  You can have then prepared any style.  Also, Chili Con Carne and Chop Suey every Saturday.  At the Plaza Restaurant, in the Kapellan Building, Corner of 6th and Hewett Streets.


W. D. Dangers, Ed Kutchera and Chas. Holte spent a few days at Lake Arbutus duck hunting last week. 
They bagged 30 ducks and one goose.                                         


Mrs. August Zank died at her home in Pine Valley on Oct. 11 at the age of 68 years.  She was born in Germany and is survived by her husband and three sons, Emil, William and Otto.  Deceased was a resident of Pine Valley for many years and was one of its most respected women.  Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 14th, by Rev. Brandt at the German Lutheran Church.               


There were shipments of 10,000,000 pounds of dairy products from Clark County during the past year, which indicates the progress of dairy farming in that section of Northern Wisconsin.  And yet only 20 percent of the acreage in Clark County is under cultivation, which suggest what may be done in the future.


September 1952


Lightning started a fire Tuesday afternoon in the barn of the Robert Hiles farm, southeast of Neillsville.  The blaze was brought under control with damage of a few hundred dollars, insured.


The lightning struck the milking machine, burned out the motor and followed the line through the stable, setting fire to a small area of the structure and catching in the hay.


The Hiles have a chemical extinguisher and a water system, and a neighbor as a large extinguisher.  With this equipment and the help of the neighbors the blaze was stopped in its tracks.


Wanted by Saturday, Oct. 4, eight more Packer fans to complete Charter Bus Load to Green Bay, Sunday Oct. 26 for the Green Bay Packer – Detroit Lions Football Game!


$8.50 Includes Ticket to Game & Bus Both Ways! Call or Stop at Minette’s Sweet in Neillsville, for Reservations.


(Only $8.50, cost of ticket and bus ride.  How the prices have changed throughout the years.  Even at $8.50 cost they were hoping to fill the bus with fan. DZ)                             


When Daniel Wallace last saw the road ahead, it was straight, and he glanced to the rearview mirror to see what was behind him.  It was a car right behind, sure enough, but when he looked ahead again, he stared straight into a tree.  His car hit the tree, took almost all the value out of it and dazed Daniel.


This happened in Schuster Park Sunday afternoon about 4:45 p.m. A brother of Daniel was in the park at the time and saw Daniel running on or toward the golf course, with blood running down his chin.  It took stitches to repair the lower lip.


The police investigated and found car tracks, which had evidently gone out around Daniel’s car without stopping.  At that point in the park the rook crooks around, and the tree is right handy for a car to run into, if the car fails to crook with the road.                                                   


Free coffee and doughnuts will be served throughout Satruday in Neillsville with the compliments of the Chamber of Commerce.  This treat will be made available from a service truck, which will move through the streets all day.                                                                                


Flitter’s Grocery Specials for Friday & Saturday!


Golden Queen Olives, 16-oz. jar 49’; Standby Golden Pumpkin, 2 – 25 oz. cans 25’; Year-old Pan Ready Chickens, 45’ lb. Limited Supply, Come Early!  Schwan’s Red Bologna 45’ Lb.


Notice to Hunters! Cold Cuts, Packaged Cookies and Everything for a Hunter’s Lunch!


Neillsville and all the friends in the entire area will join Friday and Saturday in the celebration of the opening of the new bridge at Dells Dam and the full use of the new Highway 95.  The celebration will include merchandise opportunities on both days and a full program on Saturday.


Saturday’s program starts at 10 a.m. at Dells Dam Bridge.  There will gather the people of the Trempealeau Valley and of Clark County, with their official representatives.  Brief remarks will be made by Ray Jensen, vice chairman of the state highway department, by W. F. Baumgartner of Eau Claire, the district engineer of the state highway department, and George Purnell, representing the commercial organizations of Trempealeau Valley.


The climax will come with the cutting of the ribbon, which will run across the bridge at its center.  This ceremony will feature H. R. Baird, chairman of the Clark County Board.  Associated with him will be the county highway committee.  It is anticipated that the county board of Jackson County and the highway committee will be present or represented, by arrangement and invitation of George Purnell of Merrillan, who has handled the arrangements of Jackson County.


Following the ribbon ceremony, there will be a procession across the bridge, led by the bands of Alma Center High School and Neillsville High School.  Then will come the distinguished officials and guests, the Boy Scouts and a contingent from the service company of the National Guard, with the procession completed by the participation of all who are present.                                                                


The climax of Neillsville’s celebration of the opening of Highway 95 came Saturday afternoon on the streets of Neillsville.  There the kiddies and their parents from a wide area had a big time with the pet parade, the Penny Scramble and the various contests conducted by the Chamber of Commerce of Neillsville. Fifty-one children participated in the pet parade and too many to count scrambled for pennies.


The Neillsville High School Band led the Pet Parade.  Behind the band, four horsemen preceded the small children with their pets.  The 51 entries paraded by their proud owners varied from dogs and cats to geese, ducks, ponies and even a small white goat.                                        


Dick’s Super Service will give you 25 cents for your Old Straw Hat!  Summer’s over; you’re through using the old straw lid.  So just bring it in to Dick’s Super Service and toss it at us.  We’ll give you 25 cents off on an oil change to good winter-grade Mobil-oil!


Dick’s Super Service on Hewett St., Jct. of 10-73.                    


Chicken & Ham Dinner Served Country Style at Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal on Saturday, Nov. 1.  Serving Starts at 4:30 until all are served.                                                           


Free – Roast “Coon” Sandwiches will be served Sunday, Oct. 26, at Jerry’s Resort.  As we will close for the winter months after this coming weekend, we would like to show our appreciation to our many good customers and friends by serving Free “Coon” sandwiches, Sunday.


A Duck Shoot will be held in connection with this celebration.  Our Dam has been completed, and the Lake is Nearly Full!


We Will Have – Free Boat Rides All Day Sunday.


Jerry’s Resort, located 6-miles southeast of Greenwood, or 6-mies southwest of Loyal.


(Racoon Sandwiches?  Although years ago, that may have been a delicacy, “Thanks, but no Thanks!” DZ)


The marriage of Ruth Lorraine Spaete to Donald Albert Meihack took place October 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Alfred Schewe performed the double ring ceremony.


Homecoming, with a parade and floats, victory bonfire, football, school party, and all the trimmings will be held by Neillsville High School Friday and Saturday of this week.


Presiding over the annual event will be Hans harder, popular senior son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harder of Christie. A member of the football team, he plays at halfback, Hans was elected Tuesday to the honored position by high school students.  He has chosen as his queen Donna Rae Peterson, daughter of Atty and Mrs. John Peterson of Neillsville.


Featuring Friday’s Homecoming activities will be the parade at 2:30 p.m., and the victory bonfire and pep rally at 8:00 p.m.  About a dozen floats are expected to enter in the parade.  They will compete for prizes for the best and most original floats.  Ideas, drawing boards, crepe paper, hammer and sawing sounds have been mixed liberally with perspiration this week as class and club boys and girls worked on their floats after school.  The idea, as usual, have been kept dark secrets; but the odds are that they will dwell on dire things for Cadott High’s football team, which will be the opposition for Neillsville Warrior’s in the conference football game Saturday night at 8 p.m.


The victory bonfire and pep rally will be held, as usual, in the parking lot near the railroad tracks Friday evening.  That afternoon underclassmen will search the town for almost anything that will burn.  Fire trucks will stand in readiness to keep things under control.


Charles Kurth came to Clark County in 1873, where he bought 180 acres of land in Grant Township, all of it being covered in timber.  He began clearing the land, using the first horse team brought into the county.  His wife and children joined him there the following year.  He built the first basement barn in Clark County, using clay and mortar.  In 1882, he built a large brick tavern and home, which contained 12 rooms, at the locality known as “Kurth Corners.”  Township meetings were held there, and it was a stagecoach stop, providing room and board for travelers.  Now, 135 years later, this historic Town of Grant Landmark still stands as a home on the southeast corner of USH 10 and Pray Avenue, four miles east of Neillsville. (Photo courtesy of Jay Parker)






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