Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 15, 2017 Page 9

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Clark County News

March 1917


City Council Proceedings at Last Meeting held at Council Room, Feb. 23, 1917:


The following bills were read and approved:


The Bi-Latebel Fire Hose Co., for 300-ft of fire hose, $300;


W. H. Hobbs Supply Co., for one belt, galvanized sheet-iron, $10.20;


Neillsville Hospital, two weeks care of Chas. Schultz, $18.00;


The Luethe Co., firewood for Mrs. Baldwin, $2.35;


Taxes on 32 acres land known as gravel, or rock pit, $8.52;


C. Krumery, coal for the pumping plant, $47.24;


Geo. Cramer for 1,760 lbs. Hay, $11.44;


Fred Lenz for 1-cord 18-ft firewood for pumping plant;


Huntley Bros., bag of flour for Mrs. Baldwin, $2.60;


Huntley Bros., groceries for Mrs. A. Carskadden, $12.96;


Motion by Ald. Holcomb, supported by Ald. Bartell, to allow bills presented to be paid.  Motion was carried.


We wish to announce to the public that we have opened the North Side Store, and in a few days will have a complete stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries ready to meet your needs.


It will be our aim to give the best of merchandise and the best of service.


Ring up No. 92 for Free delivery to all parts of the city.


The North Side Store, G. C. Deutsch, Proprietor                                                


New Prices on Woelffer’s Ice Cream:

Pints, 20’; Quarts, 35’; or Gallons at $1.25.


Saturday night, burglars broke a window in the rear of Dangers Co. Store and inspected the interior of the building.  They went through the cash register and relieved it of $20, but so far as has been determined, they stole nothing else.  They then went across the street to the Prochazka meat market and effected an entrance through a window, but here they were for-stalled, for Mr. Prochazka had put all his day’s receipts in the safe and had left but twenty cents, which the burglars appropriated.  No clue to the robbers was found but the job was evidently the work of home talent.


Mr. Arthur Grassman and Miss Olga Spiser, of the Town of Lynn, were quietly married at the German Lutheran Church in the Town of Grant at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, Rev. Rieff officiating.  The couple were attended by Miss Elsie Kurth and by Alvin Grassman.  May happiness be theirs is the wish of their host of friends.


For Sale: 30 lots in the Krumery’s Addition, west end of 4th Street.  Will be sold reasonably.  Inquire at this office.


Douglass Ormand, who has been visiting his parents near Christie for a few weeks, returned to his work at Beaver Dam Monday night.                                                                                                                 


To Be Sold by Order of Court at Naedler’s Garage, on or before March 24, 1917:


One 4-h.p. Stover engine with saw, complete, almost new, in A-1 Condition;


One McCormick corn binder, used very little;


One 10-ft. Acme Rake, nearly as good as new;


One Mower, in good running order;


One Alpha Cream Separator, good condition.


H. H. Eberhardt, Adm.                                                                                        


Feed Grinding, only five cents a sack at the Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Co.


We are sorry to say that the roads in the Globe area have been so bad that Mr. Forman, our mail carrier was obliged to walk and carry those heavy mail-bags last Monday.  Mr. Forman has the longest route out of Neillsville, which is over twenty-six miles.  Let’s all turn out and open the roads so he will be able to drive his team of horses on the route with no trouble.


Fish for Lent:

Herring, round or dressed, per lb. 6’; Bayfish (suckers) lb. 8’;

Perch, dressed, ready-to-fry, lb. 10’; Pickerel, dressed, lb. 10’;

Eel Pouts, dressed, lb. 10’;

Smoked Bluefin Herring, 10 lb. basket 80’;

Mail us your order today, at the above prices.

L. G. Schiller Fish Co., Green Bay, Wis.


If Henry Ford is sincere in wanting to do the greatest good to the greatest number, he will put another spring under the back seat of his cars.                                                                                               


Most of us consider it a real hardship if for some reason or other the train fails to reach Neillsville at least once a day.  But over on the Foster Branch of Cleghorn there hasn’t been a train for over a month. The first train to run on that track since Jan. 30th, plowed through the snow on Monday of last week.  This is isolation, which runs a close second to the North Pole.


(N. C. Foster had a 24-mile railroad track going from Fairchild, through Hay Creek, Rickard, Strader, Valley View, Foster, Allen, ending at Cleghorn.  Also, a railroad track going through Clark County, from Fairchild to Mentor, Tioga, Gorman, Willard, Owego, Greenwood, Schilling, Coxie, Bright, and Owen. DZ)


The weather may not seem or feel very “springy” just now, but the fact is, spring commences today, and if you want to be fully convinced of it go to the Community Store and see the display of dainty, and fashionable Spring and Summer Millinery that just arrived.  Yes, we dare say we have even better values for the money than last season, so your new Easter bonnet will not increase the high cost of living.  Come in, and make us prove what we say.


Lieut. Col. J. W. Hommel was transferred Monday from the active service in the Wisconsin National Guard, and will in the future have charge of the new troops at Camp Douglass, with an official rank as colonel.  Col. Hommel was nearing the age of retirement from active duty but his new position will give him many further years of service for the Guard and his new work will not require him to leave the state for the time being, at least.  It is also a promotion in service and a very desirable position.


(Lieut. Col. J. W. (Tom) Hommel wore many hats.  He was very active in the National Guard for many years.  Also, Tom supervised installing the first water and sewer lines within Neillsville, as well as helping on the city police force.


Hommel’s second wife Ida’s first husband, George C. Carnegie, was a nephew of Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist who established the Carnegie Foundation, which funded many new libraries countrywide.  Through Mrs. Hommel’s request, the city of Neillsville received $10,000 from the Carnegie Foundation for its new library that was completed in 1917. DZ)



Lieut.  Col. J. W. (Tom) Hommel and his second wife, Ida are shown sitting together, while relaxing at a visitor’s Day during a National Guard summer encampment.


March 1952


Monday, the county forestry committee accepted three bids for timber totaling $788, and approved the payment of $1,200 for a new pickup truck for the forestry department.


Accepted were the bids of Joe Bizjak, totaling $588, for timber to be cut in Section 26, Town of Butler; Joe Struensee, Jr., totaling $100, for timber to be cut in Section 26, Town of Levis; and an offer of Matt Dergance of 4,000 feet of pine at $25 per foot, to be cut in Section two, Town of Butler.


The truck, a Chevrolet, was purchased at L. J. Chevrolet Company’s low bid of just under $1,200, with trade-in of the forestry department’s 1941 model pickup truck.                                    


Approximately 50 people attended the annual meeting of the Farmers Union Shipping Association, which was held at the Greenwood Milk Products Co-op Factory Friday afternoon, February 29.  Gilbert Rohde, president opened the meeting, and read the annual report.  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and other business was transacted.  Jake Speich withdrew as director, and in his place, Dale Vollrath was elected.


Officers holding over are: Gilbert Rhode, president; Frank Parkel, vice-president; Ernest Elmer, secretary and treasurer, Sylvester Hinker is the manager, and Floyd Clintsman is the trucker.      


Mrs. Herbert Filitz, of the Town of Levis, was surprised with a birthday party Saturday night.  Those in attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Arne Opelt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest John and Ernest, Jr., Mrs. Minnie Wendt and Miss Eva Wendt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Palmer, and Carl Palmer.                                             


Flitter’s Grocery, Weekend Specials – Picnic Hams, lb. 38’; Armour Star lard, lb. 17’; Ocean Perch, fillet, lb. 38’; Fancy-Farm-Dressed, Pan-Ready Chickens, lb. 45’; Northern Pike, 49’; Lobster Tail & Shrimp.


The Neillsville American Legion Invites the Public to its 33rd Birthday Party & Supper, Sat. Mar. 15th. 


Serving starts 5:30 p.m., Pancakes, Pork Sausage, Syrup, Cake, Coffee, 75’; Also, Homemade Pork & Beans, Rye Bread, Salad, Cake & Coffee, 65’. 


Eat All You Want!  We will Play Cards in the Evening.                            


Choirs from three Protestant churches in Neillsville are now working on “The Crucifixion” by John Stainer.  This cantata will be presented the evening of Palm Sunday at the Neillsville Armory.


The 40-voice combined choir is directed by C. Scott Hunsberger, and rehearsals are held Wednesday nights following the Union Lenten services.  Mrs. Virgil Nulton is the organist.                                    


Now busily making arrangements for her trip to Germany is Mrs. John Durst of Neillsville.  Mrs. Durst, who came to this country 15 years ago, is a native of Stuttgart, Germany, and this will be her first trip home.


“I will not go for good,” she said, “as long as everything is so unsettled, no peace anywhere.  I will come back to my house before winter.”


Mrs. Durst’s mother, who died in 1945, left a coal and wood business in Stuttgart to her three daughters, two of whom live in Stuttgart.  It is also for business reasons that Mrs. Dust is returning to Germany.


Steamship reservations are the present bottleneck for Mrs. Durst.  It seems that most ships now have their full complement of passengers until August.


“I am really more there, than here,” she explained.  “That seems more like my home because of my sisters and their families.”


Although she investigated the rates for flying overseas, Mrs. Durst was definitely opposed to it.


“To fly there?  That I would never do!”


The wedding of a nephew in Stuttgart on May 29 is one reason she would like to go as soon as possible.


The trip is not without drawbacks.  Mrs. Durst’s nine-year-old fox terrier will have to be destroyed.  The dog has become increasingly vicious since the death of her husband last September.  Signs proclaiming, “Beware of Dog” are posted around the home at 1907 Pitcher Street, and he is the terror of the neighborhood.


“He will only eat up his dish of food when someone comes, otherwise he won’t touch it.


Mrs. Durst hopes to sail on the S. S. America on May 1, if she can get a reservation on that ship.


Standard Oil Co. of Indiana, announces the appointment of Art Drescher as Neillsville agent and Vernon Drescher as tank truck salesman for the area.


Most of you folks know Art Drescher better than we.  He will, we’re sure, give the best possible service, and will appreciate the continued support of old friends, and will welcome new ones.  A telephone call will put him at your service.


Our thanks to Art & Bill Dux, with good wishes.  Art and Bill Dux’s customers extend good wishes for their services.  They have given long and faithful service to the people of this area.  We wish them success in whatever they undertake in the future.


Beat the Spring Road Break-up – Fill Gas Tanks Now!  Phone 206 today.


A farewell party was given in honor of Billy Opelt Saturday night at the home of his brother, Bob Opelt.  Billy left Monday, March 17, for the Navy, where he expects to serve for four years.  Mrs. Billy Opelt plans to visit relatives in Minnesota for two weeks, then go to her mother’s home in Black River Falls.


Sixteen Neillsville drivers discovered to their dismay Sunday morning that the city ordinance forbidding parking on the streets during snow removal is being enforced.  The cars were ticketed early Sunday morning as one of the worst March blizzards slowly blew itself out, leaving six inches of snow piled up in drifts.


Of six Clark County youths inducted into the armed services on March 18, three were taken into the Marine Corps and three in the Army.


Inducted into the Marines were Orville A. Horner of Owen, Calvin S. Johnson of Loyal, and Duane W. Neuman of Unity.


Inducted into the Army were Earl W. Boyer of Neillsville, James R. Hiles of Granton, and Ted M. Lukasiewicz of Thorp.


Neillsville was the crossroads of the Wisconsin political campaigns last week, as Sen. Robert A. Taft, Republican, and Sen. Estes Kefauver, Democrat, spoke in the Armory on successive days last week.


There was a little side-play when Sen. Kefauver sipped some good Black River Water in an accepted Tennessee fashion from a jug prepared by William H. Yenni of Neillsville, Clark County DOC chairman.  Pete Ludovic, Jr. tested the contents of the jug first to make sure it was water and not the product of the Tennessee “black-hills.”





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