Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

July 12, 2017 Page 12

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

July 1917


In the Maxwell automobile test, which is being conducted nationally, Will Glaskow last week ran his five-passenger Maxwell 39 miles on one gallon of gasoline, which surely is going some.


The Levis Tigers met the Co. A Baseball team Sunday at the Levis grounds, the Tigers being the winners of the day with a score of 10 to 7.  The home team played good ball, but they have not yet played their best.  The home people gave little support to the team, we would like to see a large crowd the next time we play at home.


The Tiger line-up for the day was as follows: W. Miller, catcher, first base, J. Shramek, pitcher; J. Evans, shortstop; C. Shramek, first base and catcher; E. Miller, second base; C. Emery, third base; A. R. Saaf, right field; E. Buddenhagen, center field; G. Petera, left field.  Subs: R. C. Saaf; R. Eggeman: C. Crockett.


Last Friday, Fred Heibel stated for Mondovi in such haste he forgot his hat, but owing to the very hot weather, and an extremely short haircut, he was obliged to return for it, as he was in danger of sun-burning his head.


Max Opelt of Neillsville, in his car, drove to Marshfield Sunday to bring home his daughter, Martha, and her friend, Miss Frieda Williams, who had arrived on their return from a visit with relatives in Waupaca County.


Max Opelt Sr. was one of Clark County’s early settlers.  As a leader in the Lynn community, for several years, he owned a general store in the village, where he also operated a seasonal pavilion for recreational events.  Later, he moved to live on a farm south of Neillsville.



Linus Prock and M. L. Treichel bought International trucks through the Neillsville Canning Co. this week; Prock to use his hauling freight to his store at Globe, and Treichel to haul cream for his creamery.


The strong Blair baseball team will be here next Sunday to try and break the winning streak of the Neillsville Grays.  Blair has a very strong team, and they have defeated everything in their neck of the woods, and are coming over here to add Neillsville to their string.  We are thinking, that they have taken in too much territory, and that they will go home slightly disappointed.  Game will be called at 2:30 at the fairgrounds.


The first slacker warrants in the Western Wisconsin district were issued Saturday.  Two men in the northern part of the state are named, but their identity is being withheld until they have been arrested.  They are charged with failure to register for the draft.                                                              


The Neillsville Band has opened a park on the bank of O’Neill Creek on the Paulus property.  A series of Sunday afternoon picnics will be given with a free band concert, and entertainment, the first to be given Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 6 p.m., consisting of the following sports: Two big baseball games, East End of Hewett St. vs. West Side; Neillsville Kids Team vs. Ridge Road Team; greased-pole race, potato race, and other attractions.  Parties dressed to spend the afternoon and evening, will find pleasant places to have picnic suppers.  Come and spend the day with the band boys.  Follow the boys from the band hall at 1:30 p.m. to the picnic grounds.  Ice Cream and soft drinks on sale at a booth.  Regular concert at the band stand Thursday night.


There will be a dance at the South Star Hall at Heintown on Friday, July 20, 1917.  Loyal Orchestra will play.


The legislature has made possible many school teachers of the state receiving an increase in salary during the coming year.  The legislature has passed a bill fixing the minimum was of teachers at $45 per month.


An important looking stranger, representing himself to be a government man, recently ordered residents of Wonewoc to quit talking in the German language as much as possible, stop all pinochle, and “66” games, and otherwise put a damper on everything of German origin.  Later investigation showed that a traveling salesman has joked the town.


(During World War I, similar pranks were played upon people who had emigrated from Germany.  There was an unfair animosity toward members of that nationality due to the United States being at war against Germany. DZ)


The Dew Drop Inn is now ready to furnish you with the best ice cream and confectionery.  Short order lunches a specialty.  Located opposite Merchants Hotel. Come and give us a call.  Open day and night.


As a result, of a three-cornered trade last week, Paul Pernod will assume charge of the Merchants Hotel on August 1.  Jo Muckerheide traded the hotel to G. C. Youmans for property at Randolf, and Youmans who traded the hotel to Pernod, taking the La Flesch farm in the deal.  Mr. Pernod will make every effort possible to put the hotel in the very best of shape, and give the traveling public good service in every particular.


Yesterday, Chas. Dugal of St. Paul, an experienced hotel man, was here, and rented the hotel from Mr. Pernod and will take charge of it August 1.                                                        


There were five operations at the Neillsville Hospital Friday.  Dr. Larson will be here again Friday, August 3, 1917.                                                                                                    


Some dogs raised havoc with Geo. Evans’ turkey flock one-day last week, killing a number of young turkey, and one or two of the old hens.  As a result, George is justly angry, and he gives warning to dog owners that in the future all dogs, which may be found on his farm, will be met with a reception of hot buckshot instead of young turkeys.


July 1947


 A softball game that probably will go down in history is being promulgated by local sideline promotors.


It is a test of skill and strength between the Sluggers, top team of the women’s softball circuit, and the ragged Rotary nine, woeful team of men’s softball league.


That match is about set, and the Rotarians are looking to take a shellacking, they have had the experience and know-how.  It will be played “sometime” after the Fourth of July, according to those in interest.  Plans are being made to play the game on they city parking lot, near the railroad tracks and Hewett Street, on a diamond to be made specifically for this event.


A pre-game investigation has indicated that the Rotary team will be all puffed up, win or draw.


Numerous dust-laden containers have yielded a total of nearly $750 in bills and coins at a farmhouse on the old “26-Road” east of the Eaton/Center School.


The caches of money ranged from a few dollars to one of $300.  They have been uncovered in recent days by Stella’s husband, Otto, the house’s owners, and his sister of Jefferson, as they disposed of the effects of Stella, who died about a month ago.


Stella, known everywhere, in Clark County as a self-styled “sales-person,” had accumulated a large variety of merchandise during her many years of house-to-house canvassing in Clark County.  The articles ranged from shoelaces and stockings to perfumes and satchels.


During her years on the road, Stella sold a lot of merchandise.  She was proud of her ability to sell, and it was not uncommon for her to be making calls long after other salesmen had called it a day.


She sold a lot; but some things she did not well.  And, being a careful person, she kept the things she did not sell in her home, stacking them up there against the day when they should have some value.


It was among these boxes of merchandise, and satchels that the bits of money wee found, small amounts here and there, that added up to a total of $749-odd dollars.


Stella apparently had made no effort to hide the money.  Rather, she put it in the most handy container and shoved it aside, which became forgotten.


(There were many of that generation, who saved, and kept money within their homes.  They remembered the many banks that had “crashed” in 1927, which wasn’t easily forgotten.  Also, The Great Depression followed, resulting in the scarcity of money to live on. 


Many similar stories, as the one above, have been told.  In the early 1960s, a couple came to Neillsville to buy a new car, and after choosing the model they wanted, the told the salesman they would return the next day to buy it, which they did.  Upon their arrival, they carried a large coffee can filled with cash, from which they counted out the full amount of payment for the car.


The government had acted to protect bank depositors by creating the Banking Act of 1933, which also formed the FDIC.  The FCIC’s purpose was to provide stability to the economy and the failing banking system.


Even though FDIC was in place six years after the “crash,” some people were skeptical of the security of having a bank account.


The present-day trend is “pay by credit card.” DZ)                                


The Grand View baseball team won their opener in the newly organized Southern Clark County Baseball League Sunday by taking a loosely played game from the “Swamp Bucks,” 13-12.     


The second game played for the new four-team league, between Granton and Sherwood was postponed.  The team managers are Grant, Clarence Pannier; Sherwood, Donald Freedlund; Swamp Bucks, Louie Paun; Grand View, August Klann.                                                                                 


The Neillsville airport has been approved for G. I. flight training under the federal program, E. H. Snyder, chairman of the city airport commission, said Tuesday.


The program extends $340 of flight instruction through the G. I. Bill of Rights to veterans of World War II.  From 30 to 40 are interested in the program in this area, Mr. Snyder estimated.


The program will be carried out here under the instruction of Mr. Johnson, the airport manager.


The Silver Dome Ballroom will feature “The Polka King,” Romy Gosz on Wednesday, July 23, there will be a Free Dance on Saturday, July 26; Music by “The Swingsters.” 


The finest old Time Band in the Land, “The 6 Fat Dutchmen,” from Minnesota, Tuesday, July 29.


(Three dances in a week! Do some of you readers remember those days?  You went all three nights, and were expected to be out of bed at the regular early hour the morning after, as there was work to be done, No excuses. DZ)                                                                                            


Mission Festival at the Globe Church, Sunday, July 27.  Dinner will be served at 12 noon.


A pleasant vacation means riding in a Car Without Wrinkles.  We Take the Wrinkles Out, Make your Car Look like New!  


Gassen Auto Body Service, Matt S. Gassen, Prop. Neillsville.                                                                                             


Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wren were in Loyal Saturday to attend the wedding of her sister, Cecelia Gabrovic, and Herbert Wehrman, Town of Beaver.  Her mother is Mrs. Louie Gabrovic of the Town of Hendren.  The Rev. Langholtz of Trinity Lutheran Church performed the ceremony.


Kurt Listeman has received a letter from Senator Laird, announcing the passage of the school bill, but without the sales tax and without the proposed increase in income tax.  Mr. Listeman and Mr. Imig had appeared in Madison upon this legislation, and had opposed the additional taxes.  In that connection, Senator Laird said in his letter to Mr. Listeman, “I have appreciated our arguments made, and have certainly given them thorough consideration.”                                                                                      


Several improvements are being rushed to completion at the fairground in preparation for the bigger and better Clark County Fair, which is scheduled for August 15 to 18, Friday through Monday.


Among the improvements is the rewiring of the entire grounds and all buildings. This project has a double purpose.


It will provide better lighting, which has been spotty in the recent past, because the load at times was too great for the old wiring to carry.


It also will carry power to the projected county lath mill, which will be erected on the southeast corner of the grounds.  There, the county plans to build a mill for the making of snow fence.


Other improvements and construction includes a modern milk house, which is being erected for exhibition.  Dairy farmers of Clark County have been hearing much about the help offered in producing quality milk, and the milk house is regarded as one of the prime necessities under the quality milk program.  This exhibition probably will be one of the more interesting educational features of the fair.


The carnival, which will form the bulk of the midway, will be one of the largest ever to show here, Harold Huckstead, fair secretary, says.  It consists of 14 rides, 30 concessions, and five shows.


Two new features secured for the fair will be a display of fireworks on both Saturday and Sunday nights; and the performance of the American Legion Drum Corps of River Falls, on Saturday afternoon and evening.  This is the group, which won the state Legion championship in 1946.


Penney’s Work Pants on Sale, $2.00!  We slashed the price for one reason: No cuffs on these pants and in every other way they match or are better than any work pants selling for offer a dollar more!  We have army-style twill, vat-dyed colors in a choice of blue, tan, or green.




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