Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

November 21, 2018, Page 9  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

November 1908


Last week a party of Neillsville sportsmen received 100 pounds of wild rice, which was planted in the upper end of Lake Arbutus.  The rice cost $22 and was paid by subscription among a few gentlemen who delight in lying in the duck blinds and shooting over the decoys.  The rice came packed in wet moss and was immediately planted in the shallow waters.  When it grows and bears a crop, the rice fields will be favorite feeding grounds for wild waterfowl, and at which time Neillsville duck hunters will get busy and reap the harvest, which they have sown.                                     


Last Thursday, two little boys were playing on Krumrey’s dray wagon while it was waiting near the post office.  One of the boys fell off the dray seat and landed fairly between the gray horse’s hind legs.  The horses never moved a hair and the little fellow crawled quickly away from the precarious position.  It was most fortunate that the horses were gentle, or otherwise the boys would have been seriously hurt.


(That is why the big draft horses are called “gentle giants.”  They are calm and not easily riled.  DZ) 


This week, work was begun on the new Union Church, which is located in East Washburn.


This is a sad story of a waif, lost in the deep, dark recesses of a pine forest.  The hero’s name won’t be spelled out, but that the reader won’t be left in the dark, it may be safely admitted that he is a Swede, a telegraph operator who works in the railroad depot and who is a successful fisherman, but a bum deer hunter.


Sunday afternoon out on Wedge’s Creek, five miles from town, his companions left him on a runway with instructions not to shoot until he was sure the object of his aim didn’t have any red patches on his coat.  Anything without a red patch is game in the woods for a deer hunter.


Well he sat still on the runway until he was cold and stiff.  Just about that time, a big buck deer hovered in sight.  The buck caught sight of the waif, first and decided that this was the time to liven up the blood.  He lowered his horns and started for the half frozen waif.  The waif happened to see him coming and dropping his gun, he started for a tall pine tree.  He reached it a half-a-lap to the good, and as he did not have time to climb the tree, he started a game of merry-go-round with the deer.  The buck finally tired of the sport, and the waif crawled up into the branches.  Here is where the babe in the woods part comes in.  The waif, encircling the tree, lost all sense of direction, and when his tormentor had left him, he did not know which way his gun was from him.


About three hours later, after much shooting and waste of powder, he was found by his companions, taken to the life-saving station, and now says he will confine himself to fishing only, for he thinks the deer are not true sportsmen.


(The stories of “deer hunting” are a part of the hunting season each year, with some of those stories being repeated year after year, especially if it was humorous.  I remember a story that my dad would tell about a friend’s first time hunting experience.  We would hear it every deer season. DZ)


If you have a 2-cent stamp with a wreath on it and the words “Two cents” underneath the oval head of Washington, do not part with it, it will be worth money.


The post office department forgot one of its own regulations, getting out the stamp, in accordance with the terms of the Universal Post Union, that the unit of value shall be indicated on the stamp by an Arabic numeral, so that it may be understood by persons speaking any language.


Bring your cream to the F.J. Mumm Co. cream receiving station, opposite Merchants Hotel, Neillsville, where you can get your cream carefully weighed.  Samples are accurately taken and tested, and you get your cash for each lot as it is delivered, this way you take no chances of poor management, poor batches of butter that go on the market and sell below market price.


We also pay spot cash for veal, poultry and eggs.                             


The marriage of Walter Gerhardt and Miss Elsie Eisentraut will be performed at 7 o’clock this evening, November 8 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Eisentraut, east of the city.  Willard Gerhardt and Ida Counsell will attend the bridal couple.


Walter Gerhardt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gerhardt.  The young couple will commence housekeeping on the farm owned by the groom, near his father’s home in the Town of Grant. A prosperous and happy married life is predicted by all of the couple’s friends.


Math. Kappellan’s Store has just received a supply of warm felt shoes for men, women and children.


(Some of you may remember the gray felt shoes, liners that were placed inside 4-buckle, rubber overshoes, worn during the winter.  My dad wore those when he worked in the cold outdoors on the farm. D Z)                                                                                                


“Sealshipt” Oysters are particularly rich in food values, nutritious but light and easily digested.  One can eat heartily of them without discomfort.  They can be prepared in scores of different ways, all equally tempting.  They are acceptable as a single course or as an entire meal.  Eaten for lunch, dinner or supper, they are always appetizing and delicious.


To appreciate the real flavor and piquancy of the oyster it must be fresh. “Sealshipt” Oysters are fresh because they are packed in sealed, air-tight containers, with ice around the containers.  No water touches the oysters.  You get the natural oyster, whole and perfect.


(Yum!  That makes me hungry for oyster stew.


Oysters, fried, smoked or stewed, are no longer a delicacy featured on local menus, or eaten by the present generations who live in the Upper Midwest.


Several other new foods have been introduced to become favorites, such as pizza.  The American soldiers, while being stationed in Europe during World War II, had acquired a taste for pizza, bringing home  “New delicacy.”  DZ)  


The Neillsville Armory, built in 1882 for a cost of $10,000, was located on the north side of East 4th Street between Hewett and Court.  The building served for the 32nd National Guard unit, a theatre, opera house, dance hall, an auditorium for the local high school’s basketball games, class plays and proms until 1954 and other local functions.  In 1977, a new armory was built on West 14th Street.


November 1948


The W.R.C. voted to sell its building, the W.R.C. hall on south Court Street, at its meeting last Monday night; but if did not determine whether to accept the one bona fide offer it has received.  The offer from Wilson-Heintz post, No. 73, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as read to the 25 members present, $2,500 and assumption of the debt incurred in the recent remodeling bill amounts to about $1,500, according to estimates of members, which would make a total of $4,000.


The W.R.C. also has been approached by the Methodist congregation, which owns property adjoining; but has not received a firm offer for the property from this source, members said.  Also offered is a $200 yearly rent by the Neillsville Public Schools, which is in need of additional room.


The motion to sell was favored by a vote of 29 to 4.  Twenty five of the Corps’ 50 members were present, the other eight voting by mail.  


The Zion Reformed and Congregational churches of Neillsville will be merged.  This is the decision of the two congregations, each voting separately.  The Zion congregation voted Sunday, the merger carrying approximately three to one.  The Congregational people had voted previously, the decision there being nearly unanimous.                                                                            


Emil Schoenfeldt’s coach struck out alone last Wednesday on a brief excursion, which resulted in damage to two other cars, totaling about $125.


Mr. Schoenfeldt had parked the car in the alley near the Lewerenz Sweet Shop.  Left alone, it started to roll down the incline and crashed into the 1948 model car of Mrs. A.E. Russell, parked in the lot adjoining the alleyway.


The force of the impact shoved Mrs. Russell’s car sidewise into the side of O.E. Wang’s new 1949 model car, parked next to it.


Damage to Mrs. Russell’s car amounted to $69; and an estimate of $58 on the Wang car.  The Schoenfeldt car was not damaged.                                     


Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schier of Granton, Rt. 3 have received word of the marriage of their only son, Pfc. Charles O. Schier, to Miss Margot Wiggens, Hanau, Germany.  The couple is expected to return soon to the United States, where Pfc. Schier will receive his discharge from the army.  They will make their home on the farm of the groom’s parents.                                                  


Following a honeymoon through the southern states, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vivoda, are making their home in Appleton.  The bride is the former Shirl Lee Ann Brussow, daughter of Mrs. Clara Brussow of Loyal.  The groom is the son of Mrs. George Vivoda of Greenwood.


At their wedding, the couple was attended by Miss Paula Lubinski of Eau Claire and Dwain Brussow of Loyal.                                                                                            


Before You Go Hunting, Make Sure Your Car Is in Order – Let George Do It – Stables Garage, George  Mashin, Prop.                                                                                  


The first football champions of the 3-C conference have hung up their corked shoes; but they have left behind them some records for future teams of the conference to punch away at.


Greenwood, in addition to starting the ball rolling with a perfect season’s record and the top six-game scoring total in the state this year, 254 points, has hung up some other feats for the others to shoot at.


A few statistics on the season’s play have been furnished to The Clark County Press by Robert L. Carl, a brother of Greenwood’s star Harland Carl.  “Breezy” has acted in the capacity of Greenwood’s official scorer during the past season.                                                     


Harry “Boney” Frantz, the traffic officer, got a deer Saturday night … a little before the season opened, it’s true.


You see, “Boney” struck it with his car.


The officer explained he was patrolling highway 10 a short distance west of the Stables and in the heart of the deer country.


Four deer crossed the road ahead, and he slowed the pace of his car as he approached the crossing.  In the four, which went over the road was a buck with a rack of horns, he said, like an elk.


As he continued on, a straggling fifth deer popped out and tried to jump the road.  It didn’t quite clear the front end of the traffic officer’s car.  So, Officer Frantz had his own accident to report.


The deer was a yearling doe weighing 65 pounds.  The damage it did to the officer’s car included a smashed front headlight and a fender.


But Officer Frantz is having some revenge; he bought a half of the doe, legally through the game warden.


The American Legion’s annual Turkey Dance will be held tonight in the new Legion Hall, near the O’Neill Creek Bridge.  This will be the first public function of the organization to be held in the new building.  Work on the unfinished portion of the hall has been pushed this week to have it in readiness for the dance.


Trains cannot sell liquor in dry territory.  If they could, the highways would be deserted.


We are Open During Deer Hunting Season!

Will Open at 4:15 a.m. – And Serve All Day!

This Includes Sundays & Thanksgiving!

Becker’s Café Hewett Street Neillsville.


Sheriff William Sands of Sawyer County must have been bowled over when he read headlines in the Milwaukee Sentinel Tuesday morning that Bobby Breen, one-time famous boy soprano, had been found safe near Glidden.


So, must have been the army air force, which was getting set to enter the search for the 21-year-old motion picture star who had been reported missing since Sunday afternoon on a flight from Waukesha to Hayward.  The air force from Selfridge field, Mich., even, had planned to press a B-17 into the search.


And so, must have been several civilian fliers who risked their necks to hunt for the plane they had been led to believe was downed … to say nothing of the many hunters who combed the wilds in search between Park Falls and Hayward in storm-locked woods.


Breen explained, according to the Sentinel, that his plane had been forced down at a farm near Glidden by the storm; that he was unaware of the search that was going on.


Sawyer County authorities, however, reported that Breen and his pilot had registered at a Glidden hotel; spent most of Monday in the hotel, and then removed to a resort outside of the town.


There is the outright charge by John B. Chappel, Ashland newspaper editor, that the whole thing was just a gigantic publicity stunt.


(Bobby Breen starred in some motion picture films during the late 1930s and early 1940s.  His last child star movie was “Jonny Doughboy” in 1942 with Carl Switzer, “Alfalfa,” and George McFarland “Spanky,” members of “Our Gang” comedies, movies some of us remember viewing. DZ)              


Neillsville’s Green Hornets city basketball team will open its season Saturday night in the Armory when they meet a highly touted Loyal Blackhawk city team.  The game is scheduled for 8:15 p.m., with a preliminary to open proceedings at 7:15.                                   




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