Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

January 10, 2018, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

January 1908


Last week, the school board of Neillsville Schools appointed Marshall Hommel as Truant Officer under the new compulsory educational law.


This new law was published in detail in last week’s Republican and Press.  All children in the city between 7 and 14 years of age are required to attend a private, parochial or public school at least eight months in the year.  Parents who are not complying with the law in regard to sending their children to some school, should attend to it at once.                           


Olga Knoop, who graduated from Neillsville High School, Class of ’06, and since has been doing special work at Milwaukee Downer College, has been appointed matron in a new Presbyterian Academy established at Sherry, Wis.                                                        


All housewives should take advantage of “Next Saturday Sale,” to buy pure lard for 10 cents and that nice boneless Pig Pork at 8 cents a pound at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co.


Last week, Miss Katherine Mick found a beautiful pearl in some oysters.  She has not as yet ascertained its value, but it is said to be a fine-looking specimen.  Paul Walk who sold her the oysters, says he can not guarantee a pearl with every sale, but that every purchaser has a chance.


The Wisconsin House, Neillsville, is for sale or rent; or will exchange for city or farm property.  Inquire at the hotel.                                                                                 


The Village of Loyal will hold a special election on January 24 to decide whether or not the village shall secure a loan of $17,000 for electric lights and water works.


Milwaukee Pumpernickel Bread, Pure Rye and half Rye Bread; compressed yeast; good coffee, 13, 15 or 20 cents per lb.  Cookies, candies and bakery lunch, all at C. Zschernitz Shop on 6th Street.


Mrs. Maggie Turner and daughter Vivian spent Thursday and Friday of last week with her sister, Mrs. Ralph Blackman, of Pleasant Ridge.                                    


The city of Neillsville has purchased ten acres lying north of the cemetery to plat and improve for a future addition.                                                                                           


Town of York News:


Will Gibson and Perry Campbell, who are here from Minneapolis, have decided to cut some saw bolts on Gibson’s land in the northern part of the Town of York.  Mrs. Campbell will be the camp cookie.


Nick Wiernszowski came home Saturday with a new top buggy.  Here we are in the middle of January and farmers are buying buggies instead of cutters.


Ida Vandeberg is having her bicycle repaired so she can travel these fine roads before sleighing begins.


Grippe victims seem to be multiplying quite rapidly in this vicinity. (Grippe was an old name for influenza. DZ)    


Some of our citizens are wishing if only they has some of that snow that isolated Milwaukee and Chicago recently.


The weather was so fine last Friday that Sadie Lawrence could not stay at home, so she made a trip over to see her parents who reside in the Town of Grant.


Forest Rowe is chore boy for his brother, Walter at present, while Walter is having a tussle with the grippe.                                                                                                                   


The sky was lit up Tuesday night, during the high winds south and southeast of here.  While appearing quite near, the fires were many miles away.                         


 Amos Neely and C. W. Poff have completed a set of eighteen axes for the “Woodmen of the World,” which are very fine.  Mr. Neely carved the axes out of hard maple, fitted the handles and Mr. Poff did the painting and gilding.                                                           


I have bought the interest of my partner in the meat market, and ask all indebted to me, or the firm to call at the shop and settle.  I wish to close up all accounts due at the end of the year.  Chas. Youmans.                                                                        


The Modern Woodmen installation held Monday night was attended by a large portion of its membership.  There was also initiation of a class of eight new members, followed by a fine supper.  This camp is in excellent condition.  There are now 195 members in good standing.  They own their own hall, all paid for, the upper story being used for a lodge room, and the lower floor is fitted up for a kitchen and dining hall, equipped with cook stove, tables and dishes complete.      


Another carload of salt was dropped off at the pickle factory in Columbia.  This makes four carloads that have been used there for the pickles.  A member of the firm of Libby McNeil & Libby was there a short time ago to look after the pickles and found them in excellent shape and said they would soon be ready to ship.


January 1948


David Krutsch, son of Mrs. Lydia Krutsch, Neillsville, and Jean Stanley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stanley, Neillsville, are to be married in the Cannonville Church Saturday afternoon, January 3, at two o’clock, and their friends and neighbors are invited to attend the ceremony.


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bartz, newlyweds, are making their home in Milwaukee following a visit with Neillsville relatives and friends.  They were married December 24 at Waukegan, Ill.  The bride is the former Arlene Dux, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dux, Jr., Town of Pine Valley.


Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bush, Neillsville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Delores, to Arnold Opelt, so of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Opelt, also of Neillsville.  The wedding will take place January 17.


Sale at Lowe’s Furniture- 4-piece Bedroom Suites, $79.50 and up.


Local skating enthusiasts report that the O’Neill Creek Pond was put in good condition this week as a result of work by the city crew. Snow was scraped from a large area by use of the grader, and the pond surface then was flooded.  The result was an excellent surface over a large area.


A 1934 view of O’Neill Creek Pond, which was located east of the Hewett Street Bridge.  A diving board was then on the south bank for swimmers.  Also, partially in view is a building, which was used as a bathhouse in the summer and a warming house in the winter.  An advertisement of Zimmerman’s store was painted on the side.




Rev. M. K. Aaberg, pastor of the Trondjhem Lutheran Church for the last 27 years, gave his farewell sermon before a full church here Sunday.  Rev. Aaberg is retiring because of poor health.


Little Jimmy Ziegler, age 5, is very sad, and has been very sick. The sickness is whooping cough, which he has not been able to shake in six weeks.  Jimmy can lick that.


The sadness comes from the loss of his pet dog, Wimpy.  Wimpy disappeared about midnight, New Year’s Eve, and Jimmy has lain in bed sobbing for hours on end over the loss of his little four-footed friend.


Jimmy can’t do much about that.


So, if anybody sees Wimpy, a bull terrier, call Jimmy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ziegler.  They live at the Stables Nite Club.  Jimmy will be very happy.                                     


Harold W. Stabnow, who has held the dual role of deputy county clerk and treasurer for the city of Greenwood for the last year, has resigned his treasurer position.  The Greenwood city council has appointed E. L. Ketchpaw to fill the unexpired term.                          


Fred Perko, who operates the Perko Bros. Store in Willard, fractured a leg on New Year’s Eve at the West Side Hall while attending a dance sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women.  As Mr. Perko was scuffling around with some other boys on the dance floor, he accidently slipped and fell, fracturing a bone in one of his legs.  He was taken by George Rauen to the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, where he is recuperating.                                                                        


Chester McConoughy of the Town of York almost managed a year without an auto license.  He was within two months of it when the eagle eye of the law fell upon him and then he landed before Justice Haven.  His reception there cost him $1 and costs, but that isn’t all of it: Having attracted the law’s attention, he must get a license of course, and that new license will not any more than arrive before another one will be due.                                                     


Monday night the Green Hornets of the Neillsville Athletic Association will face the highly-touted Unity Tigers on the Armory floor.


This will be the first meeting of the two of the top city teams of this section of Wisconsin.  It should furnish plenty of real basketball.  Game time is 8 p.m. with a preliminary scheduled earlier.


The Dairy Caravan now touring Wisconsin will be in Neillsville March 1 and 2.  The caravan includes demonstrations and displays of labor-saving farm devices.


Battling neck-to-neck for the 3-C southern division lead, Granton and Greenwood high school cage teams were favored in their games scheduled for Friday night.


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gerber sold their farm near Granton the past week and moved their household goods Friday and Saturday to their new home at the southeast corner of South Hewett and East First Streets.  The house is not finished, but Mr. and Mrs. Gerber plan to finish it as they can.  The new owners of the Gerber farm are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Freestone, formerly of Menomonie.  They have been about a year with Mrs. Freestone’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Buchholz, southeast of Neillsville. They have taken possession of the farm.                                                        


Amongst eight Clark County property transfers within Clark County, there are two in the city of Neillsville, having been recorded in the office of register of deeds.


In Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Anderson sold their home on South Grand Avenue to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Struble for $3,500.  And Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brewer have purchased the home recently built by C. A. Mallory, located on the corner of State and East First Streets, in Krumery’s addition to Neillsville.  The price was $8,000.                                                                     


The government thermometer in Neillsville hit 40 below early Saturday morning, January 17, 1948.  It was the coldest in the memory of most local residents, but not so cold as some of the old-timers tell.  In the pioneer days, the reckoning was not by government thermometer, and so the stories must be taken with allowances.


It was so cold Saturday morning that the fuel oil congealed in the outside fuel tank at the George Freezy home, 132 Twenty-first Street.  The fire went out and the Freezys were compelled to pour hot water over the connections before their oil heater went to work again.  Temperature reported from Merrillan was 44 below; from Hatfield, 42 below.


(During my early years of living in Minnesota, at the age of 13, I was attending a rural school.  On morning my mom told me it was 40 below zero, the thermometer had hit bottom number, and my younger brother and I were not going to walk to school.  I insisted upon going, and Mom said, “Okay, dress warm.  But when you get there you will have to turn around and come back home, as school will be closed.  It is too cold for the wood stove to keep that building warm enough for all of you kids.”  I walked one and a-half miles across farm fields, then through a neighboring farmyard.  As I was in the middle of the farmyard, the back door of the farmhouse opened, and Grandma Katterhagen appeared in the doorway saying, “There isn’t any school today.  Now you come in here and warm up before you trek back home.”


One of those many times when mom was right! DZ)                                                                      


More than 700 silver dollars were turned loose in Neillsville Monday night when the local Service Company received its first payment since reorganization.


Attached to each “cart wheel” was a red sticker to indicate that the coin had come into the community as a part of the National Guard payroll.  By this means, people of the community will be able to gain some impression of the financial value to the city of the Service Company.


(How long has it been since you have seen a silver dollar in circulation? DZ)   


Loss estimated at about $5,700 was suffered Saturday night when fire razed the house adjoining the Club 10, three miles east of Neillsville.


The house and club are owned by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Westerman, who moved there a few months ago.


The fire was discovered about 10 p.m., apparently a few minutes after it started.  It was believed that sparks from the chimney had ignited the dry wooden shingles.


(Club 10 is now known as Fannie’s Supper Club. DZ)                 


Back to wood and coal, that was the one point of agreement among fuel oil dealers and public officials who met at Greenwood Monday evening to face the oil crisis.  On other points, their viewpoints and conclusions varied, but on the point of reconversion, there was complete unanimity.


So, the upshot of this country-wide meeting, which brought together practically all the oil men of the county, together with nearly all town chairmen, village presidents and mayors, was the urgent advice to reconvert to coal or wood wherever possible, and the appointment of deputy fuel coordinators, one for each community.





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