Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 28, 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

March 1883


It is reported that Chas. Cornelius, of Mapleworks will be selling his business to Joe Marsh.


Kit Durham’s sawmill in Weston has been sold to Thos. Miller and Charley Kayhart.  The logs there will be sold under the auction hammer on March 5.                                    


A man named McNealy had the misfortune of having two logs roll upon him a few days ago at Brillion’s camp, resulting in a broken thigh and other injuries.  He is now under care at the Reddan Housed here in Neillsville.


A large pile of stone, nicely corded, has been placed on Main Street opposite the B.F. French residence, at which place Mr. Blakeslee is intending to build a store 40 by 50 feet, with cellar.  It is a fine location.


Tuesday, Fred French and Alex Holverson had an unpleasant and very forcible demonstration of mutual ill will, and the affair got into justice court, yesterday afternoon, and a verdict against Mr. French for $5 and costs rendered.  He has appealed to the higher court.                                   


It may be old-maidish, but we wish to remind everybody to be uncommonly cautious at this season as to the quantity of food eaten.  After the remarkably severe winter just past, it will be a wonder if sickness is not almost epidemical.                                                                                             


Andrew Lawson and Herman Ebbs took out their second papers at this term of court and are now enjoying full citizenship.                                                                                      


“Dude” is a new word recently coined at New York.  It means a masher of a very strong variety; one, in fact that greatly affects theatres, and takes pride in spending a great deal of money.


Barber Rice folded his razor and silently stole away Monday morning, and left the artist, his employer, without an assistant.  If Edwards had met him at Eau Claire, whither he went Tuesday in search of help, there’d have been “razors flyin’ through the air.”                                                          


Joe Marsh of Windfall Corners has broken logging camp on O’Neill Creek, for the reason that Charlie Renne, the foreman, was not tall enough to look over the top of the snow and keep the men at work.


(Trees that are flattened by a strong wind are called, “windfalls.” Back in the early days, a summer windstorm flattened some trees near an intersection, which afterwards was referred to as “Windfall Corners.”  It was the time before area country roads had names, so it was common for residents to name landmarks.  The village of Granton, now as we know it, has had different names.  Going through old back issues of “Presses,” can be found the village’s name as “Mapleworks” in the late 1800s, or it was “Windfall Corners,” then in the 1900s it became known as “Granton.”  Windfall Corners, on the northeast edge of the Granton village property, is now known as the intersection of Granton Rd. and Romadka Ave.  The Windfall Cemetery is located near that intersection.


History can be confusing. DZ)    


Granton Main Street as it appeared in 1915; the car parked along the street helps depict the era.  Two of the three stores have the business names displayed out front, W. J. Thayer Hardware & Implements and Farmer’s Friend, Hart’s – Store – General – Mdse. -  (Photo courtesy of Jay Parker Collection.)   



Monday afternoon some men drove into town from northward with a load of straw.  They stopped in front of the North Side Hotel and lowered the body of an Indian to the ground, and carried the pitiable burden into the hotel, where warmth and care were found.  The Indian had become chilled and helpless; and the kind-hearted gentlemen who assisted him deserve praise.  Tuesday morning the Indian was once again feeling well.


Yesterday, at a quarter past three, the Greenwood stage horses got away from the driver after stopping at the Reddan House, and they indulged in a most lively and harmless runaway, speeding down the street full steam.  They were stopped on top of the Hewett hill, west side of the city, having had their run-out.


Mr. George Augusta Sala relates how a housemaid who went away in a hurry left behind her, in her flight, an unfinished letter, which began: “The Mistris here is a Tartar, and it is nothin’ but jaw, jaw, jaw from morning’ til nite!”                                                                                                                      


Mr. Wren’s sawmill, located in the Town of Grant, was considerably injured by fire last Friday.


Nearly all the logging camps in Lynn are broken up, but a few are waiting for the snow to become less so as to put a few more logs in the river.                                                    


A large company of young people met at the residence of Ernst Sternitzky’s last week Thursday and enjoyed themselves for a number of hours with music and dancing.  Although it was a surprise to the Sternitzkys, they were equal to the occasion, and soon convinced their guests that they were pleasantly surprised.                   


A public sale of a lot of personal property will take place at what is known as the Finnigan house in the first ward, on March 31st, next Saturday.  Capt. Tolford will be acting as auctioneer.


The property consists of a horse, some hay, a plow, harrow, stump machine, a pair of bobsleighs and cutter, a wheelbarrow, three good ox yokes and some logging chains, a jumper sled, some 50 ft. of 1-inch rope almost new, 2 crosscut saws, and a cant hook or two, grass and brush scythes, horse harness and perhaps some lumber and square timbers.  Also, a lot of household goods, including a table, 2 stoves and many other things.


March 1953


The doubles of the Greenwood Ladies City Bowling Tournament were played off Sunday.  The Misses Arlene and Elaine Thwing, a sister team, received first place; Jane Ashbeck and Melva Hendrickson, second place; Helen Behrens and Lee Corey, third place; Margaret Petkovsek and Jean Haeuser, fourth place; Dorothy Irvine and Beatrice Liebzeit, fifth place.  Next Sunday the group will have the singles play-off.


Nine persons were boarding in the Clark County jail last Monday, the largest number at any one time since 1943.


The Owen brothers, Harvey A. and Gerald, are now established in Neillsville and are arranging for the construction of their motel on US Hwy. 10.  The plans are now in the blue print stage, ready for the approval of the state authorities.  The owners forthwith will be discussing construction with contractors.


The Owens will start with 12 units.  Located at the northwest corner of the new Herman North addition.  They will add units as the success of the project may indicate.


The Owens are established for the present in the John Seif house on the South side.  The vacancy there came to the attention of Jess Scott, Kiwanis secretary, who has been helping the Owens to get under way.  He telephoned them and the house was quickly secured for their residence.  The two brothers were at the Kiwanis meeting Monday night.  Harvey A. Owen is a Kiwanian and has held an important assignment in the national organization.


When Harvey A. Owen first came to Neillsville, with a motel in mind, he was accompanied by his son-in-law, William Tews.  Mr. Tews decided to proceed independently and is constructing a motel in Abbotsford.


Death struck double at the Meyer’s, old-time family of Clark County.  Leo M. Meyer of Loyal died Friday after a lingering illness, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. William Meyer, died Saturday in the Leo Meyer apartment, there to help in the bereavement.


Leo Meyer has been postmaster at Loyal and had taken a leading part in state and national organization of postmasters.  He was also president of Loyal Industries, Inc., which had lately succeeded, largely through his efforts, in securing an industry for Loyal.  For his civic service he had been recently honored by a testimonial dinner, given by the Rotary Club, of which he was a charter member.


Leo Meyer was born in Neillsville March 22, 1896, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Meyer.  He graduated from Neillsville High School, operated a business in Bloomer for a time and engaged in the dry-cleaning business in Loyal.  Funeral services were held Monday at St. Anthony’s Church in Loyal.


Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Milton (Joan) Knack, and a son, Alan, both of Loyal; one grandchild; a brother, William, Loyal; and a sister, Mrs. Elsie Lambert, Neillsville.


Last rites for Mrs. William Meyer, 65, were held Wednesday at St. Anthony’s.  Her maiden name was McKimm.  She was born in York Center, May 28, 1897, and was married April 24, 1906, in Neillsville.


Survivors include her husband; a son, Edward, of Loyal; two daughters, Mrs. Foster (Ruth) Will, Owen and Mrs. H. A. (Gertrude) Keller, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Owen Miller, Portland, Ore.  One brother preceded her in death.                                                   


Three hundred eighty-seven rail cars of mixed hay, amounting to 3,150 tons, were shipped out of Clark County to southern states in the drought area in the recent drought emergency program.  This brought $151,350.75 to Clark County farmers, with an average price of $19.03 per ton.


Attention  Farmers! Oliver Tractor Day is coming to Granton on Friday, March 20, starting at 1 P.M., at the Village Hall, where there will be Lunch & Prizes.  Bring the family!  Trimberger Implement Co. Granton, Wis.


Just Arrived!  2 – Carloads of New 1953 Chryslers & Plymouths.

It’s Too Much of an Inventory for Us! We’ve Got to Unload,

So, We’re Trading Wild!  Extra Consideration on Cash Deals!

Come in and See the New Hy-Drive on the Plymouth.

Urban Sales & Service, 124 W. 7th St., Neillsville, Phone 302.


Fish Fry!  At American Legion Hall – Friday, March 13 - 50’ per plate – Everyone Welcome.


A farewell party will be held honoring Don Ellingson following the Lenten service in the basement of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Greenwood, Wednesday evening, March 18.  Ellingson will leave March 24 for induction into the armed forces.                                                       


The nucleus of the Centennial organizations of Clark County will meet Thursday evening, March 26, at St. Anthony’s Church, Loyal. More than 100 invitations have been sent out.


At this meeting, the first countywide steps will be taken to organize the celebration and to arrange for the various details.  Present will be the directors, community leaders and a large representation of the 4-H leaders of the county.


Principle feature will be the talk of Wayne Lemmon, representative of the John B. Rogers Production Company, which is directing the pageant and advising as to all of the celebration.  He will outline the various steps, which need to be taken to insure a successful celebration. 


The meeting at Loyal will include dinner, served by the women’s organization of St. Anthony’s Church.  The time is 7:30, Thursday evening, March 26.                                      


John Horvat of Willard was a winner at a fishing contest held at the Mill Pond at Strum, Wis.  He won a 14 ft. boat with a catch of a 7 ½ ounce crappie.  There were about 1,500 contestants.  Tom Pozega received as a prize, a casting rod and reel.  Valentine Krainz won a “BB Gun” as fifth prize.  These winners are all from the Gorman community.


(The Gorman community was south of Willard. DZ)                         


The combined choirs of approximately 40 members of the Methodist, Congregational and the Zion Evangelical and Reformed churches of Neillsville will present John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” Sunday, March 26, 8:00 p.m. at the Armory.


The is the same program that was presented a year ago at this season of the year, but is more complete, with the addition of four more choruses.  The program will be directed by C. Scott Hunsberger, with Mrs. Jess Scott as accompanist.


A freewill offering will be taken.                                                         


Ed Faber district forester has run across the name of John G. Clark as one of the old surveyors of Clark County.  Mr. Faber has found a log of an original survey, with the name of John G. Clark as surveyor and the date of June 1853.  Mr. Faber would like to think that this Clark also has a claim upon giving his name to our county.


That is a new one.  The Press has found that George Rogers Clark is the only man of that name with a valid claim, based upon the explicit records of the time.                   


Who will be this year’s county 4-H basketball champion?  The answer will be decided next Saturday, March 28, when the finals of the 4-H basketball tournament are played at the Loyal gymnasium.


Nineteen teams from 12 clubs are entered in this year’s tournament.  During the week the teams have been competing in elimination games at Greenwood, Withee and Granton.  Six senior and four junior teams will enter the finals at Loyal.


The championship games will be played March 28, the junior championship at 2:30 p.m. and the senior championship at 3:30 p.m.




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