Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 12, 2018 Page 10  

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1878


A number of horses are in daily training on the track at the county fairgrounds, preparing for competition for the purses to be offered at the fair for running and trotting races.  This part of the fair will be especially interesting to those who are fond of racing.


(Purses of money were collected on bets of which horse would win.)


Work on the roads in the northern part of the county is progressing and will soon be completed.  The Unity and Colby jobs having already been completed and accepted.  The Unity job, done by Mr. Cullen Ayers, is said to be the best roadwork ever done in the county.                                   


The preparations for the coming fair on Sept. 17, 18 and 19 are about completed by the officers of the association, who look confidently forward to the most successful exhibition ever held here.  Though the season has been disastrous to some, the county has produced some remarkable specimens in the line of agriculture, as will be shown at the fair.                                                              


The clover threshing and hulling machine, owned by J.S. Dore, G.A. Austin and Frank Kirkland, will be on exhibition on the fairgrounds during the fair, and it is the intention of these parties to have it in operation one day if some clover to thresh can be obtained.                                     


The Neillsville Mills are now in complete working order and are manufacturing the best brands of flour in the market.  Doing custom work is their specialty.


The Neillsville Flour Mills building was located between the north side of West Eighth Street and the south bank of O’Neill Creek in the late 1800s.  The business milled grains into flour for area residents and for many nearby farmers who brought some of their wheat and rye to be milled.


The Lowe brothers have commenced the erection of a very nice residence in Bacon’s addition, south of Mr. Orson Bacon’s residence.  George W. Trogner has taken the contract.


Jesse and Tom Lowe, brothers, owned a meat market in Neillsville in the late 1800s.  Jesse Lowe built a brick house along Grand Avenue in 1875.  Three years later, Jesse’s brother, Tom, built a new house on the south side, bordering the lot of Jesse’s home.  Kurt Listeman later bought the Tom Lowe house.


Through the generations, the Jesse Lowe house has continued to be owned and occupied by members of the Lowe-Drescher family. DZ)                                                             


Mr. S.R. Short, an old and highly esteemed resident of the Town of Grant, has sold his farm in that town and is about to move to Kansas, where he intends to continue the pursuit of agriculture.


On Sunday last, Dr. Crandall was called to Hewettville, and Geo. W. Trogner went with him for company, taking a Winchester rifle with him, thinking he might get sight of a bear that had been seen in the road several times in the vicinity of Hewettville.


Near Wood’s Corners, west of here, they saw a deer cross the road and disappear in the woods.  Trogner got out of the buggy, went into the woods a few rods and got sight of a deer through the trees.  He brought it to the ground.  Instantly another bounded into sight and was dropped with another shot and ditto a third one.


Two deer were killed on the spot, and the third was found dead within a short distance.  Trogner does not pretend to be a deer hunter; in fact, he was looking for bears, but we would like to see his feat equaled.  We would enquire of James O’Neill, Sr., if he has known anything to beat it.


(After all these years, which is a short distance west and below Wood’s Hill, now known as The Highground hill, woods on both sides of USH 10, is still a deer crossing where local motorists drive with caution, alert to avoid hitting a deer. DZ)                                                                           


A fine specimen of cheese as we have ever seen comes from the cheese factory located a couple of miles south of here, near Clark’s Mill, of which James Mc Keand, E.E. Wage, John Mc Vane and F.C. Wage, are proprietors.  Though in operation but a short time, the factory turns out from 75 to 80 pounds daily of as perfect cheese as was ever made and has the capacity of doing a much greater amount of business.


There will be a Union Service at the Presbyterian Church on Sabbath morning, Sept. 29, at 11 o’clock. The collection will be taken for the benefit of yellow fever sufferers.  Let all come prepared to do something, as God love a cheerful giver.  An invitation is extended to all.


By order of Committee, William Campbell, Tom B. Philpott, Stanley F. Chubb.


Mrs. L.B. Brokaw of the Windfall, one mile north of Maple Works post office, in Clark County, Wis., will sell on reasonable terms thirty hives of bees.


Call soon or address Mrs. L.B. Brokaw, as above.


(Windfall, Maple Works is now known as Granton. DZ)    


September 1943


Neillsville and Clark County, which have in this wartime been accustomed to seeing its residents go to the war production centers, found the tables reversed this week.


The one who did the table-turning was Danial W. Brewer, who came to Neillsville from Washington, D.C.  He has purchased the Bishop Dry Cleaning business from W. H. Allen, who operated the shop for a short period after leaving the First National Bank.


Washington is over-crowded, Mr. Brewer testifies; and the manager of a business has more than his share of worry about help.  In Washington, Mr. Brewer supervised a large cleaning and dyeing establishment with which he was connected for the last five years.


In 15 years prior to that, he worked in several mid-western cities.  One of these was Milwaukee.  While there he made a trip through this section; so, he knew something about the area before he came here.


With him are Mrs. Brewer and their four-year-old daughter, Phyllis. 


Willard Allen has gone to Rochester, Minn., where he is working at least temporarily as a finance representative.


(Brewer’s business in Neillsville was known as Dan’s Dry Cleaning, which was located on West Sixth Street.


Willard (Bill) Allen did return to Neillsville and a position at First National Bank.  DZ) 


Andrew Olson, 76, a resident of Greenwood for over 70 years, passed away at his home one mile east of there, on August 25 after a lingering illness.  He was born on May 15, 1867, in Trondhejm, Norway, to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson.  He came to the United States with his parents when he was one year old.  They lived in Black River Falls, and when Andrew was six years old, the family moved to Greenwood, settling on the present home farm.


He was affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America and a member of the United Lutheran Church.


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.  Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.


He is survived by one brother, Henry Olson of Greenwood, and one sister Miss Maria Olson, at home.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John Olson, who died two years ago.


Phillip Lamovec is alive and a prisoner of war.  He is a Marine and was in the Philippines for the last stand there.  About a year ago, he was reported missing in action, and no further word came.  So, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lamovec of the Town of Gorman had given up hope.


Now comes the word that Phillip is alive, and he is held by the Japanese in the Philippines.


Italy has surrendered.  Her withdrawal from the war was announced Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. by General Eisenhower.  The surrender was unconditional.                                 


The New Deal has put the Neillsville Building and Loan Association out of business.  With government agencies loaning money or backing loans, interest rates have been driven down so low that the local Building and Loan cannot compete.  Nor did the future look any brighter to the members and directors, when they took stock of their decreasing business.  So far as could be surmised, the government is in the lending business for a long time, too long to give promise to an enterprise, which depends primarily upon interest earnings.


Corp. Robert Baumann of Neillsville has just had a part in one of the most sensational military achievements of the present war.  He was one of the Americans who jumped from transport planes Sunday to cut off the Japanese at Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea. The number of paratroopers is said to have been about 1,000.  The jump was made from a very low altitude.  The Japanese were taken completely by surprise.  Robert and his comrades landed without being shot at by the Japs.  It was some time after the landing before contact was made with the enemy.


The purpose of the action was to shut off the escape westward of the 20,000 Japanese who are defending the Japanese bases at Lae and Salamaua, with their three airfields.  The Aussies had already made a surprise landing from the water, and thus the Japs faced trouble both north and south.  A land route to the west offered communications, supplies and escape.                                              


Canning is a big business this year in Clark County.  A suggestion of its size is offered by the statistics of rationing.  The local ration board has issued 6,512 certificates of approval for the purchase of sugar, authorizing the purchase of 329,263 pounds of sugar.  This is practically 165 tons of sugar, which has been purchased for canning in Clark County alone.


(Some of us remember home-canning fruit during the months of August and early September, on the wood-burning kitchen range.  Every screened window and door in the house was opened in an attempt to let the heat escape the kitchen, as there was no such thing as electrical air-conditioning.  My mom’s goal was to can at least 200 quarts of fruit each summer, which included pears, peaches, plums and crab apples. DZ)    


Jake Hosely is soon returning to Neillsville.  It is understood that he will be an inspector for a division of the state Department of Agriculture, working in Wood and Marathon counties.  He will re-occupy his new home.


Mr. Hoesly long resided in Neillsville and was for some time, alderman of the Second ward.


Lt. Herbert Smith of Neillsville was honored recently by an invitation to sit at the head table with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in Australia.  This happened during the recent visit of Mrs. Roosevelt, on her morale-building trip.


Col. Smith testifies in a letter to Mrs. Smith that he found the First Lady a very charming woman.  He says she created great enthusiasm, and she evidently overcame the colonel’s doubts, growing out of his Republicanism.


Gorman Area News:

Bernard Walker, age 16, is carrying his right arm in a cast, owing to fractures he received when he was kicked by a horse.  He was chasing horses out of the hay meadow last week, when one of the horses let fly and caught Bernard on the right arm, breaking the arm at the elbow and also a few inches below the elbow.


Bernard was rushed to a doctor’s office, and the bones were set.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Walker.


McCain’s Yard Goods Sale:


A good selection of Yard Goods is now available at McCain’s; Old-fashioned quality, in patterns of today.


ABC Percale; Plains, Prints and Colors, 35’ per yard.  Flowered Chintz, 69’ yard.  Chambrays; Lovely Pieces that look like Silk; Striped and Plain, 39’ and 45’ per yard.               


Town of Washburn News:

The wind had another argument with Bernard Kuhn’s silo on Monday, Aug. 30, and won the discussion, as the wind usually does.  On that occasion, the wind took down about half of the silo, for that was all that was up.  The men were building it at the time.  Some of them were around it on the outside, and Walter Trachte was working on the inside.  When the silo went over, it took Mr. Trachte with it, and he was all mixed up in it, but he came out of it whole, as did the others.


This is the second argument of the present year, which the wind had had with the same silo.  All of it was up when the wind came along last spring and knocked it all down.  Last week, the neighbors helped Mr. Kuhn again, and this time, they got the silo all up – for keeps, they hope.


Legion Harvest Dance!

At the Neillsville Armory, Thursday, September 23.

Prizes of Farm Products,

 Including 10 lbs. of Honey, Bushel of  Potatoes. Cabbage, Carrots and All Other Vegetables.

Benefit Dance – For Uniforms for the Legion Firing Squad.


Sayings of the Sage:

It will take more than an order from some highway department to open the Burma Road. (The Burma Road was in Southwest China, closed off during World War II. DZ)


(Remember the “Burma Shave” roadside advertising signs during the 1930s that were posted along federal and state highways?


One of the ads read, with two or three words per sign, such as the message below that was on six signs, one after the other, posted above the right-hand ditch:  “No lady – Likes to Snuggle – Or Dine – Accompanied By – A Porcupine! – Burma Shave!  There were several other sayings, also.


Weren’t they fun to read? DZ)





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