Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

December 11, 2019  Page 9 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

December 1909


Jim Paulus and Ole Hauge were deer hunting. They both came back empty-handed, but not because they did not see any deer to shoot at. They saw so many that the inhabitants south of Thorp thought that there was a small war in progress.


Jim and Ole decided that their “no deer” was due to a bad case of “buck fever.” One day Jim was walking along an old logging road when he almost stepped on a fine buck. Jim has a keen sense of justice, and he did not feel that it was altogether fair to kill the buck at his feet without giving it a chance. So, he gave it a kick and let it start off, giving it an equal chance for its life. The buck took advantage of the chance and Jim fired 13 shots at it, but he says that as the buck was up in the air most of the time it confused him, and he fired all his ammunition through the tops of the trees.


Ole was equally fortunate in seeing game, but his companions say that whenever he sighted a deer he would forget the gun in his hands and stand watching it, lost in admiration of its beauty and grace. Ole always did have an eye for beauty and he said that those deer looked as pretty as three queens, and he did not have the heart to shoot them.


(Each year, there are stories to be told after deer hunting season. DZ)   


Tuesday, a deal was closed wherein Dwyer & Wolff sold their meat market in the Rabenstein building to Jacob Malter. Mr. Malter took possession yesterday morning. Wm. Betz is working for him.


For Sale: A complete 35-horsepoer sawmill outfit, and one 12-horsepower threshing outfit. Will take wood, bolts, posts or logs, in payment. H.D. Curtis, Neenah, Wis.                                        


Going to the North Pole? Even if not, call Eberhardt’s: you may need a new overcoat or suit. See Brule, that’s his business.                                                                                                                                      


Monogram watch fobs, made to order, just the thing for Christmas giving! Get your orders in early.


Diamonds – A large assortment of genuine Diamonds, ranging in price from $8.00 to $100.00.


Cuff Links: plain, hand engraved, stone-set sterling silver, in solid gold and gold filled from, 75’ to $6.00.


Available at – Nelson’s Jewelry Store, in Neillsville.                 


While doing your Christmas shopping, stop in at the new restaurant for these holiday specials:


Boston Baked Beans, 15’, 20’ and 25’ jars:


Waffles and coffee served during the Holidays, for only 10’


Homemade Nut and Wheat Bread baked fresh every day.                  


You and your friends are cordially invited to visit the annual Christmas Shop given by Congregational Ladies of Neillsville. It is to be held in the Congregational Church parlors and basement, Thursday, December 16, from 3 to 10 p.m. It will include a Chicken pie supper served from 6 to 8 p.m., also the sale of Work and Fancy Aprons, some articles of the Newest Fashions of Fancy Work; the Latest Style of Dolls with eye lashes and the decorated wonder tree with its mysterious parcels that sell for a song!


By way of Good Cheer, there will be Toothsome Candies and delicious ice cream to eat and Punch Bowl juices to sip during shopping hours.


Finally, there will be decorations in keeping with the occasion.     


There is a new coffee substitute being served as coffee everywhere, known to grocers as Dr. Shoop’s Health Coffee that will trick even the coffee experts. Not a grain of real coffee in it either. Pure, healthful toasted grains, malt, nuts, etc., have been so cleverly blended as to give a wonderful satisfying coffee taste and flavor. It can be made in a minute! No tedious 20 to 30 minutes boiling. Sold by all grocers.


The Pine Valley Tax Roll is now in my hands for collection. After January 1, 1910, I will be at the first National Bank building taking collections Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Herman Carl, Town treas.                                                                


As George Lastofka was hauling a load of furniture in the Town of York one day last week, he was accidentally thrown from the wagon and was badly hurt when he landed on a barbed wire fence.


The Bible says, “Thou shalt fear the Lord Thy God.” During the 20th century something more than that has come to pass. Apparently some of the Weston church members have learned to fear the minister also. Last Sunday, as the minister was driving along at leisure, he little dreamed that he had scared two of the church members into the school house woodshed until after he had passed by.


December 1944


The Neillsville Rotary Club has constituted itself a committee of whole to decorate the business section of Neillsville for Christmas. Member of the club will go into the country Sunday morning, and will cut spruce trees from areas, which are being thinned out by the county forestry. The trees will be brought in and placed Sunday afternoon. Some of them will go into the holes of the sidewalks, near the curbs in front of businesses, where flag poles are commonly placed. Small trees and branches will be placed upon the light poles.


The suggestion that the Rotary Club do the decorating came from Al Covell, past president of the club and county forester. He explained to the club that by a little effort its members could secure small trees, which the county forestry wants thinned out, and could readily do the decorating that otherwise was apparently going into  the discard.


Reported 1 week later.


One hundred twenty two little spruce trees have come to Neillsville to make Christmas merry. They were escorted into the city by the Rotarians and were placed by them throughout the business section. They made the “Old Home Town” look much like Christmas as it could in the War-forced absence of electric lights.


The little Christmas trees were harvested last Sunday by member of the Rotary Club, who went for them to Wildcat swamp, not far from Wildcat Mound. There, they cut trees under the direction of Al Covell, the county forester.


The Rotarians left Neillsville at about 9 o’clock and were back at noon. They gathered again right after dinner and did the decorating. In the afternoon they had the help of the Brownie Scouts, who offered their services through Mrs. Olaf Botnen and Mrs. Don Schwantes. There were a lot of Brownies on the job, and they busied themselves in cleaning up the trimmings, as the Rotarians progressed with their work.


Greenwood Area News:


The Rev. J.C. Klingeberger was installed as pastor pf the West Side Reformed Church Sunday at 3 p.m.


The Sheepshead club was entertained Friday evening at the Walter Swieso home with eight tables in play. The next meeting will be held at the Gerald Denk home on Friday Evening, Dec. 8.


Mrs. Fred Behrens, president of the Honor Roll service club, requests that all those who were in World War I, in army or navy, should please send the names of the veterans to Mrs. Behrens before Dec. 20. As a list of the names is being compiled for the Honor Roll for Greenwood.


Mrs. Cecelia Jackson and daughter, Mrs. Don Warner, entertained six tables of Sheepshead at the Jackson home Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Jackson gave a party for 12 friends at her home. Both parties were for the benefit of the Honor Roll.


Ladies’ Aids scheduled for this week are Thursday the Trondhjem Aid at Westley Worden home and the Braun Settlement Aid at the Otto Horn home; Friday the W.S.C.S. will meet at the E.T. Opdycke home.


Bad Times Grow In Good Times!


When money is easy, people become careless. Credit is easily taken and easily given … when tough times come, the collapse is painful.


The proper plan is to use credit wisely and carefully. For that purpose, help will be given you by the … Wisconsin Rating Bureau.                                                               


The Clark County Press announces the following program for the year-end:


Issue of December 28 – will be the regular Thursday issue, containing current news and commercial advertising; four pages.


New Year Edition – Dated Jan.1 and mailed Jan. 2, containing Reviews and New Year features, together with institutional advertising.


Issue Jan. 4 – The regular Thursday issue, containing current commercial news and advertising; four pages.


Because of its shortage of help and the rationing of paper due to the war. The Press was long in doubt about the possibility of producing a special New Year Issue. It has finally been decided that this can be done, upon the basis announced here.                                                                    


The annual Christmas party of the Kiwanis Club will be held next Monday evening at the Wagner party rooms. Joining with the Kiwanians will be the Business and Professional Women’s Club. It will be a family party, with each member of each club bringing wife, sweetheart or husband.


The Women’s Club will make this the source of Christmas packages of 26 children of Clark County who are being cared for in public institutions. Those attending the dinner will bring toys or other gifts, which will go into the 26 packages to be made up for the unfortunate children.


In addition to this, those attending will take inexpensive toys, preferably of a humorous nature, which will be distributed among those present. There will be a Christmas tree, from which the toys will be distributed, in true Christmas style.


The speaker of the occasion will be the Rev. Howard A. LePere, pastor of St. Albans Church, Marshfield, who was once  a professional lecturer and who has spoken in Neillsville with high approval.


Hitler asks Germans to fight to the death, and a good many of them are.


Christmas Candles - 5’ to 75’ each

Colognes 39’ to $3.50 plus tax

Hallmark Christmas Greeting Cards

Beautiful Selections - 5’ to 50’

C.C. Sniteman Co. – Prescription Druggists


News of Loyal Area:


Loyal High School actors won a “C” rating in the state finals in Madison. Members of the cast were: Elroy Gotter, Leonard Hecker, Frank Stange, Gordon Goehring, Alvers Missling, Clemens Esselman and Gladys Fenner.


The annual Christmas program is being given at the Loyal High School Wednesday afternoon of this week, with Christmas melodies by the band, “Santa’s Cure” by the grades and a Christmas Story “Petit Noel,” by the drama club. The cast of “Santa’s Cure” consists of  Roger Mathews, Joan Vogel, Mary Poulton, Myron Smith, Dicky Ohlrogge and Jack Neuman.                                                          


William Arch, the son of Louis Arch and the late Mrs. Louis Arch of the Gorman community, has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on the Italian war front.


He serves in the 338th Infantry Regiment, 85th Custer Division, part of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark’s Fifth army.


Arch led a squad in repelling a numerically superior force of attacking Germans in a two-hour fight. The enemy was heavily armored with automatic weapons and rocket launchers.


When an enemy machine gun was moved into position, Arch destroyed it with a hand grenade. “His gallant action and heroic leadership is reacting speedily to the enemy attack, the citation stated, “enabled the squad to successfully repel the onslaught, which resulted in the capture of three German soldiers, one of whom was a commanding officer, and secured the strategic position for the platoon.”


Women Wanted!

Age 18 to 40!

Earn good pay while working for Victory!

100 women wanted at once for essential war work. No experience necessary.

Good wages. Light work. Time and one-half paid for overtime.

(If now employed in essential war work do not apply.)


Attention Farmers!

Earn good pay during the winter season producing vitally needed war material. No experience necessary.

Good wages. Time and one-half for overtime. Pleasant working conditions.

(Farmers of draft age will need to get release papers through their County Agent.)

We will help you find a place to live in Marshfield.

Apply in Person or write:

Roddis Lumber & Veneer Company, Marshfield, Wisconsin


Sgt. “Bub” Bremer has written his sisters, Mrs. Earl Schultz and Mrs. Wayne Bush, from the southwest Pacific, from a hospital bed, where he is spending some time on account of wounds received in recent action. It is thought that he was probably wounded in the Leyte invasion. “Bud” has been overseas three years.


T/5 Walter H. Bertrang, member of the army engineers, is on his way home after 29 months in the Asian Pacific Theater of operations. He is expected to arrive Jan. 12 at Ft. Belvoir, Va., then to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Bertrang, Rt. 3 Fairchild.


A circa 1940s view taken at the intersection of Hewett and 5th Street, when the old Schultz Bros. Store was located on the northeastern corner.





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