Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 24, 2019,  Page 6 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

April 1909


Monday afternoon the annual meeting of the Clark County Agricultural Society was held at the city hall. In the election of officers J. W. Hommel was re-elected president, W.T. Thoma, vice president; Greenleaf Redmond, treasurer; and L. Williamson, editor of the Times, was elected secretary, B.D. Crothers was re-elected director.


Probably one of the most important actions taken by the society was the reduction of the general price of admission into the fair, which was from 35 cents to 25 cents.


At the meeting Monday there seemed to be an undercurrent of good-feeling and a desire on the part of all the stockholders to put their shoulders to the wheel and make the coming fair a hummer! This feeling should be encouraged and let everybody speak a good word for the fair. Clark County has the resources to make one of the best fairs in the state and there is no reason why it should not be successful.


(The Clark County Fair is known for having great 4-H and open class exhibits that include livestock, the horse show and other interesting events. A few years ago, while at the fair, I visited with a couple, who had brought their grandchildren along, having driven nearly 80 miles to attend the Clark County Fair because they told me it was the best county fair in central Wisconsin. Sometimes we don’t fully realize and appreciate what we have here. DZ)                                                                                     


The best boys stockings made are “The Iron Clad” three thickness knee, toe and heel that are sold exclusively by Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. Store, Neillsville.


(From the 1800s until about 1920, little boys wore knee britches with long stockings that went above the knee. The reason for having three-thickness stocking material over the knees, toes and heels was to keep from wearing holes in those fabric areas, as boys often crawled around on their knees. They had to wear knee stockings and britches until they became teenagers and then could wear long trousers. DZ)    


A good 120 acres of land, 6 miles east of Neillsville, with log house and good barn for sale, cheap.


Good clay soil, 40-acres under cultivation. Also, some fine farms in other sections of the area for sale. Write me for prices and description.


F.C. Warner, Valley Jct., Wisconsin.                                               


Pleasant Ridge News:


School began Monday with Blanche Morris as teacher. She boards with the Joe Counsell family.


Mrs. Ralph Blackman and daughter Sundayed at Neillsville.


Harry Benedict returned to Madison Sunday.


Eugene Short spent last week with his cousin, Victor Counsell.


Clarence Hall and his family returned to their home last Friday.


Monday was a great day for maple sap running.


Wednesday gives us another wedding, this time Emil Jahr’s, when Miss Elsie becomes the wife of Fred Raine in the presence of relatives and friends. We wish them health and prosperity.


Kurth Corner News:


Grain seeding time will be here soon.


Dan Hughes spent his Easter vacation making maple syrup.


Otis Slocomb is moving back on his old place. We are all glad to have him back with us again.


Sydney Area News:


Henry Austin helped pack butter at the factory last week.


The butter maker visited his parents at Granton.


The rain we had was a good one. There are some mud places in the roads. A little more rain and sunshine and the farmers can plant some spring grain.


A party of young people visited Mrs. Dux one day last week.


August Wagner and family went to church Good Friday.          


Beer is a Temperance Beverage


Conservative temperance workers recognize beer as a temperance drink.


It contains such a small amount of alcohol that it cannot cause intoxication in its self,                                  unless perhaps, an unreasonable excessive quantity is consumed at one time.


The alcoholic strength of Neillsville beer is 3 percent, less than that in any cider or wine, or patent medicine.


Neillsville Beer – Is a wholesome, delicious, refreshing temperance beverage.


Neillsville Brewery, Phone Number 42, For Delivery.


The 1869 William Neverman purchased land from James O’Neill that was located in the 200 block of East Second Street, where he built the Neillsville Brewery that was in operation for 56 years. There were different owners during that time: Louis Sontag, Herman Schuster, Ernest Eilert and Kurt Listeman.  (It was located on the north side of the 200 block of East 6th Street, now the courthouse parking lot. Dmk).



W. L. Hemphill went to British Columbia last week to spend a few days at the Queen mines.


(British Columbia’s Silver Queen mines, discovered and developed in late 1800s and early 1900s, would become the largest copper producer in Canada.


William L. Hemphill first came to Clark County at the age of 21, working for the John Paul Lumbering Company. He eventually became  the company’s manager of its logging operations, with offices stationed in Neillsville until the logging operations ended in 1898. Hemphill then purchased the Neillsville Flour Mills, operating that for nine years. During his time in Neillsville he became identified with the Neillsville Bank as a stockholder, and also as vice president, then later, upon the death of Chas. F. Grow, became its president.


Mr. Hemphill was united in marriage June 10, 1889, to Mary Dewhurst, daughter of Richard and Maria (Curtiss) Dewhurst. They had one child, Francis. The Hemphill home was a 26 Hewett Street, which is now known as Tuft’s Mansion Bed & Breakfast. DZ)    


March 1954


Arthur “Lefty” Zank, who has been manager of the Co-op Station for the past eight years, has accepted a position in the head office of the Farmers Union Insurance Co. at Chippewa Falls. Harold Kren, formerly employed at the Zilk Villa, is the new manager of the local station.


At 10 o’clock Monday morning, April 5, the Greenwood firemen and neighbors responded to a call to extinguish a fire on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Carterons, 4 1/2 miles south of Greenwood. A grass fire spread to a large stack of hay, near the farm buildings. Fire extinguishers were used to save the buildings. The haystack was consumed by the fire.


(Years ago, in the spring, it was a common practice for farmers to light fires to burn off last year’s dry grass and weeds in the ditches, or along the fence-lines. One spring, my dad lit a fire along a fence-line on the opposite side of a small field from where I sat in an old coupe waiting for him. Soon after he lit the dry grass, the wind changed directions, blowing the fire toward the car, which had a can of gasoline sitting in the topless trunk. I had never seen Dad run as fast as he did that day, reaching the car, he drove out of the field saying, “Never again will I light a grass fire.” DZ)                                                      


The Loyal Fire Department, with the Loyal-Beaver fire truck answered a 10:40 a.m. call Sunday to a fire on the farm of the Elpert brothers, Joe, Wallace and Frank.


The farm is located in the Pelsdorf neighborhood, about 4 miles southeast of Loyal. The two-story house was ablaze before the firemen arrived. The house was gutted. The walls and roof remained standing. Water was obtained at the Elpert farm and Schlinsog cheese factory.


It is thought the fire was caused by an overheated stove or defective chimney. Some furniture was saved.


A strong sniff of nostalgia is likely to be intermingled with laughter and gaiety by those who take in the “1954 Vaudeville Show,” which will be held Saturday and Sunday nights, April 24 and 25, in the Neillsville Armory.


Old-timers will recollect the days when the Floradora girls were prime whistle-bait of the time; when it was a “flicker” that has grown into motion pictures; and when the Barbershop quartettes could be found around almost any barbershop at almost any time of the day.


Those are days that will be brought back to oldsters, and presented to youngsters, in the program of the “1954 Vaudeville Show.”


Advance ticket sales are being conducted throughout this section of the county, according to John R. Bergemann, secretary of the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce.


The following Clark County registrants left by bus on April 8 and were inducted into the Army at Minneapolis: Ronald J. Hoeser, Loyal; Rudolph Jordan, Willard; Richard G. Schofield, Spencer; Neil W. Seefeldt, Spencer; Charles Gutowski, Thorp; Edwin Przybylski, Thorp.


The next contingent is expected to leave on May 4. This order calls for seven men for induction and 11 men for pre-induction physical examination.                                                 


That the 4-H enrollment of Clark County in 1954 will reach 1,000, same as the high mark of 1953, is the present expectation of the county extension staff. The number of enrollments actually received in the county office up to the present is 800, but a number of clubs are yet to be heard from.


The following  were confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Granton, on Sunday:


Kathleen Chubb, Ernst Sternitzky, Gary Sternitzky, Janet Steinbach, Dale Trimberger and Jeannine Huebner.


Silver Dome Ballroom

Easter Sunday Dance, April 15

“Dale Simon & His Orchestra”

Wedding Dance In Honor of Burnell Yaeger & Carol Schmitz, Tuesday April 20

Music by “Vernon Kasper & His Orchestra”


The Sports Show will be held at Loyal this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. Chief feature will be trout fishing from an indoor tank, with the first prize each day to be a week’s vacation for two persons at a resort.


On exhibition will be mobile homes, fishing tackle, boats, outboard motors and sportswear. There will be entertainment each day at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., consisting of a German band, a program on forestry and law enforcement by the state conservation department, a trained horse act, a comedy act, duck calling movies on hunting and fishing, an archery exhibition Sunday afternoon. There will be dancing each night.


The stage program, dancing and some of the exhibit will at the city garage.


Marriage Licenses:

Henry Thoma, Town of Weston, Virginia Holz, Neillsville, to be married at Neillsville April 24,


Leonard Ebben, Thorp, Leta Hartl, Thorp, to be married at Thorp May 8,


Lloyd Clarkson, Spencer, Marathon County, Lois Mengel, Town of Longwood, married at Owen April 17.


The George Zuehlke, Sr., home about two miles west of Loyal on Highway 98 was struck by lightning at 4:40 a. m. Saturday during a severe electrical storm.


The chimney was knocked off the house. Bricks, plaster, insulation and soot were scattered about the room in which George, Jr., had been sleeping. Two holes were made in the ceiling of his room. Flues were blown from the chimney and furnace and soot covered the kitchen and basement.


Approximately 40 members attended the Clark County Federation meeting of Women’s clubs held in Greenwood on Wednesday, April 21, at the Grace Methodist Church.


Mrs. Richard Thompson of Greenwood judged the entries in the Helen Mears art contest. Of the 15 pictures entered awards were made to as follows: First place to Rhonda Ehlers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ehlers of Neillsville; second to Gerry Svetlik, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Svetlik of Neillsville; third to Laverne Lindner of Greenwood. Betty Kowieski of Thorp and Grace Skrzypek of Thorp received honorable mention.


Mr. and Mrs. Cullie Gustman have purchased the Harry Kaufmann house at the corner of North Hewett and 15th Streets, on Neillsville’s north side.                                                     


19 – Only – 19 Chryslers – Plymouths LEFT – Out of Our Original 24! Pick Yours Up Now!

Used Cars: 1952 Dodge 4-door Sedan, 1951 Ford Convertible, Radio, Heater, overdrive. A Real Beauty!

1950 Chrysler 4-dr. Sedan

Urban Sales & Service,

Chrysler-Plymouth & International Trucks.

124 West 7th Street, Neillsville, Wis.


(Now, that used 1951 Ford Convertible, fully restored, would probably sell for 10 times or more the price it sold for back then. D Z)                                                                        


17-Inch Set Coronado TV, Includes Installation, Antenna, Lead-in Wire & Mast, for Only $179.95,

Plus 1-Year Warranty on all Parts & Tubes.

Gambles Store, Chuck & Jim Jordahl, Authorized Dealers, Neillsville, Wisconsin.


Doughnut Sale! Saturday, April 17

Anyone Wishing to Buy Fresh Doughnuts,

Call 147, or 147-2 rings by 10 a.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the Pilgrim Fellowship of Congregational Church

W. 5th & West Streets, Neillsville.





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