Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

June 5, 2019  Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

 June 1869


This present century has seen these four great events:


 1. Morse’s invention of the telegraph.
 2. The laying of the Atlantic cable.
 3. The death of slavery in the United States.
 4. The completion of the Pacific Railroad. 


In twenty-five years, the continent has been spanned by the wires of the telegraph. Then years ago, lightning began to run beneath the sea. Five years ago, the war for freedom ended and slavery died. On the 10th of May the iron track was completed from Portland to San Francisco.


The Indians are short one pony by not keeping their animals away from the railroad. The train killed a pony about two weeks ago. The natives threatened to remove the rails in payment of the debt, but thus far have desisted. Badger State Banner                                               


Lynn is the name of the new post office recently established in the Township by the same name in this county. Alzon Brooks is the postmaster.                                                     


In consequence of the cold weather of late, the subject of building a skating rink, began to be seriously discussed. The warm rays of the sun today will probably melt the project.


Arrangements are being made for a match game of baseball between the Clumsy Club of Maple Works and the Pioneers of Neillsville here, on Saturday, June 26th. It will be the first match game ever played here, so there will be a good number of spectators out to watch the game.  (Maple Works is now known as Granton. DZ)                             


There was a frost here on June 14, of which we feared had done a large amount of damage in this county. But, it did not do much injury, only to wild plums and some of the tender garden plants. Corn suffered lightly, and the crop will not be much lessened from this cause.                        


“Headville” will be the name given by those in the vicinity to a small collection of houses in the woods northwest of the sawmill, in honor, we suppose to Mr. Head, the pioneer settler.


The timbers of the new Methodist Church were drawn upon the grounds yesterday. Mr. Walker is still receiving subscriptions to aid in the construction of the building. Those who did not give anything toward it, thinking the enterprise would be a failure, can have no such excuse now.


On the day of July 4th celebration here, Hans Johnson of the O’Neill House, intends to get up one of the best dinners ever offered to the public here. He will be prepared to feed every “celebrator” on the field, and we’ll bet the taste and appetite of everyone at his table will be fully satisfied.                    


We have heard reports lately from persons living in the Town of Loyal, this county, of a strange man being frequently seen in the woods in that vicinity, who appears wild, and at one’s approach will disappear into the thickness not to be seen again probably for several days. That there is such a character in the neighborhood is positively affirmed. Some have seen him and described his looks and actions. There are numerous stories afloat concerning this strange individual. Some children said they saw him one day before he discovered them, and he was walking along talking to himself and acting in such a strange manner as to show that he was deranged in mind. When he saw the children, he cried out “run, run!” They became frightened and retreated in hasty order. Looking back, they saw the “wild man” running with as much haste in the other direction. He has been seen near the farms of Mr. Taylor and Mr. Newall. How he gets enough to eat is a mystery, but some believe he visits farms in the night and purloins what edibles he may find, as he has been seen carrying things. A farmer’s cow came home, that was found to having been milked. He is described as being a small sized man, very poor in flesh, about twenty-five or thirty years of age, black beard, dressed in pants and shirt only, and his features are said to bear a very care worn expression.


Mr. J.J. Enhelder, has a farm, about  two miles west of town. It has a large patch of Strawberry plants. We are waiting for an invitation to wade in and help ourselves as soon as the berries are ready for picking. Through Enhelder and his amiable spouse’s kind hospitalities, we have in the past, before leaving, been served strawberries on the stem, berries in short cake, strawberries in cream, strawberry pie, until our capacity was severely taxed, and we were compelled to cry out, “We’ve had enough.”


June 1939


Leslie Holmes of Neillsville started to sweep on South Hewett Street at 2:40 a.m. Decoration Day. He was joined by Adolph Schaub, the regular sweeper, at 4 a.m. They had made a good start in cleaning the downtown streets before many were astir. The result was that the city’s pavements looked spick and span for Memorial Day. Mr. Schaub has regularly been at work at 6 a.m., but is setting his time forward to 5 a.m.


Miss Mildred Williams of the Town of Washburn and Albert Zank of the Town of Pine Valley were married Wednesday afternoon, May 31, at the home of the bride’s parents.


Neillsville’s Summer Program - In Brief, June 3 – Pet Parade,

June 3 – 10 “Neillsville Week”

June 4 – Clark County Baseball League Opener - “Flyers at Globe”

June 6 and 7 – First Weekly Wednesday Nite Programs

Special Event each Saturday in July and August

Harvest Festival Will be Grand Finale!


Vacation Bible School


For 10 days, beginning Monday, June 5, the Rev. George W. Longenecker and four teachers will conduct a Vacation Bible School at the South Side Grade School building. All children from the first to eighth grade are invited to enroll. Daily sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.    


The centennial of baseball issuance of an appropriate stamp, which will be available at the Neillsville post office on June 13, according to an announcement by Postmaster Louis W. Kurth.


The Greenwood Pleasure Park is open for the general public to enjoy the facilities, free of charge. kitchen, well of fine spring water, tables in the shade, children’s playground equipment, bathing privileges are at your service. Associations and societies who desire the major portion of the park for conventions or picnics will please apply for reservations and dates to, Mr. Bert Brown, caretaker, Greenwood, Wis. June 17 is reserved for a Holstein association picnic. Entrance to the Park, from Highway 73, is one-half mile north of Greenwood.


Schultz Bros. Boosting for Neillsville!

39’ Aluminum Special!, Covered Teakettle 39’, Coffee Percolator now 39’,

Round Rolled Rim, Dish Pan reg. 59’ now 39’, Double Boiler reg. 59’ now 39’

Baking and Roasting Pan was 59’, only 39’.

For the June Bride

8-pc. Set Aluminum Kitchen Ware, reg. $3.24, Special $2.99!


(The only aluminum kitchenware, such as those listed above, that remains in my kitchen cupboard is a 6-cup percolator. It has the glass bulb-shaped knob inset on the middle of the lid, which allows you to see the coffee as it percolates through the coffee grounds basket that includes the perking stem. The longer if percolates, the stronger the coffee becomes. For a milder tasting coffee, less perking time is needed, being able to watch and time the process. Coffee percolators were used before the electric coffeemakers came on the market.


Occasionally, when I see the percolator in the back of the kitchen cupboard, it brings back memories of the yearly summer fishing trips our family took to Canada. The percolator was packed along with the fishing gear. It was to be used when we had noon shore lunches.


At noon, freshly caught walleye were filleted, then fried in a large fry pan over a bonfire that had been built along the lakeshore. The percolator was placed on the edge of the firepit to brew coffee. A slice of bread was wrapped around each fired filet, making sandwiches served as a shore lunch were the best, along with a cup of fresh brewed coffee and a cookie. DZ)                                 


Zimmerman Brothers

Dress or Work Clothes & Shoes

Season Opened May 25 For Wearing  Straw Hats.

Dress Straw Hats Soft, waterproof finish,

Greens, Tans, Greys, or Sailor, flat-tops, with plain or fancy bands, only 98’.

Boys’ Suits, sizes 8 to 16, $7.50 and $8.50.

Men’s, Young Men’s Suits, stripes plaid or mixtures, w/colors of Greens, Browns, Greys, and Blues,

Single or Double Breasted, $9.85, $15.85 or $19.85.


Above is a photo of the J.G. Zimmerman & Sons store as it appeared in the 1930s. The department store business was in the building on the northwest corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets. Clothing, shoes and groceries were sold on the first floor, with hardware items being in the basement of the building.



Mrs. Albert Schultz of Jack Creek Square had quite a surprise the other day when one of her nieces, who’s staying with her, announced that she had found some new potatoes. Mrs. Schultz could hardly believe that her potatoes had grown so much in so short of a time, so she decided that some investigating was in order. Upon investigating, she found that her niece had dug, not new potatoes, but the old potatoes that had been used for seed. Mrs. Schultz now expects some rather late potatoes this year.


Pouring of the block of pavement on Sixth Street from South Hewett to Court Street has been completed, and WPA workmen now are putting the finishing touches on the block. Paving of the block of Court Street from Fifth to Sixth Streets was expected to be started today, weather permitting.


A public picnic, sponsored by the Washburn Community Club, Hopeful Homemakers and Washburn 4-H Club, will be held Sunday, June 18, at Max Opelt’s grove, one mile east of the Shortville Store and one-quarter mile south of Kurth’s corners. Boys’ ballgame in the morning, bicycle parade in the afternoon for boys and girls of all ages, with prizes for most beautifully decorated bicycles; prizes for oldest and youngest pair of twins attending; boys and girls races, potato race; ladies’ nail driving contest; men’s tug of war contest, also baseball game at Shortville diamond. Refreshments, bingo and novelty stands will be on the grounds. A cordial welcome is extended for all to attend.                                                                    


Leo W. Foster and soon, Jack, of Neillsville, and the L.G. Anderson family of Black River Falls, returned last Thursday night from a four-day fishing trip to Mountain Lake, on the boundary between Minnesota and Ontario. They returned with their limit of salmon and trout, five each, and reported having an excellent time in the sport.


Although recent cool days and nights have retarded the hatching of grasshoppers in Clark County, not a single call had been made for poison bait until the fore part of this week, County Agent Wallace J. Landry asks that all farmers be constantly on the lookout for the insects.


The mixing station at the sawmill on the southern outskirts of Greenwood has mixed up bait and is ready to dispense it to farmers as needed. William Creed of Unity, chairman of the county agricultural committee, is in charge of the mixing station. Farmers are asked to go to the station for bait or notify their own chairmen the moment grasshopper hatchings are discovered.


(The upper Midwest was plagued by hordes of grasshoppers during the late 1930s. Our family lived in southeastern South Dakota during those years. In mid-July 1938, I remember of a grey cloud of grasshoppers flying from the east that landed upon our 50-acre cornfield, which was starting to tassel, at about four o’clock that afternoon. During the night, with house windows open, we could hear the hoppers chewing on the corn stalks. At about eight o’clock the next morning, the grasshoppers lifted off the field, leaving only eight or nine-inch stalks sticking out of the ground, having devoured the entire corn crop. Every neighboring cornfield looked the same. DZ)                                                                                 


The national convention of the Danish Lutheran Synod was concluded at Withee Sunday, after a six-day session attended by delegates, ministers and guests from virtually every section of the United States and Canada.


Spiritual and missionary work, as well as business affairs of the synod, came before the delegates during the meeting. Several leaders of the church spoke on subjects of interest to those attending. The programs were held in the high school auditorium and in the Daish Lutheran Church of Withee.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oldham, Town of Seif, returned home Sunday to find that the little pigs had picked their strawberries. Charley says they did a pretty good job; but complains that they forgot to put the berries in the crate.                                                                                                      


The Neillsville Flyers baseball team believes they have found a “luck charm” in the person of Herman Moen. The only two games the Flyers have won this season are the only two games Herman has seen.





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