Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 7, 2019  Page 9 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


August 1869


Divine services will be held in the new Methodist Church next Sabbath. There will be preaching at 11 o’clock a.m. by Rev. W. Hazelton, of Black River Falls; at 3 o’clock p.m. by Rev. Mr. Mair, of the Presbyterian Church, and at 8 o’clock in the evening by Rev. J. J. Walker. The new church will be barely enclosed, and temporary seats will be arranged for the congregations. Those who have given aid in the building of the church are specially invited to be present.                                                    


J.B. Gallagher, the skillful and popular photograph artist of Black River Falls, has fitted up rooms at the O’Neill House to remain here two of three weeks.                                                 


Dan Gates has opened a store in the old Union House for the sale of flour, feed and such products.           


Messrs. Hewett & Wood’s new sawmill on Wedge’s Creek, seven miles west of here has just been completed, and on yesterday a trial was made and everything worked satisfactorily. The mill was built by Mr. Mason, a very competent millwright of long practical experience.


The mill, we believe, is the largest and best in the county. The main building is 24x60 feet. The mill has a six-foot water wheel, the American Turbine, manufactured by Stout & Co., Dayton, Ohio. It is furnished with double rotary 46-inch saws, capable of cutting 40,000 feet in twenty-four hours, the carriage fitted to cut timber 48 feet in length.                                                                                                                                                          


Henry Staring has quit farming in disgust and again picked up the razor and strop. He is operating his tonsorial business at the O’Neill House and can take off any surplus amount of hair on your face and leave it as smooth as a baby’s.                                                                                   


The action of the Town Board in changing the location of the cemetery will received commendation. The ground of the new cemetery are situated eight rods east of the road between here and Staffordville, just back of the road at the point where it first turns after passing the John Walter’s residence. The lot comprises ten acres, which belonged to James O’Neill, of this he has generously donated 2 acres and will sell the rest of the land for the small sum of $5 per acre. The land is beautifully situated.


(The first city cemetery was located on the lot presently occupied by the water standpipe at the end of East 4th Street. After the new cemetery property was obtained, the remains at the East 4th Street site were exhumed and taken to the new West 15th Street plot. DZ)                                


Tomorrow may never come to us. We cannot find it in any of our blocks of real estate and great ships on the seas does not hold a tomorrow! We cannot find it in any of our title deeds. The man, who owns whole blocks of real estate and great ships on the seas, does not hold a single minute of tomorrow. Tomorrow! It is a mystery possibly not yet born. It lies under the seal of midnight, behind a vale of glistening constellations.


Black River Falls is a station now on the line of the West Wisconsin railroad. The Banner of last Saturday says: “The first train passed over the new railroad bridge across Black River last Thursday evening, which event was witnessed by a large crowd of citizens and railroad men. Quite a jollification was held by the employees of the railroad, on that side of the river. Laying track above this place will now be pushed forward rapidly, and in about two or three weeks the next station at Wright’s Mills, will be reached.”


(The West Wisconsin Railroad was built through northeastern Jackson County in 1869. At that time, the railroad did not make stops at Merrillan, so its passengers got off the trains at Wright’s Mills, south of Humbird, then had to walk five miles to Merrillan.


When the Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railroad planned to build its road through Jackson County, L.G. Merrill donated many acres of land to the company, so officials would change their plans from connecting with the West Wisconsin at Wright’s Mills to joining with the railroad in Merrillan. The Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railroad track going to Merrillan was completed on Dec. 22, 1872. DZ)


Milwaukee claims to have 90,000 residents of whom, it is said, 89,998 drink Lager.


The recent showers have had the effect of raising Black River to a better driving stage than has been known before in the month of August for a number of years. Logs commenced running last Saturday night, and a steady raise in the river during the next twenty-four hours, began to send thousands of logs to market. But few of the creeks have received any benefit from the rains. A fair raise is reported on Popple River and Wedge’s Creek, and a few logs have been run out of Rock Creek. This will occasion a large augmentation to the millions of logs at the mouth of the river. It will be of considerable benefit to those having contracts to fulfill.


August 1939


Uncle Sam’s planting problem makes the ordinary man-size job of putting one or two trees in the ground look like a tiny task in comparison.


The United States is engaged in planting 170 million trees this year; a program, which is on coast-to-coast basis, is the greatest single planting project in the nation’s history.


It’s an answer to depletion of timber resources, through  forest fires, erosion, ruthless cutting. Because the lake states have been hardest hit proportionately, Michigan will lead the parade with nearly 50-million pine trees, white, Norway, red and jack varieties.


Wisconsin will get 30 million of the same species; Minnesota is to get 10 million pine and spruce. Louisiana and Mississippi will split a 50-million quota of longleaf and loblolly pine, black walnut and locust.


On the Pacific coast, California and Washington are to receive many million seedlings of various commercially valuable pines. The Rocky Mountains are slated for reforestation of the beautiful giant pine.


The Rev. Adolph Schumann of David City, Nebr., pastor-elect of the Globe Lutheran Church, will assume charge of his new congregation Sunday, August 6. The service begins at 10 o’clock and will be held in the English language.                                                                                        


Dollar Days at – Berger & Quinlan

Arrow & Fruit of the Loom Shirts, only $1.00; Oshkosh Overalls $1.29; Men’s Sport Oxfords $1,

The Latest, Most Brilliant Men’s Straw hats, $1; Neck Ties, only 3 for $1; Men’s Polo Shirts 2 for $1.

Main Street Neillsville


Dollar Days – Super Bargains – at The Gambles Store, A.E. Russell, owner!

Balloon Tire Jack - $1; 2 gal. Penn Oil - $1; Large Tire Pump - $1; Alarm Clocks - $1,

20-qt cold pack Canner $1; Cast Steel Skillet - $1; 12-qt. Milk Pails 3 for $1,

Spark Plugs 4 for $1; Bicycles $23.95 & up; Free Inner Tube with each Crest Tire Purchase!


An increase in the “official” family of Clark County came recently when Lady Luck, bloodhound belonging to Fred Dangers of the county’s criminal investigation department, presented Mr. Dangers with eight fine, wrinkled, purebreds bloodhounds with ears as long as their bodies. Lady Luck is the daughter of Lady McBeth, which is now owned by England’s Scotland Yard.                                                         


Horse racing events, absent from the county fair track during the last several years, will be revived in part during the Clark County Fair, August 15th to 18th, inclusive, the Clark County Fair Association has announced.


The events will be races for running horses and ponies. According to present plans, the races will be run Wednesday afternoon, the second day of the fair, and prizes will be given for first, second and third place-winners in each class. Secretary Harold Huckstead announced the following purses: running horses, $15, first; $10 for second; and $5 for third: Ponies $8 for first; $5 for second; and $3 for third.


No entry will be charged, Mr. Huckstead announced. The races will be for a half-mile distance, from a standing start.



The above photo was taken during the 1938 Clark County Fair, showing members of the “Clark County 4-H Calf Club.” Each club member participated by showing a calf exhibit entry during the fair.  The original buildings shown in the background have all been replaced.


Last week, Thomas D. Wage, 87, of Granton, saw a Clark County Fair for the 67th consecutive year, and it was the 67th edition of the annual event that he saw.


 By attending two days of the fair, he was there Wednesday and Friday, Mr. Wage continued his unbroken string of attendance, which might well claim for him the title of “Nation’s No. 1 Fair-Goer.”


A stockholder in the original fair association, Mr. Wage was 21 years old when he saw the first Clark County Fair. He bought one share of the association’s stock, face value from $5 to $10, and paid for it by helping to clear off the land, which is the site of the present fairgrounds. The “wages” for clearing the land amounted to about a dollar a day.


Mr. Wage still has that share of stock, although it now is worthless because of four or five re-organizations of the association since the first fair was presented in 1873.


Back in the early days, interest of fair-goers centered on horse exhibits and horse races. The race-track, Mr. Wage recalls, was one of the first projects developed on the ground.


“As the timber slowly disappeared,” Mr. Wage said recently as he traced the trend of exhibits through the passing years, “Interest was turned gradually to the raising of beef and dairy cattle. Now,” he continued “the 4-H club exhibits and amusements seem to have taken over the center of interests; but it’s also a grand place to meet your old friends and neighbors.”


Mr. Wage was enthusiastic about the latest edition of the Clark County Fair and declared that it was better than last year’s fair by some bit. “But it still isn’t up to the fairs of the days when there were harness races,” he said.


A.L. Snyder, local painter, was fined $1 and paid costs of $4.30 in Judge A. E. Dudley’s court last Thursday for failure to have a painter’s license.                                                   


Students in at least 74 of Clark County’s 117 rural and state graded schools will find themselves under the instruction of teachers new to them when their schools open during the next few weeks.


An extensive rearrangement of teachers connected with the county system last year was made during the summer. As a result, at least 47 teachers have been transferred to other schools within the county.


In addition, at least 28 teachers have been hired who were not connected with the county schools last year. ¢¢¢Several of these, however, had been connected with the county schools at some time in the past.


The new booster station to be erected in Neillsville by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company will cost approximately $20,000 and will provide employment for one or two men when the cable line is completed between Stevens Point and Minneapolis, about July 1, 1940.


Official confirmation that the building will be erected this year, and details of the plans for the building and new cable line were received this week by The Clark County Press in a letter from W.J. Lempke, division plant superintendent of the company, in Chicago.


Construction of the building to house the amplifying equipment with associated power supply equipment and testing apparatus is expected to start early in September, according to Mr. Lempke. Contracts for the work probably will be awarded sometime this month.


The building will be one story, without basement, and will be of face brick exterior and face tile interior. It will be of Cape Cod design, with a composition roof. Site of the building will be on the now vacant lot on the corner of East Fifth and State streets, opposite the Clark County Jail.


(Clark County Abstract and Title now occupies that building. DZ)     


Feed Mill Specials

Scratch Feeds cwt. $1.40

H.H. Van Gorden & Sons, Neillsville – Phone 88


It’s That New, Fresh Brownee Bread!

Baked Fresh by the “Neillsville Bakery”

Also available at the local Neillsville Grocers –

Mae & Ruchaber – Farmers’ Store - Neverman’s – Bollom’s Meat Market – Roehrborn’s Store –

Quality Market – Bartlett’s Cash Grocery – Nick’s Cash Grocery – C.C. Wasserburger – Wayne Potter.


(Yes, Neillsville had 10 grocery stores back then. As an added service, some of the stores had a couple of gas pumps in front of their stores, selling gasoline for cars and kerosene for rural homes and farms. Many farms didn’t have electrical power at that  time, so kerosene was needed as fuel for lamps in the houses and lanterns in the barns and around the farmyards. DZ)


Palm Gardens’ Specials!


Toast and Coffee 15¢ - Roll and Coffee 10¢ - Bacon and Eggs 20¢ - Ham and Eggs 25¢ -

Coffee, Pancakes and Sausage, or Bacon 30¢ - Orange/Tomato Juice 5¢.

Every Saturday Night – Chicken Fry 25¢

Dinner & Supper Specials

Roast Beef or Pork 35¢ - Pork Chop or Baked Ham 35¢

Includes Potatoes, gravy, vegetable, beverage, bread and butter, choice of soup or dessert.

Sandwiches – Roast Pork or Beef 10¢ - Pork Chop 10¢ -

Bacon & Lettuce 10¢ - Chicken Sandwich 15¢.

Louis Meinholdt, Mgr. Neillsville, Wis. 





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