Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

September 4, 2019  Page 11 

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and Contributed by Dee Zimmerman

Clark County News


September 1882


At the meeting of the city council last Saturday night, Mayor Hewett offered the city one block in his late addition to the city, to be used as a park, at nominal figures. That provision should be made for public parks within our city while the land can be procured at little expense, no one will dispute, and the offer made by Mr. Hewett is but another evidence of many he has manifested of a desire to do his part in the matter of public improvement.


Also, at the city council meeting, retail liquor licenses were granted to J.A. & Alex Cross and Jacob Rossman. The first license granted authorizes the sale of intoxicants in the Rossman House Saloon and the latter in the new brick building now being erected by Mr. Rossman. One of the conditions made in the application of the latter, upon which that a solid partition shall be built across the building and that there shall be no entrance to the portion of the building used for saloon purposes from the street, the only entrance to be through the back door. Under this condition, the only means of reaching the saloon will be from the alley south of O’Neill’s building.                                                                                                  


The Jewish New Year commenced last evening at 6 o’clock, and from that date until the corresponding hour of today, will be observed by persons of that nationality as a holiday. In observance of that day it is the Jewish custom to retire from all business pursuits, and hence the story of J. Hammel & Co. in this city, which closed at 6 o’clock p.m. yesterday, will remain closed until 6 o’clock this evening.


The veneering of brick given Jess Lowe’s residence greatly improves the appearance thereof as well as adding to its value and desirability as a residence.                                


To prevent logs from jamming on and between the O’Neill Creek bridges, in this city, several piers, the first of which is above the upper bridge and the last above the lower bridge, have been built during the past two weeks, the piers to be used in supporting a boom to prevent logs from getting out of the channel of the stream.


In the races held at the fairgrounds yesterday, four horses were entered: “Minnie H.,” owned by James Hewett; “Billy,” owned by John Carhart; “Fred” owned by Ring & Youmans, and “Black Cloud,” owned by D.B. Manes. The horses came in the race in the order named above.                     


The flouring mill of J.H. Weston’s of Greenwood, formerly the property of Weston & Schofield, will be in operation October 1st, and do general custom business.                      


F.W. Whitcomb, station agent at this place, has been instructed to sell tickets to Chicago and return at $12.90, and to Milwaukee and return at $9.90. The tickets will be sold the following days: Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 25 and 26, and Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. The tickets will be good to return for seven days from date of purchase.


The clothesline robber, who left a portion of one garment on the line, in the raid made last week, can have the other “leg” by calling for the same.                                                          


Several weeks ago, the telegraph wire on the line of the Neillsville railway was put up, but the line is not yet in working order, owing to the fact that no instruments have het been received for the office at this end of the line.


Lloyd’s building on Main Street, now occupied by Emery Bruley as a clothing store, is being furnished with a new foundation, and a cellar the full size of the building. The building is to be lowered about a foot, bringing it nearer the level of the street.                                                                 


Everett Bacon raised the frame of a new dwelling the first of the week. The new house will stand a few feet west of the site of the one destroyed by fire the early part of the summer, and in architectural design will be an improvement on that building.                                                                     


The corps of engineers that have been at work on the survey of the Neillsville & Northwestern Railway for several months past, finished locating the line between this place and Marshfield last week and commenced on the survey through this city last Monday. The question as to when the work of building the road is to be commenced, is still in doubt but its thought that it may yet be undertaken this fall.


September 1939


The St. John’s Lutheran School, starting on its 54th year in Neillsville, opened Tuesday with the largest enrollment in its history. Ninety-two children enrolled in elementary and intermediate grades, according to principal Erich Sievert, and at least two more registrations are expected.


Oscar Stelter fell 27 feet from a barn onto a pile of lumber at the Al Forman farm in the town of Weston last Thursday and escaped with a wrenched left wrist and a slight cut over his left eye.


Attention Please! Anyone seeing a skunk with a yellow ribbon tied around its neck, please do not shoot, as it is “Jennie” the unofficial mascot of Jack Creek Square. Also, it would be advisable for any person seeing the pet running loose to notify us rather than try to catch it and bring it home. Jennie is still dangerous.


Pay boosts for all but one classification of WPA labor has been announced for Clark County’s remaining 126 workers in a revised wage scale now in effect.


According to G.E. Wiseman, district director of the WPA, unskilled workers on inside projects will be the only persons adversely affected by the revision. They will receive $39 per month, which amounts o a one-dollar per month cut in pay.


Unskilled laborers on out-of-doors projects receive a pay boost of $2.90, making their total monthly wages $42.90.


The largest increase was made in the skilled labor group, which received a raise of $12.00 per month. They will receive $67.60 as compared with $55 under the former scale.


(WPA and PWA of the 1930s were established under the New Deal Program, federal programs during the Depression that provided work for the unemployed living within their communities, such as road construction or other public works projects. Also, from 1933 to 1942 the Civilian Conservation Corps, known as the CCC, was a public work relief project program for unemployed, unmarried men. Nearly 4,000 camps were set up throughout the U.S., which employed over two million men aged 18-25 working to conserve national resources. Notable projects, within Wisconsin were Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, Devil’s Lake State Park and Wyalusing State Park, as well as a number of smaller parks. Two CCC Camps were located within Clark County, including Camp Lake Arbutus near Hatfield at the junction of Riviera Road and County Trunk J, and Camp Globe near Rock Dam. Camp Globe accommodated close to 200 men who worked on cleaning up county forests, building fire lanes and reforestation projects in Clark and Eau Claire counties.


The development of national, state and county parks is a great project. These parks are so appreciated by the many who enjoy relaxing by going camping at a park with its facilities, the fishing, and scenery, or just to drive to view the outdoor scenery. DZ)


The Winnebago Indian School was re-opened last week with a capacity enrollment, and the 110 pupils were greeted by a completely renovated and redecorated building. A number of the children who wished to enter the school this year could not be admitted due to lack of room.


The Winnebago Indian Mission School was located on the east side of the Black River and the end of west Fourth Street in Neillsville. Its original building was erected in 1921.  A gift of the Woman’s Mission Society of the former Reformed Church in 1928 made it possible to enlarge the building to more than double its original size as pictured above. Workers on the Mission’s 30-acre farm on the west side of the river kept livestock to provide dairy products and meat, grew large gardens for fresh vegetables and canned food that provided meals for the Mission School’s children.



The Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and many, many other beloved characters of storybook land are brought out as though in real life in “The Wizard of Oz” which will be shown on the Adler theater screen Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.


The fairy tale story with all the odd little people created by the pen of Lyman Frank Baum in 1900 is pictured in the brilliant hues of the land of Oz and its picturesque people are recreated in Technicolor.


Judy Garland plays Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, who is carried to Oz on the breath of a cyclone. Others of the cast include Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and the Munchkins.


Baum, another author of 50 novels on the land of Oz, was born in Chittenango, N.Y. and became a journalist in Chicago, editing “The Snow Window” from 1897 to 1902. After the publication of the “Wizard of Oz” – in 1900, the demand for another Oz book became so great that he wrote one sequel after another. Baum died in Hollywood in a comfortable home he called Ozcot, built from the proceeds of his fabulous stories.


Foster Area News by Mrs. Ray Durst:


Walter Marg of Black River Falls called at the Roy Durst home Friday evening.


Henry Schuette and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Durst and children visited at the Virgil Durst home in Granton on Sunday.  The also ate supper with Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Schuette of Neillsville and called at the hospital to see Mrs. Bill Kurasz.


Miss Vivian Durst, who is attending a beauty culture school in Eau Claire, spent Sunday with home folks.


Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Walker and children of Thompson Valley visited Sunday at the George Walker home.


West Weston News by Clarence Hagedorn:


Mrs. Charles Poppe and Henrietta and Franklin Heiman were callers at the Richard Hagedorn home Friday evening.


Silo filling is in rapid progress in this community. Everybody is busy at it.


Bill Belter was a caller at the Kuhl brothers’ home Sunday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hemp and children and Mrs. Martha Hoffman spent Sunday afternoon at the Charles Fischer home in Neillsville.


Mrs. Frank Kuhl assisted at the Kuhl brothers’ home with cooking during silo filling last week.


Mr. and Mrs. Schadry and daughter, Sylvia, were visiting here with their daughter Mrs. A. Hoppa, Sunday.


Little Louis Hoffman stayed a few days with his grandparents last week.


Neillsville is likely to be without a bridge crossing O’Neill Creek at Hewett Street for from six to seven months.


Although the state highway department has given the green light to construction of a span to replace the 110-foot structure, which collapsed in downtown Neillsville September 17, 1939, employees of the division office in Eau Claire this week gave estimates, which would place the completion of the new span at late winter or early spring.


Actual construction work is likely to require from four to five months, depending on the design and construction decided on, they estimated, while preliminary work will require from six to seven weeks.



*These photos were added by Michael Warlum from the Warlum family Album after this article was initially published.  The back of the left photo said, truck, Walter A. Auman (1904 - 1997 of Thorp, Wisconsin).


(The Hewett Street Bridge collapsed as Walter Aumann drove his truck, loaded with 80 cans of skim milk, over the bridge. Fortunately, Aumann escaped with only minor injuries as the bridge crashed under and about his truck. Pieces of the steel overhead structure crashed against the truck, wrecking it completely. DZ)


Roehrborn’s Store – Weekend Specials

New Sorghum 10-lb. 85’, New Honey 10 lb. pail 89’,

Hormel Bacon per lb.15’, Boyd’s North Star Pancake Flour 5 lbs. 23’,

West 7th St., Neillsville.


Silver Dome Ballroom

Free Wedding Dance, Thursday, Sept. 14.

In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Perko – Saturday, Sept. 16.

Rita Mae and Her 7 – Pretty Girls – 7

Free Dancing Every Wed.


2 for 1 Quick Meal – Combination Ranges for coal, wood and gas,

Or gas and oil.

Free For 10 Days Only!

53-piece China Set with every 8900 series Range purchased during this sale!

At Stelloh’s, Neillsville, Wisconsin.


Mask Ball – At Riverside Hall – Saturday Sept. 30

Music by Bill Fleischman & His Concertina Orchestra

Prizes Awarded.


When in Madison – Stay at the Friendly Park Hotel – Rooms from $1.50 – On Capital Square.


Henry Sullivan of Kenosha, driving westward on route 10 Sunday afternoon, had reason to believe that Clark County was a wild place, for a big buck jumped out in front of his car and drove the whole front in. It was rough on the car, and rougher on the deer, which broke at least three of its lefts and probably some other parts besides.


Mr. Sullivan got a ride from J.F. Schuster of Neillsville, who happened by, and reported the killing to Fire Warden Papke at Fairchild. The deer weighed 186 pounds and had six prongs on one side and seven on the other. Nature had made him partially lopsided, and Mr. Sullivan finished the job. So, the carcass went to Milwaukee Tuesday evening, and Mr. Sullivan’s car went in for repairs.


Construction of a new five-mile bridge over Black River was started early this week, less than a week after Levis residents voted to erect a bridge to replace the one washed out by the flood of September 1938.





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