News: Clark Co., WI (June 1873)
Contact: Dee Zimmerman
----Source: Clark Co. Press, Neillsville, WI, June 18, 2000; pg. 28. The following excerpts were compiled by Dee Zimmerman for her weekly column, "The Good Old Days" from earlier papers and transcribed by Janet.
Clark County News June 1873
E. P. Hill has had a street sprinkler constructed and has entered into a contract with the businessmen to keep the business streets sprinkled during the summer. He was to have commenced work last Monday, but kind Providence got ahead of him and gave the streets such a sprinkling that up to this time, Friday, he has had no occasion to use his machine.
Robert French gave a dance at his hotel, at the Mormon Ripple, along the Black River. A large number of Neillsville residents, including a full band that furnished music for the occasion, were present. Those who were there pronounced it one of the pleasantest parties of the season. The best of it is, we are promised some more of the same, from time to time. French keeps an excellent house and it always pays to stop there when traveling that direction.
The proprietors of the beer gardens have done a very praiseworthy job on the road leading to the gardens. They have graded up the road, in good shape and have put in culverts wherever needed.
Perhaps the finest field of grain in the state is that belonging to John S. Dore, two miles east of Neillsville. The grain is white winter wheat, 40 acres in extent, unmixed by a head of any other grain, as far as you can see. It stands nearly six feet high, thick, on the ground and as even as any grain can be sown. The ground, on which it stands, was a heavy forest of oak and maple a year ago last fall. Since that time, it has been cleared, broken and the stumps nearly all removed. Along with the other fields, it has turned into one of the finest farms we have ever seen. The farm is rendered more attractive by the magnificent residence located in its midst, which overlooks the land. The grounds with their improvements and crops may be equaled but hardly surpassed by any other in the state. Dore seems to have made good by his determination of having the model farm of Clark County.
Mr. Edward, of the Town of Grant, has been awarded the contract for furnishing brick for the new school building. The bricks are to be delivered and on the school grounds, this fall.
The Agricultural Society, which met here in Neillsville, this past week, has purchased 40 acres of land from John Lynch. The land, located one mile south east of the city, is to be used as fair grounds, for which $1,200 was paid. The ground is sufficiently improved, enabling the Agricultural Society to be able to hold the fair there this fall. It is one of the most desirable pieces of land that could have been obtained for fair grounds.
The Clark County Agricultural Society, at its last meeting, decided to admit the Town of Lincoln, Wood County, which includes Nasonville, to the privileges of the Society. S.L. Nason is Vice President of that town.
Gates and Head are proprietors of the Neillsville Meat Market. They have fresh beef, pork, veal, mutton and fish on hand every day. Poultry and wild game are available when in season. Salt pork can be purchased by the pound or by the barrel. Also a large stock of flour, feed, potatoes, salt and such items are kept on hand. Cash is paid for fat cattle, hides and produce.
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