(18 Aug. 1882)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
Surnames: Emerson, Gile, Holway, Armstrong, Thompson, McMahn, Swartz, Eaton, Marshall, Brown
----Sources: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 1882 [Date of newspaper is unknown; using the article’s date in the subject line.]
Greenwood - 18 Aug. 1882
Editors Times: The Good Templar dramatic entertainment came off last Saturday evening as per programmed. It was purely amateur, being their first efforts upon the stage. The drama, "The Last Loaf," was rendered in good style by the eight artists forming the company. No company, however good, but what will bear criticism. The main fault with this company, which is so prevalent with first efforts, was speaking low, and in their next effort it is to be hoped they will make amends for so gracious a fault. Otherwise, we are frank to say, they did splendidly, so we will not particularize. It is expected we will have another entertainment soon. A little scare was manifested for fear the hall was not strong enough to hold the crowd, but there was really no grounds for fear, as many of you will remember a few years ago when the torch-light procession was here from Neillsville we occupied the same hall with from fifty to one hundred more people in it with safety.
Tuesday last we had a young hailstorm dished up to us. We noticed several hail stones the size of small hen’s eggs, and it wind had accompanied the storm the damage might have been serious.
The harvest is upon us and the golden grain is being garnered. The crop in this part of the county is good, all kinds with the exception of a slight falling off in the potato prospect on account of rust.
All branches of industry are good and our locality prospects are flattering for the future.
Andrew Emerson, foreman of Gile & Holway, in their farm and extensive logging business, lo, these many years, has bought their farm of 600 acres, together with a host of live stock and logging kits.
Mr. W. J. Armstrong gave a large dinner party today. Many were the guests and well laden were the tables with all the market affords. A pleasant time was enjoyed and all went away feeling glad that they had been there and Doc. Was more smiling than the rest because he bore away a sunflower bouquet. Gracious! We like these dinner parties and a square meal.
Ben. Thompson at the present time is roaming through the state of Arkansas.
One day this week, Thom McMahon fell into the water at the Hemlock where it was the some ten feet deep, and not being able to swim came very near losing his grip upon life. As he was sinking for the third time and his head having gone beneath the water, a friendly log floated past the spet and touched his hand, which he seized and managed to keep his face above water until help reached him. He was in a terribly exhausted condition.
The donation last evening for the benefit of Rec. C. C. Swartz, was very liberally attended on so short a notice. Net precedes about $50. The conference year is very nearly ended, at which time our pastor, Rev. Swartz, will have served two years both faithfully and well upon this charge. Among the many good deeds in his mission here, by his untiring efforts he has succeeded in clearing the church debt, which was large, so that church today, with its white spire pointing heavenward, is as free from debt as the air we breathe. As is customary with the M. E. Church, he will probably be assigned to other fields of labor. Wherever that may be the people will find in him a good citizen, faithful Christian and a hard working pastor, every ready to do good and render tribute to the needy.
E. A. Eaton and wife, of Longwood, will accompany A. S. Eaton, wife and girl, and Willie Marshall to Dakota next Monday, for a two week’s so-journ with B. F. Brown and family.
Oh, the chickens, the ducks and geese will forever damn the ten bore Remingtons that are going after them.
Don’t forget for a single moment the coming 9th of October; a glorious day, a grand time, a commingling of old soldiers who have been on many a tented field and faced all there is in war which you untried ones know so little of. Keep the ball a rolling from now until the 9th, and by a little personal effort on the part of every soldier in the county we can make the coming day the grandest and proudest reunion Neillsville ever knew.
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