Clark County Press, Neillsville,

December 12, 2007, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman



Clark County News

December 1907


Bills are out for a big basketball game at the Opera House, Saturday night Dec. 7.  There will be a game between the Eight Grade of Neillsville Schools and the Eighth Grade of Granton Schools, also between the First and Second Girls’ teams of Neillsville High School.  There will be a dance after the games.


A. A. Graves, who owns the electric light and franchise at Loyal, has recently been trying to sell or lease the light plant to the village.  Not succeeding in arranging terms with the village, he has turned out the lights.


The Flexible Flyer is the best, most durable and practical sled for boys and girls that ever was made.  You can steer them like a wagon, and don’t wear out the shoes.  Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Company is the only one that has the Flexible Flyer.  The sleds come in all sizes, being able to carry from 1 to 8 persons.


Nov. 8th, Elmer Mund of Weston and Josephine Poppe of Seif were united in marriage at Neillsville by Rev. W. P. Burrows.  An elaborate wedding supper was served at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Poppe, in Seif.  A very enjoyable time was had by all present and many beautiful and useful presents were received by the young couple.  The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mund.  He has a position in the electric light plant at Marshfield, where they expect to make their home.  The bride is a young lady of excellent attainments and has many friends. We wish them the real success in life’s voyage that they deserve.


The Neillsville Overall factory now has all of its machines running full time and six new machines were ordered last week to keep up with the orders now coming in. a traveling salesman covering Illinois and Southern Wisconsin has just started to make sales in that territory.


A carload of cutters, the well-known high grade Northwestern Cutters and a full line of Spring Cutters are not the cheapest but are the best.  We talk quality, because we know these goods are built for service with the best material and the best workmanship, which has been put into them.  They are not made for or a season, but for years of service.  Stop in at Howard & Seif where we can show you style and finish in a large stock to choose from.



W. H. Huntly and Tony Shiller of Neillsville, last Saturday placed a fine monument marked with the Masonic emblem over the last resting place of N. Waterbury in the Methodist Cemetery, in Loyal.  They also placed a headstone over Mrs. P. Smith whose remains were recently removed from the Stowe farm.  Mr. Huntly has the reputation of doing the best of work and these two stones are no exceptions.


The patrons of Dankemeyer cheese factory, in Heathville received 34 cents for butterfat in the month of October.


The dam at Hatfield is closed up and the water is backed as far as Arnold Creek and still rising.  Looks like something was going to be done.  The company has the road about completed as far as the big spring and ready to move the bridge onto its piers.


Rev. A. Svanoe announces that regular services will be held in the Scandinavian Lutheran Church next Sunday Dec. 22 with a Norwegian service to be held at 10:30 a.m.  Christmas Day there will be a Norwegian service only in the forenoon.  A special invitation is extended to all Scandinavians in the vicinity of the city.


Oscar Fricke is taking a little vacation in a logging camp, northwest of Greenwood.  He is interested with others in putting up some timber out there and will spend a few days with the logging crew.


Walk Brothers’ Store has good eating apples for 75c per bushel.


Last Thursday, Free Raymond’s house in Weston took fire about eleven o’clock and burned to the ground.  Nearly all of the household goods were lost but a new cream separator was saved.  There was no insurance.  The loss is a heavy one for Mr. Raymond.  He was working in a logging camp near Rib Lake at the time but came home at once to take care of his family.


Mr. and Mrs. Abie Turner spent Saturday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Turner, who live in the York Center community.  They took their talking machine along and let that do the talking for a while.  After they got tired of listening to that, they had a merry time playing “Bunco.”



December 1957


Clark County’s Christmas tree business is booming.


That’s the description given by County Clerk Mike Krultz, Jr.  The only trouble is that it didn’t boom fast enough.


On November 12 the county forestry department employees had cut 2,700 trees in their normal “thinning” operations in county forest plantations.  But, despite six weeks of sales effort, the county clerk’s office had orders for only 900 trees.


With “Sorry, we won’t need any this year” replies coming by the fistful, Mr. Krultz thought he foresaw an excess of Christmas trees, with Christmas followed by a granddaddy bonfire of the unsold ones.  So, he issued a stop cutting order.


Suddenly, with the advent of December 1, came an avalanche of orders from a four-state area.  They came by telephone and by telegram.  Monday afternoon, there were orders for 1,000 more trees than had been cut.


Now the county is worried about a short supply.  Normally it would be easy to just cut some more trees.  Not so this year, however.  The snowstorm of two weeks or so ago fixed that.  The snow lies so deep in the forest plantations, and covers the lower branches.  When the trees are cut the lower branches break off.


There is a way around that, by shoveling the snow beneath each tree.  But that means additional expense.  The county’s price is pegged at $1 per tree as compared with 90 cents last year.  Wholesale buyers who take them to the cities and sell to retail outlets receive about $2.25 per tree, delivered.


Last year, Clark County had but a few Christmas trees ready for marketing.  This year, it could provide about 4,000 if it wasn’t for the deep snow. 


“The Bruce Mound Ski tow will be in operation either the coming weekend  or one week hence,” Jim Hauge, president of the Half Moon Ski club, announced this week, adding: “It depends on how rapidly we can get the tow in operation.”


On Sunday Mr. Hauge, Henry Stucki, Jerry Smith, Joseph Ylvisaker, Dr. M. V. Overman and a group of high school boys worked at the slide, set five new posts for holding pulleys for the ski tow, and made repairs to the warming house at the foot of the slide.


At one time the hill had two tows in operation, one for the beginners and a longer one for experienced skiers.  Mr. Hauge said they are now trying to get one of the tows, on the beginner’s hill, ready for operation.


Calvary Lutheran Church, which has been worshiping in the Adler Theatre since March, held its first service last Sunday in the new church building on Hill Street.


The worship service was conducted by I. J. Tanner in the Fellowship hall, which has a seating capacity of 250, without post obstructions.  The hall is open at ground level to the south.  Services will be held in the new church building until the upper sanctuary is completed sometime in January.


All church meetings will be held in the new church building from this time on, the Rev. Mr. Tanner said.


The Calvary Church choir will give a program of Christmas music Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m., to which the public is invited.  Miss Joan Wolfrom (Wolfram) is choir director.


The Community Hall recently purchased by E. L. Withee, postmaster, to be used as the new post office in the village of Granton has been remodeled and on Monday morning was officially opened for business.


One of the busiest places these days after school and weekends is the O’Neill Creek pond, beside the American Legion hall.  It is one of the finest natural ice skating facilities to be found anywhere.  The Neillsville rink attracts upward of 100 youngsters, at a time, during this season of the year.  The kids take plenty of bumps while learning, but they have a mountain of healthful, outdoors fun.  Presiding over the pond and warming house is Arthur Flynn, whose years of experience as high school custodian make him a rare “find” for the job.  The kids like Mr. Flynn, and he likes them; so everybody gets along very well indeed.


The last meeting of the Neillsville Sportsmen’s club for 1957 will be held Thursday night at the V.F.W. hall on Court Street, with barbecued venison and venison meat loaf to be served to members and guests.  Two movies will be shown, one on dog retrieving and the other on forest fire prevention.  The annual award will be made to the club member killing the largest deer in 1957.  Presiding will be Donald W. Johnson, president.  Matt Gassen, secretary, states that guests are always welcome at the meetings, which are held every Thursday.


Two Neillsville hunters came back with bucks during the special bow and arrow season at Necedah, last weekend.


One of the largest deer taken by bow and arrow this year was the 185 pound, 10-point buck, which was shot by Wilbur Henchen, Sunday morning.  His shot was taken at 35 yards while the deer was walking.


At the state checking station, Henchen and his companions were told that this was the largest deer that had been taken there for some time.  It had an antler spread of 22 ½ inches.


The buck was Henchen’s second in his experience with bow and arrow hunting.  In his party were Dan Brewer and Al Mashin, both of Neillsville.


Kurt Hediger, of Christie, got a 6-point buck Saturday afternoon while it was on the run.  He dropped it with the first arrow; hitting it a second time after it got up and started to run away again.


Hediger’s buck weighed an estimated 140 to 145 pounds.


The Rev. Frank B. Harcey, pastor of First Congregational Church, will deliver a Christmas talk to Kiwanians at their meeting Monday night.  Kiwanians of Neillsville have voted to give $25 toward the purchase of new ski tow rope for the Bruce Mound ski slide.


The Neillsville city council Monday night accepted the bid of Fel-Gross Chevrolet, Inc., for a police car.


The car, with a heavy duty, 45 ampere generator, was priced by a bid at $610.29, with the present city police car in trade.  The bid was lower by $400 than any other of the several bids placed.


Police Chief Lawrence Drescher, who has kept record of police car costs, said Thursday that the bid was the lowest the city has had for such a unit, and the average cash outlay of the police cars traded has been $825.


City Clerk John C. Brandt also was instructed by the city council to notify Mrs. J. W. Kearns and Herman North that leases on lots, located on the east side of West Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, are being terminated by the city.  These lots have been leased by the city and are to be used as parking lots.


The Holiday Ball, one of the social highlights of the holiday season here, will be held in the high school gymnasium here, Saturday night.


The gymnasium will be prettily decorated for the festive event, which is sponsored annually by the Memorial Hospital auxiliary.


Dancing will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with formal attire optional.  Tickets are available from members of the hospital auxiliary, and also will be available at the door.


Music again this year will be provided by the Howie Sturtz orchestra.


The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Klauer, who were married at Helenville, December 18, 1907, was celebrated Saturday in the Klauer home at Globe, with 50 relatives gathering for the formal anniversary program and dinner.  A large group of relatives and friends attended an open house in the evening.


The marriage of Theresa Kalsow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kalsow and Paul Klauer, was held 50 years ago, in southern Wisconsin, to which area their parents had emigrated from Germany.


Mr. and Mrs. Klauer, after their marriage in 1907, made their home in Berlin for two years, and in the fall of 1909 moved onto a farm in Seif Township.  There they remained until the fall of 1949, when they moved into an apartment over the Globe store.  The Klauer farm, located in the Town of Seif is now owned by their son, Arnold.


Jordahl Brothers Gamble store has a skate exchange, where you can trade in your old ice skates.  Hockey and Figure Skates for boys, girls, men and women in a complete range of sizes are available.  Shoe skate prices start at $4.99 a pair.


William A. Seelow, Neillsville High School graduate who is serving a four-year enlistment in the Air Force, is now stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.  His parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Seelow, former residents of the Town of York who now are living in Cudahy.



The Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. Store was located on the northwest corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets.  Later, the building was occupied by the Farmers Store general merchandise business for several years.  Now it provides space for offices and businesses.





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