Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

October 1, 2008, Page 24

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

October 1908


Rumors of fire threatening Chas. Schoengarth’s mill, near Medford, were circulated here the later part of last week.  Saturday, Oscar, Ed and Paul Schoengarth started for Medford with automobile, making the trip in less than four hours.  They helped the crew to fight fire until the rain fell and quenched the flames.  The mill and a large amount of fine lumber were thus saved.


The farmers in Columbia suffered quite a severe loss this year, by reason of the cucumber salting station closing too soon.  The dry spell seemed to give the company a scare and they shut down, but a local shower started the vines to bearing, and hundreds of bushels of pickles went to waste.  Many farmers will hold the company liable for closing before the time in their contracts.


On Monday C. B. Dresden, who has been running the O’Neill House, filed a petition in bankruptcy, which of course made it necessary for him to close the hotel business.  The hotel remained closed until Tuesday when the owner of the hotel, Robert Riley secured possession and rented it to Mrs. Ellen Paulus.


It is reported that the assets listed amount to $1,200.30 of which Mr. Dresden claims $710.30 as exemptions.  It is not known what the liabilities amount to.


The best low-priced wood Heating Stove is the “Scorcher.”  They have a deep cast iron base, heavy sheet iron sides and a cast iron sliding top.  Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co. has these stoves in sizes ranging from 18 to 30 inches, ranging in prices from $7.00 to $10.00.


When in our city, don’t forget to get your meals at Hake’s Restaurant, located opposite the Merchants Hotel.


Miss Mary Blecha of the Town of Eaton and Wm. Kubat of the Town of York were united in marriage Wednesday morning, Sept. 30th, at the Loyal Catholic Church by the Rev. Fr. Stenz.  A wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride’s father, John Blecha, after which the happy couple drove to Neillsville.  They will take a short trip, visiting Madison, Milwaukee and Eau Clarie after which they will make their home at Humbird where the groom is engaged in the creamery business.


One night last week, some miscreant opened the stockyard gates letting a carload of cows loose, which a man from Illinois was preparing to ship the next day.  After several days and at great expense, he succeeded in finding all but three of the cows, which had become scattered all about the country.  This is the second time this kind of mischief has been done at the stockyards this fall and it behooves everyone interested to the welfare of this city and country around to do all that is possible to prevent a recurrence of such a thing. This man says he will ship no more cows from here, unless he can be protected.  The Illinois buyers have given farmers here a splendid market all fall for their extra cows and we cannot afford to lose the market.


Mr. Theo. Kissling, of the Town of Grant, a former neighbor of the shipper who lost the cows has kindly volunteered to help him find his lost cows. See Mr. Kissling for a description of the cows.


The sugar beet raisers were busy last week, shipping their beets to the Chippewa Sugar Co.  The dry weather shortened the yield somewhat, but the crop will bring in considerable money just the same.


Among this week’s rail car arrivals at the A. B. Marsh store was some strictly pure buckwheat flour.


Fred Bartell and family expect to start today for Weyauwega where they will make their future home.  Geo. Evans, who bought Mr. Bartell’s farm, just south of the city, will take possession at once.


The coon and bird hunters are now swarming in every direction.  All you can hear is the roar of a gun or the gentle sounds from the long eared pets that so love to roam in the woods.


There was a dance in Will Lowell’s new barn in the Town of Hewett, last Wednesday night.  There was a large crowd and good music.  A fine oyster supper was served at midnight, which was enjoyed immensely.  A good time was had by all who were there.


The Bruce Mound schoolhouse has a Waterbury heating plant, 78 feet of slate blackboard and all other improvements required by law to be able to get state aid.


October 1938


Formal dedication of the new high school building at Loyal will be made in exercises in the school auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday.


A dedicatory address will be given by John Callahan, state superintendent of public instruction, followed by a full program in which many prominent persons in the affairs of the school in the past and present will be introduced.


Construction of the new building was started December 5, 1937, and was completed, for all practical purposes, on September 2.  Three days later 230 children of the village’s grade and high schools opened their classes there.


The building houses nine classrooms, a large study room and a large combination gymnasium and auditorium.  It was built at a cost of approximately $85,000, with 45 percent of that cost being furnished by the PWA.  A part of the cost was paid by the school’s building fund and the remainder was secured through a loan by the state land office.  At present the building is 60 percent paid for, in spite of the fact that taxes were reduced in the district last summer.


Hay Creek Dam in Foster Township, one of three dams planned in Clark County to add recreational facilities and make the count one of the vacation spots of Wisconsin, is nearing completion.


The dam, located 14 miles west of Greenwood, will form a 125-acre lake.  The bottom has been cleared of stumps, brush and other snags.  The lake will be stocked with fish.


Other dams planned to create artificial lakes for resort and recreation purposes are on Wedges Creek, west of Neillsville, and a mile north of Greenwood at the Greenwood Park.


Special motion pictures of the recent flood conditions on the Black River, between Neillsville and Hatfield dam, will be shown on the screen of the Adler Theatre Friday and Saturday.


The pictures were taken from an airplane, especially for the local theatre, by Clarence Stelloh.  Approximately 600 feet of film was used in making the picture-record of the highest water in this vicinity’s history.


The feature picture, which will be shown in conjunction with the flood pictures, is “She’s Got Everything,” starring Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern.”



The above photo depicts the old Highway 10 route, which was flooded as it crossed the Black River on Neillsville’s west side, in the fall of 1938.  The railroad trestle is visible in the distance.  The telephone poles, half emerged in the river’s overflow, is evidence of the magnitude of the flood.


Clark County farmers are harvesting their largest corn crop in many years; but some of them are grumbling, just the same. No, they are not unhappy about the crop.  With all this perfect weather after things looked so rain-beaten and gloomy just a few weeks ago, they shouldn’t be.


The real reason for the grumbles is: That’s right. No red ears. Red ears turn an ordinary good-time-by-all husking bee into a lot of fun.  And it seems that red ears just forgot to grow this year.  There is the case of the bee last week at Mrs. Blanche Hewett’s place.  They husked and husked and husked 300 bushels worth of husking, to be exact, and nary a red ear of corn.


Some of the more scheming lads got wise to the absence of red ears early in the game, and have been cheating a little by importing their own.  And, reports have it, some who are lucky enough to find a prized ear “save it for on the way home.”


More corn husking bees are being held in the county this year than in any other recent year.  Some farmers explain it by the fact that the crop has been so good this year.  In other years, they declare the crop wasn’t large enough on most farms to warrant holding a husking bee.


Among the places where bees have been held this season are: Mrs. Hewett’s, Elmer Garbisch’s, Otto Dux’s, Mrs. Anne Zank’s, E. C. Short’s, A. Magnuson’s, Vern Howard’s, George Vine’s, Ray Nickle’s, Frank Dobes’, J. E. Hughes’, Raymond Sternitzky’s, Ludwig Perushek’s, Joe Tolaney’s, Fred Sternitzky’s and Erick Lueck’s.


(Corn husking bees were made up of surrounding farm families getting together at a nearby neighbor’s farm to join in husking the fall’s corn crop.  It was also a social event, with fun, food and a prize going to whoever was lucky enough to find the rare red ear of corn. D.Z.)


Farm employment is somewhat above a year ago, but the state’s crop correspondents are paying lower wages than last year, according to the crop reporting service of the Wisconsin and United States departments of Agriculture.


With the decrease in the purchasing power of Wisconsin farmers and a greater supply of labor than a year ago, farm wage rates this year are somewhat lower than last year.  According to the state’s crop correspondents, wage rates by the month with room and board average $32, and wages per day average $1.65.  A year ago farm laborers received $34.25 per month with room and board, or $1.75 per day.


Watch for the new Mercury “8”.  It’s the latest and newest addition to the automobile industry.  Nothing like it ever before!!  It’s entirely a New Car by Ford!


It will be on display with the 1939 Ford V-8’s Soon!  Come in and ask about it at Seif & Byse Sales in Neillsville.


The work of dividing the lower flat of the Howard building on West Fifth Street into two complete apartments is going on rapidly.  Each apartment will consist of a living room, bedroom, combination kitchen-dinette and bathroom, with plenty of closet and cupboard space. Also, each apartment will have a front and rear entrance.  The apartments will be ready for occupancy about November 1st.


Otto Lewerenz walked into his restaurant the other evening with nine quarts of exceptionally fine looking and even better tasting strawberries.  They are not the ever-bearing variety but a new strain of berry tried out by a Columbia farmer, the weather no doubt being responsible for the wonderful crop.  For weeks the Lewerenz Sweet Shop has supplied its patrons with strawberry shortcake, sundaes and fresh strawberry sauce.  There have been as high as fifteen quarts from one picking.


The Calway Cranberry crop, which had been stored for some time at the former Zbinden plant, was graded Tuesday and the entire crop of 150 cases was taken to Minneapolis by truck on Wednesday.


Mr. Calway and his marsh foreman, Frank Hnetkowsky, took charge of the grader and did the crating, while Miss Kittie Kountz and Miss Lydia Schlinsog picked out the culls that were missed by the machine.


The crop was excellent and the berries uniform throughout, there being a very small percentage of pie cranberries.


Ash hauling service under a system similar to that followed last winter will be started Saturday, November 5, the common council decided at its meeting in the city hall Tuesday night.


Ashes will be hauled every Saturday morning in the downtown district.  Merchants are asked to put their ash containers on the edge of the sidewalk each Friday night to aid the city crews in their operations.


As was done last winter, the residential districts will be divided into the wards, with each ward being served every fourth Saturday.


The council also decided to place the WPA crew at work on sewer and water main work at the end of the present payroll period, which ends Saturday.  The shift from the curb and gutter project to another project must be accomplished at the beginning of a new pay period, it was explained.  Aldermen expressed belief that the present curb and gutter job should be completed with the possible exception of a small strip on 13th Street.


Patrick Francis Hughes passed away at his farm home in the Town of Weston Sunday, October 23, 1938, after an illness of eleven days, the last of a family of eight children.


Mr. Hughes had attained the age of 88 years.  He was born at Frampton, Province of Quebec, Canada, on March 14, 1850 to Margaret and James Hughes.  He was married there to Ellen Shea, June 4, 1884, having returned from the United States to get his bride.  Three children were born to this union: James, William and Mary, also one grandson, James, Jr. His wife preceded him in death in March 1932.


He came to Clark County about 68 years ago.  In 1870, and the following year he purchased his farm from the Fox River Lumber Company and had since been a taxpayer, being one of the oldest settlers in Clark County.  He was a blacksmith by trade and spent many years in logging camps, working on the Black River, Chippewa River and their tributaries, and also helped build the Cameron Dam of Dietz fame on the Thornapple River.  He was one of the charter members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville and was its oldest member.


In his younger years, he traveled extensively.  He was in Chicago in 1871 at the time of the fire.  In 1934, accompanied by his son, William and daughter, Mary, he made a trip to his birthplace and displayed a remarkable memory after an absence of 50 years.  In 1937, in company with his nephew of Pleasant Ridge, he traveled through the western states and into western Canada by auto.


Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 26, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fr. J. A. Biegler officiating, and burial taking place in the Catholic Cemetery here.




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