Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 24, 2008, Page 17

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled and contributed by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

September 1893


The number of Neillsville young ladies possessing fine bicycles is increasing.  Misses Grace Dickensen, Letta Leason, Sadie Balch and Mary Eilert are among those who have recently invested in bicycles.


A dairy item of interest is that the Neillsville Creamery is paying 18 cents per gage for separator cream and 17 cents for cream delivered. This is an advance of a cent over old prices.  Farmers who make their own butter and sell it for 15 cents a pound ought to make note of this.


Last Saturday, Dr. S. H. Esch’s trotter, Queen Tempo, won second money in the three-year-old class at Minnesota State Fair track at Hamlin, winning $125.00.  She came in second in each of three straight heats, beating two others.  Her time was less than 2.30, and the winning horse won one heat in less than 2.27.


Tuesday forenoon, Balch & Tragsdorf’s delivery wagon, driven by Ernest Keene, took a running gait down Main Street, the horse evidently a little keener than Keene.  He was going on the dead run, but the run was short.  A quick turn to the east on Fourth Street slammed the delivery wagon against a defenseless electric light pole, tossing the agile young man into the potato patch.  The horse kicked himself loose from the wagon and lit out.  Keene had landed on his feet, having taken lessons of the monkeys in the store window.  He was away after the horse, easily capturing him and the dejected cavalcade returned to the barn for the slight and inexpensive repairs that were found to be necessary.


The fires in the woods in the northeastern part of the county are still burning. The Hickey barn burned last week.  The Popple River dam was burned to the bed of the creek this week, and the area all around that section is on fire.


The drought continues.  At Chicago, not a drop of rain has fallen for 85 days, but with ice cream soda to fall back on, the World’s Fair crowds will fear nothing.


Frank Matthias came down this week from his home in Green Grove to resume his studies in high school.  He says the forest fires have burned over five miles of timber between his home and the Popple River.  He believes there are no acres left unburned.  A 12-acre stump field on his father’s place was so thoroughly burned over that there is hardly a stump left standing.


Fires destroyed a Wisconsin Central railroad bridge near Curtiss last Friday and for three days all trains over the St. Paul branch of that road were sent over the Omaha road through Neillsville.  The result was a most tremendous rush of trains, day and night until Sunday when they finished building the bridge.


Joseph Kopp, a settler living near the line of Pine Valley and Hewett townships, was burned out by the forest fires Saturday, losing all he had.  A subscription was taken up in town to aid him and quite a friendly amount was raised.  Dick Lesler, living down in the same section of country, lost about 20 tons of hay at the same time.


The approach of winter and the fact that many people have been without employment to a considerable extent this year should make the ones more fortunate keep in mind that employment is a greater and more honorable boon to the poor than outright charities.


The Granton public school children are preparing to give an entertainment at Barker’s Opera House, to raise money to pay for a large bell for the schoolhouse.  Principal U. T. Cody has the enterprise in charge.  The date is Saturday, Oct. 21st.  It is a very praiseworthy undertaking and should be liberally supported.


The Neillsville Times’ wood box is absolutely empty.  Bring in a load of wood at once!


Imported Hampshire Down ram sheep for sale.  Also registered yearlings and buck lambs; from imported stock at reasonable prices and easy terms.  Apply to P.E. Brameld, at Neillsville Stock Farm.


The Milwaukee National Bank opened its doors Tuesday and deposits made that day amounted to $150,000.


Whist club players, when shall we begin the new season?


J. A. Pettet of Unity broke his leg while fighting fire last week.  It was his wooden leg, so no bones in that one.


September 1943


To meet the urgent need for harvest workers on Wisconsin cranberry marshes this fall, a campaign has been instituted with the support of government agencies to recruit able-bodied men to get in this important, vital agricultural crop.


Harvest work will commence about September 15 and continue for several weeks.  Men who have had experience as cranberry rakers should apply to the marsh where they were last employed.  Others should contact the labor assistant at the county agent’s office in the county in which they live.


Neillsville and Clark County, which have in this wartime been accustomed to seeing its residents go to work at war production centers, found the tables reversed this week.


The one who did the table turning was Daniel W. Brewer, who came to Neillsville from Washington, D.C.  He has purchased the Bishop dry cleaning business from W. H. Allen, who operated the shop for a short period after leaving the First National Bank.


Washington is overcrowded, Mr. Brewer testifies; and the manger of a business has more than his share of worry about help.  In Washington, Mr. Brewer supervised a large cleaning and dyeing establishment, with which he was connected for the last five years.


In the 15 years prior to that, he worked in several mid-western cities.  One of those was Milwaukee.  While there he made a trip through this section of the state; so he knew something about the area before he came here. 


With him, came Mrs. Brewer and their four-year-old daughter, Phyllis.


Willard Allen has gone to Rochester, Minn., where he is working, at least temporarily, as a finance representative.


Italy has surrendered.  Her withdrawal from the war was announced Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. by General Eisenhower.  The surrender was unconditional.


An armistice has been granted and is now in effect.  It was signed in Sicily on September 3.  One of the conditions of the surrender, as laid down by Eisenhower, was that the announcement should be made at such time as would be to the best advantage of the Allies. Therefore the announcement was delayed until September 8, five days later, and during those five days, it is safe to assume, the allied general was busy with arrangements.  Just what use is being made of its forces, and just how and where it will strike to capitalize on its victory will be revealed as the situation develops.


Announcement of the surrender was made to the Italians in a personal broadcast by Marshal Badoglio, head of the government.  He said that Italy was surrendering to overwhelming force.  He told Italians to cease resistance to the Allies, but to resist attack from any other source.  He also broadcast instructions to the Italian fleet and merchant marine to take refuge in Allied harbors in North Africa and elsewhere, advising officers not to scuttle their ships but to make them available for the transportation of food to Italy.




The Salem Reformed Church of the Braun Settlement in the Town of Longwood, of which the Rev. B. M. Fresenborg is pastor, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the church, with appropriate services on Sunday, September 12.


The Rev. O. Saewert of Plymouth, a former pastor of the congregation, and the Rev. P. H. Franzmeier, pastor of the Immanuel Reformed Church of the West Side were guest speakers.  Services were held in the morning and afternoon.  Special numbers were sung during the services by the West Side, Greenwood and Braun Settlement churches.


The Salem church had its origin in the original coming to the Town of Longwood of a group of people from Sheboygan County.  This was about 65 years ago.  They settled in what became known as Braun Settlement.  They had been Lutherans but there was no Lutheran minister at hand, and they came to depend upon the Rev. John Schmalz, who was minister of the Immanuel Reformed Church west of Greenwood.  On September 7, 1893, they drafted a constitution, and it was presented to the congregation the following Sunday.  The following eight men, as heads of families, signed: Robert Horn, W. E. Braun, G. F. Braun, Friedrich Braun, Frank Horn, Christian A. Braun, William Braun and Joachim Wilk.


The congregation joined the Sheboygan classes of the Reformed Church.  Gottfried Braun was elected elder and Frank Horn, deacon.


Corp. Robert Baumann, of Neillsville has just had a part in one of the most sensational military achievements of the present war.  He was one of the Americans who jumped from transport planes Sunday to cut off the Japanese at Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea.  The number of paratroopers is said to have been about 1,000.  The jump was made from a very low altitude.  The Japanese were taken completely by surprise.  Robert and his comrades landed without being shot at by the Japanese.  It was some time after the landing before contact was made with the enemy.


The purpose of the action was to shut off the escape westward of the 20,000 Japanese who are defending the Japanese bases at Lae and Salamaua, with their three airfields.  The Aussies had already made a surprise landing from the water and thus the Japanese faced trouble both north and south. A land route to the west offered communications, supplies and escape.


It was to shut off this western approach that General MacArthur ordered the paratroopers into action.


Our boys with the Colors:


John Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Roberts, 200 South Grand Avenue, Neillsville, has entered the advanced aviation school at Selman Field, Monroe, La.  He is an aviation cadet.  Prior to entering the armed services, Cadet Roberts was employed by F. E. Wall and Neillsville Dairy Products.


Pfc. Joseph Kaczor writes to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kaczor, that he is busy nowadays.  He is thought to be in Australia, but sometimes when the boys write home, the word “busy” means they are out on a campaign, and there is a campaign on in New Guinea.


Corporal George Schecklman has been spending a 10-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schecklman.  His (He) is stationed at Waycross, GA.


Pfc. William Reinart arrived in England several weeks ago.  In a letter recently received by his brother John, he told of meeting Paul Krutsch in England, and that both boys were surprised of seeing one another so far from home.


Billie Dignin has been spending a furlough at the home of his parents, at Humbird.  He has seen a lot of action in the war.  He was on a ship, which unloaded Marines on Guadalcanal, and has just returned from unloading troops and supplies on Sicily.


Official notice has been given from Washington of the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Lt. Col. Herbert M. Smith of Neillsville.  The citation, given for extraordinary heroism in the Buna area on New Guinea on December 7, 1942, reads as follows:


“Lt. Col. Smith, while commanding an infantry battalion, without regard for his personal safety, went to the most forward positions of the units on his right flank and encouraged these troops to continue an attack which had encountered heavy automatic weapon force from prepared and strongly defended enemy positions.  He continually exposed himself to enemy sniper and grenade fire as he moved among the men and directed their advance.


The courageous personal example and his energetic efforts were an inspiration to the men of his command; Lt. Co. Smith was wounded in his action by fragments from a rifle grenade.”


Canning is a big business in Clark County this year.  A suggestion of its size is offered by the statistics of rationing.  The local ration board has issued 6,512 certificates of approval for the purchase of sugar, authorizing the purchase of 329,263 pounds of sugar.  This is practically 165 tons of sugar, which has been purchased for canning in Clark County alone.


The figures above furnish mathematical verification of what practically all families in Clark county know from sight and smell and feeling, for they have seen mothers and daughters at work in the kitchen; they smell the fragrance of good things going into the cans; they feel the heat from the stoves in the kitchens and perhaps Mother feels the heat, too.


Probably Clark County is not a fair sample of the United States at the canning season, for it is an agricultural county, with canning a logical and normal activity.  In the cities canning is less common. If the entire United States canned as Clark County is doing, the consumption of sugar for canning would be 1,300,000,000 pounds.


An army unit will come to Neillsville next Monday, Sept. 27, to help the drive for the sale of War Bonds.  The unit will consist of a command car and two jeeps.  There will be six military police in the party, and they will help in their own way to promote the sale of bonds.


Hart’s South Side Grocery Specials:


Harvest Gold Flour, 49 lbs. $1.89; Pears, 20-lb. box $1.95; Blue Plums, 13-lb. box $2.15.  Eggs, We Pay 40’ per dozen 



The above 1902 photograph shows one of N.C. Foster’s passenger trains as it left the Fairchild depot, which was headed south, making a loop around, past the mill site and then traveling northeasterly into the cut-over land of Clark County, completing its run at Owen.  (Photo courtesy of N.C. Foster Enterprises’ collection)




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