Thrilling Experience by
. Harriman of Grand
ve. when asked whether he knew of anything of
interest which occurred durin
ons of bygone years
t on to
, “I came to Neillsville at least 40 years ago and can remember lots of things
of interest at other times of the year
ou know we did not think so much about
Xmas those days. Somehow we were too busy
. I had a sister living in a little
white house where the Gates Block now stands and I made my home there.
-in-laws of mine were in a store which stood where Dennis
store now stands. The Post Office was in a little bit of a building where Danger’
store is. Shortly after the h
member sitting there one
all at once a man rushed into the store with a loaded revolver all cocked and
flourished it all around. He w
as a big
ch Canadian by th
e name of Belle. My
brothers in law
, St. John and Summerside jumped at him and succeeded in
getting the revolver away from him. He stood around the place for awhile and at
last persuaded them to return the revol
ver to him. But a few moments elapsed
when he dashed over to the O’Neill Hous
e barn. He was out of our door before
we could say Jack Rabbit.
man was standing near the barn and Belle rushed at
him and fired three shots, one tearing away his clothing.
ell, would you believe
it, they never arrested Belle. Did not seem to care those days.
Things were pretty
e Chas. Cornelius Ran
s ever tick
ith sticks of candy than
our genial banker
, Charles Cornelius.
ou know Charlie used to be the Maple
. Like all men of this clan Charles began using fair and favorable
means to develop a good trade.
At that time he and Frank Eyerly were chums for
he said “Xmas of 1878 there was a great
masquerade over at Heathville. Frank
was teaching school at Granton, then in what was known as the
and I being strange and bashful Frank agre
e to masquerade as a girl and go with
me to the dance.
The road over as far as Kinzeles’
was a holy terror
, full of
stumps and between us we managed to
eer the old horse over th
em all. I am
sure that we did not miss one. J
h had a saw mill up there then and
employed a couple hundred men in the woods.
a gay old tim
that I went up to get acquainted with t
folks and sorter work up a lit
Neillsville was first
established as Clark Post Of
fice. May 31
1855 with Samuel
C. Boardman as postmaster
The name Clark was changed to Neillsville Oct
6,1856 and Mr
. Boardman appointed a second year
Then followed Geor
King in 1857; Chauncy Blakeslee 1858; C.
W. Carpenter 1863;
A. J. Manley
Wm. C. Hutchinson 1867; J.
Wm. Campbell 1882;
Issac Carr in 1886; Fred Reitz 1890, 1903;
illiam Huntley 1894; L. B. Ring
A. E. Dudley 1906.
When this post of
fice was first established 1855 mail
, Clark County