News: Spencer – New Day Care Centers

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Gennett, Radue, Kenyon

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Inflation has brought a new trend to family lifestyle. With the increasing amount of families seeing both mom and dad working, the question of what happens to pre-school children becomes an important factor in family living.

Spencer has been served by only one child day care center for the past four and a half years. During that time, Mrs. Mariann Gennett owned and operate the Kiddie Hi Day Care Center, 201 South Chestnut.

Until the start of last month, the Kiddie Hi Center had been taking care of up to approximately 36 children at different hours of a very long day. Mrs. Gennett’s center opened at 5:30 a.m. and said goodbye to her last client at 8:30 p.m. She had three staff members helping her with daily assignments.

Since December Kiddie Hi has cut its services to handle only 10 children. Different hours also came with the change, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mr. Gennett said she cut back “to the point where I can handle it myself.”

The cutback was a matter of economics. According to Gennett, “Government kills the small business.” She was referring to hikes since July in the areas of state and federal unemployment fees, insurance and an exorbitant food bill for the children.

As a result of the cutback by Kiddie Hi two new child care centers have opened their doors.

Mrs. Jean Radue is currently operating the Radue Day Care Center at 602 Maple Street. On February 10, Mrs. Radue will be opening new facilities at 105 North Haslow. She is federally licensed and will be taking care of approximately 20 children. The ages of the children is from six months and up. Presently Mrs. Radue says she does have a waiting list for prospective clients. If anyone is interested in the center’s services, they can register with Mrs. Radue.

Mrs. Theresa Kenyon has opened Kenyon’s Day Care Nursery at 600 Jefferson Street. Mrs. Kenyon will be open to eight clients ranging from birth to seven years.

Mrs. Gennett is federal licensed as well as state licensed. She has been involved with children for many years through the foster social services program. In the years as the only day care center in Spencer, she has taken care of children from the communities of Unity, Colby, Greenwood, Marshfield and Spencer.

Children at Kiddie Hi enjoy a wide spectrum of activities. Mrs. Gennett and her children read stories to the clients. A record library is also maintained at Kiddie Hi. Activities in teaching children the basics of coloring, numbers, and geometrical designs also coincide in daily activities. As an example she pointed out Apple Week, in which children followed the pattern of an apple from its growth in the backyard tree all the way to the over as it was made into an apple pie.

Mrs. Gennett has completed courses at Marshfield Technical School in Child Psychology and has studied child psychology at other schools. Her day care center is inspected by the state four times yearly at intermittent times.


Bio: Rodriguez, Luis Munoz –Foreign Exchange Student (1978 -79)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Rodriguez, Munoz, Skora

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Luis Munoz Rodriguez (Article said Rodriguer) of Mexico came to Greenwood on December 15, 1978 and is living with the Adam Skora family. Luis is 16 years old and will be attending Greenwood High School as a senior for the rest of the year.

His father, Manuel Munoz, is a manager of a wine company in Mexico, and Luis comes from a family of one brother and four sisters.

His mother works inside the home. This is the first time Luis has seen snow, and he says it is beautiful, but that he is not accustomed to the cold.

He lives Greenwood’s school very much and feels the students are very nice. He has already experienced “ice skating” and has helped his Skora brothers, Pat and Joe, build a sled and to make a copper ring on the lathe.

Luis said he had a traumatic experience at the Houston Airport, when he lost his flight ticket. Fortunately a policeman found it, called his name on the intercom and Luis had his ticket back.

Mrs. Skora sys Luis fits right into their family like of their own children, and he says that when he returns to Mexico he would like to take his “entire new family” back with him.

Luis plans to go on in the field of veterinary Medicine when he graduates.


Bio: Bredlau, Walter – Retired Farmer Has Many Hobbies (1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Bredlau

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Fisherman, whittler, creator, retired farmer, gardener, a lover of nature, and poet, are all names which help describe Walter Bredlau of Loyal. As Walter, sitting in the neat kitchen of his home, reminisces about his boyhood, his wife busies herself a the sin, preparing carrots and other raw vegetables to add to the boiling sour pot on the stove.

Walter recalls how he used to take to the wood when he and his brother tried to play together. “I always had to do things his way when we played,” Walter remembers, “so I’d run off to the wood instead.” There he watched nature and apparently absorbed much of its quietness and gentleness into his character.

Walter also makes miniature wishing wells and wishing wells for the yard. They have a lovely one in their yard. His dad was a stone mason.

Walter has a table saw, saber saw, drill sander, and heavy duty router, which he uses in his work. He has made table legs, and even made a key for their door from a manure spreader slat.

He and Emma refinished a davenport for someone else, redoing the wood, base and springs. They didn’t reupholster it.

Emma has also beautifully refinished her own round dining room table. She says she doesn’t have any hobbies.


Bio: Bloom, Matthew David (Birth – 30 Dec 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Bloom, Hinkelman

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Mr. and Mrs. David Bloom, Georgetown, Colorado, announce the birth of a son, Matthew David, born December 30, 1978. Mrs. Bloom is the former Karen Hinkelman.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herb Hinkelman, Loyal, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bloom, Loyal.


Bio: Kalsow, Son of Mr./Mrs. Martin (Birth – 22 Dec 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Kalsow

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kalsow, Loyal, are the parents of a son born December 22, 1978 at the Memorial Hospital, Neillsville.


Bio: Bertz, David – Honored (Dec 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Bertz, Sundermeyer, Kutsche

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Friends and fellow workers of Clark County Sheriff David Bertz, Neillsville, gathered at the Bali Hai Supper Club East of Neillsville Thursday evening to honor the outgoing county officer.

Bertz, who was defeated in the primary election in September, became a private citizen at midnight December 31, 1978, and Harlan Sundermeyer, Sheriff-elect, will take over. Sundermeyer, of Neillsville, has been serving as investigator for the sheriff’s department and previous to that was a traffic officer for the county.

Several associates of Berta reminisced of the days he had spent as sheriff of the county, and previous to that, a county traffic officer. Bertz began working for Clark County as a traffic officer in 1957, and took over as sheriff in 1965, replacing Ray Kutsche, Neillsville, who did not seek re-election.

After receiving gifts, Bertz recalled the early days as a county officer, when he worked seven days and was off one, and on call all seven days a week. He thanked the group for the party and his fellow officers for their cooperation through the year.


Obit: Nelson, G. W. (1901 – 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Nelson, Sanford, Meyer, Feldt, Spies, King, Wolfe, Oestreich, Degenhardt, Schwanke

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Krueger, G. W. (24 Jun 1901 – 30 Dec 1979)

Funeral services for Dr. G. W. Nelson, 77, of 111 N. West Street, Loyal, were conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 3, 1979 at the United Methodist Church, Loyal.

Dr. Nelson died at 12 a.m., Saturday, December 30, 1978 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.

Officiating at the service was Reverend Charles Sanford. Mrs. Connie Meyer was the soloist and Mrs. Julie Feldt the organist. Burial was in the Loyal Cemetery.

G. W. Nelson was born on June 24, 1901 in Weyauwega. He received his education at the Gillet Public Schools and attended Marquette University Dental School. Following graduation in 1922 he came to Loyal.

Dr. Nelson retired from his dental practice in 1965.

During World War I he served in the U.S. Navy from 1917 to 1919.

On August 7, 1925 he was married to Bertha Spies at Gillet.

He was past president of the Rotary Club, a life member of the American Legion, an Elks Club member, a 33rd degree mason, and a lifetime member of the American Dental Association.

A Masonic service was held at 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, 1979.

Survivors include his wife; one son, George W. of Manitowish Waters; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Gay) King of Jacksonville, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Wolfe of Madison, and four grandchildren.

Full military rites were conducted by the Loyal American Legion.

Pallbearers were Lothar Oestreich, Jesse Raab, Guy Nelson, Jay Nelson, Frank Degenhardt, and Frank Schwanke.

He was preceded in death by one sister.


Bio: Krahn, Mary Jo (Engagement – Dec 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Krahn, Schultz

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Krahn, Sr., Route 1, Loyal, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Jo, to Joseph Schultz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schultz, Marshfield.

A fall wedding is being planned.


Bio: Erickson, Tammy Gladys (Engagement – Dec 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Erickson, Czappa

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Erickson, Route 1, Unity, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tammy Gladys Erickson, to Leland Czappa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Czappa, Wisconsin Rapids.

A 1979 wedding is being planned.

Bio: Kasper, Julie Ann (Engagement – Dec 1979)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Kasper, Krause

----Source: TRG (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 03 Jan 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kasper, 407 School Street, Spencer, and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Krause, Route 2, Spencer, are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Julie Ann and Steven.

Miss Kasper graduated in 1977 from Spencer High School and Mid-State Technical School, Marshfield. She is a nursing assistant at Colonial House of Colby. Her fiancé graduated in 1974 from Spencer High School and in 1977 from Mid-State Technical School, Marshfield, in farm management. He is now engaged in farming.

A fall wedding is being planned.



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