49393196, Clark County, Wisconsin


Bio: Eisberner, Donald L. (Memorial Forest - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Eisberner

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/21/1984

Eisberner, Donald L. (Memorial Forest - 1984)

Donald L. Eisberner, a Department of Natural Resources fire fighter from Humbird, who died April 24, 1982, fighting a fire on the Cordula Claire County Forest, will be honored June 16 by state and local officials as well as DNR fire fighters and fellow workers as a 274-acre tract in the forest is dedicated as the Donald L. Eisberner Memorial Forest and Canoe Landing.

The tract is located at the intersection of Channey and Canoe Landing Roads in the state forest six miles north of here.

Eisberner, 48, a tractor-plow operator, was one of the first fire fighters to arrive at the scene of a fire April 24, 1982, that started at a public canoe landing. Weekend fire conditions had been rated as extremely hazardous. Eisberner was trapped in the fire by shifting winds.

He had served for 30 years with the DNR. He was a forest fire control assistant at the Fairchild Ranger Station.

On May 3, 1984, the Eau Claire County Committee on Parks and Forests unanimously approved renaming the 274-acre tract burned in the forest fire to honor Eisberner and to authorize friends and fellow fire fighters to erect a memorial to Eisberner. The memorial constructed entirely from contributions will be unveiled June 16 during a ceremony at the site.

During Eisberner's career he participated in numerous school educational campaigns to alert children to the danger of fire and acted as “Smokey the Bear,” the national symbol of the U.S. Forest Service.

June 16, during the memorial ceremony, Smokey the Bear will attend the ceremony in tribute to Eisberner.


Bio: Lukes, Henry – ‘Quits School’ (Retires - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Lukes, Peters, Klann, Lauscher, Kessler, Handke, Wasserburger, Tibbett, Tresemer, Walters, Vincent

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/21/1984

Lukes, Henry – ‘Quits School’ (Retires - 1984)

Henry Lukes quit school last Friday! He’s over 16 so no one will be after him on a truancy charge. And he’s never been a troublemaker, so the administration and faculty were actually sad to see him leave. But Henry has been around for 35 years.

This past Friday, high school principal Henry Lukes put in his last day at Neillsville High School.

Henry Lukes’ retirement will leave a void. He had been associated with the school since 1949 and even though he took a few years off back in the early 1950s, every graduating class since 1949 has had contact with him.

Lukes, over the years, made contact with students in a variety of ways. For a time he was a physical education teacher and also taught consumer economics and math. He was known as a good coach, steering both the grid and cage teams, the latter for many years. He also served as a guidance counselor.

For many since 1967, “Mr. Lukes” was the figure of authority. Since that time he served as high school principal. Many students will attest that Lukes was a man who was seen when rule-breaking had been done and punishment was to be administered. But equally, Lukes was the man who was there to pat a student on the back for a job well done.

Came in ’49 – Lukes was born in New Lisbon and graduated from that community’s high school. He enrolled at what was then La Crosse Teachers’ College (later UW-La Crosse) and studied for a semester before World War II intervened.

Lukes is somewhat reluctant to talk about his service in the European theatre during the war. He accumulated numerous medals, including several bronze stars, for his exploits—a fact that is difficult to uncover in conversations with him.

His serviced included serving as a radioman-gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His work included 48 missions on B-24 bombing runs over Germany.

On the 48th mission, his plane was shot down over enemy territory. Tech. Sgt. Lukes and fellow crewmen parachuted and landed safely. He soon joined up with partisans, but it took him two months to get back to Allied Lines.

At the end of the war, Lukes returned to college in La Crosse and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Administrator D. E. Peters and principal Ivan Lauscher hired him as a coach and teacher in the Neillsville system. His first major responsibility was in coaching the basketball team. (Senior players that year included Marvin Klann, Louis Kessler, Bud Handke, Frank Wasserburger, Dick Tibbett, Eddie Tresemer, Jim Walters and Jim Vincent).

The coaching continued fro 14 years, most of it in basketball but some in football.

In the early 1950s, Lukes left for Janesville to run a book and stationery store. He soon found it wasn’t to his liking and headed up the road to UW-Madison to get a master’s degree.

By 1954, Lukes was back in Neillsville to coach and teach. He kept moving upward in school ranks and by 1965 was named guidance counselor. In 1967 he was named principal, a post he retained until his retirement.

Henry and his wife Charlote reside on West Fifth Street in Neillsville. They have three children: Ann Louise, a housewife in Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Tom of Wonewoc, who is also a school teacher and coach; and Gary, an optometrist in Spring Valley. The Lukes also have three grandchildren.

The retired principal has several hobbies, including gardening, fishing and golfing. The couple also plans on traveling.


Bio: VandeBerg, Craig (Promotion - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: VandeBerg

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/21/1984

VandeBerg, Craig (Promotion - 1984)

Craig VandeBerg, son of Russell & Erline VandeBerg, Boulder City, Nevada (formerly of rural Neillsville), was recently notified of his promotion to senior personnel representative. Craig’s employer, Federal Express Corporation leads the industry in the movement of high priority business goods and documents

Craig will now be responsible for p0ersonnel generalist activities within the newly created Med-Central District, which encompasses major portions of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Craig, who graduated from Neillsville High Schools in 1971, holds a BX and MBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS from Northern Illinois University. Before relocating to Schaumburg, Illinois in December 1983, Craig was personal manager of a Del Mont can plant.


BioA: Schippel, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Silver - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Schippel, Leonard

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Schippel, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Silver - 1984)

Paul and Lois Schippel, formerly of rural Neillsville and now of Centralis, Illinois, were honored June 2 for their 25th wedding anniversary.

Paul, a United Church of Chris minister, was associated with Sunburst Youth Homes in Neillsville.

The couple have four children. Mark is a student at Lakeland College at Sheboygan. Tim is with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Their fourth child, Dawn, and her husband Mike reside in Centralia.

Attending the celebration were the honored couple’s mothers, Mary Frnaces Leonard of West Plaines, Missouri, and Evelyn Schippel of Chicago.

The couple was married in June 6, 1959, University City, Missouri, ceremonies.


BioA: Stiemke, Mr. and Mrs. Henry (56th - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Stiemke, Sommers, Weis

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/21/1984

Stiemke, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stiemke (56th - 1984)

The 56th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stiemke was celebrated June 17 with a picnic at Listeman Park. All six off their children and spouses were present. Art Stiemke led the thanksgiving prayer. Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stiemke, Homosassa, Florida; Virginia Sommers, Green Bay; and Jenniver Weis, Stockton, California.


BioM: Elliott, Candice Kay (1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Elliott, Kotcon, Bertrand, Porter, Putman, Tippens, Riley, Nicot, Poziombke

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Elliott, Candice Kay (26 May 1984)

Candice Kay Elliott of Madison and Dr. James Kotcon of River Head, New York were married in Madison on May 26. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Kotcon of Neillsville and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elliott of Chatsworth, California.

The bridal couple were escorted by their parents. The bride was wearing an ivory floor-length dress and the groom also wore ivory.

The bride’s honor attendant was Marc Bertrand, and her bridesmaids were Lori De Porter and Melodie Putman.

The groom’s honor attendant was Louise Tippens, who came from Oregon, and groomsmen were John Riley and Philippe Nicot.

Ushers wee Donald Kotcon of Neillsville, Dennis Kotcon of Milwaukee and Kendal Elliott of Baltimore. Susan and Mike Poziombke of Neillsville welcome guests. Cory Elliott of California was soloist for his sister.

The reception, dinner and dance were held at the UW-Union South, Madison. The couple will live on Long Island, New York, where both are employed as plant pathologists.


BioM: Havlicek, Diane L. (1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Havlicek, Kronberger, Stanley, Stumpner, Wagner, Johnson, Hohenstein, Thoma, Zank, Kwarciany, Friedemann, York

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Havlicek, Diane L. (9 June 1984)

Diane L. Havlicek and Craig A. Kronberger were united in marriage on Saturday afternoon, June 9, ceremonies at the United Church of Christ, Neillsville. The Rev. Alwyn York officiated.

Parents of the couple are Gloria Havlicek, Rt. 2 Neillsville, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kronberger, 1808 Pitcher St., Neillsville. Giving the bride away were her mother and brother, Scott. Music for the service was offered by Dawn Thoma and Eileen Zank.

Serving as maid of honor was Linda Kwarciany, a friend from Marshfield. She was joined by Marie Stanley, a friend from Granton; Gayle Stumpner, a friend from Neillsville; and Lori Kronberger, the groom’s sister of Neillsville.

Bestman was Don Wagner, a friend of the groom. He was joined by friend Tom Johnson, the groom’s brother David Kronberger and the bride’s brother Scott Havlicek. All are from Neillsville. Ushering were David Hohenstein, the bride’s cousin of Neillsville; and Keith Kronberger, the groom’s brother of Neillsville.

The bride chose a gown featuring a Venician lace bodice, Queen Anne neckline, full sheer sleeves and cathedral-length train trimmed with layers of lace. She carried a crescent bouquet of yellow roses, gardenias and baby’s breath. Her attendants wore bouffant-style gowns in yellow organza over taffeta with ruffled and dropped shoulders and hooped skirts with ruffle-flounced hemlines, all accented by satin ribbons. They carried white lace fans adorned with yellow roses and daisies. The groom and his attendants were attired in silver tuxedos.

Following the service, a reception was held at the Neillsville American Legion Hall. The couple announced the they would be taking a wedding trip to Hawaii.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Kronberger will make their home at rural Granton. She is a 1977 graduate of Neillsville High School and from UW-La Crosse in 1981. She is employed as a medical technologist at Marshfield Clinic’s microbiology department. He is a 1977 graduate of the same high school and is an inspector for Nelson Muffler.

Prenuptial events included showers hosted by Linda Kwarciany, Marie Stanley, Lori Kronberger, Gayle Stumpner and Diane Friedemann.


BioM: Johnson, Sandra Marlene (1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Johnson, Watson, Fitzmaurice, Voigt, Mallory, Schog, Kraly

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Johnson, Sandra Marlene (2 June 1984)

Sandra Marlene Johnson and Charles William Watson, Jr., were united in marriage on Saturday afternoon, June 2, in Loyal’s Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Joseph Kraly officiated.

Serving as maid of honor was Donna Fitzmaurice, a friend of the bride from Neillsville. Bestman was Delbert Voigt, a friend of the groom from Loyal. Ushering were friends Chris Mallory of Neillsville and David Schog of Spencer.

Following the service, a reception was held at the couples Rt. 1 Willard, home.


BioM: Marriage Licenses (Jun - 1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Schmidt, Meyers, Ockerl, Wiesner, Miller, Karstens, Pabich, Marcott, Stoiber, Deliz, Moede, Nickel

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Marriage Licenses (Jun - 1984)

Scott Schmidt, Town of Beaver, to Julie Meyers, Greenwood, to be married in Greenwood, June 16.

Robert Ockerl, Town of Hendren, to Marjorie Wiesner, Town of Seif, to be married in Neillsville, June 22.

Jeffrey Miller, to Christine Karstens, both of Town of Pine Valley. To be married in Neillsville, June 16.

Mark Pabich, Owen, to Jody Marcott, Withee, to be married in Owen, June 23.

John Stoiber, to Violy Deliz, both of Dorchester, to be married in Dorchester, June 16.

Gale Moede, Town of Lynn, to Susan Nickel, Town of Fremont, to be married in Granton, June 23.

News: Clark County Press - Takes Top Awards (1984)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
E-mail: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Conner, Slaats, Harvey, Shiell, Bobzien, Falduto

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/14/1984

Clark County Press Takes Top Awards (1984)

Continuing an eleven-year tradition, The Clark County Press earned awards at the 1984 convention of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association held late last week in Stevens Point.

The newspaper took top honors in feature writing and editorial pages. Jody Conner, now assistant editor of The Press, took an award for work he did at the Augusta Area Times.

Also of note was the election of Jane Slaats, co-publisher and general manager of The Press, as second vice president of the state association of daily and weekly newspapers.

Press co-publishers Gary and Jane Slaats also participated in a Thursday evening program honoring Romain Brandt and wife Muriel. Romain is retiring as manager of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Gary was emcee at the banquet and Jane coordinated a special part of the program. (Jane, as an association officer, also emceed an association breakfast honoring longtime employees of the state newspapers.)

Awards Are Given

There were 1,551 entries from 123 newspapers in the recent contest which covered published newspapers in 1983.

The Press added three more awards to its collection during Better Newspaper Contest presentations. Since the Slaats couple came to The Press, the newspaper has accumulated 29 state and national awards in advertising, feature and news writing, photography, special sections, editorial pages, columns and general newspaper content.

The recent awards included taking two of three placings in the feature writing categories for weeklies of similar size to The Press; and a second place in editorial page design and content. (Judges for this year’s contest were publishes, editors and reporters from South Dakota.)

A first place plaque went to Robert Harvey, past publisher and editor of The Press, who wrote a feature on what it was like to have battled cancer. The article detailed reaching the five year-mark after learning that he had prostate cancer.

The judge stated of Harvey’s winning feature: “It’s impossible to resist your lead! This is a powerful, straight forward, personal account of a nightmare come true. Like the ‘conversational’ style of writing. I’m sure this was a very well-read piece of writing!”

Taking a third place in the same feature competition was Gary Slaats, editor of The Press and writer of a feature on the cremated remains of a mystery person stored by Don and Joan Shiell of Neillsville. The judge said of Gary Slaats’ writing: “Thoroughly fascinating subject for a feature story. All in all, it’s an appealing piece.”

The Press also won a second place award for its editorial pages. The judge said: “We’re impressed with your consistency---producing two full pages of editorial matter is no easy task. The editorials are written clearly, and intelligently. I like the number of letters you lure from readers each week also.” Joining The Press winners, indirectly, was Jody Conner, now assistant editor of The Press. Conner took a first place award for sports photography in a picture that appeared in the Augusta area Times. Conner was formerly employed by the Times prior to accepting the position at The Press in late 1983.

Press reporting alumni also were honored at the awards ceremonies. Mark Bobzien, formerly sports editor of The Press and now on the staff of the Stoughton Courier-Hub, took an award for sports page design and contents. Brad Falduto, also a former sports editor of The Press and now on the sports staff of the Madison Capital Times, took an award for a sports column.






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