News: Neillsville - Clark County Press (150th Year– 2018)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Zimmerman, Merritt, Harvey

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 1/31/2018

The Clark County Press (150th Year – 2018)

Chamber Fetes The Press’s 150th Year

Dee Zimmerman, who’s worked with The Clark County Press for 49 years, displayed the plaque the newspaper received from the Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce in honor of the newspaper’s 150th anniversary. The award was one of several presented to Neillsville are businesses as part of the Chamber’s annual awards banquet at Fannie’s Supper Club. (Scott Schultz/Clark County Press)

By Scott Schultz

The faces and technologies are different than they were 150 years ago, but The Clark County Press is forging on as the hub of news for Neillsville and the surrounding area.

The Clark County Press was among the businesses honored for reaching milestones Jan. 27 at the Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s recognition banquet at Fannie’s Supper Club.

Dee Zimmerman, who’s worked at The Clark County press for 49 of its century-and-a-half of existence, received the Chamber’s plaque honoring the sesquicentennial milestone that was reached last fall.

Zimmerman, who each week compiles her full-page “The Good Old Days” column, also compiled the history of the newspaper for the banquet.

In that history, she noted how E. E. Merritt established The Clark County Republican-Press, with the first publication coming off the press on Oct. 25, 1867. An earlier small newspaper had previously been published for about 10 years in Neillsville but had closed.

Zimmerman’s history said there were 11 consolidations of newspapers over the years in Neillsville.

“The various owners came and went, selling out, or abandoning their publications of short existence,” she wrote.

The final consolidation occurred in the mid-1930s when the Clark County Press purchased the Granton News. Wells Harvey purchased the newspaper in 1938, and it’s since been printed under the flag of The Clark County Press.

The latest version of the newspaper is published each Wednesday by News Publishing Inc., based in Black Earth.

(Other businesses honored can be found in this article: News: Neillsville - Business of the Year (Honor – 2017) ).



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