Clark County Press, Neillsville,

June 16, 2004, Page 16

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Clark County News

June 1924


The Neillsville Garage has the 1924 Studebaker Light-Six Touring Car for $1,045.  It has the same steels as is used in the costliest car built, with more Timken bearings than in any competitive car within $1,500 of the above price. There are genuine leather cushions, ten inches deep with curled hair filling. The all-steel body has a one-piece, rain-proof windshield, attractive cowl lights, standard non-skid cord tires, transmission and ignition locks.  It’s fitted with transmission and ignition locks, along with perfect motor balance.  Side curtains open with the doors.


Miss Elsie Hediger and Mr. Henry Harder were quietly married in Neillsville.  The young couple has rented the Fred Babbe farm where they have gone to do housekeeping immediately.  A charivari was given them, Saturday evening.


Arthur F. Hubing and Lucille Davis were united in the holy bonds of matrimony, Saturday, June 7, 1924 at Menominee, Mich.  They were attended by Miss Mable and Earl Volk, close friends of the bridal couple.


The bride was attired in a gown of turquoise blue georgette while the groom wore navy blue.  The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Davis, of York.  She graduated from Neillsville High School and Stevens Point Normal School, having taught school for two years.  The groom is a son of Mrs. Mary Hubing and has been carrying on with the work on his mother’s farm for several years.  The newly married couple will reside on the farm.


Louis Winter, Henry Winter’s oldest son and Lydia Sternitzky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sternitzky were married at the Mapleworks Church at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 1924.  Rev. M. Hasz officiated the ceremony.  The bride was beautifully gowned in white crepe de chine with bridal veil and carried an arm bouquet of bridal roses.  The bride was attended by the groom’s sister, Norma Winter and his niece, Leona Gluch.  The groom’s attendants were the bride’s brother, Walter Sternitzky, and her cousin, Arnold Sternitzky.  Miss Clara Hasz played the wedding march from Lohngrin.  A wedding dinner was had at the home of the bride’s parents, that evening.


The bridal pair is on a honeymoon trip by auto, visiting in Sheboygan, Plymouth and Milwaukee.  They will make their home on the Henry Winter farm.


Miss Myrtle Wren and Mr. Ben Luchterhand were married in Neillsville, June 9.  Justice V. W. Nehs officiated.  They were attended by Miss Dorothy Wren, sister of the bride and Ernest Karnitz.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Luchterhand, of the Town of Weston.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wren, of Pine Valley.  She attended Neillsville High School, graduating in 1921 from the Teachers Training Department.  For the past three years, she taught in Clark and Jackson counties.  The young couple plans to make their home on the farm of the groom’s parents, in the Town of Weston.


The Wausau Pilot, last week, gave an account of an amusing incident that occurred while State Deputies Hewett and Sullivan were raiding a roadhouse near Wausau.  While they were in the place of business, Sullivan was behind the bar searching for liquor when a stranger entered, and taking for the proprietor, told him that he had a supply of very good moonshine to sell.  Sullivan asked him for the price, which he quoted.  He also handed out a sample bottle, stating that he had several cases in his auto, parked outside.  The officers went outside, seized the goods and placed the owner under arrest, bringing him to Wausau.  He was greatly crestfallen when he discovered his mistake.


The friends and relatives of Ruth Lautenbach and Herman Schultz, who were married the previous afternoon, gathered at the O. Lautenbach home, Friday evening, at South Grant, to congratulate the newly married couple.  Ice cream was served to all of the guests. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Schultz much joy and happiness throughout their lives.


Ernest Herman, the cheesemaker of the Pleasant Ridge cheese factory, having built a new addition to the factory this spring, moved into it this past week.  It is a fine improvement to the factory.  Wm. Kurth and Chas. Kuechenmeister helped him with the moving.


Several dances are to be held in this area.


There will be a dance at the Martin Kurasz barn on Sunday night.


An old time dance is to be held at the Grant Hall on the evening of the 4th of July, as well as a dance to be at the Christie Hall.


The Riverside Park will have music in the afternoon and evening of July 4th.  Come and have a good time as the music will be very good.


Sunday, July 6, there will be a dance at Celesnik’s Barn, at Willard.  Everyone should attend, as there will be good music.


June 1954


The annual Clark County Dairy Picnic will be held at the Greenwood Park at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 10.  It is one of the outstanding features in this area of June as the Dairy Month.


The morning session will begin with a discussion of “What to look for in a Good Dairy Animal.”  Charles Brace, Lone Rock field man for the National Holstein Association, will discuss the Holstein cattle.  Prof. Robert Niedermeier of the diary (dairy) husbandry department of the University of Wisconsin will discuss Guernseys. The morning session will be concluded with a judging contest for juniors and adults.


Following a noon picnic lunch, Lawrence Babka, assistant Clark County Agricultural Agent, will present cash awards to the winners in the judging contest.  Charles Brace will present the highlights of the National Holstein meet.  Brace will be followed by Marty Framburger of the American Dairy Association of Wisconsin, who will discuss “A.D.A. 1954”.


Fred Garbisch, Granton, president of the Clark County Guernsey Breeders Association will talk on “Your Clark County Guernsey Breeders Association.”


Louis Wojtkiewicz, Thorp, president of the Clark County Holstein Breeders Association will talk on, “Doings in the Clark County Holstein Association.”  Oren Johnson, Westby, manager of the Tri-State Breeders Co-op, will present the work their organization is doing.


The picnic will be concluded with the placing of the various cattle exhibited and the selection of the animals, which will be shown at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair in Milwaukee in August. All 4-H and F.F.A. members carrying the purebred dairy project are urged by the management to exhibit their animals.


On Sunday afternoon, June 6, the Neillsville 40 Square Dance club will be hosts at a public jamboree to be held in the Neillsville Armory from 2 to 5 p.m.  This will be the fifth annual jamboree sponsored by the local dancers, but the first one to be held in the Neillsville Armory. The dance is public.


Hohl Bros., of Greenwood, have reconstructed their gas station and sales room with a grand opening planned for June 12.  The new structure, 74’x55’, is twice as large as the building which burned on November 5, 1953.


Hohl Bros. state their gratification at the splendid spirit shown toward them in the Greenwood community, a spirit which, they say, left them no choice but to provide larger quarters and to expand their business.


Greenwood will stage its third cheese and butter festival on Saturday.  Featured will be a cheese and butter judging contest, a large dairy products display and free cheese sandwiches.


The Greenwood band will open the program at 1 p.m.  Music will also be furnished by an accordion band. There will be contests and games, boxing matches and amateur stage acts.


A stage show will be presented in the evening, with the crowning of the queen.  Fireworks will close the entertainment.  Everything is free, except the booster buttons that have been sold by candidates for queen, the cash realized will help to meet the cost of the event.


Candidates for queen are the following: Jeanette Lindner, Marjorie Rondorf, Ruth Steele, Shirley Rasmussen, Joan Metcalf, Roberta Weiher, Nancy Scherer, Mary Ann Parkel, Jackie Irvine and Clara Kyle.


Mr. and Mrs. George Beeckler will retire on June 30 from the management and care of the old folks’ home in Neillsville.  They have given notice to the county of their discontinuance.  They will rest, at least for a time, taking up their residence in their home on First Street.  Mrs. Robert French will continue to live with them.


The management of the home will pass to other hands.  A recommendation as to their successors has been asked of Welfare Director Harold Trewartha and he has made a choice.  But approval and contract will await a committee meeting to be held June 28.


The Beecklers leave the home in the thought that they need a rest.  They have found that the only way to make a success of the home was to do all the work themselves.


The retirement of Mrs. Beeckler marks a pause or end in a career of service running from 1910.  She began her connection with the care of old persons when, as a girl, she used to run over to the old Clark County Home, from the Northup farm. She was Jessie Northup, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Northup.  She knew and liked the B. F. Fraisers, then in charge of the Clark County Home.  At 16, she went to work for them; with practically no break at all, ever since, about 44 years.


Working at the County Farm also was William Plummer, whom she married.  They succeeded to the care of the county farm, continuing for 26 years until the county abandoned the home under a new method of welfare.  They took up the present old folk’s home in Neillsville; managed it together until the death of Mr. Plummer.  Then, Mrs. Plummer went ahead with hired help until, after three years; she married George Beeckler and has had his help since.


The Neillsville Athletics, defending Cloverbelt baseball league champions and present leaders in the Cloverbelt pennant race, will meet the Fox River Valley league leaders.  They will meet the Appleton Merchants, current leaders in the Fox River Valley circuit, at the Neillsville Athletic field in Neillsville, Saturday evening. This will be one of the highlight games of the season.


Members of the Athletics’ team is as follows: Arne Buchholz, pitcher; Larry Thayer, shortstop; Glenn Lezotte, Jr., manager; Merle Bartsch, catcher; Charles Klapatuska, pitcher; Palmer Wold, pitcher; Jerry Baird, pitcher; Dick Stuve, infielder; Dick Tibbett, outfielder; Bob Urban, first baseman; Red Staffon, outfielder; John Gregorich, third baseman; Dennis Maus, second baseman; Dick Buchholz, outfielder; and Jesse Richmond, outfielder.


The Neillsville Athletics have stretched their win record to 8 – 1 for the season and their Cloverbelt record to 5 – 1, as they head into their toughest competition on Saturday evening, against the Appleton Merchants.


A hospital room named for the late Dr. E. L. Bradbury was proposed Monday evening at a meeting of the Brick Campaign organization.  The suggestion was that the babies delivered by Dr. Bradbury combine forces and raise enough to assure a memorial room for this honored doctor.


The local area is said to be full of Bradbury babies.  The wish is that one or more of them organize a Bradbury Memorial fund and carry on from there.


Further details will be made available if grateful Bradbury babies will call Dorothy Smith at 234.


A check for $250 for Memorial Hospital has been received here from an appreciative, former patient.  The check came from Mrs. Alice Fink of Chicago, Ill., who spent about a month in the present Neillsville hospital following an automobile accident in which her husband, Herman Fink, was killed.  At that time, July 1950, Mrs. Fink was listed as “critically injured.”


In a letter accompanying the hospital contribution, Mrs. Fink wrote:


“It has been some time since I received the letter from Mary Filitz explaining your efforts of raising money for your new hospital.  Enclosed, you will find a check that I hope will help in some small way.  I would really have liked to do more.”


Those connected with the Memorial Hospital were delighted with the check. They expressed appreciation to Mrs. Fink, noting that it comes from a person whose interest in this area’s effort to provide modern hospital facilities stems only from a tragic experience in her life.


This gift was brought Monday evening to the attention of the organization in charge of the Brick Campaign, in session at the Kiwanis room.


Miss Rochelle Lautenbach gave a pre-nuptial shower for Dorothy Capelle, of Loyal, Friday evening June 4.  Those attending were Connie Bertz, Darlene Wolfe, Jeanne Nysted, Janie Rueth, Joan Lavey, Veryl Herdrich, Nan Jean Hales, Lois Kiviko, Oral Olsen and Carol Jensen.  A lunch was served.  Miss Capelle received many nice gifts.


Attend the Friday Nite Fish Fry at Prebil’s Bar in Granton.  They serve chicken dinners on Saturday nites.


Bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk, in the City Hall, Neillsville, on the lot and building commonly known as the “North Side Fire Hall,” situated at 1011 Hewett Street.


Bids also will be received on a quantity of used construction lumber now located at the city water plant.




Many rural schoolteachers, of Clark County, attended Neillsville High School, graduating from the Teachers Training Department in the early 1900s. The above photo was taken of one of those teachers training classes as the students posed on the front lawn of the Neillsville High School, located in the 400 block of East Fourth Street.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ Family Collection)



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