Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

March 22, 2017, Page 10

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News

March 1937


The Neillsville Girl Scout troop, one of the most active organizations in this section of the state, will join Girl Scouts throughout the United States next week in celebrating the tent-fifth anniversary March 12 of the founding of the Girl Scout movement in the United States.


Under the leadership of Miss Blanche Dunning the local troop will engage in a number of activities during the week, and tentative plans call for a potluck supper for the girls and their mothers.


There are now seven Girl Scout troops in Clark County under the supervision of Mrs. Jake Hoesly, who formerly made an excellent record as leader of the Neillsville troop.  Recently a troop was organized at Humbird under the leadership of Miss Irene Bradford of Neillsville.  One of the exceptionally fine troops in the county is said to be at Curtiss where the girls are making an excellent record in scout activities.


Assisting Mis Dunning with the Neillsville troop is lieutenants Florence Ruesink, Marie Bracken, and Bernice Deutsch, Mrs. Louis Kurth is advisor.  Dr. M. C. Rosekrans, George Rude, and Joe Zilk represent the Boy and Girl Scout committees of the Kiwanis Club.


The American Legion Auxiliary sponsor the Girl Scout troop.


Prof. Don E. Peters put on the program at Kiwanis Club Monday night by distributing questionnaires to members, covering a large field of knowledge in driving automobiles, traffic laws, and actions to be taken in various driving emergencies.


These tests are being given to high school students for the purpose of bringing to the attention of young people ways and means of promoting safety in driving.


None of the Kiwanians scored 100 on the questionnaire.                    


Slim Bruhn gave the boys some pointers on bowling at the Masonic Temple, one-night last week.  Slim’s individual score for three games totaled 644.


His team, Bruhn, J. Zimmerman, Ruchaber, and Crow rolled a total of 2,011 for three games, and 738 for a single game.


Slim says he is getting ready to go to New York next month to attend the American Bowling Congress.


Miss Cecelia Nenahlo, who lives in the Town of York, did not let the little matter of a snow storm, and drifted roads keep her from being on hand for duty last week Monay at the Ross School. 


She went over fields, and through woods on her skis.  In two places, she fell through into water that was under the snow, but made the seven and a-half miles in good time.                                               


Several PWA projects for the city of Neillsville have been accepted and work on one of them started Monday on South State Street, extending the water system from its present terminus near Thomas Kelly’s residence south to First Street and perhaps later to Division Street.                                                                            


Dance at Levis Community Hall, Saturday, March 20, music by Widuch’s Orchestra.


(Various events were held at the Levis Community Hall, also known as the Bohemian Hall, such as club meetings, wedding dances, and family reunions.  One lifelong area resident, as a child remembers seeing Edgar Bergen, the famous well-known ventriloquist, perform at the Levis Community Hall.  DZ)


The Levis Community Hall, also known as the Bohemian Hall was built in 1928.  It was located six miles south of Neillsville on State Hwy 95, Meadowview School Corner, then one mile east on Pineview Road.



Monday night a group of men headed by Wm. A. Campman met to devise a means whereby Neillsville may continue to have a golf course.


It was decided to incorporate for $10,000, and sell stock in the company at $100 a share.  No more stock will be sold than is necessary to start with a clean sheet; it is hoped that those who purchase stock will do so with the idea of helping Neillsville, and not with the intention of making any money.  Interest in the golf course has grown by leaps and bounds the past year.  Stockholders will, of course, be required to pay dues the same as playing members.  The membership rate will be the same as last year, $25 for a man and all minor members of his family.


The golf course is being purchased at what is said to be an unbelievably low figure, $4,000, and it is hoped all public-spirited citizens will step into the breach, whether they play golf or not, to help preserve this wonderful asset for the community.


(It is interesting to note, that this is the Neillsville Country Club’s 80th Anniversary! DZ)


The Clark County board, Monday, voted to permit cabins to be erected on county-owned land at a rental of as low as $5 a year.  The previous rental limit was not less than $10 a year.                                        


The Motor Inn Garage in Owen was purchased by the Clark County Board for $4,184.49 at its special meeting Monday.  The garage is to be used to house highway machinery in the north end of the county, which is now kept in a rented quarter.  It is planned to keep a mechanic there during the winter to make repairs on snow removal equipment.


Louis Zschernitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zschernitz, met with a bad accident last Friday while cutting wood.  A stick flew up and struck his nose, a large sliver becoming imbedded in the flesh and breaking off.  He was taken to Dr. Housley’s office where the wood was removed from the wound.                           


A new and lower farm rate, which will affect a saving of many thousands of dollars to farmers being served by the Northern States Power company of Wisconsin, has been filed by the company subject to the approval of the Wisconsin Public service commission, according to a statement issued by F. H. Casler, local manager.


Mr. Casler added that the new rate will remove the service charge, and permit the use of 50 kilowatt-hours for a base minimum of $4.00 per month, with an additional use available at much lower rates with a water heating schedule included at a rate of one cent per kilowatt-hour.


An additional feature of the new rate is that it permits the development of projects, which include groups as small as 50 prospective customers.  This latter feature will permit the extension of lines to farmers that have heretofore been so situated so that they could not be economically served.                                                        


Fred Rossman, Chief of Police, appeared before the city council Tuesday night to complain against conduct of Schoenherr’s Tavern.  Mr. Rossman stated a fight had taken place there Saturday night, and Sunday night he stopped another “rumpus” there, Ed Kutchera, who was applying for an operator’s license, said the man responsible for the trouble Sunday night had not been sold a drink in the taverna, and that he was trying to get the trouble-maker out of the place when the chief arrived.  The council granted the operator’s license.             


Erich Schoenherr, beverage inspector, last Wednesday recovered his automobile, which disappeared from his tavern a week ago.  He car was found near Schuster’s Park, after 55 miles had been added to the speedometer.  Mr. Schoenherr’s and other contents that had been in the car were unharmed.                  


Finishing touches on the Fullerton Lumber Company’s new building, delayed on account of the busy building season last year, are being completed this month.  Three canopies over the drive portals and over the large window between the entrances, and the pilaster designed to give art and height to the structure, all add distinctive beauty to this modern business building.  A stucco finish will be applied as soon as weather permits.


Mr. and Mrs. Archie Van Gorden drove to Whitehall Sunday, their children wanting to witness the ski jump.  Mr. Van Gorden took them to the end of the trail, the youngsters making the balance of the trip, 1½ miles, on foot, and after enjoying the tournament, repeated the walk back to the car.                             


The Clark County Board will meet in special session Monday at 10 a.m. to consider the question of accepting the drought relief program recently enacted by the legislature, which provides that counties may “mortgage” their share of the liquor tax money for the next four years as security for seed and livestock feed loans, not exceeding $100 per farmer.


Under this new law counties are permitted to borrow four times the liquor tax money they received for 1936, which in the case of Clark County, would make a four-year total of approximately $160,000.  The refund for 1936 amounted to about $1.12 per capita.  This means that Clark County, if it agrees to the terms of the law, can borrow $160,000 from the state, and in turn lend this to the farmer at no interest, unless the farmers default in their payments.


However, if this money is not paid back buy the farmers the town, city, or village in which the farmers are situated, becomes liable to the state.  The amount of delinquency will be deducted from the next payment due from the state in liquor tax refunds, each town, village, and city being charted a proportionate share of such delinquency.


While the law appears, on its face to be a good measure, officials who have studied it, see a number of “jokers,” which leave the towns, villages, and cities “holding the sack.”  The state risks northing in advancing the money because it can withhold the liquor tax refunds, while the burden of collecting the loans falls upon the county.


(The Depression and drought of the early 1930s put great financial stress on farmers, especially those who were trying to pay off loans, eventually many lost4 their farms.  During that time aid was available through the U. S. Resettlement Administration Act. Which in 1946 became the Farm - Home Administration, a program that enabled farmers to secure loans to “get back on their feet.”


My parents were one of those couples that lost their savings in a bank closure of the “1929 Crash.”  In 1938, their tractor and farm equipment was repossessed due to not being able to make the payments because of the drought and the grasshopper plagues.  A federal government farm loan enabled them to purchase three more horses and some second-hand horse-drawn machinery, making it possible for them to continue farming.


Occasionally, I wonder how Mom and Dad remained positive while struggling to make a living, always thinking next year would be better.  I remember Rev. Robert Schuller, whose parents experienced the same farming problems, and his quote, “Tough times makes tough people.” DZ)                                                             


The construction of a dam on the Ernest Snyder property under a WPA project is considered likely, following action taken by the Clark County Board approving the plan.  Mr. Snyder has given the county an easement deed to the property involved.  It is proposed to make the spot a swimming and recreational center.  The project has received the endorsement of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.                                                           


The State Conservation Department has approved the Granton American Legion game refuge in the Town of York, described as: Township 25 North, Range 1 West, Sect. 36, entire Section.


Fifty years ago, there were more people in Wisconsin than cattle.  Now there are more cattle than people.  The growth of the state’s dairy industry has been more rapid than that of the state’s population in spite of a great expansion of the cities and industrial areas in the past half century.  Wisconsin, with agricultural industry worth more than a billion dollars, has become the leading dairy state in the nation.                                                             


A general increase in the acreage of crops planted will take place this spring.  These acreage increases will be widespread.  In Wisconsin, there will be more potatoes, tobacco, winter wheat, rye and corn; and somewhat less hay, barley, and spring wheat according to reports received from field correspondents by the Crop Reporting Service of the Wisconsin, and United States Departments of Agriculture.                                                                  


Auctioneer Carl Olson reports that the Paul Keller auction sale brought out a large crowd with property bringing good prices. Cows sold as high as $120.  The Keller farm is located 7 miles southeast of Neillsville on State Highway 73 and one mile west of the Shortville Store.  Mr. Olson will be holding one of the largest farm sales in the states Friday, near Fond du Lac.                                                                                                                                       


Walter E. Brown, son of H. L. Brown of Neillsville and Miss Dorothy N. Gault, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gault, also of Neillsville, were united in marriage Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock March 16, at the Methodist parsonage, Rev. E. P. Slone officiating.


The bride and groom wee attended by Mr. and Mrs. Irving Feirn of this city.


Immediately after the ceremony the newlyweds, and Mr. and Mrs. Feirn left by auto for a trip to Milwaukee.


On their return, the young couple will make their home here.                            


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Getz, of Madison were here Sunday to see their daughter, Mrs. Jake Hoesly, and their little grandson.  They brought with them a cradle for Master Marlen John that has been in the Getz family for 70 years. Twenty descendants have had the honor of being rocked in this cradle during their lullaby days.





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