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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

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Clark County News


June 5, 1953


The milk price trend continues downward, not precipitately, but steadily enough to make all of rural Wisconsin acutely aware of it. March prices fell on the record, and the state dairy market letter said the chances are that April reports will show another drop, to $3.40 a hundred weight for all uses, or about 60 cents below the figures

for the previous year. Milk cow prices were down even more steeply from last year, about 18 percent.


Meanwhile, farmers were producing milk in such heavily increased amounts as to make it obvious that they were trying to overtake lower prices by greater yield. With the flush season of green pastures approaching, it seemed likely that record stocks of dairy products in warehouse storage would grow to even mightier volumes by late summer and fall.


The Hediger Dairy Plant at Christie will be put back into operation. All of the new building will be restored and used. The larger part of his building escaped any serious fire damage; it was only the smaller southern portion which was damaged.


This smaller portion to the south was the makeroom for cheese, and it is being restored to that use. For the immediate future, the effort will be to make cheese only. That will afford use for the milk coming from the patrons. Extension into butter and powder will await a later opportunity.


The decision to restore the plant and the operation followed a meeting with patrons, held last Thursday evening. That meeting was attended by 33 patrons. A secret ballot was taken, and the decision was unanimous that Mr. Hediger should be encouraged to continue his operation. This vote had been preceded by the great discouragement of Mr. Hediger. He felt at first that he had had enough. But he has two sons who advocated continuance, even while the ruins were yet hot. So, the decision was to go ahead.


Herman Hediger soon found that he did not need to go it alone. He had hardly begun to clean up the ruins when, on Memorial Day, eight businessmen of Neillsville volunteered their efforts and worked hard all day. The labors of eight men from the city were continued all through Sunday, and on Monday the neighbors made a big bee. Twenty-five of them trooped in and made things fly all day. Among the things they made fly was a picnic lunch, which their wives brought, and which was served along with a lot of neighborhood pleasantry in the Hediger orchard.


As the ruins have been cleared, Mr. Hediger has found some things a little better than he hoped. Both of the boilers are usable. The better is the newer boiler, which operated on oil. A new oil burner will be installed, and that boiler will go back into use. The side walls of the make-room were damaged by the heat, but the present conclusion is that the major part of them can be used.


The first effort was to clear the ruins. That work went fast. The place looked clean and orderly in a hurry, with so many men at work on it. The first construction work was on the inlet for milk. That is being located at the south end of the makeroom.


Barricades have a meaning all their own, as has been discovered by Oral Smith of Madison and H. Grasser of Merrillan. These gentlemen learned the hard way, at a cost of $33.95 to Grasser and $21.95 to Smith.


The lesson began at the Grand Avenue bridge over the Black River. Mr. Smith was intent upon a fishing expedition up the river. He came to the barricade at the south end of the bridge and thought nothing of it; just threw it aside and went blissfully over the fresh blacktop, the laying of which had been completed about two hours before. He turned right and went up the river to attend to the fish.


Throwing the barricade aside, Mr. Smith had opened to travel the whole span of fresh blacktop, extending northward beyond the bridge. Then came Mr. Grasser of Merrillan, who had an errand at a wrecking yard. He found his way blocked by a barricade at the north end. So, he lifted that aside and left the way open.


This traffic was not helping the town’s new blacktop, and so the town chairman, Frank Marg, learning of the difficulty, promptly summoned help and closed in on the culprits.


Robert G. Scott, 802 W. 5th St., Neillsville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Scott, is among the 478 students at the University of Wisconsin who will be honored for their outstanding university work at the annual All-University Honors Convocation to be held in the Memorial Union theatre at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, June 18.


President E.B. Fred of the university will welcome the honor students and preside. Dr. Grayson L. Kirk, UW alumnus and former faculty member, now president of Columbia University, New York, will give the convocation address. His topic will be, “The Uneducated.”


Ralph Bauer, former resident of Neillsville, will return here as manager of the Fullerton Lumber Company. He will succeed Fred Heaney, who is leaving June 15 for a position with an independent lumber company in Menomonee Falls, near Milwaukee. Mr. Bauer, who acted as bookkeeper and assistant manager of the local Fullerton yard a few years ago, has been managing yards for his company in Minnesota and Iowa in recent years. Mrs. Bauer is the former Annabelle Gassen.


Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Shock and Mrs. Eddie Frei visited the Memorial Day weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Dick Brooks of Morris, IL, and made the acquaintance of their new grandson born May 17 to Mr. and Mrs. Brooks. Mrs. Brooks is the former Nancy Shock.


Sgt. Robert Hannan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hannan of Loyal and a brother of Mrs. Howard Sturtz, arrived home Saturday evening after serving with the armed forces in France for the past four months.


A/2C Gayle Schoengarth of Keesler Air Force Base is spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schoengarth, and daughter Bonnie. At the end of his leave, he will go to Camp Stoneman, Cal., to await further orders.


The final honor roll for the Granton High School for the year just closed is as follows:


Senior - Patricia Gallagher

Junior – Eleanor Marek

Sophomores – Russell Gardner Jr., Roland Helm, Robert Holt, Robert Scott

Freshman – Wanda Elmhorst


Honorable Mention


Seniors – Lavon Garbisch, Marlene Jakubowski, Willeen Levanduske

Juniors – Alvin Dahl, Marcia Hiles, Carolyn Mae Zahradke

Freshmen – Jerry Drescher, Dewayne Huebner, Velda Levanduske,

 Jeanette Pusheck, Robert Scheel, Robert Schumacher




Clarabelle Ardith Henchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Henchen of Loyal, and Andrews B. Djiebenski, son of Mrs. Katherine Djiebenski of Route 1, Willard, were married Wednesday, May 13, at the Holy Family rectory in Willard. Father Augustine Svete performed the double- ring ceremony.


The bride was graduated from the Loyal High School and was employed at the Robert Preller home in Loyal. The groom received his education in the Willard schools and is employed by Plautz Brothers.


A wedding dance was held at the Stables Night Club.


Out-of-town guests attending the wedding were from Jim Falls, Milwaukee, Thorp, Neillsville, Greenwood, Marshfield, Owen, Loyal and Chicago.


Virginia (Sue) Church and Donald Opelt were married in Des Moines, Ia., Friday, May 22. A host of friends and relatives gathered at the Carl Opelt home Monday evening to charivari the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Opelt. Refreshments were served.


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Schutte bought the Henry Schutte farm. Their son Donald and family will live there and work the farm.


Levis Personals Mrs. Donald Hagie had an appendicitis operation performed from home. Her little son Bruce stayed with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hagie, and he had the measles.


Mrs. Donald Lipscy, RN, stayed at the hospital with Mrs. Donald Hagie Monday night. On Thursday, Mrs. Lipscy assisted with the work at the Hagie home.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schutte have rented and moved onto the Ellsworth farm, formerly the Mosiman farm. Mr. Ellsworth returned to Woodstock, Ill.


Vena Schaefer will graduate at Central State College in Stevens Point Friday, June 5. She will receive a bachelor of science degree. She has majored in home economics. She will teach next year at Black River Falls. Miss Schaefer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Schaefer, Neillsville, R3. While in college, she has been a member of Psi Beta Psi sorority, YWCA, Women’s Self Governing Association, Wesley Youth Fellowship and the Home Economics Club.


 Diane Seif, Neillsville, has been named editor in chief for the Iris, the college yearbook at Central State College in Stevens Point, where she will be a junior next year. She began her yearbook work as a freshman, as chief artist on the staff. This year, as a sophomore, she became layout editor. A secondary division student, she is a member of Tau Gamma Beta sorority, college band and YWCA She is press representative for Nelson Hall, girl’s dormitory and a Girl Scout leader.


 Members of Forest Queen Camp Royal Neighbors of America who attended the Clark County R.N.A. convention held at the Withee High School gymnasium Tuesday, May 26, were Mrs. May Clendening, Mrs. Earl Caliebe, Mrs. Bernard Denk, Mrs. Lawrence Cox, Mrs. Minnie Cox, Mrs. Alma Mason, Mrs. Frances Hinker, Mrs. Laurence Simpson, Mrs. Robert Clintsman, Mrs. Christ Keiner, Mrs. Frieda Ampe, Mrs. Earl Sloniker, Mrs. George Haeuser, Mrs. O.J. Amundson, Mrs. Howard Corey, Mrs. Walter Swieso, Mrs. Chal Perkins, Mrs. Wilbur Stewart, Mrs. Louis Behrens, Mrs. Russell Mead, Miss Melva Afkend, Miss Evangeline Sheets and Miss Louise Keiner.


Miss Gladys B. Drew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Drew of Greenwood, is one of 89 Whitewater State College seniors who will graduate in commencement exercises on June 12. Miss Drew will receive a bachelor of education in business education.


Greenwood Personals

Mr. and Mrs. William Pfeifer and family of Milwaukee spent from Friday until Sunday here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Swieso. Other Memorial Day guests at the Swieso home were Mr. and Mrs. William White of Spokane, Wash.; Mrs. Alice Swieso and son Orin, Mrs. Curtiss McKollas and daughter Kandas, all of Rockford, Ill.


Miss Myrtle Zaffke, a missionary on furlough from British East Africa and a former Greenwood resident, will give an illustrated lecture at Grace Methodist Church Sunday evening, June 7, at 8 p.m. Miss Zaffke is spending several weeks here at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Einfeldt. Other Memorial Day guests at the Einfeldt home were Mrs. Lydia Varney of Maywood, Ill; Col. and Mrs. Dale Varney of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Varney of Loves Park, Ill.; and Don Varney of Stevens Point. They also attended the alumni get-together Saturday evening.


Memorial weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Voie were their children, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Voie and daughters Dawn, Mary and Karla of Fond du Lac, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dunn and daughters Danielle and Sharon of Eau Claire. On Sunday, the Voies and their guests and their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Dyre, and family held a family picnic at the Greenwood park.


Neillsville Hospital Births:


A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mozinski, Greenwood, R3, May 27,

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Blane, Neillsville, R3, May 29,

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Opelt, Neillsville, R2, June 1.


Greenwood, Wisconsin


Clark County Press Photo

Here are the Brothers of the Brush as they held a convocation at Greenwood.


This picture was taken on the steps of the Catholic church, which are made of concrete and thus calculated to sustain the weight of the heavy crop of whiskers.

The Brother are identified as follows: first row, left to right, Louis Meinholt, Chairman of the Centennial committee on whiskers; Arthur Schroeder, Cy Randel, Carl Opelt, Ken Frost of Withee. Remainder will be listed in order of heads, left to right: Dick Seif of Neillsville, Joe Urlaub of Neillsville, Ray (Slim) Graham of Owen, Pink VanGorden of Neillsville, Richard Needham of Owen, Lawence Hemke of Owen, Jim Hauge of Neillsville, Wayne Kronberger of Loyal and Arnold Rasmussen of Owen.





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