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Clark County News


July 2, 1953


Mrs. Meisner, Chili Matron, is Queen of the Centennial



Mrs. Norman Meisner of the Chili community is Queen of the Clark County Centennial. She won the contest which came to a conclusion last Saturday. Her success was announced at the Centennial Ball held Tuesday evening at the Silver Dome.


Mrs. Meisner had been a serious contender from the very first, and she persisted steadily and industriously throughout the campaign. She is a young matron, with two small children.


As Queen, Mrs. Meisner will be featured throughout the celebration. Later, she, with a companion of her choice, will have a trip to the Yellowstone, with expenses paid. Runner-up, and now known as “Miss Clark County,” is Pat Wall of Neillsville.


The Royal Court


The announcement of the result of the contest was made at the Centennial Ball. Introduced there as general chairman was William Yenni who pinned upon each contestant flowers presented by the American Legion. The announcement of the score was made by Clayton Wright, chairman of the Queen Committee. He summoned on the stage first the contestants of lower score, who became the royal princesses, members of the court.


The princesses were called up in the following order:


Donna Rae Peterson, Neillsville; Jerry Harwick, Neillsville; Elsie Peterson, Withee; Bette Nystad, Loyal; Marjorie Garbisch, Granton; Bonnie Botnen, Neillsville; Irene Zarada, Thorp; Audrey Jensen, Owen; Dorothy Young, Granton; Ardith Lindow, Chili; Barbara Bowen, Owen; Eldora Reineking, Greenwood; Florence Lindow, Chili; and Esther Todd, Granton.


The Great Parade


Friday will be “Clark County Day.” The downtown feature will be the huge Historical Centennial Parade, which will get under way at 3 p.m. The preliminary feature at the fairgrounds at 7:30 will be the mayor’s milking contest. The contest will consist in various mayors competing in the amount of milk each can get from a cow in one minute. At 8:15, the Centurama will be presented for the third time. Followed by the fireworks finale.


Saturday, July 4, is “Pioneer Day.” The pioneers will register at Centennial headquarters at 10 a.m. The headquarters is at the front of the office of the Northern State Power Company. At 3 p.m. there will be a second march of the Centennial Parade. The preliminary at the fairgrounds at 7:30 will consist of the judging of the “Brothers of the Brush.” This will bring to a climax one of the most spectacular features of the Centennial period, the growing of beards to equal or beat those worn by the pioneers. The Brothers, with their Kangaroo Court, have held the limelight during much of the period of preparation for the celebration.


$27,000 Received for Polio Cases


County Organization Will Pay it Out Mostly to Four Hospitals


Jess Scott reports the receipt by the Clark Country Polio Organization of a check for $27,000 from the National Foundation. This is the largest remittance received up to this time from the national treasury. It was sent pursuant to a request made by the county organization after it had reckoned the demands upon it.


Of the $27,000, four hospitals are awaiting $24,000, for care already given to patients. For hospital service the Foundation pays the same rate as other private patients, and that rate has almost doubled during the period of activity of the county organization, Now the word has come of a further increase at Wisconsin General Hospital, making $17 per day the current rate.


The records show that the number of cases covered by this latest reckoning is about 26, which seems to mean an average cost per case of about $1,000.


Many Attend the Tom Winters Party


Mr. and Mrs. Tom Winters, 304 Court Street, Neillsville, celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary Sunday, June 28, at an open house for their many friends and relatives. More than 80 relatives and friends called during the afternoon and evening. Cake and ice cream were served to the guests.


Mr. and Mrs. Winter were married June 28, 1893, in Neillsville, with Rev. Robert Everett of the Congregational Church officiating. Mrs. Winters was Jennie B. Short prior to her marriage and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Short. Her father was one of the five Short brothers, namely Tom, George, Andrew, Stephen and John. The five brothers homesteaded farms in pioneer days in the Shortville area, and from them, the area derived its name.


Mr. and Mrs. Winters resided on a farm in the Shortville area until 1901, when they purchased the Shortville Store, which they operated until 1924. Then, they moved to Neillsville, where they have resided since.


Mr. and Mrs. Winters celebrated their golden wedding 10 years ago by giving a party at the Moose Hall, entertaining around 200 relatives and friends.


 The couple has three daughters – Mrs. Floyd Wall, Chippewa Falls, Mrs. Irving Stevens, Shortville and Mrs. James Vincent, Neillsville. They also have seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


They were presented as gifts from their daughters and families, beautiful earrings for the mother and a gold watch chain for the father. They also received many cards and gifts of money from the other guests, also a guest book for the occasion from friends. A large wedding cake, a gift from their granddaughters, Joanne Stevens and Joyce Vincent, which was baked at the local bakery, graced the dining room table and the home was decorated with baskets of cut flowers.


Rev. Virgil Nulton offered a prayer, and a group of friends and relatives sang “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” which was requested by the couple.


Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ziegler of Willard entertained a group of relatives last Sunday in honor of their son Ronald’s confirmation.


Neillsville Hospital Births:

A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nemitz, Neillsville, R2, June 23

A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Norton, City Point, June 24

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Theo Schoenherr, Neillsville, June 25

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ebert, Neillsville, R3, June 25

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stanley, Chicago, June 26

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Bartsch, Loyal, June 26


4-H Leaders to Meet


The Clark County 4-H Leaders Association will hold meetings in three areas of the county in the second and third weeks of July. These meetings as announced by Lawrence Babka, assistant Clark County agent, will be to discuss fair entries in preparation for the Clark County Fair, August 6-9. Fair entry blanks will be distributed at that meeting. Improving the quality of 4-H record books will also be discussed. Samples of outstanding record books will be on display. All senior and junior leaders and project leaders are asked to attend one of the following meetings: Owen, Owen High School, July 8; Greenwood, Greenwood High School, July 9; Neillsville, courthouse, July 16. All meetings will begin at 8:30 p.m.


Anniversary Comes for Gordon Hahn


Card Shower is Suggested for Soldier with Polio – News of Humbird Lt. Gordon L. Hahn, who is still a patient at a Nashville hospital as the result of polio, is celebrating a birthday anniversary July 7. How nice it would be if every reader of this column would send him a card or write a letter, even if you don’t know him; it would help to cheer his shut-in days. Gordon is making a gallant fight to regain his health and needs all the encouragement he can get, as progress is so very slow. His sister tells us that his chest respirator has been turned off up to four minutes with only his rocking bed helping him to breathe. His address is Lt. Gordon L. Han, Ward No. 315, Thayer V.A. Hospital, Whitebridge Road, Nashville, Tenn.


The Humbird Canning Company started Wednesday, June 24, to can the 1953 crop of early peas. Prospects are for a good crop. The factory will be canning early and late peas and green and wax beans.


The Humbird Boy Scout troop entertained their parents to movies and refreshments at a meeting in the church parlors of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.


Members of the Fremont Homemakers Club took conducted tours of several business places in Marshfield Tuesday. Those attending were Mrs. Harry Cole, Mrs. Glen Gower, Mrs. Lyle Doehr, Mrs. Werner Doehr and Mrs. Manford Cain.


Several members of the Fremont Grange attended the meeting of the Clark Grange Tuesday evening. They were given degree work by the officers of that Grange. The regular meeting of Fremont Grange was held in the Chili Hall Friday evening with a good attendance. The Mueller, Schultz and Petersen families served on the lunch committee. Plans were made for the annual Grange picnic to be held at Wildwood Park, Marshfield, July 26.


Dusso Kept Vigil for 6 Long Hours


Officer Watched Larson Tavern Until His Six Suspects Came Out


Job has a descendant in Clark County in the person of Lorris Dusso of the county traffic squad. Mr. Dusso kept a vigil Sunday morning from about 2 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Estelle Larson tavern at Bright, Town of Longwood. He remained right there until Estelle Larson emerged at 8:30 to go to church. Then he put her under arrest and bagged five men who had remained in her tavern throughout the long morning hours.


Mr. Dusso started out with what he regarded as a certainty that the tavern was open after hours. He sought entrance but got nowhere. The doors were locked; they were not opened upon his request. He considered that the idea was to freeze him out.


As an officer, Mr. Dusso knew that he could not afford to be licked by locked doors. He might not invade the premises, lacking a search warrant, but he could sit it out, and that is what he did.


The facts came out in his testimony, given Monday evening at a trial before Justice Ketchpaw in Greenwood. The five customers of the Larson tavern were up for trial there for disorderly conduct. They were convicted by Justice Ketchpaw. Each paid a fine of $10 and costs. In and around the trial, however, there was evidence of considerable unhappiness, with the possibility that some of it will be brought out in circuit court. Andrew Landberg, one of the five, was sworn as a witness and testified that Estelle Larson locked them in; would not let them sally forth.


Estelle Larson had previously pleaded guilty to being open after hours, but an attorney, said to have been employed by her, was in the offing in the trial of the five, and the possibility was that a fight would be made in her interest when she appears in circuit court.


The five, in addition to Landberg, were Lee Larson, Emil Horner, Jeb Jolivette and one Anderson (first name unknown).  


A Group of Centennial Workers

Front row, left to right: Mrs. Matt Gassen, Mrs. Mary Lee, Mrs. John chisel, Robert Schiller, William H. Yenni (chairman), John Bergemann, (co-chairman). Second row: Elmer Georgas (treasurer), Randy Briggs, Louis Meinholt, Wm. Gorke, Robert Harvey, Wells F. Harvey. Third row: Joe Ylvisaker, Herbert M. Smith, James A. Musil, Stuart Lathrop, Harry Frantz, Henry Rahn. Fourth row: A.W. Holt, Chap Paulson, Chuck Jordahl, Huron (Pink) Van Gorden, James Hauge, Stanley Ihlenfeldt, Dick Van Gorden. The Clark County Press Photo





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