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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Clark County News


July 30, 1953



July 30, 1953 Bids for Hospital to Be opened Aug. 27


Bids for the construction of the Neillsville Memorial Hospital will be received Thursday, August 27, up to 7 p.m. The opening will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kiwanis room of the Neillsville bank building. The opening will be public.


Announcement of the opening of bids was made Monday evening of this week at the monthly meeting of the chamber of commerce. Plans for the hospital were shown there, and an explanation of them was made by Frank Svetlik and Dr. Kenneth Manz.


Herbert Smith, who presided, made it clear that there is sufficient money in sight to insure the construction of the hospital building. Pledges amount to $168,500. This will be supplemented by a loan from the state fund, the size of which, Mr. Smith made clear, ought to be cut down as much as possible. Every $1,000 of debt will require $7 per month for interest and sinking fund. For that reason, Mr. Smith said, an earnest effort is being made to raise additional funds now, and thus to reduce the burden of the sinking fund.


But the money-raising effort now in progress is not at all a condition affecting construction. The cash in sight right now is sufficient to make possible construction as soon as satisfactory contracts can be made.


Suspended Schools Will Try to Re-Open


Two suspended schools of Clark County are seeking to end their troubles by reopening. They are the Peterson School, District 4 of the town of Thorp, and the Oak Vale School, Joint Six, town of Hixon. Both school boards have so notified Clayton Wright, county superintendent of schools.


The reopening is the answer which these districts are seeking to make to the problem set for them by the new legislation about suspended schools. The next problem is whether they may not be jumping from the frying pan into something else, for they increase by two the weight of the teacher shortage in Clark County. Mr. Wright was trying to help 13 or 14 schools before, and now he has two more added to the string, with only one or two teachers in sight.


Last week’s publication in The Press about the shortage of teachers brought four applicants to Mr. Wright’s office, one of whom has a life certificate and is fully qualified. Mr. Wright counts that a piece of major good fortune and says it pays to advertise. But he still needs more.


Alfalfa Tour Will Hit Four Farms in County


Event is scheduled for July 30 – Farmers to tell how they do it.


The Central Wisconsin alfalfa tour will be held on Thursday, July 30. The tour will begin at 9:30 at the Wisconsin branch experiment station at Marshfield.


The time and stops of the farms to be visited in Clark County are as follows: Roy Kilgrain farm, 1/2-mile south of Granton on Highway 10, 10:15; Gordon Vine farm, 3 miles southwest of Granton, 10:35; John Lokken farm, 3/4 miles west of Curtiss, 3:30; John Peterson farm, two miles west of Owen and one-mile north, 4:00.


The tour will end with a visit of the soil fertility plots, located at the Clark County Hospital farm at 4:25 p.m. Other stops will be made during the day at farms located in Wood and Marathon counties.


At each field stop, the farmer will explain what he did in order to grow alfalfa. An opportunity will be given to see fi elds of new seedings, first year alfalfa, and older fi elds of alfalfa- brome.


The tour will be started promptly and will be kept on schedule. Any farmers interested in alfalfa production will be able to join the tour at any of the above stops.


Tractor Contest to be held at Three Places


The annual 4-H tractor operators contests will be held as follows: On Friday, July 31, at Withee at the John Isaacs machinery lot at 10:00 a.m.; July 31 at the Greenwood softball diamond at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, at 10:00 a.m. at the Neillsville fairgrounds and August 1 at the Chili ballpark at 2:00 p.m.


At each of these elimination contests, one participant will be selected to drive at the Neillsville fair for the county championship and privilege of going to the state fair. The contest at the county fair will be held at 1:30 p.m. on August 6. The winner will drive at the state fair on Saturday morning, August 28, in the state contest, in which boys from all over Wisconsin will compete for state honors.


Last year, John Mrotek from Loyal, representing Clark County, placed in the red division. The boys who will be driving in this contest are enrolled in the 4-H tractor maintenance projects and have attended schools of four sessions conducted by the implement dealers of the county.


Fair to accent County’s Dairying


New Dairy Bar is Added; Alice in Dairyland to be Here Aug. 7


Clark County, as a leading dairy center, will have a large play at the fair Aug. 6 to 9. For the first time, there will be a dairy bar at which will be sold dairy products of the county. This booth will be in charge of the Homemakers. It will be located in the new arts building, just in front of a large display of the county’s products.


At the bar will be dispensed whole milk, buttermilk, chocolate milk, ice cream, ice cream sticks, cheese sandwiches and possibly one or two other dairy items.


The fair management has been informed that Alice in Dairyland will be here Friday, August 7, and the plan is that she shall give out samples of Clark County cheese in the grandstand. These will be dispensed without charge.


Through these, and perhaps other means, the purpose is that the vital dairy interests of the county shall receive proper emphasis. Such promotion, it is thought, will guide the people of Clark County into a larger use of their own products.



100 Messages go to Gordon Hahn


Soldier in a Nashville Hospital is Cheered by the Response By Mrs. C. Olson


We had a nice letter from Mrs. Mat Hahn telling of the great enjoyment her son, Lt. Gordon Hahn, received from the cards and letters sent him. She said the item in The Press about his birthday brought over 100 cards and letters, many of them from Neillsville folks he went to school with or who knew of him there, as he is a graduate of the Neillsville High School.


He has asked us to thank all of you who remembered him. He says he is getting better, and your letters and cards help a lot. He expects to be moved to the Hines Memorial Hospital near Chicago sometime this fall.


Humbird Personals


Two carloads of ladies of the Evangelical and Reformed Women’s Guild drove to Neillsville Thursday and attended a meeting of the Guild at the E and R Church.


Mr. and Mrs. Perle Pickett attended the wedding and reception for Lloyd Meyers of Neillsville and Jean Small of Eau Claire, which was held in the Congregational Church in Eau Claire, Saturday, July 26.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laffe and Mrs. Amelia Clouse met with Mrs. Clouse’s relatives at Irving Park, Chippewa Falls, Sunday for a family reunion. Forty-two were present.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harden of Chateau, Mont., announce the birth of a son, Kim Kenneth, on June 29. The mother was formerly Miss Ruth Kelsh of Humbird.




 Miss Mary Ann Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Larson of Humbird, and Vernon Gjerseth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Gjerseth of Black River Falls, were married Saturday, July 25, at the Evangelical and Reformed Church, the Rev. H.A. Hartmann officiating.


The bride wore a white Swiss embroidered organdy gown, with fitted bodice, short sleeves, tiered skirt of chapel length. Her fingertip veil was held by a net cap. She carried a bouquet of white orchids and stephanotis on a white prayer book.


Miss Jeanette Aebersold, friend of the bride, was the maid of honor. The flower girls were Janet Larson, sister of the bride, and Terry Krueger, niece of the groom.


Sidney Gearing, cousin of the groom, was best man. Thomas Peasley of Black River Falls and Gerry Larson, the bride’s brother, were the ushers.


Miss Vivian Penning of Bloomer sang. Mrs. William Theiler accompanied at the organ and played the Wedding March.


A reception was held in the church parlors attended by over 100 friends and relatives. A wedding dance was given at Hatfield the same evening.


Mrs. Gjerseth is a graduate of the Humbird High School with the class of 1948. She attended the Eau Claire State Teachers College for two years and taught at the Snow Creek Grade School near Black River Falls for two years; also, one year in Ladysmith.


After a honeymoon in Colorado, they will be at home in Harvard, Ill., where the bride will teach next year.


Prenuptial showers were held in their honor at the Gjerseth home in Snow Creek and at the Hugh Terrell home in Humbird.



Butterbrodt Better After His Accident


William Butterbrodt, R2, is recovering at his home from a leg injury and broken rib suffered last week when his tractor tipped over backwards, pinning him underneath. He was mowing the road side and the accident occurred when he started to turn on a hill.


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lautenbach, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ross Burdick of San Gabriel, Calif. left Monday to attend the wedding of Miss Shirle Lautenbach, daughter of the Arthur Lautenbach’s, at Jackson, Mich.


Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Domine and children spent the weekend with relatives in Milwaukee.


Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Catlin, Mrs. Sam Bruchert and Mrs. Raymond Guzman returned Tuesday from Decatur, Ill. There, they had met and visited for two days with Mr. and Mrs. Clark Catlin, who were enroute from Mystic, Conn. to Mare Island, Calif. Clark is in the navy and is being transferred from the East Coast to the West.


Mrs. George Nelson, the bride of S/Sgt. George Nelson of Loyal, will continue in the home of her parents at Medford while her husband is in service in Japan. They were married June 9 at Medford, where Mrs. Nelson is doing secretarial work. Her maiden name was Joyce Lucille Cherney, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Cherney of Medford. Sgt. Nelson is the son of Dr. and Mrs. G.W. Nelson of Loyal. He is a graduate of Loyal High and is now in the air force.


Ships of the 1953 midshipman practice squadron now on their last four weeks of training operations will return to Norfolk, Va., in August. Aboard the heavy cruiser USS Albany is Ardell L. Korth, seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Korth of 510 West Fifth Street, Neillsville.




 Mr. and Mrs. Carl Keiner and daughters, Patricia, Mary and Marie, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Etta of Eau Claire, accompanied by Mrs. Harold Stabnow of Greenwood and Mrs. Perry Volk of Loyal, attended the funeral of Miss Jean Woodkey held at Marshfield Monday afternoon.


The Keiner family were Monday dinner guests here at the home of his brother-in- law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Severson, and supper guests at the home of his mother, Mrs. Christ Keiner.


Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ampe and family of Marshfield were Sunday visitors here at the home of his mother, Mrs. Frieda Ampe. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thiede spent Thursday here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Swieso. They were accompanied to Granton by their sons, Leonard and James, for a visit with relatives before returning to their home in New Ulm, Minn.


Mrs. Frank Yench of Two Rivers and Mrs. Robert Bartelt and son, James of Kaukauna, returned to their homes Saturday after a week’s visit here at the Fred Hohl home and with Mrs. George Cline, mother of Mrs. Yench. Other Sunday guests at the Hohl home were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hohl.


 Neillsville Hospital Births


A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lenz, Greenwood, July 23

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Masephol, Granton, R2, July 24

A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Opelt, Neillsville, R1, July 25


The Ballantines and Bonnie Present Their Electric Harmonicas


Picture a six foot fellow playing a small Hormonica, a dainty young lady playing an immense double Harmonica over a Yard long, and finally asan added atrraction—The Yongest Gril Harmonica Player in Shaow Business, their 9 year old daughter, and you have –THE BALLENTINES!


They play their instruments in a whirlwind style featuring strong special arrangements of “happy music” appealing to the widest variety of audiences.


THE BALLENTINES are featuring the new ELECTRIC HAREMONICAS with the built in Echo Chamber, which produces a lovely large new tone.


Little Bonnie does several very effective solos in encoere spots in the Act, also using the ELECTRIC HARMONICA. She has entertained in the Hawaiian Islands and Canada as well as in the United States.


Another novelty in their Act is a number contrasting the World’s Largest Harmonica containing 384 Reeds and the World’s Smallest Musical Instrument—a tiny Harmonica one ONE INCH Long





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