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Clark County News

July 9, 1953

32 Items Buried in Time Capsule


A time capsule was buried Thursday, July 2, in front of the courthouse. The capsule contained 32 items of current interest and value. The word “Capsule” was used to designate the container. The word “Box” would be perhaps more appropriate, since the container was rectangular, with height almost the same as the width.


Atop the burial spot will stand a rock of granite, with an inscription deeply engraved upon it. The inscription indicated that beneath the stone were relics of the Centennial, and that the box was to be opened in 2053.


The stone was presented by Ed Gault, who got it from the excavation for the new water works. The work of engraving the inscription was donated by the Marshfield Marble and Granite Co. The box was the gift of the Marshfield Vault Works.


The burial was witnessed by only 25 or 30 persons. The ceremony was largely informal. Impromptu remarks were made by Wells F. Harvey of the executive committee. With an air of the weariness, which he keenly felt, he said that the workers of the present celebration were more than willing to turn over to the local people of 2053 the task of organizing whatever celebration they may feel like putting on. He asked his hearers to think of the articles which the pioneers might have deposited in such a box, if they had put on a similar ceremony a century ago.


The list of items placed in the box includes three local publications – The Centennial Book of the Years and two different issues of The Clark County Press. In the Centennial Book, the people of 2053 will be able to read some of the old story of the founding of the county and of the customs and experiences of the old-timers. Assisting them to understand will be the 58 pictures which the book contains.


One of the issues of The Press was that of July 2, 1953, which tells about the celebration of 1953. The other was an issue of April 30, 1953, which contains a picture of the current Clark County Board.


Elmer Georgas was in charge of securing the articles preserved in the box.


The following is a list of contents placed in the time capsule:


1.History of the city of Thorp, furnished by Mayor Hiller, 1952-1953


2. Box of jewelry by Mrs. Ed Evanson, Neillsville, containing jewelry and one copper penny dated 1940


3. One envelope from Clarion Counsell showing a picture of Christmas time on the Coral Sea of his son, Lieutenant Lee Counsell, 1951


4. One Centennial “Book of the Years” by Wells F. Harvey, editor of the Clark County Press and editor of this book


5. Issue of The Clark County Press dated July 2, 1953, and the Clark County Press, April 30, 1953, picture of the current Clark County Board.


6. Material from the Clark County Clerk’s Office:


1. 1952 Statistical Report


2. Clark County Fair Book 1953


3. Clark County Board Proceedings 1952.


4. Wisconsin Fishing Regulations 1952-1953.


5. Wisconsin Hunting Regulations 1952-1953.


6. Official Directory of the Federal, State, County, Cities, Villages, Towns, 1953.


7. One envelope of Mike Krultz Jr., County Clerk


8. Annual report of the Clark County Extension


9. Clark County Spoil Conservation Annual Report, 1952


10. Directory of the Clark County Schools, 1952-’53.


11. 1953 Standing Committees


12. Names and addresses of the county, town, village and city officials of Clark County, for the year 1953


13. One picture of the courthouse Other items from various sources as follows:


14. Brothers of the Brush pin, shaving permit pin, Sister of the Swish pin


15. Peddler’s permit


16. Brothers of the Brush permit


17. Brothers of the Brush identification card


18. Wooden nickels


19. Two wooden nickels


20. One Service Officer’s Report


21. One Plat Book of Clark County, Wisconsin


22. Milwaukee Braves Baseball schedule 23. Standard Oil 1953 calendar


24. Membership card in the Neillsville Country Club.


25. One membership card in the American Bowling Congress, H.H. Quicker


26. One Sportsmen’s Club membership card


Burial of the Time Capsule at the Courthouse


Here you see the lowering into the ground of the box containing mementoes of 1953. Above this box will be placed the stone a the right, which indicates that the box is to be opened in 2053. Clark County Press Photo.




Frank Marg Badly Hurt in Tripping Fork of Hay

Frank Marg received severe head and face injuries Tuesday afternoon in a haying accident. While he was attempting to trip a fork of hay, the trip rope broke, causing him to fall off the load of hay. He struck the side of his head and face on a switch box. He was taken immediately by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital at Marshfield. Mr. Marg is chairman of the town of Pine Valley.


Harland Heimke is facing operations

Granton man, wounded in Korea, is in Hospital at Great Lakes By Mrs. F.E. Winn Mr. and Mrs. Hans Heimke, R1, have returned home from a three-day visit with their son, Pfc. Harland Heimke, USMC, who is now a patient at the Naval Hospital at Great Lakes. Harland was wounded while with the Marines in Korea and was taken immediately to a U.S. hospital in Japan, where after being hospitalized for 10 weeks, he was flown to the U.S. for further treatment. It is expected his stay at Great Lakes will be of some length, as he will undergo several more operations. He would be glad to hear from his friends. His address – Pfc. Harland Heimke, USMC, Ward 74 South, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill.


Vicki Gets a Brand New Brother for Her Birthday


The nicest present of all on Vicki Kay Palmer’s birthday, July 1, was the arrival of a brand new brother in the Wayne Palmer family at Madison. The new arrival, a grandson of Mrs. J.W. Kearns of Neillsville, weighed eight pounds, four ounces and has been named John Bradley. Both Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are former residents of Neillsville. She is the former Kathryn Kearns.


Mrs. Martha Dillenbeck at her 87th Milestone


Mrs. Martha Dillenbeck of Greenwood, one of the first settlers of Janesville Settlement, celebrated her 87th birthday Sunday at her home in Greenwood. They came to Greenwood 50 years ago from Janesville and settled on the wild timber land with other Janesville folks. James Flagg, Frank Hatton, Allison and George Flagg and J.H. Stafford and several years later, William Rowert, also of Janesville, came and there is where our community got its name. The old settlers living are Mrs. Nellie Stafford, who has been confined to her bed for the past several years, Mrs. Martha Dillenbeck and George Flagg, 85, of Greenwood.


Mrs. Dillenbeck does all her own work from a wheelchair. Last fall she got up a birthday dinner for her son Roger of Marshfield all by herself for 17 relatives. She has been confined to a wheelchair for two years due to a broken hip.


 Neillsville Hospital Births:


A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Orin Janke, Humbird, June 29

A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Lindow, Granton, R2, June 30

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Janke, Alma Center, July 1


Rapid Progress Made Slowly on Fire Deal


Three northwest towns are for it – one is now against


The four northwestern towns of Clark County are having an earnest and prolonged debate about rural fire service. As the record stands now, three of them are in favor of it; the fourth, Worden, is against it. The last official score in Worden was 13 in favor and 28 against. That score was made at a special meeting called June 29. The vote reflects, at least in a measure, the opposition of Walter W. Bratz, the town chairman.


Votes were taken in all four towns at the annual town meetings. At that time, the three others were for it, but the town of Thorp was against. Then Thorp reconsidered at a special meeting, and the vote was favorable. For a period of about two months, the score was four in favor and the four were proceeding to go into details. Then Worden held its special meeting and the vote was negative.


The present status is that the three towns, Withee, Thorp and Reseburg, are going into details of cost, savings in insurance premiums and organization.


Athletics to Face All-Stars Tonight


The “dream game” of the Cloverbelt League is scheduled for tonight (Thursday) on the Neillsville Athletic fi eld when the Cloverbelt All-Stars meet the Neillsville Athletics, winners of the first-half championship.


Manager Gus Lazotte’s charges are prepared for a struggle with his two ace mounds men. Arne Buchholz and Merlin Lindow, set to split the mound duties. Both of them warmed up last Sunday when he held Chili to two hits while their mates stretched eight hits into a 12 to 2 victory over Chili.


On the other hand, the All-Stars boast the outstanding players of all other Cloverbelt League teams, as selected by the managers.


Included on the roster are such mound standouts as Jackie Leonhardt, former Athletic fastball artist now with Little Rose; Bob Kollmansberger, Loyal’s fine young hurler; LaVerne Behling of Chili; Tony Krause of Stratford; Cabby Wild of Abbotsford; and Dick Fischer of Abbotsford.


The All-Stars star-studded infield will boast such men as Jim Herman of Abbotsford and Roman Kaiser of Stratford at first; Don Fait of Loyal and Norbert Meyer of Little Rose at second; Jack Goodman of Abbotsford and Bob Riley of Owen at short; Roman Gawlikowski of Little Rose and Ralph Ghrouser of Stratford at third; with Jim Lindner of Greenwood and Lloyd Zimmerman of Loyal thrown in for good measure.


In the outfield the All- Stars will have available Vernon Lindow and Glen Kleinschmidt of Chili, Bob Vessel and Bernard Denk of Greenwood, Jack Larson of Owen, Art Lau of Little Rose and Ken Anderson of Abbotsford.


Jack Goodman, Abbotsford manager will mastermind the All-Stars.


Game time is 8:15 p.m. and, barring a bad weather break, one of the largest crowds of the season is expected.


Levis News By Mrs. Fred Palmer:


Arthur Opelt was accidentally hurt Friday while he was pulling baled hay up into the barn, The rope loosened, causing a stake to fly up and hit him in the head. The wound had to be stitched up. He is getting along very well.


Mrs. Irving Holub is at home after her operation and is recuperating nicely.


Linda and Larry Lautenbach of Madison spent last week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Lautenbach. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lautenbach came up July 4 to spend the day and take their children home.



An Old-Time Traction Engine Complete with Whistle


A striking and noisy feature of the Centennial parade was this traction engine prepared by the B&F Machine Shop. It was operated by William Schwellenbach, left, and Max Feuerstein, a member of the firm. At the right is Jay Bruhn, son of “Slim” Bruhn. No little effort had been expended to prepare this old engine for this event. It went over the parade route under its own steam and had plenty of steam left to blow its loud and shrill whistle. The Clark County Press Photo.





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