August 12, 2020,  Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Clark County News

Aug. 13, 1953


Fair Emerges from Rain and Mud Into a Sunny Success


Mix 40 acres of mud, two days of clouds and drizzle, one and a-half days of sunshine, hundreds of eager children with the products of their interested labors, lots of amusement and some serious business; mix all of these together, stir well and you will have an approximation of the Clark County Fair of 1953.


The 40 acres of mud were no fun. Quite a few cars were caught in it, especially Thursday and Friday. As a public service, Pink Van Gorden and military associates ran a jeep service, which pulled cars out of the mud. For the jeep it was a busy time, and further demonstration of the might of the midget.

Some Fair Figures


The success of the fair is not to be gauged by numbers and money, but both are indices of enjoyment and personal profit. For the fair of 1953, the indices are sobering, but not downright discouraging. The total sale of tickets at the gate was 5,308, about 20 per cent down from the fair of 1952. The exhibitors’ tickets and the 4-H tickets were up just a little. So, the attendance was down just a little less than 20 percent.


The Busy Children


The fair of 1953 was notable for further growth in the participation of the juniors. The 4-H keeps growing and the 4-H finds its climax in the fair. An index to the junior interest is the number of entries in muffins, for instance. Girls to the number of 77 entered a plate each of muffins. Each plate was supposed to contain four muffins, which, in the arithmetic of this scribe, counts up to 308 muffins. And that is considerable muffins, in anybody’s language 



Linton Jahr, Jr., with His Champion


This animal was the champion female of all shown by the juniors at the Clark County Fair. Linton is a member of the Future Farmers of America Chapter of  Neillsville High School, and is also a member of the Washington 4-H.

Clark County Press Photo


Alan Harder with His Championship Cow


Alan is a member of the Happy Valley 4-H. His cow is six years old, and produced 495 pounds of fat in her latest year of test,  ending last November, on twice-a-day milking.


Clark County Press Photo


Milk Truck Turns Rough Somersault


Eugene Haines of the town of Grant lies in the Neillsville hospital with pelvis broken in two places, result of a collision at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 11.

In the same collision, Mrs. Eugene Haines escaped with cuts and bruises, as did Norbert Lavey, town of Grant.


The collision took place at the town line road three miles north of Kurth Corners. Mr. Lavey, driving a milk truck of York Dairy, was heading east, Mr. Haines, in a light farm truck, was headed north. The view of both drivers was blinded by a field of high corn.


The milk truck hit the Haines vehicle squarely at the driver’s door, smashing it in. The impact was such that the Haines light truck, minus the left front wheel, slid down about 4 1/2 feet into the road ditch, across that ditch and up into a clover field beyond it. The Haines vehicle remained right-side up, but the door flew open, and Mr. Haines was thrown out upon the ground. Mrs. Haines was thrown toward the driver’s position, with arm gouged by a broken corner of the truck body and with her feet and ankles tangled in the steering wheel.

Serious Injury


Mr. Haines was not moved until ambulance service was available. Then, he was taken to the Neillsville hospital, where his serious injuries were revealed by x-ray. Mrs. Haines and Mr. Lavey also went to the hospital as a precaution, though their injuries seemed superficial. Mrs. Haines was promptly released, but Mr. Lavey remained in the hospital overnight, pending confirmation of his escape without serious injury.


Trucks Are Wrecks


Responding to the call was Harry Frantz, traffic officer, who found no little mess at the scene. The truck driven by Norbert Lavey was partially loaded with milk for the York dairy, and also had whey in a whey tank. The milk truck, upon hitting the Haines vehicle, head-on, did a complete somersault, rolling upon its nose first and then upon its rear end. It came to a stop in the ditch right side up, but with milk and whey smeared all over the landscape. The body of the milk truck was broken; the front was smashed in and the motor was broken. The estimate was that both vehicles were a complete loss.


 Nine from County are Accepted for Service


Below will be found a statement from the selective service board of Clark County:


The following Clark County registrants were inducted into the armed services on August 5 at the Minneapolis examining and induction station:

Richard G. Acker, Greenwood; Vernon D. Nolan, Greenwood; James C. Buker, Loyal; Fred H. Weyhmiller, Loyal; Richard L. Wagner, Thorp; Burt H. Devine, Withee.


Robert E. Kiesgen, Neillsville, a registrant of a local board in Waukegan, Ill., transferred to Neillsville for induction and also left with the above group of men.


Gary D. Ewald, Unity, and Henry F. Schoen, Milwaukee, both registrants of Clark County, volunteered for induction into the armed services. Mr. Ewald left with the above group of men and Mr. Schoen transferred to Milwaukee and was inducted into service from that city.


Clark County Local Board No. 10 has received their quota for September. Seven men are to be called for induction and 12 men are to be called for their pre-induction physical examination. The group of men are scheduled to leave on September 2 by a chartered Greyhound bus.




Full Approval by State of Clark County Jail Sheriff Frank Dobes has received the following notification from the state department of public welfare:


“On July 6, this department made an inspection of your jail and found it in excellent condition. We are very happy to advise you that you are receiving notification form Mr. John W. Tramburg, director, state department of welfare, that your jail is now approved for the detention of juveniles who are 14 years of age or older. This department wishes to commend the members of your county board for the improvements made in the jail, thus making it possible for us to place it on the state approved list.”


The notification above referred to has been received from Mr. Tramburg. The approval thus given is complete and qualifies the jail of Clark County for all of the service which a county jail may legally render.



New Water Plant to Operate Aug. 24 The new water plant of Neillsville may go into operation Monday, August 24. This is the approximate date now tentatively set by William Wilsman, superintendent.

The delay of about four weeks was chiefly due to the difficulty in securing roofing. That material came last week, being in readiness when the sun came out. But the sun has been so uncertain of late that advantage of it was taken, even though it meant Sunday labor. When Sunday’s sun went down, the roof was completed.

The lack of a tight roof had held back the painting of the filters and the large accelerator. With the roof completed, the painting can go forward whatever the weather.


All of the material and equipment is on the ground, except for a car lot of anthracite coal, which, in graded sizes, is the material through which the water will pass for filtering. This coal was shipped August 4 and should arrive in ample time to permit operation on August 24.

While the plant will go into operation on August 24 or thereabouts, it will not be completed at that time. Considerable structural work will remain, but that can be done while the new plant is in operation.



Local Boys Make 150 Miles on Their Bikes


Four Neillsville youths, Paul Manz, David Stucki, Tommy Barr and Jon Swenson, left last week Tuesday on a bicycle trip that covered approximately 150 miles. They left the Swenson home about 7:30 a.m. and went by the way of Osseo to Eau Claire, where they stayed overnight with relatives. The following day, they rode to Chippewa Falls, where they attended the fair and left about 12:30 for their return trip home by way of Thorp and Through Greenwood. The group was home by 7:30 on Wednesday evening.



Four Clark County Men Are Arriving From Korea


Four men of Clark County were reported aboard the Marine Carp, first transport from Korea since the signing of the armistice. The ship left before the truce and was due at the port of New York Tuesday of this Week.

The Clark County men aboard are Cpt. M. Barnett, Thorp; Cpl. E. Garbisch, Granton; Pfc. R. Gierl, Colby; and Cpt. G. Reinart, Neillsville.




By Miss Louise Keiner

Pvt. Donald Ellingson, son of Mrs. E.S. Ellingson of Greenwood, graduated Saturday, August 8, from a military police course at Fort Baker, San Francisco, Calif. After spending a 10-day leave here he will go to his station, Los Angeles. He was met at Merrillan Sunday evening by his mother, Mrs. E.S. Ellingson, his brothers James and Romaine; also, by Mrs. Fred Hohl and daughter Nancy, and Miss Carol Drew.


A family gathering and farewell party was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Thiel honoring her brother, Pvt. Edward Klune, who spend several days with his parents before leaving for overseas duty.


Guests present were Edward’s brother Ray Klune A.D.A.N., of Key West, Fla.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Klune; his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Thiel and daughter Sandra; his grandmother, Mrs. Johanna Horvat, all of Greenwood; also Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tolaney and family and Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Krainz and family of Willard. Pvt. Klune left for California Sunday evening. He was accompanied as far as Merrillan by his parents, his brother Ray, his brother-in-law and sister, the Thiel’s, and his grandmother, Mrs. Horvat. 






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