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Clark County News

August 20, 1953


Neillsville Schools Acquire a Forest


It Consists of 60 Acres near Lake Arbutus – Old Forest Abandoned


The Neillsville public schools have acquired 60 acres near Lake Arbutus for a school forest. The land is in Section 30, town of Levis, in the neighborhood of the homes of two Indian families, the Jesse Mikes and the Thompsons.


When the school district moved to acquire land in that area, the original purpose was to get 80 acres. But it was found that the land desired, though belonging to the county, had upon it the home of the Thompsons and grounds used by the Indians for camping and ceremonials. The Indians were concerned at the prospect. The Thompsons had not paid taxes, and the title had reverted to the county. Yet the Thompsons claimed that information had been given them long ago that they did not need to pay taxes. The 80 in question contained the Thompson home.


Rather than to create a difficulty, the officials of the school district agreed that the forest area should consist of 60 acres instead of 80. This gave the Thompsons opportunity to buy from the county 20 acres, including the site of their home. The school district acquired the remaining 60 acres from the county.


The deed also specifies that the Indians may use the grounds for camping and ceremonials, subject to the supervision of the Neillsville superintendent of schools.


The purchase of this land for a school forest provokes an inquiry as to the school forest on US-10 west of Wedges Creek. That land long bore a sign, indicating that it was the forest of the Neillsville schools. It appears, however, that the Neillsville School District lost interest in that forest quite a few years ago. The reason is that the school acquired no substantial interest in that forest, according to the arrangement in vogue at the time that forest was started.


The school proceeded several years with planting, putting out an aggregate of about 15,000 trees. Then somebody by chance or otherwise read the fi ne print in the agreement and found there that the school children could have all the fun they wanted in planting trees in the forest, but that the timber, when the trees matured, belonged, not to them or to the school district but to Clark County.


Upon that discovery, the school quit trying out there. Entitled to receive about 5,000 trees per year from the state nursery, the school distributed them among farm boys who agreed to plant them on their home acres. Now, finally the school is acquiring land outright, upon which it can plant and can have what grows.


Ten Calves Will Go to the State Fair


Ten junior dairy calves will represent Clark County at the Wisconsin State Fair at Milwaukee from August 21 to 25. They will compete with dairy animals shown by juniors from all over Wisconsin. Those showing Holsteins will be Dale Appleyard, Neillsville, with a junior yearling heifer calf and a junior bull calf; William Appleyard, Neillsville, with a junior heifer calf; Alan Naedler, Neillsville, with a senior heifer calf; and Justine Jackowicz with a senior heifer calf. The Holsteins will be judged Monday, August 24, starting at 9:00 a.m.


Those showing in Guernseys will be LaVaun Garbisch, Granton, with a senior Guernsey calf; LaVaun Neeb, Loyal, senior yearling heifer and a junior heifer calf; Joyce Neeb, Loyal, a senior heifer calf and Evelyn Garbisch, a two-year-old heifer. The Guernseys will be judged at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22.


Other Participants


On Tuesday, August 25, Arvella Noah will present her demonstration on “Diamond Dairy Dishes.” The demonstration will be presented for three consecutive days. Her demonstration was chosen by the state 4-H club office after she was declared a winner in the county contest in June.


Two girls will take part in the state fair style revue on Monday and Tuesday, August 24-25. They are Joan Backe, who will model a summer sports outfit and Pat Gallagher, who will model a dress for best wear. They will model in Radio Hall at the fair.


Six boys and girls will compete in the 4-H judging contest. They are, in clothing, Bernice Southworth, Owen; foods, Barbara Haslow, Chili; dairy, Jerome Horn, Greenwood; electricity, Herbert Puscheck Jr., Chili; garden, Roger Winch, Chili; and tractor operator, Duane Rollins, Spencer.


These contests will be held as follows: Thursday afternoon, foods and electricity: Friday morning, dairy and clothing; Friday afternoon, garden; Saturday morning, tractor operators.


The participants in these contests were selected from judging contests held in the county. They will be accompanied by the extension office staff.


School Taxes in the City of Neillsville City Clerk Brandt has received the apportionment of school taxes to be raised in the city of Neillsville. The amount this year is $75,903.52 compared with $63,514.66 in 1952. The increase is $12,388.86. The percentage of increase is 19.5 percent.


Valuation of Neillsville The final figures on the assessed valuation of Neillsville have been struck by City Clerk Brandt. The 1953 total is $5,098,975 as compared with $5,070,420 in 1952. Realty in 1953 is $4,197,060 as compared with $4,153,710 in 1952. Personal assessment in 1953 is $901,915 as compared with $916,710 in 1952.


Meeting for Bus Drivers A meeting for the drivers of school buses will be held at the Neillsville High School at 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, according to the announcement of Clayton Wright, county superintendent of schools. The session will be confined to the forenoon and will be devoted to information about the duties and responsibilities of bus drivers. Mr. Wright urges the attendance of school officials and administrators, also of members of the county school committee.


Teacher’s Institute in Neillsville on Friday The teacher’s institute will be held at Neillsville High School Friday, August 21, according to the announcement of Clayton Wright, county superintendent of schools. The meeting is for all elementary teachers of the county.




G. Reinart Now at Home from Korea

By Mrs. Ralph Short


Cpl. George Reinart, son of Mrs. Martin Reinart Sr., 204 W. 10th Street, Neillsville, arrived home from Korea Friday evening after serving a year there. He was one of 53 Wisconsin men who came by boat and stopped at the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, through the Panama Canal and New York City. They arrived at New York at 8 o’clock last week Tuesday morning and were taken to a camp in New Jersey. They left there at 8 p.m. Tuesday night by plane and arrived in Chicago at 2 a.m. Wednesday. He was discharged from the service there. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Turner, Davis Junction, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. William Reinart and family and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Reinart and daughter, Tomah, and other relatives from Menasha spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Reinart and son George. Other visitors at the Reinart home Sunday in his honor were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reinart and family, Merrillan, Mr. and Mrs. John Reinart and daughter Judy, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Reinart.


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thompson, Chicago, arrived Saturday to spend a couple of weeks’ vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ragnar Mortenson.


Mr. and Mrs. James Waller, Janesville, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stevens, and brother Irving and family. They returned home Monday and were accompanied by Miss Joanne Stevens, who will spend this week with the Waller family. Miss Stevens is having a week’s vacation from her employment at the First National Bank.


Mrs. Walter Trachte and son Byron visited relatives and friends at Appleton Sunday.



By Mrs. C. Olson


Mrs. Joe Trader slipped and fell on the floor at the home of her granddaughter in Chippewa Falls Sunday morning.


Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Hein received word that their son Neil, who is in the Pentagon building at Washington, D.C., has been promoted from lieutenant colonel to full colonel as of August 1.


A daughter was born July 27 at Sacred Heart hospital in Eau Claire to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Vinton of the Cleveland community. Mrs. Vinton was the former Helen Eisberner.


The Humbird Grade School will open September 2 with the following teachers engaged: Grades 1, 2 and 3, Miss Irene Daniels; grades 4 and 5, Mrs. Thelma Stubrud; grades 6 and 7, Mrs. Beverly Gabriel; school principal and grade 8, Raymond Dyar. The Lincoln High will start at the same time.




Mrs. Richard Larson, the former Nancy Thurber, is ill with rheumatic fever in St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich. Her condition is somewhat improved.


Mrs. Charles Thums and Miss Myra McDonald, Marshfield, visited Sunday at the Warner Berry home.


Mr. and Mrs. Mike Haufenbredl, Woodruff, spent the weekend at the John and George Bloomfield home.


Dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Bloomfield Monday were Mrs. Omar Fry, Necedah, and Mrs. William Bloomfield, Miss Mildred Attleson and Marvin Attleson, Arkdale.


Mrs. Fred Nolan and daughter Nancy, Minneapolis, came Friday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Davel, for two weeks.





Herbert Hederer of Colby has taken over a bulk station in Colby from W.E. Billman, who has retired.


The Colby High School will open August 31.


The Rev. and Mrs. M.C. Goetsch of Cumberland visited recently in Curtiss with friends and attended installation services at Green Grove. He was a pastor of that church 25 years ago.


Mrs. Jeanette Golberg of Rochester, Minn., visited with her sister, Mrs. H.P. Mossing, in Colby recently.


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vogt and daughter of Fremont were guests at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. V. Grosshuesch of Colby.


Cecil Kemp of Ainsworth, Ia., spent a recent weekend in Colby at the George Blanchard home.


Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wilde of Abbotsford are the parents of a son born August 11.


Mrs. Edward (Jeanette) Canzino has returned to her home in Hollywood, Cal., after spending two weeks in Abbotsford with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ingersoll land family.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Peterson have returned to their home in Abbotsford from a vacation trip to the southern part of the state and into Illinois.


Pvt. Jerry Rankel of Abbotsford, who is stationed at Fort Lee, Va., attended funeral services for Robert Taft in Washington, D.C.



By Mrs. F. W. Winn

Cpl. Erlin Garbisch, who has been in Korea with the U.S. forces, is spending several days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Garbisch. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wench and family of Iowa are also guests at the Garbisch home. Mrs. Wench is the former Loraine Garbisch.


The condition of Hugo Quast who was recently stricken remains about the same. He is in the hospital in Marshfield.


Cards have been received here telling of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Freeburg, Colfax, at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, on August 7. The baby was named Mary Susan. She has two older sisters, Karen and Vana Kay.




Miss Erline Dux, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dux of Neillsville, and Manley Walker of Wisconsin Rapids were married at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Methodist parsonage with the Rev. Virgil Nulton performing the double ring ceremony.


Anita Walker, sister of the groom, and Duane Dux, brother of the bride, were their attendants.


The bride wore a street dress of navy blue with white accessories and her bouquet was of red roses and white carnations.


A reception for approximately 80 relatives and friends was held at the Legion Memorial Hall, followed by a coin shower and dance in the evening.


The bride has been employed at the local bakery for the past year and prior to that worked at Becker’s Café. The groom is employed in the paper mill at Wisconsin Rapids. The young couple left Sunday for their home in the Rapids.


Relatives attending the wedding were from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Fairchild, Augusta, Eau Claire, Altoona, Humbird and Wisconsin Rapids.


The New Water Plant of Neillsville


The exterior of the new water plant is approaching completion. The view here is from the southeast and shows the southern and eastern exposure. The mechanical equ8ipment is also approaching completion, with the date not far Distant when the plant will be producing filtered water. 

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