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Clark County News


Sept. 2, 1937



St. John’s Lutheran School Opening


E. Sievert Announces Fall Term Opens September 7


The St. John’s Lutheran School will open for its fall term on Tuesday, Sept. 7th, at 9 a.m.


The school offers a sound character training course which inculcates the necessary moral and religious qualities for our growing generation.


The school at the same time provides a state-graded secular education for all its pupils. Parents, even those who have no church affiliation with the St. John’s Lutheran Church, and yet are interested are invited to enroll their children. Any added information may be obtained from the Rev. Wm. Baumann or E. H. Sievert, principal of the school.


The primary teacher will again be Miss Adelia Schumacher of La Crosse.


Board members for the coming term are Hy Naedler, Harry Roehrborn and Arthur Berger.



Finish Basement for P.O. Building


Construction Co. Set to Go


Ahead After the Inspection Shultz Bros. completed the work of excavating the basement for the new post office building in less than three days last week, completing the job Saturday afternoon. The big power shovel with three dump trucks scooped out the dirt in quick fashion, with a large gallery of spectators looking on. Postmaster Kurth, through a long distance call, got permission for this subcontract to be done at once.


The Old O’Neill House, a landmark of the town, stood on the site of the new post office, burning down in 1912. No difficulty was experienced from masonry or debris, and the basement was dug to a depth of about 11 feet near the street side.


The Ebbe Construction Co. built an office on the site this week, which will be is use while construction work is on. Inspector Cooke is expected here any day now to approve of further plans for the new building, which will cost more than the contract price of $42,000, as there was $70,000 allotted for the new building.



Setting REA Poles


Preparatory operations for installing REA poles in northern townships was started Monday by the Ulen Contracting Company of Lebanon, Inc., successful bidders. The company brought 27 of their trucks and a quantity of equipment and are employing private trucks in addition. Temporary offices have been established in Owen. All poles may be set before freezing time, but wiring is not expected to start until late in October. The county agent’s notes give more details of construction, on the editorial page.



Longer School Terms in Rural Districts


The largest number of new rural school teachers in six years went to work Monday when all Clark County rural graded schools opened. All schools went on a nine-month school year schedule this year for the first time under the new law. Only 13 schools ran nine months last year. Reading and readiness tests will be given to new first grade pupils this week the same as last year. Although there was a record enrollment of 675 at the close of last year, rural pupils are expected to increase again this year. No official report has yet been received.



Get Ready for Paving


City officials expect that forms will be laid along 5th Street Thursday preparatory to paving. Two WPA crews are working in 10-hour shifts each. The city paving machine, used to install curb and gutter along this same street last year, will be used for mixing the concrete. O’Neill Creek was drained this week in order to remove the 2 to 3 feet of silt that has accumulated near the dam. As soon as the silt is dry, it is expected that trucks will be used to haul it away.


Marriage Licenses


Julius Bohland of Maplehurst, Taylor County, and Gertrude Petke of Hixon

Edward Baum of Hixon and Wanda Buczynski of Withee

Robert Schilling of Helenville and Norma Voss of Beaver

William Franz and Dorothy Markee of Warner



H. M. Smith Promoted to Rank of Captain


Herbert M. Smith of this city has been promoted to the rank of Captain on the regimental staff of the Wisconsin National Guard, 128th Infantry. The promotion is a deserving one in recognition of service rendered in the past.


Captain Smith received written notice of his promotion August 19. He had been active in the National Guard of the state and in Neillsville for the past 17 years.


A number of other promotions are in order for other well-known Neillsville guard officers, which will be announced at a later date.



Drouth in Upper State Counties Proving Serious


Chippewa, Dunn, Barron and North of Clark in Need of Rain


Another drouth is causing hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to feed crops in portions of Chippewa, Barron, Washburn, Dunn and St. Croix counties, and the upper part of Clark County. In some sections there has been almost no rain for about a month.


While the present drouth is not nearly so serious as the two dry seasons of 1934 and 1936, yet it is serious in many places, and the hot dry weather of late August is unseasonable. Millions of dollars in government relief was poured into upper state counties during the drouths several years ago.


Even the town of York in Clark County, which is one of our banner towns, is viewing with concern the continued dry spell and extreme heat. In fact, rains are needed all over upper Wisconsin and even in other states, according to reports. Dry weather and heat damaged the second crop of peas, which also suffered from aphids. The early pea crop was good.


Neillsville and some other sections were given relief by timely rains August 18 and again last Friday, when so much rain fell near Wedges Creek there was a veritable flood. However, farther north little or no rain fell.


Grasshoppers have been bad in some sections of Clark, Jackson, Eau Claire and Chippewa counties owing to the dry weather.



Model Home is Very Interesting Work


Starts Wednesday By O & N Lumbar Co. On Building A new method of presenting model homes which enables potential homeowners to “x-ray” the walls and see what they are made of, will be launched in Neillsville Wednesday when construction of a triple insulated demonstration home is begun by the O and N Lumber Co. at 2nd and Oak St.


According to F.G. Holstein of the O and N Lumber Co., this is a plan of showing people by use of demonstration homes just what can be accomplished in the way of permanence, fi re protection and low upkeep expense, through the use of modern materials developed in research laboratories.


Much interest is being shown in the planning and construction of the new model home by the O & N Lumber Co.



Brotherhood is Topic at Kiwanis


Farewell to Dr. Rosekrans Also Given by Club President


Rev. Arthur Oakes, pastor of the Marshfield Presbyterian church, in an address before Kiwanians Monday stressed the relation of religion to business, and pointed out the value of character building, the strengthening of faith, and the spirit of brotherhood which is so valuable to industrial development. Rev. Oakes’ delivery was simple and earnest, and his subject was apparently convincing to the group.


Announcement of the departure of Dr. M. C. Rosekrans to his new field in Wahpeton, N.D., was made by the president of the club, William Crow. George Crothers said a few words of farewell on behalf of the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Rosekrans has been active in Kiwanis since he came here seven years ago, and his many friends in this city regret that he has decided to leave.



Golden Weddings of Chas. Shramek’s and W. R. Happe’s Held


Two golden wedding anniversaries near Neillsville, those of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Happe Sr. and of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shramek Sr. were celebrated this week. The Happe family reside in the village of Chili, and the Shramek’s are old settlers in the town of Levis.


William Happe and Lydia Messner were married at Knowles in Dodge County, Wis., August 29, 1887. Mr. Happe was a graduate of Oshkosh normal and was engaged in teaching for a time, later taking up farming, which he continued when he came to Clark County in 1900 to settle in the town of Fremont. Happe has been active in town affairs, having served several terms as town clerk and treasurer and been an officer of the school district. He has been active in cooperative farm organizations and was in charge of the Equity Shipping Association after moving to Chili in January 1931.


Four children were born to the union, Alma, who teaches in Illinois but vacations at home. Mrs. Albert Lindow of Fremont, W. R. Happe Jr., at home and Elda, who teaches in Eau Claire. Five grandchildren are living. All the family was present at the celebration, which many other relatives and friends attended.


The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Shramek was celebrated Saturday, August 28, at the Levis community hall with a dinner for the family and numerous relatives and friends. The hall was prettily decorated, and the couple received many congratulations and gifts. Both the couple were born in Bohemia, Mr. Shramek in 1865 and Mrs. Shramek in 1868. He came to this county in 1878, and she in 1872. They were married in 1887 and came to Neillsville in 1907. Of nine children born to them, six are living. Ladd of Park Ridge, Ill., Charles and Ed of Neillsville, Wm. of Bensenville, Ill. Jerry of Chicago, and Mrs. Lillian Krumpeck of Paris, Ill. All were present with their families, which numbered 18 grandchildren in all.


Out of town guests present were J. Kroc and family, A. Stejskal and family, M. Moravec and family, Mrs. Emma Hruby, and Mrs. Hugh Waska and son of Cicero, Ill., J. Travnicek and family and Maxine Ward of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krumpeck Sr. of Bensenville, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. J. Valenec, L. Cikanek, Mrs. Kubina of Black River Falls, M. Prochazka, Robert Pral, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kubat and niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ott, and Mrs. Wm. Meier.



Seif and Hendren


Mr. and Mrs. Art Wegner spent Sunday at Paul Kuenkel’s.


C. Baldwin and family of Willard visited with Oscar Kuenkel’s Sunday.


Frank Laken and family visited at the Archie Kirby home in Humbird, Sunday.


Mrs. Frank Francel, son and John Tolaney went to Abbotsford Sunday to visit Frank Francel Jr.




Fred Murphy and family and Mrs. J. Atkins and son spent Sunday with Louis Brown at Greenwood.


Louis Barton moved Ed Hanchman to Neillsville Saturday.


Mrs. Vina Stanley and son Leo spent Friday at Caroline Christie’s.


Mrs. G. Kalsow entertained the Home Economics Club Thursday at dinner.




Mrs. Anna Mackeprang died on Monday at home, after several week’s illness.


Mrs. Jess Wilding went to Watertown Thursday to visit her mother.


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Short were Sunday guests at Geo. Albaugh’s.


Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Williams, Evelyn Poler and Wm. Redmond made a trip to Wisconsin Dells this week.


Ladies Aid was entertained at Louie Person’s Thursday. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Ezra Sharratt, Sept. 16.


Jess Wilding is visiting Geo. Albaugh’s Sunday.


Paul Kuhn is painting his house in Neillsville.


Mrs. Mike Kellner and family spent Friday at the Ralph Short home.


Donna Matousek was taken to Marshfield Saturday to x-ray her leg.


Breaking Ground For New Neillsville Post Office


Breaking ground for the new $70,000 post office in Neillsville last Thursday, August 26, was made the occasion of a rally and Celebration by Clark County Democratic leaders. Shown in the photo above, from left to right are, John Wuethrich of Greenwood, chairman of the county Democratic committee, Robert Kurth of Neillsville, treasurer of the committee, and  Louis Kurth, Neillsville postmaster, who modestly appears in the Center  background; William Klopf of Neillsville, oldest Democrat in Clark County, and Dr. R.L. Barnes of Greenwood,  secretary of the committee.


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