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Clark County News


September  9, 1937


4,450 Soil Checks are Paid to Clark County Farmers


The 4,450 final 1936 soil checks have arrived at county agent W. J. Landry’s office, and are now being distributed through the mail, because the checks and receipt schedules were not arranged in order, which would make it possible to distribute them at meeting places. These checks represent the difference between the expected and actual numbers of farmers participating in the north central area and the difference between estimated and actual administration expense.


At the time the AAA was set up, an estimated amount of farmers were believed to participate in the area of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana, but only about 80 percent of that estimate took part. Of the total amount allotted, 10 percent was deducted for administration expense, which in Clark County is only 8.54 percent actually. These checks bring the payment per acre from $11.39 to $12.09.


Two receipts are being mailed to farmers in this area, one for the government, the other for records. When the receipts are sent in, the checks are mailed. Last year, 54 percent of the farms in the north central region participated, 78 percent of the farms in Wisconsin, and 91 percent in Clark County. Nearly every farmer took part last year, but they only earned 59 percent of possible soil building payments. Another inspection will be held during October, so soil building allowances may be advanced by liming, seeding and similar practices. If fall rains come, farmers can qualify for both the $6.78 and $3.39 payments, and for the seeding if the soil building allowance has not been exceeded.


Participants are advised to study the farm map given last spring, and the classification of crops to figure the basis for payments. Those in doubt are advised to see the committeeman or to call at the county agent’s office. Shipments of lime are arriving daily for those who wish it.



Neillsville Hospital to Reopen About Sept. 15


The Neillsville Hospital, which has been closed for some time, will be reopened about September 15, by Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Martin of Nekoosa, who have leased the building and the adjoining nurse’s home from Mrs. Naomi Stamper. A new sterilizer is being added in the operating room, new beds installed, and rooms are being redecorated.


Mrs. Martin is a technician with experience as an Anesthetist and in x-ray work, and also has been employed in doctor’s offices in larger cities. Mr. Martin also had hospital experience for five years at Jerome, Arizona. Assisting Mr. and Mrs. Martin will be Mrs. Sarah Aho, a trained nurse, and more nurses will be added as required.


Reopening of the hospital will be good news to residents of Neillsville and surrounding territory, who have felt the need of a hospital service here.



325 High School Pupils Set Record


Total of 637 Enrollment in Neillsville Schools on Tuesday


Approximately 637 Neillsville pupils returned to school Tuesday when all city schools opened for the fall term. Of this number, 44 are kindergarten pupils entered for the first time, 19 at the north side and 25 at the south side. At the north side school, there were 91 enrollees in the six grades; at the south side, 221 in all eight grades; and by Wednesday, the high school enrollment had jumped to 325, an all-time high.


In the high school this year, there are 90 freshmen, 86 sophomores, 87 juniors and 62 seniors. Of the north side enrollment, the grades have the following number: 1-13, 2-14, 3-10, 4-10, 5-11, and 6-14, of the south side: 1-19, 2-28, 3-20, 4-16, 5-14, 6-23, 7-28 and 8-48. Through the use of the main and sub-assemblies of the high school, crowding of the students is avoided. Most of the students were dismissed Tuesday after study program cards had been completed, and on Wednesday, the first checkup on classes and rooms was completed, Supt. Don Peters reports.



Torrid Heat Wave is Broken Friday


Cooler Weather and Rain Welcomed after Late Summer Hot Spell


The hottest and most searing early fall heat wave in over 40 years came to a close with rains and cooler weather last Friday evening. Hundreds of people had died from the heat, including many in Wisconsin. The thermometer dropped from a high of 95 on Friday to a low of 55 Saturday. On Sunday morning, frosts did some damage in northern Clark County.


The thermometers had ranged over 90 degrees in Neillsville and many other cities for a 10-day period ending September 3. Much damage resulted to crops and pastures in upper Wisconsin counties where, but little rain had fallen during the month of August, including the upper portion of Clark County, and large sections of Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, Barron and other counties north and west of here. In the Dakotas, many sections had already been burned brown, and many other states had also suffered from the heat and lack of rain.



Neillsville May Get City Water Filtration Plant


Mayor Stelloh Assured by Gov. La Follette of His Cooperation


Hopes for the final approval of the application of Neillsville for a new Black River water filtration system were revived today when Mayor Fred Stelloh received a letter from Gov. Philip La Follette relative to the activity of the state in WPA matters. In the letter under date of Sept. 7, the Governor informed the mayor that a member of his staff is being sent to Washington to urge passage of the Wisconsin applications, and that the matter concerning Neillsville “would be taken up specifically.” A report will be sent to Mayor Stelloh as soon as something definite breaks.


The system under consideration would cost approximately $45,000 and has already received the approval of the state government. Some objections were raised when the proposal was forwarded, primarily against the use of river water instead of well water. When costs of wells were investigated it was found that approximately $200,000 would be required, and that there was a likelihood that the flow would be insufficient. River water, fed by springs near the Mound, has always been sufficiently high in the driest weather.


A savings estimated at 80 percent on chlorine would result through the use of this new system, which employs coagulation to remove injurious constituents. The same type of equipment is now in use in Milwaukee and in other cities on a larger scale. Black River water was found by the state to be soft and acceptable.


12 Applicants for Supervisor of Clark Co. REA


Series of Meetings in County on Electrical Equipment


In a special meeting of the board of directors of the Clark County REA project in the courthouse Tuesday night, the applications of 12 for project supervisor were considered and voted upon. Five appeared personally for interview by the board and by Kent Woolridge, resident engineer. Applications with board recommendations were sent to Washington for final approval.


The project supervisor work consists of looking after the interests of the cooperative during construction, helping farmers with wiring, inspecting completed wiring jobs and helping to build a load on a line. The board of directors consists of Vern Howard, Granton, pres.; Martin Klarich, vice pres., Willard; Gus Voight, Loyal; Ed Klein, Spencer; L.T. Klein, Owen; and Rex Cooper, Withee.


A series of meetings to acquaint the 2,078 REA customers with the latest in electrical equipment have been tentatively planned in five localities, scheduled for York on Sept. 27, Unity Sept. 28, Curtiss Sept. 29, Thorp Sept. 30 and Willard, Oct. 1. Final announcement of these meetings will be made shortly by W. J. Landry, county agent. As planned, Victoria Harris, home electrification specialist will give demonstrations relative to the operation and care of principal home appliances and Ray B. Hugus, agricultural electrification specialist will show latest farm equipment and discuss lighting, wiring and farm plumbing.


Heavy Postage Penalty


W. L. Smith of this city recently sent a letter with a capital stock tax return to the Internal Revenue Department on which 6˘ in postage stamps had been affixed. This was marked 3˘ due and sent to the dead letter office and either opened there or in the revenue office. Mr. Smith was charged 8˘ for return postage and then had to pay 9˘ more postage again to send it to the Internal Revenue office, making in all 23˘ postage on a parcel on which the correct postage claimed was 9˘.


Sears Roebuck Agency Store


O. L. McDannel of Wisconsin Rapids is opening a Sears Roebuck store in the building across from the post office on Hewett St., owned by Mrs. Adelaide Lowe.


Unveil Memorial Oct. 3


The Greenwood memorial, picturing a Gold Star mother holding in one arm, a fallen soldier, and in the other, an American flag, will be unveiled October 3. The memorial is the work of Prof. Ernest Durig and will be dedicated to the citizens of the community. The Greenwood Commercial Club and the American Legion are cooperating to make this one of the biggest events of the year. Busts of several locally prominent people will also be displayed during the day, and a crowd estimated in the thousands is expected to be on hand.


Annual Hefty Family Reunion Held Sunday


The annual family reunion and celebration of the birthday of John Hefty Sr. were held at the John Hefty Sr. home in Granton Sunday. Mr. Hefty was 81 years old. All children and their families attended, as well as numerous other relatives. Each brought baskets of food, and upon departure, left best wishes among the group. Mrs. John Hefty is ill at home under a doctor’s care.


Those present for the festivities were Harry Cattanachs, and Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Cattanach of Nekoosa; Mr. and Mrs. John Hefty Jr., Art Hohensteins and Fred Hillert family of Chili; Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Stoneberg and daughter of Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hefty, Mrs. Anne Schnitzler and son Howard of Madison; and Mr. and Mrs. Casper Marty and family of Neillsville.


Ladies Day Thursday


Nearly 30 women attended Ladies Day at the Neillsville Country Club Thursday afternoon, playing golf, following with a picnic supper which was served to men who were invited. Free lessons are given by Art Tangen, golf pro, each of these days. Ladies Day will be held this week again Thursday. Qualifying rounds for the ladies golf tournament were stared last week. The men’s tournament is ready to start with all qualifying rounds to be in by Sept. 13. The golfers will be divided into high and low groups on the basis of their scores and the two will compete.


Silver Wedding at Christie Hall Sept. 4


Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Armitage Honored on 25th Anniversary


Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Armitage of Christie celebrated their silver wedding anniversary Sept. 4 with a supper for friends and relatives and a dance at the Christie Hall. They were given a purse of money, and many congratulatory gifts, among which was a chest of silverware from their son and daughter.


Those who attended were Asa Darlings and Aug. Wittke Sr. of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wittke of Neillsville; George Ifflands of Houghtonburg; Lisle Armitage and family, Mrs. Blanche Medicke and daughter, Mrs. Clara Whittington, Mrs. Emma Shummel, Will Nichols; Jack and Edna Ratsch; and at the dance the Arthur Thomases of Milwaukee, the O.J. Smiths of Loyal and Mrs. Anna Voight of Milwaukee joined the festivities.


Granton Holds Civic Day


The annual Get-Together Day sponsored by the Granton Women’s Civic Club will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the village hall. Plans have been made for an antique show, a flower display and an exhibit of handicraft articles made by various club groups. The morning session will be at 11 at which Miss Bovee, librarian of Neillsville, will talk. Lunch will be served at noon in the Union Church parlors. The afternoon session will consist of numbers put on by the various community clubs and a travel talk by Mrs. H.G. Knudtson of West Salem, formerly of Granton.


Green Grove Festival


The annual Mission Festival of the Green Grove Lutheran Church was held Sunday at the church in Green Grove Township under the direction of the pastor, Rev. Goetsch.


Services were held during the day, and a big dinner was served at noon.


Two visiting pastors assisted in the services.


The attendance this year was almost equal to former sessions, although many people from surrounding cities and villages went on Labor Day vacation. There was the usual attendance of the congregation and their many friends.


Among those attending from here were Henry Rahn, Register of Deeds and County Clerk Calvin Mills and family.






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