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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Clark County News

December 30, 1937


M.E. Christmas program The Methodist program at the Methodist Church Christmas Eve was well attended. The program was presented in two parts. The first part consisted of recitations, dialogues, and songs by the little fold of the school, and the second part, a pageant, portrayed the Christmas story.


In this pageant Spencer Pullen was the reader of the sacred story. The choir of the church sang the carols, and the shepherds, wise men, angels, etc., were portrayed by the junior and senior department of the school. Velda Wagner was the pianist.


Zion Church program


Young people of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church gave their Christmas program Friday evening. There were recitations and songs by the younger children. The Young People’s Society gave a play, “When The Light Shone,” a beautiful story, representing the true spirit of Christmas. The presentation was credit to the characters and was well received by the audience.


Buckman Company fails


The crash of the B.E. Buckman Investment Co. of Madison with hundreds of thousands of dollars lost is being investigated by the state. Only a short time ago the Jad. Boyd Investment Co. there failed for over a million dollars. A large amount of Buckman company stock was sold in and around Neillsville and Granton by a salesman.


Withee pioneer dies


Christen Jensen, 79, for many years a resident of Withee, dropped dead Thursday on a downtown street in Eau Claire, where he lived in recent years. His sons, James and Arthur, operate drug stores at Eau Claire and there is a daughter, Mrs. H.S Kirkoff.


The funeral was held at Withee Monday.


Permit required by truckers after Jan. 1


A transportation inspector for the Public Service Commission will be at the city hall in Neillsville Friday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will explain the changes in the transportation act to all truckers.


No trucks will be allowed to operate after Jan. 1 without having applied for a 1938 permit, and the inspector will take application for permits at that time.


REA Cooperative rates


Officials of the federal and state Rural Electric Cooperative stated that wholesale power rates for the 10 co-ops in this section of the state will average 1.28c per kWh. The Northern States had offered a flat rate of 1 cent a kilowatt, but the federal officials raised objections.


Neillsville city team beats Marshfield five


The Neillsville city basketball team won a neat victory at Marshfield Sunday by defeating the Athletics of that city 31 to 26. The Neillsville team set the pace throughout the game.


Schield of Neillsville scored 4 field goals, Carl Wagner 3 and 2 free throws, Chet Wagner 2 and a toss, Ole Olson 3, Roberts and K. Olson 1 each.


Score by periods: Neillsville 6 10 21 31 Marshfield 2 9 18 26



Marriage Licenses


Earl Ewing and Mabel Silke, Neillsville.


Frank Peroshek Jr., of Hendren and Arlene Meinholdt of Eaton.


Donald Lindow and Myrtle Struck of Fremont.


John Aebersold of Darlington and Alice Zimmerman of Mentor.


Archie Smith of Barron and Agnes Sjostrom of Green Grove.



December 25, 1947


 Christmas mail is the heaviest in office’s history


Both post office and express report home deliveries higher than ever


Incoming Christmas mail and express has been heavier in Neillsville this year than in any year in history.


This is the impression of Postmaster Louis W. Kurth and Al Marg, who delivers the express.


Christmas packages delivered to the homes by the express are “double” last year’s volume; and deliveries to retail establishments have been about “one-third larger,” Mr. Marg estimates.


The post office has handled approximately 10 percent more parcel post deliveries to residences and farms of the area, according to Mr. Kurth’s estimate.


These are indications which point to a merry Christmas–materially, at least–for the people in this area.


Started early


While mailings have been heavier, they also started earlier than in the past years, Mr. Kurth said. Thus, the work of the post office has been more constant, and there has not been the record peak days of other years. For instance, the peak here this year in letter cancellations was 9,191 on Tuesday, December 17. The peak day of last Christmas season was just slightly less than 12,000.


For the five-week days of last week letter canceling machines in the post office clocked 50,895 pieces of mail.


Peak is passed


The peak of out-going mailings, both in parcel post and letters, was passed at the end of the week.


The post office staff this week was concentrating on deliveries of incoming mail. These were expected to be the heaviest of month-long Christmas mailing activities.


The post office force cleaned up all package mail in the city Sunday, and expected to do the same Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.


Christmas packages will be delivered Christmas morning to city addresses, Mr. Kurth said. For this work, substitutes and extra help, plus the postmaster, will be employed. Regular postal clerks expect to complete these deliveries by noon.



90-foot light reflector poles arrive for field


Ninety-foot poles designed for use on the athletic field lights arrived in Neillsville Sunday night. They were the second shipment of material for the system to be installed for night playing of football, baseball and softball. The reflectors arrived earlier.


The lights are to be installed on the fairground field in the spring by the Neillsville Athletic Association, which sponsors athletics here. They are expected to cost approximately $8,500, installed.


During the late fall the fairground field was leveled and made ready for new grass planting, which will be done in the spring.


Green Hornets to meet college stars Saturday


The Neillsville Athletic Association’s Green Hornets will headline the holiday sports bill-of-fare here Saturday evening when they engage the highly- touted College All-Stars, a professional traveling team.


The All-Stars boast some of the finest professional talent produced in Illinois and Midwest colleges in recent years. Against them the Green Hornets will pit Bud Bremer, Gordie Vine, Leo Neville and the rest of the line-up in an effort to make it a closely matched game.


The spotlight game is scheduled for 8 p.m. A preliminary is being arranged to start at 7 p.m.



44 Christmas seasons


Miss Katie Wasserburger of Neillsville this year marked her 44th Christmas season in Neillsville’s downtown section. She started in the store on Seventh Street in the spring of 1903, and has been at the same old stand since, without missing a day of the Christmas seasons that have gone by. Miss Wasserburger looks forward to her 50th year in the store, six years hence. And then “I’ll probably go right on as long as I’m able.”


December 26, 1957


Holiday Ball Saturday night


Event of hospital auxiliary is social highlight of holiday season


The Holiday Ball, one of the social highlights of the holiday season here, will be held in the high school gymnasium here Saturday night.


The gymnasium will be prettily decorated for the festive event, which is sponsored annually by the Memorial Hospital auxiliary.


Dancing will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with attire optional. Tickets are available from members of the hospital auxiliary, and also will be available at the door.


Music again this year will be provided by Howie Sturtz’s orchestra.



Thief leaves pants, wedding ring


Duane Sternitzky of Neillsville reported to the sheriff’s office last Friday afternoon that his billfold, some change and a wrist watch were taken from the home of his father, Carl Sternitzky, near Granton, while he took part in a wood sawing “bee.”


Sternitzky, an insurance salesman, said he changed his clothes in the house about 9 o’clock that morning before joining others sawing wood. His trousers, which he hung over the back of a dining room chair, contained between $8 and $10 in a wallet and in change. These were missing when he returned for his clothes about noon. Also missing was a wrist watch, which he had placed on the dining room table. His wedding band, placed with the watch, was not disturbed.


Under-sheriff Frank Dobes is investigating.



New police car is purchased by city


City outlay is $610; city gives notice of termination of leases on lots


The Neillsville city council Monday night accepted the bid of Fel- Gross Chevrolet, Inc., for a police car.


The car, with a heavy duty, 45 ampere generator, was priced by bid of $610.69, with the present city police car in trade. The bid was lower by $400 than any other of the several bids placed.


City Clerk John C. Brandt also was instructed by the city council to notify Mrs. J.W. Kearns and Herman North that leases on lots owned by them on West Fifth, between Hewett and West streets, are being terminated by the city. These lots have been leased by the city and used as parking lots.



Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Christie of Neillsville, long-time residents of the Christie area, are pictured as they appeared during the recent observance of their 50th wedding anniversary.                 (Press photo 1957)




Advertisement in The Press, Dec. 25, 1947.



Milton Schoenfeldt, an “extra” on the post office letter-carrier staff during the Christmas mailing rush, is pictured above with the post office’s carrier cart, which looks for all the world like something fresh off the golf course. The Post office has had it around for some time; but it wasn’t used, and Mr. Schoenfeldt pressed it into service.

(Press Photo 1957)




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