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Clark County News

February 23, 1939


Three new champions are crowned as 3,000 see Winter Festival


Donald Lavey and his pet, Buster, win over seven


Neillsville’s downtown streets were jammed by parked automobiles last Saturday afternoon as a crowd estimated at well over 3,000 persons converged to witness the running of the second annual Dog Derby and the wood chopping and wood sawing contests.


Spring-like weather which sent the mercury in thermometers skyrocketing to well above freezing, gave the entire day a different aspect than it had a week before, when frigid sub-zero weather caused the last-minute postponement of the winter festival.


The combination of the crowd and the fine weather made the afternoon one of the most enjoyable as three new champions were crowned.


They were, Donald Lavey of the town of York, and his pet 15-month-old dog, “Buster,” winners of the Dog Derby.


Donald and Lawrence Drescher, winners of the wood sawing contest, and defending titlists.


And Julius Martens, Ed Struensee and William Meihack, judged co-winners of the wood chopping contest. Martens was the defending champion.


Several are injured in falls on the ice today


Treacherous under footing today resulted in the serious injury of at least two persons in Neillsville and vicinity, and minor injuries to several others. A light covering of snow, which hid slick patches of ice from view, was largely responsible for the accidents.


Most seriously injured was Mrs. John Hartung, 71, of Pine Valley. She suffered fractures of the leg and arm when she fell in front of the Hauser residence on North Hewett Street while attending the funeral of Mrs. John Hauser this morning. She was removed to the Neillsville hospital for treatment.


L.S. Marden, county board member representing Neillsville’s first ward, fractured his leg at the hip bone when he slipped on ice and fell while on his way downtown about noon today. The crowded condition of the Neillsville hospital made it necessary to remove him to a Marshfield hospital.


Others less seriously injured included: Verna Zuege, high school student, who injured her right arm in a fall on ice this noon; Mrs. A.F. Flynn of Neillsville, who tore a ligament in her ankle in a fall on ice; and Dr. Sarah Rosekrans, who injured her left leg slightly when she fell while making a call this morning.


 Mrs. A.L. Devos of Neillsville suffered an arm fracture in a fall on the ice Tuesday afternoon.


Hit-run charge follows finding of auto license


An automobile license plate found at the scene of a hit-run accident on South Hewett Street early Monday morning resulted in the arrest of a short time later of Alfred Boon of Neillsville.


 Lloyd Sly of Neillsville, who was sitting in Boon’s car with two young ladies when Sheriff Herman J. Olson and traffic officer Lewis Bradbury found it about three miles east of the city on Highway 10, was arrested on a charge of drunkenness; and Lucille Lee, also of Neillsville, was taken to a local physician, where several stitches were taken to close a long gash on her forehead.


The car, when found by the officers, was crippled by the loss of a front tire, and Boon had returned to Neillsville for a truck to haul it back to the city.


Arraigned before Judge A.E. Dudley Monday morning, Boon, through his attorney, Hugh G. Haight, pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and was released on his own bond of $100 for hearing March 6. Sly also pleaded not guilty to the charge of drunkenness and was released on his own bond of $50.


Officer Bradbury and Sheriff Olson were called to investigate the case after an automobile had rammed into the rear of an unoccupied car belonging to Ole Aspen, rural carrier, parked on South Hewett Street. The officers found the license plates, and, on checking the license number through state record books in the sheriff’s office, learned that it belonged to Boon’s car.


They said they learned from witnesses that the hit and run car had turned east at the end of South Hewett Street. While making the turn, a front tire of the car was thrown. The officers said that from the corner they were able to trail the car by the marks made on the snow and pavement by the rim of the wheel.


Boon had left his companions when the officers reached the car. He was driving his truck, apparently on his way to town in the damaged car, when the officers arrested him.


Temperatures for the week are high of 44, low of -14


Temperatures during the last week ranged between 14 degrees below zero and 44 degrees above, according to records at the Henry Markwardt farm, cooperative weather observation station, near the fairgrounds.


The highest temperatures came Saturday, when more than 3,000 persons came into Neillsville for the second annual running of the dog derby and the wood chopping and wood sawing contest. The low was registered last Thursday night.


The temperatures, high and low, for the week: Thursday, 15 above and 14 below; Friday, 29 above and seven below; Saturday, 44 above and 27 above; Sunday, 38 above and 20 above; Monday, 20 above and two below; Tuesday, eight above and 10 below; and Wednesday, seven above and 12 below.


Only two-hundredths of an inch of precipitation were recorded during Sunday’s mild sleet storm. Precipitation on Friday was 12-hundredths of an inch.




Phil Jones and family are moving into the Ball house.


Paul Benner is reportedly going to Iowa.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weiderwood, who have lived here the past year, contemplate going to Milwaukee when spring comes.


Leslie Inis, Donald Payne and Joe Krause are reported on their way to Florida.


Perry Hahm and son, Billie, enjoyed the Golden Gloves matches at Wisconsin Rapids last Thursday night.


The Valentine party, sponsored by the Townsend Club last Thursday night, drew the usual good crowd.


George Knapton is still suffering at the hospital. Members of his family are with him constantly.




Ernest Schaefer is very sick with scarlet fever at the hospital, where he was taken last Friday.


Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Armitage and Mrs. Lisle Armitage and baby drove to Houghtonburg last week Sunday and helped Mrs. George Iffland celebrate her birthday.


Leon Metcalf’s children are ill with chicken pox.


The card party held at Christie Hall last Saturday night was enjoyed by a number of the neighbors. Another party will be held next Saturday evening, and the public is invited.


Mrs. Emma Shummel and Will Nichols spent Sunday at the Bruce Armitage home.


Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gard entertained the Pinochle Club Sunday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. George Haack entertained their Pinochle Club Saturday evening.


Thorp News


Thorp was a very busy town on Monday. Most everybody from the vicinity was there.


Bruno Lato was a caller at the Malaszuk home Monday evening.


The first day Frank Malaszuk went outside after he recovered from pneumonia, he saw a crow.


Frank Malaszuk was a Tuesday caller at the Williams home.


Andrew Nendza is attempting to establish a milk route through this community for Frank Mesky.


Della Williams was a Wednesday caller at the Malaszuk home.


Mr. and Mrs. John Biddle and daughter, Dorothy, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Berzinski and children were callers at the Bill Karpinski home Wednesday evening. Della Williams visited at the Matt Briski home Thursday afternoon.


Walter Williams was a caller at the Malaszuk home Thursday evening.




Ray Nelson, who has been assisting with the work at the Bert Hancock home at Vesper during Mr. Hancock’s illness, returned home Tuesday.


Henry Heiberg is visiting his sister, Mrs. Oscar Laken, and family.


Mrs. Eva Hancock and son, John, spent Sunday at the Clinton Hancock home near Black River Falls. They also made the acquaintance of their little granddaughter and niece, Janice Maren.


James Churchill, who attended the annual session of Northern Wisconsin Forest Rangers at Tomahawk, returned home Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Martin Field attended the funeral of Mrs. Hubert Johnson at Black River Falls Sunday.


Mrs. Julius Kale underwent an appendectomy at the Krohn Clinic at Black River Falls Saturday.


Mrs. Martha Field and Edwin Field spent Thursday evening at the Herbert Jensen home at City Point.


Bill Kling of City Point was a Sunday caller at the Field home.


Mr. and Mrs. Florian Thiel of Spaulding spent Sunday at the Alex Thiel home.


Bernice and Lyngaard Jepsen of Wisconsin Rapids spent Sunday at their home here.


Seif and Hendren


Charles Jeglic went to Chicago to find work Tuesday.


Chester Smith went to Eau Claire Thursday to bring home his wife and grandson.


Fred Timmler had the Sawyers Friday.


Mrs. Francis Knops returned home from Chicago Friday, after visiting her mother in the hospital there. We all wish for her a speedy recovery.


Mr. and Mrs. Ted Schwamb called at the Levitt Phillips home Friday.


A big crowd attended the shower and dance at the Weston Hall Saturday evening.


Prills called at the Fred Griep home Friday afternoon.


Mrs. Levitt Phillips came home from the Neillsville hospital last Thursday.


Relatives and friends helped Tillie Modersohn celebrate her birthday Tuesday.


Art Wegner’s entertained dinner guests Sunday.


Ludwig Perushek and son, Frank, and Laken’s spent Sunday at the Tolaney home.


Harold Thoma and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Grap called at the Prill home this week.


Levitt Phillips is working at the Arther Manthey home.




A little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rinehart, Jr., Friday. Mother and baby are getting along nicely. Mrs. Louis Peron is caring for them.


The Ladies’ Aid at Mrs. Aasen’s Thursday was nicely attended.


Mr. and Mrs. H. Elmendorf and family were visitors at the Ralph Short home Saturday night.


Quite a number from here attended the dog derby and wood chopping contest in Neillsville Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Short were Granton callers Friday.


A few neighbors helped Joanne Stevens celebrate her fourth birthday Friday night.


Mrs. Paul Schultz returned home last week after spending several weeks in Milwaukee and Fond du Lac.


George Holub is the owner of a Plymouth sedan since last week.


Mrs. Irene Turner is working at the Svirnoff home in Neillsville.




Roy Durst sold wood to Henry Steimke Saturday.


The Lone Pine School had a program on Valentine’s Day, and everyone received a nice valentine and candy.


Harold Durst called at the Roy Durst home Wednesday forenoon.


The PTA meeting was held at the Lone Pine School Friday evening. We were certainly pleased to see so many there. Games were played, and a lunch was served. Everyone enjoyed the evening.


Peter Larson and Joe Ticer of Tioga called at the Roy Durst home Wednesday.


F.M. Lightfoot and son, Marion, visited Sunday with his daughter, Mrs. Morris Meredith, and family at Tioga.




Elwin and Donald Pierce accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hart to Neillsville Saturday. The boys entered their dogs in the dog derby.


Mr. and Mrs. William Duchow entertained 12 couples at cards Saturday evening. A fine lunch was served by the hostess.


Miss Omodt spent the weekend with her aunt in Eau Claire.


Frank Moore was home from Madison to spend Sunday with his family.


Born to Mr. and Mrs Myron Coleman of Warren, a son. Mrs. Earl Pierce is caring for her daughter.


Dr. and Mrs. Roy Washburn of Augusta spent Sunday afternoon with the latter’s aunt, Mrs. Mary Crane.


The farm home of John Matousek burned Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller and family spent Saturday with the latter’s mother, Mrs. J. Falk, Mrs. Miller remained Sunday because of her mother’s ill health.


Mr. and Mrs. Willard Waters accompanied Morris Kretchmer to attend the funeral of Mrs. J. G. Zimmerman at Neillsville Friday.


Mr. and Mrs. John Michaels entertained a number of friends and relatives in honor of their 20th wedding anniversary Saturday evening. A nice lunch was served. 







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