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Clark County News


February 2, 1939


What Next? Cacti and palm trees. Or a blizzard?


Clark County residents would not be greatly surprised should they awaken some fine morning soon to find desert cacti and palm trees growing in their front yards.


Nor would they be greatly surprised should they awaken to find a howling blizzard, 15 feet of drifting snow, and down-out-of-sight temperatures.


The attitude, an outgrowth of recent weather conditions, is one of “anything can happen here - and quite often does.”


For one thing, Neillsville and vicinity experienced a peculiar phenomenon about 10 a.m. Wednesday, when a hailstorm was accompanied by lightning and thunder, no pun intended.


A short time later a sleet storm of small proportions was driven in by a howling gale which had blown throughout the early morning hours, and which had drifted loose snow until difficulty was experienced in township road travel in many sections.


For the last month Clark County has been vexed by alternating “heat waves” and sub-zero temperatures; “spring” rains and winter snows.


But, according to the staunch band of “believers,” the answer to this weather situation may be brought out today. The reason: it’s Groundhog Day. It’s the day when the little animal forecasts whether there will be six more weeks more of snow - if he sees his shadow; or whether spring is here - if no shadow is cast.


A good number of residents were hoping for an unexpected and complete eclipse of the sun to last all day long.



Attempt to start citizenship school


Would hold classes in Greenwood, Withee and Thorp


Efforts are now being made by Clerk of Circuit Court Ben Frantz to get a class in naturalization underway in three communities of Clark County in preparation for naturalization hearings which will be held in June.


It is hoped that the classes will be held in Greenwood, Thorp and Withee, Mr. Frantz said. The classes would be held once a week at each place. The purpose of the classes would be to inform those who have filed naturalization papers about the government of the United States and its operation. Similar classes have been conducted in the county in recent years.


About 50 residents of Clark County have filed naturalization papers since the hearings last summer, Mr. Frantz said. Most of them are residents of the northern part of the county.



74 grey fox kills are certified in 32 days


Only funds sufficient for payment of bounty on one grey fox remained Wednesday night in the special fund of $150 set up for that purpose at their fall session. The bounty is $2 per fox.


Since January 1, when the bounty payment of grey fox was started, 74 of the animals have been killed and dumped on the floor in County Clerk Calvin Mills’ office for bounty claim. Eighteen of them were killed and presented for bounty payment in the first four days of the year. Scarcely a day has gone by since that time without at least one - and usually more - grey fox taken into the courthouse.


County Clerk Mills said that when the fund is exhausted, he will continue to certify the kills. The claims will be presented for payment at the next meeting of the county board of supervisors.



“David Copperfield” to play at Adler


Outstanding pictures are scheduled to show in Neillsville


One of the greatest English stories of all times, “David Copperfield,” will be shown on the Adler theater screen Friday and Saturday of this week.


The picture stars Freddie Bartholomew, W.C. Fields, Edna Mae Oliver, Lewis Stone and Maureen O’Sullivan, and is said to be one of the outstanding motion pictures of the day.


A rollicking comedy, sequel to “There’s Always a Woman,” will be shown on the Adler Theater screen Sunday and Monday in “There’s That Woman Again,” Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce are co-starred, with Margaret Lindsay and Stanley Ridges cast in supporting roles.


The stars of “Jezebel” and “Robin Hood” - Errol Flynn and Bette Davis - are cast together again in “The Sisters” a romantic story, which opens Tuesday on the Adler Theater screen for a three-day stay. Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp and Beaulah Bondi also are cast in feature roles.


Readers of Press like editorials


Place them next to page one - news survey results given


The first summary has been made by The Press of the answers already received in the survey of contents of this newspaper.


The results are shown by the list at the end of this story. Some of the results are rather surprising to the editors, and they wonder whether the summary, as it stands from present returns, really represents the general view. For instance, the editorials seem to rank second in popularity. Ordinarily newspapers anticipate that the editorials will be read by relatively few, and that most other features will rank ahead of them in popularity.


Without going further into detail, it is requested that each readily examine the results as given below and determine whether they are in accord with his own views. Then each who has not already given his answers is asked to make a business of recording his own conclusions and turning them in at The Press office.


In a few instances the returns consist solely of a general commendation. This is much appreciated by the editors. Such an answer, however, does not give them the full measure of help which they would like. The question is not only whether the publication as it stands is approved, but also what the order of preference is on the part of the readers. A knowledge of the most popular preferences will be most helpful in deciding upon the editorial program.


Will further returns change the general results? We shall see.


The results up to date are given below, the features being listed in the order of their popularity:


1. Front page. 2. Editorials. 3. Neillsville locals and society. 4. Country correspondence. 5 Our Times. 6. In and Out of Wisconsin. 7. Farm page. 8. Nearby in Wisconsin. 9. News stories with heads. 10. Granton news and vicinity. 11. Landry’s letter. 12. News used to be. 13. Neillsville city government. 14. Pictures of current news interest. 15. Classified page. 16. County and courthouse. 17. What other editors say. 18. Answers to your farm questions. 19. Births. 20. Church notices. 21. Washington letters. 22. Watchman, 23. Sayings of a Sage. 24. Sports Jots. 25. Serial story. 26. Real estate transfers.


Thorp News


Misses Emma Williams and Mildred Courter spent the weekend at their homes in Reseburg.


Frank Matt Briski and Alvin Kippenhan were callers at the home of Rollin Williams Saturday evening.


Frank Matt Briski and Walter Williams visited with Stanley Malaszuk for a while Saturday evening.


Joseph Sokolowski worked with Alvin Kippenhan for the Slauson Tie and Lumber Company a couple of days last week.


Erin Amendt, Ceasar Barth, Phillip Mattes, Sr., and Arthur Mattes, Jr., all of “bachelors’ avenue” were business callers in Thorp last Saturday.


William Hickman, accompanied by his wife and son, had the misfortune of running into the ditch Saturday afternoon. Mrs. John Biddle took the boy to the doctor, where he had one stitch taken in a gash on his forehead. Other than that, no one was hurt.


Henry Karpinski was a caller at the Joe Malaszuk home Sunday forenoon.


Mrs. Joe Malaszuk, Stanley Malaszuk and Wilfred and Clarence Hedler visited with Frank Malaszuk in the Stanley hospital Sunday afternoon.


Della and Walter Williams visited at the Matt Briski home Sunday afternoon.


Dewey, Walter, Emma and Della Williams; Stanley Malaszuk; Frank and Rose Briski and Alvin Kippenhan visited with Frank Malaszuk in the Stanley Hospital Sunday evening.


Miss Norma Kippenhan of the Eau Claire Normal returned to her home in the town of Mead last week.


Dewey and Emma Williams were Sunday visitors at the Theodore Kippenhan home.


Stanley Malaszuk was a caller at the Rollin Williams home Monday morning.




Mr. and Mrs. Otto Lindner and family spent Sunday afternoon at A. Niedermeyer’s.


Miss Vivian Winter spent Saturday night and Sunday at the home of her parents.


Glenn Wright called on Roy Iverson last Sunday.


Jake Leiser sold his model A Ford truck to Donald Wildish.


Clifford and Clarice Winter and O. Stone spent Thursday evening with Glenn Wright.


Vivian and Clarice Winter spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Lulu Stone.


Glenn Wright helped Clifford Winter and Orville Stone saw wood Sunday afternoon.


Donald Wildish called at the B. Winter home last Friday afternoon.


High school debate teams hold clinic


Six county schools are present at Loyal Monday


Neillsville High School debate teams, coached by William Conlee, were among teams from six Clark County high schools which participated in a debate clinic in Loyal Monday in preparation for the high school tournament to be held in Stevens Point February 11.


The Loyal clinic, the second held recently in the county, was a non-decision affair. The subject was, Resolved that the United States should establish an alliance with Great Britain.


A luncheon for the participants and coaches was provided in the home economics department of the Loyal High School.


Schools, coaches and debaters at the clinic were:


Neillsville, Coach Conlee. Affirmative, Wayne Palmer and Annabelle Gassen; negative, Keith Bennett and Fred Kluhsman.


Colby, Coach Scott. Affirmative, Frederic Yelke and Norman Firnstahl, with Bernice Pokallus as alternative; and negative, Vera Dean Robinson and Lenhart Wiersig.


Granton, Coach Petersen. Affirmative, Evelyn Elmhorst and Leona Garbisch; and negative Wilfred Buth and Marella Holenbach.


Greenwood, Coach Hinkle. Affirmative, Elaine Buker and Stanton Gaylord; negative, Norbert Jolivette and Margaret Thorson.


Loyal, Coach Goldfine. Affirmative, Alfred Steiner and Winifred Richardson, with Verlon Drake as alternative; and negative, Florence Theisen and Duane Nedry, and Jane Davel as alternative.


Spencer, Coach Scharf. Affirmative, Wilbur Larson and Annabelle Waldhart; and negative, Hyacinth Welch and Craig Corbett.




Ed Sly left last Wednesday for Minneapolis where he joined his brother, Earl, and the two drove on to North Dakota to see their mother, who is very ill.


Wm. Strangfeld fell on the ice last Thursday and injured himself quite badly. His brothers, Joe and Pete are hauling milk for him.


Mr. and Mrs. Lisle Armitage and Jeneda accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gower to Humbird Sunday to visit relatives.


Mrs. Bruce Armitage spent last Friday with her mother, Mrs. Emma Schummel.


The Bruce Armitage family enjoyed an oyster supper at the Medicke home Friday night and helped Mrs. Clara Whittington celebrate her birthday.


Mrs. George Lubke attended a shower for her sister, Mrs. Walter Aumann last Thursday afternoon.


Mrs. Fred Wendt, Mrs. Ed. Sly, Miss Nenahlo and Lucille Lueck met at the Bruce Armitage home Sunday afternoon to make plans for the next neighbors’ club.





We are glad to report that Mrs. George Florence was able to leave the Neillsville hospital, after being a patient there for a week.


Harold Freedlund returned last Tuesday from his visit in Rockford, Ill. He also made a trip to Chicago.


Jesse Sparks and daughters, Helen and Hazel, and Wilbur Fields were Sunday visitors in Owen.


Charles Schwanebeck is putting up ice this week.


Ralph Lawson underwent an operation in the Wisconsin General Hospital last week. We wish for his speedy recovery.


White manages cafe


Glen White, well known young man of Neillsville, will take over the management of Chapman’s Cafe on Fifth Street Monday, it has been announced. The kitchen will be under the supervision of his mother, Mrs. W.H. White. Both Mr. White and his mother have had considerable experience in restaurant work. Mr. Chapman plans to continue to operate the bar.


Car, truck collide


A truck driven by Andrew Walters and an automobile driven by Robert Wagner collided at Second and South Grand Avenue Sunday afternoon. The truck and car were damaged, but the occupants escaped without serious injury.








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