March 10, 2021, Page 9

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Clark County News


March 9, 1939


Raze building to make way for a new school here


Parish members start work on $24,000 project


Members of St. Mary’s Catholic parish have started razing the old school building north of the new church in preparation for the erection of a new parish school, on which work is expected to start this spring.


It is on the site of the old school building - one of the landmarks of this section of the county - that the members of the parish and their priest, the Rev. Fr. Joseph Biegler, are making plans of erecting the new school. The building, according to present plans, will cost in the neighborhood of $24,000.


Many of the parish members have come forward willingly with offers of donations of both time and money for the construction, and Father Biegler has been working tirelessly toward this end several months.


The project has the blessing of the Most Reverend Bishop Alexander J. McGavick, bishop of the La Crosse diocese, in which the local parish is located; and Bishop McGavick also is aiding with a donation.


Plans for the new building are being drawn up by A.F. Billmeyer, Wisconsin Rapids architect, and are expected to be finished within a month. According to present conceptions, the building is to be of brick and concrete construction. It will be a two-story structure with a basement.


Unless something interferes, the school will be completed in time next fall to start the first Catholic parochial school in Neillsville since 1923.


The building which is now being razed housed St. Mary’s parochial school from the time of its construction in 1887, until 1923. It was one of the early brick buildings erected in this section.


However, the fire which destroyed the old St. Mary’s church in 1923 marked the end of the brick building’s place as a school; for from that time until 1924 while the first portion of the new church was under construction, the school was used as the church. The old school was brought into use again last summer when summer school was conducted there.


Father Biegler expressed belief that the razing of the building would be completed in about two weeks and said the basement probably would be dug as soon as the frost leaves the ground.




Shirley Temple will be at Adler Sunday


Child star to appear in ‘Just Around the Corner’


Shirley Temple, child star and favorite among Hollywood’s greater lights, heads a list of stars who will make their appearance on the Adler theater screen during the next week.


Shirley will appear in her latest motion picture, “Just Around the Corner,” a laugh provoking story with a fast-moving plot, which will show Sunday and Monday.


In the supporting cast are Charles Farrell, Joan Davis, Bill Robinson, Franklin Pangborn and Cora Witherspoon.


John Garfield, a newcomer to the realm of stars, whose outstanding performance in “Four Daughters” stamped him as one of the best actors on the screen returns to the local screen Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in “They Made Me a Criminal.”


In his supporting cast are the “Dead End Kids,” and such players as Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Ann Sheridan, May Robson, Robert Gleckner, John Ridgley, Barbara Pepper, William Davidson, Ward Bond and Robert Strange.


A romance of the roaring road is the theme of “Burn ‘Em Up O’Conner,” which will show on the Adler theater screen tomorrow and Saturday. Dennis O’Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton and Harry Carey are cast in the leading roles.



Mild weather


Southern Clark County enjoyed the mildest weather of recent weeks during the last seven days, with the temperatures above zero every night except Tuesday, when it when to five degrees below zero. High for the week was 45 degrees, recorded last Friday. High and low temperatures for the last week, in that order, were Thursday, 32 and 11; Friday, 45 and 15; Saturday, 36 and 25; Sunday, 28 and 12; Monday, 21 and 10; with .17 of an inch precipitation; Tuesday, 18 and five below; and Wednesday, 35 and 10, with .03 of an inch precipitation.



Neillsville Cagers win overtime game, 28-26


The Neillsville high school basketball team last Friday tied for the championship of the Mississippi Valley Triangular conference with Augusta High. They defeated Black River Falls at the Jackson County seat, 28 to 26, in a thrilling overtime game.


Outplaying and outscoring the locals in the first half, Black River Falls led at the half, 14 to 9. However, Neillsville came back gamely after the intermission, tied the score in the regulation time, 25 to 25, and then scored three points in the overtime period.


John Perkins, local agricultural teacher, coached the team in the absence of Coach Vernon Anderson.


A lot of pine


Nearly 400 cords of pine in eight-foot lengths are piled in the railroad yards in Neillsville, awaiting transportation to the Nekoosa Edwards Paper Co. The pine is being first freed of bark by local men, who strip it off by hand labor, mostly with axes. On Wednesday, The Press found the following at work on the big pile: Otto Kutchera, John and Ernest Gaden, Otto May and Walter Zank.


Dairy products program meetings are scheduled


Dates for four of seven meetings in Clark County at which the proposed Wisconsin dairy products advertising plan will be discussed, have been scheduled. One of the meetings, at Spencer, was held last night.


The other scheduled dates are Abbotsford armory, Friday, March 10; old village hall at Thorp, Monday, March 13; and the Owen High School, Tuesday, March 14. Meetings to be held in Greenwood, Neillsville and Lynn remain to be scheduled.


All milk plant operators are particularly urged to attend one of the meetings. Details of the plan, which includes the advertising of Wisconsin’s dairy products on a national scale, will be explained by B.E. Billington of the Wisconsin agricultural authority.


Meetings for patrons of milk plants are planned for a later date.


Applications for camp


Young men between the ages of 17 and 24 who wish to spend a month at the Citizen’s Military Training Camp at Camp McCoy or Fort Snelling this summer, or any of the various camps, may apply to County Chairman Dr. E. A. Peterson or either of the seven district chairmen for enrollment blanks and information.


Willard News


Edward Bayuk came Wednesday from Milwaukee for a visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bayuk.


LaVerne Schmidt left last week for Marshfield, where he has obtained employment.


Automobiles belonging to Louis Green of Thorp and Louis Champa of Willard collided on Olson’s Corner Friday. No one was injured, but the automobiles were damaged somewhat.


L.S. Butcher and son, James, transacted business in Greenwood Saturday.


Roland McCune spent the weekend at the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Baldwin, at Greenwood.


Everett Baldwin left by car for Decatur, Ill., Saturday afternoon to visit relatives and friends.


The play and dance, scheduled for Sunday evening at the East Side Hall by the Begale Show Co., was not put on, because of bad weather.




Mr. and Mrs. Harold Montag’s son, Elgine, has the measles. This is the only new case in this community.


The Chili Community Club met with Mrs. A. G. Coffin Thursday, with 26 members and three visitors present. Members answered roll call with memory gems of Lincoln and Washington, also a short program was put on. One new member, Mrs. Phelps Spry, joined. The visitors were Mrs. Ben Hallock, Mrs. Ludwig Johnson, and Mrs. Pete Peterson. It was voted to have a necktie basket social Friday evening, March 17, in the town hall. Carpet rags were sewed for the hostess, and a nice lunch was served. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Fred Emling March 9.


The Chili Booster Club met in the town hall Thursday evening for a business meeting and social time.


Geneva Montag has employment in Marshfield.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Prelm of Spencer were Sunday supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Snow. They also called on Mrs. Elsie Cattanach at Nasonville, an invalid.





Donald Wildish and his fox hound returned home on night last week very much tired out after what they thought was a fox chase. However, they discovered that the fox they had been trailing for several hours was just someone’s little dog. Don thought his worthy pooch could tell a dog track from a fox track, but he couldn’t this time. Don says he likes to hunt fox, but he doesn’t care much about trailing somebody’s dogs around the county because there isn’t much profit in it.


We were snowed in for a day or two last week, but the county snowplow came and plowed the roads open Wednesday.



March 10, 1949


High School band sponsors concert


Teachers College group to appear Tuesday afternoon


The central State Teachers’ College band, one of the outstanding musical organizations of this section of Wisconsin, will give an afternoon concert in Neillsville Tuesday under the sponsorship of the high school band.


The concert will be held in the armory, and is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


The band is now on tour and is booked to play its evening concert in West Salem, according to Richard Becker, director of the high school band.


The teachers’ college band is composed of 55 pieces under the direction of Peter Michelson. A varied and enjoyable program is assured, according to Mr. Becker, who explained that the band’s personnel include a number of soloists, as well as a vocalist.





Miss Doris Ziegler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ziegler of the Town of Seif, and Forest Klueckmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Klueckmann, were united in marriage Saturday, March 4, at the Globe Lutheran parsonage, the Rev. W. Motzkus officiated.


They were attended by the groom’s sister, Miss Myrtle Klueckmann, and Bertie Schultz. The bride was attired in a gown of navy-blue silk crepe and wore a shoulder corsage of gladioli and narcissi.


A wedding supper was served to the immediate relatives at the home of the bride’s parents.


The bride and groom attended their community schools and assisted their parents in the home and on the farm. They will move onto their farm at Globe April 1. A shower was held for them at the Weston town hall, where relatives and friends presented them with many fine gifts.



Contestants are named for local speech event


The annual Neillsville High School speech contest will be held in the high school assembly room Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., Miss Daphne Beeckler announces. Two speakers from each field of speaking will be selected to represent the school in league and district contests this spring.


Contestants will include oratory, Ellen Borde, Bernadette Darling, Pat Van Gorden and Joyce Kuehn; humorous declamation, Joan Schultz, DeWayne Bush, Bob Millard, Joanne Cummings and Lillian Cook; non-humorous declamation, Joan Liskow, Mary Ann Smith, Ardes Wang and Carole Wang; extemporaneous reading, Barbara Rude, Lois Larsen, Betty Voight, Lillian Chadwick and Mary Ellen Holt.


Byron Trachte, who recently won second place in the district FFA oratory contest, will give his original oration, in which there is no competition.


Music will be furnished by a few of the band students.


Judge will be Earl Kjer of Eau Claire State Teachers College.


Central Clark County


Citizens of Greenwood have taken steps to form a new corporation for the purpose of promoting new industries and business in Greenwood. The corporation will have a capital stock of $5,000. Corporate members are Wilbur Stewart, Irvin Carl, Norman Reineking, Dr. R. L. Barnes, John D. Wuethrich, Louis Behrens, William Kavanaugh, Harland Bergeman, J. Snedic and M. Kowieski.


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klapatauskas, Jr. of Greenwood are the parents of a daughter, Donna Joan.


Funeral services for Sam Sturtz were held on Thursday, March 3, from the Grace Methodist Church in Greenwood.


Gilbert Rohde of Greenwood has been re-elected to the state board of directors of the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union.


Donald Schwarze, son of William Schwarze of Greenwood, is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier, Cabot, which took part in the New Orleans Mardi Gras. The Cabot was once known to Ernie Pyle as “My Carrier.”


Mr. and Mrs. Christian Rasmussen of Greenwood are the parents of a son.


Mrs. W. C. Steiger of Greenwood recently sustained a fractured left wrist in a fall on the ice.







© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel