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Clark County News


March 16, 1939


Brogues likely to be in style in county Friday


If you meet an old acquaintance on the street or on the road Friday, and you can’t understand him because of a thick, unfamiliar brogue, forgive him.


For its St. Patrick’s Day. And that is the one day on which practically every person who has a suspicion of Irish blood in his body puts on airs...And a good many who have no suspicion of Irish ancestry sort of believe that it would be a good thing to have, at least for that day.


So, it’s “top o’ tha maurin’ to ye, Paddy; and a blessed good Saint Pat’s day it is.”


Whether Clark County residents adopt the brogue of old Erin or not, they will join millions of Irish throughout the seven corners of the world in observance of the anniversary of the patron saint of Ireland. Parties and special gatherings of many sorts and descriptions will claim the attention of all the county.


The infectious, happy go-lucky spirit of the Irish will be with Clark County, as well as the rest of the world.


So, “top o’ tha maurin’,”


Light, telephone wires damaged by sleet storm


Telephone and power company crews today were busy repairing the damage done by Tuesday night’s sleet storm.


Heaviest damage was reported by the Badger State Telephone and Telegraph Co. Twelve poles were down on lines north of Granton, and many other rural lines were out of service. Toll lines from Neillsville to Greenwood, Loyal, Thorp, Owen and Marshfield, also were out of order, company officials said. However, extra crews were put on repair work, and it is expected that normal service will be available again shortly.


While no heavy damage was reported by the Northern States Power Co., company crews were kept busy repairing minor damage resulting from the storm. Many fuses were blown because of the whipping of the wires caused by the high wind which accompanied the storm. On the 42-mile transmission lines between Neillsville and Colby the hardware was loosened by the whipping of wires, local officials said. The damage is being repaired rapidly.



Checkers party


A benefit Chinese checkers party for the Neillsville Flyers baseball team will be held Sunday night in the party room at Wagner’s Cafe. The party previously was scheduled for Friday night. Ten prizes will be awarded.



Anniversary of Legion observed by units here


The Otto A. Haugen post of the American Legion and the Women’s Auxiliary commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Legion with a joint birthday party in the Legion hall Tuesday night.


Harry Roehrborn, commander, showed a safety film, entitled, “Live Longer With Lights,” and the balance of the evening was spent playing cards.


Preceding the lunch, the Auxiliary presented the Legion with a beautiful four-tier cake, decorated in red, white and blue and topped with 20 tiny red candles. The diners sang, “Happy Birthday” while the commander lighted the candles.



Named to committee


Ernest Junchen, chairman of the Town of Washburn, was appointed to the public property committee of the county board by Chairman Elmer Anderson last week to fill the vacancy caused by the death of L.S. Marden, supervisor from Neillsville’s first ward. Mr. Marden died March 9 in a Marshfield hospital.


Executive appointed


Carl R Gray, Jr., executive vice-president of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad Co., which operates the line through Neillsville, has been appointed colonel in the engineer reserve corps, it was announced recently.



Robin gets a cold reception


Clark County gave its first reported robin of spring a cold reception.


The bird was seen Monday at the Frank Hemp home by Joseph Parish and was the first reported this year to The Press office.


However, Mr. Parish is wondering if the bird didn’t possibly turn tail and fly back south when Tuesday night’s sleet storm arrived.



4-H Club enrolls


The Eagle 4-H Club of Stanley enrolled for the ensuing season’s club work last week. The club’s enrollment listed 15 members at present. Mrs. Paul Hassing of Stanley is the leader, and Ed Sloviak of Stanley is the assistant leader. Officers are Agnes Symbol, president; Donald Hassing, secretary- treasurer; and Estella Muszinski, club reporter.



School corner stone gives up memories of the past


Memories of years gone by were unsuspectingly uncovered last week when the corner stone of the St. Mary’s Catholic School building was removed by a number of parishioners engaged in razing the building to make way for a new parochial school on the site.


Among the articles which has been sealed in the corner stone since the dedication of the old two-story building, on May 5, 1887, were five coins, a copy of the Republican- Press published preceding the dedication ceremonies, and containing a notice of the dedication, and a manuscript written in Latin, and preserved in a sealed bottle.


The manuscript, which was well preserved, was translated by the Rev. Fr. Joseph Biegler, and tells of the dedicatory ceremonies. It was written and signed by the Rev. Fr. Joseph F. Volz, pastor of St. Mary’s Church at the time.


For future memory


At the ninth hour of the fifth of May, in the year 1887, A.D., during the tenth year of the pontificate of Pope Leo thirteenth supreme Pontiff, while the Most Rev. Michael Heiss was reigning as archbishop of the metropolitan of Milwaukee, Rt. Rev. Kilian Caspar Flasch, D.D., as bishop of our diocese of La Crosse; Grover Cleveland as president of the United States of American; Jeremiah James Hewett as mayor of the city of Neillsville, the county seat of Clark County; in the presence of Rev. Fathers John G. Collins, pastor of Eau Claire; August Rabinski director of the Church of Humbird and in the presence of a great number of members of this church; the first stone of this Catholic school erected for the Catholic education of our youth, was placed and the foundations of the same school were blessed.


“In witness of which I have signed this letter,” Joseph F. Volz


“Pastor of this church dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”


The copy of the Republican-Press, while the print on many surfaces could be read, has become brittle with the years.


Most interesting among the coins uncovered in the corner stone was a three-cent piece, dated 1868. Other coins found were an 1887 10-cent coin, and three pennies, dated respectively 1880, 1881, and 1886.


Among those aided in removing the corner stone were John Moen, Joe Hartung, Clarence Nenahlo, James Neville and Henry Langreck. Several others were present at the time.


The razing of the old school building, which served as the church for a short time following the fire which destroyed the original church building in 1923, was practically completed the first of this week.


Architect’s plans for the new school building are expected to be submitted late this week or early next week, Father Biegler said.



College band gives afternoon concert


Many hear Stevens Point musicians here Tuesday


Residents of Neillsville and vicinity and many school children of the city and several other nearby communities heard the 55-piece Stevens Point Teachers College Band in a concert in the armory Tuesday afternoon. The program was an educational feature sponsored by the Neillsville High School band.


The program was varied and highly entertaining, with solos, both instrumental and vocal, injected into the concert in workmanlike manner.


The band was directed through most of the program by Frederick Parfrey, first assistant director, and by student directors, because of the illness of Peter Michelsen, the director. Mr. Michelsen, who had been confined to his bed with flu for several days during the time the group had been on tour through this section of the state, arrived here in time to direct the last numbers of the program.


Included in the program presented were: “Come, Sweet Death” (Bach); “Dublin Holiday” (Buchtel); “Overture Militaire” (Skornicka); intermezzo from “L’Arlesienne” suite (Bizet); march “Voice of the Guns” (Alford); cornet trio, “Flirtations” (Clark); soprano solo, by Lillian Ray, “Sunshine of Your Smile”; and “Soliloquy” (Bloom).


Arrangements for the appearance here of the band were made by Richard Becker, director of the high school band.



Expand production


Hog production seems headed for an expansion to pre-drouth year levels according to farm economists at the University of Wisconsin.



Test seed Considerable barley was damaged last summer with blight, wet weather, and heating in the bin. It is for this reason that growers are being urged to test their seed barley to be sure that their seed gives good strong germination.



Four meets for farmers are arranged in county


Four meetings for Clark County farmers, dealing with Bang’s disease, sleeping sickness in horses, and other livestock ailments were being held this week. Soil conditions also will be discussed.


Two meetings were being conducted today: in Allard’s Hall at Greenwood at 1 p.m., and at the Granton Village Hall at 8 p.m. The remaining two scheduled will be held Friday in Curtiss, at the village hall at 10:30 a.m., and in the Owen High School at 8 p.m.


The Curtiss meeting will continue through the morning and afternoon.


Announce homemakers contest for next year


Homemaking abilities again will be recognized in the 17th national 4-H girl’s record contest offered to home economics members of Clark County this year, it has been announced by the national committee on boys and girls club work.


The contest is designed to give the club girl a broader understanding of the major phases of homemaking, encourage her participation in them, aid in maintaining physical and mental health, develop an appreciation of factors that make happy family life, encourage wise buy-man-ship and use of natural resources, develop skills and abilities that make for comfort in the home, and enjoy the noble individual and social satisfactions involved.


Awards this year will be based on the record of accomplishments in all the above lines, as well as competitive and cooperative club ventures.


County winners will receive gold medals, and the girl whose attainments rank highest in the state will make the trip to the 18th National Club Congress in Chicago with all expenses paid.



County’s home agent conducts first meets


Miss Alice Olson, Clark County’s new home agent, was conducting her first meetings among the women of the county this week in conjunction with Mrs. Helen McCordic, extension specialist in home management of the department of agriculture and markets.


The meetings were held in Loyal Tuesday, and in Thorp Wednesday, and were for project leaders of the homemakers’ clubs of the county. The meetings were concerned with storage and storage space. Among the problems discussed were fundamental principles of good storage space, kinds of storage and suggested locations, and the planning and building of storage space.



Neillsville plans hearty welcome


Businesses make ready to receive tours for two days


Neillsville residents and business houses this week were making special preparations to entertain an expected 800 rural school children, and their parents and friends, during the two-day program of the 10th annual grain judging contest, Monday and Tuesday.


Many business houses in the city are going to special pains to plan tours of their plants for the children and grown-ups, alike, on these days. During the tours those making the trips will see what happens to milk after they turn it over to the truck driver of the American Stores Dairy Co. or the Milk Pool Cooperative. For these there are two of the places the tours will make.


What does it look like to be on the other side of the window in a bank? Some general idea of this, and other interesting activities of Neillsville banks will be given when the tours are made through the Neillsville Bank and the First National Bank.


How The Clark County Press is assembled to give its many Clark County subscribers and former Clark County residents in far off places, the news of what’s going on will be another interesting feature.


The Model Laundry, where Monday wash day goes on all week long, also will be seen on the tour.


These are only a few of the things that children and grown-ups, alike, will see when they come to Neillsville for the Future Farmers’ 10th annual rural school grain judging contest.








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