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Clark County News


May 11, 1939


Improvements to be made at jail


Property committee of supervisors authorizes modernization


The public property committee of Clark County gave consideration Wednesday morning to the improvement of the county jail, listening to recommendations of Dr. Milton Rosekrans, health officer and county physician, and also to a statement as coming from a state inspector which is published elsewhere in this issue of The Clark County Press.


The committee authorized the following statement, made through its chairman, Earl W. Kidd:


“Our attention has been drawn to an article appearing in this issue of the Clark County Press, in which a quotation is made from a state inspector. We have not received such a report, and this is the first notice that we have had of such a character. In years past specific recommendations have been made in accordance with the inspector’s recommendations.


“As for the care of the property, the present sheriff has been in office only since the first of January. He is not responsible for conditions which may have been handed down to him. He made a good record in previous service as sheriff, has the confidence of the committee, and his wife is known in the county as an immaculate housekeeper. She is now engaged in spring house cleaning, and the results are up to her reputation.


“As for the cell block, we have listened to recommendations of Dr. Milton Rosekrans, the local health officer, calling for cleaning, painting, the renewal of some fixtures and the purchase of some furniture. Those recommendations will be carried out completely.


“This committee is desirous of maintaining a jail which will be a credit to Clark County, and we are certain of the zealous cooperation of Sheriff Olson in his behalf.”




Schuster Park given to community 18 years ago  


Eighteen years ago, J.F. Schuster gave to the people of Neillsville a wooded park as a memorial to his father, Herman. Today the donor is happy in the gift, satisfied of the use which has been made of it and gratified that the park has turned out to be a useful monument. When the gift was made the thought was that such a monument, of use to the fellow-citizens of Herman Schuster and to their children, would be more satisfying than an elaborate memorial in stone. The hope has been fully realized.


Schuster Park does for Neillsville and the surrounding country all that could be hoped for in a rural community. It provides shade, in which children play, and in which the grown-ups picnic and rest. Situated next to the golf course, the park combines with it to give a pleasant main entry to the town.


Ever since that gift was made in 1927, Mr. Schuster has been a member of the park commission; today he is its chairman. His associates on the commission are George Zimmerman, A.L. Devos and Matt S. Scherer, all of whom have likewise served from the first. One member of the commission, J.W. Hommel, has passed on; his place has never been filled.


“The park has been kept in useful condition,” said Mr. Schuster to The Clark County Press. “It has been necessary to proceed with due regard to economy, but funds have been provided for what has been really needed. It is a pleasure to see the use to which the park has been put.”


Happy in the advantage which has been taken of the park, Mr. Schuster is interested also in all projects for the improvement and beautification of Neillsville. He has been impressed with the possibilities of O’Neill Creek, which he considers as already having no little beauty.


“A rural community like ours does not have the same need for parks as large and densely populated cities,” said Mr. Schuster. “We do some picnicking, and we need a good place for the children to play, like our present park. Beyond that, sightliness is the important consideration. We all like a beautiful view.


“Probably the most conspicuous sight in Neillsville is that from the bridge over O’Neill Creek. Almost all of us go over it frequently; we like to look up the creek, where there are already some beautiful trees. It is not difficult to imagine what this scene could be if there were planting of many trees and shrubs, in accordance with a well devised plan.


“Obviously, we are not in position to go into any elaborate and expensive development, but it should be possible to bring about a gradual improvement of the basin of O’Neill Creek without making it burdensome at all.


“I should like to see a plan made for such a project, and to see it carried through, if the necessary cooperation can be secured.”


Legion Auxiliary plans “Poppy Day”


Neillsville’s quota is set at 1,000 flowers; sale will be May 27


Neillsville will join other communities of Wisconsin and the United States May 27 in the observance of Poppy Day, Mrs. Elsie Dahnert, president of the auxiliary unit of the Ott A. Haugen Post, No. 72, American Legion, has announced.


The observance in Neillsville will be led by members of the auxiliary, who will distribute red memorial poppies on the streets of the city during the morning, afternoon and evening. About 16 auxiliary members are expected to participate in the poppy distribution.


Mrs. Agnes Cummings, unit poppy chairman, said that Neillsville’s poppy quota this year is 1,000. The poppies which will be used here will come from the Wisconsin Veteran’s Hospital. Proceeds will be used for the legion and auxiliary welfare and relief work among disabled veterans and dependent families of veterans.


A poppy stand will be erected for the day at South Hewett and Sixth streets to aid in the poppy distribution here, Mrs. Cummings said.


Club will meet


The next meeting of the Southern Clark County Conservation Club will be held in the courthouse, Neillsville, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Fire warning and methods of fire control will be discussed, and motion pictures of the state game and fur farm at Poynette, and of the Clark County Forest will be shown by L. M. Millard, county school superintendent.


Court and Sixth Street paving work is started


Crews started work Wednesday morning on work preliminary to the paving of Sixth Street between Fifth and Court. Mayor Henry J. Naedler said that the city will make certain that all underground piping – sewers and water mains – is in first class condition before the concrete is poured. He said that WPA crews probably will start removing excess dirt from Sixth Street Monday. It is believed that the two blocks of pavement will be completed before the end of June. The county board of supervisors has appropriated $1,500 toward the paving on Court Street.


Honored at university


Lowell Schoengarth, son of County Judge and Mrs. O. W. Schoengarth, has been elected to membership of the six-man council of the law school at the University of Wisconsin. The council is a newly formed advisory body for the school. Lowell, freshman in the law school, has been extremely active in campus activities. He pledged Phi Delta Phi, a professional legal fraternity, and has been appointed head of intramural athletics for the next year as well as chairman of the Law Ball next year. Lowell is the third Neillsville student recently honored at the university. Jack Zimmerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmerman, was elected president of the student board. He is the first head of the 16-member governing body set up following a university referendum. The presidency of the board is one of the highest honors which can be accorded a student. Robert Roessler, son of Otto Roessler, recently was awarded first place in the freshman oratorical contest.


Expect 125 for children’s clinic here Saturday


Many local women will assist physicians in the work


Arrangements have been completed for the crippled children’s clinic in the Neillsville High School, Saturday, at which from 125 to 150 handicapped children will be examined.


The clinic is sponsored jointly by the Clark County Medical Society and the crippled children’s division of the state department of public instruction and will be the first of its type to be held in Clark County in several years.


Dr. R. E. Burns of Madison and Dr. Robert P. Montgomery of Milwaukee have accepted the invitation of the county medical group to conduct the examinations. The clinic will open at 8:30 and will continue until 3 p.m.


Crippled children from all sections of Clark, Portage, Eau Claire, Marathon, Taylor, Wood, Chippewa and Jackson counties will attend the clinic for examinations. X-rays, where necessary, will be taken at the Neillsville Hospital, according to County Nurse Gertrude M. Clouse, who has been active in making arrangements for the clinic. Recommendations of treatment will be given to the children examined.


New plans of reserving books at the library


Beginning next Monday, the Neillsville library will make a charge of two cents for each book reserved. Form postals are to be filled out for each reserve and mailed to the home. These cards will indicate the exact length of time the book is to be kept, and after that time the borrower’s name will be taken from the list of reserves. It is hoped that this plan will avoid confusion of names on the lists and also get the new books distributed more quickly, according to Miss Jean Spray, the librarian.



Sings in recital


Miss Sylvia Seif, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Seif of Neillsville, who is majoring in voice and music, sang in a recital given at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music at Appleton, May 2. Miss Seif sang five soprano numbers, one of which was written for her by a student of the conservatory.



Well drillers to meet


A group meeting of well drillers sponsored by the state board of health, will be held in the council room of the city hall at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, it has been announced. Attendance is not limited to well drillers, it was explained. All persons interested in private water supplies are invited.



Mother’s Day musical


At the Monday evening meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary, a fine Mother’s Day musical was presented. The program was arranged by Mrs. Elsie Dahnert, president, Mrs. Landry and her pupils rendering the following numbers:


Chopin Valse, Hilde Bartell; Dance of the Reed Flutes, flute trio, Virginia Scholtz, Lenore Landry, John Harvey; Beethoven Sonata, Lee Counsell; “Mother,” song, Rosemary Krampeter; Chopin Valse, Jane Neff.



Forestry Club has outing


Fifteen boys of the Forestry Club of Neillsville High School went to the school forest, six miles west of Neillsville, Friday morning. The boys planted 500 trees, including Norway pine, Jack pine, and spruce. The remainder of the morning was spent in tree study. The outing was directed by John Perkins, local agricultural teacher, and by Fred Stelter, club leader.



Outbreak of rabies in cattle reported in state


Madison – There appears to be a recurrence of rabies in southern and eastern Wisconsin, Dr. V. S. Larson, state veterinarian, warns, and drastic measures must be adopted to prevent a widespread outbreak similar to the one experienced in southwestern Wisconsin two years ago.


A report of rabies in two head of cattle near Watertown has just been received by the state department of agriculture and markets. A quarantine is being placed on the infected area so that further spread of the disease will be prevented in that section.




Goldie Scott and Irene Bodwin win class honors



Miss Goldie Scott, daughter of George Scott of Neillsville, has earned the honor of being valedictorian of the class of 1939. Goldie has been very active in school affairs during her four years of attendance, having taken part in the following activities: high school band, Glee Club, forensics, Dramatic Club, junior and senior class plays, editor-in-chief of the school annual, vice-president of the junior class, treasurer of the freshman class, president of the senior band, and secretary and treasurer of the Dramatics Club. Maintaining a high average of 97 throughout high school work, and at the same time being very active in other fields has meant hard and diligent work on the part of Miss Scott. The Neillsville School congratulates her on the honor she has so well earned. Miss Scott follows in the footsteps of her sister, Dolores, who was valedictorian of the class of 1938.



Miss Irene Bodwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bodwin of the town of Weston has earned the honor of being salutatorian of the class of 1939. Irene has had to concentrate practically all of her time on her studies and found little time to take part in school activities because of other work. During her senior year she has given some valuable help as assistant editor in preparing the school annual. One record established by Irene and very rarely duplicated is that of perfect attendance for the last two years of high school, and only three days missed during the first two years. Graduating from high school with an average of 95 is a fine achievement and the Neillsville School congratulates Miss Bodwin on the honor she has won. (Clark County Press photo May 11, 1939)





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