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Clark County News

May 18, 1939


Bands to present special concert


Proceeds will be used to send group to Oshkosh


Neillsville High School’s 60-piece band will make its first concert appearance since its singularly successful competition in the Eau Claire district tournament last weekend, in the Armory, Tuesday night, May 30.


All proceeds of the special appearance will be used to defray the expenses of the band members to the state convention of the American Legion in Oshkosh. At the convention, the band will represent the Otto A. Haugen post, in the parade – the most colorful public spectacle of the entire convention.


The city will be divided into several sections for the purpose of advance ticket sales. Band members will make a complete canvass of the city Friday and Saturday.


According to present plans, the band, accompanied by several members of the local Legion Post and their director, Richard A. Becker, will go to Oshkosh the day before the parade, and will return following their participation.


New truck purchased by council for street work


The city council, meeting in special session last Friday night, voted to purchase a General Motors Corp. three-quarter ton truck from the Reinhard- Davis Co. of Neillsville for $465.


The purchase includes the trade-in of the old Dodge truck used by the street department for several years. The new truck will be painted red to conform with the color of the city’s trucks now in use.


Crews start ripping up streets for paving work


Preparations for paving two blocks of Sixth and Court streets began in earnest Tuesday as a crew of WPA workers and city employees started ripping off the surface of the dirt streets with a grader and began hauling it away.


The work of paving the streets is expected to take until the latter part of June, and is being done as a WPA project, with the city and county as sponsors.


The majority of dirt taken from the two streets is being put on South Grand Avenue, between First and Second streets, to build the street up from 15 to 18 inches. This was the amount torn off the street a few years ago and is being replaced because of sharp pitches into private driveway made by the original lowering of the street.


Some of the better surface dirt was spread over South Clay Street between Fourth and Seventh, in an effort to improve the surfacing there.


Pet parade will be a gala event for all June 3


All entrants will get free ticket to show; offer many prizes


Preparations are being made by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Neillsville merchants for one of the most gala events in the history of Clark County parades, June 3.


The event will be the Pet Parade – opening in the 15-week summer program sponsored by the merchants and the Junior Chamber. The program will include Wednesday night events such as were held last year, as well as special events on the first Saturday of June, July and August.


Gift for each


Children for miles around the city will be bringing their favorite pets into town to participate in the parade and to vie for prizes in the several classes. Besides the many prizes to be offered, each child entering a pet, or a group of pets, will be given a ticket, to the Adler Theater. This gift is being donated by the Neillsville Theater Co.


No advance registrations for the parade will be necessary, Gerry Halverson, chairman of the Pet Parade announced. The children and their pets will register at the playground of the southside school (near the high school) before 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3. Peter C. Ludovic and Glen White, Junior Chamber officials, will be in charge of registrations.


The parade will form near the school grounds, with the high school band, the entrants and their pets, the boy scouts and the schoolboy safety patrol units of the city participating. Merchants who are participating in the summer program have been invited to be represented in the parade.


Rural judges


The Junior Chamber is attempting to get widely- known rural residents to judge the pets from a stand as they pass in review.


The wide variety of prizes offered has been drawn up by Mr. Halverson and his committee so that as many different kinds of pets as possible will be among the prize winners.


In addition to the usual pets – dogs and cats – some of the kinds of pets expected in the parade are turtles, birds, ponies and horses, frogs, snakes (yes, snakes), pigs, calves, goldfish, and many, many others.


Members of Mr. Halverson’s committee, who already have mapped out most of the details for the parade, include Robert Schiller, Joe Zilk, Lester Zaeske, Mr. Ludovic and Mr. White.


Further details will appear in the succeeding issues of The Clark County Press, and a complete lineup of the Pet Parade and summer program will be given in detail in a special issue of the newspaper June 1, of which more than 5,000 copies will be circulated.


Organize league


The Neillsville Flyers, Willard Cardinals, Willard Giants and Globe were represented at a meeting to organize the Clark County Baseball league at Willard last night. Anton Fortuna of Willard was elected president of the new organization, and Mike Krultz of Willard was chosen secretary-treasurer. A tentative six-team league schedule was drawn up, with openings left for the Greenwood Tigers and Loyal. The teams will play a 15-game schedule, starting May 28.


Rural Social and Study Club


The Rural Social and Study Club met at the home of Mrs. Robert Yelke Wednesday, May 10. The regular business session was followed by an interesting and instructive demonstration on “Kitchen Equipment,” by Mrs. Rennak, project leader. The afternoon was concluded with a social hour and lunch. Visitors were Mrs. William Smith and Mrs. Ernest Gehrke, who joined the club at this meeting. The next meeting will be held on June 7 at the home of Mrs. Edward Ploman. Roll call will be “A Tribute to My Father.” – Mrs. Frederick Elmhorst.


Progress Club closes season with luncheon


Have an interesting program at hotel Monday


The Monday Progress Club closed its season with a luncheon and social meeting Monday, May 15, at the Merchants Hotel.


Each member came wearing a flower in her hair. The tables were beautifully decorated with spring flowers. Colored balloons which were given to the women, added a festive note to the tables. Mrs. Gerry Halvorson acted as toastmistress.


After the luncheon, the women enjoyed an interesting program.


Rachel Eide, who won first place for her singing at the district music festival at Eau Claire Saturday, sang two numbers, “‘Tis Springtime” and “The Birds’ Return.”


Billy Schiller gave the humorous declamation, “Cabbages.”


“Crystal Gazer”


Dressed in gypsy costume, Mrs. Al Devos acted as a crystal gazer and foretold the future of all the women present.


Special recognition was given to three members who have been absent from only one meeting during the club year. These women were Mesdames J. H. Brooks, Donald Crothers, and William Hemp.


A tribute to mothers was given by Mrs. Donald Crothers. She told about the American mother of 1939. Every year the Golden Rule Foundation of New York selects a woman as the outstanding mother of the year.


The committee in charge of the luncheon consisted of Mesdames William Ruchaber, H. Eberhardt, and W. B. Tufts. Mesdames Gerry Halverson, Donald Crothers, and Bert Wesley were in charge of the program. – Mrs. Leland L. Jens, press chairman.


Hospital Note




Mrs. John Bath, Chili

Helen Schroeder, Neillsville.

Norman Vanderhoof, Granton.

Luella Berrett, Neillsville.

Jackie Albrecht, Neillsville.



Mrs. William A. Campman, Neillsville.

Mrs. William Buchsteiner, Neillsville.

Mrs. Herman Griep and baby, Neillsville.

Norman Vanderhoof, Granton.

Joe Kernz, Neillsville.

Mrs. Arthur Opelt, Neillsville.




Grandma Ray has been quite ill for a week, requiring the attention of a doctor.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schoen and family of Milwaukee and the Peter and Joe Bachman families of Columbia were Sunday visitors at the H.B. Schoen home.


Mrs. John Jonas spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Frank Muzynoski.


William Richmond and family spent Monday evening at the F. Muzynoski home.


Mrs. Otto Hainz and children of Neillsville spent Sunday with her parents and attended the Rock Creek School picnic.


Misses Hazel Anderson and Doris Dwyer of Neillsville spent Sunday afternoon with Belle and Evelyn Hansen.


Eleanor Genteman was among the high school girls who were in Eau Claire Friday and Saturday to take part in the band and glee club tournament.


John Konrath bought a team of horses the past week.




Mrs. Warren Medicke spent Saturday and Sunday with her folks at Rosendale, riding down with Bruce Armitage, Will Nichols and Mrs. Clarence Ratsch, who drove to Milwaukee to get Mrs. Armitage and mother, Mrs. Emma Schummel, who has been visiting there the past two weeks.


Dolores Hardwick is spending a few days with Mrs. Lisle Armitage.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs and family are moving from the Imig farm, and Mr. and Mrs. Vic Schultz will move there to work for the Imigs.


Lisle Armitage cut his foot quiet badly while sharpening fence posts one day last week, requiring several stitches to close the wound.


Edgar sly returned home last Thursday from the Marshfield Hospital and is gaining nicely.



In the county forest


The pictures below are views taken in Clark County’s forest area. Mutely, yet eloquently, they tell the story of a county attempting to rebuild an area of 117,000 acres of once heavily wooded – but now almost worthless – land.  In years to come, it is asserted, these self-same worthless lands will shoulder the burden of Clark County’s relief rolls. (From May 18, 1939, Press)


Top view is that of a deserted farmhouse where the owners struggled unsuccessfully to eke out a living from the soil. Below is a general view, showing the thick cover brush which has sprouted up since the last forest fire raked the area.




Next, a “heeling-in” bed for the seedling trees about to be planted.



Bottom is a view of Hay Creek dam and the 130-acre lake it has created in the county forest area. Inset is County Forester Allen C. Covell pointing out a two-year-old jack pine – one of a half million being planted in the county forest this spring.







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