May 26, 2021, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


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Clark County News


May 25, 1939


Pour concrete a Snyder Dam soon


Wedges Creek project to create lake two miles long


Pouring of the wings on Snyder’s Dam on Wedges Creek, about six miles west of the city, is expected to be started during the fore part of next week, according to Ernie H. Snyder, who is in charge of the work.


Workmen at present are constructing forms for the wings. Blasting of granite bedrock, in which the wings will be anchored, was completed early this week. Seven hundred dollars has been allocated for the construction of the dam by the county board of supervisors.


The wings are to be poured to connect with the middle portion of the old dam, which was left standing when the original wings were washed out five or six years ago.


The center portion will be built up two feet above its present height, with the wings built two feet above the middle portion. Thus, the middle portion, which will be about 110 feet long will form a spillway. The old structure will be resurfaced, Mr. Snyder said.


The dam will be eight feet thick at the top of the spillway and two feet thick at the top of the wings. The dam will rest entirely on bed rock.


Mr. Snyder estimated that the dam would create a lake two miles long and 500 feet wide at the widest point.


The dam is expected to be completed within a short time, and the bed of the lake-to-be will be cleared. The lake will be used for swimming, and will be stocked with fish, Mr. Snyder said.



 Improvements are made at the Catholic Cemetery


Several improvements have been made at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery by parish members this spring, according to the Rev. Fr. Joseph A. Biegler. A six-inch layer of shale has been laid on the cemetery roads, all of the fence posts have been reset and whitewashed, and the road leading from the highway to the cemetery has been cut down about two feet to make a more gradual slope to the entrance of the cemetery.



Pigeons released here The Kaukauna Pigeon Club recently shipped 170 birds to Neillsville for release by M.H. Zilisch, the birds being chosen from 11 lofts. In the 116-mile race, William Martzahl’s entry, released at 7 a.m., was in the loft at 9:42, averaging 1,263 yards per minute. Frank Heimke’s bird won second place and was only three seconds behind Martzahl’s winner.



Poppy Day Saturday city’s quota is 1,000


Legion Auxiliary will sell flowers on the street all day


Saturday will be Poppy Day in Neillsville and in thousands of other communities throughout the United States. Millions of little red poppies, replicas of the flowers which grew in wild profusion along the Flanders front, will be worn in honor of the World War dead.


From early morning until late at night, members of the auxiliary of the Otto A. Haugen Post No. 73, American Legion, will be on the city’s streets with baskets of poppies. Proceeds from the sale will be used for the welfare of the World War’s disabled veterans and their families, and widows and orphans of the World War dead.


The Neillsville Auxiliary has a quota of 1,000 poppies for distribution Saturday, according to Mrs. Agnes Cummings, chairman of the Poppy Day committee. The crepe paper flowers have been made by disabled veterans in the Wisconsin Veterans Hospital. A “headquarters” stand will be located at the corner of South Hewett and Sixth streets.



Crown Armory for Junior promenade


Residents join students in compliment to senior class


Partygoers and spectators crowded the main floor and balcony of the Armory last Thursday night for one of the most delightful and successful Junior Proms here in several years.


In social compliment to the high school’s graduating class of ‘72, many of the city’s residents, as well as high school students, attended the function.


The ballroom was decorated with hundreds of high streamers, with silver and old rose, the senior class colors, predominating. Arising from a central point high above the center of the dance floor, the streamers formed a canopy over the entire floor with an archway to the stage. The stage, on which the collegiate band from Stevens Point State Teacher’s College played carried out the principal scheme of decorations.


The grand march, led by the Prom King and Queen – Donald Whaley, junior class president, and Miss Goldie Scott, senior class valedictorian – was an impressive one in which most of the guests participated.


Dancing started about 8:30 p.m. and continued until about 12:35 a.m.


Miss Leona Marks, junior class advisor, supervised the prom arrangements and decorations. Committee members included: program, Virginia Schultz and Zona Raine; music, Tom Flynn, Betty Hubing and Joe Palmer; and decorations, John Landry, Harold Beyer, Marion Puttkamer, Bud Wittke, Betty Zimmerman, Clarence Peacock, Jr., Bill Lowe, Clyde Schwellenbach, Alma Beyer, Donald Whaley, Dwayne Felser, Allen Linster and Wayne Palmer.




Haul 118 truckloads in Clean-Up Week Program


The city of Neillsville should “feel” cleaner today than it did a month ago.


As a matter of fact, it ought to feel about 118 loads cleaner – for that is the number of truckloads of debris and cast-offs carted to the city dump during the annual spring Clean-Up Week, May 1 through 10, according to the records of Street Commissioner Emil Mattson.


A city crew spent 66 man-hours on the work during the 10-day period, and the cost of the cleanup program to the city was $113.16. Of the total, $4.26 went for compensation insurance and unemployment insurance, while the remaining $108.90 was the actual cost for the labor and operation of the city truck for the program. A truck driver and two helpers carried out the work.


The cost of labor and truck operation by wards was: first ward, $23.10; second ward, $26.40; third ward, $32.18; and fourth ward, $27.22.


The ash-hauling program, carried out by the city from November 5 to April 29, inclusive, was $190.32, according to Mr. Mattson’s records. During that period, the driver of the city truck and his two helpers were employed a total of 111 hours.



 Rainfall relieves situations in areas


Local showers Saturday help situation: many portions missed


Localized showers fell in widely scattered portions of Clark County las Saturday night, relieving near-drought conditions in those areas.


However, the situation in most of the county remained acute during the early part of the week, with a good, warm rain badly needed in most sections.


Good showers were reported Saturday night in the Columbia area, in a part of the towns of Seif, Butler, Thorp, Longwood and Sherman, and near Abbotsford. Threatening rain in other sections had failed to materialize during the early part of the week.


The lack of rainfall during May, according to County Agent Wallace J. Landry, may be responsible for reduced hay crops in many sections. “Farmers in the part of the county which did not get the local showers last Saturday night cannot expect a half a hay crop,” he declared. “In addition to this possibility,” he said, “there is danger of new seedlings, drying up and dying before their roots get down to the mineral soil, where they can find moisture.”



Investigate burglary at Lynn Mutual office


County law enforcement authorities last night said they were continuing an investigation of the burglary of the Lynn Mutual Insurance Co. office, from which a small bank, containing about $18, was stolen some time Monday night or early Tuesday morning.


The burglar, or burglars, apparently loosened the molding strip on the doorway to the second-floor office in the Penny Co. block and gained entrance by pushing back the catch on the spring lock.


The bank, belonging to Mrs. Leslie Yorkston, an employee, was taken from a desk. Apparently, no attempt was made to break in to the safe, the officials said.



Beautiful gardens are made by the Balches


A contribution to the sightliness of their neighborhood and of Neillsville is being made by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Balch. They continued this year to make beautiful gardens upon their place, located just west of the grounds of the North Side School.


At this season Mr. and Mrs. Balch have many tulips and their iris is just beginning to bloom. Their garden is so managed as to give them bloom all through the season. They have a wealth of delphinium, which is thrifty in all Neillsville gardens this spring. They have again filled their front window box, which attracted much favorable attention last summer.


Roses persist upon the Balch place, though the large canes were frozen back this winter. It seems to have been the common experience that even the tea roses and hybrid perpetuals will live at the roots, and hence roses, with proper care, are reasonably dependable, regardless of the cold winters common here.


Prior to Mr. Balch’s retirement two years ago, Mrs. Balch was family gardener. Now Mr. Balch works at it too. With half an acre available, Mr. Balch finds himself sufficiently busy. He grows not only flowers, but also vegetables. In his garden peas, beans, corn and potatoes are up. There is also an extensive asparagus bed, which is yielding steadily.


The Balches have provided lawn seats, which are an invitation to their friends to sit with them and enjoy the fruits of their labors.





The Clarence Harwich’s entertained guests Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thiel of Ripon spent the weekend with his sister, Mrs. Herman Albrecht, and family.


Tom Yndogliato did plowing for H. Albrecht, Mr. Laager J. Sollberger, Mr. Gyzin and Lyle Dormady recently.


Lila Asplin and Florence Asplin spent last Tuesday evening with Mrs. George Amidon.


Mrs. George Amidon called on her sister, Mrs. E. R. Moffatt, in Neillsville.


Jim Parker, Clarence and Bob Collins, Christ Mohr and Leslie Cook and daughters camped Saturday night at Hatfield for early fishing Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. George Blencoe and two sons of Alma Center called at the Collins home late Sunday. They were guests of her brother, Albert Smith, in Neillsville.



Clark Guernsey breeders plan to attend picnic


Several Guernsey breeders of Clark County are planning to attend the Wisconsin Guernsey picnic in West Salem, La Crosse County, Saturday, June 10. The program gets underway at 10 a.m., and will include band music, a cattle show and judging contests.







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