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Clark County News


June 16, 1949


Free chest x-ray unit schedules stop in central, and southern county


Preparations in city even include babysitters; requires 3 minutes


A mobile x-ray unit of the state board of health will move into central and southern Clark County Friday to take free chest x-rays of all adults in the county 18 years of age and over.


The unit has been operating in the northern part of the county for the last few days. The service is being given free throughout Clark County and all other counties of the state in an effort to locate all cases of tuberculosis in Wisconsin.


Requires 3 minutes


No more than three minutes’ time will be required for the x-raying of each person, Miss Bernita Wasserburger, county nurse, told a meeting of group representatives in the city hall here last Wednesday night. Arrangements are being made for children to be cared for at the mobile unit while their mothers are being x-rayed.


X-rays will be taken through ordinary summer clothing, so there will be no need for one to disrobe. The only request is that people not wear heavy necklaces or pins about the upper part of the body.


House-to-house notice


In all areas a house-to-house canvass is to be made by volunteers a few days in advance of the coming of the mobile unit to the area.


The importance of the blanket x-raying of residents was pointed out by Miss Wasserburger in her explanation at the group meeting here last week. Tuberculosis, she reminded, in a contagious disease which is not easily distinguished in its early stages except through x-ray. It shows no warning; but x-rays will show it before other symptoms appear.


Deadlier than auto


Thus far this year three deaths in Clark County have been caused by tuberculosis. In 1939 and 1940 there were eight deaths each year in Clark County caused by tuberculosis. In 1941 tuberculosis took seven lives in the county, Miss Wasserburger said.


This record indicates that, while automobile accidents are more spectacular, they are not entirely so dealing on the whole as is this respiratory disease.


Better chance


Early discovery, Miss Wasserburger said increases chances for a complete recovery. It also prevents the victim from spreading the disease to others.


The x-rays taken by the mobile unit will be read by doctors in Milwaukee. Those with suspicious findings will be referred to the persons’ physicians for larger x-rays. Under the state law, hospital expenses of those found to have active tuberculosis are paid by the state.


From four to six weeks will be required to read and report on the x-rays taken by the mobile unit, Miss Wasserburger said. When the x-rays have been read, the findings will be reported to the person concerned, to his family physician and to the county health nurse.


10,000 in county


From 10,000 to 12,000 chest x-rays will have been made in Clark County when the program is completed, according to the estimate of the county nurse. The cost of the work amounts to about 20 cents per picture, which will put the total cost at from $2,000 to $2,400.


The program is tax-supported except for the salaries of the physicians who read the x-rays. Their salaries are paid through the Wisconsin Christmas Seal sales.


In addition to the detection of tuberculosis, Miss Wasserburger said, the x-rays also will reveal the presence of tumor and cancer of the lung and will picture the size and shape of the heart, which will be of value in some cases of heart ailments.


Naedler chairman


At the meeting last week, Mayor H.J. Naedler was named general chairman for the visit of the mobile unit to Neillsville. Other chairmen named to prepare for the coming of the unit are Mrs. Harland Kintzele, publicity chairman; Mrs. A.C. Covell, volunteer help; and Joe Ylvisaker, chairman of the house-to-house canvass which will be made in advance of the unit’s arrival here. Chairman also were named for canvassing the townships in the area of the Neillsville center.


Mobile Tuberculosis X-Ray Unit



Pictured above is the mobile tuberculosis x-ray unit now coming into central and southern Clark County. Free chest x-rays are taken of adults at the rate of 60 per hour. (Clark County Press photo June 16, 1949) 


Achievement Day for homemakers at Withee


County women will hear about 4-H Cooperative house/home wiring


The annual Achievement Day of Clark County homemakers will be held in Withee, with the program scheduled to open at 10 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m.


Principal speaker will be Carl Neitzke, specialist in engineering of the college of agriculture who will speak on “Adequate Wire and Fusing.”


Homemakers will find interesting the scheduled talk of Miss Elizabeth Suess, home economics teacher of Neillsville High School. A former home agent in Arkansas, Miss Suess will tell about the 4-H Cooperative house in Arkansas.


Other features of the program will be home talent numbers by various homemaker groups of the county, and a noon-day concert by the county 4-H Club band.


Committees in charge are exhibits, Abbotsford clubs; arrangements, Withee clubs; program, Neillsville clubs; decorations, Greenwood clubs; hospitality, Loyal Clubs; and the Chili clubs will assist where needed.


Pet and hobby show is given by the Brownies


The Northside and Southside Brownie troops gathered at the Ray Burr residence Thursday afternoon. Games were played, and each Brownie was given a pony ride. The Brownies entertained their mothers with a pet and hobby show. A picnic lunch was enjoyed by all. Mrs. M.V. Overman and Mrs. Kenneth Manz are the Southside leaders; and Mrs. Ray Burr and Mrs. Martin Feuerstein are leaders of the Northside troop.


30 attend 40th wedding anniversary of couple


On Saturday, June 11, Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Kauffman celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, which occurred Thursday, June 9. About 30 guests were present at the buffet dinner. Many gifts, including flowers and money, were received. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman’s daughter, Leone, and son, Everett and his family were present.


Bait for hoppers


Grasshopper bait will be mixed on the Farmer’s Store lot at Greenwood starting Tuesday, June 14 through Saturday, June 18. “If you have noticed grasshoppers on your fields, don’t fail to get some of this poisoned bait and get to work spreading it,” County Agent Earl O. Wright cautions. Now is the proper time to kill these young hoppers. If the demand for bait warrants, the mixing station will be in operation again June 20.


Local archers score in league shoot at Colfax


Three Neillsville archery enthusiasts participated in the first tournament of the Chippewa Valley league at Colfax Sunday. The result of their shooting was two firsts and one qualification as an “expert.”


First place in the archery class was won by Dan Brewer, who was awarded a gold medal and the roving trophy. His wife, Frances, won first in the ladies’ class and was awarded a gold medal. Dr. A. J. Fahrner qualified as an “expert,” which is the highest ranking in the four divisions of archery tournament shooting. These four divisions are: hunter, archer, bowman and expert.


The next shoot will be held June 26 in Chippewa Falls.


Playground program starts in city today


Northside meeting called for 9 a.m.; Southside to meet at 1 p.m.


Preparations to launch the city’s supervised summer playground activities will be made today at meetings of children called by Henry Lukes, playground instructor and new high school coach.


Mr. Lukes announces that he would like to have all children on the northside who want to take part in playground activities to meet with him at 9 o’clock this morning on the northside school grounds.


Children on the southside are asked to meet with Mr. Lukes at the southside school playground at 1 o’clock this afternoon.


The activities of today will be principally for the purpose of registration and lining up the program activities.


Summer library hours set, club for children


Summer library hours have been announced by Mrs. F. E. Brown, librarian. The hours are as follows:


Daily from 2 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until 12 noon; Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


The organization of a Treasure Seeker’s club for children at the library is also announced. The club meets in the children’s room, where a map of Treasure Island is on display and trails to parts of the map where treasure may be found are marked.


The treasure hunt started June 13; but children still may join at any time after that date. Treasure hunt shovels will be awarded when five books have been read.


Spraying demonstrations


Weed spraying demonstrations will be held Saturday morning at the Oswald Pischer farm, in the township of Grant. All persons interested in chemical weed spraying are urged by County Agent Earl O. Wright to attend.


Public Field Day at Clark County Hospital


A public field day will be held at the Clark County hospital farm at Owen Tuesday, June 21, starting at 1:30 p.m., County Agent Earl O. Wright announces. Tours will be made of field plots, alfalfa crop and experimental work with soil fertility and soil runoff plots.


Hixton Garden Club meets in Neillsville


Thursday the Hixton Garden Club spent a pleasant day with Mrs. M.K. Andersen, a former member and the club’s first president. Fifteen members were present.


This club has been in existence for 14 years and has done much to beautify their own grounds as well as public grounds.




Irving Davis and Glen Snow were Neillsville visitors Tuesday of last week.


Mr. and Mrs. John Boushon attended the funeral services for James Hewett at the Methodist Church at Lindsey Thursday.


Mrs. Emma Duchow visited several days last week with her son Leonard of Vesper.


Mrs. Glen Snow entertained members of the Chili Community Club Thursday afternoon, with 18 members answering roll call. Two new members joined, Mrs. Mabel Dickerson and Mrs. Myrtle Lang. The next meeting will be a picnic at Wildwood Park July 14.






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