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Clark County News


June 1, 1939


Arrange homemaker meeting in county


Open gatherings will be held in Loyal and Thorp


Two open homemaker meetings have been scheduled for next week in Clark County, according to an announcement by Miss Alice Olson, home agent.


The first meeting will be in the Thorp High School gymnasium Tuesday, June 6, with Mrs. M.J. Haas and Mrs. Art Smasal of Withee acting as hostesses. The second meeting will be held in the Loyal High School gymnasium Wednesday, June 7, with Mrs. Walter Pieper and Mrs. Reno Herdrick of Greenwood as hostesses. Both meetings will start at 10 a.m.


Mrs. Margaret McCordic, home management specialist, will demonstrate kitchen utensils and discuss the topic of “Knives and Other Culinary Articles – Their Choice, Care and Use.” Miss Josephine Pollock, assistant state home economics leader, will tell those present about the value of the home agent to the county. Miss Olson will tell of 4-H Club activities in the county.


All who attend should carry their own potluck lunch and dishes. All homemakers of the county and their friends are invited to attend.


Barn is struck by lightning, burns


Damage on the Struebing farm estimated at over $2,000


Lightning late last Saturday night struck a barn on the farm occupied by Howard Struebing in Washburn township, and destroyed the building, silo, about 12 tons of hay, and several farm implements. Damage was estimated by August Struebing, owner of the place, at more than $2,000.


This week Mr. Struebing and his two sons, Howard and Raymond, were busy cleaning up the debris, in preparation to build another barn on the old foundation, and a new concrete stave silo. The loss was partly covered by insurance.


The bolt of lightning struck the barn about 11 p.m., shortly after Howard and his wife and family had returned from Neillsville. A moment after they heard the crash, Howard said, the barn was almost completely enveloped in flames.


A young team of horses, the only animals in the barn, was trapped for a time; but Howard’s father, who was summoned, managed to enter the flaming building, release them and drive them out unharmed.


Only a steady downpour of rain kept the flames from spreading to the farmhouse and other outhouses nearby, it was said.


Baseball centennial stamps available here T


he centennial of baseball will be celebrated by the issuance of an appropriate stamp, which will be available at the Neillsville post office on June 13, according to an announcement by Postmaster Louis W. Kurth.


The appearance of this stamp will be an event of importance to stamp collectors, and in the interest of such collectors of school age Mr. Kurth has requested The Clark County Press to make the following announcement:


All children of school age may obtain first-day covers of the new Baseball Centennial stamp by submitting three cents with a self-addressed envelope at a window of the post office not later than noon, June 9. The envelopes will be forwarded to Cooperstown, New York, where, because of its association with the early history of baseball, the stamps will first be sold and canceled.


Heavy rainfall over county eases tension


Heavy rainfall in almost every section of Clark County last weekend brought renewed vigor to crops and man, alike, and ended fears of another drought such as was experienced just five years ago.


Heavier soils in the central and northern parts of the county had received considerable rain during the week before; but lighter soils in the southern part of the county had gone without moisture since April 8.


However, the weekend’s rain measured 1.83 inches, at the Henry Markwardt farm, official weather station located about a quarter of a mile east of the fairgrounds. The rainfall undoubtedly was heavier in other portions of the county, it was said.


The first rainfall registered at the weather station was 0.48 of an inch on Friday. This was followed by 1.35 inches Saturday, bringing the total rainfall since the two-inch precipitation recorded there in mid-April to 1.83 inches.


Thermometers during the last week also have sky-rocketed, with Tuesday’s high of 89 climaxing a week which saw temperatures in the 80s four out of the seven days.



Announce examination for new county office


An examination for the purpose of establishing an eligible list from which a service officer, for Clark County will be selected has been announced by the bureau of personnel at Madison.


The office was created at the spring session of the county board of supervisors. The officer will receive a salary of $50 per month for part-time work, plus $25 a month for expenses.


Closing date for applications is June 10, 1939. Those wishing to apply to take the examination should secure application blanks from County Clerk Calvin Mills, in Neillsville, or from the bureau of personnel, state capitol, Madison. A stamped, self-addressed envelope should accompany the request for an application blank.


Three injured in long weekend accidents


At least three persons were injured in accidents involving automobiles in this area during the four-day holiday weekend.


Mrs. William Buchsteiner of Neillsville was injured seriously and her daughter, Milda, was severely bruised and shaken Monday afternoon in an accident near Nasonville. Mr. Buchsteiner, driver of the car, escaped uninjured. Mrs. Buchsteiner, who was convalescing from a recent major operation, suffered a back injury and a fractured left arm.


John Staples, 15, son of DeVan Staples of the Town of Dewhurst, was critically injured when the pony he was riding was struck by an automobile driven by A.J. Fonstad of Stevens Point, on Highway 95, near his home.


John, atop his pony stopped in the driveway to his home to allow a car to pass before entering onto the highway. He apparently did not see the second car, driven by Mr. Fonstad, approaching, Traffic Officer Lewis Bradbury said.


The impact hurled the boy against the windshield post. He suffered a skull fracture, fractured left ankle and severe lacerations. He was removed to the Black River Falls hospital.



 Vacation Bible school


For 10 days, beginning Monday, June 5, the Rev. George W. Longenecker and four teachers will conduct a vacation Bible school at the south side grade school building. All children from the first to eighth grade are invited to enroll. Daily sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.



Pet event opens Neillsville Week, season program


Wednesday night events, special attractions are scheduled


Hundreds of people are expected to be in Neillsville for the Pet Parade Saturday afternoon.


This event will give a gala send off to the most extensive and entertaining summer program ever undertaken in this section. The events will be sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce with the cooperation of Neillsville merchants and professional men.


The Pet Parade looms large. It will plunge the city directly into a special merchandising week. During “Neillsville Week,” merchants will have over a half-million dollars’ worth of top-notch stock on their shelves, in their windows and in their show cases. The stocks will be complete, attractively displayed and priced right.


Wednesday nights


The Wednesday following the Pet Parade – June 7 – will see the start of the same sort of Wednesday events as were held last year. Only this year they will be bigger, better, and more interesting for all. The Wednesday night events will get under way at 8:30 p.m. with a concert by the Neillsville High School band, directed by Richard A. Becker. The band recently was judged the outstanding Class C band in the Eau Claire district tournament and is one of the best high school bands of any class in the state.


In all, there will be 15 Wednesday night events throughout the summer. The only week in which the Wednesday night affair will not be staged will be the week of the Clark County Fair.


But the summer program will not stop with that! Special events will be staged on the first Saturday of July and August. Although it has not been definitely decided what events will be staged on these two Saturdays, the committee is considering, among other things, a tug-o’-war, with each of the towns in the area invited to place a team in the event.


Then Neillsville merchants will again come to the fore in August with “Dollar Days,” a series of days devoted to dollar bargains of high-class merchandise.


With a grand climax, the summer program will be brought to a conclusion in mid-September with a Harvest Festival.


27 Future Farmers boys to have outing in north


Twenty-seven members of Neillsville High School’s Future Farmer organization will be attending a summer camp during the next week at Red Cedar Lake, about 15 miles north of Rice Lake.


The first group left Wednesday morning with Mr. and Mrs. John Perkins and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ruedy, who will supervise them during the camping period. Each group will be in camp for a half-week, with the first group returning Saturday and the second group leaving Sunday and returning Tuesday.


The camping expedition is the last phase of their year’s Future Farmer work, Mr. Perkins, advisor, said. It is in the nature of a recreation roundup before the boys return to tackle their summer work. They will fish, play ball and engage in other athletic activities.



Three men shaken as standard topples


Standard knocks into store window; damage placed at $250


Three men narrowly escaped injury shortly after noon Saturday when a streetlight standard was knocked from its base and crashed through a large plate glass window at the farmers store. Damage was estimated at more than $200.


Frank Hepburn, store manager, and Harold Hardies, manager of the grocery department, were standing at the vegetable and fruit display counter, directly in front of the window, when the lamp standard crashed through. Although the standard missed them only by inches, and broken glass showered the area, Mr. Hepburn and Mr. Hardies somehow escaped unscathed. However, Mr. Hardies combed a quantity of glass fragments from his hair afterward.


The third man, unidentified, had just walked past the window on the sidewalk when the standard toppled over. He was badly shaken by the near accident, according to witnesses.


A piece of the plate glass window, about five inches long and an inch and a half wide, was driven completely through a large bunch of celery with apparent terrific force. “Just imagine what that might have done had it hit Mr. Hardies or me,” commented Mr. Hepburn later.


The light standard was knocked over by a Northern Cheese Co. truck of Eau Claire, as the driver, L. De Polis, backed it into a parking place preparing to make deliveries.



Tourist park is open to public at Greenwood


The Greenwood pleasure park is open for the general public to enjoy the facilities, free of charge. Kitchen, well of fine spring water, tables in the shade, children’s playground equipment and bathing privileges are at your service. Entrance from Highway 73, one-half mile north of Greenwood. 







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