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Clark County News


July 13, 1950


Selective Service office prepares for business


Will open three days per week; County’s first quota reported as four


The selective service office of Clark County will be open three days week, beginning at once. The days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, until 4:30. Heretofore the local office has been open only one day per week.


The longer service at the draft office is incidental to the prospective induction. In preparation for induction, Miss Catherine Meek, who is in charge of the office, suggests that all men whose status has changed should inform the local board. A change of status, such as marriage or different employment, has a direct effect upon induction, and the files should be brought down to date, Miss Meek says. The responsibility rests on the individual, Herbert M. Smith of Neillsville, a member of the county selective service board, cautioned. He told of an incident in which a young fellow was married and, as a married man would have been exempt from induction at that time. He failed, however, to notify the selective service board concerning the change in his status. The next thing he knew he was inducted, with no way out.


Mr. Smith said that any youths who have turned 18 and have not registered should do so at once. Registrations will be made at any high school in Clark County, excepting at Neillsville, through the high school’s principal. In the event he is not available, 18-year-olds can register through the County Veterans Service officer, who makes calls at various locations in the county, or at the selective service office in Neillsville city hall, where Neillsville youths are to register on the days stated above.


The quota for Clark County is four, according to other sources.


Community band will be heard Tuesday eve


Organization of fifty to give concert on the high school lawn


The Neillsville Community Band will present the first of a series of open-air concerts on Tuesday, July 18. The concerts will be held in front of the high school building and will start at 7:15 p.m.


The band is made up of about 40 school musicians and 10 townspeople. The purpose of the band is to give the band students summer training and townspeople a chance to use their musical training of days gone by.


The program as announced by the director, C. Scott Hunsberger, follows: The National Anthem; Welcome March; The Jolly Sailors March; Southern Cross Overture; Hosts of Freedom March; Largo; Blaze of Glory March; Merry Men; Hall of Fame; Carnival Day in New Orleans; Young American March; Chimes of Victory March; Lake Hamilton Waltz; The Thunderer March.


Mrs. Frank Downer is found hurt after crusher went by in the road


Wires were flying as the stone crusher passed her at the Tyler farm


Mrs. Frank Downer of the Town of York suffered a head injury Tuesday in front of the Tyler farm in the Town of York. She was hurt simultaneously with a crash which brought Mrs. Dale Tyler out of her home to learn the trouble. As Mrs. Tyler was examining injury to her own telephone line and fastenings, she heard a call from the highway. The call was from Mrs. Downer, who was in the ditch on the east side of the road. Proceeding northward up the highway was a big stone crusher.


Mrs. Tyler ran to Mrs. Downer, who was trying to climb the bank to the east and was unable to make it. Mrs. Tyler hurried to the house and secured the help of her son Roger. They brought the family car to the road alongside Mrs. Downer and helped her into the car. They took her to Granton.


Mrs. Downer, though evidently shocked, insisted upon leaving the car at the telephone office in Granton. She walked to the home of Dr. R.R. Rath, Mrs. Rath being a distant relative. At the Rath home Mrs. Downer was at first somewhat confused but was able to make a fairly lucid statement of what happened. A little later she became delirious. After treatment for a few hours, Mrs. Downer expressed the desire to be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer McNamee at Vesper. She was placed in and ambulance for the trip. Dr. Rath went with her.


Hit by something


The statement of Mrs. Downer as made to the Raths and to the Tylers was that something hit her as she was passing a large stone crusher, which was proceeding northward upon the highway. She was on the west side of the road; Mrs. Tyler had seen her walking along there just a few moments previously. Mrs. Tyler was in the house and almost immediately heard the noise which sounded as though the side of her home was being pulled out. It was then that Mrs. Tyler rushed out and started to examine the damage; the broken telephone wire and the fastening wrenched from the side of the house. One end of the broken wire ran northward toward the highway. The other end was to the south.


Mrs. Downer’s first thought was that she had been hit by a shot; later the Tylers and the Raths could not be sure exactly what it was that hit her. There was broken wire, lying southward on the west side of the road, and there were broken parts of the telephone equipment.


A man to lift wires


The telephone wire was broken at the time the stone crusher was in front of the Tyler place. Atop the crusher was a man with a pole, there for the purpose of raising wires and clearing the way. When Mrs. Tyler heard the call of Mrs. Downer and went out to help her, the stone crusher was proceeding upon its way; Mrs. Downer was alone. Unexplained is the fact that, seen first by Mrs. Tyler on the west side of the road, she was found, after her injury on the east side of the road.


Immediately after giving aid to Mrs. Downer, Dr. Rath investigated the cause of the injury and made a report to the office of the sheriff. Sheriff Kutsche and Harry Frantz, traffic officer, hurried to the scene. They found that there had been two wires running from the telephone pole to the Tyler house and that both were broken. The pole was on the west side of the road. One of the wires was still attached to the insulator and the arm; that insulator and arm had been torn from the pole and were lying not far from the pole and on the west side of the road. The other arm and insulator had been torn from the pole, and the insulator had been broken. Fragments of the insulator were lying on the west side of the road.


 On the west side, also, the officers found two combs, evidently from Mrs. Downer’s hair. On the east side of the road, somewhat to the south, was the heavy loop that had been fastened around the insulator. The officers could not be certain what had hit Mrs. Downer, but they were certain that this loop, flying through the air, would have been sufficient to administer a severe head blow.


The officer found that Mrs. Downer, when first seen by Mrs. Tyler, had her hands up on the back of her head, holding it, as though it hurt her.


Officers follow crusher


The officers then drove northward, following in the trail of the big stone crusher. They found that it was the property of Tony Shober, contractor of Loyal, and that he had secured from Traffic Officer Dusso a special permit to move the big piece of equipment on the roads. His prescribed route was northward out of Granton to County Trunk H; westward on H to Globe via the new bridge over the Black River; then southward to US 10 and thence into the Town of Levis. The equipment is about 18 feet high.


The officers found the equipment and the crew going up the hill west of the new river bridge. It was in charge of a crew of three, all Loyal men. The driver of the self-propelled crusher was Peter Rueth. The wire lifter, atop the equipment, was John Castner. The advance man, ahead in a car, was Lawrence Domine. The members of the crew stated to the officers that they were totally unaware of any untoward incident north of Granton. They remembered meeting a woman at about the place indicated, and she was on the west side of the road. But they stated that they were unaware that their vehicle had hit any wire and that there had been any personal injury, directly or indirectly.


4-H Clubs will make tours through county


Will visit and inspect the projects, preparatory to the County Fair


A release from the country extension office follows:


Clark County 4-H clubs are planning club tours in July, visiting each member’s project. This countywide activity was encouraged in 1949 when the county fair was canceled, to enable each 4-H member to achieve by giving him an opportunity to exhibit his work.


The 40 clubs have been scheduled in morning and afternoon tours beginning July 14 and continuing through July 28. Each club has received a schedule. One agent will attend each tour. If any club is not able to meet its date, contact the agent attending your tour.


All projects should be completed or nearly completed, and all clothing, handicraft, foods and other “portable” projects may be exhibited at one’s home or school.


Mr. Drake at workshop



Russell C. Drake, county superintendent of schools, is attending the county superintendents’ workshop in Madison this week. This workshop is sponsored by the state department of public instruction and the University of Wisconsin.


Community Chest has $2,610 budget


Receives requests from organizations – has $1,065 balance


Budget requests totaling $2,610.35 were presented to the directors of the Neillsville Community Chest Monday noon by organizations cooperating in the Chest.


The directors will meet next Monday noon to examine the requests and to make up the budget for the coming year.


Included among the requests were the following: Associated Services (successor to the U.S.O.), $50.35; Children’s Service Society, $300; Children’s Christmas party, $250; Wisconsin Service Association, $100; Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, $860; Neillsville Girl Scouts, $650; Neillsville Boy Scouts, for camp improvements, repair and maintenance at Camp Higichari on Lake Arbutus, used by both boys and girls, $300; Indian school, $100; and Salvation Army, $200.


A statement of Neillsville Community Chest finances, prepared as of July 11 by Ja. A. Musil, treasurer, revealed that $2,096.24 was paid out in the last year for expenses of the Chest and to participating organizations. The Red Feather drive of last year brought donations amounting to $1,837.95. This, added to a cash balance of $1,323,65 gave the Chest $3,161.60 with which to carry on its work this year. Cash on hand as of the time of the report amounted to $1,065.36, the report stated.


Marriage licenses


Edward Mauer, Sparta, Marjorie Musil, Neillsville, to be married at Neillsville on August 5.


Chester Howard Diercks, Neillsville, La Dona Jean Lightfoot, Whitehall, to be married at Neillsville on July 22.


James Newton Lightfoot, Whitehall, Shirley Mae Diercks, Neillsville, to be married at Neillsville July 22.


Claude Sossaman, Colby, Beverly A. Anderson, Colby, to be married at Colby July 22.


Humbird News


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laffe, Katherine Laffe and Mrs. Clouse joined a gathering of relatives at the Greenwood park for a picnic Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart entertained his sister, Mrs. Anna Perry, from Chicago, a few days last week. Her son, Clarence, drove over Sunday and took her to Marshfield for a visit with his family.


John Michaels’ car was stolen some time Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. He had driven the car into his garage at 11 o’clock Tuesday night and had taken out the keys. As yet no trace of it has been found.


Rev. Walter Jenswold of Westby spent several days here this week with his mother, Mrs. Mary Jenswold, and many friends.


Rev. Niles Stein, who has been pastor of the M.E. Church at Augusta and is now assigned to St. Charles, Minn., is spending a month’s vacation in the Noyes house here, until the Methodist parsonage in St. Charles is vacated.


H.J. Quartemont and wife are at the Hein cottage for July. Mr. Quartemont is the Enterprise publisher.


Leslie J. Smith, who is now employed in Rice Lake, came home to spend the holiday with his family.


Two tilts for A’s


The Neillsville Athletics will meet Stetsonville in a Cloverbelt league game here Sunday night. Game time is 8:15.


Next Thursday evening, July 13, the Athletics will face the All-Stars of the Southern Clark County leagues in their annual tilt at the Neillsville Athletic field. Game time is 8:15 p.m. All-Stars of the Globe, Willard, Stables, Grand View and Lynn teams were to be selected later this week. 


Multiple Director


John D. Wuethrich of Greenwood is on the way to match the record of his father, the late John Wuethrich, as a director of dairy organizations. His latest is director of the Wisconsin Creameries Association, succeeding Rupert Steinhauer, who died recently.







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