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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles


Clark County News

September 1937

Annual event to attract crowds here two days


Neillsville places of business offering money saving bargains


The biggest Dollar Days ever featured in Neillsville will be held Friday and Saturday of this week October 1 and 2, with many special offerings by the business men of the city. A large advertising edition for the big event is being featured this week by The Neillsville Press and the Clark County Journal, as well as a large number of copies sent out into the outlying territory.


The business men of Neillsville are offering real bargains and at a reasonable time when new fall and winter merchandise is being displayed. Our readers will find some surprising values in glancing over the advertising pages.


Both old and new customers will be pleasantly surprised by the large stocks of goods that are carried in Neillsville stores. Your every want can be supplied here, with new and seasonable merchandise arriving daily.


Neillsville is the metropolis of a large and growing trade territory and those who live even many miles away will find themselves well repaid by coming here to do their shopping next Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2. Remember, “All roads lead to Neillsville,” and that they are better roads than they were years ago. You will be surprised how far your dollars will go here.


Books presented to library


Miss Mabel Cannon has recently given to the Neillsville Library several good editions of worthwhile books. Among the collection are: ‘Vicar of Wakefield’ by Goldsmith, ‘Dombey and Son’ by Dickens, Hawthorne’s ‘Tanglewood Tales’ and ‘Blithedale Romance’, and ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ by Bulwer-Lython.


Any such valuable and useful gifts are always welcomed at the library to supplement and duplicate the material already available.


Many apples go to waste


Thousands of bushels of apples have gone to waste in Clark County this fall. The crop was far more plentiful than the market. Many of the early settlers here planted apple trees, which have thrived on most farms.


Warning to farmers


Traffic officer Lewis Bradbury states that quite a number of farmers are driving with teams on highways at night without having lights as required by law, which is for the purpose of protecting the farmer’s rigs from possible injury and damage by autos driven at night.


September 1947


Five local boys see the sights of Madison


Five local boys will spend two days this week at Madison as guests of the local Kiwanis Club. They will take in the sights of the state capitol on Friday and Saturday and will attend the Purdue-Wisconsin game Saturday afternoon.


The boys making the trip are the top boys in the club bull project. They were selected from the 13 participants by a committee of judges, consisting of Earl O. Wright, the county agent; Paul Wolski, his assistant; and Randy Briggs, soil conservationist. Announcement of the awards was made by Mr. Wright at the club session Monday evening, with all of the participants in the bull project present as club guests.


The five making the trip are Duane Timerson, Donald Marg, Charles Scholtz, Robert Knoop and Albert Miller. Alternate is Louis Kessler. The boys will be accompanied to Madison by John Perkins, an instructor of the Neillsville High School and member of the Kiwanis bull committee.


A hot box


A hot box in a freight car loaded with pulp wood resulted in calling out the fire department and a lot of local residents about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Damage was slight, but could have been serious had it gone unseen, because the car was on the siding next to the Van Gorden elevator.


Frost threatens Sunday night but kills little


Cold holds off long enough to give Clark County a lot of silage corn


The U.S. official thermometer at the Indian School farm dropped to 31 Sunday night–a temperature for frost. The result was a border-line situation, with spotted frost damage in Clark County, but not a general killing frost. There is still life left in most of the corn, and some growth in such of it as will be standing when this issue of The Press is read.


A check made by The Press in various parts of the county shows this situation:


Ernest Todd, whose farm is three miles south of the Lynn school, states that there was not a killing frost in his neighborhood, and that corn is still growing. He reports, however, a shortage of corn in that vicinity, due to the difficult planting conditions in the spring.


Alvin Grassman, located southwest of Granton, reports a killing frost, with corn growth about ended in that vicinity. He states that corn is a good silage crop in his neighborhood.


Frank Dubes, northeast of Granton, reports that the frost was not killing. In that neighborhood all the farmers are busy with their silos, and some of them have grain corn.


From the Frank Thoma farm, northwest of Globe in the town of Weston, the report is that there was not a killing frost, and that only the more tender garden stuff is gone.


Mrs. Henry Harder, east of Christie, says that corn was touched but not killed. There the corn looks good.


September 1957


Cornerstone laying Sunday


Service at new Calvary Lutheran Church will take place at 2:30 o’clock


A cornerstone laying service at Calvary Lutheran Church will be held next Sunday, September 29, at 2:30 p.m.


The Rev. Idar J. Tanner, pastor, will be in charge. The pastor’s father, Dr. J. Tanner of Forest City, Ia., will give a brief address. Also, taking part will be the Rev. Ira Tanner of Greenwood, son of the pastor of Calvary Church.


Mementos which will be sealed in the cornerstone, according to Mr. Tanner, will include: a list of present members of the congregation, a copy of the Bible, Luther’s Catechisms, a copy of this issue of The Clark County Press, copies of the church constitution, The Lutheran Herald, the Sunday service bulletin giving the cornerstone laying program, and a picture of the seven local people who were responsible for beginning the organization of the church. The seven are: Tom Dorski, Hilbert Naedler, Fred and Melvin Appleyard, Kenneth Olson, and James and Charles G. Jordahl.


Since July first, when construction was begun, progress on the building has gone ahead steadily. The finishing of the lower level is about completed, and the congregation expects to begin worshiping there in the latter part of October. At the moment there is some delay in certain materials for the upper structure, but it is expected the entire building will be completed before the end of the year.


Install room heat controls at hospital


Individual room thermostats will replace two; Money from Ford Fund A new thermostatic control is being installed at Memorial Hospital which will make it possible to regulate the temperature in each individual room. Work on the project started Monday and is expected to be completed in two weeks.


“The board of directors authorized the expenditure,” states Mrs. Doris Warren, administrator, “and the money used will come from the Ford Fund, which was a gift to Memorial Hospital to be used for additional service.”


In the past two thermostats controlled the heat of the entire building, including the basement, the north side of the hospital being controlled by one, and the south side and basement by the other. A saving of from 15 to 20 percent in fuel cost is expected to result.


95-year-old man becomes oldest surgical patient


August Swanson, Levis, undergoes emergency appendectomy August Swanson, 95, has the distinction of being the oldest surgical patient in the history of Memorial Hospital. Mr. Swanson, a resident of Clark County since 1906, underwent an emergency appendectomy Tuesday evening.


His son, Harry Swanson of La Crosse, and his daughter, Emma, (now Mrs. Clarence Stiemke) of Tomah, arrived Tuesday to visit their father. Harry, a resident of Neillsville for many years, returned to La Crosse Tuesday evening, but Mrs. Stiemke remained.


Mr. Swanson was born in Sweden and came to America and worked as a “bronco-buster” in Wyoming and South Dakota for many years. In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Swanson came to Neillsville and lived on the farm north of Neillsville now owned by the Charles Tews family. In 1911, the Swanson’s moved onto a farm south of Sydney, between the Tom Wren and Emil Zank properties, now owned by Frank Knipfel.


Up until Mr. Swanson’s surgery the late Jimmy Barker, an uncle of Mrs. Harry Van Gorden was the oldest surgical patient on record, at Neillsville hospital. He was 94 years of age when he underwent an operation for removal of gallstones, the operation being performed in the old Neillsville hospital. Mr. Barker had a normal recovery and came through the operation as well as many younger patients.


Conservation group raises 300 pheasants


Southern county organization releases them in Lynn, Chili, Granton area The Southern Clark County Conservation Club met Friday evening at Markham’s Hall, Chili, and discussed its 1957 pheasant raising project. A committee reported that 300 pheasants, raised at Loyal by the club, were released recently in the Chili, Granton and Lynn area.


The Southern Clark County Conservation Club, with a membership of 200, serves the Chili, Granton and Lynn area and has a few members in the club from Neillsville. Ollie Poler, Granton, is president; Bill Erpenbach, Neillsville, is vice president; Melvin Beil of Chili, is secretary; and Albert Hasz of Lynn is treasurer. The board of directors includes George Smith, Lynn; Herbert Fenske, Chili; Bill Erpenbach, Neillsville; and Earl Markham, Granton.


Mr. Beil reports that the next meeting will be held October 16. The deer hunting laws and program will be discussed.



 Shown here is a portion of the crowd which gathered in the Merrillan school gymnasium last Thursday night for a public hearing on a petition to detach the Humbird-Mentor area from United School District No. 3 (Alma Center-Merrillan and Humbird) and attach most of it to the Neillsville district. The petition was rejected by a joint (tri-county school committee by a vote of 1 to 15. (Press photo 1957)







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