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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Clark County News


September 9, 1971


 Soil services is offered by students


Richard Quast, Neillsville High School agricultural instructor, announced this week that Neillsville High School agricultural students will offer a soil sampling service to farmers within the school district.


Farmers wishing to avail themselves of the service this year are requested by Mr. Quast to call or write to the vocational agriculture department at the high school. A charge of $1.50 is made for each of the first four samples, and $1 for each sample thereafter to cover expenses, Mr. Quast said.


Students who will do the soil sampling have received instruction in that work, and will be supervised by their instructor, Mr. Quast said.


Citizenship course offered at Owen


Persons seeking to become American citizens will be offered a course at the Owen-Withee High School Monday evenings beginning September 27.


Offered by Vocational, Technical and Adult Education District One, the 10-week course is designed to provide instruction in citizenship responsibilities for persons desiring to become naturalized citizens. Each Monday evening session will convene from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Miss Florence Garbush, instructor, will cover the organization of local, state and federal governments, the development of American institutions and basic principles of government.


Miss Garbush, freelance writer, has previously taught English and citizenship classes in Clark County for persons desiring naturalization.


Registration may be made at the Owen-Withee High School (main office) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 13 to 17.


Glaucoma clinic to be held here


A clinic at which free testing for the eye disease glaucoma will be done was announced this week by the Neillsville Lions Club, which is sponsoring the clinic.


The testing will be conducted by doctors at Memorial Home next Thursday, September 9.


Seven-win Junior Water Safety certificates


Junior life saving badges and certificates have been awarded to seven Neillsville girls by the Clark County Chapter, American Red Cross, Joe M. Keating of Thorp, water safety chairman, announced this week.


Earning the awards by passing prescribed tests during the summer were: Marla Drescher, Jean Jordahl, Sandy and Shari Rhoades, Jackie Schoenherr, Ginny Stark, Dawn Urban, Marcia Vandeberg and Nancy Van Gorden.


The certificates have been forwarded to Milo R. Mabie, vice-chairman of the county Red Cross Chapter, and may be obtained by calling at his shop in Neillsville, Mr. Keating said.


Granton boys win champion ribbons


Granton exhibitors at the Northwest Junior Livestock show in Eau Claire last week took their share of the prizes.


A judging team composed of Gary Dahl, Jim Beilke, and Ron Vandeberg placed first in the judging contest to bring home the traveling trophy. Dahl placed first in the state, competing against 200.


Duane Marty of the Granton FFA received a grand champion ribbon in the Poland China class of barrows; and Bruce Stanley of the Granton FFA received a reserve champion ribbon on his crossbred barrow. Kevin Steiner of the Romadka 4-H of Granton and Bill Dahl of the Granton FFA received blues on their entries.


Gary Dahl placed third in the swine showmanship contest. Keith Eibergen and Kevin Steiner of the Romadka 4-H club were runners-up in the showmanship contest.


Granton exhibitors showed 34 hogs and every hog they entered made weight requirements of the show. Twenty-eight were judged “U.S. No. 1” hogs.


Bingo is the name of the steer held by Allen Stanley, Granton livestock dealer, and Martin Hillert, Jr., FFA president at Granton. He will be presented to some lucky ticket holder, during the Granton Fall Festival,

Sept. 17-19. Bingo was given to Granton FFA boys by Allen Stanley in observance of 25 years in the livestock business.

(The Press Sept. 9, 1971)



Horse back on the scene at the Corn Festival


An increase in the number of entries in horse pulling contests indicate a renewed interest in horses.


Eighteen teams were entered in the pulling contest at the Loyal Corn Festival last Friday evening.


Rolly Drost of Rice Lake won the horsemanship trophy.


Others winning prizes in competition were Loren Sayles, Owen; Kim Drost, Rice Lake, and Ed Schill, Auburndale, placing first, second and third in the lightweight class (under 2800 pounds).


Placing in the middleweight class (under 3200 pounds) were: Rolly Drost, Rice Lake; Bob Stroetz, Spencer; and Alfred Meyer, Loyal.


In the heavyweight class (over 3200 pounds). Frank Kurth, Catawba; Fritz Rueth, Loyal; and Clarence Miller, Chetek, were first, second and third.



Miss Karen Strack became Loyal Corn Festival Queen last weekend. She is the daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. Newell Strack of Loyal. (The Press Sept. 9, 1971)



Army opens recruit office in Neillsville


A new U.S. Army recruiting station has been opened at 631 Hewett Street, Neillsville.


This station hopes to furnish more efficient and personal service to the people of Clark and Jackson counties.


SFC Marvin L. Biehn, an experienced army recruiter, has been assigned as station commander. Sgt. Biehn served as an army recruiter in Fridley, Mn., prior to his last assignment, a 13-month overseas tour in Seoul, Korea.


Sergeant Biehn has served in assignments throughout the United States and overseas. Among his numerous awards and decorations, he has been awarded two Bronze Star medals, three awards of the Army Commendation medal, the Good Conduct medal, the National Defense Service medal, the Expeditionary medal, the Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals.


Sgt. Biehn and his wife Dawn are residing in Neillsville.


All residents of the Clark and Jackson county areas are cordially invited to stop in and meet Sgt. Biehn. Or those interested may call him collect at 743-3329.


Theft is reported in Levis township


Theft of a quantity of equipment, including a mini bike, a shotgun and chainsaw, from a retirement home in the town of Levis was reported to the Clark County sheriff’s department Saturday.


Ambrose Marco of La Crosse, the owner, reported that entry had been made by forcing the front door, breaking a latch which held it. He said the entry had taken place during the previous week.


Included among the missing articles, in addition to those listed above, were a bow, bow cover and five arrows; a .22 rifle; a hunting knife; a large butcher knife; an alarm clock; two binoculars; a hand lantern; a flashlight; and a variety of food and bottled goods.



Chicago man, 26 first water victim


The first drowning of the season in Clark County waters was recorded Saturday afternoon.


The body of David Ferguson, 26, of Chicago, Ill., was recovered from the waters of Arnold Creek.


He had gone down in about 12 feet of water. Recovery was made after sheriff’s officers from Clark and Jackson counties, and the Clark County Civil Defense unit, had dragged the bottom of Arnold Creek for approximately one-half hour.



Sheriff David Bertz said that Ferguson swam across the creek – a distance of about 200-300 feet at that located east of the Arnold Creek bridge. He had returned about one-third the distance when, witnesses said, he shouted for help and disappeared beneath the surface of the water.


Sheriff Bertz said he had gone into the water wearing dungarees.


The body was brought to Neillsville and later sent to Chicago for funeral services and burial.


Ferguson had been visiting the Hatfield area with his brother, Earl Ferguson, and his mother.


Marriage licenses


Jack Edward Mechelke and Judy Mar Elsinger, both of Loyal, to be married September 4 in Loyal.


Charles Allen Meier, Neillsville, and Deborah Dawn Winkel, Granton, to be married September 4 in Granton.


Antony Karl Lux and Kathleen Ellen Krall, both of Denver, Co., to be married September 4 in Neillsville.


Rodney Harlan Quelle, Milwaukee, and Cynthia Marie Devine, Owen, to be married September 4 in Owen.




Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Prior of Mundelein, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Irene Elizabeth, to Ray Scott Capani, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Capani, also of Mundelein. A November wedding is planned.


Miss Prior is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ralph Scheel of Greenwood and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Prior of Greenwood. She is the great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Prior of Loyal.


Sunday School begins


 Sunday School sessions will resume at Zion Lutheran Church, Granton, and at Christ Lutheran Church, Chili, this coming Sunday, September 5.


Starting time is 9:30 a.m. at the Granton church and 10 a.m. at the Chili church, according to an announcement by the Rev. Roland Roehrs, pastor of the two Missouri-Synod churches.


Church groups meet


The W.S.C.S. of the York Center United Methodist Church met Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Myrtie Davis. The Youth Fellowship of the church was to meet that evening at the Joe Zvolena home on Rt. 1, Loyal.


Church women meet


The Ladies’ Aid Society of Zion Lutheran Church, Granton met Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. for a potluck picnic.



The former Peggy L. Geldernick, who became the bride of Gerald E. Marg, Jr.,

 in ceremonies performed Saturday, August 28, at Zion Lutheran Church at Granton.

(Strack Photography Sept. 9, 1971)





  Wilbur Blackdeer, reputedly the oldest flute player n the state,

with Violet Teeples, at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Thunderbird Museum, Hatfield.

Sunday, Blackdeer played an Indian flute solo at the afternoon program. (The Press Sept. 9, 1971)





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