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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles


Clark County News


October 14, 1937


Auto kills deer near Fairchild


Car of Rev. Baumann on way home through fog Sunday


Rev. Wm. A. Baumann and children drove to Eau Claire Sunday afternoon to bring Mrs. Baumann home from the hospital where she was a patient for two weeks. Driving home in a dense fog at about 9 o’clock that evening, their car struck a yearling doe fawn some distance east of Fairchild.


Upon reaching Neillsville, Rev. Baumann reported the accident to Archie Van Gorden, being unable to reach County Clerk Calvin Mills. Mr. Van Gorden dressed out the animal and called Game Warden Alva Clumpner of Stanley, who came down Monday to take charge of it. The meat was sold to the Wagner Cafe.


While the Baumann family deeply regretted the mishap, it was entirely unavoidable and the pastoris in no way responsible fora “triple offense,”–first for killing a deer out of season; second for killing a doe, and third for killing a fawn.


Mr. Clumpner granted Marcus Baumann’s request for the head and the young man plans to have it mounted.


Name Brady Gang as Thorp robbers


Three armed men who robbed the People’s Exchange bank at Thorp, Aug. 23, have been identified by Ross Lawrence, cashier, as Al Brady and two other members of his notorious gang.


Al Brady and Clarence Schaffer were shot and killed in battle with officers in a hardware store at Bangor, Maine, Tuesday and James Dalhover surrendered after a G-Man’s bullet clipped his nose.


Over 300 miles of powerline poles set in Clark County


Expect power from Chippewa Falls REA plant to be distributed in county some time in December


William Dallman of Colby was chosen as project supervisor of the Clark County Rural Electric project during the period of construction by the officers of the county REA at a meeting held here last week. Mr. Dallman has been manager of the Colby Light, Power and Waterworks plant fora number of years and has had much practical experience to fit him for the new position.


After the construction work has been completed a superintendent for the project will be hired, and the project supervisor will be likely to be given first consideration when the hiring is done.


The Ulen Construction Co., of Lebanon, Ind., which has the contract for the setting of the power poles, is making excellent progress, and has nearly half of the 690 miles of poles set. Men in the home localities, particularly patrons who have signed up, were given preference in hiring crews to dig and set the poles, which have been set at the rate of 15 to 25 miles a day.


President Vern Howard of the Clark County REA said it was planned to have power in Clark County by Christmas and probably sooner. The first power unit at Chippewa Falls was approved September 10, and to be completed in 90 days. The other two units are to be completed within120 days. The Press was in error in quoting Mr. Howard as to four transformer stations. Only two are to be in Clark County, one in Spokeville and the other at Walter’s Corners. One will be located in Taylor County and another in Chippewa County, which do not have anywhere near as many patrons as the Clark County REA.


Companies and firms selling electrical equipment have been busy canvassing among the farmers who have signed up, so there will likely be thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment of every kind sold to them, from farm motors to refrigerators for the homes.


No farmer will be connected up with the power transmission lines until his wiring has been approved, County Agent W.J. Landry states in his weekly notes. Qualified inspectors from the state will do the inspecting, and the cost is estimated at $2.50 to $4 per farm.


The low bid for the construction of the second unit of 102 miles of power transmission lines for the REA was $135,637.90 by the Allied Contracting Co. of Eau Claire. This is about $1,330 per mile. The low bidder for the first unit was M. Wunderlich Co. of St. Paul, for 71 miles.


Bids for the third unit of power transmission lines are to be called for this week according to word from state REA headquarters.


October 15, 1942


29,332 pounds of extra “sweetness”


There are 29,332 extra pounds of sweetness in the rationing program in Clark County last month.


The local war price and rationing board this week revealed that applications for home canning sugar had been granted to 1,250 residents in September, authorizing the purchase of 29,332 pounds of sugar.


Authorizations in August totaled slightly more than 119,000 pounds. No sugar will be available for canning after October 15, according to word from Leo W. Foster, executive secretary of the board


First night classes held in county


The first night school classes for Clark County teachers were conducted Tuesday night in Neillsville and Withee, with members of the Eau Claire Teachers College faculty in charge.


The class in Neillsville is a “workshop” course, with about 25 rural, state graded, and city schoolteachers enrolled. Norman Bailey is the instructor.


At Withee, from 12 to14 teachers of schools in the northern end of the county will meet weekly for a class in medieval history. The first meeting of this group also was held Tuesday evening.


Credits are given for work completed in night school classes.


Political posters are torn down


Clark County’s candidates for office, who are having a hard time trying to drum up interest this year in county politics, are wondering who is working at cross purposes with them.


Sunday it was discovered that all political posters had been torn down from trees, telephone and electric power poles along Highway 73 from Neillsville to Withee.


At least they didn’t show any party discrimination,” commented County Clerk Calvin Mills when he heard of it. “Usually when that happens only the posters of one candidate are town down. Then that candidate blames it on his opponent.”


That can’t happen this time.


October 16, 1952


Oscar, the friendly pine snake is seeking a home


He runs out his tongue to purr and loves to be petted


Who will make a home for Oscar?


Oscar is the friendly snake who became the mascot of the seventh grade in the South Side school of Neillsville. He is a thoroughly pleasant snake, and he knows how to appreciate a good home. But with the cold weather coming on, Oscar has received notice that he is about to lose his happy home.


Right now Oscar is comfortable in the biology laboratory of the high school, and his lease is good there until after the pet parade of Saturday, October 11, at which he will be a stellar attraction. Thereafter he must go back to the tall timber, where even good snakes stiffen up and barely endure the cold weather, like the rest of the folks.


Being a snake, Oscar has many resources and advantages, but he has no bank account and lacks ready money. So The Press has volunteered to come to his assistance with this notice of his need.



Seven girls of Neillsville high school on their homecoming float. They are, left to right: Standing, Martha Bucholz and the queen, Betty Asplin “Miss Victory”; sitting, Janice Tews, Opal Woodford, Florence Mitte, Janet Seelow and Macel Bush. (Press photo October 16, 1952)



Hans Harder, elected king of homecoming, and the queen he chose, Donna Rae Peterson. The smiling young man at the wheel is Howard Sturtz, who does alright with his beautiful new convertible. (Press photo October 16, 1952)



Here you see Mrs. Herman Buchholz of the Neillsville community, making the sausage for which her friends regard her as remarkable. She is assisted by her daughter, Mrs. Henry Freestone. This picture appeared in a recent issue of the Wisconsin Agriculturist and Farmer. (Press photo October 16, 1952)


October 12, 1972


Granton, Chili churches to hold Mission Festival


The Rev. Gerhard C. Michael, Jr., pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Merrill, will be the guest speaker at Mission Festival services at Zion Lutheran Church in Chili Saturday, October 15. A potluck dinner at the Granton church will follow the 10:30 a.m. service there. Services begin at 9 a.m. at the Chili church. The Rev. Roland Roehrs is pastor of the two Missouri synod congregations.


Rev. Michael served for five years as a missionary in Japan and will speak on his experiences there. His talk will be illustrated with slides of Japan, where he served as pastor of a mission congregation at Takikakwa, Hoddaido, where he was also director of Takikakwa Lutheran center.


Rev. Michael recently completed studies for a master of theology degree at Harvard Divinity school .Although a native of Minnesota, he is no stranger to Wisconsin, having served for three summers as director of Camp Luther at Three Lakes.


He is married to the former Joan Westlund of Keene, N.H. The Michaels are parents of three children, Karen, 5, John, 3 1/2, and Sonja, 2.


Parked autos damaged in city


Parked autos were damaged in two recently reported Neillsville traffic accidents.


A parked car owned by Kathryn E. Witte, Rt.2, Birchwood, received approximately $132 left front door and trim damage Saturday from a backing car driven by Kathleen T. Zilk of Neillsville. The mishap occurred as Miss Zilk was backing from the family driveway at 15 State Street.


A car owned by Milton Prock of Neillsville and parked in the lot at Memorial Hospital sustained an estimated $50 left rear fender damage last Thursday evening. Prock’s auto was either backed into or struck by an unidentified vehicle which left the scene.


Struble wins DNR approval for dam near Black River


Delbert C. Struble was recently granted permission to construct a dam and enlarge a waterway adjacent to the Black River in the town of Pine Valley, Clark County, by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.


Struble of Rt. 2, Neillsville, is proposing to create a pond 600 feet long, 280 feet wide and 12 feet deep by constructing a dam on a non-navigable stream 475 feet from the Black River. The purpose of the project is for fish and wildlife habitat.


According to the DNR findings, “the waterway to be constructed shall be a public waterway; however, access to the pond must be gained in a lawful manner.”




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