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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles


Clark County News


October 21, 1937


Offices moved


Tuesday the law office of Atty. Hugh Haight was moved to the rooms over the First National Bank formerly occupied by Dr. J.H. and Horace Frank. The rooms have been redecorated and remodeled to make them convenient for attorney’s offices.


Dr. Frank moved sometime previously to fine apartments over the Kearns Drug Store that had been fitted up very conveniently for clinical purposes.


Apple canning bee held


An apple canning bee was held in the Methodist Church kitchen Monday afternoon, Oct. 18. The apples were donated by several families; others furnished sugar. Hospital jars were used, and the finished product of fine applesauce, about 39 quarts, will be given to the Rice Lake Methodist Hospital. All of the ladies had a fine time, and the project is a very commendable one.


Stock market in terrific nose dive


Prices on the New York stock market took the worst drop in a number of years this week. The market had been sagging for a number of weeks, and new lows were reached ten days ago. Monday of this week the bottom seemed to fall out completely and issues dropped from 3 to 15 points. Tuesday there was a slight rally.


The fact that foreign investors are selling heavily with fears of war, the unsettling of industry because of strikes and the federal government running into the red under President Roosevelt at the rate of over100 million dollars a month were the big factors.


Concrete walls for New P.O. building


The concrete in the foundation walls of the new $70,000 federal building in Neillsville was poured in exactly 12 ½ hours Saturday by the Ebbe Construction Co. The newest type of mixer on the market was used and go-carts were used to wheel the loads of cement as quickly as mixed.


Poor honey crop


Wm. Lowery of Granton, bee inspector for Clark County, is the owner of a good many colonies of bees and keeps closely in touch with the honey markets. He states that the late honey crop was very poor, and many colonies are going into winter with a limited supply of food. Mr. Lowery predicts a strong market for honey, a view that is confirmed by reports from various parts of the country.


Osseo has horse show


The Osseo horse show, which had been postponed because of sickness among horses in this section, is being held October 21.


Finds old letter


H.L. Trewartha recently left at the Press office an old letter found among some papers at the Sires place in Humbird. The letter was written Aug. 20, 1876, by Fred Michelstetter, who apparently worked for the Republican-Press office, as the office letterhead was used.


The writer mentions names which may still be familiar to some people here – Charley Ecker, Dave Payn, and Allie Lee, who went with the writer of the letter and others to the “Windfall” field to play baseball with the “Windfall” team known as the “The Clumsies,” Neillsville winning by a score of 31 to 29.


October 15, 1941


Fuel rationing to be explained at meeting


The mechanics of fuel and oil rationing, as it is to be conducted in Wisconsin, are to be explained in Whitehall Friday for officials and office personnel of the war price and rationing boards of Clark, Jackson, Trempealeau and Buffalo counties, according to word from Leo W. Foster, executive secretary of the local board.


Notice of the meeting was received here after the office of price administration in Washington has set October 20 and 21 as the dates for registration of fuel oil dealers. Mr. Foster said he expects the Clark County war price and rationing board and office force to be represented at the meeting.


No instructions have been received here on gasoline rationing, which has been announced for November 9, Mr. Foster said.


Improves home


Mrs. Marie Kubat, who recently purchased the August Wittke home on West Sixth Street, has improved the place considerably. The front porch has been enclosed and the entire structure was given a coat of paint. Mrs. Kubat’s home on the north side was sold to Mrs. Lena Geisler, who has rented it to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Liskow.


Hiro Hitlers are bombed on 13th


More people trade bonds for bombs than in any single previous day


The 13th was an unlucky day for the Hiro Hitlers.


People of Neillsville and Clark County ganged up on the Axis mobsters in grand style by buying bonds for bombs that were tagged for Tokyo.


Reports on the war bond sales of October 13 (Tuesday) were incomplete. But Jas. A Musil, chairman of the county defense savings staff, had information enough to show that more people bought war bonds in Neillsville than in any single day previous.


At one sales place, the individual bond sales were double those of any previous day on record. Indication, here, also was that the “13th–Bonds for  bombs” idea has reached out to some residents of the area who had not purchased bonds before. This was looked upon by Mr. Musil as one of the outstanding results of the campaign; for one of the major needs is to increase the number of people investing their money in Uncle Sam’s future.


A second sales station reported individual sales up 50 percent over Monday, double the sales of last Saturday, and triple the sales of last Friday.


These preliminary reports were indeed gratifying, Mr. Musil said. He expressed belief that in future months the idea of buying war bonds on the 13th will grow.


October 16, 1952


Watson to speak


George Watson, state superintendent of schools, will speak before the Neillsville Kiwanis Club at their regular dinner meeting next Monday evening.


Johnny Mazola wins the essay contest


The winning essay on the Dells Dam bridge and its meaning was offered by Johnny Mazola, Jr., of St. Mary’s School, who is 12years of age and is in the eighth grade. He received the award offered by the chamber of commerce. His essay follows:


“I am proud to be part of a community which has gone forward in the better things of life. This new bridge will let others know what kind of folks we are. Our accomplishment is a shining example of the American way of life.”


Wounded twice in Korea


Cpl. Harold Stange of Loyal has received his second wound in the Korea fighting, according to his mother, Mrs. Linda Stange, from the war department. He has been overseas 19 months.



The Orville Schafer family of Pittsville took the honors in the big family contest Saturday, with nine members. They are left to right: Back row - Nettie, 16, Mr. Schafer, Mrs. Schafer holding Paula, 2, Calvin, 15. Front: Laurence, 11, Neda, 5, Alice, 9, and Wayne Earl, 14. (Press photo October 16, 1952)



This family, consisting of eight, was the runner-up in the big family contest. Left to right: Back row, Raymond, 10, Robert, 11, Kathleen, 16, Mr. Reinhart, Mrs. Reinhart holding Linda, 8 mos. Front row: Kenneth, 8, Joanne, 2, Mary Ann, 4, Larry, 5. This picture was taken in front of the headquarters truck, upon which are standing, left to right. H.H. Van Gorden, the Rev. Virgil Nulton, the Rev. William Koehler and John Bergemann. This celebration was the first big job and marked achievement of Mr. Bergemann as secretary of the chamber of commerce. (Press photo October 16, 1952)


October 19, 1972


Vandals damage county payloader


A payloader, owned and operated by Clark County, was the target of vandals sometime last weekend in the town of Foster, according to Dan Patey, special investigator.


“Vandals shot from all sides and caused dam-age to the exterior of the machine as well as breaking the windows on the cab,” Patey said.


A payloader is a heavy piece of construction machinery used to load dirt and gravel into trucks or piles. The payloader was parked at the Lone Oak gravel pit, which is presently used by the county highway department.


Cow shot for deer


Whether it was the rising cost of fresh beef or a hunter’s bag of an early “deer, ”Mike Gallagher, town of Lynn, is minus a cow that was shot and butchered on his farm Friday evening.


Gallagher, who farms one mile north of Lynn, saw two cars parked on a nearby road and heard shots Friday evening, according to Sheriff David Bertz. Gallagher told Bertz he thought they were bird hunting.


Saturday morning Gallagher found the remains of a two-year-old heifer in his field and called the sheriff’s department.


The heifer, valued at $400 by the sheriff’s department, was shot along Gallagher’s fence line. It had been rough dressed, quartered and removed.


Twelve gauge shell casings were found by the sheriff’s investigators near the remains of the animal. A watch, still ticking, also was found with a broken band.


First snow falls in area, melts


The first snow of the season floated down in the Neillsville area last Saturday evening.


A few reports of flurries were given in the city of Neillsville with heavier amounts of the flakes landing in Hatfield.


Several late Sunday afternoon fishermen from Neillsville, trying their luck in the Black River below Lake Arbutus, came back telling of “corn snow, regular snow, and rain” lasting for several hours.


Due to the temperature of the earth, the snow did not have a change to accumulate. It melted im-mediately upon contact.


The first frost in the area came to most gardens and farms on the first day of fall, September 21.


Even though cold temperatures have been with Neillsville for the last week, many old-timers still predict a few days of “Indian summer” before everything turns white and hopes of a warmer spring cross people’s minds.





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