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Clark County News


October 28, 1937


Junior Chamber of Commerce to meet The Junior Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting at the city hall Wednesday, November 3, at 8 p.m. Secretary Everett Skroch states there will be a speaker on the topic “on the State.”


This is an important meeting, and all members are kindly requested to be present.


Deer season Nov. 26-28


The deer season for this year will be Nov. 26, Nov. 27, and Nov. 28, starting the day after Thanksgiving and including a weekend. The new dates were established as final by the conservation commission and gives hunters the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare for a hunting trip and the use of their free time over a weekend.


Shingle peddler call


Residents of this community are warned against buying shingles of any kind from strangers without a thorough investigation. Uniformly your home lumber dealers can save you money and give better service.


Boosting Highway 95


Alma Center citizens are boosting for paving of Highway 95 from Merrillan J to Blair, and completion of paving to Neillsville if possible. Archie Van Gordon is listed among the boosters.


Mrs. Lepke heads five generations


The birth of a son, Donald Allen, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rowe of Bloomer, on Oct. 22 elevated Mrs. Johanna Lepke, 93, of Neillsville to the rank of great-great-grandmother. Mrs. Rowe is the former Miss Helen Hoesly of York, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Hoesly.


The child has an unusual number of grandparents. Besides his maternal grandparents, he has a paternal grandmother, Mrs. Rowe Sr., three great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoesly Sr. and Mrs. Matt Resong of Neillsville, and his great-great-grandmother, Mrs. Lepke.


October 22, 1942


‘Find’ leaves him bewildered


It’s a good thing Richard A. Krantz is a man of stout heart, or the shock might have been too much for him Tuesday morning.


In his garage on Sixth street he found, believe it or not, an automobile tire that was not there the night before.


It was in good condition, too. It left him just a little bewildered.


Why fire engines are red– Ben Rusy tells Kiwanians


Also cites more sober facts at annual affair for local teachers


Why fire engines are red was explained in Neillsville Monday evening by Ben Rusy of Madison, speaker at the annual dinner given by Kiwanians to local teachers. This is the way of it–two plus two equals four. Four plus eight equals twelve. There are twelve inches to the foot, and rulers are usually a foot long. Now Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were rulers, and ships were named for them. The ships sailed the sea, and in the sea were fish. The fish had fins, and the Finns were licked by the Russians, and Russians are red. Now fire engines are always rushin’ and therefore fire engines are nearly always red.


The repetition of this story is not intended as a digest of the reasoning which prevailed through Mr. Rusy’s address but is does give a faint impression of its entertaining nature, which cannot be wholly reflected by an account committed in type to ordinary paper. Mr. Rusy, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, had his hearers anxious for more, to such an extent that they brought him back for a few more stories after he had finished his speech and taken his seat.


He retold the story which Kiwanians had heard about the Yankee who allowed his hearer to infer how good he was. This Yankee told the story of shooting a rabbit, and the story was told through, on and over a copious chaw of tobacco, the chewing and expectoration of which was graphically portrayed by Mr. Rusy, whose techniques of wiping the tobacco juice from his mouth and transferring it to his vest front was something to tell about.


Well, this Yankee farmer said he wasn’t much of a hunter, and didn’t particularly care to hunt, but he went out to accommodate, joining others in the hunt, who were separated by an interval of 40 feet; or well, maybe it was 50 feet; or, like enough it was 60 feet; well anyhow, it don’t make any difference.


A rabbit jumped up and the farmer let fly with his shooting iron, and that rabbit rolled over, plum dead. Then, the farmer’s friend, who heard the shot, stuck his head up over the hill, and said to the farmer, “Did you hit?” And the farmer modestly replied, “You heard me shoot, didn’t you?”


Mr. Rusy was modest like the farmer, and he shot straight at some serious ideas. He reminded his hearers of the part which dependability and punctuality plays in a world which continues to need people with those qualities. He reminded the adults present, also, of the part which they play, almost unwittingly, in firing the imagination and ambition of the young. He told how, as a Wisconsin lad, he went out into the pasture every evening and saw the old Pioneer passenger train whiz by at 35 miles per hour, and how that engineer came to recognize him and gave him three sharp toots daily as a salute. Did that fire young Ben? You tell ‘em! And he was sure going to be an engineer.


Then he went and saw the Chicago Cubs play, and to his audience Monday evening he named every name of the players of that club, with the name of every pitcher. He told house Joe Tinker gave him an old glove on that occasion, a glove with the palm of it all worn out. Young Ben cherished that glove and today has it locked away from his own boys. He would buy them new gloves, but he wouldn’t take a chance on even loaning them the old, worn out glove which Joe Tinker gave him.


Inspiration? Sure; the young Ben was inspired to be a ball player, but fate, not Ben, willed it otherwise.


Change, the change of little things, does so much to us, said Mr. Rusy. Returning from the World War, and lacking anything better to do, he joined a teachers’ agency and was given the names of fifteen schools to which to write. He made up a copy of a tremendous selling letter, which set out Ben Rusy as the boy for any school board. He copied this off in a hand fair to see; copied it fourteen times and was weary; passed up the fifteenth prospect; went to mail the fourteen. Then, a little rested and taking no chance, he went back and wrote the same wonderful letter to the fifteenth—and it was the fifteenth that answered, the only one of the whole lot. So it happened that Ben Rusy came back to Wisconsin as a teacher, worked into the county agent field, and found himself signed up as entertainer and guide for the Kiwanians of Neillsville.


If it was an old baseball glove which, for a time, motivated Ben Rusy, it is the war which is motivating the youths of the schools, said Don E. Peters in responding to the club’s greetings to the teachers. The old cry of educators was to find something which would appeal to the interest of the youths and set them going. The quest in days of peace was slow and difficult, but now the war is doing it. Where the science of living partially failed, the science of killing succeeds in furnishing the spurs. What can ultimately be done, said Mr. Peters, to provide a peacetime incentive like the martial incentive of today?


The demands of the war are transforming the old school so that it would scarcely be recognized, said Mr. Peters. Much of the teaching is now in terms of war, with physics and mathematics related to flight and cannon fire. Upon the teachers come a more than common strain, due to the demands of the war, and Mr. Peters asked for kindly consideration of the teachers if they, working beyond their usual limits, found themselves unable to do everything that is sought from them.


The affair, held at Moose Hall, was attended by the leaders and teachers of the various schools of Neillsville, the invitation having been extended to all of them. Presiding was the club’s president, Henry Rahn.


Remind of deadline for overseas Yule mailing


Neillsville postal officials this week issued a reminder that Christmas presents to men in service on foreign soil must be mailed by November 1, if it is to reach them by Christmas day.


Several Christmas parcels already have been mailed, they said.


In issuing the reminder, the postal officials revealed a ruling by the Navy and war departments prohibiting the sending of food to men abroad. One reason given is that crumbs attract vermin; and another is that the men in service are “amply fed.”


When the Army and Navy mentioned a shoe box in its original instructions on mailing Christmas packages overseas, it unwittingly jumped off the deep end. The intention was to use the shoe box as an illustration of the maximum size for a Christmas parcel. The shoe box was not intended to be used as an example of what the gifts should be wrapped in.


In a late postal bulletin, the department warned that Christmas packages must be much more heavily protected.


October 23, 1952


Game of tag with cars runs up a bill of $600


Three boys wreck two cars and wind up in Court of Justice Olson


A game of tag, played with three automobiles near Neillsville Saturday night, cost approximately $600. Two of the cars collided and did damage estimated at $500. Three boys, involved in the game, paid $60 in fines in the court of Justice Olson.


The three cars, racing out Highway 73, made a turn westward at the Uncle Sam school. The driver of the leading car found himself at a dead end and ran into a field to make a turn. He stopped suddenly on the rough ground. The second car crashed into the first. Both cars were badly damaged.


The rapid action of Saturday night terminated in a slowdown in Justice Olson’s court, Monday. There Dale Dignin of Humbird paid $10 and costs for driving a car without proper brakes.


Larry Carlson of Neillsville paid $25 and costs for reckless driving.


Wilbur Hagen of the Globe area paid $25 and costs, also for reckless driving.


The case was handled by Traffic Officer Dusso.


Halloween party for the younger citizens


Two sets are identical—one twin caught the other’s beau


A Halloween party will be given again this year by the Women of the Moose. It will be held in the American Legion Hall at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31.


Mrs. Theo Linster asks The Press to make it clear that the party will wide open to the young citizens of the community. She has arranged for many assorted treats, which will be provided in such amounts as to give something to all.


Mrs. Linster says that the Women of the Moose were somewhat overwhelmed by the number attending last fall and the responsibility falling upon them. Upon inquiry, however, they found that the community is appreciative of this effort, and desirous that it be continued. So the support of the program has been widened, with persons and concerns outside the Women of the Moose giving some assistance.


Nixon at Merrillan


Richard Nixon, vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket, will make a whistle stop at Merrillan at 3:10 p.m. Friday, October 24. He will speak for 10 minutes. This stop will be in addition to the stop at Eau Claire at 2:20 p.m. on that day.



These girls are a big reason why the Greenwood Indians, currently the top team in the 3C Football Conference, have had such enthusiastic and vociferous support at their games and at pep rallies. They are the Greenwood High School cheerleaders who were chosen by their classmates early in the year. They are Kay Christie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art Christie, Greenwood, at the top; Barbara Koschak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Koschak, Greenwood, Elaine Seibold, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Seibold, Route 3, Greenwood, and Corrine Hare, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merril Hare, Greenwood. In the second row; Joan Irvine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Irvine, Route 2, Greenwood, and Carol Drew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Drew, Greenwood. Carol Speich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Speich, Greenwood, who is the seventh member of the team, is not shown in this picture. (Press photo October 23, 1952)


October 26, 1972


You get an extra hour of sleep Sunday


Clocks throughout Wisconsin and 44 other states will be set back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, the last Sunday in October.


They will stay that way until the last Sunday of next April, when daylight saving time again will go into effect in 45 states of the nation. At that time clocks will be set ahead an hour.


That is why many people remember the timing goes like this:


Spring ahead, fall back.


And no one will put you in jail if you change your clock back at 9 p.m. Saturday–or whenever you go to bed prior to the official changeover time. The hour of 2 a.m. was selected by the legislature to eliminate any question about the closing of taverns, which will close at 1 a.m. by law after the clocks go back.





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