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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News

October 7, 1937


Get 9 raccoons, 125 pheasants Poynette shipment distributed in Clark Co.


Conservation Warden Clumpner of Stanley came down Thursday to assist County Forester Al Covell in distributing a shipment of 125 ringneck pheasants and 9 black raccoons received here from the state game reserve at Poynette.


The raccoons, 3 males and 6 females, will be released at places in the county where native raccoons are known to live, with expectation that the blacks will interbreed with the natives and improve the quality of the fur. The pheasants will also be widely distributed for the purpose of helping propagate these fine game birds in this county.


Girl Scout news


Miss Marie Bracken is leaving for Wisconsin Rapids. We have enjoyed working with her and are sorry to have her go.


The Girl Scouts thank the golf club for use of water for watering the flower bed in the park and to others who helped.


Girl Scout Week is Oct. 31 to Nov. 6. The girls are making plans for decorating windows again. The scout bow and arrows rows will be ready for use very soon.


Shortage of electricians


The tremendous volume of wiring work in Wisconsin REA (Rural Electrification Administration) projects has caused a shortage of available electricians, rural electrification project managers from every part of the state learned when they met in Madison last week for a conference with J. Warner Pyles, REA wiring engineer from Washington. The meeting, the first of its kind in the state, was presided over by J.S. Becker, director of rural electrification coordination. Wallace J. Landry was among those present.


October 8, 1942


Car sets new records on backward roll


A new record for going backward down the South Hewett Street hill without a driver was set by Miss Helen Bartz’s car last week.


Starting from Sixth Street at Hewett, Miss Bartz’s car traveled all the way downhill to the picket fence across the old Dangers building ruins on the corner of Seventh Street.


Enroute, the car passed safely between the big tree and the light post at the post office corner; knocked over a 10 minute parking sign before the post office, crossed South Hewett Street and felled a light post before a vacant building; carried the light post across the sidewalk and deposited it as the car rolled upon the floor of the old Dangers building foundation; and came to rest after smashing three or four pickets in the fence at the end of the flooring.


Miss Bartz’s car is not the first that has had its mechanical brakes fail to hold on the Sixth Street corner; and judging from past experience, there will be another attempt at a record in about six months. The previous backward rolling record in that particular location was set about six months ago by a car which was stopped at the step before the Northern States Power company office (before the new, extended front was built).


Neillsville wins high honors in grain judging


Local boys secure 291 out of possible 300 in state contest


The grain judging team of the Neillsville high school took top honors in the state contest, held in Madison last weekend. This team scored 291 out of a possible 300 points, and all three of its members landed in the top eight in the entire contest. Teams participating numbered 105.


Edgar Sly made a score of 99, taking second place among 315 contestants. His score was beaten only by the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sly, and resides north of Neillsville in the Christie neighborhood.


Douglas Buddinger took sixth place among all contestants, with a score of 96.5. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Buddinger, who reside northeast of Neillsville.


Lawrence Bohnsack, with a score of 95.5, tied for eighth place in the entire state.


The team received a certificate of high award, and each of the boys was given a certificate. Cash awards also went to Edgar Sly and Douglas Buddinger.


Neillsville high was also represented in the contest for judging cattle, the team consisting of Clarence Aumann, Eugene Diercks and Robert Gorst. In this division there were approximately 180 teams, 540 contestants, and the local boys found the going hard, failing to place.


The teams were accompanied to Madison by John Perkins, instructor in agriculture.


October 2, 1952


Good equipment and work stop blaze on Hiles farm


 Lightning started a fire Tuesday afternoon in the barn on the Robert Hiles farm, southeast of Neillsville. The blaze was brought under control with damage of a few hundred dollars, insured.


The lightning struck the milking machine, burned out the motor and followed the line through the stable, setting fire to a small area of the structure and catching in the hay.


The Hiles have a chemical extinguisher and a water system, and a neighbor has a large extinguisher. With this equipment and the help of the neighbors, the blaze was stopped in its tracks.



Beauty at Granton’s Fall Festival. The queen, center, is Margie Paun, chosen by the FFA boys. Her attendants are, left, Lavon Garbish and, right, Marlene Jakubowski. The lucky guy at the steering wheel, dimly visible through the windshield, is Tony Svetlik of Neillsville. And he got this job for free! (Press photo October 2, 1952)



Strategic center of the parade at Granton. Seated at the left are the judges: Miss Pearl Beeckler, Mrs. Gordon Vine and Mrs. Donald Hughes. At the extreme right is Francis Steiner, chairman of the celebration and director of the parade. Mr. Steiner acted as master of ceremonies and gave each feature of the parade an adequate introduction and description, as it proceeded slowly down the main street. With Mr. Steiner, behind the table, is his assistant, Ronald Bartsch, who helped Mr. Steiner identify the entries. The Fall Festival of Granton was notable for its efficient management and showmanship. Associated with Mr. Steiner in the leadership was Durward Schwarze, to whom Mr. Steiner paid public tribute. (Press photo October 2, 1952)


October 5, 1972


Needed: A stone boat and hitch of four horses! “The last time this happened was about 45 years ago,” observed Celon Winter of Rt. 2, Granton, when he stopped into The Clark County Press office last Saturday morning. When he spoke of “this” he meant the kind of weather we have has during the spring and fall wet.


“That was before I was married,” Winter recalled, “and I was working on a farm north of Granton.”


That year, in order to harvest the corn, they had to use a stone boat with four horses hitched on, and cut the corn by hand. The silo filler was operated by a gasoline engine.


“The trouble today is nobody has a stone boat, or a hitch of four horses– except maybe Kurt Marg,” he lamented.



Homecoming King and Queen, Jim Larsen and Mary Alice Schield (seated), are surrounded by members of their court. From the left, they are Jay Emling and Lori Opelt, Jan Barse and Mark Kuchenbecker, Dave Opelt and Sandy Zimmerman, and Carla Zilk and Glenn Kuehnel. (Press photo October 5, 1972)


Shortville deluged as over seven inches of rain falls


Shortville almost washed away Thursday with all the heavy rains of last week. It started Sunday night, Monday and Monday night, when we had 4 1/4 inches those nights. Then Thursday there was another downpour of 2 3/4 inches, a total of 7 1/4 inches. Thursday’s rain backed up from the ditches on Highway 73 at Shortville store corner, so it looked like a lake. Almost the whole north lawn at the Mrs. Wanda Pretsch home, the old Shortville school, was covered. Water was high across the town road between the Pretsch home and the store. Water surrounded and ran into the store. At the Robert Mortenson home part of their driveway was washed out and their lawn was damaged with washed out gravel and mud.


(Advertisement in the Press, Oct. 2, 1952 issue.)




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