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Clark County News


December 2, 1937


New light system at Adler Theatre


Redecorating work now in progress at show house

The Adler Theatre in Neillsville is being redecorated throughout by a Minneapolis firm whose crew of workmen started on the job Tuesday morning. The lobby and entrance as well as the theatre proper and the office, restrooms and balconies on the second floor also are being redecorated.


A new lighting system also will be installed in the theatre proper this week for the convenience of the patrons.


The shows are being held at the Armory while the improvement work is on at the Adler Theatre, which will feature a grand opening hit next Sunday, “The Birdie Wore Red”, which will be shown twice Sunday and also on Monday.


John P. Adler this year built the finest theatre in the northwest at Marshfield, The Adler, where he also owns the Relda, so the extensive improvements being made here are in line with his progressive policies of giving the patrons the best service possible.


 Dr. Foster moves into new office building


Dr. Foster, who recently opened up an optical office here, last week moved from the Moe building at Black River Falls to the new Rozmenoski building.


Dr. Foster spends the last 3 days of the week there and the first three days of the week here at Neillsville in the fine new office in the Zimmerman building and is fully equipped both places to take care of all phases of optical work.


Dr. Foster has been in practice at Black River Falls for 15 years.


 First city team game


The Neillsville City basketball team meets the strong Osseo city team here in the first game of the season Friday evening, December 3, at the high school gymnasium. A good game is in prospect, and a regular league has been organized in this territory.


 Big milk can order


Farmers of Barron County have placed an order for 20,000 milk cans, under the new rule which compels them to furnish their own cans.


 Tons of turkey


A North Dakota truck with 16,000 pounds of turkeys bound for the Chicago market was held up in Humbird for several hours for repairs last week, Editor E. M. Hale stated.


 $1,000 in old jar


Albert Gauthier of Manitowoc found $1,000 in bills in an old jar at the Manitowoc city dump grounds. The bills were of the old horse-blanket size.


 Home economics meeting


Mrs. Margaret McCordic, Home Economics speaker from Madison, spoke on washing day problems at Withee Nov. 30 and at Loyal Dec. 1.


November 26, 1942


Straighten coal kink, but Bill hasn’t buck


Just when Bill Plumer, superintendent of the Clark County farm, was all set to go hunting, he was notified that a carload of coal had arrived in Neillsville for the Clark County farm–a two-day job of loading, hauling and unloading.


Since neither Mr. Plumer nor Otto Warren ever settle big problems without consulting one another, Otto was called in for a conference. Bill was very careful not to make Otto feel that he expected him to offer his services. He just wanted, his wise judgement in the matter, he inferred, for nothing, not even the stowing away of 43 ton of coal, must interfere with the hunting season. Since Otto loves venison, but doesn’t hunt, his mind was working, same as Bill’s. He took his place at the hauling end of the job, alright. To date, Bill hasn’t shot a buck, but what’s a little disappointment like that between old friends.


Return to work


Employees of the county highway department returned to work Wednesday morning, ending a week-old walk-out. The signal to return to work came late Tuesday night, when the employees, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, local No. 546 (AFL), voted to accept a working agreement arrived at by the union’s grievance committee and officers of the county highway commission.


 On vacation


City schools were closed Wednesday afternoon for the Thanksgiving recess. They will reopen Monday morning.


November 26, 1952


County men are ready for snow


Fence is up and 25 units with snow plows are prepared for work


You, dear reader, may have your own individual ideas about it; but as far as the Clark County highway department winter can come whenever it’s ready.


Because they’re ready too.


Whether it comes in a howling blizzard or a gentle, quiet snowfall, the county highway equipment and crews are about as ready as anyone can be. This extended, dry fall has given the men an almost perfect opportunity to see that everything is in readiness, according to Frank Matousek, shop foreman.


Except for a few places where farmers still were hopeful of plowing, the snow fences were in place Saturday along the entire 394 miles of state and county trunk highways in Clark County. Highway crewmen found it a little harder to drive posts in the dry ground; but, at the same time, they didn’t have to wade in mud to do the job, or do it in a less comfortable atmosphere.


All serviced and ready to go when winter strikes are 25 big units with snow plows, attached. They include eight motor patrols, eight large trucks, and nine smaller eight and 10-ton trucks.


In addition to keeping the 394 miles of state and county trunk highways open in Clark County, the department also plows roads for some of the townships which lack snow removal equipment.


 Wednesday is set to break ground for new school


Ceremony and celebration are planned for afternoon


Formal groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Neillsville High School building were to be held this (Wednesday) afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. The public is invited.


The site is near the city water tower, at the east end of Fourth Street. Approach also can be made from East Fifth Street.


Plans for the event were laid at a meeting last week immediately following the overwhelming vote of Neillsville and Pine Valley district electors favoring the floating of a $285,000 bond issue for the construction.


In the traditional ceremony, Kenneth M. Olson, president of the board of education, and Jas. A. Musil, chairman of the school’s building committee, will turn ground with shovels. Representing future generations will be David Svetlik, 5 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Svetlik, and Augie-Jo Olson, 5, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olson. David is enrolled in the north side school kindergarten, and Augie-Jo in the south side kindergarten.


Band to play


The high school band will turn out to play, and school pupils will be on hand for singing of the school songs and cheers.


An estimated 30,000 yards of dirt will have to be moved to grade the area on the new school site. To do this big job, the school district has engaged the Clark County highway department and its dirt-moving equipment.


Acting swiftly upon the results of last week’s voting in the special election, the school board and building committee met and made final arrangements for the grading work. Thursday stakes defining the area to be graded were laid out. Two pieces of heavy county dirt moving equipment were hauled to the site in preparation.


Work on plans


The grading will proceed from the west line, nearest the city water tower, toward the east, according to D.E. Peters, superintendent of schools. An effort will be made to complete this portion of work before winter closes outside operations.


The Appleton firm on architects which have been engaged are now at work on detailed plans. Advertisement for bids on construction probably will take place in the winter, Mr. Peters said.


With approximately $100,000 on hand for the construction–raised over the last decade in anticipation of building–the school authorities are not in any special hurry to float the bond issue, and this probably will not be done until next spring, Mr. Peters estimated.



Hundreds of people lined three blocks of Neillsville’s main street Friday afternoon to watch Peter Beck (above) ride a bicycle in his shorts to pay off an election debt. Beside Beck is Tom Flynn (left), who served as official starter, using a pop gun to send Beck on his way. A few of the younger set, who helped swell the crowd, are in the background. Beck, an Eisenhower supporter, was fearful in August that his man could not win; said he’d take the ride if he did. He did. (Press photo Nov. 26, 1952)


November 30, 1972


Bomb hoax closes tavern


It would not be surprising if, sooner or later, Norbert Degenhardt got the idea that someone wishes him ill will.


The last inkling the owner of The Lookout Bar (sometimes locally referred to as Nobby’s Bar), three miles west of Abbotsford on Hwy. 29, had come last Saturday night at 9:23 p.m. A call was received by members of the Abbotsford fire department. A male voice said: “There is a bomb at Nobby’s Bar. Call the police. Hurry! Hurry”!


The Abbotsford firemen called the sheriff’s department. Sheriff’s officers, county traffic officers, Abbotsford city police and Abbotsford fireman quickly converged on the Lookout Bar. They cleared the place of customers and started a thorough systematic search of the building.


They covered every inch of the place, but found nothing that resembled a bomb.


The building was locked up for the evening and everybody went home. Degenhardt, himself, returned to the trailer house he and his family reside in on the tavern grounds.


The incident recalled the time just a week ago or so before–November 11, to be exact–when an attempt was made to burn the tavern building. On that occasion Degenhardt returned to his place after stopping at a restaurant in Abbotsford, to find strong fumes of gasoline and a pile of baler twine smoldering and partially burned. A package of burned matches also was found along with the ashes.


These items were found at the back of the building, banked up against the building and where tar paper might have offered an additional incendiary substance.


According to Deputy Dan Patey of the sheriff’s department, the wad of baler twine resembled the same method used in the successful arson attempt at the Colby park last summer. The dance pavilion was burned to the ground in what was listed by Marathon County authorities as arson.


Incidentally, a third reason Degenhardt might get the idea somebody has it in for him is because while he was in the Abbotsford restaurant just before finding the arson attempt at his tavern, someone removed the valve core from one of the tires on his automobile.


After changing tires, Degenhardt was suspicious that something might be askew at his tavern, so he drove there hurriedly. As he drove in, he noted a car in front of the tavern, but told officers he thought it was occupied by a couple spooning and paid no attention to the make, model, or occupants. As he drove in back of the tavern, however, the engine of the parked car was started and the car sped out of the drive and disappeared westward on Highway 20.


Sheriff’s officers said their investigation of both the bomb scare and the attempted arson is continuing.


28 more snowstorms?


According to Claude Kyle’s report we will have 28 more snowstorms. We had enough snow to track a cat last week so he figured out from that we would have 29 snowstorms; but when asked how big they would be he didn’t know. If they won’t be any bigger than Sunday’s snowstorm there won’t be so much to dig out of. We will see next Spring if he is right.



The first points scored by Neillsville High School’s basketball Warriors resulted from the 12-footer Dan Connell was starting (above) when this picture was shot. Getting set for rebounding was Paul Vine (No. 33), Steve Kessler (No. 11) was at the point. (Press photo Nov. 30, 1972)





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