December 21, 2022, Page 8

 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Clark County News


December 17, 1942


Phone “blackout” ends in Fremont


28-wire line is back in service; 100 customers, not a complaint


The last of the telephone “blackout” in Chili and Fremont township was lifted Monday night, after approximately 100 customers of the Lynn Telephone Company were without telephone service for more than two weeks.


The “blackout” resulted from the Thanksgiving eve snow storm, which left an ice coating an inch thick on the wires and pulled down a stretch of the Lynn lines three-quarters of a mile long at a place about three miles northeast of Granton.


It was a 28-wire line that went down, according to Verne G. Howard of Granton, president of the company. And he described it as “the worst mess I’ve seen.”


To complicate matters, the west bound midnight train, running over the Omaha tracks, smashed into the down wires and carried a bunch of them all the way into Neillsville.


Drifting snow, subzero weather, a shortage of help to put the line back into shape, and the inability to buy new wire hampered and slowed the repair job.


But Thursday night of last week one section of the line was back in working order, and the last of the repair work was completed Monday night, ending the blackout.


“Customers on the line were good about it,” Mr. Howard said. “In spite of the fact that about 100 telephone users were affected, we did not have a single complaint. They apparently realized what we were up against.”


Much of the repair work was done by Jim Hughes, company lineman, who did the work in addition to helping his brother with 40 cows they are milking and by Mr. Howard, who is milking 22 cows without the help of a hired man.


Thorp fire loss large in Sunday night blaze


Damage amounting to several thousands of dollars was done by a fire which swept through the lower floor of the Paperniak building in Thorp last Sunday evening.


The large Christmas stock of general merchandise was said to be a complete loss; and at the same time smoke and water caused considerable damage to offices and equipment on the second floor of the building. Among those occupying second floor offices was Dr. M. A. Foster, optometrist, of Neillsville, whose equipment was badly damaged by water and smoke. Others were Dr. Shief, dentist; C.C. Guell, attorney; and the Thorp Finance Corp.


The fire apparently started in the basement of the large building. It was discovered about 7 p.m. The Stanley fire department aided Thorp volunteer fireman in extinguishing the blaze.


Courthouse janitor is given $10 boost in pay


The salary of Oluf Olson, Sr., courthouse janitor, was increased from $105 to $115 per month at a meeting of the county public property committee last week. The fixing of the janitor’s salary was delegated to the committee by resolution of the county board, adopted at the fall session. The new salary is retroactive to November 1.


The committee also authorized County Clerk Calvin Mills to purchase a few chairs for use in the circuit court room and gave him authority to sell a motion picture machine formerly used by the county agent’s office.


December 18, 1952


Veteran tells of fighting in Korea


Says terrain prevents war of movement like World War Two


A soldier’s impressions of the Korean war were given at the Monday night meeting of the Kiwanis Club by Sgt. Hubert Humphries, a veteran of a year’s service there, and 11 years in the army.


Sgt. Humphries served as military escort for the body of Pfc. Robert Paun of Granton, killed in Korean action, who was buried here Wednesday.


In a question and answer period he gave these personal impressions:


Chinese are good soldiers. As effective fighting men, they have been played down by the press of this country.


The ROK troops, if trained properly, are good soldiers when they have good leadership. They have both the training and leadership now.


United Nations soldiers in Korea look upon the peace talks (since broken off) as a hope to hang onto for getting them home.


The type of warfare involving swift movement, army and air forces, such as was fought in Europe, will not win the Korean war. Because of the rugged terrain the foot soldiers and artillery are most effective.


Sgt. Humphries, who wears nine battle stars on Korean and North African ribbons, was in the outfit which reached the Yalu river on the Manchurian boundary only to have 10 divisions of Chinese Communist soldiers thrown at them. He took part in the rear-guard action during the evacuation which followed, and later helped retake Seoul.


December 20, 1962


Leather glove clue in entry


The owner of a black leather glove this week was being sought by local and county authorities this week for questioning in connection with the breaking and entering at the Production Credit Association office in Neillsville.


The glove was found on the floor of the office of LaVerne Mayer, a fieldman for the PCA, shortly before 10 o’clock Sunday morning. It lay on the floor beside Mayer’s desk.


Nothing of value was taken, although file and desk drawers were opened and some papers were strewn about in the office of E.J. Steiger, secretary of the association. The PCA keeps little cash in its office.


Entry was made by jamming the back door of the Trimberger building, just north of the post office on Hewett Street. The lock on the back door was broken, and the door knob was damaged. Marks on the door frame indicated a bar or tire iron had been used to force the lock.


The building apparently was broken into sometime Saturday night or early Sunday. Mr. Steiger had been in the office Saturday morning, and reported everything in order at that time. Mayer had stopped in for his mail while on his way to church Sunday morning when he discovered the break in.


 Holiday Ball is December 27


Memorial Hospital auxiliary again will sponsor the annual holiday ball, December 27, in the Neillsville high school gym. Dancing will be from 9 to 12:30.


The theme will be, “Christmas in Other Lands.” The ballroom will be appropriately decorated. An invitation is extended to everyone to join this gala event of the holiday season.



As in former years, proceeds will be placed in the auxiliary treasury and the money eventually will be used for the health, comfort or convenience of patients in Memorial Hospital and the Neillsville Nursing Home.


 Mail volume indicates area merry Christmas


If incoming mail offers any indication, it will be a merry Christmas for residents of the Neillsville area.


Postmaster Mike Krultz, Jr., said that incoming mail this year appears to be heavier than last year, with each day during this week hitting a new peak.


Outgoing first class mail had reached its peak Tuesday and was starting on the downhill run, he said. Cancellations Tuesday amounted to approximately 16,000 pieces. This compared with a peak last year of about 22,000 pieces; but, Mr. Krultz said, the outgoing mail has been heavier throughout the month of December. As a result, and while the peak has been leveled off, the total is expected to compare with that of last year.



Six county students were in the Eau Claire College chorus when it presented Handel’s “Messiah” at Neillsville High School Tuesday night. The chorus and college symphony orchestra were directed by Prof. Caldwell Johnson (center). The Clark County students are pictured with him (left to right): Dale Appleyard of Neillsville; Carol and Kristine Noeldner of Loyal; Prof. Johnson; Ruth Trnka of Loyal and Cheryl Harvey and Cherylynne Zajac of Neillsville. (Press photo December 20, 1962)


Advertisement in the Press, December 20, 1962.


December 21, 1972


Wausau snowmobile races coming, termed “tops”


The seventh annual Rib Mountain snowmobile classic, listed in a recent survey as one of the 10 best races in the world, will be held January 6 and 7 in Wausau.


A purse totaling $10,000 will be featured, including a $1,000 first prize for the Governor’s cup, according to “Skip” Morgan, race chairman.


The races will boast competition in all classes– stock, modified and open– and will include women and junior competition.



New citizens from Clark County dominated the scene when 23 became naturalized citizens in the circuit court in Wisconsin Rapids last Monday. Standing from left to right are Hans Weber and Sofie Weber, Neillsville; Barbara Kaduce and Erika Kaduce, Owen; Irma Sebranek, now of Chippewa Falls and formerly of Owen; Anna Mock and Burkhard Mock, Owen; and Dr. N. R. Capati, Neillsville. Seated, left to right are: Walraud, York, Neillsville; Sayoko Olson, Withee; Dr. Ana Capati, Neillsville; and Virginia Sternitzky, Granton. Front row: children of the Burkhard Mocks. The children automatically became citizens with their parents. (Press photo December 21, 1972)





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