December 28, 2022, Page 12

 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon. Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News

December 24, 1941


Advertisement in the Press, Dec. 24, 1941.


December 24, 1942


Birds face starvation; need feed, grit – Warden


1,500 pounds of feed is distributed in county; few dead are found


Game birds in Clark County are having “slim picking” and many of them already have starved because of the covering of snow which prevents them from finding feed and grit, Game Warden Allen Champney said this week. He said the “situation is growing serious” here.


In order to save the birds, Mr. Champney urged farmers to clear snow from spots where sand and gravel might be available to them and to put out feed. The warden said he has distributed 1,500 pounds of corn to several centers in the country which is available for feeding purposes.


The feed is available without cost from the following: Shortville Store; Frank Prebil at Willard; Milo R. Mabie in Neillsville; Eben Ketchpaw or Tony Schiller in Greenwood; Lothar Oestreich in Loyal; Floyd Pietenpol in Granton; and Clarence Kitze in Owen.


Several birds already have been found dead in Clark County, the game warden said. In many instances birds which died of starvation have been found to have full crops when examined at the state game and fur farm at Poynette. This indicates that, while they have been able to find feed, the birds have not been able to find the grit they must have to break it up.


In cases where birds are feeding on manure, Mr. Champney said, they probably are getting sufficient feed; but they will need a sprinkling of sand or fine gravel over it.


He also requested that those finding dead gamebirds notify him so that they can be picked up and examined by state experts, or that the dead birds be left with Mr. Mabie. Such examinations will aid in determining whether the birds have died of starvation or disease and what measures should be taken to prevent further deaths from the cause.


Farmer knows there is a Santa Claus


There is a Santa Claus, Virginia.


William Schultz, an Owen farmer, might have read that line from a famous New York Sun editorial; but he may have had his doubts about it until the OPA came through.


The OPA, to Farmer Schultz, is the Santa Claus. When the order for no more than five tires for a vehicle came through, Mr. Schultz thought he was stuck. He had a 1915 model car converted into a farm truck. The front and back wheels required different sized tires.


He wrote the local rationing board about it.


This week–Christmas week–he received his answer: he is eligible to carry a spare for each of the two sizes of tires used.


P.S. He enclosed two cents with the letter of inquiry to pay for the stamp to be used in mailing the reply,


Boost fuel rations


The OPA announced Wednesday that the value of No. 3 fuel oil coupons has been increased 10 percent, to 11 gallons, in Wisconsin and 12 other mid-west states. The increase comes as a result of the protracted cold spell. The validity date of the No. 3 coupon was moved up to Wednesday of this week although it had not been scheduled for use until January 6.


Get fuel relief


Relief has been granted to Clark County fuel oil users, faced with cold days because of unseasonably cold weather, has been offered by the OPA, according to Leo W. Foster, chief clerk of the local rationing board.


The relief came in advancing the date on which fuel oil coupon No. 3 is redeemable to Wednesday of this week. The No. 3 coupons may be exchanged at the rate of 10 gallons for each residential coupon, which is the same value of the No. 1 and No. 2 coupons.


December 25, 1952


New crib and figures for St. Mary’s Church


Christmas schedule is given by Father Peter Leketas, the new pastor


St. Mary’s Church, Neillsville, announced this schedule for Christmas:


Christmas hymns and carols will be sung starting at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday night, Dec. 24, by the parish adult choir, directed by Mrs. Virginia Gassen and the boys’ choir. Solo selections will be sung by Joanne Wasserburger, “O, Holy Night,” and “Silent Night.”


Midnight high mass will be celebrated by the pastor, the Rev. Peter Leketas. The choir will sing the new, Leonerd’s mass in E flat.


The second mass for Christmas day will be offered at 8 o’clock, which will be the children’s mass, with Christmas hymns rendered by the children and will be followed by benediction of the blessed sacrament.


Third mass will be at10’o clock, which will be a low mass.


The church has been decorated according to the festive season. A new crib and figures were purchased for the church by the churchwomen. Outside the church a new crib also has been erected by the Holy Name Society of Men. Both will be viewed for the first time on Christmas eve.


Christmas cards in an avalanche at the local post office


Number of cancellations of envelope mail is 86,980 in 10 days


An avalanche of Christmas mail has hit the Neillsville post office. The official record, as given to The Press by Postmaster Kurth is, 86,980 cancellations between Dec. 11 and Dec. 20, 1952. This figure applies only to that part of the Christmas mail which goes through the canceling machines, the mail in flat envelopes. The number of such cancellations in the corresponding period of 1951 was 82,740. The increase in 1952 over 1951is 4,240.


In terms of money the increase amount to $1,000 for postage stamps and $222 for other items of receipts.


These figures speak something for the prosperous feeling of the people patronizing the Neillsville post office. They speak also for the booming business in Christmas cards. Of cards the stream is overwhelming. Not only is the number growing year by year, but also the size of the cards is increasing. So many of them are so large that they have swamped the cabinets provided in the local post office for the distribution of mail. The Neillsville post office has old-style cabinets, with small pigeon holes. These pigeon holes no longer meet the need. Beginning right away, Postmaster Kurth proposes to secure larger and more modern cabinets for use here. He hopes, by asking them now, to have them in readiness for the business of next Christmas.


The size of the cards has added to the difficulties of handling the mountains of mail, but the rule in the local post office has been to clean up the mail each day before the day’s work is considered at an end.



Christmas game


Snapdragon was a favorite Christmas game in England more than 200years ago. It is still played in modified form in England and America.


The original game called for a quantity of raisins to be deposited in a large bowl or dish. Brandy or some other spirit was poured over the fruit and ignited. The bystanders then endeavored to grasp a raisin, by plunging their hands through the flames. A carol, called “The Song of Snapdragon”. accompanied the game.



Several Neillsville men, with Marlin Hoesly, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Hoesly, and Jerry Svetlik, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Svetlik, added for good measure turned out one night last week to help Santa Claus. In Santa’s workshop, which bore a faint resemblance to Svetlik’s, they repaired toys donated by people of the city for distribution among children of the county who might otherwise have a bleak Christmas. Pictured above repairing a coaster wagon are Chapman (Chap) Paulson and LeRoy Marshall. (Press photo Dec. 25, 1952)


Advertisement in the Press, December 25, 1952


December 27, 1962


Urgent call to blood donors


An urgent call for blood donors was issued this week.


Needed to assure reaching the 165-pint quota for the first visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to Neillsville on this date. To achieve the quota, a minimum of 230 signers are needed.


For the last three weeks recruiters have been contacting people for this visit of the bloodmobile. Anyone who can give blood, but who may not have been contacted, is requested by those in charge to telephone either Mrs. Henry Lukes at 743-3787 or Mrs. John Wyer at 743-3640.


The bloodmobile will visit the high school January 3, from 1 to 7 p.m. All residents between the ages of 18 and 60, in good health, may give blood. Written parental consent is required of those between 18 and 21years of age, unless married or a member of the armed forces.


Donation also is subject to the following limitations: recent operations; any history of infectious jaundice; allergy, if in an acute stage, pregnancy; chronic or acute illness; or under 110 pounds in weight.


If there is any question about one’s acceptance, the Red Cross urges that the decision be left to a physician at the blood center.


Measles hit Seif school


Measles has hit the Wildwood school hard. Fifty percent of the students were absent last week. There are 12 students and only six attended school.


Merrillan is cited as “capital”


Merrillan is a “Christmas Tree Capital” of Jackson County.


Thousands and thousands of Christmas trees are sold annually here, plus wreaths, boughs, roping, pine cones and seeds.


Mrs. Bertha Rhoades, Allen Rhoades, Howard Pierce, the Ludeman’s of South Alma, and the Northern Christmas Tree Growers Association are the suppliers. The latter, a newcomer to our area, rents the Harry Tolkan farm for their business headquarters. Mrs. Tolkan was their secretary during the busy shipping season.


Spruce, Norway, balsam and white pine are but a few of the species sold during the annual sale of Christmas trees.





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