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Clark County News


December 3, 1942


Clark County joins nation


In observing thirty seconds of silence at 1:30 p.m. preceded by salute


Remember Pearl Harbor! A Proclamation


We of Neillsville, joining with all Americans everywhere, will observe Pearl Harbor day on December 7. Our observance will take the form prescribed for the entire nation. The city siren will sound at 1:28. Church bells and whistles will join in. This call to observance will continue until 1:30, after which there will be 30 seconds of complete silence.


All individuals and institutions are asked to join in this observance. Let all bells ring and all whistles blow. Let us then suspend whatever we are doing, and at 1:30 let there be complete silence, during which we shall remember the dastardly attack which opened the present war and which cost American lives.


Remember Pearl Harbor!


H.J. Naedler, Mayer


Local girl in WAVES, first in Clark County


Jeannette Zimmer, teacher at La Crosse, awaiting call for training


Miss Jeannette Zimmer of Neillsville, this week was awaiting a call to report for training in the WAVES. She expects to receive her basic training at Cedar Rapids, Ia., with the rating of apprentice seaman. Miss Zimmer is the first Clark County girl to enter a women’s auxiliary branch of either armed service, as far as was known here. Her application was accepted following examinations at La Crosse and Chicago. A native of Neillsville, Miss Zimmer attended the local high school and La Crosse State Teachers college. She has taught in the physical education departments in Galesburg, Ill., and La Crosse since her graduation four years ago.


 He had one shell and got one deer


Humbird man shot straight


Elmer Duerkop, wanting to hunt deer, had just one shell for his gun. It was the only one he could get. He went out last Thursday at 1 o’clock. He came upon a buck, and when he aimed at that buck, he knew it was one try for him and that was all. He did not miss, and in celebration of his straight aim and good fortune the Duerkops gave a venison dinner on Sunday for a group of friends.


Lost on ocean 16 days


Of all the happy Thanksgivings in these parts, none was happier than that of the Dignin family, the members of which welcomed Robert Dignin, who has been in the navy the past two years. Robert was home on furlough, and he had a great tale to tell. His ship was lost near the Solomons, and he, with another sailor, floated on the broad Pacific for 16 days before they were seen and rescued by another ship. His relatives here had not heard from him since this hard experience. He walked in on them unannounced, a veritable Thanksgiving surprise.


December 4, 1952


Officers search in the dead of night


Collect many things at Gruper home on county line


A search warrant brought a haul early Wednesday morning from the Joe Gruper home on Highway 95 close to the county line. The haul consisted of a typewriter, and automatic Colt revolver, $50 in nickels and dimes, an electric razor and an electric lantern.


Along with this inventory officers also gathered up Joe Gruper himself and deposited him in the county jail.


This quick action followed theft from a truck late Tuesday night. The truck had been parked outside the Castle Hill night club, south of Merrillan on US 12. Its owner, W.J. Polashek, had been inside the club, attending to his business of servicing various coin machines. Gruper and one other person had been patronizing the place.


When Polashek returned to his truck, he missed his belongings. One of the two customers was quickly eliminated as a prospect. That left Gruper, who had returned to his home in Clark County. A quick trip was made to Neillsville. Justice Olson was aroused. A search warrant was sworn out, and Undersheriff Ray Kutsche, accompanied by Harry Frantz, deputy, hurried to the Gruper home. It was 3:30 in the morning when they pounded on the door.


The officers were greeted with no great enthusiasm, but they unearthed the articles, one by one, and the articles were identified by Polashek, who had waited outside. Gruper was going through the processes of the law when The Press was being closed Wednesday midday.


Doubtful kids cast critical eye when Santa Claus comes to town


Calls some by their first names and knows those who are sick


Neillsville, for some strange reason, has one or two skeptical children. They seem to have doubts about Santa Claus.


One of them is Reinart Quicker’s son, whom people around here call Walter. He is eleven. But Santa Clause evidently had his books mixed, for last Friday he called the boy “Blitz.” No “Blitz” is the nickname of his father, and there is no person in or around Neillsville who attached that name to Walter, except one man alone, and that man is “Pink” Van Gorden.


So when Santa spoke right up and called him “Blitz,” this Quicker boy took on a look of skepticism. “Nobody around here calls me “Blitz” except “Pink” Van Gorden,” he declared later. You could see the skepticism sticking out of him. It not only stuck out of him; he was plastered with it.


How did he know?


Then there was young Mickey Krultz, the son of the county clerk. He and his brother and sister, Darlene and Bobby, were stuck at the house with a cold or something, and they could not get down to the center of town, where Santa met most of his friends last Friday. So Santa, who knows everything about everybody, went right out to the Krultz house, after he had held court at the corner of Grand Avenue and Seventh street.


Santa gave the Krultz children treats, and found that Bobby wanted a tractor set and Mickey wanted a space set, for Mickey wants to penetrate the heavens. But a boy of ambition to penetrate the upper air must obviously be smart enough to penetrate a thing or two down here, and that is the case with Mickey. “How did you know we were sick?” demanded Mickey, and his eyes were full of doubt.


Mickey doubted


Now if you were Santa, and a doubting Thomas put a question like that to you, what would you do?


Well, Santa thought fast, but not far, for he knows that the best answer is the true answer. And so he said to Mickey:


“I keep books on all children, especially the sick ones. I know how they are and where they are. When they are sick, I go and see them.


You see what a good answer that was, but somehow it did not seem to go down with Mickey. However, he was like good politicians, who say “No comments.” He made no comment, but he did look hard at Santa.


Santa will return


Santa Claus has a wonderful acquaintance with Neillsville kids. He saw and greeted by name Coono Blackdeer, grandson of Jesse Mike; Sue, Linda and Tim Flynn, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Tom Flynn; Jack DeCremer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence DeCremer.


When Jackie DeCremer got back home, he told his parents that Santa has a funny voice; one just like “Pink” Van Gorden, he said.


But that was just a coincidence. Santa has promised to make it back to Neillsville on next Saturday, December 6. He will be at the corner of Sixth and Hewett at 2 o’clock. He wants to see all his friends of this part of the country.


December 6, 1962


Christmas Tree Sunday Dec. 16


“Christmas Tree Sunday” will be held December 16 at Big Soldier Swamp, about 10 miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10, Arnold Rasmusen, county forestry administrator, announced this week.


At that time the public may cut Christmas trees in the swamp area between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A charge of 50 cents per tree will be made.


The event is an annual one.


Crazy, mixed-up world for sure


For people this may seem to be a crazy mixed-up world.


It’s the same for nature, too.


Emphasizing the unusualness of mild early December weather is the fact that pansies have been blooming in the garden of Mrs. C.W. Kalsow, at 305 West Street, Neillsville.


Now all we need are reports of apple blossoms and pussy willows–and the sighting of the first robin!


Freeman Christies will observe 55th anniversary


Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Christie of Neillsville will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary next weekend with their family.


Mr. Christie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Christie, and Elizabeth McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McConnell, were married December 11, 1907, by the Rev. William T. Hendren in the Presbyterian parsonage in Greenwood.


They farmed in the Town of Eaton for 33 years, and moved to Neillsville in 1940.


 Mr. and Mrs. Christie are the parents of six children. They also have 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Their children are Ernest of La Crosse, Eugene of Neillsville, Arthur of Greenwood, Mrs. Tony (May) Schullo of Minneapolis, Mrs. Harold (Arlene) Lobner of Milladore, and John of Wayzata, Minn.


Members of their family, their four sons and two daughters with their families, are expected to gather here next weekend. Her brother, Bob McConnell and his wife of Greenwood; and his brother, Hugh Christie and his wife, of Greenwood are expected to join them.



Making their own butter for party, these two youngsters are putting the finishing touches of a “churning” job at the Humbird elementary school. (Press photo Dec. 6, 1962)


December 7, 1972


First heavy snow blankets county


A heavy blanket of snow covered much of the Clark County area this week causing shovels, snowplows and tire chains to be used for the first time this winter season.


Up to five inches of the white flakes were reported making driving conditions hazardous most of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Predictions of up to eight more inches, scheduled to arrive Tuesday evening, failed to become true as a second low pressure area laden with moisture passed several hundred miles to the south of west central Wisconsin.


Moisture content of the snow was approximately one-half inch; using the general thumb rule of 10 inches of snow equaling one inch of rain.


A few snowmobilers could be seen testing the trails and back streets during the evening hours and several citizens reported some ice skating at various well-frozen river and lake ice spots throughout the county.


As one local gentleman stated, “This first snow is always the worst as people have to reaccustom themselves to the driving hazards that were forgotten during last summer’s heat.


Olson wins in buck contest


Larry Olson, son of Mayor Kenneth Olson of Neillsville, was the big winner in the Lions Club “Buck for a Buck” contest, which is run annually during the deer season.


Olson’s buck, Whish has 17 1/2 -inch antler spread, won for him a pump shotgun.


Prize for the smallest legal buck entered was won by Jim Gall of Neillsville. The animal had a 3 3/4-inch spread.



Santa’s helpers, (left to right) Jean Deminsky, Charlene Vecchi, are being ably assisted and watched over by an unidentified stuffed canine during the sorting and repairing preparations for the annual Clark County Santa Claus Shop project. The program assists families of low income in gaining gifts for their children for the Christmas season. Distribution will be held December 12 and 13 at several places in the county. (Press photo Dec. 7, 1972) 





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