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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles 

Clark County News


January 3, 1952


County TB record is better than average


Clark County’s record in tuberculosis control is better than most of Wisconsin counties, according to the research department of the Wisconsin Anti- Tuberculosis Association.


“Clark County’s record in 1951 was better than the state average in the reporting of new cases and also had a high number of patients treated in sanitariums as compared with its annual average of tuberculosis deaths,” the report stated.


Miss Bernita Wasserburger, Clark County nurse, credited the tuberculin-testing programs carried on in county high schools in the fall of 1950, plus the mobile x-ray unit, with the early detection of active cases in the county.


The mobile unit visited Neillsville the last week in December of 1950.


 Local Trotting’s


Kenneth E. Wallace, son of the Kenneth Wallaces of Neillsville was home on furlough over Christmas. He returned to his camp, Camp Chaffee, Ark., on Thursday afternoon. Thursday morning he visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wallace, near Granton.


Miss Mabel Patey left Saturday for Oak Park, Ill., where she will pay Mrs. Glenn Cady an extended visit.


William Hagen’s of Neillsville are parents of first New Year’s baby


City starting 1952 with a healthy $8,800 in the treasury


First baby of the New Year is the five-pound, 12-ounce daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hagen of the Black River Road, Neillsville. Born at 4:30 a.m., January 2, the baby is the Hagen’s’ fifth. She has not been named.


Mrs. Hagen had a second distinction, that of being the first patient admitted to the Neillsville hospital in the New Year.


The city of Neillsville is starting the New Year with a balance of about $8,800. In other years the city has to borrow $10,000 in December; but not this year. A check from the state for snow removal helped the healthy state of the budget.


The first instrument recorded in the register of deed’s office was a warranty deed in which Alvin Redig of Clark County sold an 80-acre parcel in the town of Sherman to Ellison John Scott of Cook County, Ill. Described as lying-in section 11, the farm brought a consideration of about $7,000.


The first caller in the county clerk’s office was Gus Holtz of Neillsville. A stamp collector, Mr. Holtz regularly visits the offices in search of new stamps. The first long distance phone call made to Mike Krultz’s office was made by Charles Perko of Marshfield.


The first taxpayer of the New Year in the City of Neillsville is Otto Roessler of Neillsville, Willard H. Allen bought the first dog license.


Cold weather greeted the New Year with a temperature of 23 below zero recorded at the Indian School farm.


Cold weather seems to have been keeping people close to their fires, because no accident has yet been recorded in the New Year; no one had been arrested or jailed in the county; and no one had died as the New Year moves into its third day.


Ice fishing gaining


A sport that now attracts thousands of sportsmen but was scarcely recognized by the general public a decade ago is ice fishing. Thousands of men and women will dot the ice on hundreds of lakes this winter, taking advantage of the liberal conditions for winter angling the conservation department has granted. The commission is convinced that it is virtually impossible to over fish a lake through hook and line efforts.


Ice fishermen will be allowed to take all fish except muskellunge from all except a few waters until January 15, and all panfish thereafter. Fishing will be legal from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. instead of the 5 p.m. closing of previous years.


January 6, 1972


New Year baby at Memorial Hospital in Neillsville is Gina Lynn Thoma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Thoma of Rt. 3, Neillsville. She was born at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, January 2, weighing in at six pounds, 10 ounces. She was 20 inches long at birth. Gina Lynn has four brothers and sisters: Gail, 12; Gloria, 10; Gregory, 8; and Gary, 2. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dux, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thoma, all of whom live on Rt. 3, Neillsville. (Press photo, Jan. 6, 1972)



Flu brings visit restrictions at Memorial Hospital


Visiting restrictions have been invoked at Memorial Hospital because of the prevalence of an influenza virus.


“No visitors” signs have been posted at the doors, and the only exceptions are in the cases of wives or husbands, and one parent of a child.


Early morning fire destroys area barn


The barn on the Donald Waltner farm on Rt. 1, Granton, was completely destroyed by a fire which broke out about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.


Mr. and Mrs. Waltner were in the barn milking when the blaze began. Mrs. Waltner smelled smoke, and when her husband went to check, he discovered the west end of the haymow on fire.


All but four head of cattle were saved. However, two tractors stored in the large structure temporarily were destroyed in the blaze. One vehicle was only two months old.


The Granton fire department was called to assist in extinguishing the fire. Friends and neighbors of the Waltners helped with removing the cattle and with cleanup activities during the day.


The Waltners moved to the Granton area from California a little over a year and a half ago, having purchased the former Leonard Thiede farm.


Country Club to open weekends


The Neillsville Country Club will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from noon until 1 a.m., starting Saturday, January 8. The club extends a welcome to all snowmobilers, members and non-members, and to those who want to play cards or just socialize. It is hoped to have hot sandwiches or chili available.


It is also hoped that snowmobilers will continue to respect roped-off areas of the greens and tee-offs, so that no restrictions need to be imposed.


Warriors face crucial meetings tonight and Friday as post-holiday schedules open here


Not much of the sparkle will have been rubbed off the brand-new year when Neillsville High School’s football and wrestling teams will be thrown into their most important matchups of the season to date.


Tonight (Thursday) Coach William McCreary’s wrestlers will take on the defending Cloverbelt champions, Stanley-Boyd, in a match at Neillsville High School. The varsity matches will get under way at 8 p.m., and the junior varsity wrestlers will start performing at 6:45 p.m.


Not much is known of the Stanley-Boyd record this year, specifically. They won their western conference title, and then won the Cloverbelt championship last year. Ostensibly, they have a number of veterans back. Neillsville, rated 14th in the state by high school wrestling coaches, will be meeting Stanley-Boyd for the first time. Thus, it will be a test, really of two unknowns. The Warrior coach, however, is optimistic.


Following the wrestlers into the Neillsville gym 24 hours later will be the Warrior basketball team of Coach Ken VanDam and the Colby Hornets, present Cloverbelt eastern division leaders.


This game is considered crucial in the conference. An upset by Van Dam’s Warriors would place them in a tie with Colby and would open up the conference race for one of the most thrilling of many a season.


On the other hand, a Colby victory would go a long, long way toward cementing the Hornets in the top spot in the eastern division race.


Colby will floor a veteran team which relies on speed, good ball handling and accurate shooting. It is much the same type of team as the Warriors, with no unusually big man. In fact, the Hornets and the Warriors will square off about even from the standpoint of height.


Neillsville had a few good learning sessions over the holiday, and it has had time for its ill and injured to recover.


January 2, 1992


Hughes dies at age 101


William T. Hughes, age 101, a resident of Memorial Home and life-long resident of the Neillsville area, died on Christmas Day, 1991. On the occasion of Bill’s 100th birthday, August 17, 1990, the Press ran a feature on his life. The complete obituary for William T. Hughes is given inside this issue of the Press.


Listeman funds received


At a December 23rd meeting, the City Council accepted a package deal for an end loader and road grader to replace present equipment. They accepted the quote of Northwest Equipment, Eau Claire in the amount of $128,095.


The action was taken on the recommendation of Fritz Seelow, Director of Public Works. The low quote for the loader, $45,367, was submitted by Northwest Equipment and the low grader quote of $80,394 was submitted by Galvin Tractor Co., Abbotsford; however, the combination along with financing/lease options were taken into the consideration in the selection.


Among other business, the Council received the following funds from the Listeman Foundation: $500 for streets and lighting; $5,000 for park development and improvements and $10,000 to be used solely for industrial development. The funds, by council action, were put into the proper accounts.


Veterans satellite office hours resumed in 1992


Effective January 8, 1992; Clark County Veterans Service Officer Bob Reil will again be holding satellite office hours the first Wednesday of the month at the Colby city hall. Veterans or dependents needing assistance are asked to use the west entrance (library) to the city hall.


Wisconsin veterans home is there for vets


Being a disabled or aging Wisconsin veteran need not be a burden. An important option could be the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, on beautiful Rainbow Lake near Waupaca in central Wisconsin - a total care, caring community you should consider. It’s the largest and one of the finest skilled nursing care facilities in Wisconsin. The Veterans Home (Wisconsin) at King could be right for you. For details, contact your County Veterans Service Officer, Bob Reil, at the Clark County Courthouse. 


As of January 1st, Mike Statz (pictured above) will be the new head manager of the Nelson Muffler plant in Neillsville. Statz will be replacing Fred Printiss, who has been promoted to manager of Nelson Industries European Manufacturing Division. Pictured with Statz are various products of the Nelson Muffler plant.

(Press photo, Jan. 2, 1992)






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