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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


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Clark County News

April 2, 1942


War fund is $6,804.55


Contributions to the Clark County Red Cross War fund drive this week totaled $6,804.55, according to Jess W. Scott, War fund chairman. Returns still are coming in, he said, and the drive will remain open until officially closed on orders of the national chapter. The sale of Japanese made China articles by the local Schultz Bros. Store brought $25.56 into the War fund, Mr. Scott reported. In addition, contributions of the Junior Red Cross now amount to $138.77.


Purchase fire siren


The city council has authorized the purchase of a new fire siren at a cash outlay of $277.80. It also has voted to erect a new 40foot tower atop the city hall for the siren. The cost of the tower will be $115.


High school girls win way into State Contest


Two Neillsville High School girls, Janice Milton and Delores Rose, won the right to compete in the state forensic contests in Madison, April 11, by their work in extemporaneous reading in the district finals in Eau Claire last week.


Three other students of the school survived elimination rounds in the district contests and competed in the finals. They were James Scott, in oratory; and Robert Peters and Walter Scott, in extemporaneous speaking. Also competing in the early rounds were Norbert Kluhsman, in oratory; and Wilmette Russell, in dramatic declamation.


Mumps come to Washburn


Washburn escaped trials and tribulations of the mumps, which have been passing around in Clark County for several months – that is, Washburn escaped until a few days ago. Now at least five cases have been reported: Arlene Opelt, Gladys Mortenson, Eileen Stevens, George Reinart and Betty Schultz.


Leaders plan district organization for 4H


The Clark County 4H Leaders Federation voted Monday to develop a district organization to facilitate their 1942 county 4H club program.


The organization calls for the division of the county into five districts with a central community in each district designated as the meeting point. Each district will have an executive committee composed of one man and one woman adult leader, assisted by the home economics and agricultural teachers in the district. This committee will choose one of its members to represent it on the county executive committee.


It is planned that project help and leader training meetings will be given in districts. The countywide program of activities will be continued.


The leaders in accepting this plan felt that the district organization will definitely save tires and at the same time make the Clark County 4H club program stronger and more vital.


Election day is work day for Circuit Court


Election day, Tuesday, will not offer respite for those who have business with the circuit court of Clark County; for election day or no, jurymen have been called for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7.



















The valedictorian and salutatorian of the 1942 graduating class of Neillsville High School are pictured above. They are Ruth L. Cook, valedictorian (left), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cook of the town of Hewett; and Jessie E. Asplin, salutatorian (right), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Asplin of the town of Weston. Miss Cook’s four-year average is 95.25; she is interested in becoming a grade school teacher. Miss Asplin earned a scholastic average of 94.70 in four years of study; she want to take up defense work.

                         (Press photo April 2, 1952)




March 27, 1952


County board group to view sites for home


Draw preliminary plans for 121bed hospital to submit to board


The special committee set up by the county board to investigate the building of an old people’s home, is going on a tour of possible sites next Wednesday. They will view sites in Greenwood, Loyal, Neillsville and near the county hospital at Owen.


The committee studied existing homes in the county, viewed several homes in operation and under construction, and talked to state officials. They called in several homes in several architects and retained a La Crosse firm, Boyum, Schubert and Sorensen, to draw up preliminary plans together with cost data, which the committee will submit to the spring session of the county board on April 15. The preliminary plans call for a hospital with a maximum bed capacity of 121, which can be expanded to care for 160.


A study was made previously, and a resolution was put on the books that Greenwood be the site of such a home.


Members of the committee are Thomas Polnaszek of Thorp, chairman; Norman Freedlund of Sherwood, Archie Sparks of Mentor, Bert Brown of Loyal, William Kavanaugh of Greenwood, Oscar Parkinson of Owen and H.H. Quicker of Neillsville.


Less than 62 inches not snowfall to Humbird man


Earl Zimmerman spends winter in California’s high snow belt


To Clark County people who are rubbing liniment on their backs made sore by snow shoveling, the winter’s experience of Earl Zimmerman may serve as balm.


Earl, now a resident of Neillsville and a former Humbird man, knows now what snow really is. He spent nearly three months in the snow belt of California’s high Sierras, where he ran a test for Navy on a rotary snow plow.


During those three months he saw 280 inches of the wet, white stuff fall. That’s 23.3 feet, or almost eight yards.


One single snowfall, he says, totaled 62 inches, which is just the height of that gal they sing about in “Five Feet Two.” But that was just a baby snowfall. The record up to February 29, when he left, was 82 inches, which is eight inches higher that Herbert M. Smith’s head.


It was during this latter snowfall that the much publicized Southern Pacific railroad passenger train was snowbound at Downer Pass. This happened 90 miles from Mr. Zimmerman’s June Lake location.


“We were almost as bad off as they were,” Mr. Zimmerman reflected. “We had enough food; but we only had two days’ fuel left” when a hole was punched through to them. Snow banks alongside the road were 35 feet high in places, he said.


Sixteen parking tickets issued after blizzard


Sixteen Neillsville drivers discovered to their dismay Sunday morning that the city ordinance forbidding parking on the streets during snow removal is being enforced. The cars were ticketed early Sunday morning as one of the worst March blizzards slowly blew itself out, leaving six inches of snow piled up in drifts.



Shown judging oats at the 23rd annual County Rural School Crop Judging Contest are, left to right: Carolyn Buchholz and Shirley Kuester of the Christie school; Raymond Strangfeld, of the Neillsville High School FFA, and Rosemary Kurasz and Janice Urlaub of the Uncle Sam School. Their teachers are Mrs. Nina Potts and Mrs. Frances Bensen. (Press photo, March 27, 1952)



March 30, 1972

$3,095 grant for hospital library


Congressman David Obey Wednesday announced a grant from the department of health, education and welfare medical library resource, the national library of medicine, to the Clark County Hospital and Home at Owen. The grant, in the amount of $3,095, will be used for improvement of the institution’s medical library.


Loose stone caused mishap


A loose stone was the culprit in a traffic accident which occurred early last Monday afternoon on Highway 98, two and an eighth miles east of Loyal.


Only one of the two vehicles involved in the mishap sustained damage. A two door hardtop driven by Matt M. Merlak, Loyal, received left side damage and was removed by a wrecker. A station wagon driven by Verna S. Fox, Rt. 1, Willard, was unscathed.


According to the report of Officer James Simek, the Merlak car was about to overtake the other auto when Ms. Fox swerved to avoid a stone thrown up by a car ahead. The Merlak sedan went onto the shoulder and was pulled into the ditch mud.


Thorp dancers to provide program


The Clark County Historical Society will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 6, at the Thorp Elementary School gymnasium. The program will be another in the series of nationality themes. The Thorp Polish dancers, in their colorful costumes, will provide a program of their dances.


Junior historians, new members and visitors are welcome.


 Cold spring


Spring has arrived here with melting of huge snowdrifts along the roads and in the yards of this community.


The robins, meadowlarks and chickadees, along with other birds are also here. But the temperature some nights is rather low, and a hard freeze follows every once in a while. Saturday morning it was 16 degrees, still too cold for spring weather.


Hear drug topic


 Members of the Willard Social Club met last Monday night at the home of Mrs. Donald Kirn. Mrs. Kenneth Horn, Sr., president, called the meeting to order. Twelve members were present. Mrs. Horn, Sr., gave a summary on drugs and a discussion followed.


Homemaker Day April 15 to feature arts and crafts


Clark County Extension Homemaker Day April 15 at Colby High School will feature morning sessions of six arts and crafts demonstrations together with an all-day arts and crafts display. The afternoon agenda will include individual and club awards, as well as a showing of vintage fashions.  


An autographed Green Bay Packer football, held by Roger Volovsek, was presented to a group of Greenwood High School students by Sheriff David Bertz (far right), director of the Clark County Chapter of the March of Dimes, in appreciation of their fund raising activities. Donna Gosar (far left) was chairman of the committee of National Honor Society and Student Council members (center) who helped raise $550 for the March of Dimes.

                             (Florence Garbush photo, March 30, 1972)






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