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Clark County News

March 12, 1942


Big beaver forces trap; steel jaws are twisted


Humbird man swipes line from fisherman: “The big one got away”


J. H. Hardwick of Humbird, a strapping man past middle age, used a well-worn phrase when he presented a couple of beaver pelts, to Game Warden Alva A. Clumpner for tagging Saturday afternoon.


Mr. Hardwick had two pelts, both of them nice ones. One was a medium size pelt; the other was huge – a “blanket” Warden Clumpner called it because its length plus its width totaled more than 68 inches.


He held the big pelt up for inspection. It was freshly skinned and had not been stretched or scraped. Someone commented about how big it was. “Oh, the big one got away,” Mr. Hardwick replied in the best accepted fisherman manner.


He told a story about the “big one.” It had run afoul of one of his traps set in a ditch which feeds into Hay Creek in the town of Foster. But the trap – a heavy wolf trap – was not strong enough to keep him prisoner.


Just as Mr. Hardwick and another trapper approached that particular trap on the line the big beaver made a mighty effort to gain his freedom. By the time the two trappers arrived, the big beaver was ambling away, leaving the jaws of the steel trap twisted out of shape.


While this big one got away, a good many with “blanket” sized pelts were trapped in Clark County during the early days of the season. According to Warden Clumpner, their number has been considerably higher than last year.


As though in testimony to this, Edward Selway of Nelson and his companion brought one in for tagging that measured 73 inches. Their traps had caught three others which they brought along. All four were trapped in ditches feeding into Hay Creek in the town of Foster.


Harvey Wade of Fairchild brought in two pelts to bring the total tagging for the afternoon to eight, and the total tagged in the first week of the beaver season to 14. His also were trapped in the Hay Creek ditches.


Mr. Clumpner expressed belief that the busiest time for tagging beaver will come in about the third week of the season, about March 21. The season closes March 31.


Beaver pelts are selling for about 10 percent under last year’s prices, the game warden said. He estimated that the two “blankets” tagged Saturday would bring about $33 each.


Annual Holstein meet will be held March 24


Clark County Holstein Breeders Association will hold its annual meeting and banquet at Greenwood in the afternoon and evening of March 24.


The afternoon meeting will be held in the city hall, and the evening banquet will be held in the high school gymnasium. All present members, and farmers who have Holstein cattle who wish to know more about the breed and more about the association, are welcome to attend both meetings. Along with this an invitation is extended to all farmers, regardless of breed of cattle which they may have on their farms, to attend.


Cheese confiscated


Five hundred pounds of American cheddar cheese was seized last Friday at the factory of August Ehlert, route three, Thorp. A complaint charging that the cheese contained more moisture than permitted by statute was signed by Mathew S. Tlachac, state inspector for the department of agriculture and markets. According to an analysis of samples said to have been taken from the cheese, it contained 43.31 percent moisture, 56.69 percent water free substance; and 23.6 percent fat and 41.63 percent fat in water free substance.


 Truck goes “visiting” stops in windows


When Ted Dux went into his apartment on West Fifth Street for a moment early Sunday morning the truck he had parked outside went visiting too. When he left it, the truck was in front of the Congregational Church.


When he returned for it, the truck was parked in the windows at Stelloh’s Implement shop, about a block away. Both big plate glass windows on the east side of the shop were shattered, and a stop sign was knocked down.


Against this the only damage sustained by the truck was a scratched fender, according to the report of County Traffic Officer Harry Frantz. The truck is owned by Walter Aumann, local milk hauler.


                   Advertisement in The Press March 12, 1942


March 6, 1952


Can spring be far behind?


Butterflies and spring flowers are harbingers of an early spring reported to The Clark County Press in recent days.


Mrs. Fred Barr of Humbird brought into the Press office last Saturday a giant butterfly which, she said, she caught on an enclosed porch at her home. She first saw the butterfly February 26; but it disappeared before she could catch it, thus the resultant delay in reporting. The butterfly had a “wingspread” of approximately five inches.


On the south side of this reporter’s home the hyacinths are in bloom; and inside the window a morning glory has shot up a trailer which has a blue flower in full bloom.


If that isn’t enough; crows are flying, the ice is out in the Eau Claire River, and the Indians’ wood piles are getting low. Ah! Beautiful spring!


Humbird postmaster applications sought


Applications for the position of postmaster at Humbird will be taken until March 20, 1952, according to an announcement this week from Anna H. Sparkes, acting postmistress. Application blanks may be obtained at the Humbird post office.


“Dead” club’s funds are given to Dimes group


Funds totaling $10.00 belonging to the now defunct York Center 4H Club have been turned over to the March of Dimes treasury, according to word given to The Clark County Press this week. The funds represent the club’s entire treasury, Mrs. Edward Greeler, the club’s former leader advises.


Red Cross directors vote to act in the Defense Blood Campaign


Efforts to bring a bloodmobile to Clark County sometime in July are being made by directors of the county Red Cross.


Action toward this end was authorized by the county group Tuesday in Neillsville. July is reportedly the earliest that arrangements can be made for the visit.


The directors voted at their special meeting to participate in the Defense Blood Program, which is set up by the nation’s department of defense and the national organization of the Red Cross. It consists of obtaining and supplying whole blood and plasma to the armed forces.


William Vine, Town of Grant farmer, squats beside the chimney on the rooftop of his farm home surveying the outward damage resulting from fire last Thursday. There was considerably more damage than meets the eye. As one of the firefighters later remarked: “We were lucky to get it out.” Standing atop the roof beside Mr. Vine is Alfred Magnuson. The other two men are Vernon Drescher (with ax) and Stanley Badzinski, Granton town road patrolmen who saw the fire and gave a hand firefighting. (Press photo March 6, 1952)



March 9, 1972


Jordahl unanimous all-star choice


Bernie Jordahl, high-scoring Neillsville Warrior forward, was named last week to the 197172 eastern Cloverbelt all-conference basketball team. Jordahl, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Jordahl, was a unanimous choice of the balloting coaches, as was Colby’s Dean Haas. Other all-conference first team members are Rod Karaba of Owen Withee, John Nied of Thorp and Larry Capelle of Loyal.


Named again this year to the all-conference second team was Neillsville’s Phil Jenni, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jenni. Sharing second unit honors with Jenni are Jeff Lindekugel of Loyal, Bob Diedrich of Colby, Bill Devine of Owen-Withee and Jim Sarafin of Thorp. Sarafin is the only underclassman among the 10 all-star players.


Another Neillsville cager, Doug Foemmel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Foemmel, earned an honorable mention rating.


Coaches from Colby, Greenwood, Owen-Withee, Thorp, Loyal and Neillsville took part in the voting.


Gas company to close local office


The Wisconsin Gas Company announced this week that the Neillsville office will be closed after March 31. Service for the area will be provided through the Marshfield office, according to Harold LeGrand, district manager.


Snow, high winds block roadways


March really came in like a lion. Friday night the snow began to fall. It came without wind and a heavy snow fell. But on Saturday morning a high wind rose, with more snow. By Saturday night roads were impassable.  


A.M. Larson and George Moore, manager, and meat department manager, respectively, of the Farmers’ Store in Neillsville, recently were awarded certificates of achievement in recognition of their successful completion of a meat merchandising seminar con ducted by Gateway Foods of La Crosse. The Neillsville Farmers’ Store provides its customers with U.S. Choice beef specially selected for them by Gateway.  (Press photo March 9, 1972)







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