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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Clark County News

May 19, 1927


Fire in Levis


Monday afternoon about 5 o’clock neighbors discovered smoke coming from the roof of Louie Lautenbach’s house in Levis. A number of neighbors gathered and succeeded in putting out the fire, although the roof of the kitchen was destroyed. Mr. and Mrs. Lautenbach were not at home at the time, and it is not known how the fire started.


Joint Legion meeting


A joint meeting of the Auxiliary and the Legion will be held Tuesday night, May 24. Lunch will be served.


Here starting May 19,


The Adams Stock Company will open in Neillsville for their usual summer visit for four nights, starting Thursday, May 19.


This season The Adams Stock Co. is all new – New People, New Plays and New Vaudeville, and guaranteed to be one of the best tented attractions that will play this city this season.


The company is headed by Hugh and May Adams, supported by a cast of very capable performers from some of the biggest stock companies in the Midwest. This season two big feature acts are carried out each and every night, direct from the vaudeville circuits.


“Who Rules the Roost” has been selected for the opening play, and on this night, ladies will be admitted free under usual conditions – one free with each paid adult ticket with no extra charge on the inside for the choice seats.


A night with the Adams players assures you of a very pleasant evening of good clean amusement, always a good show for the ladies and kiddies.


Community club notes



The Community Club met Friday afternoon, May 13th, and packed three boxes of clothing and delivered them to a like number of families of five, four and three members respectively.


They cleaned the clothing room. They also elected Mrs. Frank Hewett and Mrs. Will Hemp as delegates to the 7th district federation of women’s clubs, to be held at La Crosse, Wis., May 25 and 26; the alternates are Mrs. A.J. Petersen and Mrs. Wm. Campman.


Gates Band at opera house


On Wednesday, May 25, the dance and music loving public will be given another real treat for they will be entertained by Tom Gates and his Coliseum Orchestra of St. Paul. This band consists of nine singers and entertainers and is one of the highest priced dance orchestras booked. There will be no advance admission, but we are going to give you more for your money. Remember the date, May 25.


Neillsville girls are nurses


Miss Adella Selma Drescher and Miss Marjorie Walder graduated last week at the M.E. Hospital in Madison as nurses. Both young ladies are graduates of Neillsville High School. Miss Drescher is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Drescher, and Miss Walder is the daughter of Rev. Wm. Walder, formerly pastor of the M.E. Church in Neillsville.


Mr. and Mrs. B. Drescher went down to the graduation exercises, and also visited at the home of their daughter, Mrs. W.G. Henke at Reesville, Wis. They were accompanied by Mrs. W.G. Lindow.


Benefit dance


At Paulson’s Hall Monday, May 23rd, given by C.K. of Wisconsin. Music by Wagner’s Orchestra. Tickets 75¢, extra lady 25¢.


May 21, 1942


Tornado forecast its arrival 15 minutes before it struck; leaves calf high on bake of straw; cracks dishes in house


The tornado of May 13 created many curious incidents and conditions, as only a tornado can. In the following paragraphs The Clark County Press has compiled a number of them in an effort to round out a complete picture of the destructive storm that hit hard in Dewhurst, Pine Valley and York townships last week:


Prelude: Fully 15 minutes before the storm cut along the edge of Neillsville a twig with leaves still intact fell amid a thunder of hail stones onto the roof of the Condensery engine room. Roy E. Schmedel, superintendent, saw it as it dropped. At that time, he said, black clouds hung down to the horizon line in the southwest sky; but it was from six to eight minutes before the funnel of tornado could be seen from the third floor of the Condensery. The leaves hanging to the twig were a blackish-green, as though they had been frozen. Mr. Schmedel believes it had been frozen – caught in an upward current of air and hurled more than a mile into the sky. How far it traveled before landing is a matter of conjecture; but it probably was more than 10 miles.


About 10 minutes before the funnel of the twister could be seen in Neillsville, pieces of debris – shingles and pieces of boards – fell in the field near where Raeburn Paulson was working on his farm, north of Neillsville.


Those here who remember the tornado of 1907 recall how pieces of straw were driven into fence posts and trees. But the storm of 1907 had nothing on the tornado of 1942. The Rev. William A. Baumann found a shingle with the tip of a pine twig driven squarely through it. The pine needles were still intact. The shingle was found at the William Roehl farm, one mile south and two miles east of Christie. There is not a pine tree within a mile of the Roehl farm. The curio was on display in a local bank window.


From the distance is appears that the twister missed the house on the Ostling farm, occupied by the John Roder family, just off the North Grand Avenue Road. That was not the case, however. The greatest force of the twister hit the barn; but the house, situated as it was at the edge of the path of whirling wind, was twisted and warped. The plaster was cracked – and so were the dishes.


Mr. Roder did not entirely escape the storm. As it passed over the barn he was in the basement. It left him temporarily deaf, and it was not until Friday that he regained his hearing.


Hundreds of people in Neillsville watched as the tornado neared the city from the southwest. It seemed that the big funnel, following a small cylindrical column was moving rather slowly. But that was not the case. As nearly as can be determined, the forward motion of the column was about 50 miles an hour. The twister struck Black River Falls about 3 p.m. and was sighted south of Neillsville about 3:30 p.m. It had traveled 30 miles or more (as the crow flies) in a half hour.



Over 750,000 fish are planted in the county


The planting of more than threequarters of a million fingerling and yearling game fish in Clark County waters was completed last week.


Game Warden Alva A. Clumpner reported that 750,000 walleyed pike fingerlings were planted in Black River and Lake Arbutus. About 40,000 muskie fingerling muskellunge were planted in Black River, and approximately the same number were put in Lake Arbutus.


Rainbow trout numbering about 6,500 from four to seven inches in length, were put in Hay Creek, the warden said.


May 15, 1952


Neillsville Athletics to face Greenwood here


Arnold Buchholz will be the starting pitcher in Sunday’s game


The Neillsville Athletics face the Greenwood baseball team in their first game of the season Sunday afternoon at 2:15, at the Neillsville Athletic Field. The game scheduled against Chili last Sunday was postponed due to bad weather.


Manager Gene Christie gave the following starting lineup for Neillsville in Sunday’s opener: Arnold Buchholz, pitcher; Merle Bartsch, catcher; Bob Urban, first base; Bud Bremer, second base; Gus Lazotte, shortstop; Roland Tresemer, third base; Dick Tibbett, right field; Gordon Vine, center field; and Richard Buchholz, left field.


Starting pitchers for Greenwood probably will be either Emil Podobnik or Wally Hribar.


Golf event


Grand opening of the women’s golf program at the country club will be held today. The program will start at 9:30 with golfing; sandwiches and coffee served at noon; cards starting at 2 p.m. with Canasta and bridge being played; golfing at 2 p.m.; also, a smorgasbord supper at 5, served for 75¢; and a social evening. The women are selling social memberships for $5 for the season for women interested in all or part of the program, which they hope to make a weekly affair.


Rural Sunday


“Rural Life Sunday” is observed each spring on the third Sunday in May in all congregational churches and the Rev. R. Banks Blocher, pastor of the Neillsville First Congregational church, announces that the sermon and the music will be adapted to the occasion.



Ervin Knoop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knoop of Neillsville, has chosen Miss Pat King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. King of Neillsville, as his queen for the Junior Class Prom this weekend at the armory.         (Press photo May 15, 1952)




Triple wedding observance.  Pictured above are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Charles Prust, who were married recently at Chili. Their wedding day also marked the 62nd wedding anniversary of the bride’s grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Irving Drescher, and the 20th wedding anniversary of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Drescher of Chili. The bride is the former Miss Joan Elizabeth Drescher. Left to right cutting their anniversary cakes are Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Drescher, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prust, and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Drescher. The young people will reside on the groom’s farm near Spencer.  (Press photo May 15, 1952)



May 18, 1972


City Chamber of Commerce schedules June flea market


The Neillsville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Flea Market Saturday, June 17, in the downtown area.


Individuals and groups will be assigned display areas as they indicate their plans to participate. There is no charge. Those taking part will do all their own selling and hence all profits will be theirs to keep. People may bring anything saleable – used items of all sorts, craft and artwork, baked goods, etc.


A lunch and refreshments are expected to be on the grounds.


Former hospital to be apartments


Remodeling was started this week of the former Neillsville hospital and nursing home building. located at the corner of State and East Fourth streets.


The building recently was purchased by Clark Land, Inc., an organization of county men headed by William C. Kavanaugh of Greenwood as president.


Kavanaugh said that the building will be made into four apartments, two on each floor. He said the new owners hope the apartments will be ready for occupancy by June 1.


Until he joined the staff of the Neillsville Clinic recently, the building had been used as an office and living quarters by Dr. Thompson. Prior to that it was a nursing home; and for many years before that it served as the only hospital in a large rural area which included Clark, northern Jackson and eastern Eau Claire counties.


At the time it was converted into a nursing home, a sprinkling system was installed in the building at a cost of about $10,000. Mr. Kavanaugh said that his group plans to leave the system intact.


Auto parts store will open in city


Lyle Aderhold of Rosemount, Minn., has rented the former Wisconsin Gas Company office at West Fifth and West streets and plans to open an auto parts store there about June 5. The store will be named L & K Auto Parts.


Mr. Aderhold plans to start stocking the store next week, according to information received by The Press.


For the last eight years, Mr. Aderhold has served as sales manager for an auto supply manufacturer. Prior to that time, he was an accountant for the Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company.


The Aderhold’s have four sons. One is expected to graduate from Michigan State University at East Lansing, Mich., this spring; another is a student at the University of Minnesota.






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