May 4, 2022, Page 9

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Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI


May 4, 2022, Page 9


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The Good Old Days




Clark County News


May 5, 1927


Postal errors are few


A copy of the Postmasters Gazette for the month of April contains an article on the “wonder stories” that occasionally get in circulation in regard to pieces of mail being delivered years after they had been placed in the post office. Postmaster General New is now making careful investigation of such reports and finds that in practically all cases it is found that such so-called delayed delivery is found to have a very reasonable explanation.


A few weeks ago the Press reported the receipt by W. Dangers of a card addressed to his father more than thirty years ago. On inspection of the card it was found that it had been dropped in the mail here and postmarked the day it was delivered or the day previous and had never previously been in the mail. Just where the card had been all these years, there is no way to knowing, but evidently it was no fault of the postal system or any of its employees.



New hardware store


Albert Degner has brought a part of the lot now occupied by some of the sheds at Harry Roehrborn’s store and has begun work in erecting a building for a new hardware store. It will be a 24 by 40 feet in size, a tile building with brick front, and will be a substantial addition to the business places of Seventh Street.


Mr. Degner has had a good many years of mercantile experience at Chili and has a wide acquaintance in that locality as well as in this vicinity.


Beavers make their home in village pond


Three beavers, one old and two young ones, have been making their home in the Dairy Belt ice pond in this village during the past two weeks. The animals are quite tame and appear to be well satisfied with their surroundings. Young boys are inclined to throw stones at them which should not be done. The state laws protect these animals and game warden, H.C. Tiedemann, hereby warns anyone from molesting them in any manner or suffer the consequence of arrest.


Notice to trespassers


Beginning May 1st you will travel at your own risk on Sundays, as service company will be firing on the rifle range each Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Red flags will be displayed as a warning at both ends of the range. A red flag will be displayed also if for any reason there is firing on week days. Red flags are a danger signal, and you drive by them at your own risk. Ben Brown, Comdg. Service Co.


May 7, 1942


F. Albrecht’s egg travels 16 miles


Wins award in the Egg Day contest held at Granton


The egg which traveled furthest to get to Granton on Egg Day made a journey of 16 miles. This egg was entered by F. Albrecht of Spencer, Route 2. This winner will receive a subscription credit of $3.


The egg which took second made a journey of nine miles. It was the entry of Otto F. Yankee of Granton, Route 3.


The results of the heavy egg contest at Granton will be published later.


Press in the new quarters


The Clark County Press is now located in its building on Seventh Street, corner of Grand. The moving of all the heavy machinery was completed last week. Settling, and putting things away, is still proceeding.


Last week was moving time for The Clark County Press, as the county seat newspaper went into its new home on Seventh Street, opposite the Van Gorden elevator. Last week’s issue was made up in the old plant and printed in the new building. The picture above shows the moving of the big press, on which the newspaper is printed. John Gullikson can be seen on the heavy county highway department trailer, on which the press was moved to its new home. He is snubbing the 10-ton machine with a block and tackle as it rolls down the planks toward the rear of the new press building. Clarence DeCremer, pressman, is tending the rollers at the side of the “gang plank.” (Press photo May 7, 1942)



Siren sounds


At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Neillsville’s new fire siren, perched on a higher platform atop the city hall, wailed forth its first sounds. Unlike the siren which had served for more than a generation here and elsewhere, the new siren was clearly audible for some distance around the city.


Action to buy the new siren was taken by the city council several weeks ago after it was brought to their attention that members of the volunteer fire department frequently were unable to hear the old one when it sounded. A new and higher platform also was installed to clear obstructions to the warning sound in the central part of the city.


The old siren has been sold to Merrillan for $75, and it will again go into service there.


Bitten by dog


Miss Edna Krause of Grant was badly bitten by a dog recently while passing the northwest part of the township.


In sugar office


Miss Eunice Knops, Neillsville High School graduate who has been studying in the Wausau Business school during the past year, has been helping out in the county rationing office.


May 1, 1952


Calves reported dying of virus X


Twenty known cases are reported in Clark County during winter


Several dairy calves in Clark County have been the victims of a mysterious “Virus X” this past winter and spring. At least 20 cases have been reported in the southcentral and southeast sections of the county, with one farmer in the town of Fremont losing 12 to 14 head. The death rate from the disease is high.


The disease is not contagious. It attacks calves between one and six months old. Although a dietary deficiency is suspected, university scientists have not yet found the cause of the disease. Samples of blood of the calves were sent to the university to be checked, and state men visited recently at farm in the town of Loyal to check stricken calves.


The disease is not new, but the excessive number of cases this past winter is blamed on the poor quality hay crop last summer; for herds fed good, clean hay and good grain, seldom develop “Virus X” or hyperkeratosis.


Symptoms include watery discharges from the eyes, poor appetite, definite dehydration, diarrhea, excessive drooling, and in the later stages, lesions and ulcers in the mouth and marked thickening and scuffing of the hide. The mortality is high but if vitamin A is given in the earliest stages, the calves usually recover. Better feeding and the feeding of milk, where possible, results in marked improvement most of the time.


More cases are probably present in the county than reported because the disease is similar to dietary upsets in young calves, and is not recognized as hyperkeratosis or Virus X.


Angler fined


Not knowing a stream has trout in it doesn’t mean there aren’t any in it, Andrew Kavchnik of Willard found out Saturday. He paid a fine of $10 and costs before Herman J. Olson, justice of the peace, after he pled guilty to a charge of wrongfully and unlawfully fishing in a trout stream. Warden Mark Russell apprehended him fishing in Hay Creek in the town of Foster on April 23. Since Kavchnik caught no trout, he still doesn’t know whether the stream has any.


Temperatures this past week hottest on record


Temperatures this past week have made this the hottest April in the 12 years she has been “weather woman,” Mrs. Mark Vornholt reported Wednesday.


The temperatures Sunday zoomed to a balmy 83, on Monday it rose to a hot 89, and on Tuesday, 90. The hottest April day Mrs. Vornholt could find to compare the “heat wave” with was April 26, 1948, when temperature rose to 83.


 Other highs for April in the past few years were April 29, 1947, 70; April 30, 1949, 75; April 18, 1950, 67; and April 29, 1951, 82.


Although the temperatures went above 90 several times last summer, cold, wet weather prevailed.


May 4, 1972


Girl who saved child from creek is award nominee


One Sunday afternoon while Debbie and Diane Keller, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Keller, were playing near the Furlan Creek, two year old Diane darted down an embankment and fell into the creek. She was quickly swept under by the icy, swollen current.


Laurie Lesar, who was approaching the creek with some other children at the time, saw the child and went into the water and rescued her.


The Greenwood police department is nominating Laurie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lesar, Jr., for a “Young American” medal award.


Search for Marty is reduced to daily airplane flights


Except for a daily low flight level between the Black River bridge at the Winnebago Children’s Home here and Lake Arbutus, the search for Casper Marty, 82, of Neillsville has been all but halted officially.


Marty is believed to have jumped into the river from the bridge on April 24. A grey cap identified as belonging to the retired Neillsville farmer was found about a mile from the bridge three hours after his car was found parked in the roadway at the east edge of the bridge. The ignition keys were in the car.


Last Friday a jacket identified as belonging to Marty was found behind the Harley Miller farm, which is about two miles by the river from the Winnebago Children’s Home bridge. The sleeves were inside out, as though the jacket had been pulled off.


This finding has raised perplexing questions concerning Marty’s disappearance. While it is considered possible that the high, swift running water of the river might be able to peel the jacket from a person, it was considered highly unlikely.


Rather, some investigators have expressed the belief that Marty could have pulled the jacket off and thrown it and the cap into the river from the bridge before entering the water.


The daily plane flights are being made by Glenn Short, local private aviator enthusiast and instructor.


The plane is the second being used in the search. Another plane, owned and piloted by Donald Lipscy of rural Neillsville, is also being used.



The end of a flight made in search of a missing Casper Marty of Neillsville is pictured above. Donald Lipscy’s airplane is shown as it pancaked in a soft field three miles south of Neillsville near Black River. Both Lipscy, who was piloting, and Deputy Dan Patey, who was a passenger, escaped with minor injury.

(Press photo May 4, 1972)



Fourth graders from Mrs. Donald Shiell’s room planted two small evergreens near the bell tower on the Neillsville Elementary School front lawn Friday in observance of Arbor Day. Two students also marked the day by presenting a brief history of the event over the school’s public address system. Pictured are: (kneeling) Betty Ockerl, Barry Williams, Kris Smith, David Gamerdinger, Gary Sprague, Dennis Harris, Eddie Arneson, Ann Brennan, Becky Lovejoy, Charlene Fitzmaurice (mainly hidden), Karen Montgomery and Dale Pflughoeft; (standing) Larry Ouimette (with shovel), Sandy Zager, Ellen Alsterberg, Mike Larsen, Jayne Opelt, Kim Gallagher, Gary Genteman, Jonathon Elmhorst, Sandy Oestreich, Jessica Janicki, Mike Struensee, Beth Zoutendam and Scott Alberts. Only one member of the class, Jeff Wolf, was absent on the occasion.

(Press photo May 4, 1972)








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