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  Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News

June 16, 1927


Refrigerator Explodes  


Too much pressure on the tank of the refrigerator machine at the Skroch Meat Market Friday blew out the head, doing damage to the machine, which required more than a day to repair. There was no other damage, however, except to the cat, which was in the basement when the explosion occurred. When found the cat was unconscious, but later revived and scooted out of the basement window and has not been seen since.


Celebrate Fourth at Neillsville


Bills were out for a big Fourth of July celebration at Neillsville, the program being jointly sponsored by the Clark County Agricultural Association officials and the American Legion, the same as two years ago. This arrangement ensured a strong program and preparations are being made that will ensure a fine time for all who attend. Lay your plans now to celebrate the Fourth at Neillsville.


Health Center At the last Health Center held in Neillsville, the doctor announced that the next clinic would be held here at the court house, Tuesday, June 21.


Whistle blows for Lindbergh


The whistle of Neillsville Condensary, which many times in the past has announced some great national event, again made the hills and valleys echo Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, to “tell the world” that Col. Charles Lindbergh had arrived safely at Washington to receive the plaudits of thousands of citizens and high officials of our government, including President Coolidge. Col. Lindbergh preserved throughout the great ovation the same modest bearing and simple attitude toward his wonderful achievement which have marked his behavior since he landed in Paris.


Remodeling school house


Considerable remodeling and repairing are being done at the south side grade building. The supports on the belfry had become defective and it is being remodeled. An opening has been made in the south end of the basement and large doors will be put in. A driveway has been dug so that automobiles and farm machines may be taken into the basement, there to be used in giving the students instruction in farm mechanics, which will be stressed considerably during the coming school year.


June 18, 1942


”Stone” runs off as lost youth tries to sit on it Calvin Struensee, 13, found by father, who trailed him through woods


Calvin Struensee, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Struensee of Neillsville, was tired and lost as he tramped wearily through the wild land in the area of the East Fork last Thursday night.


Off in the distance, through the dimming light of dusk, he saw a brown stone; decided to sit on it and rest awhile before trying again to find his way out.


As he neared the “stone,” it reared up and ran off into the gathering night.


It was one of eight deer that Calvin has seen while he wandered that night; and he had heard many others rustle leaves as they ran close by him.


Calvin told his story of the brown stone after he was found by his father about three miles from where their truck was parked when they went fishing on the East Fork earlier. Had it not been for the woodmanship of his father, the search that was then developing might have had a more somber ending.


“I knew that Calvin dug into the ground a little with the toe of one shoe,” Mr. Struensee explained.


So when he found the first tracks in the sand along the river bank, he knew he was following the right rail. He followed the trail along the river, through wild marsh and wooded lands, and finally along little used roads. Every short while he saw the boy’s footprint with the telltale tuft of dug up dirt at the toe.


When Mr. Struensee found him, Calvin was about to cut across a piece of cut over land, taking up a new direction in his search for the car. “He was on the right track,” Mr. Struensee said. “If he had done that he would have come out on the right road.”


Fix days for applying here for canning sugar


Three days for arranging for special purpose permits to buy sugar for canning have been arranged by the county ration board. The arrangement is being made for the convenience of people residing in and near Neillsville.


Applications will be taken at the Neillsville high school on the following dates:


Friday, June 19, all day, noon hour included.


Saturday, June 20, until noon. Monday, June 22, all day, noon hour included.


In announcing the special arrangement being made here, Leo W. Foster, chairman, said that five pounds of sugar will be the maximum available to any family unit for the first canning period (through July 31).


Editor of The Press is confined by leg fracture


Wells F. Harvey, editor of The Clark County Press, is confined to his home with a fractured ankle suffered last Saturday while fishing on Black River, near Dells Dam. The injury was sustained when he slipped on rocks at the river’s edge, one leg being caught between rocks as he fell.


He was carried to the car by Otto Hiles and Leonard St. Dennis, both of Neillsville, with whom he was fishing. They took him to the Neillsville hospital, where the fracture was reduced.


Fire at farm home


Fire of unknown origin caused some damage to the Leon Stanley farm home in the town of Grant early last Thursday evening. The fire broke out in the attic, and was spotted by the Stanley boys as smoke curled out under the eaves.


The alarm was spread by telephone from the nearby Pleasant Ridge cheese factory, and neighbors responded quickly. By the time they arrived Mr. Stanley had the fire well under control, and it soon was out.


Annuals available


Neillsville High School annuals are now here. They will be given out at the high school Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30.


Six women, no man ask for citizenship


Patriotic program is set for June 17 by the BPW


Judge Bruce Beilfuss will give an address at the court house on June 17th, when six women will become citizens of the United States. The program, under the direction of the Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s Club, will consist of the invocation by the Rev. William Koehler and music by the Neillsville band. Dr. Sarah Rosekrans will lead group singing of the national anthem.


Those petitioning for naturalization on that day are Marie Agatha Grabara, Greenwood; Mary Neimat, Willard; Theresia Kapusta, Granton; Regina Anna Westhoff, Loyal; Franziska Elpert, Abbotsford and Helen Margaret Preston, Neillsville.


Miss Preston, a teacher in Beloit, is a Canadian by birth. Although her parents were both born in the United States, they had lost their citizenship at the time of her birth by residence in Canada.



The ugly heads of business and worry were not allowed to intrude into the 4H picnic at the county park at Greenwood last Sunday. The 4Hers and a lot of their parents and leaders were there for a good time, and they did not mix their fun with speeches or anything serious whatever. You can get an idea of the goings on from these pictures. The upper picture shows the kids preparing for their Izzy dizzy race. Out in front is their extension leader, Lawrence J. Babka, who was himself in a dither of excitement and fun all through the busy afternoon




The idea of this Izzy dizzy race was that each youngster should deftly grab himself by the back of the ankles, turn around three times and then run, still with hands upon ankles, to the goal. The winner of this event was Carol Keskimaki of Withee Route 2. Carol is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Keskimaki. Runners-up in this fantastic race were Barbara Johnson, daughter of Dr. John W. Johnson of Withee; Caroline Edna Kramer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer of Loyal Route 1; and Dorothy Dietsche, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dietsche of Spencer Route 2. Picture in the middle photo is Jane Kramer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer of Loyal Rt. 1, and Norman Purgett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Purgett of Owen Rt. 2. These youngsters won the back-to-back race, which was one of the most exciting events of the day. In this race all the contestants paired off and locked arms in the manner shown in the picture. Then they raced to a line in one directions, and raced back to the starting point. If any grownups think this is an easy stunt, it might be well to knock off everything else right at this point and take a try at it. The bottom picture shows the youngsters paired off and lined up, with arms locked, ready to start in the back-to-back race. The picnic was a big event, with an estimated attendance of 1,200 to 1,500. The day was fair but windy, following the rain of the preceding night. (Press photo June 12, 1952)




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June 15, 1972


50 youths catch 1,350 pan fish


Fifty boys from the Granton FFA chapter returned Friday evening from their annual four day outing in the Spooner area. They reported good fishing with a catch of 1,350 good-sized panfish.


Prize for the best fisherman went to Bob Butterfield with a catch of over 125 fish. The prize for the largest fish went to Brett Montgomery for a 23inch northern pike.


The boys financed their trip with funds earned during the year. The trip was under the supervision of Francis Steiner, vocational agriculture instructor at Granton High School.


The color story


People in and around Neillsville will see a lot of elm trees with one color or another on their trunks as well as several with the ring of white plastic bottles on tubes driven into their trunks. Each color has a meaning:


Red – marked to be destroyed.


Yellow – treated with Benlate last year.


Green – treated with Benlate this year.


Blue – treated with Benlate and marked for limbs to be trimmed.


Dogs from five states expected for annual coon hunter show


More than 100 of the finest working dogs in a five state area of the upper Midwest are expected to compete in the annual bench show, night hunt and water race to be staged Saturday and Sunday by the Dairyland Fox and Coon Hunters Club, Inc. The event is UKC licensed.


Approximately 80 trophies are to be awarded during the two-day event. Most events will be held at the organization’s newly remodeled clubhouse on Highway 73, a mile north of Christie.


Ten trophies will be presented in the night hunt, casts for which are to be drawn at 8 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse. The hunt will be for both registered and grade dogs.


The registered and grade bench shows will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse.


The water races will be conducted on the John Suda farm pond, three and one-half miles north and one-half mile west of Greenwood, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. The races will be held for both registered and grade dogs.





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