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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.


Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News


June 30, 1927


Car troubles at Marshfield


Officers from Illinois have been in Marshfield lately searching for stolen cars and it is reported that they have located some 18 autos that had been bought by local people from Ellis Hadler, a local dealer, and which the visiting officers claim were all stolen cars run in from Illinois. It is reported that Hadler had been making very attractive prices on used cars which found ready purchasers. How the transfer of the title was obtained is not clear. It is reported that Hadler has disappeared.


New barber shop


Floyd Hansen has decided to locate in Neillsville again so that he may be of assistance to his mother, and will open a barber shop in Will Dahnert’s office building next to the Star Restaurant. Sewer and water have been put into the building and an up-to-date barber outfit installed. Floyd’s old friends are glad to see him back to the old home town.


Oldest resident of Clark County dies


Prosper Morrow died at the home of his son, J.W. Morrow, in the town of Beaver, June 9, 1927, aged 102 years, 11 months and 5 days, being at the time of his death the oldest man in Clark County and one of the oldest in the state.


Mr. Morrow was born in Canada, of French descent, coming to Clark County with his son a few years ago.


He was buried at the Catholic Church at Owen, June 11th.



New supervising teacher


Miss Ethel Peterson, supervising teacher for the northern half of the county, has completed her work here and gone to Merrill where on July 1 she takes up her duties as County Superintendent of Lincoln County.


During her work in Clark County as teacher and supervising teacher, Miss Peterson has gained a large circle of admiring friends and established an excellent reputation as an educator. All wish her success in her new position.


County Superintendent Van Nata has appointed Miss Marjorie Halle to take Miss Peterson’s place. Miss Halle is counted as one of the most efficient teachers in the county and has such qualities as indicate her entire fitness for supervising work. She is now attending a summer course in Rural School Supervision at Stevens Point Teachers College, and will be prepared to enter upon her duties September 1.


July 2, 1942


Permanent record


The record of Queen Forbes Creamelle Pride, Holstein cow owned by Bernard Dodte of Neillsville, has been entered permanently in the records of the Holstein-Friesian Association. She produced 16,183 pounds of milk with 521 pounds of butterfat in twice a day milking. The record started when she was seven years and seven months old.


Returns from Panama


Mrs. William Miller, nee Jean Kurth, daughter of postmaster and Mrs. Louis Kurth, returned to Neillsville Sunday. She had been with her husband, an army flier, for nearly a year.


City Legion Post joins in Navy recruit drive


The Otto J. Haugen Post No. 73, American Legion, is cooperating in a statewide Navy recruiting campaign which will close July 4 with a mass induction of recruits in Milwaukee. Commander Harry Roehrborn of the local Legion post, and a Navy man in the first World War, will supply youths interested with information.


Earns commission


Clifford R. Arndt, a graduate of Neillsville High School in 1936, graduated from the Victorville Army Fling School June 23, as a pilot and has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force.


Church suppers without sugar now in prospect


Sugar for church and club suppers is “out” for the duration.


This announcement came from Leo C. Foster, ration board chairman, this week.


In an order from state headquarters, Mr. Foster was advised that no sugar is available in the July August quotas for “institutional users” unless the user serves four or more meals weekly.


“Institutional users” include churches, lodges, service clubs and the like. In an inquiry to the state office about how this order will affect service clubs such as the Neillsville Kiwanis Club and the Greenwood Rotary clubs, both of which service one meal weekly, Mr. Foster has been advised that they are included under existing regulations. The state office, however, said that further inquiry will be made in regard to the question of service clubs.


Plant 46,000 trout, bass in Clark County waters


Approximately 46,000 fingerlings, largely brown trout, have been planted in Clark County streams and lakes recently, according to Game Warden Alva A. Clumpner.


Brown trout plantings were made as follows: Black Creek, 5,000; Cameron Creek, 5,000; Hay Creek, 17,500; Dickenson Creek, 2,000; Pony Creek, 3,300; Scott Creek, 2,000 and Lyon Creek 4,000.


A total of 7,200 bass were divided among Sherwood Lake, Snyder’s Pond and Rock Dam.


June 26, 1952


How JoeSephine was helped in the trials of rearing a family


Her babies fell down water spouts and two mere men helped them out


This could be called the tale of trials and tribulations of Joe-Sephine.


Joe-Sephine is a squirrel, practically no different from a lot of squirrels who chatter snippily at one from the truck of a nearby tree or swipe your butternuts from the attic.


There was only one difference. Joe-Sephine had a heck of a time trying to raise her family this spring.


The best place to begin a story is at the beginning. So that’s where this one will start.


Joe-Sephine lives somewhere under the vast roof of the Neillsville armory. On this roof, along the eaves and downspouts and around the office of the Lynn Mutual building, it played.


Noticing the squirrel this spring, Delbert (Bud) Struble placed some nuts out some distance from the building. He had to have some way of referring to the squirrel, so he called it “Joe.”


As time passed Bud put out more nuts, each time moving them nearer to his office doorway. Finally Joe got so that he did unorthodox things to get nuts if there weren’t any around. He’d climb the trunk of a tree before the door and swish his tail about like a brakeman flagging a train. If that failed to attract attention, he’d take a running broad jump and hit the office door glass full tilt. That almost always brought attention – and nuts.


He got so that he would let Bud feed him by hand – but he’d stay at arm’s length, still being somewhat wary.


Then the time came this spring that Joe disappeared for a few days. And the first thing Struble and Doc. R.D. Peters (whose office is in the same building) knew, there appeared on the armory roof, not only Joe, but four little Joes, as well.


They immediately changed the squirrel’s name to “Joe-Sephine.” Well, time went on and the Little Joes grew under the watchful eye of Joe-Sephine. Then one day Joe-Sephine acted all upset when she saw Struble. She darted back and forth between the northeast downspout and Bud like crazy.


Struble thought something amiss and stood near the corner of the building. Then he heard it: a faint scratching inside the downspout.


He pulled off the crooks and unplugged the leaves and debris from the bottom of the spout–and out tumbled a baby squirrel, one that he and Doc Peters hadn’t been able to account for the day before.


Joe-Sephine was thankful, and she showed it much in the same as a cat would, by running and jumping around Mr. Struble and doing everything but planting a big smacker on his cheek. Then she carried the little one back up to the rooftop nest, somewhere under the vast roof of the armory.


A few days later, as Bud was watching, one of the Little Joes got too gay while walking the edge of the high-up eaves trough and tumbled off. He hit the ground hard, picked himself up (or was it herself) and disappeared around the corner of the building. From then on there were three.


And it wasn’t long after that another Little Joe got into a peck of trouble. He, also, fell down a downspout. Maybe it was the same one that had the experience before. Maybe it wasn’t. But this downspout was connected directly to the sewer by a length of clay tile.


He (or was it she?) tried to get back up the way he went down; but without success. Finally a little hole was found in the clay tile, and through it a length of rope was pushed down until it touched the bottom of the sewer pipe. The other end was tied firmly, forming a “lifeline” for the Little Joe. An hour later came the report that the little squirrel had found the lifeline and used it. He was back safely from this perilous adventure.


Up there, high on the armory roof, that afternoon, four squirrels moseyed around much as though nothing had happened. But Bud Struble had to look twice to tell which was Joe-Sephine, for the other three were nearly as large. With a little outside help Joe-Sephine had done a pretty good job in bringing up a family. She has at least three out of four left.


Big blow brings little troubles


But Tuesday night’s wind is flat and spares local structures


A spectacular “big blow” came out of the west Tuesday evening, leaving a trail of minor damage; but no great loss was reported in this area.


Wednesday morning insurance companies here were receiving reports of damage as fast as utility lines were placed back in operation. They reported several silos down in the area, a few barn doors blown off, lightning damage to radios, motors, and the likes.


Tuesday night was the second successive nighttime big wind to hit the area, the first coming just before midnight Monday.


Accompanying the high, flat winds was spectacular display of lightning, which lighted the skies all around, and heavy rainfall which beat down already soaked and battered gardens and fields.


Utilities in this area reported a myriad of small troubles; but nothing of major impact. Power lines of the Northern States had comparatively little trouble. The telephone company reported wind damage to its lines–but nothing of serious nature–and expected to have normal service restored by evening Wednesday.


Opelt repeats offer for the 70th one


Carl Opelt, rural Neillsville, has dusted off an offer he has paid off on twice before.


Reveling in the birth of the 69th grandchild for both he and Mrs. Opelt, he has offered $10 prize to the daughter or daughter-in-law who supplies them with their 70th grandchild. It is the same offer as was made for Nos. 50 and 60.


Sixty-ninth among the Opelt’s grandchildren was a girl, Tina Marie, who was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Opelt of Rt. 2, Neillsville. The couple also has 12 greatgrandchildren.


Gets recognition


James Kotcon, a 1972 graduate of Neillsville High School, has been notified that he is to be featured in the sixth annual edition of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 1971-72.” James is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Kotcon of Rt. 1, Neillsville, and is active in FFA, WJDA and 4H. He plans to attend Stevens Point State University and is registering for classes this week.


 At Boy’s State


Neillsville High School student Mark Kuchenbecker, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kuchenbecker of Neillsville, is among junior boys throughout Wisconsin who attended Badger Boy’s State at Ripon College June 17-24. Mark’s sponsor is the Neillsville Lions Club.


Get $120 at Abby


Burglars were successful at Abbotsford last Thursday night, where they took $120 in cigarettes and assorted groceries from the West Side Market. Sheriff’s officers said they removed a screen door and made their entry through the front door.


Leave tub behind


Thieves and vandals apparently were frightened off just as they were about to load a bathtub onto their black truck at the former Julia (Olson) Sormunen farm home, about four miles north of Owen in the town of Hoard.


The tub had been disconnected and pulled to the porch for loading when Mrs. Sormunen and her husband drove up and saw the men at work.


They took off in their black pickup truck and made a successful getaway.


While at the former home of Mrs. Sormunen they ripped the door from a refrigerator and used it to batter down the front door. The refrigerator door was left on the front yard.


Service notes


Garth D. Bertz, 18, son of Sheriff and Mrs. David B. Bertz, and Thomas R. Chaltry, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Chaltry, both of Neillsville, enlisted in the army June 19, Sfc. Marvin L. Biehn, Army representative, announced this week.


Both are 1972 graduates of Neillsville High School. They will be receiving their training at Ft. Knox, Ky.




These boys brought home the “bacon” from the Wisconsin Junior Dairymen’s Dairy show late last week in

Eau Claire. Pictured are front row, left to right–Tim Kren, Jerald Sebesta, Glen Luchterhand

and Roger Erickson; and back row, left to right–James Kotcon, David Zoutendam and Tom Marty.

All are members of the WJDA’s Neillsville chapter. (Press photo June 29, 1972)  




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