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Clark County News


October 13, 1938


Clark farmers harvest largest corn crop, but


Clark County farmers are harvesting their largest corn crop in many years– but some of them are grumbling, just the same.


No, they’re not unhappy about the crop. With all this perfect weather after things looked so rain beaten and gloomy just a few weeks ago, they shouldn’t be.


The real reason for the grumbling is–


That’s right. No red ears.


Red ears turn an ordinary good time by all husking bee into a lot of fun. And it seems that red ears just forgot to grow this year.


There is the case of the bee last week at Mrs. Blanche Hewett’s. They husked and husked and husked–300 bushels worth of husking, to be exact–and nary a red ear.


Some of the more scheming lads got wise to the absence of red ears early in the game, and have been cheating a little by importing their own. And reports have it, some who are lucky enough to find a prized ear “save it for on the way home.”


More husking bees are being held in the county this year than in any other recent year. Some farmers explain it by the fact that the crop wasn’t large enough on most farms to warrant holding a husking bee.


Among the places where bees have been held thus far this season are Mrs. Hewett’s, Elmer Garbisch’s, Otto Dux’s, Mrs. Anne Zank’s, E. C. Short’s, A. Magnuson’s, Vern Howard’s, George Vine’s, Ray Nickle’s, Frank Dobes’, J.E. Hughes’, Raymond Sternitzky’s, Ludwig Perushek’s, Joe Tolaney’s, Fred Sternitzky’s and Erick Lueck’s.




Mailbox, or target? That’s the question


Fred Ackerman is beginning to wonder whether he put up a mailbox or a target beside the road along his Pine Valley township farm.


The mailbox (or target) was bowled over last Saturday night by a car driven by Fred Cornest. The milk can, in which the mailbox post was held upright, was badly damaged.


It was the third time recently that the mailbox has been struck by an automobile–and Fred hopes it’s the last.




Reeves pheasants are planted in the county


Upland game hunters in Clark County should be on the lookout for Reeves pheasants. The game division of the state conservation department recently completed experimental planting in the county, Conservation Warden Alva Clumpner of Loyal has warned.


A protected species, the Reeves pheasants were planted in section 32, township 27 north, range one east. Persons sighting one of the species are asked to notify Warden Clumpner at Loyal by card, designating the time and place.


The Reeves originated in northern China and is known as the “sky rocket” because of its terrific flight. The principal colors of the cock are gold, barred with black and white. Colors of the hens are much less vivid.




October 21, 1948


$100 deposit opens city swimming pool fund here


Rotary establishes the fund with concert proceeds; invite contributions The Neillsville Rotary Club this week started a fund for the eventual construction of a swimming pool in the city.


A check for $100 was deposited in a local bank Wednesday morning to start the ball rolling on what the club hopes will be adopted as a community project. Included in the proceeds was $67.10 which was the net profit accruing from the appearance here last week of the Kryl symphony orchestra. The club treasury was tapped for the other $32.90 to make it an even $100.


In announcing the opening of the fund, Rotary President John Mattson invited other individuals and organizations of Neillsville to contribute to the fund. Deposits may be made at either bank. When the fund has grown to sufficient size to warrant thinking about the actual construction, an organization will be set up from among the individuals and organizations which have contributed. Until that time, no one will have authority to touch the account, he said.




Boy gets deer his first time out; woman clicks


Carl Brandt downs a doe in own barnyard with a homemade bow, arrow


Those who have hunted deer for years without success will appreciate the experience of Lyle Brandt, 17yearold son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brandt of Stanley, Rt. 2.


Mrs. Brandt, in Neillsville last week on jury duty, told the story.


Lyle, a senior in high school, made a bow and arrow and decided to give it a real test under hunting conditions. He never before had been deer hunting, but he struck out alone, nevertheless, on Sunday, October 10.


The hunt was fruitless. Lyle turned his steps toward home. When he neared the farm, he saw a mature doe eating corn just south of the Brandt barn. He strung the arrow and let it go. The shaft went true to its mark, and the doe dropped.


So, the first time out Lyle got his deer, with a bow and arrow; both of which he had made himself.


Woman gets deer


First woman bringing a deer to Warden Carl E. Frick for checking this season in Clark County was Viola MacWilliams. She got a mature doe in the Brushy Ridge country, just off the Pray Road southeast of Neillsville, Sunday.




Vandals break windows in the Hiawatha School


Vandals broke all windowpanes in the Hiawatha school house sometime during the weekend, according to reports received by local school authorities early this week. The damage was estimated at upward of $50.


Also reported was an effort made to remove a teetertotter on the school grounds. District Clerk Donald Dundas said the would-be mover gave up when he struck a concrete base around one pipe, buried about two feet below the surface of the ground.


The Hiawatha school house is located about 2 1/2 miles south of Neillsville. It is vacant this year, due to the consolidation of the Hiawatha district with the Neillsville-Pine Valley joint district.




October 10, 1968


Killing frost arrives Oct. 5


The Clark County area experienced a general killing frost in the early morning of October 5, marking the latest date in modern history.


The previous earliest date for general killing frost here was October 2, in 1960; and before that, October 1, in 1958.


During last week relatively good weather permitted farmers of the area to make a big dent in the corn that had to be harvested; and some of them had completed the job before rains descended on the area Tuesday of this week.


Most of those who had finished said the crop was “surprisingly good” when blight and the wet, unusual growing season is considered.


It appeared at midweek, however, that the harvesting will not be finished for some time. Wet weather had delayed maturity in some cases and, while the killing frost spelled an end to the growing season, it meant that harvesting was not at all uniform.


The year 1968 will go down in local history as one of the wettest in many years. With three months still remaining in the year, the area had already exceeded its normal annual rainfall expectancy.




Sophs sweep in homecoming events


A crepe paper dog sitting atop a crepe paper doghouse and carrying a caption “Zooming in for a Victory,” won the Homecoming parade float contest for the sophomore class of Neillsville High School last Friday afternoon.


Second place went to the junior class float; third to the senior class; and fourth to the freshman.


The sophomore class made it a sweep by winning first place in the window decorating contest. The juniors were second; seniors third; Pep Club fourth; and National Honor Society fifth.




Armed man takes $150 from station


A large patch of surgical adhesive covered an area on the right side of Alex Poziombke’s forehead, and a place on the back of his head carrying three stitches was visible as he told a Clark County Press reporter about how he has been held up, pistol whipped and robbed in the early morning last Saturday.


About $150 in bills was taken from the Holiday Station store on Highway 10 in Neillsville as an unidentified stranger made a getaway in a car later identified as one stolen from Appleton. Terry Becker, manager of the station store, said that an inventory of store stock was to be taken to determine whether anything other than cash was missing.


But Poziombke still had not returned to his night job at the station store, and the reporter found him at home. He paced uneasily as he told the story:


Becker and another employee had left but a couple of minutes before. There was no one around as a station wagon drove onto the ramp. The driver sat in front of the steering wheel, and when approached by Poziombke, he instructed:


“Two dollars’ worth of gas.”




Poziombke pumped the measured amount into the tank, then approached the driver with a handful of stamps. As he looked into the car, he saw the man sitting with what appeared to be the barrel of a pistol or revolver sticking above his crooked arm, pointed in Poziombke’s general direction.


The stranger said something like:


“This is it.” Or so the station attendant recalls. He instructed Poziombke to go into the station. Inside Poziombke opened the cash register on instructions and emptied it of the bills inside. The stranger spurned the coins and the checks.


Left on the counter


Poziombke placed the bills on the counter and the stranger left them there, instructing the attendant to “go into the back room,”


Poziombke said he started down an isle toward the back of the building, but the holdup man stopped him. Indicating the door to the storeroom on the west side of the building, he said:


“In there.”


Poziombke opened the door and went into the storeroom, followed by the stranger. He turned as he reached the south end of the room. A blow from what appeared to be the barrel of a handgun struck him on the head. The force of the blow was partially absorbed by the bill of his cap and the earmuffs folded inside.


“Lay down!” the holdup man commanded.




Poziombke said he started to give the stranger an argument, but he got hit on the back of his head for his trouble. He dropped to the concrete floor, covering his head with his arms as he lay there.


“Pull your arms away!” the stranger commanded. “You go to hell,” Poziombke said he replied.


Then the stranger kicked him a couple times.


With instructions to “stay here for 10 minutes before you go out,” the stranger left, closing the storeroom door behind him. Poziombke said he heard the man’s footsteps recede past the counter where the bills had been left, go through the door and then heard the car door open and close.


Calls police


He said he got up from the storeroom floor and went into the station store salesroom. He watched as the station wagon proceeded west on Division Street, not stopping at the stop sign on Hewett Street. He did not see whether the station wagon turned north or south at Division Street.


By that time, he was on the telephone to the police radio, where he gave the alarm. Within minutes both city and county officers arrived. A network was set up in an effort to intercept the car; but there was confusion as to the make and model, and later it was believed that what may have been the escape vehicle was seen on Highway 10 near the Wildcat Inn, six miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10. Still later, the vehicle was believed to have been seen at Osseo.


But, up to the present time, no further solid information has been gained except that the license number given to officers by Poziombke checks with the license of a station wagon reported stolen from Appleton.


Poziombke described the man as about 59, dark hair; dressed in dark clothing.




October 9, 1975


Sheriff warns auto owners on mufflers


Clark County Sheriff David Bertz recently announced his office’s campaign to alert motor vehicle operators of the dangers of fumes. This is especially a problem in the fall months.


Bertz stated that this is the time of year when autos parked and left running, promoting possible tragedies for occupants who would inhale carbon monoxide.


The sheriff added that car owners should have their autos checked now for possible leaks or malfunctions.





Reigning during homecoming festivities at the Greenwood Community High School are Kristie Simonson and Don Plautz. Members of the court of honor are Debbie Liebzeit and Gary Ewaldt, seniors; Laurie Jolivette and Rick Birkett, juniors; Cheryl Rasmussen and Jeff Rueth, sophomores; and Kathy Zepaltas and David Larson, freshman. The Greenwood Indians will be meeting the Thorp Cardinals in a game at 7:30, Wednesday evening, followed by the homecoming dance in the high school gymnasium with Bob Lightfoot and his trio providing the music. (Press photo Oct. 9, 1975)




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