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Clark County News


October 20, 1938


Senator Bob LaFollette will speak in county


Robert LaFollette, U.S. senator, will make his only appearance in Clark County, for the present campaign, at Thorp, Wednesday evening, October 26, at 8 o’clock. He will speak at the school auditorium.

Two meetings in the county were announced for Merlin Hull, member of congress. One was at the Weston town hall Thursday, October 20, followed by a dance. The other was announced for Levis town hall, Friday evening, October 21. The Levis meeting was also to be followed by some kind of entertainment.

A Progressive meeting will be held at Atwood on Tuesday, October 25, speaker to be announced later.


Coach Stuhldreher will give a talk in Neillsville

Harry Stuhldreher, head football coach of the University of Wisconsin, will speak in Neillsville early in December under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Coach Stuhldreher’s acceptance of the Chamber’s invitation to appear here was announced at the organization’s meeting late last week by Jake Hoesly, in charge of the arrangements. Saturday, December 10, is tentatively set for the engagement.

Plans are being made by the Junior Chamber to invite high school coaches and stars in a radius of 50 miles from Neillsville.

A vote of congratulations was given by the membership to George Glass for the fine work done in the better gardens competition. Awards of prize tulip bulbs were recently distributed by Mr. Glass to eight winners. Plans are being made for next year’s contest.


 Using Highway 73

Although Highway 73 between Greenwood and Highway 29 has not been officially opened to traffic, passenger cars are being allowed to pass over the 10mile stretch of new paving. Crews are still at work putting on the shoulders. It is expected that the pavement will be opened officially within a few days.


October 28, 1948

Epdings purchase hotel Robinson in Colby city

Arthur and Marion Epding have purchased the Robinson Hotel in Colby and will operate it in conjunction with the Merchants hotel here. They will take possession November 1.

The transaction was completed last week. The hotel has been under the ownership of James Robinson since 1925. He was forced to sell because of poor health. The hotel has 40 rooms, a dining room and a bar.

Mr. Epding plans to manage the Colby property, while Mrs. Epding will remain in Neillsville to manage the Merchants hotel. The couple’s two daughters will remain here.


Two tie for first place in clean plowing contest

A crowd of 1,200 farmers attended the clean plowing contest held on the Spencer Johnson farm near Greenwood. The winners were: William Beeckler, Granton, Lawrence Firnstahl, Loyal, who tied for first place.


 Extra officers in plain clothes for Halloween

Extra officers in plain clothes will be on duty during the Halloween season, it is announced by Lawrence Drescher, chief of police. They and the regular officers will make it their concern to limit Halloween activities to harmless fun.

They seek the cooperation of parents, who are asked to make sure that their children are well conducted at this season, and especially that they observe curfew.

Parents are asked to take notice that the officers are under instructions to take action in case of depredation or property damage.


John Olson gets thrill when big bear charges

John Olson of Greenwood had the thrill of a lifetime this past summer, when he was charged by a big brown bear in Alaska. The story of his experience was told to Neillsville Kiwanis Monday evening by his father, Dr. William Olson.

John had just shot a female brown bear. He had earlier seen the big male but thought the big one has departed. However, just as he and the guide stepped forward to look at their kill, right there in the offing was the big male. He took one look at them, and then, with mouth open and every sign of anger, came at them.

John took it standing up. With that bear looming in John’s eyes two or three times its 1,300 pounds in size, John faced him and began pumping lead. He just couldn’t miss–not unless he wanted to become a meal for a bear. So one bullet after another took effect, and Mr. Bear met his doom.

Later the guide told Dr. Olson that he didn’t know how John was from hips down, but from the hips up he was all right.

John’s experience with the big brown bear came in Alaska during a trip made by the two this past summer. The trip was a reward to John for completing his high school work. They flew to Alaska and back; were gone 30 days.


October 17, 1968

“Ditty Bags” for Vietnam soldiers packed here; Number exceeds hoped for 100

 One hundred seventy-eight “ditty bags” are enroute to men of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam through the effort of the Clark County Chapter, American Red Cross.

They were packed and sent on their way last Thursday after members of county homemaker groups worked throughout the day at the courthouse auditorium to pack the cloth drawstring bags.

Actually, according to Miss Brooks Rector, the county Red Cross chairman, “we had hoped to pack 100 bags.”

But the support of homemaker groups, 4H clubs, American Legion and V.F.W. auxiliaries, church groups and others in the county brought the number far, far above the greatest expectation.

Into the green and red colored ditty bags went such things as needles, thread, pencils, paper, envelopes, vacuum packed food, stationery, voice tapes, pocket games, hair combs, nuts and candies and other items.

Ten women turned to in packing the bags, all volunteering their time. Included with Miss Rector were Mrs. Duane Catt, Mrs. Tony Schecklman and Mrs. Louis Gunia, all of Rt. 1, Neillsville; Mrs. Robert Cleary of Neillsville; Mrs. Alvin Schutte of Rt. 3, Neillsville; Mrs. Arnold Huth, Sr., of Rt. 2, Granton; Mrs. John Slachetka of Rt. 1, Withee; Mrs. Max Maloney of Rt. 1, Chili, and Mrs. John Prime of Willard.


 Windows at school here are smashed

Two large windows in the Neillsville High School building were broken during sometime last Thursday night or Friday morning.

Police Chief Lawrence Drescher said that a pane four feet by 80 inches in the dining hall–study room was smashed by a building block which had been thrown through it.

A window of the same size was broken in the library, on the east side of the building, by a piece of waste mortar which had been thrown through it.

Wednesday night or early Thursday last week, Chief Drescher reported, the numerals ‘69 and ‘71 were painted on trash cans in the north side park. He said that aerosol cans of paint under pressure were used to spray the numerals onto the cans. 

Also, Chief Drescher said that a yellow “caution” flashing light was stolen the same night from a construction area on Court Street.


Packing Red Cross “Ditty Bags” were these volunteer homemakers of Clark County, who worked through the day last Thursday in the auditorium of the courthouse. From the left, there are: Mrs. John Slachetka of Rt. 1, Withee; Mrs. Max Maloney of Rt. 1, Chili; Mrs. Alvin Schutte of Rt. 3, Neillsville; Miss Brooks Rector, county home agent and county Red Cross chapter chairman; and Mrs. Arnold Huth, Sr., of Rt. 2, Granton. The bags were sent to soldiers in Vietnam. (Press photo Oct. 17, 1968)


October 16, 1975

Bicentennial style show set for 25th

The Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s Club will sponsor a Bicentennial fashion show Saturday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Neillsville High School gym.

Fashions from 1776 to the present day will be featured, along with entertainment.

Tickets are available from B&PW Club members.

 Chamber banquet honors two: Pischer, Wagner

It can be 30 degrees below zero or 110 degrees in the shade and if he is needed, he would be there.

That’s how one local citizen summed up the community spirit of Harvey Pischer of Neillsville, who will be honored as “citizen of the year” at the Howdy Neighbor Dinner Dance and annual meeting of the Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce, to be held next Monday, October 20.

Pischer, an employee of a local construction company, has been involved in many community festivals, promotions and events for several years. He is also known for his active role in giving a helping hand in everything from local snowmobile clubs to service organizations.

Pischer and his wife, Amber, have four children, including Caroline at home, and Dave, Kathy and Kenneth, who are all pursuing active lives after university degrees.


Harvey Pischer

Also to be honored at the event is Art Wagner as “Agri citizen” of the year.

Wagner, who has a long string of accomplishments in his lifetime, celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary this past week. Just past 62 years of age, Wagner was president of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Globe, for 22 years; served for nine years as school board president for the church school; was president of the Clark County Fair Association for ten years and was active in the Clark County Agricultural Association. He also served on the board of the Neillsville Bank.

The dinner dance is an annual affair that draws over 300 people and allows the chamber of commerce directors an opportunity to acquaint members with the growth or changes in the community and area.

Howie Sturtz II will emcee the program aided by Robert Solberg, president of the Chamber.

Reports are expected from several individuals including Robert Rennock, vice president of the Chamber who will detail retail activities; James Jacoby, past president who will discuss bicentennial promotions; Brad Larsen, who will report on the Neillsville Improvement Program; and Gary Slaats, reporting on the residential treatment facility for the developmentally disabled coming to the city.

Winter Carnival chairman for 1976 will be introduced and past chairman honored at the event.

Tickets for the event, scheduled for the Wildcat Inn, are available at local banks, pharmacies and the Clark County Agency, as well as at the door.


The dedication of two barbeque pits took place last week, thanks to the efforts of the Neillsville Lions Club. On hand for the short ceremony were (l to r) Dan Patey, president of the club; Mayor Kenneth Olson, who signed a proclamation proclaiming the past week as “National Lion’s Service Week;” and Jim Jordahl, vice-president of the club. The pits are located in Schuster Park and are adjacent to recently constructed shelters. Both of the facilities are designed for public use. (Press photo Oct. 16, 1975)





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