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Clark County News

October 27, 1938


Granton school carnival to have King and Queen


Fifteen rural schools in the area surrounding Granton will compete in the rural amateur contest to be staged in connection with the annual Halloween carnival of the Granton High School and grade school Friday night.


A king and queen will be selected by those attending to reign over the festivities. Each dance ticket will be good for one vote for king and queen. Candidates for the purple cloth and scepters are, seniors, Lorraine Garbisch and Harold Behnke; juniors, Beatrice Kurth and Henry Kidd; sophomores, Virginia Mallory and Erwin Gilbertson; and freshman, Bill and Alice Thiede.


The doors to the midway will be open at 7:30 p.m., and the auditorium, in which the amateur contest will be held, will open at 8 p.m.


Besides the dance and amateur contest and the midway, there will be a circus for the children.




Over 1,000 now served by Clark County REA line


Served by 702 miles of power lines; largest project


More than 1,000 Clark County farm homes are now being supplied with electric power and lights as a result of the million dollar REA project in the county.


The passing of the thousand mark was recently announced by County Agent Wallace J. Landry, secretary treasurer of the Clark County Electric Cooperative, who has been one of the forceful factors behind the rural electrification project in the county.


Too, the passing of the thousand mark in homes now served with electricity through the project means that approximately half of the members already are hooked up to the 702 miles of power lines which weave a network of wire over the county. Mr. Landry anticipates that within a period of a few years every farm home in the county will be wired for electricity as a result of the project.




Advertisement in the Press, Oct. 27, 1938, issue




November 4, 1948


Wild animals seem to have affinity for him


Crew men of the Clark County Highway department are beginning to believe that wild animals have some sort of attraction for Ervin Hopfensperger.


A few weeks ago, he met a bear face to face at the Wildcat mound shelter. And last week he poked his head into a culvert well populated with skunks. According to E.J. Roberts of the highway garage, Hopfensperger was grading on County Trunk I at the time and was checking the culvert.


He retired with alacrity...and honor.




Sales Tax Bonus Plan is defeated in county


Clark County voters turned thumbs down on two referendum propositions placed before them in Tuesdays balloting.


They were more than three to one against enacting a three percent tax to finance a bonus for veterans of World War II. The county vote was against 7.045; for, 2,162.


After they were opposed to changing the state constitution to permit municipalities to take private property for public use without first establishing the need by jury. The vote against was 6,699; for, 1,928.




Deer herd surrounds car as the Earl Bruhns watch


A heard of deer, numbering eight or 10, “surrounded” a car six miles southeast of Neillsville Sunday night. Witnesses of this unusual scene were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bruhn of Neillsville, who saw the deer surrounding the car traveling ahead of them. One deer crashed into the side of the car, they said, and dragged itself away into

the underbrush. The Bruhns were returning from a Sunday trip to Port Edwards and Necedah.



October 24, 1968


Warriors face Colby Friday


Their spirits still high despite a less-than-bright season, the Neillsville Warriors will attempt to pull their second victory of the season Friday night when they meet the Colby Hornets on D.E. Peters field here. Game time is 8 p.m.


The Warriors took a 26-6 lacing from a surprising Owen-Withee high school team last week. Owen scored in every quarter to defeat the Warriors. But Neillsville was unable to stop Nick Wirtala, who scored three of Owen’s four touchdowns. Nick’s brother, Mike, scored the fourth Owen touchdown, and Ron Poppy booted the first two extra points.


Jim Vetrone gave Warrior backers a lot to cheer about when he took off in the second quarter on a 46-yard off-tackle run that netted Neillsville’s only touchdown. Vetrone was Neillsville’s leading ground gainer, with 110 yards in 16 carries.


While a comparison of scores indicates that Colby and Neillsville should be just about on a par, Colby would have to go into the game a slight favorite. Colby absorbed a 260 lacing from the top-rated Greenwood Indians last Friday night. Neillsville lost to the same team 300 in a homecoming effort.


Employing seven sophomores in their starting lineup, Colby gave Greenwood a fierce battle until the Indians broke the game open with three long runs.



20 to take First Communion Sunday


Twenty second grade pupils of St. Mary’s Catholic school will take their first communion Sunday at the 9 a.m. mass.


Sister M. Melita lists among them: Laura Lee Backaus, Susan Bauer, Timothy Burr, Randy Carl, Lisa Chaltry, Jeffery DeMert, Mary Ann Eron, John Erpenbach, Teresa Gurney, Mark Hassemer, Gregory Heiman, Ann Marie Klieforth, Vicki Ann Langreck, Roger Langreck, Steven Meier, Connie Ross, Lori Rychnovsky, Patricia Schraufnagel, Jean Tibbet and Penny Wiater.





The steel framework of the new Nefco Filter Corporation plant now under construction on Highway 10 East, in Neillsville can be seen through these culverts which will form the sidewalls of a sewage lift station to be installed in front of the plant. The building will be 120 by 300 feet–the size of a football field between goal lines. The Neillsville Industries corporation will undertake to finance 70 percent of the cost of the building, estimated at $150,000, as soon as permission is secured from the state securities department. This permission is being held up pending the resolution of some minor questions between the city, the industries corporation and Nefco. The industrial corporation plans to secure the financing by selling stock and debentures and through loans from the two banks of the city. Incidentally, the two pieces which will form the sidewalls of the lift station are eight feet in inside diameter and weigh an estimated 12,000 pounds each. (Press photo October 24, 1968)




October 23, 1975


Beauty council to inspect Hatfield area


On Friday, State Sen. Tom Harnish (D-Neillsville) will host a meeting of the Natural Beauty council, of which he is a member, in Hatfield.


The Wisconsin Natural Beauty council is a statutory advisory council concerned with the physical environment of the state. It is composed of citizen members appointed by the Governor, and representatives from various departments of state government, including the legislative body. Programs which the Natural Beauty council has been active in include antilitter and beautification campaigns, pushing for removal of junk cars and garbage from landscape, and Arbor Day activities.


Harnisch commented, “It was my intention when I invited the council to visit the Hatfield area, to see that land which I feel should become a state park.”


Harnisch went on to explain, “It is also my hope that the Natural Beauty council will support legislation which I have authored mandating a five cent deposit on beverage containers. Under present circumstances, the Hatfield area is a prime example of why the state is in need of such legislation.”



Fire destroys 5,000 bales of hay and barn


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Meddaugh lost their barn on the former Art Kuile farm, on Co. Trunk K, last week Wednesday night. It burned to the ground. It was filled with 5,000 or more bales of hay, which was a total loss, as there was no insurance on the building.



Pistol, sixpack reported stolen


A number of break ins and thefts were reported to the sheriff’s office here in the last week.


A cabin owned by Joe Cepress of Auburndale, located in the town of Sherwood, was broken into last Friday night. Entry was made through a window, but nothing was taken, Cepress reported.


Two-gun cases, two insulated jackets and a sixpack of beer were taken from a car in the town of Seif last Saturday while the owner was hunting. The owner is Ray Parrett of Eau Claire.


Seven bags of seed corn were stolen from the farm of Alfred Wiedman of Colby, it was reported last week Wednesday.


Gerald Bilda of Humbird reported that a pistol had been taken from his home in the town of Mentor on October 14.





Voted outstanding players by coaches in the Neillsville High School 5029 victory over Greenwood last Friday were Roger Huth on offense and Mark Dux on defense. Huth carried 29 times for 188 yards and four touchdowns. Dux accounted for seven tackles, but his major contribution was in keeping the pressure on Greenwood’s quarterback throughout the game, the coaches said. (Press photo Oct. 23, 1975)





Making his move, a Neillsville Warrior back took the opportunity to keep moving down the field on grinding the score higher and higher during last Friday’s contest between Neillsville and Greenwood. The final score of 5029 allowed many heroic offensive efforts by the young athletes and at the same time permitted aggressive defensive units to land on offensive errors. (Strack photo October 23, 1975)





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