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Clark County News, September 8, 1938


Haycreek dam nears finish nears finish; will be stocked


Hay Creek dam in Foster township, one of three dams planned in Clark County to add recreational facilities and make the county one of the vacation spots of Wisconsin, is nearing completion.


The dam, located 14 miles west of Greenwood, will form a 125-acre lake. The bottom has been cleared of stumps, brush and other snags. The lake will be stocked with fish.


Other dams planned to create artificial lakes for resort and recreation purposes are on Wedges Creek, west of Neillsville, and a mile north of Greenwood at the Greenwood park.




Local flood pictures at the Adler Theater


High water conditions from Neillsville to Hatfield shown


Special motion pictures of the recent flood conditions on the Black River between Neillsville and Hatfield dam will be shown on the screen of the Adler theater Friday and Saturday.


The pictures were taken from an airplane especially for the local theater by Clarence Stelloh. Approximately 600 feet of film used in making the picture record of the highest water in this vicinity in history.


The feature picture which will be shown in conjunction with the flood pictures if “She’s Got Everything,” starring Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern.


“Little Miss Broadway,” Shirley Temple’s latest picture, comes to the Adler screen Sunday. Six hit tunes are interwoven with the plot to make the story one of the best of Shirley’s box office hits. Included among the song hits are “Be Optimistic,” “We Should be Together,” “If All the World Were Paper,” “Swing Me an Old Fashioned Song,” “How Can I Think of You,” and “Little Miss Broadway.”


The songs were written by Walter Bullock and Harold Spina. George Murphy, Jimmy Durante, Phyllis Brooks and Edna Mae Oliver are featured in the cast.




First cranberry crop in county is harvested


The first commercial cranberry crop ever harvested in Clark County was taken from the new marshes of Attorney F.D. Calway of Neillsville, located about 12 miles west of the city in Mentor township.


A harvest of 38 barrels was taken from the 10acre field, and while unusually light because of the poor cranberry growing conditions of the last season and the youngness of the vines, the berries were of unusually good quality and of good size.


Although it was the first harvest, the vines were planted three years ago, and the fields represent a considerable investment. A year was spent in preparation for the planting. A network of large irrigation ditches and dams had to be built, and considerable time and money was spent on leveling the beds and preparing the soil before the vines could be planted.


The crop was picked by hand because the roots of the vines have not year become embedded deeply enough to permit “raking.”


With good growing conditions next season, Mr. Calway expects a crop of about 90 barrels from the same field.




October 14, 1928


New bleachers ready for game


They’ll seat from 500 to 600 at football field; buy five sections


The high school’s new bleachers, which will seat from 500 to 600, will be in use for the first time tonight for the Neillsville–Thorp football game.


The portable bleachers were ordered in July after their purchase was voted at the annual school meeting. They arrived last Friday morning, just too late for use at the Homecoming game against Cadott.


They are of the extended type which give extra room between rows. There are five sections: three 20 feet long, and two 15 feet long. They are eight tiers high. The high school planned to place the three 20-foot sections on the west side of the playing field, ordinarily designated as the “home” side. The two shorter sections would be placed on the east side of the field.




Five tons of potatoes scattered as truck tips


A truck carrying a five ton load of potatoes overturned near the Cunningham Creek bridge on Highway 73-95, a mile south of Neillsville, Monday afternoon. The driver attempted to avert a collision with other cars on the highway.


According to Police Chief Lawrence Drescher, the truck was traveling southward, some distance behind a car driven by Mrs. Alvin Schutte of Neillsville. Mrs. Schutte stopped a short distance south of the bridge to permit Allen Naedler to get out at his home.


A car approached from the south as the truck came up behind the Schutte car. Chief Drescher said he was told. The driver swerved into the ditch to avoid crashing into the cars. The truck flipped over and came to rest on its wheels. No one was hurt; but the truck was damaged, and the load of potatoes was scattered.


The owner of the truck is Norman Burke of Black River Falls.




Mrs. Ole Lowe finds her father in an old picture


One of the real thrills of Pioneer Days was that of Augusta (Mrs. Ole) Lowe. In a store window she saw a picture of an old-time logging camp. A yoke of oxen in the picture had a strangely familiar look, and she remarked about it to a friend.


On Sunday morning, on the way to church, she looked at the picture over again and was certain that they were the oxen which her father used to drive. A closer look revealed her father, in the picture, standing on a log.


This old picture brought back to Mrs. Lowe experiences of her girlhood. As a little girl she rode to town on a lumber wagon, pulled by those oxen, driven by her father. She recalls that the oxen used to become frisky and run away. Once they ran into the ditch, over stumps and stones, but without upsetting the lumber wagon. Her father used to work hard to stop them, and they did stop–when they got ready.


The photograph in question belongs to Ralph Leason. Mrs. Lowe intends to borrow it, in order that she may have a copy made of it.




Five boys win in the Kiwanis bull project


They will go to Madison to visit university and see Yale football game


Five boys of the Kiwanis bull project will go to Madison with John Perkins this weekend. They are George Crothers, Larry Liebe, Gerald Marg, Irving Metcalf and Albert Miller.


These boys are the top winners in the project, selected by judges for outstanding achievement. The findings were based upon the condition of their animals, as judged at the fair; upon the quality of the records kept by the boys; upon their knowledge of herd building, as demonstrated in an interview.


The boys will visit the agricultural department of the University and will attend the Yale football game on Saturday. They will leave Neillsville on Friday morning.


The achievement of the boys was marked by an address by Glen Rork of Eau Claire, who praised the Kiwanis club for this activity.




October 3, 1968


Cake decorating class to start; find teacher


The search for a person to teach an adult night class in “cake decorating” has been concluded successfully.


Supt. Ivan W. Lauscher announced this week that Mrs. Carol Mortenson of Rt. 1, Neillsville has been engaged to instruct the course.


The class will hold its first session next Monday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the home economics room of the high school. Mr. Lauscher said that those who would like to enroll in the course but who have not done so will be welcome at the first meeting along with those who previously have registered.




Bonfire will be held tonight


Neillsville High School’s annual homecoming will be observed Thursday night and Friday, with an afternoon parade and a football game and dance Friday spotlighting the event for the public.


The football game, which has been moved up to a 7:30 p.m. start on D.E. Peters field, will find the Warriors facing their fourth, state rated high school team in five starts this season. This time it is the Big One– Greenwood.


Last week Greenwood dumped Loyal, 550, to clinch another top rating in the wire service polls. At the same time, the Warriors, were absorbing a 457 loss to Thorp’s Cardinals. But the Warriors, with Ray Aschenbrenner calling the signals for the first time, showed some sign of coming to life offensively.


Homecoming activities will get under way at the high school Thursday night. Ceremonies will start at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of the Pep Club. There will be a homecoming bonfire and pep rally.


The homecoming king and queen and their court will be introduced during halftime activities of the football game. The king, elected from among the senior football players, is Alan Boon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Boon of Christie. The homecoming queen is Linette Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs., Clarence Miller.


Members of the court are Dave Olson, first runner-up; Rick Sturtz, second runner-up; Jim Vetrone, third runner-up; Dick Schmitz, fourth runner-up; Rose Koranda, senior princess; Sherri Sturtz, junior princess; Beverly Schultz, sophomore princess; and Karen Gross freshman princess.





Homecoming royalty for the Neillsville homecoming event Thursday night and Friday are Alan Boon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Boon of Christie; and Linette Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller of Rt. 3, Neillsville. (Press photo October 3, 1968)




October 2, 1975


Man rings church bells, questioned by US agents


Secret Service agents were in Neillsville Monday questioning a New York city man after his arrest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, on Sunday.


The man, John J. Burke, was questioned by the agents because of planned visits by President Gerald R. Ford to Chicago in the coming week and Milwaukee next month. Burke allegedly talked on “strange subjects,” according to local investigating officers.


Burke, who forfeited $50 plus court costs for disturbing the peace, entered the church Sunday afternoon shortly after 1:00 and began ringing the church bells. He later stated that the reason for the ringing was that he “wanted America to listen to him.”


Father Joseph Henseler called city police and Officer James Wasserberger responded. Burke refused to leave the church building and backup officers were called to the scene.


Local police officials stated that after Secret Service questioning, Burke was released from custody. According to Chief Walter Leggate, the federal agency thanked the city for the call and the chance to interview Burke.




Granton has zoo for food promotions


“Food does not come from McDonalds or George the milk man.” This is the thought that Granton teachers are trying to convey to students during “Food for America” week being observed there.


On Monday, high school agriculture students went into the grade school and gave a multimedia presentation on food.


Tuesday brought the same students showing films on food and Wednesday saw the erection of a farm zoo in the agriculture shop.




Six are named “outstanding” by their coaches


Six players were selected as “Outstanding Players of the Week” by Neillsville High School’s coaching staff, but they said they wished they could have named them all after the Warriors’ 1714 victory over Colby Friday night.


Jeff Vine, senior, was the only one of the group picked on offense and defense. It was Vine’s third selection for the weekly award.


Others picked for outstanding offensive play were Jim Skroch and Jay Ouimette.


Selected on defense, in addition to Vine, were Brian McKevitt, Ron Huebner and Roger Huth.


Special awards were given to the three kickers, whose boots played an important part in the victory. They are Gary Foster, punter; Jeff Kessler, point after; and Scott Meihack, field goal and kickoff.




The largest muskie taken in area waters this year, and one of the largest of the year taken in Wisconsin, is this 51 1/2inch, 40-pound beauty exhibited by Calvin Swenson of Neillsville. Swenson, who is Neillsville’s assistant postmaster, caught it Sunday fishing from a boat in the canal, below the power dam at Hatfield on the Black River. He used bucktail and battled the fish for 20 to 30 minutes. “I just don’t know how long,” he said. Swenson who concentrates on muskies, caught another big one just a year or so ago, but it was smaller than Sunday’s catch, He weighed it in at Irv and Lois’ tavern, south of Neillsville. (Contributed photo Oct. 2, 1975)





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