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Clark County News

November 17, 1938


Observance is observed here


Local Methodists join the parishes of nation in movement


Methodists churches in Neillsville and Granton joined thousands of other Methodist Episcopal parishes in the United States this week in observing Fellowship week, which closes November 20.


Originated by the Million Unit Fellowship movement, Fellowship week is being celebrated by these parishes as the last great event in preparation for the union of their church with two other Methodist denominations to become the United Methodist church.


Its purpose is the “furtherance of Christian fellowship among the peoples of the world and the strengthening and heartening of the local church,” according to Bishop F.T. Keeney, head of the movement.


The Neillsville First Methodist Episcopal church plans a Fellowship supper and song service for tonight, and Sunday night a thank offering will be taken by the missionary department, and the choir will sing request numbers. Songs by Mothers Jewels and devotion will also be held. A service was held in Granton Wednesday night.


One of the highlights of the week will be a radio address by the Rev. A.J. Johnson, pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal church in Stevens Point, over radio station WLBL at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. His talk will deal with world fellowship.




“Spirit” of Cupid little pink pig


Unromantic swine once held private marriage license fund; now “open” to public


An unromantic pink pig signified the spirit of Dan Cupid in the county clerk’s office.


The pink pig is a little bank which once held the marriage license fee of Clarence Kehrberg of Loyal and Inez Olsen of Spencer.


Now it holds miscellaneous pennies and dimes donated by sympathetic souls entering the clerk’s office and spotting the pig.


For, now imprinted on the rather generous back of the swine bank is the plea: “Marriage fund–please contribute.”


The pig found its way into the clerk’s office when Mr. and (now) Mrs. Kehrberg applied for their marriage license on September 23. It then contained an odd assortment of pennies, nickels and dimes which the couple saved as their own marriage license fund.


The bank was opened by Herbert Borde, assistant to County Clerk Calvin Mills. Borde counted out the 50 cent license fee. Approximately $3 was left to give the couple a slight financial boost. Feeling kindly, the Kehbergs-to-be left the pink pig behind.


As no couple lacking the 50 cent fee but wanting the license has made the fact known, said Mr. Borde, the fund probably will be given to some charitable organization.




Canning record wins medal for Marise Berg


Marise Berg of Granton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O. Berg, has been chosen outstanding girl of the county in 4H club canning work, according to a release from the national committee on boys and girls club work. Marise was designated for the award by County Agent Wallace J. Landry and the state club leader as 1938 canning champion of Clark County, the release stated. She will receive a medal, in the form of a shield, nearly one inch deep, on which is embossed a horn of plenty, laurel brand and four-leaf clover.




Joseph Felser assumes new post office duties


Joseph Felser, formerly employed at the Ghent Machine Shop, Wednesday took over his new duties as fireman laborer at the post office.


Mr. Felser was one of 31 people who applied for the position. The appointment was made under civil service regulations, and according to experience, Postmaster Louis Kurth said.


Victor Carl, post office chairman, has been undertaking the duties of fireman laborer while the appointment was awaited.




November 24, 1948


270 valuable fox dig out from Marg range; big hunt launched


Escape from fur farm is the third in recent weeks; 110 remain behind


Probably the largest fox hunt in the history of this area was under way late last week in the country just west of Neillsville.


The hunters, specially deputized to carry guns in the closed period before deer season opening, were hunting down some 270 valuable foxes which burrowed their way out of the range at the Kurt Marg Fox farm.


The loss of these foxes – silver, ringneck and platinum – would run into the thousands of dollars under ordinary market conditions. The fox fur market, however, has been depressed during the last couple of years; but the loss, nevertheless, is serious.


It was the third time in recent months that fox have burrowed under the range fence, then under the lower guard fence, and found freedom.


The discovery was made about 6 a.m. Thursday by Ned King and Bill Arndt, who work at the fox farm. As they approached the farm they found “the road was alive with fox,” King said.


Arthur Ackerman, a farmer, saw them about the same time and went after his gun, forgetting about breakfast and everything for the time being.


Although the market has been off on fox fur in recent years, the Margs had held them for a long time, and had considerable investment tied up in them.


Of the last group to make their escape, all were marked in the ear with the initials “K.M.” or “E. M.” Some of those which escaped earlier were similarly marked; others were not.




Street decorations, Santa visit is in wind for city


Plans were under way this week for the decoration of Neillsville’s business district in holiday garb. The work was expected to be done immediately after the close of the deer hunting season. Plans also are being developed for the annual visit of Santa Claus to Neillsville. Word from the North Pole is that Santa will be here earlier than last year; and a definite date for his arrival probably will be received for announcement next week.




November 14, 1968


County board looks for lower taxes by $30,000


Members of the Clark County board of supervisors were hopeful of completing work on the 1969 county budget Thursday, having gone into their session Tuesday morning.


The proposed budget, on which a public hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, calls for a decrease of approximately $30,000 in county taxes. The total proposed was $1,256,108.01, as compared with the levy of $1,286,010.04 under which the county is operating in the current year.


Chairman of the board is Hastings R. Baird of Greenwood.




Seed and feed meeting here


Nationally known authorities will take part in a special feed and fertilizer program to be held in the American Legion hall in Neillsville next Tuesday, November 19, at 7:45 p.m. All farmers in the area are invited. There will be no admission charge.


Among those who are scheduled to provide the latest information on the best adapted varieties of hybrid seed corn and the latest information on crop nutrition are Richard Wiess, agronomist; and John Van Zank, technical service director of the Southwest Potash corporation.


Coffee and donuts will be provided free.


The program is being sponsored by Tracy & Sons Farm of Janesville, and by H.H. Van Gorden & Sons, Neillsville feed and fertilizer manufacturers.




Stores switching to Monday hours


Changing lifestyles of the consumer was the contributing factor in the recent decision by the Neillsville area chamber of commerce to switch from stores being open Friday evenings to the planned Monday evenings.


After considerable discussions by downtown merchants in a special meeting Monday evening, the chamber decided to change to Monday night openings instead of the traditional Friday evening openings long associated with Neillsville business.


The change will occur after the Christmas season and will begin on December 29. Businesses will be open on the Friday evening following Christmas to facilitate the change.


Reasons for the change listed by the chamber and merchants included the “ever increasing number of community events” on Friday evenings which conflict with merchants’ promotions and the changing lifestyles of the people toward “the long weekend.”


Business leaders stated at the meeting that through the past few years, Friday evening business has been declining.


A chamber spokesman stated, “We realize that this initially may cause some inconvenience for some people for cashing their paychecks, but the financial institutions have assured the Neillsville area chamber of commerce that provisions will be made for those inconveniences and that the necessary banking hours will be provided.



Service note


2nd Lt. Craig S. VandeBerg is now home on leave after completing the U.S. Marine Corp’s 12week Officer Candidate course at Quantico, Va., for 26 weeks. Here, the new lieutenant will learn everything that is basic to the duties and responsibilities of a company grade officer, in command of a Marine rifle platoon.


Lt. VandeBerg is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russel VandeBerg of Rt. 2, Neillsville, and is a 1975 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.




Anyone but a fat man would have appreciated the invitation of the adult cake decorating class at Neillsville High School Monday night to have cake and coffee with them; but the photographer was a fat man and could only drool at the likes of the cakes above. The event was held in celebration of the last class period for its 14 members. Showing three of the scrumptious cakes displayed were Mrs. Carol Mortensen, the instructor, and the culinary construction engineers for the cakes in front of them; Arlene Abrahamson, Beverly Schmidt and Sandy Drescher. (Press photo November 14, 1968)





Leaders of the 1968 4H honor clubs of Clark County were recognized, along with their clubs, at the annual leader’s meeting in Loyal, last Thursday night. The clubs were selected for program, membership and leadership. Receiving the recognition in behalf of their clubs were: back row, left to right: Mrs. Emil Looker, Merrymakers; Gale Lonning, Lucky Clovers; Mrs. Gilbert Loos, Loyal Lads and Lassies; Mrs. Fritz (Phyllis) Conrad, Longwood Center; Mrs. John D. Speich, Greenwood Satellites; Mrs. Lucille Niedzwiecki, Thorp 4H; front row–Mrs. Lois Rogers, Maplewood Badgers; Mrs. Violet Mechelke, Jolly Workers; Mrs. Bob Gulcynski, Thorp; Mrs. Clayton Braun; Mrs. Rose Zepaltas, Busy Badgers; Mike Lindow, Chili; Mrs. Carl Ihlenfeld, Y Knot Kids; and Cyril Rakovec, Willard. (Press photo November 14, 1968)






Much of the success of next year’s team will depend on the leadership of these three young men, Coach Harlan Sunsdahl remarked as he presented his three co-captains of the 1976 football Warriors this week. They are, left to right: Roger Huth, outstanding tailback on this year’s championship team; Jim Erpenbach, center; and Jeff Kessler, lineman who probably will convert to back field next year. The co-captains were selected by a vote of their teammates. (Press photo November 13, 1975) 





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