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Clark County News

November 24, 1938


Silver Wedding observed by Town of Grant couple


Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hake celebrated their silver wedding anniversary Saturday evening, November 19, at their home in the town of Grant where they have lived continuously on Mr. Hake’s home farm.


They married at St. John’s Lutheran church in Neillsville by Rev. H. Brandt. Three children were born to them: Thelma, Mrs. Albert Mashin, Pine Valley; Dale and Viola at home. They have one grandchild.


Sheepshead served as the night’s amusement. The women’s prizes were won by Mrs. Joe Urlaub, high, and Mrs. Orin Eastman, low, and the men’s prizes went to George Frei, high, and Rush Hake low. A plate lunch was served, and the guests of honor were presented with a plate of silver dollars.




Deer hunters return with big bucks and huge tales


Thousands of Clark County, Wisconsin, and out of state hunters committed assault on the deer population in 30 counties of the state–including Clark County–and tramped the wood and marshland for bear in 21 counties, during the last week.


Although reports of tragic accidents were forthcoming from many parts of the state, Clark County, up until press time, had held clean its no-serious accident record of the last two years. Hopes were high that the slate could be kept clean for the remainder of the season, which draws to a close at sundown Friday.


With the starting of the season last Saturday morning, the state conservation department turned 250 game wardens loose in the hunting territory to attempt to enforce the hunting laws. The fact that the wardens were active in Clark County is indicated by at least two arrests for violations in the vicinity of Neillsville.


Wardens were active in the county before the legal “zero hour.” They were brought out to investigate the killing of a fawn west of the city on Highway 10. The animal had been presumably killed, skinned and quartered on the highway sometime Thursday night. The skin and other waste was left beside the pavement. Whether the fawn had been killed by a bullet or struck by a car could not be determined, the officials said.


Hunters who roamed the woods and marsh land on the south and west boundaries of Clark County reported hunting fairly good on Saturday; but relatively poor thereafter. A good snowfall to aid in tracking was needed. After the first day, the bucks apparently were driven into the marshes and could not be driven out, according to some hunters. However, fawns and does were plentiful–if that helps any, according to hunters.


The deer hunting brought the usual wealth of stories–about the shot that got ‘em; and just plain down-to-earth stories about bagging the game. The Clark County Press relates for what they’re worth a few of the stories told to its reporters:


Everybody knew the story was true, not because Dr. Rosekrans is the duly elected club liar, but because the buck had been seen by several persons on the streets of Neillsville.


But something of a damper was put on the proceedings, when Don Peters gravely reported that the neck of his buck showed distinct marks of a halter. Dr. Rosekrans attempted some sort of an explanation of the halter, but the last shot came from James Musil, the president of the club, who had a theory of his own. He suggested the interesting possibility that the markings of the trees, instead of being evidence of a horn sharpening operation, were made by a tie strap.


Being a good hunter and a wise man, Mr. Campman took no part in the deliberations.




Bagging his buck put Joe Wavrunek, clerk in the register of deeds office, on a “spot–squarely between his wife and his boss. Before he left Friday night Joe promised the horns–if he shot a deer–to his boss, Henry Rahn. He got the deer in the town of Butler about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Mrs. Wavrunek saw the antlers and informed Joe, she wanted them. Joe is still puzzled as to how the situation should be handled. In the party with Joe were Capp Collins, Raymond Collins, Joe Cesafsky and Emil and Richard Maslanka, all of the town of Butler. At last advice they still were hot on the trail after their bucks.




J.M. Clark, 82 year-old father of Mrs. L. M. Millard, just couldn’t resist the hunting urge any longer after his son in law brought back a fine 140pound buck from the woods west of Pray, in Jackson County. Mr. Millard bagged the buck about noon on the first day of the season. By Monday night Mr. Clark had himself all talked up to buying a license and “going out there to show these young whippersnappers how it’s really done.” Louis Slock, supervising teacher, was hunting with Mr. Millard when he shot the buck.




Dr. Rosekrans, whose practice kept him so busy Saturday and Sunday that he could not indulge in his favorite sport, hunting, and made good use of his second-best love, storytelling, and chief among them being the weight of his imaginary buck. After being weighed in relays, one leg at a time, the animal tipped the stillards at 520 pounds.




December 2, 1948


 Warriors stave Granton’s rally


Outlast fourth quarter drive to win, 25 to 21, Tuesday night; Stanley here


Neillsville High School’s Cagers staved off a last quarter rally here Tuesday night to hang up a 25 to 21 victory over Granton High before a packed Armory crowd.


When Granton’s Bulldogs put on the steam at the start of the final period, the Warriors held a 19 to 11 lead. With Schumacher and Jahnke, guards, sparking the drive, the Bulldogs racked up 11 points in the stanza, and late in the period threatened to draw abreast of the Warriors.




Goblins who stole the Sexton to be published


Press announces Dickens story as the feature of Christmas issue


The story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton will be published in the Christmas issue of The Clark County Press. This is a Christmas story by Charles Dickens. It tells of Christmas eve at Mr. Wardle’s, and how Mr. Wardle’s mother brought up the matter of the goblins and Gabriel Grub, the sexton. Wardle tried to discount the story and to get away from it, but Mr. Pickwick insisted upon hearing it. So Wardle told it, just as he has learned as a boy.


And it is because the old lady mentioned it, and because Mr. Pickwick insisted upon it and because Mr. Wardle remembered it and because Charles Dickens wrote it down that The Press is able to present it as the leading feature of the Christmas issue, which will appear just prior to Christmas day.




November 21, 1968


“Buck for Buck” Registrations nearing close


Entries will close at midnight tomorrow (Friday) in the annual “Buck for a Buck” contest sponsored by the Neillsville Lions club.


Tickets are available from any Lions club member and from Hinkelmann’s service station, which has been designated as the official registration station.


While two major prizes are designed to interest mainly hunters, four other prizes are offered on drawing and may be won by those other than buck hunters.


The “Buck for a Buck” contest provides a prize of a Winchester Model 94 carbine for the deer registered by an entrant in the contest with the largest antler spread; and a 28-quart Coleman cooler for the smallest legal buck registered.


Drawing prizes are an Aladdin out kit, hunters’ mittens, two pairs of Wigwam wool socks and a Nite Hawk lantern.




Look for lower legal buck kill


The red shirts are coming,


Starting Friday, red clothed men will begin taking over the cities and villages of Clark County as they gird for the annual assault on the area’s whitetail deer population.


If past experience is valid, less than one out of six will be successful in making a legal buck kill. Another season with a party deer law in effect, however, should serve to reduce the number returning home with a “skunk” at the close of the nine day deer season. Deer have been more than normally scarce to the sight of lookers in recent weeks.



Military news


Gary L. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence F. Miller of Rt. 3, Neillsville, has been promoted to airman, first class, in the air force. Miller is a liquid oxygen specialist at Clark AB, Philippines. He is a 1967 graduate of Neillsville High School.




November 20, 1975


Deer killed by autos can now be taken home


If you’re driving down the highway and suddenly a deer jumps in the path of your automobile, you probably are joining the ranks of 400 other motorists in the county each year.


According to the Wisconsin DNR and game warden Gary Gurske, approximately 400 deer are killed each year after colliding with autos on federal state, county and local byways. But a recently enacted state law will allow drivers a little more than a damaged auto all in the form of venison.


The new law states that any deer killed by an auto shall be released free of charge to the motor vehicle operator.


Under old regulations, drivers who struck and killed a deer were usually not too responsible in reporting the accident to authorities. Some of the deer were soon found by traveling law officers while others were beyond the state of any use. Under the new regulations, deer killed by auto must be tagged by a warden or any law enforcement officers designated by the DNR. No fee is to be charged for such a tag.


Warden Gurske stated that deer killed will be taken to rendering plants for disposal if not claimed by the vehicle driver.




“Largest” white pine just a dwarf really


Speculation that the “largest” white pine in the state is located in the town of Adams, Jackson County, was exploded this week with a search of state forestry records.


The big Jackson County tree, which measures 44.5 inches in diameter, is a dwarf beside the largest on record–a tree in the Brule River State Forest, which has a trunk diameter of 68.5 inches, and a circumference of 17 feet, 11 inches.


The Jackson County tree is believed to be at least 150 years old, reaching 97 feet into the air. Its crown width measures 61 feet.





Buying the first package of popcorn, being sold by the Neillsville Cub Scouts, was Kenneth Olson, mayor of the community. The boys started their drive with the mayor’s purchase and will utilize the proceeds in various projects. The scouts are Jim Trunkel, in the center and Rick Mayer. The popcorn sale begins officially this Friday, November 21, and ends on Saturday, December 6. Over 40 boys will be working on the junior marketing. (Press photo Nov. 20, 1975)





Scott Meihack appears to be playing soccer on the basketball court in this shot taken during the recent Neillsville versus Black River Falls basketball game. Scott, number 44, along with a Falls players were coming down from a near miss by one of the Neillsville players. Assisting for Neillsville in the action were number 32, Jeff Vine, and number 40, Tim Voigt. (Press photo Nov. 20. 1975)  




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