December 6, 2023, Page 9

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Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI



December 6, 2023, Page 9


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Clark County News


December 8, 1938


City residences dress up for visit from Santa


Neillsville homes were taking on the holiday atmosphere during the last week, as many residents entered into the spirit of Christmas by decorating in competition for worthwhile prizes to be awarded to winners of the home decoration contest sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the Northern States Power Co.


Lighted evergreen lawn trees and special decorations of many sorts were being planned and constructed in virtually every residential district of the city, and because of this, Neillsville undoubtedly will be one of the “best dressed” cities of its size in the state over the holiday season.


The judges, who will make their final tour of the city in a short time, will be forced to make “hairline” decisions in awarding the prizes. First prize will be a complete toaster set, given by the Northern States Power Co. Other prizes will be awarded by the two civic organizations.




Reporters’ Santa Claus comes a few days early


The Santa Claus who sometimes has a package for tired and struggling reporters paid an early – although violent–visit to The Clark County Press office Tuesday noon.


He wasn’t the kind of Santa Claus who comes down a chimney with a big bag filled with toys and whatnots. Nor did he wear the customary red costume, trimmed with soft, white fur.


Rather, he had a nice, glistening white panel truck.


And he tried to push it right through the front door.


Now, reporters wear themselves out chasing from one end of the county to the other to “cover” automobile accidents–or they wear out their shoes and good humor chasing after the chief of police or traffic officers to learn details of a mishap.


But here was a case where the “mountain came to Mohammed,” and chipped off a few bricks in the doorway.


As for the story. That’s simple:


Julian (Bud) Rockman of Barron parked his battery company sale truck on the pavement in front of the post office, a few doors up the hill, south of the office. He went inside the post office.


The car, driverless, whooped it down the hill, rammed into and felled the streetlight in front of Pete Warlum’s shop, and whacked smack dab on our door stoop.


The car was slightly damaged, as were Mr. Rockman’s feelings when he came out of the post office and saw his wayward vehicle. The brakes, which Rockman said had been set, apparently had given away.


Well, thanks, Santa!


And, if you, too, have accidents, your kindly consideration of reports will be appreciated.




Move to reestablish a CCC Camp at Globe


A move to have Camp Globe CCC Camp re-established for the purpose of carrying on fire protection work in the county forests of Clark and Eau Claire counties, was started by the board of supervisors at their final session last week.


The board passed a resolution to petition the state conservation department to “use every means at their power to have Camp Globe reestablished and manned with a full quota.” The resolution pointed out that the camp site is a “strategic location” for a camp from which reforestation areas in the two counties could be carried on.


Camp Globe was abandoned last December.



December 16, 1948


New-fangled snow plow opposes industry


Davis Parry has a new snow plow. And, while D.E. Peters, Neillsville school superintendent, probably doesn’t believe it’s an instrument of the devil, he does think it is a deliberate roadblock to educators.


The new snowplow rests on wheels, and is pushed along by handles extending upward in much the same manner as those of a garden cultivator. A snow scoop is attached at an angle, where it can scrape the snow to the side.


When it arrived the other day, Mr. Parry took it outside in front of his home and gave it a practice workout. Mr. Peters, looking from his office window across the street, saw the strange gadget, He called his secretary, Mrs. A.C. Covell, to make sure he wasn’t seeing things.


With her confirmation, he scurried out of the high school and confronted Mr. Parry:


“No wonder we school men have so much trouble teaching “industry to students” he declared!




Lutefisk lefse supper Saturday at Legion Hall


Preparations are being made to handle a crown of hungry lutefisk enthusiasts Saturday night at the American Legion Hall. This is the night of the Legion’s lutefisk lefse supper, which Commander Hans Brandy of the Legion post hopes will become an annual affair. The preparation is under the supervision of Mrs. John Gullickson, who has a wide reputation in this area for their lutefisk, and aiding her will be members of the auxiliary and some Legionnaires. Serving will start at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until all are served. The serving will be homestyle.




Notice to Santa Claus: Terry has a new name


The Harold Ziegler’s have a special reason for quiet celebration among themselves this Christmastide. Harold Ziegler has just received final adoption papers for Terence Eugene Heintz, Mrs. Ziegler’s six year old son by a former marriage. The project has been one that has been anxiously awaited by all three, Terry, also, having expressed his desire to “have the same name as mother.”


So this Christmas Santa will look for Terry Gene Ziegler, when he begins his nocturnal rounds.




December 5, 1968


Shoplifting to be subject of meeting tonight


Shoplifting will be the subject of a meeting to which all area businessmen are invited tonight (Thursday) at the courthouse in Neillsville, starting at 8 p.m.


The meeting will include a panel discussion: District Atty. Norman Saracoff, a representative of the sheriff’s department and others included on the panel. Businessmen will be able to get answers to their questions on handling of shoplifters and other points of question from the panel members.


Proceeding the panel discussion a film on shoplifting, produced by the state chamber of commerce, will be shown. The film is 20 minutes long.


The meeting is sponsored by the University Extension office through the businessmen study group which has been meeting in recent weeks. County Agent Arvid Dopp will be in charge.




Deer kill down by 13 percent


Deer kill registrations were down in Clark County by approximately 13 percent, with still a few more to be reported, according to Robert Dreis, area supervisor at Black River Falls, said Wednesday afternoon.


The registration for the county stood at that time at 2,522 deer–1,467 of them legal bucks and 1,055 party deer.


This figure compares with 3,056 bucks and party deer registered in the county last year.


While Clark County’s registered kill was lower by 13 percent, the average for the 15 county west central are of which Clark is a part, was down overall by seven percent.


The fact that the registration was less here “was by design,” according to Dreis. He pointed out that the number of party permits in two area locations were cut in half this year as a means of “managing” the deer herd in the area.


“It was a good kill, and there still is a good supply left,” he commented.




Wins two firsts in Chicago show


At the Chicago International Horse show in Chicago last week, a Neillsville equestrienne road off with two first place awards in some of the toughest horsemanship competition in the nation.


She is Tammy Van Gorden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert C. Struble and a student at Neillsville. Tammy last Saturday rode her three-gaited chestnut gelding, Charming Billy, to the bridal path championship in the afternoon, then returned in the evening to take the equitation championship on the same horse in the 1517 year-old class.


Many horsemen look upon the Chicago International Horse show as “the court of final authority” in the horse show world. The wins give Miss Van Gorden national stature in this field.


She also is Wisconsin saddle seat champion equitation for 1968, having won this honor in October.


In addition to Tammy and Charming Billy, Mr. and Mrs. Struble took “Dixie Denmark,” a five gaited chestnut mare, to the show. She will be shown in competition Friday by Don Brockman of Neenah, her trainer. Dixie Denmark is another of the Struble stable.




December 4, 1975


Santa Claus shop opens; gladdened 600 children


Since 1970, the annual Clark County Santa Claus shop has provided gifts for children of the county who would otherwise have a very dismal Christmas. The first year, gifts were made available to about 200 children.


In 1974, over 600 children from low income families received gifts through the Santa Claus shop. Reaching the goal of $1,500 plus gift donations made possible the large covering of needy children. The 1975 Christmas season appears to have as many children facing an unhappy holiday season. Generosity and concern from the entire county community will be the answer to the question, “Will this be a bleak and unhappy Christmas, or will the children be greeted on Christmas morning with a gift to remind them of the great gift of love mankind received on the first Christmas morning?”


Banks throughout the county have been requested to place a Santa Claus shop box in their lobbies for placement of donated gifts. Volunteers will collect all the gifts from the bank lobbies on December 12. Donations of cash can be made payable to “Santa Claus Shop,” and mailed to Miss Toni Gaffney, treasurer, 1407 Hewett St., Neillsville, WI, or to Mrs. Helen Miller, chairman, Rt. 3, Neillsville, WI.


All the work of the Santa Claus shop is done by volunteers of Clark County Department of Social Services. All of the gifts and funds contributed are used for gifts for children, age infant through 17. Children who receive the gifts are members of families served by the Social Services department, and any other children of exceptionally low income or distressed families.


Anyone knowing of children in need of the Santa Claus shop gifts can write Mrs. Jean Deminsky, volunteer services coordinator, Social Services Department, Neillsville, WI, giving details and addresses




Granton pair in short course


Two young men from Granton are among 236 from the state and areas outside who have enrolled in the farm and industry short course at the University of Wisconsin Madison, which is now underway. They are Jeffrey Eibergen and Leroy Hasz. The course started November 18 and will continue until March 13.





For some unknown reason, hundreds of pigeons congregated atop an elevator at the Neillsville Farmers’ Union Coop on Tuesday of this week. Each of the four facets of the roof was covered with the swarming birds, some fighting for additional room while others circled the mob scene in a perpetual landing pattern. The birds are often seen around the community’s feed mills but winter winds bring them from far corners of the city to squabble over discarded feed. The roof is truly a “pigeon paradise.”.(Press photo Dec. 4, 1975)



There was plenty of smoke, but “practically no damage” last Thursday afternoon when a Clark County highway department truck used to haul road oil caught on fire. The fire apparently started when a gas burner used to heat the oil in the tank ignited some overflow oil. About all that it did was to burn old oil from the truck and tank, according to Marvin Hemp, county highway commissioner. (Press photo Dec. 4, 1975)





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