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Clark County News

January 13, 1938


Dirty milk at point


So much dirty milk has been sold at Stevens Point that over a dozen milk dealers were called on the carpet by the officials and many of them fined. Strict orders have been issued by the board of health, ordering the dealers to clean up or get out of business.


Four babies in home Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schroeder of Bloomer are the parents of four babies less than a year old. They had twins born recently, and eleven months before a set of twins was born to them.


Levis taxes The books are now in my hands for tax collection, and I will be at the Neillsville bank every Saturday during January and February to receive taxes, beginning January 22. Mike Johnson, Town Treasurer


January 8, 1948


Here are some of the “firsts” of the New Year in Clark County


The “firsts” of the new year 1948, included the following:


First deed recorded in the office of Henry E. Rahn, register of deeds, was a warranty deed transferring ownership of a farm in section 25, town of Butler, from Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Morrison to Albert Morrison. The deed was filed as the office opened at 9 a.m. Friday, January 2, by Atty. Everett P. Skroch of Neillsville.


The first marriage license application of the new year was made by Miss Doris Ruth Zerbel, 19, of Neillsville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zerbel of Humbird, and John K. Kleckner, 22 of Neillsville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Kleckner of Neillsville. They plan to be married Wednesday, January 7, in Neillsville by the Rev. N.J. Dechant, pastor of the Zion Reformed Church.


The first wolf bounty was claimed by Frank Lipkie of Augusta, who brought five mature timber wolves into the office of County Clerk Mike Krultz, Jr., to make the bounty claim. He shot them in the town of Dewhurst on December 30. This is the largest group of wolves brought in by a single man in one day in the memory of old courthouse hands. The bounty is $20 per wolf, paid by the state. So Mr. Lipkie stands to get $100 for the five.


The first grey fox claim was made Saturday, January 3, by William Rieder on a mature fox taken in section 16, town of Weston. The bounty is $5, half of which is paid by the state, and half by the county.


First automobile accident reported in Clark County was a three car affair which occurred in Thorp before the new year was an hour old.


Capt. William Nelson of the county highway police reported that cars driven by Bud Schroeder of Cornell and Tommy Broda of route one, Thorp, collided; then the vehicle driven by Schroeder swerved and rammed into the rear of a parked car belonging to Donald Volk of Stanley.


All three cars were damaged, as well as a light pole; but no one was injured. The car Schroeder was driving belonged to his brother-in-law, Dr. E.J. Mittermeyer of Cornell.


January 8, 1968



Advertisement in the Press, (January 8, 1968)


Forerunner of car of the future? County native has prize in 1914 electric auto


Paul Hemp, a native of Neillsville and widely known as an antique auto collector at Rochester, Minn., has had much attention paid to one of the latest in his collection of old automobiles in recent weeks.


It is a 1914 Detroit Electric, which runs on a 14 heavy duty six volt batteries costing about $400 and lasting about two years. The reason for the attention paid to this car is that electrically powered cars may become the auto of the future as engineers study ways of controlling air pollution.


Hemp, who is a contract expediter for a variety of manufacturing concerns, operates the Hemp Old Vehicle Museum, located six miles west of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on the County Club road. Related to several area families in and around Neillsville, and a constant booster of his Old Home Town, Hemp says he acquired a love for antique vehicles while a youth in Neillsville working as a “country mechanic.”


Hemp explained 20 different companies made electric cars from 1914 to 1925 when the gasoline engine came into the widespread Strobel, a staff writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, did a piece on Hemp and his electric car. We reproduce her story here:


In the future, electric cars might carry motorists in cities across the country.


However, this won’t really be an innovation, because such a vehicle is in existence now–and one is owned by a Rochester area resident.


The proud possessor of a 1914 Detroit Electric is Paul Hemp.


The shiny black electric auto on view at the Hemp Museum cost about $4,500 when new. It originally was owned by the millionaire Louis Hill family of St. Paul and since has passed through the hands of several antique auto collectors, including the late Cedric Adams, well known Minneapolis newspaper columnist and broadcaster.


Present car manufacturers now are studying the feasibility of once more making electric autos to cut down on air pollution and noise in cities. But most believe any wide use of such a car is at least 10 years away.


Auto buff Hemp believes an electric car is practical only for use in town.


In 1914, an electric car was a status symbol. Hemp’s car has a plushy interior with swivel seats for passengers and miniature vases for holding fresh flowers. The car has a bell instead of a horn.


Hemp says his electric car will travel about 50 to 75 miles before the batteries need recharging. Its speed ranges from 15 to 18 miles per hour.


“But” he comments, “most of the rich old ladies who drove them in the old days used to glide along at 8 to 10 m.p.h.”


Hemp added he now is negotiating with one of the country’s large battery manufacturers for his particular car. He said he plans to use the vehicle from time to time this year.


The Hemp Museum attracts thousands of visitors each year with its display of about 60 early American motor cars, horse drawn vehicles, tractors and antique musical instruments.


Among Hemp’s rarest cars is a Model F Ford, forerunner of the Model T– a two cylinder eight horsepower auto with bucket seats. It is one of the few which exists in the nation, he said.



Paul L. Hemp, Neillsville native, beside his recently acquired 1914 Detroit Electric. The car is battery operated and one of the 60-plus early American motor and horse drawn vehicles at his Antique Vehicle Museum just west of Rochester, Minn. (Press photo January 8, 1968)


January 9, 1975


Warriors down Altoona, 6660, for 81 record


A strong bench again was the trump card as Neillsville High School’s cage team defeated Altoona High, 6660, on the Railroaders’ court Tuesday.


It was the warriors’ second victory over Altoona this season, and marked the opening of their post-holiday campaign.


Employing a fast break and mixing their defense, Coach Ken VanDam’s men held a narrow 3231 lead at the half, but trailed. 5347, at the three quarters mark. They held Altoona to seven in the last period while putting together a 22point spree in the finale to cop the win.


Jeff Vine and Scott Meihack led the Warriors scoring with 14 each; Brian McKevitt hit for 10.



Dean’s list students


Dr. and Mr. John W. Foster of Neillsville have received word that their sons, Greg and John, have been named to the dean’s list at their respective schools.


Greg Foster is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.


John Foster is a second year law school student at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.



Signs right: New Year baby could be spoiled


All the signs are right for Memorial Hospital’s New Year Baby of 1975 to be spoiled rotten.


She’s Sandra Lea Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Curtis of Rt. 2, Loyal.


First of all, she’s the youngest in a family of nine children. Next her “youngest” sister is Lisa who is 11 and a sixth grader in the Greenwood schools. Then, she’s the aunt to another youngster, Sonya Degenhardt of Wichita Falls, Tex., who is three years’ her senior.


And, if it still makes a difference, she’s a girl.


Sandra was born at 6:05 p.m. January 2. She weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces at birth and was 20 inches long.


Her daddy is a licensed cheesemaker at the Bletsoe Dairy at Christie; and of course, he and his wife, June already are grandparents.


Of the eight brother and sisters of Sandra Lea, two are married. Douglas, 22, lives with his wife in Spencer; and Carla is the mother of Sonya, and her husband is in the air force.


Others include Carroll, Jr., 18, who works on Rt. 3, Marshfield; Chester, 17, who was to take an army physical examination the day after his new sister was born; Cheryl, 16, a junior at Greenwood High School; Cathleen, 15, a sophomore at Greenwood High School; and Pamela, 13, an eighth grader in the Greenwood schools.


New Year baby at Memorial Hospital is Sandra Lee Curtis, pictured above with her mother, Mrs. Carroll Curtis of Rt. 2, Loyal. The photographer was assisted in taking the picture by Miss Paula Mueller, superintendent of the hospital’s nursery. It was the 31st New Year baby she has assisted the Press photographer in preparing to put on film. (Press photo, January 9, 1975) 





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