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Clark County News

January 20, 1938


Junior C. of C. Plans an active program for year


The Neillsville Junior Chamber of Commerce, which is planning a dog derby for February, another series of Wednesday trade days next summer, to keep everlastingly plugging for city swimming pool, a kiddies Christmas party again next December and a lot of other things, started a new publication this week, the J.C. C. Bugle, which is edited by Wagner and Sullivan. The officers names are prominently displayed being Jake Hoesly, president; R. Larson, vice president; Everett Skroch, secretary and M. Svirnoff, treasurer.


The Junior Chamber of Commerce started March 3, 1937, with 35 members, and on December 31 the roster showed 107 members in good standing. That is a fine showing for a city that size of Neillsville and indicates that the membership committee has been on the job in a big way.


The editors remind the officers that the weather has not been cold enough this year to serve as an excuse for not attending meetings regularly. They ask for 100 percent attendance. Another suggestion made is for a ladies auxiliary.


The Junior Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Neillsville City basketball team, but the attendance doesn’t show it enough the Bugle says. The team is deserving of all the backing that can be given.


The slogan of the J.C.C. right now is “A Neillsville Swimming Pool by 1939.”


Thorp bank job by Brady gang


$2,631.79 on Dalhover is turned over after confession


That the notorious Al Brady gang held up and robbed the Thorp bank last summer has been established by admission of James Dalhover, last survivor of the gang, that they pulled the job. Dalhover was the only one of the three members of the gang who escaped death when they were shot down by G-men at Bangor, Maine, October 12. Dalhover is under sentence of death to be executed April 8 for the killing of a state trooper.


Confession of his part in the Thorp bank robbery resulted in $2,631.79 found on Dalhover being turned over to the Maryland Casualty Co., which had the burglary insurance on the bank. It will be recalled that the Thorp bank officers at the time stated they were quite certain the Al Brady gang had pulled the job there, and identified members from pictures printed in the newspapers.


Lynn Telephone Co. has 174 patrons Jan. 1


The annual statement of the Lynn Telephone Co., compiled by Secretary Irwin Grassman, shows that receipts for the past year amounted to $4,040.65 and the total expenditures totaled $3,996.54. The company paid up some of the old obligations during the year as well as current bills. Quite a number of improvements also were made during the year. The number of telephones in use was 174 and during the year 13 new patrons were added and 3 disconnected. The directors are Henry Winters, Otto Handtke, Alfred Drescher, H. Braatz, Wm. Wagner, H. Schlinsog, treasurer, and Irwin Grassman, secretary.


Scouts enjoy sleigh ride


About 40 Neillsville boy scouts and girl scouts held their annual sleigh ride Saturday evening, as was told by the cheers and ringing sleigh bells.


After the ride the young people met at the school, where they enjoyed hot chili, prepared by Ellen Marie Kearns and Jeanne Kurth. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moldenhauer chaperoned the party.


January 15, 1948


$50,000 fire at Taylor village


Tuesday blaze wipes out the Hanson Block, with food and variety stocks A fire at Taylor Tuesday morning wiped out the Hanson block at the main business corner of the village, destroying the stocks of the Eugene Hanson Red and White store and the Johnson variety store. Aggregate loss is placed at $50,000.


The fire was discovered at about 5 a.m. It rapidly developed to the point of threatening the entire business district. The Blair fire department early joined the Taylor department, and apparatus also responded from Hixton, Ettrick, White hall and Black River Falls. By the time the last four departments had responded the fire was under control, the loss being confined to the one business block.


The second story of the brick structure was occupied as living quarters by the Eugene Hanson and Orville Olstad families. The seven members of those families escaped into the zero weather in their night clothing, after the fire warning had been given by a passing Winona truck driver. The Hanson family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Hanson and their two children, 10 years old and four months old respectively. The Olstad family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Olstad and their child of three months. The fire broke out in the rear of the building, presumably from defective wiring. Because of the location, it was possible for Merlin and Elwood Woodhull to remove the front of the basement a small stock of eggs and the equipment which they use in their egg handling business. The loss of the Hansons, the Olstads and Mrs. May Johnson was practically complete. The blaze was so hot that it broke windows in the buildings opposite.


Granton’s Cagers trim Neillsville High, 46-32


Granton High School’s Cagers took Neillsville into camp here Tuesday night by a score of 46 to 32. Playing before a jampacked opera house crowd, the Bulldogs took a five point lead in the first period, and held to it during the second quarter. The halftime score was 22 to 17. Granton put on a little more steam in the third quarter, scoring 15 points in that stanza while holding Neillsville to five; and coasted to victory in the final frame. M. Bartsch, forward, and Helm, guard, were top scorers for the evening, with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Bradley Larsen, forward, and Glen Lazotte and Bill Puttkamer scored all except one point of Neillsville’s 32. Larsen accounted for 11, and Lazotte and Puttkamer made 10 each.


Dairy caravan here


The Dairy Caravan now touring Wisconsin will be in Neillsville March 1 and 2. The caravan includes demonstrations and displays of labor-saving farm devices.


Play at Thorp Sunday


The Thorp Moose Cage quintet and Neillsville’s Green Hornets will play their postponed game at Thorp Sunday afternoon, according to word from Pat Soderberg, Thorp coach and manager. The game originally was scheduled for last Sunday, but was postponed.


January 8, 1968


New Year baby arrives seven minutes after ‘68 begins


The new year baby of 1968 at Memorial Hospital in Neillsville is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ratsch of Rt. 2, Granton. He waited until the new year was about seven minutes along before making his appearance, and at the time the picture above was taken on Tuesday, he had not been named. The little tyke came into the world at seven pounds, four ounces. He has a brother, Steve, who is five years and four months old. Hi parents live on a farm, and hit father divides his time between farming and a factory job in Marshfield. His mother is the former Adeline Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson, of Rockford, Tex., and Rt. 2, Granton. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ratsch of Rt. 1, Greenwood.



New Year baby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ratsch,

Granton, arrived seven minutes after ‘68 began.

 (Advertisement in the Press, Jan. 8, 1968, photo)


Other firsts Included among the “firsts” of the city were the following reported by City Clerk William Gallagher: First to pay real and personal property taxes: L.J. Kluchesky and Mayor John C. Brandt; and first t pay dog tax, Police Chief Lawrence Drescher.




Advertisement in the Press, Jan. 8, 1968.


January 16, 1975


Chief tells of old guns


In what caught members of the Neillsville City Council by surprise, Walter Liggert, city police chief of less than a few weeks and members of the community’s police and fire commission participated in a demonstration of present equipment for city officers.


Mayor Kenneth Olson stated during and after the presentation, “The situation is deplorable.”


Liggert showed revolvers, holsters, hand guns and other equipment now in use by city officers and explained to the amazed councilmen the various problems with the equipment.


It was pointed out that although the present equipment is still usable and the handguns are deadly, much of the present equipment is beyond the state of repair. Commission chairman W.H. Allen told the council holsters, belts and cuff cases that were worn, revolvers that jammed or had overused bores, cuffs that were outdated and other items.


Liggert then told the council that approximately $1,000 would be needed to replace the items as a matched unit. The council hearing the figure stated their interest to go “all the way” and purchase a complete set of personal equipment for each officer, bringing the total to near $1,200.


Winter carnival unveils new events for this year


A longer Neillsville winter carnival is being planned for this year, according to event co-chairman Craig Lindsley and Richard Tibbett, with the event running from Sunday, January 26 through Sunday, February 2. Last year’s carnival began on Tuesday and finished on Sunday.


Two new events will be added to the roster of the carnival which includes broom ball games and a snowmobile rally race.


Each year the Neillsville event brings local families together to participate and watch in the various winter events, permits some of the elder loggers in the area to show their soon to be gone skills, and opens the doors to snowmobile racers from throughout the mid-west.


In the new broom ball event, a game similar to hockey with the exception that players do not wear skates but do hit a puck (ball) with household brooms to score points, is scheduled for Monday evening, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. Tentative plans call for the game to be played at the new Neillsville tennis courts on the city’s south side, located in Schuster Park.


The events scheduled include in their chronological order:


Sunday, January 26 - Snowmobile rally event, Clark County Fairgrounds 11:30 a.m.


Monday, January 27 - Broom Ball, Schuster Park, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 30 - Annual Snowmobile Torchlight Parade, 8:00 p.m., Clark County Fairgrounds.


Friday, January 31 - Retail merchants special promotions, all day. Entry deadline at 5:00 p.m. for snow sculpturing contest. Wood cutting contest, city parking lot, 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 1 - Children’s bowling, Silver Dome Lanes, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Snowmobile drag races, starting at 10:00 a.m., located at last year’s location, northwest of Neillsville near Hoppa’s Corners. Snowmobile grand prix races, 12:30 p.m., at site of drag races. Children’s skating, 1:00 p.m., followed by children’s skiing competition at 2:30 p.m.  






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