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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon. Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News

January 27, 1938


Feed the game birds


The recent spell of warm weather which caused ice to form and then followed by the subzero weather of January 26 has proven very bad for game birds. Many farmers are placing corn, preferably two ears hung over lower fence wires, as feed.


 Expensive hunting


Julius A. Winter of the town of Dewhurst was arrested Friday on a charge of having in his possession a doe hide and deer head during the closed season. A fine of $50 and costs or 60 days in jail was imposed by Justice A. E. Dudley. Being unable to pay the fine, Mr. Winters is serving his time.


 Dog mothers pigs


Otto Schmidtke of the town of York recently gave Julius Rennack of Fremont a litter of tine motherless pigs which Mr. Rennack planned to raise by the bottle-feeding method. Just before acquiring the pigs the Rennacks disposed of six puppies and their dog, Belle, still heartbroken over her loss, came to the rescue and assumed the role of mother of the pigs, her services being entirely voluntary.


Dance and floor show at Club 10, Feb. 3


Wolgast’s All Electric Orchestra and three ritzy floor shows will feature the first annual Tavern-Keepers Ball to be head at Club 10 Thursday evening, February 3.


Prizes will be awarded to the couple dancing the Big Apple best, to the heaviest tavernkeeper and one coming farthest and others. The general public is invited to the dance. No admission charge.


January 22, 1948


Check lights, county officers warn motorists


County law enforcement authorities this week warned motorists that lighting systems on all vehicles must be in proper operating condition for night time driving. This means, they said, that the tail light must be in operation, that both headlights must light, and that trucks must have proper clearance lights.


40 below at Neillsville


The government thermometer in Neillsville hit 40 below early Saturday morning, January 17, 1948. It was the coldest in the memory of most local residents, but not as cold as some of the old timers tell. In the pioneer days the reckoning was not by government thermometer, and so the stories must be taken with allowances.


It was so cold Saturday morning that the fuel oil congealed in the outside tank at the George Freezy home, 132 Twenty-first Street. The fire went out and the Freezys were compelled to pour hot water over the connections before their oil heater went to work again.


Temperature reported from Merrillan was -44; from Hatfield, -42.


Silver dollars are used in Guard payroll here


More than 700 “cartwheels” are distributed Monday; have red sticker


More than 700 silver dollars were turned loose in Neillsville Monday night when the local Service company received its first pay since reorganization.


Attached to each “cartwheel” was a red sticker to indicate that the coin had come into the community as a part of the national guard payroll. By this means people of the community will be able to gain some impression of the financial value to the city of the Service company.


The total payroll amounted to $944.99, of which $166.83 went to out-of-town officers connected with the company, according to Capt. Hallie Gault. The remaining $778.16 was distributed to local members. The payroll covered the period of September, October and November.



Advertisement in the Press, January 22, 1948


January 11, 1968


Flu bug slows, school absences here indicate


An outbreak of respiratory infection which hit the Neillsville area about a week ago appeared to be waning, if school attendance can be used as a measuring stick.


Wednesday school authorities reported absences “down to about 75,” as compared to 147 Tuesday in the high school and junior high school. These figures compare with a normal daily absence of from 35 to 40.


Whether the illness represented an attack of the Asiatic flu virus which has been reported in several locations of the nations was a moot question. In so far as The Press was informed, no tests to determine the type of virus has been made; and identification of the Asiatic virus requires laboratory testing.


The Neillsville area appeared to be harder hit by the current infection than the surrounding communities. Supt. Ivan W. Lauscher reported that superintendents of Granton, Greenwood and Loyal schools had informed him Tuesday that absence from classes in their schools was not greatly different from normal.


Because of the unusual amount of respiratory infection, Memorial Hospital and Memorial Home late last week were closed to visitors and remain closed. John R. Bergemann, hospital and home administrator, said that the ban will be continued as long as the respiratory illness is prevalent in the area.


Burglary at Owen school


Approximately $100 in cash was taken, and damage running several hundred dollars was done when the Owen-Withee High School was burglarized sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.


Deputy Dan Patey reported that the money was taken from the vault, entry to which was made knocking a hole through the cement block vault wall. The hole was made in the same location as that made when burglars gained entry into the vault there about a year ago. Entry into the building was made by forcing a double door; and access was made into the area by forcing the top portion of a split library room door which connects to the office area. The discovery was made about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Owen’s Police Chief Adolph Haavisto called the sheriff’s department immediately.


Humbird skater makes his annual “crossing” of lake


In the low winter sun a long dark shadow flashed across the frozen waters of Lake Emerson at Humbird. It stopped, turned, and gracefully flashed back across the lake, a symbol of youthful exuberance. The shadow’s “owner” was William F. Hein, celebrating his 85th birthday day taking his annual ice skate on December 21.


“Too many to remember,” Hein replied to the question of how many birthdays he had skated across the lake on whose shores he was born on the cold December morning in 1882.


“Some of my young friends have never seen skates like mine,” he said as he removed the clamp-like blades from his boots and cleaned them, “so they will be ready for my 86th birthday next year.”


“I also intend to swim in Lake ?? next summer,” Hein said. “I haven’t missed swimming in the lake each year since I started to swim over 75 years ago.”


Hein is a retired rural mail carrier serving the Humbird area for over 22 years. Prior to becoming a mail carrier, he operated the Humbird Roller Mills, located on Lake Emerson. He is an amateur photographer and in the early 1900’s was the proprietor of the Humbird photography studio.


Hein and his wife Kittie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary October 2, 1967. The Heins have two children, a daughter, Mrs. Roy (Beth) Jeffrey, of Scott City, Kans., and Col. Neil F. Hein of Chipita Park, Colo.



Wm. Hein, Humbird (Press photo January 11, 1968)



Neillsville Kiwanis officers installed at the club’s meeting Monday night, are pictured above. Michael Bogumill, Neillsville High School science teacher, was installed as president. Vice president is Harold (Bud) Aschenbrenner (left), and Secretary-Treasurer is Dale K. Armitage (center). (Strack photo January 11, 1968)


$2,500 damage at Sherwood


Fire broke out for a second time in the Sherwood store Tuesday night, resulting in an additional $500 damage before it was extinguished


Smoke and fire damage estimated at approximately $2,000 was done to the living quarters on the Sherwood store, 19 miles southwest of Neillsville on Highway 73 about noon Tuesday.


Fire damage was confined to the kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom, but smoke damage was extensive throughout.  

It was believed that an accumulation of lint in the hot air duct became overheated and ignited.


Fire departments of Granton and Pittsville responded and kept the fire from spreading further.


The building is owned by Lloyd Ziemendorf of Rt. 1, Pittsville, who leased it and the Sherwood store about six months ago.




Since Sunday, when the postal rate increases went into effect, it has been costing a person five cents for a penny postal card on which he can say his two cents’ worth.


January 23, 1975


Job service office established here


Newest office in the courthouse is the job service office of the Wisconsin Employment Service.


The office is in temporary quarters on the fifth floor of the courthouse, with Mrs. JoAnn Hoffman and Mrs. Coonie Ennis, both of Greenwood, in charge. The office is to be relocated on the first floor after a switch of sheriff’s and civil defense offices are relocated in the county jail.


The Neillsville Job Service office will take applications of those seeking employment. Additionally, its members will contact business and manufacturing in Clark County in an effort to uncover job opportunities. Applications of those seeking jobs will be serviced throughout the state by the department’s computerized job listing system.


Employers needing help may contact the Neillsville office. Any seeking information may call 743-2542.


At present, Mrs. Hoffman said, the local office is not involved with unemployment compensation claims. These claims are still being processed every Wednesday in Neillsville and Owen. Claims also are being serviced daily at the Marshfield office of the Wisconsin Employment Service. The local office is under the supervision of the Marshfield office.


Single copies of Press will go to 20 cents


For several months past, The Clark County Press has resisted indicators that dictate an increase in the price of single copies of its publication. Like virtually all of the newspapers of the state and nation, however, it had determined that it must succumb as a matter of survival.


Therefore, with the first issue in February, two weeks hence, the price of a single copy of The Clark County Press will be 20 cents, on the newsstand and from carrier boys. In making the increase effective, The Press will be one of the last publications to do so.


As most are well aware, the cost of newsprint had climbed precipitously to $254, and is expected to reach $300 per ton by June 1. The cost of chemicals, film, labor and other factors which go into the making of a newspaper also have risen.





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