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Clark County News

January 6, 1938


Pavements glare ice


Highways throughout the state were covered by a sheet of ice over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Thousands of people went to traveling by trains instead of using their autos. Between Eau Claire and Augusta 65 cars were in the ditch, and almost everywhere cars were in ditches or wrecked.



Neillsville plays Black River Falls here January 14


First conference game by local co-champs of Valley Conference last year


Neillsville will play Black River Falls at the Armory here Friday evening, January 14, in what promises to be a bang-up, snappy game of basketball from start to finish, with plenty of action. This is the first conference game (Mississippi Valley Triangular) to be played at Neillsville in defense of co-championship honors shared last year by Neillsville. The game starts at 8 p.m.


Black River is expected to have a tall, rangy team, if one is to judge by the football team of last fall, and while it is not known how strong they will be, indications are that there will be plenty of thrills for the spectators.


There will be a fast preliminary game between the Neillsville Junior High and Black River Falls Junior High teams.


The Neillsville High School band under the direction of Richard A. Becker will play during all intermissions. An added musical attraction will be singing by the Glee Club under the direction of Miss Elkart at the half time intermission.


Faster and more thrilling action marks basketball games with the elimination of the center jump and puts the emphasis upon individual playing. This makes the game more interesting for spectators. Those who have not yet witnessed a game this year will enjoy seeing Neillsville and Black River Falls in action under the new style of playing.



Lynn Township pioneer died after long illness


John P. Breseman, who had been a resident of Clark County for 50 years, passed away at the home of his son, William, in the Town of Grant at the age of 79.


Mr. Breseman was born in Washington County, Wisconsin, in 1858. When a young man, he worked on the Mississippi river boats. After his marriage to Miss Pauline Beer April 27, 1886, he settled on a farm in the Town of Grant. Here the couple lived until 1918, when they moved to Granton, where Mr. Breseman operated a shoe repair business and after the death of his wife on Feb. 13, 1930, he retired and lived with his children.


Deceased held a number of town offices and also served on the school board. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, where the funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. J.G. Buth officiating.


Three children survive him: Mrs. Richard Anding, Altoona; William E. Breseman, Granton; and Mrs. Henry DeKarske, Belgium, Wis. He also leaves four grandchildren, one greatgrandchild, two brothers, Henry Breseman, Chili, and Theodore Breseman, Town of Lynn, and two sisters, Mrs. Emil Lindow, Town of Lynn, and Mrs. Kate Yorkston of Neillsville. Six of his nephews acted as pallbearers; Raymond Lindow, Ed Lautenbach, Edward Breseman, Louis Breseman Walter Schlinsog and Arthur Lautenbach.



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Fire loss to former Neillsville resident


The Menasha Record of Dec. 29 reports an early morning fire on that date which wrecked a Main Street business place. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dudei operated a confectionery store in the west portion of the building and Mr. and Mrs. Watters a restaurant in the east half. Mr. and Mrs. Watters also occupied an upper flat. The fire gained considerable headway before the Watters family was aroused, and they were forced to flee in their night clothes.


The Watters family had been there but 8 weeks, going to Menasha from Oshkosh. They continued their business at once in a large room of a hotel until the building can be repaired or another location presents itself. Mr. and Mrs. Dudei will also resume their business as soon as possible.


Both families were former Neillsville residents, and their many friends here will be grieved to learn of their loss.


January 1, 1948


Curtiss tot falls from car; is treated here


Dennis Laabs, 2, was treated in Neillsville on Christmas day for a head injury suffered when he fell from the moving car of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Laabs of Curtiss.


The accident happened about 10 miles north of Chili, when Dennis apparently fell into a snow bank from his back seat perch, and then rolled onto the highway.


The Laabs family was driving Christmas guests to their homes in Chili and Neillsville when the accident happened.



Property transfer slow during the past month


Deeds recording the transfer of property in Clark County slowed up during December, as is customary at this time of year, after a year of property turnover approaching record proportions.


Included in the few recorded at the office of the register of deeds were:


The transfer of ownership of all buildings belonging to the Dairy Belt Cheese and Butter Company in their property in section 8, town of York, to H.F. Magadanz. The property is an old cheese factory, which Mrs. Magadanz will raze.


The purchase by Myron Anderson of lot 7, block F, of the village of Withee for $550 from the Luella M. Bestel estate, through William I. O’Neill, administrator.


The purchase by John E. Smith for $3,825 of lots 16 and 17 of the original plat of Thorp village from the Anna Oberle estate, through H.E. Trewartha, administrator.


The purchase from Lavon and Lawrence Wilson of their property in section 21, Town of Mead, by the Thorp Finance Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson reserved a life estate on the property. The deed carried $1.10 in federal revenue stamps.


And the recording of an easement granted by Amanda Dormady of the town of Hewett, granting E.H. Snyder permission to maintain a private roadway across her property in section 10 of that township.



Arthur Carls receive nicest Christmas present


It’s a granddaughter; the E.E. Harts also mark December as tops


The Arthur Carls had the nicest Christmas present of all–a granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ray of Neillsville on Christmas morning. The little lady weighed six pounds and three ounces. She has been named Sherri Lee. Her mother is the former Marian Carl.


Another family of Neillsville which looks upon December as a special month is the E.E. Hart family. Mr. Hart is a Christmas “present” of 46 years ago; Mr. and Mrs. Hart were married on December 26; their children were born in December, Barbara on December 13 and the twins, Sally and Jane, December 30. And making the month especially noteworthy to Barbara is the fact that she parted company with her appendix in December 1947.



 Five local men named to scholarship group


Five Neillsville men have been named by D.E. Peters, city school superintendent, as members of the Oscar Rennebohm University Scholarship Fund. They are Victor Anderson, David Parry, A.L. Devos, Dr. M.C. Rosekrans and James A. Musil.


The scholarship fund will provide for a number of $300 scholarships at the University of Wisconsin to needy high school graduates who would not otherwise be able to continue their education. Besides financial needs, other requirements include scholarship standing, personality and character.


Nineteen students have already received Rennebohm scholarships.


January 1, 1968


Chessboard has 14,284 pieces of wood


Ask people around Lynn, Chili, Greenwood, Neillsville, or there abouts in Clark County, if they know a Leo Sternitzky. They’re liable to answer, “You mean the fellow who made that chessboard?”


Seventy-five-year-old Leo Sternitzky of rural Lynn has been a carpenter for well over a half century, but during the depression years of the early 30’s even a skilled carpenter found he had more spare time than work.


Leo, a blue eyed, whitehaired, quiet appearing man, said, “I had at one time made a small table with a checkerboard on top using two kinds of wood, poplar and black walnut. That’s the checkerboard table over there in the corner with the lamp standing on it. As you can see it’s just a simple checkerboard design, like any board you can buy. In 1931, when I had so much spare time, I decided I wanted to make a chess board, but one of my own design.”


“I started out by making designs on paper and on little pieces of wood. I also wanted the design to be the result of miniature pieces of wood pressed and glued together. The colors in the design would be the natural colors of the woods I used.”




“I got so involved,” he chuckled remembering, “that next thing I knew it would be midnight, or even later, and my wife would be reminding me to come to bed.”


The finished chessboard which took two years to make, is 22 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches. It consists of 14, 284 pieces of wood with 76 pieces in one square and a total of nine different kinds of wood.


“My Uncle Will in California sent me the nutmeg wood: he recalled. “I got the ebony from some old organ keys and the other wood I used was black walnut, sumac, poplar, birch, maple, mahogany and cherry, which I had or was easy to get.”


At first glance, the board seems to be brown and cream colored, but looking closer, it seems to consist of shades of brown, cream, yellow, orange and even a little green.


The chessboard is glued to redwood to keep it from warping. This chessboard and the tabletop checkerboard have appeared at Clark county fairs, and has been sown at a social center in Milwaukee.



Leo Sternitzky displays product of infinite patience (Press photo Jan. 1, 1968)



January 2, 1975


City gets $167.77 while police aid Santa Claus


Nine area children probably received a special present this Christmas. The costs of those presents did little to dent Santa’s pocket book as the Neillsville city police department took on the role of Santa’s helper.


The presents, all bicycles, were recently sold to the highest bidders by staff of the Neillsville police department, under the supervision of retiring Police Chief Bill Perrine.


The bikes had remained unclaimed after being recovered throughout the city. Police investigations in the city, county and neighboring communities turned up nary a bit of evidence to allow the bikes return to property owners and the unclaimed two wheelers grew in number to nine.


Chief Perrine, in an effort to aid incoming Chief Walter Ligert on January 1, decided that just prior to Christmas was the best time to offer the bikes for sale on a bid basis.  Twentynine citizens agreed with him and placed the written bids with his office, opened on the Saturday before Christmas.


The bids ranged from a low of $2.00 to a high of $46.00 for English style racing bikes that were among those viewed by the bidders.


A total of $167.77 was raised in the sale, all of it being turned over to the city of Neillsville.



City crew tries to make ice rink; casualties are one man, tractor


A city crewman was injured, but the city’s tractor and snow plow were saved from the icy waters of the pond at Listeman Park, on the city’s northside, Friday afternoon.


Narrowly escaping serious injury and worse, Eddie Tresemer was struck by a heavy logging chain which slipped from its cable hook as the tractor was being pulled from the pond. The flying chain narrowly missed city engineer Francis Laatch and Wayne (Bill) Oldham of the city crew, who were standing beside Tresemer.


Tresemer was taken to Memorial Hospital where his injury was checked. Those who saw the accident felt Tresemer was fortunate not to have had a leg bone fractured.


The city’s tractor went down just as Oldham was finishing the plowing of the pond for ice skating. A wrecker was called, and a pair of heavy logging chains were hooked onto the front of the tractor to pull it out of the pond.




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