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Clark County News

January 17, 1938


A ranger station near courthouse


Building 24 by 30 to be built facing on Sixth Street


A ranger station will be built by the Clark County Forestry Department at the northeast corner of the courthouse lot, facing Sixth Street, construction to begin immediately.


It will be a frame building, 24 by 30, with partial basement and will house an office, a garage and storage room. A fine fireplace will be built of Clark County field stone.


The O & N Lumber Co. had low bid on the material and Art Carl the bid on construction work.


Creamery refuses to sign up with unions


The eye of the cooperative creameries in Western Wisconsin were on Richland Center last Monday when the stockholders of the creamery in that city voted unanimously to support their directors in their refusal to sign a contract with the American Federation of Labor. The directors of the creamery had previously voted to resist to the last ditch any effort to unionize the employees and truck drivers of their creamery.


Golf champ hubby of former Stanley girl


Johnny Revolta, husband of a former Stanley girl, Irma Crane, and from whom several Stanley young people took their first lessons in golf down at the Chippewa Country Club, is the acknowledged champion of American professional golf players. He won this proud distinction over the weekend by defeating all contenders, former champions and claimants for the position which he now occupies. In addition to being the best shooter he is the greatest money maker in the game, having won more than $5,000 in cash prized during the past two months.


Comparatively unknown, an amateur, youthful, when he came to the Chippewa links, he has worked untiringly and consistently to attain the goal which he now occupies. Hard work, clean living and intensive study have won fame for Revolta.


February 12, 1948


Estimates beaver “take” at 200 in Clark County


Beaver trappers, now plying their trap lines in Clark County until the 10-day season closing, February 19, will take about 200 blankets in Clark County, in the estimation of Game Warden Alva A. Clumpner. The last season in Clark County was in the spring of 1946. In the years prior to that, Mr. Clumpner said, the beaver population was pretty badly depleted here, and it has not returned to any great extent during the last two years.


Expect capacity crowd to hear Governor speak


A capacity crowd of about 200 persons is expected to hear Gov. Oscar Rennebohm when he comes to Neillsville Monday night, February 24. The governor will speak at a banquet meeting in the Masonic Temple under the joint sponsorship of the Neillsville Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.


Cancer clinic


A free cancer detection clinic will be held at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, Saturday, February 14, between 9 and 11 a.m.


Homemaker meets are planned for this county


The next project lesson for Clark County Homemakers will be “curtains and draperies,” Miss Helen Wurthman, county home agent, announces.


Center meetings are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, February 18, Neillsville; Thursday, February 19, Loyal; Friday, February 20, Abbotsford; and Tuesday, February 24, Withee.


All clubs in the Chili center will be scheduled for individual meetings, Miss Wurthman said. Members attending center meetings are requested to bring one yard of muslin, squared, and sewing supplies.


February 8, 1968


Peaceful slumber shattered as car hits her house


Mrs. Margie Tomlinson, elderly Christie resident, was awakened out of a sound slumber early Sunday morning by a rendering crash


She investigated, trembling at the thought of what she might find, and found that her house had been struck squarely by an automobile.


The house is located on the west side of Highway 73 at the road called “Chapel Lane,” just north of the Hediger Dairy in Christie.


Sheriff’s officers took Edward Florkowski, 55-year-old resident of Rt. 1, Thorp, into custody. They charged him with drunken driving and with driving without a valid driver’s license. He was held in the county jail under $160 bond awaiting court appearance.


Officer Dale Schultz, who investigated the mishap, reported that a car had left the highway as it traveled southward, traveled 54 feet on the west shoulder, then went 126 feet across the west highway ditch and slammed into the Tomlinson house.


Florkowski suffered chest and nose injuries. He was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment, then was removed Tuesday morning to the county jail.


County’s Legion Auxiliaries to aid in campaign


The American Legion Auxiliaries of Clark County will take an active role in the 1968 Easter Seal campaign, it was announced by Otto T. Steffensen, president of the Easter Seal Society of Wisconsin.


“People Have Got to Help People,” is the theme of this year’s campaign which will seek funds to support Easter Seal services. These services included direct purchase of appliances and care, Camp Wawbeek for the handicapped at Wisconsin Dells, Homecraft Shops selling articles produced by the home bound handicapped, and research.


The Easter Seal campaign will begin on March 1 and continue through April 4, Easter Sunday.


No way to cut the cost


There’s no way to stint on an expression of fondness anymore.


Postmaster Mike Krultz, Jr., pointed out to Valentine card mailers this week that:


“It takes six cents (postage) to mail a greeting– sealed or unsealed.”


Buys Jacob farm


Jerry Opelt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Opelt, has purchased the Paul Jacob farm in the town of Weston. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob plan to move March 1, into their house on Hewett Street, in Neillsville. The farm has been owned by the Jacob family for 72 years.


County men are named to board


Two Clark County men, and one from Alma Center, were elected state directors of the Wisconsin Independent Livestock Dealers and Auction Markets association. Serving in that capacity from district one are Peter Panek of Thorp and Leo Stewart of Withee, from Clark County; and Ray Laufenberg of Alma Center.


The directors will meet in Stevens Point February 10 to elect officers.



A pile of petitions containing 1,589 signatures and seeking greater protection at rural grade crossings, is displayed here by Mrs. John Slachetka, safety chairman for the Clark County Homemakers Association. With her is Miss Brooks Rector, Clark County home agent, who has been assisting in the project. Several petitions still are outstanding and will swell the total number of signatures. (Press photo Feb. 8. 1968)



Selected as outstanding junior member of the Clark County Holstein Association this years was William Toburen (left) of Greenwood. He is shown receiving a trophy emblematic of his achievement from Keith Stump, of Distinction Farm at Greenwood, which annually provides a trophy for this purpose. The presentation was made during the annual association meeting in Greenwood Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Extension Service photo Feb. 8, 1968) 


February 13, 1975


Opelt downs men; picks up championship


The Neillsville Warrior wrestling team won a fifth place standing in twelve team competition during the annual Cloverbelt conference tourney, held in Gilman last Saturday. The single champion from Neillsville was Wayne Opelt in the 105 pound class.


Standings at the end of the tourney saw Colby taking the top-ranking slot with 77 points, followed by Loyal with 73, Cadott with 61, Stanley-Boyd with 51 and Neillsville at 43.


Other rankings farther down the line gave Gilman 39.5, Greenwood 32, Fall Creek 19.5, Owen-Withee 15, Cornell 8.5, Thorp 3, and Altoona 2.


Those from Neillsville who placed high in team’s total points included Opelt, who nabbed the conference championship by pinning three during the muscle test and beating another grappler in a 15 to zero match.


Kip Beck took a number two position in the 98 pound class while Ken Friemoth also took second in the 112 pound class. Dave Brey nabbed a third ranking in the heavyweight competition.


The Neillsville wrestlers move on to sub-regional action on Thursday of this week at Wisconsin Rapids.


Emergency loan meet scheduled for Clark County


Farmers in Clark County who have not already submitted their applications for 1974 emergency load are invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, February 19, in the courthouse auditorium at Neillsville at 1:30 p.m.


The purpose of this meeting will be to explain the emergency loan program and forms needed to be completed by farmers when they apply for an emergency loan.


The emergency loan is to reimburse farmers for crop losses due to the drought from June 1, 1974, to August 15, 1974, and early frost on September 1, 2 and 3 of 1974. Farmers who have not applied may call the Farmers Home administration office at the courthouse. (Telephone 743-3166) and an appointment form will be sent to them.


Girls drop first conference game to Owen, 57-34


The Warriors girls’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Monday night when Owen-Withee snowed them under by a 57-34 score. The loss plunged Coach Marsha Walters’ quintet into a tie for the eastern Cloverbelt title.


Diane Trimberger led the Warrior offense with 14 points.


The girls’ jayvees, however, squeezed out a 43-40 victory in triple overtime in the preliminary. Jan Moennig led the scoring with 20 points.



In present times, farmers have lots of questions. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shaw, town of York, are seen asking some of those farm questions. Answering is Ken Karnitz. The questioning tool place at the first annual farm city display, two-day event recently held in Neillsville and sponsored by the local Farmer’s Union Co-op. Over 31 displays were available for rural and urban study and were directed by four local staff salespersons and 27 others from throughout the Midwest. Held at the Neillsville American Legion hall, the event drew over 1,000 people. According to sponsors over 1,500 dined on pancakes and sausage during the event. Obviously, a few ate more than once. (Press photo Feb. 13, 1975)




Carl, Revolta, Crane Clumpner, Rennebohm, Wurthman, Tomlinson, Hediger, Florkowski, Schultz, Steffensen, Krultz, Opelt, Jacob, Panek, Stewart, Laufenberg, Opelt, Beck, Friemoth, Brey, Walters, Trimberger, Moennig, Slachetka, Rector, Toburen, Stump, Shaw, Karnitz





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