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

Clark County News


February 10, 1938


Rain, thunder and electrical storm here on Saturday


Mild weather, melting snow and spring like temperature this week


Thunder and lightning accompanied a moderate downpour of rain here Saturday evening. The booming of the thunder and lightning kept on for some time, which is very unusual for a date as early as February 5th. Saturday had been warm with the streets and highways slushy from melting snow and ice, and light snow flurries preceded the rainstorm of Saturday evening.


Last week was marked by variations of over 50 degrees in the weather. The official thermometer showed 19 below Monday and Tuesday mornings, and some others over 20 below. The weather gradually moderated until by Saturday it was 35 above zero with water running on the streets like in the spring. Thursday also was a warm day, with light rain and snow fall and some lightning and thunder reported in towns in this section, but nothing like Saturday night, when a real thunderstorm blew in.


 County nurse health report


Neillsville School visits disclose valuable information


Miss Gertrude Clouse, country nurse, submits the following interesting report on conditions found in an inspection of the pupils of Neillsville public and parochial schools. Miss Clouse says:


“It was a pleasure to work with as fine a group of boys and girls as many of the youngsters are here. Many parents should be commended for the fine interest that they have taken in their children’s health.


I would like to point out a few facts regarding this inspection:


1. There were 341 children inspected.


2. A dental health inspection of each child was made by the dentists last spring. An accurate record kept. It was found at that time that several youngsters had had dental work done, but many still needed more work done. A comparison of that inspection with mine showed that 95 youngsters had had dental work done since last spring. That is fine. However, there is still more corrective work needed and should be done very soon.


3. Thirty-one of the 341 are not taking iodine tablets. I think parents should understand the iodine tablets are not a medicine, but a “food.” They supply iodine that our food and water lack. Every boy and girl in the entire school system should be getting them from the kindergarten on through high school.


4. There were many other defects that were found, among which were defects in vision. Eight of these cases have or are going to have corrective work done.


5. The schools here are equipped with scales, so that the youngsters can be weighed periodically. That is a good thing. The important factor in a child’s weight is that he gradually “gains” and not that he weighs as much as another boy of his same age and height.


6. The yellow slip that your youngster brought home is a report of my inspection.


7. If there is any question that you may have or any way that I may be of service to you, feel free to call me, says Miss Clouse. R.N., County Nurse.


 Huge timber wolf killed many deer


Hardy like three-legged wolf once at large in Clark County


A giant timber wolf, which eluded hunters for years in Bayfield County until recently shot by Dave Palm reminds Neillsville nimrods of a large 3-legged wolf which prowled over a wide territory in Clark County several years ago, having been tracked around Pray and as far north as Tioga, and many places in between. This wolf, which seemed to possess uncanny intelligence and probably lost a leg in a trap, was finally shot by Walter Dangers of Neillsville.


\The big wolf killed in the Eau Claire lakes region in Bayfield County was emaciated so it was nothing but a “rack of bones,” but it still weighed 103 pounds.


The wolf had been caught in a trap but escaped, dragging the trap with it. Palm followed the trail with dogs for days before he finally caught up with the animal.


Wilbur Smith, who also had been on the trail of this wolf for years, reported the animal has a head almost the size of a bear. He said while he was trailing the wolf last winter he found where it had killed two deer within a hundred yards.


February 5, 1948


Find horse


Miss Helen Sollberger has received a letter from Joan Rodolph, the little girl who was rescued and returned to her home near Denver, Col., last July by Helen’s father, Albert Sollberger, and his brother-in-law while they were on a fishing trip in the mountains near Denver. Joan, who is just 10, wrote that her horse (which they were forced at the time to leave in the woods) had finally been found by her father. In his searching for the horse, he had encountered a number of wild animals, including an elk, deer and a bear. The story of Mr. Sollberger’s adventure and the rescue of the little girl appeared in the August 14, 1947, issue of The Press.


In Thorp tourney


The Neillsville Athletic Association’s Green Hornets have been paired against the strong Unity Tigers in the opening round of the Thorp Moose basketball tournament opening in Thorp Saturday night. The Hornets recently defeated the Tigers in a tight game on the Armory floor.


Locals beaten Loyal High School’s pennant bound 3C conference team shellacked Neillsville High’s Cagers, 53 to 35, on the Armory floor Tuesday night.


February 1, 1968


Train carries them 1,779 feet along the track


Six occupants of an automobile–all residents of the Neillsville area–had a narrow brush with death at a rural railroad grade crossing Monday night; but they were more fortunate than most. They lived, all of them.


The station wagon in which they were riding, driven by James H. Mohr of Rt. 2, Neillsville, slammed sideways into an Omaha railroad freight train at the River Road crossing. It was carried for 1,779 feet along the tracks before it was released. The wagon remained upright throughout, although it was gouged and battered on the left side. All remained inside the vehicle.


Cut, bruised and battered when the accident occurred about 10 p.m. were


Mohr, the driver; his mother, Mrs. Donald (Mildred) Mohr; and four members of the Edwin Lloyd family, Edwin, 22, his wife, Beverly, 21, and their children, Tammy, two, and Cindy, one.


All except Lloyd required treatment at Memorial Hospital in Neillsville where they were retained overnight. Mrs. Lloyd and Cindy were released Tuesday afternoon; but others were held for further observation and treatment.



Six people of the Neillsville area, including two small children, escaped with comparatively minor injuries after the station wagon in which they were riding Monday night was carried 1,779 feet by an Omaha railroad freight train. The bottom picture shows the crossing, out of sight around the corner is the upper picture. The train contained 80 cars, was a through freight No. 71 from Marshfield to Altoona, and the trail crew was not aware of the accident until informed by local sheriff’s officers. By that time the freight had been split up and it was impossible to tell immediately what portion of the train the station wagon was attached to. (Press photo Feb. 1, 1968)


Local man, 88 to observe his 22nd birthday


Joe Struensee of Neillsville will observe his 22nd birthday this month.


Although he will be 88 years of age Mr. Struensee is one of those fortunate (or unfortunate, as the case and age may be) persons who was born on February 29, which comes around only every four years.


St. Mary’s pastor to observe 25 years as a priest


The Rev. George M. Nelson, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic church in Neillsville, will observe his 25th year in the priesthood Friday. On that day the children will have a day’s vacation. A mass of Thanksgiving will be said Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.


A more formal parish observation is planned for later this spring when roads and weather are more dependable.



Clark County’s law enforcement section became connected with the west central Wisconsin law enforcement network this week with the installation of a teletype machine in the radio room in the county jail. The teletype gives the sheriff’s office and traffic department direct wire connection with other units in the 20county district, and other units within the state network can be contacted through a statewide network. The picture above shows Sheriff David Bertz examining items received on the teletype machine, which will receive and send. (Press photo Feb. 1, 1968)


February 6, 1975


Animal world is colorful at preschool


A purple cow, a green dog or a blue elephant. Sounds like animals from another world but they’re only some of the toys the children play with as they attend school at Neillsville child care services. This week marks the beginning of the fifth year that the school has been in operation.


The preschool, a community project, began its enrollment with 12 three to five-year, increasing to the present enrollment of 42. The Neillsville child care services, inc., a nonprofit organization, is operated by parents and other interested citizens.


Mrs. Donald Strangfeld has been the teacher since the school’s inception in 1971. Mrs. May Counsell, from the Green Thumb, has been her assistant nearly all that time. In the fall of 1974, Mrs. Cora Noble was hired as second assistant.


The preschool helps the young child learn about such things as colors, numbers and ABC’s through games, art activities, seatwork and play. It helps each child find himself to realize that he is someone special. The child learns to get along with peers without losing self-identity.


The school is not a baby sitting service, but enriches the child’s early learning experiences beyond what is provided at home.



Officers of the Future Business Leaders of American, Neillsville Chapter, gathered around Mayor Kenneth Olson at the high school Tuesday morning as he signed a proclamation proclaiming the week of February 9,  “Future Business Leaders of America Week.” From the left those looking on were Lucretia Hediger, Peggy Trybula, Dawn Urban, Dean Schmitz, Linda Opelt, and their advisor, Mrs. JoAnn Chase. (Press photo Feb. 6, 1975)





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