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Clark County News


March 10, 1938


Alfred Spaete fire loss


Alfred Spaete suffered the loss of his Red and White store and meat market in a fire which destroyed the building last Thursday at Rice Lake. The loss is estimated at $20,000. Mr. Spaete was in business in Neillsville and later at Granton before going to Rice Lake five years ago. His brother, Paul, is in business at Granton.



Used car week here


Neillsville automobile dealers are cooperating in making National Used Car Week a success by offering many excellent bargains in rebuilt cars at attractive prices. The ads of Seif & Byse, Welsh Chevrolet Co., and Fred Stelloh appear elsewhere in this issue. Many now owning old cars are invited to buy better used cars that are guaranteed.



Orders coming in for maple syrup


Clark County Grade No. 1 proves popular in many places


Orders continue to come in for Clark County maple syrup guaranteed to be pure and grade No. 1 as handled through the office of the county agent. The new maple syrup season will soon be at hand again, and it looks as though the coming season will be one of the best yet for Clark County producers provided the crop is up to other years, which it likely will be.


A recent order for 78 gallons came from the head office of one of the large railroads in Chicago. Recently also two orders came from Spokane, Wash., one order of eight gallons from Anaconda, Montana, and a nationally known company at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, states that next December it is planning to send out hundreds of Christmas gifts of maple syrup. Many companies are also sending assorted gifts for Christmas which includes maple syrup, honey, cheese, and other Wisconsin products.



Thousands of catalogues


Nearly 10,000 catalogues, weighing 3 1/2 pounds each, were distributed in Clark County this week, making a total of over 30,000 pounds or better than 15 tons. Sears Roebuck distributed theirs by truck at local post offices, from where they went out by mail, while Montgomery Ward has a crew of men make house-to-house deliveries. The cost of this advertising to the two catalogue houses was over $10,000. They also use large advertising spaces in papers where they have stores.




Advertisement in the Press, March 10, 1938 issue



March 4, 1948


A new cheese plant is dedicated at Abbotsford


The formal dedication of the new cheese plant in Abbotsford was held on March 2. The cooperative, which erected the building, began its operations in Abbotsford in 1933 with 86 patrons. The organization now has 275 patrons and during the summer handled about 100,000 pounds of milk daily.



Raising 90-foot lighting poles


Project for the lighting of the Athletic Field gets under way here


Huge 90-foot poles for the fairgrounds athletic field were being set in place this week by a Northern States Power company crew.


The big poles, of western cedar, are being set 11 feet into the ground, and rise 79 feet above the surface of the playing field. The lighting equipment will be installed by a Whitehall contractor.


The first steps in the improvement of the fairground athletic field was the leveling and dragging of the field late last fall. The ground will be seeded down this spring.


The improvement work is a project of the Neillsville Athletic Association, of which Jack Tibbett is president, with the cooperation of the public property committee of the county board of supervisors. O.J. Warren of the town of York is chairman of the county group.




Reider Olsen, who came to Neillsville to manufacture fishhooks and turned his inventive genius to the problems of the dairy farmers, is shown above with his newly developed portable barn cleaner. It is the only portable unit of its kind made, and he completed it 30 days after starting work on the unit. (Press photo March 4, 1948)



February 29, 1968


Mrs. Helwig to head Seal Drive


 Mrs. Hazel Helwig of Greenwood has been named the 1968 Easter Seal campaign chairman for the city of Greenwood, Willard, and the rural area. The drive, which is sponsored by the American Legion auxiliary of Greenwood, will open on March 1 and continue through April 14, with auxiliary members as block volunteer workers in a house-to-house canvass.


Local Easter Seal organizations have taken leadership in “helping people,” children and adults, for over 40 years in Wisconsin.


In addition to local service, the state society operated Camp Wawbeek for the handicapped near Wisconsin Dells, and home craft outlets, which sell articles produced by home bound handicapped craftsmen.



Prayer Day service Friday


A “World Day of Prayer” service will be held Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m., in the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. The Rev. James Savides will speak on, “Bear One Another’s Burdens.”


The Rev. Savides of Eau Claire is the Northwest Wisconsin association president for the United Church of Christ.


Churches participating will be the Methodist, St. Mary’s Catholic and The United Church.


Ladies aiding in the services will be Mrs. Emilie Albrecht, Mrs. Evelyn Schwantes, Mrs. Vicki Grap, Mrs. Bernard Haas, and Mrs. Jennie Tufts. The organist will be Mrs. Dorothy Scott.


The Rev. W.C. Koehler will pronounce the benediction.


A free will offering will be taken.





The newest members of the Granton High School National Honor Society are pictured above following their initiation with other members of the society. Front row (left to right) are Bethany Tharp, Elaine Anderson, Eileen Garbisch, and Margie Schlinsog; second row, John Hillert, Linda Burkey, Colleen Angel, Diane Wegner, Linda Johnson and Terry Knutson. The new members are Colleen Angel and Elsie Garbisch, seniors; Diane Wegner, junior; and Linda Johnson and Margie Schlinsog, sophomores. (Press photo Feb. 29, 1968)



March 6, 1975


New Meter Maid starts rounds in city


Mrs. Wayne Turville has become Neillsville’s first woman employee of the city police department. She started February 17 and made her first rounds Monday, checking for overtime parking.


Mrs. Turville, who serves as secretary for the department and doubles as meter maid, has been employed under a federally funded CETA program. While working now in “civic,” the new department employee soon will be outfitted in the blue uniform of police officer.


The addition of Mrs. Turville to the staff will make it possible for the department to keep a better check on parking compliance, and, at the same time, will serve to release on-duty officers from the book work, which has kept them office-bound, and put them back on the streets.


Chief Walter Leggate said that Mrs. Turville will “make regular checks on overtime parking on the streets and in the city’s, parking lots each day.”


“Please remember,” he said “that parking meters are for the citizens’ convenience in order to provide a continuous cycle of parking place for shoppers. Without meters, certain people would use our main streets for parking so that the shopper would have to walk several blocks to shop in our stores.”



Soon to be in blue is Neillsville’s new Meter Maid, Mrs. Wayne Turville. During her first day and a half on the streets, she had tagged just slightly 100 automobiles for overparking. (Press photo March 6, 1975)



Letter mailed in 1972 finally is delivered


Mail service is known to be slow, but a letter mailed from Florida in March 1972, arriving in Merrillan in February 1975, is ridiculous.


Mrs. Freda McCorison, recipient of the late letter, received this letter of explanation from the Wichita, Ks., postmaster:


“Subject: Delayed Mail – The enclosed letter was found in a supposedly empty sack at the Wichita, Ks., post office. In view of the fact that your letter was mailed in March 1972, I thought this letter should accompany the mailing piece.


“I am sorry for the delay, and I hope it did not cause you undue hardship.”


Fortunately, it caused Mrs. McCorison no “undue hardship.”  





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