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

Clark County News

April 1, 1938


Baseball season will open here Monday


In one of the earliest baseball games ever played here, the Neillsville Flyers will open their 1938 season against the Future Farmers team of the high school in a seven-inning practice game at the fairgrounds Monday afternoon, April 18, at 2:30 p.m.


Several who will play with the Flyers during the season are expected home for the Easter holidays to play with the team. This is the first year that a baseball team has been organized at the high school in many years. There will be no admission charge.


The Neillsville Flyers will hold practice at the fairgrounds Friday evening at 6 o’clock.



Taylor County plans second flowage lake


As a preliminary step toward the development of a second flowage, the Taylor county recreational committee last week authorized a survey of the Miller dam area on the Yellow River, north of Perkinstown. The first water ran over the new dam on the Mondeaux River in north central Taylor County Tuesday, March 22. The dam built by WPA, creates a flowage having 25 miles of shoreline, grass grown to the water’s edge.



Cockleburs are poisonous


Farmers are warned that sprouting cockleburs, when only two or three inches tall, are very poisonous. Animals often lose their lives by feeding on that tender weed.



District poultry plant


Three hundred farmers from Chippewa, Barron and Dunn counties met at Chippewa Falls to discuss the building of a cooperative poultry processing and storage plant.



Seek driver of a truck which was wrecked


A light truck belonging to Robert Quinnell of Neillsville was found overturned and abandoned, six miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10, in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Traffic Officer Harry Frantz said that an employee of Mr. Quinnell was being sought for questioning in regard to the accident.


The vehicle was found by the officer as he patrolled the Humbird to Neillsville highways. It left the road and overturned in the ditch. The top and front of the vehicle were damaged.


Neillsville Jottings


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wood and son Donald have returned from a 7 week tour of the western states. They spent a lot of time in Hot Springs, N.M. and Phoenix, Ariz. Due to Mr. Wood’s ill health they plan to return again to Arizona to make their home after they have disposed of their personal effects.


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lipscy left last week for Missouri following a visit with Mrs. Lipscy’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swann.


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elmhorst of Granton were guests Sunday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Converse, Pleasant Ridge.



State Board approves plans for water plant


The plans for a water plant for Neillsville have been approved by the state board of health. The approval was received by City Clerk Brandt on Tuesday of this week. The plans as made by the Davy concern of La Crosse met with general acceptance, modifications being suggested in only two unimportant particulars.


With the approval of the plans, the city of Neillsville will face the problem of the use to be made of them, and this problem will be the responsibility of the new council, chosen this week. The plans were made with the expectation that construction would follow. Before that can be done, however, there are important preliminaries.


The first condition will be the attitude of the council. This council will decide whether to proceed in the manner contemplated by these plans, and whether, if so, construction shall be undertaken soon or postponed to a time regarded as more favorable. Construction, when undertaken, will necessarily be financed by an issue of bonds. The cost has been roughly estimated at $150,000.



 Advertisement in the Press, April 14, 1938 issue.



April 11, 1968


Youngster spells “mediocre” to win city spelling crown


George Ouimette, an eighth grade student, had to be more than mediocre to win the city elementary school spelling bee last Friday afternoon, to win his way into county competition.


George will represent Neillsville’s elementary school in county competition here Friday, April 26. The winner of this spelling bee will go to Madison to compete in the state bee May 11.


“Mediocre” was the word George had to spell correctly to clinch the city spelling title. First runner-up was Valerie Jensen, and second runner-up was Emery Halbrader.


Other contestants in the Neillsville school contest were Jean Jordahl, Gary Lukes, Eunice Mohr, Patsy Thoma, Darla Kaczor, David Zimmerman, Carol Runge, Judy Munkholm, Linda Diers, Tom Wahl, Kathy Oldham, Paula Potts, Donna Schultz, Laura Counsell and Mark Dopp.


Daniel O’Connell, elementary principal, acted as pronouncer, and Mrs. Anne Svetlik and Mrs. Donald Schiell acted as judges. Schools which will send representatives to the contest here April 26, in addition to Neillsville, include St. Anthony’s Catholic School at Loyal, Colby public schools, Greenwood public, Thorp public, Owen Elementary, St. Mary’s Catholic School of Neillsville and St. Mary’s Catholic School at Colby.



Lake, canal back to normal levels


Lake Arbutus and the canal at Hatfield were back up to normal spring level this week as the Northern States Power company completed repair work on the canal gates. Francis Duffy, one of the powerhouse operators, told The Clark County Press that the repair work was completed, and the gates were closed last Thursday. The repair work required between two and three weeks. The level of Lake Arbutus was not affected by the drawdown for the canal gate project. Rather, the lake was held at low levels normal at this time of year because of spring runoff, Duffy said.



Nellie Van Gorden dies at age 87


Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church in Alma Center at 2 p.m. Saturday for Mrs. Harry (Nellie) Van Gorden, 87, a former Neillsville resident, who died Tuesday afternoon in Jackson Home at Black River Falls.


Mrs. Van Gorden, the grandmother of Richard H. and Heron A. Van Gorden, and Mrs. Charles Wasserburger, all of Neillsville, had been in failing health for the last five years. She had resided in the Jackson Home for the last year; and for the four years previous had been in a home at Westby.


She was born Nellie McCullough near Toronto, Ont., Canada, and moved with her parents onto a farm in the Hixton area when she was 18 years of age. She was married to Harry Van Gorden in 1902.


Surviving are two sons, H. Bruce of Black River Falls, and Archie H. of Jupiter, Fla. Nine grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren also survive,



Winner of the State Crops Judging title in Madison Monday was Gary Zschernitz (center) son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zschernitz of Rt. 3, Neillsville. The Neillsville crops team places third in the state in team ratings. In addition to Zschernitz, the team placing third was composed of Dennis Sischo and Ronnie Ormand. Their instructor is Richard Quast. (Press photo April 11, 1968)


April 10, 1975


Bedrock may offer water


There may be water after all in the area around Neillsville and enough to satisfy the growing demands of the community.


This was the thought expressed by Tom Jordan, Madison based vice president of Perry Carrington Engineering Company, the city’s contracted consulting engineers, at the Tuesday evening session of the city council.


Jordan told the council that recent findings have lead water seekers to hope that an unusual rock structure in central Wisconsin might lead to the location of suitable water supplies for many communities. He explained that the entire bedrock of the area around Neillsville is covered with a particular type of sandstone but that the bedrock itself might be the answer.


The city is presently faced with the problem of an increasing water need and a static supply of water from the Black River. The council was wrestled with the problem with no apparent solution at hand.


Jordan stated that in geologic times of millions of years ago, prior to the deposit of the sandstone, the bedrock was the surface of the land. Environment produced channels in the bedrock from water drainage. Subsequently, the channels filled with glacial outwash and then were covered with the sandstone. He pointed out that there have been several instances of locating water in these channels.


The difficulties arise in locating the bedrock channels. The Black River valley area has never been mapped to include the bedrock channels, but they are believed to exist. The council was also in receipt of a letter stating that a recent offer to sell the American Stores building, known as the condensary, on the 800 block of Hewett street for $10,000 to the city was being withdrawn by the owners. Council members learned that a “plan was being developed” by private concerns to use the building. The definite type of business was not known by the council.


Eerie, white light believed a meteor


The whole of Clark County, and a large area around, was lit up by a brilliant, ghostly white light about 5:45 a.m. Friday; but most folks missed it.


It was seen by Byrl Buddenhagen, Neillsville night police officer, by Alvin Ziegler of Neillsville, and by Jake Cantrell of Fairchild, maintenance superintendent at the Neillsville post office. There probably were others who saw the light; but these were not reported to The Clark County Press.


All three described it as a “flash of white light that lit up the sky, and all the area around.” Actually, it was reportedly seen in a 15 state area through the center of the United States.


“It was there just an instant, and then it was gone,” Buddenhagen said.


Both Cantrell and Ziegler, however, said the light was produced by a large ball and was followed by a flaming tail, like a meteor.


Almost immediately afterward, police in several area cities were flooded by telephone calls concerning the eerie light.


“It was seen from La Crosse to Cornell,” Buddenhagen said about 10 minutes after he had seen the flash of light. “There was a report that smoke had been sighted somewhere around Cornell. The guess was that is was a meteor which fell into the earth’s atmosphere.”


A Milwaukee astronomer said the Friday morning’s meteor was probably the size of an apple, and that it entered the earth’s atmosphere about 80 miles above the earth’s surface.





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