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Clark County News


April 21, 1938


Frosty Kurth confirmed as postmaster here

The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed the appointments of thirteen postmasters in Wisconsin, including Louis (Frosty) Kurth of Neillsville. The nominations had been sent to the senate by President Roosevelt about ten days previously.


Other nominations included Perlee W. Dickey of Black River Falls, Helen A. Tuttle of Balsam Lake and Frank N. Scherer of Kohler. 


Cruise down river ends on rock for local boys

Navigation opened up Friday noon on Black River when Bob Dwyer and Snowball Meyer struck out for Hatfield via rowboat, launching their craft just below the Grand Avenue bridge.

A large crowd of spectators gathered at the harbor to bid them farewell and then hurried to the Black River bridge to watch them pass under, thence south to the Cunningham bridge for a last view of the daring Holt-LaRue wave gliders.

They coped with the situation gallantly until a rock down near the Herian farm got in their way and upset the vessel, landing the pair in the icy depths of the river Dame fortune or some such miracle chose for them one of the few spots where walking ashore was possible.

Thus, the urge to cruise downstream to the lake was nipped in the bud (hats off to their bravery), and the desire for adventure arrested for a spell.


Smallpox warning by district health officer

Although to date there has been no smallpox reported in Clark County, many of the neighboring counties have a great deal of smallpox and 30 cases were found. At the present time, in Stevens Point there are at least six cases of smallpox. In Marshfield there are two cases of smallpox. On April 19, there were two cases of smallpox discovered in Jackson County. To date there has been one death from smallpox reported in the state. If adults or children have an eruption of any type it would be advisable to consult the family physician to make certain it is not smallpox. The Wisconsin State Board of Health recommends smallpox vaccination every seven years, and re-vaccination during epidemic periods and when smallpox is prevalent in the surrounding area. 


April 15, 1948

Arbutus scout camp is enlarged to 22 acres

New lease is signed to expand camp area by about 20 acres

A lease covering a 22-acre site for the Neillsville scout camp was completed here Tuesday, John Mattson told Rotarians Tuesday evening.

The lease covers the two-acre plot of the original scout camp and increases the area of the camp on Lake Arbutus by approximately 20 acres. The enlarged camp area has a shoreline of about 1,055 feet, he said.

The land belongs to the Wisconsin Valley Public Service company, which owns the Hatfield dam. It has given a 10-year renewable lease, which is now in the hands of Herbert Smith, chairman of the scout camp improvement committee, which was formed about a year ago. 


Granton high seniors in annual class play

Granton High School seniors presented their annual play. “Fixit, Incorporated,” in the village hall last Friday night.

The cast included: Merle Bartsch, Edward Herzog, Mildred Erickson, Jane Crothers, Ray Gluck, Susan Moeller, Wendell Storm, Virginia Nickel, Mary Jennings and Edward Todd. 


Jeeps and other equipment received by guard here

The largest consignment of equipment to date was received last week by the local national guard service company.

The equipment included 11 vehicles: three new Jeeps and 8 quasi-new 2 1/2-ton trucks. Also included were: two air compressors; mechanics’ tool sets; electric drills and grinders; an electric welder; wrecker equipment; and a drill press.

Receipt of the equipment will make it possible for the company to broaden its scope of training. 


Neillsville Jotting

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Thompson entertained at a birthday party for their son, Jerry’s fourth birthday last Wednesday evening, April 7. Those who were entertained at a seven o’clock dinner were Mr. and Mrs. George Reindel, Mr. and Mrs. William Reindel, Mr. and Mrs. Cy Reindel and son, Donnie, and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Reindel and daughter Sandra. Little Jerry has a brother Billy, who is six years old. There are four generations. Bill and Jerry Thompson are the great grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. George Reindel of the town of York. 


April 18, 1968

Prepares for third tour in Vietnam

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Christie have received word from their son, Richard, of Ogden, Utah, that he was scheduled to leave Wednesday for San Diego and Port Hueneme, Calif. From there he was to leave for a year’s tour of duty in Vietnam. This will be his third tour in that country, and one tour of duty was in Thailand. Dick is with a naval support unit of the Sea Bees and will be stationed near Saigon. His family will remain in Ogden. 


Nine freight cars jump track at Chili.

Nine freight cars of the Omaha railroad were derailed or stalled at Chili last Thursday evening and blocked County Highway Y through the village for several hours. Approximately a half-mile of railroad track was ripped up. All cars were loaded, but none was overturned, although undercarriages were ripped off of one or more of the freight cars. A Northwestern railroad crew from Altoona made repairs and reopened the line. No one was injured. 


Opening party at club is Saturday

The opening spring party of the Neillsville Country Club will be held Saturday night. Festivities are scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with dinner to be served at 8 p.m.

Members are asked by officers to telephone reservations for themselves and invited guests to either Mrs. Arthur Schraufnagel of Mrs. Richard Tibbett,’

The club opened formally for play Wednesday with men’s night. Ladies’ day was to be held today (Thursday).


April 17, 1975

Seek DNR okay for Cameron Creek bridge

Permission to build a two-span bridge over Cameron Creek a quarter-mile off the Rock dam road in the town of Hendren, is being sought from the DNR by the Clark County highway department. The proposed bridge will be of concrete, which will require a wooden false piling placed temporarily in the creek. One concrete support for the spans also will be in the waterway. 


Homemakers sew lap robes

Romadka homemakers have completed sewing 14 lap robes for use at Memorial Home. Members finished the project Wednesday, April 9, at a meeting held at the home of Mrs. Emil Henninger.

The lap robes will be delivered to the home soon. 


Poppy Day set for May 23, posters due 5th

The Neillsville Legion Auxiliary unit will again sponsor a poppy poster contest for Neillsville grade school children. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will take part. The deadline for these posters is Monday, May 5, at 4 p.m. The posters will be judged at the auxiliary meeting that night.

Poppy Day will be held Friday, May 23. Please help the Veterans who made these poppies by hand and support Poppy Day. 


Students to give sampling service

Neillsville high school students enrolled in horticulture and landscaping again will offer a free land and garden sampling service to all residents in the Neillsville school district.

Students doing the sampling have received instruction in lawn and garden sampling and are qualified to take soil samples. On most occasions they will be accompanied by an instructor.

Those who wish to take advantage of the service may contact the Vo-Ag department at Neillsville High School. A charge will be made for the testing, but there will be no charge for sampling.


Selected to represent Greenwood High School at Badger Boys State at Ripon in June are Gerald Lindner (left) and Dan Stratton (right). Lindner is a member of the National Honor Society and is active in the Future Farmers chapter, including holding an office. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lindner of Rt. 2, Loyal. Stratton is a member of the band. His achievements in athletics include football, wrestling, track and weightlifting. He is the son of Mrs. Anna Stratton of Greenwood, and the late Richard K. Stratton. Alternates are Tom Wagner and Jim Fontaine. The delegates were sponsored by the Greenwood Rotary and the American Legion. (Press photo April 17, 1975)


County election commissioners Tuesday started a recount of votes cast on the second referendum question during the recent spring election. The recount is being conducted in all 72 counties of the state on the petition of John C. Shabaz, a New Berlin attorney. In his petition, Shabaz pointed out that the amendment won by “less than one-half of one present” of the total vote. Question two would permit state aid for intercity bus lines and urban mass transit systems. Pictured working on the recount are Mrs. Vahla Pierce, county clerk; Mrs. Robert D. Peters and Mrs. Walter Brown of Neillsville, and Miss Florence Garbush of Loyal. (Press photo April 1975)



Representing Neillsville High School at Badger Girls’ State this year will be Susan Van Dam (left), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Van Dam. Chosen as alternate was Brenda Wilcox (center), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glendon Wilcox. Mrs. Dorothy Ludovic, president of the local sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary unit, joined the girls for the picture. (Press photo April 17, 1975)





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