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Clark County News

Clark County News

June 30, 1938


Greatest celebration in years here July 3 and 4


The big July 3 and 4 celebration in Neillsville was advertised over a wide territory in three counties Tuesday by a booster caravan of ten cars, accompanied by a German band. Cities visited were Greenwood, Loyal, Spencer, Colby, Abbotsford, Owen, Thorp, Stanley, Augusta, Fairchild, Humbird, Merrillan Junction and Black River Falls. Chairman James Musil, Bob Schiller and other aids distributed advertising.


A plane belonging to Chas. Byse and flown by M. Severson dropped thousands of bills from the sky upon the various towns visited, telling them all about the big celebration.


Dedication for the new $60,000 post office will be a highlight of Sunday, July 3, with address by U.S. Senator F. Ryan Duffy at 1 p.m. Following this there will be circus free acts by DeWaldo and trained dog acts by Henderson. At 3:30 there will be a patriotic address by Orland S. Loomis, attorney general of Wisconsin. Free acts again in the evening.





This week will mark the close of 51 years of continuous operation of Marsh’s dry goods store in Neillsville by William J. Marsh. It is with regret that his many friends receive this news. For over half a century Mr. Marsh has been an outstanding figure in the city’s business life, and he appears chipper enough to round out at least another half century here. After the closing out sale ends Saturday Mr. Marsh will have his present store building remodeled for the J.C. Penney Co., which plans to open for business the first week in August. Mr. Marsh will continue to reside in Neillsville. (Contributed photo June 30, 1938)




New bus service by Sioux Limited Lines


A.C. Wagner received word today that the Sioux Limited Lines was announcing July 8 as the open-ing date of its new cross-state bus service through Marshfield, Neillsville, Durand and on to St. Paul. West-bound busses would go through Neillsville at 5:50 in the morning and 5:50 in the evening, and east bound busses would go through here at 12:25 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Opening of the new service has been held up by request for a rehearing by the Public Service Commission, which was denied this week.





July 8, 1948


Local softballers don new uniforms, lose


The maroon and gold uniforms of the Neillsville city softball team received their initiation under the lights of the new athletic field here Monday night. The uniforms looked fine; so did the players. But the result was not quite as good. Marshfield’s Country Ballroom won the game, 9 to 5. Neillsville opened the scoring in the first, increased its lead to 5-0 in the fourth; then the County Ballroom pulled even in the sixth and went on to win with a four run rally in the seventh. Mart Wagner pitched, and Glen Lazotte caught for the locals.




Legion Juniors meet Onalaska here today


Neillsville’s American Legion Junior team will meet the Onalaska Legion Juniors in their second district game on the new athletic field here this after-noon. Game time is 4 p.m.


The Juniors have dropped their first three appearances this season– losing their opening district Legion contest at Sparta Sunday afternoon by a 6 to 5 score.




“Missing” Humbird men weren’t missing at all


About those two young Humbird men reported “lost” last Monday morn-ing:


It was just a case of one long arm of the law not knowing what the other long arm was doing.


Sheriff Ray Kutsche of Clark County received a report about 9 a.m. that George Zimmerman and Guy Smith were “missing.” He started the wheels in motion; digging into the case as far away as Alma Center.


When he returned to check their places of residence about 11 a.m., the sheriff found the boys had returned. It took some wheedling to get the information out of them but...


It appeared they had run out of gasoline on the highway in Jackson County, and had been taken to Black River Falls to spend the remainder of the dark hours in the jail.




Kuester brothers hold reunion after 34 years


The Gottlieb Kuester home in Greenwood was the scene of an unusual reunion Sunday, July 4. After a separation of 34 years the six Kuester brothers found it possible to be together again. They are Fred of Loyal, Christ from Keil, Gottlieb from Greenwood, William from Milwaukee, Henry of Sheboygan and Ferdinand of Neillsville. Of particular interest is the fact that the brothers range closely in age; Gottlieb, the eldest, being 82, Christ 80, Henry 77, Fred 75, William 72, and Ferd 69. They attended church services together at the West Side church in Greenwood Sunday morning. Later approximately 100 friends, relatives and neighbors of the Kuesters were present for the dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Kuester, Sheboygan, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hecker and son, of Manitowoc are the relatives who drove a greater distance to be at the reunion.




June 27, 1968


Tornado cone causes power failure here


A windstorm which caused a power failure in a south section of Neillsville last week Wednesday afternoon contained, in reality, a small tornado.


This is the word of Mrs. Leila Hubing, a resident of South Hewett street, who watched from a few feet distant as the small finger-like funnel descended from the clouds, ripped loose a limb from a tree in her back yard, then ascended just as quickly back into the low lying clouds.


Mrs. Hubing was standing near the clothesline in her back yard when the incident took place. The wind snapped a four-inch limb from an elm tree at the back lot line, and dumped it across a power line and her clothesline. The power line was broken, and it shot sparks high into the air. A portion of the city was without power from 5 to 6 p.m. while the line was being restored.




Members of the Neillsville High School graduating class of 1923 got together for a 45-year reunion recently and this picture was taken. Those present were (left to right): front row–Rose (Marx) H. Krantz, Marion (Northup) Gault, Dorothy (Portz) Haslow, Helen (Weaver) Haslow, Irma (Ackerman) Sollberger, Lillian (Gangler) Hart, Beatrice (O’Brien) Sischo, Naomi (Lawrence) Davis, Myrtle (Hanson) Mattson, and Bethel (Newell) Webster. Second row–Mayme (McCune) Baldwin, Irene (Crockett) Opelt, Isla (Rowe) Bandelow, Mary (Corson) Smith, librarian, Marie (Resong) Weber, Irma (Rowe) Pepper, Emil Pease, Floyd Bronstad, Mrs. E.J. McKean, history teacher, and E.J. McKean, principal, and third row–Fresh Timmler, Jerome Kopesky, Clayton High, Kenneth Ruddock, George Bramble, Forest Thompson, Elmer Chase and W.C. Hansen, principal. (Press photo June 27, 1968)




Simek is named Abby police chief


James Simek, former Neillsville high school and area athlete, has been appointed chief of police at Abbotsford. He will assume his new duties Monday.


Simek will succeed Chief Mike Reyes, who is going to the eastern part of the state in a similar law enforcement position. He served in Abbotsford for about seven months.


Simek has worked as a relief officer for the Clark County highway traffic patrol for the last two years. He graduated from Neillsville High School three years ago, where he won all-conference and all-area basketball ratings as center. He also played football with the Neillsville High School teams during his four years there.


Simek has found a room in Abbotsford, where he will make his home. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Simek of Neillsville.





Pen pal visitors from “down under” were guests recently at the home of Janet and Larry Marshall in Neillsville. Pictured, left to right, are Penny McCann, Larry Marshall, Janet Marshall holding son, Jim, and Ray McCann holding the Marshall’s son, Ben. (Press photo June 26, 1968)




June 26, 1975


After 10 years of writing, faraway letter friends meet in Neillsville


Approximately 10 years ago, a young lady in Granton read a small item advertising a pen pal service. She wrote to the New York City based organization and asked for the name and address of a pen pal in England. In reply, she received a pen pal application written by an Australian girl. And so began a decade-long correspondence which has continued through the letter friends school days and early years of marriage.


The girls had always planned to meet someday, despite the great distance between them, and so it was really no big surprise when Penny McCann and her husband, Ray, of Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Neillsville Friday for a visit with Janet Garbisch Marshall, her husband Larry, and sons Ben and Jim.


After all, the McCanns had been working in Toronto, Canada, and since they were in the neighborhood was only logical that they would stop for a visit with friends.


 Penny, a registered nurse, and Ray, a mechanical engineer, are doing what many young (and not so young) people often think of doing but don’t quite get around to. They decided that while they had marketable skills and were basically unencumbered, they would leave home to see what they could of the world.


The McCanns worked in Toronto from August of 1974 until May of this year, then set out across Canada to the Rockies, followed the mountains south-ward through Yellowstone Park, and turned east-ward to pass through the Badlands enroute to central Wisconsin. From Neillsville, they planned to leave at mid-week to continue eastward in the United States and Canada before returning to Toronto in time to fly to Europe at the end of July.


The couple will work and sight-see in England and on the Continent, and perhaps journey through Asia Minor before returning home to Australia at the end of 1976. After that, they intend to stay put for a while.


Thus Far, Penny and Ray McCann have found their adventure “most enjoy-able,” and life in the North American continent not too much different from life in Australia. Differences, they said, lie primarily in “little things,” which are difficult to explain.


They do, however, have an overall impression that “everything is on a bigger scale.” From cars to refrigerators to quantities of food staples. In Melbourne, for example, a shopper can buy a quarter or a half loaf of bread.




Club honors first June baby at the hospital here


The Romadka 4-H Club of Granton honored Amy Tibbett, the first baby born at Neillsville Memorial Hospital during June Dairy Month. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce (Tom) Tibbett of Rt. 3, Neillsville received a gift of assorted dairy products and the baby a gift. She joins 4 sisters and 1 brother at home.





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