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 Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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

Clark County News

August  18, 1938


Honey King makes call


W.W. Lowery, the honey king of Granton, made a rather sweet call at the Press office Wednesday, leaving two pails of his celebrated sweet clover honey. Mr. Lowery has been in the honey business for 35 years and has a nice apiary a mile west of Granton.




Clark County arsenal presents problem


Rifles and shotguns held by sheriff no longer needed


For a time longer at least Clark County will continue to be the possessor of 24 rifles and sawed-off shotguns stored in the office of the sheriff, and which the county property committee feels are no longer needed for service. However, the county board at its meeting at Owen last week tabled a resolution to dispose of the arsenal.


The guns were acquired by the county during the past ten years, beginning at a time when bank robberies had become rather numerous, and vigilantes, stationed in various parts of the county, were armed for service. The cost of the guns was in the neighborhood of $3,000.


Two years ago the artillery was gathered in the office of the sheriff, where it forms an interesting exhibit. The property committee thinks the guns are no longer needed and should be disposed of. What the county board may do at a future meeting remains to be seen. The guns perhaps would not bring much if sold.




Assist at Penney store


Henry Thomsen, manager of the new J.C. Penney company store here, was pleased to have so many assistants from other places help him in the auspicious opening held Wednesday evening, August 10 and also on Thursday. Among those here to assist were T.J. Maroney, district manager, and C.R. Smith of the Minneapolis office: J.G. Hagen of Wisconsin Rapids, Manager Art Nelson and Robert Elliot of Eau Claire and Manager H.E. Mueller of the Marshfield store.




August 16, 1948


Chief of police warns cyclists about lights


Several near misses on the streets of Neillsville at night recently has caused Police Chief Lawrence Drescher this week to warn cyclists against night riding without proper lights.


The city ordinance requires that each bicycle be equipped with a red reflector in the rear, and a headlight which can be seen a distance of 300 ft., Chief Drescher said.


He warned that unequipped bicycles will have their licenses revoked for a period of 90 days if they are found in use at night.




 Temperature tops 103 degrees here


A record of 103 degrees was recorded officially at the Indian School farm here Tuesday afternoon as the August heat wave showed no immediate signs of letup.


The record heat followed on the heels of a 102 reading for Monday.


It was the hottest weather of the year thus far; and the top reading of Tuesday was four degrees higher than the 99 degrees recorded for the corresponding day of 1947, according to official records kept by Mrs. Mark Vornholt.


The weather station has recorded just .64 of an inch of rainfall in August thus far. It came in two storms, one of which brought one-half inch of moisture.


The current heat wave and lack of moisture this week set many farmers to work filling silos as the corn dried and shriveled in parched fields. Unless a generous rainfall is forthcoming within the next few days, silo filling is likely to be general in the area by the end of the week.


New seedlings have been largely burned out, and pastures, dry and brown for weeks past, have been burned out almost completely.





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August 15, 1968


Young gang is nipped in the bud


A juvenile “gang” with a membership of four and two candidates for membership, was nipped in the bud in the Neillsville IGA Foodliner Monday. The youths range from nine to 12-13.


Existence of the “gang”– which was organized only last Saturday–was learned when Henry Schaub of the IGA staff intercepted two boys, nine and 10, after they had removed products from the shelves and left the building.


John Firnett, manager, and city police talked with the initiates and learned of the existence of the gang, one of whose requirements for membership was that they steal something from the IGA store. Asked whether they intended to tap another specific store in the city, the response was:


“Naw, they’re too easy.”


The two caught implicated the other four and the existence of a gang was unveiled.


The problem of discipline was turned over to the parents.




Military news


Pfc. Roger D. Foemmel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Foemmel of Rt. 1, Neillsville, enlisted in Regular Army in Clerical Career, November 1, 1967, at Abilene, Tex. Completing his basic training at Fort Pol, La., with the Company A. 5th battalion, he was sent to Bai Hoe, South Vietnam, April 25, 1968. He is with the officer personnel for the H.H.C. 58th Aviation battalion, near Bai Hoe. He is a 1967 graduate of Neillsville High School.


Pvt. David Grether, who recently completed a field combat medic course at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., has arrived to spend a 10day furlough with his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Jack Grether, and family, before reporting at Ft. Jackson, S.C., from where he will leave for duty in Panama.





Four generations of the Laib family got together Sunday for the baptism of the youngest, Travis Scott Laib, in Zion United Church at Braun Settlement. The four generations are shown above in a picture taken by the Rev. David Logue, pastor, who also presided at the baptismal. From the left, they are Herbert Laib of the town of Seif, grandfather; Herbert A. Laib of Rt. 2, Neillsville, and his son, Travis Scott; and Mrs. Clara Laib of Chicago, great-grandmother. (Contributed photo Aug. 15, 1968)




August 14, 1975


Joey both winner and loser; Billy worse off


Joey Neville, 10, was both winner and a loser Tuesday night; but his brother, Billy, 12, was a loser all the way.


The boys had cycled to Lisa’s A&W Rootbeer Stand for an after-the-game treat accorded there to winners of Little League baseball games (losers this year are being treated at the Penguin), and Joey’s team had won its game that night.


Leaving there about 9 p.m., they started riding toward their northside home, the James Wasserburger residence at 1112 Prospect Street. Billy, the elder, was in the lead, with Joey following close behind.


They had gone but two blocks when it happened. Billy’s lead bicycle collided with a pickup truck driven by Francis Zilk, also of Neillsville. It was not immediately certain, but it was believed by officers that Joey’s bike struck the side of the truck as it was being turned left off Division Street and onto State Street.


The truck was stopped quickly, and although Billy’s bike and the left front of the truck collided, the truck wheels apparently did not pass over the bike.


Both Billy and Joey were taken to Memorial Hospital, where emergency x-rays revealed that Billy had apparent fractures of bones in his left arm and left leg.


Joey, who apparently escaped with lesser injury, was x-rayed because of an egg sized bump on his head.




Touch football league slated for fall debut


A men’s touch football league is being organized under the direction of the Neillsville area recreation department, according to director Craig Lindsley.


Play will begin on September 2 with teams composed of 15 players.


Only three nonresidents of the Neillsville school district will be allowed for each team.


Fees for the program will be $60.00 per team and $3.00 per nonresident of the district. The entry fee may be acquired by finding a sponsor, payment of the fees by members or a combination of both.


A managers meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the city hall. Rules and other details will be discussed at the meeting  Further information on the league can be gained from Lindsley.




Catching a muskie is often a rare occurrence but have a husband and wife catch two beauties the same weekend is even more rare. Above, Craig and Janet Lindsley, Neillsville, hold Craig’s catch, taken at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday on Soo Lake near Phillips. The fish weighed 28 pounds and measured a full 47 inches. Below, the fishing duo hold Janet’s catch, caught the following day, Sunday, again at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. Her fish weighed 19 1/2 pounds and was 42 inches long. Both fish will be mounted and were caught on yellow buck tails.(Contributed photo August 14, 1975)





Bagging a trophy as well as a record number of clay targets were these members of the Silver Dome team and participants in activities of the Neillsville trap shooters club. They are left to right: Donald Campbell, George Murphy, Wayne Johnson, Keith Marg and Dave Poehnlein. (Press photo August 14, 1975)




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