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Clark County News

August 25, 1938


McCain’s new store opening


Ladies’ wear featured in handsome, modern store


The opening of McCain’s new ladies’ ready-to-wear store in Neillsville will take place in the near future. The store has an ad elsewhere telling about the policies of the new store, the stock it will carry and the service it is planned to render. The store here is operated by the McCain Johnson Co., which also has a large store at Marshfield, where the firm has done a successful business the past 17 years.


The new McCain store here will be operated under the direction of E.E. Ostrander, corporation manager of the McCain Johnson Co. of Marshfield, Mrs. A. Thompson of Neillsville will be in charge of the new store and all local people will be employed to assist her. Mr. Ostrander states that surveys of Neillsville have been made the past four years, and he feels that the store will meet with success. “We are not going to by “Ritzy” nor have a high-priced store,” Mr. Ostrander stated.


The interior of the new store has been finished in streamlined fashion by Art Kunze, Henry Stucki and George Meihack, carpenters: Frank Simek, painter, and Elliot Warlum, electrician. The interior has been finished in streamlined style, with beautiful colors of blue tones, silver beading, yellow and mandarin. Over 50 artistic lights have been installed, and the displays and dressing rooms combine beauty and utility to a high degree.




Granton man attends every county fair held


Thomas D. Wage, 86 years old last April 26, and one of Granton’s best known pioneers, has not missed a Clark County fair since 1873, 65 years ago. As usual, Mr. Wage attended the county fair both Thursday and Friday and enjoyed the entertainment and other attractions very much. When the first fair was held in 1873 Mr. Wage, then 21 years old, bought a share of stock in the fair, and he has been a booster ever since.


Mr. Wage recalls that in the first years of the fair there were but a few grade cattle, hogs and sheep with sheds built around the fence enclosing the grounds. In later years as the fairs grew hundreds of farmers came with teams and enjoyed basket dinners in the grove southeast of the grandstand. Mr. Wage raised many horses years ago, which he exhibited at the fair. He has been a resident of the town of Grant for many years.




Air show near Strum


A parachute jump from an airplane by Miss Stella Kindom, young Minneapolis nurse, will be a feature of the northwest air show to be held Sunday, August 28, one mile east of Strum between Lake Strum and U.S. Highway 10. Twenty-five plane owners from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Neillsville, Rice Lake, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison and other airplanes have been invited to take part. Attorney Gen. O.S. Loomis of Mauston will give an address at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.




September 2, 1948


“Cold Bolt” hits house in Levis


Harry Anderson had never before in his life heard anything like it when lightning struck his home in the town of Levis, 11 miles south of here Sunday afternoon.


It apparently was a so-called “cold bolt,” for no fire was set–although plenty of damage was done otherwise.


A veteran of World War I, with memories of the roaring “Big Berthas” of Krupp fame, Mr. Anderson remarked to his wife afterward:


“I’ve never heard anything so loud; not even the big cannons in Germany!”


Plays impishly


The lightning ball played impishly about in a corner of the living room while Mr. and Mrs. Anderson watched in stunned silence,


Then it let loose with a blinding flash and a king-sized roar.


In talking about it Tuesday evening, Mrs. Anderson said that she suffered a severe headache–and that her head and eyes still ached. Mr. Anderson, too, suffered a severe headache for some time afterward. He, however, has overcome the headache Tuesday evening; but the harrowing experience had brought back the nervousness that he had suffered following the first World War.




Flower show for first Progress club meet


The Monday Progress Club will hold its first meeting of the season September 13 in the city council room. The plans are to have a flower show. Everyone is invited to attend and to bring flowers for the show. This announcement comes from Mrs. S.G. Patey.





Pictured above is the splendid Clark County 4H Club band, which was organized in February of this year. The band is composed of 47 members, representing 15 4H clubs of the county. Although it is yet in its first year the organization proudly appears in uniforms. Members of the organization shown here are: Standing at rear, (left to right): Glen Phillips, Janice King, Norman Noah, Betty Hatton, Majorette Barbara Allen and Director Abrahamson. Seated, top row (left to right): Joyce Mrotek, Beverley Pyatt, Arlene Mills, Joan Welker, Gary Speich, Kenneth Biethman, Rudolph Vrkljan, Bernelda Noah, Virginia Ampe, George VanTatenhove, Elsie Bush, Peggy Kitzhaber, Dorothy Thompson, Dorothy Gosse, Pierce Owens and Dean Hawks. Second row (left to right): Darlene Pyatt, Norma Lueck, Marjorie Moberg, Donald Mills, Durward Haigh, Robert Sluzewski, Paul Bladl, Donald Decker, Robert Bush, Wallace Krause, Jerry Ampe, Byron Trachte, Ernest Gay, Jean Ampe and Harriet Plummer. Front row (left to right): Joan Kitzhaber, Barbara Hilts, Mable Martens, Beverly Ampe, Vera Nosbisch, Phyllis Rondorf, Mary Ellen Haslow, Shirley Sorenson and Mary Ellen Allen. (Press photo Sept. 2, 1948)




August 22, 1968


Five make up draft quota for August


Five young men from various parts of the county made up the Clark County contingent inducted into the army at Minneapolis, Minn., August 13 under selective service.


They are Leonard J. Kolesar of Rt. 1, Owen; Richard A. Apfel, Rt. 2, Neillsville; Russell D. Smith of Rt. 2, Granton; Robert W. Elkins of Thorp; and Lawrence A. Rondorf of Rt. 1, Greenwood.




Bank open house flowers brought to Neillsville


The new Abbotsford State Bank held a grand opening last Saturday. Kenneth Conrad, cashier, brought red roses from the open house for the residents of Memorial Home in Neillsville to enjoy. A rose was placed in every room on the upper floor and at each desk.




Toni Gaffney, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Richard F. Gaffney of Neillsville, is shown at Camp Waubek, the Christmas Seal camp near Wisconsin Dells, where she has been spending two weeks. Other Clark County residents at the camp were Connie Jane Lew of Withee, Donald Miller of Neillsville, and Bill Zurloff of Thorp. (Press photo Aug. 22, 1968)




Repair shop here has new owner


Richard Schneider, a resident of the Globe area for the last six years, has purchased the Steltenpohl Repair Shop in Neillsville, which he will operate under the name of D & M Repair Shop.


Mr. Schneider is no stranger to the welding trade. He has been working at it in a shop similar to the Steltenpohl shop in Marshfield for the last two years.


The Schneiders are horse enthusiasts, and breed American Saddle Bred and Palomino horses. He is also a registered horse judge.






August 21, 1975


Loyal has hot time in the old hay field


Approximately 50 men responded to the call of “hot hay” at the Roger Bender farm on Highway 98 east of Loyal, Tuesday,


The members of the rural fire department were on hand to take care of flames which erupted from time to time. Some fifteen loads of hay were hauled to the field to cool.


The second crop was apparently the only hay which was heating. It was not considered a total loss as much of it can be used for cattle feed.


Women of the neighborhood provided food for the firemen and workers. The old fashioned spirit of helping each other saved the barn and contents from destruction.




Sherry Holt reigns as Shrine game queen


Thousands applauded Saturday night at Milwaukee County Stadium not only for the Packers and Bears, but also for Sherry Kay Holt who was introduced during half time ceremonies as queen of Tripoli temple’s 26th annual Midwest Shrine football classic. She is the 20th young lady, all alumni of the Shriners hospitals for crippled children, to wear the Shrine game crown.


Sherry, 15, a past Chippewa district Shrine queen, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Holt, now of Black River Falls and formerly of Neillsville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Mabie of Neillsville and Mrs. Earl Holt of Rt. 1, Greenwood. The James Holt family also includes Shelly, 12, and Amy, 8.


When she was approximately a year old, Sherry spent 13 months at the Twin Cities unit of the Shriners hospital for crippled children while undergoing treatment for a congenital dislocation of her left hip. Her original sponsor to the hospital was the late David Parry, Neillsville pharmacist.


Along with the honor of being a Shrine game queen, Sherry also received a $1,000 Tripoli temple scholarship with which to further her education after high school. She will be a sophomore at Black River Falls senior high school this fall.



Happiness was reflected in the smiles of Mr. and Mrs. James Holt and daughter, Sherry Kay, following Sherry’s selection as 1975 Shrine game queen. The Holts, who now live in Black River Falls, are former Neillsville residents. (Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilsmanns Aug. 21, 1975)





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