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Clark County News

September 1, 1938


Sizzling steaks to be served by men


Will be hosts Thursday to ladies at golf club house


Sizzling steaks, fried in butter by Roy Schmedel on the huge outdoor griddle at the golf course, will top the menu at the dinner served by the men at the club house Thursday evening, Sept. 1. This will be a feast to show the ladies how much the men have appreciated their meals served during the summer.


Ladies have started play for the local club championships, and the first matches have just started. There will be a regular business meeting for the ladies’ auxiliary Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. to be followed by cars and golf.


Hostesses for September are Sept.–Mrs. I.E. Svirnoff and Mrs. George Rude; Sept. 15–Miss Elsie Huckstead and Dr. Sarah Rosekrans; Sept. 22–Mrs. W. A. Campman and Dr. M.A. Foster.




Neillsville body shop


Oscar Kurth and William Parks, formerly of Thorp, have opened the Neillsville auto body works in this city.




Tear down horse sheds


The old horse sheds and hitching posts at the west of the Farmers store are being torn down this week and the large lot will be prepared for parking space for customers of the store.




Marshfield’s big fair


The Central Wisconsin State Fair at Marshfield will be held September 4 5, 6, 7 and 8, with an outstanding program of free acts, harness races, band music, Sol’s Liberty shows, barn dance by 20 people, fireworks and Ernie Young’s Follies for four nights.




Visitor likes Press


The editor of the Pittsburgh Daily Dispatch stopped at the Sniteman Drug store last week for a prescription for his daughter, who was ill. Casually picking up a copy of the Press, he told Dave Parry it was one of the best weeklies he had ever seen and purchase a copy to take home with him.





Above is a photo of the train wreck at Sydney, west of Neillsville, which happened in the early morning of Tuesday, August 23. A washout caused the engine to topple over on the side of the track. The coaches remained on the ties, with no one seriously injured, but Engineer Joe Burkhardt of Altoona and two passengers suffered minor injuries. The photo of the wreck, shown above, was taken by Erwin Marden of Neillsville. (photo Sept. 1, 1938)




September 9, 1948


Clark County births


A son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lulloff, Loyal, Rt. 3, September 2.


A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Montgomery, Granton, Rt. 3, August 26.


A son to Mr. and Mrs. Milford Green, Neillsville, Rt. 2, August 27.


A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wendy, Neillsville, August 27.


A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Opelt, Neillsville, Rt. 1, August 28.


A son to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wren, Neillsville, August 28.




Lightning fires, curtains, matches


Lightning which struck a tree outside set fire to the curtains and a box of matches in the Stephen Kosmosky farm home last Wednesday.


The Kosmoskys, fortunately, were right at hand and were able to extinguish the fires before they could gain headway.


Somehow the lightning ran from the tree into the house. A limb, still burning the next morning, was cut off.


The Kosmosky place is the former George Allbaugh farm.




Bernita Wasserburger again is county nurse


Miss Bernita Wasserburger, R.N., resumed the post of county nurse for Clark County Tuesday, succeeding Mrs. Francis Kokaly of Willard, who resigned because of poor health. Miss Wasserburger had resigned from the position three months ago, and at that time was succeeded by Mrs. Kokaly.




Start hunt now for Paul Bunyun, great pioneer woodsman


Musil and Yenni invite him to visit Neillsville for Pioneer Days


Where is Paul Bunyun?


He is wanted in Neillsville. The search for him is not on the part of District Attorney Gorsegner and Sheriff Kutsche, though it is alleged that Paul in his day was something of a stemwinder.


No; the persons looking for him, more especially, are James A. Musil and William Yenni. These two contemporary men of Neillsville want Paul for Pioneer Days in Neillsville. They propose that he take a prominent part in the celebration. When he sees this announcement, he will probably report voluntarily to both of these gentlemen, for the purpose is to do him the honor consistent with his great career as a woodsman.


Paul Bunyun represents only one quest for these two gentlemen. Mr. Musil, in charge of the parade for Pioneer Days, wants to hear from all and sundry who will prepare floats or otherwise participate. He does not go into particulars; he leaves the situation to the imagination and the devices of local people. He makes only this suggestion: –That all features of the parade be kept consistent with the general program for Pioneer Days: that there be no strictly commercial or modern advertising display or float, but that modern articles or services be shown in contrast with the old-time items of the same sort.


Neillsville has made great progress as a center of goods and services, being a modern county seat with a capacity for service which is amazing as compared with the primitive inconveniences of the earlier years. The parade, as well as the exhibits, are intended to emphasize this contrast.


All persons willing to prepare floats or otherwise participate in the parade are asked to notify Mr. Musil at the First National bank.


Yenni seeks exhibits


Mr. Yenni is seeking information about the interesting old items which are available all over this countryside. He is in general charge of the exhibits, and will later announce plans for the delivery, handling and display of these exhibits. Meanwhile he would like to get a line on what is available.




August 29, 1968


Grandma Bemis is 100



Grandma emis (Contributed photo August 29, 1968)


Thursday was a big day for Mrs. Amelia (Grandma) Bemis, longtime Humbird resident.


She is 100 years old.


The celebration of Grandma and a host of friends and relatives was elaborate and genuine in Memorial Hospital at Neillsville, where she has been confined since fracturing a hip bone four years ago.


Grandma is amply up to celebrating. Despite her confinement to a wheelchair, she retains an alert mind, good spirits, her capacity to enjoy life and people. In fact, Mrs. Robert Herrick, registered nurse in charge of her care comments:


“She’s as robust as a women 60 or 70 years of age!”


Chary of reading


Grandma Bemis (everybody calls her that) carries on a sprightly conversation; and when her daughter, Mrs. Lola Dimmitt of Norfolk, Va., visits her it’s hard for anybody else to get a word in edgewise. Mrs. Dimmitt will be there today, for she spends every summer vacation in the area visiting relatives–and especially Grandma.


While her eyesight still is good, Grandma reads but little anymore, she told The Clark County Press.


From President


Grandma Bemis Tuesday received a birthday message from President Lyndon B. Johnson. The telegram states:


“My sincere congratulations upon your birthday. May good health be yours through many more happy years.


Lyndon B. Johnson




Tree-A-Rama will be this weekend


The Merrillan American Legion is completing plans for the annual Tree-A-Rama celebration to be held this weekend, August 30, 31, and September 1. Rides concessions, parades, gymkhana show, crowning of a Tree-A-Rama Queen, Christmas tree displays are a few of the attractions.




Blue Heron makes visit to Neillsville


A blue heron, common along sea coasts but rarely sighted far from large bodies of water, visited Neillsville Sunday.


It was spotted about 11:40 a.m. as it tried to alight in a small maple tree on West Fourth Street near the corner of Ayers street; but it didn’t succeed because of the dense, short foliage.


It finally gave up, flew into the air and disappeared making a beeline to the south at an altitude of perhaps 300 feet.


It was believed the bird had been blown inland from its natural habitat by the high winds of Saturday and Saturday night.





The attractive entrance to the Listeman Arboretum, on West Second Street near Memorial Hospital, is pictured above. The sign and entrance were erected this summer. Visitors will find the Listeman Arboretum a place of restful beauty, with more than a mile and one-half of woodland trails and quiet scenic beauty. (Press photo August 29, 1968)




August 29, 1975


Tornado alerts sound here, but none came.


A series of thunderstorms late last week and early this week broke a four-week drought; but it was not without tense moments.


Neillsville was twice believed in the path of tornadoes; but none came. The first tornado warning was issued after high winds– described variously as tornadic and flat–raised havoc in Pepin, on the west edge of the state, causing the loss of life. Tornado alerts were issued for several areas, including southern Clark County.


The tornado was reportedly seen passing in the air over Whitehall. In a direct line was Hatfield; but apparently the tornado dissipated, and gusty winds replaced it. The only damage was the felling of several trees around the area. One was on Court Street, near Fourth.


About 1 a.m. Friday radio alarm boxes in the homes of Neillsville’s volunteer firemen sounded. The warning was given that a tornado was “headed for Neillsville,” and firemen were alerted to head out should it touch down. Some firemen remained up until 3 a.m.; but nothing more of the storm was heard over the squawk boxes. The

tornado apparently had dissipated.





Penguins are usually only winners in the colds of Antarctica, but some local Penguins were trophy carriers in Neillsville after taking first place in women’s league action at the Moonlite Inn twelve-inch softball diamond. Sponsors of the team were Betty and Ronnie Meihack of the Penguins Drive-In in Neillsville and saw their team boast of 140 season record. Members of the team are (back row, l to r) Phyllis Beck, Lynn Meihack, Barb Kaduce, and Diane Trimberger; (center row l to r) Vickie Mueller, Janis Sischo, Barb Petkovsek, Lori Ann Dux, Judy Sischo and Patty Tibbet; and (seated in front) Vicki Sischo and Lori Meihack. Absent was Gabriel Yurkovich. (Press photo August 29, 1975)





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