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Clark County News--September 15, 1938


Ninety-three-year-old “sports” it in airplane trip


Ninety-three-year-old Harvey Fuller was shaking his head and muttering to himself in wonderment today.


He has been doing so since Tuesday morning, when he took his first airplane ride. “Oh! It’s wonderful! Wonderful!” He is saying in his chin whiskers.


With Pilot Milford Sievesind at the controls of Charles Buse’s Bird, and in the front cockpit with Ernie H. Snyder, “Old Harve” flew over Neillsville and the nearby countryside for nearly 20 minutes.


When the plane rolled to a stop before the hanger, Harve sat still for a minute. Then he passed his hand over his eyes. He moved slowly, laboring toward the side.


I’ll get out of here after a while,” was his first comment. Then, on the ground again, the aged man remarked: “That’s as close to Heaven as I’ll ever get.” When Pilot Sievesind revealed that he had flown at about 1,100 feet and 90 miles an hour, Harve said. “I’ve gone 65 miles an hour before.” He shook his head. Then, “That’s the first time I’ve ever been 90.”


There was only one thing wrong with the experience, he revealed” “The darn thing made so much noise you couldn’t talk.”


Asked if he was frightened, he exploded: “Naw! Anyhow, if I got killed there wouldn’t be no loss only the time of burying me.”


Then he turned to Mr. Snyder. “You didn’t see George Johnson down there, did you?” he inquired.




Reclamation work advances in wake of damaging flood


Heavy losses suffered by farmers; Owen youth loses life in Black River; $48,000 damage to bridges


In the wake of one of the worst flood conditions in the history of Clark County and Central Wisconsin, state and county highway crews, farmers, homeowners and businessmen are busy repairing the heavy damage done late last week by the rampaging Black River and its tributaries.


The flood waters, which raised streams in the vicinity to all-time high levels from 16 to 20 feet, were caused by heavy six-day rains north of the county and heavy local downpours.


Traffic which was all but totally paralyzed in Clark County Friday and Saturday was just beginning to move freely once more as highway repair crews, groggy from lack of sleep, worked long hours to put the roads back into shape.


Railroad transportation was seriously crippled during the flood period, although trains made their runs to Neillsville with little difficulty, and the flood and weather were blamed for the wreck of the Northwest Limited of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, and the Victory, crack passenger, near Junction Valley early Sunday morning. Three people were sent to the hospital and many others were cut and bruised.


Damage in Clark


In Clark County the flood left behind:


1. An Owen youth dead,


2. $48,500 damage to bridges and roads,


3. Heavy crop and farmland damage,


4. Four bridges down and washouts around others,


5. Many houses and business buildings in lowlands damaged.


6. The dam at Owen leveled.


Long after the flood waters had receded, hundreds of persons were joined in the search of the flood area between Owen and the Hatfield dam for the body of John Marking, 18, who slipped and toppled into the raging Black River Saturday. A reward of $100 was offered by the Soo Line railroad for the recovery of his body.


Lying in shallow water about 60 rods from the railroad bridge from which he fell into the water, young Marking’s body was found about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by Woodrow Peterson of Withee. Peter C. Ludovic, coroner, made an investigation and said that no inquest will be held.


Out of sight


Young Marking was aiding a gang of men attempting to save a bridge three miles west of Owen. Witnesses said he lost his footing and fell while moving a log. His body sank below the muddy water and did not come to the surface again.


Although flood waters swirled through the city’s water works, no damage resulted. Pumping operations there were cut short for about 18 hours while city aldermen, directed by Mayor Henry J. Naedler, rolled up their shirt sleeves and manned the pumps with a will.





The residence of Dave and Roy Bissel (above), on Highway 10 west of Neillsville, was only one of many homes in lowland areas of Clark County which were “under water” during the flood period late last week. The Bissel brothers moved out their furniture before the waters flooded the first story, so little damage was done. (Press photo Sept. 15, 1938)




September 23, 1948


Goes over fence to fair, pays $5


A conscience payment of $5 has been made to the Clark County fair. The payment has come in the form of a money order, with a letter signed by the sender. The letter states that the payment is made because the writer once climbed the fence into the fairground, and at other times rode through the gate in a load of hay. The writer uses a religious expression in the course of his letter, and this is taken by Harold Huckstead, the fair secretary, to mean that the person was acting on a religious prompting.


The name of the person is known to fair officials, but it is not being made public. The person is not now a resident of Clark County.


Mr. Huckstead would like to believe that this person has started something. The fair is never on Easy Street; could always use contributions to a conscience fund. It is Mr. Huckstead’s belief that, if all persons who have gone over the fence to the fair would now come through with the admission price, the fair could be put solidly on its feet, with a nice reserve for a rainy season.




Athletics end season at Black River Falls Sunday


Neillsville’s baseball Athletics will close their 1948 season Sunday with a postponed game at Black River Falls against the Merchants of that city. The game was postponed because of rain last Sunday night at the end of the first inning, which was played in a drizzle. Game time is 8:15. The meeting is the fourth of the season between the two teams. The A’s have won two; Black River, one. All have been tight, low scoring games.




Selective Service office here open three days


Effective immediately the office of the Clark County local selective service board will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. The hours are from 8 to 12 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. in the city hall.




At Greenwood Monday


P.C. Ludovic, veterans service officer, announces that he will be in the city hall at Greenwood Monday all day. Veterans having business with the service officer may contact him there.




Clark County farmers honored for achievement


Three farmers of Clark County were among those receiving certificates of award for conservation farming at a luncheon in Madison on Sept. 16. The local farmers thus honored were Victor Braatz of Granton, Hiram Haugen of Neillsville and Levi Dickenson of Withee.





Advertisement in the Press, Sept. 23, 1948, Issue.




September 12, 1968


Missionaries to Alaska to speak


The Rev. and Mrs. A E. Capener, Assemblies of God missionaries to Alaska, will conduct services Sunday evening at the Neillsville Assembly of God church, the Rev. D. E. Sprague, announces.


The Capeners have worked among the Alaskan native Eskimo and Aleut people for the last 24 years. In that time, they started six new mission stations, and built and pastored several native churches.


They are currently engaged in ministry on St. Paul Island, one of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. These islands are the summer home for over 2,000,000 fur seal.


Colored slides will be shown during the service here, depicting life among the Eskimo, the hunting of wildlife from which they live, and will include scenes of the taking of the large bowhead whale.


The service on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. is open to the public.




Local group to cooperate in area protest


A group representing the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce plans to make an appearance at a hearing scheduled Thursday in Augusta to protest the proposed relocation of Highway 27. The Neillsville group will support other area communities in their effort to get reconsideration of the plan to combine Highway 27 with I94 from Black River Falls to Augusta. These communities, which include Merrillan, Humbird and Fairchild, propose that Highway 27 be relocated, instead, to pass over the old Highway 12 route, which goes through their communities.




September 11, 1975


Recipe scrapbook in national contest


The Happy Hustler, Sr., 4H Club has made a bicentennial scrapbook of recipes of senior citizens and entered in the “National 4H News” contest which had as its theme, “The 4H Responsible Freedom Contest.”


Leaders received a letter from the assistant editor, Bonnie S. Beck, stating that the scrapbook is being held for judging in January 1976.


The Happy Hustler, Sr., club has 22 members. Coleaders are Mrs. Charles Diers and Mrs. Jim Jordahl.




GOP women to meet 17th


The Neillsville Republican Women’s Club will have its first meeting of the fall season Sept. 17 at 9:45 a.m. the home of Mrs. W.H. (Alta) Allen.




Several Merrillan alumni received special recognition at the Lions Club festivities recently, in Gile Memorial Park at Merrillan. They are from left, John Anger, Merrillan, 51 years employed on the railroad; Melvin Litchfield, Madison, member of first class to graduate from “brick” high school; Nora Johnson Castle, Chicago, oldest alumnus traveling longest distance; Ken Ristow, Lions president; Eleanor Austin Gile, Merrillan, master of ceremonies; Bill and Irene Reichenbach Steinberg, Eau Claire, classmate-couple married longest; and Eunice Johnson, Kenosha, member of golden anniversary class. (Press photo Sept. 11, 1975)




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