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Clark County News, September 29, 1938


Calling Luther Burbank! Pumpkin grows “canned”


Pumpkins are being canned while they grow in Neillsville this year.


Imagine Donnie Griep’s surprise last week when he picked up a pumpkin in the garden only to find that it was grown into a tin can.


The pumpkin had grown around the open end of the can, and when the bottom was cut it was discovered that the can was full. Donnie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Griep of Neillsville.




Where the Neillsville Press got its name


The Neillsville Press got its present name in 1921, when a consolidation was made between the Neillsville Times and the Republican Press. At that time the consolidated paper followed the custom of consolidations and took part of the name from one of the merged papers and the other past from the other. Thus, the name “Neillsville” from the Times was put in the place of “Republican,” and the resulting publications became The Neillsville Press.


When a merger was again made about one year ago, the consolidation of The Neillsville Press and The Clark County Journal, the custom of naming the merged paper was not followed. All parts of “The Clark County Journal” were dropped. For pursuing this course there were doubtless reasons which seemed compelling at the time. Such reasons, however, may not now be valid.


A considerable variety of names has been known for papers published in Neillsville. In addition to those already mentioned, there was the old True Republican, which dated away back to the pioneer days. There was also a Neillsville News, which removed to Granton. Also, there was Der Deutsch Amerikaner, published in the German language, which passed out of existence when its publisher became old.




Neillsville enters six boys in contest


Represent High School in judging; coached by J. W. Perkins


Six students of agriculture will represent Neillsville High School in the state high school judging contest in Madison, September 30 and October 1.


They are Robert Opelt, Allen Stanley and Duane Stanley in grain judging, and Robert Braatz, Wilford Gault and Russell Vandeberg in stock judging. Team members were determined by a local contest conducted by J.W. Perkins, agriculture teacher, who has been coaching the boys.


Approximately 189 schools and 2,000 contestants are entered in the contest. The local teams were very successful last year, winning first place in grain judging for the third straight year, and ninth place in dairy cattle judging.


In addition to judging in the contest, the boys will visit places of interest in the city, including the state capitol, the university, Vilas Park and the U.S. Forest Products laboratory. They also will attend the Wisconsin Marquette football game.




October 7, 1948


Clean Plowing Contest scheduled for Oct. 21


A Clean Plowing contest will be held on the Spencer Johnson farm, located one mile south of Greenwood on Highway 73, County Agent Earl O. Wright announces. The date will be Thursday, October 21. The time, 1 p.m. Further details will be announced in subsequent issues of The Press.




Legion meeting


The American Legion Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, October 12, at 8 p.m. in the Kiwanis room.




Stewart’s cheddar wins first at National Event


The entry of W. A. Stewart, Greenwood, won first place in the American cheddar cheese competition at the 36th annual Dairy Cattle congress, it was announced in Waterloo, Ia., this week. Mr. Stewart is an officer of the Stewart Cheese Corp., of Greenwood.




The “Twain” shall meet: North is moving South


This story could be entitled: “North is moving South.” Or it might take much more kicking around than that.


But, boiled down to ordinary language, Herman North is having his cottage on Lake Arbutus moved south seven feet.


The cottage was erected this summer; completed about a month ago. Then it was discovered that it rested five feet north of the north line of the North property. Ouch.




September 26, 1968


Warriors take on Thorp next


Neillsville’s hard-luck football Warriors, still seeking their first win after three consecutive defeats, will go against one of 65 remaining unbeaten teams of the state Friday night at Thorp.


The Warriors were victims of Mondovi’s also unbeaten high school team in their home opener last Friday night, 280.


While they were soundly trounced, the Warriors turned in a creditable defense job; but their enthusiasm seemed to wane in the late minutes as they trailed by a 21-0 score.


They were unable to mount any kind of offense, and in fact, chalked up but one first down in the entire 48 minutes of play. That came with a little more than seven minutes of the fourth quarter left to play.


Mondovi scored a touchdown in each period and added a safety in the third to gain their lopsided victory.






Born to Mr. and Mrs. LaVere Ehlers of Neillsville, a son, weighing five pounds, September 22, in Memorial Hospital in Neillsville. He has been named Jay Macey.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kyle of Neillsville, a son, weighing seven pounds, four ounces, September 21, in St. Joseph’s hospital in Marshfield. He has been named Scott Allen.




Two-County, 15-1/2 mile chase ends in court; $350 is bond


A chase which took place early Sunday over 15 1/2 miles of Clark and Taylor county highways, at speeds asserted to have been in excess of 120 miles an hour at times, landed in court here Monday morning.


Anthony Grabowski, 19, of Gilman, pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving “in excess of 100plus miles per hour” brought by Clark County deputy Dan Patey.


Patey said he had chased Grabowski’s car over highways in northern Clark county and continued on into Taylor county on Highway 73. The chase ended north of Highway 64 when the hood on Grabowski’s car became unattached and flew up, blocking Grabowski’s vision. He stopped with his car partially in the ditch, and partly on the wide shoulder of Highway 73.


Deputy Patey said that the windshield on Grabowski’s car was shattered, and the top was “caved” in from the force of the hood when it flew up.


Judge Richard F. Gaffney, before whom Grabowski pleaded “not guilty” Monday morning, set bond at $350.





Mr. and Mrs. Arden Hinkelmann of Neillsville are pictured as they were welcomed to the national Mobile convention in Chicago last Thursday by the official greeter. During the convention the Hinkelmanns won a door prize of a silver service set. Mr. Hinkelmann operates a Mobil service station in Neillsville. (Contributed photo Sept. 26, 1968)




September 25, 1975


Area schools ready for television quiz bowl


Area high schools were announced this week as being participants in “High Quiz Bowl,” a weekly television program which puts school against school in knowledge recall competitions.


The announcement by Viterbo College, La Crosse, a sponsor of the programs, included Abbotsford, Colby, Loyal, Neillsville and Owen-Withee.


“High Quiz Bowl” is the most popular television show produced in the state of Wisconsin.


The program, originally seen only on WKBT in La Crosse, has proven so successful that the show has been added to the 1975-76 roster for WSAU television of Wausau.


The Clark County schools will participate in the Wausau programs.


The programs will be taped on Thursday evenings, and aired in the 5:00 p.m., time slot on Saturdays.


Dates for appearances were listed as Abbotsford, December 6; Colby, January 24; Loyal, December 20; Neillsville, January 10; and Owen-Withee, April 17.


Viterbo acts as a sponsor and also assists by providing weekly $200 and $300 scholarships to participating high schools.




Open house marks Karnitz anniversary


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Karnitz of Neillsville observed their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday evening, September 20, with an open house and dance at the American Legion Hall.


Among those present for the occasion were well-wishers from Wisconsin Dells, Marshfield, Barron, Wisconsin Rapids, Black River Falls, New Berlin, Wausau, Lake Villa, IL., Granton, Little Chute, Hewitt, Kimberly, Port Edwards, Greenwood, Delafield, Manitowoc, Kaukauna and Neillsville.


The Karnitzes were married September 23, 1950, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Dux, in the town of Pine Valley. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thone Karnitz, rural Neillsville. Rev. Domke, then pastor of Zion American Lutheran churches in the towns of Grant and Pine Valley, was the officiating clergyman.


The couple’s attendants, both on hand for the observance, were Mrs. Bernard Smetana of Black River Falls, the former Lois Karnitz, and Donald Carl of Port Edwards.


Mr. and Mrs. Karnitz are parents of two children, Kerry of Wausau and Lynette of Neillsville.


Theirs is by no means a marriage of two strangers who chanced to meet–Ken and Virginia Karnitz were classmates in grade school, were confirmed together, and graduated from high school together.





Almost a complete no calorie meal in itself is this giant edible mushroom brought to The Clark County Press office Monday by Mrs. Fred Kunhart of Rt. 2, Neillsville. The mushroom is one of many similarly sized and picked in the woods near the Kunhart farm. The mushroom weighed about two pounds and was approximately 10 inches across. Mrs. Kunhart says the crop this year is “fantastic.” In the last three weeks she has picked “over 200 pounds” of them, she says, and many were as large as the biggie she brought in. (Press photo Sept. 25, 1975)




These happy girls are refreshing themselves after making the social rounds last Saturday in their beautiful ancient garb. All eyes were upon them as they walked together through Neillsville’s business section. Upper picture, left to right, Mrs. Millard Cole, Mrs. William Whaley and Mrs. Al Covell. Lower picture, going around the table clockwise from the left: Mrs. Donald Schwantes, Mrs. Harry Wasserberger, Mrs. Lewis Bradbury, Mrs. Odin Wang, Mrs. Millard Cole, Mrs. Tom Noble, Mrs. Al. Covell, Mrs. William Whaley, Mrs. Edna Russell, Mrs. Frank Hepburn and Mrs. Helen Smith. The costumes were brought to Neillsville by Mrs. Millard Cole, who secured them from a relative in Black River Falls, Mrs. Harvey Richards. They were worn originally by Mrs. Julia Price of Black River Falls and Mrs. Elizabeth May of Platteville, both now dead, who were the daughters of a prosperous lumberman in Black River Falls named Campbell. The two large hats, worn by Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Covell, are of more recent vintage dating back only 35 or 40 years. They were originally owned and worn by the Spaulding sisters of Black River Falls. (Noble photo, Neillsville June 12, 1975)




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