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Clark County News

September 8, 1938


Town of Hewett youth is bitten by rattle snake


Victor Sydorowicz, 7, is treated at local hospital


Victor Sydorowicz, seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Sydorowicz of Hewett township, who was bitten on the finger by a rattle snake Sunday afternoon, is recovering at his home after spending two days in the Neillsville hospital under treatment.


Victor was playing with two small companions in the yard of his farm residence about 4 p.m. Sunday. He picked up a tire casing laying on the ground and was bitten on the index finger of the right hand by the snake, which had wriggled inside of the casing.


Apparently not believing the snake to be venomous, Victor and his companions grabbed up stones and clubs and killed it.


Arm grows sore


A few minutes later Victor’s arm began to grow sore. He went inside the house and told his father, who asked immediately if he had been bitten by a snake. “No,” answered Victor. Then a few minutes later, the pain and swelling increasing rapidly, Victor told his father what had happened. Quickly Mr. Sydorowicz loaded his son into an automobile and drove to Neillsville for medical aid.


Send for serum


A local physician bled and cauterized the wound and kept hot applications on the arm. Unable to get a rattle snake serum in Neillsville, the physician telephoned Minneapolis for the treatment. It arrived about 3 a.m. Monday and was administered immediately at the hospital.


According to the physician, Victor apparently received only a small dose of poison. He remained in the hospital over Monday and was returned home Tuesday morning.


First rattler bite


The tail of the snake, with all but two rattles broken off, was brought into the city by Mr. Sydorowicz, and was given to the physician.


Victor is the first person who has been bitten by a rattle snake in this section of the country in the memory of several physicians in the city.




Derby causing roar Lizzie Race Sunday


Model T’s will vie for $100 in cash prizes at fairgrounds


That earsplitting roar might be from the old model T owned by the chap next door.


Several aspiring, daredevil dirt track drivers are tuning up their ancient crates for the 75mile “Tin Can” derby, Sunday, September 11, at the Clark County fairgrounds; and they have their eyes on a cut of the $100 cash prizes offered by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, sponsors. The races will start at 2:30 p.m. In case of rain they will be held the following Sunday.


Tin Can derbies have found unusual popularity throughout the Midwest this year, and have attracted large crowds of spectators wherever they have been staged. Although they lack some of the blinding speed of the specially built dirt track racers, the Lizzies give all the thrills that can be found in an automobile race–and a lot of good laughs, besides.




September 16, 1948


Book on Pioneer Days by a Melrose writer


Announcement is made of the publication in book form of the pioneer stories of the late Abner D. Polleys of Melrose. During his life, he wrote much, which appeared in various newspapers, and which he intended to gather into a book some time.


Mr. Polleys passed on but his manuscripts remained, and his work is now coming out in book form. He was a resident of Melrose 90 years and knew many of the pioneers. His book bears the title “Stories of Pioneer Days in the Black River Vally.” The book is sold by the widow, Mrs. Polleys, in Melrose.


Readers of The Clark County press will recall that it was from Melrose that the original James O’Neill took his bride, the mother of the first white child born in Clark County.




Only forked horn deer will be shot in coming season


Conservation –commission yields–4,000 displaced persons per state


After months of indecision and dispute, Wisconsin conservation authorities this week informed deer hunters what kind of a deer season will be permitted this fall.


There will again be a buck-only season for nine days, beginning November 20. The conservation commission voted five to one for another shoot on forked horn animals, after it failed to approve a season on antlerless deer and after Governor Rennebohm vetoed a proposal to allow shooting of any deer.


Forestry experts have claimed that an excessive big game population has caused severe damage to young forest tree growth. The proposal to shoot any deer, vetoed by the Governor, was intended to reduce the deer herd and cut down damage to forest reproduction.


The buck season was a defeat for the advisory Wisconsin conservation congress and for the game management staff of the conservation department. Both have tried for several years to persuade the commission and the Wisconsin public to accept more liberal deer shooting.


Governor Rennebohm will sign the new order as soon as it reaches him.




September 5, 1968


Industrial group to seek $49,500 in area drive


Preliminaries to the raising of funds in the Neillsville area for community participation in the construction of a new plant for Nefco Filter Corporation were completed by the Neillsville Industrial Corporation board of directors at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.


The community industrial group will be responsible for raising $105,000 of the $150,000 estimated cost of the new plant. Target date for a fundraising effort in the area is September 16. By that time, the industrial corporation hopes to have completed the necessary requirements for state security commission approval.


Football size field


The Nefco plant, on which work is now proceeding, will be 120 by 300 feet, one story, a of steel construction. Grading on a plot purchased by Nefco from the Neillsville Industrial Corporation has been done and the forming and pouring of footings and foundation is in progress. The site is east of the Nelson Muffler corporation plant, which also was built through the Neillsville Industrial Corporation and community cooperation.


Right, at present, the site could be mistaken for a football field. It is exactly the length of a football field from goal line to goal line, and is as wide as a regulation football field. The hope of Nefco officials is that the building will be completed by November 1, with December 1 as an outside date.





Officers of the Neillsville Industrial Corporation inspected the work in progress at the site of the new Nefco Filter Corporation plant on Highway 10, East, in Neillsville. The 300 by 120foot factory building is being built with the financial participation of the industrial group on a site adjoining the Nelson Muffler Corporation factory building. Left to right above are Jas A. Musil, secretary-treasurer of the industrial group; Dr. Kenneth Manz, director; Frank Svetlik, president; and Donald W. Johnson, director. Other directors are Dr. M.C. Rosekrans, Robert Harvey and Charles Barr. (Press photo Sept. 5, 1968)




Views of past topic of Granton fall festival


A bicentennial theme underpins plans for the 25th annual Granton Fall Festival, to be held September 12, 13, and 14.


Events begin Friday afternoon with a tractor rodeo for high school students which will be followed by a fun show and dance that evening. The FFA band and the Sunshine Girls will be special attractions at the fun show.


Saturday afternoon will feature free cotton candy for the kids along with a scramble for 5,000 pennies and the annual frog jumping contest.


The ladies program, started five years ago, is being expanded this year and will feature many old time crafts and arts. Mrs. Frieda Frischman, rural Granton, will demonstrate quilt making and display many of her creations. Mrs. Russell Gardner, also of Granton, will display her art work which won blue ribbon awards at the Central Wisconsin State Fair, Marshfield.


Area citizens are being asked to bring in hand operated machines that were used years ago.


There will be other displays including soap making, sauerkraut making, and different kinds of homemade bread.


The popular mini-tractor pull will again be held in the evening at 6:30 p.m., Saturday evening. Four classes will be held this year at 500, 800, 1,250, and 1,500 pounds. An old time dance will conclude Saturday’s events.


The big parade on Sunday will again allow every worthy child entered to gain a silver dollar. Free street entertainment will feature twelve year old, Paul Morning, national rope jumping champion with a record jump of 59 times in ten seconds. Beauty and the Beast, a rock group, will perform on the street stage.


Other events include a fruit, vegetable and flower show, carnival, food stands, bands, and old cars.


The festival is sponsored by the Granton Firemen and Granton Rotary.





Honored for creating a national prize-winning Royal Neighbors poster, Mrs. Letha Ganther (center) was presented with a certificate of appreciation by (right) Mrs. Pearl Cain, oracle, and a check by (left) Mrs. Esther Schmidtke, receiver. The presentations were made Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of Granton’s Fidelity Camp No. 6375 held at the home of Mrs. Violet Spry. (Press photo Sept. 4, 1975)




Warriors’ opening 410 effort at Wittenberg Birnamwood last Friday. Jeff Vine, all-conference veteran and a player seen as a potential for Big 10 footballs, was picked on defense for his hardnosed play. Also picked on defense was Jesse Rupnick, a middle guard, whom the coaches tabbed as “very aggressive.” Rupnick is a newcomer, transferring this year from Lincoln High School in Alma Center, where he starred last year. On offense, the coaches picked Scott Meihack, a tough, aggressive senior running back who bulled his way to 168 yards in eight carries, and Jay Ouimette, who scored one touchdown on a Brian McKevitt pass and snared one for two extra points after touchdown. In addition to his running, Meihack was credited by the coaches with a “good job blocking,” while Ouimette was given good marks for running pass patterns. (Press photo Sept. 4, 1975)





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