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Clark County News

January 13, 1944


Night school to teach repair of machinery


A night school in which adults will be taught how to repair farm machinery will begin in Neillsville on Tuesday evening, January 26. The school will be held as part of the activities of the Neillsville public schools, the management has arranged with Dale Seif to act as instructor. In the lack of a suitable shop, the school management has arranged that the classes will meet at the Seif implement shop.


The second will be held each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 8 to 11 p.m. The instructions will be highly practical, with those taking the course working upon their own machinery.


In order that proper arrangements may be made, those interested in the course are asked to enroll in advance, either with Dale Seif or with John Perkins, ag teacher at the high school. When enrolling they are asked to specify what machinery they wish to repair.


There is of course no charge for instruction, the school being provided as an extension of the local high school.




Man of year choice pleases Mrs. Warren


Mrs. Otto Warren town of York writes The Press as follows: –”We Warrens are pleased with your choice for Clark County’s Man of the Year. It should please both town and country readers, for Herbie is well liked by the farm people, who know him through his connection with the telephone company.


“In a way this honor which he received seems to be an honor for all our Clark County boys who are in the service, than whom there is none finer.”




Husky bugs in New Guinea run off with Seargent Janke’s pocket knife


Staff Sergeant G.C. Janke has written graphically from New Guinea to give understanding of how thick and how big the bugs and worms are there. Writing a little before Christmas, he tells of putting his knife down for 15 minutes. Then he went to pick it up and had to look for it for a half hour. “The thing has grown legs and crawled 10 feet away into a brush pile, believe it or not!”


The letter was written to his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. August C. Janke, 122 East Ninth St., Neillsville. Dated December 21, just four days before Christmas, Sergeant Janke guesses that he will “hang up my sock and get a few beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, stink bugs and big green worms for Christmas. And don’t think there aren’t plenty around. The ground is alive with things that crawl!”


War is something in addition to heroism according to this extract from the Sergeant’s letter: –”You know, Mother, I finally have come to realize why you always dreaded Monday so much. This washing business is sure a heck of a job. I never noticed before how clothes can get dirty and pile up so quickly. I just get them all washed, and then the suit I’m wearing is dirty again, and I have to wash that.


“I have a gadget now that helps a little. It is a five gallon can with a handle on it. I put a pole through it and hung it over a fire. I use a can filled with diesel oil and gasoline for a stove. I let the thing boil for four or five hours. Then all I have to do is rub the lather off the collars and cuffs. It is a lot better than scrubbing the things. I don’t suppose it does the clothes any good, but they are made plenty rugged.”


In his letter, Sergeant Janke celebrates the arrival of 50 American cigarettes and three candy bars. Both have been sent him directly from the States, and they were, he said, vastly superior to those obtained in the southwest Pacific.




January 14, 1954


Eight performers to present acts


Contests for all skates are arranged; Queen to be chosen for event


Eight stars of the silver skates will furnish entertainment during Neillsville’s Ice Carnival on the O’Neill Creek pond Saturday afternoon.


The engaging of eight experienced performers was announced this week by John R. Bergemann, secretary of the chamber of commerce, and the Rev. Wm. Koehler of the carnival committee. The skaters, all semiprofessional, will come here from Wausau. They have performed before large audiences in many communities. Included will be figure skating, dancing, comedy and couples skating acts, Mr. Bergemann said.


The featured entertainers will perform at the opening of the carnival, and again at the close of the event. A program of approximately two hours is planned, Mr. Bergemann said.



Spencer, Medford undefeated in 3-C


An all-time record of 66 personals are called in Granton-Unity tilt


The Medford Red Raiders and the Spencer Rockets are the only undefeated teams in conference play, and lead in their respective divisions of the 3-C Conference after the first round completed last week.


Medford dumped fourth-place Phillips, 65-50, to remain undefeated; while the Rockets downed last-place Unity, 65-48, to keep out in front in the southern division.


In the hottest game of the week, a last-minute field goal broke a 41-41 tie in the Rib Lake Westboro game, and gave Rib Lake a 43-41 victory and sole possession of the second place spot in the northern division.




February draft quota for county is seven


Contingent will leave on February 3; volunteers fill January group


Clark County’s February selective service quota is seven men for induction and 11 for preinduction physical examinations, it was announced this week.


They will leave for the induction center at Minneapolis February 3. In the same chartered bus will be men from Jackson and Eau Claire counties.


Seven volunteers made up Clark County’s January quota for induction last week. They were Walter Embke and Donald L. Hansen, both of Neillsville; Lloyd R. Horn of Greenwood; Donald L. Bartsch of Granton; Lester E. Maki, Robert Riley and John A. Larsen, all of Owen; and Louis O. Winslow of Unity.





Lou Ann Tews (right) helps Mary Beth Urban with her skates in the O’Neill creek warming house as the local girls prepared for the Ice Carnival, which will be held Saturday afternoon. Lou Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Tews of Neillsville. Mary Beth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Urban, Jr., also of Neillsville. (Press photo Jan. 14, 1954)




January 17, 1974


Born in Holland 100 years ago, Hattie fetes birthday


Hattie Klabunde (nee Van den Brook), who has been a resident of the Clark County home since August 8, 1967, celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, January 11th. Mrs. Klabunde was born on January 11, 1874, in Holland, coming to America with her parents at the age of 2. She spent her childhood in Kaukauna, Wisconsin and later moved to Oshkosh where she was married to Julius Klabunde on December 29, 1891. Julius worked on the railroads in Oshkosh and later in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They moved to a farm near Stetsonville, Wisconsin in 1909. Eight children were born to Hattie and Julius. Mrs. Emma Oemichen, Fond du Lac; Mrs. Lillian Wundrow, Gardena, California; John Klabunde, Dorchester; Miss Erna Klabunde, West Bend; Carl Klabunde, who resides on the home place, Harry Klabunde, who died at the age of 63. Francis Klabunde, who died at the age of 4 and Mrs. Hattie Brown who was killed in a car accident at the age of 66. Hattie had one sister Anna and four brothers, John, Theodore, Henry and Anton, who have all passed away. Hattie’s hobbies were fishing, which she loved, flowers, gardening, braiding rugs and quilting. She has 23 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren.



Celebrating her 100th birthday, Mrs. Hattie Klabunde, a resident of the Clark County home in Owen, was the center of attention at a party to commemorate her century of life as an American immigrant from Holland. (Press photo Jan. 17, 1974)






A promise of what will be! These two team horses are examples of what can be done with ice sculpting and also offer a view of what the annual Neillsville winter carnival is all about. Constructed a few years ago by David Smith, the horses were life size and took many hours to mold, shape and color. This year, ice and snow sculpturing again will play an important part in the carnival and according to Rolli Jenni, cochairman of the event, stress will be put on making the January 31 through February 3 event one for the entire family. Snowmobile races, ice skating, skiing, a queen coronation and log cutting are just a few of the specific items scheduled for this year. (Press photo Jan. 17, 1974)




January 19, 1994


AARP elects officers


Officers of the Neillsville Chapter 4316 of the American Association of Retired Persons were installed at a regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Senior Citizens center.


The new officers are Vernon Drescher, presidents; Viola Sharratt, vice president; Pauline Payne, secretary; and Harvey Pischer, treasurer.


Mayor Bob Lulloff officiated at the brief installation ceremony.




House fire result of overheated woodstove


The rural volunteer fire department responded to a call in the town of Levis shortly after 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, when a wall in the Larry Goode home, N2177 River Avenue, Neillsville, caught fire. Fire Chief Duane Peterson said it appeared that the fire started from an overheated wood stove and a portion of the wall was badly damaged. In addition, there was considerable smoke damage throughout the wood frame building. No one was injured.





Myron Olson received the Sunburst

Employee of the Year award for the

year 1993. (Press photo Jan. 19, 1994)




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