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Clark County News

January 27, 1944


Old ice house on the creek to be replaced


The Tibbett Ice and Fuel Co. are rebuilding their ice house on O’Neill Creek. One of the walls having fallen in, workmen started recently to repair the building, but it was decided then to tear down and rebuild the entire structure. So there will be a practically new house this year in which to store the 1944 ice harvest.


The first ice house on O’Neill Creek was a log structure which stood for many years, and was later supplemented, as the business demanded, by a frame structure nearby. On a list of the earlier ice men would be placed the names of William Neverman and his son, Otto Neverman, and also the late Vet Marsh.


James Paulus bought the business Of Vet Marsh, and made us of two ice houses near the site of the present one. In 1911 Mr. Paulus and Kurt Listeman constructed the present concrete dam to replace an old wooden one below the bridge.


Charles Goldhammer next acquired the business and was there only a short time, but long enough to build a new ice house, the one recently torn down by the present owners. That was about twenty-five years ago. Next in line were Dave and Henry Ross, owners for several years and they in 1929 sold out to the present owners, George and Jack Tibbett.




Eight play golf Jan. 23 on Neillsville course


Eight Neillsville people played golf last Sunday on the local golf course. They were Otto Zaeske, William Whaley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Campman and Mr. and Mrs. William Chesemore.


Golf on January 23 was something to talk about in central Wisconsin, but Mr. Zaeske says that this is not the whole story. Not far from the third tee, near the old orchard, the players came upon some green grass, which had evidently grown considerably, and the grass was green near the first green. A little more of this soft weather, and the golf course will look green all over, as these golf enthusiasts see it.


In locals’ annuals the story goes that there was one year long ago when golf was played in every month of the year. But even then, the soft weather was not so persistent as now. For instance, Mr. Zaeske played on New Year Day and on Sunday, January 9, as well as on Sunday, January 23.





Advertisement in the Press, Jan. 27, 1944




January 28, 1954


Mothers to March on Polio throughout county tonight


Sirens to signal start of “march” Army of volunteers to stop at homes where porch lights are shining


Turn on your porch light tonight.


For, throughout Clark County the dramatic Mothers March on Polio will take place.


From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. an army of women–most of them mothers–will canvass the county from house to house to pick up March of Dimes folders and accept other contributions to the March of Dimes.


They will stop only where a lighted porch light, or a lamp set in a window, signifies that the occupant wants to contribute to the March of Dimes.


In cities and villages of the county the opening of the Mothers’ March on Polio will be signaled by the wailing of sirens or ringing of fire bells. This will be heard at 6 o’clock tonight (Thursday, January 28). When it is heard snap on your porch light or put the light in your window.


The Mothers’ March in Clark County is a part of a concerted, nationwide effort, which will take place tonight. Through it the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis hope to raise a large part of the extra $26 million estimated as needed to carry on a hopeful preventative program this year. This amount is needed in addition to the usual amounts necessary to carry on other research, patient care and education.


People of Clark County have good reason to be generous in their contributions, for the incidence of polio has been high here, and the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis has spent approximately $92,000 for care and treatment of Clark County patients, alone.




Ward captains in charge of organizing the “Mothers March on Polio” are pictured above as they met in the city hall last Friday evening. The Mother’s march will take place in the city between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight; but in other sections of the county, it varies from 6 to 9 p.m. The ward captains are (left to right) front row: Mrs. Clare Carlson, Mrs. Lars Thompson, Mrs. Fred Maeder, Mrs, Gerald Schmidt, Mrs. Fred Wall, Mrs. Ellis Wall. Back row: Mrs. William Falder, Mrs. Matt Gassen, Mrs. H. Randy Briggs, Mrs. M.V. Overman, Mrs. George Hendrickson and Mrs. Stuart A Lathrop. (Press photo Jan. 28, 1954)




Salamander breaks and causes fire at hospital


Six canvas tarpaulins used as windbreaks on the Memorial Hospital construction were destroyed by fire last Wednesday afternoon when a Salamander (fire pot with burning distillate) cracked apart as it was being moved, pouring burning distillate over the area.


The blaze spread quickly to the tarpaulins; but carpenters acted rapidly to remove as much canvas and framework as possible out of the way of flames. The conflagration was prevented from spreading over a large floor area by snow, which has packed over the straw spread on top of the concrete floor.


The workers had brought the fire under control in the few minutes it took the volunteer fire department to arrive.




County beaver season February 25 to April 10


A beaver and otter trapping season will be held in Clark and other counties in the state from February 25 until April 10, Conservation Warden Mark Russell said this week.


The limit on beaver is 20 for the season; and there is no limit on otter. Clark is one of several counties in conservation areas three, four and five in which ice fishing for walleyed and northern pike has been extended until February 15. Speaking generally, Warden Russell said, the extension of time applies to Clark, Eau Claire and Wood counties and those counties lying to the south.




January 31, 1974


4-H snowmobile program starting in snowbelt


Thousands of young people will be participating in 4-H snowmobile club activities this fall and winter as part of a new North American program being launched across the United States and Canada snowbelts.


Boys and girls in 4-H will be learning many things: How to ride snowmobiles properly, how to maintain the machines, how the engine works, what to wear, where to ride, and all aspects of safety.


The Ski-Doo Division of Bombardier Limited recognized the need of 4-H’ers living in the snowbelt of North America and provided grants to the National 4-H Extension Service to help develop a student manual leaders’ guide, and other aids. Many Ski-Doo dealers are cooperating by serving as snowmobile advisers to the 4-H clubs.


The program is the first joint U.S.–Canadian 4-H effort in which leaders of both countries participated in the planning and development.


4-H club members will learn by doing throughout the snowmobile course. Clubs started in the fall help members learn as much as possible about mechanics, safety and dress before the snow.


The program complements other 4-H projects, including those dealing with small engines. Program developers also pointed out that snowmobile club activities are one of only two 4-H projects designed to truly be “family oriented.”




Service Notes


 Pvt. Alan A. Uhlig, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Uhlig, of Abbotsford, received a parachutist badge upon completion of the three-week airborne course at the army infantry school at Ft. Benning, Ga. During the first week of training he underwent a rigorous physical training program and received instruction in the theory of parachuting. The second week tested his ability through jumps from the 34-foot and 250-



foot towers. The final week he was required to perform five static line parachute jumps.


Sgt. David J. Witt, 21, son of Mrs. Marjorie Witt, of Abbotsford, recently attended an auto body and fender repair course as part of project transition at Ft. Riley, Kan. Project transition, an army initiated program, is designed to train soldiers with six months or less remaining in the service in a particular field to ease their transition from soldier to civilian. Sgt. Witt is a section chief in Battery B, 3rd Battalion of the 6th Field Artillery.




Members of the first girls’ basketball team of Neillsville High School to play in a Cloverbelt conference schedule are pictured above with their coach, Miss Marsha Walters (front row, left). They are: first row, left to right, Miss Walters, Lynn Goetz, Rosemary Opelt, Marie Vornholt and Debbie Oestreich; second row, Cindy Demert, Lori Meihack, Judy Sischo, Susan VanDam, Margaret Payleitner, Val Vincent and Carla Zilk; and third row, Ann Short, LaRai Martin, Barb Turner, Pam Vincent, Charlene Anason, Nan Spiegel and Kathy Spiegel. (Press photo Jan. 31, 1974)




February 2, 1994


Deputies strive for snowmobiling safety


Snowmobiling and Clark County just naturally to together.


There is the usually abundant snow, the scenic county trails–more than 130 miles in all–and the machines that make snowmobiling a wintertime breeze.


Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies Dan McGee and Dick Lange are hoping to keep things that way as they patrol the county’s trails aboard a pair of new Skidoos. The two officers took a break from their patrolling trails near Levis Mound in southwest Clark County last Saturday and talked about their job.


“The main thing is to promote trail safety,” said Lange. “We’re not out to ticket people. We warn more than we cite. We want people to come out with their families and not get hurt. “The biggest safety hazard, both officers agreed, was snowmobilers operating off a designated trail or along a roadway.


“Most of the problem is with independent riders who blaze their own trail,” said Lange. “They go off the trail and across a farm field. They cause damage, or they may get lost or hurt themselves. They give everyone a bad name.”


Another problem the officers often run into is registration, or, rather, the lack of it. Snowmobilers must be registered, and the registration decals must be properly display.


“The decals must be displayed on both sides of the snowmobiling cowling,” McGee said. “A lot of people have a decal behind the smoked glass windshield on their snowmobile where we can’t see it.


Lange and McGee do more than patrol county and private club trails. The two also conduct safety classes to insure safe snowmobiling for county residents.




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