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The Good Old Days 

February 10, 1944


Levis is first town over top in war fund


Completes quota at bunco party held Saturday at the Bohemian Hall


The town of Levis has gone over the top for the Clark County War fund. It is the only town to have made its quota up to date.


The final stroke to put the town over was a bunco party, held at the Levis community hall Saturday night. At the party prizes were given for bunco, these being donated, and many items were auctioned off, these also having been given by the Levis neighbors and others.


Preparations for the bunco party were made by a committee consisting of Mr. George Beeckler, Mrs. Henry Seidelman, Mrs. Peter Honzik, Sr., and Mrs. Fred Subke. The ladies covered the entire town–the third time it was covered for the War fund.


The first direct solicitations resulted in direct subscriptions of $96.44, with a quota of $236. So a dance was organized, and this was not sufficient. Then came the bunco party, which put the town over. The two parties raised $140.85.


At the bunco party and auction George Beeckler was the auctioneer–his first appearance as an auctioneer. Being the town chairman for this war drive, he had the responsibility, and he went after the money in earnest. The result was the quota–and $1.29 to spare.


Both parties were held in the Bohemian lodge hall, furnished by the lodge to forward the campaign.


Thorp village has sent its check for $724, the full amount of the quota. Other contributions aggregating $46 have recently been received by A.C. Wagner, county chairman.




Wuethrich is recognized as Clark’s key dairyman


John Wuethrich of Greenwood was among 46 dairy leaders from as many counties who received statewide recognition at the meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen’s association in Madison February 7.


Mr. Wuethrich was presented with a framed certificate designating him key dairyman for Clark County. The Wisconsin Dairymen’s association plans to present a “county key dairyman award each year to one farmer in every county that has nominated its choice for the honor.


The certificate was signed by Dean E.B. Fred of the Wisconsin College of Agriculture; Milton H. Button, director of the State Department of Agriculture; B. R. Dugdale, extension field man for the Wisconsin Dairymen’s association, and E.R. McIntyre, editor.


The 46 farmers were honored for their herd improvement activities, good farm management, community leadership in dairying in particular, and their interest in building agriculture in general.


The county key dairy-man program was developed by the directors of the Wisconsin Dairymen’s association in cooperation-operation with other agencies.



Adler premier brought out 461 bond purchases


The bond premiere at the Adler Theater last Friday evening was attended by 461 persons. This meant more than the normal seating capacity of the theater, which is 413. It was necessary to bring in extra seats to accommodate the bond buyers. The sale of bonds aggregated $42,150.


W.G. Meier, manager of the theater, attributes the success of the sale in no small part to the help of the women who sold bonds in the lobby, being they are members of the Business and Professional Women’s club and the Eastern Star.




February 11, 1954


Total deer kill in county is 559


Jackson County’s 1,084 is highest in state; first day is the best


A total of 559 legal deer were registered as killed in Clark County during the season last November.


This is the final report of the state, Warden Mark Russell has been informed.


Jackson County led the state’s 71 counties in number of deer killed with 1,084 legal kills registered. This was approximately 200 more than the next highest county in the state. Clark County ranked 12th, with eight out of the top 10 being northern counties.


Counties bordering Clark had the following registered total kills: Eau Claire, 399; Wood, 295; Marathon, 154; Taylor 319; and Chippewa, 91.


The total kill for the state was 15,880.


The registrations also showed that more than 79 percent of the total kill was made in the first three days of the season, with almost half the entire total being killed on the opening day. The first day’s, kill last year amounted to 46.4 percent of the total; second days, 22.3 percent; and third days, 10.7 percent.


The registration program was the first effort ever made by any state to secure an accurate count of the legal kill. It required much tedious clerical work to gather the statistics for deer killed in one county and registered in another. All indications are that sportsmen, who questioned conservation department computations in previous seasons, are now fairly well satisfied that the record is as accurate as it can possibly be made.




Open bids Tuesday on 15 miles of highway


Bids on blacktopping approximately 15 miles of major highways in Clark County are to be opened in Madison next Tuesday, February 16.


The bids to be considered are on the following projects, according to the Wisconsin Good Roads association:


Blacktop paving of 13.530 miles of Highway 10 and 12 extending between Fairchild and Neillsville, and Neillsville and Granton; and blacktop paving of 2.140 miles of Highway 73 between Greenwood and Withee.



 Homemakers chorus


The Homemakers Chorus rehearsal previously planned for February 9, has been postponed until Thursday evening, February 18. The group will meet in the high school home eco-nomics room, Greenwood, at 8 p.m.




Neillsville girl bowls high series in tourney


Miss Edris Haack, 17-year-old Neillsville High School girl, bowled a 552 series in the state women’s bowling tournament in Eau Claire last Sunday to take over the top spot, up to that time, in Class C singles. Her highest line was 222.


Miss Haack, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Haack of Neillsville, teamed with Miss Carole Bemis, also of the high school, to roll 859 in the doubles event.





Mr. and Mrs. Alvin F. Eisentraut, life-long resident of Clark County, who observed their golden wedding anniversary in Neillsville, Wednesday, February 10. Mr. Eisentraut is president of the Clark County Agri-cultural society, which operates the county fair. (Press photo Feb. 11, 1954)




February 14, 1974


Talent show set at Greenwood


The annual talent show sponsored by the Greenwood High School National Honor Society will be held at 8 p.m., Sunday in the high school gymnasium. Funds again will be used for the foreign exchange pro-gram and other projects.


Betty Fravert, program chairman, has listed a wide variety of features including a Spanish dance by Patty Arfinengo, exchange student at the school; Dawn Ystad at the piano; vocal selections by Laurie Laser; excerpts from the forthcoming musical, “Oklahoma” and numerous skits.


Students from Owen- Withee High School are adding a girl’s quartette while the exchange student from Loyal High, Raul Echeverria from Guatemala, will play guitar selections. The public is invited.




Ringstad is given new FHA position


John Ringstad announced this week that he will be leaving the Neillsville office of the Farmer’s Home Administration, of which he directs, for a new position in the same organization as a statewide consultant on rural housing.


Ringstad, 36 Grand Ave., a member of the Neillsville city council who has filed for re-election this spring in a contested election will retain his residency in the third ward of the city.


Working out of a state office in Steven’s Point, Ringstad will begin duties, including planning, developing and coordinating the statewide rural housing pro-gram, on April 1.


Ringstad has been with the FHA since 1952 and came to Neillsville in July of 1956 as an assistant in the federal rural financing program.





FFA Cagers have pride in their second-place trophy recently won at an invitational tournament in Marshfield. They are (first row, l to r) Marvin Schoenherr, Don Friemoth, Jerry Cernik, Norman Deminsky; (second row) Erwin Erickson, John Tibbett, Ron Aumann, Don Wagner, Coach Jerome Uher; (third row) Bruce Wagner, Steve Votava, Bill Zilk, Peter Schmidt, and Gary Beyer. (Press photo Feb. 14, 1974)




February 16, 1994


Sheriff cars to go up for bids


The Clark County Sheriff’s Department’s old squad cars will be going on the auction block next month, and local bidders will be given first crack at them.


The county’s Law Enforcement Committee last week decided to allow interested people in the area to bid on eight used squad cars before shipping any unsold units off to auction houses down state. The cars include five 1990 Ford Taurus’s, two 1989 Dodge Diplomats and a 1987 Chevrolet Impala. Last year, a number of used squad cars were sold to V and H Ford in Marshfield without an opportunity for area residents to bid on them first.


“This year let’s give local people a chance to bid first,” chairman Erlin Dahl (Granton) said to the other committee members in the Feb. 9 meeting.


Captain Mark Cattanach of the sheriff’s department confirmed that there had been a lot of interest in the cars shown by people living in the county.


The old units are being replaced by eight new Chevrolet Caprices purchased from Gross Motors of Neillsville. Delivery of the new cars is expected in early March. It would take a couple of weeks before the equipment from the old cars could be installed in the new ones, Cattanach said.




Merger of two banks complete


William Talen, president and chairman, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Greenwood and Phillip Nelson, President, Citizens Bank of Shawano, have announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement Feb. 8.


Citizens Bank is a $120 million independent bank with four locations in Shawano, Embarrass and Appleton. Upon completion of regulatory and board approvals, the resulting organization will be approximately $145 million in assets.


Donald Pentz, executive vice president stated, “We are excited about Farmers and Merchants joining Citizens Bank. This partnership will provide expanded financial resources, access to new products and services, and allow our employees to maintain the same commitment to service our customers have come to expect.  





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