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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


Extracted by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon. Index of "Oldies" Articles

Clark County News

February 17, 1944


Item in local show case was not for sale


With the help of Susan Jane, 4, Fred Wall has discovered a proper wartime use for a show case. Susan settled that problem by getting into the show case and closing the sliding doors. There she was very much on display, in Mr. Wall’s office, along with such other things as remained in the show case.


As with many other show cases in these times, Mr. Wall’s show case had plenty of room in it, and even Susan, who is a fairly husky little lady, had room to rattle around. But Susan didn’t do much rattling. She just settled down and kept still and looked out upon the moving world.


The only kink about this display in the show case was that the goods were not for sale. A representative of The Press, with an eye to business, tried to get the price on Susan, but there was no price tag and no move toward making one. The Press rather made a point of it, but Mr. Wall insisted the item was not for sale.




Williams Farm is sold to Edward Sternitzky


Williams family, pioneers of 1856, had owned land eighty-six years


Vance Williams of Malta, Ill. spent several days here recently visiting his mother, Mrs. H.E Williams, who is spending the winter in Neillsville and with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ben Beeckler and her family. While there, Mr. Williams closed a deal whereby the ownership of the H.E. Williams farm, located one mile east of Trimberger’s corner on Highway 10, passed from the Williams family, who have owned this land since 1856, to Edward Sternitzky and sons.


Although the Williamses have given up title to this land, it becomes the property of another pioneer family, for the Sternitzkys followed the Williamses here just a few months later and have been neighbors of the William’s families all these years.


Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hollenbach, who have lived on the farm for several years, are planning to move to a smaller place.




Many local jobs await the returning soldiers


First returns on work pile project indicated heavy postwar requirements


That the Neillsville community has many places and much work for returning soldiers and others is suggested by the first returns on the Rotary work pile project. The club’s committee, headed by A.C. Wagner, has received eleven returns on the 156 sheets sent out to local businessmen. These sheets requested information about postwar employment, construction and purchases.


The eleven businesses represented by the replies had lost 19 men to the armed services, and report that they will have 20 openings for returning service men after the war is over. In addition, these places have work for two salesmen, one bookkeeper, seven mechanics and one saleswoman.


The returns also show need for $26,400 additional merchandise; the probable expenditure of $7,250 for remodeling; $575 for painting; $2,375 for new fixtures; $1,860 for new machinery; $1,200 for a new building, with another building in the offing; the prospective purchase of four electric refrigerators, one stoker, one electric stove, one complete heating plant and one typewriter.




February 18, 1954


Bids for county highway projects total $252,912


Low bids totaling $252,912 on highway improvement projects within Clark County were received Tuesday by the state highway commission in Madison. They were part of $599,983 in bids brought before the commission for six jobs in five counties of the state.


Low bidder on blacktop surfacing of both highway projects in Clark County was Mathy Construction Co., of La Crosse.


Largest of the six jobs is for 13.53 miles of blacktop surfacing on the Fairchild- Neillsville-Granton and south county line-west county line roads, parts of Highway 10 and 12. The bid on this project was $213,686.


The other Clark County project is the blacktop surfacing of 2.14 miles of Highway 73 between Greenwood and Withee. The low bid was $39,226.




Add grass fire to your signs of spring


Add this to your other pet signs of spring:


The volunteer fire department extinguished a grass fire in the back yard of Ed Hagie’s, at 402 East Fourth Street early Tuesday afternoon.


Chief Harry Frantz said the fire spread from an incinerator. There was no damage.





Advertisement in the Press, Feb. 18, 1954, issue




February 21, 1974


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 Stevens Point, Ringstad will begin duties, including planning, developing and coordinating the statewide rural housing program 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.




Farmer Store loses $600 during noon hour Monday to thieves


In what police and sheriffs’ department staff are terming, “as a theft”, staff of the Neillsville Farmer’s Store began recovering Tuesday from the Monday heist of an estimated $600 from the store’s till.


Al Larson, the store manager, reported to police, after the money’s loss was discovered around 2:30 p.m., that two bundles of ten-dollar bills, valued at $400, and two bundles of five-dollar bills, valued at $200, were taken during the noon hour.


According to police reports, the checkout counter was not staffed full time during the noon hour.


The store is designed around a central till area and all transactions, with the exception of grocery items, are paid for at the central checkout counter.


Police have determined from interviewing four employees working in the store during the theft that the money’s disappearance took place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.


The thief or thieves left another roll of bills and an unlisted amount of one-dollar bills, in the drawer.


Police so far have no suspects or leads in the case but do believe that whoever took the money had knowledge of the till’s location, the lower drawer of a two drawer case.


Cooperating with the Neillsville city police are the staff of the Clark County sheriff’s department.




No injury in bus-pickup mishap


No injury was reported when a pickup truck driven by Tom B. Rohland, Rt. 2, Withee, collided with the rear of a school bus driven by John W. Isaacs, Withee, February 4. The bus was stopped on County Trunk X in Withee, ready to discharge passengers.


Vehicles driven by Micheal Klapatauskas and Louis A. Fortuna, Jr., both of Rt. 1, Willard, were involved in a turning and passing collision February 2 on County Trunk G in Willard.


Robert E. Marshell, Eau Claire, was westbound on Highway 73 in the town of Washburn Thursday evening when his vehicle struck a deer on the roadway.




Arm fractured in fall on ice


Mrs. Gen Scheel, who owns and operates the Merchants Hotel in Neillsville together with her husband, Herb, sustained a fractured arm late Friday morning when she slipped on ice on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.


Mrs. Scheel’s right arm was fractured in two places, resulting in considerable pain. Although he remained hospitalized here Tuesday morning, it was expected that she would be released soon.




February 23, 1994


King and Queen for a day


Anna and August Klann, residents of Memorial Home, reigned as King and Queen of all hearts at the special valentine festivities held Feb. 16 at Memorial Home in Neillsville.


Each year the residents of Memorial Home select a king and queen to preside over their valentine party. This year a very surprised couple, Anna and August Klann, were selected to reign King and Queen for the day.


Anticipation for the event began early in the month when everyone worked together making decorations and the special valentine hats for their king and queen. Voting for the King and Queen of Hearts was done the morning of the Valentine party, and Queen Anna and King August took their places of honor during the afternoon’s activities. Music for this year’s party was furnished by “The Danish Peasant” (Duane Peterson) and his accompanist, Virginia Gassen.


The King and Queen each received a corsage, decorations for their wheelchairs and a special gift. Anna and August, visibly touched by all the attention, captured the hearts of all who attended the Valentine celebration.





Anna and August Klann (Press photo Feb. 23, 1994)




Turkey hunter education course to be offered


There will be a free Turkey Hunter Education Course held on Feb. 23, 1994, at the Neillsville Middle School Multi-Media Center (PIT) beginning at 7 p.m. The information supplied with all turkey hunting permits had incorrectly listed this seminar as occurring in Portage County instead of Clark County. Advanced registration is not required. The course is designed to last approximately three hours and utilizes slides, videos, and demonstrations to provide information on wild turkeys. Specific topics of discussion include wild turkey biology and management, turkey hunting techniques, turkey calling, and hunter safety considerations.





Detective Sgt. Robert Powell of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department stands among the 30 marijuana plants that were found at a rural Withee residence Feb. 15. The homeowner, Jeffrey O’Leary, has been charged with five felony counts of criminal drug activity. (Press photo Feb. 23, 1994)




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