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Clark County News

February 3, 1944


$22,000 in bonds sold for the Adler premiere


Bonds to the amount of $22,000 have been sold for the War bond premiere of the Adler theater. Theater seats to the number of 300 had been awarded purchasers up to Tuesday evening, with only 113 seats remaining Names of service men for the roll of honor number about 150.


The indication is that the premiere will be a sellout, with every seat taken for Wallace Berry in “Salute for the Marines,” a technicolor which is shown only once, February 4, at 8:15. For this show the only way to secure admission is to buy a War bond.




High Cagers win from Owen, 21-8


Break even in two games during week; lose to Fairchild, 22-20


Neillsville’s high school cagers broke even in two games during the last weeks winning one from Owen, 21 to 8, Tuesday night, and dropping a seesaw 22-20 contest with Fairchild Friday. Both games were played in the Armory.


Owen put up a good game–better than the score indicates; but their percentage on shots from the floor was extremely poor. In fact, Owen went scoreless throughout the first half, and it was not until the fourth period that it got its first field goal.


Coach Gordon Eggleston’s Cagers held the whip hand from the beginning. Led by Bob Horswill, who racked up 12 points, Neillsville scored five in the first quarter, and lengthened its lead to 9 by the halftime.


In the third period Johnson, Owen guard, broke the ice for his team when he connected with a free throw. Horswill, Meihack and Roberts counted another five for Neillsville to bring the score at the close of the period to 14 to 1.


If Owen had hard luck on its shots Tuesday, it was no different position than Neillsville found itself when it entertained a strong Fairchild aggregation Friday night. Neillsville’s basket seemed effectively covered throughout the game. Had Coach Eggleston’s men scored 10 percent on their tries from the field, the outcome could have been different.


Horswill and Glen Roberts matched goals by G. Abrahamson and C. Abrahamson to knot the first quarter score at 4-11. Fairchild took a halftime lead of 12-10 and increased it to 20-16 at the three-quarter mark.


Neillsville put up a last-ditch effort to overcome the visitors in the final quarter and held them to two free-throws. But the best it could do offensively was a field goal by Horswill and free-throws by Jim Scott and Dick Prochazka.




February 4, 1954


Mysteries of the hairpin and bobby pin will stay a secret!


Homemakers to study the conventional methods at center meetings


The hairpin and the bobby pin, which long have been the standard “tools” of the housewife for making cantankerous gadgets work–and for doing all sorts of odd jobs around the house–may find a little relief from duty in Clark County homes.


For the homemakers are going to learn to do several jobs in more conventional ways as they study their “Fix It Yourself” project this month. Most mere males have never really understood the mysterious functions and uses of the hairpin and the bobby pin. They never have been able to understand the exceedingly simple processes by which the housewife makes the vacuum sweeper or the sewing machine–or even the radio–go again just by a simple twist of the wrist with a bobby pin.


But, when homemakers tackle such projects as replacing broken window panes with a putty knife, glazing compound, etc., and tackling that leaking faucet with a wrench and a faucet washer–then those mere males will understand a little about what goes on.


Women never have been able to get the guys to do those simple jobs, anyway.


So these, and other, simple home repair jobs will be the subject of the February homemaker center meetings announced this week by Miss Sara Steele, county home agent. The following center meetings will be held:


Chili-Granton Center, Wednesday, February 10, Lester Lindow home (south of Chili);


Neillsville I, Tuesday, February 11, Neillsville Kiwanis rooms;


Abbotsford, Friday, February 12, high school home economics rooms;


Withee, Monday, February 15, high school home economics rooms;


Greenwood, Tuesday, February 16, high school home economics rooms;


Thorp, Wednesday, February 17, city hall;


Neillsville II, Thursday, February 18, Neillsville Kiwanis rooms; and


Loyal, Friday, February 19, Loyal Municipal building.


All meetings will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Project leaders are requested to bring paper and pencil and their favorite tools.




Old Dells Dam bridge is sold; to be torn down


The old iron overhead bridge across Black River at Dells Dam has been sold by the town of Levis to Max Phillips of Eau Claire for $900.


Levis town officials said the bridge is to be dismantled within the next 60 days. The use Mr. Phillips plans to make of it is not known.


The bridge was replaced about a year ago by the new highway 95 bridge over the Black River, and had been closed to traffic since last fall. Its original cost was something over $6,000.




First Lt. William L. Melvin, son of Mrs. Lydia Melvin of Abbotsford, has been commended for attaining the highest grades recorded since 1946 in the Artillery school, Fort Sill, Okla., officers’ communications course. His average was 98.9 percent. Now in Germany, Lt. Melvin is headquarters commander of a field artillery battalion. He is a veteran of 18 years’ service and has seen service in Europe and Korea. He wears the Bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, and the Purple heart. Lt. Melvin’s wife, Margaret, lives in Kansan City, Mo. (Contributed photo Feb. 4, 1954)





This big bundle of money is what was collected in Neillsville last Thursday night in the Mother’s March on polio, a part of the March of Dimes. Jas. A. Musil and John R. Bergemann, March of Dimes County Chairman, are shown as they prepared to count the long green. It amounted to $837.17. (Press photo Feb. 4, 1954) A surprised title holder was Kathy Marg, the new Miss Neillsville. Seated upon the prize snowmobile, which was given away during the winter carnival’s oval snowmobile races Sunday. Kathy stated that she still had not gotten over the surprise hours after her crowning. (Press photo Feb. 7, 1974)




February 7, 1974


Bread at $28 a loaf?


A loaf of bread for $28.00? As one fellow stated who likes Italian food, “I wouldn’t even pay that much for garlic bread.”


But $28.00 a loaf is what a Thorp man paid this week, with the help of special arithmetic supplied by Clark County Judge Michael Brennan in Clark County court Tuesday morning.


The man, Donald D. Smazal, Rt. 1, Abbotsford, entered a guilty plea to a charge of stealing three loaves of bread from an Abbotsford store on January 19. After his plea was accepted, Judge Brennan fined Smazal $75 plus nice dollars in court costs on the matter.


Ronald V. Gosse, an Abbotsford police officer and signer of the complaint against Smazal, stated that the defendant was seen by a citizen while taking three loaves of bread from a rack in front of the Shurfine food store. The bread was placed there by delivery men prior to the store’s opening.


Smazal faced a possible $200 fine and/or six months in jail on the matter...which would have meant each loaf costing over $66.00.



NHS girls’ cagers make it 4 in row


Neillsville High School’s girls’ basketball team chalked up their fourth Cloverbelt conference victory Monday night, defeating Stanley Boyd 38-25. The girls’ junior varsity also registered a victory, 21-8.


Recalling that the Stanley Boyd team just a couple of weeks ago had fallen before a 115-point onslaught by Owen-Withee, Miss Marsha Walters, the NHS coach, observed Tuesday morning: “I don’t see how they could lose by such a score. They’re a much better team than that.”


Leading the Neillsville attacked again was Judy Sischo, who scored 12. Close behind was Lori Meihack, with 10.


The Warriors girls held a 22-12 lead at the half and increased it to 31-17 at the threequarters mark, They are scheduled next to travel to Loyal February 14.





A surprised title holder was Kathy Marg, the new Miss Neillsville. Seated upon the prize snowmobile, which was given away during the winter carnival’s oval snowmobile races Sunday. Kathy stated that she still had not gotten over the surprise hours after her crowning. (Press photo Feb. 7, 1974)




February 9, 1994


Scholarship is given to local girl


Terri M. Smith, Neillsville, has received a $3,000 Academic Scholarship from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. The scholarship was awarded for the 1994-95 academic year. Smith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Smith.


Academic Scholarships are awarded to entering students based on outstanding scholastic achievement and may be renewed when the student remains academically eligible.


William Woods is a four-year-professions oriented, private university for women.




Girls JV & Varsity lose to Abbotsford


Tuesday, Feb. 1, Granton JV girls took to the basketball court at Abbotsford to battle the Falcons. Once again, the opposition proved too much for the JV Lady Bulldogs. Abbotsford held the lead throughout the game, winning with the 49 to 17 final score. Denise Olson was Abby’s only double-digit scorer with 10 points. Shelly Wittlinger hit 9 points for the Falcons, while teammates Jill Stuttgen and Kelly Christensen each scored seven.


High scorer for the game went to Granton’s Melissa Martin, who hit 11 points for the Bulldogs. Jessie Oldham sunk 4 points and Michele Bass hit 2 points for Granton.


Home-team advantage for the Abbotsford Falcons varsity girls seemed to play a part in their 43 to 28 victory over the Granton Lady Bulldogs on Feb. 1. Lisa Weideman led the Falcons with 12 points, while Heather Calmes scored 8. Abby’s senior Nicki Wittlinger had 6 points. Aleta Diaz attained top status for the game, scoring 20 points with three dunks from beyond 3-point range. Diaz got 12 rebounds and seven steals for Granton. Bulldog Stephanie Short hit 4 points. Jenny Schulz and Jenny Walz each scored 2 points for the Lady Bulldogs.




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