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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

 

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

Clark County News

Mar, 1944

 

City breaks a record in tax collections

 

Property owners have paid 92.1 percent – few use installment privilege

 

Tax collections reached a high point in Neillsville this winter, having been the best for a decade. Having now come to a settlement with the county, Harry Albright, city treasurer, finds that he has collected 92.1 percent of the entire roll. This compares with 88.5 percent in 1943; 84 percent in 1942; 81.2 in 1938 and 73.1 in 1936.

 

With a roll of $65,901.92, Mr. Albright collected $60,722.80 this winter, leaving but $5,179.12 uncollected. The uncollected balance includes the deferred portion of such realty taxes as are being paid without penalty upon the installment basis.

 

With money easier than in some recent years, property owners have not made general use of the installment privilege. Their disposition is to pay the tax at one time and get it off their minds.

 

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Kiwanis in tribute to four great Americans

 

Four great men with birthdays in February were honored at the Kiwanis meeting Monday evening. Syd Patey paid his respects to Thomas Edison; the Rev. N.J. Dechant honored George Washington; Jess Scott honored Abraham Lincoln. The climax of the occasion was the moving address of Dr. Milton Rosekrans, who told of a great American born on February 20, a man who, though head of the local rationing board, is without a single enemy. Dr. Rosekrans made quite a case for Leo Foster, and almost had him listed with the immortals, but the situation became chaotic when Leo himself declared that for once Dr. Rosekrans was telling the truth. Inasmuch as there was considerable uncertainty as to this possibility, the club adjourned with Mr. Foster’s status definitely in limbo.

 

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Military Notes

 

Cadet Warren Kuehling, who is in training at the University of Madison, taking a course in foreign languages, returned Saturday, after having spent a three-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kuehling.

 

Pfc. Henry Hauser, accompanied by his wife, left last Wednesday, after spending four days at the home of his father, John Hauser. Pfc. Hauser is on duty at the Reim hospital at Palm Beach, Fla.

 

Pvt. Gordon Vine, who came from Lowery Field, Denver, Col., on March 5, for a ten-day furlough at the home of his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Ernest Vine, town of Grant, expects to leave today (Thursday for his new post at Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

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Advertisement in the Press, (Mar. 16, 1944, issue.)

 

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March 11, 1954

 

Company moves here

 

Company C, 808th Medium Tank battalion, a reserve army unit, moved to its new location in the V.F.W. Hall here last week. At this meeting two new enlistees were sworn in by Capt. Floyd A. Riley, Wausau. They are Alfred J. Boushon of Chili, and Robert F. Langreck of Neillsville. Capt. Mike Krultz, Jr., is commanding officer, will discuss assignment to this unit and answer questions pertinent to reserve affairs at his office in the courthouse. Inquiries may be addressed to the county clerk.

 

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Announce rural art show for this 5-county area

 

Do you enjoy sketching and painting? Then you will be especially interested in the Ninth North Central Regional Rural art show to open in the Medford High School gymnasium in little less than a month, April 3 through 10. Amateur artists living in Clark, Eau Claire, Marathon, Price and Taylor counties will have an opportunity to receive recognition at the show.

 

An “amateur” has been designated by the committee as one who does not receive more than half of his total income from the field of art teaching, fine-art work, or commercial illustration. He also shall not have been accepted in three major exhibitions (excluding the state fair art show and state rural art show). It is expected that most of the pictures entered in the show will come from people living in rural areas.

 

As has been customary in the past, there will be a junior division for young artists 18 and below. Junior division entries may be framed but must be at least matted or mounted on cardboard no smaller than 14 x 18 inches. No part of the picture may be copied.

 

Complete entry blanks are available at the county extension office.

 

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March 21, 1974

 

 

Smoke draws volunteer firemen

 

The Neillsville volunteer fire department was called out to battle a heavy smoke fire behind the 1700 Hewett Street residence at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday evening.

 

A small white barn, located behind the Sue Dole and Marilyn Fueling residence, was pouring smoke out of its lower level when firemen arrived. The blaze was put out after several minutes of effort.

 

Total estimate on the smoldering damage was not available.

 

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Track crossing in Owen is topic after deaths

 

Three months after two children from the Harold Lauby family, rural Owen, were killed in a car vs. train crash at an Owen rail crossing, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has announced local hearings on the possibility of putting warning devices on the deadly intersection. On January 1, Joan Lauby, age 7, and her sister, Ann, age 10, were killed when the family auto, being driven by an older sister, Barbara, 17, crossed the Soo Line track and collided with a freight train. Other occupants in the car included two other Lauby children, Mary Kay, 12, and Dale, 15. The survivors all received serious injuries in the mishap. The Public Service Commission has slated March 28 for a local hearing in Owen on the rail crossing. Time for the meeting has been set at 9:00 a.m. at the Owen fire station. According to reports at the time of the fatalities, the Lauby children were heading to their family home on County Trunk X after attending New Year’s Day mass at Holy Rosary church in Owen. Several of the Lauby children had been actively involved in the city’s placement of guard or warning devices at the crossings through a 4-H club to which the family children belonged. No action by local or state government or rail company had been taken until the death of the two girls.

 

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Thin ice is a “no-no”; sheriff says

 

Children in Clark County are being warned to stay off river, lake and creek ice, according to Clark County Sheriff David Bertz. Sheriff Bertz pointed out that, due to warming weather conditions, ice covering lakes and running water is wearing thin and although it may appear to be strong, boys and girls are advised not to skate or walk over the ice. Each year, thin spring ice claims the lives of several children in Wisconsin.

 

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Seek post office space in Loyal

 

The post office department announced this week that it is seeking space for a post office at Loyal within the general business district of the city. The department is seeking a basic lease term of 10 years with four separate and consecutive renewal options of five years each. In charge of the quest is R.R. Gillette, manager of the area real estate and building office department.

 

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Four Neillsville High School seniors recently visited the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Pictured above are, left to right, Jeff Ratsch, David Zoutendam, Howard Corey and Mark Vornholt. (Press photo Mar. 21, 1974)

 

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March 23, 1994

 

Smoking ban clears first hurdle

 

The Clark County Board Thursday approved the first reading of a county ordinance that will prohibit smoking in the courthouse and, except for residents, at the Health Care Center in Owen as well.

 

The proposed ordinance, which still has two readings to go before it is finally adopted, is to take effect on Jan. 1, 1995. The use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco, would be totally prohibited. The penalty for violating the ordinance would be a forfeiture of not less than $20 and not more than $50, plus costs.

 

There have been previous attempts at passing an ordinance banning smoking in the courthouse only, but those have been tabled each time. This latest ordinance came before board members completely banning smoking in both the courthouse and the Health Care Center, residents included. But it was the total prohibition of smoking at the Health Care Center, and not the courthouse, that raised the most questions.

 

Arlyn Mills, executive director of the Center, asked for clarifications of which residents, if any, might be exempt.

 

Corporation Counsel Frank Vazquez told Mills that the ordinance would waive those residents living at the facility before its enactment. “New residents would be admitted knowing the new rule,” he said.

 

Mills said that the Jan. 1 date was realistic. “It gives people time to adjust their lives, and that’s fair”, he said.

 

“It’s a well-established fact that smoking is a health hazard,” Mills went on to say, “As a health care facility, we need to set an example. As an administrator, I have the obligation of looking out for the health and safety of the residents and the employees.”

 

There are 22 smokers at the Health Care Center out of a total resident population of 242, Mills said. “Hopefully, with smoking cessation programs, we can get that group reduced way down. We, as staff, have to handle it,” he said.

 

Frank Nikolay (Abbotsford) spoke up at that point, saying that the ordinance should be amended to exempt residents regardless of when they arrived. The potential for lost revenue for the county was the reason. “If there are 10 empty beds on Jan. 1, 1995, and the administrator says we can’t take 10 smokers coming in, I’ll be damned if I support (the ordinance),” Nikolay said.

 

The board of supervisors approved the amendment excluding residents of the Center from the smoking ban, and then approved the first reading of the ordinance as amended.

 

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Volunteers put out grass fire The volunteer fire department from Neillsville was called around 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, when a grass fire was reported in the town of Pine Valley. The call was received from Jeffrey S. Naedler, W5952 Poertner Rd., on whose land the fire was discovered. Firemen said the fire burned over several acres.

 

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Local students become Spanish Society members

 

On Sunday, March 13, 1994, three students became members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, a national Spanish honor society. They are Brenda Petkovsek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Petkovsek; Anna Arndt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Arndt; and Bryan Evenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Evenson.

 

Parents and friends witnessed the ceremony. Afterwards there was a short program of poetry reading in Spanish and English. The students had translated the poems themselves so that the audience could enjoy them. Refreshments followed.

 

The advisor is Donna Dekker.

 

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Brenda Petkovsek, Bryan Evenson and Anna Arndt were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society March 13, 1994. (Press photo Mar. 23, 1994)

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