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Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"


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Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI


Clark County News


March 2, 1944


Eugene Laurent now County Superintendent


Eugene Laurent has become county superintendent of schools of Clark County. He has been appointed by the state super-intendent of public instruction, John Callahan, upon the resignation of Louis E. Slock. For Mr. Laurent this is a promotion. He has been a supervising teacher in the county office for the past two and one-half years.


Mr. Laurent was appointed as supervising teacher by Mr. Slock, with whom he was once associated in the school at Willard. Prior to his work in the county office, he was principal of the Curtiss state grad-ed school. He was born in the village of Thorp, grew up in the town of Worden, graduated from the River Falls Teachers’ college and taught for seven years in the schools of Clark County.




Ready for dressings


The Red Cross workers in surgical dressings are called back to duty, after a vacation beginning January 7. The material of the January-February quota has at last arrived, 60,000 dressings, and Dorothy Smith, chairman, tells The Press that there is a great urgency that the work be done quickly. The fact that the Red Cross was unable to furnish the material earlier intensifies the present need, as General Eisenhower’s appointment with Mr. Hitler is not subject to local delay.


Because of the urgency the work will proceed steadily, afternoon and evening. The usual Thursday afternoon recess will not be taken.






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March 4, 1954


4-H music festival at Loyal Saturday night


Event will include solos, duets for first time; open to public


The annual 4-H music festival which will be held Saturday, March 6, at the Loyal High School gym, will feature the entry of solos and individual numbers for the first time. In the past, the music festival consisted of group numbers; but this year the leaders voted to include the individual members as well as all of the 4-H members. All participants will be rated either blue, red or white. One of the groups will be selected to go to the end of March, if they so desire. Individuals will also be chosen to be nominated for membership in the state 4-H band and chorus during State Club week in June.





A combined total of a half-century of educational service to the Neillsville community and its people was observed by Neillsville High School teachers last week as they feted the 25-year records here of Supt. Donald E. Peters and Agriculture Instructor John W. Perkins. (Press photo March 4, 1954)




Six more families get rural service


Extend Greenwood Route 1 three miles; Updyke is inducted into Army


On March 1 the rural mail Route No. 1 was extended three miles to serve six more farm families: Harold Dillenbeck, Fred Barr, Sr., Floyd Updyke, St., Joe Volovsek, Fred Clintsman and Ivan Rusich. Several of these people have tried so hard for the past few years to get this extension.


Floyd Updyke, Jr., left last week for an induction center, as the guest of Uncle Sam.





Neillsville’s new $187,000 water purification plant, which will be displayed to the public at Open House Saturday and Sunday, is pictured above. Tours of the plant will be conducted during the public inspection. (Contributed photo March 4, 1954)




March 7, 1974


Bloodmobile drive goes over the top by 48


Area citizens gave of themselves generously last week when the Red Cross bloodmobile made its stop in Neillsville.


Quota for the city was 140 pints but residents exceeded the total required by 48 pints, totaling 188 pints.


Twenty-five newcomers were registered at the collection center in the Masonic temple and of special note was the collection of three pints of type AB negative blood needed for heart surgery.


A special group, the Gallon Club, also gained a few new members. Several club members gained a new notch in production of the life-giving liquid. Don Braatz and Calvin Gerhardt topped the four-gallon mark while Rosalind Jessen and Ken Short each gained the three-gallon mark.


In the two-gallon category, Charles Marvin, Fred Kieser, Lee Kurasz, Merlin Kroll, Lawrence Lindow and Rosalie Becker joined the ranks.


New members of the club, giving their first accumulated gallon of blood were Wanda Vitallo. Elsie Winkler, Delores Van Kirk, Janice Mayer, La Verne Wedekind, and Rose Peterson.


Thirty-two volunteers aided Red Cross personnel in the beating of the quota.


They were listed as follows: Dorothy Sturtz, Joan Short, May Peters, May Lauscher, Lu Neff, Karen Arndt.




Clubs plan March 15 style show


The Neillsville Junior High clubs are busily pre-paring for their upcoming style show March 15.


The Spanish Club, GAL and FHA are cooperating to put the event together. It will involve home sewing projects, athletic dress and new styles supplied by local merchants.


The Junior High FHA will meet after school today (Thursday) and Friday in the foods room to begin preparations of the home-made refreshments.


Advisors for the clubs are Donna Dekker, Joyce Lloyd, Kristin Olson and Sharon Hoeg.





Homemaker of Tomorrow candidate at Greenwood High School is Ruth Krainz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Krainz of Rt. 1, Willard. Active in school activities, she participates in FBLA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Echo staff, annual and the Art Club. (Press photo March 7, 1974)




March 9, 1994


Granton girls defeat Neillsville


The middle school girls’ basketball teams competed against the Neillsville seventh and eighth grade teams in rescheduled games played at Granton on March 3.


The seventh graders took to the courts first in their last game of the season. Neillsville had the lead 9 to 6 at the end of one. Granton caught up by the halfway point and went to the locker room ahead 14 to 13. Neillsville fought back in the fourth but fell short by only one point. Granton pulled out the win 28 to 27.


Becky Bartz scored 14 points, giving her high-scorer for Granton. Annie Campbell had 6 for Granton. Stina Johansson scored a goal and a couple free throws for 4 points total. Sarah Mannigel and Sherry Moen had 2 points apiece.


Neillsville’s top hitter was Steph Hohenstein with 11. Yvon Lonning scored 5 and Jamie Stalsberg had 4 points. Shooting single 2-point buckets for Neillsville were Julie Simek, Tonia Mortenson and Leah Miller. Tricia Schiltz completed Neillsville’s scoring with a single free throw.


The eighth-grade game got underway and the match-up seemed quite even, when by halftime, Neillsville led 13 to 11. Granton took over, leading 21 to 17 after 3, and held on to win 29 to 22 at the game’s end. Sixteen points of Granton’s total were scored by Tiffany Beilke, the only player to hit double digits for the game. Granton’s Summer Blakey scored 5 and Janell Jakobi scored 4 points. Tara Strey and Heidi Kastern both had 2 points.


Neillsville’s scoring was led by Heather Davel and Jolene Miller, each with 5. The remainder of Neillsville’s points were scored by single 2-point buckets by Janell Wren, Patty Reynolds, Michele Wagner, Brooke Tomczak, and Tammy Kuhn and two free throws by Julia McConnell.




Granton waits for clean water


After more than a year, patience is becoming the word for Granton residents waiting for clean drinking water to start once again flowing from their faucets.


But the latest word, according to the village president, is that clean water is still at least three months away. “Hopefully, we will have clean water by July,” Russell Kuehn said Monday.


Kuehn said that he had recently been told by engineers involved in the village well water purification project that they were running four to six weeks behind. The Cedar Corporation, the project engineers, is now projecting the start of construction of a purification complex implementing pumps and filtration equipment to begin in May. “Then it supposedly is to take eight weeks from beginning to end,” Kuehn said.


The only two wells supplying Granton with water were found to be contaminated last year. Water from one well contained high levels of bacteria, while the other was determined to be contaminated with Ethylene dibromide (EDB), a once widely used pesticide. The village residents have been using and drinking the EDB contaminated water. A public notice was issued in May of last year, explaining the possible risks of drinking the water. EDB has been linked to cancer in rats and mice, the notice stated.


“Granton has applied for and received a grant of $205,000 from the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) to solve their water problems.


“It was supposed to be up and running last fall,” Kuehn said Monday, referring to the well purification system the grant money is paying for. A lot of the delay has been because of the approval the village needed to get from FmHA and the DNR he said.





Trena Anding, Jill Opelt and Katie Urban will represent Neillsville at many events in Clark and neighboring counties during 1994. (Press photo Mar. 9, 1994)  





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