hilltop Bar and Grill Employee
Debbie Woodin Honored
for 23 Years of Service

By Valorie Brecht

Debbie Woodin Honored 2018

Debbie Woodin, an employee of the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Granton, was recognized July 11 for 23 years of service. 
There to present her a plaque were (left) former owners Tommy and Nancy Dahlen and current owners Jeannie and Michael Smith.
(Valerie Brecht/Clark County Press photos)

Debbie Woodin thought she was attending a mandatory employee meeting the evening of July 11.  Little did she know that her employers had planned a ceremony to honor her years of service at the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Granton.  Friends, family members and customers were here to congratulate Woodin.

“I’m shocked … I’m absolutely shocked,” said Woodin.

Woodin received a commemorative plaque made by Burt Trophy and Awards “for 23 years of dedicated service to Hilltop Bar and Grill.”  The plaque was from former owners Tommy and Nancy Dahlen and current owners Michael and Jeannie Smith.

Woodin said that after she moved to the Granton area, she worked for Fannie’s Supper Club for a short time.  Then on July 7, 1995, she started working for the Hilltop and has worked there ever since.

Over her time at the bar and grill, Woodin has done pretty much everything: cleaning, waitressing and bartending.  She used to cook as well, and she still opens up the restaurant every morning.

Woodin has gotten to know all the people that come into the restaurant and has enjoyed being a part of their lives.

“I love these people; I love this job,” she said.

Her employers all agreed that Woodin has been a very loyal employee.  Tommy Dahlen said that he could always count on Woodin being there, ready to serve.

“She was one I never had to worry about,” he said.

Woodin has also been a major help to Michael and Jeannie Smith as they transitioned to ownership.  They bought the business from the Dahlen’s in April.

“She’s been a godsend,” remarked Michael Smith.

Smith said the hardest part of planning the ceremony for Woodin was keeping it a surprise for so long.

“We’ve been planning this for over a month.  We told customers, we told Tommy and Nancy, we told everybody,” he said.  “In a town the size of Granton, word gets around pretty fast.”

Smith also found out from Woodin that she had plans to get her hip replaced soon so he knew they had to have the ceremony before then.

But everything came together and Woodin was surprised and grateful.

“I just thank everybody for keeping the secret,” said Woodin.  “Everyone’s family,” she said, looking around the room.  “They’re all like family to me.”

Debbie Woodin and her son Andy Huth

Debbie Woodin and her son Andy Huth display a cake made by Sweet Retreat Cake Boutique in Loyal. 
The cake was made in celebration of 23 years of Woodin serving at the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Granton.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 18, 2018

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, July 19, 2018

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, July 19, 2018

Return to Grant Township Businesses Web Page

Return to Grant Township Home Page


**This Clark Co., WI Internet Library, ALHN & AHGP website is dedicated to the free sharing of information by researchers, local historians, genealogists and educators.  Because of our non-profit status, submissions are not to be used for profiteering of any kind.   Our representatives cannot accept gratuities beyond the basic expenses (i.e. postage, copying, courthouse or rental fees) for obtaining requested information.  We reserve the right to ban the involvement of anyone who intentionally disregards these policies.  Promotion of research services or publications is not permitted on these pages, or by our representatives without the prior endorsement of the site overseers.  If you need professional help, we recommend contacting an accredited genealogist.   Please show your appreciation for this database by Becoming a Clark County History Buff or making a contribution to our Support Fund and Perpetual Preservation Account to help keep this Clark Co., WI database freely available on the World Wide Web and free from commercial enterprise.


*** This copyrighted Clark Co., Wis. genealogy and history material is used on this nonprofit site with permission of the submitter.  Contact us if you are personally aware of anyone using this submitted data inappropriately.  It may not be copied and posted on any commercial genealogy sites such as Family Tree Maker or the merged companies Ancestry.Com/RootsWeb/MyFamily or sold for personal profit.




© Every submission is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Show your appreciation of this freely provided information by not copying it to any other site without our permission.


Become a Clark County History Buff


Report Broken Links

A site created and maintained by the Clark County History Buffs
and supported by your generous donations.


Webmasters: Leon Konieczny, Tanya Paschke,

Janet & Stan Schwarze, James W. Sternitzky,

Crystal Wendt & Al Wessel