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Clark County News


January 12, 1939


Born just four hours after the new year began


To receive many gifts from merchants; four entered


Eldon George Crocker, four-and-a-half-pound son of Mr. and Mrs. William Crocker of 142 East Ninth Street, Neillsville, is the winner of Clark County’s “Baby Derby.” He and his parents will receive gifts from 30 Neillsville merchants and The Clark County Press, sponsors.


The little blue-eyed fellow, who now weighs nearly five pounds, was born just four hours and five minutes after the start of the new year, at the time when most of Clark County’s New Year’s Eve celebrants were just starting to think about going home.


Attending the birth was Dr. M.V. Overman of Greenwood. The physician and the baby’s grandmother, Mrs. George Baird, signed the entry blank as witnesses.


Three others enter


Three other entries were filed in the 1939 contest. The second in line was a blue-eyed girl, Margaret Ann Rottjer, born to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rottjer in Loyal at 5 p.m., January 1. Other entries were, a son born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar J. Olson of Greenwood, Route 1, at 3:29 p.m., January 2; and Jack Lee Ebbe, eight and one-half pound son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Jack Ebbe of Neillsville, born at 3:25 a.m., January 4.


Eldon, a heavy name for such a tiny tyke, is the third child in the Crocker family. Both the others are girls: Ellen, 10, who is anxious at the moment to become a teacher, and Jean, 7, who hasn’t quite made up her mind what she wants to be.


But Eldon will have no trouble in determining his life’s occupation. His dad wants him to become a baseball player. That career for her son will suit Mrs. Crocker fine. “That’s going to be all right with me,” she commented.


“A little jealous”


According to Mr. Crocker, Jean and Ellen are “just a little jealous” of their new brother. Mr. and Mrs. Crocker (the former Esther Marie Baird) were married November 14, 1927, in Winona, Minn. Mr. Crocker is a mechanic, and was employed during the season by the J.B. Inderrieden Co. At present he is with the WPA.


Judges for the contest were the Rev. Walter Trench Scott, Dr. Sarah Rosekrans, and Joseph A. Zimmerman.


Mr. Crocker will make the rounds to pick up the gifts from Neillsville merchants starting from the office of The Clark County Press at about 2 p.m. Friday.


Merchants who cooperated in the contest and the gifts they offered to the first baby born in the area are:


Adler Theater - thrift book of $5.75 to parents.


Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. - baby food, 12 cans.


Badger State Telephone and Telegraph Co. - telephone calls on own lines necessitated by baby’s arrival.


Clark County Press - subscription for one year.


Coast to Coast Store - willow basket. Cochran’s Hardware - child’s China and bib set.


Eva’s Dress Shoppe - hand embroidered baby dress.


First National Bank - savings account of $1 and bank.


Ford Garage - Lincoln polish kit.


Fullerton Lumber Co. - wallpaper for one room.


Gamble Store - five quart can of 100 percent pure Pennsylvania oil.


Hauge and Son - fifteen packages of Pocahontas coal.


Kearns Drug Store - Rexall antiseptic baby oil, Tiny Tot talcum powder, nursery olive oil, Castile soap, Rexall baby laxative.


Mabie’s Barber Shop - will give daddy “the works,” starting from the top.


McCains - satin covered baby blanket.


Maytag Store - kitchen scales.


Model Laundry - mother’s dress or father’s suit odorlessly dry cleaned and neatly pressed.


Moldenhauer’s Jewelry Shop - baby bank. Neillsville Bank - savings account of $1 and bank.


O & N Lumber Co. - fifty pounds of packaged coal. Prochaska Bros. - one dozen cans of Stokely’s baby food.


Roehrborn’s Grocery - Turkish towel set.


Schiller’s - baby lamp.


Schultz Bros. - Wagon.


Silver Dome - box of candy.


Sniteman’s Drug Store - box of Mennen’s talc powder, bar Castile soap, bottle and nipple.


Van Gorden and Sons - sack of Sweet Sue flour, 49 pounds.


Wagner’s Cafe - quart of ice cream.


R.H. Welsh Chevrolet Co. - five gallons of gasoline.


Zimmerman Bros. - necktie for father.


 Local chairmen named for March of Dimes


Local chairmen for the “March of Dimes” collections to be held in connection with the president’s birthday balls throughout the nation have been announced by County Chairman Louis W. Kurth. They are, Neillsville, Peter C. Ludovic; Greenwood, John Wuethrich; Loyal, M.D. Nedry; Thorp, Dr. A.H. Kulig; Withee, Theodore Menges; Owen, George Winrich; Abbotsford; Maxwell Jenks; Curtiss, Ina Henlich; and Granton, Vernon Peterson. Proceeds will be used in the fight against infantile paralysis.



Taxes are down in Grant total of $1,341


Taxes in the town of Grant will aggregate $1,341.86 less for 1939 than for 1938. The total this year is $27,035.90, compared with $23,377.76 in 1938. These figures are furnished to The Press by Alfred Magnuson, the town treasurer.


State and county taxes for the town are slightly lower. The chief differences are in the local taxes. School taxes are higher. Tuition to high schools is $4,208, compared with $3,832 last year. Local school taxes are $3,806.26, compared with $3,403.96 last year. But other town taxes have been reduced from $6,500 last year to $5,150 this year.


Released under bond


Herbert Frederickson of Granton is free under a $300 bond awaiting preliminary hearing before Judge A.E. Dudley at 2 p.m. January 17, on a bad check charge. The complaint was signed by John Steffen. Harry Dodmead, who, Judge Dudley said, at present is being held by the sheriff of Waukesha County, also faces a charge of issuing a bad check.


Places on parole John Meyer, 55, of Marshfield pleaded guilty before Judge Emery W. Crosby in circuit court Saturday to a charge of deserting his 10-year-old son. A sentence of from one to three years in prison was suspended by Judge Crosby, and Meyer was placed on parole.



Adult homemaking class to be planned at meeting


Wednesday, January 18, at 3 o’clock there will be a meeting for the purpose of organizing an adult homemaking class for the married women of Neillsville and surrounding community.


The topic for study will be chosen from the following subjects: construction of clothing, food preparation, daily food needs of the family, tips on household buying, how to buy clothing intelligently, infant care, household furnishing, and personal grooming.


Miss Agnes Hed, instructor in home economics, will conduct this class at a time that is agreeable to the members of the group. She states that anyone interested in homemaking is cordially invited to meet in the homemaking room at the Neillsville High School to give suggestions for the work.


Band mothers meet


During a talk on the construction and history of the cornet, French horn, trombone and bass horn, at the band mothers’ meeting Wednesday evening, Richard Becker was assisted by several of his pupils, who demonstrated the use of these instruments in concert and band work. Miss Daphne Beeckler gave several readings, and the high school mixed quartet furnished the music. Mrs. Jess Scott was chairman of the program committee.



Arthur Christian dead


Mr. and Mrs. David Taylor received a message Wednesday announcing the death of Mrs. Taylor’s brother, Arthur Christian, at Rolla, Mo., on January 10. Mr. Christian was about 45 years of age and was a World War veteran.



Will you kindly tell what you read?


Beginning next week, The Press will make a survey to determine whether its news and editorial policy of the past four months is approved, and what particular features of the paper are best liked.


To secure this information, The Press will publish a form, upon which will be listed in detail the contents of the paper, and readers will be asked to indicate in the spaces provided the order in which the various features interest them.


Detailed information regarding this plan, together with the form to be used for answers, will be published in the next issue.


To broadcast


Broadcasting lines have been installed, and a studio has been equipped in the state capitol building. State lawmakers will broadcast each afternoon at 1 o’clock over WHA and WLBL as soon as the houses are organized.



Willard News


A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Hallman January 5.


L.A. Butcher was a Marshfield caller last Thursday.


Mrs. E.G. Ingham and son, Rae, spent Sunday at the H.M. Thompson home at Eau Claire.


Those on the sick list are Matt Romash, Mrs. John Kirn and John Bayuk.


John Zaller was a Neillsville caller Monday.


 Vernon Lindow and Robert Berg given State honor awards


Two Town of Fremont youths have received 4-H Club state honor awards, it has been announced by Mrs. A.O. Berg, county 4-H Club leader.


Vernon Lindow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Lindow, received the state honor achievement award for his work in the neat cattle project. A member of the Forestside 4-H Club, last season was Vernon’s first in club work.


Robert Berg, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Berg and member of the Fremont 4-H Club, received the state honor award in conservation work. It was Robert’s fourth state honor award in as many years.



York Center


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Voight and family spent Sunday with Mrs. Lillie Vandeberg of Neillsville.


Harris and Gale Schoengarth of Neillsville spent the weekends with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Davis.


Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Turner moved to Neillsville Sunday.


Mrs. Mable Voight visited at the Ed Voight home Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Borde and family and Mr. and Mrs. Leland Bandelow and family spent Sunday with Mrs. Grace Rowe and George Mortimer.


Mr. and Mrs. Myron Turner visited Monday at the Abie Turner home.


Hubert Graves and family spent New Year’s Eve with the Herbert Graves family.


Mrs. Julia Searles and family and Mrs. Jennie Davis visited at the Herbert Free home Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Victor Turner and family visited at the Abie Turner home Sunday. Victor helped Wilber move. In the afternoon Jimmie, Victor’s baby, got sick and had convulsions. Clayton Turner took Mrs. Turner and baby to the Granton clinic, but the baby was soon better.





Mildred and Leora Brown returned to Chicago Monday after spending the holidays with their mother and other relatives.


Bob Tessmer, who works in Chicago spent Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Tessmer.


Mr. and Mrs. Lisle Armitage and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jacobs and Harold, and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Shaw and children were supper guests Thursday evening of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Mills.


The Ed Sly family and Mr. and Mrs. Lisle Armitage helped Mrs. Bruce Armitage celebrate her birthday Friday evening.


LaVern Cutts and Miss Vera Loberg were recently married at Dubuque, Iowa, and are at home at the Christie store.


Mrs. Lisle Armitage helped Mrs. Leon Metcalf with canning meat last Friday.




Lois Schwanebeck of Sherwood returned to her home Friday, having spent the past week at the Gordon Davis home.


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lindow and family visited at the Roy Lindow home at Veefkind last Wednesday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Eide and daughters, Patty and Donna, and Orson and Pearl Vandeberg were Sunday dinner guests at the R.C. Miller home.


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lindow and daughters, Arlene, Ethelyn and Geneva, and Otto Hasz autoed to Coloma New Year’s Monday and spent the day at the Walter King home.


Ervin Bandts were Sunday dinner guests at the R.C. Jennings home.






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