Bio: News, Homemakers (1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Short, Harvey, Clark, Kuechenmeister,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) April 23, 1953
News, Homemakers (1953)
Editor’s note: Readers of The Press
commonly see Neillsville through the eyes of the editor. When
the Homemakers came to town, it seemed to the editor that it would
be interesting to see Neillsville through the eyes of a
Homemaker. Hence Mrs. Ralph Short, a Homemaker and
experienced correspondent for the Town of Washburn, was asked to
write her impressions from the trip. The result follows (in
Mrs. Ralph Short - Press Correspondent and Homemaker -
Between 300 and 350 Homemakers of Clark County
visited Neillsville last Thursday as part of a project to "Know our
County Better." This project was set up at the annual
planning meeting, held at Greenwood in September, 1952. The
county seat was selected as the first place to be visited.
Many of the Homemakers had never seen the inside of the courthouse
or the jail. For the purpose of the first tour these public
places were combined with the Condensery of the American Stores
Dairy Co. and the Indian School.
the court house we heard Wells F. Harvey, editor of The Clark
County Press, tell about the origin of the name of Clark
County. He said the name came from George Rogers Clark, the
Revolutionary hero who was responsible more than any other one
person for securing to the United States the large area north of
the Ohio, east of the Mississippi and west of the
Mrs. Art Kuechenmeister, county Homemakers
secretary and treasurer, explained about the first courthouse which
was built about 1859. When the present one was to be built
the old one was moved across the street from the Svetlik Motor Co.,
and now is apartments. The present one was built in 1875.
(Since 1953, there is now a new courthouse.
The first jail was built in 1866. The second was built in 1882 and still stands. Attorney John M. Peterson has his office there. The present modern jail building was built in 1897. The sheriff’s residence is also part of the building and is a great assistance in getting out to serious accidents and emergencies in a matter of minutes, as all police (Oops, the rest of the article is missing on my copy pages).
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