Days Gone By
10 YEARS AGO, AUG. 12, 2004
West Wind’s fastpitch softball team took second place in state competition. Team members included Paul Aderman, Herb Blaisdell, Rick Hansen, Mike Nilssen, Joe Halverson, Jake Miller, Scott Nilssen, Andy Nilssen, Steve Fox, Rick Fox, Dean Bergseng, Kevin Bruesewitz, Jim Dardine, Jason Deiss, Bryant Ekstrom, Marty Jensen and Jeff Welle.
The Kansas City Chiefs were in town for summer camp and traveled to Mankato to mix it up with the Vikings. After too many skirmishes, quarterback knock downs and below-the-waist tackles it was thought that perhaps next year the Chiefs should take a break and practice with the Packers.
20 YEARS AGO, AUG. 18, 1994
The sudden death of David M. Smith, president of the First National Bank and friend to all, caused community-wide mourning.
After eight years Pat McCardle was coming home — home to Greenwood Elementary School. He returns as the new principal for the same school his second-grade son Cole attends.
1991 River Falls High School grad Nicolle Lundgren was enjoying her rookie season as a Vikings cheerleader.
The Flames finished first in youth division baseball league. Teammates were Logan Cross, Nate Huppert, Rob Simon, Eric McAleavey, Ryan Brummond, Kirk Montgomery, Nick Persico, Tyler Behrends, Luke Forehand, Ryan Magee and Todd Peterson.
30 YEARS AGO, AUG. 16, 1984
The first baby to be baptized in the new St. Bridget Catholic Church was Jesston Munson, son of Steve and Becky Munson.
River Falls Library Helen Schmidt reported there were 135 children enrolled in the reading program this summer.
Assistant Vice President Ruth Ann Brenna was set to help with home insurance CDs, opening new accounts and just about anything else River Falls State Bank was offering.
Horseshoe league commissioner Dave Cronk reported the eight new courts at Glen Park have been getting a workout this year.
40 YEARS AGO, AUG. 15, 1974
After 28 years in business Paul and Madie Doetkott were closing their Ideal Cleaners at 107 S. Main Street. Theirs was the only petroleum type cleaning service in the area with both being tailors and professional spotters.
Gary Grimm was named manager of the Thorp Finance Company in this city.
Cindy Pechacek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Pechacek, was crowned Miss St. Clair Harvest Queen at Belleville, Ill.
Top readers for the city library reading program included Theresa Brown (66), Joey Matzek (544), and Richard Cobian, Ruth Romoser, Tom Schmidt, Jolly Wilmot, Amy Northrup, Ellen Huppert, Cheri Jerue and Martha Romoser all reading 25 or more books during the summer.
50 YEARS AGO, AUG. 13, 1964
River Falls citizens acted quickly after the news of the death of Howard and Ethel Vold in an automobile accident with a memorial fund set up for the 13 orphaned children.
Duane Finstad came out on top winning the Cub Scout pinewood derby held at Glen Park. Other Scouts earning playoff honors were Steve Swenson, David Blade, Rodney Filkins, David Hoffman, and Jim Gregor.
Jerry Carter coached the River Falls Legion team to win the 1964 baseball championship with a record of 16 wins and 2 losses. Players included Dennis Early, Greg Anderson, Jack Linehan, Tom Smith, Scott Gaalaas, Gene Wymer, Doug Harris, Russell Berg, Jim Painter, Dave Johnson, Tim Early, Mick Huppert, Larry Johnson and Frank Segerstrom.
60 YEARS AGO, AUG. 19, 1954
Charles E. White, River Falls attorney and candidate for assemblyman was congratulated on receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Korea. While he has been absent on military duty his campaign is being conducted by friends and associates.
It was learned that Frank W. Finn, 78, senior partner of the firm of Finn & Segerstrom, undertakers, passed away this week. Mr. Finn had been in business in River Falls for 60 years, first as a barber before the turn of the century, then in 1922 as a member of the undertaking firm of Lusk & Finn. After Mr. Lusk’s retirement he took Harold Segerstrom as partner in 1935.
70 YEARS AGO, AUG. 17, 1944
An interesting old clock which was used to ring for classes in the first River Falls Normal School building found its way back to a place in the halls of the local teachers college. The clock was presented to the school by the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thomson of this city. The clock was among the few articles saved the night of Nov. 29, 1897, when the first Normal school building was destroyed by fire.
--Pat Hunter, River Falls Journal
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