Days Gone By: 1964 Golf "kids"
10 YEARS AGO, AUG. 19, 2004
Pastor Frank Lukasiewicz and wife Lois at the Servant of the Shepherd Church on Fourth Street were in their fourth year of offering refuge for recovering alcoholics and addicts and helping them back to sobriety.
A group of volunteers led by Nell Henry were helping keep Main Street clean on an almost daily basis. Jodie Rubenzer, Ralph Ducklow, Ginny Lofgren, Shelby Ducklow, Mel Germanson, Christina Moutray, Garret Gill, Bev Hoppe, Florence Nickum, Sue Waters, Darlene McBride, Don Richards and Big Brothers/Big Sisters were all part of the crew.
Master Gardener Margaret Smith was calling for home gardeners to share their extra garden produce through the “Share the Bounty” program benefitting senior citizens, Turningpoint, WIC clinics, the food pantry, and folks in crisis.
20 YEARS AGO, AUG. 25, 1994
The new four-lane highway planned to be built during the next three years between River Falls and Hudson will affect 32 landowners. Longtimers Gilmore and Anna Solberg were losing the core of the 110-acre farm that had been in the Solberg family since 1918, but all concerned seem to feel a new highway is needed.
Noted poet and UW-River Falls grad Thomas R. Smith was scheduled to read and autograph at the Bookpress on Main Street.
The Marching Wildcats were busy raising $50,000 needed to perform at the 1994 Gator Bowl.
Part-time check out cashiers were making $5 an hour at Fleet Farm; temporary factory workers were paid $7.48/hour at Nor-Lake in Hudson; and manufacturing techs started at $7/hour at Ideal Door.
30 YEARS AGO, AUG. 23, 1984
Joe Karras beat out Steve Olson, Vern Steinmetz, Paul Meyer, Dave Farley and Don Matzek to claim the 1984 golf club championship.
New public school employees included Stacie Rissman-Joyce, assistant junior high principal; and Peggy Shoemaker, Brian Shils, DeWayne Benedict, Sheila Behrendt, Sally Norden, Jerianne Barrus and Judith Wachholz.
In response to pressure from parents, school administrators decided to make milk breaks available to all kindergartners at parents’ expense.
Josh Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bennett, was headed to student teach in the Himalayan Mountains.
40 YEARS AGO, AUG. 22, 1974
Dr. G. Benjamin Ginsberg, recent graduate of the Pacific University School of Optometry in Oregon, was taking over Dr. C.P. Gaalaas’ practice next month. Dr. Gaalaas has practiced here since 1940, and expected to continue part-time. He plans to devote his spare time to golf, photography, fishing, boating, and “helping his wife around the house.”
In other business news, Lund’s planned a 101st birthday celebration, River Falls State Bank opened in new quarters at the corner of Second and Walnut, and the Village Pedaler bike shop was moving to expanded quarters at 107 S. Main Street.
About 90 friends marched on the Cina home on Morgan Road to honor Ed Cina and new bride, Darlene Phillips for their June wedding. Cina has been with the River Falls School system since 1942 and Darlene is a math teacher in Edina.
50 YEARS AGO, AUG. 20, 1964
A petition demanding a referendum was termed invalid but opponents to natural gas being installed here promised another try if the ordinance passes.
An urgent appeal was made to the public for donations to the Vold family fund. A third victim, daughter Susan, had died from injuries in the same accident that killed her parents. The remaining 12 children were determined to stay together with the oldest, Dave, 18, taking over head of the family duties.
Baton twirling and tap dancing classes were being taught by Judy Murphy in the Oddfellows Hall.
60 YEARS AGO, AUG. 26, 1954
“Butch” McCardle, former Spring Valley and River Falls State football star, has been signed to coach at Rhinelander High this fall.
Some quotes from the River Falls National Guard unit at Camp McCoy included: ‘Fine, but we have to get up too early’ – Pvt. VanderBerg; ‘I found out that the quicksand is very easy to walk into’ – Pfc. Junkman; ‘If there were any girls here this camp would be fine’ – Pvt. Doetkott; ‘The boys sure aren’t starving at this camp’ – Pvt. Fuller.
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