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Days Gone By
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MAY 15, 1997

Ten-year-old Brian Halaas was chief editor of "The Westside Press," a student-operated newspaper at Westside School. He gets his ideas from the River Falls Journal coming events section, and the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune. As editor, he interviews teachers, collects articles and types them in on his mother's IBM computer, and adds clip art to set off particular entries. Only 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders can contribute to the publication.

In other school news eighth grader Brent Anderson's drawing of marine life in the Mississippi River was selected for inclusion in a teaching brochure at the Mall of America.

With a bid of $3,800, Randy and Vonnie Cudd purchased Hathorn Cottage on the UW campus with plans to completely restore it with architect Neil Anderson's help in researching and planning. The cottage is an historic structure registered with the state historical society and was first referred to as the Brown House. In 1948 it was remodeled into a dormitory and renamed Hathorn Cottage, the first residence hall on the campus.

A tri-level home at 315 N. Wasson Lane was available for $136,900. The house had 3-bdrms., family room, dining room, 3-season porch, and 2-car garage; and a farm at W8101 690th Ave., included a farmhouse with 2-bdrms., kitchen, bath, laundry, dining room, barn, sheds, corn cribs and pumphouse for $129,500.


MAY 14, 1987

Two 12-year-old boys started a fire in the high jump pit at Ramer Field that was expected to cost at least $4,000-$6,000 to repair.

Lily Wehking, Emily Testa, Judy Justinger, Kay Montgomery and Lori Weber were to "rock" in Davis-McLaughlin's Main Street window to raise funds for St. Croix Summer Theatre. Mike McLaughlin was also offering big sales on every rocker in stock with $5 donated to the fundraiser.

Sophomore Beth Myer took four firsts at Baldwin-Woodville's invitational. Myer won the 400M dash, the high jump, the triple jump, and also anchored the 1600M relay team running with Suzanne Dusek, Jessica Early and Melissa Matteson.


MAY 18, 1967

High school math teacher Harold Ritchey was retiring after a 50-year teaching career with 33 of those years spent teaching here.

Some of the First Communion class of second graders at St. Bridget's included Shirley Bruggeman, Pamela Kusilek, Rhea Deja, Rosanne Murphy, Beth DesLaurier, Julie Cudd, Charles Johnson, Bryant Schoenick, David Jorgenson, Greg Huppert, Thomas Zenk, Larry Pechacek, and Bruce Delander.

Students enrolled in a class in criminology at UW-River Falls became personally involved in their subject when they found themselves surrounded by Chicago TV cameras and police while on a field trip. The group visited the Cook County jail and happened to pass an area where a group of men had just burned their draft cards. At first mistaken for war protesters, the students were allowed to leave only after showing the literature they were carrying was the Cook County jail newspaper, rather than peace literature.


MAY 13, 1937

If the $55,000 bond issue to build a new hospital wins, the old one will be used as a quarantine hospital in times of epidemics such as the one this year, and also to provide quarters for the hospital staff.

The River Falls Dead Animal Service will promptly remove dead horses, cows and hogs in new sanitary steel-lined trucks.


MAY 19, 1927

Dr. Doran, specialist in internal medicine, was to give free consultations at the Gladstone Hotel. He advertised "wonderful results in disease of the stomach, liver, bowels, blood, skin, nerves, heart, kidneys, bladder, bed wetting, catarrh, weak lungs, sciatica, leg ulcers and rectal ailments. Married women must be accompanied by their husbands."

The so-called Ku Klux Klan case, which originated out of the burning of the Klan tent at Northline about a year ago, was settled at a special session at which it was agreed the businessmen of Hudson would pay the Klan $400, the Catholics $500 and St. Croix County $500.


MAY 17, 1877

The Steamboat Nellie Kent took 1,600 barrels of River Falls flour from Glenmont to Stillwater, Minn. this week.

Pat Hunter
(715) 425-1561