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River Falls, 54022
River Falls Journal
715-425-5666 customer support
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Submitted photos are always welcome for this column. Black and white or color photographs will be scanned and returned in original condition with photo credit given. Call Pat Hunter, 425-1561, for more information or e-mail your photos to phunter@rivertowns.net.

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10 YEARS AGO

MAY 29, 1997

The high school class of 1997 voted Max Neuhaus and Kelly Paulson most likely to succeed; Travis Schaefer and Alysia Packer class clowns; Mike Johnson and Callie Anderson with the best smiles; and Nick Paulson and Allison Vlack most likely to be late for graduation.

Julia Wing and Mollie Rasmussen shared valedictorian honors at graduation. National Merit Senior Commended Award winners were Jennifer Keenan and Anna Chaffee.

Nine semi-loads of appliances, tool, electronics, lawn and garden supplies and more were unloaded at he new Sears store in the ShopKo shopping complex on the north end of River Falls. A real estate company and hair salon Great Clips were expected to be moving in soon too.

In other business news Gary and Carole Kruger were hosting a grand opening for Kruger Auction Service at 218 S. Main St., and Laurie Hansen opened Picture Perfect Photography from her town of River Falls home.

20 YEARS AGO

JUNE 4, 1987

The 1987 graduating class was the 100th class to graduate from River Falls High School. The 1987 class had 179 graduates. The 1887 class graduated five -- two girls, three boys -- named Charles Putnam, Annie Burhyte, Angus Morrow, Mary Evans and Walter Campbell. Tim Morrow, a descendent of Angus, was a member of this year's class.

The first school building was built here in 1854, six years after Joel Foster, the first settler, staked his claims along the Kinnickinnic River. The community raised $500 to build the 20x30 foot frame building in an area which is now Fourth Street.

The first teacher was Helen Flint.

In business news, Dr. Michael Smilanich took over Dr. Alan Stewart's share of the dental practice shared with Dr. Allen Barnes at 314 N. Second St. After practicing dentistry for over 35 years, Stewart hoped to slow down a little, travel and do some volunteering and foreign mission dentistry.

30 YEARS AGO

JUNE 9, 1977

The high school girls track team set a new record for the 440-relay at sections, covering the distance in a time of 52.39. Members running that day were Kris Eilers, JoAnne Johnson, Terry Walior and Kim Robey.

River Falls Postmaster Mike Cleary was happy to announce the installation of drive-up collection boxes near the post office building. The new boxes were located on Second Street, replacing the Elm Street boxes.

Lisa Green was named the new Miss Roberts last week during Good Neighbor Days celebrations.

40 YEARS AGO

JUNE 8, 1967

Paul Erickson sold his plant to Vollrath Co. of Sheboygan. Erickson was staying on as president and chief operating officer, as were office and production employees with expansion expected and personnel added.

Construction work began on a new trailer parking court southeast of River Falls across the highway from the university farm. Paul Cudd, who is building the court, said it will have 30 parking stalls each 42 by 100 feet, ready for occupancy by Aug. 1.

In downtown business news, Arnie & Bob's TV, 204 S. Main St., was now carrying Fender electric instruments, along with amplifiers, speakers, keyboard instruments and accessories.

50 YEARS AGO

JUNE 6, 1957

The City Council was debating whether to build a new library building on the Swedish Mission church property or to use the $25,000 to renovate City Hall and provide room for the library there.

Movies playing at the Falls Theatre were "Boys Town" on Friday and Saturday night starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, "Wings of Eagles" on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. A special late show at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, June 8, was "Bride of the Monster" starring Bela Lugosi; and "The Great Man" starring Jose Ferrer and Julie London was playing Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Edwin Falteisek, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Falteisek of River Falls, was ordained a Catholic priest and honored with a reception at St. Bridget's.

60 YEARS AGO

JUNE 5, 1947

Atty. Kenneth S. White of River Falls had placed his name before Gov. Rennebohm as a candidate for the office of circuit judge left vacant by the death of Judge George Thompson. The River Falls Flying Club is planning a "flight breakfast" when fliers from Wisconsin and Minnesota will fly to the River Falls airport for breakfast and tour of the town. The Pierce County road crew has been in the city this week giving some of our streets a coating of oil. For the third summer, the Pierce County chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor and finance a water safety school at Glen Park pool.

70 YEARS AGO

JUNE 10, 1937

Both houses of the state Legislature passed a resolution congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on their marriage and inviting them to visit Wisconsin on their honeymoon. On the 22nd anniversary of the bride's parents, Johanna Phillipps married Kenneth Sumner.

80 YEARS AGO

JUNE 9, 1927

Business and professional men and farmers were invited to a supper meeting to discuss the organization of a Chamber of Commerce or a Commercial Club here. While delivering ice for the L. J. Kay Ice Co. in this city, Basil Boles pierced his foot with an ice pick. Fifteen cases of tuberculosis, 10 more than last year, were diagnosed in the two-day free chest clinic here which 118 people attended.

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Pat Hunter
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