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Days Gone By
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Editor's Note:The year the Falcon hockey team won the NCAA Division II trophy, false fire inspectors lurking on the west side, a piece by third-grader Elizabeth Lowe printed in the school section, and how much house $3,000 could buy in 1938. Days Gone By is filled with interesting snippets from the past this week.


20 YEARS AGO, MARCH 31, 1988

Zac Wittstock won a Hot Wheels bike and Abby Timmerman won a Huffy bike during the Easter Egg hunt in Glen Park.

Over 4,000 plastic eggs were hidden by sponsors Jack Oglesby (Country Kitchen), Rick Fox (Fox Ace Hardware) and Dick Rinehart (Dick's IGA).

The UW-River Falls hockey team was given a royal welcome home after winning the NCAA Division III trophy. This was Falcon Coach Rick Kozuback's second national championship , the first being for the Penticton Knights to the Canadian Junior National Championship.

In downtown business news Brenda Werner, a UW-River Falls student from Wyoming, purchased BoJon's Flowers, established 22 years ago by Bob Ensign. Assisting her in the business is Mary Jo Nelson.

Bruce Foster and Noel Gibbs were sharing grooming duties at the new "Animal Center in Town" located behind Lund's Hardware.

30 YEARS AGO, MARCH 30, 1978

The public was warned to beware of false "fire inspectors" after a west side resident was deceived by a person identifying himself as one and was allowed entrance throughout the home.

Restaurant specials included the Guy's Walvern Manor's steak and lobster for $8.95, or for those preferring lobster only $6.95 for one tail, $9.95 for two; the Kinnic Village Inn at 709 N. Main St. hosted Friday smorgasbords including deep fried fish and broasted chicken with seconds encouraged and thirds admired.

In other business news Broken Wind, Crimson, and Homefolk were featured bands this month at the Corner Bar, 128 N. Main St.

A large 2-story home on the corner of Third and Maple streets was offered for $52,900. Main floor included living room with fireplace, dining room, large kitchen with eating space, sunporch and half-bath, upstairs had 4-bedrooms, full bath and large attic. There was also a partially finished family room and 3/4 bath in basement.

40 YEARS AGO, MARCH 28, 1968

The Mariners, a local rock and roll band with members Barry Helmueller, Dave Simonson, Tom Morrow, Mary Birkel and Kevin Helmueller won first place at a Battle of the Bands held in Chippewa Falls.

Jim Becker of River Falls had recently taken over a fishing and hunting camp north of Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada.

Electronics Technician First Class John F. Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baker of River Falls, and husband of the former Kay A. Armstrong, reported for duty aboard the submarine USS Trigger in Charleston, N.C.

Third graders were learning how to put color into words. Elizabeth Lowe described what buckskin means to her:

What I think of buckskin:

I think of quarter horses charging

Down a field with Western rigging

on them.

When I think of buckskin

I think of bull hide rigging.

Western saddles, bareback rigging -- That's what

buckskin is to me.

50 YEARS AGO, MARCH 27, 1958

Dr. Donald Ogden was home from India where he was head of a hospital for the government.

The First National Bank offered a guided missile bank, the "most modern gift for every child."

The American Legion, along with Zastrow Motors, River Falls Motor Co., Moody's, Lund's Garage, and Johnsons Sales and Service offered shuttle services for those need a ride to the polls next Tuesday.

60 YEARS AGO, APRIL 1, 1948

The freshman speech class was presenting "We Shook the Family Tree," a sprightly, fast-moving play, to augment the dwindling resources of the Youth Center. The cast included Janis Benson, Marilyn Ostness, Clair Murphy, Dick Rozehnal, Mary Doolittle, Dick Wells, Don Richards, Norma Falteisek, Bryant Wyman, Linda Nelson and Patricia Bombach.

The Friday Canning Corporation in New Richmond was contracting for beet crops: "A $100 crop at $10 to $24 per ton depending on size, delivered to the plant. An excellent crop for dark 'low lands' or clean 'up land' soils. We can supply proper fertilizer."

Harry Edgar started construction of a large oil station on North Main Street, on the site of the former Prairie Mill. Excavating for the building, which will be 48x44 feet, has begun. The station will handle Texaco products, and will be in charge of Harvey H. Edgar, a son, who is now in the Navy, but expects to receive his discharge in July.

70 YEARS AGO, MARCH 31, 1938

A "modern 7-room house, 221 Cascade Ave. W., large corner lot, attractive garden, chicken house, barn, $3,000" was listed in the Journal this week.

Les Creswell offered White Gold, Warba and Irish Cobbler seed potatoes from certified seed and excellent quality.

The River Falls Rod and Gun Club was hosting its 24th annual meeting and banquet honoring farmers owning property bordering the Kinnickinnic trout stream. As a result of the club, a unique agreement concerning fishing rights has been established between farmers and fishermen. The club members constructed gates upon territory near the stream and each year a custodian is appointed by the club, whose job it is to see that sportsmen do not abuse their privileges.

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