Days Gone By: May 2, 2013
20 YEARS AGO, MAY 6, 1993
River Falls Hospital's Sharon Whalen and Cheryl Passe were named chairs of the annual River Falls Days celebration. Theme for this year is "Best of the West."
Trees were in and the Arbor Day "blitz" was on with Main Street 2000 project manager Roald Evenson overseeing 160 volunteers who showed up Saturday to plant nearly 400 trees and shrubs and 250 perennial plants mostly downtown.
Former River Fallsite Bernie Nelson, 1977 graduate of River Falls High School and trumpeter, could be seen on Sunday mornings performing in the "House of Power" orchestra broadcast Sunday mornings.
30 YEARS AGO, MAY 5, 1983
Gary Sukowatey purchased the Walvern Manor Supper Club on Main Street from Jan Hinderks.
Both Erickson and IGA grocery stores were offering pharmacy services for their customers' convenience.
Junior bowling champs included Troy Larson, most improved; Paul Meyer, high average and high series; Roxi Levens, high average and most improved; and Jodi Spielman, high series.
Winners of the adult-junior tournament were Chuck and Jim Freese, first place; Nancy and Art Delforge, second; and Brenda Lubich and Loyd Ostness, third.
40 YEARS AGO, MAY 3, 1973
In downtown business news, Gary Kruger and Richard Kenall announced the formation of a partnership, Kenall-Kruger Real Estate.
Bud O'Connor, aka "Mr. Fixit" maintenance man for the school district, was presented with an "honorary degree of school principal" upon retiring after 22 years with the school district.
John Traynor of Spring Valley joined the staff at Dick's Barbershop, 208 N. Main St.
Additions to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department included deputy sheriffs Ted Jack and Eldon Schelfeffer; Neil Gulbranson to the traffic department; and Norb Schmitt and Charlene Jacob to the radio staff.
50 YEARS AGO, MAY 9, 1963
Playing near the headstones displayed outside Melgard Monument Works on South Main St., resulted in a fractured leg for 16-year-old Leonard Brenna and friend Richard Blair got his hand pinned during rescue efforts.
The confirmation class at United Methodist included Merry Owens, Jewel Larrabee, Deborah James, Ann Stirrat, Jean Timmerman, John Chapman, Kristi Hanson, Sharon Johnson, David Boles, Susan Bennett, James Painter, Noel Hoover, Eldora Gerino and David Chinnock.
60 YEARS AGO, MAY 7, 1953
Mrs. Attabelle Boote Harris, sponsored by the River Falls branch of AAUW, was chosen state "Mother of the Year."
Earl Mack, son of Mrs. And Mrs. Raymond Mack, caught a 4 ½ pound brown trout, one of the best catches yet reported, and the leader in the trout contest held at Meyer's station.
70 YEARS AGO, MAY 6, 1943
Donald Black wrote to the editor detailing his experiences in the army so far with three months under his belt. He mentioned other local boys also stationed with him, including Bob Lovell and Orville Thompson.