Days Gone By (Nov. 29, 2012)
By: Pat Hunter, archivist, River Falls Journal
The 99-year-old “Freeman House” at 220 North Third St., owned by Paul and Marge Stokke since 1972, was named an historic landmark, with a plaque installed out front and owners obligated to preserve external features of the house. The house was built by Arthur Symes, grandfather to cousins Kirby and John, and purchased by original Freeman Drugstore owner R.S. Freeman and his wife. The house has many charming features including leaded and beveled glass windows, unique sliding glass door, curved dormer, and Palladian sets of windows.
Hockey goalie Jacque Vezina, former Hudson High School standout, stopped 28 of 30 shots in the Falcon s’ 5-2 win over St. Norbert’s, putting the Falcons into first place in the NCHA.
Everyone’s favorite family doctor, Jim Beix, was retiring after 32 years in River Falls. When he started practice at St. Joseph’s Home and Hospital, office calls were $7.50, emergency room and x-ray departments were makeshift units in the basement, and area house calls were still being made.
A River Falls deaf-mute hunter was found dead from a probable hunting accident north of River Falls.
Karen Gibson was the “Stuffed Turkey” promotion with a guess of $1,169.58, which was $4.50 under the actual value.
Mayor Darl Hoffman again vetoed a comprehensive study plan by an outside agency for three reasons — cost of the project (85,000), use ordinances already on book or improve them, and he felt the study should be done by city staff people.
For his Eagle Scout project Korey Knott finished off over a mile of new ski and hiking trails on the mound north of Hoffman Park. He was helped by Adam Williams, Brent Olson, Scott Kirk, Mike Kremer, Mark Webster and Nathan Brigham.
Karen Larson, 16-year-old River Falls High School junior, shot two deer within 90 minutes of the opening of deer hunting season. She bagged the buck on her first shot, crediting Mr. Amdahl and Mr. Wunrow who taught her gun safety class.
The UWRF dorms were offering a babysitting service to the community with a list of over 70 students available to the public.
The high school was now offering wrestling to students. Coached by Bill Wright, the Wildcats won their first match against Baldwin-Woodville.
The Kinnic Drive-In Café on Hwy 35 North featured 30 cent chocolate shakes, all-you-can-eat pancakes for 65 cents and fish frys on Friday for $1.
The Legion Auxiliary was taking orders for Christmas wreaths with prices starting at $2.50 and $5.
Contact Pat Hunter at 715-425-1561 or email Pat Hunter