Days Gone By: Jan. 24, 2013
By: Pat Hunter, archivist, River Falls Journal
A rain-ice storm hit the area last Wednesday afternoon bringing traffic to a stop, turning pavements into ice and using more than three times the amount of salt generally needed. School District Transportation Supervisor Ron Weishaar said 18 school buses either got stuck or the drivers decided against further travel, staying put until county or town salt trucks came to help. In some cases parents were called and asked to fetch their children at the locations where the buses were marooned. Area residents pitched in and offered blankets, magazines and food to the drivers.
High school wrestlers defeated Hudson and boosted their unbeaten conference record to 6-0. Coach Save Brandvold credited boisterous backers from River Falls with helping his team win a touch one on the road. Josh Cudd pinned his opponent, improving his record to 19-0.
About 60 Meyer Middle School students joined EARN (Educate Against Racism Now). Founders include Khay Jhay Orth, Julie Richards, Noah Sailer, Cori Speetzen and Ann Woodard.
In girls gymnastics, Terri Hamilton took first in bars and first in floor exercise, while Jean Tronnier took first in all-around scoring to help their team take first place in a meeting at Menomonie, Chippewa Falls and Hudson.
High school wrestlers were still undefeated, with Kurt Stimeling, Paul Wehking, Todd Robey and Chris Emholtz winning their matches against Hudson.
Poet Maya Angelou spoke at the university to an audience of over 800, the largest crowed for a guest speaker here in many years.
City Planner Brian O’Connell told the City Council that he and Inspector Dave Bibeau do not have time to make all the rental property inspections that should be done. In 1982 there were 511 rental units that came due for license renewals, but only 42 of these were inspected.
Terry Slattery (Book Shop and Kinnic Café), Ron Johnson (King’s Closet) and Charles Brictson (UW staff) were elected to the Chamber of Commerce, along with Don Page being named president.
Diane Maier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Maier, was chosen UW winter carnival queen.
James Bohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Bohn, won a state college vocal music contest and the chance to compete in Philadelphia for national recognition.
Thelma Erickson was named Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at the high school.
Town and Country Day Queen Pamela Armbruster was to visit the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
High school debaters Janell Belisle, Sandy Danielson, Rodney Rogers and Dennis Johnson won a seven-school contest, giving them the opportunity compete in sectionals in Chippewa Falls next month.
New rifle instructor Orvin Finstad was now qualified to conduct classes in gun operation, safe gun-handling and techniques of shooting on the target range and in the field to all interested members of the community.
The senior class play this winter was “You Can’t Take It With You,” with cast including Luanne Larson, Lucille Dahm, Marlene Bjerstedt, Allan Kind, Bob Bouvin, Al Forsythe, Jerry Gibson, David Evenson, Bob Davee, Larry Henneman, Duane Johnson, Marlys Meents, Jerry Murphy and Barbara Vaughn.
The flu epidemic hit this community with exceptional ferocity, with schools barely operating and one local man, George Kind, hospitalized.
Moody’s Chevrolet had available 1953 Chevrolet Coupes, Model 1504 for $1,599.25 and 1953 Buick Model 48-D 2-door sedans for $2,287.88, including tax and freight charges.
Mrs. John Merta brought into the Journal office a hen’s egg that measured six inches around.
Amy Webb, junior from Roberts, was elected queen of the River Falls college Winter Carnival.
Edwin T. Reed, who had spent his childhood in the community, had a book of poems published under the title, “Into the Promised Land.”
80 YEARS AGO, JAN. 26, 1933
A heavy downpour of rain turned roads and sidewalks in the city and countryside into vast sheets of ice. Some young people of the community had great sport skating down the streets of the city.
Ann Merriman was named president of the local Women’s Relief Corps, with Jessie Mueller named chaplain; Janette Hogue treasurer, and Mildred Finn, secretary.
Icicles which formed on the city water tank at Ellsworth became such a menace to pedestrians that a sharpshooter was engaged to snip them off with a high-power riddle. The novel method proved a great success.
Chicken thieves stole 100 choice Barred Rock chickens from the farm of Fred Weghorn in Hartland Township.
A.W. Lund advertised Winchester skates now that the skating rink on the upper pond was open and in full swing.
Editor's Note: Pat Hunter can be reached at the River Falls Journal, 715-425-1561 or email Pat Hunter