Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
With graphic six-foot signs, abortion protesters stood along Main Street and Cascade Avenue Monday afternoon, receiving positive and not-so-positive feedback from passing motorists.
Karyn Bye, who helped lead the United States women’s ice hockey team to a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, earlier this year, stopped by to watch a youth baseball game and spent more time signing autographs than watching the game.
Judy Ritger took home a blue ribbon in the International Open Class category at the National Rosemaling Exhibition in Decorah, Iowa, last month.
Erin Johnston, daughter of Bill and Sandee Johnston of River Falls, was crowned “Fairest of the Fair” at the St. Croix County Fair last month.
A crowd of 2,278 took in the 37th annual Farm City Day held at the Tom and John Ruemmele farm this year.
Local rosemalers Marlys Hammer and Judy Ritger won awards in national competition.
Ken Obermueller was to be inducted into UW-Stout‘s Athletic Hall of Fame for his basketball skills.
Eloise and Randy Anding were named Outstanding Young Cooperators of the Year by Mid-America Dairymen.
Mark Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Larson of River Falls, competed in a national forensic tournament with the Mankato State University team.
Eugene Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olsen, enlisted in the Air Force.
A large ranch home in the College View Addition was selling for $49,900.
Julie Temple of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club was crowned Pierce County 4-H queen.
For shoppers’ convenience, many stores were now staying open until 9 p.m. both Monday and Friday nights.
Jeff Dumond, third base player for the River Falls team, led the team in batting with a .421 average and 15 stolen bases, along with 17 runs and 16 hits.
Spurting to a final lead of about three lengths, Steve Page won the local Bike Derby Race and a chance to win the top prize of $1,000 scholarship. As area winner he gets a new bicycle along with a $25 Savings Bond, and will compete at the Minnesota State Fair for the championship.
Mrs. Walker Wyman had the grand champion arrangement at the gladiolus show.
A benefit softball game was held for Bob Smith, who broke his ankle while sliding into home base at the softball game at Town and Country Days.
Bennie Kettlekamp caught a 15-pound, 36-inch muskie in Silver Lake.
Peaches were on sale for $1.85 a crate, t-bone steaks were 69 cents/lb., and Hershey’s cocoa was 39 cents for a 16-oz. package.
Winners of the centennial talent contest included Eileen Grupe, vocalist; and Carol Doffing, accompanist; Wannie Johnson, Jean Carol Dawson and Mary Harris, girls trio; and Dan Demulling, comedian.
Well-known psychic Madam Delore was to have a column in the Journal in which to answer questions of any kind that are sent to her.
Beef pot roast was on sale at 18 cents per pound, lettuce 10 cents per head, and limes 22 cents/dozen.
Otto Kulstad of the Park Board reported the new pool at Glen Park took in $832.45 during June and July, with expenses totaling $418.82 so far.
While on a camping trip near Cable, the Pierce-St. Croix County Bar Association had a 15-minute chat with President Calvin Coolidge.
Bob Gardner was selected as aide to General Charles Coolidge’s guard of honor at the convention of the American Legion.
Dan O’Brien bought the Ideal Café from Walter Sutherland.
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