Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
”This is the kind of town I’ve had an image of coming to,” said Bernard Van Osdale, newly hired city administrator. “There seems to be a sense of family here. People work well and get along together.”
Royal Finishing offered grinders a starting wage of $12 per hour, and college students $7.50 at their grinding operation at 333 Troy St.
H&F Home Furnishings, 155 State Road 35N, was celebrating a 16-year anniversary with a sale offering big discounts, free door prizes and 90-day free financing.
A plan for a lock-in graduation party next spring was OK’d by the school board. About 50 parents agreed to organize a safe, alcohol-free party for seniors after the last day of school.
Bob Burrows of West Locust Street landed a two-pound, nine-ounce, brown trout below the lower dam on the Kinnickinnic River.
The girls’ high school tennis team was headed for another championship with Karyn Bye and Karen Whiteside competing for No. 1 and No. 2 singles championships.
Ted MacLeod, Laura Wild and Karen Smith received letters of commendation from the National Merit Program.
Investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera was to keynote Journalism Day at the university here.
New at Guy’s Walvern Manor was a Sunday brunch for $3.50 served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mrs. Florence (William) Jenson was being honored for 25 years as a leader of the Glover All-Stars 4-H Club.
Tom Carroll and Robert Schultz were named co-captains of the WSU-RF Falcon gridders.
St. Croix County Sheriff Charles Grant announced that he suspected there might be some “cattle rustling” going on. Three cows were missing from the Merle Nielson farm and an 1,800-pound bull was missing from a herd in Wilson.
Doug and Rita Jenkins encouraged folks to “Kommen sie zu Das Spielhaus” where they were serving bratwurst, steak sandwiches, pizza and held dances and skating parties just north of town.
James Traynor and Janet Schumaker were named 4-H Pierce County Dairy King and Queen.
The City Council was discussing widening Main Street.
Doug Boles purchased the Walters Motor Company in Cornell.
Warren Oligney offered 10 acres of his farm west of the city provided the Lions Club would raise money to build a home for the aged on the land. Estimates of $20,000-$40,000 were made as to the cost of a building which would contain 20 rooms. Lions R.E. Spriggs, Bert Symes and Judge Grimm were to report on the cost at the next meeting.
Those honored for having farms in their families for 90 years or more included Rudolph Borgerson and Thora Swenson, both in the town of Martell.
Five-year-old Donnie Siebold grew a sunflower 10 feet tall with 65 blossoms on it in his grandmother Betty Siebold’s garden.
Vera Lund was chosen high school senior class president, James Linehan vice president, Marjorie Dahlquist, secretary and treasurer; and Violet Smith and Francis Ptacek new members of the Student Council.
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