Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
After two years of searching for a high school site, it was decided that Cemetery Road would be chosen over a Mann Valley site located between County Road M and MM. The Mann Valley land was ideal for building but organized opposition adamant about saving good farmland and opposed to rapid housing growth forced the school board to OK a swap of district-owned Mann Valley acreage for 79 university-owned acres.
Jeff Kasten earned top reining horse honors in Germany at Europe’s most prestigious open show event.
The Wildcat girls golf team put the rest of its opponents on notice by finishing second at the big Rivers Conference last week. Jackie Obermueller took third with a score of 88 and Jessie Johnson fired a 95 for fourth place.
Lisa Schmitz was named Homecoming Queen this year, and the Wildcats beat Amery to win their football game.
Grace and Selmer Norderhaug celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dan Prine and DeWayne Benedict were awarded special buckles for their 15 years of volunteer hunter education instruction.
A manhunt involving lawmen from Pierce County and River Falls was started following an alleged shooting incident and fight in Red Wing, Minn., in which the suspect fled the scene.
The National Science Foundation awarded $10,000 to UW-River Falls for purchasing equipment to supply the observatory to be added to the Physical Science building in 1979.
Local winners of the Punt-Pass-and-Kick contest were Jeff Prochnow, Kevin Amdahl, Troy Larson, Mike Miller, John Simone and Rich Hirstein.
A new Laundromat was planned for the corner of North Main and Cedar streets. Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Helmueller planned to open a combination laundry and dry cleaning firm similar to their Ellsworth establishment.
A new three-bedroom home with 1,500-square feet, double garage and two fireplaces was selling for $28,950.
Bud Halverson and his son Howard were the first to report shooting deer with bow and arrow this year. Each deer weighed over 140 pounds and were bagged near the Halverson home on the St. Croix river west of town.
The Greyhound bus was to make all its stops at the Hotel Walvern. A round trip to St. Paul was scheduled for Wednesdays with stops in town on Fridays on the way west and Sundays traveling east.
Several of the 1938 WSU football and baseball champs from River Falls were among championship team members gathered here for a reunion. Among River Fallsites were Ted Setterquist, Russell Gettinger and Orland Born.
Officers at the high school G.A.A. included Carolyn Tousley, Cynthia Johnson, Maralee McLaughlin, Jeri Richardson, Sandy Morgan, Georgeann Kind, Mary Dusek, Nancy Standish, Karen Daft and Kristin Engebreth.
Ed Siebold was selling pick-your-own tomatoes for $1 per bushel.
60 YEARS AGO, SEPT. 30, 1948
The Wisconsin Telephone Co. had plans to install dial phones for all 1,350 local customers here. Installation of the first was at Mayor John Bartosh’s office in City Hall.
New cheerleaders at the high school included Jeannie Knox, Joyce Johnson, Donna Olson, Pat Boles and Dick Laramy.
Gerhard Tostrud was to play with the Birmingham, Ala., symphony orchestra.
Mrs. Virgil Thom on South Main Street had rooms for rent with light housekeeping. Mary Boles at 317 N. Lewis St., had two rooms available in her modern house.
Melvin Peterson of Route 1, had northern grown rutabagas and potatoes for sale, along with carrots and squash.
The River Falls pickle factory was destroyed by fire of an undetermined origin.
An “Electric Ear” radio was installed in the post office so employees could listen to the World Series while at work.