Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
Jenny Richards and Kurt TeWinkel were named Homecoming Royalty this year, reigning over a Wildcat win over Rice Lake 20-0.
Pauly Cudd was given City Council approval to open a “teen center” in the former Corner Bar building at the corner of North Main and Maple streets.
Karen Whiteside and Molly Schwalbach qualified for the WIAA state tennis tourney.
Brodie Hamilton was named offensive player of the week for the Wildcats, Tom Jenkins, the defensive player, Dan Locke, hitter of the week, Jim Kahut, blocker, and special team player named was Brian Halling.
Home Culture Club members Eleanor Timmerman, Retta Albert, Alma Michaelson and Mae Sumner have been hard at work on a special project to celebrate their group’s 75th anniversary.
Ted Jack of River Falls was named Pierce County’s chief deputy.
The city received a permit from the DNR to “move” the Kinnickinnic River. It would change the course for about 700 feet from the area in back of Moody’s garage down to the back of Lund’s.
Lyle Johnson Jr. took high herd honors at the 19th Pierce County dairy recognition dinner.
Patricia Huppert of Ellsworth was named UW-River Falls Homecoming Queen.
Al Jenson received a 50-year membership certificate from the Masonic Lodge here.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Larson, former proprietors of Lorraine’s Café, have taken over operation of the Shell Service Station on North Main Street, which will be known as Al’s Shell Service. They were also operating a taxi service from there.
Midget football coach Don Richards reported Steve Johnson, Tim Cooper, Larry Johnson, Jack Goulette and Wade Larson played outstandingly in their second game of the season, while Coach PeeWee Meyer reports some of his future stars were Dave Peterson, Jules Jensen, Bob Daft, Mike Baker and Rick Polfus.
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Fortune celebrated their golden wedding anniversary here.
River Falls State Bank opened its doors for business with some of the early depositors including G. P. Helgeson, Victor Huppert, Frank Swanson, Axel Clausen, Emmett Jenson, Herman Seiber, Worley McKinney, Doug Boles, Mike Early and Bernice Kvapil.
Girls at the college who were interested in babysitting met to establish policies. Thirty-five cents an hour was agreed upon for the rate up to midnight and 50 cents an hour after. Miss Mary Vaughn was to be in charge of taking calls from customers and contacting the sitter.
70 YEARS AGO, OCT. 12, 1939
An airplane from the Twin Cities flew over River Falls dropping leaflets in the form of petitions entitled, “Keep Our Boys Out of the War.” On each leaflet were spaces for women’s signatures voicing their approval of the “Keep Out of the War” Program.
Frank Finn was made an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Trig Smuland was winner of the local golf tournament.