Days Gone By
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
In an “unbelievable tragedy,” a freak shower accident took the life of River Falls barber Doug Bystrom. He apparently slipped and fell against a towel rack, which broke and pierced his chest.
After 38 1/2 years with the utility department and as city clerk, Loyd Ostness officially retired from his duties.
Stan and Myrtle Stirrat were the generous donators of a 22-foot Christmas tree for Main Street.
With the hiring of Eve Cole, parking meters were once again being monitored regularly.
Two new aid programs were started in St. Croix County to provide proper nutrition to women and young children and one to help pay winter fuel bills.
The Walvern Manor was hosting a Thanksgiving buffet for $5.95 per person.
River Falls high schooler Tom Jenkins, son of the Ed Jenkins, was named to the state UPI first team as a linebacker.
A historical marker commemorating Fort Foster and Junction Mill was placed near the River Falls power plant.
Army veteran and full-time college student, Tom Sacia, was the newest addition to the city police force.
Kae Walker was cited for outstanding performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Sen. John Kennedy, possible Democratic candidate for president, spoke at the college, telling students of the crisis in American education. Larry Gansluckner, young Democrat at the college, and John Murry, older Democrat from town, took care of many of the details of Kennedy’s visit.
Nancy Lynne Black, daughter of Donald and Audrey Luberg Black, passed away on Nov. 15, the day before her 12th birthday, of a kidney ailment. She leaves behind three brothers: Gerald, David and James.
Mrs. Gordon Mowers was named chairman of the state AAUW Fellowship Group.
According to county clerk Ralph Condit, 3,000 hunting permits were issued in Pierce County.
T.E. Thoreson, mechanics instructor, and Harry Nelson, assistant supervisor of Veteran Farm Training, were hosting a three-day workshop on tractor care and maintenance for instructors of veterans.
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kohl celebrated their 65th anniversary at their home on South Main Street. With nine children still living, they have 37 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
“Norval Dumond, hunting with a bow and arrows last Sunday afternoon, killed a jack rabbit on the J. L. Wasson farm on the eastern outskirts of the city. This is quite a feat, and the young man is to be congratulated.”
Drivers were warned the first sub-freezing weather proves hard on automobile light bulbs. “When temperatures start falling toward zero, headlight bulbs seem to burn out suddenly and unexpectedly. It’s a good safety policy to look at your headlights each evening when you start to drive these cool nights.”
J. C. Penney, 101 S. Main St., announced “Toyland is open.” Some of the sale items include a “smart-looking doll carriage with reclining head-rest, footbrake, rubber tired wire wheels, big enough for an 18-inch doll, of flat fibre reed” for $2.98; A “Dolly Rosebud” doll with curly hair, eyes that go to sleep and she says, “Mama” for $2.98; coasters for $3.98; educational blocks 98 cents; “Little Jim” all steel mechanical toys ,49 cents each; and standing blackboards 98 cents.