Days Gone By (Aug. 25)
By: Pat Hunter, Archivist, River Falls Journal
In order to attract more high school marching bands it was decided to move River Falls Days from the third weekend in July to the second weekend.
School Superintendent Boyd McLarty assured residents that the new high school would be finished on time, the Meyer Middle School remodel was on track, and the moldy carpeting at Greenwood Elementary School would be removed and replaced with tile before school starts.
Developers were unveiling a 380-acre Quarry Road housing development plan that to date most Kinnickinnic Town residents opposed.
Two former River Falls natives, John Prucha and Norman “Bud” Foss were in town researching for their upcoming book on growing up in River Falls from 1930 to 1950.
Staff members of Rocky Branch Elementary School gathered for a photo inviting the public to the school’s dedication. Included in the photo were Pat Armstrong, Mary Hopp, Judy Graetz, Mary Babler, Roberta Wunrow, Tom Gunderson, Barbara Lyman, Kathy Secrist, Debbi VerBurg, Caroline Davenport-Henk, Katie Grier, Laurie Moyer, Karl Erickson, Steve Anderson, Gayle Westrum, Ann Elling, Sally Swanson, John Gildseth, Jean Friske, Jodi Hermanson, Barb Cronk, Kit Bruesewitz, Mary Cernohous, Judy Seguin, Mary Norquist, Romelle Kelly, Patty Murphy, Melissa Neinfeldt, Barb Anderson, Trygve Aarsheim and Cindy Zignego.
A Pierce County Highway Department truck was cited for an overload of nearly 10,000 pounds which carried a fine of about $1,009.
Lee Matzek won the ladies golf championship at the golf course, Sandy Johnston won first flight, Dori Hoffman second and Donna Wilkens third.
A group of angry parents addressed the school board meeting to protest a new policy which will forbid school buses from entering private driveways. The school district figured it could save $9,000 a year by eliminating this service.
Grocery specials included pork chops for $1.29/lb., round steak at $1.99/lb., frozen orange juice at 79 cents/12 oz. can and saltine crackers at 79 cents/16 oz. package.
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Jones were hosting an open house at “The Book Shop.”
Spontaneous combustion in a haymow destroyed a barn on the James Ray farm on County Road N, north of River Falls.
Beth DesLauriers of the Glover All Stars 4-H club won the beginner’s division at the Foods Review and Cindy Pechacek won the Favorite Foods division.
Dave Amdahl and Jim McLaughlin were to coach the Wildcat JVs and DeWayne Benedict was to coach the freshmen.
A 100-foot tower was installed at the St. Joseph Home and Hospital to provide communication with other hospitals, ambulances and police cars.
New teachers in the River Falls schools included Don Richards and Robert Stuhl.
The first foreign exchange student in River Falls will be attending school here. She is senior Gisela Koch of Germany.
A group of residents in the Grotenhuis Addition presented a petition to the City Council asking that Charlotte Street be renamed South Fork Drive. At the present time there were two Charlotte Streets in River Falls.
The dedication of the new Catholic school here was scheduled.
The River Falls Drum and Bugle Corps came home with second place in state competition.
Grocery specials included dill pickles at 35 cents per quart, grapefruit juice 19 cents/46 oz. can, ground beef at 59 cents/lb., and coffee 77 cents/lb.