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Gene Huppert is pictured with the second wolf killed in the Big River area this month. He reported while deer hunting the male brown brush wolf was flushed out during a drive, was fast and evasive and after hit, rolled down a small hill snarling all the way down. Well over 200 sheep have been lost by farmers in the area and the wolves are blamed for the killings. Earlier this month a female brush wolf was caught in a trap on the Karl Kodosky farm. (1973 Ellsworth Herald file photo)

10 YEARS AGO, NOV. 27, 2003

Dick’s Market at 1121 South Main Street had a two-page advertising spread in the River Falls Journal with turkeys on special for 89 cents/lb., navel oranges $1.99/5 lbs. bag; apple cider 99 cents/64 oz., russet potatoes $1.19/10 lb. bag; and 24-pack of Budweiser for $12.99.

In other business news, Julie Hove was hired as a real estate loan officer at S&C Bank at 1150 N. Main Street; songstress Colleen Raye was appearing in the main dining room of the West Wind Supper Club; and River Falls Utilities were asking to build a high speed fiber optic computer network ring that would run throughout the city including the new Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park on the north end of town.

After five years of dazzling fireworks following the annual River Dazzle parade on the Friday following Thanksgiving, the show has been declared too much of a threat to downtown buildings and will not be allowed this year.

20 YEARS AGO, DEC. 2, 1993

With his retirement approaching, attorney Chuck White, who turned 65 in November, was cleaning out his office on Main Street. Previous lawyers in the family started with John Spencer White, who opened his law practice in Prescott in 1855; his son Ferris M. White, admitted to the bar in 1886, practiced law in Breckenridge, Minn., for a year before moving to River Falls, practicing until shortly before his death in 1940; Kenneth S. White, son of Ferris, who was a state senator from 1936 to 1940, circuit judge from 1947 to 1957, and served in both World Wars, establishing the American Legion Post and National Guard company in River Falls; and his son Charles, who began practicing law in River Falls in 1951, serving as an assistant judge advocate during the Korean War. The Whites were active politically in the state, and served on many boards and honorary positions.

50 YEARS AGO, NOV. 28, 1963

The assassination of President Kennedy last Friday resulted in a very quiet week in River Falls with many remembering his trip here in 1960 following his brother Robert’s stop eight days earlier.

George Kremer, editor/owner of the River Falls Journal, took photos of the president standing atop an automobile on Main Street, visiting at the college with student Larry Gansluckner along with John Murry and Wally Mehlberg; and shaking hands with Jerry Belisle; Mrs. Bob Carter and Ivan Iverson at the doorway of Freeman Drug Store.

60 YEARS AGO, NOV. 26, 1953

Prizes for the best socks at the high school’s sock hop went to Jim Relander, Jim Tostrud and Bill Armbruster for the boys; and Myrna Albertson, Sharon Ritchey and Ann Dopkins for the girls.

Wisconsin farmers won the corn raising championship of the nation with an average yield of 57 bushels to the acre. Heretofore Iowa and Illinois have been the corn raising states.

Grocery specials included Occident Flour $1.95 for 25-lbs., potatoes, 10 lbs. for 23 cents, ground beef 29 cents/lb., beef liver 19 cents/lb., sirloin steak 55 cents/lb., spare ribs 43 cents/lb., and coffee 85 cents/1 lb.

70 YEARS AGO, NOV. 25, 1943

This year with women so busy on other important war projects and no time for door to door canvassing, Christmas Seals could be purchased at the rest rooms in the Tremont Building. Proceeds from these sales are used to ensure the city receives help in its anti-tuberculosis fight.

Wisconsin farmers were pleased to learn that the erstwhile useless cattail will be a cash crop soon. Cattail fluff, known as Typha from its botanical name, has proven a good substitute for kapok, and will be used for insulating fighting planes and for stuffing motor boat cushions.

85 YEARS AGO, NOV, 1928

Two River Falls boys are on the Carleton College cage squad this year — Behlmer Carisch, a forward; and Warren Knowles, a guard.

After a fight for several months in which 190 subscribers of the Wisconsin Telephone Co. in  River Falls, Hudson, Roberts and Ellsworth have endeavored to secure more favorable rates, the commission has refused to grant the lowered rates, and subscribers will have to pay the rate schedule if they want the service. The commission reported the local exchange lost money in 1927 and isn’t getting big profit at present. The feature meeting the greatest opposition was the extra charge of 25 cents per month per mile for all subscribers living beyond a six mile radius from the exchange.


A team belonging to Joe Simons became frightened in front of Lund’s establishment when the noon whistle blew and ran north on Main Street into a buggy driven by Mrs. Gilbert Johnson. Both Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Simons were thrown out, the latter suffering a broken limb. Mrs. Johnson was not hurt, but the wagon and buggy were smashed up quite badly.

--Pat Hunter,, 715-425-1561