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AUG. 8, 1996

In a flying visit Gov. Tommy Thompson attended a ground-breaking ceremony and open house to welcome W.C. Branham Inc. (precision metal parts) and Best Maid Cookie Co. to the industrial park. The firms joined UFE, Smead Inc., Kolpak, National Recovery (a metal recycling firm), Ber-Mark Excavating, Designer Doors, Foley United, Wadia Digital and Royal Finishing at the 53-acre park off North Main Street. After eight years there were only eight acres left to be filled.

Sophomore Tony Black became the first wrestler from River Falls High School to be named All-American.

High school grads Sarah Satre, Mike Andrle and Brian Spurgeon spent the summer traveling with the Colts, a drum and bugle corps on national tour.


AUG. 7, 1986

Headline of the week: "County farmers donate hay for drought-stricken south."

With the understanding that "farmers gotta stick together" the Hubert Spindler farm was the first in the area to contribute hay to drought-stricken North Carolina. Ed and Karen Mahn were donating 68 round bales to feed cattle in Florence County in northeast Wisconsin, also with no appreciable rainfall in three months. Local FFA and 4-H members were also helping with the relief effort, and the National Guard from Janesville were hauling the hay.

Vollrath Refrigeration closed its plant in Alabama and moved production here. It was hoped that 50 new jobs would be created here and $10 million in production, according to president George Harvey.

An unexpected visitor toured the municipal power plant Monday night. A young fawn entered the building and wound up in the lower level of the plant.


AUG. 12, 1976

Mrs. Charles Howe was burned on the hands and arms when a grease pan on a stove caught fire.

Sister Jennifer Lenzen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lenzen, took her vows as a nun. She was assigned to the first grade in Ruby, N.D.

A three-bedroom, 1½-story home at 617 E. Hazel St. with nicely landscaped lot, beautiful oak woodwork, fenced backyard and super size double garage was available for $29,900.

The new wading pool in Glen Park officially opened last week. Maximum capacity is 28 children and they must be accompanied by parents or guardian. No admission is charged and four benches are provided for adults to be comfortable while watching children.


AUG. 11, 1966

Announcement was made that a plastics-electronic firm which will eventually employ 250, will open in River Falls Industrial Park.

Long-time businessman E. B. Carisch died at the age of 88. In 1899, when he was 22, he opened a machinery and harness business on the corner of North Main and Pine. In 1907, he added the Ford line of cars, because, according to a friend, "Carisch was convinced that the cars were here to stay."

Winners in the annual River Falls Garden Club flower show were Dwight Doorak, grand champion in the rose division; John Groom, grand champion in open gladiolas division and for miniature gladiola; Herman Kuss, sweepstakes in the gladiolas division; Alice Pemble, grand champion in both the gladiola novice division and open class arrangement; Letha Foster, grand champion on arrangement in the novice class; and David Hoffman, grand champion in children's arrangement.


AUG. 9, 1956

In order to allow fire trucks to make a non-stop trip north or south on a seven-block stretch, Second Street was made a through street. Stop signs of the new brilliant red color that were now being officially recognized, were being placed on all streets crossing Second.

Political columnist Bob Enstad will go the Democratic National Convention in Chicago as the Journal's representative, making this the first time the Journal had someone at a national political convention. He was to travel with Drs. Walker Wyman and Ray Garnett, instructors at the college, who are alternate delegates to the convention.


AUG. 8, 1946

On Aug. 14 residents were asked to suspend all but necessary activity from noon on in commemoration of the first anniversary of the end of the war with Japan.

Due to the spread of polio, which has been reported in several places in St. Croix County, several events in Hudson, along with the St. Croix County Youth Fair, and the water pageant and flower show in Red Wing were cancelled; and within a few weeks River Falls followed with canceling the Fall Festival; closing the city pool, and confining all children under 15 to their homes until further notice. It was decided to postpone the Pierce County Fair, and schools were not opening before Sept. 9 or until it was safe for the children to attend.

The River Falls Rod and Gun Club completed a road to the St. Croix River to allow boat owners and fishermen access. It was built at what is called "Bass Point," directly west of River Falls and just south of the old Williams' summer home. The road leads directly to the beach, and is good enough so that cars hauling boat trailers may easily negotiate the hill both down and up.

Kirby Symes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Symes of this city, received the Boy Scout Eagle Award at Camp Neibel in Balsam Lake last week. It was said that Kirby is, and has been, one of the outstanding Scouts in River Falls.


AUG. 6, 1936

Residents in the vicinity of the "hobo jungle" near the railroad trestle, asked the City Council to install a street light at the intersection of Clark and Roosevelt streets as a matter of protection.

July set the record as the hottest and driest in the past 18 years (when weather in River Falls began being recorded). Temperatures were over 100 degrees for 13 days, with July 14 reaching 109 degrees.

The Palace Bakery was selling pies for five cents each and empty lard cans and pails for 25 cents each.


AUG. 10, 1876

The Rev. Huntley made some daring remarks in a recent lecture when he highly recommended billiards so long as they were separated from bar rooms or drinking establishments.

Daniel Wadsworth wanted to exchange his farm of 80 acres in Iowa for property in this village.

About 40 ladies organized an afternoon party at the monument last Tuesday. But they were criticized for leaving their husbands and families to go out and have some fun.