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Days Gone By

When did those twin homes start sprouting on the west side, did Charlie Casler really win the 1978 spelling bee, and who was entertaining at Johnnie's in 1958? Read on and find out!

10 YEARS AGO, MARCH 12, 1998

A city growth battle was brewing with developers who want to build 190 single-family and twin homes on the west side of the city and 341 petition signers who wanted the proposed annexation rejected.

Meyer Middle School eighth grader Ashley Palm won the city-wide spelling bee by out spelling 10 other students. Next comes the regional bee in Baldwin.

The wellness and fitness center at the hospital was the place to be for its grand opening. The workout and exercise facility offers comprehensive programs for members to achieve and maintain maximum healthy lifestyle.

20 YEARS AGO, MARCH 17, 1988

In all-conference picks for the Northwest hockey team, Wildcat skater Eric Secrist made the first team; Karyn Bye the second team; and Brian Hanson was named to the honorable mention team.

A four-bedroom home at 410 Johnson St., was offered by Century 21 for $70,500. The home featured all bedrooms on the main level, walkout basement, finished family room, deck and garden.

Photographer Bill Kinney's work was featured in an article printed in the Journal this week. Three of his photos are on covers of magazines currently in the stands.

30 YEARS AGO, MARCH 16, 1978

Gertrude Schommer celebrated her 90th birthday with 250 relatives and friends at St. Bridget Parish School.

Area bank officials and their wives attended a robbery and hostage training program held in Baldwin to prepare for the possibility of being involved in a kidnapping and extortion situation because of the growing number of such cases.

Charles Casler won first place in the eighth grade spelling contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus here.

Barb Erickson won an essay contest sponsored by the high school and the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for the World Peace study program.

40 YEARS AGO, MARCH 14, 1968

In the engagement column could be found Mrs. Gerald Swain announcing her daughter, Deborah, to Russell Berg of River Falls; and Lucile Vorwald announced the engagement of her daughter Susan to William Huppert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Huppert.

With $25 worth of register tapes you could buy a Samsonite folding table for $3.99 at Wallin's Red Owl store.

50 YEARS AGO, MARCH 20, 1958

A notice in the Journal announced, "Eddie Dougherty will be at Johnnie's Bar playing on the Hammond organ. Come in and enjoy community singing."

Members of the undefeated junior high basketball team included Wayne Graham, Charles Kahler, Phil Foster, Steve Cina, Glen Bottolfson, Ken Chinnock, Richard Munson, Delbert Kusilek, Mike Baker, Lynn Gelo, Bob Johnson, Carl Wymer, Don Schultz, Jim Larson, Jules Jenson, Dan Filkins and Coach DeWayne Meyer.

60 YEARS AGO, MARCH 18, 1948

Chef Dale Nelson and his crew invited all veterans to an oyster stew dinner at the Legion Hall.

Coach McGuire was training his boxing squad for an upcoming match with Baldwin. Local boxers were Gene Cudd, Dick Dodge, Roger Swenson, Ronald Seekamp, Jerry Betlach, Bob Lindquist, Jim McLaughlin, Ambrose Murphy, Don Jenson, Paul Gaustad, Harvey Pechacek, Ted Pechacek, Tom Cudd, Steven Selleck, Marvin Lansing, Ronald Stewart and Bob Bjerstedt.

70 YEARS AGO, MARCH 17, 1938

Coach Bud Manion's basketball team took the district cage championship. Teammates included Eurie Deiss, Duane Foss, Dave Hanson, Nick Malueg, Charles Chapman, Dave Linehan, Paul Henneman, Norman Foss, Ganus Deiss, Gene Kay, Jim Linehan, Gerald Deiss, Duane Paulson and manager Sherm Krauth.

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