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Days Gone By

10 YEARS AGO, JULY 9, 1998

Some homeowners were unhappy with a proposed historical district including their homes on Maple Street between Elm and Pine streets.

While not against saving older houses and building, they didn't want to give up their property rights.

Those who enjoy vegetarian dishes were keeping Lynn "Pearl" Gray busy at her Pearl's Kitchen located in the Whole Earth Co-op.

20 YEARS AGO, JULY 14, 1988

River Falls Days Chairman Liz Oostendorp announced the annual medallion hunt would be worth $500 in cash, but only $250 if the finder is without a button.

McGruff, the River Falls Police Department's newest crime fighter, was appearing in schools and parades to educate the public on crime prevention. The costume will be worn by officers on their own time.

Darryl Hetrick moved his Gemini Jewelry store from 119 S. Main across the street to 118 S. Main, allowing more room for a wider assortment of merchandise.

In addition to regular lines of jewelry, Hetrick, specializes in custom work such as designing rings and resetting diamonds.

30 YEARS AGO, JULY 13, 1978

The Navy Recruiting Office opened across the street from the First National Bank in Greenwood Terrace.

Peter Pechacek caught a brown trout that weighed 9 1/2 pounds and was 28 inches long, with a girth of 16 inches, in the Trimbelle Creek.

Brenda Lubich, daughter of the Frank Lubichs, won a toy semi-truck at Malmer's Red & White Store.

Shopping specials included 100 capsules of Vitamin E at $3.95; and Skippy peanut butter at $1.47 for a 28-ounce jar.

40 YEARS AGO, JULY 11, 1968

Ruby McLaughlin completed 20 years of service on the River Falls Public School Board.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Falteisek announced the engagement of their daughter, Joyce Ann, to James Jackman, son of Harold Jackman.

Seaman Rodger W. Young, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Young of River Falls, was serving on the carrier USS Yorktown.

Lee Bradley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bradley of River Falls, graduated from nursing school.

Scott Gaalaas, River Falls, member of the semi-pro baseball team from Hammond, was named most valuable player and most valuable pitcher.

50 YEARS AGO, JULY 10, 1958

Jacques Seed Co. advertised for boys and girls 14 years and older to detassel corn.

Wages offered were 60 cents per hour with free transportation and good supervision.

Although no plans were in process for the installation of parking meters, two representatives of a meter company appeared before the City Council. They said the city could earn $20,000-$30,000 per year.

60 YEARS AGO, JULY 8, 1948

Donna, Judy and Wilma Owens placed second in the amateur contest in Hudson with their tap dancing act.

Due to dry weather, pea production was down and Stokley Foods Inc., advertised "some excess Mexican labor available to the people in this community. These men can be used for farm work, yard work, or general labor at a very reasonable rate of pay."

This week DDT insect spray was on sale for 39 cents per can; a 16-quart pressure cooker was $19.85; and a Toni home hair permanent kit cost $2.

70 YEARS AGO, JULY 14, 1938

Dorothy Edkins played the part of Southern girl in an operetta put on by junior high students.

Citizens of this city were thrilled when Howard Hughes and his crew flew over River Falls on the last leg of their round-the-world flight.


The Pierce County Horticulture Society was organized with Mrs. Alvin Hurtgen elected president and Mrs. Frank Bliss vice president.

130 YEARS AGO, JULY 11, 1878

The prize for the best waltzers at John Deneen's bowery dance on July 4 was won by Mr. A.G. Soli and Miss Sarah Swenson of Martell.

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