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Days Gone By (June 23)

10 YEARS AGO, JUNE 21, 2001

Sixteen-year-old Adam Koski was awarded an Eagle Scout ranking by planning a book drive for the elderly as his community project. He was motivated after hearing senior residents of the residential units on Main Street had a hard time crossing the business street to get to the library.

Wildcat cross-country and track and field coach Rick Cleary and former Wildcat standout Dan Hyland finished in the top 40 at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., last Saturday.

Local businesses were still in a frenzy of repair work after the infamous storm of May 1 that left hundreds of homes needing roofs, thousands of broken windows and most cars with hail damage.

20 YEARS AGO, JUNE 20, 1991

Alex Timmerman, Eric Wollan, and Lance Svoboda were "Badger bound" due to their interest and excellent grades.

About 40 local educators and citizens hoisted signs and cheered with 10,000 others at a rally in Madison last week pressuring legislators to deliver campaign promises of property tax relief by finding new funding for schools.

Melissa Matteson finished her track career at UW-River Falls with all-American laurels for the third time.

30 YEARS AGO, JUNE 18, 1981

After reviewing the uniform starting time for schools and one morning bus run experiment, the school board decided there would be no real cost savings as more buses were used and more would have to be purchased. The board was trying to find a way to cut $500,000 from its $6,032,781 budget or face a voter referendum.

Wilmer and Elva Phillips celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Bowlers Stan Prochnow, Gene Mulhollam, Gene Webster, Duane Finstad, Jim McNerney and Tom Goulette were members of a Thursday night championship bowling team.

40 YEARS AGO, JUNE 24, 1971

Manager Dick Tuma announced the new Holiday Station store was holding a grand opening this week. It is located a half block south of its former location at South Main and Locust.

After 37 years in business, Lloyd (Andy) Anderson was finishing his career as a service station operator.

The Sub Shoppe at 115 W. Walnut St., was giving away a pizza each week.

Denise Smith, Carla Miller, Ruth Storm and Becky Brown were members of a girls' championship bowling team.

50 YEARS AGO, JUNE 22, 1961

The following was taken from Editor George Kremer's column in the June 22, 1961, River Falls Journal:

"Being an admirer of our fine Glen Park here, this writer was interested in an article in an older Journal about how we got it. The article relates: 'It is related of Deacon Powell that in the fall of 1849, at which time he was 65 years old, he missed the last steamboat of the season down the Mississippi river.

'This did not stop Deacon Powell. He had business to attend to down the river. So he bought a rowboat at Prescott, and accompanied by his son, Oliver, he rowed from Prescott to Keokuk, Iowa, through a practically unsettled country.'

"Present day residents of River Falls are indebted largely to the Powell family for beautiful Glen Park. This property was a part of Oliver S. Powell's original holdings along the Kinnickinnic. In 1898, 10 years after Oliver Powell's death, his sons offered the property to the city at a low price, on condition that the tract be used as a public park.

"Twenty acres were first purchased. The park was extended in 1903, with the purchase of additional ground by the city. This park is one of the finest in this section of the country."

60 YEARS AGO, JUNE 21, 1951

Charles E. White received his law certificate at Madison.

Sgt. David R. Jones was awarded a bronze oak leaf cluster to his Bronze Star medal for meritorious service in Korea.

The Journal was offering 500 personalized book matches for $2.15.

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Robert Chinnock was serving on the USS New Jersey off the Korean coast.

Robert Denucci and Madonna Standaert were married in Glenwood City. The bride wore a white satin gown with long sleeves, three tiers of lace on the bottom of the dress, and a headpiece with pearls and fingertip veil. The bride's bouquet was red roses.

For her travel suit the bride wore a brown and white checked suit with brown accessories.

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