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In April 1966 DeWayne Meyer was finishing up his first year as principal of the River Falls Junior High School, then located at 211 N. Fremont St., a building he spent 47 years in, first as a student (1936-1947), teacher (1956-1963), and as a principal (1964-1990). Meyer Middle School at 230 N. 9th St. is named in his honor.
Crowned prom king and queen at the junior-senior high school program were Gene McKahan and Carla Wichman, pictured sitting in the center. Standing behind them are last year king and queen, Jay Wollan and Sue Johnson, while little Steve Wunrow and Sandy Wichman, the two flower bearers stand next to the king and queen.
During the first decade of the 1900’s the local Home Culture Club, a group of about 25 farm women captured the attention of a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor because of their “exceptional record of progress and service.” He invited a representative of the club to attend a state women’s club convention in Madison. Mrs. Effie (David) Haddow was chosen to go and while there she learned of a community laundry being operated by a women’s club in Chatfield, Minn.
It was on Feb. 19, 1966, that the last train gave a whistle and chugged out of River Falls towards Hudson, never to make its appearance again. Engineer Howard Valaska of Altoona hauled the last three empty box cars to Hudson, accompanied by crewmen L.J. Schiling of Altoona and C.C. Murphy of El Paso (also the mayor).
North Hudsonite Dave “Swanee” Swanson was a godsend for Andersen Corp. workers who live in Wisconsin. As soon as the ice on the St. Croix River was thick enough, Swanson would fire up his white 1986 Chevy half-ton pickup truck and start plowing the popular “Ice Road,” a route commuters used to save time. The crossing from Ferry Landing in North Hudson to Hubs Landing near the Bayport Marina in Minnesota cuts a 25-minute drive -- across the Stillwater Lift Bridge or the Interstate 94 span -- to about seven miles.
When a River Falls coach found a carload of youths smoking marijuana after a game in 1986, members of local student athletic associations joined forces to publish a notice announcing where parents could get help in identifying the signs of drug use among their children. Ed Paulson, board member of the Wildcat Soccer Association and assistant director of the Pierce County Department of Human Services, said marijuana use had become more prominent and that it took an upswing during the past fall and winter.
Like the rest of the country River Falls had not escaped the problem of what to do with solid waste after the DNR decreed the local landfill on Co. Rd...
From 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, the River Falls Housing Authority will show off its one- and two-bedroom apartments in the 500 and 600 blocks of North Main Street to...
In 1890, 21 women starting meeting Tuesday afternoons at the home of Mrs. J.Q. Emery to study history, literature and art -- they were the charter members of the newly formed Tuesday Club. Mrs. Emery was the wife of the second president of the River Falls Normal School. The first elected officers were Mrs. R.S. Freeman, president; Mrs. A.L. Ewing, vice president; and Mrs. J.Q.
Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts from a series of articles written in 1985 by Tim Ericson, retired director of the UWRF ARC and former president of the Society of American Archivists. The community was shocked at the Normal School’s sudden destruction by fire on Nov. 29, 1897. But residents must have known that they were in for a fight if they expected to persuade the Board of Regents to rebuild the school in River Falls. Everyone rallied behind President Warren D. Parker and Regent Freeman H.