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The 1964 Halloween festivities included the annual city-wide party, costume contest with prizes awarded, and a parade following with refreshments at Greenwood School. Sixth through ninth-graders had a record hop planned at the junior high ending at 10 p.m.; and the senior high schoolers and college students party started at 8:30 p.m. at the senior high gym, ending at 11:30 p.m. Pictured here are Mayor Maynard E. (Spike) Hoffman (reportedly not wearing a costume), and from left, Debbie Dahms, Susan and David Jones, Karen and Phillip Graetz, and Cynthia Elliott, with 1964 Journal file photo.
Note to readers: The following are excerpts from former outdoor columnist Jim Bennett printed in the Oct. 13, 1994, River Falls Journal about Carl T. Johnson, lifelong resident of River Falls — farmer, hunter, fisher, and especially known for his cabbage growing. Carl died in 1996, age 79. “Carl T. Johnson began trapping over 70 years ago on the Kinnickinnic River. He trapped for farmers who were having problems with fox and raccoons.
Former River Fallsite James Bohn sent this photo of the Campus Nursery School class of 1952 to Katie Chaffee, event and gallery coordinator at the River Falls Public Library. Jim is on the far left third row, with teacher Peg (Wells) Steinmetz next to him. On Thursday, Aug. 14, starting at 7 p.m. River Falls Public Library UWRF history and philosophy prof. Kurt Leichtle will be leading an evening of oral history reminisces of North Hall. North Hall housed the Teaching Lab School as well as serving as a hub for campus activity until the late 1960s .
The River Falls Area Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St. Casseroles, salads, rolls, dessert and beverages will be served. Advance tickets may be purchased for $8 until 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the hospital gift kiosk or for $9 at the door. All are welcome. Proceeds support scholarships for high school seniors and hospital projects. Take outs available. Call Faith, 715-426-5521 for info on tickets. For large group reservations call 715-425-2971.
20 YEARS AGO, OCT. 6, 1994 In high school homecoming news, the Wildcats won their game against Onalaska 27-6, Logan Cross was tapped to play the part of the new mascot Wiley Wildcat this season, and Stephanie Vlack was crowned 1994 Homecoming Queen. Clifton township farmer Orin Peterson displayed two pumpkins weighing over 200 pounds he recently harvested. 30 YEARS AGO, OCT.
55 YEARS AGO, 1959 The River Falls High School Class of 1959 will be celebrating their 55th class reunion this year … and here are a few highlights of that time. There was a three way tie for highest scholastic ranking — Joanne Belfiori, Martin Christensen and John Anderson all shared that honor. Roger Pechacek was awarded the American Legion Medal for his outstanding scholarship, personality, character, and athletics. Norman Johnson earned the Berger Kolberg Award for his splendid cooperation and good sportsmanship. Ann Laue was given the PTA scholarship. So
The Glass Valley (Greenwood Valley) Cemetery, located at the corner of Cty. Rd. E and Hwy. 29 in the township of River Falls, southwest of the city limits, was organized on Nov. 30, 1863, to provide a final resting place for settlers and their families. Records show a parcel of land owned by Mason Stone and John H. Webster on the Big River Road would serve the purpose, with Webster and heirs receiving a lot of their own in exchange.
Music Together is offering four free demonstration classes of its award-winning early childhood music and movement program at the River Falls Public Library in the next few weeks. Designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers “and the grownups who love them” will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 and 15, and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept..
10 YEARS AGO, AUG. 19, 2004 Pastor Frank Lukasiewicz and wife Lois at the Servant of the Shepherd Church on Fourth Street were in their fourth year of offering refuge for recovering alcoholics and addicts and helping them back to sobriety. A group of volunteers led by Nell Henry were helping keep Main Street clean on an almost daily basis.
10 YEARS AGO, JULY 15, 2004 Change was in the air this year for River Falls Days as the dunk tank and carnival rides were discontinued, but this year’s theme “Picnic in the Parks” promised lots of new and traditional activities with antique tractors added to the parade, dog agility fun and a petting zoo at Glen Park, inflatable carnival at the UW, and skateboard competition added this year. New Royal Ambassadors for River Falls included Laura Haskins as Grand Ambassador; and Sheena Thompson and Tara Putzy named First and Se