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Three local girls placed high in a 1974 statewide Knights of Columbus bowling tournament — Debbie Meyer, daughter of Norbert; Denise Hoffman, daughter of Darl; and Mindy Meyer, daughter of DeWayne. Debbie and Denise took first in doubles competition and Mindy took first in singles at the district level. At state competition Debbie and Denise combined to take second and Mindy took second in singles. (1974 River Falls Journal file photo)
In 1974 young rifle team members won awards at championship matches held at the University of Minnesota armory. Members pictured are, front row, left to right, Joe Killian, Ricky Larson, Jeff Linehan, Dan Morrow, Tanya Finstad, Karen Meyer, Kerrin Kelly and Krisann Tousley; second row, Craig Johnson, Craig Finstad, Bruce Remus, Greg Smith, Greg Brown, instructor Ovin Finstad, Todd Keith, Tim Meyer, and Kevin Kelly. Greg Smith took first in the 14-15 age group; Greg Brown took 6th in standing; Todd Keith 8th in the 3-position, and all three came home with medals.
60 YEARS AGO, APRIL 1, 1954 Randall (Randy) Baar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Baar, 528 N. Pearl, won first place and the $25 U.S. Bond in the Gene’s Candid Studio-River Falls Journal child photo contest last weekend. Randy is one of a set of twins. Given honorable mention in the contest were: Susan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Obermueller, 213 S. Third St., Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gehn, College Apartment No. 20; Duane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Madson; and Barbara Jean Purfeerst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
The family of Evelyn Baker of Edgewater Apartments recently gathered and celebrated Evelyn’s 90th birthday. The following is a short history compiled by her family. Evelyn K. (Ray) Baker was born on March 28, 1924 to William and Kathryn (Haberstich) Ray in Clifton Township. She had five sisters — Pearl Wurst, Irene Maher, Gladys Hinsch, Marian Van Hollan and Lorraine Thomson; and two brothers — Ferris, and her twin, Everett. Everett passed away at the age of four from appendicitis. Growing up, her family had a hired hand, Pete Miller, who worked for room and board.
Editor’s Note: Chris Falteisek, former director of liturgy and music at St. Bridget’s, now of Denmark Township, Minn., near Afton Ski, supplied the following information and photos of a visit and reunion of Cherma relatives of Vlad Jukl of New York and Ada Murych of the Czech Republic. “Ada Hurych and his grandson, Vlad Jukl were on a genealogy pilgrimage recently to visit their Matzek cousins in the River Falls-Cherma area. Cherma is located about eight miles south of River Falls near the corner of Hwy. 10 and Co. Rd.
10 YEARS AGO, JUNE 2004 The race for top spot of the River Falls High School Class of 2004 was a four-way tie - Lauren Koshere, Chelsea Lauing, Blake Lindevig and Mike Popelka shared the honors. 20 YEARS AGO, JUNE 2, 1994 The high school class of 1994 graduated with Kjellrun Bye and Andy Zalusky sharing valedictorian honors.
The 1974 River Falls High School Prom was held at the Coachman Restaurant near Baldwin. The court included, from left, Sue Dreistadt, Bill Brye, Gail Bradley, Todd Keith, Joy Johnson, Gerald Rohl, Lisa Guderyon, Jim Karras, and the new queen and king, Sue Morrow and Joe Jensen. (1974 River Falls Journal file photo)
Troop 37 holds cook out — Smiles on the faces of the girls from Girl Scout Troop 37 would indicate that it tasted good. The annual cookout was held at Glen Park. Troop leaders Mrs. Luella Schroeder and Mrs. Ruth O’Malley helped Scouters Debbie Hennessey, Suzanne Griffey, Tricia Schroeder, Sheri Kusilek, Kim Olson, Pam Vodinelich and Christina Smith with the cooking. (1974 Journal file photo)
The lovely Kinnickinnic Cemetery is located about seven miles northeast of River Falls off County Road J. The following is a short history gleaned from their website and Barb Larrabee. On July 21, 1863, 60 acres of land was sold to Malone (now Troy) Township by Clinton and Henrietta Williams for $30. The earliest grave stone is dated 1856, of Alvin Musser.
10 YEARS AGO, AUG. 12, 2004 Dick’s Market at 1121 South Main St., was running a special 17th anniversary sale with meat specials including chuck roast $1.89/lb.; country style pork ribs $1.39/lb., rib-eye steak 6.99/lb.; and Hormel honey ham $2.99/lb. West Wind’s fastpitch softball team took second place in state competition.