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10 YEARS AGO, JUNE 10, 1999 Many in the community were mourning the passing of Dr. Rollie Hammer, who began practicing medicine in River Falls in 1959. Besides being a skillful and caring physician, he was known as a community leader, industrious worker for many social programs, and a great friend to all. Local gas prices were sending drivers to Minnesota to fill up their tanks.
Prominent local businessmen of 1876 included, from left, Wellington Vannatta, Charles Smith, David Saunders, Charles Davis, George Fortune and Clyde, the town mascot. Wellington Vannatta Wellington Vannatta (Dec. 14, 1846-Jan. 22, 1914) was born in Attica, Ohio, and came with his parents to River Falls in 1857. His father had an early general store here and also was a doctor. In 1868 Vannatta graduated from law school and practiced law in Prescott until opening an office in River Falls in 1873.
10 YEARS AGO, 1998 River Falls Days 1998 provided the usual amount of pomp and circumstance as well as some new and unexpected highlights last weekend.
A copy of the River Falls City Charter, dated March 24, 1885, came across my desk recently. I found it to be chock-full of interesting regulations and definitions needed to incorporate this city way back when. Did you know that if a city officer did not deliver all his books, papers, etc., belonging to the city to his successor within 10 days he was subject to a $100 fine?
When did those twin homes start sprouting on the west side, did Charlie Casler really win the 1978 spelling bee, and who was entertaining at Johnnie's in 1958? Read on and find out! 10 YEARS AGO, MARCH 12, 1998 A city growth battle was brewing with developers who want to build 190 single-family and twin homes on the west side of the city and 341 petition signers who wanted the proposed annexation rejected. Meyer Middle School eighth grader Ashley Palm won the city-wide spelling bee by out spelling 10 other students.
10 YEARS AGO, FEB. 19, 1998 For a time Tuesday morning, Nagano, Japan, seemed as close as next door while River Falls residents basked in the glow of home town native Karyn Bye's Olympic gold medal win after the U.S.
10 YEARS AGO, FEB. 5, 1998 River Falls native Karyn Bye was set to be part of Olympic history when women's ice hockey becomes an Olympic sport for the first time in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games beginning this week in Japan. The seeds of her dream to play in the Olympics were sowed when she watched the U.S.
Here are some interesting items compiled for the Journal by Mark Wyman in 1958. JAN. 5, 1858 "New Year's Address ...
Tomatoes had a great season this year, didn't they? Some folks just seem to have a green (or red) thumb, and their plants grow and grow, sending out wave after wave of that luscious fruit. My plants don't seem to do so well. I'm enthusiastic but not always great about feeding, weeding and watering.
Submitted photos are always welcome for this column. Black and white or color photographs will be scanned and returned in original condition with photo credit given. Call Pat Hunter, 425-1561, for more information or e-mail your photos to email@example.com . 10 YEARS AGO AUG. 28, 1997 Science teacher Dan Hoffman lead a group of six River Falls students to the Belize rain forest for an ecotourism, biology and ecology view of life there.