20 YEARS AGO, JAN. 12, 1995 First baby born in River Falls was Katelyn Rose Filkins, 9 lbs., 3 oz., and 19 ½ inches long, to Tom and Janice Filkins on Jan. 4. Barb Clark won the “Guess the Baby” contest and was to receive $50 while the Filkins’ family received a variety of gifts including savings bonds, rocking chair, diapers, photo session and a baby monitor. Cold-weather walkers were finding sanctuary in the high school halls. School Superintendent Dennis Kraft welcomed the community to walk in any of the school buildings not just early mornings but any time of the days they’re open, and Food Services Director Sherry Bruggeman invited visitors to partake of school lunches for only $1.75. 30 YEARS AGO, JAN. 10, 1985 First ever triplets were born at the River Falls Hospital on Jan. 4. Jim and Joni Grizzle of Ellsworth, along with daughter Ann, welcomed Jonathan, 5 lbs. 6 oz.; Jamie, 5 lbs. 9 oz., and Jeremy, 6 lbs. 4 oz. First baby of 1985 born was 6 lbs. 7 oz., Bradley Spence to proud parents, Mark and Pam. Six UW-River Falls students -- Rich Narges, Ryan Cohen, Ken Krueger, Jack Owen, Sharon Endsley and Kevin Hoyer, were credited with saving the dairy herd of Leonard and Bob Ickler on Co. Rd. N. The group spotted a fire in the barn Sunday night while driving by and helped rescue 44 cows and calves. A total of 25 River Falls firemen were involved in fighting the blaze, either at the scene or at the fire hall filling air packs and hauling dry clothes to the scene. Firemen from Hammond, Baldwin and Roberts assisted with a total of seven fire and rescue units used. At one point burning remains fell on two firemen who were alerted by onlookers and jumped next to the milking parlor. 40 YEARS AGO, JAN. 9, 1975 In a “Showcase of Bands,” including junior and senior high instrumental students, the “Dixie Combo” was to be featured. Junior high students in that portion included Steve Hoblin (trumpet), Kathy Madsen (alto sax), Casey Kullmann (drums), Pete Radd (tuba), Debbie Bernard (clarinet), and Russ Hoffman (trombone). Lunny and Bertha Kuschel were hosting sleigh rides at Clifton Hollow Golf Club. 50 YEARS AGO, JAN. 14, 1965 An antique clock standing seven feet tall and dating back to the 1890s was still keeping accurate and official time at the River Falls Municipal Power Plant. Originally belonging to jeweler Herb Helmer, the clock was sold to the city in the early 1930s for $25. River Falls resident Bill McEwen was engrossed in worship at St. Bridget Catholic Church one Sunday while ushers were busy putting out a fire on the motor of his car which was parked in the alley beside the church. 60 YEARS AGO, JAN. 13, 1955 Fire, believed to have started from a faulty electric connection in the recreation room was confined to the basement of the First National Bank. Stan Larson turned in the alarm about 7:20 a.m. but firemen were hampered in entering due to the building being thoroughly secured. Jeff Smith, president of the bank, reported that a complete redecorating job will have to be done. Smoke caused much damage to the lobby and in the upper floors of the building occupied by Atty. Les Gaylord and W.A. Johnson, chiropractor. Business was not hampered too much and the bank was open as usual by early forenoon. 80 YEARS AGO, JAN. 10, 1935 An event unique in merchandising is being staged at the G. Kulstad shoe department at Stewart’s. Used shoes will be accepted as partial payment on new shoes, the used shoes being donated to relief work.   --Pat Hunter, Archivist

   20 YEARS AGO, JAN. 12, 1995First baby born in River Falls was Katelyn Rose Filkins, 9 lbs., 3 oz., and 19 ½ inches long, to Tom and Janice Filkins on Jan. 4. Barb Clark won the “Guess the Baby” contest and was to receive $50 while the Filkins’ family received a variety of gifts including savings bonds, rocking chair, diapers, photo session and a baby monitor.Cold-weather walkers were finding sanctuary in the high school halls. School Superintendent Dennis Kraft welcomed the community to walk in any of the school buildings not just early mornings but any time of the days they’re open, and Food Services Director Sherry Bruggeman invited visitors to partake of school lunches for only $1.75.30 YEARS AGO, JAN. 10, 1985First ever triplets were born at the River Falls Hospital on Jan. 4. Jim and Joni Grizzle of Ellsworth, along with daughter Ann, welcomed Jonathan, 5 lbs. 6 oz.; Jamie, 5 lbs. 9 oz., and Jeremy, 6 lbs. 4 oz.First baby of 1985 born was 6 lbs. 7 oz., Bradley Spence to proud parents, Mark and Pam.Six UW-River Falls students -- Rich Narges, Ryan Cohen, Ken Krueger, Jack Owen, Sharon Endsley and Kevin Hoyer, were credited with saving the dairy herd of Leonard and Bob Ickler on Co. Rd. N. The group spotted a fire in the barn Sunday night while driving by and helped rescue 44 cows and calves. A total of 25 River Falls firemen were involved in fighting the blaze, either at the scene or at the fire hall filling air packs and hauling dry clothes to the scene. Firemen from Hammond, Baldwin and Roberts assisted with a total of seven fire and rescue units used. At one point burning remains fell on two firemen who were alerted by onlookers and jumped next to the milking parlor.40 YEARS AGO, JAN. 9, 1975In a “Showcase of Bands,” including junior and senior high instrumental students, the “Dixie Combo” was to be featured. Junior high students in that portion included Steve Hoblin (trumpet), Kathy Madsen (alto sax), Casey Kullmann (drums), Pete Radd (tuba), Debbie Bernard (clarinet), and Russ Hoffman (trombone).Lunny and Bertha Kuschel were hosting sleigh rides at Clifton Hollow Golf Club.50 YEARS AGO, JAN. 14, 1965An antique clock standing seven feet tall and dating back to the 1890s was still keeping accurate and official time at the River Falls Municipal Power Plant. Originally belonging to jeweler Herb Helmer, the clock was sold to the city in the early 1930s for $25.River Falls resident Bill McEwen was engrossed in worship at St. Bridget Catholic Church one Sunday while ushers were busy putting out a fire on the motor of his car which was parked in the alley beside the church.60 YEARS AGO, JAN. 13, 1955Fire, believed to have started from a faulty electric connection in the recreation room was confined to the basement of the First National Bank. Stan Larson turned in the alarm about 7:20 a.m. but firemen were hampered in entering due to the building being thoroughly secured. Jeff Smith, president of the bank, reported that a complete redecorating job will have to be done. Smoke caused much damage to the lobby and in the upper floors of the building occupied by Atty. Les Gaylord and W.A. Johnson, chiropractor. Business was not hampered too much and the bank was open as usual by early forenoon.80 YEARS AGO, JAN. 10, 1935An event unique in merchandising is being staged at the G. Kulstad shoe department at Stewart’s. Used shoes will be accepted as partial payment on new shoes, the used shoes being donated to relief work. --Pat Hunter, Archivist

  

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