See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• The Redwood Falls post office was set up to handle ZIP codes, a new five-digit method to speed up deliveries, and announced the town’s official ZIP code would be 56283.
• When a rural barn caught on fire, Redwood Falls firefighters were directed to the wrong farm when the neighbor who made the report — and who lived in Renville County — gave the Renville County fire number as an address instead of the correct Redwood County fire number.
• The Chamber of Commerce moved into its new location, a remodeled service station at the bottom of the Y-intersection at E. Bridge and Mill Streets.
• James Haya, known to friends as “Jimmy the Jap” died at 79.
Haya immigrated to the United States from Kyoto, Japan in 1902, and moved to Redwood Falls in 1935 to become a sign painter.
Haya became an American citizen in 1960 after his official records from Japan — destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 — were verified decades later.
• Volunteers were needed for a cleanup party at the old Lake Redwood bathhouse.
Workers were asked to come equipped with rakes, axes, ladders, scythes, and saws.
1988—25 years ago
• The local ministerial association and chamber of commerce teamed up to sponsor a prayer session, asking area residents to pray for rain to end the drought.
• Vern Smith, of London, England, passed through Redwood Falls as part of his three-year project to bike around the world to raise funds for polio research and treatment.
• Temperatures for June 21 hit 104 degrees, breaking by four degrees a record that had stood for exactly 50 years.
• By amazing coincidence, June 21 also happened to be the day four local golfers had committed themselves to playing from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for cancer research.
• Erick Kaardal, RFHS Class of 1984, helped the Harvard University rowing team win the East Coast championship, and was getting ready to compete in the Henley (England) Royal Regatta.
2003—10 years ago
• Sisters Cassandra and Sydney Kranz, along with friend Mitchell Kottschade, made a paper-link chain with over 850 links on their way toward an attempted world record. The work-in-progress chain was already long enough to encircle a large stretch of Knollwood Park.
• Mike Yrjo pitched a no-hitter to lead the Redwood American Legion team to a series split against MACCRAY at Memorial Field.
• A test of the town’s water pressure revealed hydrants in town blasted out 2,700 gallons of water per minute.
• Over 100 area motorcyclists gathered at Gilfillan for a “Cruisin’ Against Cancer” fundraiser that made over $6,000 for Relay for Life.
• The Sportsmans Club sponsored a old west-style “Cowboy Action Shoot” that drew over 50 participants.