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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • BACKWARD GLANCES — WWI vet receives thanks 70 years later

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1963—50 years ago
    • Nearly 70 performing swimmers used costumes, scenery, and special lighting to tell the story of Peter Pan at the Redwood Falls public swimming pool’s annual show.
    • When the 83 members of the RFHS class of 1958 held their five year anniversary, it turned out 56 of them were married, and had already produced 66 descendents.
    • For the first time in over 20 years, not one Redbird player hit a home run during the previous season.
    • When a blast of thunder woke up Arnold Schweiss of 210 North Grove St., he looked outside his bedroom window to see how bad the storm was.
    The next morning he discovered the lightning had blasted a hole in the roof of his garage, 10 feet from his house.
    • The Chamber of Commerce put out a call for volunteers to work in the bleachers during the two-day rodeo at the Redwood County fairgrounds.
    1988—25 years ago
    • Redwood residents Mike Ose, Jamin Ose, and Carl Engesser were among the 70 Minnesotans who put on Union uniforms to help reenact the battle of Gettysburg on the actual site.
    • As of July 20, the public swimming pool had seen 24,971 visitors, down 4.5 percent from the previous year.
    • After Redwood Falls attorney Steven Rowley wrote a letter to Governor Rudy Perpich proposing the state set up an Agricultural Drought Task Force, Perpich agreed, and promptly assigned Rowley to lead it.
    • Alan Berg, 43, celebrated 30 years of taking part in area horseshoe tossing competitions.
    • Carl Davidson, 94, of Belview, received an official certificate of thanks from the French government nearly 70 years after he took a German bullet to the leg fighting in World War I.
    Davidson received his leg injury in Verdun, France, on Nov. 10, 1918 — the day before the war ended.
    2003—10 years ago
    • The State Bank of Wanda donated its 3,000 lb. safe to the Friends of Gilfillan after 100 years of service when it got too difficult to find replacement parts for the 1903 time lock mechanism.
    • Volunteers painted a “Welcome to Redwood Falls” sign on the marquee of the old movie theater on Mill St., near the Y-intersection.
    • In a break from strict historical accuracy, the pirate crew in the Redwood Area Theatre’s production of Peter Pan was occasionally seen dancing the tango while plotting their evil deeds.
    • Several thousand bicyclists stopped overnight in Redwood Falls as part of TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota), an annual fundraiser for multiple sclerosis.
    • Redwood County Relay for Life made $95,264.

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