See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• The Redwood Falls public schools’ audio-visual equipment consisted of four overhead projectors, 12 filmstrip or slide projectors, two copy machines, two opaque projectors, 10 tape recorders, and “several” record players and 16mm film projectors.
• After two and a half days of the city running the garbage collection system, bugs still had to be worked out.
The downtown section took nearly a day longer than anticipated to clear, while the residential areas hadn’t been touched yet.
• Mrs. Henry Boklep liked to experiment in her garden, trying to grow southern plants on her Kintire township farm. So far she had successfully raised a cotton plant, a few peanut plants, a pineapple tree she had to bring indoors during the winters.
• Linda Jorgensen was crowned the RFHS Homecoming queen for the 1963-64 school year.
• A Gazette columnist, noting the town had a Westside Park and a Northside Park, said it was odd Ramsey Park hadn’t been named “Down in the Gorge Park.”
1988—25 years ago
• As of the previous Thursday, city employee Ron Johnson had hand-painted 100 of the city’s 270 fire hydrants.
• Five downtown businesses on E. Second Street were in the process of moving to different quarters on the same street: Miller’s Jewelry, Brauer’s Lutheran Brotherhood, Shirts Plus, Redwood Falls Baptist Church, and Frank’s Orthopedic Shoes.
• The latter business was also adding a drive-in window for customers to pick up their orthopedic shoes from the convenience of their own cars.
• The Twentieth Century Study Club of Redwood Falls observed its 75th anniversary.
• Todd Looney and Julie Simmons were crowned Redwood Falls-Morton High School’s Homecoming king and queen for the 1988-89 school year.
2003—10 years ago
• The antique clock on a post outside Gem Den was gutted so the clock’s mechanism could be repaired, and the clock made workable again.
• Jeremy Soupir and Danielle Omtvedt were crowned RVHS’s Homecoming king and queen for the 2003-2004 school year.
• Sindie Holmberg, co-owner of Holmberg Orchards, visited the war-torn country of Kosovo to discuss American marketing and ag techniques with apple growers.
• Before the 682nd Engineer Battalion deployed for Kosovo for a year, they were honored by a parade and ceremony in Memorial Field.
• Intense debate broke out on the sidelines of the RVHS football game about whether the person in the cardinal costume was male or female, with approximately 3/5 of those audience members asked believing it was a boy because of the way the cardinal danced.