See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1963—50 years ago
• Redwood County’s two oldest citizens — Melinda Roberts of Morgan and Lydia Thompson of Redwood Falls — celebrated their 108th and 101st birthdays, respectively, on Nov. 1.
• The American Legion finished work on their part of clearing and leveling a city-owned block of land on East Elm Street, to be named Legion Park.
• The 71 Drive-in Theatre finished its season with a Halloween party, featuring a double feature of The Pre-Mature Burial (starring Vincent Price) and How to Make a Monster.
• The largest known carrot in town — four pounds and 16 inches long — was grown in the garden of William Schmidt of 802 South East Street.
• A Reede Gray Elementary School teacher reporter that when one of her students was marked down for not spelling a certain word correctly, the student replied, “Well, if you’re not going to change your ways, it looks like I’m going to have to change mine.”
1988—25 years ago
• The Redwood Falls Hospital held a ceremony to mark the final payment of the loans it took out to pay for its addition in 1968.
• After over two years of posting losses, the city liquor store showed a profit in its third quarter of 1988.
• Eric Woodford, a Redwood Falls-Morton High School junior and FFA student, planted five acres of oats — producing 92 bushels per acre — as part of the Quaker Oats Improvement Program.
• A buffalo calf was born at the Ramsey Park zoo.
• When the videotape of the movie “E.T.” was released locally, demand was so high the movie completely sold out even before stores could get them on the shelves.
2003—10 years ago
• For the first time in the school’s history, the Redwood Valley Cardinals football team qualified for the state football tournament, defeating previously unbeaten Jackson to win the 3AAA crown.
• 2003 got its first winter snow of the season on Nov. 3, which coincided with a planned day off from school for area children.
• Redwood Valley Middle School students sent 2,523 letters to soldiers serving overseas as part of the Friends of Our Troops program.
• According to postmaster Gale Schuch, every year the Redwood post office did address changes for approximately 100 elderly couples heading south for the winter. About 85 of the address changes were to Arizona.
• The bloodmobile exceeded its two-day goal in Redwood Falls by 43 units, the largest in its history in town.