See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson flew their private plane back and forth between their home of Corning, Iowa, and Park Rapids three or four times a year. Although they could have made the five hour flight without stopping each time, the Thompsons always made it a point to take a break at the Redwood Falls airport because they liked the town’s restaurants for lunch. • Eleven Redwood Falls Explorer scouts finished a 217 mile canoe trip down the Minnesota River, ending in the Twin Cities with the scouts presenting a proclamation of Redwood’s 100th anniversary to representatives of the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul. • Granite stairs and borders were removed from the Memorial Field grandstand to make room for a sixth lane in the 1/8th mile oval track. • Jessie McPhail Jensen, 71, the only surviving child of Redwood Falls founder Sam McPhail, confirmed she would be visiting the town during its 100th anniversary celebration in a few weeks. Colonel McPhail was 67 years old when she was born. • By coincidence, Tony Randall and Barbara Eden were the co-stars of two movies playing at the Falls Theatre: The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, and The Brass Bottle. 1989—25 years ago • Thanks to contributions from area businesses, the Redbirds baseball team had new red, blue, and gray uniforms. • Former Redwood Falls resident Kathy (Flinn) Polga was in Beijing, China, as a guest of the China Federation for the Disabled. She toured Tiananmen Square just as pro-democracy protesters were starting to gather, a week before the Chinese government’s crack down. • Todd Looney and Darla Fehlandt were chosen as the Redwood Falls-Morton High School athletes of the year. • Over 200 RF-MHS students attended the first-ever meeting of the local school’s chapter of Students Against Drunk Drivers. • Census Bureau employees arrived in Redwood Falls for a pre-census survey of the town, making sure they could find the address of every local resident before sending out forms for the 1990 nationwide census. 2004—10 years ago • A new survey showed that over 7,000 people had been buried in the Redwood Falls and St. Catherine’s cemeteries during their 120-year history. • Ground was broken for a new assisted living facility — Garnette Gardens — being built on the eastern edge of town. • After years of planning and weeks of ground preparation, it only took a New Ulm-based monument company a few hours to set up the granite markers for the new Veterans Memorial in the front lawn of Memorial Field in Redwood Falls. • Kate Maland and Trevor Wittwer were chosen the 2004 Redwood Valley High School athletes of the year. • With the Redwood River flowing nearly two feet higher than its official flood stage, the city set up dumpsters in the Public Utilities parking lot for area residents to discard damaged furniture and carpeting.