See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
1964—50 years ago • Former Redwood Falls schoolgirl Ednah Race Capron, 75, whose father was superintendent of the town’s schools from 1887-1906, was the plaintiff in the largest divorce settlement in U.S. history up to that time. Capron learned she had become $16 million richer when she divorced her husband and discovered he wasn’t poor, as he had always claimed, but had $32 million tucked away in real estate. • A runaway 1961 Oldsmobile its owner thought he had left in “park” rolled down a Mill St. hill for a block and a half before hitting a utility poll that finally stopped it. • James Bond made his Redwood Falls debut when “Dr. No” opened at the 71 Drive-in Theater as the second half of a double bill. The lead movie: “What a Way to Go!”, with Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, and Dick Van Dyke. • “It gets warm in our country, but never like this,” said Joseph Atikoro, one of five farmers from the equatorial African nation of Uganda, visiting area farms as part of an international program. Apparently they don’t have humidity in Uganda. • Due to a shortage of jars in local stores, the fair board issued an emergency decree changing the rules for jellies and jams for the 1964 fair, saying they would be accepted in jars up to half-pint size. 1989—25 years ago • Local bank presidents challenged each other to a water pistol shoot out contest in the streets of Redwood Falls as part of the annual Crazy Days celebration. • Local artist Gary Butzer painted a mural on the side of the VFW post club, based on the famous painting “The Spirit of ‘76”. • The city’s 125th anniversary celebrations included, among many other attractions, street dances with three bands, an FFA farm toy show, a Junior Miss contest, tournaments for volleyball and softball, and a fireworks show over Lake Redwood. • The public got its first look at the Ramsey Park zoo’s newest residents: 12 prairie dogs in a pen next to the buffalo pen. • The DAC Enterprises recycling center processed about half a million pounds of materials in its first year of operation. 2004—10 years ago • Einer Roshaven and Sister M. Gladys Meindl were chosen 2004’s outstanding seniors at the Redwood County Fair. • The lead attraction of the Redwood County fair was David Smith, of Missouri, getting shot out of a cannon several times a day and flying 150 feet through the air before landing in a net. • The Rotary Club announced its newest project: setting in motion plans for a new county animal shelter, which the club estimated would cost up to $90,000. • Celebrating their first days at their new jobs: Dr. Joshua Friese, and Fr. Michael Doyle. • The flag flying over the veterans memorial was taken down so it could be donated to area troops deployed overseas.