50 years ago

September 1968

• Dorraline Stelter, 11, rode her Shetland pony, Cheynne, to country school every day at the District 1754 schoolhouse about six miles west of Redwood Falls. Stelter was severely injured, and Cheynne was killed, when a driver struck them alongside Highway 19 on Wednesday morning.

• Something new debuted at the RFHS vs. Worthington football game. The Cardinals had an all-female color guard carry the flag into the stadium for the “National Anthem.”

• A Gazette columnist observed he would be in favor of lowering the voting age to 18 as long as the males had hair “of reasonable length,” and there was evidence the pros-pective voters had bathed in the previous week.

• The biggest helicopter to ever land at the Redwood Falls airport – a jet-propelled model used by the New York police department – made a stop to pick up a sales rep for the Sargent Calcium Company.

• No one was too surprised when a huge thunderstorm hit while the RFHS band was performing in the Twin Cities at the University of Minnesota vs. University of Southern California football game. Bandleader Don Zschunke said in all the times the RFHS band had been invited to perform in the university’s annual “Band Day,” it had only not rained four times.

• Redwood Office Supply now offered a new Hermes adding machine that featured a state-of-the-art feature. With the push of a button, it would add up a string of figures for you.

25 years ago

September 1993

• An armed-and-dangerous suspect wanted for an Iowa kidnapping was known to be in the area after abandoning his car following a high speed chase that ended near Granite Falls. The suspect’s body was found after he committed suicide in a Sunday school room at Hawk Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church near Sacred Heart.

• Among the items offered at a fundraising auction for the Redwood Falls Public Library were a hat once owned by actor/model Lauren Hutton and a signed autobiography by Katherine Hepburn.

• In preparation for the 1994 State Section 3A baseball tournament, the Redwood Falls/Morton Area Baseball Association gave the Memorial Field baseball field a $4,000 dollar upgrade, that amount did not include the hundreds of hours of volunteer labor.

• Two branches of the Peter Enger family finally met for the first time – after a 108-year separation. Enger left his three surviving children with different relatives after his wife died in 1885. Then he went on to remarry and have more children. The two branches of Enger’s descendants from different wives finally met in Belview when documents turned up that proved they were related.

10 years ago

September 2008

• Will Buchanan of Hawaii strolled through North Redwood as he was about halfway through his 3,600 mile walk across the continental United States, from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast.

• With the new Family Aquatic Center being built in Redwood Falls, the old, 1954-era public swimming pool was demolished.

• The Great Pumpkin at the Autumn Fest in downtown Redwood Falls was a 219 pound monster someone donated to the event.