A Look Back

Posted 10/27/21

Compiled by Joseph Back 25 years ago THE PRESCOTT JOURNAL “Where the St. Croix Meets the Mississippi” Oct. 17, 1996 All local applicants to take psych test for police chief By R. E. Herman Last …

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A Look Back


Compiled by Joseph Back


“Where the St. Croix Meets the Mississippi” Oct. 17, 1996 All local applicants to take psych test for police chief By R. E. Herman Last week, the police commission interviewed the three local candidates for police chief. Officers Scott Brownell and Jim Schneider and Sgt. Tom Toston were interviewed and, apparently, all were found to be suitable candidates for the position.

While there is no official comment from the police commission as to verification, the commission did order that psychological tests be administered to all three candidates.

Such testing is usually used to determine the psychological fitness of a final candidate to hold the office and is not ordered unless the candidate is considered suitable in all other ways to hold the position Pierce County Sheriff’s Report On Oct. 10, a burglary to the River Falls High School boys locker room was reported by school officials.

A gas drive-off was reported on Oct. 10 by Super America, Ellsworth.

Mailbox vandalism was reported by Karen Taylor on Oct. 10.

On Oct. 10, Mike Schmidt, Hager City, reported vandalism to his vehicle. He reported that his vehicle had been burned.

Vandalism was reported on Oct. 7 by the Plum City Elementary School. A burglary was reported on Oct. 6 by Auto Stop, Ellsworth.

Quote of the Week “There’s a (Packer) game tonight.”

Mayor Jim Richman explaining why the council was moving so quickly through last Monday’s agenda items Prescott Police Report On Oct. 7, Pat Tobias reported finding a bicycle. The police returned it to the owner, Casey Preston, who had reported it missing on Oct. 6.

The theft of a marine radio was reported on Oct. 7. The radio had been taken sometime in September from a boat in Miss Croix Marina.

Ed Helmer, Prescott, reported finding a cash card on the bridge on Oct. 7.

The theft of pumpkins from in front of the store was reported by Freedom Valu Center, Prescott, on Oct. 9.


Motto: “Where the St. Croix Meets the Mississippi” Oct. 15, 1981 Clifton man cited for illegal work on Kinnic (Using of a farm-type machine to deposit fill material in river).

Community Calendar The Prescott United Church of Christ annual public dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner menu will consist of ham and meat balls, vegetable, salad, scallop potatoes, rolls, homemade pie and beverage. Tickets will be sold in the church basement. Everyone invited.

Story Hour has moved to the Prescott Public Library. Dates are Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 and 18 at 10 a.m.

The Pierce Co. Beekeepers Association will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Courthouse Annex.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. You can have this potentially blinding eye disease without suspecting it. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition in which the internal pressure of the eye is increased. A glaucoma check is recommended every two years, once a year if it runs in your family. Everyone over age 35 should be checked. The non-contact tonometer is used and nothing touches the surface of the eye except the air pulse. All screening is by appointment at the Public Health Nurse’s Office, Courthouse, Ellsworth. Next clinics are Oct. 23 and 30. Please call 273-**** for appointment.


Oct. 25, 1951 Lundberg Speaker At First Covenant Here Eugene Lundberg, an ordained minister with the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church, will present a sacred concert at the First Covenant Church in River Falls on Friday evening, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.

Mr. Lundberg has given his full time to sacred concert work since the spring of 1948. During the summer of 1947 he toured in Scandinavia as tenor soloist for the Swedish Christian male chorus of Chicago. He studied with Stanford Hushizer of Drake University in Des Moines, and in Chicago with Clifford Toren.

NAVY COMMISSIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO WOMEN The first group of Naval Reserve women officers to be trained since World War II will convene for indoctrination at General Line School, Newport, Rhode Island, on Oct. 25. Two of these new Naval Ensigns are Minnesota girls, Irene Endreikis, 2400 Colfax Avenue South Minneapolis, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, and Mariane E. Tomljanovich, of Ironton, Minn., recently graduated from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota.

92 years ago PIERCE COUNTY HERALD Oct. 31, 1929

(As Black Thursday hits Wall Street, life goes on in Pierce County) MARRIED Mrs. Cora Bartlett of this village and Ciryl Barlett of Rockland, Idaho, were married at Red Wing last Saturday afternoon.

They left Monday for their home at Rockland, Idaho.

FIRST SNOW STORM The first snowstorm of the season struck this vicinity about 9 o’clock Monday evening. About two inches of the beautiful snow appeared on the level here Tuesday morning. Towns further north report several inches of snow. A week ago Tuesday the first snow of the season fell.

NORMAL LOSES AGAIN The River Falls Teachers College eleven lost its second conference game last Saturday at Milwaukee, the Normal team of that city downing the Red and White 13 to 6.

Next Saturday La Crosse plays at River Falls.

OTHER FOOTBALL SCORES River Falls High 7, Hudson 0 Chippewa Falls 13, Bloomer 0 Eau Claire High 27, Menomonie 0 Spooner 13, Superior East 6 NOTICE The practice of dumping rubbish into the dry run between the park at East Ellsworth and Broadway and beyond has caused considerable trouble and complaint from property owners. We request that the practice be discontinued Village Board A. D. Hoffman, Street Commissioner FIRE DAMAGES HOME The quick work of neighbors saved the house of Frank Wirth, in the town of Ellsworth, from destruction by fire at an early hour last Monday morning. The blaze was discovered about 3 o’clock between the walls in a clothes closet, just off the children’s bed room. Neighbors were notified and they, by hard work, saved the house. A large amount of clothing was burned and there was some damage to the furniture. The rooms were damaged by smoke and water. The loss will reach several hundred dollars.

115 years ago RIVER FALLS JOURNAL Oct. 18, 1906

(Prices at Allard-Stewart Co.) Large Stock of Goods, Small Space to Show It The Same Old Problem Confronts Us Again We find that we are obliged to make a big sacrifice in prices to get the stock down to the normal stage, and to accomplish this end we are offering goods at prices cheaper than the same goods could be bought today at wholesale… Our Stock must be reduced $10,000 in the next three weeks Following are some of the prices that will speak for themselves: Groceries: Lenox soap, 9 bars for 25 cents; Egg-O-See, 7 1/2 cents per package; Flatiron Plug Tobacco, 30 cents per pound; Men’s and Boys’ 50 cent Jackets and Overalls at 42 cents; All our $1.00 and $1.25 values in Dress Shirts during sale at 82 cents; ladies neck fur long double Opposum in Isabella shade, worth $6.50, extra special at $3.98 Another Car of Fancy Bulk Applies at 60 cents a bushel. These are the finest quality in the market. Nice, large, clean, red fruit.


126 years ago THE WEEKLY PRESS Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, Oct. 16, 1895

BRASINGTON Locals Dr. Miller was in town Sunday.

J. A. Zwickey returned from Valley City, N.D. Saturday.

W. J. Mabin is erecting a shed for his furniture lumber.

Andrew Hoved has purchased a work team of J. F. Take.

F. T. Branagan and John Hager passed through town Sunday.

The much looked for baseball game came off Sunday. The casualties will be reported later.

Mrs. H. D. Trunfan and Mrs. W. G. Seeley visited with Mrs. G. W. Zwickey at Herbert, Wednesday.

J. F. Take called on J. H. Brasington Sunday. He is at Ellsworth, with a car of horses, for sale.

Miss Mattie Robinson, of Minneapolis, visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Thorn last week. She was accompanied home by her niece, Miss Dollie Thorn, who will make an extended visit.

We noticed in a Chicago paper, that an infallible cure for headache, was to walk backwards until the head stopped aching. We would advise as a cure for rheumatism, to chase a cat up and down stairs until the cat sweats.

Married Eighty Years Near Black River Falls, Wis., reside Mr. and Mrs. Darwin, an aged couple, who have just celebrated their eightieth wedding anniversary. They are the oldest married couple in the state and probably the oldest married couple in America. Mr. Darwin is 107 and his wife 101 years old. After four score years of married life, they are disposed to say that so far as they are concerned, they think marriage is not a failure.

A writer in one of the current magazines makes a strong plea for the free delivery of mail in the country the same as in cities. Japan has such a service, he says, and “in all the vast Indian Empire there is not a person, no matter in what jungle he may live, to whom his mail is not delivered.”

The main objection urged against it in this country is that of expense; but there is reason to believe that the people would cheerfully bear the additional cost of thus extending the advantages of our admirable postal system.

160 years ago THE PRESCOTT JOURNAL Oct. 23, 1861

Motto: “Let all the ends thou aims’t at be thy country’s, thy God’s, and truth’s” War Letters: Sixth regiment Correspondence, continued Arlington Heights, “Sacred Soil” Oct. 9, 1861 DEAR LUTE: — Since I last wrote you our regiment has crossed into Virginia. The regiment has been assigned to General McDowell’s Division and is encamped about a mile west of what is called the Lee House, and within five miles of Fall’s Church. General Mc-Dowell’s Head Quarters are at the Lee House. — Some few changes have been made in King’s Brigade by which we get the position of honor, on the right…King’s Brigade now consists of the 6th, 7th, and 2nd Wisconsin, and the 19th Indiana.

DIED In this city, Friday morning, Oct. 18, FRANK, son of J. McD and Julia Smith, aged 3 years.

FRANK was a boy of remarkable sprightliness—the idol of his parents, and a favorite of all who knew him. His illness was very brief, and a few days before his death, he was promised a party on his birthday. On that birthday his eyes closed forever—the hands which held his playthings lay white and still—his prattling lips were silent and cold. The bereaved parents have the sympathies of all who knew their darling boy.