Looking Back

15 YEARS AGO

Indianapolis native Dan Carter, paddling from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay, made a stop in Ranier Wednesday at the home of Andy and Mary Anderson. He has been paddling since June 1 and met the Andersons while on a boat trip of Lake Kabetogama. Carter asked if he could camp at their home next to Rainy Lake Mary said yes, but offered a bed inside, an offer that was gladly accepted. Carter hopes to reach the bay by Sept. 1.

25 YEARS AGO

The family of Gene Ritchie Monahan cordially invites you to “a party,” as she wished, in her memory. Point ‘O Pines Cabin Fire No. 523: Friday, Supper, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m., Birthday Party, Potluck Supper and Sing-along; Sunday, Pancake Breakfast, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Ranier Community Building: Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m., an exhibit of Gene’s paintings and creative work. Open house all weekend at her residence in Ranier.

40 YEARS AGO

Rain wasn’t the only thing falling in South International Falls. Between showers, the Old Holler School became a memory in a billowing cloud of dust. The Rev. David Smith headed the leveling operation. He bought the building from the city on a bid and has been working through the winter salvaging materials. “A lot of memories were tied up in the old building,” Smith said. He plans to continue reclaiming material now that the building is down where it’s easier to reach.

50 YEARS AGO

Wayne Carrier, Bruce Stavseth and Mike Carpenter – prospective members of the 500-mile Club — returned Tuesday after completing a relay run to Bemidji. Leaving at midnight Monday from Smokey Bear Park, the trio completed the run 14 and one-half hours later at the Paul Bunyan statue. The boys calculated that they each ran just a little over 38 miles. They are trying to run 500 miles this summer.

60 YEARS AGO

The Falls High School Class of 1944 will celebrate its third reunion in July. A meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Scheela to appoint committees to take charge of the events. Serving on the committees are Mrs. Tranquilla Lucca (Arlene Holms), Mrs. Tony Kalar (Elaine Parken), Mrs. Leo Carlson (Barbara Babcock), Mrs. Floyd O’Brien (Marian Wier), Mrs. Walter Mahle (Mary Boresiuk), Mrs. George Toder (Olga Markow), and Mrs. Robert Scheela (Evelyn Boe). The reunion will be a dinner dance in the Ukrainian Hall.

70 YEARS AGO

A record number of vacationists visited International Falls over the weekend. They offered a preview of an all-time rush predicted for the long July 4 holiday. The Chamber of Commerce tourist bureau in the Grand Theatre enjoyed a brisk business Saturday and Sunday, according to L.W. Denstedt, Chamber of Commerce secretary. Since June 1, 727 visitors have registered at the C-C tourist bureau, compared to 128 for the corresponding period in 1948. The outsiders inquired about mill tours, fishing on Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama and Canadian waters north of the border, resort and hotel accommodations and other information.

Compiled by Marge Veeder

and Catherine Crawford

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