Looking Back


Three members of the Rainy Lake Women’s Club were presented with gold cards for their 50 years of membership in the club, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and GFWC of Minnesota. The three were Aini Makinen, Emma Swenson and Helen Trask. Some of the memories of 50 years of club activities and community service were revisited, including founding the club in Ranier, family picnics, community breakfasts, meatball suppers, and spring luncheons.


A new scholarship fund has been established with the Rainy River Community College Foundation by Elizabeth (Betty) Franklin in honor of her parents and brother. In establishing the endowed fund, Elizabeth wanted to honor the memory of her father, Dr. Edward R. Franklin, longtime civic leader and well-known optometrist who practiced for more than 50 years, much of the time in the Falls. The scholarship also honors his wife, Lillian Affleck Franklin, who was active in the Falls Order of Eastern Star, Rainy Lake Horticultural Society, American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. William D. Franklin followed in his father’s footsteps, earning a degree in optometry and returning to International Falls to join the practice. The first recipient of the scholarship is Ivy Wood, daughter of James and Jean Wood.


Scheduled repair work on the historic Kettle Falls Hotel within Voyageurs National Park is nearly completed for the season, according to Raoul Lufbery, chief of maintenance for the park. Two men, Norbert Goulet and Keith Manninen, have been working for several weeks on projects designed to preserve the historic facility until major work can be programmed.


Sgt. Fred Smart, who is stationed at Bunker Hill Air Force Base, telephoned his father, James Smart, 521 Eighth St., to wish him a Happy Father’s Day today.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown were Father’s Day supper guests at the Hubert Brown home on Rogers Route.


Seven thousand acres of forest lands in Black Bay were sprayed with insecticide by three biplanes zooming along in tree-top flight in the only spruce budworm control project of its kind in Minnesota. The operation, completed last week, is similar to the initial attack last year when 12,000 acres on the Kabetogama peninsula were treated. Pilots involved in the project were Harry Boyd, Wayne North and Garvin Butler using Stearman biplanes which haul and distribute 160 gallons of chemical per trip.


The Convention of League of Minnesota Municipalities in Hibbing last week brought together men who fought together in World War I and separately in the second conflict. The group included A.H. Douglass, Falls city engineer; Mayor Archie Kelley; and E.B. Miller, Brainerd, hero of Bataan. Douglass and Miller, both colonels, were wounded in the first war. Mayor Kelley was injured in the second conflict.

Compiled by Catherine Crawford

and Marge Veeder

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