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Back in the 1920s and 1930s, when most black women worked as domestics, scrub ladies and washerwomen, one young black woman born in 1895 in Washington, D.C. would spend her life on the world political and cultural stage. It wasn't all beer and skittles, however, when her lawyer father died young and her mother had to work as a beautician. But that didn't stop the daughter, Eslanda Cardozo Goode, from making acquaintance with a wide variety of world leaders. "Blacks" like Jomo Kenyatta and Patrice Lumumba.
The valley where we live used to be grazed and was fairly open when we bought the property in 1981. Cattle had bit back the brush and young trees leaving large spreading maples, oaks, basswoods and cottonwoods, and scattered thickets of wild plum and prickly ash. Over the years we planted many trees and the valley is mostly filled in with forest now. Below our dining room window was a thicket of wild plum. It was covered with fragrant flowers in the spring and produced many tasty plums. Wild plum shrubs grow to about 12 feet high on hard-as-a-rock stems.
A 40-year-old New Richmond man who served as harbor-master at the Windmill Marina in Afton has been indentified as the individual who died as a result of a boating accident which occurred just before midnight Wednesday, June 5th, upstream from Prescott. David J. Riley, was initially identified as being from Afton, but Learfield News reported early Friday that he was from New Richmond. Riley was a passenger on a speed boat owned and apparently operated by Patrick Puhalla, 46, of Bayport, Minn. He and another man, Daniel M. Schultz, 55, of Hudson, were both taken to Regions Hospital in St.
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders will be the first featured performance of this summer's Chill on the Hill free Tuesday concert series presented by UW-River Falls. Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders will perform at 7 p.m.
To prevent large-truck crashes, the Wisconsin State Patrol will participate in the annual Roadcheck program from Tuesday to Thursday, June 4 to 6, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. During the Roadcheck period, the Wisconsin State Patrol and other agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico will intensify their efforts to increase compliance with all commercial motor vehicle driver and equipment regulations and boost the number of commercial operators who buckle up. "The Wisconsin State Patrol has highly trained commercial motor vehicle inspectors patrolling hi
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce Fair Coordinator Ann Webb says there are lively and gifted headliners ready to perform at the picnic shelter during this year's Pierce County Fair, Aug. 8-11. Glen Gerard, comic magician, will open the fair on Thursday and Friday. Gerard has performed magic since age 10. As a teen, he won numerous awards for his sleight-of-hand skills. Gerard has also appeared on numerous cruise ships, including Norwegian and Disney cruise lines. His show will feature sleight-of-hand, comedy, and plenty of audience participation.
The Moose Lodge, 620 N. Clark Street, will host a brunch on Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes, coffee, juice and milk. The public is welcome. The cost is $8 and kids 5 and under free. Proceeds will benefit the American Legion Riders Bike Blessing. For more information contact Brian Weber at 715-425-9430 or Jim Vorwald at 715-248-7913.
Whole Earth Grocery, 126 S. Main St., will host the Bloom 'n' Chalk Fest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The family friendly event will take place at Whole Earth Grocery and beside the Kinnickinnic River on the White Pathway. The event will feature face painting, henna body art, a kids' area, live music and beverages for purchase. There will also be a chalk fest. For $20 with t-shirt or $10 without, artists will be given a spot, chalk, sponge and gloves to create a portrait based on the theme -- "Veggie Love!" Registration will be at 8 a.m. at Whole Earth Grocery.
Summer will soon be upon us.
Fire erupted in a town of River Falls home Sunday evening, bringing out three area departments for about two hours. Fire was reported at a home nestled off a wooded cul de sac at N8641 1020th St., about a mile south of West Division Street, on the west side of the Kinnickinnic River. The first River Falls unit arriving declared the house fully-involved with fire, spurring a mutual aid request for engines and water tankers from Hudson and Ellsworth.