We in the College are going through our collection of old photos too! Here are two from 1985 featuring faculty members Terry Ferriss, “Doc” Bohn, and several unidentified students. Recognize any of them? By what is evident in the photo of the engines lab, it looks like it might have been taken at the annual lawnmower tune-up event, which still happens each spring! Any stories surrounding working that event?
Larry Schneider (Class of 1964) corresponded with the Dean’s Office about the lab drawer discovered in 2010 with student names carved in it from as far back as the 1930s. He also shared a story about the last time he corresponded with the Dean’s Office…
It was back in 1963 and I was really surprised since I was never on the “Dean’s list,” actually never even approached it. I received a note while I was in class, and it said to contact the Dean’s office as soon as possible. After class I immediately went home to the college apartments to use the communal phone. We had one pay phone for 21 apartments located in a hall closet. Superman would have liked this phone booth, no windows and a door you could close for privacy. I called the Dean’s office with all kinds of possibilities going through my mind. Perhaps it was a sticky campus problem the Dean wanted my advice on, or maybe the correct spelling of my name for an award I was to receive.
Anyway, the secretary asked if I was the one who owned a hay wagon piled high with old boards located behind the college apartments. I said indeed I was. I then went on to explain that I recently attended a farm auction and had purchased a brooder house for five dollars. The opening bid was five dollars and I obviously was the only one who recognized the true value of this great buy. I disassembled the building and put it on the hay wagon I had built in Gary Bohn’s welding class. I then hauled it home so that my brother and I could convert it to an ice fishing shack. We wanted to take advantage of the lakes north of River Falls. The secretary wasn’t really interested in my explanation or my good buy. She explained that this coming weekend was “parents’ visitation weekend” and I was to move my wagon as soon as possible and definitely by the weekend. Obviously it was considered an eyesore.
P.S. We were told that the college apartments where I lived with my wife for three years, was originally a two-story chicken coop. After WWII it was converted to 21 small apartments for returning veterans who wanted to take advantage of the G.I. Bill. I figured if the College could convert a chicken coop to an apartment building, I could convert a brooder house to an ice shack!
As an Agronomy Department Head at a fortune 500 company – Midland Cooperatives, Inc. , I had the good fortune of working closely with Dr. Gary Bohn of UWRF, interviewing and selecting interns for future employment as field agronomists. Many of the field agronomists listed in the article below are UWRF graduates.
Later in my career I continued to develop farm call programs such as “Midland Ration Advisors” for our Feed Division, and then Cenex Feed & Seed Consultants.
UWRF has always been a big contributor for candidates for these important careers.
-Submitted by Stanley Lehman (Class of 1955)
I can’t imagine picking out only one favorite memory from my short stay in college! My husband and I drove through the River Falls campus earlier this summer, checking out all the changes and I just had to take a picture of Hathorn Hall. THAT’s one of my favorite memories, and specifically the Passion Pits! I’m sure others our age will remember those small areas in the entrances to the dorm (residence hall now?), where we “said” goodnight to our dates for the evening! Men weren’t allowed in our dorm rooms except for Christmas and maybe Homecoming. Otherwise the housemother had final say in everything, including late hours! It was so much fun living in the dorm with all the other girls – a new experience for a girl fresh out of high school.
Then, I ask Bruce, my husband of 46 years, what his favorite memory might be, and he brought up the Rodeo Club. We were charter members of that group and he totally remembers his first, and only, ride on a brahma bull in the rodeo. He says no amount of practice riding on calves prepared him for the moment he saw the bull he was to ride!
Both of us fondly remember living in the college trailer court while Bruce finished up his studies. On our trip there, we couldn’t even remember where it had been located. All of us living in the court were poor college students – one of us working while the other finished up – or one watching a baby and the other going to school and working. But we didn’t know we were poor, and had such visions of the future! It would be fun to find out where our neighbors are now.
I can think of lots more memories, especially classes with Dr. Dollahon, and Bruce’s classes with Dr. Bohn. Bohn was a good friend for many years after college, too.
Thanks for reviving the memories!
- Submitted by Bruce and Kathy(Berg) Thiemke