Monday, September 24, 2018


Voice of the People 08/23/18

Theater will be missed

I read with interest in the Leader-Telegram about the State Theatre being closed and put up for sale. It said it was built in 1926, and there aren’t many people still living in Eau Claire who were before then.

I was born at Luther Hospital in October of 1924. I lived on First Avenue with my parents. My dad got laid off in 1929, when the stock market crashed, so we moved to my uncle’s farm at Truax. My older sister and I walked two miles to school every day and us boys had to carry in wood to heat the one-room school.

My dad got a job with the WPA in 1934, so we moved to Shawtown and lived upstairs in Sam Walker’s house on North Michigan Street. I went to the Fourth Ward School and began skiiing with the Flying Eagles Ski Jumping Club (I was one of the few charter members in 1934).

For spending money, I got a paper route and delivered around 25 papers. We moved to the Ninth Ward when I was 17.

I want to the senior high school and graduated in June of 1942. I set pins at the State Bowling Alley at night in 1941 and 1942. I spent four years in the service during World War II.

After being discharged from the service, I got a job in the accounting office at National Presto Industries, where I worked for 42 years. I got married in 1948 and we spent many Saturday nights going to movies at the State Theatre. We saw Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable and Ronald Reagan, to name a few, perform in the movies.

I hate to see the State Theatre close, but time marches on and downtown Eau Claire has improved tremendously. Let’s be proud and enjoy it.



An agreeable editorial

I so agree with Don Huebscher’s editorial on the NFL’s kneeling/​standing issue on the Commentary page.

Then, right below it, was a reader’s opinion. What she failed to explain is that Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling is about social injustice, not respect for fallen soldiers.

My parents taught me about consequences of your actions. Kaepernick’s consequence is he no longer has a job with the NFL. So sad, not.


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