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Yesterday in La Crosse

A jail break foiled…55 years ago.



Three prisoners in the Monroe County jail were caught hiding saw blades which they used to try cutting through a door to a fire escape.  The men didn’t actually make it out of the jail.  The leader of the plot was a cook accused of 1st degree murder in the killing of his boss, a restaurant owner. 
La Crosse was opening its new parking ramp to customers.  The Market Square ramp only had a couple of levels, but the 380 stalls provided more than twice the parking spaces available on the old surface lot. 
The Packers had just shut out the Giants, 37-0, on New Year’s Eve to win their first NFL championship in 17 years, and their first under Coach Vince Lombardi.  At the movies, you could see ‘Pocketful of Miracles’ with Bette Davis, and the Western comedy ‘The Second Time Around’ starring Debbie Reynolds and Andy Griffith. 

Fifty-five years ago, 1962, Yesterday in La Crosse.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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