In 1962, Doerflinger’s was one of La Crosse’s most popular stores, and the Halfway Tea Room, between the first and second floors, promised a ‘nice hot lunch’ every noon hour, and special meals Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Just a block up 4th Street, the Hotel Stoddard served noon snacks at the Coulee Coffee House. Noon luncheons also were served from 11 to 2 on Tuesdays through Friday at the Cavalier on 5th, which was a full restaurant in the building which later housed the La Crosse Community Theatre.
Former Minnesota Congresswoman Coya Knutson was granted a divorce from her husband Andrew. Mrs. Knutson testified that Andy was a heavy drinker, and that they had not lived together in almost a decade. Political opponents of Coya within her own DFL party had gotten Andy to write a letter to his wife in 1958, urging her to give up politics and ‘come home.’ The letter was blamed for Coya’s loss in the election.
What was the most exciting city in the Midwest in ’62? The Tribune ran an article giving that title to Minneapolis. Ironically, Minneapolis was losing an old movie theater, the Century, which had recently converted to the new technology of Cinerama…in 1962, yesterday in La Crosse.