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Yesterday in La Crosse

Quillin’s comes to the Village, 48 years ago

Brad Williams



In 1971, the Quillin family opened an IGA foodliner in the Village Shopping Center.  Quillin’s featured several ‘big and beautiful’ specialty departments in that Village location, which was replaced by a Festival store in 2011.  

Rich’s Fairway Foods at 13th and South Avenue had a ham sandwich special–8 sandwiches for just 89 cents.  Super Valu had two La Crosse stores at the time, at Jackson Plaza and on the Causeway.  

K-Mart on State Road had a camera deal.  For $10.44, these cameras operated with flash cubes, giving you four flashes on a single cube.   

The #1 song in America during the last half of September was ‘Go Away Little Girl’ by 13-year-old Donny Osmond, in 1971, 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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