On June 1st of 1967, the Beatles released their ground-breaking album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Besides the title track, the “Sgt. Pepper” album also featured “A Day in the Life,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” and “When I’m Sixty-Four.” A few famous people who would have turned 64 in June of 1967 didn’t live to see that birthday…including John Dillinger, George Orwell, and Lou Gehrig.
La Crosse’s weather service announced that May of ’67 was the coldest May ever in the city, with an average daily temperature of 54 degrees. There must have been a recount, because according to current stats for La Crosse, that May doesn’t even make the 10 coldest on record.
The weather was nice enough that June for a parking lot sale at Montgomery Ward in La Crosse, on the site of the current Belle Square complex. Shoppers at Wards could get a roast beef or baked ham dinner for only $1, during that sale in, oh boy, 1967…Yesterday in La Crosse.