Biographical Index

River Falls ARC Biographical Index

The biographical index contains thousands of names of people who have lived in the River Falls ARC's four-county area (Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties). This index contains births, deaths, marriages, graduations, and other important life events found primarily in newspapers, but other sources as well. The index covers the 1850s through roughly 1910 for many of the sources, although Falcon Features, the UWRF Alumni magazine, is indexed through the present. The cards in the index contain the name of the person, the particular event or category, the name of the source in which to find it, the date the information appeared in the source and/or the page number in the source.


The River Falls ARC also holds a biographical index compiled by Willis Miller, former editor and co-owner of the Hudson Star-Observer. This index records births, deaths, marriages, graduations, and biographical information taken primarily from the Hudson Star-Observer from 1850-1980. Please complete a

Research Request Form to request a Biographical file look-up.


Newspapers Included in the Biographical Index:

  • Amery: Amery Echo, 1889, June – 1891, July
  • Baldwin: Baldwin Bulletin, 1874 – 1901
  • Baldwin: Independent, 1879 – 1881
  • Balsam Lake: Polk County Ledger, 1898 – 1910
  • Ellsworth: Pierce County Herald, 1901, May 16 – 1910, December 29
  • Glenwood City: Glenwood City Tribune, 1890 – 1909
  • Grantsburg: Burnett County Sentinel, 1892, June 10 – 1910, January 27
  • Grantsburg: Journal of Burnett County: 1895 – 1901
  • Hammond: Independent, 1875 – 1877
  • Hammond: News, earliest – 1900, January
  • Hudson: Hudson North Star, 1854 – 1860, November 28
  • Hudson: Star Times, 1898 – 1900
  • Maiden Rock: Weekly Press, 1892, 1895, 1897
  • New Richmond: Republican Voice, 1899 – 1907
  • New Richmond: St. Croix Republican, 1870 – 1899
  • Prescott: Clarion, 1874, April – 1875, June
  • Prescott: Journal, 1863 – 1871
  • Prescott: Pierce County Plaindealer, 1875 – 1893
  • Prescott: Tribune, 1896 – 1900
  • River Falls: Advance, 1874 – 1876
  • River Falls: Citizen’s Reporter, 1862, January 24 issue
  • River Falls: Journal, 1857 – 1900
  • River Falls: Pierce County News, 1887, 1889
  • River Falls: Press, 1874 – 1883, February 1
  • River Falls: Times, 1896 – 1899
  • Spring Valley: Sun, 1905 – 1910
Other Materials Included in the Biographical Index:
  • Alumni Bulletin (UWRF), 1935-1958
  • Falcon Features (UWRF), earliest - current
  • Fifty Years in the Northwest, by W.H.C. Folsom (1888)
  • History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)
  • History of the St. Croix Valley, by Augustus B. Easton (1909)
  • Meletean (UWRF yearbook), 1912-1969 graduates only
  • Miscellaneous Genealogical Documents (ancestral charts, diplomas, family histories, etc.)
  • Pierce County naturalization records, ca. 1850-1963
  • River Falls Small Collections (manuscript collections consisting of only 1 or 2 folders)
  • UWRF Faculty and Alumni Biographical File (UWRF Series 151)