Speltz Negative Collection

The following photos begin a series which will be published monthly on the Black River Falls Public Library History Room website. The photos are from the Negative Collection of Black River Falls professional photographers Jim Speltz, Betty Speltz Anderson and Jack Anderson. The Collection, located in the History Room, has been made possible with the cooperation and consent of the Speltzs’ sons, Mike and Steve. More information on the Collection is available by contacting Historian Mary I. Woods at m.woods@wrlsweb.org.


Homecoming Royalty
Queen Sandy Millis and King Walton Priest
Negative 1166-4
October 1955
Negative 1166-2
October 1955
They even had FLOATS way back then
Negative 1166-3
October 1955
We’ll take the cake….and beat Augusta!
Negative 1166-1
October 1955

Meditation Time

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Black River Falls – March 1965

Negative 2230

The Gambles Store Sox

Jackson County Little League

July 1964

Negative 2200

Interior of Dan & Harry’s Clothing

Downtown Black River Falls – 1964

Negative 2148

Job’s Daughters

June 1965

Negative 2261

Swooning over “The Exiles”

Phil Semke, Dick Deno, Dave Picha, Greg Fleming, Kerry Brown

December 1965

Negative 2233

The Old Swimmin’ Hole

Mike Speltz, Marlene Schmidt, Pauline Robinson, Harley Schmidt

Enjoying a summer’s day at the Herb Schmidt Farm, rural Melrose

July 1950

Negative 2458

Black River Falls Little League Team

July 1970

Negative K-279

“Look what drifted ashore!”

Hatfield July 1956

Negative 1281

Merrillan Little League Team

July 1971

Negative L-144

Ted Kuntz Café

Alma Center, WI  1956

Negative 1287

“The Prize Cow”

Jackson County Fair

August 1956

Negative 1324

Black River Falls St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Mary Crowning Ceremony

May 24, 1953

Negative 753

“Boy, this stuff is really good!”

Black River Falls Girl Scout Day Camp

June 1956

Negative 1280

The Brownie Pledge

Black River Falls Girl Scout Jamboree


Negative 1251

“Who’s next for a ‘little off the sides’?”

Howard Pierce’s Barber Shop

Downtown Black River Falls – Sept 1955

Negative 1187

Black River Falls High School Golf Team

May 1971

Negative L-079

Elmo Johnson

Honored in 2000 for playing “Taps” at 1,000 funerals of his comrades.

April 1956

Negative D-644

St. Joseph’s First Communion Class

May 1967

Negative I-395

“Hey, Mike, I wanted to color MY Easter egg blue!”

The Speltz brothers, Mike and Steve

Photo taken 1956

BRFHS Athletic Banquet 1964

Tiger Cheerleaders: Patty Hagen, Carol Casper, Sue Potter, Jean Rosenberg, Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer, Mickey Rosenberg, Vicki Anderson, Carla Strozewski

BRFHS Junior Prom 1953

King Foster Wussow

Queen Bonnie Peterson

Black River Falls Elementary School

Kindergarten Class – 1953

Negative #690

Flugstad’s Piggly Wiggly Market

Store owner, Bob Flugstad; meat manager, Merle Peterson; and an unidentified employee Photo taken April 1955

(Market was in operation from 1945-1968 in downtown Black River Falls in what became the Waarvik Drug Store building)

Negative #1135

Black River Falls Telephone Company Operators
February 1954

Negative #898

“Oh, Boy!  Where are we going?” Melrose High School students
October 1954

Negative 950F

Alma Center Lincoln High School
Junior Prom Court – April 1972

Negative L-500