2 sisters, 2 bridges: Sisters who went to Stillwater Lift Bridge opening look forward to completion of new bridge

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Doris Erler, left, 99, and Helen Josephson, 101. (Gazette staff photo by Jonathan Young)

Doris Erler, left, 99, and Helen Josephson, 101. (Gazette staff photo by Jonathan Young)

When the Stillwater Lift Bridge opened July 1, 1931, a headline in the Stillwater Gazette the next day declared, “Thousands attend bridge opening.”

According to estimates in the paper, more than 15,000 people showed up for the event, accompanied by great fanfare.

“Bursting of bombs, blowing of whistles and cheering of crowds heralded the official opening of the new, free, interstate bridge across the St. Croix River at Stillwater Wednesday,” the paper said.

Somewhere among the crowds were two sisters from north of town — Helen Danielson, 15, and Doris Danielson, 13.

Eighty-six years later, Helen (Danielson) Josephson is 101 and lives in Stillwater Township, north of downtown Stillwater. Her sister, Doris (Danielson) Erler, 99, lives across the river in New Richmond, Wis.

The sisters and their families hope to attend the grand opening celebration of the new bridge over the St. Croix River Aug. 2.

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