Day in History: Editor gives his life for his country

October 4, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• IBM is introducing a family of powerful personal computers that are intended for the home market and equipped with features ranging from ultra-fast chips to CD-ROM players in some models. The new PS/1 machines are priced from $999 to $2,399.

• The Rochester John Marshall tennis team took the Big Nine conference tennis meet at the Rochester Tennis Center.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Rochester city employees will get a 5 percent across-the-board increase for 1969 under pay hikes tentatively approved by the City Council. City police and firemen have been offered 9 percent in anticipation of an increase in their contributions to their pension funds. The city payroll is 370 employees.

• A 31-member governor’s crime commission, including Rochester Police Chief James Macken, was announced today by Gov. Harold LeVander. The group will guide implementation of the Federal Safe Streets and Crime Control Act.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The city of Red Wing adopted a new curfew ordinance that requires all boys and girls under 17 years of age to be off the streets by 10 p.m. One alderman said boys and girls are being coddled too much nowadays, which tends to destroy their initiative.

• Chief of Police Harry Tompkins issued a warning that police are issuing tickets to all persons seen going through stop signs. The chief said that this type of negligence has been the cause of several accidents.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Company D of the 136th, formerly the Rochester Company, is losing men at Camp Dix. One of the recent deaths was Private Albin Mattson of Cannon Falls.

• The editor of the Stewartville Star recently laid down his pen for his sword when he joined the service a few months ago. Word was received this week that the former newspaper man has died of Spanish influenza at the Great Lakes training station in Illinois.

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