Day in History: Full blooded Chippewa minister comes to Rochester

March 18, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

Sunday brunches with a naturalist at Forest Resource Center north of Lanesboro will resume. Each April through October date begins with a brunch at the center, followed by a walk in the area’s hardwood forest along the Root River.

1969 – 50 years ago

• Pat O’ Connor was at his best as the 18-year-old put on a display of boxing prowess as he overpowered Bob “Red” Reilly of Gary, Ind., to get a unanimous decision in a bout in St. Paul. In the other main event, Chatfield’s Duane Horsman coasted to an easy win over Jesse Green of St. Paul.

1944 – 75 years ago

• With Mrs. Hazel Loucks as owner and proprietor, the Charme Beauty Shop opened in Rochester. The new shop is decorated in subtle tones of turquoise and yellow with turquoise walls and chairs upholstered in ivory leather.

1919 – 100 years ago

• The Rev. Wilkins D. Smith, an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church and full blooded Chippewa, was in Rochester speaking to a meeting of the Ladies’ Aid of Calvary Church. He spoke of the work by the church among the Native Americans on the Minnesota Reservation of White Earth and Leech Lake. The Rev. Smith brought his father to Rochester for treatment.