Day in History: Chatfield soldier receives French War Cross for bravery

July 4, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• The good news – network television executives are acknowledging that much of their programming is violent and trashy. The bad news — networks will continue to produce violent and trashy programming.

• Gov. Arne Carlson said damage to crops caused by high water, cold and wet weather could reach $1 billion or more, hurting all areas of Minnesota’s economy.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The very first applicant was tested on the State Highway Department’s new $150,000 road test range located on U.S. 52 North. The driving range is one of three now operating in the state. The written test along with motorcycle testing will also take place on site.

• The 1938 graduating class of Grand Meadow High School held a 30th reunion at the American Legion Club rooms. Ten members of the 17-member class attended.

• Julie Schmoll was crowned as queen of the 1968 Elgin Cheese Festival. Miss Schmoll will attend Mankato State college this fall.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The local war industry has an opening for Comptometer Operator. Apply to Mrs. Knapp, U.S. Employment Office.

• Mayor F. H. LaGuardia of New York, who is on the board of defense of the United States and Canada, stopped in Minneapolis briefly while en route to the West Coast by plane. The mayor would not comment to reporters on his mission.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Miss Inez Foster has arrived in Rochester to take charge of the community canning center. Miss Foster is from the University of Minnesota. Wartime canning and war gardens are symbols of patriotism and encouraged by the government.

• Private Robert Carlson of Chatfield has been awarded the French war cross for bravery in action during the Cantigny operations. The local soldier has been seriously wounded and is currently in a hospital. The medal was conferred on him by a French general for heroism and gallantry during action.

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