Day in History: Large, black skunk skins going for $11
1993 – 25 years ago
• Radio stations KWEB and KQAQ will be the new home for Coach Bill Musselman’s Rochester Renegade basketball team this year. Greg Henn will handle the play by play for the CBA games.
• The Stewartville Tigers volleyball team will return to the state tournament after defeating St. Charles 3-1 in the Section 1A finals.
1968 – 50 years ago
• While being escorted to a cell a suspect made a break for it dashing down a flight of stairs, through the police garage, out a door and down an alley. He stole a car, crashed it and hid in an occupied apartment. He was arrested 10 minutes after his escape hiding in a closet.
• The State Adjutant General’s office has asked the city of Rochester to earmark 12 acres of land for construction of a new military armory, possibly in 1974.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Two soldiers AWOL from the military slugged and kidnapped a Minneapolis cab driver. After the cab ran out of gas they were arrested in the lobby of the Zumbrota Hotel by Marshal Lohman and taken to the village jail.
• Pamphlets stressing history and proper display of the American flag are being distributed to public and parochial elementary schools in Rochester as part of the Exchange Club’s “One Nation Under God” project. The week has been proclaimed “One Nation Under God” in Rochester by Mayor Alex Smekta.
• At the Drive-In Bakery on Second Street SW rum-dipped cake are selling for 59 cents apiece. Ginger cookies are 4 dozen for $1.
1918 – 100 years ago
• Thirty-one Rochester people have adopted French orphan babies according to Mrs. John Rowley, who spoke on this subject at the annual meeting of the Civic League.
• Numbers reported are that more than 50,000 Americans died in the war and nearly 180,000 were wounded. Close to 15,000 American soldiers died from disease.
• The J. C. Thompson Co. is paying $11 for large, black skunk skins. 5,000 skunk hides are wanted before Dec. 1 so all trappers can sell their valuable skunk fur to the Thompson Co.