Day in History: Lt. Macken will address Knights of Columbus
1993 – 25 years ago
• The Rochester Lourdes girls basketball team was ranked 20th in the nation in a poll released by the prestigious Blue Star Report, which is based in Philadelphia.
• The Eagles won the Class A state championship this past season with a 30-0 record.
• Two barges were damaged and a third one loaded with soybeans sank in the Mississippi River when high winds and a strong current pushed them in front of a lock and dam near Red Wing.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Additions totaling 184,000 square feet will be constructed at the International Machines Corp. facilities in Rochester. The new construction will cost an estimated $4 million and bring IBM’s total floor space here to some 1.2 million feet. This represents an 18% increase.
• Voters of Olmsted County will get their first look at the new voting machines that will make their debut in the Sept. 10 primary election. The IBM Votomatic will be on display at the County Fair.
1943 – 75 years ago
• Lt. Francis Macken, bombardier who is home on leave after participated in 54 battles over Europe and North Africa, will be guest speaker at the regular meeting Knights of Columbus.
• To assist local recruiters in securing WAVES, a special officer recruiting group has arrived in Rochester and will set up office in the community room of the city hall.
1918 – 100 years ago
• Those who refuse to buy War Saving Stamps may be arrested and charged with a conspiracy to hamper the United States in the war by refusing to buy and take their share. Let it be known that stamp slackers could be in trouble.
• The Red Cross dance at the armory last night exceeded expectations for the first of the benefit series. Every Thursday there will be music, dancing and refreshments at the armory with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.