Day in History: Co-founder of Mayo Foundation dies

October 6, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• The Southland High School homecoming queen and king is Beth Kiefer and Brandon Voigt. The Southland Rebels won their homecoming game against the Fillmore Central Falcons 26-6.

• The Rochester Park and Recreation Board has recommended a four-year plan of improvements for Mayo Field. The plan calls for almost $250,000 in work to be completed.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Homecoming activities in Stewartville are under the reign of 1968 queen Leila Barnhart. She is the daughter of Lee Barnhart.

• A big bumblebee won the first-place honor during the annual John Marshall homecoming parade downtown. Dr. James Moon, former superintendent of Rochester public schools, rode in a 1914 Ford as Grand Marshal of the parade. JM would be victorious in the homecoming football game with a 26-0 victory over Mayo.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Dr. Louis B. Wilson, co-founder of the Mayo Foundation and its director for 22 years, died at St. Marys at the age of 76. Dr. Wilson came to Rochester in 1904 to investigate an epidemic of typhoid at the Rochester State Hospital. He was the ninth physician hired on the Mayo Clinic staff and continued work for Mayo for 45 years. Dr. Wilson married Maud Mellish, who was also a key figure in the development of the Mayo Clinic and its reputation.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Superintendent H. A. Johnson stated that no action has been taken as yet on the all-year school plan being discussed. The adoption of such a plan by the Rochester high school would entail a large increase in school expenses.

• Governor Burnquist has appointed a committee to develop practical plans to provide farm lands for returning soldiers. Farms would be provided for returning soldiers on easy and workable terms.

• Many citizens are asking Rochester to adopt the practice of standing mute for two minutes each day in honor of the soldiers fighting the war in Europe. In places where this habit has taken hold it has had a wonderful effect.

From news services

Ten years ago: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists,” referring to his association on a charity board a few years earlier with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Obama accused John McCain’s campaign of trying to distract votes with “smears” rather than talking about substance.

Five years ago: In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. military forces struck out against Islamic extremists who had carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching Abu Anas al-Libi, allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years earlier. (Al-Libi has since pleaded not guilty to the embassy bombings.) A monster truck went out of control at an “Extreme Aeroshow” in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing eight people and injuring ten times as many. Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin in Moscow.

One year ago: Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his company after a New York Times article detailed decades of alleged sexual harassment against women including actress Ashley Judd. The National Rifle Association and the White House expressed support for controls on “bump stock” devices like those that apparently aided the gunman behind the Las Vegas attack; the NRA later said it was opposed to an outright ban on the devices. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation extending protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally; police in California would be barred from asking people about their immigration status or taking part in federal immigration enforcement activities.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 95. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 81. Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 77. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 75. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 75. Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 71. Blues musician Rick Estrin is 69. Actress Karen Allen is 67. Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 66. Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 64. Astrophysicist-author Neil deGrasse Tyson is 60. Memorial designer Maya Lin is 59. Actor Daniel Baldwin is 58. Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 54. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 53. Actor Guy Pearce is 51. Actress Josie Bissett is 48. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 44. Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 44. Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 43. Actress Parminder Nagra is 43. Actor Scott Weinger is 43. Actress Kate Winslet is 43. Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 40. Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 38. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 35. TV personality Nicky Hilton is 35. Actress Azure Parsons is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 33. Actor Kevin Bigley is 32. Actor Joshua Logan Moore is 24. Actor Jacob Tremblay is 12.

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