Day in History: Spanish influenza concerns gripping state

October 3, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Katie Fitzgerald and Thomas Spelsberg will reign over Mayo High School homecoming activities after being crowned king and queen.

• Dave Kapler has been named as the new chief of the Rochester Fire Department. Kapler comes from California.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The top salesmen for the month of September at Clements Chevrolet are Mike Burns and Hoppy Uhlenhopp.

• A $100,000 federal grant to finance a joint Rochester public school Winona State College driver and traffic safety education project has been approved. The grant covers the first year of a five-year plan to improve driver education in this area.

• Work is progressing on the new Red Wing library being constructed on the same site of the former library at the intersection of Third and East Avenue.

1943 – 75 years ago

• The Wayzata Community School was ordered closed today after 200 of the 600 students became ill.

• Retailers in Rochester have announced that they currently have no shotgun shells available for purchase by hunters. There is no indication when a shipment will arrive.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Rochester is to do its part in fighting the spread of Spanish influenza. The Red Cross chapter here has been asked to furnish 2,500 contagious ward masks for use in the influenza epidemic.

• The local health office has announced that those dying of Spanish influenza will only have a private funeral and the body will not be viewed. There is great danger of the influenza epidemic throughout the state.

From news services

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