Day in History: Spring Valley man becoming blimp pilot

March 5, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• An aging population means that by the year 2020, Minnesota will have more households but fewer households with married parents and children at home, according to a state report. By 2020 34 percent of Minnesota households will be “empty nesters.”

• Gov. Arne Carlson has proposed $730,000 to study a high-speed rail system that might run through Rochester. The study, once launched, would answer important questions about high-speed rail in the state.

1969 – 50 years ago

• A contract for the purchased of a new pumper for the Rochester City Fire Department was awarded by the City Council. The new pumper will replace a 1927 model. The new truck with a full enclosed cab will be purchased for the sum of $32,660.

• Work is progressing at the task of underpinning the piers of the Wabasha Bridge across the Mississippi River. Workers are working 10-hour days, including Saturday. A cracked plate was discovered and the span has been closed since Jan. 31.

• Diane Lyons, of rural Faribault, was crowned queen of the Parish 1 Jersey Cattle club. Parish 1 includes Jersey breeders in 17 counties in Southeast Minnesota.

1944 – 75 years ago

• 120 acres, 3 miles from Plainview; all tillable, good soil, fair buildings is for sale at $3,000. 320 acres near Elba; 200 acres tillable, good soil — $10,000. Contact Geo. Dickman, Plainview.

• Insulated brooder houses for small chicks for sale at $22.75. Place your order with Hayes Lucas Lumber Co.

• Naval Aviation Cadet Norvel Sisson of Spring Valley was commissioned as an ensign in the naval reserve, becoming a blimp pilot. He will be assigned to blimp squadrons for anti-submarine work.

1919 – 100 years ago

• The Rochester High School basketball team will travel to Spring Valley this evening for a basketball game. The Rochester team is highly favored. (The Rockets would win the game 21-12).

From news services

Ten years ago

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, called on Americans to look beyond their own tumbling financial markets to see a world gripped by an “economic hurricane” that could be turned around with U.S. help. Playwright Horton Foote, who’d won an Oscar for his screen adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died in Hartford, Conn. at age 92.

Five years ago

President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government’s leaders in a show of support following Russia’s military incursion into the Crimean Peninsula.

One year ago

“The Shape of Water” won the Oscar for best picture and in three other categories; the top prize was announced by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway a year after they were caught up in the erroneous announcement that “La La Land” and not “Moonlight” had won for best picture. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would “never” extradite any of the 13 Russians who’d been indicted by the United States for election-meddling; he also insisted to NBC News that they didn’t act on behalf of his government. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the southwestern English city of Salisbury; both survived what British authorities said was a murder attempt using a nerve agent.

Today’s birthdays

Former Congressional Budget Office director Alice Rivlin is 88. Actress Paula Prentiss is 81. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 78. Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 71. Author James Ellroy is 71. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is 69. Singer Chris Rea is 68. Actor/rock singer-musician Ronn Moss is 67. Actress Kay Lenz is 66. Musician Emilio Estefan is 66. Movie director Scott Hicks is 66. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 65. Actor Mykelti Williamson is 62. Actress Patricia Heaton is 61. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., is 61. Actor Steven Weber is 58. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 56. Actress Stacy Edwards is 54. Rapper Grand Puba is 53. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 53. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 52. Actress Patsy Kensit is 51. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is 51. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 50. Actress Andrea Bendewald is 49. Actor Nick Stabile is 49. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 48. Country singer Jason Sellers is 48. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 42. Actress Jessica Heap is 36. Actor Scott Michael Foster is 34. TV personality Whitney Port is 34. Actress Audrey Esparza is 33. Actress Margo Harshman is 33. Actor Josh Bowman is 31. Actress Andrea Bowen is 29. Actress Jenna Boyd is 26.