Day in History: Christmas celebration at state hospital

December 27, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Temperatures in the area dropped to 7 below, but northern Minnesota had temperatures plunge to 50 below zero.

• Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are now among vendors in school lunchrooms in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In other states, McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken have appeared on school lunch menus.

1968 – 50 years ago

• After three games, Owatonna’s Dan Halverson is leading the Big Nine basketball conference in scoring with a 32.7 points per game average.

• New Homelite 18-horsepower snowmobiles with electric start are available from Leo N. Herrick & Sons in Rochester. Priced at $795.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Dr. D.T. Schuele has left for Norfolk, Va., after closing the Chatfield Hospital for the duration of the war.

• Second Lt. Stanley Masson is at his home for the holidays after being hospitalized for months and after undergoing operations for wounds he received during the invasion of Sicily. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Masson.

1918 – 100 years ago

• A big Christmas celebration was held at the Rochester State Hospital. The large evergreen that towers in front of the south side of the buildings was ablaze with colored lights. Two thousand and five packages were distributed during the celebration. Due to the danger of an epidemic of influenza, the patients were not allowed to congregate, hence many separate and small celebrations were held.

• Dr. John Abbott, a Rochester physician who enlisted in the service in June 1917, was captured by the Germans and imprisoned, has been released and hopes soon to be coming home.

From news services

One year ago: The snowfall total from a storm that began on Christmas Day reached 53 inches in Erie, Pa. — the biggest-ever two-day total in the state’s history.

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