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Day in History: Rochester starlet comes home

December 18, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

The city of Rochester sold the first parcel of property in the Elton Hills Business Park to Burnet Realty. There are a total of eight lots on the city-owned property.

Christmas specials at Thompson’s Overhead Garage Door Co. include a garage door installed for $288 after rebate.

1968 – 50 years ago

Four men were charged with illegal possession of narcotics after they were apprehended picking marijuana near Lanesboro. They were fined $250 each and placed on probation for five years.

Famed comedienne Imogene Coca and her husband, television performer King Donovan will star in “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running.” The Broadway comedy will be brought to Rochester for a one night performance by promoter Ben Sternberg.

1943 – 75 years ago

With measles and influenza widespread throughout Lanesboro the schools were closed today and two Christmas programs were canceled. Influenza and measles are also causing a 38 percent absenteeism in Rochester schools.

Miss Shirley O’Hara, formerly Shirley Har of Rochester, is in town to visit her parents and other relatives and friends. She has been cast in several RKO productions in recent years.

1918 – 100 years ago

For the first time in the history of Olmsted County, rural schools were able to receive the services of a visiting nurse to look after the health of school children. Mrs. Eda Schneider, rural school nurse, was very efficient and pupils and teachers were delighted with her work.

The Conley Camera factory in Rochester is one of the busiest places in southern Minnesota. Employees are working till 9 and 10 p.m. every night to turn out the work and meet orders for talking machines and cameras.

With many schools closed for the influenza epidemic it has been decided that school teachers are still entitled to their salaries during the time the schools are closed.

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