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Day in History: Woman’s hobby aids kin of prisoners in Germany

August 5, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago • Despite consideration to dead-end East Silver Lake Drive, the decision has been made to keep the drive through streets, connecting Seventh and 14th Streets Northeast. • Dr. Doyt Conn, a Mayo Clinic specialist in internal medicine and rheumatology, has been named head of the AmeriCares program, an international humanitarian program. 1968 – 50 years ago • Smashing all previous attendance records with an estimated count of 202,500 the Olmsted County Fair became a leading contender for top attendance honors among Minnesota county fairs. • The Rochester High School class of 1948 will hold its 20th reunion at the Rochester Golf & Country Club. Chairmen of the event are James Paine and Howard Stewart. 1943 – 75 years ago • M.W. Stout, principal of Rochester Senior High School, has returned from Iowa City where he was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Iowa. • Mrs. Ida S. Johnson, of Harmony, has a short wave radio listening hobby and picks up the broadcasts from Berlin daily when names of Americans in German prison camps are listed. She notes the names of the prisoners and relatives and then writes to them. She has received responses from families thanking her as they did not know what had happened to their loved one. 1918 – 100 years ago • The Mankato Post, a German language weekly newspaper, has suspended publication for want of support. • Herman Anderson is home on a brief furlough to visit his war-working wife, who is the first Rochester young lady to accept a position as an auto driver. • The Rev. William Coleman, of Waseca and formerly of Rochester, is about to enter the Army as a chaplain. He will be commissioned as first lieutenant. From news services Ten years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits against Libya by American victims of terrorism. In a brazen attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in western China, killing 16. Five years ago: Security forces closed roads, put up extra blast walls and increased patrols near some of the more than 20 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington had ordered closed for the weekend following warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack. Missy Franklin claimed her record sixth gold medal on the final day of the world championships in Barcelona, becoming the most successful female swimmer ever at a world meet. American Stacy Lewis won the Women’s British Open, finishing with a pair of birdies and closing with an even-par 72. Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Donovan, 89, died in Baltimore. One year ago: Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, who became notorious for a price-gouging scandal, was convicted on federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. (Shkreli was sentenced months later to seven years in prison.) President Donald Trump left Washington for a 2½ week trip to his private golf club in central New Jersey and his home at New York City’s Trump Tower; the president described it as a “working vacation.” The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.3 percent, matching the 16-year low that had been recorded in May, as employers added 209,000 jobs. Today’s birthdays: Actress-singer Tina Cole is 75. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 74. Football Hall of Famer John Riggins is 69. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 63. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 63. Actress Kym Karath (Film: “The Sound of Music”) is 60. Hall of Fame track star Mary Decker Slaney is 60. Actress Lauren Tom is 59. Former President Barack Obama is 57. Producer Michael Gelman (TV: “Live with Kelly & Ryan”) is 57. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 56. Actress Crystal Chappell is 53. Author Dennis Lehane is 53. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 50. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 50. Actor Michael DeLuise is 49. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 47. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 47. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Marques Houston is 37. Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, the former actress Meghan Markle, is 37. Actress Abigail Spencer is 37. Actress Greta Gerwig is 35. Country singer Crystal Bowersox (TV: “American Idol”) is 33. Rock singer Tom Parker (The Wanted) is 30. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 26. Singer Jessica Sanchez (TV: “American Idol”) is 23.

1993 – 25 years ago

• Despite consideration to dead-end East Silver Lake Drive, the decision has been made to keep the drive through streets, connecting Seventh and 14th Streets Northeast.

• Dr. Doyt Conn, a Mayo Clinic specialist in internal medicine and rheumatology, has been named head of AmeriCares, an international humanitarian program.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Smashing all previous attendance records with an estimated count of 202,500 the Olmsted County Fair became a leading contender for top attendance honors among Minnesota county fairs.

• The Rochester High School Class of 1948 will hold its 20th reunion at the Rochester Golf & Country Club. Chairmen of the event are James Paine and Howard Stewart.

1943 – 75 years ago

• M.W. Stout, principal of Rochester Senior High School, has returned from the University of Iowa where he was awarded a doctor of philosophy degree.

• Mrs. Ida S. Johnson, of Harmony, has a short wave radio listening hobby and picks up the broadcasts from Berlin daily when names of Americans in German prison camps are listed. She notes the names of the prisoners and relatives and then writes to them. She has received responses from families thanking her as they did not know what had happened to their loved one.

1918 – 100 years ago

• The Mankato Post, a German language newspaper, has suspended publication.

• Herman Anderson is home on a brief furlough to visit his war-working wife, who is the first Rochester young lady to serve as an auto driver.

• The Rev. William Coleman, of Waseca and formerly of Rochester, is about to enter the Army. He will be commissioned as first lieutenant.

From news services

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits against Libya by American victims of terrorism. In a brazen attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in western China, killing 16.

Five years ago: Security forces closed roads, put up extra blast walls and increased patrols near some of the more than 20 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington had ordered closed for the weekend following warnings of a possible al-Qaida attack. Missy Franklin claimed her record sixth gold medal on the final day of the world championships in Barcelona, becoming the most successful female swimmer ever at a world meet. American Stacy Lewis won the Women’s British Open, finishing with a pair of birdies and closing with an even-par 72. Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Donovan, 89, died in Baltimore.

One year ago: Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, who became notorious for a price-gouging scandal, was convicted on federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. (Shkreli was sentenced months later to seven years in prison.) President Donald Trump left Washington for a 2½ week trip to his private golf club in central New Jersey and his home at New York City’s Trump Tower; the president described it as a “working vacation.” The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.3 percent, matching the 16-year low that had been recorded in May, as employers added 209,000 jobs.

Today’s birthdays: Actress-singer Tina Cole is 75. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 74. Football Hall of Famer John Riggins is 69. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 63. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 63. Actress Kym Karath (Film: “The Sound of Music”) is 60. Hall of Fame track star Mary Decker Slaney is 60. Actress Lauren Tom is 59. Former President Barack Obama is 57. Producer Michael Gelman (TV: “Live with Kelly & Ryan”) is 57. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens is 56. Actress Crystal Chappell is 53. Author Dennis Lehane is 53. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 50. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 50. Actor Michael DeLuise is 49. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 47. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 47. Country singer Jon Nicholson is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer-actor Marques Houston is 37. Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, the former actress Meghan Markle, is 37. Actress Abigail Spencer is 37. Actress Greta Gerwig is 35. Country singer Crystal Bowersox (TV: “American Idol”) is 33. Rock singer Tom Parker (The Wanted) is 30. Actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse are 26. Singer Jessica Sanchez (TV: “American Idol”) is 23.

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