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Day in History: Rochester man missing in action in France

August 8, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• St. Clément’s Catholic Church in Hammond will be celebrating its 110-year history at a 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday. The service will be the churches last due to declining membership. The church originally was comprised of German and Irish immigrants.

• The Rochester A’s won its 20th straight game with a victory over Austin in the district legion baseball tournament at Mayo Field.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Miss Elizabeth Ann Price, after serving as librarian at the LeRoy Public Library for 44 years, has retired. More than 100 persons gathered to honor her service.

• Five sisters of rural Grand Meadow will enter 12 dairy cattle in the 1968 Mower County Fair 4-H competition. The sisters are Barbara, Jeanne, Jo Ann, Kathleen and Patricia Snyder. They are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Snyder.

• The opening day of the fair set an attendance record with 14,303 persons attending.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Rochester swimmers took the lion’s share of top honors in the fifth annual American Legion state swimming meet at Soldiers Field pool. Forty-three boys were entered in the various races.

• Miss Nancy Colquhoun, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. Ross Colquhoun of Mankato, formerly of Chatfield, has received an appointment as a government nurse in the Hawaiian Islands.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Private Charles Harold Whitney, of southeast Rochester, is missing somewhere in France. The message received reads, “Regret to inform you that Private Charles Harold Whitney, Marine Corps, is missing in action July 19.”

• Mrs. Charles Mayo of Rochester has been made one of the three members at large of the committee which has charge of the Y.W.C.A. drive for next fall. This committee will oversee the drive for fourteen central and middle western states.

From news services

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, speaking in Bangkok, Thailand, praised the spread of freedom in Asia while sharply criticizing oppression and human rights abuses in China, Myanmar and North Korea; the president then traveled to Beijing to attend the opening of the Olympic games.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama’s five-year effort to reboot U.S.-Russian relations crashed as the White House abruptly canceled his planned face-to-face summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s drug probe suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator. (The suspension was withheld.)

One year ago: Chicago filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of withholding public safety grants from sanctuary cities, which chose to limit cooperation with government enforcement of immigration laws. (A federal appeals court later ruled that the federal government cannot set new conditions to awarding those grants.) Medical examiners said the remains of a man who’d been killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 had been identified, nearly 16 years after the attacks. An indictment against Damaso Lopez Nunez, a leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, was unsealed by federal prosecutors in Virginia on the same day his son pleaded not guilty to drug charges in federal court in San Diego. (Lopez, who had been in custody in Mexico, was later extradited to the United States, where he was considered a potential key witness against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.)

Today’s birthdays: Magician, author and lecturer James Randi is 90. Former MLB pitcher Don Larsen is 89. Actress Verna Bloom is 80. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 76. Singer B.J. Thomas is 76. Singer Lana Cantrell is 75. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is 74. Actor John Glover is 74. Actor David Rasche is 74. Former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes is 68. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 68. Actress Caroline Aaron is 66. Comedian Alexei Sayle is 66. Actor Wayne Knight is 63. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 60. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 60. Actor David Duchovny is 58. Country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) is 57. Actress Delane Matthews is 57. Actor Harold Perrineau is 55. Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 55. Country singer Raul Malo is 53. Actor David Mann is 52. Actress Charlotte Lewis is 51. Actress Sydney Penny is 47. Actor Greg Serano is 46. Actor Michael Shannon is 44. Actress Charlize Theron is 43. Rock musician Barry Kerch (Shinedown) is 42. Actor Eric Johnson is 39. Actor Randy Wayne is 37. Actor-writer Brit Marling is 36. Actor Liam James is 22.

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