Day in History: Historical Society offered home of Dr. Plummer as gift

September 17, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• Four rail cars filled with corn fell into Rose Creek south of Austin after being derailed by a broken rail.

• The new 100-bed Olmsted County jail will be open by the end of September and will begin taking federal prisoners in early October according to Steve Von Wald, director of detention.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Olmsted County Historical Society may soon gain ownership of a second home of a Mayo Clinic pioneer. The society has been offered the home of the late Dr. Henry Plummer, who helped design the 1912 and 1928 Mayo Clinic buildings, the latter of which bears his name. Dr. Plummer died in 1937 and his wife, Mrs. Daisy Plummer, recently offered the family home to the society.

• Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of a number of books, including the 1954 best seller “The Power of Positive Thinking” was in Rochester for a checkup at the Mayo Clinic. At 70 years of age he continues to make speaking engagements and holds down pastoral duties at his Marble Collegiate Reform Church in New York City.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Rochester housewives will be pledging that “I will pay no more than top legal prices.” That is the home front pledge to curb inflation and abolish black markets.

• Three sons and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mulligan of Plainview are now serving with the armed services either overseas or on the homefront. All four fighting Mulligans attended Plainview High School.

1918 – 100 years ago

• Mr. V. J. Baatz is to be an instructor in automobile, machine shop and blacksmith work at the high school.

• Anna Hubbard of Rochester won first prize in Class B in the state bread making contest at the state fair. She is 13 years old and scored a 90.3, winning a gold medal and $15.

From news services

Ten years ago: On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 504.48, or 4.42 percent, to 10,917.51 while oil closed below $100 a barrel for the first time in six months amid upheaval in the financial industry as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch & Co. was sold to Bank of America. Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, died at age 65.

Five years ago: Hundreds of people, black and white, many holding hands, filled the Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years earlier to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four black girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle. Jackie Lomax, 69, a singer-songwriter who’d worked with the Beatles and had a long solo career, died in Wirral, England.

One year ago: North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific, its longest-ever such flight. A bomb partially detonated on a London subway car, injuring 51 people, including those hurt fleeing the train. (An 18-year-old Iraqi asylum-seeker, Ahmed Hassan, was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in prison.) Character actor Harry Dean Stanton died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Harvard University reversed its decision to name as a visiting fellow Chelsea Manning, the former soldier who’d been convicted of leaking classified information. The Cleveland Indians saw their winning streak end at 22, an American League record, as they lost 4-3 to the Kansas City Royals. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn after a journey of 20 years; it was the only spacecraft ever to orbit Saturn and sent back images of the planet, its rings and its moons.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Forrest Compton is 93. Comedian Norm Crosby is 91. Actor Henry Darrow is 85. Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry is 80. Actress Carmen Maura is 73. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 73. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 73. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 72. Movie director Oliver Stone is 72. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) is 66. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 58. Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 57. Actor Danny Nucci is 50. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 49. Actor Josh Charles is 47. Singer Ivette Sosa (Eden’s Crush) is 42. Actor Tom Hardy is 41. Actress Marisa Ramirez is 41. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 40. Actor Dave Annable is 39. Actress Amy Davidson is 39. Britain’s Prince Harry is 34. TV personality Heidi Montag is 32. Actress Kate Mansi is 31.

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