Day in History: Liquor store fire burns the beer

January 5, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• The American Legion, a fixture of Mayo Civic Center for more than 5 years, may move out by the end of the month if a proposal is approved by the Rochester City Council. The agreement means the city will be able to connect a skyway to the Civic Center using part of the Legion Hall instead of having to jog around it.

1969 – 50 years ago

• A wave of arctic air moved into Rochester today, bringing a wind-chill index of 51 below zero. The mercury later today is expected to reach 22 below.

• Formation of a local Teen Corps and changes in the girls’ school uniforms will be the major items on the Lourdes High School Student Council agenda when the group meets this week. Mary Beth Bowman is president of the LHS Student Council.

1944 – 75 years ago

• Four inches of snow brightened Southeast Minnesota as it ended the longest period of drought on record here. The area has had no precipitation since November 8.

• Sgt. George Hentges, gunner on a Flying Fortress, has been on several missions over Germany and occupied Europe. He is currently with the 8th Air Force.

• Capt. Dale Debes, former Lanesboro CCC officer, has been promoted to the rank of major at Columbus, Ga.

1919 – 100 years ago

• Grief came to many regular customers in Winona as the large Hoffarth wholesale liquor store was gutted by fire. Between 500 and 600 cases of beer were destroyed. The total loss is estimated at between $3,000 and $4,000.

• Officers for the year were chosen during the annual meeting of the Rochester Public Library. Mr. A. C. Gooding was elected president, and Mr. W.W. Churchill was elected vice president.

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