Day in History: Former President Lyndon Johnson flies into Rochester

February 23, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• Rochester Central Lutheran plans to build a $2 million addition to its facility to add as many as 200 new students in the fall of 1995.

• The Rochester Renegades signed former University of Minnesota 6-foot-5 star guard Kevin Lynch. Lynch played at Bloomington Jefferson High School before playing for the Gophers and also played for the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA.

1969 – 50 years ago

• About 300 Rochester high school students will conduct the door-to-door Heart Fund campaign in the city for the Minnesota Heart Association. The students will attempt to visit every home in Rochester to raise funds.

• Former President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson flew into Rochester to an estimated 600 welcomers at the Rochester airport. Johnson flew in for the Board of Trustees of Mayo Foundation annual meeting.

1944 – 75 years ago

• A hardware store building was destroyed by fire as firefighters from Spring Grove and Mabel battled the stubborn blaze. The Adolph Rolfshus hardware store lost an estimated one-third of its stock.

• A building known as the old feed mill in LeRoy was destroyed by fire. The building had not been in regular use for years. “Pride of LeRoy” flour was milled there more than 50 years ago.

1919 – 100 years ago

• The brand-new, impressive First State Bank is ready to open in its new home on Second Street Southwest. The building of reinforced concrete, steel and Carthage granite cost $70,000.

• “Tom Sawyer,” which was shown at the high school yesterday afternoon and evening, proved to be one of the best attractions seen in the city in recent years. The silent film stars Jack Pickford as Tom Sawyer.

From news services

One year ago

The Rev. Billy Graham, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died at his North Carolina home; he was 99. A week after the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump met with teen survivors of school violence and parents of slain children; Trump promised to be “very strong on background checks” and suggested he supported letting some teachers and other school employees carry weapons. Thousands of protesters swarmed the Florida state Capitol, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.