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Day in History: Eleanor Roosevelt consoles mother of wounded city seaman

August 23, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• This week “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” TV show will spotlight Rochester and other cities mentioned in the Money Magazine’s ranking of the top places to live in America.

• County Commissioners, committee members and other dignitaries from Olmsted and other counties will spent the night in the new Olmsted County jail to give detention officers a chance to work out some kinks in the building and the procedures.

1968 – 50 years ago

• James Hill, a Winona police officer, was shot when he went to investigate a household quarrel between a man and his wife. Hill was shot with a .22-caliber slug and was able to get to a phone and call police headquarters for assistance. The bullet went through the patrolmen’s lip and cheek after shattering a tooth.

• The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners selected a site for a new county jail, but will await plans and estimates before moving further toward construction. The present jail is located in a residential area and is more than 80 years old.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Members of Company D nurse corps of the Minnesota State Guard at their meeting at the armory last night had as their honored guest and speaker, Miss Helen Keller, accompanied by her companion, Miss Polly Thomson.

• Mrs. William Hill of Rochester, whose son was recently wounded in a naval battle, received a letter from Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, wife of the president. In the letter it said, “Our son Franklin, Jr., who is an executive officer on the ship, felt very sad over what happened to some of his men and he asked me to write you this note. The president joins our son and myself in every hope that your son will soon be fully recovered. Very sincerely yours, Eleanor Roosevelt.”

1918 – 100 years ago

• An estimated draft call in September will take 3,325 Minnesota men. The call will include a large number of 1918 registrants.

• The United States has a shipping and mail system which must be almost perfect as Owen McCoy got a letter from his son, William McCoy, which only took about three weeks to leave France, cross the ocean, and get to Rochester.

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