1920: Meet Polo, the health clown

The local Red Cross sponsored the visit for Olmsted County youth.

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1995 — 25 years ago

  • Brian Mussman rolled a 300 perfect game in the Master’s League at Colonial Lanes in Rochester.

1970 — 50 years ago

  • Rochester voters by a wide margin voted “wet” in approving the sale of liquor in restaurants on Sunday, reversing the first vote taken in March 1968.

1945 — 75 years ago

  • Harold Tompkins, police chief in Rochester for the past six years, died. Tompkins was a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation school in Washington and a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Police Officers Association. Chief Tompkins was 49 years old.
  • Inter-train communication with radio will be established by Great Northern Railway as soon as reliable. Tests will be made on engine-to-caboose communication on a number of the ore trains.

1920 — 100 years ago

  • Fire for a time last evening threatened to wipe out all the buildings at the Mankato fairgrounds. All the barns for racehorses were lost to fire. All horses were released, and there were no injuries. A bucket brigade of volunteers was formed to keep the fire in check.
  • All the boys and girls of Olmsted County should visit the fair to meet and listen to Polo, the Health Clown. The local Red Cross is sponsoring Polo to visit with the young boys and girls, explaining how to maintain good health.

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