1996: Plans for veterans memorial at Soldiers Field unveiled

Highlights from 1996, 1971, 1947 and 1921.

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1996 — 25 years ago

  • Ben Garry scored all of Rochester Lourdes soccer team’s goals in a 3-1 victory over Winona Cotter at Watson Field. Garry has scored seven goals in the last two games and is leading the team with 16 goals.
  • The Heritage and Legacy Committee unveiled plans to build a $600,000 veterans memorial at Soldiers Field. The 2-acre site and memorial will be financed with donations from individuals and organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

1971 — 50 years ago

  • Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a feed mill and 50 tons of grain at the Huntting Elevators in Grand Meadow. Damage was estimated at $75,000. The Grand Meadow and Spring Valley volunteer fire departments kept the fire from spreading to two nearby elevators and Standard Oil bulk tanks.
  • The Southeastern Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association held its season-ending pistol shoot at the Rochester range. Robert Daly won top honors for the men, and Lois Sibley won top honors for the women’s division.

1946 — 75 years ago

  • Mrs. A. W. Frances of the Sumner Farm Bureau in Fillmore County is the winner of the district essay contest. Her essay, “Stepping Stones in World Peace,” was submitted in a state contest during the seventh annual short course at the University farm in St. Paul.
  • Radio station KWNO will broadcast the play-by-play account of the Army Cadets’ opening season football game against the Villanova Wildcats from Michie Stadium at West Point, N.Y. The cadets were national champions in 1944 and 1946 and are favored to repeat. (Michie Stadium on the campus of the U. S. Military Academy opened in 1924.)

1921 — 100 years ago

  • The Treasury Department has issued a ruling to prohibit making any type of beer, wine, and booze in the home.
  • Rochester boys attending Carleton College, particularly the freshmen, have written to friends describing the initiations they were required to do. This included various stunts to edify older classmen and the co-eds. Some of the freshmen were made to remove most of their clothes, climb trees, were chased across the campus, made to sing, and finally run through a gauntlet of upperclassmen with paddles.
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