Day in History: Jolene Braaten named first Miss Byron

1991 – 25 years ago

• Gov. Arne Carlson was in Rochester today, visiting the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living. He also visited Schmidt Printing, stopped in Stewartville and at the Victory Café in Rushford.

• The first Riverland Technical College districtwide, in-service meeting was held this week on the Rochester campus. About 250 faculty and staff members attended the session.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Eighteen members of the Kasson Fire Department recently completed several summer sessions that emphasized fire-fighting methods and safety. Training was applied with the actual burning down of a small building in the final session.


• Miss Jolene Marie Braaten, a June graduate of Byron High School, won the first Miss Byron title. Miss Braaten will receive a $150 scholarship, a $100 wardrobe, her crown, jewelry and a trophy presented by the Byron Jaycees.

• Rochester dog catcher Robert Blakely had to catch a horse that jumped out of a truck near Northbrook Shopping Center. The horse was unhurt and has been retrieved by the owner.

1941 – 75 years ago

• Caddies at the Rochester Golf and Country Club were guests of the club at the annual luncheon for the group. More than 50 boys attended.

• A Stewartville farmer, after suffering a serious injury while plowing, was able to send his team of horses home with a note fastened to the bridle that he needed help. The family saw the horses come home and was able to get to the field to help. The farmer suffered a severe leg fracture when the draw pin broke while plowing.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Miss Mary Whiting has been selected as principal of the Rochester Junior High School. Miss Whiting first started teaching in 1882 at the Northrop school.


• A watch that has ticked off every minute of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the European War is owned by a family in Elgin. The watch originally was brought to the United States in 1735. The timepiece weighs 15 ounces and has been in the family for the past 10 generations.

From news services

Ten years ago:A Comair CRJ-100 crashed after trying to take off from the wrong runway in Lexington, Ky., killing 49 people and leaving the co-pilot the sole survivor. Two Fox News journalists, Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig, were freed by militants nearly two weeks after being kidnapped in Gaza City. The action series "24" won Emmys for best drama series and best actor for Kiefer Sutherland; "The Office" was honored as best comedy.

Five years ago:Hurricane Irene, after striking Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, pushed up the U.S east coast, prompting evacuations in New York City and leaving major flood damage in Vermont. Hundreds of soldiers and federal agents raided a casino in Monterrey in northern Mexico, two days after an arson attack on a gambling house killed 52 people.

One year ago:Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, 58, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, died in Allentown, Pa.

Today's birthdays:Author Lady Antonia Fraser is 84. Actor Tommy Sands is 79. Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 79. Musician Daryl Dragon is 74. Actress Tuesday Weld is 73. Actor G.W. Bailey is 72. Rock singer-musician Tim Bogert is 72. Actress Marianne Sagebrecht is 71. Country musician Jeff Cook is 67. Actor Paul Reubens is 64. Rock musician Alex Lifeson (Rush) is 63. Actor Peter Stormare is 63. Actress Diana Scarwid is 61. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) is 60. Golfer Bernhard Langer is 59. Country singer Jeffrey Steele is 55. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 55. Country musician Matthew Basford (Yankee Grey) is 54. Writer-producer Dean Devlin is 54. Rock musician Mike Johnson is 51. Rap musician Bobo (Cypress Hill) is 48. Country singer Colt Ford is 47. Actress Chandra Wilson is 47. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 46. Actress Sarah Chalke is 40. Actor RonReaco Lee is 40. Rapper Mase is 39. Actress-singer Demetria McKinney is 38. Actor Aaron Paul is 37. Rock musician Jon Siebels (Eve 6) is 37. Actor Shaun Weiss is 37. Contemporary Christian musician Megan Garrett (Casting Crowns) is 36. Actor Kyle Lowder is 36. Actor Patrick J. Adams is 35. Actress Karla Mosley is 35. Actress Amanda Fuller is 32. Singer Mario is 30. Actress Alexa PenaVega is 28. Actor Ellar Coltrane is 22. Actress Savannah Paige Rae is 13.

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