Day in History: Major Leland Fiegel awarded Flying Cross
By LOREN ELSE
1993 – 25 years ago
• A Missouri man received a new set of lungs in Mayo Clinic’s first-ever double-lung transplant. The patient is in satisfactory condition after a 10-hour transplant at Saint Marys Hospital.
• The well-known four-sided scoreboard at Mayo Civic Auditorium has been replaced by new smaller wall mounted scoreboards. The vintage scoreboard was first installed for the 1969 district tournament at a cost of $12,475.
1968 – 50 years ago
• Dr. Paul Belau was appointed by the Rochester City Council as a member of the Firemen’s Civil Service Commission. Dr. Belau is a member of the Mayo Clinic section of ophthalmology.
• St. Felix Catholic High School in Wabasha will close next fall and its 193 students along with 87 pupils from St. Felix School will attend Wabasha High School.
1943 – 75 years ago
• February recreational activities for adults included calisthenics, volleyball, basketball, ping pong and swimming. The Rochester recreation committee reported that 471 women and 260 men participated in these adult classes.
• Major Leland Fiegel has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "meritorious achievement" in a flight to Russia. Major Fiegel, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fiegel of Rochester, was the pilot of the plane.
1918 – 100 years ago
• The first Olmsted County man has been killed in action in France. George Prummer was a member of the 8th Battalion in the Canadian Infantry. Prummer was the son of Christoph and Alice Prummer of Pine Island. He was killed on Feb. 19, 1918. He was laid to rest at the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
• The annual meeting of the Rochester Rifle Club will be held in the Commercial club. Despite the war, members are confident that the privilege to purchase arms, ammunition and supplies will continue.
From news services
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