Day in History: Stockton hit hard by flooding

1991 – 25 years ago

• Heavy rains in Winona County caused mudslides and flooded roads, leaving some washed out of their homes. Hardest hit by the flooding was Stockton, a town of 500 people just west of Winona. Property damage is estimated to be $1.2 million and crop loss at $280,000. Some areas reported more than 4 inches of rain from a thunderstorm.

1966 – 50 years ago

• About 100 members of the Rochester High School Class of 1946 are expected to attend the 20th reunion of the class at the Kahler Hotel. The welcoming address will be made by class president Dr. Philip Brown and master of ceremonies will be Richard Gislason. The reunion chairman is Gene Harnack.

• Thirty-six people spent the night on the concrete floor of the Civil Defense Shelter in the courthouse. The training of what shelter living would be like in the event of a real emergency was attended by a group that included nurses, six nuns and two men who volunteered for the project.


1941 – 75 years ago

• A warning that operation of punch boards, dice games and other devices must cease at once was issued by Rochester Mayor Paul A. Grassle. Directing his warning primarily at operators of 3.2 beer places and small grocery stores, the mayor said, in the event of convictions for operating such devices, license revocations will be sought. He said he intends "to see that the law is enforced fully."

• A blackout was held in Austin last night as protection against a simulated air raid. At the conclusion of the eight-minute blackout exercise, Mayor Jacob Becker urged citizens to buy defense bonds.

1916 – 100 years ago

• Dr. Brooker Granger, acting health officer, has announced that two cases of polio have developed in Rochester.

• A special train will run from Waseca to Rochester to accommodate Ringling Bros.' Circus crowds.

• At the Hotel Radisson in Minneapolis rooms with running water are $1.50 per night, rooms with a toilet are $2 and rooms with a bath are $3.

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