Day in History: Warning issued against throwing cayenne pepper at concerts

1991 – 25 years ago

• Donald West has donated 20,000 glass negatives to the Fillmore County Historical Museum in Fountain. The pictures, taken by four photographers, show a young town growing rapidly in the days shortly after the railroad arrived. The oldest photo is from 1870, two years after the town was founded.

• The Farmers Community Park Board is asking for volunteers to help clear away debris, repair pavilions, fix fences and move earth in an effort to clean up the Farmers Community Park in Stockton from flood damage.

1966 – 50 years ago

• Rochester's new Mayo High School will open Aug. 31 with some 1,200 students. Meanwhile, faculty and office personnel are getting ready for the opening of school. The $4.7 million school contains 272,000 square feet of space on its two floors, about 10,000 more than John Marshall High School. It can accommodate a capacity of about 2,400 students.


• A panel discussion on Minnesota Civil Defense will be aired on KTCA television this week. Roy Aune, acting state Civil Defense director and three other Civil Defense officials will discuss the home shelter program.

1941 – 75 years ago

• Records are showing that there are 5,459 horses in Dodge County compared to 6,025 last year. Records also show that farmers have fewer pigs, but are increasing dairy herds.

• This November, Rochester will be flashed on the screens of 8,000 theaters before 50 million people for about one minute of a 12-minute film on the beauties of Minnesota. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer travelogues film crews were in Rochester to shoot pictures of the Mayo Clinic, the auditorium, Mayo Park and the Kahler Hotel.

1916 – 100 years ago

• The throwing of cayenne pepper at band concerts in Mayo Park is the most recent bit of misconduct which has occurred in Rochester. Any culprits caught indulging in such practices will be severely dealt with according to the law.

• Wanted: Three good boys preferably with bicycles at Western Union Telegraph Company. Steady employment and good wages. Wheels on bikes must be kept in good repair while on duty and there is extra pay for boys who ride their bicycles.

From news services


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