1996 – 25 years ago

  • Rochester Civic Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol.” The holiday classic will open on Nov. 30. Character actor Jim Preiss will play the role of the miser, and Jon Hayenga will play the bookkeeper Bob Cratchit.
  • Rochester’s 11th annual Festival of Trees opens at Mayo Civic Center on Nov. 27 and runs to Dec. 1. The festival is a fundraiser for Hiawatha Homes.

1971 – 50 years ago

  • More than 2,500 demonstrators marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to a rally on the Capitol grounds to urge the repeal of laws that prohibit abortions.
  • Two West Concord High School students are listed on the “A” honor roll for the first team of the 1971-72 school year. They are Kathy Doty, an eighth-grader, and Tom Langr, a senior.
  • About $2,213 was raised by 60 Byron High School students who walked 20 miles to replace the school’s band uniforms.

1946 – 75 years ago

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  • Cheese is now being made at the Houston cooperative creamery.
  • Following the regular meeting of the Rushford American Legion, a free raccoon dinner will be served to all members.

1921 – 100 years ago

  • Railroad employees in Rochester are likely to receive notice within a week of a proposed 10 percent cut in wages. There is a possibility of a nationwide strike.
  • More steps toward 100 percent safety of U.S. mail were taken with the appearance of armed civilian guards upon trains running through Rochester.
  • The Rochester Dancing Club will sponsor a masquerade dance in the Masonic Temple ballroom on Thanksgiving evening.