29 Day in History

2008 – One year ago

Two books on the 150th anniversary of Winona State University will be unveiled this weekend.

1959 – 50 years ago

A.E. Sachs, manager of the local Western Union Office, announced that Rochester has been named regional distribution center for Candy Gram, Western Union’s new candy-with-telegram service. It is now possible for a person to give a box of chocolates along with a personal telegraphic message throughout the United States.

Rochester Junior College will open its annual Snow Week festivities with the coronation convocation in Central Auditorium. Events include a basketball game, mixers and a skating party at Mayo Field.


1909 – 100 years ago

Rochester awoke to find that the city was in the grasp of an old Nor’wester. The city received a coating of ice, in Central Park several trees were destroyed, and hardly a street escaped without some stately oak or maple succumbing to the blizzard. School was dismissed, and business was dull. Trains were late. The town was at a standstill.

Compiled by Loren Else, a Rochester freelance writer.

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