Day in History: Longfellow was once known as Hog Farm School

1993 – 25 years ago

John Harwick Herrell, newly appointed Mayo Clinic chief administrative officer, is the grandson of Harry Harwick, Mayo administrator for 44 years.

• The Minnesota Newspaper’s Association has given the Byron Review a first-place Freedom of Information award in competition among all newspapers in the state.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Longfellow School District 1340, on U.S. 52 South, will observe its 100th anniversary during a public program and open house this week. The school district now called Longfellow was organized on March 11, 1868. It was at one time called the "Hog Farm School." The first teachers report was filed by Miss Ella Eaton. Her pay was $25 a month.


• For the first time in its history in Rochester, the IBM plant will not shut down for a two-week vacation period. Employees will now be able to take vacations throughout the year.

1943 – 75 years ago

Mayor Paul Grassle and his wife have received world that their son Paul Grassle, Jr., has been made a squadron commander.

• For Sale: Four room house, all modern, automatic heat — $2,300.

• For Sale: Four room home in 900 block Seventh Ave. NW, gas heat, near bus line — $3,500.

1918 – 100 years ago

The American Red Cross wants able-bodied American women to go to France as nurses. The Red Cross estimates that 30,000 to 40,000 nurses will be required for the American Army alone.

• The American automobile is coming into its own in Olmsted County. Rochester resident Mr. Schott created some interest the other day by sawing wood with his motor car.


Ten years ago

On the heels of a gloomy report that 63,000 jobs were lost in February 2008, President George W. Bush said "it’s clear our economy has slowed" as he tried to reassure an anxious public that the long-term outlook was good. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, who was acting as an adviser to Barack Obama, resigned after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster." Leon Greenman, the only Englishman sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, died in London at age 97.

F ive years ago

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test; a furious Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. The Senate confirmed John Brennan to be CIA director, 63-34, after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking the nomination and stated explicitly there were limits to the president’s power to use drones against U.S. terror suspects on American soil. Sybil Christopher, 83, the wife Richard Burton left in 1963 to marry Elizabeth Taylor, and who became a theater producer and nightclub founder, died in New York.

One year ago

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employed to break into users’ computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung. The Commerce Department reported the U.S. trade deficit jumped in January 2017 by 9.6 percent to $48.5 billion, the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America’s trade gap with China. A freight train smashed into a charter bus at a rail crossing in Biloxi, Mississippi, leaving four people dead.

Today’s birthdays

TV personality Willard Scott is 84. International Motorsports Hall of Famer Janet Guthrie is 80. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 78. Entertainment executive Michael Eisner is 76. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) is 75. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 72. Rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) is 72. Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris is 68. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 66. Rock musician Kenny Aronoff (BoDeans, John Mellencamp) is 65. Actor Bryan Cranston is 62. Actress Donna Murphy is 59. Actor Nick Searcy is 59. Golfer Tom Lehman is 59. International Tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl is 58. Actress Mary Beth Evans is 57. Singer-actress Taylor Dayne is 56. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 55. Author E.L. James is 55. Author Bret Easton Ellis is 54. Opera singer Denyce Graves is 54. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 54. Actor Jonathan Del Arco is 52. Rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 51. Actress Rachel Weisz (wys) is 48. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 47. Actor Jay Duplass is 45. Classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo) is 45. Rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric) is 44. Actress Jenna Fischer is 44. Actor Tobias Menzies is 44. Actress Sarayu Rao is 43. Actress Audrey Marie Anderson is 43. Actor TJ Thyne is 43. Bluegrass singer-musician Frank Solivan is 41. Actress Laura Prepon is 38. Actress Bel Powley is 26. Actress Giselle Eisenberg (TV: "Life in Pieces") is 11.

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