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Day in History: 20,000 jam Silver Lake for fireworks show in 1939

1989 – 25 years ago

• Steve McMaster, of Rochester, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor for a Boy Scout.

• More than 450 shells exploded over Silver Lake during the Fourth of July fireworks show. John Withers, promotions director for the Post-Bulletin, said the company spent about $15,000 for the show. It was all kicked off by an outdoor concert in the parking lot of West Silver Lake Drive at Seventh Street Northeast by the Rochester City Band, conducted by Rochester Symphony director Jere Lantz. The fireworks display was handled by Kasson resident Jim Freeman. Freeman has been putting on fireworks displays in the area since 1950.

1964 – 50 years ago

• A total of 104 golfers participated in the first tournament at the new Eastwood Park public golf course. Ray Keller, professional at Rochester's two public courses, was honored by the golfers for the long and arduous hours put in during the past months to get the new course ready for opening this week. He was presented with a movie camera and a huge signed thank-you card.


• Mother M. Callista was re-elected General Superior at a general chapter session of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Sisters of St. Francis, founded in 1877, is a Rochester-based religious order with its Motherhouse on Assisi Heights.

1939 – 75 years ago

• An estimated 20,000 people jammed Silver Lake Park as Rochester wrote a brilliant finale to its observance of Independence Day with a gigantic fireworks display. It was the biggest pyrotechnic show ever staged in Rochester.

• Parks and every picnic area were filled to capacity as thousands took to the outdoors for family gatherings to mark the holiday.

• Miss Anna Jamme, 70 years old, founder of St. Mary's School of Nursing, has died in San Francisco. The pioneer nurse returned to Rochester in 1930 to deliver the commencement address.

From news services

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