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Day in History: Area works to return to normal after 1940 blizzard

1990 – 25 years ago

• Rochester Lourdes senior basketball standout Lori Lawler has selected the University of Minnesota to continue her education and basketball career.

• Stevenson's women's apparel store at Apace Mall will close after 68 years of operation in the city of Rochester. Stevenson's opened in Rochester in 1922 in a building on the southwest corner of Broadway and First Street Southwest, where the Galleria shopping center now stands.

1965 – 50 years ago

• New Rochester Lourdes boys basketball coach Orris Jirele is a former high school (Austin Pacelli) and college (St. Bonaventure) cage great in his own right. This year's team has no lettermen returning.


• It was announced that the Cassius Clay-Floyd Patterson heavyweight championship will be presented at the Mayo Civic Auditorium via closed circuit television. Tickets for the showing are $5.

1940 – 75 years ago

• Record November cold has sent the mercury to -24 in Minneapolis. Some roads are open but not at the full width. Cautious or limited travel is still advised. Three freighters on the Great Lakes and many sailors were lost during the ferocious storm. Freighters that sank were SS Anna C. Minch, SS Novadoc and SS William Davock.

• Joe Fritsch, Mayo Clinic doorman, reported that the wind was the strongest he had ever experienced. Many persons lost their hats. They were carried away with such swiftness that they'd be a couple of blocks down the street before one could get started after them.

1915 – 100 years ago

• The Case Auto Co. has received a carload of Studebakers. A real beauty is the 50 horsepower runabout, which is included in the shipment.

• Nine Rochester pastors, members of the Ministerial Association, were seated at the get together banquet at the Cook House this noon.

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