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Day in History: “Ben Sternberg Day” declared in Rochester

1988 — 25 years ago

The temperature reached a high today of 104 degrees in downtown Rochester. No relief of the heat and humidity is expected until later this week.

Longtime Rochester promoter and sports columnist Ben Sternberg was given a surprise birthday party at the Rochester Quarterback Club meeting. Joe Garagiola and Paul Giel were on hand and Mayor Chuck Hazama proclaimed "Ben Sternberg Day" in Rochester.

1963 — 50 years ago

Miss Violet Moore, of St. Charles, who has worked at the St. Charles Telephone exchange for nearly 20 years, will be putting in her last week on the job. The new phone system will be connected to dial and Miss Moore's position as chief operator will be obsolete.


Miss Vivian Crosswhite, a former Mayo Clinic physical therapist, who now is working on the USS hospital ship Hope, addressed an overflow crowd at the Mayo Clinic Women's Club meeting.

1938 — 75 years ago

Thousands in Rochester watched as a stream of gaily decorated floats, uniform marching bands and covered wagons made their way through the business district as an observance to the Northwest Territorial celebration caravan which arrived in town today.

Sept. 11, 1938, was set as the date for the first meeting of the Southern Minnesota Fox & Coon Hunting Association. More than 100 hound entries were expected to compete.

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