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Day in History: Deserted crying baby found at Stewartville

1988 – 25 years ago

The South Troy Wesleyan, a tiny church on U.S. 63 north, re-opened its doors after a year of inactivity. Organized in 1856, it is the oldest of its denomination in the Iowa-Minnesota district. Wesleyans separated from the Methodist-Episcopal Church in 1843 because they objected to slavery. The offshoot church adopted the name of John Wesley, British founder of Methodism.

Brad Lunde drove in eight runs with a pair of home runs to pace a Rochester Royals 17-hit attack in a 19-3 win over Owatonna in amateur baseball.

1963 – 50 years ago


Dr. Sidney Rand was named the sixth president of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. St. Olaf is the largest of the American Lutheran Church Colleges, with an enrollment of about 2,000.

Ground was broken this week for the addition to the Stewartville Elementary School. The cost of the structure is $420,000. The addition will include 15 new classrooms, library, cafeteria and other facilities and space.

The construction of the new 48-bed, $256,000 Grand Meadow Nursing Home is progressing on schedule with an opening date set for early December, 1963.

1938 – 75 years ago

Wrapped in a warm blanket and provided with a nursing bottle, a one-month baby girl was abandoned on the front porch of an unoccupied house in Stewartville. The infant, wailing loudly, attracted the attention of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Behrens, who live across the street. The baby is now the ward of county welfare authorities.

Two of Rochester's 21 miles of gravel streets have been oiled, Arleigh Smith, city engineer, reported today. The plan is to oil all graveled streets.

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