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Day in History: Fire in St. Charles theater stops performance

1988 – 25 years ago

Ann Landers in her recent column gave the Mayo Clinic Health Letter a strong plug. She recommended to readers to subscribe to the newsletter and often quotes the health letter in her column.

Goodhue High School head coach Bill Sutter will be inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

1963 – 50 years ago

James Noll and Carol Wodele were named St. Felix High School royalty at the Copper Carnival in Wabasha.


Ed Sullivan, television and syndicated newspaper celebrity, was at the Mayo Clinic for a one-day routine examination. A Mayo Clinic spokesman said Sullivan was given a clean bill of health.

About 65 members of the Northwest Pediatric Society will gather in Rochester for a dinner meeting at the Kahler Hotel. Dr. J.W. Kirklin will present a paper for repair of ventrical septal defects.

1938 – 75 years ago

A projection room fire broke out in the Rialto Theater in St. Charles, halting a performance while a large audience left the building without confusion. St. Charles firemen used chemicals to extinguisher the flames, which were confined to the projection room. Merrill Smith, film operator and E.T. Bank, theater manager both suffered burned hands.

A small part of Rochester, no more than one door of the Cook hotel in its early days, has been transformed into a handsome grandfather clock, by Edwin Lebeck, Colonial nurse. Mr. Lebeck, who learned his woodworking knowledge from his father, the late Ole Lebeck, collects old pieces of furniture and for his next project he is planning a lamp and two china closets.

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