Day in History: Population hits 26,386 in 1938
1988 – 25 years ago
Rochester Police Officer Scott Sherden captured first place in the decathlon at the National Law Enforcement Olympics in Las Vegas last weekend. Sherden, a member of the Emergency Response Unit, or S.W.A.T., bested 24 other cops from around the country in the two-day competition.
The 10th annual Pioneer Days will be held at the Hormel Nature Center in Austin. Activities include whittling, rusemaling (Norwegian decorative painting), muzzle loading, weaving and storytelling.
1963 – 50 years ago
For Lourdes High School freshmen, summer vacation is already over. Classes began for 232 freshmen. Other Lourdes students and all public school students will begin school in five days. Total enrollment at Lourdes this year is expected to be 840, with 215 students in 10th grade, 215 in 11th and 178 in the graduating class.
The Southern Minnesota Medical Association will hold its annual meeting in Rochester. The main speaker will be Victor Cohn, science writer for the Minneapolis Tribune.
1938 – 75 years ago
Continuing his rapid rise in the world of finance, Thomas Phelps, former student of Rochester High School, will soon become a general partner of Francis DuPont & Co., members of the New York Stock Exchange. Phelps has been editor of Barron's, a leading financial journal published in New York. While attending RHS he was a school reporter for the Rochester Post and Record newspaper.
In an actual count in a house-to-house canvass for the city director the population of Rochester is now listed at 25,386. This is a gain of 2,247 or 9.7 percent, since the directory was issued 18 months ago.