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Day in History: Wabasha orphanage holds reunion

1988 – 25 years ago

Orphans from around the country will come home to Wabasha for the second annual reunion as adults. St. Joseph's Orphanage is gone now, but was located near St. Elizabeth's Hospital. St. Joseph's was founded by a Catholic bishop when he put four orphans in the care of Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in 1900.

The new Soldiers Field Memorial Pool was dedicated at a poolside ceremony. The previous pool opened in 1936and an estimated 3.9 million swimmers had used the pool since its opening.

1963 – 50 years ago

About 100 of the freshmen at the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing will take split shifts in two car washes to help raise money for the construction of a new student nurses dormitory. The price for a car wash will be $1.25.


A familiar Elgin landmark, the former Gambles Store, is being torn down to make way for an off-street parking lot.

Rochester Amateur Radio Club members will participate in a bi-national "Field Day." The object of the exercise is to test emergency preparedness to assist agencies such as the Red Cross, civil defense, police and public utilities when normal communications are disrupted.

1938 – 75 years ago

For the first time in Rochester, children presented a play in French at the home of Dr. and Mrs. A. U. Desjardins. A group of girls, ranging in ages from 5 to 13 presented "Cinderella" in French. They are all pupils of Mm. Dorcas Perrenoud, head of the French House at the University of Chicago. Opening the program was a dialogue by Mildred Mayo and Beatrice Montgomery.

Oral civil service examinations for captains and detectives in the Minneapolis Police Department will be conducted by Rochester Police Chief Louis J. Claude. The tests will be given in the Minneapolis city hall.

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