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Day in History: WPA project a puppet regime

1988 – 25 years ago

Five crew members of the B-17 "Flying Fortress" who flew 35 missions together over Europe during World War II held a reunion for the fifth time since they went their separate ways 44 years ago. The men were members of the 379th bomber group in the 8th Air Force. The members included Dick Kroska of Rochester along with Frank Barker, Vern Gordon, Charles Cook and John Titone.

The Federal Medical Center in Rochester, a 600-bed Federal correctional facility, is seeking to hire registered nurses. Salary ranges with education and experience is from $9.17 to 13.53 per hour.

1963 – 50 years ago

The old log cabin originally owned by John Dee will be opened to the public. The cabin has been moved from its longtime site near the Mayo Civic Auditorium to a site just south of the Historical Society. The log cabin has also undergone a six-month restoration project.


The Civil Defense fallout shelter space at St. Marys Hospital was being stocked today with food, medical supplies, sanitary facilities, water containers and other supplies which would be required by residents seeking safety from nuclear attack.

1938 – 75 years ago

Harold Prescher, a native of Stewartville who joined the Navy last September, has informed his parents that he is serving on the cruiser U.S.S. Houston. This is the same ship that President Roosevelt is currently aboard traveling in southern waters and passing through the Panama Canal. (Further research revealed that EM1C Harold Harry Prescher died on March 1, 1942 when the USS Houston was sunk during a night naval battle against the Japanese Navy in Sunda Strait.)

Mrs. Deborah Meader, state WPA puppetry specialist, conducted a puppetry school at the Civic Center for WPA recreation leaders in seven counties. Approximately 20 persons attended the school.

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