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THEN AND NOW

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One car may not have made a big difference, but it did make a significant symbolic donation.
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A gimmick of an event helped build the membership of the fledgling Rochester Civic Association.
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A decision to route the railroad south through Claremont doomed the town of Rice Lake, which had been hopeful in the 1850s.
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Beatty's fame began when he sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a ship not built for such journeys.

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Rochester fans of the Beach Boys had to get out the galoshes and snow shovels when the legendary band brought its summertime music to town.
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The stage is huge, there’s plenty of legroom in the rows of seating, and the view from every seat is perfect.
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Though the retailer is long gone, it opened at a pivotal point for the city.
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“Early this morning, the work of decorating the business houses was begun, and by 10 o’clock, Broadway and other public thoroughfares of the city presented a gay and holiday attire,” declared the Olmsted County Democrat newspaper on Oct. 6, 1892.
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When it opened, 1,600 people turned up for tours. They arrived through the grand entryway, came up the stairs and were presented with a view of a large and elegant central lobby, which could reportedly seat 600 people. The lobby featured large plants and a fountain, and was surrounded by examination rooms.
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There were loud and prominent voices urging the United States to keep out of another European war.

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When Rochester police officers entered the Elite Cafe on April 8, 1925, proprietor Herbert Horton was either clumsy or fast-thinking.
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Statewide, the 1924-25 smallpox epidemic killed 500 people. It was the last major outbreak of smallpox in the state.
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Max Conrad twice attempted solo around-the-world flights via the North and South poles.

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