Day in History: New Mower County Jail has its first escape

October 10, 2017 GMT

1992 – 25 years ago

• The Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service is projecting the second-largest corn crop on record for the nine counties in southeastern Minnesota.

• Work is set to begin this month on a new Mazeppa fire hall/community center that is expected to cost about $414,000.

1967 – 50 years ago

• Snow made an early arrival with snow and rain in the Rochester area. The State Highway Patrol reported 50 accidents this past weekend.

• The first escape from Mower County’s new jail occupied this summer was carried out when two cellmates overpowered a jailer and made their escape from the second story jail area. The two men are considered dangerous by the Sheriff’s Department.

1942 – 75 years ago

• A hot lunch program was started in the Mazeppa schools. About 80 lunches were served. Mrs. Maude Reading is in charge of the program.

• Class officers of the Rochester Lourdes senior class are Jerome Kingrey as president; Richard Gentling as vice president and Gordon Ripple as secretary-treasurer.

• A memorial service will be held this Sunday for Charles Walter Swanson, a Navy man killed in action on the cruiser Astoria. The service will be conducted at this home. (The heavy cruiser Astoria was sunk during the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942)

1917 – 100 years ago

• The first snow fall of the season hit Rochester this morning. The hearts of all small boys were gladdened as they scurried out to play. However Dr. Russell Hennessy while driving in from Marion tipped over his Ford due to slippery roads. Mr. Earl Horn stopped in his car and found that Dr. Hennessy had not been hurt.

• The menu for the Harvest Home supper at the Brackenridge Memorial Hall will be chicken pie, riced potatoes, apple and cabbage salad, brown bread and jelly, pickles, pumpkin pie and coffee.

From news services

Ten years ago: Nine Republican presidential hopefuls debated in Dearborn, Michigan; Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani clashed over tax and spending cuts, each claiming greater commitment than the other. Two Armenian Christian women were shot dead while riding in a car in Baghdad by security contractors working for Australian-owned Unity Resources Group. France’s Albert Fert and German Peter Gruenberg won the 2007 Nobel Prize in physics for a discovery that let computers, iPods and other digital devices store reams of data on ever-shrinking hard disks. Actress Carol Bruce died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 87.

Five years ago: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, to 30 to 60 years in prison following his June 2012 conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse of boys. Future Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who had dared to advocate education for girls and criticize the Taliban, was shot and seriously wounded by a militant gunman in the town of Mingora in the volatile Swat Valley.

One year ago: During a bitter debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton declared that Donald Trump’s vulgar comments about women revealed “exactly who he is” and proved his unsuitability to be president; firing back, Trump accused Clinton of attacking women involved in Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs and promised she would “be in jail” if he were president. Tom Brady, looking relatively rust-free after serving his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, passed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett as the New England Patriots thumped the Cleveland Browns 33-13.

Today’s birthdays: Retired MLB All-Star Joe Pepitone is 77. Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., is 76. C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nona Hendryx is 73. Singer Jackson Browne is 69. Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is 67. Actor Gary Frank is 67. Actor Richard Chaves is 66. Actor Robert Wuhl is 66. Actress-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 65. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 64. Actor Scott Bakula is 63. Musician James Fearnley (The Pogues) is 63. Actor John O’Hurley is 63. Writer-producer-director-actor Linwood Boomer is 62. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is 59. Actor Michael Pare is 59. Jazz musician Kenny Garrett is 57. Rock singer-musician Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) is 56. Country singer Gary Bennett is 53. Movie director Guillermo del Toro is 53. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is 51. Singer P.J. Harvey is 48. Movie director Steve McQueen (Film: “12 Years a Slave”) is 48. World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 47. Actress Cocoa Brown is 45. Country singer Tommy Shane Steiner is 44. Actor Steve Burns is 44. Rock singer Sean Lennon is 42. Actor Randy Spelling is 39. Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae is 38. Actor Brandon Routh is 38. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 36. Actress Spencer Grammer is 34. Comedian Melissa Villasenor (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 30. Actor Tyler James Williams is 25. Country singer Scotty McCreery (TV: “American Idol”) is 24.