Day in History: Black pastor addresses Rochester Kiwanis club in 1944

January 24, 2019

1994 – 25 years ago

• Gov. Arne Carlson has proclaimed this date as POW/MIA Minnesota Day of Prayer.

• Former Chatfield wrestling star Jeremy Pease, a junior at Southwest State College, has won 12 of his 16 matches so far this season.

1969 – 50 years ago

• A new $1.3 million post office will be constructed early this year at the intersection of 15th Street Northwest and Valley High Drive in Rochester.

• Three Rochester Lourdes High School students; Charles Mason, Mary Ann Bowman and Christine Nietz have been selected as outstanding teenagers of America by the Outstanding Americans Foundation.

• Ken Kerkhoff poured in 36 points to lead Mazeppa to a 72-60 victory over Rose Creek in high school boys basketball.

1944 – 75 years ago

• The Rev. A. J. Irvine, pastor of the St. Peter’s African Methodist Church of Minneapolis, addressed members of the Rochester Kiwanis club. He asked for, “Not benevolence, pity nor sympathy, but rather justice without prejudice.”

• Ronald Reuter, sailor in the U.S. Navy, was a visitor and speaker at the Rochester High School. Reuter, a 1942 graduate, has seen action in North Africa and Italy. He has been awarded a purple heart. He talked to the students about the Navy and buying war stamps.

1919 – 100 years ago

• The big Income Drive of 1919 is underway. Every unmarried person who earned $1,000 or more during 1918, and every married person, who together with wife or husband earned $2,000, should sharpen his pencil and figure out how he stands regarding income taxes.

• Four hundred people were present at the Military Ball at the Rochester Armory last night. Because of influenza concerns, the event was monitored by the health department and all attending had to register.