Day in History: Fires consume towns in northern Minnesota – numerous dead

October 14, 2018 GMT

1993 – 25 years ago

• Pauline Koelsch has received the Book of Golden Deeds Award from the Early Risers Exchange Clubs for work for her outstanding work for the community. The award is given to individuals on the basis of unselfish, personal service to others.

• Channel One of Rochester will observe National Food Bank Week. An estimated 30 million people – one eighth of the population – suffer from hunger in America.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Rochester State Junior College’s student newspaper, The Echo, received word that it has won a first-class rating from the Associated Collegiate Press.

• Sales of the late Dr. Charles W. Mayo’s autobiography, “Mayo, The Story of My Family and My Career” are selling at a record pace. Some 1,500 copies of the book have been bought since it went on sale three weeks ago.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Dr. Christopher Graham gave to Olmsted County a clear title to three additional acres of land on which the county garage is located at the fairgrounds. Dr. Graham previously donated land for the fairgrounds on condition that it always be used for fair purposes.

• The L.L. Anderson Lumber Company of Chatfield is employing 35 men who are busy making railroad ties and converting logs into lumber. The company is under contract to make 25,000 ties for the Chicago & Northwestern railway and is also cutting 40,000 feet of lumber weekly to fill war contracts.

• 1918 – 100 years ago

• Word has been received that the worst natural disaster in Minnesota has unfolded by massive fires in the Moose Lake and Cloquet area. There are 450 dead, fifteen hundred square miles consumed and many towns and villages totally destroyed. Over seven thousand people in Cloquet survived by fleeing on evacuation trains. The entire state of Minnesota needs to assist all those currently in need.