Day in History: Longtime Rochester businessman C.F. Massey dies

September 21, 2018 GMT



1993 – 25 years ago

• The Rochester John Marshall tennis team coached by Tim Butorac won four of seven championship matches and finished second in the others as the Rockets won their own tennis tournament.

• The Rochester Community College’s football team won its home opener with a 35-10 win against Trinity Bible College. RCC coach Steve Kereakos was pleased with the play of the defense.

1968 – 50 years ago

• The Plainview Community School Board elected to proceed with an original $2.5 million plan for construction of a proposed new high school.

• Ferd Boyum, of Lanesboro, has become the first farmer to get computerized recommendations on fertilizer and lime application from a new computer soil test developed by the University of Minnesota soil scientists. The new method will get results of testing into the hands of farmers in five to seven days.

1943 – 75 years ago

• Staff Sgt. Paul Petersen of Millville, a 23-year-old tail gunner on a Flying Fortress of the 12th Air Force, has finished 50 combat missions in North Africa. He is credited with the destruction of one Me109 over Foggia, Italy.

• Second Lt. Donald Knapp has received his commission as an anti-aircraft officer. Knapp is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Knapp of 524 Fifth St. SW, Rochester.

1918 – 100 years ago

• C.F. Massey, longtime Rochester merchant, has died in Virginia. Mr. Massey was the founder of the C. F. Massey Company and for many years was actively identified with business interests of the city. He came to Rochester as a young man and became successful through sheer tenacity, perseverance and foresight.

• Rochester High School students are furnishing aid to the various war departments in the city. Twelve seniors are helping the Liberty Loan Committee this week.

Today in History

Ten years ago: The Bush administration asked Congress for the power to buy $700 billion in toxic assets clogging the financial system and threatening the economy as negotiations began on the largest bailout since the Great Depression. A suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killed 53 people, including the Czech ambassador.

Five years ago: Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved, 230-189, legislation to avoid a partial government shutdown while also defunding President Barack Obama’s 3-year-old health care law. (The Democratic-led Senate rebuffed the House’s attempts to roll back the health care law.) ; the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.)

with the start of the fiscal new year).

One year ago: Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, struck the island, wiping out as much as 75 percent of the power distribution lines and causing an island-wide blackout. Rescuers worked furiously at a collapsed school in Mexico City where a girl was believed trapped under debris in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake; it was later determined that no children were still trapped in the debris.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Sophia Loren is 84. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Taylor is 83. Rock musician Chuck Panozzo is 70. Actor Tony Denison is 69. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur is 67. Actress Debbi Morgan is 67. Jazz musician Peter White is 64. Actress Betsy Brantley is 63. Actor Gary Cole is 62. TV news correspondent Deborah Roberts is 58. Country-rock musician Joseph Shreve (Flynnville Train) is 57. Rock musician Randy Bradbury (Pennywise) is 54. Actress Kristen Johnston is 51. Rock singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are 51. Rock musician Ben Shepherd is 50. Actress Enuka Okuma is 46. Actress-model Moon Bloodgood is 43. Actor Jon Bernthal is 42. Singer The Dream is 41. Actor Charlie Weber is 40. Rock musician Rick Woolstenhulme (Lifehouse) is 39. Actress Crystle Stewart is 37. Rapper Yung Joc is 36. Actor Aldis Hodge is 32. Actor Malachi Kirby is 29.