This Week in History: Albert Lea, Freeborn County awarded 50 years ago

Published 8:38 pm Monday, May 13, 2019

Local history

May 20, 1949: Mural painter Lloyd Herfindal was pictured in The Evening Tribune working on his pictorial map of Albert Lea. The painting shows the area as it appeared when Lt. Albert Miller Lea surveyed the territory in 1835.

May 14, 1969: Arnold Stadheim, owner of Stadheim Jewelers, moved his business from the Freeborn National Bank building to the space formerly occupied by Ben Franklin at 215 S. Broadway Ave.

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May 14, 1969: Gov. Harold LeVander presented representatives from Freeborn County and the city of Albert Lea with five honors at the Governor’s Safety Awards Banquet in St. Paul.

May 14, 1979: State Sen. Tim Penny was the keynote speaker at the kick-off to Handicap Awareness Week at Skyline Supper Club. Other speakers included Mayor O.H. Hagen, Jean Legried of Access Albert Lea, the Rev. John Bucha and Frank Hedin, coordinator of the State Council of the Handicapped.


U.S. history

1804: The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Illinois.

1961: Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama.

1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a news conference in New York to announce the creation of the Beatles’ latest business venture, Apple Corps.

1973: The United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station. (Skylab 1 remained in orbit for six years before burning up during re-entry in 1979.)

2001: The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

2004: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to step in and block gay marriages in Massachusetts.

2009: A pair of spacewalking astronauts installed a new piano-sized camera in the Hubble Space Telescope.

2018: Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in Jerusalem; just a few miles away, Israeli forces shot and killed nearly 60 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others during mass protests along the Gaza border that were the culmination of weekly demonstrations aimed at breaking a border blockade.


— Information from Albert Lea Tribune archives and the Associated Press.