This Week in History: United Packinghouse Workers went on strike in Albert Lea

Published 8:04 pm Monday, September 23, 2019


Sept. 30, 1979: Albert Lea landmark Canton Café closed its doors after serving Chinese-American cuisine for more than half a century.

Sept. 30, 1969: A 13-year-old boy admitted to setting a fire that destroyed Fairmont Junior High School. The youth said the he “wanted to go to school in a new school.”

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Sept. 24, 1969: A long-time feud between Freeborn and Worth counties came to a head. Men from Worth County destroyed a sewer ditch in Emmons by pouring 14 yards of cement in the drainage ditch causing the municipal sewage treatment plant to back up.

Sept. 28, 1959: Albert Lea’s many labor problems expanded from a looming strike at Wilson & Co. by the United Packinghouse Workers of America to Queen Products Inc. when more than 100 employees refused to enter the plant for the regular work day.



2018: China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other’s goods; U.S. regulators went ahead with a planned 10% tax on $200 billion-worth of Chinese imports, and China said it responded with taxes on $60 billion in American goods.

2014: President Barack Obama implored the leaders to rally behind his expanded military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic State group and its “network of death.”

2009: With President Barack Obama presiding, the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a sweeping strategy aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminating them.

2007: United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976; a tentative pact ended the walkout two days later.

2001: President George W. Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and organizations with suspected links to terrorism, including Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, and urged other nations to do likewise.

1996: The United States and 70 other countries became the first to sign a treaty at the United Nations to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty has yet to enter into force because of the refusal so far of eight nations — including the United States — to ratify it.

1988: Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the men’s 100-meter dash at the Seoul Summer Olympics — but he was disqualified three days later for using anabolic steroids.

1976: Former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.

1969: The trial of the Chicago Eight, later seven, began. Five were later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.

1960: “The Howdy Doody Show” ended a nearly 13-year run with its final telecast on NBC.

1934: Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox.

1896: Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul.

1869: Thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as “Black Friday” after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.

1789: President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and creating the post of attorney general.