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Lake County Past: County voters support Humphrey, Nixon wins

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

Nov. 7, 1918

Germany quits

Just as we go to press, the report comes that Germany has surrendered, complying with all the terms of the Allied Peace Proposal.

Whistles in Two Harbors and throughout the United States sounded the tidings. Local shopmen and citizens march through the streets.

Nov. 4, 1943

Local hero has 30-day furlough

Roland Turnquist, familiarly known as "Bones," is home for a 30-day survivor's relief furlough after having been at sea for a year and a half and torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.

The ship on which he was stationed when hit by the Japs in the South Pacific went down in one minute, and 17 of his buddies were blown to bits by depth charges of his own ship, which exploded when the ship sank to the 30-foot depth at which the cans were set.

He floated for two and a half hours, grasping little bits of wreckage, which came within reach until rescued by a mine sweeper. He spent nearly two weeks in a hospital recuperating from wounds on New Hebrides Island. He was visited by Eleanor Roosevelt while convalescing. He wears the Purple Heart and has the decoration for action in the two engagements in American continental and Asiatic and Pacific areas of combat.

His ship was torpedoed on Sunday night and in 24 hours the rescue ship on which he was being taken to a hospital was attacked by a submarine but escaped. Had the tanker, which his ship was towing when torpedoed, been hit he would have never lived to visit his hometown, which looks mighty good to him.

Worse than the sinking of his ship, however, was a duty he had to perform in Chicago. He brought the tidings of the loss of a buddy to the mother he found writing a letter to her son and with a Christmas package wrapped for mailing. The anguish of that mother was more painful to him than the wounds for which he wears a decoration.

Turnquist declares the arrival of the Chronicle, no matter how long delayed, made the day a red-letter day in his life at sea. He is visiting at the home of his mother, Mrs. Louis Turnquist.

Nov. 7, 1968

County gives HHH big vote

As Lake County went Tuesday in the presidential election, so apparently did not the nation go.

Richard M. Nixon, Republican, standard bearer, by noon Wednesday was the new president of the nation and his running mate, Spiro Agnew of Maryland, will be the next vice president.

County voters gave the big majorities in virtually all precincts to Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie, Democratic candidates for the nation's helm.