Back and Forth: 80th Anniversary of Roosevelt’s Visit #throwbackthursdays
According to a recent article in the Post-Bulletin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to honor doctors Will and Charlie Mayo for their humanitarian work with disabled World War I veterans 80 years ago. The event happened at Soldiers Field before crowds estimated at 75,000 to 100,000.
Roosevelt praised "Doctah" Will and "Doctah" Charlie for their services to humanity. A speaker's tent had been erected and a large plaque was presented by the president and the American Legion. Roosevelt spoke for approximately eight minutes that day.
To memorialize the president's visit, the History Center of Olmsted County 50 years ago established a large plaque just west of the Soldiers Field swimming pool, the exact location of the Aug. 8, 1934 visit.
For more information, read the full Post-Bulletin article.