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Observations from the archives, 1914: Quo Vadis to be shown at Cozy Theatre

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Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist

1914, 100 years ago: The management of the Cozy Theatre have just completed arrangements for bringing two of Geo. Kleine’s greatest masterpiece productions to Alexandria. They are Last Days of Pompeii in six reels, and Quo Vadis, in eight reels. Both of these attractions have recently been played in the Metropolitan Theatres in both St. Paul and Minneapolis and the management is to be congratulated in securing these pictures at this early date. Prices: children, 15 cents; adults, 25 cents.

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1964, 50 years ago: A 34-year-old and a 35-year-old, residents of rural Evansville, were named, respectively, “Alexandria’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year” and “Douglas County’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year” at Monday night’s Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Awards dinner at St. Mary’s Hall in Alexandria. Alexandria’s Outstanding Young Man is John W. “Jack” Trumm, a partner in Trumm Drug. Douglas County’s Outstanding Young Farmer is Earl Erickson. The two were honored at a dinner that also featured an address by Congressman Clark MacGregor. In sports news, a resounding third-quarter explosion brought the Alexandria Cardinals another victory, this one a 64-55 triumph over Breckenridge at Alexandria. It was the fifth straight for Coach Tom Connor’s charges, and third straight in Resort Region conference play. Cyrus won a big one when it stopped Underwood 71-60 in the battle for the Little Eight Conference lead. By virtue of that conquest, the Panthers clearly established themselves as the 1964 title favorites as they successfully protected their unblemished record.

1989, 25 years ago: The Brandon School Board has been asking the Evansville School Board “to dance,” but Evansville has decided to “sit this one out,” at least for the time being. That is how Brandon Superintendent Ray Farwell characterizes a pairing proposal to the Evansville school districts. Although the pairing concept is sketchy at this point, it would involve the two schools’ functions merging to one degree or another. “Let the people decide,” said Evansville Superintendent John M. Retrum. The Brandon people have already spoken, according to Farwell. Evansville residents will soon speak their minds. Retrum is sending out questionnaires next week to all residents in the Evansville school district (about 600 homes).

2004, 10 years ago: Tom Mead of Long Prairie walked in with his grand-prize catch, a 7.14-pound walleye, just minutes before the Ice Fishing Challenge ended. The fourth annual event was sponsored by Alexandria Sertoma, Viking Sportsmen and Jefferson High School DECA clubs. It was held on Lake L’Homme Dieu with temperatures in the 20s.

Just for fun – 1989, 25 years ago: The first Alexandria Area Arts Association’s dinner theater production is set to kick off with Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite at Alexandria’s Arrowwood Resort. A dinner will precede each performance. Plaza Suite will be performed on a thrust stage, surrounded by the diners-spectators, in the Nokomis Room of Radisson Arrowwood, an ideal setting, according to the play’s director, Yvonne Lee. The romantic comedy consists of three one-act plays that take place in New York City’s Plaza Suite Hotel.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.

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