Observations from the archives, 1963: Modern-day mothers take up bowling
1913, 100 years ago: Sunday was a fine day when the automobile club of Brandon and Moe met at Brandon. There were about 25 automobiles in the party. From Alexandria were B.A. Kortsch, Gust Lee, Sheriff Kent, Oscar Erickson and Paul Foslien. They left Brandon for Evansville, then to Millerville where Sen. Gunderson spoke of cooperation with the farmers in securing good roads throughout the county, and the party took dinner. From there they travelled to Leaf Valley and to Alexandria, arriving about 5:30 p.m. with Kortsch as pacemaker. They stopped to eat and the Moe Band played. The party then left for Garfield and home. Being so many in the party, naturally dust was raised and some of the people looked as if they had come out of the field from a windy day after spring work.
1988, 25 years ago: An advertising promotion originating from the sales department and the production crew of the Lake Region Press will launch The Lakeland Shopping Guide in conjunction with the 17th anniversary of the Viking Plaza Shopping Center and 29 of the merchants located there. Stamped on the front page of a special section inside the shopper is a number. Each of the more than 22,000 shoppers delivered has a different number, which could mean big prizes and big bargains for the lucky number holders.
2003, 10 years ago: Alexandria lost one of its legends last week. Long-time Alexandria sports broadcaster, coach and educator A.A. "Cap" Paciotti died Monday, August 25 at the Douglas County Hospital. He was 84. To many, Paciotti was Alexandria. He served as a city council member and was a member of the city recreation department and park board. He was a big supporter of high school sports and was referred to as "The Voice" of the Alexandria Cardinals. He was honored in 1999 with the Sertoma's "Service to Mankind" award. On September 11, 2002, Paciotti, a WWII veteran with a long list of combat honors, was the emcee of the community-wide memorial service held to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Just for fun — 1963, 50 years ago: Modern-day mothers take up bowling. As she goes out the door, equipment bag in hand, she's wearing a blouse with the league name embroidered on the back, and she's in a hurry. Mother is one of 5 million American women who, at least one afternoon or evening a week, steps up to the line in bowling centers across the country. Why? Because it's a relaxing interlude from daily chores, a pleasant way to shed excess poundage, a painless program of healthful exercise, and a great answer to hubby's "night out with the boys." The best reason of all? Bowling is one sport the family can join in together.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.