Column - 1988: Cardinalettes headed to FloridaFEBRUARY 1913 The annual financial report for the city of Alexandria showed a starting balance of $29,665.54 and a closing balance on December 31, 1912 of $42,921.65.
By: Marge VanGorp, Alexandria Echo Press
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
100 YEARS AGO
The annual financial report for the city of Alexandria showed a starting balance of $29,665.54 and a closing balance on December 31, 1912 of $42,921.65… About 25 loads of bricks have been hauled into Millerville in preparation for the construction of a new Catholic parochial school in the spring. Estimated cost of the new school is $15,000… The old business of Saunders and Johnson has dissolved. Saunders gets the machinery, hardware and groceries; Johnson gets the men’s clothing, shoes and dry goods… J.A. Bailey has partnered with W.F. Severson as dealers for Regal automobiles. On display in their showroom are two models, one a five-passenger sedan. The company will also sell oil and gasoline on the corner of 6th and H Street.
50 YEARS AGO
Fifth-grader Sue Ann Trumm created the winning poster in the Children’s Dental Health Week contest that earned her a GE automatic toothbrush… Tuesday’s Temperature was 48 degrees, some 70 degrees warmer than a week ago… The 1963-64 salary schedule for Alexandria school system’s 131 teachers will jump from $812,953 to 850,873… Mrs. Wallace Miller is a housewife and a licensed practical nurse who works one shift a week at the hospital. As a “doll doctor,” she makes a lot of little girls happy by repairing their favorite toy in the doll hospital situated in an upstairs room of her Irving Street home… Dr, R.M. Tower and Albert Ehlen competed with 420 men in the St. Paul Winter Carnival Bridge Tournament and returned home with the overall championship trophy.
25 YEARS AGO
With 16 years’ experience in the assessing field, Dorothy Quist has been named to the Minnesota State Board of Assessors… The 35-member Cardinalettes Dance Team along with their coaches are headed for Florida to compete in National Dance Line competition… January 1988 will go down in history as an “Ice Box” month. Twenty-two of its 31 days saw the mercury dip below zero. Strong winds on the 4th brought a wind chill of 70 below. January thaws occurred on the weekends of the 16th and the 29th when temperatures soared to 40 above… Val Trumm has joined the staff of Douglas County Public Health Service… While other counties are experiencing little or no growth, the Douglas County Board reported 552 building permits in 1987, the most since 1984.
10 YEARS AGO
They finally did it! For the first time in its history, the Echo Press was named the top weekly newspaper in Minnesota, receiving first place honors in 11 out of 13 categories. Publisher Jody Hanson was pictured receiving the Mills Trophy during the awards ceremony at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention… In a fly-over on January 7, the DNR counted 1,175 fish houses on 57 Douglas County lakes, 168 on Lake Osakis alone… Sandra Anderson was pictured beside an array of her woodcarvings, a hobby she learned from an instructor in Community Education… Mike Sheldon was named the 2002 DNR Boat and Water Safety Officer of the Year.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.