Column - 1909: Clean, hot bath at McKay's sold for 50 centsThe following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.
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
E.P. Fullerton of Lake Carlos produced Dunlop and Clyde strawberries that were 4-1/2 inches in circumference… Mayor Kortsch burned the $8,000 sewer bonds that fell due and were paid off in June… Dr. Leon Boyd has returned to the office over Muller’s Drug that he shares with his father. He had been practicing in an eye hospital in Philadelphia for several months for further study of the ears, nose and throat… During these hot summer months, you can get a clean, hot bath at McKay’s Barber Shop for 50 cents… The Law and Order League obtained a search warrant and found eight empty beer bottles and three full ones in the back room of the Stratemeyer Shoe Shop. A jury decided that was not enough evidence for conviction of a “blind pig” operation.
50 YEARS AGO
The State Highway Department notified the city of Alexandria that angle parking on Broadway must be discontinued by September 14… With a bid of $100,793, Laven Construction of Osakis was the low bidder for the construction of the new St. Agnes Catholic School in Osakis… On July 4th, twins were born to a young military couple who were en route from Ohio to Glasgow Air Force Base in Montana. The couple was spending the night at the Alexandria Hotel when the babies, not due until August, decided to make an early arrival… A Greyhound bus overturned near Garfield in the midst of a downpour, injuring 31 passengers, none seriously… The Congregational Youth Camp at Rand’s Point on Lake Ida has opened.
25 YEARS AGO
When Anne Cremer and Paul Juel were married, their best man parachuted from the sky to attend the wedding reception held outside the south entrance of the Holiday Inn… An Independence Day sermon given by the Rev. Jim Winters of First Congregational Church has earned him an Honor Certificate from the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge. He was one of 300 selected to be so honored from 2,000 applicants. Other winners this year were former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Jeanne Kirkpatrick… Lynn Peterson and David Holm, members of First Baptist Church, are on a summer mission project with Reign Ministries in Duntocher, Scotland… PG-13 is a new rating category imposed by the National Association of Theater Owners.
10 YEARS AGO
Writers from five area Forum newspapers, including Echo Press, have published LakesAlive, a magazine geared for people who enjoy the rivers and lakes of Central Minnesota… Lauren Ras was a member of the first place team in the Northwestern Bass Fishing Tournament held on Leech Lake… Eric Salmi was named most valuable player on the Cardinal tennis team, adding to his previous MVP awards this year in basketball and soccer… Rocky the parrot, and baby raccoons Baby and Woodtick, and Bart the black bear are only a few of the animals at the Santa Land and Zoo owned by Terry and Vickie O’Brien… Alexandria native Andrew Benson recently recorded, mixed and programmed his band’s first compact disc, “Siren.” When played on a computer, an animated story appears on the monitor.
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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.