Column - 1910: Winter coats for $1.49 at The People's StoreThe 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
Superintendent Yeager strongly believes the influence of legitimate sports is good in any school. He is heading a movement to secure a room where basketball may be played and he would be the coach… Winter coats regularly priced at $7.79 are now $1.49 at The People’s Store… The first snowfall of the season fell last Thursday… The Crystal Theater will be open on Election Day for the reporting and posting of the election returns… The postmaster general requested that all rural delivery mailboxes and their posts be painted white with 2-inch letters and numerals painted black… The price of wheat has fallen. Atwood Mills is reducing the price of a 100 pound bag of flour to $2.60, a savings of 10 cents.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. C. Fred Hanson was elected as National Chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary… Porchlight Parade is a Veterans’ of Foreign Wars program designed to remind voters of their responsibility. It calls for homes and businesses to turn on their outside lights between 8 and 9 p.m. on election eve as a reminder to vote… A pair of 16-year-old Miltona boys, Arden Allen and Kenneth Pexsa, bagged four Canadian geese weighing in at 8 to 10 pounds each… VFW Post 936 came through in a big way for the annual Ed Shave Pheasant Dinner. Pictured were four members with 55 pheasants, 25 ducks and one partridge… The $350,000 addition to the Osakis High School will be dedicated on Sunday. The school was built in 1915 and a brick and concrete wing added in 1941.
25 YEARS AGO
Bud Bauer recalled his 22-year career as a baseball umpire in which he became well known for his skills and styles. Part of his life he worked for Gift House and Gold Bond stamps. When he wasn’t selling cars, he was somewhere in a ballpark doing what he loved best. He is certain he saw every ball park in the state… Longtime KXRA Radio sportscaster and sports booster Cap Paciotti was presented a Cardinal jersey with #1, a Booster Club jacket and plaque during the half time performances at the Cardinal-St. Cloud Tech game. Cap will retire at the end of this season… Shirley Norbeck, retired secretary for the city and county inspectors, was named BPW’s Woman of the Year.
10 YEARS AGO
Tyler Golberg and Abbey Klepetka were featured in an anti-tobacco television commercial aimed at the tobacco industry that teenagers are tired of being targeted in tobacco commercials. Tyler has since been selected to represent Douglas County for the statewide Target Movement that produced the ads… Douglas County Hospital has broken ground on its 18,500 square-foot expansion of its surgical center, scheduled for a February 2002 opening… Ashley Minnerath earned reserve champion at the Douglas County Fair for her ginger snaps. The prize-winning cookies resulted from a mistake in the amount of ginger called for in the recipe… Miltona teacher Denise Jerud received the 3M Innovative Economic Educators award for developing the 5th and 6th grade sausage project where the kids created, produced and marketed their original recipes.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.