Column - 1912: Osakis baseball team mops and dusts ForadaJUNE 1987 Larry Zilliox, Douglas County Extension agent, has been promoted from associate professor to professor in the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The promotion recognizes his professional growth and achievement as an educator in the county.
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
A petition was poled in the U. S. District Court at Fergus Falls that the flour milling and elevator firm of Lang, Atwood and White of Alexandria be adjudged bankrupt. No records were available as to their assets and liabilities… The little rain that followed last week’s five days of over 90-degree sweltering heat was of no help to the farmers, other than to provide them a good night’s sleep when the temperature dipped to 45 degrees… There’s mourning in Forada today. Their baseball team was mopped and rolled in the dust by the Osakis team. When the smoke of the battle was over and the adding machine had computed their deadly work, the end result was Osakis-11 and Forada-1… Colbjornson and Wegener have lowered the prices of all boys’ suits with knickerbockers, regularly from $4 to $9 are now $2.75 to $7.50.
50 YEARS AGO
The Runestone Festival, celebrating the 600th anniversary of the carving of the controversial stone, will begin July 3 with a costume ball at the Algon Ballroom. Prizes will be awarded for the best native costumes of any nationality. Other events throughout the celebration include a community picnic at City Park, special appearances by state dignitaries and a nightly pageant. An authentic Viking ship, built by Roger Sharp and Howard Covel, will sail down Lake Winona to Winona Bowl to open the nightly outdoor historic pageant. Heading the 150-member cast will be Stuart MacKechney in the role of runemaster. Following the Fourth of July performance, American Legion Post 87 will treat the audience to the “biggest fireworks ever displayed in Alexandria history,” costing an estimated $800 to $1,000.
25 YEARS AGO
Larry Zilliox, Douglas County Extension agent, has been promoted from associate professor to professor in the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The promotion recognizes his professional growth and achievement as an educator in the county… Duane Hanson, former Alexandrian and now a world-renowned sculptor of strangely life-like figures, has sent three of his famous art pieces for exhibition at the Runestone Museum. These include the dog, the little girl with the puzzle, and the woman pushing the baby in the stroller… Members of the Douglas County Hospital Auxiliary stood on the hospital’s new helipad, which was constructed with $10,000 raised from their fund-raising activities.
10 YEARS AGO
Steve Sherwin, program manager and weekday voice of “Swap Shop,” is retiring from KXRA-AM after 39 years. The city of Alexandria and Douglas County proclaimed he “has won the friendship and respect of his co-workers and others whom he has come into contact with through the excellence of his work, his unfailing good nature, and his delightful and off-beat sense of humor”… Ten-year-old James Gabrielson, a student of E.N. Nordgaard Elementary School in Glenwood, invented a “Lindy Rig Organizer,” which earned him a Kids’ Choice Award at the Minnesota Inventors Convention… In his recent book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Dr. Lowell Gess discusses how he and his wife, Ruth, worked as medical missionaries in Africa for the past 50 years.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.