Column - 1987: CR30 near Belle River became emergency landing stripSEPTEMBER 1962 Herberger’s has given all men the chance of a lifetime to purchase a fine hand-finished all wool worsted suit at spectacular savings.
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
J. R. Graham, the Olympian shotgun champion who scored 96 out of 100 to win the gold, will make an appearance in Alexandria… Counterfeit $10 bills have been making appearances in Osakis… The evening Soo Line train (Winnipeg Flyer) will stop at all the nearby local stations Friday evening for the convenience of the people wanting to attend the Douglas County Fair… Last Thursday morning, Garfieldites awakened to snow measuring from 2 to 4 inches in some places… Mrs. Hanar Sutton and her sister will set sail on October 5 for a five-month trip around the world… The old saloon building on Main owned by Joe Zeller burned to the ground. It has been empty since saloons were voted out last spring.
50 YEARS AGO
Herberger’s has given all men the chance of a lifetime to purchase a fine hand-finished all wool worsted suit at spectacular savings. These regularly priced $42.50 suits in three-button or single breasted styles in fall and winter colors are now $33!... Erc Aga, in his Potpourri column, wrote that he “abhorred those adult hairdos on teenage girls; those high heels and dresses 10 years beyond their years; and the purple eye shadow reminded him of what he saw at the girlie shows.” He added, “Another businessman driving through the school parking lot got sight of a young couple embracing; and in broad daylight yet!”
25 YEARS AGO
After spreading nearly 3,000 gallons of paint, workmen are putting the final touches on Williams Pipeline’s huge storage tanks. Total cost of the project that included installation of a valve manifold block totaled $43.3 million… Dawn Domini was crowned Queen of the Harvest Festival. Kerry Olson was first runner-up… Minnesota’s newest television station, KSAX-TV went on the air and is undergoing its “shakedown cruise” this week… A short section of County Road 30 near Belle River became an emergency landing strip on Sunday when a single-engine plane lost fuel because someone turned off a switch to the fuel line… Douglas County attorney Joe Thornton’s great-great-great-great-uncle, Matthew Thornton, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He later became a Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. His tombstone at Thornton’s Ferry reads, “An Honest Man.”
10 YEARS AGO
Andy Seykora is included in the 2001-2002 edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students Sports Edition, a national publication honoring high school students for their athletic achievements and participation in extra-curricular activities as nominated by their coaches… Mark Klein enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime moment when he was selected to throw out the first pitch for a Twins’ home game against the Florida Marlins. The pitch, by the way, crossed the plate for a strike… Giles Ekola of Garfield has written a nine-page chapter that appears in the recently released book Advancing the Sauna Principle. Some of the subheads include The Sauna Principle and Glimpses of Sauna History… Taylor Burns recorded a clean sweep in his division and was the point champion in racing action at the Minnewaska Go-Cart Association in Glenwood.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.