Column - 1962: Alexandria honored for no pedestrian fatalities in 1961SEPTEMBER 2002 Big Ole has had his “ups and downs.” Now he has been moved to what should be his final resting place on 2nd Avenue.
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 bill to establish an assessor for each county instead of the more than 2,300 assessors now on duty will be submitted in the next legislative session for the third time… The Kensington Creamery is closing due to lack of patronage… On the first day of operation of the Garfield potato warehouse, at one time there were 15 to 20 wagons waiting to be unloaded. It was nearly 11 p.m. before the last one headed for home… Fire destroyed the recently closed Arlington Hotel last week. The city well went dry within a half hour and firemen then used three 1-1/2 inch hoses to pump water from Lake Agnes. Unable to save the hotel, they succeeded in keeping fire away from Ketter’s Meat Market.
50 YEARS AGO
Thieves hit school offices in Alexandria, Brandon, Evansville and Osakis, taking about $200 from the Brandon school. Losses at the other schools were confined mostly to property damage… Nearly 700 jammed Jefferson High School for the Senior Citizens’ Hobby and Party Show when John Lundblad and Martha Anderson were crowned king and queen. A hooked rug by Maude Cook was named Best of the Hobby Show… Alexandria was awarded the American Automobile Association’s Pedestrian Safety Citation plaque for its record of no pedestrian fatalities in 1961… Dr. G.W. Clifford was given the Rotary Club’s “Orchid of the Month” in recognition of instituting the Senior Citizens’ program five years ago. He first broached the idea through a Toastmasters Club speech, which eventually led to its formation.
25 YEARS AGO
The Knute Nelson house will officially become the home of the Douglas County Historical Society on Monday… Bernie Steidl, longtime Miltona Tiger baseball manager in the Resorters’ league, was inducted into the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame. In his17 years as manager, he took his team to state tournaments in 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1977... Craig and Kathy Dunmire from Anchorage, Alaska are the new owners of The Wharf… The rescue of two children from a burning doghouse four years ago led Charles Lange to be named “Hero of the Last Five Years” at his 30th class reunion. The Class of 1957’s first such award was presented in 1982 to Bob Roubik, one of five anesthetists who worked to save President Reagan’s life when he was shot in 1981.
10 YEARS AGO
Big Ole has had his “ups and downs.” Now he has been moved to what should be his final resting place on 2nd Avenue. Plans are to create a park around him that will include green space and parking… Ceremonies to dedicate the new bridge between Lakes Geneva and Victoria on Sunday will be combined with the mini grand opening to connect 18 miles of paved road of the Central Lakes Trail between the towns of Garfield, Alexandria, Osakis and Nelson… Dave Mork’s Labrador retriever, Jake, earned the Grand Master Pointing Retriever and Master Hunter Retriever award at the American Labrador Retriever competition… School District 206 is the Alexandria Lakes Area 2002 Business and Industry Appreciation Award recipient.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.