Column - 1962: Senator Humphrey praised President Kennedy's handling of CubaOCTOBER 2002 Registration for the “Do Not Call” list will begin November 4 in Minnesota. The automated system will allow Minnesotans to register up to three telephones during a single call.
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
North American Creamery is paying 13 cents for live turkeys more than 10 pounds and 11 cents for those less than 10 pounds; spring chickens, 71/2 cents; ducks and geese, killed but not drawn or scalded, 12 cents a pound… Harry Olson’s electric shop and the tailor shop next door were broken into with tools stolen from Radecap’s blacksmith shop. A gasoline can was found at the scene near the past two recent fires, indicating that an arsonist may be on the loose… For sale: Regal Runabout with 25 horse-power engine, English mohair tapestry, Prestoline tank for lights, Jones speedometer and extra size rear tires. See Dr. Buell… Clarence Guderlin and Clayton Brakken suffered no ill effects from the unplanned “ice bath” plunge they took in Lake Winona.
50 YEARS AGO
The Chamber of Commerce wound up the fiscal year in the black for the first time in some years, reporting a chamber fund balance of $126.40 and a museum balance of $2,184. Total receipts were $33,384.51 and disbursements were $33,073… Senator Hubert Humphrey greeted more than 400 people at the DFL rally this week. He praised President Kennedy’s showdown with Russia over Cuba as a “perfectly timed masterpiece in diplomacy”… Marlys Lehman returned home from Europe after more than four months touring in a Volkswagen and sleeping in a bedroll in the outdoors. The beauty of Europe can be seen in her gallery of 750 slides… Innis Leroy printed Mrs. Hugh Robards’ recipe for meat loaf that is perked up in flavor with Pepperidge Farm dressing.
25 YEARS AGO
It was like an earthquake struck The Depot in Alexandria when the Minnesota Twins won the seventh game of the World Series! A crowd of fans was caught on camera after St. Louis Cardinal Willie McGee was thrown out at first to end the game that gave Minnesota the win… The number of mailboxes in the city of Alexandria now totals 4,040, a 19 percent increase in 10 years. The rural area totals 4,078, an increase of 53 percent… Henry O’Hotto was shown standing inside the greenhouse he donated to Knute Nelson in memory of his wife, Margaret… Jessi Sabolik of Kensington was presented the Dan Patch Award, the highest award in the Minnesota 4-H horse project. She is the first in Douglas County to receive the prestigious honor.
10 YEARS AGO
Walter Mondale was nominated to replace the late Senator Paul Wellstone… Registration for the “Do Not Call” list will begin November 4 in Minnesota. The automated system will allow Minnesotans to register up to three telephones during a single call… Peak performances gave the Cardinal boys cross country track team a surprise championship in Section 8AA. Coach Mark Nelson was named Coach of the Year… Area Girl Scout leaders and other concerned parties are upset over the proposed sale of Smokey Timbers Girl Scout Camp. William and Minnie Schultz donated the land to the Scouts in 1958… Dr. Frederick Townsend received the Bush Medical Fellowship award and will spend a total of 10 months in the next three years in studying nuclear cardiology and medical management.
Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.