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Observations from the archives, 1988: John Hawkes credits Scott Fodness

1963, 50 years ago: Ed "Sonny" Gulsvig, former Alexandria Clipper infielder and for the past several years basketball coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, takes over the head baseball coaching reins this spring in hopes of bringing home a winner. The Elbow Lake native will rely heavily upon area baseball products in his bid for success as several local graduates are currently bidding for varsity berths. Mrs. Innis LeRoy, chairman of the Women's Division of U.S. Savings Bonds of Douglas County, received an award "for outstanding service to the nation," the first such award to be presented to a woman in Minnesota. Mrs. LeRoy procured chairwomen for every township and village in Douglas County and is endeavoring through correspondence to encourage the purchase of a bond for every family in 1963. She began her job as chairwoman during World War II.

1988, 25 years ago: John (Perkins) Hawkes, who was born and raised in Alexandria, has been called by some critics "the James Dean of the 1980s." Hawkes wrote his mother, Pat Perkins, "This James Dean stuff is too much. I think they mean the breakfast sausage guy, Jimmy Dean, the one who sang 'Big Bad John.' " A 1977 high-honors graduate from Jefferson High School, (Perkins)Hawkes has bit roles in two films playing in Alexandria: D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival, playing a zoned-out student in a classroom led by a teacher portrayed by Dennis Quaid) and Johnny Be Good. And he is soon to be seen in Dakota, a movie starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and Heartbreak Hotel with Tuesday Weld. With his first high school stage role, Pigpen in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," John (Perkins) Hawkes felt as if he had been born to act and credits his high school English teacher, Scott Fodness, with inspiring him to follow his goals.

2003, 10 years ago: Keith Dougherty was surprised when he was named the 2003 "Service to Mankind Award" recipient by the Alexandria Sertoma Club. The award is the highest honor that Sertoma can bestow upon a non-Sertoman and recognizes the area's most deserving volunteer. Dougherty is a peer counselor and respite volunteer for the Elder Network and serves on its board, is a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, served as the secretary of the Douglas County Fair Board, served on the Knute Nelson Home Governing Board, is a member of the American Legion and the Alexandria Golden K Club. Said Mary Jane Reif of the Elder Network, "His attention to individuals is why Keith was nominated."

Just for fun - 100 years ago in 1913: People are hereby notified to have their yards and outhouses cleaned of all rubbish, manure, etc. by May 1, 1913, when a general inspection will be made. - By order of Board of Health.

In the "Personals and Locals" column, the following was advertised: Anyone desiring my services as a practical nurse will find me 1-1/2 miles from G.N. Depot on Garfield road. Letter mailed at 7 a.m. reaches us at 9 a.m. In writing, state manner of sickness. - Mrs. J.E. Southwick.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.