Observations from the archives, 1989: Second ‘blizzard baby’ born
Rachel Barduson - Echo Press Columnist
1914, 100 years ago: At the regular monthly meeting of the Alexandria City Council, Cowing and Robards asked for a permit to place their gasoline tank under the sidewalk with a measuring apparatus on the edge of the sidewalk. The tank will be buried in the sand and be perfectly fireproof. Mr. Haberer objected to this, believing that the proper place for gasoline tanks should be in the rear. Mr. Sheldon objected, declaring if one is compelled to bury the tank the others who handle gasoline also should be made to do so. Mr. P.O. Unumb believed the system would be a good convenience for drivers of automobiles. It will also afford safer handling of gasoline. Cowing and Robards were given the permit. This motion carried with Haberer and Sheldon voting in the negative.
1989, 25 years ago: Last weekend’s storm brought blizzard conditions and 50 below zero wind chills, creating life-threatening conditions. Cheryl Balgaard of Ashby seems to have a knack for giving birth in the middle of blizzards. Her first blizzard baby was born when Cheryl and Stanley and their 1-year-old son, Andrew, were stranded in their rural Ashby trailer house during a raging snowstorm. Cool, calm and collected, they brought their second son, Aaron Joseph, into the world. Their second blizzard-baby was born this weekend, snowbound at Cheryl’s parents’ farm near Evansville. Cheryl was overdue and the couple went to visit for the night, just in case. Cheryl’s father is Dr. James Lueders. Her mother, Charlotte, was once a registered nurse. Labor pains began at 1 a.m. and a baby girl, Anna Louise, was born at 2:40 a.m.
2004, 10 years ago: The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors recently chose Eric and DeAnn Satterlie and Randy and Julie Satterlie as the 2003 Outstanding Conservationists for Douglas County. The Satterlies were chosen for this award because of their dedication and contributions in applying conservation practices on their farms. Between the two farms, Eric and Randy have installed 52 sediment blocks, 12 terraces (10,775 feet), grass waterways, buffer strips, three shelterbelts, a 15-acre wetland with rough fish control structure, and have practiced no-till farming.
Just for fun – 1914, 100 years ago: Buy it because it’s a better car: Model T Touring car f.o.b. Detroit $550. Runabout f.o.b. Detroit $500.
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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.