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Observations from the archives, 1964: Bank installs high-speed equipment

1914, 100 years ago: The fourth annual corn show under the auspices of the Agricultural Department of Alexandria High School will be given at the high school building. The J.I. Case Plow Co. will give the grand sweepstake prize, a $45 corn planter. This prize has been secured through the aid of W.T. Wilson, and a local firm, Alexandria Hardware and Lumber Co. Send in your corn to H.L. Popenoe in care of the high school. Be sure your corn is marked.

1964, 50 years ago: Del Rubink, manager of the Farmers Co-op Creamery at Garfield, was first in the men’s butter judging contests at the 55th annual convention of the Central Minnesota Dairymen’s and Creamery Operators’ Association in St. Cloud. A 20-pound tub of championship butter brought $4.25 a pound at auction at the climax of the convention.

In other news: Julie Schmitz of the Time Pay department of the First Farmers National Bank in Alexandria is shown using the new high-speed electronic equipment the bank has installed to process consumer finance and budget loan accounting operations. The equipment consists of a combination of data transmission via special long distance telephone lines and a computer system located at a data

processing center in Minneapolis.

Ed Werta, advisor to the Evansville Chapter of the Future Farmers of America, congratulated Ray Elmer on his designation as an Honorary Chapter Farmer. Verle Grove, chapter president, won the outstanding senior in agriculture award, and Robert Week, the chapter’s first recipient of the District Star Farmer degree, is now a candidate for Region Star Farmer.

1989, 25 years ago: Business news on the street: Joyce Guenther, who has worked as an LPN for 26 years in hospital, hospital pharmacy and at Bethany Nursing Home, has joined the Century Chiropractic Center as a chiropractic technician. The firm is located at 2308 Broadway, Century Center, where owner Dr. David Butler specializes in spinal bio-mechanics.

Sheryl Bakewell, a real estate agent with The Land Office, Inc. - Schultz Realty since 1986, has recently become co-owner of the firm. Bakewell was a $1 million producer in 1987 and more than $1.5 million in 1988. She has been in real estate since 1980.

2004, 10 years ago: The Viking Speedway received a green light from the Alexandria City Council to extend the ending time of six races to 11:30 p.m. this summer. But the council put the brakes on the speedway’s request to permanently push the curfew to 11:30 p.m. for all of its racing events.

Just for fun – 1989, 25 years ago Reminiscing about 1964, Dick Trisco was a 16-year-old guitar player in Osakis when he first saw the band The Beatles on a Jack Parr television special. On the day the Beatles came to the U.S., Trisco remembered fine-tuning the fuzzy TV set in his family’s farmhouse and watched the NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report, hoping to catch a glimpse of this new phenomena. At the end of the newscast, however, Chet Huntley reported that the network had decided not to show The Beatles because it was not “news worthy.” When the first Beatles album was released in the U.S., Trisco rushed out to buy it at Gillis Drug in Osakis. Twenty-five years later (1989), the 41-year-old Trisco is a broadcaster at KIKV-FM in Alexandria and a member of the band “Starfire.”

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