1917, 100 years ago: Carl A. Wold, Editor of the Park Region Echo found the door to the Echo office had been forced opened, and on the floor were scattered bills, receipts, and letters from the Echo letter files. Upon investigation he found the filing cabinet had been cleaned out and the contents taken away. Further he discovered the linotype had been ruined. The delicate mechanism had been wrenched and broken. In the other room attempts at demolishing the large press had been made.
1917, 100 years ago: In Spruce Hill news, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt were relieved upon hearing from their two sons, William and Leonard, who joined the Army as volunteers in April. The last they had heard was in July when they were in New York. The letter they just received states that they had arrived safely in France. Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Lien have also heard from their son, Earl, stating that he had arrived safely in France.
1917, 100 years ago: The Luther League of the Swedish Lutheran Church enjoyed a "wiener roast" at the Anderson cottage on Lake Darling, the evening being in the nature of a farewell to the young men of the society who have been called into the army. The "soldier boys" present were Edward Peterson, Arvid Lundstrom and Clarence Johnson. Nick Carlson has opened a tailor shop over Miller's Furnishing Store. Ladies and gentlemen's tailoring given best of attention. Wanted: A man for plowing. Willing to pay $40.00 per month — Edward Roth, Alexandria, R-2.
1917, 100 years ago: The Halverson Furniture Company has sold its stock of merchandise in Alexandria to L.H. Allen of Hastings. Halverson bought out Hanson Furniture Store about fifteen months ago but Mr. Halverson has now been drafted into the service and took the opportunity to sell when he had the chance. Nils Herman Freed of Melby was in Alexandria to secure his citizenship papers from the court. He was accompanied by H.N. Palmquist and Hans Wahlin of Melby as witnesses. The papers were granted.
1917, 100 years ago: There are now over twenty old people at the Bethany Old Folk's home and more applications are coming in continually. FOR SALE: Purebred rose-comb brown leghorn cockerels. April hatched. One for $1.00. Three for $2.50. Six for $5.00. 1967, 50 years ago: Glaston Boat chartered the "S.S. Ariadne" and had an additional group aboard the "S.S. Bahama Star" for a cruise to Nassau and Freeport from downtown Miami. Sailing with the group were Mr. and Mrs. Mark Movold, with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Movold.
1917, 100 years ago: James J. Ballentine, who has furlough from Fort Snelling for two weeks, is expected at Camp Ballentine to visit relatives. He was one of the fortunate ones to receive a commission from the war department and has been awarded the commission of second lieutenant of cavalry. He will be assigned to active duty with the troops in a short time. Jacob Wettleson was awarded the commission of second lieutenant of the Quartermaster corps and will go into the officers' reserve corps, and active duty.
1917, 100 years ago: Louis Malmgren of Lake Mary reports that other than taking the two big doors off his barn, the chimney from his house and blowing down trees, the storm last week did no damage to him greatly. His neighbor, Tom Hvezda, lost his fine big barn and three horses were killed outright and the fourth so badly injured that there is little hope of its recovery.
1917, 100 years ago: One of the severest storms known to the people of this county passed over Sunday evening. It appears that it covered a strip the length of the county from west to east doing serious damage through Urness, Moe, LaGrand, Alexandria and Osakis. The storm struck between 8:30 and 9 o'clock, first with heavy winds carrying large quantities of sand. The rains were heavy and driven into the buildings by the force of the wind. It lasted for about an hour.
1917, 100 years ago: A party of ladies picnicked with Miss Emma Ballentine and sisters, Mrs. Belle Worth, and Mrs. McSorley, at Camp Ballentine. They were Mesdames Oscar E. Erickson, Roy McKay, Hicks, Wold, and the Misses Susie Covel, Katie McKay, Maryann Sutton, Ida and Myrtle Tart, Lewis, Townsend and Moore. A delicious lunch with lemonade and watermelon, swimming and bathing were indulged in. The greatest pleasure perhaps was a motor ride about the lake in the early evening.
1917, 100 years ago: A Red Cross Rally was held at the village hall in Evansville with attorney Constant Larson of Alexandria as speaker, who explained the work and order of the organization to the audience, as a Red Cross branch is about to be organized in the village. A carload of silos came to Forada, being ordered by John Cassel from near Nelson, Peter and Tom Cassell, John Hansen and Joe Doerr from near Villard.