1919, 100 years ago: Aeroplaning is the latest fad in Alexandria as an aeroplane pilot did good business taking people up in the air for a 15-minute trip at the rate of $15 a trip. However, the fire department was called out to the golf grounds as the aeroplane had caught fire. The engine had backfired and a leak in a gasoline pipe caused the fire. It was put out without any damage to speak of, but it caused considerable excitement for a while.
1969, 50 years ago: A new garbage service and dump was announced by Loren and Jerome Kluver in Alexandria. The brothers have established a sanitary landfill on a 20-acre tract, known as the Alberg gravel pit, located just north of Crestwood Hill on Highway 29 North.
A loan of $821,000 has been approved for the Gardonville Coop Telephone Association at Brandon, according to Congressman Odin Langen. The money will be used to upgrade services in Douglas and Grant counties.
Loss in the fire which destroyed the Carlos Elevator this week will approach $100,000, according to C.J. “Cap” Reuter, owner, who said plans are indefinite for rebuilding the structure, which he and his brother, Frank, purchased about 50 years ago. Frank died in 1968. The elevator was built in 1903, when the Soo line came through Carlos.
1994, 25 years ago: In order for the new Douglas County jail facilities to be ready by the end of 1995, construction must begin this month, according to Tom Reddick, county director of information systems. It will take more than a year to complete the jail because of the amount of time required to order the special equipment needed such as special doors and lavatories. The new jail will be located in the Douglas County Services Center (the old Central junior high building).
Minnesota’s 10th Cousins Subs store opened in Alexandria. The franchise shop is owned and operated by John and Jeanne Hilton, formerly of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Jeanne grew up in Alexandria, and was happy to open their first shop in her hometown.
Larry Shellito of Alexandria graduated from the United States Army War College. The War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, is designed for senior field grade military officers. Col. Shellito, vice-president at Alexandria Technical College, is the commander of the 1st Brigade (Mechanized) 34th Infantry Division, Stillwater.
2009, 10 years ago: Alexandria City Administrator Jim Taddei filled the city council in on the latest population estimates received from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He said the new numbers from April 2008 put the city’s population at 12,415 – an 8.1% increase from the previous year’s 11,481. The latest figures do not include the latest “phase three” annexation area, according to City Planner Mike Weber, which is expected to bring roughly 800 more people into the city.
Just for fun 1994 – 25 years ago: Starting in September, Minnesota residents are going to have to dial the “1” (or “0”) plus the area code every time they make a long distance call. According to a press release from Sprint United Telephone, if customers don’t use the area code when dialing long distance, they will hear a recording asking them to hang up and try again.
Sports Trivia 1994 – 25 years ago: A 1-pound sunfish was caught by Michael Fernholz of Alexandria, putting him in the lead in the kids’ portion of the local fishing contest. He used a wax worm in six feet of water to catch the fish. Fernholz’s fish nudged out a 13.5-ounce sunfish caught earlier this summer by Mike Albers. The annual summer-long contest is sponsored by The Vacationer, Christopherson Bait and Alex Sport & Tackle.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.