1919, 100 years ago: Manager H.J. Langaker of the Howard Theatre is doing his share to make the Victory Rally at Alexandria on Labor Day a pleasant time. Bessie Barriscale, one of the most popular screen favorites in America, will be shown in “Josselyn’s Wife.” The picture is based on the Kathleen Norris novel.
Because the contractors were delayed in getting the material for installing the Heating Plant in the Washington School Building, it has been found necessary to postpone the opening of school for one week.
1969, 50 years ago: Announcement of a new shopping center in Alexandria was made by the Hustad Corporation of Helena, Montana. The new center will be an enclosed mall type, with one large building, in which the same temperature will be maintained the year around, located on a 34-acre tract just south of Alexandria. First phase of the project will be a 100,000 square feet of space. Initial occupants will include Pete’s Super Valu and White Drug. Total plans call for about 300,000 square feet, with parking for about 550 cars.
The senior citizen work crew of the Douglas County Mainstream Project is helping clean the runways of the Alexandria City Airport. The work entails cleaning the weeds and dirt from the cracks in the runways so that resurfacing can be accomplished.
Now showing at the Sunset Drive-In Theatre: “The Green Berets” starring John Wayne and David Janssen.
1994, 25 years ago: About 30,000 people are expected to visit the Runestone Museum as Alexandria is the first rural community ever to host Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Museum Director Toni McCarten said the international exhibit highlights Anne Frank, who went into hiding with her family for over two years and died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, adding “Anne’s a universal symbol of courage and hope.”
A crowd of about 2,800 paid admissions watched daring aerial stunts at the Airfest ’94 at the Alexandria Municipal Airport. Midwest Air Society members who organized the event said they were pleased; however, attendance was about 1,400 below the expected turnout, which could have been attributed to the windy weather.
The 4-H Lunch Stand at the Douglas County Fair has been insulated to keep out the heat. It is now a three-season building and will be used by 4-H students for meetings and training in the spring, summer and fall. The stand now has room for 70 diners inside and 150 outside.
2009, 10 years ago: Bob Wolfe of Indigo Signworks re-installed the wings on Big Ole’s helmet after one of them blew off in a storm two summers ago. At that time, the other wing was also removed and both were brought to a local body shop for repairs.
Construction crews worked on an addition to the chalet at Andes Tower Hills. The addition will include 100 new indoor lockers and two banquet rooms for private parties, overflow and corporate events.
Just for fun 1969 – 50 years ago: Rural schools of Douglas County are scheduled to open the day after Labor Day in the 16 districts still in operation, according to Mrs. Mary E. Norlinger, County Superintendent of Schools. Thirty-three teachers, six full-time teacher aides and one full-time music teacher will be employed and an enrollment of about 750 students is expected.
SPORTS TRIVIA 1994 – 25 years ago: George Odio of Alexandria was the overall winner in the Tour de Brandon 1994 bike race held during the Brandon Summerfest. He had a time of 68:16 over the course.
2009, 10 years ago: Alexandria’s Frankie Jost, a beginner, was the youngest rider and the only female in the Shred 101 and Faction Board Shop’s wake board tour competition. Jost won her division.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.