1919, 100 years ago: The Howard Theatre, moving motion picture house of Alexandria, has been bought by H. J. Longaker, who moved to Alexandria from Knoxville, Iowa. The Howard, being the only theater in the city, has a very good business. The former manager, C.P. Hanke, made quite a reputation in the quality of the pictures shown here and was very up-to-date in his pictures.
1969, 50 years ago: Alexandria voters went to the polls and defeated, 2 to 1, a proposed change in the sale of liquor by the city of Alexandria. If the referendum had passed, the on-sale portion of the municipal liquor store would have been discontinued and up to four licenses for private bars would have been issued. A total of 1,211 votes were cast which resulted in 392 in favor and 819 against. The issue was defeated in all five of the city precincts.
The Alexandria City Council will submit plans to the State Board of Health for fluoridation of the city's water before Jan. 1, 1970. A new state law requires that water of all cities in the state must be fluoridized by that date, and the council will submit its plans, equipment, etc. for complying with this law.
Don Johnson, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Johnson, won Alexandria's first Soap Box Derby. Competing with 22 other Derby car builders, Don won a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and the right to compete nationally in Akron, Ohio.
1994, 25 years ago: First American Bank of Alexandria-Brandon held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new south office to be located at 2210 Highway 29 S. (just north of the K-Mart parking lot).
Sears Merchandise Group is seeking entrepreneurs to open a retail dealer store in Alexandria. The dealer store will offer customers appliances, electronics and lawn and garden equipment. There are about 275 of these dealer stores in operation nationwide.
The City of Alexandria is considering hiring another police officer to deal with the problem of loitering. People living near popular youth hangouts told council members that they were upset about loud noises late at night, trespassing, property damage and other problems.
Construction will begin on the Pomme De Terre and Chippewa bridges on Trunk Highway 55 near Barrett and Hoffman. The $180,000 project will improve the bridge railings, guardrails, and approaches to the bridges.
2009, 10 years ago: Alexandria's "new and improved" Theatre L'Homme Dieu dedicated its lobby and auditorium by honoring those who contributed so much to its success. The lobby is named in honor of the J.A. Wedum Foundation and the auditorium is named after the Bursch family, officially named The Bursch Family Hall.
It took 68 truckloads of concrete to make the new floor at Alexandria's Runestone Community Center. Because the new floor is seamless and no corrodible materials were used, it's expected to last 30-50 years, according to Vinnie Hennen, RCC manager. The project cost $1.3 million and also comes with a new refrigeration system.
Just for fun 1919 - 100 years ago: The best drink in town - buttermilk - can be had at Frank Flint's Restaurant, Alexandria.
1969 - 50 years ago: Now showing at the Sunset Drive-In Theatre - Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark" and Jane Fonda in "Barbarella."
Sports Trivia 2009 - 10 years ago: Alexandria's Brock Lesnar became the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) undisputed heavyweight champion as he avenged a loss to Frank Mir in February of 2008 with a dominating performance at UFC 100 in Las Vegas. Lesnar showed how much he has grown as a UFC fighter by defeating Mir with a second-round TKO.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.