1919, 100 years ago: It’s almost impossible to estimate the number of people who came to town for the Victory Rally.

The Park Region State Bank had its grand opening on Labor Day and is now doing regular business. The new deposits coming in on the first day amounting to $12,187.74 taxed the employees of the new bank to their fullest capacity. F. C. Proehl is the cashier and will be in complete charge. When the Board of Directors chose him, they chose wisely.

1969, 50 years ago: A gift of 160 acres of land in Douglas County was received on behalf of Bethany Home in Alexandria, by Rev. Ervin C. Malm, administrator-chaplin. The donor, Alex Kronberg, was born in Lund Township, Douglas County, in 1885. Prior to WWII, Kronberg served as chief engineer on ships of the Great Lakes and during WWII was called back into service of his country as an engineer on ships that took him into all the oceans of the world.

A recent surveillance system, known as the “silent sentry,” has been installed in the First National Bank of Alexandria. This additional piece of equipment will help thwart daytime hold-ups. The bank has now installed complete modern equipment including burglary detection devices that have direct contact with our law enforcement office.

Enrollment at St. Mary’s School in Alexandria on opening day was 162 students. Sister Johnelle, principal, announced that this year’s school theme is “Communicate the Gospel Today.”

1994, 25 years ago: The brand new Discovery Middle School will be completed in time for the start of the 1994-95 school year, according to Mike Ennis, principal. Located on McKay Avenue on the edge of the city limits of Alexandria, the new building is situated on 120 acres.

As part of a Minnesota Department of Transportation project to make Highway 29 North a bridgeless road, the 50-year-old Nokomis Bridge will be falling down – with the help of a wrecking ball. The new road will be completed – or at least ready for traffic – by October 17, 1994, according to Dale Jacobson, MnDOT project manager.

2009, 10 years ago: The Douglas County Commissioners approved the donation of a 1999 Ford Type-3 ambulance, from North Ambulance, to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The ambulance will be used to store, haul and tow equipment to scenes that require a specialty response such as those involving a dive or SWAT team.

County Roads 9 and 13, in and near Carlos, are being reconstructed. The work being done is similar to the work that was just completed on County Roads 11 and 42, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County Public Works director.

The Cash for Clunkers program, or Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), has been parked for good and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has judged it to be a “wild success.”

Just for fun 1919 – 100 years ago: Charlie Chaplin, the inimitable screen comedian, will be shown at the Howard Theatre in his first million dollar picture, “A Dog’s Life.” It took close to eight weeks to film this story. It is an original Charlie Chaplin creation. Prices: 20 cents and 40 cents.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1994 – 25 years ago: Tom Lehman will be playing in the President’s Cup for the American team which will be co-captained by Paul Azinger and Hale Irwin. Play in the event is modeled after the Ryder Cup. Other players on the team include Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin, John Huston, Loren Roberts, Jim Gallagher, Davis Love III, Jay Haas and Phil Mickelson. Lehman, an Alexandria native, has played in 18 tour events this season.

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