1920, 100 years ago: Andrew H. Johnson, E. J. Drussel and C. J. Lindstrom are in charge of the new Douglas County Cooperative Association’s furniture store. The store is already sold out in some lines and has had to order new goods. Prices have been put at very low prices and people are taking advantage of this.
1970, 50 years ago: Shelters were removed from around the new Alexandria State Bank building after the exterior work was completed. Located on the corner of 8th and Broadway, it is one of three new buildings to go up in a two-block area, which includes a new 13-story low-rent apartment building and a new bank, First National Bank, which will start construction soon on the corner of 7th and Broadway.
Bellanca Turbo-Viking N6698V (98-Victor), manufactured in Alexandria and piloted by Jim Miller, president of Bellanca Sales Company, posted an average of 192 mph and an elapsed time of 1 hour, 37 minutes to win first prize in Four Place, Single Engine category of the First Annual Air Race from Lander, Wyoming to Jackpot, Nevada. Pilot Miller was only three minutes behind a Piper Turbo Twin Commanche, winner of the Multi-Engine Class.
Approximately 150 Boy Scouts participated in the Lakes District Klondike Derby held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
1995, 25 years ago: The big project at Continental Bridge, Inc. near Carlos, is known as the “Disney Wedding Pavilion.” About three months ago, Continental Bridge received the order from a Disney World architect: An 82-foot-long steel bridge with a widened section for a wedding pavilion. The structure will be an important feature of an expanded area of the world-famous theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Billie Glade, medical director for the Douglas County Ambulance Service, was awarded the Minnesota EMS Medical Director of the Year during a special ceremony at the Minnesota Ambulance Association’s 14th annual EMS Conference and Trade Show. Along with acting as medical director since 1983, Dr. Glade serves as medical advisor to ten first responder squads in Douglas County and has served on the most recent Trauma Task Force for the Minnesota Department of Health.
2010, 10 years ago: The Garfield Fire Department recently purchased two pieces of equipment to add to its inventory – a 1999 Ford/Alexis mini-rescue truck and a new Hurst Jaws of Life extrication system with cutter, spreader and ram. The equipment was purchased from funds from fire department fundraisers and pull-tab sales, according to Shaynen Schmidt, department search and rescue captain.
Members of Leadership Alexandria met with state Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Representative Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, at the state Capitol. Leadership Alexandria is a six-month program designed to enhance leadership skills and information and is a project of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce in association with the Alexandria Technical College and West Central Initiative fund.
Just for fun – 1970 – 50 years ago: The Lander-Jackpot Race covers some of the most rugged and mountainous terrain in the United States, with peaks rising to over 12,000 feet. If flown in a straight line, the course measures 308 statute miles. Most pilots used the passes and avoided the higher peaks, but 98-Victor (piloted by Jim Miller) climbed to 12,500 feet and flew straight to the finish line.
Sports trivia – 1970 – 50 years ago: The Evansville Tigers, coached by Gary Johnke, swept past Osakis to capture the Southwest Sub-District tournament in Alexandria. Keith Englund paced the Tiger attack with 23 points.
Also in 1970: Two nights of stock car racing will be featured at the 1970 Douglas County Fair. Opening and closing nights of the exposition will see the Viking Speedway drivers in action. There will also be a demolition derby, also to be handled by the Speedway association.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.