1920, 100 years ago: Four thousand men and women shouted themselves hoarse in the St. Paul Auditorium in a demonstration that followed the stirring address of Henrik Shipstead, farmer labor candidate for Governor of Minnesota. With victory in the air, the audience was wildly enthusiastic.
1970, 50 years ago: John Peterson, Principal of Central Junior High in Alexandria for the past four years, has submitted his resignation preparatory to his leaving for an administrative position with a church parochial school overseas. He and his family will leave for Sandaken, Sabah, Malaysia where he will assume the duties of principal of a secondary school operated by the Lutheran Church of America (LCA).
The Christmas Seal Association will have its Mobile X-Ray unit in front of the police station at 704 Broadway. Contributions to the Christmas Seal Association are making this free health service possible and are especially interested in having the following people get their chests x-rayed: reactors to the tuberculin test; people over 55; and persons in close contact with the public, such as barbers, beauticians and food and beverage handlers. The chest x-ray will show if the tuberculosis germs in the body reactor to the tuberculin test are causing any damage to the lungs. It will also indicate any chest abnormality caused by such diseases as emphysema, pneumonia, enlarged heart or tumor.
In Alexandria, the building permits issued for January, 1970 for new buildings, repairs and alterations, were valued at $29,000. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this was a decrease from $41,000 for permits issued during January, 1969.
1995, 25 years ago: The jail dispatch phone system in the new Douglas County Services Center will cost $42,089. The County Board of Commissioners approved the contract cost for equipment and labor and according to Director of Information Systems Tom Reddick, the cost of the new system will be divided between Douglas County and the City of Alexandria.
Alexandria District 206 School Board authorized advertising of bids for a Jefferson High School remodeling project, estimated to cost $300,000 and estimated to start this summer. The total area, made available when administrative offices moved into the Douglas County Services Center (former Central High School) will be 13,000 sq. ft. and will include construction of a handicapped bathroom and for use as special education programs, two large conference rooms, some clerical space, a girls’ sports team room and a common area.
2010, 10 years ago: Young People’s Place childcare center will soon be located in one building: the new YMCA. Young People’s Place currently has facilities at the Spirit Building on Aga Drive, at Bethesda Lutheran Church and Center East on Jefferson Street. According to Dawn Block, the early childhood director, the center is licensed for 96 families with its current arrangement. However, once it is relocated, it will be licensed for 132 families.
Just for fun – 1920 - 100 years ago: At the Carlos Opera House in Carlos, Minnesota: Douglas Fairbanks in “He Comes up Smiling.” Show starts at 8 o’clock sharp. Prices are 15 and 25 cents.
Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: Alexandria is starting its sixth season of track under “Bun” Fischer but its early background was started by coach “Amy” Johnson from 1944-48. Steve Smilanich took over until the early ‘60s winning numerous district championships. In the last five years the Flying Cards as a team have won 4 district titles, one conference title, one Region 6 title and twelve invitational track meet titles. In the junior high the head coach is Ray Farley who along with assistants Jewett Benson and LaReau Carlson have done an outstanding job with a minimum of facilities.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.