1910, 110 years ago: Shop at A.C. Hanson and Undertaking! Hanson is now offering a bedroom set that includes a Colonial-style commode, dresser and genuine brass bed for $36.75, or get an upholstered fainting couch for $5.25. All purchases of $50 or more includes free shipping to your home by railroad.
The postmaster general has requested that all rural delivery mailboxes and their posts be painted white with 2-inch letters and numerals be painted black.
1970, 50 years ago: Another new bank, another pizza specialty house, two new food superettes, a new farm implement and appliance building, another new food drive-in. Whew! And that’s just what’s going on now. There is also the new ladies ready-to-wear, Stevenson’s, in the former Bob’s Clothing building. What’s in the future? The new proposed shopping center south of the city in which will go – according to reliable sources – one of our present supermarkets plus a huge discount drug firm. Add to the bustle – a bid for an addition to the one-year-old Holiday Inn, and an expansion of the Alexandria Federal Savings and Loan into the space now occupied by Dick’s Super Outlet.
The stockholders of the Clarissa Cooperative Creamery in Clarissa have voted to accept the proposal of the Land O’Lakes, Inc., Minneapolis, for the purchase of certain fixed assets of the dairy operation of their cooperative. Land O’Lakes will continue to operate the milk intake as a receiving station.
Rural school teachers of Douglas County will meet for a workshop at the Alexandria police station. There are nine rural schools in operation for the 1970-71 school year, the last before the date of final consolidation. There is an enrollment of 512 children and a staff of 23 teachers, four full-time teacher aides, and one part-time teacher aide.
1995, 25 years ago: Crews began the Third Avenue project last week and hope to have it completed by Oct. 23. The road, which also serves as state highways 27 and 29, is ready for bituminous surfacing but rain has delayed work this week. No detours will be required during the Third Avenue fix-up, although one lane in each direction will be closed during daytime work. Traffic counts taken on Third Avenue show it to be one of the busiest highways of the district; handling an estimated 16,000 vehicles per day.
Automobile showrooms in Alexandria are looking sparse because of a strike by Teamsters drivers from Ryder Systems, Inc., the largest car hauling company in the nation.
2010, 10 years ago: A 220,000 pound boiler was added to the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management plant’s unit three expansion project. The boiler will be used to extract heat out of the flue gas and generate steam for the nearby 3M plant, the Alexandria Technical and Community College, and the Douglas County Hospital. The boiler isn’t the most expensive piece of the plant’s $19.4 million expansion project. That would be the combustor, which arrived in several pieces – not as one component, according to Pete Olmscheid, executive director of the facility.
Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: As Alexandria bustles with new business excitement, to mention the recent completions like Bob’s Clothes, Peterson Drug, Trumm Drug, Singers, Alexandria State Bank, etc., would take a special edition, and we’re in the process of doing just that.
Rural school districts in Douglas County include: No. 222, Nelson, No. 214 Carlos, No. 215 Garfield, No. 445 Forada, No. 456 Sunnyknoll, No. 457 Holmes City, No. 459 (Miss Genevieve Christianson), No. 461 Park Region, and No. 466 Glendale.
Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: “Inspired football” and “team effort” were two of the phrases used by coach Ed Christopherson following the 14-6 upset homecoming victory by the Alexandria Cardinals over the Montevideo Mohawks in West Central Conference play.
Gary Johnke’s Evansville Tigers scored 32 points in the second half of play and walked off with a 40-14 victory over the Ashby Arrows in Little Eight Conference (LEC) play.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.