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From the Echo Press archives, 1912: Former Alexandrian dies on the Titanic

This week in history in Douglas County.

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Rachel Barduson

This Week in 1997 – 25 years ago: Even though the Red River flood disaster is a long way from Alexandria, it’s as close as the heart to many who live here. At the Echo Press office, talk about the big flood dominated conversations. Just about every one of the 30 employees had some connection with the flood – acquaintances, relatives or friends – who live in the Fargo or Grand Forks area. Many volunteer sandbaggers from Alexandria have gone to help. Paul Christensen, a web page designer hired by the Echo, is now busy with emergency work in East Grand Forks. A reservist for the U.S. National Guard, Christensen was activated for seven days of flood disaster duty.

1972, 50 years ago: Suevonne Carlson and Marilyn Mesna gave District 206 Board of Education members an update on the progress of a new school curriculum, the Model Office Program, which will be a copy of the Alexandria Boat Works business plan. Carlson has been working with Boat Works manager Bill Berger in setting up the duplicate office. An advisory committee had been formed to insure that curriculum in the office simulated real life experience as students do actual office work in the model office while getting a better idea of what happens in a working office situation. Fifty-five students have signed up for the program which will be in a two-hour block each day.

1997, 25 years ago: The Jefferson High School Spring Musical, “Finnian’s Rainbow” will feature a 20-foot by 80-foot backdrop which is being reproduced from a painting done by Alexandria artist Ellen Eilers. Kayla Swanson and Andrea Staley, sophomores, have been painting the backdrop from photocopies of two of Eilers “Calico Country” paintings. The idea of using Eiler’s paintings for the backdrop was that of Linda Capistrant, play director. So far the students have worked between 30 and 40 hours on the project and are not done yet.

2012, 10 years ago: Downtown Floral has a new home inside Elden’s at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Nokomis Street in Alexandria. Elliot and Dennis Christensen of Elden’s purchased Downtown Floral from Terry and Lach Glennie. There will be no change in management or staff and Downtown Floral will provide the same products and services on which it built its reputation over the last 17 years. The floral shop occupies 3,000 square feet on the east side of Elden’s new addition.

Just for fun – 1972 – 50 years ago: Every Thursday is Ladies Night at Club Reno. Each lady accompanied by a male companion who orders a dinner will receive a dinner of equal value or less for ½ price. Limit one woman’s meal at ½ price per male customer. No tickets – No Gimmicks – No Change of Menu. Serving on Ladies Night from 6-11 p.m. Club Reno between Glenwood and Alexandria on Highway 29.

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Interesting Trivia – 1912 – 110 years ago: Former Alexandrian Oscar Holverson was a casualty on the Titanic. He once lived at the Letson House. His wife survived the disaster. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner, operated by the White Star Line, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City.

Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: The Harlem Diplomats, called the fun makers of basketball, will be in Evansville for a comical night of basketball. The group will be opposed by an all-star team of area hoopsters, including Tom Shea, Keith Englund, Larry Englund, Mike Anderson, Steve Hanson, Glen Olson, Brad Larson, Harold Meissner and Mike Bah, and two out-of-town ball players, speech therapist Lynn Anderson and former Ashby cager Rod Olson. Included on the all-star team is former Little All American Cager Jon Haaven, state representative.

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

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The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.
This week in history in Douglas County.
This week in history in Douglas County.
The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.