From the Echo Press archives, 1932: Douglas County sheriff seizes Essex sedan with 201 gallons of alcohol
This week in history in Douglas County.
This Week in 1982 – 40 years ago: Featured in the 1982 “Year in Pictures” is Eagle Aircraft purchasing the Bellanca building. In April 1982, Eagle Aircraft purchased the old Bellanca building adjacent to Chandler Field in Alexandria. It was purchased to allow expanded production in the building of Eagle Aircraft’s crop dusting airplane. Depressed economic conditions has since forced Eagle to lay off almost all of its staff until early 1983, when production is expected to start again.
Another story reported the fire of Gene’s Barn. The historic building, which at one time was one of the great big-dance halls of Douglas County, burned to the ground July 7. The early morning fire was fought by firemen from Forada and Alexandria, but the building could not be saved. Such renowned musicians such as Guy Lombardo and the Six Fat Dutchmen played at the barn.
1932, 90 years ago: Sheriff Bennie Urness and his deputies confiscated an Essex sedan which had been left at the Motor Inn for motor trouble and found in the car 201 gallons of alcohol in one-gallon tins. The driver of the car, who was not in the garage at the time, did not return and has not been apprehended. Acting on a tip from Police Chief Charles Watters, Urness made the seizure after the sedan had been left at the garage for ignition trouble. A well-known out-of-town bootlegger was in Alexandria at the time and it is presumed the driver of the Essex left town with him. The one-gallon tins were wrapped in a bundle and covered with paper. There was no cushion in the back seat.
1972, 50 years ago: Twenty-four area businesses have paid slightly over $40 each as their share of a new sign at the Alexandria Municipal Airport. The 10-by-40 foot sign was installed on the side of the Leo Weber Repair building at the airport where it will greet people arriving at the airport. The Office of Community Development coordinated the project.
1997, 25 years ago: Six staff members, 30 chaperones, and 262 students left on Dec. 26 as the Jefferson High School Marching Band begins an eight-day trip filled with sight-seeing, rehearsals, and the big event – marching in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in California on New Year’s Day. Each year, 22 bands march on the streets of Pasadena.
2012, 10 years ago: The Alexandria School District 206 Board of Education unanimously approved the name of the new high school opening in 2014. The board feels that “Alexandria Area High School” is inclusive of area communities and honors local businesses and residents who raised $4 million in private contributions through a capital campaign.
Just for fun, 1972 – 50 years ago: The area’s first baby of 1973 will receive gifts from Herberger’s, Hagstrom’s, Sears, Carlson’s Music Center, Jerry’s Jack and Jill, Perry’s Furniture, $5 in trade at any Alexandria grocery from Ludke & Co., Photography by Perkins, Alex Glass and Paint, the Kwiknit Shop, JC Penney, Boston Rexall Drug, McCabe’s Cameras, Cards & Gifts, Roberts Shoes, White Mart Pharmacy and a miniature car from Steinbring Chevrolet and Cadillac. For mom and dad, a free tank of gas from Bart’s Service. Last year’s winner was Jennifer Lynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale (Bonnie) Sletto.
Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: Bette Blanchard, Bob Oothoudt, DiAnn Ness, Mark Nelson and Jane Connor appeared before the Alexandria Park Board, to make a plea for free skating ice-areas in Alexandria. The result is there will be an ice rink erected at Lincoln School for children and another in the hollow next to the American Legion for adults and no hockey sticks allowed.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.