Rachel Barduson, Contributing Columnist
1919, 100 years ago: Mrs. Eva Emerson Wold, widow of Hon. Mr. Carl E. Wold, former editor of the Park Region Echo, was appointed Douglas County Superintendent of Schools. She will fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Geo. Susens, who is to take a position with the Jacobson's in the Farmers National Bank of Alexandria.
1919, 100 years ago: The pickle factory for Alexandria is a sure go, says Mr. Theissen of the Theissen Pickle Co., Omaha, Nebraska. About 100 farmers have signed up, securing their pledges to raise cucumbers and most have signed up for from half an acre to two acres each. Seeds will be given free by Mr. Theissen as he can't buy cucumbers raised from any other seed. All cucumbers for the factory must be of the same variety to make uniform pickles.
1919, 100 years ago: The village of Kensington is experiencing a boom, according to a letter to the Park Region Echo from Wm. T. Coe, who believes that the Kensington Mills, Inc., deserve a good share of the credit for the renewed life of the little village in the southwestern corner of Douglas County. Mr. Coe wrote, "We are operating the mill every day, ten hours and making some money." From two to three carloads of "Sailor Boy" Kensington flour are shipped to Alexandria every month.
1919, 100 years ago: Mr. H. Thiessen of the Thiessen Pickle Company of Omaha, Nebraska, is arranging to start a pickle factory in Alexandria. A meeting will be held in the Alexandria High School Auditorium, the purpose to find out if enough farmers will guarantee to raise a certain acreage of cucumbers to furnish the pickle factory a sufficient supply to make it worthwhile to establish a pickle factory. The factory will be located on the Soo Line's right-of-way in this city.
1919, 100 years ago: County Auditor and Mrs. Vernon Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Hemmingson and Miss N.M. West took an automobile drive out beyond Lake Osakis last Sunday. They rushed the season by eating their lunch outdoors. Mrs. Cleve Kolstad and family are visiting relatives and friends in Minneapolis over Easter. "Spot Cash" Kolstad followed on his way to the cities and Chicago to buy goods in the interest of the Eagle Clothing Co. Clerk of Court, Albert T. Olson, went to Evansville to transfer his Watkins medical business over to his successor in that line.
1919, 100 years ago: The first meeting of farmers to organize a farmer-owned bank in Lowry was held. Elsie Weatherwax, the Echo bookkeeper, went to her home in Carlos Township last week to nurse a very stubborn cold for a while. C.J. Newhouse, the hustling manager of the Farmers Equity of Brandon, was in Alexandria on Moline business. Frank Schlosser, the champion fisher of Carlos, caught a 17½ pound pickerel last week.
1919, 100 years ago: The new mayor of Alexandria, in taking over the reins of government, has re-appointed Jerry Callaghan chief of police at a salary of $70 a month. Mayor Leach appointed James Watters as patrolman to take the place of Wm. Downs, the former patrolman under the Syvrud administration. Ralph Thornton was appointed city attorney in place of Constant Larson. The Park Region State Bank, which will be the name of the new farmer-owned bank at Alexandria, is expected to be ready to do business after May 1.
1919, 100 years ago: The First National Bank of Alexandria has bought Raiter's Meat Market, which is next to the bank and really a part of the same building. This will give the bank twice as much room as formerly. Mr. Raiter will move his meat market to the People's Store building about May 1. Jos. Gorghuber has installed some fine tables and buffet seats at the Quality Bakery and is now serving regular meals alongside his other business. Mr. Gorghuber gives everybody a square deal and deserves the success he is making.
1919, 100 years ago: A one-day Farmers Institute is scheduled for Alexandria, to be held at the high school auditorium. Due to the large demand for institutes, it was impossible to secure more than one day at this time, hence it is important that everyone attend promptly. John Bower, of Lakeland, will speak on livestock problems and Mr. Eastman, coming from North Dakota, will speak on farm management and crop rotation. In Geneva Grove news: Henry Newman has been a fortunate man to sell 10 acres of his farm to John Youngner for $100 an acre. Youngner takes possession immediately.
1919, 100 years ago: The saw mill in Holmes City is in full swing. Carl Johnson and Melvin Hjelm are among the crew that is turning logs into lumber. In the Urness News: A few of our number were anxious to see if walking was good. They walked to Barrett to attend the dedication exercise of the service flag. They didn't like the idea of walking back from Barrett so they took the train to Hoffman and came on foot from there, the distance being somewhat shorter.