Rachel Barduson, Contributing Columnist
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.
1919, 100 years ago: Alexandria had another big fire when a good size blaze got started in the First National Bank building. The fire was promptly put out by the fire department. Some damage was done to the back wall by the force of water hurled against it from the front. It was said that the fire started from defective electric wiring. In an election of directors of the proposed farmer-owned bank in Alexandria, the Hon. E.E. Lobeck was elected president, L.G. Hermanson, 1st vice-president, Sheriff T.J. Vickerman, 2nd vice-president, and county attorney, W.H. Jacke, secretary.
1919, 100 years ago: A big fire burned the entire lumber stock and office of the Alexandria Lumber and Hardware Company to the ground. This is the second time that a fire has been started in this property within a few weeks. The first fire was plainly of incendiary origin. This latest fire was also in all probability started the same way. We understand the loss was fully covered by insurance. Mr. Emil Sletto of Brandon went to Alexandria between trains on Saturday. He is contemplating buying the Arne Korum farm in Moe.
1917, 100 years ago: The old Schneiderhan house on the lots back of the Washington school was sold at public auction to Frank Bisek of Lake Mary. Gust Loo was auctioneer. Mr. Bisek will move the house to the lots across the street, northeast of where it now stands. Moving the house away will give a much larger place for the children to play, of which they are very much in need. ... In Holmes City: Our flour feed and saw mill has been busy working night and day for a long time.
1917, 100 years ago: For some time the Echo has been running a couple columns of reading matter in German. This was greatly appreciated by the German readers and it was our intention to continue these columns. But since the latest developments with Germany, the company furnishing us this service has decided to discontinue it, so we are unable to get it. ... Farmers! The Ladies of the M.E. Church will be serving meals all day Saturday in the church parlors. They will be glad to see you.
1917, 100 years ago: In Forada and Union Lake News: The Rev. Owen is meeting with lots of disappointments this winter as the church services are so poorly attended on account of the bad weather. Sundays seem always to be so stormy or else a recent storm puts the roads in such shape it is next to impossible to get there. ... In the Town of Ida News: The people of this vicinity were out making roads Saturday morning after the snowstorm on Friday. But all in vain, as we had another one on Saturday afternoon. ...
1917, 100 years ago: A traveling secretary for the International YMCA gave a talk to the high school pupils on the subject, "Be Your Own Self." He said that everyone was somebody's example and that person would copy their example as closely as possible. ... The coal situation in Evansville was finally relieved when, through C.H. Larson, a carload shipment of coal was received, which was welcome indeed. ... In Spruce Hill, Abel Lundquist is hauling lumber for a new barn.
1917, 100 years ago: The Gamble-Robinson Alexandria Company has installed a first-class refrigerator, located in the basement and the first floor of their wholesale warehouse at the Soo yards. In the basement section, the warming room for ripening bananas is located. This is also connected to the ice box and if desired, the cold from that can be turned on. ... Dr. Boyd will leave for six weeks of post-graduate work in New York City. ... The businessmen of Miltona donated $185 for the repairing of the public road east of town.
1917, 100 years ago: H.H. Griebenow is adding materially to the appearance of his store by putting in a new hardwood floor. A crew of several men was put on the job and they made quick work of it. ... There were seven deaths in the city of Alexandria during the month of February; four within 24 hours. This is an unusual record. ... A very good program was rendered at the Norwegian Lutheran Church by the Young People's League. The idea of the program was to show the value of music in the religious life.