1918, 100 years ago: On account of the Spanish Influenza, the last four meetings on the list of nonpartisan league gatherings in the county have been called off. There will be no meetings at Evansville, Kensington, Holmes City and Lake Mary. Albert H. Ellis and Frank Slade have just finished building a splendid concrete and steel bridge over the Long Prairie River about two miles this side of Carlos. The two men did all the work alone with the exception of painting the steel top, and it took the two men only about eight weeks to build it.
1918, 100 years ago: The Douglas County teachers institute will be held in the Alexandria high school auditorium. Instructors will be Miss Wescott of Minneapolis and Miss Osborn of Moorhead normal. There will be several lecturers, among them being Mr. Brown, president of the St. Cloud normal, who will speak on arithmetic, and Dr. Uhlrich, who represents the state board of health, will speak on Sex Hygiene. Strayed - from Brandon stockyards, one brown calf, brand XIX. Finder notify Farmers' Equity, Brandon, Minn.
1918, 100 years ago: Arrangements have been made to let our soldier boys vote in the Minnesota election on Nov. 5. The editor of the Echo has been supplied with blanks for making application for "war ballots." Every subscriber of the Echo who has a boy in the service should come into the Echo office and make application for a "war ballot" for his boy. For sale — 6-weeks-old pigs, $4 each. E.S. Drum, Alexandria, R. 1, Carlos Township.
1918, 100 years ago: Strayed onto my place, 2 brown steers. Owner can have same by paying for this notice — J.L. Gunderson. Kensington, Minn. Strayed onto my place in Holmes City, a dark-brown heifer, about a year and a half old. Came about August 1. Owner may have same by paying for this notice — Ole Gulbranson, Farwell, Minn. Furnished room for school girls, electric light, hot water heat, hot and cold running water. For further information inquire at the fur store. — J.R. Hanson, Alexandria.
1918, 100 years ago: C.A. Kolstad, better known as "Spot Cash Kolstad," has returned from a buying trip in the interest of the Eagle Clothing Co. His ad in this issue is worth your consideration. Read the ad for his latest offerings. "We have some fine coffee on" which we will make the special price of 6 pounds for $1.10. — Herberts Grocery. 1968, 50 years ago: A.A. Paciotti, director of the Alexandria Adult Evening program, announced a course on a new, easy-to-learn shorthand, written with the "ABC's", a phonetic system called Stenoscript ABC Shorthand.
1918, 100 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wold were recipients of a very pleasant surprise when a large host of friends from all parts of the county came and gave expression to the high regard in which this couple is held by the farmers of Douglas County. Mr. Ole Langhaug was the spokesman of the gathering and handed the couple a purse containing more than $350 as a practical demonstration of the feelings of the country people towards the former editor of the Park Region Echo and his wife.
1918, 100 years ago: Every housewife in Alexandria will no doubt be present at the big auction of the Red Cross chickens, which will be held on Main Street. On that date every patriotic woman from every point of the county will bring in her Red Cross chicks and they will be sold to the highest bidders. The auctioneering will be done by Gust Loo. This means that every household in Alexandria will have a chicken dinner, and they will be the sweetest chickens ever eaten.
1918, 100 years ago: In Garfield, threshing has been going on steadily, showing a heavy yield and a good quality of grain. The businessmen of Garfield are patriotically lending a helping hand in the harvest fields wherever needed and consequently there is an epidemic of blistered hands and sore muscles.
1918, 100 years ago: Notice: A plowing demonstration with a Moline Universal one-man tractor will be held in Brandon. Come and see the tractor that comes nearest to replacing the horses for any kind of machinery on any size farm; the tractor and implement operated by one man. — C.J. Newhouse. A letter has been received from Louis Wooliscroft in France, by his mother. He is feeling fine and tells his mother not to worry.
1918, 100 years ago: H.T. Thompson, the well-known barber, who for many years past has run a shop on Sixth Avenue, has taken a chair in the Stoppel barber shop on Main Street, where his friends and patrons will find him in the future. The new addition to the Wettleson store made necessary the removal of the building formerly occupied by Mr. Thompson.