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.
1918, 100 years ago: The board of directors of the new Park Region Publishing Company met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wold to complete the legal transactions necessary to transfer the business of the Park Region Echo from Mr. Wold to the publishing company. Among the more important items of business transacted might be the buying of a building lot by the publishers of the Echo. This lot is on Sixth Avenue right across the alley from the Eagle Clothing Store. Mr. Wold is very ill.
1918, 100 years ago: Edwin, the 14-year-old son of William Waschter, who lives two miles southwest of Alexandria, had the misfortune to break his arm in three places while cranking a Ford car. The spark was evidently too far advanced and the engine backfired with the above mentioned result. Dr. Haskell was called and set the arm after an X-ray diagnosis. The boy will be unable to use his arm for about two months.
1918, 100 years ago: Fire broke out in the back shed of the Central House barn, burning it to the ground and almost destroying the main building. The firemen did splendid work, otherwise the whole structure would have gone and probably other buildings as well. It was first noticed by Selma Johnson, one of the telephone girls who gave the alarm. Charles Lange is progressing nicely with the fine new barn he is erecting on his place on Lake Henry.
1918, 100 years ago: A big July 4th celebration is to take place on Lake Freeborn at Ole Holm's park. The big speaker of the day will be Chas. A. Lindbergh. The Holmes City Symphony orchestra will furnish the music and dinner will be served by the Ladies Aid of the Swedish Lutheran church.
1918, 100 years ago: Five persons have met death by railroad accidents. A section crew of eight men, coming home from work on a motor section car, had reached the overhead bridge when they saw a through-freight coming from the south. They got across the bridge and all got out except Edward Schuck, a Bohemian, born in Austria. The second accident happened when an automobile was struck squarely at a crossing. Reports are that a party of five from Brooten were driving very slowly, viewing the lake.
1918, 100 years ago: The primary election brought out a large vote. Many townships did not have enough ballots and had to send in to the county auditor for another supply. As the returns began to come in it became evident that there is practically a landslide for Chas. A. Lindbergh for lieutenant governor, James Peterson, senator in Congress, and T.J. Vickerman, sheriff. It is also noticeable that practically all the candidates endorsed by the farmers run about two to one over their opponents.
1918, 100 years ago: A nearly fatal accident happened to Victor Alm, storekeeper at Rose Corners. While going to Carlos with a team of mules after a load of freight, it seems the tongue of the wagon came down and the team ran away, throwing him out in the road. He lay unconscious on the road until John Larson came along and picked him up and carried him to Ignatz Fosters. The team was stopped near the Belle River store. Alm is improving from a fracture of shoulder blades, some ribs and bad bruises.
1918, 100 years ago: A representation of 60 or 70 farmers from all sections of the county met at the high school auditorium to organize the Farm Bureau Association, which is required by the federal government as a war issue. This association is given the privilege of hiring a Farm Bureau manager or county agent, who is to be a representative of the government for two years. The meeting was called to order by C.H. Cooper, Carlos. John S. Wagner of Brandon acted as secretary.