Memories: AxeI Carlson’s Snowplane

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Lloyd Nystrom remember Axel Carlson’s snowplane….

The picture shows what I believe to be the bare frame of the snowplane I saw tested on a cold Sunday on the old ball diamond south of the city in about 1939-1940. I assume that what I saw was the finished machine because it had an aluminum cabin on it. There were several other differences between this picture and what I saw tested as well. The one in the picture has the engine mounted ...

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Memories: Sands’ New International Truck

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Bob Sands remembers when his dad got a brand new 1935 International truck. Before Alfred had a box made for it, they went to Grand Forks to the Dakota Theater and saw the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Alfred’s box looks like the type Otto Klingborg made at the Alvarado blacksmith shop. It dumps on the right side which is the way the Alvarado dump was set up. The Oslo dump was on the ...

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Late 1930’s: Post Office and Gas Stations

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1938:

Edgar Olson bought out K. J. Nielson’s store. G. G. Kollin bought his residence.

The old bank becomes the post office

Marie Sands bought the old bank building for use as a post office. Joe Vixie bought out his partner, Axel Olson, in their meat market store. Florence Barnholt moved in and opened a beauty parlor. She later married Clayton Holt.

Alvarado Bank

This picture of Henry Johnson’s City Service station was taken on August ...

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1924: Graduation Program

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Below is the program from the 1924 Alvarado graduating class. Graduates were Mabel Bergman, John Frykholm, Marvin Sands, Magda Silnes, Erland Johnson, Alfred Backstron, Elmer Sorensen, Dagney Hagglund, Harriet Olson, Gladys Olson, Adelia Dahlgren, Olga Hoglund, and Alice Markuson.

1924: Graduation Program

1924: Graduation Program

1924: Graduation Program

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Memories: Dorothy Edman Manz

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My name is Dorothy Edman Manz, and I live in Section 36, Oak Park Township, Marshall County, Minnesota. I live on the farm that was purchased by my great-grandparents, Johannes and Eva Porten, in about 1888. Johannes was born in Smaland, Sweden, with the original name of Peterson. Johannes and Eva emigrated from Sweden with their three children–Charles, John, and Josephine (my grandmother) in 1869. They went to Grantsburg, Wisconsin, where they lived until Charles and John were old enough ...

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1921 Basketball Team

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Behold! The first basketball team from Alvarado High! They look like some tough dudes.

Back row: Ted Severson, Coach James Porten, Helmer Pearson
Second row: Ralph Nyblad, Herbert Bohlin
Front row: Oliver Sands, Elmer Bjorklund, Sam Porten

1st Basketball Team in Alvarado 1921 Ted Severson,James Porten,Coach, Helmer Pearson. 2nd Ralph Nyblad,Herbert Bohlin, Front Oliver Sands,Elmer Bjorklund,Sam Porten

Thanks to Bonnie Kiley for the photo!

 

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Confirmation at Swedish Lutheran Church

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This was printed in the October 3, 1917 edition of the Warren Sheaf.

Last Sunday wa a big festal day in the Swedish Lutheran church when a class of twelve young people was confirmed by Rev. J. W. Lundgren, with impressive exercises. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and a large congregation was present. The names of the confirmed are as follows: Marie Lundgren, Myrtle Allen, Hildeborg Hendrickson, Edna Johnson, Viola Johnson, Florence Nordlund, Elna Hanson, Emma Bergman, Edwin Lindroth, ...

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1917: 8th Grade Graduation

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This is a story that ran in the May 23, 1917 edition of the Warren Sheaf about the upcoming 8th graduation ceremony. Photos are from the Hildeborg (Hendrickson) Olson family.

 
Commencement exercises will be held at Alvarado Tuesday and Wednesday the 29th and 30th of May.

The motto of the class of 1917 is “We pass for what we are.” The class colors are burnt orange and brown, and the flower is the daisy. Following is a list of the eight ...

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Businesses in 1916

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Here is a listing of businesses in Alvarado in 1916, according to a Warren Sheaf article in December:

Businesses on west side of street starting from the north:

Hotel Alvarado, owned and operated by Henry Nystrom
General merchandise store of H. & L. Sands
John Allen’s confectionery
State Bank of Alvarado with cashier P. E. Dahlgren, assistant cashier Wm. F. Malm, and clerks H. J. Porten and O. E. Dahlgren
Farm machinery establishment of Lundgren, Wittensten & Co., ...

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