As you scroll through the highlights, listen to the Indestructible Bohemian Orchestra’s “Child’s Festival,” released in 1910.
Stories from the 1910’s
- Oaklawn Cemetery Created: The land is purchased from
Oscar Sands and Martin Sands.
- Hotel Helen Built: Recent immigrant Nels Hendrickson
builds the brick building by hand.
- 1910 Baseball Team: Photo of our dream team.
- Stockyard Is Built: Cattle cars are picked up Saturday
- 1911: Building the Roads: Information and photo of a
- Business Bought and Sold: Photos of some of the first
businesses in town.
- Starting the Tractor: Sometimes it takes actual horsepower.
- Young People’s Gathering: A photo of some of the good
looking kids from town.
- Train Depot Schedule and Fares: Train to Warren will set
you back 27 cents.
- 1912 and 1913: Dressmaking, Banks, Pool
Halls, and Guys in Chaps: More classic photos from the time.
- Nystrom’s Hotel Alvarado: Guys stop in town to look for work.
- The Barber Moves To Town: Bonus – he plays the baritone.
- 1914: Business Listings: Learn about the businesses that were open.
- Vote for Lindbergh!: That would be Charles Sr., not his pilot
- 1915: Richest Village in the U.S.: Residents are doing very
well according to bank receipts.
- Vasa Lodge and the Seal of Alvarado: Why yes, we do
have an official seal.
- Potato Industry Begins: And the industry kicks
off in the Red River Valley.
- 1916: Listing of businesses and owners/managers: Lots
of changes in town.
- 1916: Auto and Machinery Dealers: See these guys for a new
vehicle or to have your grain binder repaired
- 1916: Delivering the Mail: By horse!
- 1916: The Band Played On: Alvarado is known for its tunes.
- 1916: Doctor Ward’s Remedies: Medicine delivered by horse
and wagon…what could be more effective?
- The Old Steam Engine: Photo of Markuson’s fancy contraption.
- 1916: Johnnie Sands, the Bank and Pancho Villa: Trading real
estate for a car and cash.
- Fighting in World War I: Guys in town go to war.
- 1916-17: The Home Boom: Lots of new homes.
- Hunting Season: Well dressed and ready to hunt.
- Threshing Time: Lots of manpower went into the harvest.
- 1917: 8th Grade Graduation: Program and photos!
- 1917: Confirmation at the Swedish Lutheran Church: Class of 12.
- 1918: Station, Elevator, and Bank Updates: Alvarado Oil is founded.
- Warren Sheaf: Alvarado News: A great roundup of town news
that appeared in the Sheaf.
- Honoring the Dead: Photo of a military funeral.
- The Ferings’ Onery Mules: Helen vows not to
raise mules again.
- Oaklawn Cemetery is formerly established, but Martha Sands was the buried there the year before.
- Hotel Helen is built by Nels Hendrickson. It is the building that August Olson would later have his store.
- Alvarado has a baseball team. Members are Carl Sands, Pete Swanson, Lewis Sands, Henry Sands, Nels Larson, Willie Larson, Harold Christianson, Willie Malm, and John W. Sands.
- Stockyard is built, and trains come through on Saturday mornings to pick up the cattle cars.
- Saloons are voted out in a March vote!
- Lars Sundin sells his farm and builds a home in Alvarado.
- Henry Hill builds his first home.
- C. A. Westberg buys the pool hall building.
- The village buys lots for $100 and builds the first fire hall for $545.
- D. S. Christenson sells his hardware business to K. J. Taralseth Co.
- E. F. Baker quits his harness shop and sells his building to Henry A. Sands who starts a confectionery store.
- Martin Sands sells his hotel to Ole T. Olson.
- Paulus Thompson buys his residence from Henry Hill.
- You can take the train from Alvarado to Warren for 27 cents. A trip to Minneapolis will cost you $6.65.
- Anton P. Nordlund sells his business to A. J. Batalden.
- Peder C. Sorenson sells his 40 acres and buys a house from Carl Bergan.
- Iver Iverson builds his home.
- William F. Malm works as bookkeeper in the State Bank of Alvarado.
- John G. Smith builds his residence.
- L. A. Johnson sells his grocery store to Henry A. Sands and Lewis Sands.
- Walter F. Johnson operates a pool hall and confectionery store.
- Sands first addition comes into being.
- Nils Markuson builds a house in the eastern part of town.
- John Hoglin is the new depot agent.
- Henry Nystrom builds the brick Hotel Alvarado on the north end of Marshall street.
- Frank Stuemke moves to town and opens his barber shop. He is also one heck of a baritone horn player and plays in the band.
- Alvarado claims to be the richest village in the U.S. by dividing people into bankbook deposits, giving Alvarado $1,600 per capita.
- Henry A. Sands builds the first home in Sands First Addition with John Bergstrom as carpenter.
- Martin N. Thompson moves in from his farm.
- The Independent Harvester Co. is started by John Hendrickson. He sells Independent machinery.
- C. A. Porten buys a building on main street for his daughter, Esther (Mrs. Garfield Anderson), who operated a dress making shop for several years.
- Dan Dahlstrom sells his confectionery store to Carl 0. Holt.
- K. J. Moe buys out A. J. Batalden.
- Simon Pederson, a farmer, buys several lots, and later he platted Pederson First Addition.
- The following people built homes in the Sands Addition: W. F. Malm, Maria Flatos, Lars J. Hallin, Frank Stuemke, Olof Lofstrom, Erick Brunsell, Henry Hill, Otis L. Holt, Carl E. Olson, Hilma Fering, Simon Hanson, Angel Johnson, Anton Hill, F. E. Dahlgren, Peter Swanson, and Carl 0. Olson.
- S. S. Trickey and Carl 0. Holt built their homes in the Original Townsite.
- Henry Hill is so busy building houses that for a while he and his family lives in a tent.
- Herman Allen builds his residence where Herbert Thompson lived later.
- A December 13th article in the Warren Sheaf notes Alvarado’s growth: “A Sheaf reporter visited Alvarado this week and was greatly impressed with the progress made by the village this year.”
- Nels Hendrickson puts on a $1,500 addition to the Hotel Helen. (Warren Sheaf)
- Businesses in town are thriving with multiple stores and banks.
- Dan Dahlstrom builds the concrete block garage later occupied by Axel T. Carlson and sells Maxwell cars.
- John A. Hilden, formerly of Oslo, operates a confectionery and restaurant for a short time.
- J. W. Frykholm, Henry Sands, Nels Markuson and Frank Dahlgren start the potato industry in the Red River Valley.
- Charles Ranstrom buys a new TITAN tractor.
- Peter Melin joins in partnership with Dan Dahlstrom in the garage business.
- Minnesota Auto Company builds a garage which later houses the creamery and then the locker business. Minnesota Auto employs several men and sells the Reo car. Owners are H. H. Oberg, S. S. Trickey and Hildur Sands.
- Paul Paulson buys Iver Iverson’s general store.
- Henry and Lewis Sands sells their grocery and hardware store to Simon J. Hanson.
- A. G. Nybladh moves in to operate the Farmers Elevator Co. machinery department. He sells John Deere grain binders.
- Martin Fering delivers the mail with his horse and wagon.
- John Sands heads to Texas to fight Pancho Villa.
- Robert Fering sells Doctor Ward’s Remedies door to door using his team of horses and a buggy.
- Josie Thompson sells her homestead to John Sands for his car, a 1915 Maxwell, and $700.
- With the U.S. entered World War I, many men from Alvarado go to war, including George Sands, Oscar Olson, and John Sands. John Sands trains troops before going to France to take part in the war. When he returns to the U.S., he helps organize American Legion Posts in many towns in Marshall County.
- Paul Paulson builds the home later occupied by Mrs. Julia Stokes.
- Peter Lindell builds the home later occupied by George Berg.
- Olaf Lofstrom sells his house to Henry Johnson.
- Peter Iverson builds his residence.
- Anna and K. J. Moe builds their home.
- Sanfred Johnson also builds his home.
- J. A. Hultberg moves in to operate a confectionery store and became the band leader for some time.
- A. W. Neujahr comes to town and opens our first drug store and undertaking parlors.
- Henry Peterson buys a home.
- Joe Rendahl, a painter, moves in as well.
- Anton Fregard builds his home.
- Peter Liden builds a home.
- Lewis E. Sands builds his home in west part of town.
- Alfred Iverson moves to town as well as Garfield Anderson, Verner Lindquist and W. L. Philips.
- Dr. Raadquist of Warren openes his first practice as physician by hanging out his shingle in Alvarado.
- Bernard Sundin house is “a nice Sears Roebuck house.”
- Eight students graduate from the 8th grade.
- Twelve students get confirmed at the Swedish Lutheran Church.
- Alvarado Band members hastily assemble to play for the Lindbergh for Governor political campaign (father of the pilot).
- A bandstand is constructed, located initially on the northeast corner of the school block. Later it’s moved to just north of the present city park.
- Arthur W. Sands is employed at the Farmers State Bank as bookkeeper and buys his first property,a vacant lot, in partnership with Alex Paulson.
- Ireland’s Lumber Yard is buying lots to erect their new lumber yard and H. A. Sands is the manager.
- Albin S. Swenson buys the store from Paul Paulson.
- Alfred Nystrom builds the home later owned by Donald Dahlstrom.
- Alvarado Oil Company is organized by Dan Dahlstrom, A. W. Neujahr, Carl 0. Olson and F. E. Dahlgren. Their first trucks – TRAFFIC was the brand name – have solid tires, and Carl Pilgren is the driver.
- Albert 0. and Oscar L. Olson now have the dray line. The dray line are those who lined up to load and unload the goods from a train.
- Otto Klingborg has his repair and blacksmith shop in the Alvarado Garage; later he moved to the Woodman Hall location.
- A. G. Wiggins, a celebrated speaker will speak at a Lyceum course on Saturday, December 7th. (Warren Sheaf)
- “Telegrams have been received from overseas the past week stating that a number of our boys have died “over there.” Last Friday Victor Morberg received a telegram stating that his son Alfred, was killed in action Oct. 8. Halvor Lindberg received a telegram Saturday stating his son Hilding had died Oct 2nd in a hospital in England of influenza-pneumonia. Herman Allen received a message Tuesday Morning informing him that his son John had died Oct. 16 of pneumonia.” (Warren Sheaf)
- “John Bergman worked with two teams hauling sand and gravel from Alvarado for a new barn. He is planning to build next spring. Mr. Bergman had
the misfortune of having his barn destroyed by fire of unknown origin this fall.” (Warren Sheaf)
- “Oscar Walberg is up and around looking as well as ever after the influenza-pneumonia. He stayed in the house a long time as he believes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Warren Sheaf)
- “Julius Johnson has written home from Camp Hancock. Ga. He is getting along fine. He has another uniform instead of the one that got lost during his illness.” (Warren Sheaf)
- “Mrs. Nils Hansen and daughter Elna have been helping at Goethe’s. The Hansen’s are just moving into their new home. They were to Alvarado buying some furniture Monday.” (Warren Sheaf)
- “Ralph Mackie took a load of barley to Alvarado Monday and a load of coal home. Others do the same and it will help make the winter less severe.” (Warren Sheaf)
- Baptist Church of Vega: C. H. Ekblad, Pastor, Sunday, Dec. 1 – Sunday School at 11 and preaching service at 11:45 a. m. At Alvarado: Sunday school at four and preaching service at 7:30 p. m. This service will be a memorial service in honor of the late Mrs. O. Goethe. (Warren Sheaf)
- Helen Fering raises two mules that are so ornery that she ends up selling them to the U.S. Army for “a good price.” She decides not to raise anymore.
- Otto Klingborg and Gunda Lefstad build their homes.
- Henry Godenius builds his residence, which is later owned by Edwin Olson.
- Henry Sands builds his home.
- Axel T. Carlson comes to town as well as Carl J. Johnson.
- Standard Oil Company opens a bulk station, and Alex Paulson is the manager, followed by Lewis E. Sands.
- Sands Mercantile Co. sells their store and business to James Porten and Garfield W. Anderson.
- Roger and Ivan Boyce are the new barbers and great hunters.
- Jalmer Skoglund open up his clothing store.
- The Baudette Fire, also known as the Spooner-Baudette Fire, burns 300,000 to 360,000 acres in Lake of the Woods County, including nearly all of the twin towns of Spooner and Baudette on October 7th. In addition to Baudette, the fire also burns the villages of Graceton, Pitt, Williams, and Cedar Spur. Damage is horrific in the communities of Zipple, Roosevelt, Swift and Warroad in the U.S. and Stratton, Pinewood, Rainy River, and Sprague across the river in Canada. (Wikipedia)
- While a Thanksgiving dinner crowd was making merry in a Winona restaurant, a lone bandit entered and held up the cashier and took between $30 and $40 from the cash register. (Warren Sheaf)
- Although lake navigation should have officially closed on November 20th with the expiration of insurance, boats will be in operation until stopped by ice. The demand for ore down lake is so great vessel men have been reluctant to close the season. (Warren Sheaf)
- “What its makers say will be the best map ever published of Minnesota for the use of automobile tourists, road officials and others, is in course of preparation by engineers of the Minnesota Highway commission and will be ready for distribution about January 1.” (Warren Sheaf)
- Cloquet and Moose Lake are destroyed forest fires.
- The University of North Dakota was the hardest-hit single institution in the country by the flu epidemic. The flu killed 1,400 people in North Dakota alone.
- Classes at UND were suspended so the campus could become an army base for soldiers during World War I.
- Tornado struck Fergus Falls killing 59, injuring 200. It’s the second deadliest killer tornado in Minnesota history.
- Boy scouts were established in U.S.
- Halley’s Comet makes an appearance.
- The tango catches on.
- Mark Twain dies.
- Florence Nightingale dies in London.
- First transcontinental flight takes 82 hours; nearly 2 months.
- Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) founded March 12.
- Titanic hits iceberg, April 15. 1,503 lives lost.
- Woodrow Wilson takes oath on March 4; becomes 28th President.
- Harriet Tubman, heroine of underground railroad, dies; buried in Ohio.
- Panama Canal completed; opens August 15.
- World War I begins in Europe; President Woodrow Wilson declares neutrality.
- SS Lusitania sunk May 7; 1,198 lives lost.
- General John “Blackjack” Pershing chases Pancho Villa deep into Mexico.
- National Park Service established, Aug. 25, within the Department of the Interior.
- Woodrow Wilson takes oath on March 4 and begins second term of Presidency.
- After scores of U-boat incidents, the Lusitania, and the “Zimmermann note,” United States enters World War I on April 6.
- Russian Revolution happens in February with the Bolsheviks led by V. I. Lenin.
- World War I American expeditionary force in France suffers 1st casualties on Sept. 4.
- Germany and the Allies sign an armistice to end the fighting in World War I.
- The Pandemic of ’18 breaks out; worldwide outbreak kills 25-35 million.
- Russia’s Czar Nicholas II, the empress, and five children are executed by Bolsheviks on July 16.
- Congress ratifies the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the sale of alcohol anywhere in the United States.