As you scroll through the highlights, listen to the Dorsey Brother’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me” from the 1920s.
Stories from the 1920’s
- The Storefronts
- 1919-1922: Alvarado Telephone and a Movie Theater!
- The First Basketball Team
- First High School Graduates
- 1923: Farmer Haul Directly to Elevator
- 1924: Graduation
- 1925: Sugar Beet Industry Begins
- Alvarado’s Wall Street
- 1926 – Memorial Bridge
- Baseball Team of the 1920s
- 1928 Updates
- The First Beet Dump
- A Little Drama
- Making Hay
- The Farmers Elevator is the first co-op in town.
- Mrs. Carl Holt’s restaurant is a popular place to eat. The freight train arrives around noon, and the crew of about 8 to 10 men all troop down the street to the restaurant to eat.
- Joseph Kouba opens a movie theater in the building later occupied by August P. Olson’s Food Market.
- Henning and Berger A. Smith buys out the K. J. Moe confectionery. Henning is known for his excellent coffee.
- State Bank of Alvarado builds their third bank building.
- Dr. R. G. Swenson comes to town and opens a dental office.
- Martin A. Strandberg is the new manager of the Farmers’ Elevator.
- John W. Sands builds his home.
- Alvarado Telephone company is organized, with shares sold to raise money to buy all the equipment. The original logbook shows 56 stockholders.
- The first basketball team takes the court for Alvarado High.
- The first students graduate from Alvarado High. Prior to 1921, students only went through the 8th grade.
- George T. Sands is the postmaster.
- The telephone operator has to manually make connections – there are no phone numbers. You can call the operator and ask for Holy Moses and get connected to Moses Olson of Mobil Oil Co. in Oslo.
- Dan Dahlstrom sells his part in the garage to Peter Melin to take over the active management of the Alvarado Oil Co.
- Olson and Vixie goes into grocery and meat market business.
- Melvin Olson opens his grocery store.
- Emil and Algot Anderson buys the garage from Peter Melin, who moves to Warren.
- John and Minnie Hoglin have one of the first radios in Alvarado. John builds several radio sets. Living upstairs in the train depot, they run a long wire up the telegraph pole to serve as an antenna.
- Farmers haul grain directly from the threshing rig to the elevator.
- Leon Goulet moves in and becomes manager of the P-V Elevator.
- J. T. Matulys now operates the drug store.
- Paul Myerchin is the new barber.
- Graduates in 1924 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.
- The beet industry starts in Alvarado with four farmers signing up to grow beets: Oscar Sands, Nordahl Thompson, Henry Nystrom, and Frank Dahlgren. It can take more than a month to harvest 25 acres of beets.
- State Bank of Alvarado is closed on Nov. 16 and is liquidated.
- The Memorial Bridge over the Snake River is dedicated on June 5. The bridge costs $15,000.
- James H. Porten opens the Alvarado Cash Store.
- The play The Family Album was put on at the Alvarado School Auditorium by the Woman’s Club on March 29th.
- Farmers’ Cooperative Creamery is organized April 18.
- W. E. Hanson is Superintendent of Schools.
- Mabel Connor buys a residence from Dan Dahlstrom.
- Alfred and Jennie Iverson buys their residence from Henry Johnson.
- Paul Myerchin buys his barber shop and residence.
- Albin S. Swenson buys a residence from E. 0. Bjorklund.
- Richard Rice is in the Allis Chalmers implement business.
- Mabel Connor bought a residence from Dan Dahlstrom.
- Alfred and Jennie Iverson bought residence from Henry Johnson.
- The Farmers State Bank of Alvarado is closed on Nov. 22.
- The first permanent beet dump is installed.
(Many items came directly from this Minnesota history timeline.)
- Minnesota women vote for the first time in state and national elections after passage of the 19th amendment.
- Scott Fitzgerald writes his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in a third-floor bedroom of his family’s row house at 599 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. The book is published by Scribner’s.
- Police arrest several young black men accused of raping a white woman. That evening, several of them – Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie – are taken from jail and lynched.
- Fort Snelling is known as the “country club” of the peacetime army and sports polo fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a golf course.
- The School Safety Patrol is founded in Minnesota at Cathedral School in St. Paul to help fellow elementary school parents cross busy streets.
- Betty Crockers is created by General Mills to answer letters about baking problems. She will become known to nine out of 10 American women by 1940.
- The first radio station in Minnesota, WLB – later KUOM – begins at the University of Minnesota.
- St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby, a landmark of American literature.
- The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M) creates masking tape.
- St. Paul becomes a “crooks’ haven” through 1934 when the police chief guarantees criminals safety in the city as long as they commit their crimes elsewhere.
- Minnesota native Charles Lindbergh flew solo across Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris.
- Ole Rolvaag, a Norwegian-born professor at St. Olaf College, publishes Giants in the Earth.
- A hulking Green Giant becomes the symbol of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company in Le Sueur. Advertising Age describes him as “a fugitive from a Grimm’s fairy tale.” He gets jollier and more handsome as time goes on.
- Big Stone Canning Company invents whole canned corn by introducing its Butter Kernel brand in a can.
- The Foshay Tower opens in downtown Minneapolis. The 32-floor building is the tallest building in Minnesota for half a century.
- The United States Census reports, for first time, that more Americans live in urban areas than in rural areas. However, “urban” is defined as any town with more than 2,500 people.
- The Palmer Raids begin, launching a period of intense government persecution of radical political dissidents in response to the postwar Red Scare sweeping the nation.
- The Nineteenth Amendment is ratified, granting women the right to vote.
- Congress passes immigration restrictions, for the first time creating a quota for European immigration to the United States. Targeted at “undesirable” immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, the act sharply curtails the quota for those areas while retaining a generous allowance for migrants from Northern and Western Europe.
- Warren G. Harding takes oath on March 4; becomes 29th President.
- King Tutankhamun’s tomb discovered on Nov. 4, by Howard Carter.
- U.S.S.R. created; it includes Russia, Byelorussia, Transcaucasia, and Ukraine.
- Warren G. Harding dies August 2 from heart attack in San Francisco.
- Calvin Coolidge takes oath on August 3; becomes 30th President.
- J. Edgar Hoover named head of Bureau of Investigation.
- Congress confers citizenship on (some) Native Americans.
- Lenin dies and Stalin takes over in U.S.S.R.
- First female state governor is Nellie Taylor Ross in Wyoming.
- First commercial diesel-electric trains begin service.
- Calvin Coolidge begins second term of Presidency.
- John T. Scopes convicted in “monkey trial” of teaching evolution in Dayton, Tennessee.
- Richard E. Byrd flies over North Pole.
- Babe Ruth makes home run record.
- BBC is founded.
- The first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, is released.
- Richard E. Byrd flies over South Pole.
- St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago by rival bootleggers.
- Herbert C. Hoover becomes 31st President.
- Television is demonstrated by Vladimir K. Zworykin. First completely electronic system.
- Great Depression begins after bank and stock failures in October.