As you scroll through the highlights, listen to the Louis Armstrong’s “If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight” from the 1930s.

Alvarado Headlines

Highlights

Stories

1930

  • Roy Edman, Henry Ferguson and Alex Ranstrom plow as much of Marshall County as they can with their four-wheel drive truck with a snow plow attached.

1932

  • A medicine show comes to town for a whole week, complete with a strong man.
  • Buddy Carlson and Axel Carlson have the station on the corner of Norman Thompson’s farm at the junction of Hwy. 1 and County Rd. 10.

1933

  • John O. Sersland buys his residence.
  • Marie Sands is postmistress.
  • John Ormiston buys his residence from A. W. Neujahr and moves it to his farm.
  • The town is hockey crazy, at least for the winter.
  • School is let out for kids who needed to help with potato harvest.

1934

  • Elmer Nelson heads to Seattle to look for work.
  • Several companies come to Alvarado to see Emil Peterson’s binder reel invention.
  • Pribula Family Band performs on KFYR Radio.
  • Dahlstrom’s run Alvarado Oil.

1935

  • The spring picnic is held.

1936

  • A 90-year old man named Bergstrom hangs himself from the bandstand. Casey Erickson finds the body at 8pm.

1938

  • Edgar Olson buys out K. J. Nielson’s store. G. G. Kollin bought his residence.
  • Joe Vixie buys out his partner, Axel Olson, in their meat market store.
  • Florence Barnholt moves in and opened a beauty parlor. She later marries Clayton Holt.

1939

  • The bank converts into the post office.
  • Axel Carlson builds the town’s first–and probably only–snowplane.

Regional Headlines

(Many items came directly from this Minnesota history timeline.)
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1930

  • The University of North Dakota’s nickname was originally “The Flickertails,” but is officially changed to “The Sioux” in 1930.
  • Price of wheat: $.66/bushel
  • During the Great Depression, unemployed transients loiter in the Gateway district of downtown Minneapolis.
  • Sauk Centre’s Sinclair Lewis, author of Main Street and Elmer Gantry, becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1931

  • Ancient remains of 20,000 year old skeleton nicknamed “Minnesota Man” found in Otter Tail County in Minnesota.

1932

  • Activists march in downtown Minneapolis to demand an $8 weekly relief grant.

1933

  • Members of the National Farmers’ Association march in St. Paul to demand an end to mortgage foreclosures and the development of a refinancing program.
  • “Browns Valley Man” remains, estimated to be 8,000 – 10,000 years old, discovered in Brown County in Minnesota.
  • Workers at the Austin-based Hormel meat packing plant stage the first sit down strike in the U.S. After three days, Hormel agrees to submit wage demands to binding arbitration.

1934

  • Businessman Edward G. Bremer of St. Paul is kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang, ransom of $200,000 one of the largest ransoms in U.S; John Dillinger escapes following gun battle with FBI agents in St. Paul.
  • The Golden Gopher football team wins a national championship, outscoring opponents 270 to 38 during the eight-game season. The team wins the national championship in 1935 and 1936 as well.
  • A truckers’ strike is one of the most violent in the state’s history with transportation workers clashing with police. The battle lasted two days, ending when the union was recognized and their demands settled.

1935

  • The Minnesota Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes’ rivalry in football heats up, and the Floyd of Rosedale trophy is born.
  • Farmers bring a starving cow and horse to the steps of the state Capitol building to showcase desperation conditions in rural Minnesota. Six years of droughts have ruined crops and depleted the land.
  • Self-taught African-American Frederick McKinley Jones pioneers designs for mobile refrigeration for trucks. Jones’ also invents a portable x-ray machine and an air conditioning unit for military field hospitals.
  • The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) brings electrical service to farms.

1936

  • Minnesota temperatures remains below zero for a record 36 days.
  • The drought peaks with the heat of the summer, setting many high temperature records.

1937

  • Silent film clips of locals about town (like the one below) are used to get folks into theaters.

1939

  • Roof of Duluth Amphitheater collapses under weight of snow during hockey game.

U.S./World Headlines

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Actor Boris Karloff stars in the film Frankenstein in 1931.

1930

  • Author William Faulkner releases As I Lay Dying.
  • Murder by new director Alfred Hitchcock is released.
  • Comic strips grow in popularity with Blondie at the top of the list.
  • Photoflash bulb comes into use.
  • Congress creates Veterans Administration; Federal Bureau of Narcotics is organized.
  • Artist Grant Wood releases American Gothic.
  • Bobby Jones wins the “Grand Slam” of world golf as he champions the British Open, US Amateur, British Amateur, and the U.S. Open.

1931

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses are formed.
  • Al Capone, gangster with reputed $20 million annual income, is jailed for income tax evasion.
  • The Empire State Building is completed.
  • Knute Rockne, American football player and coach, dies.

1932

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt wins the U.S. presidential election in a landslide.
  • Werner Heisenberg receives the Nobel Prize for Physics for the development of the matrix theory of quantum mechanics.
  • The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped.
  • Vitamin D is discovered.
  • Work begins on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 13.5 hours.
  • The Olympic summer games are held in Los Angeles, and the winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, NY.

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1933

  • Frances Perkins is appointed Secretary of Labor and becomes the first woman cabinet member.
  • More than 500 movies are produced in Hollywood.
  • The Public Works Association is created in the U.S.
  • The 21st Amendment to the Constitution pass repealing prohibition on alcohol.
  • Actor Katherine Hepburn stars in the film Little Women.

1934

  • The S.S. Queen Mary is launched.
  • FBI shoots public enemy #1 John Dillinger.
  • Max Baer wins the world heavyweight boxing title.
  • Scuba divers descend more than 3,000 feet near Bermuda.

1935

  • President Roosevelt signs the US Social Security Act.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous founded in New York.
  • Persia changes its name to Iran.
  • Race car driver Malcolm Campbell drives his car “Bluebird” 276 mph in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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1936

  • F.D. Roosevelt reelected President in a landslide.
  • Spanish Civil War begins.
  • Trotsky exiled from Russia.
  • King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to his brother so that he might marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
  • Theorist Dale Carnegie releases How to Win Friends and Influence People.
  • Margaret Mitchell receives the Pulitzer Prize for Gone with the Wind.
  • Boulder Dam on the Colorado River is completed creating Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the world.
  • BBC starts television service.
  • Life magazine starts publication.
  • Bruno Hauptman convicted of the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
  • Olympic Games held in Berlin – Jesse Owens wins four gold medals.
  • Baseball Hall of Fame established in Cooperstown, New York.

1937

  • Disney releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Popular songs of the day include: “The Lady is a Tramp” and “Whistle While You Work.”
  • The first jet engine is built by Frank Whittle.
  • Amelia Earhart is lost on Pacific flight.
  • The Hindenburg crashes during live transcontinental radio broadcast.
  • Joe Louis wins world heavyweight boxing title.
  • The first rule to deal with icing in hockey is introduced.

1938

  • Hitler appoints himself War Minister in Germany.
  • Author and playwright Thornton Wilder wins the Pulitzer Prize for Our Town.
  • Orson Welle’s radio production of War of the Worlds causes wide spread panic.
  • 40 hour work week established in the U.S.
  • American millionaire Howard Hughes flies around the world in 3 days, 19 hours, and 17 minutes.

1939

  • Adolf Hitler releases Mein Kampf.
  • Author John Steinbeck wins the Pulitzer Prize for Grapes of Wrath.
  • Popular songs of the day include: “Roll Out the Barrel” and “The Last Time I Saw Paris.”
  • Pan American Airways begins regularly scheduled flights between US and Europe on the Dixie Clipper.
  • Nylon stockings come into popularity.
  • Sigmund Freud dies.
  • Germany invades Poland, and World War II begins.
  • Popular films of the day include: Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.
  • First baseball game broadcast on television in the U.S.
  • US Lawn Tennis Men’s Single champion is Bobby Riggs.