ALEXANDER OLD SETTLERS' DAY

 

 

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     The Labor Day weekend  begins a celebration that began over 50 years ago as a community picnic at the end of the harvest season and has grown to one of McKenzie County's larger events.

     The beef barbecue is still an integral part of of Old Settlers Day. The event now covers 3 days and features such activities as a bonfire, parade, a program, dances, school athletics, childrens activities, bingo and horseshoes.

 

Past Old Settlers' Honorees

1946 - Lemuel Burns

1947 - Carl Latcher

1948 - Obert Skedsvold

1949 - Ernest Leland

1950 - Joe Wheeling

1951 - Julius Jacobson

1952 - Anders Madsen

1953 - Carl Turnquist

1954 - Spike Meek

1955 - John Slator

1956 - Howard 'Chip' Monson

1957 - Dave Crighton

1958 - Mrs. Grace Dwyer

1959 - Fred Echert

1960 - John Link

1961 - Edwin Sanders

1962 - Frank Erickson

1963 - Harold Chaney

1964 - Dorsey Slagle

1965 - Julius Forthun

1966 - Roy Johnson

1967 - Art Ableman

1968 - Lars Haugen

1969 - Edith Lanz

1970 - Ragna Aasen

1971 - James Neer, Sr.

1972 - Christ Enstulen

1973 - Anna Drovdal

1974 - Fred Mcintyre

1975 - Mrs. Geo. Henry

1976 - Kenny Rindahl

1977 - Armosa Weber

1978 - Gunda Fjelstad

1979 - Grief Coates

1980 - F. A. Rhoade

1981 - Bob Hinman

1982 - Clark Jenner

1983 - Albert B. Mrachek

1984 - Hattie Melland

1985 - Garvin Jacobson

1986 - Lloyd Powell

1987 - Orville Haugen

1988 - Art Link

1989 - Emil Pesek

1990 - Tim Dwyer

1991 - Vince Rettig

1992 - George Novak

1993 - Clarence Melland

1994 - Lee Stenehjem

1995 - Charles Aasen

1996 - Herman Schmitz

1997 - Gertude Mosby

1998 - Bill Forthun

1999 - John Mrachek

2000 - Fred James

2001 - Nora Slagle

2002 - Arne Skedsvold

 

2003 - Clarence Bolken

2004 - Tom Davidson

2005 - Ron Timmrecks

2006 - Jim Taylor

2007 - Tom Dwyer

2008 - Roy Winden

2009 - Lenard Fixen Family

2010 - Ray Papineau

2011 - Solveig Okland

2012 - Carlson-Heinz

2013 - Kenneth Haugen

2014 - Alexander First Responders

               & Alexander Fire Department

2015 - Jack and Elizabeth Hatter

2016 - The Roger & Eunice                         Sanders Family

2017 - Bill & Donna Lewis

2018 - Jim & Barb Jacobson

2019 - Dick & Janice Iverson

Old Settlers' History

     I've been ranching for fifty years and I'm going to retire. If you fellows in Alexander will sponsor an Old Timers' Picnic, "I'll furnish the critter for the barbecue", said Lem Burns in the summer of 1946. The Alexander Community Club accepted his proposal and the Old Settlers Day was begun as Lem Burns Day and has continued annually since then.

     

     The first picnic did not draw a huge crowd but the streets of Alexander were filled with farmers, pioneer settlers and former residents. The picnic turned out to be such an enjoyable event that it became an annual affair.

     

     The first year, the beef was cooked in an oven pan 4’x6’. Fred Shipman later showed the men how to fix the meat in a pit barbecue. The pit is dug and the bonfire is held on Thursdays night to provide coals for the barbecue. Many loads of wood are hauled by the community for this purpose. Friday afternoon the meat is cut, salt, pepper and onions are added, wrapped in butcher paper and ham bags, placed in gunny sacks, dipped in barrels of water, and thrown into the pit with half the coals removed. The remaining coals and dirt are then pushed over the meat and it begins to cook. It is removed at noon on Saturday in time for the picnic. The barbecue beef is served on a bun along with baked beans dished up from steaming cast iron kettles.

   

     Through the years Old Settlers’ has been held on the first Saturday in September with the exception of 1950 when it was postponed one week due to rainy weather. The following week there was even more rain and had to be held anyway due to the cut up of the meat. Old Settlers’ was never postponed again. It snowed in 1961 but that didn’t stop the proceedings.

     

     In 1989, the Centennial year, the event was extended to a four day celebration beginning on Thursday with the bonfire.

Through the years there have been many different activities to take part in throughout the celebration. Thank you to all the community members that make this event happen. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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