From the miscellaneous drawer - Fall cleaning

by Anne Swenson

Fall cleaning
When we moved the Ely Echo business operation from 2 East Sheridan Street to 15 East Chapman Street in 2005 we went from a nine room, two-story space plus basement to a one level five room compact unit.
Since we’ve been here, the 14 four-drawer filing cabinets have held documents dating back to 1972 when the Echo began.
Installing some new printing equipment recently meant consolidating once again materials we deem important to the newspaper and to our customers.
But it’s easy to get distracted... and my desk has become a repository for items once thought lost.
Other items, such as our vast collection of photo proof sheets in notebooks are now organized by date on a back room shelf. If only that remained as easy as technology changed and we moved from black and white negatives developed in our own lab to color prints and now digital color.
Among the “finds” are notebooks covering various projects one or another of us have volunteered to work on for the community over the years.
Among the historical materials and books which have come our way is the 1993 “Remember the Past” booklet assembled by Janet Bigelow’s senior English class. In it students published the interviews they did with teachers, relatives and some people in the community.
Newspapers excel as packrats and hoarders. And we appreciate all the items brought in or sent by readers and friends to be shared.
Just recently Dick Lindsgog reminded us of Sumner Purvis’ 105 years.
Bernard Brula shared a clipping which was part of a salute to veterans. He had served in the US Navy during World War II and now lives in Franklin Park, Illinois.
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In the Ely Echo of October 21, 1996, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• Ely school district hires financial advisor for $1 million building project
• Local snowmobilers, mushers at odds over use of Tomahawk Trail
• Fitness Center meeting set for Ely hospital
• Leustek awarded Chapman Street project bid