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Alexander Field marks 85th anniversary

South Wood County airport once deemed largest in the state, housed POWs during World War II

2:11 AM, Aug. 31, 2013
A Ford Tri-Motor airplane sits Thursday on the tarmac near the Alexander Field hangar in Wisconsin Rapids.
A Ford Tri-Motor airplane sits Thursday on the tarmac near the Alexander Field hangar in Wisconsin Rapids.
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This weekend, scores of people are expected to flock to Alexander Field in Wisconsin Rapids to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the airport.

Once owned and operated by Nekoosa Edwards Paper Co., or NEPCO, subsidiary Tri-City Airways, the airport is named for long-time paper company executive John Alexander and still boasts the original hangar building along Airport Avenue.

As the papermaker's vice president and general manager, Alexander persuaded his father and then-boss, Lewis Alexander, to buy a Ford Tri-Motor airplane in the mid- to late 1920s, and by October 1928, Tri-City had ...

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