Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.
60 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of September 16, 1958
The Cyrus FFA Chorus sang at the State Fair, under the direction of Gerald Barsness. Choir members are Jerry Ettesvold, Ronald Barsness, Gary Malland, Lyle Jordan, Roger Rohrer, Dan Dosdall, David Danielson, Douglas Veum, John Dosdall, Loren Wiger, David Retzlaff, Lennie Solvie, Glen Helberg, Dennis Wittwer, Don Huntley, Richard Pederson, Harland Linde, Cecil Berg, Dennis Solvie, Herbert Berg, Duane Lokken, Paul Carbert, David Dosdall, Lyle Hanson. Miss Karen Tinseth was accompanist for the chorus. The Cyrus FFA Chorus is the only FFA chapter chorus in the state.
For 50 years there has been an Erickson-father or son-on the board of education in school district 2153, formerly district 7 in Rendsville township. And this unusual record of community service lengthens each day, for Anton Erickson is still a member of the board. Erickson, a lifetime resident of Rendsville, has been on the school board in his district for 23 years. But he still has quite some time to go before he can equal the record of his father, Martin Erickson. The senior Mr. Erickson was a member of the board in that district for 36 years.
The Minnesota Highway department is about to embark upon a full-scale series of television programs, Highway officials revealed in a discussion of problems relating to the dissemination of information to the public about state government activities. Entitled "A Life in Your Hands," the 26-week series of half-hour programs will be carried over KTCA-TV, Channel 2.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of September 13, 1978
Light reflected from his trophy lights up the face of High School All-American Wrestler Gene Hacker and his coach, Spencer Yohe. Hacker graduated from Hancock High School last spring, where he starred throughout his wrestling career. He wrestled in the 185- pound class.
Bernita and Gerald Olson and their young son, Rodney Lane, are the new owners of Shady Lawn Rest Home. They are well fitted for their task as Gerald is a Licensed Practical Nurse with 20 years' experience at Rochester State Hospital and Moose Lake State Hospital and Bernita, among many skills, numbers bookkeeping and Christian education in her background.
The appointment of Charles D. Spohr of Morris as a member of the Farmers Home Administration County Committee serving Stevens County has been announced. Mr. Spohr succeeds Bernard Schneider of Alberta whose term expired this year. Charles Spohr is an active Stevens County farmer and has been farming and working in related agricultural fields all his life. He lives in Horton Township.
The Hancock Owls lost a tough, high-scoring football game to the Villard Mallards last Friday by a score of 50-18. The team which the Mallards fielded last Friday night included 31 players to Hancock's 19; one of the reasons for the loss. Dave Schoeck, coach of the Owls, said after the game that he thought Tim Gramm had been running the ball well and that he would "continue to be the workhorse." He was also impressed by the excellent pass receiving by Daniel Jepma.
Mrs. John Plath of Hancock was one of two Stevens County Senior Citizen representatives at the Minnesota State Fair. Mrs. Plath and LeRoy Woolridge of Morris were greeted with 132 other senior citizen representatives from 65 counties by Gov. Rudy Perpich Aug. 28 during the fair's Senior Citizens Day.
35 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of September 23, 1983
The 1983 Homecoming of Morris High School will be remembered very positively and not just because of the heroics of the gridiron team in defeating Paynesville. All events brought fun and enrichment to the student body. Besides the game, another big feature was Friday's parade showcasing the Homecoming royalty among other things. A parade float car carried smiling Sharon Martin, Homecoming queen, flanked by her two fellow candidates: Sarah Evans and Bryn Anderson. The youngsters in the car were Chris Brustuen and Kimberly Lampert, the crown-bears in Thursday's coronation ceremony at the MHS auditorium.
Tine Berg of Norway is following in her mother's footsteps by receiving a portion of her education in America. Berg, the daughter of Thomas and Kari Berg of rural Verdalsora, is a senior at Morris High School and will receive her diploma next spring in MHS commencement exercises. Kari studied in America 23 years ago as a participant in the American Field Service (AFS) program. Her host city was Charlotte, NC.
Jack Frost made his appearance in this area Thursday night and Friday morning. The West Central Experiment Station recorded a low of 27 degrees. County Extension Director Doug Ehlers indicated that the first-of-the-season killing frost was general throughout Stevens County.
The MHS volleyball team faced Paynesville just like the football squad last week but didn't come away with similar success. Coach Alice Olsen's crew got off to a good start in Thursday's home match against the Bulldogs, taking the opening game by a score of 19-11. However, Paynesville bounced back to win the next two games by scores of 18-15 and 18-16. The statistics, at least in the serving and spiking categories, showed the Tigers to have played quite well. In fact, Olsen felt her team was superior in these key phases of play.