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Looking Back 6-22-13

60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of July 7, 1953

Throngs of shoppers are expected to visit stores on Wednesday, July 9, the regular monthly Shopper Day in this city.  Not only is Wednesday to be the July Shopper Day but it is also the weekly Wampum Day to Morris and the wampum firms in the city are offering a big jackpot of $300 this week.  Residents of the area are reminded that the person whose name is called for the prize must be in one of the Wampum stores, shops or offices at 2:30 in order to be eligible for the prize.  As part of the special attractions for the day, the machinery dealers have announced that they will have an implement display on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Morris during the day. The display will feature one principal item from each of the dealers.

The 71st annual Minnesota State Trapshooting tournament will be held at the Graceville Gun club on July 9, 10, 11 and 12, the first time that the state meet has been held in this section of the state.  Contestants in the meet will be shooting for $4,500 in cash prizes and trophies.  

A new safeguard which hereafter will make it virtually impossible to alter the “date of birth” record on any Minnesota driver’s license has been adopted by the Drivers License Division of the State Highway Department.  New equipment has been purchased by the department, at a nominal cost, with which the date-of-birth figure showing the age of the licensee will be stamped into the card with perforated inked numbers similar to those placed on checks by a check protector.  

A number of building lots in Shorewood Addition on highway 28, in the western part of the city, will be offered at auction, it is announced by the owners, Bill Smith, Woody Wieland and Dr. L. D. Vanderhoef.  The auction will be held Wednesday evening, July 8 starting at 7 o’clock and will continue each evening at 7 o’clock until the lots have been sold, it is announced.  Cash prizes totaling $50 will be given away during the sale.  Shorewood is one of the newest residential subdivisions in Morris.  Three new homes have already been completed in the district and a fourth is under construction.  J. B. Couric is manager of the sale, with Clarence Brown as auctioneer.  

The National Geographic Society has completed the largest map-making project in the 55-year history of its cartographic section and has started issuing the result-a 10-color historical map of the United States-to its 2,150,000 members. In 41 by 26 1/2 inch size, it is being distributed with the June issue of the National Geographic Magazine.  Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the Society and editor of its magazine, planned the map to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, that “most momentous real estate deal in history” by which the United States doubled the size of its territory.  

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of June 28, 1973

Gregory O. Heuring of Morris is among 50 National Guardsmen and Army Reservists who have started the junior phase of the Minnesota Military Academy during annual field training at Camp Ripley.  The academy is the prime source of junior officers for the Minnesota National Guard, providing almost 700 commissioned officers since its founding in 1956.

A St. Cloud man was offered the position of city manager of Morris, at a special council meeting Tuesday evening.  He is Ronald Klaphake. The offer was verbally accepted the same evening, it was announced yesterday, but the formal contract has not yet been signed. Mr. Klaphake is scheduled to enter on his new duties July 15.    

Sudhir Agarwal, of the Morris Senior High Key Club, who is Lt. Governor for the Northern Minnesota Division of the MinnKota District of the Key Club International, will be in Chicago July 1-4, to attend the 30th annual convention of Key Club International along with some 2,000 Key Club members from all across the entire continent.  

Gertrude Thompson, postmaster at Cyrus, will retire June 30 after serving nearly 30 years in that capacity. Robert Robards of Glenwood will be officer-in-charge at the Cyrus office until a permanent postmaster is appointed.

A book on the history of Chokio will be available shortly to the public, according to Mrs. Ann Dorweiler, author of the publication.  Printing on the books is expected to be completed this week and they will go on sale as soon as they are delivered, she said.  The author has lived in the Chokio area all of her life.  For a number of years she was a teacher in the Chokio Public School system.  Her husband was the late Paul B. Dorweiler, Chokio banker.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 1, 1993

Marilyn Schmidgall has been promoted to branch manager at Fargo County Health. Schmidgall will be responsible for operations at the Fargo Branch.  She has worked with the company since 1989, and recently earned a master’s degree in business administration at Moorhead State University.  Schmidgall is the daughter of Alphai and Pearl Moser of Morris.  

The face of education in Morris will be changed next year with retirements accepted from four teachers Monday night.  Carol Wilcox, Tony Ludwig, Bill Krump and Shirley Tomlin all retired under options that will allow them to keep their health insurance benefits until age 65.  

Several area students were among 1218 students who graduated in the spring commencement ceremonies held May 28, at St. Cloud State University.  Students from this area included: Evelyn Griffith of Morris, master of science.  Laura Miller of Morris, master of science.  Gayle Hougard of Donnelly, BS.  Jill Foley of Alberta, BA.  Jody Kenyon of Alberta, BS, magna cum laude. John Howe of Chokio, BA.  

Nancy Mooney, executive assistant for the Dean’s Office at UMM, has been named University of Minnesota, Morris Campus Coordinator for the Commission on Women. Mooney served on the commission’s advisory board for three years.