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Looking Back 7-20-13

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 17, 1953

Committees from the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs of Morris, jointly studying a suggestion that the avenues of Morris be re-named, are seeking the reaction of the general public to the proposal.  Interested citizens are invited and urged to present their criticisms and suggestions on the matter to Dan Stang  or Merle Felstul, chairman of the Kiwanis and Lions committees. Avenues are named to enable people to find specific places in a city in relation to the number of the street.  To be practical the names of avenues should have the following characteristics: (1) They should be arranged alphabetically. (2) They should be long enough to eliminate mistakes in writing and short enough not to be confusing. (3) They should be distinctive and their abbreviations should not lead to mistakes.  In addition, in Morris, a different set should be used for the East side and for the West side to indicate direction from Atlantic Avenue.  

Mrs. Erma Wagner of this city yesterday assumed the management of the Jane Morris shop in Morris.  She succeeds Mrs. Emma Eckholm, who recently resigned from the position after having managed the store for 7 1/2 years. Mrs. Eckholm plans to go to Perris, Calif. and will leave here early next week for that city.  She expects to locate permanently in California.

Pvt. Raymond L. Luthi, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Luthi, Morris, recently joined the 45th Infantry Division in Korea. Private Luthi, a medical aidman, entered the Army last November and took basic training at Camp Pickett, Va.

Outfielder Bob Pollard is the new manager of the Morris Eagles, succeeding Paul Scanlon who was given his release by the baseball club last week.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 24, 1973

Fourteen junior high students enrolled in the summer industrial arts enrichment program.  Classes were held two hours daily for six weeks and were under the guidance of Al Buss, industrial arts teacher for the Morris school system.

Students enrolled were Allen Grantham, Mark Dylla, John Freese, Raymond Schmidt, Dan Krosch, Ed Beyer, John Tomlinson, Mara McGinnis, Nadine Monroe, Julie Linser, Julie Freese, Dennis Ryan, Julie Martelle and Steve Grossman.  

A recent proposal by the community's Doctor Procurement Committee that the Stevens County Memorial Hospital be updated, that a combined medical clinic-hospital complex be considered in planning, and that development of a health care program be a priority matter has received strong backing from the medical staff at the Memorial Hospital.  The medical staff recommended to the board of trustees the appointment of Dr. John Stock to the hospital medical staff.  Efforts are being made to secure his release from his military commitment in order that he might continue practice here and at least partially solve the severe shortage of medical doctors in the area.  

The seventh session of the Midwest Banking Institute opened in Morris Sunday and will continue through Friday, on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris.  The Institute is sponsored by the bankers association of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

Vicki Mathison of Scott 4-H Club, and Mary Gunderson and Scott Beseman of Willing Workers 4-H are attending a Citizenship Short Course at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C., July 21-28.

The major sports event of the summer season in Morris is just a little more than a week away. It's the annual state VFW tournament which will be played at Eagles field on Aug. 2, 3, 4 and 5. Competing in the tournament for the state VFW championship will be the champions from nine districts into which the state is divided, plus the Morris VFW team as the representative from the host city for the tournament.  Eagles field will have a new look for the state tournament.  New cyclone fencing is being installed around the playing field, replacing the former board fence, and other improvements are scheduled for the field and the park.  

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 27, 1993

The Pomme de Terre Garden Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an open house this Sunday.  According to the Garden Club President Liz Schmidt, the Garden Club was organized in 1953 and 30 people attended an organizational meeting.  Officers of the new club, called Morris Garden Club, were Mrs. Charles Yerigan, president; Mrs. L.W. Wolking, vice president; Vivian Smith, secretary; Clifford Buss, treasurer; and Mrs. Glenn Winter, reporter.  

Angie Metz and Dustin Metz of Donnelly, are members of the Little Crow Water Ski Team in New London.  Don Metz, their father, is a safety boat driver for the team.  The team will be competing at the 1993 Minnesota State Water Ski Show Tournament, Aug. 1, at Lake Phalen in St. Paul.  The Little Crow Water Ski Team was the 1992 Minnesota State Champions and will represent Minnesota at the 1993 National Water Ski Show competition in Janesville, Wis.  

Todd Huna, age 14, of Morris has been selected for the USA/Norway Hockey Series team and will leave Aug. 5 for a 10-day trip to Norway.  Todd, son of Dan and Cindy Huna, said he'd been playing hockey for 12 years-he got ice skates and got on the ice when Morris State Bank was recently awarded an "OUTSTANDING" rating from the FDIC for assessing and meeting the needs of the community in an examination of our Community Reinvestment Act performance evaluation conducted March 19.  

Bob Holmes, sales representative for Culligan, received an award in a recent company sales contest.  He has worked with Culligan since October.  Congratulating Holmes was Steve Beisang, district manager, and Cary Birch, Culligan dealer in Morris, Glenwood and Willmar.  Holmes was honored at an awards breakfast Friday in Plymouth.


This weekend is the annual WCSA reunion.  The class of 1963 will be having its 50th reunion, which marks a special one for the class, as it was the last class to graduate from WCSA.   It’s not only their 50th reunion, but the final class to celebrate a 50th WCSA reunion.  Other classes will be celebrating this year, classes of 1943, 1948, 1952-53, and 1958.  All WCSA alumni are invited to attend the all-school reunion.