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Looking Back 8-24

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 18, 1953

The resignation of Mrs. Tone H. Long as Home Agent for Stevens County was accepted by the County Agricultural Extension committee at a special meeting on Aug. 12. Mrs. Long has accepted a position as home economics teacher in the Cyrus Public Schools.

Lower admission prices will prevail at the 1953 Stevens County Fair on Aug. 21, 22 and 23, according to action taken by the fair board. Gate admission prices on Saturday and Sunday will be 50 cents as compared to 60 cents last year. Each admission ticket is good for all day. No admission price will be charged on Friday, opening day of the fair.

How many persons in this area saw the brilliant meteor on the evening of July 19, which fell downward in a north by northwest direction? If you did the Department of Astronomy, University of Iowa at Iowa City, would like to know about it. According to C. C. Wylie, professor of astronomy at the University of Iowa, Oren Gilbert of this city has reported seeing the meteor. The meteor was reported to have been seen in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and South Dakota. From these reports Prof. Wylie has surmised the flight of the meteor ended over a point not far from Appleton, MN.

A success story -- American style -- is that of the career of Oliver S. Hagerman, a former Morris boy who has earned his way to a high position in the public utilities field. Now chairman of the boards of the Charleston (W. Va.) Group companies of the Columbia Gas System Service Corp., Mr. Hagerman will retire on Aug. 31 but will retain his places on the boards of directors of the seven companies comprising the Charleston Group.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 23, 1973

Promoting the "Meals On Wheels" program, Mrs. Jim Eidsvold, treasurer of the Morris Mrs. Jaycees, presented a $20 check from the organization to Mrs. Bruce Smalley, chairwoman for the Meals on Wheels project. The $20 will cover costs for tin foil, paper plates, and similar items for one year in the program.

The new school term for students in the Morris public schools will begin Aug. 27. The faculty this year will include three new teachers who will be spending their first year in the teaching field. Warren Zaffke, will be the new junior and senior high school vocal music instructor, replacing Chris Gruenes and Judy Hjembo. David Kearn will be the school psychologist. Bruce Grosland will be a new fifth grade teacher here, replacing Mrs. Dagny Prickett. Also returning to the Morris system will be Marilyn Ismir as senior high home economics instructor, replacing Ruby Washburn, and Darlene Ross, who will replace Ardell Anderson as a first grade teacher.

Ron Hamm has joined the staff of the University of Minnesota, Morris as Director of University Relations. He replaces Dick Welsh who resigned last spring to become Director of University Relations at Seattle University.

Mrs. Dennis Sleiter, chairwoman of the Mrs. Jaycees county quilt raffle, presents the prize to winning Mrs. Harold Jaeck, Morris. Mrs. Jaeck's name was drawn during the county fair grandstand program. The Mrs. Jaycees made the red, white and blue patterned quilt as a group project and began selling chances on it in June.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 24, 1993

Bao Moua and Laura Sommer were two of four MAHS students who attended the Minnesota Business Venture this summer. Kristel Hoffman and Heidi Larson also attended from MAHS. Participants work in teams and strengthen problem-solving and communication skills, examine careers and interact with other high school students. Scholarship support for area participants was provided by the West Central Minnesota Initiative Fund.

It became official Thursday afternoon, as members of the community broke ground for the new Stevens County Arena Hilfred and Estelle Lee Community Center. Participants invited to take part in the groundbreaking included: Pat Carbert representing the Lee Family; Steve Sauder from Stenerson Lumber; Connie Freeman from Morris State Bank; Tim Anderson from Citizens/Community First Bank; Dennis Ellefson from Otter Tail Power; Joe Riley and John Riley of Riley Brothers Construction; Bob Kleespie of Kleespie Tank; Doug Brutger of the Sunwood Inn; County Commissioners Jerry Loher, Skip Sherstad, Bob Stevenson, Herb Kloos and Wally Staples; Jim Beauregard, Paul Watzke, Ron Sharstrom and Joe Braun of the Morris Hockey Association; Ron Staples of the Fair Board; Paul Ersted of the Donnelly-Chokio Bank; Rod Johnson of the Swine Health Center; Tommy Tomlin of the American Legion Post 29; Paul Martin of Willie's Super Valu; and Vic Zeiher of Klinker Construction.

Paul Rentz and Joel Beyer were champions of the Third Flight in the '93 Two-Man Best Ball Tournament, played at Pomme de Terre Golf Course. Runners-up in the Third Flight were Bob McNally and Ray Suess. A total of 35 two-man teams registered to play in the day's challenging format. This was a mid-July event.