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Looking Back 11-2-13

60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of October 27, 1953

The Morris Fire department's new fire truck arrived in the city last Tuesday. Purchased at a cost of approximately $17,000, the big FWD truck is equipped with a 1,000 gallon per minute capacity pump engine and is rated one of the finest and most completely equipped fire trucks in the area. The truck was ordered last March from the Minnesota FWD Co., Inc.

L. W. Yore, BM1, of the USS Hummer (AMS-20), whose wife is the former Betty Ross of Morris, was presented with two awards recently aboard the minesweeper in a ceremony conducted by Capt. C. A. Lee, USN, Commander, Columbia River Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet. Presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic conduct while serving as boat captain during a minesweeping operation near Mokpo, Korea on March 25, 1952. Yore also received a Commendation Ribbon with Combat Distinguishing Device for meritorious services as a boat captain during operations against enemy forces in the Korean Theatre in 1951.

One of the most extensive street improvement projects in the city in a number of years was completed last week, and with its completion Morris can boast of one of the finest systems of improved streets that might be found in any city of comparable size in the state. The project, completed at a total cost of approximately $80,000, included the bituminous surfacing of 80 city blocks, of which 32 bloc ks were newly constructed with stabilized base.  In addition, in cooperation with the state highway department, five and a half blocks of East 7th Street, which also is trunk highway 28, were completely rebuilt to grade and resurfaced.  The project also included the bituminous seal coating of 120 blocks in the city, reports F. B. Schaub, Resident Engineer, of the Northwest Engineering Co.  

The Alberta High School grid team completed its season last Friday by edging Beardsley, 7-6.  The victory left the Bluejays with a 3-4 record for the season.  The club lost its first four games but came back strong to win the final three games on its schedule.

There are hundreds of “weeks” in the year designated to publicize a wide variety of products, programs and events, but the oldest probably best known “week” is National Apple Week, which occurs this year from Oct. 22 through Oct. 31. Oct. 31 is not only Halloween but has been known as National Apple Day for many years.  Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it was expanded in 1996 to a three-month promotional window from September through November.  

40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of October 25, 1973

Seven members  of St. Edwards Council, Knights of Columbus, received their 25-year membership pins at their annual banquet held recently. Those seven were  Arnie Hennen, Joe Sauter, Oliver Boehmer, Francis Rinkenberger, Don Mahoney, Cecil Schauff and Doug Garberick.  A 50-year pin was awarded to A. J. Buscher of Morris. The presentation was made by Arnie Hennen, Grand Knight of St. Edwards Council, Oct. 13 at Sunwood Inn.  

Morris' recently-organized swimming team will get its first taste of competition Saturday when they travel to St. Cloud to meet the defending Northern Lights Swimming conference champions.  The Morris team, coached by Dr. Gordon Bopp, UMM academic dean, has been practicing regularly since mid-summer in the UMM pool.  Bopp has a total of 65 candidates for the team, most of whom practice in the late afternoons and early evenings.  

The City of Morris and the local 748 of AFSCME signed a labor contract Wednesday morning in the office of the city manager.  The pact was signed by acting mayor Raymond C. Morris, local AFSCME (namely the city employees) president Lee Arnold, city water utilities superintendent, Claire McRoberts, council six representative for AFSCME, city manager Ron Klaphake and city treasurer Bonnie Carlson.  The contract is the first union contract ever signed by the city of Morris.  The pact is a written contract recognizing the local union as the exclusive representative of city employees, and defines work shifts, guaranteeing notices for regular work schedules.  

The Morris Kiwanis Club, in an effort to help offset the rapid increase in bicycle accidents, will conduct a door-to-door sale of bicycle safety triangles. The International Bicycle Safety triangle is a supplementary warning device that clearly warns that there is a bicycle ahead. This bike symbol is international in scope and is recognized everywhere on markers for bicycle trails and crossings.

20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of October 28, 1993

Margie Pederson visited with Harley Hanke at her retirement party last Friday, at Morris State Bank, Pederson, who calculated her career at Morris State as a “lifetime,” was assistant vice president responsible for the bank's internal audit.  

Ryan J. Donovan, son of Gary and Joan Donovan of Morris, received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award on Oct. 3, at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony sponsored by Morris Boy Scout Troop #467.  The Eagle Rank is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.  Ryan supervised the construction and placement of cedar wood floaters that provide artificial waterfowl habitat for the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Wetland Management Office in Morris. The floaters were placed on a pond at the Scandia Woods Environmental Learning Laboratory (SWELL) so that elementary students from the Morris Area and Cyrus Elementary Schools would be able to study waterfowl and the importance of wetlands.  

Juanita R. Swenson of Morris has been named recipient of a $500 scholarship for the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation to aid in her studies of auto body at the Southwestern Technical College.  The program is designed to foster careers in the automotive industry.