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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 10, 1953

Pvt. Delbert Melchert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Melchert, Hancock, is continuing his military career as a member of the famed “All American” 52nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. As a member of the 52nd, Pvt. Melchert will receive advance training in military tactics, and participate in the various training exercises and maneuvers held by the division throughout the year.

The 1953 football season for the Morris Tigers, disappointing insofar as its West Central Conference record is concerned, came to a close at Willmar last Friday night when the Cardinals romped over the Tigers, 45-14. Although losing the game, Morris did salvage some conference honors. Starch Hubbard, scintillating left half and the Tigers' big offensive gun all season, scored all 14 Morris points to win the conference scoring championship.  Ten Tigers closed out their high school grid careers with Friday's game.  They were Co-Captains Dick Rentz and Kenny Weltzin, Starch Hubbard, Jerry Johnson, Wally Sax, John Fougeron, Merrill Pederson, Norman Asmus, Hollis Kolden and Jack Cress.

The Foss Electric business will move in the latter part of the week from its present location in the LaGrand Hotel building to quarters in the Lee Implement Co. building near the Great Northern depot. They will re-open next Monday in its new location.

There's $20 in currency at the Morris State Bank awaiting someone to claim it. Carten Freeman, president of the bank, reports that a $20 bill was picked up on the bank floor several weeks ago and that it can be claimed by the owner any time.  And just so there won't be a flood of claimants for the money-there was a note attached to the bill when it was found.  The owner must identify the contents of this note to establish his or her rightful ownership of the money.

Theodore Larson, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Lowell Larson, Morris, was medically discharged from the Elizabeth Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, on Nov. 4. Theodore had received the Kenny treatment for polio there since Oct. 4.  

All officers of the Stevens County Agricultural Society were re-elected at the annual meeting of the society in the municipal courtrooms in the Memorial Armory.  Tom J. Stahler will again head the fair association as its president, Anthony Storck was re-elected vice president, Ralph Smith was re-elected secretary; and Albert Skrien was re-elected treasurer.  Directors, all of them also re-elected, are Fred Bruns and George Wille from the first commissioner district,  Fred Huebner and Allen Summer from the second district, D.N. Twait and Henry Kuhnau from the third district, Joe Mogler  and Fred Pasche from the fourth district, and Wesley Gray and Peter Falk from the fifth district. Dates for the 1954 fair were again set for the weekend preceding the opening of the Minnesota State Fair.


40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of November 8, 1973

The Morris Co-op Association announced this week that stock retirement checks for the first half of 1961 are ready to be picked up at the co-op office. Bookkeeper Jane Bedel and manager Murl Erickson were overwhelmed with checks totaling $44,327 for the first half of 1961. That amount swells the total stock retirement figure to date since 1931 to $1,498,824 that has been repaid to Morris Co-op patrons.

Ed Schroeder, who has owned and operated the Morris Commercial Printing Co. in Morris for the past 11 years, has sold the business to Dick Hartzell of Benson and Richard Hippen, Dawson. The transaction went into effect Nov. 1.  Neither of two are new to the profession. Hartzell has owned and operated the Swift Printing and Stationery Co. of Benson for the past 11 years and will continue to do so in conjunction with the Morris plant.  Hippen is a 15-year veteran of the newspaper business at Dawson.

Morris voters elected Chester Birch as new mayor and council candidates Leland Swanson and Donald Klein by large margins in a fair voter turnout at Tuesday's municipal elections.  The Sunday liquor question was once again defeated.  James Thedin, appointed to the council in June to fill out Morris' team finished a distant third with 426 votes.  

Dick Bluth of Morris was appointed Monday by the Stevens County board of commissioners to fill out the final year of the term of retiring county auditor Elmer F. Anderson. Anderson, who has served as the county auditor since 1934, announced his retirement in October after 39 years of service, the longest continuous length of service among present county auditors in Minnesota.  Bluth, who moved to Morris in 1964 and owned and operated the A & W drive-in until 1968 when he was named manager of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, recently resigned from that position. Bluth will take the oath of office on Jan. 7, 1974.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 9, 1993

Brad and Mary Drenttel at the Frame Merchant in Morris have been selling posters of John Stuart Ingle's work for 11 years.  They thought it would be neat to be a part of the publishing aspect also-creating instead of just selling posters. The Frame Merchant has just published a poster of “Still Life With Watermelon and Palm,” a watercolor by the Morris artist.  The poster serves to celebrate the acquisition of the original Ingle watercolor by the Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences.  

Representatives from nine counties of west central Minnesota, including Stevens County, have formed a new non-profit housing corporation to respond to an emerging housing crisis in the region.  According to SCEIC Executive Director Michael Haynes, an extensive study, along with community meeting and a broad review of the housing situation in west central Minnesota have shown that the nine counties' housing needs are serious and critical enough to require special attention.  As a result, the West Central Minnesota Housing Partnership was created to focus on the critical housing needs.

A group of students and teachers from Chelyabinsk, Russia arrived in Morris last week for a three-week visit. They are staying with host families in the Morris area.  

Dr. Rod Johnson of the Swine Health Center in Morris is currently attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine's Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) Certificate Series in Swine Health Management in Urbana, IL.  EVP is a series of comprehensive, interdisciplinary certificate programs designed to strengthen the business, management, and medical skills of veterinarians.

Julie Hufford, Mary Stumpf and Linda Roles from the Hair Clinic, attended a three-day seminar last month, at the Radisson South in Minneapolis. The seminar was sponsored by Miller Beauty Supply of Minneapolis and Iowa.