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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 17, 1953

Mrs. Elmer Swenson of Starbuck, formerly of Morris, was the winner of the $150 Wampum jackpot in Morris last Wednesday. Elmer Lindrud, proprietor of the Lindrud Variety Store, joyfully handed her the $150 Wampum jackpot. Mrs. Swenson was in the Lindrud store, one of the Wampum firms in Morris, when her name was called at 2:30 Wednesday and so qualified for the prize.

The startling total of $62,834 has been spent since 1938 by the Stevens County chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for care of Stevens County people who have been stricken by polio during that period. This is the information received this week from Larry Rieder, St. Cloud, northern Minnesota representative for the National Foundation, by Oren Gilbert of Morris, who will head the 1954 March of Dimes drive in this county.  The state of Minnesota since 1938 has been one of the hardest hit states insofar as the dread crippler, polio, is concerned.  

The Morris Production Credit Association is now completely farmer-owned, the final payment of government capital stock having been made at the annual meeting of the association in the Memorial Armory last Friday afternoon.  Noteworthy among events at the annual meeting too was the retirement of J. L. Morton of Hancock from the board of directors. Mr. Morton has been a member of the board and president of the association for 18 years.  Elected to the board to succeed Mr. Morton was Leslie N. Lindor of Morris. Mr. Lindor is head of the engineering department and assistant professor at the West Central School and Station.

Dave Skrien, former Morris High School football luminary and later a captain for the 1950 University of Minnesota Gophers, scintillated for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers professional team Saturday night when that club won the Western Interprovincial Football Union Championship by defeating Edmonton, 30-24. Skrien authored the game winning play for the Bombers in the dying moments of the fourth quarter.  Skrien started the season with Calgary. He was released and was signed by Winnipeg when he stopped to see former teammates  Dilly Bye and Bud Grant on his way home.  

Walter Ross, proprietor of the Morris Bowling center, Friday rolled a 300 game in a five-game match across two alleys.  Ross had 12 straight pocket hits for his perfect game, his third but all in non-league competition and hence unofficial insofar as being formally recognized by the American Bowling Congress. Rolling with Tom Hafdahl against Eli Nohl and Harold Eidsvold, Ross averaged 231 for the five games.  

Burglars who displayed a readiness to make themselves at home broke into the Home Builders Co. offices early Sunday morning but were frightened away before they could break into the company's vault. It was reported the robbers obtained some loot from the company's hardware department but the amount of merchandise taken had not been determined yet yesterday. The burglars apparently were hungry for scattered over the Home Builders offices were remnants of spiced herring, candy, cheese, milk and other delectables they had apparently taken from the Super Valu Center, in another area in the Home Builders Co. building to fortify themselves while they were at work on the vault. They added additional insult to injury by helping themselves to a variety of tools from the Home Builders hardware department with which to pursue their work on the vault. They had  borrowed, temporarily, a number of screwdrivers, chisels, drills, crowbars, a flashlight and even an axe. Time of the break-in was between a few minutes after 1 a.m. Sunday and about 2:10 a.m.  


40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of November 15, 1973

Rev. Jerry P. Hankins will assume the pastorate of Federated Church Nov. 18.  Installation services will be conducted Dec. 9.  Rev. Hankins succeeds the Rev. Howard Jones who left Morris July 1 to accept a call at Hutchinson.  Rev. and Mrs. Hankins have two daughters, Sarah and Susan.

   The Morris School District adopted a number of energy saving measures for the upcoming months at a regular meeting of the board of education Monday evening. Among the measures put into effect are maintaining classroom, gymnasium and cafeteria temperatures, especially in the senior high building, at 68 degrees.  Storerooms, hallways and lavatories will be regulated at 64-66 degrees.  Lighting in hallways and the cafeteria, when it is in use for a study hall, will be reduced by half, with single banks of lights used instead of two.  “Further measures will depend on any state or federal fuel guidelines that may be established,” Superintendent Fred Switzer said.

The Morris City Council delayed action on a proposed water filtration bond sale at a special meeting Tuesday evening.  After a three hour deliberation on a bond resolution prepared by T. G. Evenson and Associates, as well as presentation by city engineer Robert Walker on types of filtration systems, the council decided to first receive more estimates on the cost of equipment, engineer's fees and land acquisition before setting designated amount for the bond sale.

Local deer hunters were successful, for nearly 300 deer were received for processing  Monday at Fehr Sausage Co. of Hancock from Saturday's local deer hunting.

Directories listing qualified babysitters, who recently completed the babysitting clinic sponsored by the Morris Mrs. Jaycees, are available now for the public.  Nearly 40 boys and girls who took the course passed the final exam, and are now certified babysitters.  Helping with the six-week clinic were Fire Chief Rit Eul, Mrs. Dick Lang, and Bob Rose, Stevens County Memorial Hospital administrator.

Joenne Lee Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miller of Morris, was graduated Aug. 9 from Alexandria Area Vocational Technical Institute with a degree in licensed practical nursing.  She is presently employed in the neuro-surgical division at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of November 11, 1993

The MAHS cross country coach Marv Meyer was ecstatic last Saturday when the MAHS cross country team of girls ran to fourth in the state meet held in Northfield.  The team consists of Anne Rau, Amber Lent, Ashlee Charles, Heidi Weber, Katie Huntley, Tessa Weber and Amber Thoren. The same meet in Northfield last Saturday also witnessed Andy Tate take first place in the Class 'A' boys race.  Tate covered the 5000 meters in 16:29.3.

The Junior Girl Scout Troop 73 members baked and donated five dozen cookies for the Bloodmobile visit in Morris Tuesday.  Troop 73 members are Chelsea Wischnak, Jennifer Nelson, Stacey Koehntop, Amanda Mount, Becky Mount, Michelle Erlandson and Heather VanOverbeke.  Troop leader Debbie Koehntop and bloodmobile volunteer Wally Behm thanked the troop for their delicious donation.  

Sarah Gartland of Morris was the second place winner in the pre-teen division of the District 3 Make-it-Yourself-With-Wool Contest held Oct. 30, in Appleton.  This was 12-year-old Sarah's first entry in the wool contest. She modeled navy blue 100 percent wool pants which she had constructed. A purchased sweater and turtleneck completed her ensemble. Sarah received a gift of Pendleton wool for entering the district contest.

  The Wedding Gallery in Morris has undergone a change in location. It's found where Walt's Shoes and Sports was previously located. Walt's has shifted to City Center Mall.  Sonia Ascheman, co-owner of The Wedding Gallery, recently accepted a plaque recognizing her business' change.  Presenters were Morris Princess Brandi Logan and ambassadors Randy Sutter, Holly Witt and Vivian Heltemes.