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60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of December 1, 1953

The Right Reverend Monsignor John A. Fearon, pastor of the Assumption Church in Morris for 21 years, died Sunday after an extended illness. He was 64 years old. The Pontifical Requiem Mass will be offered by Bishop Peter Bartholome of St. Cloud.  In addition to Bishop Bartholome, other dignitaries of the St. Cloud Diocese and many other priests will attend the funeral services.

Dec. 1 and 2 is the days of the grand opening days at the new Sears order store in Morris.  The catalog sales office is located at 500 Atlantic Avenue, in the store quarters formerly occupied by the  Ross Clothing store.  Mrs. Cora Koll of Morris will be the manager of the new order office, reports Floyd Wachs of Minneapolis, who has been in Morris for a couple of weeks readying the quarters for the opening of the store.  An order store to a city makes possible faster service and saving in postage to customers, it is explained.  

The Catholic Youth Center recently opened in Morris has been attracting goodly crowds of Catholic young people, it is reported.  The Center, movement for which was spearheaded by Father Harlow Sheldon, is located in the hall at St. Mary's school. Money to start the Center was obtained from the bingo held last spring sponsored by the high school people and the bingo held this fall sponsored by the seventh and eighth grades of St. Mary's School.  Also over $150 in donations have been received. The Morris Catholic Youth Center has been described the best of its kind in the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Three one-act plays will be presented by groups of Morris junior and senior high school students in the school auditorium on Dec. 3. A cast of seventh graders directed by Miss Charis Jones will present the play, “Rip Van Winkle.”  A group of ninth grade students under the direction of Jake Marks will appear in the play “The Trysting Place” by Booth Tarkington.  Emmett Barder will direct a cast of tenth graders in the play “Sugar and Spice.” Specialties to be presented between plays will include vocal selections by Glenice Anderson and selections by a brass sextet.

40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of December 6, 1973

Over $15,000 has been collected in the two-week Area Health Care fund drive, chairman Jon Bentley announced Wednesday.  The goal of the drive, which ends Dec. 15, is $100,000. Solicitors are now out in the county and cities and towns of the area contacting families and businesses for contributions.  There is a need to succeed in reaching our goal, that of attracting more doctors and a specialist to the area. There may not be another chance. The Doctor Procurement Committee, organizers of the drive, also announced today that four local businessmen will be sponsoring a free banquet for all solicitors after the completion of the fund drive.

The time-World War II. Thoughts are going back to “those days” now as the country seeks an answer to the impending energy crisis.  And as the state and national governments plan to alleviate the crunch, the subject of gas rationing creeps up again and again.  Unlike today, one of the primary reasons for gas rationing during World War II was to conserve rubber. The United States at that time was dependent upon other countries for rubber, and what rubber could be saved at home meant more for the war efforts.

Willie Martin was re-elected president of the Stevens County Wildlife Conservation League at its meeting Dec. 3. Elected as the new vice-president was Sterling (Tom) Tomlin.  Curtis Irwin will serve as the new secretary-treasurer.  He succeeds E.L. Cress who served in that capacity for the past 30 years.  Selected for a three-year term as trustee was Gale Horn.  

Emmy Kvatum accepted a $45 check Tuesday on behalf of the Day Activity Center from Hodges 4-H Club members Virene Luthi and Donna Oksendahl.  The Hodges 4-H Club raised the money by holding a Halloween party for the younger children of Hancock, which included traditional Halloween games and a food sale.

Lee R. Wickstrom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Wickstrom of rural Morris, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 30, in Fargo, N.D., according to Sergeant Rudy Auch, Air Force recruiter in Fergus Falls.  

Dave Taffe tallied 11 points in the fourth quarter to spark Morris from a nine-point deficit to a 59-58 victory over Elbow Lake Tuesday evening, the Tigers' first win of the year. Elbow Lake is now 0-2, and Morris is 1-1. Taffe, who took game scoring honors with 23 points, meshed three field goals and five charity tosses in the 21-point fourth quarter, as the Tigers overcame a 47-38 deficit after three stanzas.  

A pair of Morris athletes, junior heavyweight Gary Thorstad and 170 pound senior Dan Amborn, are among the wrestlers on this year's University of Minnesota, Morris mat squad.  Thorstad is a Fergus Falls Community College transfer who posted a 7-8-2 dual meet record and a third place finish in the conference tourney last year.  Amborn also is a Fergus Falls transfer who compiled a 5-1-1 record last season before sustaining an injury. Amborn will be a contender for a number one spot if he can regain his conditioning.  

20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of December 2, 1993

Seventh grade students in Mary Kern's  English class at MAHS painted a mural to illustrate the story, “Farewell to Manzanar,” a true story about a WWII Japanese-American internment camp.  According to the information on the mural, Manzanar, one of 10 internment camps in the U.S., was in operation from 1942 to 1945, in Owen's Valley, Calif., and had 10,000 Japanese American internees. The mural was designed by Jo Tonn, an aide in Kern's class. MAHS students who represented Kern's class   with the mural were Rekeeta Schmidgall, Sarah Sperr, Trish Thomas, Stephanie Volker, Rustin Schmidgall, Mark Wolff, and Jeff Wartner  along with Mary Kern.

When the Morris City Council presented its truth in taxation information at a public hearing Tuesday night, only one member of the public showed up. The rest of the audience included the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, one of the newly elected council members (Bob Smith), the city's finance director and two members of the media.  The other two newly elected council members and the mayor-elect did not attend. City Manager Ed Larson said after the meeting, in response to a question, that none of them, except Smith, has even stopped in the City Hall to ask about the city's budget or levy for 1994.

Stefan C. Freeman has joined the staff of Morris State Bank.  Freeman grew up in Morris and graduated from the University of Texas in 1989. He joins Morris State Bank with four years banking experience, the past two and a half years as an officer of Owatonna State Bank in Owatonna.  He is part of the fourth generation of Freemans to be involved at Morris State Bank.  

Extra! From the Tribune of December 6, 1973

Rev. Roy Nilsen, chairman, and Mrs. Dorothy Zinda, board member, of the Stevens County Day Activity Center  are receiving a donation for the Stevens County Day Activity Center Building Fund from E. J. LaFave Jr., executive vice president of the Citizens Bank in Morris. Mr. LaFave announced that this donation was made on behalf of the Citizens Bank customers in lieu of Christmas gifts they’ve given in the past. He indicated that the bank plans to make similar donations to local charitable organization during each coming holiday season.