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60 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of February 4, 1949

Still in the thick of the West Central Conference title race following their 51-31 triumph over Glenwood Tuesday evening, the Morris High School Tigers will face the dangerous Willmar Cardinals in another conference battle on the home court tonight.

The Stevens County Historical Society decided to accept the offer of R. B. DeWall for the use of a room back of his office for temporary storage until suitable permanent quarters could be secured.  Mrs. F. A. Hancock has made the first donations to the collection. They include a long framed picture of upper Atlantic Avenue in Morris taken during the West Central Corn and Alfalfa show on Dec. 11, 12 and 13, 1913.  Her donations also include nine molding planes brought from Massachusetts by John Eddy, a pioneer Stevens County farmer.  These planes were used in making inside trim for houses-door and window casings-before such casing were manufactured at factories.  

   Miss Irene Van Kempen received word Tuesday that she has been accepted for a position with the Public Health Service in Washington, D. C.  She will be connected with a Mobile Unit of the service.

“Smokescreen,” one-act drama, won the local elimination over “Winter Sunset” in the preliminary one-act play contest in the Morris High School auditorium on Jan. 31.  The cast of “Smokescreen” which includes George Fischer, Jackie McDaniels and Dick Wyman, was to go to Browns Valley yesterday to compete in the sub-district one act play contest. Also competing will be Graceville, Clinton, Chokio, Beardsley and Browns Valley.  The winner of this event will go to the district one-act play contest Feb. 7 at Wheaton.  Quentin Dieter is the director of the contest plays for Morris.  


40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of January 30, 1969

A January picnic, but not in 1969.  The bright sunshine and snowless landscape really belie any Minnesota January but this particular outdoor social gathering was held Jan. 27, 1942, in the back yard of the Oscar Johnson home in Cyrus. Those who attended the picnic were Mrs. W. B. Hanson (coffee server); Mrs. Gandrud; Mrs. Eva Pederson; Mrs. Mabel Ness; Olivia Hogy; Mrs. A. W. Johnson; Mrs. Oscar Johnson; Mrs. Henry Buggee; Mrs. C.L. Nightengale and son, Chester.

The appointment of Alvin W. Erickson to the permanent postmastership at Morris has been approved, effective Jan. 24, according to word received here Tuesday.  Mr. Erickson has been acting postmaster since last August.

Navy Lieutenant Theodore S. Storck was elected to the board of directors of the Eleventh Naval District Federal Credit Union, San Diego, Calif. Friday at the annual meeting.  He is the only military member of the five-man board.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony M. Storck, Morris, is assistant public affairs officer for the Eleventh Naval District.

Effective March 1, Stevens County will join nearly 50 other Minnesota counties in offering the Food Stamp Program to marginal income individuals and families. The Donated Foods Program, which has been in effect since 1962, will be discontinued. The primary reason for this is to allow normal trade channels to handle the flow of food from farms to the people.

20 Years Ago Items from the Sun of January 17, 1989

Number 60 celebrated! Todd Boettcher's reaching of the 60-win plateau for his career brought a short interruption in Friday's home dual.  Hearty congratulations came from Todd's mentors: George Graff and Dan Griffith.

Brother's Industries is thriving. They have been a job shop and now they're a manufacturing facility.  Just a year ago, the then year-old Brother's Industries had 13 employees, and most of them also worked at Brother's Fleet Service, the original business operated by Ken and Jerry Lesmeister. It took them four weeks to build a solid waste transfer trailer.  Now, their crew of 37, only three of whom were pulled from Brother's Fleet Service, is building three trailers a week.The company has used a combination of grants and loans and consultants' suggestions to build its growth and its trailers.

The Red River Dance Performaning Company, acclaimed throughtout the Upper Midwest, will perform Jan. 20 in Edson Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. The performance will express the musical statements of America's great composer Leonard Bernstein, and salute one of America's classic performing artists, Fred Astaire.  

The MHS express came out of Monte with a win by the narrowest of margins Friday night. A freethrow by Brian “Bird” Radtke made the difference as MHS chalked up win No. 8. The freethrow was the only point scored in a deciding overtime session.  Overtime had become necessary due to a last-gasp three-pointer by Monte standout Joel Paradis.  

This week in history-

George Herbert Walker Bush was inagurated 41st President of the United States.

Top movies were: Rain Man, Twins, and Beaches.

Evangelist Jim Bakker pleads not guilty in Charlotte, N.C. to federal charges that he diverted millions of dollars from his PTL TV audience for personal use.


Delmar Holdgrafer of rural Donnelly takes a humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at the snowy, blowy winter that’s everyone’s topic of conversation.