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Looking Back 051714

65 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 17, 1949

The Morris Eagles went on a scoring rampage Sunday afternoon and when the dust had cleared away from the diamond in Cyrus the locals had chalked up their third straight Pomme de Terre league triumph by the one-sided score of 20-2.  For the Eagles, Wes Gray collected 3 for 3, all singles, Chuck Blocher had 3 for 4 and scored 3 runs. Rit Eul had 3 for 5. Vern Ploof connected for a triple, as did Bill Watzke, and Jim Wagner and Hendrickson each had a double.

The seniors of Morris High School were guests of the junior class at the annual Junior-Senior banquet and prom Saturday evening, one of the more colorful events among those which mark the approach of the close of another school year. Theme of the banquet and prom Saturday was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the theme was attractively carried out in the table decorations at the Federated Church dining hall where the banquet was held and in the high school gymnasium, scene of the prom which followed the banquet.  David Myers, president of the junior class presided as toastmaster at the banquet program.  Talks were given by Supt. Frank Fox, William Dripps, president of the senior class, and Arnold Thompson, chairman of the board of education.

The Stevens County Historical Society has acquired a copy of the Centennial edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press of April 24, 1949. This edition is the second largest newspaper edition in the world. A total of 190,000 copies were printed, requiring 423 tons of print paper and eight tons of ink. This number was not sufficient to comply with the demand. Requests from various parts of the United States and foreign countries had to be refused.  Each copy weighs four pounds and contains many articles of historical interest. Morris and Stevens County are noted on page 14 in a half column account of Shanghai Chandler, the colorful editor of the county's first paper, “Frontier Business,” published in 1876.

Approximately 350 persons visited the “Economy Home,” five-room bungalow on Albany Avenue, Sunday in addition to a goodly number on Saturday.  The home built by Home Builders and completely furnished by that company and Unger Furniture company and Aldred and Habicht department store, will be open for inspection every evening this week as well as on next Saturday and Sunday.


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 15, 1989

Gene and Kathy Fynboh have been named Outstanding Farm Family of the Year in Stevens County.

They were among 61 Minnesota farm families honored March 16 at the 1989 Farm Family Recognition Banquet on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Prairie Pioneer Days fund raising banquet May 8 was a huge success, especially for Willie Martin, winner of the grand prize- a trip to Hawaii or $1200 in Chamber Cash. The event was the kickoff for Prairie Pioneer Days which will be held July 7, 8, and 9.

Swan Lake 4-H Club members have selected March of Dimes Walk America as their 1989 community service project. Club members and parents have been involved in planning and organizing this year's walk-a-thon, and Swan Lake 4-Hers have extended invitations to other area 4-H clubs to join Walk America May 20 in Morris. Swan Lake 4-H Club member Stacy Gades was the 1987 March of Dimes poster child.

Dr. James Olson, associate professor of chemistry, has been reappointed to a third term as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Morris.  Olson's first term as chair was from 1979 to 1984, at which time he received his second reappointment, from 1984 to 1989. Olson was one of UMM's original faculty members in 1960.

Doubleheader action had a mighty rosy complexion for the Cyrus-Hancock baseball squad last Tuesday at the Cyrus diamond. The outcome was a sweep for coach Jim McLaughlin's Panthers, by margins wholly comfortable (13-2 and 8-2). Mark Carbert, the noted southpaw having made quite a mark thus far in the spring-how about two no-hitters?- pitched a route-going, four-inning stint in the opener. Carbert walked three, fanned three, yielded three hits and gave up two runs (just one earned).

Scott Brethorst, a senior at Chokio-Alberta, was presented the John Philip Sousa Award May 8 at the fourth Annual Awards Night. The recipient of this award is chosen by fellow classmates and musicians. Brethorst was also honored by being accepted into the Who's Who In Music Publication. C-A Music Teacher Denise Smith presented the awards.

C-A students David Gausman and Pam Kohout were recognized at the Chokio-Alberta awards night. Advisor of the Business Professionals of America Kim Johnson traveled to Dallas, Texas, with her students to compete at the national level where Gausman placed 25th in Extemporaneous Verbal Communications and Kohout placed 17th in Prepared Verbal Communications.


I have a growing collection of postcards of Morris that I have enjoyed finding online and at postcard shows. Here is one of Atlantic avenue in the 1940s.  Can you recognize the location on Atlantic?