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Looking Back 070514

45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 3, 1969

 The 22nd annual July 4th celebration and homecoming at Hancock, largest of the Independence Day celebrations in this immediate area, is again expected to draw big crowds for the numerous events on the day-long program. Everything is free with the exception of the Orphans-Old Timers baseball game and the dance which is sponsored by the Orphans. The celebration is sponsored by the Hancock Commercial Club.  

   The Favorite Food show is part of the 4-H food project and provides members an opportunity to show their skills in meal planning, food preparation and coordination of table setting for the occasion and meal or snack planned.  4-H Favorite Food project members who participated in the Favorite Food show at the community room in the court house Tuesday were Beverly Sauder, Horton; Sandra Hector, Rendsville; Loretta Luthi, Horton; Vera Luthi, Horton; Anita Monroe, Hodges; Shirley Wulf, Horton; Jeanne Raasch, Darnen; Linda Hector, Rendsville; Marlene Jacobson, Rendsville; Jeanne Anderson, Ever-Ready; Beverly Hector, Rendsville; Charlotte Sauder, Horton; Vicky Mathison, Scott; Debbie Raasch, Darnen; and Kathy Wulf, Horton.

   Wallace Staples, prominent Synnes Township farmer, is the new county commissioner from the Third District to succeed the late Frank Straight. The Third District is composed of the townships of Synnes, Scott, Stevens and Baker and the villages of Chokio and Alberta.  Comprising the board of appointment were the chairmen of the four township boards and the mayors of the two villages.

   Neil C. Blume, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard N. Blume, Herman, received the silver wings of an Army aviator and was appointed a warrant officer June 17 upon graduation from the Army Aviation School at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga.

Retail business in Stevens County was at a high level in the past year, with most stores showing gains over 1967. Bolstered by bigger incomes, local residents bought a record amount of goods and services. They spent liberally for food, clothing, cars, furniture and a wide variety of other consumer products.  In Stevens County, a large part of it was for food.  Approximately 17 cents out of each dollar spent in local retail stores  went to groceries, bakeries, delicatessens, fish markets, butcher shops and other food outlets.

   “A Morris, Minn., slow-pitch softball team who spectators said looked like a bunch of 'hayseeds' whipped the best in North Dakota and the best in Wahpeton to claim winning honors in the Wahpeton Invitational Slow-Pitch Tournament Sunday” stated the June 26 issue of the Breckenridge Valley Alert.

Fuhrman-Buick of Morris, clearly the underdog, came from the lower bracket to top Wahpeton favorite Sportsman's Bar 25-10 in the night championship contest. The team managed to demolish the 1968 champion Wes' Hi-Way Service of Drake, the state runnerup Breck Lanes and the state consolation champ Sportsman's Bar-all in one day.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of June 27, 1989

Two Morris scouts from Troup 467-Erik Maanum and Barry Werk- received the honor that only two percent of all boys who enter the scouting program ever attain.  Erik is the son of Skip and Vicki Maanum. Barry is the son of Don and Phyllis Werk. Both boys will be seniors at Morris Area High School this fall. They each had to complete special projects for their Eagle rank.  According to Scouting Coordinator Jim Eidsvold, the projects had to involve giving back to the community, and also required the active participation of the rest of the troop.

After just two months, the voluntary recycling program for glass, tin, certain plastics, and newspapers in Stevens County is going exceptionally well, according to Ellsworth Engebretson, solid waste hauler and operator of the Sanitary Landfill.  The once a month, voluntary recycling program now operates in Morris and the other four towns in Stevens County. Engebretson said that for the first pickup, the first week of May, 40 percent of Morris residents participated and he collected 6000 pounds of recyclables. By the June pickup, the participation had increased to 45 percent of the residents and he got about 700 more pounds.

   An enrollment size deemed “ideal” was attracted for the '89 version of the West Central Minnesota Institute for Creative Study, according to Arnold Henjum, its director.  The '89 enrollment number was 162, up a bit from the previous summer's turnout. The '88 version of the Institute attracted 140 young people. By way of background, the all-time high in the 16-year history of the endeavor is 236, reached in approximately '81, according to Henjum.  The field of kids is largely A, A- and some B scholastic performers. The process of getting these high achievers interested in the Institute is facilitated by counselors at the respective schools, Henjum noted.

David Hanrahan, who will be a senior at Chokio-Alberta High School this fall, was the first place winner in the Creative Writing category of the 1989 Communication Arts Competitions. The competition was co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and 4-H Youth development of the Agricultural Extension Division of the University of Minnesota.

Marine Pfc. Brent D. Leuthard, a 1988 graduate of Chokio-Alberta High School, recently reported for duty at Marine Corps Security Force Company, Naval Air Station, Adak, Alaska. Brent is the son of David F. and Nancy L. Leuthard of Chokio, and joined the Marine Corp in June 1988.

   Staff Sgt. David C. Rose, son of Delores Rose of Hancock, has been awarded an associate degree in applied science by the Community College of the Air Force.  Rose is an instructor with the 3410th Technical Training Group at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

Stanley Musielewicz is the new district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service working with the Stevens Soil Conservation District. Stanley and his wife Geri have two daughters, Amy and Lisa.

   Eagle All-Stars baseball players Jeff Arnold and Tim Tanner represented the Morris Eagles in recent all-star action vs. the County Line League. The Pomme de Terre League was victorious 11-2 thanks in part to contributions from the Eagles. Tanner belted a two-run homer and Arnold hit safely also.



Fifty years ago, June 5, baby girl Marcia Lynn Fleischfresser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fleischfresser of Herman, was born at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital. This was not an ordinary story of a birth at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital in Morris. Baby Marcia was unusually small-weighing exactly one pound, 12 ounces at birth and measuring a scant 12 inches in length. One hundred days–over three months later–little Marcia Lynn was declared the victor of the long, hard-fought battle when she reached the safety mark of six pounds and released from the hospital.