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65 Years Ago Items from the Sun of August 2, 1949

Atom bomber “retires”–The famed B-29 “Enola Gay,” from which the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, is now scheduled to take its place in the Smithsonian Institution.  Carl Mitman of the Institution accepted the records of the bomber from Maj.-Gen. R. O'Donnell in ceremonies at the Chicago Air Fair.

The Pomme de Terre baseball league playoffs get under way this week with the opening game pitting Cyrus against Hancock under the new floodlights at Morris tonight.  Chokio, which completed the regular schedule in first place in the league despite an upset defeat by Glenwood Sunday, will meet Clontarf in the second playoff game under the lights at Chokio Wednesday evening.  

No poliomyelitis cases have been reported as yet in Stevens County this summer, reports Dr. F. W. Behmler, county health officer. Several neighboring counties have recently reported cases and for the state as a whole more than 325 cases are listed thus far this year.

Bob Weber of Morris, hurling for the Hancock Junior league team in the consolation finals of the state Aqua-Jaycee junior tournament in Minneapolis last Friday, set Redwood Falls down with a single hit as he and his mates chalked up a 3-0 shutout triumph to cop third place in the state meet. Weber and Dick Cress had been selected from the Morris Junior league team to bolster the Hancock aggregation in its bid for state honors.  Hancock lost its first round game however to Minneapolis by 6-2 on Thursday.  Hancock then won its two consolation round games to take third place to the tourney.

Morris' new community ladies restroom in quarters in the Morris State Bank building was opened yesterday.  The restroom is temporarily furnished now pending the arrival of new furniture which has been ordered.  The quarters have been redecorated and when the new furniture arrives the restroom is expected to be as attractive, inviting and pleasing as any similar quarters in any other city in this area.  The restroom quarters are substantial in size and consist of a large reception room, a smaller room where a cot, baby cribs and other facilities are available, and the lavatory room.  The restroom is being furnished with funds provided by the Morris Civic and Commerce association.  


 45 Years  Ago Items from the Tribune of July 24, 1969

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wevley of Morris, received word from their son, Vernon, that he was promoted to staff sergeant as of July 1.  S/Sgt Wevley is now serving a tour of duty at Karet, Thailand. Prior to going to Thailand in December of 1968 he completed a year at Ton Son Mhut Air Force Base in Saigon, Viet Nam.

Willard Micklish, well known Morris businessman, was named to the board of First Federal Savings and Loan Association at a meeting of the association's directors Tuesday. He fills the vacancy on the board occasioned by the recent resignation of District Judge T. J. Stahler.  Stahler resigned because of difficulty in attending board meetings since his court duties require him to be out of the city much of the time.  Elected president of the board to succeed Judge Stahler in that capacity was Edw. J. Morrison, who had been serving as treasurer. E. J. LaFave Jr. continues as vice president, Director Robert Darling was elected treasurer, and Lyman Eidsvold continues in the capacity of secretary.

Staff Sergeant Robert Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Larson of rural Morris, who recently spent a leave at his home and then left for Viet Nam for his fourth tour of duty there, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for “heroism in ground combat” in Viet Nam on March 8. For his fourth tour of duty he has been named a Senior Medical Advisor in a district.

The Morris Community Industrial Development Corporation has just purchased a tract of approximately 50 acres of land on the southeast edge of the city for industrial park purposes. The tract, purchased from William J. Fuchs, is a triangular area in Darnen Township bounded on the southwest by Highway 9 and on the north by the Mill Dam Road.  This is the second purchase of land tracts by the local Industrial Development Corporation but the first that is intended primarily for the location of new industries. The first purchase by the corporation, made several years ago, was a tract of approximately eight acres on the northwest edge of the city.  Acquired from the University of Minnesota, that area is intended primarily for sites for businesses desiring locations on a highway. The Trailways Cafe and Gordy's Direct Service are the first businesses to be located in the area.

25 Years Ago Items from the Sun of July 25, 1989

Meadow Magic, the sewing company that opened in Morris just 16 months ago closed July 14. Magi VanEps, general manager, said the closing was a mutual decision of the Meadow Magic Board of Directors and the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission Loan Pool. SCEIC Executive Director Chris Gilchrist said the closing was mainly due to external problems.  The company couldn't get the needed supplies of materials in a timely fashion.  

The Giants of the Morris Little League emerged as No. 1 in the annual tournament last Wednesday evening at Wells Park-North.  Rich Carstens bestowed individual recognition on behalf of the league, which has wrapped-up another exciting, fun summer.  Giant members included Buddy Thorstad, Forrest Witt, Chad Felstul, Tyler Wernsing, Zach Witt and Jamie Thorstad.

Nearly 2,500 telephone customers who live in Morris woke up to new telephone service on July 22.  At that time, US WEST Communications replaced its electro-mechanical switching equipment with state-of-the-art digital electronic equipment, according to Brett Weber, local manager. Customers generally will not be affected by the change but may notice a slight change in dial tone and a different ringing sound when making calls, Weber added.  Customers will also be able to subscribe to optional services including Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Three-Way Calling and Speed Calling.


Extra! From the Tribune of July 13, 1989

Some of the prom goers at the Cyrus Alumni Prom Saturday night were Tom and Barb Hesse and Linda and Karl Retzlaff.  They posed in front of the Retzlaff's 1957 Chevy.