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65 Years Ago - Items  from the Sun of August 23, 1949

Plans for the purchase of a site for, and the development of, a nursery enterprise in this community have been announced by Lambert and James Stahler.  The new enterprise will be known as the Stevens-Pope County Nurseries.  The brothers expect to locate the nursery plots in Stevens County, preferably near Morris, but the definite site for them has not yet been selected. Recently the Stahler brothers purchased the Glenwood Greenhouse. The Stahler brothers need no introduction to Stevens County folks since they were born and raised in the county.  Lambert is a graduate of the West Central School and the University of Minnesota where he majored in horticultural subjects.  Lambert's wife is the former Margaret Giberson and the couple has three children.  James graduated from Alberta High School and from St. John's University in 1949.  For the past four summers he has had a position with the California Packing Co. at its plant in Sleepy Eye. He is unmarried.

The Morris Eagles took the measure of Bellingham of the State Line league by 6-2 in a game under the Morris floodlights Sunday evening.  Vern Ploof, on the mound for the Eagles, turned in a 6-hit pitching job, striking out eight batters during the game and issuing only one walk.  Ploof hurled shutout balls, both the runs scored by Bellingham coming as the result of errors.

Possibility that Morris may have two baseball league teams next year is being considered now and whether it will come to be a fact is apparently dependent principally on the interest shown by fellows not now playing ball but who are interested in the sport. If sufficient interest is shown several games may yet be lined up for the new group this season.

R. B. DeWall, chairman of the Stevens County Historical Society, has issued an invitation and request to anyone and everyone in the county who might have documents, pictures and articles of historical value pertaining to the early history of Steven County, to bring them in for the Centennial display at the Stevens County Fair this year.  This is in observance of Minnesota's Territorial Centennial year.

The 1949 baseball season is going into its final phases, but one of the top attractions of the year is still in store for fans of this community. That will be a four-team tournament that will be staged in the Morris park next Saturday and Sunday, with the teams battling for a $500 purse on a winner-take-all basis. Already entered in the tournament are the Morris Eagles, Hancock and Clontarf. The fourth team is still to be determined but will be on a par with the three already entered in the meet to assure fans of three outstanding games.

45 Years Ago - Items from the Sun of August 19, 1969

The nation's new Princess Soya, Julie Carlson of Chokio, was welcomed home by her home community folks last Friday evening from Myrtle Beach, S. C., where on Aug. 11 she won her royalty title at the national convention of the American Soybean Association. An informal reception for Julie Friday evening in St. Mary's hall in Chokio found many friends calling to extend congratulations and good wishes to her.  James Pesek, manager of the Chokio Equity Exchange, and Paul Dorweiler of the Chokio State Bank, firms among the sponsors who sent Julie to the national convention, were on hand to welcome her home.

Roger Waage, a graduate of Langdon, N.D. high school, has been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris and will begin classes there this coming fall.  He plans to work in a pre-medical program with a major in biology. Roger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Waage of Morris.

Floyd (Bill) Stevenson landed five northerns which tipped the scales at 73 pounds-a small part of the catch that he and his son, Bob, made recently during a three-day stay at Grand Rapids, Manitoba, near the Pas.  The largest in the string was 17 ½ pounds.  They had another that weighed 18 pounds.  Adding to the enjoyment of the trip, was that it was free, the Zenith radio and television corporation, for whom Bob Stevenson is the local dealer, picking up the tab.  The trip was made by plane from Fargo.

The 96th annual Stevens County Fair, concluding a three-day run Sunday night, will go into the records as another all-around successful endeavor.  Making it successful was the outstanding array of exhibits in every department.  The strongest department again was the 4-H department and the exhibits and displays by club members was outstanding.  The 4-H horse show, a new event this year and providing the grandstand entertainment Friday evening, drew highly favorable comments and the show bids to become one of the better attractions at future fairs.

   Herbert G. Croom of Morris was signally honored at the annual convention of the Minnesota-Dakotas District Kiwanis International at Rapid City, S.D. on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 when he was named governor-elect of the district. His selection as governor-elect means he will become district governor on Oct. 1, 1970. Attending the convention in Rapid City from here, in addition to Mr. Croom, were Dr. Sam Evans, William Rickmeyer, Rev. Howard Jones and Rev. Clifford Grindland.  Mr. Croom, a native of the Hancock area and long-time resident of Morris, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, former faculty member at the West Central School and Station and presently Director of Placement and Coordinator of Alumni Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Morris, has been a member of the Morris Kiwanis Club for 21 years and has been extremely active in its affairs and in district affairs.

25 Years Ago - Items from the Sun of August 22, 1989

The championship flight place-winners in the Pomme de Terre Ladies Day Tournament are Barb Charles (first), Helen Kolden (second), Norma Amundson (third) and Joyce Charles (fourth).  Norma and Joyce initially finished in a tie for third, which called for a playoff.

If you haven't heard them yet, your chances are about to run out.  The Morris Community Band will be wrapping up its series of summer concerts with two more performances.  The band, featuring the finest of musicians, is composed of Morris area citizens and UMM students.  Under the direction of Greg DeGier and John Voit, the band performs a variety of works, such as marches, ballads, patriotic songs, polkas, and waltzes.  The band has been performing weekly since July 12 and has also performed in the Prairie Pioneer Days parade.

Dignitaries of very high standing were present for ag research-related doings Friday in Morris. The institution getting the focus was the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory.  On hand to observe and hear about research doings there were Congressman Vin Weber and agency administrator Dr. R. Dean Plowman. Dr. Plowman oversees the Agricultural Research Service/United States Department of Agriculture.

A $1.76 million building program was outlined in a report presented to the Stevens County Board at its regular meeting. County Coordinator Jim Thoreen presented the report, which he prepared on behalf of the Stevens County Citizen's Advisory Building Committee. The Building Committee has studied proposals for improvements to the courthouse, ambulance garage, and highway department building. Thoreen pointed out that “the state has required us, as local providers of services, to increase the scope of those services and the audiences for whom they are intended. To a lesser extent we have made decisions to provide services which have brought a corresponding need for staff and space.”

Ribbon cutting on main street was the official unveiling of a new Morris business, Auntie Laura's Shoppe, located on main street in the former Sight and Sound building.  Applying the scissors in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting was Gail Nelson of the Chamber of Commerce. Nelson was present as an ambassador with Kris Strobel.  Ambassadors presented the “first dollar of clear profit” plaque to Laura Winje, owner of Auntie Laura's Shoppe.  Also present for the ceremony was Lois Norbie, manager of the Country Store department of Auntie Laura's, and Rosa Kill who was second place winner in the grand drawing.  

   Carrie Hadler, daughter of Grace Anderson of rural Morris, has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship from the College of Saint Benedict.