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Looking Back

15 Years Ago

July 16, 1991 Sun

Morris has just completed a seventh successful Prairie Pioneer Days. The organizers and Morris residents worked hard to brighten a summer's weekend. Laurel Kayl was Prairie Pioneers Days coordinator. Highlights included the Alfalfa Arch, the Bells of the North English Morris Dancers, the Firemen's Water Fights, the Parade on Sunday led by the MAHS Band, the cookies served by maids in costume from the Stevens County Historical Society, the food and the sports events.

Florence Ortman will celebrate her 99th birthday at an open house July 17 at the Villa of St. Francis.

Hans and Peg Meyer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 21 with an open house hosted by their children at the Morris Senior Citizens Center.

Elmer Oscar Steen, age 95, resident of Morris, died July 11. He was born in 1896 in Stevens County; grew up and went to school in Synnes Township. He served in the US Army in WW1. In 1922 he was married to Oline Stenstuen. The couple farmed until 1950 when they retired and moved to Morris.

Verna Heuer, age 86, resident of Pepperton Township, died July 10. She was born in 1904 in Illinois, moved to Minnesota and received her education in rural Stevens County. In 1923 she married Roy Heuer. The couple farmed until retirement in 1961 and then continued to live on the farm.

Harry Blomgren, age 82, resident of Rendsville Township, died July 11. He was born in 1909 in Pipestone County and married there to Angeline Houselog in 1930. The couple moved to rural Morris in 1961.

40 Years Ago

July 19, 1966 Sun

Nearly 1000 people attended the annual Crops and Soils Field Day July 14 at the West Central Experiment Station. A number of tours were available and the 70-degree weather contributed to a perfect day. Visitors were extremely interested in the work on weed control in corn and soybeans. A large number of ladies attended and approximately 100 were given a special tour through the vegetable and flower plots.

Wanchai Kusumpa of Thailand will attend Morris High School during the coming year under the auspices of the American Field Service. He will make his home with Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hinmon. The American Field Service Chapter organized for the coming year at a meeting held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Erickson. Mr. Erickson is chairman of the local chapter. Mrs. Clifford Hedberg is secretary-treasurer and Clifford Hedberg is finance officer. The local AFS is responsible for securing $750, the amount needed to place a foreign student in a local home.

Final plans for the conservation air tour to be held July 24 have been completed, according to Harvey Ruona, chairman of the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District. The Morris-Hancock Flying Club will provide pilots and two four-place planes to take all interested people on a 20-30 minute tour. A nominal fee of three dollars per person will be charged.

75 Years Ago

July 23, 1931 Sun

For the first time in more than 30 years, Crystal Lake is entirely dry. Louis McRoberts is building a fence along the "shore" to keep his horses from walking across the "lake" to the "island" and from there into the landscape. His boys found an old shotgun on the lake bottom last week. Last summer Mr. McRoberts found an old farm wagon where the water had receded.

Howard Dark, who has lived on the shore of the lake since 1895, says that it went dry once before, more than 30 years ago, but had not been dry since until this year. Mr. Dark says at that time a large crop of potatoes was raised in the lake bottom and stored in a hole in the bank. A large crop of hay was cut on the lake bottom that year. This year the lake bottom is bare of vegetation.

Sylvia Hagen and Meta Reimers, members of the Synnes 4-H club, won trips to the State Fair as County Bread Making Champions at the contest held July 22. Velma Sloneker of the Horton 4-H club and Laura Walker of the Morris Junior Get Together club are reserve champions. Style Show winners were Marjorie Brandt of the Framnas 4-H club, first place; Margaret Giberson of the Morris Town club, second; and Bernadine Griffen of the Alberta Busy Bees club, third.

More than 2000 persons frolicked through Sunday at the community picnic sponsored by the Morris National Bank at Henry Thieman's grove on Pomme de Terre lake. So many came that the parking of cars became a problem. The bank supplied coffee and lemonade for the dinner and more than a barrel of each was served. The picnic speaker was Supt. P.E. Miller of the West Central School who told of his recent tour of Europe.

100 Years Ago

July 26, 1906 Sun

Chas. Lux is again in Morris with his popular riding gallery, or merry-go-round, and the location of this source of amusement, next to the laundry, will be a favorite with the young people for the next few days. Mr. Lux is well known to the people of Morris, as he has been here a number of times before. This year, however, he is accompanied by his wife, he having married since last time he was here.

Some of the young boys have been jumping onto the trains passing through town. Although no fatal accidents have thus far occurred, it is not because opportunity has not been offered. Last Tuesday Alvin Matteson, in company with some other boys, boarded the afternoon passenger for a ride. While doing so, one of the boys grabbed Alvin with the result that he fell from the train, receiving a bad gash in the knee.

The annual school meeting was held at Longfellow building last Saturday evening.

There were 77 voters present, about 15 of these being women. Messrs. Vinje, Finnegan and Bicknell were elected. Somewhat of a surprise was in store at the election for old board members Watzke and Dushek were not re-elected. Both have done excellent service and many will regret that they were not retained.

D.T. Wheaton, secretary of the board, presented his annual report. The total expense for teachers was $9717.40. Salary for the superintendent was $1500, high school principal was paid $80 per month, science teacher $70; music teacher, $60; teacher of grammar room, $65; primary room, $55 and $52. A new normal department was opened at the beginning of the year. New steel ceilings were put in several rooms and a new recitation room was fitted up in the Longfellow school basement.