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15 Years Ago

September 29, 1992 Sun

King Isaac Kieffer and Queen Mandy Olson waved and smiled during the 1992 MAHS Homecoming parade on Friday. Riding in the same vehicle were the coronation crown bearers Marisa Stevenson and Kyle Koehntop. That evening the MAHS football Tigers played Minnewaska Area, losing 26-7.

Members of the Outdoor Pool Committee, the Morris Youth Hockey Association, and the Morris City Council are reassessing plans for recreational facilities following the Sept. 15 defeat of bond issues to build an outdoor swimming pool and an ice arena. The pool failed by a two-to-one margin, and 56 percent of voters said no to the ice arena.

Mary Francis Braun, age 91, a resident of Morris, died Sept. 23. She was born in 1900 in Wadena County and married to Louis Nagl in 1928. Her sister Anna was married to Steve Satzer at the same time. They moved to Stevens County where they farmed until Louis' death in 1938. In 1942 she married William Braun of Alberta. She was the first woman to be elected to the Alberta City Council, served for ten years, and later was elected again and served until retirement.

George "Mick" Manska, age 54, resident of Morris, died Sept. 23. He was born in Morris in 1937 and attended school here. He was engaged in the construction field until ill health forced him to retire.

40 Years Ago

October 3, 1967 Sun

The official "turn-on" of natural gas for Morris was held at the "town border station" just east of Morris on Sept. 28. Councilmen Les Collins, Sig Holme, Chester Larsen and Roy Lucken assisted officials of Minnesota Natural Gas Company in the symbolic ceremony of turning the valve, thus signifying that natural gas is now available in Morris. To date more than 450 residential and business users have signed up for natural gas service.

The Cheerful Helpers Club, one of the older clubs in Stevens county, celebrated its 55th anniversary with a dinner party at the Pomme de Terre Steak House Sept. 27. Three charter members are still active in the club: Mrs. Ella Andert, Mrs. Oscar Hoyer and Mrs. Melanie Hoyer. The club was organized by Mrs. Oscar Hoyer in 1912 and given the name the Mayflower Club, which later was changed to Cheerful Helpers.

Three area high school students were announced last week as semi-finalists in the 1967-68 National Merit Scholarship program. They are Suzanne Sarlette of Morris High School, Diane Rosewald of Cyrus High School, and John Kirwin of Chokio-Alberta High School.

Robert Henry Degendorfer, longtime Morris resident, passed away Sept. 3. He was born at Red Wing in 1875 and came to Scott Township with his family when he was three. In 1903 he was united in marriage to Maggie Barnes. Survivors include eight daughters and one son.

75 Years Ago

October 7, 1932 Sun

The West Central School of Agriculture opened for the school year on Monday with an attendance of 157. This mark will be raised during the next few days as many students return a few days late. A total enrollment of 200 is anticipated. The almost total lack of money has made it impossible for a great number of young persons to attend. The number of prospective students asking for work to help defray their expenses is greater than ever before.

On Wednesday evening the entire WCSA student body was entertained in various homes in the city of Morris under the auspices of the Young People's Society of the Federated Church. Ten homes were open to the students who all much appreciated being entertained in this manner.

J. H. O'Brien will return to Morris on Monday with his tri-motor plane. A field west of the Z. S. Brouillet farm will be used for landing, and passengers will be taken up for short rides Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, Mr. O'Brien, the plane and its crew will leave for Montana where they will spend a month before going south for the winter.

Signs designating the city limits, in the area where weeds have taken the place of the water that formed Lake Crystal, have been put up this week. The purpose is to prevent the use of firearms within the city limits and to protect game birds that are making use of wasteland of the lake bottom.

100 Years Ago

October 10, 1907 Sun

Willet M. Hays, assistant secretary of agriculture at Washington, was in Morris one day last week looking over his farming interests here. He was returning to Washington from a western tour.

John Grove was up from St. Paul this week looking after his farming and real estate interests here.

Attorney R. A. Stone was up from St. Paul the first of the week looking after business interests here.

J. R. Krueger has installed a number of full glass showcases in his drug store, lending much to the neatness of his place.

Monte Brown, who has been attending the state university, is now attending the Harvard law school at Harvard college.

E. J. Jones has completed the threshing on the Crocus Valley farm east of the city and he reports a very fine crop all around. He had in a quantity of No. 25 flax, which has been developed at the state experiment farm, and this went 21 bushels to the acre of very fine flax. Mr. Jones now has a large amount of this flax which he will sell for seed.