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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 26, 1994

Muriel Eggebraaten received the Morris Area Teacher of the Year award. Eggebraaten grew up in the Long Prairie area. She received a degree in elementary education from Moorhead State, and since has completed a degree in developmental and corrective reading from St. Cloud State, and a master's degree in education from UMM. She said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Lowell Larson, new executive director of the West Central Minnesota Initiative Fund, visited with Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Director Holly Witt. Initiative Fund staff members held a press conference Wednesday in Morris to introduce Larson to the community and business people. Larson, who begins May 1, promised that the focus of the Initiative Fund, jobs, won't change, and he said they would be visible in the community.

Barbara McGinnis, assistant professor and reference librarian at the University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney Briggs Library, will be honored at the Sixth Annual Award Program sponsored by Minnesota Women in Higher Education in recognition of her significant contributions to women in higher education in Morris. The event will take place at the Hennepin Technical Center in Eden Prairie. McGinnis was hired in 1969 to provide professional service in the UMM library.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 29, 1969

The building located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fifth Street, which formerly housed the Morris Bakery, is undergoing extensive remodeling by the new owners, Mr. and Mrs. James Thedin. The structure was gutted by fire last November. The second floor of the building has been made into three apartments. The main floor will be given a new front entrance on Atlantic Avenue as well as a side entrance on Fifth Street.

Four teams will make up the Pomme de Terre baseball league which opens play on May 4. They are Hancock, Morris, Starbuck, and Cyrus. The schedule calls for 12 games with each team meeting the other three teams four times during the split season. Opening day games will find Hancock playing at Morris and Starbuck at Cyrus. At the recent organizational meeting all officers of the league were re-elected. They are Frank Wiese Jr., Hancock, president, Pete Bright, Cyrus, vice president, and J. C. Stenson, Hancock, secretary-treasurer.

Registration for the 1969-1970 kindergarten classes will be conducted in Mrs. Sylvia Yarger's room at the East Elementary School on Friday, May 2. The nurse will be on hand to explain the new round-up and the immunization programs. Parents are reminded to bring their child's birth certificate for verification of birth date.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 4, 1934

A chemical foam was used for the first time by the local firemen Sunday morning. They were called as a result of gasoline being ignited as Jule Eystad was using it to clean the motor of his car at the Morris Cooperative Oil Association station. The chemical foam is prepared to extinguish oil fires and in this case a small line hose was also used.

The delivery of parcel post in the residence district of Morris was restored last week by a special order of the post office department. The delivery of regular mail in Morris has also been restored to the previous schedule with two deliveries each day except on Saturday when only a morning delivery is made.

The general aid of the Federated Church will meet next Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. P. E. Miller. The committee in charge is: Mrs. Margaret Splitstoser, Mrs. LeRoy Welfare, Mrs. Oscar Hoyer, Miss Amelia Eck, Mrs. Roy Bridgeford, Mrs. F. A. Hancock, Mrs. Carl Buckentin, and Mrs. Karl Krause. Everyone is urged to attend.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 6, 1909

At the council meeting, held on Tuesday evening of last week, a committee representing the Women's Civic League appeared and asked for a municipal cleaning day, for the closing of the pool room and bowling alley on Sundays, for an ordinance forbidding throwing refuse into the streets and alleys, the establishment of a garbage system, and the enforcement of the ordinance against spitting on sidewalks and in public buildings.

Up to the present time sixty-one connections have been made in this city with the sewer. The last connections, which are being made this week, are the Morris laundry and William Wunsch's old building on main street.

The regular meeting of the Students Club was held on Monday afternoon of this week at the home of Mrs. E. J. Jones. Mrs. C. B. Randall was the leader for this meeting. The members responded to roll call with the names of Swedish composers. Mrs. Jones gave a report of the work being undertaken by the Women's Civic League. At the close of a musical program, refreshments were served by the hostess.