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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 3, 1994

Over 350 people attended the 11th annual Stevens County Pheasants Forever Banquet held March 22, at the Sunwood Inn. Chuck Lesmeister of Morris was awarded the 1994 Stevens County Pheasants Forever "Ernest Strubbe" Award. Lesmeister has been very active on the Stevens County Pheasants Forever Board of Directors and was a banquet chairman for two previous banquets. Lesmeister also plants wildlife food plots and nesting cover on his farm each year.

Stevens County Share-the-Fun was held at the Morris Area High School Auditorium on Saturday, April 9. Seven clubs present skits. Emcees for the evening were Allison Berger, Jeff Johnson, Amy Reuter, and Katie Staples. The Darnen Club won the event with their skit "Let's Take a Peek." Second place went to the Scott Club who presented "The Little Old Woman," and B.E.E.S. placed third with "BEES T.V." Congratulations to these clubs.

Mythological medieval England, along with Robin Hood and Prince John, comes alive this weekend at the Morris Area High School, with the production of the spring play "Robin Hood." The play will be presented on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at the MAHS Auditorium. Cast members include Jason Burt as Robin Hood and Caleb Stengel as Prince John. Melissa Nyman is the director.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 6, 1969

Morris High School musicians turned in commendable performances at the state - region music contest on Saturday, earning 18 superior ratings out of a total of 23 entries. The contest was hosted by Morris. Approximately 66 schools from Region VI participated in the event.

The first annual Cougar Club ladies night banquet will be held at the Pomme de Terre Steak House this evening (Tuesday). Tickets for the banquet, at $2.50 each, are available at the Citizens Bank and the Morris State Bank.

A number of special awards were given and Morris High School wrestling and basketball captains-elect for the next school year were announced at the third annual 9-F Sportsmen's Club's Winter Sports Appreciation banquet held Sunday evening at the 9-F Club. Master of ceremonies was Leon Blomgren, president of the 9-F Club. Basketball Coach Roger Schnaser and wrestling Coach Al Hendrickson made brief comments on the past season.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 11, 1934

Thirty-four primary election candidates, the largest number ever on record in this county, had filed at the office of the county auditor by Wednesday afternoon, the last day for filing. There have been more candidates for one office in previous elections, notably the well remembered nine candidates for sheriff in 1918, but there has never been such a large total number in this county. The unusual number of primary contests is expected to make this an exceptionally active campaign year in Stevens County.

Burglars who entered the station of the Morris Co-operative Oil Association last Saturday took cash and checks from the safe amounting to approximately $290, about half of this being in checks, it was discovered when the station was opened Sunday morning. A lock on a gasoline pump was pried open, but no gasoline was taken. It is believed the burglars did not know how to operate the pump and were afraid to experiment for fear of throwing on light switches.

A mass meeting of farmers and home owners has been called by the Farmers Holiday Association at the armory in Morris next Tuesday evening. Those in charge say that arrangements are now being made for a number of outside speakers for this meeting. Two Grant County farmers have already been assigned to the program. It has been announced that everyone, whether living on a farm or in town, is welcome at the meeting. Many women are expected to attend.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 13, 1909

Word has been received here by Superintendent Smith of the Government Indian School to the effect that the school would be closed July 1st of this year, instead of continuing in operation another year as had been generally expected. This means that the state will be able to secure possession of the property in time so that it can be opened as an agricultural college by the first of September of this year, which is just that much gained by Morris and Stevens County.

There will be a dairy meeting at Morris on Friday afternoon of next week, at which time two prominent dairymen of the State Dairymen's Association will be in Morris to address the people of this vicinity on questions pertaining to successful dairying.

The Morris High School will graduate one of the largest classes in its history this spring, the graduation class numbering twenty-three. This is an excellent showing and indicates that our schools are progressing very nicely. Arrangements have been made for the various graduation exercises, for which the members of the class have been preparing for several weeks.