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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Sun of July 5, 1994

The foundation has been laid for a new Casey's General Store at the corner of W. 5th Street and Pacific Avenue. The convenience and self-service store is scheduled to open in September. Company officials expect that Casey's will employ two to four people full time and another six to eight will have part time jobs.

Gail Nelson was elected chair of the Morris Area School Board at the Board's reorganizational meeting Friday morning. She replaces Jim Gillis. Doug Schmidgall was elected vice chair, Dick Felstul was elected clerk, and Chuck Spohr was elected treasurer.

Baseball games between traveling teams and the local hometown favorites used to highlight many summer nights in Minnesota. Before the days of television, these games provided entertainment and more. It was a time when people socialized and experienced a community spirit as they rooted their team on against the visitors. This style of baseball will once again come to Morris, when local players from the past and present host the Cellular 2000TM Chargers at noon, Sunday, July 10, at Chizek Field. The proceeds from the admission go toward purchasing of a pitching machine for the Morris Little League. The Morris Oldies team is named the Mighty Fuzz Heads. All the oldies are 35 and older.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 8, 1969

Judge Stahler is stepping down from the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. Judge Stahler was appointed to the board of the Morris Building and Loan Association, forerunner of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, on Nov. 10, 1948, when the late Judge G. W. Beise resigned as a director. He has served on the board continuously since that time.

In recognition of its attainment of 171.6 per cent of its blood collection goal this past fiscal year, the Stevens County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation. The certificate was recently received by Kenneth Pedersen, county blood program chairman.

4-H food project members will bake bread and pie at the annual Bread and Pie Day to be held Tuesday, July 8, in the Morris Junior High home economics room. Bread baking will begin at 9 a.m. and pie baking will begin about 10:30 a.m. Bread and Pie Day gives food members an opportunity to demonstrate their baking skills, helps them recognize principles of baking and standards of bread and other baked products.

The major construction job currently in progress in Morris is the new physical education building at the University of Minnesota, Morris, being erected across East Second Street from the main campus.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 13, 1934

Twenty-three young men and four World War veterans of Stevens County passed the preliminary physical examination and on Wednesday evening left Morris for Fort Snelling with the recruiting officer where they will undergo further examination before being sent to the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. If any are rejected after taking the final examination the government will provide transportation home for them. These young men and veterans formed an entirely new group, none of them had been in a camp before. Of all who made applications, only one was rejected and one was not here at the appointed day.

Petitions are being circulated and meetings are being held in Stevens and other drouth area counties objecting to the new plan of livestock feed loans and asking that farmers be given an opportunity to work for the relief feed instead of adding to their debt burden. The petition grew out of gatherings called by farmers in the county to work out some collective method of obtaining feed they know must be shipped in. The first meeting was called by Albert Eystad and Adolph Reimers.

The Ladies' Aid society of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Swan Lake will give an ice cream social at the home of Mrs. Augusta Koehntop on Sunday evening. Everyone is invited to attend.

Advertisement: Phillips 66 - 16 1/2 cents per gallon at your Phillips 66 Station. One block from the Highway Building.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Sun of July 15, 1909

At the special meeting of the Morris Improvement Union last evening the Fourth of July Committee made their report. At this meeting it was agreed to turn over the surplus of $700 to the county fair, providing that same be used to pay off the indebtedness of the association. The firemen had donated $210, and this was generously left in the surplus to be given to the fair. The fair association is now entirely out of debt, with over a hundred dollars to the good.

Contractor Malmberg was forced to postpone the laying of the remainder of the cement walk in front of the post office block, there having been some mistake made in the grade for the gutter which was being laid at the same time. About 30 feet of gutter had to be taken up again.

Henry Jones damaged his auto while returning from Glenwood one day last week. He struck a rock in the middle of the road in such a way that the machine was badly sprung, and he had considerable difficulty in driving it home.