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15 Years Ago

Sun of July 12, 1994

Groundbreaking for the New Super 8 Motel in Morris took place at the East Highway 28 site on Wednesday. Present were Mayor Merlin Beyer, Michael Haynes of SCEIC, Holly Witt of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, General Contractor Jan Gilchrist, Dick Lambert of Community First Bank, and Paul Rentz of Rentz Agency. The motel, scheduled for fall opening, will be located between Pizza Hut and Pamida.

Boy Scout Tim Busian developed a wildlife-oriented project as part of working towards prestigious Eagle Scout honors. The project gives enhancement to the Villa of St. Francis grounds in Morris. Busian built a martin house which is now on the Villa grounds. Tim is the son of Dr. Mike and Cyndi Busian.

A row of elephants provided quite an exotic sight last week in Morris. The sight was a sign that the circus had arrived. This was the Carson and Barnes Circus, a five-ring entertainment showcase that performed Wednesday at the county fairgrounds.

40 Years Ago

Sun of July 15, 1969

The Stevens County NFO will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. in the community room of the Stevens County Courthouse in Morris.

City of Morris voters will go to the polls today (Tuesday) to ballot on a $90,000 bond issue proposed by the city council to finance construction of a new city garage. The proposed garage would be erected on a site already owned by the city, south of the Waddell Trailer Court and across Highway 59 from the Stevens County fairgrounds. If the proposed bond issue is approved a new city garage will be constructed. The city's street and other equipment will be housed in it and the Fire Department equipment will be housed in the present municipal building.

Nineteen members of Boy Scout Troop 469 of Morris left Sunday morning for Big Fork, Minn., from where they started on a 150-mile canoe trip to the Minnesota-Ontario border about 15 miles west of International Falls. The scouts and four adult leaders will return July 20. Scouts on the trip include Jim Neal, Tony Schmidt, Brian Anderson, Ted Schmidt, Steve Jensen, Don Sack, Mark Anderson, Ronnie Jay, Mike Braun, Bill Spain, Brian Ross, Glen Proudfoot, Tim Squier, Mike Proudfoot, Brad Madsen, Jay Juergensen, Mike Barrett, Craig Caspers, and Tom Sturdevant.

75 Years Ago

Sun of July 20, 1934

The annual Stevens County fair will be held on August 27, 28, and 29. Judge George W. Beise, secretary of the fair association, said yesterday a complete program of horse racing, vaudeville acts, and other attractions in addition to the numerous activities of the 4-H clubs is now being completed. Judge Beise says that the association is now negotiating for a number of exceptional vaudeville acts. He believes that because of the depression many of these acts heretofore beyond the reach of county fairs may become available this year.

A throng of people estimated between 1,800 and 2,000 attended the picnic given by the Morris Cooperative Oil Association, the Hancock Cooperative Creamery, and the Donnelly Cooperative Creamery at Perkins Resort on Pomme de Terre Lake last Sunday. There were kitten ball games as well as a program explaining and lauding the cooperative plan of buying and selling. Ten boilers of hot coffee were served to the guests.

The exceptionally hot weather of the last few days has been reflected on the official weather bureau thermometer at the West Central School. On Thursday a temperature of 101 1/2 degrees was recorded. On Wednesday the temperature went up to 95 degrees and to 93 on Tuesday. The weather bureau officials also point to the lack of rain as augmenting the heat's menace to what crops remain. Up to Thursday evening the total rainfall here since the first of the present year was only 7.39 inches. The normal rainfall of that period is about 14 inches. So far in July the precipitation has been only .79 of an inch.

100 Years Ago

Sun of July 22, 1909

At the school meeting held last Saturday evening considerable interest was worked up owing to the entrance into the race of three candidates to succeed the two whose terms expired, Messrs. Vinje and Finnegan. The new candidates were Mrs. L. C. Spooner and Messrs. F. A. Mullen and Peter Miller. A large number voted at the election, there being about ten rigs in active service to bring the ladies to the polls. The election resulted in the re-election of Mr. Finnegan, and the election of Mr. Mullen to succeed Mr. Vinje.

The regular session of the board of County Commissioners was called to order July 12. Members present were Commissioners Park, Dohlen, Gausman, and Devenney. The report of the board of auditors designating all the banks in the county as county depositories was read and approved upon several conditions. Banks that met these conditions were the Citizens Bank of Morris, the Stevens County State Bank, the Morris National Bank, the Hancock National Bank, the First National Bank of Chokio, and the State Bank of Donnelly. In other business a motion was made and seconded for an appropriation of $59.71 from the County Revenue fund to the Stevens County Agricultural Society for the purpose of paying the real estate tax on the fairgrounds for the years 1906, 1907, and 1908.