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10 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of July 22, 1999

County Auditor/ Treasurer Dick Bluth announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1, at the County Board of Commissioners' July 15 meeting. Bluth will be retiring after more than 25 years of service in the elected Auditor/Treasurer position.

With the first rental housing inspection scheduled to take place in less than a month, the City of Morris and representatives of the firm that will be doing rental inspections still have a lot of details to work out. The first inspections are scheduled to begin on Aug. 23 at selected units. Those units will be those which the landlord volunteered for the early inspection. A meeting focusing primarily on landlord issues will be held on Aug. 26. A meeting focusing on tenants' issues will be held on Sept. 16.

The 1999 Stevens County 4-H Food Revue and Demonstration Day was held June 29 at the Morris Area High School. Ten demonstrations were done in the morning, including one paired demonstration. Of the two age divisions exhibiting, a Grand and Reserve Champion were awarded in each age group. Grand champions were awarded to Rachel Sperr, Rendsville 4-H Club, and Heather Maloney, Rachel Dudding, and Erin Harris, all of the Pep & Progress 4-H Club.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 19, 1984

The Morris-Donnelly School Board voted to hire Delores Wiese as the new Elementary School Principal at their meeting Monday night. Wiese has been elementary principal in Hancock and Cyrus. Wiese's position also includes directing the reading program and the Title I program. Her contract is for 10 and a half months, from Aug. 1 to June 15. Delores Wiese was recommended to the position by Superintendent Fred Switzer.

There will be contests in two Stevens County Commissioner districts this fall. In District One, the candidates will be Peter R. Brandt and incumbent Paul Larson. In District Four, incumbent E. L. (Ted) Dosdall will be challenged by Grace Staebler. District Three Commissioner Wallace Staples will be unopposed in the general election.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 31, 1959

The production of 1,000 new boats a years is the goal of Morris Fiberglass Industries, which began operation in Morris on a limited basis this week. The city's newest industry is located in the Coca Cola Bottling Company building at 405 Wyoming Avenue, near Lake Crystal. The plant will manufacture 14, 16 and 18-foot boats and probably some 12-footers. The new concern includes Marlow Samp as plant manager and acting vice-president, Leo Molony as president, Alexandria businessman Lee Johnson, and Cliff Movold, head of the Alexandria Boat Works.

Werpy's Bakery will be opened for business in Morris about the middle of next week. Successor to Max's Morris Bakery, Werpy's Bakery will be owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Werpy, who will come to Morris from the Detroit Lakes area. The Morris Bakery, a long-established business here and located for many years in the large brick building at 501 Atlantic Avenue, which will continue to be the home of Werpy's Bakery, was operated for 20 years by the late Lawrence Max and Mrs. Max.

The two blocks of alley between Atlantic Avenue and Oregon Avenue, from East 5th Street to East 7th Street, are now one-way to all vehicular traffic, reports City Manager D. A. Reiber. Traffic in the two alley blocks became one way (north) following erection of the necessary traffic signs. Experience with one way traffic regulations in the parking areas along the Great Northern Railway tracks, between 5th and 7th Streets, indicated that traffic flowed much more smoothly and efficiently.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Tribune of August 1, 1919

The Hustlers for Uncle Sam Garden Club voted on Monday night to have a canning team represent them at the county canning contest to be held the last of August. The next meeting of the club will be a visitation meeting. The members will go from house to house to see the gardens preparatory to the Garden Exhibit which they will hold in Morris. The club will also give a demonstration meeting at the West Central School of Agriculture to show the students how to conduct garden club meetings.

Work is progressing nicely on the Stevens County War History which the Morris Tribune will publish in the near future, and records and photos of the boys who were in the service are being received each day. The Tribune office will publish only the number of books ordered in advance, so if a copy of the book is desired, it will be necessary to place your order now.

The Longfellow playground now has a library connection. Fifty books suitable to varying ages were sent down from the library the other day to be used for rainy afternoons.