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10 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 29, 1999

This Friday will mark the last day of Tom Gillespie's almost 25 years as City Building Official. In a sense, Gillespie fell into his job. "It was the summer of 1975, and I had just graduated from UMM," he recalls. "I was mowing grass out at Pomme de Terre Park - I had a work study job with the Parks Department - and Ron Klaphake, the City Manager, called and asked if I would be interested in becoming building inspector." Gillespie adds that the unexpected death of then-inspector Ed Bumann had created the opening. Gillespie was born and raised in Iowa, moving to Morris with his family his sophomore year in high school.

The fees have been set. The first inspection is scheduled. The City of Morris rental inspection program is ready to get underway. At Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council, the Council approved the fee schedule for rental registration and inspection.

The Fair is about two weeks away, but you can begin your preparations now for the five days of fun that the 126th Stevens County Fair will bring. The 1999 Stevens County Fair will run from August 11-15 this year, but fair buttons are already on sale for $4 each.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 26, 1984

At their last meeting the Morris City Council voted two changes in the polling places for the general election on Nov. 6. The first change separates Ward I on the west side of Morris into two voting precincts, and the second moves the polling place in Ward II from the Library to the Middle School. The dividing line for the two precincts will be West 9th Street from the Burlington Northern tracks to Park Avenue, then on Park to West 8th Street, and West 8th Street to the city limits. Voters to the south of that line will continue to vote at the American Legion. Voters to the north of the line will vote at the Villa of St. Francis.

The School Board completed its goal statements at a special meeting Tuesday morning. Board members have been considering several statements of goals since last winter. Mary Ann Scharf, board chair, said the goals represent a united effort on the direction they think the District should be going. The six goals cover the areas of communication, parent advisory groups, PER, staff development, teacher evaluation, and new programs.

The harvest of winter wheat is getting underway in the western portion of Stevens County, according to Doug Ehlers, Stevens County extension director. Ehlers expects that within a few days, barley and oats will enter the harvest state. Spring wheat planted relatively early is approximately a week to ten days away from harvest readiness. Much of this wheat is in eastern Stevens County, where the moisture problems of June were less that in the west.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 7, 1959

The plat of the new highland homes residential addition to the city of Morris was approved by the city commission at a special meeting Monday evening. The new addition is to be located west of Park Avenue and north of West 11th Street. Highland Homes Addition, as presently platted, contains 74 lots, 71 of them being owned by Wayne Schmidgall, who is spearheading the new development.

Recently joining the staff of the North Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Laboratory at Morris was Robert E. Burwell, who comes to this city from Joliet, Ill. He will be a soil scientist at the new federal laboratory here. According to C. A. Van Doren, field station director, Mr. Burwell has worked for the Agricultural Research Service approximately 12 years.

Two long awaited and thoroughly welcome rains were received in this area this week but offsetting the benefit they brought to parched crops was the damage that accompanying hail and wind did to the crops in portions of the county. County weed and seed inspectors from seven western Minnesota counties will meet at the courthouse in Morris on Friday (today) to discuss anticipated problems arising from drouth conditions in this section of the state. The meeting in Morris is one of three sponsored this week by the Department of Agriculture, Dairy and Food.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Tribune of August 8, 1919

A.M. Shear of Herman had been forced to abandon his car on the road between Morris and Donnelly after he had collided with another machine. When Shear returned to get his automobile early the following morning there was really very little of it left to take home. Some good Samaritans helped themselves to everything they could pry, bend, or hammer loose from Shear's car. They stole all the tires, the tools, cushions, brakes, and almost succeeded in detaching the radiator. Shear came to the Morris garage this week to have the stolen parts replaced. He is glad the radiator was securely fastened on.

Charlie Glover and Gowan Pushor probably saved the Quigley garage from burning by showing great presence of mind in getting a burning automobile out on the street and a safe distance away from the gasoline tanks. Edward Falk, son of Ole Falk of Rendsville Township, had driven his father's Overland car in the garage to have the tank filled with gasoline. He was standing inside the car while they were filling it when the tank overflowed and some gasoline fell on the exhaust pipe. The engine was not running, but the pipe was so hot that it ignited the gasoline and the flame puffed out spreading to the back of the car.

The Weum-Belverud Co. has moved into their new grocery department this week and already has a very attractive looking store. The dresses and cloak departments have been moved to the front of the other half of the store and the rear has been turned into a shoe department.