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10 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 19, 1999

If you've noticed, Coast to Coast Hardware is undergoing a change. The sign out front reads Coast to Coast, but the sign in back says Ace Hardware. "We're in the process of becoming an Ace Hardware store," explained Deb Peterson, who, along with her husband, Joe, owns the hardware store. The change does mean the end of Coast to Coast's almost 70 years presence in Morris. Former owner Bill Rickmeyer recalled "The first store was opened by A. G. Carlson in 1932, it was one of the first Coast to Coast stores to open." Rickmeyer bought the store in 1967 after several years working retail with J.C. Penney's. In 1996, Deb, Rickmeyer's daughter, and her husband bought the store.

The George Jones song "Don't Need No Rockin' Chair" could be about Pete Bright, who continues to stymie many of the best senior baseball hitters. Bright used his combination of curve, fastball, and changeup to help lead the Morris Legends baseball team to victory on his 70th birthday. Fans at Chizek Field could appreciate this milestone which came on Wednesday of last week. Bright pitched the whole nine innings as the Legends downed Alexandria 5-4.

25 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 16, 1984

The first round of the annual club tournament at the Pomme de Terre Gold Course will have some extra-added drama. Any golfer achieving a hole-in-one on number three during that round will win a 1955 Chevrolet. The vehicle is being provided by Berger Chevrolet of Morris.

The West Central Shrine Club will sponsor its Sixth Annual Shrine Bowl Game for Crippled Children on Saturday, October 6, as the University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar football team, under the direction of second-year coach Jim Lind, challenges the Northern State Wolves. West Central Shrine Club president Willard Micklish of Morris says that Shriners have begun their visits to area towns to ask for donations to the Shrine Hospital and its services.

The summer Horticulture Night at the West Central Experiment Station will be held tonight (Thursday). The tours will be conducted by horticultural department personnel and county extension personnel from the immediate area.

50 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 28, 1959

It's State Fair time for 21 Stevens County 4-Hers as they leave for St. Paul and the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 7. They will join about 2,500 other 4-Hers from throughout Minnesota who have also won honors in demonstrating, livestock, exhibiting, livestock judging, or the dress revue, says Orion Carlson, assistant county agent.

The Pomme de Terre Golf Club's annual tournament, one of the major club events staged each season, will be held Sunday, Aug. 30. Dr. Quentin Dunnum is the defending club champion. He has won the title the past two years. A Calcutta party in conjunction with the tournament will be held at the club house Saturday evening.

T. V. Reese, district manager for Otter Tail Power Company at Langdon, North Dakota since 1954, has assumed his new duties as manager at Morris, replacing P. J. Brewer who will be transferred to Crookston in a similar capacity within a short time. A native of Plaza, North Dakota, Reese attended schools there and later the University of North Dakota and the University of Hawaii.

90 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 29, 1919

Ernest Irwin won the first prize of $3.00 for having the best vegetable exhibit at the garden and canning exhibit given by the boys and girls of Morris at the Weum-Belverud grocery store. Ernest has also been much interested in canning and came in fifth in the canning exhibit.

The American Legion campaign for memberships is now on in Stevens County. W. F. Cooley is receiving applicants in the Stevens County State Bank, Harry Lord in the Morris National Bank, and Joseph E. Isherwood in the Morris Post Office. The returned service men are signing up fast according to George Welscher, secretary of the Stevens County post known as Walter Tripp Post No. 29.

Frank Miller will build a garage on Atlantic Avenue on the lot next to the Standard Oil Service Station. The garage will be 60x100 feet and the repair shop in connection 34x56 feet. He is making plans now for contracting and hopes to begin building in the fall.

Nearly 200 people attended the community service held under the auspices of the Methodist Church last Sunday evening at the Welfare farm. The evening was perfect for the drive out from town and those present expressed themselves as very much pleased with the idea of church in the open air.