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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 23, 1994

A glimpse into agriculture's past provides the theme for a summer-ending event locally. This event, nearing the 30-year milestone, is the Threshing Bee. The full name is the Donnelly Jubilee and Threshing Bee and the '94 version is set this weekend. The Donnelly Community Club, which is in charge, invites everyone to their community Aug. 27 and 28. This is the 29th annual Bee.

Kids Stop, a program sponsored by Morris Area Community Education, offers age appropriate child care for children in grades K-6 after school, on school vacation days, and during the summer months. It operates as a self-supporting, non-profit program financed by enrollment fees, and has the backing of the District 769 School Board. Tamy Reese has been the coordinator since January.

Area residents are invited to participate in a "Memory Walk" to benefit the West Central Minnesota Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association on Saturday, Sept. 17. The 3-mile walk-a-thon will start with muffins and juice at the Morris Senior Citizens Center and end at the East Side Park in Morris, where refreshments will be served and awards given. Registration forms should be returned to Gail Nelson at St. Francis Health Services by Friday, Sept. 9. Walkers are urged to sign up sponsors, but they may also decide to sponsor themselves.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Sun of August 26, 1969

H. J. Kerneghan, chemistry and physics instructor in Morris Senior High School and a member of the local faculty for 24 years, was one of Minnesota's outstanding teachers, one from each of the state's 87 counties plus 14 Honor Roll teachers, who were honored Monday (Education Day) at the Minnesota State Fair. Mr. Kerneghan has been in public school work in Minnesota for 45 years. He came from Osakis to Morris in 1945 to be principal of Morris Senior High School and continued in that position for 13 years. In 1958 he stepped out of the administrative position in favor of returning to classroom teaching.

At a special meeting of the board of county commissioners last Wednesday, the board approved an application for a county "on sale" liquor license from Wilmer Martin, for the Pomme de Terre Steak House. In other action the board approved an appropriation in the requested amount for the Day Activity Center. The Commissioners also adopted a resolution deploring the Great Northern Railway company's proposal to discontinue Western Star service on this division, urging the Great Northern officials to reconsider and to leave the passenger train service on this division as it is now.

Ward B. Voorhees of Morris was awarded a Master of Science degree in agronomy at summer commencement exercises Friday, Aug. 22, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 31, 1934

Two crews of the United States geodetic survey met in Morris last week and established two official new bench marks here, one on the Wadsworth Trail monument in the East Side Park and the other on the foundation for the flagpole at the municipal building. The method of many years of establishing geodetic bench marks on the foundations of solid buildings has been discontinued. The former bench mark was on the steps of the Citizens Bank building.

With considerably less than normal attendance and with reduced exhibits in some departments, the Stevens County Fair on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday made a valiant showing against the drouth. The horse races were unusually fast this year. The harness races, especially on Tuesday, were exciting and the time made by the winners was unusually low. The running races, with local horses ridden by local boys, brought the usual thrills to the grandstand audience.

The Carnegie library will start its winter schedule the first week of September and will be open every afternoon and every evening except Friday from 7 to 9 o'clock.

The L. N. Circle of the First Lutheran Ladies' aid will meet at the home of Mrs. Peter Nelson on Tuesday, with Mrs. Charles Loeffler as the assisting hostess. The Anna Cooley Missionary Society will meet Wednesday afternoon in the church parlors of the Federated Church.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 2, 1909

W. E. Pogue finished his threshing the first of the week and he informs the Sun that his wheat went 28 bushels to the acre and his oats 60. He also has some corn which he says is the finest he ever raised. Stevens County is coming to the front in the matter of yields as compared with the other sections of the state.

Street Commissioner Ryan commenced last week to grade up the main street in the blocks where the gutters have been put down. It will be some time before the streets will be smooth and hard, but it should be much easier to keep them up now than formerly.

Last Monday afternoon a number of the residents of this city spent the time watching the Glidden touring automobiles in the Dispatch Trophy Tour going from the Twin Cities to Fargo pass through this city. In the tour there were perhaps twenty cars. They came at intervals and it was interesting to note the dusty condition of the motorists. There were several ladies who had made the entire trip.