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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of Sept. 13, 1994

Stevens Community Memorial Hospital, Inc. (SCMH) has agreed to purchase the assets of the Morris Medical Center, Inc., SCMH President and CEO John Rau announced Friday. Following the sale on Sept. 15, SCMH will assume operation of the clinic. Rau said that move reflects recent rapid changes in the health care industry and a growing trend towards consolidation of medical services.

The Morris Wetland Management District will open the Demonstration-Wildlife Tour Route to vehicle traffic on Thursday, Sept. 22. The route was developed to demonstrate wildlife management techniques available for development of wildlife habitat on public or private properties. The native prairie grasses, particularly big bluestem and Indian grass, are very colorful at this time of the year.

Ervin Buntje, age 85, of Morris died Sept. 8, in St. Cloud. Ervin was born in 1909 in Horton Township to Henry and Mary (Stahman) Buntje. Following his education he worked at the family farm until 1936, when he began operating the Synnes Store in Synnes Township. That year he married Ruth Paulson at the Reque Lutheran Church in Scott Township. He operated the Synnes Store until 1961, when he returned to farming.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of Sept. 16, 1969

Applications for residence in the Morris Elder Housing Apartments, recently named Grand View Apartments, are now being taken by the Housing Authority. All persons who feel that they might be eligible to rent an apartment in this building are invited to stop at the city offices and talk to William Smith, executive director, or Hazel Krueger, executive secretary. The Grand View Apartments, nearing completion, occupy a five-story building on Columbia Avenue in Morris.

Randy Koehntop of the Pep and Progress 4-H Club topped the Stevens County 4-H Market Livestock Show exhibitors by showing his Shropshire wether lamb to the reserve championship in the Shopshire division. Michael Sax, Rendsville 4-H, placed in the blue group with his crossbred steer, and Ron Erickson, Swan Lake 4-H, in the red group with his Polled Hereford Steer.

Alfred R. Cairney, 76, former Morris businessman and member of a prominent pioneer family of the city, passed away on Thursday in Minneapolis. Mr. Cairney was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Cairney. Alfred was associated with his father in the meat market and grocery business in Morris for a number of years.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of Sept. 21, 1934

City water bills were sent out on Tuesday, marking the end of the plan inaugurated by the city commission last spring in offering lower rates as an inducement of residents of the city to use water liberally in an effort to save lawns and trees and to promote better gardens.

Resolutions asking the Public Works Administration to erect a new post office in Morris have been drawn by an American Legion committee and turned over to Harry Phinney to dispatch to the proper officials of the PWA Administration in Washington. The subject was advanced at the annual meeting of the Walter Tripp Post on Tuesday evening when it was declared that post office buildings might now be secured in localities that would have not been given consideration before the advent of PWA and numerous other relief undertakings. A committee consisting of J.A. Mielke, H. R. Schlatter, and E. W. Eames was appointed to draw up resolutions.

A railroad dining car was being unloaded on Thursday for Leo Boudreau of Morris who intends to establish a restaurant to be located in the lot next to the Quality Laundry. Mr. Boudreau intends to install a counter through the center of the car with booths to be built into the sides. Gasoline pumps will also be installed in connection with the restaurant, but these will not be put up until after the opening of the restaurant.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of Sept. 23, 1909

County Auditor Ware sold two ditching jobs on Friday to Jerry Shervin, who has the contract for constructing Ditch No. 1. The work was let at 11 cents per yard, and is for the construction of ditches Nos. 7 and 8, near Donnelly. Ditching job for Ditch No. 6 was also up on that day, but there were no bidders, and the sale is being held open.

Superintendent Roberts finds that the new compulsory educational law gives his office and that of the county attorney considerable extra work to do, and he is contemplating hiring an assistant. Since there is no salary provision for an assistant he is at a loss how to meet the situation. It is hoped that when the people of the county become acquainted with the requirements of the law, they will see that their children are sent to school without being compelled to do so by the authorities. The law is a good one no doubt, when it is lived up to.

As soon as it dries up again after the recent rains, it will be time for every farmer in the county to keep a careful lookout for prairie fires. There is plenty of dry grass to make a prairie fire rather a serious matter, and precautions against them will not be amiss.