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10 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of Sept. 30, 1999

When the Morris Fire Department was looking to replace its aging fleet of portable air pack units, they knew their friends at Morris Aerie #620 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles would be more than willing to help out. And help out they did. This past summer, the Morris Aerie made a $10,000 contribution to the Morris Fire Department toward the purchase of four, state-of-the-art Rhino self-contained air packs. Randy Bannick, worthy president of Morris Aerie #620, stated "We like to focus on organizations that make an impact in our area, and these organizations are a special and very important part of our community. If they need assistance, we are going to do whatever we can to help them out." Morris Aerie #620 was chartered in 1904 and is celebrating their 95th year in the Morris Community.

The City of Morris took the first step in revising two provisions of the City Ordinance pertaining to rental housing. At Tuesday's regular meting, the Morris City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the section of the City Code that requires all rental dwelling units to provide one-and-a-half parking spaces. The ordinance would also repeal the section that states no more than five unrelated person could occupy a housing unit. According to Mayor Carol Wilcox, the repeal of the ordinances would mean taking two laws the City doesn't enforce off the books.

25 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune Sept. 27, 1984

The Morris City Council approved the issuance of a debt certificate for $80,000 to pay for the new fire truck. The money will be borrowed from the Morris Fireman's Relief Association and will be repaid at $16,000 a year with 10 per cent interest on the unpaid balance. Larson said that the townships that are within the Morris fire district will be paying half the cost of the new equipment.

Coffee was five cents a cup when the Shell gas station/café in Morris first opened its doors in 1934. In a Tuesday interview, Blanche and her husband Carl Johnson reflected on the long history of the establishment. Carl and his brother Odin were involved with the gas station phase at the outset, while Blanche and Odin's wife Nita ran the café. The establishment's long and interesting history has reached an end. It will be torn down sometime after Oct. 1, to be replaced by a food 'n fuel operation. Just as the Shell gas station/café represented a new type of merchandising when it opened, so too is the food 'n fuel concept. The tearing down of the Shell operation will signal passage of an era. The business replacing it will no doubt fit in nicely with the Morris business scene. However, a charming piece of Morris history will be sacrificed in the process. The final owner of the Shell gas station was Don Voorhees.

50 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of Oct. 9, 1959

Ward B. Voorhees of Benson is a member of the staff at the new Soil and Water Conservation Research Laboratory at Morris as a Soil Scientist. He completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science, in science specialization, at the University of Minnesota this summer. Mr. Voorhees will work with research problems in soil management and tillage practices in the area. For the past two summers, Mr. Voorhees has been employed by the Agricultural Research Service at Morris. He is unmarried and commutes daily from Benson to Morris.

At a special meeting Monday evening the Morris board of education purchased another bus to add to the district's fleet. This will be the 10th bus that will be operated on a regular route and will help to provide better service for district patrons. The bus purchased will have an International chassis and a 54-passenger Wayne body and is being purchased through Fuhrman Buick of Morris. The bid price of $6,333 was lowest among bids received from three local firms.

Funeral rites for E. C. Schlattman, esteemed long-time resident of Pepperton Township, were conducted at the Pepperton Methodist Church. Born and raised in Pepperton Township, Mr. Schlattman was one of the leaders in that community in church and civic activities. Edward Charles Schlattman was born in 1879 to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schlattman, pioneer settlers in that area. A graduate civil engineer, he followed that profession about 10 years, then returned to active farming in Pepperton, continuing in that occupation for more than 30 years. Mr. Schlattman was married to Florence Max at Breckenridge in 1916.

90 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of Oct. 9, 1919

The Company K pavilion on Atlantic Avenue has been torn down. The company will continue giving Saturday night dances at the armory. Music will be furnished by Eddie Boyle's orchestra.

J. A. Ringness was elected honorary foreman of the local Yoeman Lodge at the annual election of officers at a meeting at Linne's Hall last Thursday night. The other officers are: M. C. Christianson, master of ceremonies; F. R. Putnam, worthy correspondent, and Mrs. T. Maloney, overseer.

A question over the manner in which the road now being graded for paving between Morris and Hancock should cross the Great Northern Tracks, took a number of county officials to the state capitol this week. State officials are going to great lengths to eliminate grade crossings. It was their plan to have the thoroughfare cross the railroad tracks at the bridge over the Pomme de Terre River. The road was to swing at the bridge approach and, going at an angle of 46 degrees, pass over the river and under the railroad tracks on the same bridge. It was finally settled that the road should follow the original course, passing over the Great Northern line a little more than half way of the distance to Hancock on a grade crossing.