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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of October 4, 1994

Morris Area Elementary School teacher Jo Tate's third grade class is selling pumpkins! Last spring the Comm-Tech second graders started pumpkin plants from seed in their classroom. The plants were later transplanted to a garden plot at the Al and Liz Harris farm north of Morris. The plants produced well, and when the students, now third graders, were to harvest, they picked over 300 pumpkins. Half of the profit from the ongoing sale, being held at the Ben Franklin Store, will help fund the Comm-Tech trip to the Twin Cities, and half will be given to the Stevens County Food Shelf.

The Morris Literary Club held the first meeting of its 90th club year on Monday, Sept. 26, at the home of Mrs. Florence Hedberg. Mrs. Florence Anderson was the assisting hostess. Gail Nelson, public relations director for St. Francis Health Services, was the guest speaker. Roll call for the day was "A young person I admire." Carol Day gave the inspirational reading poetry written on the subject from "Seasons of a Lifetime" by Gerhard Frost.

The Morris Area High School displayed its spirit when the king and queen of the 1994 Morris Area High School Homecoming rode in the homecoming parade on Friday. The parade followed the pep fest at Coombe Field. Riding together were King Jason Asmus and Queen Amber Thoren along with crown bearers Brittney Sharstrum and Chase Rambow.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of October 7, 1969

The Stevens County Historical Society, occupying the former Carnegie Library building, will be open every Sunday afternoon beginning Oct. 12, the executive committee of the Stevens County Historical Society decided at its meeting Tuesday evening. Appointment to visit the museum on Sunday may be made by calling Mrs. N. Kroening, at least one week in advance. The committee also decided that the organization will meet the third Monday of each month with an interesting program to be presented at each meeting. The meetings will be for members of the Historical Society, their friends, and other interested persons.

"Frog Lake - Her Golden Values," appears in the autumn issue of the "Naturalist" magazine, the journal of the Natural History Society of Minnesota and is distributed nationally. Author of the article is Ernest H. Strubbe of Alberta, farmer, photographer, and painter. The entire autumn issue of the "Naturalist" is devoted to Frog Lake. Teaming with Mr. Srubbe in providing the several articles and most of the drawings and the photographs, both colored and black and white which embellish the magazine, was Ken Haag, well known wildlife artist of St. Paul, who also has close ties to the Stevens County area and particularly the Frog Lake area.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of October 12, 1934

About 25 members of the Pomme de Terre golf club took part in a tournament and social gathering to end the playing season at the local course Sunday afternoon. Club championship trophies were awarded to B. J. Benfield and Mrs. H. O. Watzke for placing first in the annual club championship tournaments for the last three years. A lunch was served at the clubhouse at the conclusion of the tournament play.

Three new Emergency Relief Administration projects for Stevens County were given state approval during the last week. They are: improvements to the grounds at the Longfellow school, installing a new steel fence with iron gates for the cemetery at Chokio, and unloading and handling of forage, feeds and other relief shipments for this county.

The budget of the city of Morris for 1935 has been set at $28,000, as compared with the 1934 budget of $30,500 which was reduced after the original budget was authorized but before it had been included in the tabulation of budgets at the courthouse.

Library board members reappointed to the library board were Dr. E. T. Fitzgerald, Mrs. W. C. Light, and Mrs. C. G. Dickey. There are 10 members of the board, three named each year, with the superintendent of schools always being the tenth member.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of October 14, 1909

The new state agricultural school at Morris will open on Oct. 5, 1910, according to Representative L. C. Spooner. The buildings will stand vacant during the present school term as the Indians who were there as wards of the federal government, while it was a United States Indian school, were sent to their reservations or homes last June. When the school was transferred by the federal government to the state of Minnesota last winter, the legislature made a small appropriation for the maintenance and equipment of the school to teach agriculture but forgot to provide a management for the school. The school could not be opened on time.

Beginning with last Friday night, this section of the country had its first spell of bad weather this fall. Saturday, the day set apart for Market day, was rainy, and Sunday was not much better. Monday was decidedly chilly and Monday afternoon it began to snow a little. Monday night it froze ice on water to the thickness of about an inch and Tuesday had just enough of the winter about it to make fur coats decidedly comfortable.

On Monday the Morris Literary Club met at the home of Mrs. Walter Borrill, with Miss Indie Reeve as leader. The members responded to roll call by naming buildings in London. After a lesson on several of London's buildings, Miss Gladys Moran delighted the club with two piano-logues.