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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune October 14, 1999

United Farmers and Merchants State Bank employees of Donnelly, Chokio, and Morris will be dressing in costumes to join in the fight against leukemia by participating in the Leukemia Society of America's 8th annual "Costumed For A Cure" on Friday, Oct. 29. Customers can vote for their favorite costume with a donation into that employee's collection container.

In the northern part of the county, where rainfall was excessive, yields are below normal. But in the southern and central parts of the county, yields are average or better, helping farmers recover production costs. Working in nearly ideal weather, local farmers are expected to finish harvesting soybeans this week, slightly ahead of the five-year average.

The Morris Area High School and the University of Minnesota, Morris Choirs will present a combined Choral Concert on Monday, October 18, at the Assumption Church in Morris. The public is invited to this free and open concert. This will be the first time the choirs from the Morris area have combined for a concert and Ken Hodgson, director of the University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir, hopes it will become an annual event. Hodgson and John Kleinwolterink, director of the MAHS Choirs, have called this festive event "The Morris Choral Festival."

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 11, 1984

Jon Boutain, president of the Morris Kiwanis Club, made a special presentation Monday afternoon during the regular weekly meeting of the club. Boutain presented a check for $1,500 on behalf of the club to Roy Larson, acting on behalf of the Morris Main Street Program. Larson is chairman of the Main Street board and is also Kiwanis vice president. According to Larson, the funds will go toward the first community-identification sign, to be located near the intersection of Highways 59 North and 28 East.

Merlin Beyer, Mayor of the city of Morris, today announced a Leadership Conference to be held at the Sunwood Inn on Monday, Oct. 29. Ron Meiss, Main Street Manager, Linda Roles, President of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, and Catherine Huebner, County Extension Agent are assisting the mayor in organizing this event.

The tromboning talents of Morris attorney Ken Hamrum and Sue Jung were featured at the Tuesday meeting of the Morris Area Christian Women's Club. A highlight of the meeting was the club's celebration of its eighth anniversary.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 23, 1959

The annual convention of the Stevens County Farmers Union will be held Monday, October 26 at the courthouse in Morris. The main order of business will be the election of officers. Present County officers are Hervey Richardson, president; Donald Stroman, vice-president; and Mrs. Lynn Howey, secretary. Gust speaker will be Clint Hess, secretary of the Minnesota Farmers Union.

School board members from the Morris High School area met in the high school auditorium Monday evening at the invitation of the Morris board of education to hear discussion on the proposal to consolidate the area. All of the 20 districts and four partial districts were represented at the meeting. The Morris School district faces another building program in the not too distant future if it is to continue to serve its present high school area, the group was told by Arnold Thompson, chairman of the Morris board. He added that consolidation is the first logical step before a building program can be undertaken. The consolidation of the Hancock school district and a number of neighboring rural districts will become effective Nov. 1.

Coffee and doughnuts were served to visitors by the Morris Chamber of Commerce at the new North Central Soil and Water Conservation Research laboratory last Friday following formal dedication ceremonies for the new Field Station facilities.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 24, 1919

That Morris is losing good citizens on account of the lack of houses for rent was pointed out at a Commercial Club meeting held Friday evening of last week. P. L. Spooner called attention to the fact that practically all rental property in the city had been bought and houses to rent should be erected at once. People are here every day looking for suitable homes that they fail to find.

Members of the Ladies' Aid of the Methodist Church met at the home of Mrs. W. D. Witwer on Wednesday afternoon to make definite plans for the chicken pie dinner which will be given at the armory on Saturday, Nov. 15. The next regular meeting of the aid will not be held until the third Wednesday of December.

Tomorrow evening, Oct. 25, when you retire for the night just turn the hands of Big Ben back one hour and forget about the incident. Next morning when you wake you'll be surprised to see how light it is at 7 o'clock. The law passed during 1917 for the purpose of "daylight saving" was repealed this year, the act providing for the repeal being passed over the president's veto.