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Sun of July 4, 1995

Dave Evenson, owner of Dave's Barbershop, was pleasantly surprised recently by a visit from the Chamber Ambassadors. Evenson has moved to a new location at 519 Atlantic Avenue. Chamber Ambassadors visiting include Patty Nienhaus, Stephanie Wilcox, Mary Wersinger, Julie Pederson, Marlene DeRung, and Deb Taylor. The Chamber Ambassadors also visited the First American Bank, Heartland Motor Company, and Gillis' Ben Franklin.

Post #290 of the AMVETS organization had its installation of new officers recently at the American Legion clubrooms in Morris. Installed were Warren Vavra (first vice commander), Tom Tomlin (finance officer), Ken Rucktaeschel (chaplain), Bob Lubenow (newly elected 1995-96 commander), Jack Fuchs (historian and 1995-96 Dept. of MN first vice commander), John Barber (judge advocate), Luverne Pieske (second vice commander), and Howard Anderson (Sgt. At Arms).

40 Years Ago

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Sun of July 7, 1970

Fred M. Switzer, Morris' new superintendent of schools, made education his career after experiences he had while a teacher at a rural school near his home town of Hamilton, N.D. He graduated from high school in Hamilton, received his bachelor of science degree at Mayville State College, and went on to receive a master of arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Mr. and Mrs. Switzer are the parents of four children, Steven, who is 14; Kevin, who is 12; Rodney, who is 8; and Janet, who is 6.

A mobile X-ray unit of the Christmas Seal organization will visit Morris, Chokio, and Graceville on Wednesday, July 8, to give area residents an opportunity to have X-rays taken free of charge. Christmas Seal Funds will pay for the X-rays, says Mrs. Edw. J. Morrison, chairman of the Stevens County Respiratory Health Council.

The city of Morris, which has topped the 5,000-mark in population for the first time according to preliminary 1970 census figures, is one of 92 cities in Minnesota which have population totals in excess of 5,000.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of July 12, 1935

Harry Phinney of this city has been appointed acting district administrator in the Works Progress Administration. The district includes the counties of Stevens, Douglas, Grant, Traverse, Pope, Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, and Yellow Medicine. Reports given in the Twin City newspapers this week include reviews of Mr. Phinney's activities in relief work and his prominence in the League of Minnesota Municipalities of which he is a past president. For a number of years he has been city attorney of Morris.

Miss Ann A. Storck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Storck of this city, became the bride of Mr. James M. Heier of Devils Lake, N.D., on Monday morning. The Very Reverend John A. Fearon performed the ceremony at the parsonage of Assumption church. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Eul of this city, a brother-in-law and sister of the bride, were the attendants. After the ceremony, a four-course wedding breakfast was served for the immediate family at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. Heir has been conducting a dry cleaning shop at Devils Lake.

Bright and early Thursday morning cars, trucks, and busses, began rolling into the West Central school campus and by night 900 busy 4-H club members and their leaders were in camp. Three full days of instruction, entertainment and fun, was in store for them as they assembled for their annual encampment under the direction of R. H. Giberson, district club agent, in cooperation with Superintendent P. E. Miller and the school staff.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of July 14, 1910

Dolph Linsley is wearing a rather battered up appearance these days as a result of getting mixed up with an automobile on Friday evening last while on his way home. When his horse became frightened he was thrown from the buggy and was caught in the wheel. His ear was torn and he otherwise was pretty badly bruised up.

The Morris Independents will go to Graceville Sunday to play ball. Graceville has a fast team, but the Independents have a good record and will no doubt come home with Graceville's scalp. The team will start at 9:30 a.m. from the garage in automobiles.

The pupils of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school held their annual picnic at Pomme de Terre Lake on Wednesday of this week. They were taken out in automobiles and everyone was having the finest kind of a time until it began to rain, and then it became necessary to find places where they could keep dry. The occasion was, however, an enjoyable one in spite of the rain, which added to the excitement.