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15 Years Ago

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Sun of July 11, 1995

Chuck Rinkenberger and Jason Rinkenberger used sleuthing abilities worthy of Sherlock Holmes to find the Kleespie Tank Medallion last Friday afternoon. They discovered it hidden between the school bus garages on West 5th Street. Deb Taylor, of the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, presented the pair with $100 in Chamber cash for their successful detective work.

On Tuesday night the Morris City Council had the first reading of an ordinance that will significantly increase sewer rates for city residents. At its previous meeting, the Council learned from City Manager Ed Larson that work on the expanded wastewater treatment facility is nearing completion, and that it is time to begin to recoup its cost through increased sewer rates. Larson said the average users would see an increase of $11 per month on their bills ($22 per two-month billing period).

School District 45 will be holding a reunion on Aug. 19 at the Dennis and Judy Wulf home (formerly Lloyd Durkee farm) about 1/2 mile west of where the school was located. Bring your own dinner pail as we did back then - no other food is being planned. The building is gone, the yard is a plowed field but there are many wonderful memories floating around so let's meet and have a fun time reminiscing.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of July 14, 1970

The new Day Activity Center, the former Bethany Lutheran Church building, will have a new look. Volunteers gathered for a bee and worked at shingling the roof of the Center last week. The bell tower was removed previously by Wayne and Dennis Schmidgall, Robert McNally, Joe and Jon Staebler, George Gieselman, and Virgil Maus. The shingling job was completed Wednesday evening. Those helping were Wayne Schmidgall, Virgil Maus, Robert McNally, Henry Lembcke, along with Morris Jaycees Gene DeGier, Dean Paulson, Mark Watzke, George Gieselman, Del Ellefson, Don Munsterman, Dan Schivone, and Bill Kaye. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Virgil Maus, Mrs. Augusta Maus, Mrs. Wayne Schmidgall, and Mrs. Dorothy Zinda.

John Fletcher of Minneapolis is the new owner of the Tomlinson Motor Co. in Morris and will take possession of the business on Thursday. The Tomlinson Motor Co. is the Ford agency in Morris and has been owned and operated by the Tomlinson family for 20 years. The late J. Robert Tomlinson purchased the business, formerly known as the Morris Auto Co., from the late C. A. Lee. Associated with him in business for some time was his brother John Tomlinson.

The annual Crops and Soils Field Day was held July 9 at the West Central Experiment Station at Morris. About 750 visitors went on tours describing the work being carried out at the Station. As in the past, there was a lot of interest in the small grain demonstration plots. Much discussion in wheat centered on the new semi-dwarf wheat varieties. The chemical weed tour was busy throughout the day. The trials shown on the tour included an evaluation of new and older herbicides and combinations of these herbicides on corn, and soybeans.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of July 19, 1935

Roy Christian was elected a new member of the local board of education and Dr. B. F. Ederer was reelected to a place on the board at the regular annual school election Tuesday evening. A total of 651 votes were cast. The polls were open only two hours. Also running were George Cruze and H. H. DeWall. The election board consisted of W. F. Cooley, judge, and Mrs. Catherine McGraw and K. S. McKay, clerks.

The annual Station day at the West Central Agricultural School next Thursday will bring Dean W. C. Coffey, of the University of Minnesota department of agriculture, and George Susens, president of the Production Credit Corporation of St. Paul, as the speakers for the afternoon program. The forenoon program will include an inspection of the experimental plots and fields and the station herds and flocks. Of special interest to farmers, this year, will be an inspection of grain plots, which show the resistance of various varieties and strains to black stem rust and leaf rust and the results of various seed treatments for smuts.

In a lively game before an exceptionally large gathering of fans, the Morris Aces won their way back to the top of the County Kittenball league by defeating the Hancock team here Monday evening by a score of 8 to 7. The game went eight innings. Other teams in the league are the Morris Co-ops, D-X Oilers, Morris All-Stars, and Donnelly.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of July 21, 1910

The hot dry weather has caused the lakes and the river in this vicinity to lower considerably, and it is many years since the Pomme de Terre river was as low as it is at the present time. A person can walk across it in many places without getting his feet wet. Crystal Lake is also very low.

The annual school meeting held on Saturday evening last was a very harmonious affair, no oppositions have materialized to the re-election of the two members whose terms expired, Drs. Leuty and Caine. There were in all 21 voters present, Leuty received eighteen votes and Caine twenty-one. There was little difficulty in handling the crowd, and the votes were counted without loss of time.

J. W. Harris, J. C. Morrison and O. C. Hanson, members of the Morris Public Library board, appeared before the board of county commissioners and asked for an appropriation of $500 towards the support of the library, and in return therefore said, the board would grant to all residents of the county the same privileges that are now enjoyed by the residents of the city of Morris; after considerable discussion, action in the matter was deferred to some time later in the season.