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10 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 10, 2000

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at prairie View Nursery to begin construction on the new 40' x 60' addition that will house Creative Touch Floral. Both businesses are owned by Keith and Lois Schmidgall. A grand opening is planned for the Christmas season. Present for the groundbreaking were Marge Poppe, Joyce Koch, Kay Laager, Sandy Thorstad, Lois Schmidgall, Keith Schmidgall, Pearl Moser, Marla Stoller, Alphai Moser, Johnita Luthi, and Rosie Zeltwanger.

Thanks to the assistance from local clubs, and individual donations, 54 micro-film rolls of Stevens County newspapers are now in the Morris Public Library and available for public use. Representing the milestone are Helen Kill (Genealogical Society researcher), Jerry Kopacek (president/librarian for the Society), Rita Mulcahy (library director), and Joan Kopacek (secretary-treasurer).

25 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 8, 1985

The Band-aid is still in place on the Senior Citizens Building, but inside many plans are underway to insure that the partially disabled structure will not be needed too long. City Manager Ed Larson, speaking for the Morris City Council, stressed that it stands ready to assist in any way possible, although complete funding for the old building is not one of the possibilities. Currently the city charges only $1 a year on the center and assists in paying the utilities. Morris will allow the Senior Citizens to salvage whatever they can from the old building to reduce costs in a new place.

Stevens County fair-goers can support 4-H by patronizing the famous foodstand. The mother-daughter "team" of Flossie Mathison and Vicky Mathison-Dosdall will again manage the foodstand. A new display area for the homemade pies (a foodstand favorite) should make this commodity disappear even faster than usual.

Tokens of thank-you are always presented to outgoing members of the Community Education Advisory Council. Special Plaques have been presented at the Pomme de Terre Park as thank-yous to Bill Caskey and Lynn Riser, who were exiting form the council. Both have served as chairperson in their tenures of service.

50 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 19, 1960

A distinguished record of 52 years of railroading - all of them in the service of the Great Northern Railway Company will be closed out here Saturday with the retirement of E. A. Nelson, the efficient and accommodating agent at the Great Northern depot in Morris for 43 years. With Mr. Nelson's retirement Joe Bresnahan will assume the duties of Great Northern agent here on a temporary appointment.

The largest staff of faculty members in the history of the Morris public schools will be present at the opening of the new school year on Sept. 6. Of the 65 members of the staff, nine will be teaching in Morris for the first time and include Karl Graeber, senior high school counselor; Vernice Bakke will replace Delores Strommen as music instructor in the elementary schools; Miss Joan Condon replaces Lettie Halstrom as a third grade teacher; Miss Irene Walkee and Flora Folon of the junior high school faculty are being replaced by Mrs. Alice Halverson and John Lieske; Miss LaVonne Gravgaard will teach in the senior high school home economics department filling the position of Miss Lorraine Traybiatowski; John Knowles will replace Mrs. Josephine Mangan in 12 grade social studies; and Allan Thies will fill the position left vacant of David Wilson teaching senior high school speech and English.

90 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 20, 1920

A new telephone circuit between Morris and Glenwood has been established. The large telephone truck, manned with a crew of company employees, has been in evidence in Morris throughout the week, for the purpose of completing the work. The double circuit between the two cities will make it possible to get prompt service on a very busy line.

A veritable children's track-meet was held at the parish picnic of the Assumption Church at Lake Pomme de Terre on Sunday. The tug of war (which resulted in the victory of Mike Mahoney's over Jim McCanney's team) was directed by the older people, but the other contests were all for the youngsters, and were won by the following: boys' sack race, Jim Ryan; boys' foot race, Herbert Evers; girls' sack race, Charlotte Dushek; girls' foot race, Mildred Gaffney; 3-legged race, Jim Ryan and Edward Rudnicki. The 40 gallons of ice cream, and 50 gallons of lemonade furnished, vanished before the onslaught of the children, with almost unbelievable rapidity, "and they were ready for more," says one of the men in charge.

The bride didn't give a Rapp, nor the groom care a Bloom-ing thing about it being Friday, the 13th. Miss Edna M. Rapp and Earl E. Bloom were married on Friday the 13th, at the parsonage of the Lutheran Peace Church by Rev. G. Pilgrim. And they probably think that their chances for wedded happiness are as great as though they had been married on any other day or date of the month.