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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, October 3, 2000

As a part of Sheep Day 2000 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, there was a special announcement about the re-naming of the WCROC's sheep research facilities. These facilities will now keep alive the memory of Bob Jordan and Harley Hanke, who have been fixtures in animal science at the WCROC. Hanke and Jordan were both present and spoke. According to Greg Cuomo, head of the WCROC, the two honorees "are examples of what they teach us today."

The Founders Day Finale held on Sept. 26 at the University of Minnesota Morris' Edson Auditorium concluded with a vocal music under the direction of Ralph William, faculty emeritus. He was introduced by James "Doc" Carlson, current faculty member and a UMM graduate of '65. UMM choir singers performed from the aisles and were joined by the full audience at the end. Williams directed the UMM Hymn which he composed. Accompaniment was provided by Ralph's wife Martha, staff retiree.

For 70 years and four generations, the Eul family has been selling hardware to the Morris Community. Eul's Hardware was started in 1930 by John and Hilda Eul who took over the hardware store of the man John worked for, John Walz. In the early 1950s, current owners Richard and his wife, Ione, bought the store. Richard Eul has been at the hardware store ever since. Today, the tradition of hardware selling at Eul's continues. Richard's daughters Kathy (Bouta) and Cindy (Moser), along with his sons Rob, Tom, and Tim work the store. Kathy's son, Rob, also helps out. All this week, Eul's Hardware Hank will be thinking customers and asking them to help join in the celebration.

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 3, 1985

Learning is never dull when in the classroom of John Anderson, science instructor at Morris Middle School. Anderson annually has his seventh-graders do a leaf project, part of a fun unit on tree identification. A colorful by-product of the learning is attractive display books. Participants in the project include Julie Vangstad, Jerri Kellenberger, Stephanie Anderson, Stephanie Henrichs, and Kari Kopel.

The Morris Literary Club met Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the home of Florence Hedberg. Assisting hostess was Florence Anderson. In keeping with the year's theme "Creative Recycling", the program centered on "New Beginnings at Longfellow." Carol Day reviewed the history of the Longfellow School from its beginning in 1873 to the present. The present building was constructed in 1934. Florence Gahm added comments from her memories of teaching in the junior high when it was located in the Longfellow School building. Dolly Beebe brought the story up-to-date with a description of the use of the building now as the Family Resource Center administrated by the Stevens Community Hospital.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 14, 1960

By a vote of 191 to 179 - a margin of 12 votes - the Morris area school consolidation proposal was approved by residents of 16 rural districts in the Morris High School area at the special election on Tuesday. The Morris consolidation will leave only five rural districts existent in the county after next July 1. They will be districts 12, 33, 38, 39, and 70. The Donnelly school will continue to be operated and a number of rural district schools that are now operating will likely continue to be operated during the 1960-1961 school year.

Approval of a 1961 budget for the city in the amount of $198,137.89 - largest in the history of the city - appointment of an additional member to the police force, designation of two streets for "one side only" parking, purchase of a sewer rodding machine, and approval of building permits in the amount of $57,000 highlighted a busy meeting of the city commission Monday night. Ed Kopitzke was appointed by the commission to the city police force, which now numbers five regular members. In addition to Chief L. F. Amborn and Robert Hockert, the force also includes Warren Hood and Harry Ross.

Waldemar Moerer, adult leader of the Everglade 4-H, was elected president of the Stevens County 4-H Leaders Council for the coming year at the annual meeting of the council in the community room in the court house Tuesday evening. Serving as vice-president is Mrs. L. T. Christensen of Hancock, a leader of the Hancock Senior Girls Club. A junior leader from the Stevens 4-H Club, Camille Meyer, Chokio, is the organization's new secretary. Treasurer for the coming year is Donald Gieselman, Morris, a junior leader of the Pep and Progress 4-H Club. Advisors for the group are Mrs. Paul Larson, a leader from the Pep and Progress 4-H Club, and Earl Wernsing, leader of the Baker Club at Chokio.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of October 15, 1920

Sixty-two children were examined at the nutritional clinic held in Morris on Friday, Oct. 8, by Dr. Max Seham of Minneapolis. Removal of tonsils was recommended in the case of nine of the children examined; dental work for 23; fattening diet and rest for 34; and the Von Pirquet tuberculosis test for three. In speaking of the clinic, Miss Labrie, Stevens County Nurse, stated that one of the greatest drawbacks to examinations of this kind, was the fact that those children who most needed attention were not brought. Some parents indeed very much resented the fact that they were asked to bring their children.

The Christenson Cash and Carry Store has been sold this week to C. M. Bagstad of this city. Mr. Bagstad states that the shop will carry the same stock as heretofore, and will continue to be carried on a "cash and carry" basis. Frank Ware and Miss Edna Hawkenson, who are employed there at the present time, will remain to assist Mr. Bagstad.

Meetings of the Masonic lodges have been resumed after a two-months' vacation. The times for meeting are as follows: Blue Lodge, the first and third Tuesdays of each month; Eastern Star, the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the Chapter, first and third Wednesdays; and Comandery, second and fourth Mondays.