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15 Years Ago

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Sun of December 5, 1995

The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's third annual Gala Ball will be held this Friday, Dec. 8, at the Prairie Inn. Social Hour will be followed by a dinner, live auction, and dance, deejayed by Dancin' Tracks. Committee members are Scott Mundal, Maria Schlieman, Gail Nelson, Pat Flannery, Sheryl Woetzel, and Holly Witt. Attire is semi-formal.

Cross Country honorees in the annual Lions Fall Sports Banquet/Program, held at the Morris Area High School were Steve Edlund (MVP), Katie Huntley (MVP), Ashlee Charles (Most Improved) and Dave Dahlseng (Most Improved). MAHS cross country had another banner autumn.

Post Commander Erv Krosch, representing the local American Legion, recently presented a contribution to the Morris Area Music Boosters. Accepting the donation are Vicki Dalager and Music Teachers Dorothy and Mike Vick. Members of the Music Boosters are parents of Morris Area students in the orchestra, choir, and bands, who try to fill the gaps with necessary equipment and to provide some of the extras.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of December 8, 1970

Don Larson of Donnelly will again head the Stevens County American Dairy Association Committee. He was re-elected at a meeting of the group at the Donnelly Creamery recently. Vincent Ritter of Chokio is the newly elected vice chairman and Harvard Jaeck, manager of the Donnelly Cooperative Creamery, will again serve as secretary-treasurer. The production delegates will be Don Rilley of Chokio and Don Larson with Dennis Jacobson of Donnelly and Vincent Ritter serving as alternates.

The Woman's Institute met at the home of Mrs. Harold Fredericksen Tuesday, Dec. 1, and elected the following officers for the coming year: Mrs. Henry Wendt, president; Mrs. Harold Freeman, vice president; Mrs. Frank Zahl, secretary, and Mrs. Irwin Sax, treasurer.

Dean Paulson, Stevens County ASCS executive director, thanked Dwaine Christensen and Joe Jacobson for their years of dedication and service to ASCS when they were honored at a get-together in the Stevens County ASCS office on Dec. 2. Mr. Christensen, who has served as a community committeeman in Eldorado Township since 1957, has also sealed and re-inspected commodity loans since 1964. Mr. Jacobson, whose employment dates back as far as 1938, has worked during the days when ASCS was known as "corn hog days", PMA and AAA in the capacities of township committeeman, first alternate on county committee, and commodity inspector.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of December 13, 1935

The Pomme de Terre Golf Club members held the first in a series of dances on Thursday evening of last week at the Masonic Hall. Thirty-five couples of the golf club, who form the dancing club, were present. Five dances will be given during the winter season. The next dance will be a masquerade on Dec. 26.

A mass meeting of all farmers in Stevens County interested in electrifying their farm homes will be held on Friday afternoon of this week on the main floor of the Armory. The temporary directors appointed at the first meeting on Nov. 18, will assemble for a luncheon meeting the same day at the Amber Room of the Quality Grill, to submit maps of their townships showing the location of signers and non-signers and also their signer lists. The temporary directors of Baker and Stevens Township, report a 95 percent sign-up of farmers interested in cooperating on this project. Large sign-ups have also been reported from the townships of Framnas, Swan Lake, Rendsville, and Donnelly.

The Ross team of the Morris Bowling league set a new high score for a single game Wednesday evening. The five Rosses bowled 980 and smashed their previous record of 977. Walter Ross made a new high individual score for three games with 624. The individual score had been held by S. F. Tomlin, who made 609 a few weeks ago. The high scores were established when the Rosses won two games from Company K on Wednesday evening.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of December 22, 1910

In the passing away of Herman Zahl Sr., whose death occurred on Friday evening, Stevens County loses one of its oldest as well as one of its most highly respected residents. Herman Zahl was a native of Germany born in 1836. When 20 years of age, he enlisted in the German army, and served four years. After his discharge he resumed his trade until 1868, when he came to the United States. He homesteaded isn He leaves, besides his wife, two sons, Robert and Herman Jr. and four daughters, Mrs. Mat. Ehlen, Mrs. Theo. Storck, Mrs. Retzlaff, and Miss Rose.

A banquet was given at the Merchants Hotel on Tuesday evening in honor of Hon. L. C. Spooner, who left the same evening for St. Paul to get ready for the coming session of the Minnesota legislature. The banquet was given for the purpose of showing the appreciation of the people of Morris and this county especially, for Mr. Spooner's splendid work in the past sessions for the legislature, and as a proof that the people of his district are back of him in the work that he has undertaken from the coming session, which of course is in part more or less closely connected with the Agricultural School.