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15 Years Ago

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Sun of December 19, 1995

Morris experienced a break in a 12-inch water main last week, resulting in 1.5 million gallons of water being lost, and water service being turned off in part of the city for a few hours last Wednesday while a crew repaired the break. Glen Helberg, foreman of the city's water crew, said they started suspecting something was amiss Tuesday morning, when the water level began dropping in the city's storage and elevated tanks. He said they were losing about 500 gallons per minute. The break was in the Green River near the Lee Community Center.

The Morris Chamber ambassadors Patty Nienhaus, Holly Witt, Erin Juergens (Miss Morris), Loren Vantries, Judy McKee, and Stephanie Wilcox were among those who made several business stops this week. The stops included the Zierke Farms office at their new location at 714 Atlantic Avenue, the Farmers and Merchants Insurance Agency's new location at 624 Atlantic Avenue, Centrol's new location at 714 Atlantic Avenue, and Aalborg Credit Corporation's new location at 615 Atlantic Avenue.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of December 22, 1970

The city of Morris is going out of the on-sale liquor business effective Jan. 1. At a special meeting of the council late Friday afternoon, the council by a 3 to 2 vote accepted the bid of a group consisting of David Wente, Jerry Koosman, and D. F. (Bud) Rentz for the purchase of the personal property of the on-sale store and for the purchase of the municipal store building. The city will retain and will continue to operate its off-sale store.

Season's Greetings from all of us at the Morris Sun Morris Tribune. Edw. J. Morrison, publisher; Arnold Thompson, editor; Arthur Harren, foreman; Edward Sherven, commercial; Della DeGier, bookkeeper; Ron Lindquist, advertising; Joe Tetrault, compositor; Judy Gast, news; Myrna Koehler, circulation; Bob Dale, pressman; Barbe Schutz, key punch; Esther Gray, key punch; Howard Moser, custodian; Agnes Schutz, computer; and Connie Gregoire, key punch.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of December 27, 1935

Eight hundred sacks of candy were distributed to the children who attended the Community Christmas Tree program at the armory on Sunday afternoon. Many of the children at the program were accompanied by their parents and the Memorial Armory was filled almost to capacity. Rev. H. M. Allison, pastor of the First Lutheran Church, delivered the main address. The community Christmas Tree is an annual event held during the holiday season for the children of Morris and surrounding towns. This program was sponsored by the Cheskamay Camp Fire Girls assisted by the American Legion Post and Auxiliary, the Literary and Students Clubs, the Kiwanis Club, and the Morris Firemen. Miss Jeanne Nelson had charge of the general arrangements.

Again the Strand Theater was filled with happy children as the annual Christmas and gift party was held on Tuesday afternoon. A large number of the children brought gifts of food for less fortunate families as they came to the theater party. These gifts were left in the lobby as the children entered the theater and then while the guests were hilariously enjoying the show, theater employees took the gifts to put into Christmas baskets for needy families. Into each basket B. J. Benfield of the Strand Theater put a dressed chicken, bread, and potatoes as his part. Thirty of the baskets, heaped up high with good things to eat, were then delivered from the theatre.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of January 5, 1911

The fore part of the week was a chilly proposition, ranging all the way from ten to thirty below. No two thermometers in town registered the same, so there was been plenty of room for dispute. Tuesday morning was perhaps the coldest day of the winter so far, D. T. Wheaton reporting that the mercury reached 27 below that morning.

It is understood that the water in the new water tank at Donnelly has frozen up solid during the recent cold weather, and that village is now without a water supply.

It is now Sheriff Zahl, he having entered upon his new duties this week. Jay Donovan, who has made a very popular official, passes his official authority over to his successor with the best wishes for his success.

For rent, modern rooms in the Morris Hotel building, furnished, steam heated and electric lighted, singles and in suites.