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15 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of

January 2, 1996

The Friends of the Morris Public Library will hold their first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 8. The meeting will be held on the Conference Room of the Library. Newly elected officers will be assuming their positions at this meeting, with Maggie Larson-VonHellwig as chair, Deb Economou as vice chair, Nancy Barbour as secretary, and Dr. Quentin Dunnum continuing as treasurer. Other board members include Ardath Larson, Barbara McGinnis, Ruth Evans (ex-officio), and Jean Purdy as representative and chair to the Morris Public Library Board.

Four members of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigative teams were in Morris last Wednesday to gather facts concerning the airplane crash that took the lives of pilots Carl Johnson and Jerry Mumm. Johnson and Mumm had built the two-seated, single-engine Lancair from a kit. They were accumulating flight hours in order to achieve certification for the airplane when the accident occurred on Dec. 23.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 5, 1971

The Pomme de Terre Garden Club closed its 1970 activities with a post-Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 28. New officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Mrs. Lucille Blomgren, president; Mrs. Katherine Gausman, vice president; Mrs. Ward Voorhees, secretary, and Mrs. Margie Holmen, treasurer. The members had a gift exchange and Katherine Gausman led the group in Christmas games. The members then enjoyed fellowship and lunch served by the hostess, Mrs. Evelyn Stock.

The first baby of the new year, blue-eyed, dark haired Stephanie Jo Payne, made the public wait 11 hours and 11 minutes before she decided to be the winner of the 20th annual "Baby Derby", sponsored by local merchants. Born at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Payne of Hancock. As winner, Stephanie Jo will be given a variety of gifts from sponsoring business firms including Morris State Bank, Willie's Red Owl, Garberick Studio, Citizens Bank, Oak Grove Dairy, Benson Drug, Juergensen's Super Valu, Bon Jos, Four Seasons, Trailways Café, Johnson Rexall Drug, Monroe Photo, and Kathy Ann's Beauty Shop.

75 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 3, 1936

A crew of Works Progress Administration workmen started Thursday morning of this week on the Pomme de Terre River dam just east of Morris. The actual digging by a crew of 27 men for the foundation of this dam this week marks the initial beginning of water control plans for Stevens County that have been agitated with increasing effort for between two and three years.

S. C. Martensen of Montevideo was named county agent for Stevens County Thursday afternoon to succeed F. A. Douglass who has resigned. Mr. Martensen will be one of the speakers at the annual meeting of the Stevens County Farm Bureau on Friday of this week. Mr. Martensen has served as emergency agent of Chippewa County. Mr. Douglass came to Stevens County as its agricultural agent in February, 1930.

The Lampert Lumber Company was awarded the contract for tile for the new sewer in University Place. The action was taken by the city commission at a special meeting last Friday. A total of 4,500 feed of 8-inch tile will be used for the new sewer which will connect with the sewer at the West Central School. The price of the tile was 29 1/2 cents per foot. The labor of installing the new sewer will be provided through a WPA project and the city will furnish the tile.

100 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 19, 1911

A banquet was given at the Hotel LaGrande by the Congregational Brotherhood on Tuesday evening of this week, about 75 being present to partake of the good cheer offered. Addresses were made by Mr. Morrison, Rev. J. T. Hammond, Supt. Higbie, and C. B. Randall.

Posters will be out within a short time announcing the big masquerade party on Feb. 3, by the Uniform Rank, Knights of Phythias, at the armory. This is an annual affair and each year they make an attempt to do a little better in the way of entertainment than they did the year before. Dance tickets will be $1 and spectators' tickets 25 cents.

President Jones of the Improvement Union has named Messrs. C. A. Dushek, Erick Peterson, and J. C. Morrison as the committee to have charge of the arrangements for the annual banquet which will be held at the armory on Jan. 30. This is the third annual banquet to be given. A charge of $1.50 will be made to help defray the expense of getting up this banquet.