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15 Years Ago

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Sun of January 30, 1996

The USDA Soils Lab in Morris will shift its focus from basic research, to applied research and technology transfer, members of the Barnes-Aastad learned last Thursday at their annual meeting. The Barnes-Aastad Association led the effort to establish the Soils Lab in Morris in 1959. This new emphasis is prompted in part by the realization that "farmers don't have a good idea of what the Soils Lab does," said Ward Voorhees, Soils Lab Director.

The Bremer Foundation recently gave a program-related, long term low interest loan to the Morris Area Child Care Center. The loan will be used in part to defray additional start up costs and to financially stabilize the non-profit organization. "We're very excited about the Child Care Center," said First American Bank's Loren Carr. The Center currently takes care of 27 children on a full-time and part-time basis. Cathleen Brannen, Child Care Center treasurer received the check from Loren Carr and Karen Starr, Senior Program Officer with the Bremer Foundation.

The Morris Friends of the Library organization has presented the public library with a new IBM compatible computer, monitor and printer, for use by the library staff. Librarian Rita Mulcahy noted that the library is also contracted with Info-Link to provide Internet service for staff use. The objective is for the staff to get more familiar with the computer network concept, for reference work. "We hope to eventually offer Internet access to the public on a regular basis," Mulcahy said.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of February 2, 1971

C. H. Freeman, 58, president of the Morris State Bank, and prominent in Morris business circles for nearly 25 years, died Sunday in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Freeman came to Morris in 1947 from Souris, N. D., when the Freeman family purchased the Morris State Bank and had served as its president ever since.

George Libbon of rural Chokio was elected president of the Stevens County National Farmers Organization (NFO) at its annual meeting last Thursday. He succeeds Don Gieselman of rural Morris. Donald Huebner of rural Donnelly was elected vice president, Wallace Staples of rural Morris was named secretary, Richard Sommer of rural Morris was elected treasurer, and Mrs. George Libbon was named publicity chairman.

Fred Pasche was re-appointed county assessor of Stevens County at a special meeting of the board of county commissioners on Thursday. Mr. Pasche was one of several applicants who were interviewed earlier by the board. Mr. Pasche has been in the assessor's office a number of years, initially as supervisor of assessors and more recently as county assessor.

The Texaco Service Station, located at 214 Atlantic Avenue, is under new ownership. Sam Eliason and Don Voorhees, both of Morris, began operation of the station on Feb. 1. The co-managers are former employees of the former Esser Motors. The station was formerly operated by Joe Killoran. The station offers a complete line of gas and automobile products and maintenance service.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of January 31, 1936

Providing a caretaker for the "slide-hill" for the children on East Fifth Street has been made a WPA recreational project. The caretaker will be on duty afternoons from 4 to 6 o'clock and evenings from 7 to 10. He will look after the barriers to traffic, lights on these barriers, and generally supervise the play of the children in an effort to avoid danger.

Mrs. Harry Lord has been appointed home management instructor at the West Central School for the balance of the school year. Mrs. Lord held this position several years ago before her marriage and will now complete the term of Miss Mary Louise McIllvaine who has just resigned. For the last three years Miss McIllvaine has had charge of the home management practice house in which senior girls live during the school year.

The Students Club met at the home of Mrs. D. M. Heath on Monday afternoon with Mrs. Renee Berkin the leader for the day. Three book reviews were given for the program and vocal duets were sung by Beverly and Barbara Heath accompanied at the piano by their mother, Mrs. D. M. Heath. The books which were reviewed were "Forty Years in the White House" by Mrs. Renee Berkin, "Counterfeit" by Mrs. Lloyd Brendal and "Skin Deep" by Mrs. H. H. DeWall. After the program dainty refreshments were served by the hostess.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of February 16, 1911

Last Friday noon fire broke out in the basement of the Farmers Store, and for a time it looked as if the entire post office block would be destroyed. The fire department responded promptly, however, and with a good deal of hard work and excellent management the flames were soon placed under control. Chas. Vaughn had a desk destroyed by the flames which burned a hole through the floor, and the Farmers Store stock was damaged by a little smoke. The mail in the post office was quickly sacked up when the fire was discovered and held in readiness to be removed to a place of safety.

The annual campfire held by the members of the Overton Post, G.A.R., and the ladies of the Elizabeth Reem Circle at the armory on Tuesday evening of this week was a very enjoyable occasion, not only to the veterans and their ladies, but to the numerous friends who gathered with them to participate in the event. The affair was impromptu to a certain extent, and various ones contributed to the program with a talk, and address or an anecdote, while several musical numbers added to the enjoyment. A splendid lunch was served during the latter part of the evening.