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15 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 20, 1996

A special Community Album Quilt is being created by local artist Judy Van Kempen. This wonderful quilt features over 60 photographs from the Stevens County Historical Society archives. Raffle tickets for the quilt will be available throughout the year at the SCHS museum as well as at all SCHS events. The drawing will be held at the 1996 Holiday Sale, so some lucky person will have this unique quilt in his or her home by Christmas.

Denise McWilliams is the new West Central Experiment Station's agronomist. McWilliams is a Texas native, raised in the Panhandle town of Canyon, south of Amarillo. She says she became interested in agricultural as the result of spending summers on her grandparents' farm.

In a repeat of last year's performance, eighth grader Emily Dudding won the Morris Area District Spelling Bee last Thursday, with sixth grader Phil Seibel taking second. The next step for Emily is the Region IV Spelling Bee, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 29. The Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by Minnesota ECSUs, the Minnesota Newspaper Association, and the Morris Sun.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 23, 1971

The eight older members of the Bennie Hill family of upcoming baseball players, inspected the newest player to complete negotiations to be a member of the team. Rounding out the team of nine boys (with nary a girl to break the succession) is Brooks Lincoln, born to Mr. and Mrs. Hill at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital on Feb. 12. Other team members are Blaire, Barton, Brent, Bradley, Blaine, Brian, Barry, and Benjamin.

CW4 Palmer Anderson of Alexandria, formerly of Morris, hands the keys to Morris' new National Guard Armory last Wednesday to Sergeant first class Melvin Wohlers as Sergeant Randall Kopitzke looks on. Sfc. Wohlers and Sgt. Kopitzke are in administrative capacities for Company A First Battalion (Mech.), 136th Infantry, which last Wednesday began moving equipment and office supplies from the company's temporary quarters on Atlantic Avenue to the new armory on Iowa Avenue.

Escaping furnace gas which sent six people to the Stevens County Memorial Hospital early Friday evening resulted in the closing of the LaGrand Hotel. The hotel was ordered closed by Police Chief Henry Hull and Fire Chief Jack Getchell initially and later by a state fire marshal. A crumbling chimney which plugged the chimney is reported as the cause of gas escaping into the building. Of the 35 persons reported to be in the building at the time, six were taken to the hospital.

75 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 21, 1936

With the official thermometer depressed to 41 below last Sunday morning, and setting an all-time low temperature record here, and with this community now breezing briskly through its fortieth consecutive day in which the mercury goes below zero, Stevens County is admitted by the most conservative as experiencing "a touch of winter" and a real "spell of weather." There have been only three days in 1936 on which the temperature has not gone to zero or below. Professor R. O. Bridgford at the West Central School is the local official weather observer.

Most of the pheasants in Stevens County are now being fed reasonably close to their resting places and the feeding activities are being extended each day, R. V. Wenberg who is in charge of the work said yesterday. He also added that those working to save the pheasants are anxiously awaiting a break in the weather when all the pheasants can be provided with feed close to the cover in which they have established their winter quarters. A large number of farmers are cooperating in the work of distributing feed to birds in this county and this has been a great help to the local committee with the roads and weather hampering the delivery of the feed.

WPA paydays go 'round and 'round and come out here in the form of paychecks to keep the home fires burning and groceries on the table whether school keeps on or not in spite of the weather. For the pay period ended Jan. 31, covering the previous 15 days, which incidentally also covered some of the most severe winter weather in the memory of the oldest - and coldest - inhabitants, when work on outdoor projects was abandoned much of the time, 279 persons in Stevens County received $5,901.91 according to Harry Phinney, of Morris, Eighth District WPQ Director.

100 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 9, 1911

For some time the plan of erecting on the county Fair grounds a building to house the school exhibits has been under consideration. At the annual meeting of the Stevens County Agricultural Society this question was discussed, and it was voted to construct such a building, and that each school district in the county be asked to contribute at least ten dollars for this purpose.

H. B. Jones of the Jones-Quigley Auto Company, has purchased the interest of H. J. Quigley in this firm, and hereafter it will be known as the Jones Automobile Company. Mr. Jones has leased the building now occupied by the Jones Hardware Co., and as soon as Mr. Walz has removed his stock there from, the place will be remodeled and made into a garage. It will be used as a salesroom and repair rooms will be fitted up in the rear, where all sorts of auto repairing will be done and a complete line of extras carried. Mr. Jones will use the present garage as an automobile storeroom.