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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of

March 3, 1921

There was great satisfaction expressed all over Stevens County Tuesday as word spread that the Supreme Court of the United States had held constitutional the federal farm loan act under which land banks were established to extend loans to farmers. The court also held that congress had the right to exempt the bonds of the bank from taxation. Ernest E. Hall, secretary- treasurer of the Morris National Farm Loan Association, declared this was the decision that had been long awaited to the local organization and put to an end the litigation that had held up the activities of the association once it really got under way locally. Hall said the same situation prevailed all over the country.

A charter has been applied for to establish a women's auxiliary to the Walter Tripp post of the American Legion. This grew out of a preliminary meeting attended by a large number of the mothers, wives, and sisters of members of the post held at the Commercial club Saturday afternoon. Mrs. L.D. Tripp gave a great deal of valuable information on the steps necessary to form such an organization. Mrs. E.T. Fitzgerald was secretary of the meeting and immediately collected the necessary dues to be sent in to the state headquarters at Mankato with the application for a charter for the local auxiliary. A draft covering the state and national dues and the charter application were sent at once.

At last week's meeting of the city commission, the contract for the new city building, which is adjoining the new Stevens County Memorial armory, was let to F.A. Hancock. The contract for the armory building was let to Mr. Hancock some time ago. The hauling of sand and gravel for the armory has been in progress for several days. Other preliminary work also is being cleared up so that as soon as the weather permits the actual building operations can be started and rushed as rapidly as possible. The warm weather has led to the expectation of an early spring and if this develops, all will be in readiness to push the construction of the long awaited building.

Both the boy's and girl's basketball teams were victorious over their old rivals, Hancock High School, at the M.H.S. Gym last Friday night. The line-ups for the Morris teams were: Boys-Musselman and Stoneberg, forwards; Diegendorfer, center; and Johnson and Cosgrove, guards. Girls- Mary French and Julia Anderson, forwards; Julia LeSage and Hazel Bowden, centers; Kathryn Sirr and Julia Nelson, guards.

Special Lenten services in which many of the churches of the city will unite will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week at the Orpheum Theatre. The services will open at 7:30 each evening and Rev. Andrew Olsen, Rev. Alfred Bredesen, Rev. H.H. Symons and Rev. Dr. H.W. Seifert will take part. A special chorus drawn from the best singers in a number of the churches is now being organized and is expected to prepare programs for these services that will be unusual treats. Large numbers are expected to attend the services.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

March 3, 1961

Kay Joranger, member of the senior class at Morris high school, was recently announced as the winner of the annual "Good Citizen" honor for this year by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution". The "Good Citizen" winner is selected by her classmates and the high school faculty for outstanding qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism. Kay is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Joranger.

The District 21 one act play contest will be held at Graceville High School on Monday, March 6. The Morris high school entry is the American classic, "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell. The Morris cast consists of Barbara Treischel, Margaret Coleman, Dave DeWall, Doug Libby, and Mike Stahler. Other district schools participating will be Breckenridge, Starbuck, Chokio, Browns Valley, Benson, Barrett, Wheaton, Elbow Lake, Graceville, Hoffman and Herman.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Sommer, 80, of Morris will be conducted Friday afternoon. Mr. Jonathan Sommer preceded his wife in death, having passed away on June 20, 1950. Deceased was also preceded in death by a son. Left to mourn her passing are the following daughters and sons: Irma (Mrs. Edmund Dablow), Morris; Richard Sommer, Morris; Victor Sommer, Anoka; Florence (Mrs. Henry Carnes), New Brighton; Joyce (Mrs. Charles Willis), Denver, Colo; and Glenn Sommer, Morris.

The senior class of the West Central School of Agriculture will present "The Adorable Imp", a three-act comedy of errors by Jay Tobias, in Edson Hall auditorium on the evenings of March 3 and 4, starting each evening at 8 o'clock. The cast will include Pat Lesmeister, Joan Henderson, Sharon Skrove, Norman Commerford, Linda Vogt, Shirley E. Nelson, Richard Walvatne, James Noble, Jerome Schuelke, Rosemary Shcmidel, and Marvin Odegaard. It is under the direction of Mrs. Adolph Olson.

In a talk before a well attended meeting of the Donnelly Parents and Teachers Association Monday evening, Superintendent Oscar Miller of Morris outlined some of the major plans that have been made for the Donnelly school for the next year. The Donnelly school district and all rural school districts adjoining it became a part of Morris Independent District 769 in the consolidation proceedings last fall and the school at Donnelly will be administered by the Morris board of education and its administrative staff.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

February 27, 1986

Mayor Lee Swanson made a special presentation as part of a retirement program for Rit Eul last Sunday at the Morris Fire Hall. It was a special day for Mr. and Mrs. Eul, as they received well-wishes from a number of longtime friends and associates. Rit has ended a lengthy career of fire-fighting with the Morris Volunteer Fire Department.

Steve Gorder of Morris sustained third degree burns to the face and chest Wednesday morning. The Morris Volunteer Fire Department was called to Gorder's home at 210 East Sixth Street about 7:30 a.m. Apparently, Gorder had sprayed a lubricant on a squeaky dryer and the lubricant had exploded. He was treated at Stevens Community Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the Ramsey Burn Unit in St. Paul.

The Morris Middle School students Kevin Rohloff, Mike Landwehr, Charles Huebner, Scott Schulz, Jason Anderson, Karen Chae and coach Ralph Krenz are in Moorhead today competing in the regional phase of "Math Counts". Today's competition is being held on the campus of Moorhead State University.

The excitement level is rapidly building in the District 21 girls basketball scene. The top-seeded Hancock Owls will confront a surging Chokio-Alberta squad at the UMM P.E. Center tonight. The climatic "final four" phase of the district tourney has been reached. The only surprise team among the top four is Chokio-Alberta (and only a mild surprise, really), which entered the tourney seeded fifth. C-A knocked off the fourth-seeded Graceville Shamrocks by a margin of five Monday. HHS coach Dennis Courneya isn't surprised at all that C-A ascended to the "final four".

10 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

March 6, 2001

Last Wednesday, Morris gained a new police chief after Jim Beauregard was approached by the Morris City Council and formally offered the job. In 1983, Beauregard was hired by then Morris Police Chief Henry Hull and has been in Morris ever since. In his years in Morris, Beauregard has done investigative work, been the community service officer, and been the training officer for the department for about the last ten years. Beauregard says coming to Morris was a good education for him, not just because of the University. "When Curt (Wiese) came, he really took me under his wing and became a mentor to me; he really showed me what I needed to do to become a chief someday".

Can you get your film developed in an hour without ever leaving Morris? Absolutely says Tom Mahoney. Mahoney is the owner of the former Stevenson's License Bureau and now also owner of Absolute One Hour Photo. It's the only one-hour photo developing available for about a month now in the Stevenson's building. He says that, so far, the business has been doing better than he had ever expected. Absolute One Hour Photo uses an AGFA developing machine that Mahoney says is one of the best in the industry.

The Stevens County Ambulance Service graduated 21 area high school EMT future health professionals. Ron Flannigan and Randy Fischer from the Stevens County Ambulance Service stated they have enrolled students from Alberta, Appleton, Beardsley, Browns Valley, Chokio, Clinton, Cyrus, Donnelly, Graceville, Hancock, Holloway, Morris and Ortonville. Thanks to a newly formed alliance with Minnesota West Community College, the EMT class is available to high school students as a Post Secondary Education Option .