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90 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 18, 1921

Carl F. Hanson, teacher of science and director of athletics at the Morris High School tendered his resignation on Friday morning after having been exonerated by the board of education the day before of an accusation brought against him. Mr. Hanson had been brought before the board on Thursday charged with carrying objectionable literature to school with him. On Friday when some of the women teachers objected to his remaining on the faculty Mr. Hanson voluntarily resigned. About 30 of the students in the high school who did not want Mr. Hanson to leave staged a walk out on Monday morning, and spent most of the day in the business section of the city standing around to induce Mr. Hanson to stay. Superintendent Utne and the school board showed that they do not intend to let the students dictate as to who should be on the school faculty. No attention was paid to the school strike, and the students received zero in their studies during their absence.

The Ladies' Auxiliary held their election of officers at their meeting last Saturday. Mrs. L. D. Tripp is president, Mrs. F.R. Putman vice president, Mrs. E.T. Fitzgerald secretary, Mrs. Otto Huxman treasurer and Mrs. McKay, Mrs. Louis Vinje, and Mrs. E.A. Nelson were appointed as executive chairmen. With the four officers they will form the executive committee. The third Tuesday in the month was settled on as a meeting night. About 20 new members have been added to the rolls.

The funeral of Andrew O'Brien, who died in the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York on March 11 was held in Graceville on Wednesday morning. Mr. O'Brien who was well known as a banker in this part of the state, was on the way home from France when he died. He had been suffering from tuberculosis for several years. He was 47 years of age last October. Richard O'Brien, who is a student at Georgetown university, his son, brought the body home. It was met at Chicago by Daniel H. Grady, a relative. Seven priests from nearby officiated at the service. W.F. Cooley, J. Ormond, O.A. Clave, Judge S.A. Flaherty, J.H. Devenney and G.W. Geenty drove to Graceville for the funeral.

A class of 41 young men and women, the largest in the history of the school will be graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture on Thursday evening, March 24. The exercises will be held in the Orpheum Theatre and the general public will be invited to attend the program. The commencement will be very unique this year in that several demonstrations will be given by members of the Senior Class illustrating various branches of their school work.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 17, 1961

Miss Bette Spain and Miss Connie Riley of Morris, student nurses at St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge, were among the class of 25 students who received their caps at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 o'clock. Relatives and friends who attended the capping exercises were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Spain and family. Mr. and Mrs. George Riley and family, Mrs. William Riley Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Mike Spain and girls, Miss Kathleen Staples, Miss Janet Senechal and Miss LeDell Grote.

William Bentley, manager of the Morris Chamber of Commerce, reports the completion of a project that has been on the Morris Chamber's "Program of Work" four years. The project is the erection of two highway signs south of Madison, near the junction of Highways 75 and 212 for the purpose of attracting north-bound traffic to Highway 59 through the Morris area. The Publicity and Public Relations committee of the Chamber contacted interested business firms and organizations that felt the project was worth the investment. Members of the committee designed the shape and copy for the sign, made several trips to Madison to inspect the sites, and gave approval on the finished product. Firms and organizations that contributed to the cost of the sign are: Service Oil, Messner Drug, Rand Drive-in, LaGrand Hotel, Citizens Bank, Del Monico Cafe, Schultz Standard Service, Community Oil, Lucken's Mobil, Red Dot Cafe, Morris State Bank, Morris Oil Co., Thedin Realty, Morris Motel, Super Valu, Red Owl, Pomme de Terre Country Club, American Legion, Norm's Texaco, and VFW Club.

One of the well known business enterprises in Morris changed hands this week with the purchase of Cy's Coffee Cup by Jack Krasowski from Darrell Sifers. The new owner of the cafe, which is located at 707 Atlantic Avenue, has been employed in the Del Monico cafe in this city the past two and a half years and is well known in the community. He will take over active management of the cafe on April 3. Mr. Sifers has owned and operated the Coffee Cup for 20 years. He has made no definite plans for the future except to plan for a month's vacation trip. It is probable, however, that he will go into kennel and dog training business in some hunting and sportsmen's area in the Midwest. During his years in Morris he has become widely known as a dog trainer.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 11, 1986

The Morris Bon Jos store celebrated its 20-year milestone in festive fashion. Several special people associated with the store were on hand last week. The group includes Peg Jossart, Torgenson, Patty Tvrdik, Ivy Bonrud, Rosy Haugen, co-owners Jossart and Bonrud.

Noor-Aiman I. Khan and Kris Harris, students at Morris High School, spent last week at the State Capital in St. Paul serving as high school pages in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The page program teaches students how the Legislature operates. Pages observe committee hearings and activities on the House floor. They visit with their local representative, and discuss issues and concerns with lobbyists and other Capital "insiders." During session, high school pages work in the House Chambers helping members by carrying messages and copies of amendments and bills.

The Second Annual Prairie Pioneer Days celebration will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, 1986. One new feature to this year's parade will be street marching competition for participating bands. Cash awards of $500, $300, and $100 will be given away to the top three bands. In addition, trophies will be awarded to the winning units. Bands and other units needing travel expenses to attend the parade should indicate the amount. A tentative reception for attending royaly is being planned for all those participating in this year's parade. The reception will probably follow the parade.

Central Livestock Association, South St. Paul, has announced the appointment of Curt Zimmerman as Marketing Director, according to Don Kampmeier, President and General Manager. Zimmerman brings over 12 years of broadcast experience to the new position, the past five years as Director of the Livestock Market Institute in South St. Paul. Zimmerman is a native of Chokio, and holds a degree in Rural Communications from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Zimmerman's broadcast experience includes radio stations in East Grand Forks and Morris. He also worked in television news at KCMT-TV, Alexandria.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of March 15, 2001

Common Grounds Caffe received its official welcome to the business community from Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and royalty on Thursday by presenting owners Jill and Randy Fischer with the plaque of congratulations. The business was previously known as Karl's. Ambassadors present were Chamber Director Carolyn Peterson, Mary Jo Hoffman, Peggy Jergenson, Pastor Rob Jarvis, princesses Wendy Hauger and Adrienne Harrison.

Eul's Hardware Hank received the year 2000 President's Paint Award at the United Hardware Spring and Summer Buying Market held in Minneapolis. The President's Paint Award is given to Hardware Hank stores ranked in the top 50 paint sales. Presenting the award to Kathy Bouta and Rob Eul was David Heider, president and CEO of United Hardware Distributing Co.

The Heartland Motor Company volleyball team, which consists of Sharon Martin, Amanda Johnson, Ryan Knutson, Teresa Daly, Matt Johnson, Jackie Dripps and Dan Dripps took first in the recent Fargo Winter Festival Volleyball Tournament.

Matt Lesmeister, Morris Area swimmer, set a new MAHS school record in the 500 Free style with a time of 5:09.38 and in pre-lims at state with a 1:50.42 in the 200 free.