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90 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of May 13, 1921

The cornerstone of the Stevens County Memorial Armory was laid at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. Dr. C. R. Christenson as commander of the Legion spoke for the ex-service men and Rev. H.H. Symons spoke for the community at the informal exercises held at the grounds in honor of the occasion. P.E. Miller, superintendent of the West Central School of Agriculture was master of ceremonies. Miss Elise Van Ness placed in the corner stone a metallic box containing a list of the Stevens County men killed in the war, the roster of Company K, the city, and other documents pertaining to county activities and Dr. Christenson filled in the cavity with mortar.

The Farmers' State Bank at Chokio was closed last Thursday by order of the superintendent of state banks on account of insufficient cash reserves. An attempt is being made by a group of bankers in this vicinity to re-open the bank and furnish it with sufficient funds to put it in a safe and satisfactory condition or to sell it to some banker that can finance it through the present depression.

The Civic League will supply 150 boys and girls of Morris with plants for flower boxes this summer. The boxes which the children or their parents are to make will be ready by next Monday when the plants will be distributed. Max Trantow, president of the county fair board has promised that prizes of $3.00, $2.00 and $1.00 will be given to the boys and girls having the best boxes. This week Superintendent Theodore Utne recommended that the Morris High School graduation be June 3 upon the successful completion of the subjects they are now pursuing, the thirty members of the Senior Class. This will be the largest graduating class in the history of the school. The honor students are Miss Bernice Richardson, valedictorian, and Miss Estelle Jaunita Watzke, salutatorian.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 25, 1961

Bill Wieland, president of the junior class of Morris high school, and Kathy Murphy led the grand march into the high school auditorium Friday evening to start an evening of dancing following the annual Junior-Senior banquet. The banquet was held in the Assumption church dining hall and the large hall could barely accommodate the crowd. Following the banquet the prom was held in the high school auditorium which was beautifully decorated to carry out the "April in Paris" theme that dominated the banquet and prom.

William Dohrn was elected president of the Morris Teachers association for 1961-62 at the April meeting of the group in the high school cafeteria. Robert Schaefer was elected vice-president, Mrs. Lillian Pederson was elected secretary, and Ralph Krenz was named treasurer.

Samuel A. Siverts, 77, of Evanston, Ill., first city manager of Morris died at Evanston on Thursday. He has a brother, I.T. Siverts, who is of this city. Mr. Siverts became Morris' first city manager when the city's commission-manager form of government went into effect in January, 1914, and served in that capacity for several years.

The big thrill in every bowler's lifetime-to bowl a perfect score of 300-came to Fr. Robert Landsberger, assistant pastor of Assumption Church, at Lakeview Lanes Sunday afternoon. It was the first 300 game bowled at the new Lakeview Lanes, which opened last summer.

The American Field Service program in which Morris has participated for several years has brought recognition to this city, reports the Rev. George Hartz, president of the Morris chapter of the AFS. Rev. Hartz cites a letter recently received by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murphy of this city from Governor Elmer L. Anderson congratulating them on being selected to be the Morris "parents" for the exchange student that will attend Morris high school next year. Noting that the Murphy's daughter, Merrily, had spent a year in Germany under the AFS program, Gov. Anderson said "this is a very worthy program which the AFS sponsors."

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 29, 1986

Student council officers at Morris High School recognized Arbor Day last week in most appropriate fashion. Officers planting trees were Kathy Peterson, Kaylene Kleinhans, Carla Anderson and Kelly Fellows.

Morris will celebrate a special birthday next week when the Public Library turns 100. Birthday activities will start Monday, May 5, and continue through Saturday, May 10. Birthday cakes will be made in the shape of the old Carnegie Library and the current Library building. Those cakes are being baked by Linda Retzlaff, Ruth Evans, Kathy Anderson, and Mavis Jackson. The banner hanging from the Library to announce the birthday will be made by Melanie Kahleck. (Editor's note: in celebrating 125 years, make sure you check out the happenings at the Public Library through the end of September).

While the sixth-grade students at East Elementary school are studying Minnesota history in books and in their own projects, it came to them last Thursday in the form of a group from the Morris Senior Citizens Center. The group, under the leadership of Shirley Redfield, which was doing Heritage Day for the second time, wanted to get to know the students better and to show them what life used to be like when they were children. Among the skills being shown were: spinning and carding by Mr. and Mrs. Sjolsvold; making sauerkraut by Margaret Barz; and washing with wash tub, washboard and wringer by Kathryn Cook. Mary Eblen demonstrated the fine art of wearing an old-fashioned apron and the various things that could be done with it (picking eggs, kindling, dusting,etc.); Rose Van Horn and Veronica Berger managed the butter churn; Mabel Schulz ground coffee from beans; Hilda Poppe demonstrated the mending of socks; Marie Twenge demonstrated tatting ; John Twenge showed how to splice rope; Ernest Irwin made rope from twine on a machine mounted on the back of a chair; and Keith Morrill showed old-time farm implements. The sixth-graders also took the opportunity to talk to their guests and find out how their school days and their everyday life was like two generations ago.

A hearty grand opening congratulations was shared by a trio of Chamber ambassadors at Lorna's City Center Floral recently. Lorna Erickson was delighted to receive a welcome from Chamber ambassador Tom Newhouse, Chamber manager Liz Regimbal, and royalty represented by Heidi Larson. The Chamber trio also congratulated Doug and Angie Storck and co-owners Diann and Bill Storck on the new ownership of Second Hand Rose.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune April 17, 2001

The West Central Growth Alliance is fairly new and Stevens county has been added to this alliance. The alliance works as a team to put together what they are going to support and bring forth to the legislature. "We're going to fight for what's best for the area," Michael Haynes, Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission Director, explains. " If we see a project that could benefit Litchfield, or Benson, or Morris, we're going to get together and work to support that project and that community." The group, for now, is made up of Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Stevens, Swift, and Yellow Medicine county.

Paula O'Loughlin, assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, Morris, was recently named the recipient of both the 2000-2001 Alumni Association Teaching Award and the 2000-2001 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Tess Cotter, Brian Ennen, Katie Jones, Brent Koehl and Adam Kopel, students at Morris Area Elementary School, participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on April 7. The team's coach this year was Ms. Joann Dyson. Thirty-six teams of students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition. Adam Kopel received a ribbon for his performance in the individual round.

Katie Larson and Andrea Jones, Morris Area High School students, have been chosen by MAHS to receive the Society of Women Engineer's Certificate of Merit. The two were selected based on their exceptional performance in science and mathematics.