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90 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of May 20, 1921

All stores are closed while Donnelly pays last respects to prominent man Francis Joseph McLaughlin, a man who played an active part in all aspects of Donnelly. He was born in Wakefield, Canada, Jan. 16, 1858 and moved to Donnelly in 1890. Francis was postmaster of Donnelly for eighteen years, mayor of Donnelly for 15 years, a member of the school board for fifteen years, vice-president of the Farmers and Merchants bank, vice-president of the Donnelly Mercantile store, director of the Donnelly Lumber company, stockholder of Farmers' elevator and Donnelly cooperative creamery, and during the war chairman of several liberty loan drives. He was known as a grain buyer and a real estate man.

J.K. Edelman and Harry A. Aaronson of Minneapolis bought the Leader Cash Department Store from A.E. Jacobs last week. The Leader belongs to a chain of stores known as J.K. Edelman and company which includes many stores in North Dakota. A.E. Jacobs found it impossible to give enough time to the store in Morris on account of his land interests in North Dakota.

Under the terms of a new time card, effective Sunday, May 22, Great Northern trains Nos. 27 and 28, "The Fast Mail", will return to this division after an absence of a year, during which time they have been run via Fergus Falls and Barnesville. The trains were taken off this division June 1, 1920, the understanding being that they interfered with the heavy freight traffic routed this way. It is needless to remark that the trains will not be very badly hampered in this respect under conditions prevailing at the present time. This will restore to the city the best mail and express service it ever enjoyed.

The People's dairy installed a new milk clarifier, it is the first machine of the kind ever brought into Stevens county. It is used to remove all impurities from the milk which it is impossible to eradicate through pasteurization. With pasteurization the milk was germ-less. It is now dirt-less also.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 28, 1961

Thirty high school administrators and counselors of west central Minnesota attended a meeting at the University of Minnesota, Morris Tuesday afternoon, April 25, to hear reports on the academic progress of the first year's students and plans for the future of UMM. Attending the two-hour session were superintendents, principals, and counselors from many surrounding towns. Dean Rodney A. Briggs gave a legislative report and discussed the UMM's long term plans with the visitors. Admission standards and procedures for next year were explained by H.G. Croom, acting director of student services. Continuing the program, W.D. Spring, acting head of the English department, discussed the UMM English department, discussed the UMM English program and the progress of area students in the program. Dr. Stephen Granger, counselor, considered the usefulness of tests in predicting academic success this year and distributed to the visitors information of use in advising future students on attending the University of Minnesota, Morris.

The senior class of Chokio high school will present its class play, "Lock, Stock, and Lipstick," tonight in the school auditorium. The play is a humorous story of life in a typical American high school. The cast is as follows: Jan Boldenow; John Faith Jr.; Betty Subak; Lois Leuthard; Dennis Twenge; Leo Grossman; Doris Tirevold; Vickie Asmus; Judy Horning; Karen Scheldorf; Diane Laager; Dorothy Marty; Lois Whitmer; Russell Ruona; and John Kraayenbrink.

The Morris Male Chorus will present its annual concert in Morris in the high school auditorium Saturday evening. The 35-voice chorus, which is under the direction of Dr. R. M. Watson and the personnel of which is drawn from the Morris community and from several nearby communities, is now in its eighth concert season and is one of the popular musical organizations in this area.

Morris public school youngsters Shannon Willer, Candace Staples, Mary Webster, Wayne Charles (alternate), Gary Power, Lee Proudfoot and John Zahl have been selected to attend the American Legion's school patrol camp, known as Legionville, on Gull Lake near Brainerd next summer.

Thousands of people from a wide area in west central Minnesota are expected to flock to Morris Sunday to attend a huge, colorful Loyalty Day parade sponsored and directed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The parade will be the highlight of the Fifth district VFW observance of Loyalty Day. Nearly 60 parade units, including bands, National Guard, and other marching units, floats, color units and comedy entries, will make up the big parade that is scheduled to pass through the Morris downtown district at 1:30. Palmer Anderson and Alvin Nelson, parade co-chairmen, advise that the parade will assemble near the East Side Park at one o'clock. A flight of jet aircraft from the Sioux Falls, S.D. interceptor base will fly over Morris at 1:30 to herald the start of the parade.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 1, 1986

An essay contest involving young people in the Morris-Donnelly school system was again sponsored by the Morris Senior Citizens. First place was taken by Mindi Huna, a member of Jerry Witt's sixth grade class. Second place in the contest was taken by Lorinda Brown, a member of Mrs. Eggebraaten's sixth grade class. Third place was taken by Joseph Swenson, a member of Witt's sixth grade class. On hand to congratulate the winners were Mabel Schulz, Veronica Berger, Shirley Redfield and Hilda Poppe.

Kris Harris has been chosen to represent Morris in this summer's "Girl State" event. Julie Raasch has been chosen as alternate. Lois Yeager, president of the Morris American Legion Auxiliary announced the recipients. Mary Sayre has been selected Girls Stater representing Cyrus, and Renee Solvie has been chosen alternate. The Minnesota Girls State program is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship. The purpose is to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age. Sunwood Inn is pitching in to bolster the Senior Citizens Building Fund.

Owner Doug Brutger recently announced that Sunwood will give 25 cents for every dinner meal and Sunday brunch- a gesture expected to raise between $500 and $1,000.

The Morris-Donnelly School Board met early Tuesday morning with the administrators for a review of how the school system has worked with two principals instead of three. There was consensus among the Board members that the system had worked well. High School Principal Dennis Rettke said that there was no reason that a district the size of Morris needed three principals. Superintendent Fred Switzer said that teacher morale and student morale have both improved over the year. He will bring any suggested proposals for changing or working within the two principal system to the Board at a regular meeting.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune April 19, 2001

The Morris Fire Department recently acknowledged and honored Darell Mohr and Jack Kiser at a retirement banquet. Darell steps down with 21 years of service and Jack steps down with 20 years of service on the Morris Fire Department. Kiser served on the Cyrus Fire Department for seven years prior to joining Morris, totaling his combined years of service at 27 years.

Highway 28 between Morris and Cyrus is one of a number of Minnesota Department of Transportation highway construction projects on tap for this summer. Lane shifts and closures will affect 6.7 miles of Highway 28 between Morris and Cyrus during the summer months, the construction work includes mill and overlay. The 18 miles between Morris and Herman on Highway 9 will also see construction between July and August.

The UMM women's wrestling team came away from the U.S. Open Senior Wrestling Nationals with three All-American wrestlers who qualified for USA Wrestling's upcoming World Team Trials. Placing for UMM were Katie Downing, Samatha Branka and Alexandra Augustin.

The Morris Area School Board considers adding some summer school classes to help fulfill the increased Graduation Requirements, giving students more flexibility to focus on the areas they are interested in during the school year. According to High School Principal George Morrow, prior to the Graduation Standards, the High School required 24 credits for graduation. With the Graduation Standards, another 23 things have been added that must be done before a student can graduate. The Board agreed to examine the issue, however, no formal action was taken.