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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 10, 1921

Arrangements are completed for the coming to Morris of Alexandar Karr of Fargo, the great community worker. The coming of Mr. Karr to Morris has been financed entirely by the business men of Morris. He will give two or three addresses on community building on Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday afternoon and evening. In order to make these two days real community affairs, the merchants have made special bargains on different lines of merchandise for the two days.

Seventy-five men of Company K will be mobilized at the armory for the annual encampment of the Fifth Infantry of the MN National Guard which will be held at Fort Snelling, June 11-26. After drilling all day either at the fairgrounds or on the pavement, the men in full war equipment will leave on train 10 tonight for Minneapolis. Captain C.L. Voss will be in charge of the battalion on the way to camp, and 1st Lieutenant Eugene Wells will be in charge of the company from Morris. Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Spooner, who went ahead yesterday, will greet the company on their arrival at camp.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 12, 1961

The city commission at its regular meeting Monday evening voted to purchase for the sum of $10,000 the 50-foot frontage area on East 5th street owned by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Meyers and Mrs. Freda Judd. The property is being purchased by the city to be the site of a new municipal parking area. It would replace the present municipal parking area on East 6th street which, according to plans announced by the commission last week, will be the site of a new $100,000 municipal liquor store that the commission proposes to build.

Members of the Morris Junior Chamber of Commerce and their ladies will hold an installation party for newly elected officers and directors Saturday, May 13, at the Pomme de Terre Country club. Newly elected officers for 1961 are: Erland Charles, president; John Keeler, internal vice-president; Orion Carlson, external vice-president; Harley Windom, secretary; Ernie Kellenberger, Jr. treasurer. Members elected to serve on the board of directors are Bill Bentley, Merle Dosdall, Jack Loher and Duane Solvie.

Articles of incorporation of "West Central Lutheran Homes", which has been organized to build and operate a 60-bed rest home in Morris, were recorded Monday in the office of Secretary of State Joseph Donovan. Ten Lutheran congregations in the area are presently represented in the West Central Lutheran Homes, Inc. organization, according to Ray Schradieck of Morris, chairman of the board of directors currently heading plans for the proposed rest center. Announcement of the pending plans for the rest home follows closely the recent opening of a fund drive for a proposed nursing home in Morris that is being spearheaded by the Assumption parish.

Donald Eystad was elected commander of Walter Tripp Post, American Legion for the coming year at the meeting of the post Tuesday evening. He will succeed Donald Madson as commander.

Dr. R. A. Rossberg, Morris, will serve on the Non-Scientific Reference Committee of the House of Delegates at the Minnesota State Medical Association's 108th annual meeting, May 22-24, in St. Paul.

A special concert by the Department of Music of the University of Minnesota, Morris will be presented Tuesday, May 16, in Edson Hall auditorium. Opening the program will be the new University Symphony Orchestra in its first public appearance. Organized last February, the 44-piece orchestra includes musicians from Alexandria, Browns Valley, Clinton, Glenwood, Hancock, Herman, Morris, Ortonville, and Starbuck who rehearse in Morris every Friday afternoon. Concluding the evening will be several numbers by the UMM band including a new march, "Cougar Conquest". Words for the trio of the march have been written by Ralph E. Williams, director of all UMM music groups, and will be sung by the band.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 15, 1986

The Stevens County Historical Museum will join museums around the world in observing International Museum Day on Sunday, May 18. A very special exhibit, "Ernest Strubbe...A Retrospective", will be open to the public at three o' clock on Sunday afternoon, May 18, at the Stevens County Historical Society Museum on West Sixth Street in Morris. Ernest Strubbe named the Stevens County Historical Society as a beneficiary of his paintings. Ernest Strubbe was dedicated to the task of preserving our natural heritage.

Captain Joel D. "Skip" Killoran, Supply Corps, USN retired, son of Mrs. J.M. Killoran and the late J.M. Killoran of Morris, will be the keynote speaker at Memorial Day services to be held in the Morris Middle School auditorium at 9 a.m., May 26, 1986. Captain Killoran recently retired from the naval Service after a career which spanned three decades, during which he served at 18 duty stations, in 22 major management positions, on five ships, at an overseas duty station, and at other Defense Department and Naval Shore activities.

Word was received this week that the carrier USS Coral Sea and seven escorts sailed for home Friday, May 9. Serving on board is AZAA Mike Oehler of Morris. Oehler is a 1985 graduate of Morris High School. The Coral Sea completed deployment to the Mediterranean Sea that lasted more than seven months and included combat action against Libya.

Dave Wente of Midwest Home Furnishings, a new Morris business, received warm congratulations from Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Gary Bentz, Princess Heidi Larson and Liz Regimbal. Midwest Home Furnishings is located where Douglas Furniture previously operated. The Wedding Station in City Center Mall has expanded into the alterations field, and has moved into space previously occupied by the Diet Center. Seamstress Bev Schmidt, along with owner Muriel Krusemark, recently received congratulations from Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Gary Bentz, Liz Regimbal and Morris Princess Heidi Larson.

The Post Office in Morris has a helpful new feature for patrons: a stamp booklet machine that gives change. Five stamps can be purchased for $1.10. Morris Postmaster Jack Hutchinson states it will help eliminate holiday and Saturday non-window service hours.

P.J. Burgers, a new Morris business located where Taco Villa formerly operated was recently visited by Chamber of Commerce ambassadors. Phil and Gail Harpstead, co-operators of P. J. Burgers, received warm congratulations from Gary Bentz, Morris Princess Heidi Larson and Liz Regimbal.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of May 8, 2001

Becky Vogel, this year's Stevens County Childcare Association's Childcare Provider of the Year, says she's proud to have been selected for the honor, but that every childcare provider is a Provider of the Year. Vogel has been providing childcare for almost five years now. She began when her daughter, Kaitlin, was three months old.

Last Monday, the members of the Morris Area School's Elementary Building Task Force learned a bit more about what the implications of the choices of whether to renovate or build a new school might be. To renovate the existing Elementary to what Morris Area Schools Superintendent Keith Redfield calls a "liveable standard" would cost the District $5.5 million. A new 500 student elementary, on the other hand, would run about $11 million. There are indications that the old elementary may have historical preservation possibilities; however, probably more for other uses than as a school.

A festive air was felt on main street of Morris Thursday morning for the grand opening of the new Family Dollar Store. Angela Schwartz donned a clown costume to make the occasion especially enjoyable for the kids. The new store is located at 413 Atlantic Avenue.

Elizabeth "Bettina" Blake, professor emeritus of French, has given UMM its first endowed visiting professorship, a remarkable gift given as part of the University of Minnesota's highly successful Campaign Minnesota.