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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 5, 1921

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation today announced the results of the first week of a drive to unite the co-operative creameries of the state into one strong central association. Two hundred shares of stock, each share representing 50,000 lbs., of butter fat handled annually have been subscribed by local creameries, federal officials said.

David Galvin, born Feb. 18, 1886 in Morris, died Monday morning at Butte, Mont. Galvin suffered for more than two weeks with injuries he received when the engine which he was driving out from Butte, Mont. tipped over on a soft track and pinned him underneath. It was at first hoped here that Mr. Galvin would recover from his injuries, but the shock of the severe burns he received from the water in the boiler was too much for him and he sank gradually. As a locomotive fireman on the Great Northern he would go to Montana for two or three months at a time, but he always called Stevens County his home.

Another pioneer of this county passed away Saturday, July 23 when John Brown died at the age of 78 on the farm he had homesteaded 34 years before. A man of generous and sterling integrity of character, he was eminently fitted to cope with the rude elements of pioneer society and to mold high standards of citizenship in community life. In 1887 he came to Stevens County filing on a homestead in Stevens township where he has lived ever since. He was prominent in politics in this county, representing his district many times as delegate to Republican conventions.

Minnesota is the fifth richest farming state in the union, according to figures just received at University Farm, St. Paul, for the census bureau. A Harvard study just released reports that Minnesota leads the nation in vocational education. Recommending Dunwoody Institute for correlating its work closely with industry, and the Girls Vocational High School and the University Farm School surpass anything of the kind in this country. So many people are driving to Minneapolis by auto from this section of the state, that the following information should be of value in avoiding unintentional error. Visitors are requested to drive first of all to the "Welcome" headquarters, LaSalle Avenue at 13th Street, and procure a metal "Visitors Tag" for their cars. These tags identify visitors as such and results in greater consideration and courtesy being shown them by traffic officers.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 30, 1961

Lt. Joel D. Killoran, SC, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Killoran of Morris, was recently presented with his seventh commendation for outstanding service and accomplishments as a Naval Supply officer. Lt, Killoran, supply officer of the USS Union (AKA-106) during 1959 and 1960, led the supply department to two consecutive marks of "Outstanding" on the annual supply inspection, consequently making Union the first ship in Commander, Amphibious Forces, Pacific history to attain two such consecutive marks. The senior ComPhibPac inspecting officer stated that the Union supply department was the finest he had seen in 19 years of naval service.

Miss Lois Maughan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Maughan of this city, was one of only 17 students among the 123 with perfect 4.0 averages while attending Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. Lois was included on the Dean's List of students with outstanding academic achievement during the second semester.

Linda Vogt, Johnson, a recent graduate from the West Central School of Agriculture, is the recipient of one of 278 freshman scholarships awarded by the University of Minnesota for the 1961-62 academic year. Miss Vogt received one of the Minnesota Alumni scholarships awarded to outstanding men and women graduates for Minnesota high schools. Funds for these scholarships are provided by gifts from alumni and friends of the University through the Greater University fund.

McCallum Plumbing and Heating, formerly located in the Meyers and Judd Building on East 5th Street, moved this week to the new steel building the firm has erected at 313 Pacific avenue. The new building is 36 feet by 48 feet. It is not yet completely finished, reports Bill McCallum, proprietor of the plumbing firm, but the final interior work will be done during the next few weeks.

Chuck Blocher, manager of Juergensen's Super Valu along with Floyd Elias, principal of Morris High School, held the largest reproduction of the Declaration of Independence ever seen in Morris which was presented to Morris High School by the store this week. The reproduction is over four and a half feet wide and over six feet long. Of particular interest is the fact that this reproduction of the Declaration marks the first time that the document has ever been transcribed into readable, modern script, said Mr. Blocher.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 3, 1986

Forty years is a long time to have practiced medicine in one town, and Dr. R. A. Rossberg, although he is retiring from private practice, is not finished yet. Rossberg will not give up his connection with medicine completely. He will have his own patients at the Villa of St. Francis, where he will be Medical Director and Health Officer (that is, he will monitor the quality of the care and deal with public health questions.) Three days a week will find him at the Health Services at UMM.

Bob Dalager began an association with Pheasants Forever by buying their five-day all expense paid pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota at a silent auction. That led to a letter about the trip to the organization's newsletter. Then he was asked to be on the national board of directors. And he was asked to begin a chapter in Stevens County. Now he is the national president of the Minnesota-based organization. He is excited to be on the ground floor of a new national organization. He compared it to where Ducks Unlimited was 75 years ago. He hopes Pheasants Forever will be around that long and become that strong.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 12, 2001

Three month old Emmett Huhn received his first haircut from barber Dave Evenson recently. According to his father, Robin Huhn, Emmett was Barber Dave's youngest customer.

This past Sunday was the farewell service for one of Morris' longest-serving ministers. Pastor Steve Schlicht, who has led the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church for just under 17 year, will be leaving Morris this week to take on the pastoral duties at Immanuel Church in Black Creek, Wisc. "I'll be one month from 17 years on Sunday," Schlicht said, interviewed last Friday. "The only minister who's probably been around longer is Elton Hallauer at Bethel." Schlicht has been in Morris ever since graduating from seminary. He was the fourth pastor to come to the church right out of seminary and their next pastor will also be right out of seminary.

About 40 Morris residents gathered May 29 to discuss potential improvements at Pomme de Terre Park. The group focused on the assets of the park, which range from its accessibility to both pedestrians and vehicles to its natural state of scenic wilderness. The changes gaining the strongest support were: construction of a new outdoor swimming pool, developing winter usage (ice skating rink, warming house, and groomed cross country ski trails), building small softball/baseball fields and basketball courts, and expanding existing bike/walk trails. Each of these proposals will be the topic for subsequent meetings. The Pomme de Terre Improvement Project is being supported by the Prairie Renaissance Project.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Dean's List for spring semester 2001 has been announced by UMM Assistant Academic Dean for Student Affairs, Judy Kuechle. Local student on the Dean's List include: From Hancock; Emily Koehl and Bettina Mohn. From Morris; Tina Didreckson, Anna Harren, Chandra Hutchens, Jessica Jost, Michael Kuykindall, Johnnita Luthi, Nicholas Maxwell, Catherine McDade, Josephine Myers-Kuykindall, Mia Presteng, Sara Reller, Nathan Rooney, Jennifer Schmidgall, Amanda Sovell, and Becky Zaban.

Sunday, June 17 at First Lutheran Church will be the open house celebration of Oren and Thelma Gilbert's 60th wedding anniversary and their 90th birthdays.

A Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth (HC/HY) group has raised nearly enough money to build a skate park in Wells Park in Morris. After months of discussions, research, and field trips to other communities, the hard work is about to become a reality. The Skate Park will cost $40,000 to build, and the Blandin Community Investment Partnership agreed to match each dollar raised up to $20,000. Through the generous donations of local businesses and organizations, they are less than $5,000 short of their goal.