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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 26, 1921

A speech by Judge Oscar Hallam of the State Supreme Court, a free concert and a free baseball game will follow the parade of 2,000 cars at the big celebration of the opening of the road between Morris and Hancock, Sunday afternoon. Everybody in both towns who has a car that will run at all will be on the scene Sunday to take part in the procession. Limousines, flivers, trucks, motorcycles, aeroplanes and anything else that will respond to gasoline are eligible for entrance.

The great national Dairy Show which will bring to Minnesota the world's best dairy cattle will be held Oct. 8 to 15 at the State Fair grounds at St. Paul. Showyard winners from all the Fair circuits of the country will come to battle for the national supremacy of the year. Held in Minnesota because of her record for producing more butter than all other states in 1920, and because of the efforts of interested bankers and businessmen, the show will give dairy cattle men of the northwest an opportunity to see how their choice dairy cattle compare with well bred, high producing cows and sires with daughters of record from other parts of the country. Wing walking performances and hanging from landing gears will be the kinds of entertainment offered by who is known as the world's most daring aerial acrobat at the County Fair Sept. 5-8. The acrobat will even attempt to keep his feet standing on the wing of an airplane as it dives to earth from a height of 5,000 feet. In addition to the mile dive there will be a bizarre race put on when an automobile will make an attempt to keep up with an airplane in a five mile race. The evening program will be variegated with explosive numbers. War bombs and mines will be used in connection with aerial displays and ground fireworks. The figures in fire will include portraits of famous men and scenic displays such as "Pioneer Days," "The siege of Dardanelles,", "The Comedy Circus," and the "Last Rose of Summer."

The Central Co-operative Commission Company of South St. Paul received 126 carloads of livestock during its second week of business according to a report received by Joe Montgomery this week. This amounts to 13 percent of all cars consigned to the 34 commission companies and more than twice as much as their nearest competitor. One of the satisfying results of the work of the new firm is that it is possible for the farmer buyers of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois to buy feeders and stockers direct, thus eliminating the expensive and unnecessary speculators. Twenty-two cars of stockers, feeders and milch cows were shipped to farmer buyers the first two weeks.

More than 100 co-operative creameries have joined the central marketing agency which is being organized throughout the state by Minnesota dairymen, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation announced this week. The co-operative creamery association is the second centralized marketing enterprise to be launched in the state this year, the first being the Central Co-operative Commission in South St. Paul.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 21, 1961

The appointment of James B. Togeas as instructor in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris has been announced subject to approval of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Mr. Togeas formerly taught at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and is now a National Science Foundation Fellow. He received his bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, and is completing work for his master's degree at the University of Minnesota. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, national honor society at St. Olaf.

Almost 18 years ago the USAF B-17 bomber on which Charles Carlson, now a member of the Morris public schools faculty, was serving as bombardier, was shot down in Belgium while on a bombing mission to Germany. With the aid of underground workers, Mr. Carlson made his way to France and allied territory. Last weekend the Carlson family had as guests in their home in this city two of the people who were active in the French underground during the war and who helped him escape back to Allied territory. The couple were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Heller, now retired and making their home at Torremolinos, Malaga, Spain. The Hellers are currently enjoying a bus tour of the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Heller--he is Hungarian by birth, she an Austrian by birth--lived in northern France, near the Belgium line, for many years. During the war Mrs. Heller was particularly active in the French underground.

Four Morris and Donnelly young ladies will be among the class of 24 students who will be graduated from the Glenwood Hills Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Minneapolis, in commencement exercises Sunday. The four, all of whom are graduates of Morris High School, are Janice Senechal and Jean and Junice Lubenow of Morris and Rose Mary Mau of Donnelly. Members of the class will be eligible to take the Minnesota state board examination in August to become licensed practical nurses.

Following a series of meetings in recent weeks in a number of communities north and east of Morris, a $5,000 contract was signed Tuesday at Kensington with the Krick Water Resources Development company of Denver, Colo. in an effort to bring additional moisture to a large section of west central Minnesota. Cloud seeding machinery in South Dakota was turned on Tuesday afternoon in the hopes of increasing the probability of rainfall in the area, which includes parts of Stevens, Pope, Douglas, Traverse and Grant counties.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 24, 1986

Twelve students from Stevens County attended a four-day "Freedom Seminar" sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Stevens County Farm Bureau. Attending were David Johnson, Chris Stark, Beth Schmidgall, Erick Stark, Brad Luthi, Shelly Nohl, Christy Fults, Chad Litton, Stephanie Dosdall, Peggy Schmidgall, Jim Domnick, and Lane Koehl. The seminar, held at Hamline University in St. Paul July 7-10, was open to students who will be juniors or seniors in high school this fall. The purpose was to emphasize the many freedoms and privileges enjoyed by people in the United States and, through various speakers and topics, learn more about what it means to be a citizen in this country.

The sign in front of Sunwood Inn proclaimed a very special birthday last weekend. Jesse Diehl of Hancock reached the 101-year-old milestone. An enjoyable get together was held Sunday at Sunwood Inn to mark the occasion.

Friends and supporters of James Edward LaFave, candidate for the Senate House of Representatives in District 44B, gathered at the home of his parents, Dr. James and Gail Oliver LaFave, for a fundraiser on Friday evening, July 18. Among those in attendance were former governer Harold Stassen, who was Governor of Minnesota when Jim's great-grandfather, Dr. C.I. Oliver, was senator from Big Stone and Traverse Counties. Also attending were Congressman Bill Frenzel, Representative Sally Olson, and Senator Phyllis McQuaid. Jim's grandmother is Mrs. E. J. LaFave Sr. of Morris.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of June 21, 2001

This year's 2001-02 Morris Area school budget won't be cutting teachers or programs, but instead it is talking of cutting class sizes and teacher workloads. Superintendent Keith Redfield announced a budget that, for the first time in three years, adds programs, teachers, staff, and capital improvements instead of reducing them.

If the Minnesota Senate, House and Governor are unable to reach a budget compromise by July 1, don't expect the lights to go off at the state's largest employer of local residents. According to University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Sam Schuman, UMM will not be one of the casualties of a government shut-down, at least not initially.

Dr. Margot Rudstrom of WCROC was elected as The National Chairperson to the Committee on Women in Agriculture Economics (CWAE). CWAE is an organization that promotes the welfare of women agricultural economists by representing their interests with the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). Dr. Rudstrom has been in Morris working as an Agricultural Economist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center since May of 1998.

Army National Guard Pfc. Ryan J. Sayre has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Sayre is a 1996 graduate of Morris Area High School. He is the son of Larry and Dorothy Sayre.