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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of September 9, 1921

The 48th annual Stevens County Fair, which came to an end last night, proved to be the biggest fair the county has ever held, not only in the number of people who attended. Over $3,000 was taken in at the gate on Tuesday and Wednesday. One of the great features of the fair was the thrilling midair performance of S.A. Kusma, who walked on the wings of an airplane in flight and hung by his knees on a rope ladder underneath. The crowd watched breathless while he rode the slippery fuselage. As long as he was in the air he was alright, but when he was descending in the parachute and was 40 feet from the ground he met with misfortune. When he saw that he was going to strike some electric wires on the east side near Second Street, he freed himself from the ropes of the parachute and jumped to the ground to avoid wires that might not be insulated. He broke his left arm badly and cut himself under the chin in his fall. His parachute remained caught in the wires. He was rushed to a doctor's office where the bone was set.

Knocked off his motorcycle when the rear wheel was hit by the fast mail No. 28 going east at 8:30 Tuesday morning, George Dripps did not lie unconscious as one might expect but jumped to his feet and began chasing after the fast mail which had caught up his motorcycle on the fender. He was crossing the tracks at Seventh Street when the accident occurred. He saw the train when it was right on him and attempted to turn his motorcycle parallel to it but skidded across the track in front of the engine instead. The fender caught the rear wheel when it was in the center of the track. Young Dripps was fortunately thrown to the side rather than straight ahead. His face was scratched somewhat when he hit the cinders, but he escaped serious injury. The fast mail slowed down as soon as the engineer saw he had hit the boy, and Dripps was able to recover his motorcycle at the Sixth Street crossing.

The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Berger, living south of Alberta, was awarded the prize on Wednesday at the Red Cross Booth at the Stevens County Fair for being the most perfect baby in the county. He will receive a half dozen photographs of himself as prize. Baby Roy George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy George, living south of Morris, received the second prize of $5 worth of thrift stamps and little Chester Healy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Healy of Hancock was awarded third prize, $2.50. Twenty-five babies entered the contest and the points were very close. It was difficult to pick the winner from the first three, and five more were near the perfect class.

Morris public schools opened Tuesday morning with an unusually large first day attendance. L.G. Mustain, superintendent of schools, reports an enrollment of 114 for the first day at the high school and Miss Agnes Foley, principal of the Longfellow School, has a record of 110 for her building. More people opened their homes to the teachers this year than for many years past. Ten girls have registered for normal training work under Miss Florence Ortman. Miss Elsa Klippstein will teach French this year on account of the demand for it. Wednesday afternoon was a holiday to give the children a chance to see the fair. This gave many of them an opportunity to see it twice, for members attended Tuesday afternoon as well.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 4, 1961

Miss Bette Berger of Morris was one of 18 postulants who received habits and names in the Franciscan Order at solemn high Mass at Little Falls Monday. A reception for the new novices was held in the afternoon. Bette, whose new name is Sister Mary Verona, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Berger of Morris. She attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Morris High School with the class of 1960.

Floyd K. Berger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berger, Karen A. Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Larson, and Kenneth E. Wellman, son of Lester Wellman, have been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. All three are graduates of Alberta High School. Miss LeAnn Hruby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hruby, and Miss Beverly Moerke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Moerke, have been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. Both are Morris High School graduates.

Morris' newest industry, Midwest Blacktop, offering a completely new service to the community, is ready to begin operations today, it is announced by Wayne Schmidgall, proprietor. The plant of the Midwest Blacktop firm is located on Highway 59, five miles south of Morris. Mr. Schmidgall, the owner, is also the proprietor of Schmidgall's Sand and Ready-Mix Co. of Morris. The new hot-mix plant is beginning operations with a crew of three, headed by Herb Rice, formerly with the Hodgman Highway Construction Company, who moved to Morris last winter from Elbow Lake.

Bids totaling $113,344 for the materials and labor for constructing and equipping a new municipal liquor store building for Morris were awarded by the city commission at a special meeting Monday evening. Awarded the general contract for the new building was the Elan and Ness Firm of Fergus Falls, formerly of Morris. The firm's low bid was in the amount of $63,473. Low bidder for the mechanical contract was the Ortonville Plumbing and Heating firm of Ortonville. This bid was in the amount of $25,738. Dalager Electric of Morris was awarded the electrical contract on the firm's low bid of $8,998. The St. Cloud Restaurant Supply Firm of St. Cloud won the contract for furnishing equipment for the new store on its bid of $15,135. Feb. 1 had been set as the completion date for the building project. The new liquor store building will house the city's liquor business that is now conducted in two leased buildings on Atlantic Avenue. The present lease on the No. 1 store, at 512 Atlantic Ave., expires next Jan. 1. The lease on the No. 2 store, at 518 Atlantic Ave., expires on Feb. 1.

25 Years Ago Items taken from the

Tribune of August 7, 1986

Ludwig C. Pochardt ("Sarge", as we all know him) has retired from the Morris Post Office, after more than 31 years of service. He will be missed by many of the customers when they come to the window to buy stamps. Sarge started on June 11, 1955, and has worked with six postmasters. Current Postmaster Jack Hutchinson said Sarge will be missed by a lot of people.

A new school year is beckoning with a new individual in the position of Hancock High School principal. Roger Clarke has received the HHS reins from Bill Ferns, now at Osakis High School as principal. Clarke began his HHS duties Monday. In addition to serving as principal, Clarke holds the athletic director post. Being athletic director at Hancock entails much that is special, due to the tremendous success HHS athletics has generated over the recent past. HHS athletics promises to remain on an upbeat note.

Roger and his wife Gloria have four children, two of whom will be enrolled at HHS. Christopher is entering his junior year and David will be a sophomore. Both are basketball athletes. The Clarke's two oldest children are Brian, age 21 and a Hamline University (St. Paul) student; and Paula, headed for post-high school studies at Alexandria AV-TI.

Morris will get the money for a new Senior Citizens Center and for housing rehabilitation. That announcement came Monday night at the temporary Senior Citizens Center from Bob Benner, deputy commissioner from the Department of Energy and Economic development (DEED).

The County Commissioners had to recess Monday's hearing on granting an outlet permit into Ditch 4 because some property owners on the Ditch said it couldn't handle the water now. The City of Alberta had petitioned for a permit to discharge clean, treated water from their proposed sewage treatment holding ponds. Kathy DeBuhr, grant manager for Alberta, told the Commissioners that the sewers in town now empty into the storm sewer system, and the untreated water is constantly going into Ditch 4. She said that under the proposed sewage treatment plan, the treated water would be discharged from the holding ponds twice a year, spring and fall.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of June 28, 2001

The Stevens County Red Cross Chapter was informed on Wednesday, June 13, that the Regional Red Cross Advisory Committee had recommended the rechartering of the local chapter. The Stevens County Chapter has been a chartered Red Cross Chapter for more than 85 years. The Chapter was recommended for dechartering in February of this year. The Chapter proceeded to appeal this decision. The committee reconsidered their original decision and recommended the Chapter be rechartered.

Laura Carrington, a member of the Morris Area School Board, was recently elected to a four-year term on the Minnesota Rural Education Association's (MREA's) Board of Directors. Carrington will begin her four-year term on July 1.

The Alexandria Technical college announces these local graduates: Kimberly Raasch, Chokio; Belinda Boots, Cyrus; Kayla Joos and Jason Rinkenberger of Hancock; Shannan Earley, Jamie Frass, Dora Herrara, Cory Kramer, David Plocker, Elizabeth Retzlaff, Justin Schmidt, Matthew Schneider, Jeremy Schribner, Holly Stein and Marcy Wulf, Morris.

Bryan Swenson, son of Richard and Cindy Swenson, Morris, has been accepted to the University of Minnesota, Morris for fall semester 2001. A 2001 graduate of Morris Area High School, Swenson was a delegate to Boys' State in 2000.