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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 23, 1921

Otto Osterman, 37, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Osterman of Hancock, was almost instantly killed last Friday morning at about half past six o'clock. He was engineer of the rig, which was running near Selvey, S. D., and had gone out early in the morning to see that the rig was alright while two other men with the rig got their breakfast. Not coming to the house when the men expected for his breakfast, they went out to the machine, which was a short distance from the house and were horrified to find him. There was a long key on the fly wheel shaft and it is thought that in some way while he was reaching around the wheel to oil it or feeling if the new boxes he had put in on the shaft the day before, his leather vest was caught by the key and he was whirled around the wheel. He was known as an expert engine man.

Dr. J.C. McDonnell, Chiropractor, late of Minneapolis came to Morris this week to become the associate of Dr. O. L. Birch. An office practice will be maintained both at Morris and Chokio. Dr. McDonnell has degrees from St. Thomas College, and La Salle Institute, Minneapolis, and is a graduate and postgraduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic at Davenport, Iowa. Dr. McDonnell during the war was with the medical Department at Headquarters Central Department, Chicago.

The redecorating which has been in progress in the Homewood Billiard Parlors for some time was completed last week. The bowling alleys have been removed and four new billiard tables installed. The color scheme of decorating is very effective with brown wainscoating and tan above. Louis Mithun and P.J. Bartley has the best billiard parlor this side of the Twin Cities.

Two hundred people attended the reception given to the new teachers in the high school building last Monday night by the Parents' and Teachers' association. F.R.Putnam, treasurer of the Board of Education gave the address of welcome, promising the new members of the faculty that Morris would do all in its power to make the year pleasant for them. Superintendent L. G. Mustain gave the response. The Ladies' Trio, Mrs. G. W. Beise, Mrs. L. D. Tripp and Mrs. W. F. Cooley sang "Rocking Time" and " Babies' Boat".

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 18, 1961

Nearly 350 years of living are represented by these four gentlemen-all well known long-time residents of the community-who got together on Aug. 6 at the Leonard Gulbranson home for a birthday party for the youngest of the quartet. Joe Stahman, who will be 90 next November; John Lindenberger, who will be 90 next February; Peter Stahman, who was 80 on Aug. 5 and in whose honor the party was given by his daughter, Mrs. Gulbranson; and Henry Buntje, who was 90 last June 28. Other guests at the birthday affair were Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Lupfer and family of Litchfield, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wagner and two sons of Brandon, Mrs. Charles Wagner Sr., Mrs. Bertha Eystad, Mrs. Mable Sax, Mr. and Mrs. William Stahman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stahman and boys and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stahman.

Barbara Treischel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Treischel, and Sally Voss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Voss, are two more of the 1961 Morris High school graduates who have been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. Another local youth accepted for admission to the UMM is Dalton H. Wente, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wente, who is a 1960 graduate of the West Central School of Agriculture.

Dr. Frederick William Peterson has been named assistant professor of art at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Dean Rodney A. Briggs has announced. Dr. Peterson has taught art at the University's Minneapolis campus since 1957. He completed work on his doctorate degree at the University this summer. Dr. Peterson was awarded in 1960 an American Art Fellowship for work in modern American Art. Dr. Peterson is one of 21 new faculty members to join the UMM staff this fall.

The Morris Lutheran Student Center Corporation has purchased the home of Supt. and Mrs. Oscar Miller, East 4th Street and Columbia Avenue, to be used for a Lutheran Student Center. The Student Center will serve Lutheran students at the UMM, providing facilities for worship, study, and recreation, reports Harold Kvale of Glenwood, chairman of the Morris Lutheran Student Center Corporation. It will also house the office of the counselor to Lutheran students, and will be operated by the Lutheran Student Foundation of Minnesota, which has similar facilities on all university and state college campuses.

It's Stevens County Fair time again, and for the next three days all roads in this area will lead to Morris. The county's 88th annual exposition and its eighth successive "free fair" opens today, Friday, which is entry day for exhibitors, swings into its program activities Saturday, and will continue through Sunday night.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 21, 1986

The Morris-Donnelly School Board approved the budget for the 1986-87 school year and heard a proposal for a school age child care program at its regular meeting Monday evening. The Board also approved hiring Jean Hollen as a full-time music teacher. Also the superintendent's salary was set and a vote was taken to raise the price of school lunches by five cents.

Mark Mattheis won the Pomme de Terre Golf Club Tournament Sunday. Over 80 golfers participated in the tournament. The weather was perfect for golf, with sunny skies, a gentle breeze, and temperatures in the mid 70s. Robert Mulder was runner-up in the championship flight. Dave Loher took third and Tom Eidsvold was fourth. In the first flight, Jon Linser was the winner and Elton Koosman was runner-up. Brian Newhouse won the consolation and Kevin Ross was fourth. Arnold Henjum took second flight honors, with Skip Sherstad as the runner-up. Jack Watzke was the consolation winner and Mark Torgerson was fourth.

The ranks of the Morris-Donnelly Sports Boosters will be minus a key member when prep competition gets underway this fall. The recent passing of Greta Benson may have thinned the boosters' ranks by one, but her influence on Morris-Donnelly athletics will continue to be felt via a Memorial fund. Greta's husband Carl was on hand at the practice field Tuesday night to announce the undertaking and to officially kick it off. Principal Dennis Rettke and athletic director Robert Mulder joined Carl on the field for the announcement. Mulder noted that the initial money is being applied toward new scoreclocks at the senior high gym. Scoreclocks have been a concern of the Booster Club.

O'Keefe Auto Sales was given its offical welcome to the Morris business community last week. Chamber of Commerce manager Liz Regimbal and Miss Morris Princess Jamie Wilcox made an "ambassador call" to the business. They extended hearty congratulations to Tony and Mike O'Keefe.

Bernie Angus is being honored for his Community Education commitments. A plaque was presented to him recently by Joan Reicosky, a member of the CE advisory board. Angus has had a big role in the development and success of CE co-ed volleyball. In addition, he helped organize summer tennis leagues (mainly the men's league) three years ago. At present, he runs the men's volleyball league. Bernie is employed by the U.S. Fish and wildlife service as a soil conservationist.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 5, 2001

Rita Kaiser has assumed the duties as Morris senior dining manager. Rita joins other Nutrition Services staff, Colleen Dogotch, Samatha Parker, and Betty Schmidt and Kate Livingston (Grand View). Rita, a resident of Herman, is responsible for the daily planning for the nutrition program, both congregate and meals on wheels, and coordinating volunteers.

At Monday's meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, assistant county highway engineer, Brian Giese, presented the board with the fact that Stevens County will probably have to purchase some land for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if it wants to get one of its bridges fixed. Some of the land needed for a right-of-way for a bridge on County Road 20 is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If it is to give up some of its land, it must acquire new land somewhere else, preferably on land bordering land it already owns. The county took no formal action and is waiting for Giese to come back with other potential land for purchase before it makes a decision. Without the land, the County 20 bridge project--actually scheduled for last year--cannot be done, Giese said.

This Friday and Saturday, Central Square in Glenwood will feature a production written by and starring Morris' Twig Webster. The Central Players Production of "Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction or The Fatal Gazogene" was adapted from this original farce into a staged radio drama/comedy by Twig Webster and Steve Nestor. Webster and Nestor are joined by Carol Kaus and the trio will provide all the voices and action for the play. Rockland DeBoer will provide technical assistance as he had so many times before. Webster, a theatre arts major at UMM went on to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he received his graduate degree in theatre arts and communications. He later went on to found a successful theatre in Portland, Ore.

Local students participated in graduation at the Alexandria Technical College on May 16: from Chokio; Kimberly Raasch, medical secretary/transcriptionist. From Cyrus, Belinda Boots, interior design; from Donnelly, Karla Kopel, marketing & sales and Trish Thomas, marketing & sales.

This year's Prairie Pioneer Days will hold a "Tribute to Music" with appreciation to Eleanor Killoran. In addition, Killoran will be the Grand Marshal in this year's Prairie Pioneer Days Grand Parade. Killoran, a Morris resident for most of her life, has spent her life playing the piano and organ. She has played as a soloist or accompanist of churches, clubs, and community events. She has also sung, taught music, and led causes which benefit arts in the community.

One hundred twenty-five of Minnesota's best educators, including MAHS's Peg Rinkenberger, have applied for the 2001 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Education Minnesota announced today. "These nominees represent the highest ideals of our profession," Co-President Sandra Peterson said. "They are committed to students and to learning."