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80 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of December 10, 1931

"Federal Services to Municipal Governments" is the title of a book compiled by Paul V. Betters and just received at the city hall here. Mr. Betters grew to manhood in this community and is well known here. He is now a member of the staff for government research of the Brooklyn Institute and is located at Washington, D.C. This latest publication of Mr. Betters is being scanned with special interest by many Morris residents.

Much interest is being shown in the new type of sound reproduction to be installed at the Strand Theater within the next few weeks and later moved to the beautiful new theater, if the sound reproduction system, invented less than six months ago, is all that is claimed for it. This new system has sound photographed on the side of the film just as definitely as the pictures are photographed on it. The two are side by side and getting sound and picture out of time is an impossibility. The possibility of getting newer and better pictures through this new system and the certainty of always having the picture and sound in perfect time has led B.J. Benfield to contract for installation of the new machines. The disc machines, of the latest types, now in use at the theater will be retained until it is known if the new ones are highly successful With the new sound equipment will be installed a new series of Cinephor projection lenses. These have been in use only a short time.

The members of the local fire department held their annual banquet and business meeting in the dining room in the armory on Tuesday evening. The following officers were elected: Max Trantow, Chief; Roger Casey, first assistant; J.E. Meyers, second assistant; E.P. Sherven, treasurer; A. J. Giesen, treasurer.

One of the largest shipments of livestock that has ever been made from Chokio was made Thursday, when twelve carloads of stock were shipped to the South St. Paul markets. Manager George Schaefer stated that as far as he knew this was the largest shipment in the history of the local shipping association to be made in one day, although shipments over the course of a week have come up to within four carloads of today's shipment.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of November 23, 1971

Tri-captains to lead the Morris high school football and cross country teams in 1972 were among a number of honors announced at the Morris Lions Club's 28th annual fall sports banquet in the senior high school cafeteria last Wednesday evening honoring all members of the 1971 football and cross country teams. Special award winners were Tom Goracke, most valuable player; Howard Kill, most valuable lineman; Craig Johnson, most valuable back; David Raasch, recipient of Oil Can award for spirit and hustle; Chad Swanson, most improved player; and Royce Anderson, honored for fewest points in cross country.

Warren Huebner, who has been fertilizer and chemical manager at the Morris Co-op Association, was promoted to the new position of assistant manager of the association at the November meeting of the cooperative's board of directors. Marvin Siebrecht has been appointed head of the fertilizer and chemical department under Mr. Huebner's supervision.

Army Sergeant Greg E. Brandt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Brandt, Morris, recently received the Air Medal in Viet Nam. Sgt. Brandt earned the award for meritorious service while participating in Aerial flight in support of ground operations in Viet Nam.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of November 26, 1991

Fire Chief Ron Sharstrom and 1st Assistant Chief Jim Storck accepted a mock check representing $3300 from Morris area organizations for radio equipment in the new fire rescue truck. Also present for the presentation was Jim Beauregard, Morris Hockey Association; Greg Buss, American Legion; Paul Jost, VFW; and Royal Steuck, Eagles Club.

Morris first graders experienced an old country school for a day. Re-enacting school in 1915, first graders in Gretchen Gillis' class at Morris Area Elementary School read stories to Ruth Domingo, who had taught in a country school. She told them about country schools and told them a story. After it was over, Gillis said "I'm glad I teach in 1991, not 1915. Anyone who worked in those days really worked. They worked hard."

Senator Paul Wellstone announced that the City of Morris has been awarded a $662,910 grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program Grant is for major renovations to public housing, including roof and unit remodeling at Grandview.