80 Years Ago
Items taken from the Tribune of December 11, 1931
Dear Santa Claus: Old Nick will have many stockings to fill in this community judging by the number of letters the boys and girls have written to him. Here is a sampling of letters to him:
WANT A SKATING RINK. You guys That Kin Do It: We want a big skating rink, and not a dishpan fulla ice. The main idea is "we want something to skate on." Every kid in town, Meanin' "Morris"
P.S. Hurry up before Hoover puts a tax on water! (St. Mary's School Dec. 2, 1931)
Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl five years old and would like to get a rake, shovel and hoe, small wash tub and flat iron thats all. Wishing you a Merry Merry Christmas. (Lavine Hagen, Dec. 7, 1931)
Dear Santy, Tank you for the presents I got from you last year. I have been a good girl. Will you pleace bring me a dolly named Sue and some candy and nuts and a new dress. Bring by broder Eddie a pair of scates and a new suit. Don't forget the poor Fokes. Thank you Santy. A good girl. P.S. There will bee some lunch on the table.
Dear Santa, How are you. I want a pair of ice skates electric train and Amos an Andy car, sled and a dump wagon. I want my stocking filled with candy and nuts and a tinker toys, a airplane fire truck and a bus. I am a good boy. Your little friend, (Billy Manney, Dec. 9, 1931)
Dear Santa, I am a little boy 6 years old. I am in the first grade. I want a shirt some crayons, a picture book, a pair of pants, a car. That is all I want. Your friend, (Emil Heintzelman).
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of December 21, 1971
Estimate $50,000 loss in Dalager fire Friday. A fire of undetermined origin early Friday morning that destroyed their home, personal belongings and electric business at 316 Atlantic Avenue forced Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Dalager and three sons to flee into sub-zero temperatures with very little else but their nightclothes. About 30 Morris firemen fought the blaze until around noon in temperatures that ranged from 15 degrees below zero to 6 degrees below. The main floor of the Dalager home, consisting of four bedrooms, living room, kitchen and recreation room, was gutted by the fire. There was heavy smoke and water damage to the four bedrooms upstairs and to the electrical shop attached to the front of the house.
Captain John A. Bierden, representative of the United States Army, last Wednesday presented Mr. and Mrs. James Eklund of Morris with the awards earned by their son, Mark, while he was on active duty with the U.S. Army. The awards were presented in a special ceremony at the Eklund home. The awards included the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. Mark Eklund died in Viet Nam in August of this year.
Starting Dec. 27, prepare to have your picture taken when you apply for or renew your driver license, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner W. R. Hoaglund advises. On that date, applications for new driver licenses and ID cards will be taken by all Clerks of District Court throughout the state. The color photo is new this year and was authorized by the 1971 Legislature. The main purpose of the photo is to provide positive identification of the person holding the license.
Milton Raasch, Stevens County Republican chairman, announces that Darrel Dyer of Morris has been appointed Stevens County chairman of the annual fund raising dinner drive for the Minnesota Republican party. Mr. Raasch also announced that Mrs. Gail Nelson of rural Morris and John Fox of Morris are co-chairing the Neighbor-to-Neighbor fund drive.
20 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of December 24, 1991
The Sept. 6, 1963 Tribune announced that two former Rendsville Township residents were beginning a business in Morris. This issue of the Sun announces the sale of that business and their retirement. Ken and Merrill Pedersen have sold the Pedersen Funeral Home to the Vertin family of Breckenridge. Beginning Jan. 2, the Pedersen Funeral Home will be represented by Jeff Kress, who has worked with the Pedersens for the past year, and Brian Haak, a funeral director from St. Paul who grew up in Holloway.
Raymond Strand of Morris received a $1000 grant in the Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Individual Artists Grant Program. Strand, a sculpture and furniture designer, will use the grant to purchase a portable bandsaw mill for production of art furniture and sculpture.
Minnesota residents will pay a penny less per gallon of gasoline during this holiday season than during the long Thanksgiving weekend. And, according to AAA Minnesota, they'll pay 19 cents less than they did a year ago during the Persian Gulf crisis. Minnesota regional and state averages on Dec. 17, 1991. Statewide for Regular: Full-Service $1.351, Self-Service $1.139, Combined $1.179.
Winners of the contest to decorate trees on Atlantic Ave. were announced Friday by the Chamber of Commerce. First place and $75 in Chamber Cash goes to the Students Club for their tree in front of Sarlettes. Second place and $50 in Chamber Cash goes to the Pomme de Terre Garden Club for the tree between Citizens Bank and the City Center Mall. Third place and $25 in Chamber Cash was awarded to Brownie Troop 74 for their tree in front of Second Hand Rose.
John Benson of Morris was named to the North Dakota State University fall quarter Dean's List. The quarterly list recognizes students who maintain a 3.5 minimum grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least a 12-credit course load.