90 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of February 17, 1928
The new firm of Syverson & Neeseman took charge of the former Wilcox & Wells store the first of this month and are rapidly settled down to business. The new business with continue the same sales firce as before, including Mrs. Smokstad, L. A. Hedstrom, Earl Fenton and Erwin Bucklin.
The Hancock high school basketball artists finally found their feet and took their first game of the season at the gymnasium here last Monday evening with Willmar as their opponents. The boys scored their last basket and free throw in the fourth quarter to bring their total to an even 20 while Willmar made a lone basket to bring their total to 14.
The Women's Christian Temperance Union met Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Bucklin. Mrs. Katie McArthur led the meeting in her usual pleasing manner, the subject being Frances Willard Memorial. At this time Memorial Services were conducted for those who have passed away during the past year in our union. Among the visitors attending were Mesdames E. A. Johnson, Harry Neesman, Paul Ritz, Andrew Steinbring and the Misses Norma Duncan and Hazel Drown. The hostess assisted by Mrs. Klinger served a delicious lunch, the proceeds of which will be sent to the Frances Willard Memorial Fund.
85 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Tribune of February 10, 1933
Amos Pushor, former commander and next to the last surviving member of Overton Post No. 99 of the Grand Army of the Republic, the last Civil War veteran in the city of Morris and believed to be the last in Stevens County, passed away at his home here on Feb. 4. Had he lived another month he would have been 90 years of age. The last surviving member of Overton Post is now C. K. Light of Lebanon, Penn. In 1878 the family came to Morris and settled on a farm near this city. Mr. Pushor operated various nearby farms until 1898 when he moved with his family into Morris to live. He has resided here since.
This month is setting some new weather marks locally and throughout the entire nation. The lowest temperature recorded in Morris during the past week was -30 degrees registered on Feb. 9. The -30 degrees registered on the 9th is next to the coldest recorded at the station since 1919, the coldest day being on Jan. 9, 1930, when it was -32 degrees.
The New York Nationals, an aggregation of eastern collegiate all-star basketball performers and said to be a better all-around team than the famed Harlem New York Globetrotters, will provide another big floor attraction for the fans of Morris and this section of the state with an exhibition tilt with the Company K Bluebirds in the Memorial Armory Feb. 11.
Engineer Youngdahl of the State Game and Fish Department was in Morris in connection with the proposed dam at Lake Pomme de Terre and conferred with Game Warden Walfred Erickson and William Richardson, who made the preliminary survey for the dam last fall, concerning the project. According to Mr. Youngdahl the state is contemplating the erection of a stone dam at the lake if it is decided to put in one at all but a number of local sportsmen do not approve of this plan and say that the dam should be of cement.
30 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of February 15, 1983
The comic strip "Garfield" obviously has some good fans in Morris. A group of ambitious artists with a talent in handling snow took first prize in the first annual town-wide Morris Winter Crazy Days Snow Sculpture Contest, sponsored by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Trade Committee. A monetary prize of $15 was presented to the winners by two members of the Morris High School Key Club, Sarah Evans and Stacy Voorhees. The three winning youngsters were Jody, Jeff and Jacque Hackett. Parents are Marc and Genie Hackett.
Sister Mary Louise Eltgroth announced her resignation as Principal of St. Mary's Elementary School last week. The students were told at the end of an assembly program that was part of the school's celebration of Catholic Schools Week. According to Sr. Mary Louise, she plans to take a sabbatical from teaching to spend a year of renewal and personal growth.
Dian Lopez and Bill Tomhave, who both teach math at UMM, visit high schools as part of a speakers' bureau funded by a faculty vitality grant from the Northwest Foundation to the Southwest West Central Consortium. An organization of nine post-secondary institutions. Lopez stated that their primary message to high school students is for them to take a look at their career plans. And then she tells them which high school math courses would be needed.