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60 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 21, 1952

Carol Smedstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Smedstad and a junior in

Morris high school, had been chosen to represent Morris at the American Legion Auxiliary's Girls' State in St. Paul in June. LuAnn Kieffer was named as alternate. Selected on the basis of character, scholarship, personality, leadership and other desirable qualities, the young ladies selected from many cities in Minnesota are given a week of intensive training in democracy and self-government at Girls' State. Only high school juniors are selected to attend the project.

Helen Thompson is valedictorian and Elva Stambaugh is salutatorian of the class of 1952 of Morris high school. It was announced this week by Principal H.J. Kerneghan. Helen is the daughter of Arnold Thompson and Elva is the daughter of Mrs. F. B. Stambaugh.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Lee, who purchased the Palace Cafe from Mr. and Mrs. James Cosgrove several weeks ago and took possession of the business yesterday, announced that the Palace will be closed for about six weeks while extensive remodeling work is in progress.

Vernon Gustafson, proprietor of the Western Auto Associate Store in Morris the past year, announced Wednesday that effective immediately the store will become a Marshall Wells Store. It will be operated in the future as "Gustafson's Marshall Wells Store." As a member of the Marshall Wells organization, the local store becomes affiliated for buying and merchandising purposes with one of the largest hardware organizations in the country. It continues to be a locally owned business, however.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 23, 1972

The Crosier Community at Fort Wayne, Ind., Crosier House of Studies, on Sunday, March 19, witnessed the life commitment of Brother Anthony S. Kill, O.S.C., through the profession of his vows in the Crosier Order. The Very Rev. Richard T. John, O.S.C., Provincial, presided. Brother Anthony S. Kill, O.S.C., is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kill of Morris. Presently, Brother Tony is continuing his studies in theology, pastoral theology, scriptures, canon law and liturgy at the Crosier House of Studies in preparation to his ordination to the priesthood.

Sp. 4 Douglas Wulf, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wulf of rural Morris, was wounded in action in Vietnam on March 8. He is presently at a hospital in Guam but is expected to be transferred soon to a hospital in the United States. Sp. 4 Wulf was injured when he stepped on a land mine while on active duty as a medic with the 23rd Infantry Division near DaNang. He was awarded the Army Bronze Star at the hospital in Guam last week for courageously aiding other wounded soldiers while suffering from injuries himself.

The Stevens County Public Health Nursing Committee, appointed at the annual meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, announces the hiring of a public health nurse to serve Stevens County. Mrs. Orville (Muriel) Gunderson has been retained for the position and will be located in the Stevens County Memorial Hospital. Stevens County has become the 76th county in the state to offer public health nursing services.

The Chokio Development Corporation received word Tuesday afternoon that the Farm Home Administration has approved a loan to build three additional low income duplex apartment houses in Chokio, according to corporation president, James McNally. Bids for the project will be advertised immediately and construction on the units will begin as soon as possible. No definite sites for the buildings have been selected as yet. The first three duplexes built by the organization were occupied in October of 1969. The second two apartment houses built were made available to residents in the spring of 1971. The Chokio Housing Development Corporation, organized in April of 1968, is a non-profit organization made up of local shareholders and headed by a board of directors. Its purpose is to provide housing for senior citizens and low income families.

In a business transaction culminated this week, Urban Lesmeister has sold the Morris Hog Buying Station, located two miles southeast of Morris on Highway 9, to Metro Meat Packing, Inc. of Fergus Falls. Mr. Lesmeister has operated the Morris Hog Buying Station since 1960.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 26, 1992

Wayne G. Zimny has been promoted to airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Zimny is a communication cable systems installation/maintenance specialist at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The son of Paul and Carol Zimny of Cyrus, he is a 1990 graduate of Morris Area High School.

"We've come all the way from Ireland to visit you." With this greeting, Bob Quinn, the leading independent film maker in Ireland, introduced himself to the Stevens County Historical Society staff and went on to explain the presence of the film crew from Ireland in the Morris-Graceville-Sisseton area the past two weeks. Accompanying Quinn was Seosamh O'Cuaig of Raidio na Gaeltachta, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, the only radio station which serves the Gaelic-speaking population of Ireland. O'Cuaig stated that the crew was here to film a documentary on the subject of the Connemara Irish settlers brought to the Graceville area by Bishop Ireland in the summer of 1880. Quinn and O'Cuaig, along with the other members of the film crew, were delighted to find a great grandson of one of the Connemaras, Cappy Connelly, of Graceville and interviewed him. On previous visits, O'Cuaig had become acquainted with Richard and Mary Lane of Graceville, and in O'Cuaig's words, "We have established our own cultural exchange." The end result of the visit will be a 50-minute documentary film to be released on the community television in Connemara and a promise to send one copy to the Stevens County Historical Society for local release.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Hodgson, will perform in eight concerts in 10 days while on tour throughout the West Coast, March 20 to March 29. Three local students are members of the UMM Concert Choir: Michael Peterson of Morris is a senior majoring in music, Carrie Hadler of Morris is a junior and Royce Larson of Cyrus is a sophomore at UMM.

Aimee Perkins, a 15-year-old high school freshman from Rothschild, Wis., is featured in the winter 1992 edition of "Treasured Poems of America," published by Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. Aimee is the granddaughter of Jerry and Lois Loher and Dean and Nora Perkins of Morris. She attended kindergarten through third grade at St. Mary's Elementary School in Morris.