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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 3, 1952

The Reque Ladies Aid, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in Stevens County, had its final meeting in the parlors of the First Lutheran Church in Morris, May 22. The decision some months ago to dissolve the Reque Parish, south of Alberta, was the forerunner of the discontinuance of the 74-year-old Ladies Aid of the church. Those who attended the formal dissolution of the Aid were Mrs. Chris Cudrio, Mrs. Ida Bruer, Mrs. Hans Anderson, Mrs. Ben Loken, Mrs. Robert Williansom, Mrs. Marvin Bruer, Mrs. Ida Kjenstad, Mrs. Thore Mathison, Mrs. Oswald Erickson, Mrs. Otto Eystad, Miss Alfreda Wirsing, Mrs. Ralph Bachel, Mrs. Ingvald Severston, Mrs. Han Kolden, Mrs. Selma Wickstrom, Mrs. C. Eystad, Miss Alice Erickson, Mrs. Kenneth Berger, Mrs. Lloyd Erickson, Mrs. Dayton Jacobson, Mrs. Earl Carlson, Mrs. Elmer Olson, Mrs. Herb Jacobson, Mrs. Andrew Broberg, and Mrs. Joe Jacobson.

Mrs. Alice Weickert, principal of Morris Junior High School, and her husband, Dr. H. N. Weickert of Wheaton, left Wheaton Sunday on the first leg of a two-month tour of European and Scandinavian countries during which they will combine business and pleasure. While in Europe, Dr. Weickert will attend the sessions of the 11th International Dental Congress in London, England. Mrs. Weickert, too, will participate in a conference of world-wide stature. She will be a delegate from Minnesota to the World Organization of the Teaching Profession at Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Jan J. Muller of Morris, who with his wife and children will spend several weeks visiting Holland. While there he will also attend the Dental Congress in London.

Miss Rose Van Kempen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Van Kempen, Morris, will be graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, June 5. Miss Van Kempen was a student in the biology department.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 6, 1972

Reg Power, sales supervisor for the Minneapolis Sun and Tribune newspapers, presented recognition plaques to five Morris carrier salesmen who have won a three-day trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for outstanding sales in new subscriptions. The young people who have earned the all-expenses paid trip on which they will be leaving June 12 are Sudi Agarwal, Teresa Amberg, Jim Mogler, Terri Timmons and Todd Center. While in Florida they will stay at a luxury hotel, receive free tickets for use at Disney World and will be given a tour at the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando.

A large sign was erected over the weekend, along Highway 28 and 59 on the vacant lot just south of the Sunwood Inn, announcing the site as the future home of a Gibson Shopping Center. The sign reads:"Coming soon, Gibson Shopping Center with 35,000 sq. ft. Gibson Discount Center." James Dahlvang of Montevideo, representative for the Gibson Products Co., reports a 175 by 200 foot building will be erected on the site to house a center for their products.

Stevens County is now in Senate District 15 and most of the county (except for Stevens, Synnes and Horton Townships) is in House District 15A according to reapportionment of the Minnesota legislature drawn up by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court and made public last Friday. The new district is split into two House Districts, 15A and 15B. Stevens, Synnes and Horton Townships are now in 15B.

Around 150 people, representing almost every age group, spent the larger share of the morning and afternoon hours Sunday touring sites of historic interest in the county and surrounding area. The tour, sponsored by the Stevens County Historical Society, traveled the prearranged route in two buses followed by a caravan of cars. Approximately 75 persons boarded the buses leaving the museum, making stops at an Indian cave on the Wagner farm and several more Indian mounds on the route. A larger number of people joined the group for an interdenominational church service at Scandia Church where the Rev. Elias K. Kristensen, chaplain of the Starbuck Minnewaska Home conducted the services. From the church site the caravan traveled to the Tony Storck farm, a cemetery on the Storck farm, The Wadsworth Trail, Gager's Station, Frisbee's Grove, an old cemetery on the Ed Holslin farm at Frog Lake, Charlie Hanson's log cabin on Artichoke Lake, Tony Schott's stone barn south of Chokio. The tour ended with a visit to the Frank Schott home built entirely of cement and stone. Sunday's tour was the opening of a four day celebration of Wadsworth Trail Days by the Stevens County Historical Society which will continue through Thursday.

The birth of Stephanie Ann Mesenbrink, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Olen of Morris, on Jan. 18 to Mr. and Mrs. John Mesenbrink (nee Janet Olen) of Las Vegas, Nev., made a five generation family for Mrs. Olen's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibley of Erie, Ill.

Three former members of Co. M. 136th Infantry of Morris, which was federalized nearly a year and a half ago, got together for an enjoyable visit in the Hadaeri-ri area in far off North Korea, on April 20. The reunion was with M/Sgt. Nick Bresson, a platoon sergeant with a heavy motor company; M/Sgt. Bob Hadler, first sergeant of Dog Company, and Sgt. Floyd Carbert of Mike Company, all of the 7th Infantry Division.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 4, 1992

Three area students were among 740 who received degrees, diplomas and certificates May 21 during graduation exercise at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Stevens County students were: Shane L. Joos of Hancock in the farm business management/agricultural mechanics program, Michelle L. Mauch of Chokio in the business management program and Wendy M. Wulff of Chokio in the business management program.

Airman Erik W. Behrens has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. During the six weeks of training the airman studied Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special training in human relations.

Darlene Pasche of Morris graduated with honors at Augsburg College's 123rd Commencement Ceremonies May 24 in Minneapolis.