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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of June 10, 1952

Kenneth Ross and Larry Riemer, both of whom were among the 1952 graduates of Morris High School, have enlisted in the Armed Security Agency (Signal Corps). The young men went to Minneapolis last Thursday and from there were to go to Fort Riley, Kan. for their basic training. From Fort Riley they will go to Fort Eustis, Va. for regular training.

Two coaches who have compiled splendid records in smaller schools will join the coaching staff at Morris High School for the 1952-1953 term. They are Robert Winegarden, who comes here from Morgan, and Jake Marks, who has been coaching at Milroy the past six years. They will replace Eddie Zins and DeWaine Silker, who have resigned from the local staff. Mr. Winegarden will be football line coach, will assist with coaching in other sports, and will teach junior high school math. Mr. Marks will be wrestling coach, will also assist in other sports, and will teach junior high English and math.

Airman Richard Lampert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lampert of Morris has completed his AF basic airmen indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The Alexandria Clippers will make their first appearance of this season in Morris Thursday evening when they square away against the Eagles in another West Central league battle. Howie Tucker is likely to be on the mound for the locals in this game as the Eagles attempt to snap their four-game losing streak in the league as well as avenge an earlier 7-5 setback at the hands of the Clippers.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 13, 1972

Darrell Heuer of Chokio was a big winner in stock car races around the state over the weekend. He drove his 1970 Nova Friday night to win the $450 first place purse money in the feature race of the late model stock car race held on the half-mile dirt oval at North Star International Speedway in New Brighton.

Cy Swanson has purchased the interest of his partner, Carl Hogander, in the Eames Distributing Co. and is now the sole owner of that business, it was announced yesterday. The Eames Distributing Co. deals in agricultural products, excluding heavy goods such as machinery. Mr. Swanson and Mr. Hogander purchased the business from E.W. Eames in September, 1952, and have operated it as partners since that time. The business is one of the older establishments in Morris, having been operated for many years by the late H.O. Eames and his son, E.W. Eames.

The first Alaska Indian graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, Woodrow Morrison, has been appointed Statewide Coordinator of the Alaska Student Higher Education Services Program in Anchorage, Alaska beginning July 1. As statewide coordinator, Morrison will coordinate student special services for the disadvantaged, Upward Bound (both on University campuses) and Educational Talent Search, conducted in small villages.

Morris was selected as the site for the 1973 annual meeting of the Minnesota Flying Farmers at the monthly meeting of the organization in Morris Sunday afternoon. The monthly meeting here Sunday was preceded by a ladies' flight clinic on Saturday and ladies of the state organization began arriving at the Morris municipal airport Saturday noon for the clinic, which was check rides with qualified instructors. The check rides qualified the women for their Air Proficiency Test pins from the International Flying Farmers, headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Charles Schmidt and Carl Johnson, both of Morris, were the instructors for the 15 who qualified. Those attending from this area were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Payne and Mrs. Alvin Payne of Benson, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Van Zomeren and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Itzen and girls of Herman, Rep. and Mrs. Delbert Anderson and Minnesota President and Mrs. Boyd Wilke of Starbuck, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schmidt and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sommer of Morris. Mrs. Sommer is the current Flying Farmer Queen.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 11, 1992

Members of the Tigers Softball team took off for the state tournament Wednesday. The state tournament details will be in The Sun.

Morris merchants are celebrating summer and baseball with "Ball Park Days" June 8-20. Customers can register for two Twins tickets at each store and a grand prize of four Twins tickets, one night's free lodging in the Twin Cities, and $25 to spend at the game There are also several in-store contests to guess the "batter," a store employee disguised by a Twins Homer Hanky.

Peggy Ascheman of Donnelly was one of individuals selected as recipients of Danielson Nursing Scholarships at Willmar Community College beginning this fall. Ascheman has been an LPN for 14 years. A graduate of Morris High School, Ascheman is an EMT on the Donnelly First Responder Team.

John Gilbert was recently named a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Gilbert is senior vice president-member insurance services for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) in Appleton, Wis. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gilbert of Morris and graduated from Morris High School.