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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 27, 1952

Three new steam pressers were recently installed by the Morris Laundry to further modernize the equipment in the plant. The pressers, for use in finishing wearing apparel such as dresses, uniforms, etc., have increased the efficiency of the plant in no little degree.

Ground Observer Corps supervisors, chief observers and observers from Morris, Donnelly, Chokio, Wheaton, Norcross, Browns Valley, Kensington, Elbow Lake, Ashby, Beardsley, and Herman are invited to attend a meeting of civil defense officials and Air Force personnel to be held in the Herman school auditorium on July 14. The conference, being arranged by state civil defense officials, Air Force officers from the 31st Air Division, Minneapolis, and William E. Fabian, Ground Observer Corps supervisor at Herman, is one of a series of similar meetings being held throughout the state in an effort to attain greater efficiency and teamwork in Ground Observer Corps activities in the area.

Murphy Implement Company of Morris has added the Coats Swather windrower to their line of machinery. Farmers in the Morris area witnessed this machine in action at the Rosemount and Morris Hay Days. R.W. Murphy, of Murphy Implement, says that he believes this swather to be one of the best on the market today, pointing out its five years of success in the field. The machine will be on display at Murphy Implement for the next few weeks.

Five Stevens County young men left Morris Monday morning for Minneapolis for induction into the nation's armed forces. Actually, four men were in the group which left here. The fifth, Marvin Lee Asmus, although registered in this county, has been residing in Minneapolis and was to meet the others at the induction center. The four who left here were William F. Gausman of Morris, Roger Kussatz of Morris, Donald Horning of Chokio, and Delbart Anderson, who has been working on a farm near Clinton. Mrs. Vern Scheil, county draft board clerk, reports that the July Selective Service call for this county is 11 men. The contingent is scheduled to leave Morris on July 29 for induction.

The second in a series of Pontifical Field Masses in connection with the Father Pierz centennial in the Diocese of St. Cloud was offered at the East Side Park in Morris on Monday, with a large crowd in attendance. Celebrant of the Mass was His Excellency, the Most Rev. Peter W. Bartholome, D.D., Condjutor Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud. The Rt. Rev.. James M. Reardon, P.A., pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, delivered the sermon, which paid special tribute to Father Pierz and to the Benedictine monks who came to Central Minnesota at his invitation to lay the foundations of the church in this area.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 27, 1972

Members of the "50 and Up Club" of Hancock appeared last Friday evening in Hancock gowned of yesteryear. They were giving a bit of a preview of what's coming in Hancock when that village stages its big Centennial Celebration Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 2, 3 and 4. The ladies that were present in yesteryear attire were Mrs. Wm. Griese, Mrs. Wm. Erdman, Mrs. Jack Koch, Mrs. Harry Hoffman, Mrs. John Plath, Mrs. Robert Gades, Mrs. Bernice Bryduck, Mrs. Martha Timmerman, Mrs. Alfred Toop and Mrs. E.C. Reamer.

Described as "very successful," the fifth biennial convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League concluded Thursday after three days of well attended sessions on the campus on the University of Minnesota, Morris. The convention sessions proper were held in the Physical Education Center and the UMM facilities and the well organized convention agenda combined to make the three-day affair "most satisfying." Mrs. Clifford Maus and Mrs. Lloyd Thielke from this immediate area were among the more than 200 delegates who attended the convention.

The Stevens County Concerned Real Estate Taxpayers will meet tonight in the Alberta High School auditorium. All area real estate taxpayers are invited and urged to attend the meeting tonight. The meeting is being held on somewhat short notice because of the desire to hold it in advance of the county equalization board meeting scheduled for July 5 in the Stevens County courthouse, it is explained. Principal subject at tonight's gathering will be the 10 percent increase in real estate valuations and what can be done about it. There will also be a discussion on how Stevens County taxpayers could benefit by being organized with the Minnesota Real Estate Taxpayers Association.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Civil Defense met with ASCS committeemen from seven counties at the Stevens County courthouse Monday morning to gather information on estimated agricultural damage in those counties. The information obtained at this meeting and three others like it, held that day in parts of the 23 counties affected by the abnormal wet conditions this spring, will be sent as a supplement with Governor Wendell Anderson's formal request to President Nixon to declare these Minnesota counties a disaster area.

Steven Arvid Eide, Hancock, was among the 759 men to graduate at the 202nd commencement exercise of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. on Sunday, June 11. Eide, son of Dr. and Mrs. Odd A. Eide, received the bachelor of arts degree. Mr. Eide graduated summa cum laude.

Mrs. Alvina Schulz of Morris was the happy winner of a 19-inch portable television set as first prize in a drawing sponsored by Snoboy orange juice in a contest open to waitresses throughout the upper midwest in establishments where the product is sold. Mrs. Schulz, who is a morning waitress at Trailways Cafe, was presented her prize last week by Gene Adams of Willmar, territory salesman for Gamble Robinson Company, which distributes Snoboy orange juice, Harvey Hennum of Willmar, branch manager for Gamble Robinson Co. and Mrs. Mildred Tresler, assistant manager of Trailways Cafe.

After July 1, drivers will be permitted to make a right turn against a red stop light unless an information sign prohibits the turn, according to the Minnesota Safety Council, but certain conditions must prevail before you can make the turn. The right turn on red is used in many other states and is designed to relieve traffic congestion and accidents due to congestion.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 18, 1992

The Morris Area Special Olympics team was presented with a banner designed and created by Dorothy and Kenny Perkins in memory of Elsie Perkins. The banner will be used in opening ceremonies at Special Olympic events. Those present at the banner presentation was Kenny Perkins, Lani Harris, Dorothy Perkins, Tom Brunko and Coach Jan Libby.

Minnesota is one of nine pilot states eligible for a new federal program that will help landowners restore wetland on their property. Property owners should sign up their intent to participate in the program at the Ag Service Center in Morris, according to Howard Grafenstein, ASCS county executive director. In the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), the easement is for a wetland that has been farmed in previous years, according to Stan Musielewicz, SCS district conservationist. The program's purpose is to restore former wetlands and preserve them for the future.

Joe Kill, member of Walter Tripp Post No. 29, American Legion, received recognition for long-time membership recently. Kill has been in the American Legion's ranks for 50 continuous years. Jack Peterson, adjutant with the Morris Post and Commander Greg Buss presented a certificate and pin acknowledging this longevity.

The Morris campus of the University of Minnesota will be the site of the University's Education Fest on June 29-30. More than 300 pre-college students from various summer enrichment programs and Chicago State University will be attending two days of mock college classes and informational sessions on the Morris campus.