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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 1, 1952

Beginning today, Albert Skrien is going to spend quite a bit more time fishing and otherwise relaxing than he had been able to do for quite a few years. As of today, Mr. Skrien begins easing up on his work at the Morris State Bank. He will not completely sever his connection with the bank but expects to be on the job only part-time. He will retain his directorship in the bank and will also retain his title as cashier. In connection with the announcement concerning Mr. Skrien, President C.H. Freeman also announced that Merle Felstul has been added to the staff of the Morris State Bank. Mr. Felstul will head the insurance department of the bank as well as assisting with other duties. J.W. Freeman, who formerly headed the insurance department, will devote most of his time to income tax work.

A record number of Hancock boys and girls participated in the second week of the Red Cross swim school conducted at the Pomme de Terre Recreational Reserve, it was announced by Emerson Mistelske, water safety chairman for Stevens County. The youngsters fulfilled the swimming requirements in their various classes and will receive certificates at the annual water show on July 27.

Have you noticed the "new look" the downtown area of Morris is acquiring?

The "new look" will come, of course, from the installation of 175 parking meters in the business district. Work of installing the meters got under way last week and the job of setting the steel posts for them was in its final stages yesterday. The heads for the meters had not arrived yet but will likely be ready for operation between July 15-20. The parking meters were ordered in April by the city commission in an attempt to ease the parking problem in downtown Morris. They have been ordered on a six months' trial basis from the Park-O-Meter company and will be one of the most popular and approved types in use today.

With the 7th Infantry Div. in Korea, Pvt. Floyd L. Schmidgall of Hancock now is serving with the 7th Infantry Division on the west-central front in North Korea. Private Schmidgall is assigned as a pharmacist in the 7th Medical Battalion. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidgall, live in Hancock, as does his wife,Vila.

R.W. Richards has sold his produce business to Leo Buller, the new owner of the enterprise taking over the business today. Mr. Richards retains ownership of the building, the transaction involving only the business. With the change in ownership will be a change in the name and from "Richards Produce" it now becomes "Buller's Produce." Mr. Buller has been employed by Mr. Richards in the produce department for the past 10 years, holding the position of foreman in recent years, and is therefore, well acquainted with the poultry, cream and egg buying business which he now takes over as the owner. Mr. Richards has been in the produce business in Morris since 1932. The business has been in its present location on Oregon Avenue since 1944 when Mr. Richards purchased the former Carl Kieffer building. Mr. Richards enlarged the building in 1948.

Morris will acquire a new business enterprise about Aug. 15 when John A. Palmer of Granite Falls will open a men's clothing store in the building formerly occupied by Dolva's Allied Food Market. The new business will be known as "Palmer's Clothing." Mr. Palmer has been proprietor of the "Men's Store" in Granite Falls and has been in the men's clothing business for the past 16 years. The building to be occupied by the new clothing store has housed a grocery store for about 30 years, first under the ownership of C. I. Dolva, then under the ownership of Wayne LeSage and Arthur Thralow, and more recently under the sole proprietorship of Mr. Thralow. The change in the store now is an aftermath of the fire which gutted the Thralow store several months ago.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 22, 1972

Three lovely South Seas maidens were in Chokio Monday evening to take part in the Kiddie Parade which opened the events of the annual Chokio Community Picnic. The young ladies dressed as South Seas maidens were Karen Svensgaard, Karla Raasch and Kathy Svensgaard. Approximately 150 youngsters participated in the parade dressed in costumes representing this year's parade theme, "Countries of the World".

Voters in the city of Morris went to the polls Tuesday in a special election and gave approval to the subsidizing of taxi service by the city but turned thumbs down on the matter of authorizing issuance of licenses to permit the sale of intoxicating liquor in the city on Sundays. A total of 730 voters cast ballots during the five-hour period the polls were open at the central polling place in the city fire hall.

The development of the Morris Community Education program is nearing completion, it was reported this week. Recently the State Department of Education awarded the council $4,500 to be used to help pay for the salary of the new director. In addition, at the present time, requests are being made for supplemental allowances. At present time, the council is selecting a full time community education director who will be in charge of the total community education program by the boundaries of the school district.

A portion of the 1,524 pounds of beef served Tuesday noon at the Chokio Community Picnic is getting ready to be delivered by the meat committee members, Bud Johnson and Roy Johnson, to the village park. The meat committee members stayed up all night cooking for the free beef barbeque which highlighted the picnic, as similar barbeques have highlighted previous picnics. One of the largest crowds in many years attended the celebration in Chokio Tuesday.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 25, 1992

Roger Shoeb, director of local government relations for Minnegasco, presented Mayor Lee Swanson a plaque for the City in appreciation of Minnegasco's 25 years of service and association with Morris. Schoeb told the Council that gas was first piped to Morris in 1967, and he was part of the crew that went from door to door to get customers. Now after 25 years, there are 1,464 homes and businesses in Morris on natural gas. Schoeb said that Minnegasco will give Morris $250 to plant a mature tree somewhere in the city. The Council will probably put the money in the Tree Fund for Atlantic Ave., which will be reconstructed next summer.

Kent Bauman, a UMM senior in human services from Kerkhoven, is the Community Services Officer for the Morris Police Department this summer. Bauman plans to go to further schooling in law enforcement after he finishes at UMM. His duties this summer include patrolling parks, taking care of animal complaints and running the bike patrol.

Four Special Olympians from Morris participated in the Minnesota Special Olympic Summer Games June 18-20, at the National Sports Center in Blaine and the Twin Cities Twisters in Champlin. The four Olympians are Renee Benson, Lani Harris, Tom Brunko and Kenny Perkins.

Fourth graders from Cyrus Math, Science, Technology Elementary School discovered what happens when a beaver dam is constructed in the "wrong" place. They took advantage of sunny days before the end of school to complete some projects, explore and just have some nature fun at the Scandia Woods Environmental Learning Lab. Other school activities at Scandia Woods included sixth graders digging outhouse pits. The outhouses were constructed by the MAHS ag shop students. Karl Retzlaff provided the tools for and expertise to correctly place them.