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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 15, 1952

Morris' newly-installed parking meters will go into use July 16 it was announced by city officials. A total of 175 meters comprise the system which will go into use Wednesday. There have been 205 meter standards erected but heads for 30 of them had not yet arrived Monday.

Airmen Paul E. Miller and Albert A. Miller, 19-year-old twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Miller of Morris, have recently completed their AF basic airmen indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Fred Rust of Hancock was seriously injured Friday morning as the result of an explosion in the August Goette Blacksmith Shop in Hancock where he is employed. Mr. Rust was welding two gas barrels together working near to open doors of the shop, when the explosion occurred. Witnesses said he was hurled to the middle of the street by the force of the blast and the two gas barrels were tossed across the street. The victim was brought to the Stevens County Memorial Hospital where examinations revealed his left leg broken in four places between the knee and the ankle. He also suffered other bruises and cuts.

Victory Scott, owned by Mrs. B.J. Benfield of Morris, won the Illinois Colt Stake at Mt.Vernon, Ill. Thursday, setting a track record for two-year-olds. Victory Scott won in straight heats from a California challenger owned by Charles Coburn of the movies.

Catcher Paul Scanlon and outfielders Bob Pollard and Ray Lane of the Morris Eagles were named to the West Central league's 1952 All-Star baseball squad at a meeting of league sports writers and sports casters with Fred Foslien, Alexandria, league president, at the Benson Golf Clubhouse. Howie Tucker, pitcher, and Tom Petroff, second baseman-manager of the Eagles, were selected to coach the All-Stars who will be managed by Litchfield's Dick Siebert, who earned that honor by leading the Optimists to the league championship last year.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 18, 1972

Dennis Sleiter of Tyler has joined the Production Credit Association staff as field representative and will be located at Morris.

Glenn Nielson, who operates dry cleaning establishments in Morris and Wheaton, was elected the new department commander of the Minnesota American Legion, and Clyde Neal of Morris was elected state vice commander from this district at the state American Legion and Auxiliary convention in Duluth last weekend. Both men have long been leaders in Legion work, on the local, district, and state levels.

The sixth session of the Midwest Banking Institute will be held July 23-28 at the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. The institute is sponsored by the bankers associations of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Midwest Banking Institute is a two-year course taken in two one-week sessions and is designed for management level bankers concerned with the future strength and development of the rural community.

The annual Crops and Soils Field Day was held July 13 at the West Central Experiment Station inMorris. Nearly 1000 visitors went on the various tours which described the work being carried on at the station. There was a lot of interest in the small grain demonstration plots. A potential for many small grain diseases to be serious this year has developed because of the wet spring and summer.

Roger Anda, Moorhead builder, has announced that another apartment complex is now being planned for the College View Apartment Addition in Morris. Presently, College View Addition has a 29-unit efficiency apartment building, with an indoor swimming pool and sauna bath, called University Apartments that has five three-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments and a large one-bedroom apartment. The new building will be called Imperial Apartments. It will be located across the street on land Mr. Anda originally purchased from Lyle Christiansen.

Dr. Ralph Williams, UMM faculty member, appeared last week as guest music director at the International Peace Garden music festival. Canadian and American dignitaries and legislators were in attendance at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Garden, located on the border between Canada and North Dakota.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 14, 1992

Another successful turnout for the various festivities that went on for the annual Prairie Pioneer Days at the East Side park in Morris. Activities included Sons of Norway dance demonstrations, kiddie pedal tractor pull, fire truck rides and sidewalk drawing to name a few.

District Court Judge Terry Collins of Morris will retire at the end of July. Collins said last week that Gov. Arne Carlson had granted him an "early retirement for health reasons." He began practicing law with Thomas Stahler and Don Giberson in 1963. Collins was elected a county court judge in 1980, and became a district court judge in January 1987, when the 8th Judicial District unified the court system and county court judges became district court judges.

Isabel Kent, formerly of Morris, now residing at Rush Lake in Perham, has recently been notified by World of Poetry in Sacramento, Calif. that a poem she submitted this year has earned her the fourth consecutive Golden Poet Award. Kent will be presented with her Golden Award Trophy, and will be inducted into the prestigious Homer Honor Society of International Poets.

Helen Kill, Norma Leuthard and Pammella Lubenow represented the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Charles Leuthard Post 5039 of Morris at the Department of Minnesota convention June 24-27, in Duluth. Norma Leuthard was among the 50 ladies who were honored for attaining 45 years or more of membership in their respective auxiliaries.