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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 19, 1952

When the Stevens County Fair gets under way at Morris on Friday, it will mark the 25th anniversary year for the women's and children's rest cottage on the exposition grounds. The rest cottage, erected in 1928 under the auspices of the Stevens County Federation of Women's Clubs and the county Red Cross Chapter, represents a singularly fine example of a service project in the community. The cottage is more than just a rest center too. Women have made it a gathering place where they can meet and visit their friends.

M.A. Leraas, a former director of instrumental music in the Morris public schools, now an instructor in Valley City (ND) State Teachers College, and his wife will spend the coming year in Turkey on a Fulbright scholarship recently awarded to Mr. Leraas. Mr. Leraas, who has been an instructor in the biology department at STC for the past six years, and his wife who has been in charge of the college bookstore will leave the United States in August.

Members of the Morris Red Ryders Saddle Club will leave Aug. 22 for the Minnesota State Fair where they will participate in drills, square dancing and other events on the fair program. The club will be at the fair for three days. Taking part in the club's performances at the fair will be Lloyd Waletzko, James Squier, Jack Fuchs, Charlotte Waletzko, Jean Waletzko, Ellen McDonnell, Lyle Hubbard, Jerry Squier, Richard Squier, Robert Cosh, Susan Bok, Billy Shippey, Charles Loeffler, Kathy Jorgenson, Ione Bauman and Lowell Benson. Parents of some of the members will accompany the riders to the state fair.

Capt. Telford L. Pederson, formerly of Morris, received the Bronze Star medal from Lt. Col. J. Elmore Swenson, aviation officer, Eighth Army, during ceremonies in Korea recently.. Capt. Pederson was cited for his meritorious service as an aviation officer of the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery's air section. He is presently a courier pilot with the 8th Army Flight Detachment. Capt. Pederson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Pederson, Oak Lawn Farm, Benson.

Leonard Perkins of Morris has purchased the large roller skating rink at Benson and invites skating devotees from this area to visit the rink. Skating is held each evening and there is matinee skating each Saturday and Sunday.

Duane E. Ruff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Ruff of Donnelly, recently completed his AF basic airmen indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 10, 1972

HN Allen Louis Amborn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Amborn Jr. of Morris was the recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars Award for Excellence at graduation ceremonies from Navy Corpsmen School June 8 at the Naval Training Station at San Diego, Calif. He graduated with distinction, having maintained a 95.27 grade point average. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Amborn Jr. and daughter, Julie, attended the ceremonies. HN Amborn and his wife and two-year-old son are now living in Portsmouth, Va. Where he is stationed at the Navy base hospital.

More than 4,000 bales of hay on the Robert Ritter farm, three miles southwest of Chokio, were destroyed by a fire of undetermined origin early Wednesday morning. Fire units from Chokio and Graceville were called to the farm around two o'clock after a passing motorist noticed flames and awakened the Ritter family. The fire was under control when the Graceville department left the scene at 4:30 a.m. but the Chokio unit remained until mid-morning, wetting down the smoldering pile.

Harvey Mathison of Alberta recently assumed his duties as the new commander of Walter Tripp Post 29, American Legion, of Morris. He succeeds Clayton Anderson of Donnelly in that position. Mr. Mathison has been a member of the Morris post for more than 20 years and has held other elective offices in the post.

Arthur J. Jost, Morris, has been promoted to master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Sergeant Jost is a missile maintenance technician at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo. He serves with a unit of the Strategic Air Command, America's nuclear deterrent force of long range bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dripps and Mr. and Mrs. Don Werk attended Oldsmobile's 1973 dealer announcement show at the Aire Crown Theatre, McCormick Place, in Chicago on August 4. The 1973 models will be on display on Sept. 21. En route home they visited Mr. and Mrs. Les Krueger (formerly Marna LePage of Morris) at the Wisconsin Dells.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 11, 1992

The Blandin Foundation Center for School Change grant funded a project that is shared by Morris Area Elementary, Cyrus Magnet School and Stevens County Historical Society. This project is known as the Scandia Woods Environmental Learning Lab (SWELL) and located on about 20 acres leased to the Morris Area and Cyrus school districts by Linda and Karl Retzlaff and Charles and Barbara Gahm. Volunteers are building a classroom at SWELL which faces the lake with a wall of windows and a wide deck for students to look out at the animals. The classroom will have no electricity or heat, but will be equipped with microscopes to study what students find while on the three to four miles of trails.

Nathan Evenson of Donnelly, a sophomore theology major at the University of St. Thomas, is spending the fall semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Isreal. Evenson, the son of David and Yvonne Evenson, is one of 59 University of St. Thomas students who are spending all or part of the 1992-93 academic year abroad.

Stephanie Dosdall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dosdall of Hancock, received the Chancellor's Award for academic excellence during the second semester at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Charles A. Onstad of Morris was one of 11 members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) named as recipients of the Fellow Award for 1992. The Fellow Award is the highest honor SWCS presents to its members. It is given for professional achievement and for service to the Society. Onstad, agricultural engineer for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Morris, was recognized for 25 years of active engagement in soil and water conservation research with ARS and for his service to SWCS.