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40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of September 12, 1972

Wampum winner-Mrs. Jim White of Morris accepts with pleasure 550 Wampum dollars from Louie McRoberts of McRoberts Fairway after winning last Wednesday's Wampum jackpot, which was the largest in a number of months. Mrs. White was in McRoberts Fairway Store when her name was announced at the 2:30 p.m. drawing. The drawing for Wednesday, Sept. 13, will be for the amount of $50.

Mrs. Jean Guter, R.N., of the Stevens County Memorial Hospital, will attend a conference for coronary care unit medical directors and head nurses at the Mayo Foundation House, Rochester, Minn., Sept. 14-15. Presented by Northlands Regional Medical Program and Minnesota Heart Association's Intensive Coronary Care Unit Project, the conference will include panels and lectures on "Cardiovascular Pharmacology."

Stevens County, which is one of ten counties in Minnesota which was approved for participation in the Water Bank Program, has 1055.9 acres in the program for 1972, reports John Mall, district conservationist. The Water Bank Program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with land owners and operators in important migratory waterfowl nesting and breeding areas to help preserve, restore and improve the nation's wetlands

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 8, 1992

First Federal Savings Bank has completed the conversion from a mutual to a stock company, President Allan R. Thoren announced Thursday. The move very substantially improves the bank's regulatory capital position, Thoren said. In May 1991, a group of local investors began the long process of converting to a stock company. After receiving regulatory approval of the conversion, investors completed the process at a meeting last Wednesday, Thoren said.

The Villa of St. Francis is hoping to have an aviary that residents will be able to enjoy. Bird watching and listening to the song of birds is very relaxing and entertaining for all residents. A fund was started by a family who gave a memorial to their mother, who had been a resident of the Villa. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the aviary project can address a check to the Villa Aviary Fund. Another fund raising project began Sept. 1, with the selling of raffle tickets.

Forty-seven years of friendship- six women, formerly of Morris, spent ten days together visiting sites in Texas and Missouri. The women all started kindergarten together in Morris and graduated from Morris High School in 1958. The women are Gail Keneghan Dufour of Newport Beach, Calif.; Leanne Qualey Skjervold of Fridley; Karen Lindquist Herman of Plymouth; Beverly Wieland Tonn of Hancock; Penny Ryan Freeman of Austin, Texas and Barbara Felstul Tollakson of Fridley. The women spent five days visiting in Austin and San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding area. They traveled to Branson, Mo. for three days where they enjoyed the talents of Andy Williams, Jim Stafford, Shoji Tabuchi and much shopping. The trip also consisted of many laughs, remembrances of school days and a real declaration of the advantages of growing up in a small rural town, which is a large part of how friendships like this can last 47 years.

Neil Schmidgall, president of Superior Industries, and Leonard Wulf, nationally known Limosin cattle farmer from this area, were added to the board of directors of First Federal Savings Bank at a special meeting Wednesday morning. Allen R. Thoren, president of First Federal, stated he is confident that both men will make substantial contributions to the direction of the bank. Current members of the board of directors, in addition to Thoren, are Lloyd Fehr, Kenneth E. Johnson, Edward J. Morrison and Wayne Riser.

Nancy Barsness of rural Cyrus thinks the reason they had so little damage from a tornado Wednesday is because it was so high in the air, and the spout was so narrow. The twister hit a narrow strip on Ron and Nancy Barsness' farm three miles north of Cyrus at 3:05 p.m. It took the side off a steel barn that was under construction, and took out her 12 rows of sweet corn about 50 feet away from the barn. But the field corn next to the sweet corn wasn't hit. Neither was their house. The tornado also destroyed a barn on the Steve and Ann Mullins farm, just down the road from the Barsnesses.


The August 25 edition of the Looking Back section recalled the new rest cottage on the Stevens County fairgrounds 60 years ago. A reader wrote us about an interesting story about the rest cottage; here it is:

I would have responded sooner to the "Looking Back" of Aug. 25, but the mail is not always speedy between Morris and Salt Lake City. I viewed the photo of the rest cottage with interest, as I was a child in WWII. Not only did my mom and younger siblings make use of it as a meeting point, but also a rest stop for babies who were "faired out" (and my parents had six little Maughans younger than I). In ninth grade, my science teacher, Ralph Wollan, who'd come to Morris from Oak Ridge, Tenn., told us that he and his wife, (and maybe one child?), had lived there over winter when they first arrived in town. There was no insulation in that place. As I recall, the windows were the kind with 6x9 or so panes, and no storm windows. It was a long way from either fairgrounds gate, if one would have had to shovel out. They were cold all winter, he said. However, he probably felt lucky just to have found any housing, as with building stalled "for the duration," the rental housing situation was very tight.


M. Jeannette Maughan Flamming

Thank you M. Jeannette, for the very interesting information. The rest cottage is still standing and getting a lot of good use every year during the fair.