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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 21, 1952

Open house will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Fogle at 411 Pacific Avenue Oct. 22, in observance of the golden wedding anniversary of the couple. The Fogle's have been residents of the Morris and Hancock communities for more than 40 years.

The scheduled visit of Senator Richard Nixon, California, Republican candidate for vice president of the United States, to Morris on Thursday has aroused widespread interest in this area of west central Minnesota, and in Stevens County particularly, and indications are that a large crowd will be on hand to greet and hear Nixon during his 20-minute stop in this city.

Oct. 23 will be a big day at the Kolling Motors headquarters in Morris. It will be an all-day affair, featuring first of all the initial showing of the 1953 Dodge with sweeping changes in both styling and chassis details. Secondly, the day has been designated as the formal opening day for Kolling Motors in its new headquarters at 100 Atlantic Avenue, one block from the Minnesota Highway Department garage and offices. Thirdly, the day will observe the fact that Aage Kolling, formerly of Chokio, has entered into partnership with his son, Delroy (Pete), in Kolling Motors and will take over management of the service department of the garage.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 24, 1972

'Twasn't a fitten night for man or beast at the annual Parents' Night football game here Friday evening between the Tigers and Litchfield. But the cold, miserable, rainy weather didn't keep a good number of proud fathers and mothers from attending the Tiger-Dragon battle. Many, like Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wevley, came prepared for the perverse elements.

Allen Devitt of Sioux Falls, S.D. has been named pharmacist-manager of Johnson Rexall Drug it was announced last week by owner, Floyd Schmidgall. Mr. Devitt will direct the merchandising duties of Johnson Drug which he indicated will take on a discount operation while not relinquishing the personal service of the store.

Arthur Carlson of Morris was the winner of 300 Wampum dollars last Wednesday. He was in the Coast to Coast Store, a Wampum promotion member, when his name was announced at the 2:30 drawing. Bill Rickmeyer, store owner, presented the Wampum dollars to the lucky winner, who, incidentally, formerly owned the Coast to Coast Store. The Wampum drawing for Wed. Oct. 23, will be for the amount of $50.

The Spartans of Chokio-Alberta trounced the Browns Valley gridders at Browns Valley, 45 to 0, their 19th game in a row without a loss. It was also the Spartans 37th in their last 38 games in which they have not been defeated. Coach Neal Hofland's charges had a 16-0 lead at the half but they did not really get rolling until the third period when, led by Brian Moses, Pat Grossman, Kevin Asmus and others, they racked three touchdowns.

Parents of Scott 4-H Club members who worked diligently with their sons and daughters the past year helped them win the 1972 4-H Club of the Year Award at the annual 4-H Family Night Oct. 14, at Morris junior high auditorium. Parents attended were Mrs. Earl Steuck, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lemmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Mathison, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Raasch, and Mr. and Mrs. Stan Staples. Vicki Mathison, president of Scott 4-H club, was presented the trophy for the club by the Morris Lions Club. This is the third consecutive year the club has won the trophy and now retains permanent possession of it.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 13, 1992

Jerry Seibel of Morris was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District trial court bench. Gov. Arne Carlson made the announcement at a breakfast in Seibel's honor Friday morning in Morris. He has been an attorney in private practice for 14 years and is currently a partner in the law firm of Fluegel, Anderson, Dalager & Seibel, Chartered.

The old MN/DOT maintenance garage in Morris was demolished Wednesday, by crews from Jim Riley and Sons. The garage was built in 1927. Current owners of the property are Stevens County and the City of Morris. The two local government units are buying the property from the state of Minnesota under an agreement to keep a MN/DOT office here in Morris.

Stevens County residents surpassed all expectations in their participation Wednesday in the Household Hazardous Waste Collections. Carol Schmiesing, regional household hazardous waste coordinator from Willmar, said the turnout was more than what they would have expected from a county this size. She estimated that 250 cars had brought household hazardous wastes to the collection site at the County Highway Garage and some cars had people from more than one household. Schmiesing said they had filled nine 55-gallon drums of paint to be disposed of, and much more useable paint was given away. Wednesday's collection should be thought of as an initial clean out, not something to plan on every year.