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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 4, 1952

The Morris Sun come to its readers this week in a new format-the "tabloid" size which a number of weekly and semi-weekly papers have adopted as a regular thing. The new format is only an experiment with The Sun, however, as the staff of The Sun and Tribune newspapers probe the possibilities of the new Goss high-speed press which was installed last week. The Sun will be back to its regular size next week.

T. J. Stahler, county attorney, was elected president of the Stevens County Agricultural Society at its annual meeting in the municipal courtroom in the Memorial Armory Saturday evening. He succeeds Jim Heir as head of the fair society. Other officers elected Saturday night are Anthony Storck vice president, Ralph Smith secretary, and Albert Skrien treasurer. Prominent among other decisions reached Saturday evening was that of reducing the general admission from 75 cents to 50 cents for the 1953 exposition.

Prince Zogi, famed magician and described as the logical successor to Blackstone and Houdini, will appear in a benefit performance in the Morris High School auditorium Wednesday evening, Nov. 5. Proceeds from the show will go to the Shrine Club's Christmas fund, which is devoted to bringing Christmas cheer to children in needy families in the community.

The big election night bingo party sponsored by the Morris Baseball Club will be held in the Memorial Armory this evening. It promises to be a full evening of fun and entertainment with such popular pastimes as bingo, the big wheel, country store and other games the major attractions. Another prime attraction will be the announcement of election returns as they come in, local, state and national. The public is invited to visit the armory this evening, enjoy some of the games that have been set up, and listen to the election returns.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 31, 1972

The Tin Woodman (Bill Flesner), the Cowardly Lion (Tom Martin), Dorothy (Debra Nelson), and the Scarecrow (Mike Welsh) will dance their way into the hearts of area audiences Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, during the presentation of "The Wizard of Oz" by a cast of Morris junior high school students. Mrs. Judith Hjembo and Mrs. Paula Mathison are directors of the production which will include several musical numbers. Admission is $1.25 for adults and $.75 for children.

The board of county commissioners, at a special meeting last Wednesday evening, purchased a 70-acre area in Framnas Township, primarily as a source for gravel but also as a potential site for abandoned cars.

Nancy Lockhart, Fairway Foods' director of consumer services and radio and television personality, will be at McRoberts Fairway Store in Morris Nov. 1 to greet customers between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. She will distribute her special recipes, give out free gifts and exchange shopping ideas with visitors.

A fire thought to have been started by a bolt of lightning completely destroyed a dairy barn on the John McNeill farm nine miles northwest of Cyrus early Monday morning. Lost in the blaze were 19 milk cows, four heifers, a number of pigs, dairy equipment and 1,800 bales of hay. The McNeills, who had just started farming this year, discovered the fire when they were awakened about 12:30 by a loud noise. They called the Cyrus Fire Department but the conflagration was out of control by the time they arrived on the scene.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 20, 1992

Winter scene already? The snow that arrived Thursday night broke two records. The 1.2 inches recorded at 8 a.m., Friday, at the West Central Experiment Station broke the existing record for snowfall on Oct. 16. The old record was half an inch, recorded in 1905. And this was the heaviest early season snowfall since Oct. 10, 1970, when 2.6 inches was recorded.

Richard M. Felstul, cashier at Morris State Bank, has been appointed a member of the Minnesota Bankers Association Operations Committee by Association President Paul E. Lindholm, president, Security State Bank of Fergus Falls. As a member of the committee, Felstul is responsible for setting the direction and activities for the Minnesota Bankers Association.

Garret and Camilla Dalhoff of Morris have been appointed co-chairs of Stevens County MCCL by regional coordinator, Wilma Bormann. They will be the contact people in Stevens County for pro-life activities.

A rural women's committee meeting to plan for the Rural Women's dinner scheduled on Nov. 16, were Marilyn Smith, Patti Dummer, Gail Nelson, Nancy Leuthard and Karen Stromman. Other members that were not present for the meeting include Marlene Vogel and Phyllis Rickmeyer. The Theme for the 1992 program is "Rural Women as Educators."

Gene DeGier found a yellowjacket nest while he was doing repair work on his house. He plans to take it to school for students to study.

Fifth graders from both Ken Gagner's and Kyle Berget's classes at Morris Area Elementary were ready and costumed for the play about Christopher Columbus that they did as part of Columbus Day activities.


Here are the 1952 Morris high school senior football players, as pictured in the Sun of Nov. 4, which are Maurice McCollar, Jack Bergherr, Raphael Miller, Clayton Carlson, Aaron Clark, Claude Biros and Ernie Kellenberger.