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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of November 25 , 1952

More than 40 neighbors in the vicinity of the Henry Kruize farm, 8 miles north of Morris, pitched in last week to help partially erase the ravages of a disastrous fire which occurred at the farm early Sunday morning, Nov. 16. Leveled by the fire were a sheep barn, feed shed, hog house and garage. Destroyed too were several pieces of farm machinery, 800 bales of alfalfa hay, a thousand bushels of oats and two trailers full of ear corn. The farm is being operated by John Kruize. Last week the Kruize neighbors gave quick evidence of their thoughtfulness and in the space of a couple of days, their volunteer labor was well along on the job of building a large new sheep barn.

James Homme, who comes to Morris from Spicer, Minn., is the new manager of the Morris Cooperative Elevator Association. Mr. Homme assumed his new duties Monday morning as the successor to A. V. Dahl.

The Tigers of Morris High School will make their initial bow in the new basketball season Friday evening when they tangle with the Ortonville Trojans on the Tiger home court.

Dr. H. O. Watzke and Dr. and Mrs. John Watzke attended the meeting of the 7th District Optometric Study Group at Marshall last Wednesday. The meeting was devoted to the study of accommodative rack in monacular and binocular procedures.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of November 14, 1972

All classes in Morris public schools and St. Mary's school have been canceled for Wed. Nov. 15, in tribute to the memory of Jake Marks, long-time member of the senior high faculty who died Sunday. Mr. Marks has been the social studies teacher in the Morris Senior High School but had also been involved in teaching English, history, industrial arts and mathematical subjects since coming to the local school in 1952. Last February he was honored by being named "teacher of the year" in the local school system. He had also served as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach, worked in the drama department, and served as the audio-visual coordinator for the senior high school.

"You, The Jury," be will presented by the theatre department of Morris Senior High School on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 17 and 18, in the junior high school auditorium. Some of the cast members include Linell Gray, Art Cruze, Marlene Jacobson, Linda Jesness, Dan Haugen, Jon Dalager, Deidre Lammers, Randy Thraen, Mary Jane DesJardins, Brian Williams, Craig Birch, and Gloria Strand. The play, directed by Michael Briscoe, reaches a climax when the audience is permitted to be the jury and decides whether Barbara Scott, on trial for murder, is innocent or guilty.

Thomas Brimi begins his career as an announcer at radio station KBRF in Fergus Falls. He was graduated from the Broadcasting Division of Brown Institute in Minneapolis. Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brimi of Morris. He is a 1970 graduate of Morris High School.

Navy Stewardman Michael P. Braun, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Braun of Morris, has returned to Norfolk,Va., from a Western Pacific cruise aboard the guided missile frigate USS Biddle. He is a 1972 graduate of Morris High School.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of October 22, 1992

Volunteers worked at St. Mary's Elementary School Tuesday to make quilts for children at risk. According to Nancy Jost, the project was part of the Great Minnesota Quilt-in. Groups around the state worked to make quilts for at risk-kids who have been abused, critically ill or who are in crisis. Jost said the two quilts from St. Mary's are being sent to the Neighborhood Intervention Program in South Minneapolis for use by children in low income families or homeless families. Volunteers, such at Jost, Jill Fischer, Carol Burke and Lori Johnson, sewed the nine inch squares of fabric together, put them on a backing, and tied them with yarn. Other volunteers who worked Tuesday were Joan Jay, Pat Dingman, Julie Boyle, Mary Rinkenberger, Irene Riedner and Alice Davis.

George Theodore Juergensen, age 80, resident of Mesa, Ariz. and former resident of Morris, died Oct. 17, 1992, at his home. Mr. Juergensen managed the local IGA Super Market, which he later purchased. In 1935, the store became Red Owl, and in 1940, Juergensen's Super Valu. In 1960, he purchased the Home Builders building, converting it to one of the most modern grocery stores in western Minnesota.

Two Morris Area teachers are being honored by their toughest critics, their former students, in the second edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1992."

The teachers listed are Darlene Ross and Mark Torgerson. All of the teachers listed in the book were selected by their former students who themselves are currently listed in "Who's Who Among America's High School Students" or "The National Dean's List," publications which recognize the top five percent of American high school and college students.


Here is a picture of Citizens Bank in 1900, now known as Eul's Hardware. The unique quality of this building is that it was made from bricks made by the Morris Brick Company. This picture's publication rights and the copy of this picture has been purchased from the Minnesota Historical Society.

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