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Looking Back 5-11-13

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of  May 19, 1953

Commencement exercises for the 1953 class of Morris High School will be held on Friday evening, May 29.  Diplomas will be presented to 72 young people, the largest class ever to graduate from Morris High School.  There will be selections by the high school band, the high school choir and the girls' sextet, and a vocal solo by Wanda Splitstoser. The valedictory and salutatory addresses will be given by Donna Cook and Arlene Hansen, respectively.  Diplomas will be awarded by Arnold Thompson, chairman of the board of education.  

Seven young people from this area, students at Moorhead State Teachers college, will be among 70 voices from MSTC which will combine with 35 instruments of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in the presentation of Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio, “The Elijah,” in Weld Hall at MSTC tonight.  The group includes Shirley Tomlin of Morris, Veljean Gilbertson of Donnelly, Corinne Grossman of Hancock, Dorothy Quackenbush and Guy Johnson of Chokio and Darlene Reimers  and Rita Schuster of Alberta.

Taking part in “Operation Seajump,” a large scale amphibious training exercise off the coast of southern California, is Lloyd M. Plocker, seaman, USN, of Morris, serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Passumpsie. The climax of the exercise will be a full scale land assault by amphibious forces supported by air units and helicopter landing attack forces against an “enemy” entrenched at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif.  

A. C. Sidney Gausman Jr. left Saturday to return to Greenville, Miss. where he will take advanced training for the Air Corps.  He had spent a leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Gausman.

Pvt. John C. Zeltwanger, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Zeltwanger of Hancock, recently arrived in Korea for duty with the 25th Infantry Division.  Zeltwanger went to Korea from Camp Pickett, Va., where he served as a medic.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of  April 8, 1973

Don Leyquist and Rodney Lindquist joined the Morris business fraternity last week.  They are co-owners of the Leyquist Sound Idea Store, Inc., which opened for business last Thursday at 617 Atlantic Avenue, the quarters formerly occupied by the Gamble Store.  Both are natives of Paynesville.

An estimated $5,000 was earned for several worthwhile causes by walkers in the third annual Morris Area Walk for Development held Sunday, according to one member of the Walk's coordinating committee.  About 440 walkers from the Morris area and several nearby communities started out on the 28 1/2 mile hike. UMM students and faculty members, area senior high school and junior high students and elementary pupils were joined in the walk by a number of older people from the community.

On Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m., the University of Minnesota, Morris will dedicate Phase II of its Physical Education Center.  Phase II is a natatorium consisting of a swimming pool, 60 ft. by 75 ft. and separate diving pool.  This important addition to the UMM campus will provide facilities for instruction and appropriate physical education courses for competitive swimming and for intramural and recreational swimming.  The program planned for the dedication includes Craig Lincoln, Minnesota's Olympic diver, and the Southwest State College swimming team.  Following these performances will be open swimming for those who wish to try out the water.  

Floyd Schmidgall, formerly of Hancock and owner of Johnson Rexall Drug in Morris, has purchased the drug store from Dave Lundhagen.  The transaction was effective May 1.  Mr. Schmidgall said he will continue to operate his place of business in Morris, where he also has his home, and will employ a pharmacist-manager for his Hancock store.  


20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 27, 1993

Five “Little Princesses” were featured as part of the Miss Morris Scholarship Program, Saturday.  One by one they came forward to be interviewed during a segment of the program.  One “Little Princess” interviewed was Crystal Henrichs by the master of ceremonies Mark Ring.  The other four girls in this role: Lydia Schlicht, Janna Beyer, Heather Maloney and Amber Storck.  

The new royalty waved to the audience gathered at the Morris Area High auditorium.  The new Miss Morris is Katie Day. First Princess is Brandi Logan and Second Princess is Paula Lesmeister.  The 1993 Miss Morris Scholarship Program was held Saturday.  The 1992 outgoing royalty is Miss Morris Laura Sommer and outgoing Princesses are Chanda Searle and Bao Moua.

Burlington Northern Railroad has announced that trains through Morris will now be going at 40 mph instead of 20 mph.  The change is immediate.  Gates at the crossings have also been retimed.  

Karen Berget, who, with her husband Kyle, runs the American House Bed and Breakfast, and who attends UMM, is about to take on one more job-that of the Director of Stevens County Historical Society, when Carol Day retires this summer.  

The first phase of the Atlantic Avenue project will begin April 27.  At this time, Atlantic Avenue will be completely closed off from 5th Street on the north end, to Elm Street by the fire station on the south end. This section of the project is scheduled to take approximately 65 days to complete.