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Looking Back 7-6-13

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 28, 1953

The long-awaited Korean Armistice was signed by United Nations command and Communist senior truce delegates in Panmujom, Korea, in a ten-minute ceremony Sunday.  The action halted three years and one month of undeclared war. Shooting along the 155-mile battlefront ceased at 7 a.m. Monday-12 hours after the time of the truce signing.  

Dr. Richard L. McIntosh, whose wife is the former Colleen Hollenbeck of Morris recently opened offices in Alexandria.  Dr. McIntosh is a foot specialist.

Pvt. Myron W. Bruer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bruer of Morris, has completed his 16 weeks of basic training as a light weapons infantryman at Camp Roberts, CA. Pvt. Bruer was recently home on furlough, at the expiration of which he reported for duty at Ft. Lewis, Wash., from where he is expected to go to Alaska.

Lyman Eidsvold of the Morris Lions club has been appointed chairman for Zone 2, Region 3 of the district Lions International by the new district president, Marvin Ettesvold of Montevideo.  Clubs comprising Zone 2 are Morris, Elbow Lake, Glenwood, Graceville and Wheaton.  

40 Years Ago

Item taken from the Sun of July 10, 1973

Dr. T. C. Olson, soil scientist, and Hollis Shull, agricultural engineer, have recently joined the staff at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Center, ARS, USDA, at Morris.  Dr. Olson has been a soil scientist with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA, at Brookings, S.D., for the past ten years.  Mr. Shull worked on irrigation and drainage problems in western Nebraska for the past six years with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA, and come to Morris from Scotts Bluff, Neb.

The Minnesota Valley Improvement Company, contractor on the resurfacing work on T.H. 9 or Atlantic Avenue in Morris, has indicated that construction operations will commence on July 11 or shortly thereafter.  Between the Burlington Northern railroad spur and Second Street East.  An additional one and a half inches of bituminous surfacing will be placed for a few blocks to the southeast of Second Street and to a point just northwest of the junction with T.H. 28 near the Trailways Cafe.  

Dr. H. N. Weickert of Wheaton, well known to many Morris and Stevens County residents (the late Mrs. Weickert was principal of Morris Junior High School for a number of years), will observe 50 years in dental practice in Wheaton with an open house on July 11, at the VFW building in Wheaton.

The Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with the Stevens County Centennial Fair, will hold a “Biggest Tree” contest, it was announced this week.  The contest will include five categories-cottonwood, American elm, oak, pine and spruce.  Winners in each category will receive free trees from the Conservation District.

The Standard Service station in Morris, which closed July 3, will re-open on Aug. 1 under the management of Dave Rortvedt, who will come to Morris from Henning, it was announced last week.  The station has been operated by Keith Bartlett, as Keith's Standard Service.  It was announced last Tuesday that the station would be closed “temporarily” because of the gasoline shortage.  

The village of Chokio hosted the largest crowds in its 75-year history the past weekend as it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with the greatest community celebration it has known-but took time out during the big affair to look a bit into the future.  The look ahead portion of the Jubilee observance was reflected Saturday evening in a brief, informal ground-breaking ceremony for a  new $200,000 Chokio Community Center.  The Community Center, which will include a swimming pool, will be built in connection with the Chokio School.