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Looking Back 7-27-13

60 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune

of July 24, 1953

Representatives of various organizations and groups in Morris, as well as interested individuals, will be called together in the near future to complete the organization of the city as part of the county-wide Community Chest which is being formed.  Heading the county organization are H.H. Carpenter and R. B. DeWall of Morris as co-chairmen. A Community Chest would enable funds to be raised on a fair basis as between the various townships, villages and city as well as between individuals, would distribute the funds according to a systematic budget procedure between participating agencies, eliminating the many separate drives made now and combining them into one campaign.

Three Stevens County young men left Thursday morning for Minneapolis for induction into the nation's armed forces under the Selective Service program.  Comprising the contingent were Richard E. Goldenstein of Donnelly, Garrit Ver Steeg of Hancock and Edward Allen Koehl of Hancock, a transfer from Illinois.  Three other young men also went to Minneapolis yesterday for pre-induction physicals, reports Mrs. Bertha Scheil, secretary of the local Selective Services board.  In this group were Wilgard G. Johnson of Herman, George J. Libbon of Morris and Albert G. Moser of Morris.

News from the Stevens County Memorial Hospital suggests that this is not only the grain harvesting season but also the baby harvesting season.  No less than 12 babies have arrived at the hospital since last Saturday, it was reported yesterday.  With two youngsters who have been in the hospital for some time, that made a total of 14.  And another was expected yesterday!

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of July 31, 1973

Crazy people and ridiculous prices attracted many to Morris' annual Crazy Daze last Wednesday.  This year's winners in the annual costume contest were "Hawaiian" Bill Kopitzke, second place winner "Sophisticated" Irene Van Kempen and third place honors, "Youthful" Myrtle Van Kempen.

Dale Stoebe, who will come to Morris from Breckenridge and on Oct. 1 assume the presidency of First Federal Saving and Loan Association of Morris-Breckenridge, has been extremely active in civic and community affairs in Breckenridge.  He and his wife, Marvel, are the parents of five children, ranging in ages from seven to 14 years.

Roy Berglund, manager of the First Federal Saving and Loan Association of Morris, which also has an office in Benson, announced Monday the approval of the merger of the local association and the Breckenridge Federal Saving and Loan Association.  The name of the merged institutions will become First Federal Saving and Loan Association of Morris-Breckenridge.  The new board of directors of the merged firms will include Edw. J. Morrison of Morris, chairman of the board; Dale Stoebe, presently managing officer of the Breckenridge Federal Savings and Loan Association, president; Lyman Eidsvold, Morris, executive vice president; F.J. Clemmenson, Breckenridge, vice president; Willard Micklish, Morris, secretary; Kenneth Johnson, Morris, treasurer; Roy Berglund, Morris, who will continue as manager of the Morris office; and Wayne Riser of Morris and Richard Dean of Breckenridge.

The Morris Legion baseball team, winning its best-of-three series from Glenwood in two straight games for sub-district honors, is now vying for the 7th District championship in a double elimination tournament that opened last night at Granite Falls.  Winner of the District 7 title will move into state Legion tournament competition.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune

of July 22, 1993

Stevens County residents sent nearly 4100 gallons of water to Des Moines, Iowa Wednesday morning.  Cash donations of $2676 were collected in the three grocery stores in Morris between Friday afternoon and Monday night, to buy the water. Dean Monson of Monson Trucking in Chokio had offered his time and truck to take the water to Des Moines residents who have been without drinking water since their municipal water plant was inundated by flood waters.  Mark Anderson, Morris Holiday Foods grocery store manager, assisted in loading water from Holiday Foods into Monson's truck.  The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture had facilitated the water drive.

Julie Bleyhl, a new member of the University of Minnesota board of Regents, visited the community Monday to get to know more about UMM and the West Central Experiment Station. Bleyhl, from Madison, is a lobbyist for the Minnesota Farmers Union.  Bleyhl visited with representatives of all four University agencies in Morris-education, adaptive research and outreach.  These four representatives were Gary Lemme, station head at the West Central Experiment Station; Mary Ann Scharf, director of Stevens County Extension; Roger McCannon, director of Continuing Education and Regional Programs; and David Johnson, Chancellor of University of Minnesota, Morris.

Linda Retzlaff, Morris Teacher of the Year, has been named one of 27 Teachers of Excellence in the 1993 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program. A panel of judges selected the 27 teachers from 98 nominees. Announcement of the 1993 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be made at an Oct. 10 luncheon.