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Looking Back 8-3-13

60 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 31, 1953

Recently added to the equipment of the Morris Fire department is a new Emerson portable resuscitator, which adds another modern note to the community's protective devices and agencies.  Purchased for the department by the city, the resuscitator will be available in emergencies to any one in the community.  The model acquired is a dual one and two persons can be given emergency care simultaneously if necessary.  The machine performs not only the function of resuscitation but also those of aspiration and inhalation.  

Results of the Production and Marketing Administration's community committee elections in Stevens county in July, as well as county committee officers, were announced this week from the county PMA office.  Peter I. Erdahl of Donnelly has been re-named chairman of the county committee.  John B. White of Morris is vice-chairman; August Fluegel of Morris is the third member; Clarence Ettesvold of Morris is first alternate, and Ed Gausman of Morris is second alternate.  

Improvements which will cost in the neighborhood of $3,500 are scheduled for the Pomme de Terre Recreational reserve and work on them is expected to start within two weeks.  The improvements include new dressing rooms for swimmers, finishing of the kitchen in knotty pine and installation of a new sink in the kitchen, painting of the buildings, and a new diving raft.  Funds for the improvements are reported to come from the state's sale of the new state park visitor permits inaugurated this year for the first time.  

Five Morris boy scouts- James Gay, Gary Eidsvold, and Peter, Carter and Robert Leuty – are due to arrive home today from Santa Ana, Calif. where they attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree July 17-23.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 26, 1973

Always something going on in Morris, but compared to Wednesday's Crazee Daze, the Monday afternoon scene on Atlantic Avenue was quiet, serene and peaceful. As a protective measure because of the resurfacing of the city's main business street, snow fencing was erected along the outer edge of the sidewalks for two blocks.  The huge crowds of Crazee Daze shoppers were literally and figuratively “fenced in.”

Three financial institutions in Morris are announcing higher interest rates to be paid to savers.  The Morris State Bank and The Citizens Bank announced an increase from 4 1/2 percent to 5 percent on savings accounts.  First Federal Savings and Loan Association announced an increase from 5 percent to 5 1/4 per cent, retroactive to July 1, on passbook savings.  

The seventh annual session of the Midwest Banking Institute which opened Sunday at the University of Minnesota, Morris will conclude Friday. The first year students will return in 1974 to complete the course of study, and a new group of  100 bankers from the five-state area will begin the institute.

Vicki Gumm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gumm of Morris, plans to enroll at Golden Valley Lutheran College next fall.  Vicki is a graduate of Morris High School.  

Dale B. Maus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Maus, rural Morris, has accepted a position with Sterner Lighting, Inc. at Winsted.  He is a 1973 graduate of a 19-month course in computer programming from Alexandria Area Technical Institute at Alexandria.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of August 5, 1993

Crazy Days hat winners in the employee hat contest for Crazy Days are Pat Dingman of City Center Floral, first place; Sandy Nelson of Citizens Agency, second place; and Rita Kaiser and Ronnie Kramer of R & R Fabrics, third place.  

There are nine major road repair sites in Stevens County following the two July storms, and nine spots with water still over the road as of last Monday.  The sites were marked on a map that County Engineer Merle Earley presented to the County Commissioners at their meeting Monday.  Although there are over 130 sites in the County where there was damage to roads, Earley said it sounds far worse than it is. Some of the sites have already been repaired.  Earley said that after a “windshield review” of road damages with an official of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), he estimated damage to county and township roads at $100,000.

Rita Arnold of Citizens Bank in Morris completed the Minnesota School of Banking sponsored by the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) June 13-18 at St. Cloud.  Fifty-six students attended the one-week school this year.  

According to the statistics recorded by  Samuel D. Evans, West Central Experiment Station, temperatures during July averaged 68.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit below the mean.  Fourteen of the past 16 months have had temperatures below the long-term average.  The high temperature for the month was 86 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded on the 31st, and the low was 53 degrees Fahrenheit on the 12th.  

American Legion Post #29 and the Morris Baseball Association joined hands for an ambitious venture.  The two organizations put on the district Legion tournament. Eight baseball teams eyeing state came to Morris to battle. Only one could make state.  That team is Alexandria.  Alex defeated Minneota by a 9-1 score in the Tuesday night climax at Chizek Field.