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Looking Back: Sept. 14, 2013

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 1, 1953

When Bonnie Hanse of Framnas township several months ago named her 4-H club Hereford baby beef "C Elmer" in honor of Minnesota's governor, she had no idea that the two would ever meet. But they did, when Gov. Anderson visited the Stevens County Fair on Aug. 22 and Bonnie, of course, was exhibiting her baby beef there. So it was a "must" that the two, "C. Elmer" and Gov. C. Elmer Anderson, be introduced. During the introductions, Bonnie's father, Walter Hanse, was present.

Dismissal of the action brought by a group of taxpayers against the Morris school board and other officials to prevent the sale of $400,000 of school building bonds authorized in the April 17 bond election, is contained in an order just handed down by Judge E.R. Selnes. This decision is on the hearing held in Glenwood on June 27 when Tom J. Stahler, chief counsel for the school district, and other attorneys presented arguments for dismissal of the action. Judge Selnes concluded that the voters have undoubtedly authorized the issuance of the bonds in question and authorized the school board to use the proceeds for building a new school building, improving existing school buildings, or both purposes.

This whole community was saddened when word spread quickly on Sun that Mrs. B. J. Benfield, a well known resident of the city for many years, had passed away. She had been in failing health for a long time.

Robert Norman, the new proprietor of Lang's Bakery, has announced his grand opening for Wednesday of this week. To add interest in this event, many grand opening specials will be offered and there will be free door prizes.

Graceville handed the MoSox their fourth loss of the year against 15 wins Sunday night by a score of 9 to 6. Ronnie Pansch led Graceville, hitting a three-run home run in the first, a double in the third and pitching two-hit ball for five innings in relief. Jack Bergherr started on the hill for Morris and although he held Graceville to 3 hits, he walked 10 batters in the 5 ½ innings he worked to be the losing pitcher.

Three bowling leagues in Morris were reorganized for another season at meeting held last week. The Tri-County league, consisting of teams from Donnelly, Chokio, Barrett and Kensington, will be headed this year by R. Link of Barrett as president and Mike Lear of Morris as secretary. The City league re-elected Eli Nohl as its president and Arnold Thompson secretary. Vern Ploof is vice-president and Alvin Nelson treasurer. The women's league elected Florence Lucken president and Norma Leuthard secretary.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 4, 1973

"We have solved the situation for the present time," Morris physician Dr. John Stock commented Thursday, when discussing the temporary restraining order recently issued, preventing the United States Air Force from calling him to immediate active duty. Dr. Stock, who completed his internship at the St. Paul Ramsey hospital and Veteran's Administration hospital early this summer, was originally scheduled to report for active duty August 19.

George C. Fosgate, associate professor of theatre arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris, has returned to the campus from New York where he participated last week in the annual American Theatre Association Conference.

Perry Anderson, Donnelly, was recently honored by Funk's G Hybrids for his 15 years as a Funk's G dealer. He was presented a pin for his years of service in selling and servicing Funk's G Hybrids.

Sidney J. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Smith, rural Donnelly, recently accepted employment with Domain Industries, Inc. at New Richmond, Wisc.

Mark J. Lammers, a graduate of Morris high school, has been accepted at Carleton College, Northfield. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Lammers of Morris.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of September 9, 1993

The first meeting of the Retired Teachers of Morris Area and Spouses, for the '93-94 academic year, took place Tuesday. The group meets Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a. m. The meeting place is Kelly's Fine Foods on Atlantic Avenue, Morris. Some of the teachers in attendance Tuesday were Marvin Laabs, Duane Kindschi, Harley Grantham, Charles Carlson and Wally Behm.

The Stevens County Ambulance Service will need to separate training costs from other operating costs before the Commissioners can get a clear picture of whether the training actually reduces the subsidy the County pays for ambulance service. That was the main point made in a report on the Ambulance Service done by EMS of Minnesota, Inc., a St. Cloud company formed by three ambulance services. Commissioner Skip Sherstad said the County had gone into the idea of training program with the idea that the training coordinator position would pay for itself. Bill LeClaire of EMS of Minnesota said those costs-ambulance service and training-really do need to be separate. He said they even need to separate out the cost on an ambulance run if part of it is training.

Debby Stark, RN, will show slides and talk about her trip to Guatemala, Central America, at the Morris Area Christian Women's Club luncheon Sept. 14. Stark went to Guatemala in March 1992 with Medical Group Missions sponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Society. She worked with the Rabinal Achi, descendants of the Mayan Indians.

Jeffrey C. Ellison, son of Jeanne (Raasch) Ellison Rosdahl and the late Charles Ellison, completed a 10-week basic training program at Fort Leonard Wood, MO on Aug. 24. He is a 1993 graduate of Richfield High School. Local family members who attended the graduation were: his grandmother, Evelyn Raasch, Deb Erickson and Danny of Morris. Ellison left for Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, on Aug. 27, to complete his training.

In recognition of 30 years of dedicated professional service, the staff of the Rentz Agency invites you to attend an open house Sept. 10 in honor of Rosella Staples 30 years of employment. Stop by for refreshments.


A reader dropped off an article taken from the 1941 Morris newspaper, here is a snippet of its contents:

"Noah Nohl, who lives four miles west of Hancock, a new man in the county husking contest, threw fast enough and clean enough to cop the Stevens county corn husking championship at the contest held just north of Morris Friday. Mr. Nohl picked 1515 pounds of corn, had six pounds of gleanings and 3 ¾ ounces of husks, which caused a 74.1 pound deduction to be made leaving him 1440.9 pounds net corn or 20.58 bushels. This exceeded the 1940 champion's record by 2.69 bushels. The 1940 champion, Leroy Wente, picked 17.87 bushels."