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59 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 30, 1954

Here are a couple of stories in connection to articles found in the Sept. 14, 2013 Morris Sun Tribune:

Supt. Frank Fox, who has headed the Morris Public Schools the past seven years, has decided to remain in Morris, it was announced yesterday.  Supt. Fox was offered the superintendency of the schools at Crosby-Ironton and the move to the latter system would have represented a decided professional advancement for him.  The Crosby-Ironton system has a considerably larger enrollment than the Morris schools and has a staff of 64 teachers compared to 43 in the Morris system.

Grand opening festivities in the completely remodeled John F. Eul and Sons Hardware Store are set for March 31, the firm announces. The Eul store has been modernized and its exterior appearance enhanced by the addition of an attractive new front.  Outside steps which formerly led to the store proper have been eliminated and a new street-level entrance installed.  Just inside the door three wide steps lead to the main floor of the store. The interior of the store has also been completely remodeled and redecorated.  The store has been in its present location since 1940.  Following World War II, the Euls were joined in the business by their sons, John Jr.  and Richard.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of Sept. 6, 1973

A trail of wrecked and damaged buildings, dead livestock and twisted trees was left by a tornado that twisted its way through portions of Swift, Stevens and Pope Counties late Friday afternoon.  Two of the hardest hit areas in Stevens County were the Ted and Arvie Dosdall farms in Hodges Township, just on the Stevens-Pope County line.  The tornadoes were said to have originated in Swift County some time after 4 p.m. striking in Milan, Holloway and Kensington.  In Stevens County, the storm first reportedly hit in the Hancock area damaging buildings on farms owned by Pat Christianson, Delray Nelson, the Hanson brothers and John Zeltwanger.

Critical boxcar shortages and transportation problems will be the subject of a hearing to be held in Morris Sep. 14, announced Darrel Miller of Pine Island, chairman of a house sub-committee on the Investigation of Boxcar and Other Transportation Problems.  In some parts of the states, elevator companies are arranging for 25 to 50 car unit trains which must be loaded in 24 hours.  That takes close cooperation between elevators and truckers, but it may be a solution or at least a partial solution.

Stephen A. Rossberg, a native of Morris, has accepted a position on the faculty at the Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia.  He will serve as a lecturer in the Department of Speech.



Taken from the Morris Sun of June 12, 1973

History on the move - A building closely associated with Morris history for three quarters of a century is on its way to a new location on a Stevens County farm.  The building is the former Northern Pacific depot, which was moved from its site at Atlantic Avenue and East 8th Street to the farm of Orlyn Cin in Scott Township, south of Alberta. Mr. Cin purchased the building and plans to use it as a farm shop. The structure was taken to its new site by a devious route to avoid traffic and electric and telephone wires as much as possible. The picture above shows the building just after it left Highway 9 and was crossing the Burlington Northern tracks.