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60 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of November 6, 1953

Company M, Morris' National Guard company, has recently added 10 young men to its membership list but has room for many more and would like to enroll them by Nov. 14.  The latest Company M enlistees are Kenneth Weltzin, Lester Syverson, Ronald Roles, Earl Larson, Donald Hennen, Frederick Schluter, Paul Dahl, Darrel Flaten, Robert Hokanson and John Kvale.  Officers of the unit are Capt. Lloyd H. Smith, 1st Lt. John R. Rolfe, 2nd Lt. Warren A. Arnold and CWO-2 Palmer A. Anderson. Enlisted men in the company are: M/Sgts. Louis Amborn Jr., Nickolas Bresson, William Dripps and Theodore Eul; Sgts. First class Floyd Carbert, Walter Dohmstreich, Charles Hockert and Walter Hokanson; Sgt. Raymond Van Kempen; Cpls. Stanley Amborn, James McRoberts, Carl Moser and Harry Ross; Pvts. first class Paul Blakesley, Richard Buller and Marvin Van Eps; Pvt.-2 Thoris Mickelson; Pvts.-1 Darrel Flaten, Robert Hokanson, Donald Hennen, Earl Larson, Ronald Roles, Lester Syverson, Kenneth Weltzin, Paul Dahl, John Kvale and Frederick Schluter.  

   More than 40 neighbors and various friends of the J. L. Morton family of Moore Township gathered at the Morton farm Tuesday for a corn-picking and plowing bee following the serious injuries suffered Wednesday of last week by Warren Morton in a corn picker accident.  About 130 acres of plowing was completed Tuesday at the Morton farm. The “good neighbors” who turned out for the work bee included Erscel Brown, Vernard Brown, Ray Brown, Fred Krupke, Don Mecklenburg, Eldon Schmidt, Elmer Knapp, Emil Greiner, Don Wilson, John Greiner, George Nissen, Marvin Brown, Kenton Brown, Emil Mecklenburg, Bob Mecklenburg, John Boon, Alfred Toop, Bill Myers, Alvin Krupke, Emil Schaefer, Herman Schaefer, Earl Bier, Ernest Bier, Otto Greiner, Herb Reese, Will Reimers, Herb Osterman, Dick Huntley, Lawrence Rohloff, Dwight Terrill, Ray Terrill, Donald DeGier, Edward Wilson, Roy Reese, George Leuty, Jack Morton, John Durkee, Bud Morton, J.L. Morton, Wally Schmidt, Art Durkee, Walter Biesterfeld.  The ladies who prepared and served dinner to the men at the Morton farm were Mrs. Alfred Toop, Mrs. Kenton Brown, Mrs. John Durkee, Mrs. Otto Greiner, Mrs. Herb Osterman, Mrs. Dwight Terrill, Mrs. Emil Mecklenburg, Mrs. Jack Morton, Mrs. Bob Mecklenburg, Mrs. H. Reiners, Mrs. Emil Greiner.  Those sending food but unable to be present were Mrs. Emil Schaefer, Mrs. Erscel Brown, Mrs. Ernest Bier, Mrs. William Bier, Mrs. Lawrence Rohloff, Mrs. Charles Myers, Mrs. Herman Osterman, Mrs. Walt Biesterfeld, Mrs. Ben Greiner.

The International champion Minneapolis Lions Club Male Quartet, star  of concert, radio, opera and oratorio will appear in concert in the Morris high school auditorium Nov. 7 under the auspices of the Morris Lions club. The concert by the Lions Quartet will be one of the music highlights of the season in Morris. The quartet is one of the Upper Midwest's best known and most popular singing groups but its fame extends beyond the Upper Midwest boundaries as the group just the past summer annexed its seventh International championship.

Mayor R.G. Leuty and City Commissioner P.W. Cartwright were re-elected to the offices they now hold at the regular municipal election Tuesday.  Both were unopposed on the ballot and the election was one of the quietest in the city in a number of years.  Only 154 voters took the trouble to go to the polls and cast their ballots. Mayor Leuty and Commissioner Cartwright are just completing their first regular four-year terms in those offices.  

Nine young people from this area will sing with the Moorhead State Teachers College Choir when it presents Mozart's “Requiem” Nov. 16 in Weld Hall auditorium.  The choir, directed by Dr. H. D. Harmon, will be accompanied by the Fargo-Moorhead Area.  Members of the choir from this area are Faye Thomas, Alberta, first soprano; Veljean Gilbertson, Donnelly, and Wanda Splitstoser, Morris, second sopranos; Rita Schuster and Arlene Shelstad, Alberta, and Kay Thompson, Morris, first altos; Shirley Tomlin, Morris, and Vivian Sperr, Donnelly, second altos; and Gay Johnson, Chokio, first tenor, Symphony.

Red Owl Stores, Inc. on Oct. 21 received a top award for the best coordinated packaging program in the 1953 National Award Competition of the Package Designers Council. The award-winning Red Owl symbol is used by the company on over 100 food packages as well as on store facades and displays, trucks, water towers, shopping bags, stationery and financial reports.  It appears, too, on every store employee's shirt, blouse or apron-and even on employees' bowling, basketball and baseball uniforms.  Distinctive, quickly recognizable and easy to reproduce in many sizes, the symbol is a saucy stylized owl's head, high in point-of-sales personality, designed by Jim Nash, New York.   

40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of November 29, 1973

This year's Morris High School Tiger volleyball “A” squad, consists of Becky Tullos, Sharon Tomoson, Rena Hansen, Tracy Dunnum, Mary Peterson, Teresa Kolden, co-captain Jan Tetrault, co-captain Mickie Bretz and Pam Jensen.  Morris Tiger volleyball coach is Barb Duncan.

Jon Power, senior halfback for the Morris football team, was the recipient of the Lions Award emblematic of the most valuable player at the 30th annual Lions sports banquet last week. Lions president Si McCormack presented the award to Power.

President Nixon's proposal for a ban on Sunday gasoline sales brought a varied lot of responses from owners and managers of filling stations in Morris. Although the ban will not go into effect until it is passed by the national legislature, Nixon has asked stations to voluntarily begin complying with the energy-saving measure beginning Dec. 2. Should the ban of Sunday gasoline go into effect, gas stations will be ordered to close their businesses between 9 p.m. Saturday evening and 12 midnight Sunday. Although many station operators locally do not feel that this is the answer to the impending fuel shortage, they are still wary of the gas rationing.

The Morris area Doctor Procurement Committee will launch a $100,000 fund drive Monday in a two-week effort to secure finances for more medical doctors and better health care facilities. A total of 17 area organizations will be involved in rural, house-to-house, business and professional firms and other town canvassing from Dec. 3 through Dec, 15, in an effort to raise funds to attract more doctors to the Morris area and improve existing medical facilities. A kickoff buffet dinner will be held at the Sunwood Inn Sunday for all solicitors and spouses.  

The annual community presentation of Handel's beloved oratorio, “Messiah,” will not be presented this year, it was announced Tuesday.  This is the first time in 14 years that the concert has been canceled. In the past, it was presented as a community endeavor on the first Sunday of December. The decision not to give this presentation was announced last year at the “Messiah”.

Brent Waddell, Morris businessman and city councilman, has been elected treasurer of the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association.  Waddell, a Morris High School graduate and UMM graduate, was formerly a director of the association. He is owner of a mobile home court in Morris.

20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of November 25, 1993

Community First Bank got its official welcome into the Morris business fold last week, with a Chamber of Commerce ambassador call.  The bank is the former Citizens Bank. Laurie Kleespies of the Chamber of Commerce presented a congratulatory plaque to Dick Lambert, president of Community First Bank. Randy Frost and Mark Ring were also present for the official welcome.

The City Council voted Tuesday night, to send a letter of agreement to SCEIC on their support of the Stevens County Technology Transfer Task Force.  Mayor Lee Swanson said the group seems to be moving in a direction where Morris could become a leading community in technology. City Manager Ed Larson said the community could become unique with the interactive TV equipment which Federated Telephone has made available.  That equipment will be at the High School. The technology transfer project is set up as a for-profit entity under SCEIC.

The Morris Motel has new ownership: Joel and Jamie Beyer. The business got its official welcome by the Chamber of Commerce ambassadors. Another new business, AFLAC, which is located in the Martin and Nelson building in downtown Morris, is operated by Ken Jaeck. The Chamber of Commerce ambassadors who made their rounds welcoming new businesses to the community, consisted of Laurie Kleespies, Randy Frost, Mark Ring, and Miss Morris Katie Day.

James Wevley and Robert Peterson, both of Morris, are enrolled as first year students in the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline. Wevley is the son of Diane Wevley and is majoring in theatre. Peterson is the son of Lois and Dale Peterson, and is majoring in geology.