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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of January 21, 1949

Let's go fishing-rough fishing-with Oscar Lureen of Browns Valley and his crew of a dozen men who have been seining at Pomme de Terre lake.  Mr. Lureen contracted with the state to seine Pomme de Terre for rough fish and his crew made four pulls each at a different location at the lake last week.  Approximately 62,000 pounds of rough fish-practically all carp but including a few buffalo too-were removed from the lake. The larger carp and buffalo, averaging around 8 pounds, are for the most part shipped east where they will soon grace dinner tables.  

Col. Ernest B. Miller of Brainerd, who commanded the 194th Tank Battalion on Bataan during the early weeks of the war, who took part with that unit in the infamous Bataan Death March, and who was a war prisoner of the Japanese for nearly three and a half years, will speak at the Morris High School auditorium this evening. Col. Miller, author of “Bataan Uncensored” which is to be published in February, will speak on national defense involving the United Nations, professional and citizen soldiers, universal military training, and an integrated program for defense.

A fighting band of Morris High School cagers who refused to admit they were supposed to lose the game, kicked the dope bucket high, wide and handsome Monday night when they invaded the corral of the touted Breckenridge Cowboys and branded them with a 43-41 defeat. The Tigers matched the Cowboys in floor play, matched them basket for basket, and outfought them for victory in an exciting game.

Fire threatened to destroy one of Stevens County's finest rural schools, that in District 14 east of Morris, Wednesday afternoon.  Only a heavy layer of rock wool insulation in the attic saved the building, according to Fire Chief J. E. Meyers. He estimated the damages at about $2000.

Virgil Fults, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fults of Rendsville Township, was awarded first prize on his safety poster in the state Farm Bureau contest held in connection with the recent annual convention of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.  Virgil won a $15 cash prize for his poster in the state contest.


45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 14, 1969

The Tiger basketeers won home game Friday night when they edged the dangerous Main Streeters of Sauk Centre, 44-40, for a savory West Central Conference triumph.  The four victories the Tigers have racked have been by a total of 11 points, or an average of 2.75 points per game. The three conference wins have been managed by a total of 6 points, or an average of two points per game.  

Frederick A. Aupperle, formerly of Morris and a graduate of Morris high school with the class of 1962, was awarded a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota at commencement exercises in December. Mr. Aupperle's future plans include further graduate study in electrical engineering at the University.

Hancock Hardware Co., a pioneer business firm of 84 years, has been sold by Roy Johnson to Francis (Shorty) Schmidgall, with the new owner taking possession this week. Mr. Schmidgall will be assisted in his new business venture by his wife, Mabel, the older members of his immediate family and Mrs. Carol Boon, who has been employed by the hardware firm.  Mr. Johnson will remain with the new owner on a part-time basis for the immediate future.  Mr. Schmidgall will continue to operate the Reliable Construction Co., which he has owned for many years.   

Construction Mechanic Third Class Howard M. Hennen, USN, son of Arnold P. Hennen Sr. of Morris, and Construction Mechanic Third Class Richard C. Staples, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Staples of rural Morris, are serving with U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 301 near the Demilitarized Zone in Viet Nam. The maintenance unit is one of the U.S. Navy Seabee commands operating close support to combat Marine and Army troops.

An inter-library teletype system, providing rapid service to twelve representative college libraries, including the University of Minnesota, Morris, will go into effect in February, it was announced by Russell E. DuBois, head librarian on the Morris campus.  The system, entitled MINITEX (Minnesota Inter-library Teletype Experiment) is planned as a two-year “pilot project” designed to obtain information through an actual demonstration of special service as to how University library resources may be made available to serve academic and public patrons outside the Twin Cities, through a teletype communications network and custom handling of library requests.

Gary Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schmidt of rural Morris, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall quarter at Moorhead State College. Gary is a second-year student in the electronics department at the college.  


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 10, 1989

The first baby of 1989 has come into the world at Stevens Community Hospital.  She is Kristen Elizabeth Swenson, daughter of Jane and Larry Swenson. She joins a sister, Tara Swenson.  New mother Jane received the traditional acknowledgment of “first baby” distinction-gift certificates from Morris merchants-from Evelyn Baas of the Morris Sun/Tribune staff last week.

The parents involved in the planning of the Morris High School Post Prom Party today announced that the Minnesota Vikings basketball team will be coming to Morris to take on a local all-star team at the Physical Education Center on the UMM campus April 8.  This event will be a major fundraiser for the Post Prom Committee which each year hosts an after-prom alternative party for all juniors and seniors and their prom guests. Several thousands of dollars worth of prizes and food are given away each year.

A highly offbeat stipulation was attached to a fund-raising gesture undertaken by the Morris High senior class last week.  The gesture was a $100 donation to the food shelf and the stipulation required a jaunt to the WCES hog facility.  Ruth Roquitte, MHS faculty member and advisor to the student council, was required to kiss a pig- a little squealer, held by Brent Jacobson, senior class president.

The MHS girls gymnastics team hosted its first home meet of the season Jan. 5, the opponent Milbank, S.D. This years girls gymnastics tri-captains are Maureen Fults, Jodi Syverson and Cathy Kopel.

The Willmar Technical Institute has recently informed Michael D. Lonergan from Donnelly that he has been accepted for enrollment in the diesel mechanics program. Thomas J. Sperr from Morris has been accepted for enrollment in the automotive technology I program at the Willmar Technical Institute.  Classes will begin in September, 1989.

Pvt. 1st Class John R. Fahleen, son of Bob and Jan Fahleen of Chokio, has been decorated with the Army Achievement Medal at Fort Hood, Texas. Fahleen is a combat signaler with the 142nd Signal Battalion.