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65 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 10, 1949

The first displaced person from a war-ravaged European nation to come to Stevens County was Charles Pridist, 26-year-old Latvian young man. Rudolph Abel, a Swan Lake Township farmer, sponsored Charles' coming here under the resettlement program of the National Lutheran Council and on whose farm the young man is now employed. Last week a family group arrived under the sponsorship of Alfred Holslin, who provided living quarters for them on his farm. The family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Torning  and their daughters, Laura and Alma, a Polish family.

Morris' new street cleaner arrived Saturday afternoon and was put to work with little delay. Bright and early Monday morning the sweeper, under the guidance of Nemo Van Kempen, was on the job in the business district. One of the pleasing features of the new machine is that all dirt, dust and waste it gathers from the street is drawn in to a huge hopper, permitting quick and complete disposal of it and eliminating the dust factor prevalent with older style sweepers, or the need of a follow-up job to clean the gutters.

The 820th Quartermaster Service Company, United States Army, Organized Reserve Corps, was scheduled to hold its first regular training assembly Monday in the American Legion club.  Former servicemen interested in the reserve program were invited to attend this initial assembly of Morris' newest organization. Present members of the Army Reserves could receive reserve credit for attending the meeting even though not eligible for assignment to the company it was announced.

Three vocal groups and two of three soloists from Morris high school earned “A” rating in the state music festival held at the University of Minnesota for one of the finest showings that local musicians have made at this event.  Vocal groups which won the coveted “A” ratings were the 50-voice mixed chorus, the 33-voice girls' glee club, and the mixed octet. Comprising the octet were Jeol Killoran and Bill Dripps, tenors; Lloyd Einarson and George Fisher, basses; Donna Lou Thompson and Gladys Hector, sopranos; and Betty Lou Jallo and Jeanette Neuman, altos.  Monica Reilly, soprano soloist, also appeared at the festival and earned a creditable “B” rating. Instrumentalists who won “A” rating at the festival were Betty Edson and Russell Winge, both trumpet soloists. Miss Nell-Marie Hoyem is director of vocal music in the Morris High School. Walter Sarlette is director of instrumental music.

Joe Kelly, Chokio hurler, came through with one of the top mound performances in the state Sunday when he chucked a no-hit, no-run game as Chokio blanked Cyrus, 4-0, in a Pomme de Terre league battle. Not a single ball went into the outfield off Kelly, who struck out six. Kelly pitched for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northern league last season.

45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of April 24, 1969

The Morris public library open house Sunday presented certificates of appreciation attesting to a combined total of 77 years of service to the local public library to Mrs. E. W. Eames, Theo. S. Long and Miss Margaret Grove.  Mrs. Eames, vice president of the library board, is retiring from the board after 25 years of service as a member of the board. Mr. Long, board president, has announced he is retiring after 27 years on the board. Miss Grove was honored for 25 years as public librarian.

The proposed nursing home, long planned by Protestants of the Stevens County area, was officially launched by the West Central Homes board of directors at its April 21 meeting. The building site has been purchased in Ellis Addition in south Morris, and plans are drawn up for a one-story building with single and double rooms. Sept. 14, 1969, was set as the target date for ground breaking.  The West Central Homes board of directors consists of Glenn Thompson, development director for West Central Homes Corporation; Lyman Eidsvold, chairman of the board of directors; Herb Croom, publicity director; Albert Anderson, Donnelly, Vice president of the board; Brad Oksendahl, Hancock; Ferd Weltzin, Morris; Oscar Moe, Morris, secretary; Rev. V. J. Schmidt, Morris; Nels Groff, Alberta; Merle Felstul, Morris, treasurer; and George Wille, Donnelly.

Specialist Fourth Class Michael A. Monson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luverne Monson of Chokio, has been awarded the bronze star and the Army commendation medal for heroism in connection with military operations against hostile forces, while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry in the Republic of Viet Nam.

E. L. Cress, who retired the first of the year as Stevens County probate judge, was appointed special municipal judge in Morris Tuesday by Governor Harold LeVander. Judge Cress will serve in municipal court when Municipal Judge Terry Collins, who was recently appointed to the office by Governor LeVander to succeed O. K. Alger, who became probate judge the first of the year, will be unable to hear a case or when he has disqualified himself to hear certain cases.  

The members of the Morris Lions Club held their regular bi-monthly meeting at the Del Monico Cafe Tuesday evening. Election of officers resulted in the following members being selected to head the organization for the coming year: Carl T. Johnson, President; Jerry Radke, 1st Vice President; Melvin Sunquist, 2nd Vice Pres.; Victor Zeiher, 3rd Vice Pres.; Chester Birch, Tail Twister; William Jacobson, Lion Tamer; Kenneth Pedersen, 3rd Yr. Director; Paul Sandberg, 2nd Yr. Dir.; and James Grant, 1st Yr. Dir.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 8, 1989

Merle Felstul proudly wears his Lions Club membership pin on his suit lapel, and if he wanted to, he could put a different pin on each suit, but he'd need 45 different suits just for the membership pins alone. Then there are the pins for the offices he has held on the local, zone, and district levels. Felstul celebrated 45 years as a member of the Lions Club in Morris yesterday as the local chapter itself celebrated its 50th anniversary. And not only has he been a member for 45 years, Felstul has perfect attendance over those years.  Felstul joined the young club in Morris, in 1944, shortly after he came to town from Wadena. The Rev. E. S. Ede, pastor at First Lutheran Church sponsored him for membership.  On the local level the Lions have been active in promoting baseball. Felstul said the Lions bought the land that is now Eagles Park and turned it into a ballfield. That was about 1948. He said they helped build the bleachers, and the city put in the lights. Title to the land was given to the city of Morris.  

A Morris folk artist is represented in a major presentation of the arts of Norwegian-Americans that opens this week in Norway. A carved ale bowl rosemaled by Enid Grindland is part of the Folk and Decorative Arts exhibit that will open May 13, at the Hedmarksmuseet in Hamar. King Olav V of Norway will officially open the exhibit at Hamar. Grindland said that being part of the exhibit is “just the highest honor that could come to me. It's the highest honor a folk artist could get to develop an art and have it go back to the original country.” Althought she won't be going to Norway for the exhibit, she said she can just see King Olav standing by her bowl as he opens the exhibit. Her carved ale bowl also won a gold medal, the highest honor for rosemaling in this country, at the national exhibit of rosemalers in Decorah last July.  She was introduced to rosemaling in 1970, and now calls it her profession as well as “an unexpected bonus in life.”

Leslie R. Meek, a senior psychology major who will graduate this June from the University of Minnesota, Morris, has received the Paterson Award naming her the Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Major in Psychology in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Ernest Kemble, UMM professor of psychology who has been Meek's academic adviser for three years, said that Meek has worked with him in various capacities as a teaching assistant for three courses, as co-collaborator on at least 15 experiments, and as the psychology discipline student representative to the Division of Social Sciences.

Lauren E. Carlson was recently awarded the “CREA” (Certified Real Estate Appraiser) designation from the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, the largest appraisal association in the United States with over 20,000 members. Carlson is an appraiser at Results Realty in Morris.

Anne Benham, a junior at St. Cloud State University, has been named to Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society. She was one of 133 new members installed late last month.  Benham is the daughter of Leo and Lillian Benham.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and grandmothers out there!