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65 Years Ago Items from the Sun of August 30, 1949

Morris' most disastrous fire in many years yesterday afternoon left the Johnson Grain and Fuel Company elevator a smoking mass of ruins. Harry Johnson, manager of the elevator, estimated while the fire was in progress that the elevator contained approximately 7,000 bushels of grain, roughly valued at $10,000.  Mr. Johnson reported the fire started underneath the feed mill in the north end of the structure. Fanned by a rising wind and by the intense draft created by the fire itself the flames soon enveloped the whole of the interior and turned it into a blazing inferno.

Model airplane enthusiasts in Morris recently organized, adopting the name, “Prop Busters” Club, for the organization.  George Green was elected commander of the club, Dick Harris is vice-commander, and Jim Sapletal is adjutant. There is no age limit to membership and builders of both rubber and gas-powered models are invited to join.  The club has made plans for a display of model planes in the windows of the Quality Hardware for one week beginning Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Aldred and son, Stephen, moved to Morris last week from Brookings, S.D. and have taken up their residence in this city. Mr. Aldred will be an active partner with his father in the Aldred and Habicht Department Store. Mr. Aldred has just graduated from South Dakota State College at Brookings, receiving his degree in business administration.

An extensive interior remodeling program is now under way in the building occupied by the J. C. Penney Co. store in Morris.  When completed the improvement project will add approximately 40 percent to the sales area of the store in addition to dressing up the entire interior in modern, streamlined, attractive note. One of the major items in the scheduled improvement will be the revamping of the store basement into a new sales area. A new stairway leading to the basement will be installed in approximately the center of the street level floor, providing easy access to the new sales area.


45 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of August 28, 1969

The new school term in the Morris-Donnelly Public Schools got under way Wednesday with three recently-hired teachers as new members of the faculty.  Two of these are employed on a part-time basis, filling the French-Spanish position held by Mrs. Lynn Jacobson last year.  School officials were unable to hire a replacement for Mrs. Jacobson, but have employed one teacher for junior high school French and one for senior high school Spanish.  The French teacher, Mrs. JoAnn (Roland) Greiner, is a graduate of UMM. She also studied French at the main campus of the University while she resided in the “French House” there. The last three years she has taught French at Herman High School.

James Reihle will teach the Spanish courses at the senior high school. Mr. Reihle is a son of Mrs. O. E. Ide of Elbow Lake, whose husband recently took over the practice of the late Dr. A. I. Arneson in Morris.   Mrs. Karen Dufty replaces the late Arnold Drange as a teacher of ninth grade English.  Mr. Dufty is employed as an instructor in physical education at UMM.

A total of 167 youngsters are enrolled in St. Mary's parochial school, which opened Wednesday for the new term.  For the first time in history, students attending St. Mary's are riding school buses to and from school. Seventy-seven students attending St. Mary's are enjoying this privilege.  

Michael Grossman, who is in the U.S. Army and stationed with the 54th Engineer Battalion near Wildflechen, Germany, since February 1969, was recently promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Grossman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Grossman of Chokio, entered the U.S. Army in August 1967, and had completed one year tour of duty in Viet Nam prior to going to Germany for a year and a half duty tour.

The Hancock Owls get ready for their opening football game, a Pheasant conference tussle with the Spartans of Chokio-Alberta at Hancock Friday night. Speed, weight and experience have added up to the rosy outlook for the Owls.  Hancock has 20 lettermen back from last season. Of these 20, only four are seniors, which bodes well for next season too.  The Owls will have a lot of speed, led by All-Conference Doug Schmidgall at the quarterback post.  Speedsters Loren Zeltwanger, Jim Nelson, Dave Schmidgall, Lanny Beyers and Jerry Eide give the backfield a lot of depth.  


25 Years Ago Items from the Sun of August 29, 1989

Friday night was when the gala coronation for the “Little Miss Donnelly” honor took place on the Threshing Bee grounds.  A good turnout was attracted to see the crown go to Stacey Volker who succeeds Karla Kopel, whose title was “Little Miss Blue Jeans.”  Also on hand was the outgoing Threshing Bee queen Melissa Simpson and Sheila Erickson.

The coaching staff for the '89 edition of the Morris Area Tigers are Jerry Witt, Chris Chopp, Ken Gagner, Mark Ekren, Lyle Rambow and Ron Geist.

Shirley Hokanson, social worker and former legislator, is watchdog over the well-being of an estimated 100,000 vulnerable Minnesotans. As state ombudsman for mental health and retardation, she heads a staff of 18, most of them scattered around the state. Her job is to receive and investigate complaints about care in regional treatment centers, community homes and programs for the retarded, mentally ill and chemically dependent, and a variety of other programs. Shirley is the daughter of Jake and Gunda Fogle of Morris.

Christopher John Olson, son of James M. and Nancy Olson of Morris, received a BA from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., at the end of their summer semester. Olson majored in art and is hoping to pursue a career in that field.

David Hanrahan, of rural Morris, recently returned from a four-day orientation in St.Paul to learn about his role as a Minnesota 4-H Ambassador.  Hanrahan is among 30 young people from throughout the state who were selected as Ambassadors to represent the 4-H program and serve as role models to other 4-H participants.