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65 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of July 18, 1952


Old friends in the Donnelly and Morris communities noted with interest the recent item in the Minneapolis Star's "Town Toppers" series about Mrs. Della Fitch of Minneapolis, a former resident of Donnelly. Mrs. Fitch was formerly Della Sorenson, daughter of L. M. and Rachel Olson Sorenson. Mrs. Fitch, operating under the trade name Knit-O-Graph, sells unique knitting patterns, selling worldwide, possibly grossing more than $75,000 this year, without a single salesman. She has six women employees to keep up with the orders resulting from double-page ads in leading needlework magazines.

The city of Morris's new parking meters-175 of the 205-went into use Wednesday morning. Between the time the meters were installed last week and up to Tuesday evening, out of curiosity or unaware that the meters were not yet in use, contributed a total of $61.88 to the meters.

The Trinity Lutheran congregation at Johnson will dedicate its new church edifice at special services on July 20. In conjunction with the dedication of its new church structure the congregation will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding.

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of July 20, 1972

4-H club members who participated in the annual Bread and Pie Day held at the Morris junior high school were JoLyn Morton, Sharon Drange, Carol Kopel, Cheryl Laager, Kay Anderson, Becky Speer, Carol Hector, Ann Disselkamp, Nancy Disselkamp, Gail Anderson, Diane Morton, Jody Disselkamp, Julie Stillwell and Sandra Hector.

The first worship service in the beautiful new Federated Church structure at Columbia and University Avenues will be held July 23 to mark the beginning of a new era for this church in Morris. The new church building has been under construction since last August and will cost $250,000. The service of dedication will be held later this year.

Charles Berg of Chokio, well known Stevens County farmer and livestock feeder, filed as an independent candidate for the office of state senator for District 15. Widely known as a leader in tax reform, especially in the property tax field, he received wide publicity for his role in the 1967 and 1971 legislative sessions.

A huge granite boulder hauled up from the bed of Norway Lake near Willmar after an eight-hour struggle proved to be a big disappointment for amateur archeologist Marion Dahm of Chokio, who had hoped to find runic characters carved upon its surface. Instead the rock bore the date 1934 which was chiseled in two places by a man who also left his initials, O.R., scratched on its exterior.

PeeWee championship games are wrapping up for another season. This year's Dodger team lineup marked a first for PeeWee baseball, having two girls, Rhonda Cline and Carrie Riley, on the roster.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun Tribune of July 30, 2002

Chris, Laura and Jamesen Reese got into the spirit of Prairie Pioneer Days when they dressed up in old settler attire for a seating at the Prairie Pioneer Photo Booth sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Miss Midwest, Rachel Hennen, was represented for the first time last Saturday at Miss Midwest program. Rachel is the daughter of Chuck and Becky Hennen.

Dan Stevens, who has represented the Mora area for the past three terms in the Minnesota Senate, announced earlier this year he would relocate to Alexandria and challenge incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson for the District 7 U.S. House Seat.

Liz Morrison was elected Chair of the West Central Initiative Board, representing Stevens County and has been a Director of WCI since 1998. Liz is a freelance writer for the Morris Sun Tribune, Hancock Record, Agriculture Utilization Research Institute, and Ag Innovation News.

The C-A team, known as Schuster Agency Gap-Finders, finished second in the senior high softball tournament. C-A was edged 6-5 in the title game by Dairy Queen. The C-A team consists of Amanda Krosch, Maggie Wolff, Cassandra Schuste,r Savannah Kisgen, Heather Gausman, Lora Schuster, Kay Snyder, Rachel Kramer, Becki Zimmerman, Jessie Backman, Kate Lee, Nancy Strobel and Stacy Snyder. Coaches are Rick Kramer and Tom Schuster.