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Looking Back 6-8-13

60 Years Ago

Items from the

Sun of June 23, 1953

As part of a program on seed improvement, sponsored by the Mutual Security Agency, the West Central Experiment Station will be host to people from many countries June 26 and 27.  It is anticipated the the short course will be participated in by some 28 people from 10 countries, including Austria, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Belgium. France and Norway.  The group of 28 men, along with interpreters, will be in the United States for a period of 10 weeks.  The party will arrive Friday evening in Morris, be housed in one of the West Central School dormitories, and have a chance to inspect the School and Experiment Station on Saturday morning.

When North Dakota counted its fifth oil producing county last week the news was of particular interest to B. J. Benfield of this city for the new producing area is near extensive leased holdings in which Mr. Benfield is financially interested. The new oil strike occurred in Burke County, northeast of Tioga.  The county's first well flowed 120 barrels of crude in a 24-hour test.  It is about two miles north of producing wells on the Tioga pool.  Oilmen believe however that the well is on a new pool.

   Mrs. James Bahr, formerly Coleen Miller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Miller, graduated from the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis on June 12.  She has accepted a position at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital and began work there June 15 as a laboratory technician.  

Marvin Ettesvold of Montevideo, formerly of Morris, was elected governor of District 5 M-W of Lions International at its annual district convention in Minneapolis last week.  Mr. Ettesvold, who heads the warehouse and office of Henry's Candy Co. in Montevideo, has been prominent in Lionism for a number of years and the honor that came to him last week is a deserved one.  

Supt. Allen Edson and Assistant Supt. Herb Croom of the West Central School and Station attended the University of Minnesota's dedication of its Southern school of Agriculture at Waseca Friday. Supt. R. E. Hodgson heads the new school and station. B. E. Youngquist, formerly on the staff of the West Central School, is principal of the school.  Meeting in Waseca Friday too was the First District Editorial Association.  Principal speaker at its meeting was Assistant Dean Theo. Fenske of the Institute of Agriculture, former superintendent of the WCSA.

40 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of June 14. 1973

Commencement speakers at the University of Minnesota, Morris Friday evening will be Professor Ted Underwood and graduating senior Warrenn Anderson.  The speakers for the ceremony were selected by the graduating class and the UMM faculty.  Professor Underwood joined the UMM faculty six years ago as assistant professor in history. He earned his doctorate from the University of London in 1965.  He was named as a recipient of the Outstanding Educators of America Award in 1972.  Professor Underwood is presently co-director of the West Central Minnesota Historical Resources Center.  Senior Warrenn Anderson is graduating “with distinction” having a 3.65 grade point average.  His major study is in the field of economics, with a minor in speech.  He was a member of the UMM campus assembly; lettered four years in football and this year worked as a teacher's assistant in economics.  Mr. Anderson will be entering William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in the fall.  He is married and has a son.

Pat Garberick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Garberick, left Tuesday for San Diego, Calif. to begin basic training at the Navy Base there.  He recently enlisted for a regular four-year term.  Pat will attend a Navy photography school at Denver, Colo., following completion of his basic training.  

Federated Telephone Cooperative, with headquarters at Chokio, has completed its initial program of upgrading the telephone service to the subscribers it serves. New cables, switchboards and buildings were constructed to provide private line service to every subscriber in these areas.  New equipment was installed to automatically identify the calling party's telephone number when making long distant calls and dialing the number direct.  Added E.A.S. circuits to other exchanges were included in the program.  Standby generators were installed to provide service should the power fail.  Manager Don Roiland said many years of planning in addition to the almost three years of construction went into this program.  

Three Morris youths along with 78 other carriers for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune left Tuesday from Minneapolis for Washington, D.C.on a four-day all-expense paid trip.  The trip was earned by each of the carriers by securing a minimum of 40 new subscribers to the newspapers within a nine-week period. While in Washington D.C., they will visit the White House, the capitol, Mount Vernon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Smithsonian Institute, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing  and many other historic points of interest. Reg Powers, Minneapolis Star-Tribune representative in this area, presented a plaque to Sudi Agarwal, son of Dr. and Mrs. Som Agarwal, upon reaching this achievement.  Sudi was not able to make this trip, so Dale Weiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Weiss, went in his place.  Carriers making the trip were Dale Weiss, Matt Lammers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lammers, and Teresa Amberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Amberg.

Services in which Richard R. Melchert was ordained into the ministry of The American Lutheran Church was held June 10 in Faith Lutheran Church of Morris.  Mr. Melchert, son of Mrs. Mabel Melchert of Morris and the late Raymond L. Melchert, received the Master of Divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul on May 27, 1973.  He has been called to be pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Ramona, S.D. and will begin his ministry there on June 17.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the

Sun of June 8, 1993

James Wevley got some assistance from high school secretary Jill VanKempen before the 1993 Morris Area High School graduation ceremony.  

The earth shook Friday night, during the 1993 MAHS graduation ceremony, with an earthquake that measured 4.1 on the Richter Scale at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo.  According to reports on radio and television, the epicenter of the quake was about 22 miles northwest of Morris.  There were no immediate reports of damage or of injuries.  The quake struck at 8:20 p.m., according to the law enforcement dispatch office.  Friday night's earthquake in Morris brought back memories of the 1975 quake.  That one occurred at 9:55 a.m., July 9, 1975.  According to reports in the July 10, 1975 Tribune and July 15, 1975 Sun, that quake measured between 4.6 and 5.0 on the Richter scale at the National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.  Damage in the Morris area was confined to cracked plaster, items falling off shelves and pictures dropping off walls. Until that time, the Morris area had had little history of seismic activity.  The epicenter of the 1975 quake was calculated to be 6 to 10 miles west, and 2 to 3 miles south of Morris.  The earthquake of 1975 was recorded on a homemade seismograph by Dennis Myers, then manager of the A & W Drive-In in Morris.  The machine showed a reading for the quake of 4.7.  

Marisa Angela Lee will receive a bachelor of arts degree on June 12, from Carleton College in Northfield.  Lee will graduate with distinction, with a major in political science and a minor in political economy.  She was awarded the Dave Okada Memorial Prize for intellectual achievement in the social sciences.  Lee is the daughter of Yong-Swan and Maria Luisa Lee of Morris.