Editor’s note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of August 7, 1959

Even the boss’s youngsters got into the act when free pony rides are involved. Among the hundreds of boys and girls who took advantage of the free pony rides offered by the Red Owl Store Wednesday were Peggy and Arvid Anderson. Their dad, K. D. Anderson, is one of the Red Owl proprietors.

Three hundred and forty-two more midwestern communities- including 133 in Minnesota- are looking forward to the start of natural gas service in the next year or two. But Morris is not one of them. But the closest the proposed service comes to Morris is to Alexandria on one branch and Willmar on another. The Morris city commission granted the Minnesota Valley company the franchise to serve Morris with natural gas nearly five years ago.

The plot of the new Highland Homes residential addition to the city of Morris was approved by the city commission at a special meeting Monday evening. No opposition to the proposed addition appeared at the hearing and the plot of the addition was quickly approved by the commission. Highland Homes addition as presently platted contains 74 lots, 71 of them being owned by Wayne Schmidgall, who is spearheading the new development.

44 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of August 7, 1975

Looking Back 1974
Looking Back 1974

Records and mapping—that’s a duty this summer for Carter Charles of Hancock when it’s too windy for aerial application of ag chemicals. Charles started his own Air Spray Service this spring and is using the experience to fulfill internship requirements in ag aviation at the University of Minnesota Technical College, Crookston. Charles thoroughly maps out every spray sight before application to note flight obstructions, neighboring crops and other factors. Following spraying, wind speed and velocity time and rate of application is recorded for possible future reference. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Erland Charles.

Gary Schmidgall representing Hancock will be participating in the state Minnesota Teen Program activities which take place in Morris, August 7-9. Official charity of the Program is “Youth Against Multiple Sclerosis”. Program participants will take part in a special “Bowl A Line for MS” activity scheduled for Friday. Gary is sponsored in the program by Hancock State Bank and Hancock Concrete Products Co., Inc.

Church Softball league tournament continues this week with the finals slated for Aug. 12. Unfortunately, only one game had been reported and that was between A.C. and St. John’s. A.C.’s won this game 15-0 in four innings. A.C. scored three runs in the first, six in the second and six in the third. Pitching the shutout was Greg Gramm with Corky Fehr his batter mate. For St. John’s it was D. Rohloff and D. Pahl.

44 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of August 5, 1975

Looking Back 1979
Looking Back 1979

Patty Greiner was crowned queen of the “Seasons In The Sun” 4-H dress revue. Her court included princesses Karla Raasch, Becky Brandt, who was Miss Seasons In The Sun and Debbie McNeil, who was absent. The 4-H dress revue was held Thursday night at Edson Lounge at the University of Minnesota, Morris campus.

Ly Thi Tai and her parents, seven brothers and sisters, as well as her sister’s (Ly Thi Thanh Nghi) family of four sons were met by 27 Morris residents who journeyed by bus to Fargo Hector Airport to meet the arrival of the plane carrying the Vietnamese refugees. The families are sponsored by the congregations of the Federated Church and First and Faith Lutheran Churches. After arriving in Morris, they were taken to the Christus House where they will live until their house on East 2nd St. is ready for occupancy in September.

A route of stops for the recently-acquired mini-bus will begin Tuesday within the City of Morris, city manager Ron Klaphake indicated. The mini-bus will run continuously from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday in Morris, with the vehicle to be available for excursions or other special events in the afternoons. The mini-bus will not run on Saturdays or Sundays under the experimental scheduling.

Four Morris women were among the 800 women throughout Minnesota that attended a meeting of the Mrs. Jaycees July 26 at St. John’s Campus in Collegeville. Those at the meeting voted to allow all 18-36 year old women to join the organization. Previous to this time, a young woman had to be a Mr. Jaycee wife in order to join. Attending from Morris were Linda Hennen, Linda Barstad, Pat Moser and Pauline Rortvedt. The Morris Mrs. Jaycees finished one of the top eleven of 170 chapters in the state with a first place on their scrapbook of projects and events for last year, and several other second and third place awards.