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 Sun of October 14, 1958
Miss Barbara Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beck, Morris, was one of 52 students in the Asbury Division of the Hamline university School of Nursing who received their caps in the traditional ceremony held in Hamline Methodist church, St. Paul.
Mystery, fun and laughter and spine-chilling thrills are in store for the people of the Morris area when the Great Virgil, international illusionist, with Julie, "The Sweetheart of Magic," brings his production, "An Evening of Enchantment," to the Morris high school auditorium, October 28, under the sponsorship of Morris Kiwanis club. Virgil and Julie recently completed a five-year venture taking their show around the world. Their "Evening of Enchantment" has thrilled peoples of the world from China to Great Britain and Tibet to Australia.
Mrs. Eugenie Anderson, former ambassador to Denmark, and Mrs. Art Hansen, wife of the DFL candidate for state treasurer, will be guests of honor at a luncheon to be held at the Del Monico Café in Morris. Mrs. Anderson, the first woman ever to be appointed an American ambassador, recently sought the DFL endorsement for the United States senate.
The Morris Lions club will sponsor a banquet on November 11 to jointly honor two local groups-the Morris Red Ryders Saddle club and the 4-H Junior leaders of the county. The Red Ryders will be honored for their feat in again winning a state championship at the Minnesota State Fair. The banquet for the Junior leaders will climax a get-out-the-vote campaign that will be conducted by the county 4-H club members prior to the general election on November 4.
35 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of November 1, 1983
Michael Anderson of Milan was presented with the Alumni Office Award at the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association's annual meeting held recently on campus. Anderson, a music teacher from Milan is a 1980 graduate. He retires from the association's board of directors after three years of service. Anderson was presented with the award by UMM Provost John Q. Imholte, and a special guest at this year's homecoming-UMM's first provost, Rodney Briggs.
Work on the runway at the airport has been suspended until next spring, but the runway, which now has a gravel surface, will be opened for some flights. The rains in the early part of October have made the subsoils too wet to prepare for laying the bituminous surface for the runway. The engineer, contractors on the project, and representatives of the state all concurred on the decision.
The MHS cross country boys team placed second in last weekend's region meet in Frazee, just one rung short of the position needed to earn a state trip. Although the MHS boys won't participate at the state level as a team, three individuals will be carrying the MHS banner there. John Miller crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 15:22 to lead the effort. Also finishing in the top five were Iain Olness, close behind Miller with a time of 15:25; and Earl Radke, whose 15:31 time was good for fifth.
The MHS football team, in front of an appreciative Parents Night crowd at Coombe Field, downed the Montevideo Mohawks 34-14 last Thursday evening. It was victory number five in conference wars for the Tigers and left their final conference record at 5-2. The victory, coupled with Benson's loss at the hands of New London-Spicer, whom the Tigers had defeated, brought a tie for second with Benson. The only team with a superior won-lost record is Sauk Centre, which ended its campaign at 7-0 with a victory over Glenwood 21-6.
The one-sided nature of the win allowed Coach Jerry Witt to make a gesture very appropriate for Parents Night, letting the reserves see action. Witt was pleased with the showing of the reserves, particularly Mike Mahoney, Rob Jergenson and Bill Krassas. Mahoney, manning the fullback post, rushed four times for 18 yards. Jergenson chipped in with nine yards and Krassas looked solid at linebacker.