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 February 24, 1959
The Company D, 1st Battle Group, 136th Combat Arms Regiment, Minnesota Army National Guard, Company D was formerly Company M, 136th Infantry Regiment, gathered Sunday afternoon in the National Guard Armory when the company assembled to be mustard out of the old unit and into the new as part of the reorganization of the state National Guard on the new Pentomic Division structure. Here for the mustering-out and mustering-in ceremonies was Major Ambrose J. Briscoe S-2, Hq. and Hq., 1st Battle Group, 135th Combat Arms Regiment, St. Cloud. Company D is commanded by Captain Richard Smith. Flanking him in the front row are, SFC Raymond Van Kempen, CWO Palmer Anderson, Captain Smith, M-Sgt. William Dripps, 2nd Lt. Grant G. Gray and M-Sgt. Walter Dohmstreich.
Members of the university committee of the state House of Representatives will meet Wednesday morning at 10:30 for what is scheduled to be its final vote on the proposal to establish four-year college-level branches of the University of Minnesota at Morris and Crookston. The time for the final committee vote was set last Friday afternoon following a hearing in the state capitol building especially for opponents of the proposed university branches. Principal opposition to the university branch idea came from delegations from Thief River Falls and Alexandria, two of a number of cities in the state that are seeking designation as junior college sites.
Five students from the College of St. Benedict have chosen to do their student teaching and observation for two weeks in Morris high school and started their work here Monday. They are Joan Kettler of Mapleton, Iowa; Dianne Bormann of Morris; Catherine Baxter of Walnut Grove; LaVonne Schnieder, Heron Lake and Marjorie Lonergan of Donnelly.
The Tiger basketeers of Morris high school held hard against a second half challenge by the Benson Braves Friday night for a well-earned 54-49 triumph over the Braves. The Morris triumph not only squared the season's series between the clubs but relegated the Braves to the low spot on the totem pole in West Central conference standings, at the same time moving the Tigers to fifth spot in the standings. Karl Kieffer's big 23-point production set the scoring pace for the Tigers but five buckets in the second half by Dennis Ross, in the game in relief of starter Mel Sunquist, were an important cog in the Morris win.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of February 14, 1979
Our "Celebrate Winter" photo contest brought a handful of responses this week, but the hands down winner was a photo by Mrs. Joe Doherty of Benson titled "Remember When?". Now, Mrs. Doherty, how could anyone who ever went through it, forget? This is undoubtedly a pictorial classic of Minnesota rural life a generation ago. Mrs. Doherty receives the $5 prize this week. There is something, incidentally, to celebrate concerning Mrs. Doherty's winning entry. This scene is almost never available anymore.
Hancock's Fix All Shop, the local Zenith dealer, announced today a new Morris location. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Biesterfeld have purchased the Zenith Sales and Service from Bob Stevenson of Stevenson Office Supply in Morris. At present, they said, the new Morris Fix All outlet will remain in the Stevenson Office Supply Building, sharing space with Stevenson, who remains the licensing agent in the office supply business. The Hancock Fix All Shop will continue normal operation, Beisterfeld said.
Jerald Schochenmaier, since early 1975 comptroller for Hancock Concrete Products, was appointed Monday by the City Council to fill a council vacancy created by the resignation of long-time Councilman Clarence Jacoby. Jacoby cited "personal reasons" in his letter of resignation, which was officially accepted Monday by the council.
The Hancock girls' basketball team split two games this past week against Milan and Clinton. The Owls lost the Milan game 38-22 and beat Clinton 42-26. In the Clinton game last Monday night, Wanda Schmidgall was leading scorer with 11 points. Lori Foss and Gwen Nohl came off the bench to help spark the Owls offensively and defensively, scoring four and six points respectively. This Friday night will be parent's night for the girls team. That night they will also take on Hoffman in Hancock.
Mrs. Carolyn (Dahl) Jones of Topeka, Kan., who grew up in Nora Township near Cyrus, has been named teacher of the year in Kansas. She has been a social science instructor at Washburn High School in Topeka for 16 years. Mrs. Jones is both a teacher and a nurse. She is married to Leland Jones, who is marketing support representative to federal agencies for Blue Cross-Blue Shield. They have two children, both grown.