60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of August 14, 1959



Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Larson esteemed Alberta couple and business, civic and church leaders in that community for more than half a century, have sold their store and home to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Alver of rural Alberta, who will assume possession of the business next Monday. The Alvers, who have four children, formerly lived south of Chokio. Mrs. Alver, who was Jane Baity before her marriage, has been employed as a secretary at the Alberta school. When they start their well-earned rest in retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Larson plan to make their home at Starbuck. The Larson family formerly lived in Morris and Mr. Larson was the son of a pioneer Morris merchant, S. Larson.

A picture of “Princess Kay” contestant Dorothy Erdahl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Erdahl, Donnelly, will be published Sunday, Aug. 16 on the cover page of the picture magazine section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Dorothy’s picture will appear along with those of Minnesota’s nine other regional dairy princesses who are competing for the title.

The Morris Eagles and Hoffman will play at Hoffman Sunday afternoon in the second game of their best-of-three series in the opening round of the Pomme de Terre league playoffs. The Eagles could close out the series by winning at Hoffman for they now hold a one-game edge in the series, the result of winning from Hoffman here last Sunday, 14-2.

Rudy Max has sold the building occupied by Max’s Place and the equipment in the building to the Morris Creamery Co. and Max’s Place will be discontinued on October 3, it was announced this week. Max’s Place has been owned and operated the past seven years by Mr. Max but was owned and operated for many years prior to that, under the same name, by the late Max Trantow.



44 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of August 14, 1975



Gary Schmidgall, who represented Hancock in the 1975 Minnesota Teen Program held in Morris, Aug. 7-9, was among the other area participants who took part in the weekend activities. The program was highlighted by the naming of Brent Reichert, of Crookston as Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Man for 1975. Participants were Jeff Chambers, Morris; Danny Nelson, Clinton; Guest hostess, Miss Teenage Minnesota Runner-up, Marlene Johnson of Robbinsdale; Tom Jacobson, Morris; Joe Faith, Chokio; Gary Schmidt, Morris; Jim Stotesbery, Graceville; Gary Schmidgall, Hancock; Kathy Stromwell, Guest hostess, Miss Sixteen, Sauk Rapids; Gary Johnsrud, Starbuck.

If a proposed addition to the southeast side of Hancock becomes a reality it would allow for 24 building sites. This was the draft of a plan as submitted by Richard Schmidgall to the city council Monday night. The area as platted out would set aside lots for 19 houses, two two-duplexes, two fourplexes and a retirement home. According to the plat the proposal would extend the present East View addition to Highway 9 with 13 building sites-an extension of Hancock avenue.

Harvesting of small grain is rapidly coming to an end with a few fields of wheat yet to be threshed. Yields have varied with reports of some 5-60 bushel per acre fields. Randall Maanum custom combining a field of wheat on the Paul Peterson farm east of Hancock. Mr. Maanum estimated the yield between 30 and 35 bushels an acre.

Zip Bell proudly displayed a beautiful Bicentennial flag in front of his store. This is the first flag of this nature to make an appearance in the business district. The flag was a gift from Mr. Bell’s mother, Mrs. R. M. Bell.



44 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of August 12, 1975

Looking Back softball
Looking Back softball

The Anderson Paint Softball Team from Cyrus displayed their trophy after the championship game at Hoffman’s Invitational Tourney July 27. The Anderson Paint team is in the Morris league. Members of the team are Dallas Wente, Dennis Pieske, Don Hansen, Rod Johnson, Bob Jergenson, Harley Pollett, John Hickman, Dan Murphy, Rich Walker, Glen Tomoson, Mike Kieper, Mike Rosdahl, Tom Hesse, Larry Lindor, Ron Hansen, Roger Pieske and Jerry Anderson. A victory over Garfield Lumber gave the Anderson team the trophy. The score of that game was 4-2.

A clean indoor air act that went into effect Aug. 1 has met with mixed reactions in the Morris area, most of it unfavorable. The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in public places and at public meetings except in designated smoking areas that are clearly identified by the use of signs.

Mick Rose, a former University of Minnesota, Morris wrestler and assistant coach, has been named interim varsity coach at UMM for the 1975-76 season while head coach Doug Dufty is away from campus a year on sabbatical pursuing graduate studies. UMM men’s intercollegiate athletic director Al Molde, who announced the appointment, said Dufty would return to Morris in August of 1976.