Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.
70 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of May 27, 1949
A large senior class consisting of ten girls and ten boys will graduate from Hancock high school at commencement exercises to be held at the high school auditorium on June 2nd. The class of 1949 has enrolled 10 members from the local school district and 10 from the surrounding rural areas. Members of the class are Johanna Van Otterloo, valedictorian; Barbara Ekema, salutatorian; Duane Banister, Charles Crabtree, Norene Giese, Ralph Hendrickson, Rynata Koch, Rodney Nelson, Ida Noordmans, Tony Noordmans, Linus Pasch, Virginia Richards, Gene Schmidgall, Nola Schmidgall, Georgia Smith, Alan Tonn, John Torgerson, Dorothy Wendt, Verona Youngs, John Zeltwanger.
Merle P. Meyer of Hancock, student at the University of Minnesota, received the student "Award of Recognition" at the first annual all-University banquet honoring students who have best served the University through leadership. He is a member of the senior class in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics. He is the son of Peter Meyer and a graduate of Hancock high school.
Magnus Johnson, former Hancock lad and better known to all his old friends here as "Muggins," has taken over the duties as depot agent here for the Great Northern. He has been stationed for some years past at Johnson on the branch line from Morris to Browns Valley. Muggins was born and grew to manhood here and will move his family here as soon as he can get possession of the former Andrew Steinbring residence, which we are told he has bought. He is the son of Mrs. Maria Johnson.
And we lost again at Holloway, which makes four straight games lost, which sets a record for over 40 years of baseball for our teams. We have lost two in a row some years but never more than that and to lose four in a string is really going too far. We might say right now that we have rarely seen a game where Hancock batters drove grounders and flies right into the hands of the fielders who did not have to move a step to field the ball, as happened in this game time after time. We were told that Holloway was trying out a new pitcher, Casbohm, who had tried out with the Minneapolis Millers. Final score, Holloway 6, Hancock 3.
60 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Tribune of May 22, 1959
New officers of Charles Leuthard Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, recently had installation ceremonies. Glendon Rose, installing officer; Floyd Miller, chaplain; Freeman Haugen, quartermaster; Wallace Anderson, senior vice-commander; Don Yarger, commander. Absent was Francis Schmidt, junior vice-commander.
A class of 31 young people, largest in the history of the school, will be graduated from Chokio high school at commencement exercises, May 28. Graduation week for this year's senior class at Chokio will open with baccalaureate services Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. Fr. Francis Hohn will present the baccalaureate message.
Orvel Kness and Arnold Thompson were re-elected to the board of education for regular three-year terms at the annual school election Tuesday evening in the fire hall in the Memorial Armory. The three-way contest for the two board positions to be filled attracted a total of 305 voters during the three hours that the polling place was open. This was one of the larger voter turnouts in recent years. For the election a year ago, when the incumbent candidates were unopposed, only 25 votes were cast. Holdover members of the board of education are Woodrow Wieland, Albert Hansen, Dr. R. A. Rossberg and Oren Gilbert.
The Morris high school golf team won Region 6 runnerup honors and Dennis Ross, ace of the Tiger team, qualified for the state tournament in the regional tournament at Detroit Lakes Monday. The Tiger golfers scored a team total of 247 in the regions tourney, seven strokes behind the polished and experienced Detroit Lakes team which won the regional championship. Ross copped medalist honors, with a neat 38. Dave DeWall contributed nicely to the Morris cause by sinking a 15-foot putt on the last green.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of May 22, 1979
East Elementary student council president Mark Hendrickson prepares to finish the job of planting a sugar maple tree on the lawn outside the media center to commemorate Arbor Day Wednesday morning. The generous response to the council's book fair in April made purchasing of the tree possible. Another sugar maple was planted at Longfellow.
If you're planning a Memorial Day weekend excursion, and need fuel, you seem to be in luck, at least as far as the City of Morris is concerned. Most service stations in Morris plan to be open Monday, May 28, as well as their usual Sunday hours. Barry Erdahl, owner of Erdahl Oil Company (formerly Service Oil), Steve Loge, Morris Oil; Mike Larson of Holiday; Rollie Ehrp, Morris Standard; and Warren Huebner of Morris Co-op all said they plan to be open both Sunday and Monday. Rick Lucken of Lucken's Mobil will be open from 12-6 p.m. on Monday. Few of the service station owners and managers felt a real pinch as far as the gas allocated to them is concerned. None reported having to close over the holiday weekend because of a shortage.
Jerald Nesland has resigned the position of Cyrus Supt. of Schools effective June 30. The Neslands and their three children, Brian, Michael and Lori will be moving to Halstad, MN where he will become Supt. of Schools effectively July 1.
Minnesota is joining a Congressionally mandated national effort to do something about the weather by establishing a State Climate Program and seeking public input, it was jointly announced by the Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Gov. Albert H. Quie has taken the initial action required under a federal law enacted last Sept. 17, 1978, for Minnesota to participate in "a comprehensive and coordinated national climate policy and program."
Joel Beyer is only one step away from the National AAU Wrestling Tournament after pinning his final opponent at the state level at St. John's University. Beyer, a freestyle wrestler, competes in the midget category for nine and ten year olds and is a heavyweight. He began his string of victories in the Morris match which the Jaycees helped organize and proceeded to take nothing but firsts through all levels.