Editor’s note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.
65 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Tribune of August 27, 1954
The quartet of 4-H club queens from Stevens county selected at the annual Stevens County Fair last weekend are Ruth Paul of Horton, Home Assistance queen; Marladeen Kness of St. Mary’s 4-H club, beginners’ style queen; Joan Lampert of the Peppy Peppers, Junior style queen; and Joanne Anderson of the Baker 4-H club, 1954 Stevens county style queen.
Work was started early this week on the construction of a new building in Chokio for the Chokio State bank. The building will be a brick structure, 32 feet wide and 64 feet long and is expected to be completed by the first of next year. The new bank will provide Chokio with physical banking facilities the equal of which is not many villages can boast.
An exceptionally fine showing of hogs and uniformly good classes of cattle were the comments of R. H. Hoberg, vocational agriculture instructor, Ortonville, who judged the livestock at the Stevens County Fair last weekend. Winning top honors in the 4-H livestock show was Howard Persons, showing a Hereford steer to the Grand Championship of all breeds.
45 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of August 27, 1974
At International Convention, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schmidt and their daughter Becky began unloading their airplane at Kelly Field in San Antonio where they attended the 29th International Flying Farmers convention, Aug. 10-16. Mrs. Schmidt is a former Queen of the Minnesota chapter, and Becky is a farmerette.
The ninth annual Donnelly Threshing Bee was over the weekend. In addition to the smoke and the steady “put-put” of several steam engines operating threshing machines in harvesting small grain on the Jim Aanerud property, the weekend festivities had a number of other events. Mary Smith daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Smith, Donnelly, was crowned queen of the 1974 Threshing Bee. Named attendants were Peggy Erickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Erickson, Donnelly; and Roxanne Stevenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevenson, also of Donnelly.
Johnson Grain, losers of only one regular season contest all year, won the Morris slowpitch softball playoff title with a 14-8 triumph over Tubbs of Appleton. Johnson Grain, the regular season champion with a 15-1 mark, drew a bye in the first round, then ripped Cyrus 11-1 in the second round. Dean Laager was one of the Johnson Grain hitting standouts during Sunday’s playoff action, rapping two homers, two triples, a double and four singles in 14 trips. Brad Svea, Larry Krieg and Rick Lucken each hammered two homers, and Larry Heintzelman had nine hits in 12 at-bats, including a home run, triple, double and six singles, as well as making a number of sparkling plays at his shortstop position. Jerry Hogy had three singles for the winners, and Dale Erickson had a pair of hits. Erickson had nine hits in 16 trips Sunday.
44 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of August 21, 1975
Undefeated in regular season play were the Fairfield club. Members are Randy Thielke, Marty Thielke, Kerry Berget, Kevin Giese, Sam Jepma, Dennis Haugen, Tom Wente, John Jepma, Mike Wente, Dennis Jepma, Craig Schmidgall and Paul Schliemann.
Students will return to classrooms in the Hancock public school on Monday morning for a full day of work as they begin a new term. There have been some changes in the administration and faculty with Cecil Halliday succeeding E. L. Baird as superintendent of schools at Morton, MN. As of the first of the week the board had not hired a principal to succeed Wm. Richter. Teaching the new course of vocational-agriculture will be Don Eikmeier. The new high school phy ed and health teacher will be a local woman, Vickie Heil, who will also have driver’s education. Third first year teacher will be Julie Schmeissing who will have elementary phy ed and music. The board also offered a contract to Pearl Steuck of Morris as a teachers aid under the Title 1 program.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus will have a service of dedication for its remodeled church building on Aug. 24. Trinity is just completing an extensive building project in which a new church entrance and a second story educational unit was built, along with a remodeling and redecoration of the sanctuary, dining hall and kitchen.